Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Batch o' Hatch: August 2014

Hello, everyone! I'm trying a couple different things here. Not only is Batch o' Hatch now a monthly recap post, I've tried collecting everything via Storify to try and save some time and effort (which probably kind of backfired). So check out all of our Favorite Scene Fridays, LAMBcast notes, and miscellaneous posts, plus my favorite tweets and trailers from August. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LAMBcast 234: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Kristen, Elwood, and Bubbawheat joined me for a discussion on the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill for.

This was only the second non Movie of the Month episode I've hosted (as in, the bulk of the episode was up to me to host), so I hope I did okay. You can listen to the episode below and read some highlights as well. Beware spoilers!

  • I mentioned wondering why they couldn't get Clive Owen to do his portion of the Dwight role somehow. I brought up a Cracked article that mentions how Andy Serkis has been Skyped for part of a role in one of his films (admittedly, that's obviously motion capture so it's not really the same thing). Here it is
  • Question - was Marv's death in the first movie taking place after the second movie, specifically, the part where he teams up with Nancy? Or did this film totally rewrite his character so that he could participate in Nancy’s story? I think Kristen pointed that out so I'm just wondering what the deal is.
  • I mentioned the fact that Chris Meloni is an awesome comedic actor, which apparently surprised Elwood, having known him primarily for his Law & Order work. I couldn't find the scene where he craps his pants in They Came Together but here's a great bit of his from Wet Hot American Summer. This is for you, Elwood.

  • Calling out Bubbawheat and Kristen - what is Jessica Alba’s greatest acting role?
  • We touched on The Spirit a bit, another of Frank Miller's directorial efforts (I didn't realize he co-directed the original Sin City as well). I haven't seen it and wanted a refresher on what it looked like. Here's the trailer:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Escape Artists: August 2014

Greetings, Hatchlings!

Every month we round up all the stories we can find about fun movie events like marathons, special screenings, and conventions and miscellaneous stuff like food and games. Let’s see what went down in the world of escapism and pop culture shenanigans in August 2014!

Top Stories!

Sun-Ray Cinema's Twin Peaks Marathon

Remember that Twin Peaks marathon at Sun-Ray Cinema that we kept warning you about? Well it happened! It happened big time! That's right, on August 22nd and 23rd, Sun-Ray screened every episode of the show and they had an awesome special menu that weekend to complement the marathon. I couldn't attend the event (more on that in a second) but it looks like it was awesome. Check out some highlights below.

Georgia Mini LAMB Meetup

So yeah, I couldn't attend the Twin Peaks marathon, but I can explain. Ya see, I was up in Atlanta that weekend visiting family for some birthdays. I'd recently learned that Andrew and Sarah from Two Ticket For - a husband and wife LAMB (Large Association of Movie Blogs) duo - live up in the Atlanta area, and we made arrangements to meet up at a restaurant called Sweet Melissa's that Sunday for brunch.

Not pictured: delicious Nutella french toast.
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The breakfast was amazing but the company was even better. We essentially just talked movies the whole time. I had an awesome time meeting Andrew and Sarah and I'm looking forward to the next meetup. Any Florida/Georgia LAMBs are welcome to join us next time!

Aaron Paul's Breaking Bad Scavenger Hunt

Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad held an awesome BB-themed scavenger hunt to commemorate the show's last hurrah at the Emmys. It looks like it went pretty well. Check out The AV Club's write up of the event here.

Other Links

  • Bid on a chance for an overnight stay in Downton Abbey. - via The AV Club
  • An American Werewolf in London is Coming to Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights! - via Daily Dead
  • Robin Williams Memorial Pops up at Good Will Hunting Bench. - via The Hollywood Reporter and The AV Club
  • The Alamo's South Lamar location had an awesome The Shining screening with a pretty cool photo booth...
  • August 18th was Wet Hot American Summer day and you can also buy some pretty sweet WHAS T-Shirts at! - via Badass Digest
  • Jess from French Toast Sunday went to another awesome Jurassic Park event! 
  • Here's a report of one of those live orchestra Star Trek screenings. - via Badass Digest
  • There's a rumor that Disneyland has big plans for Star Wars and Marvel... - via Nerdist
  • Here's a great recap of Secret Cinema's Back to the Future experience. - via Den of Geek
  • Cones of Dunshire, the board game created in Parks and Recreation, was made into a real game and played at GenCon. - via The AV Club
  • Check out this recap of the Drive-In Massacre 2014 at the McHenry Outdoor Theater! - via The Nightmare Gallery
  • "Deep Breath", the premiere episode of Peter Capaldi's Dr. Who run, aired in theaters, did anyone go? - via Fathom Events
  • Speaking of Dr. Who, if you live in Jacksonville, you can catch future episodes every Saturday at Midtown Deli! 

  • Someone decked out an escalator as the Star Wars opening crawl.

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    Escape via Food

    • The Nerd Lunch Podcast crew talks fictional pop culture food on a new episode! - via Nerd Lunch
    • Accio cupcakes! - via justjenn and Nerdist

    • Are we getting an HR Giger bar here in the states? - via The AV Club
    • Hobbit beers are coming to a shire near you! - via The AV Club

    • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends, Warner Bros. is opening an actual Central Perk in New York (for a limited time). - via The AV Club
    • Did that whole "limited time" thing getcha down? Well guess what, there's a permanent (and slightly sad) Central Perk in Beijing! - via Buzzfeed
    • There's a Dr. Who (man, what am I, a Dr. Who fan all of a sudden? I've never even seen an episode) restaurant in New York called The Pandorica. - via Nerdist
    • Ghostbusters Donuts (shout out to Shawn for sharing this on Facebook)!

    Do you go to fun escapist events like movie marathons, festivals, movie-themed parties, or concerts? Are you planning on checking out any fun movie fan destinations? Have you seen any cool pop culture themed games or food anywhere? Let us know in the comments or by emailing us at totheescapehatch(at)gmail(dot)com.