Archive for November, 2008

To Go Out, or To Play Guitar Hero: World Tour Until the Sun Comes Up…

November 16, 2008
This could be you!

This could be you!

That is the ultimate question, isn’t it? In case you haven’t had the $250 to spend on Guitar Hero: World Tour Full Band Kit AND another goddamn Wiimote (you need all 4 to play 4-player), you may not be aware of the dilemma that is currently plaguing 20-somethings across the nation. I know, I know, Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas just ended their tumultuous relationship, but as consumers we can’t let that get us down. Oh, the economy is in a recession? Tell me something I don’t know. Now that all your excuses have run out, it’s time to invest in a brand new video game lifestyle enhancer: enter GHWT.

The concept is nothing new; Rock Band pioneered the full band gaming experience almost a year ago, but the industry’s old stalwart Guitar Hero has entered the realm with flying colors. Literally, the colored notes fly at you and continue flying in front of your eyes even after your console of choice has been turned off (nothing some warm milk and an Ambien can’t fix!). World Tour boasts 4-player, full band action with a track list worth noting to keep you rocking all night/day/week long.

So what’s the answer to the question? Um, read on, duh.

Ummmmmmmmm….. New WATCHMEN Trailer!

November 16, 2008

Courtesy of the LA Times, (it’s like the NY TImes, only 3 hours behind), here is the new Watchmen trailer that debuted before Quantum of Solace. Given that people are estimating a $60 million US opening for Bond, I wonder if anybody saw it? If you’re like me, you arrived late to the theater after a lot of running and you missed it. So here it is in small, web-cast quality goodness. God bless Muse for their epic songwriting. Enjoy!

UNWANTED ADDENDUM: Hi, folks! Henning here with a quick supplemental recommendation for the Watchmen initiated. About a month ago Titan Books released its long awaited Watching the Watchmen, a companion book to the original graphic novel. With previously unreleased art, character sketches, notes and more, this is THE gift to get that special cape-wearing someone this holiday season. Worried about dropping Gouda in this economy? At $40, it’s a steal. Coffee table approved!

Somebody Kill Me, Please

November 13, 2008

51oefox6a8l_ss500_Hot on the heels of yesterday’s board game bonanza comes my belated discovery of what may be the most blasphemous musical project ever conceived: “Nightmare Revisited,” featuring covers of songs from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Somewhere, Danny Elfman is crying.

For those of you unfamiliar with the film, Nightmare tells the story of Jack Skellington, a denizen of Halloween Town tired of celebrating the same holiday (guess which one) again and again. Stumbling through a portal into Christmas Town, he finds his skeleton mojo rejuvenated and sets out to introduce a new holiday (…) to his friends and neighbors. Problems arise. Dramatic complications ensue. Needless to say things all work out in the end.

Nightmare is a great movie and fondly remembered touchstone of my childhood. And we Fogs were on board from day one, immediately buying the soundtrack and seeing it twice more (disturbingly on Thanksgiving, for some reason) in the fall of 1993. I can say with confidence that at the time, most people found the movie off-putting or avoided it entirely. Fifteen years later? It’s considered a “cult classic,” serves as the bedrock of Hot Topic’s business, and has become the seasonal focus of a re-tooled Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. Those I can tolerate, begrudgingly. But this “Revisited” business makes me teary-eyed. It makes me sick.

Upchuck after the jump!

“Monopoly” Movie Finally Passes Go, Collects 200 (Million) Dollars!

November 12, 2008

movie-screenLike board games? Like movies? If you answered “yes” to both these questions, you’ll still be flabbergasted to find out that Universal has decided to greenlight a film adaptation of “America’s Favorite Boardgame,” Monopoly. Are movies based on Disney World rides just too bougie for some people’s taste? Variety reports that Ridley Scott (yes, Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott) will direct, hoping to give the movie a “futuristic sheen along the lines of Blade Runner.” While it’s true that “dystopian society” is usually the first word that springs to mind when landing on Ventnor Avenue or B&O Railroad, I’m still in awe of most major studios’ willingness (nay, compulsion) to pander to the lowest common denominator. Is this culture? Perhaps appropriately for Scott, we seem to be closing in on Brave New World territory here; the day “Animals Close-Up With a Wide-Angle Lens” wins the Oscar doesn’t seem far away.

Keep reading!

Has Bush Changed?

November 12, 2008

The other day I was sitting on the commode, checking AP Mobile News on my iPhone, and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I prefer AP News to other outlets because the stories always seem to maintain a level of objectivity that is lacking in other resources (i.e. this blog) (Editor’s note: that’s bullshit). The story I had stopped on was discussing current President Bush’s reflections on the ceremonial President-elect visit and tour of the White House. For the first time, in an indeterminable amount of time, I was reading about President Bush and things he was saying without clenched fists. I didn’t feel hot under the collar and my eyes weren’t rolling.  More enlightened opinionating continues here.

Haiku Review: ‘Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’

November 11, 2008

Another thing that happened in the last five weeks! Consider this PART 6.

nick_and_norah_s_infinite_playlist_movie_posterTeens! Straight edge! New York!
City alight with music
Yet energy nil

Michael Cera’s not the only one in (a state of) arrested development. Hah! You see, both movies (yes, only two) I’ve reviewed for this blog have been teen-centric. The last one, American Teen, even had the word in its title. While hardly stuck in some mid 00’s time-warp (remember those years?), I do consistently find myself drawn to movies and shows that reflect on the experience of growing up. The O.C., Friday Night Lights, Thumbsucker, Stomp The Yard – although derided sometimes as “inconsequential”, these and other stories manage to capture with great accuracy the pains and pleasures of our formative years. And you’ve got to admit –  however fictionalized or exaggerated, there’s something at least a little therapeutic in watching our own experiences and emotions played out on screen.

Unfortunately that’s not so true of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

OMFG Read why!

Geeks, Nerds, and Henning Unite: MTV Seeks Fan Boy/Girl For True Life

November 10, 2008

It seems the wet dream of Lifting Fog’s Editor-in-Chief has finally come to fruition. MTV set up this website to provide every comic book geek with a chance to be a (MTV reality show) celebrity.  One of MTV’s least offensive reality offerings, True Life, is seeking its next cast member: a self-proclaimed fan boy or girl to pal around with their camera crew for the weekend of February 6-8th, 2009. What’s going on the weekend of the 6th in New York City? Why, it’s only Comic Con 2009, sure to whet the appetite of even the most casual reader of Ain’t It Cool News. From the basements of the suburbs, I hear “Finally I can be somebody, Mom!” For more info, and even more True Life casting calls, go here. Maybe you can fit yourself into any number of possible roles for MTV to exploit!

Greetings From…: RIP The Mixtape, 198(?)-2008

November 10, 2008

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Though I’d hardly describe this post as having anything to do with the Big Apple, Mr. Cedric Cheung-Lau is indeed a proud New Yorker and someone ever embracing the city’s cultural opportunities. He catches secret shows. Knows the back entrances to bars you’ve never heard of. He watches foreign films. Without subtitles. Whether in film or music (television is mine), I can always count on him for fresh, sincerely cool recommendations. I mean, he writes for the Columbia Spectator’s Arts section!

About a month ago, when Lifting Fog was locked in a death roll, I asked Cedric to write something for the site. He e-mailed me the little ditty below, a heartfelt ode to the mixtape and a lament for its passing. Morbid, right? While slightly out of date, I’ve included his original introduction to set the tone and remind our readers of the preciousness of life, electronic or otherwise. Hug the person next to you if you can. ANYWAY:

The fog, my fellow readers, seems to have fallen after the initial excitement of having formed an actual blog. For weeks I have hoped that our dear blogger, Mr. Fog, would return to the task at hand. But it seems that the mountains of work that an assistant swim coach has are draining our friend of all inspiration to maintain a daily post. With this in mind, I have taken it upon myself to perform a rescue operation and resuscitate the glory of this blog. If this goes well, perhaps I’ll make future appearances. If not, well, then at least I can say that I tried.

The mixtape is dead.

This has to do, of course, with what we have begun to call the “iPod generation.” Apple’s ubiquitous gadget has single-handedly crushed a cultural, no, artistic phenomenon. Sure, you can argue that the mix is very much alive and thriving, but the concept behind it – the very purpose of it – has been woefully shattered. Cedric attempts to make sense of the pieces after the jump.

It’s Monday. The Weekend’s Over. Enjoy the Video.

November 10, 2008

WTF is The Rock-afire Explosion?

November 10, 2008

Oh, you don’t know? For shame, readers, for shame. In case you aren’t up on your obscure YouTube video, cult-following subcultures, Lifting Fog has got your back. And no, I’m not talking about LonelyGirl15; I’m talking about a true, unscripted story of the American dream. Dive right in with the video below (WARNING: NOT suitable for children under the age of 17 or people who are currently high):

Speechless? Don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave you hanging – read on!