Sunday, March 30, 2008

In the Hood

No, not a hoodie, or even my home, though I'm in both right now. What I mean this time is parenthood. Yes, I had been expecting for the nine allotted months and now I'm the proud parent of a beautiful baby girl, Cassanda Anne Mosher. She was born on March 18, 2008 and it feels like it's been a month since then, but we're reallly just past the first full week with her in our lives and I must say, it's been great.

Being a dad means my routine has changed quite a bit. Now I can't just come home and play video games and eat dinner. No, the baby has injected herself into this routine so now I come home, hold the baby and play video games, hold the baby and eat dinner and hold the baby and go to sleep. She's fantastic so far but I keep kicking her butt in Smash Bros. Brawl. I'll enjoy that whilst I can, since she'll probably be awesome at it by the time she's 1.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ginkers Youtube Clip #2

It took me long enough but I finally cut together a bunch of clips from the first Ginkers interview that was done. There was a ton of footage, both pre-interview and during for me to go through and render. I think I'm going to have to capture any more footage in dv for now, since the hdv is quite a cpu hog and takes forever to edit. I feel bad that it took me so long to get this one together.

It's a little different paced than the previous video. Herman was a more concise speaker whereas Scott was more verbose and trailed you along in his story and hit you with the punchline like any good comedian. He was quite the interview and you have to realize that of these 5 minutes, I left about an hour and a half out, most of which was pretty damn good stuff. I can't wait to see it all incorporated into the bigger picture. In the meantime, enjoy the show and don't forget to click the side link to Rucksack Films and show the guys some love for letting a slacker like me play with a camera and a computer on their film.

While the audio from my onboard mic isn't the best and I was still learning the ins and outs of the camera, it's serviceable and I couldn't ask for better from my equipment. Our sound guy Bill will be cleaning it up for the film so it'll be pristine. The background music is by Dragonforce, and fits since I needed something driving and long to move everything along. Well, I probably didn't but I love music so I can't help it.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Prison a Go-Go

No, it's not about putting politicians from the 60s into jail, instead it's a send up of women in prison movies, and to be honest, it's not all that good. What I thought was going to be a decent spoof of the flicks, turned out to be a low budget conglomeration of the aforementioned prison movies, slacker movies and Rhonda Shear. And no, she doesn't get naked.

The premise of the film is about a girl who is looking for her sister who was kidnapped from their home and dragged into a secret labratory of a crazy doctor, which happens to be on the grounds of the prison in the Phillipines. To save her sister, the girl gets arrested and then is brought into the sordid world of WIP films and shower scenes. For those interested in the latter, there's a countdown clock that tells you when the next one is going to be.

While it's not a slick film, it does have its entertaining moments and despite some trepidation during the first ten minutes, I stuck it out and got some enjoyable performances out of Mary Woronov, Lloyd Kaufman and the rest of the cast. There is nudity, but it's nothing to write home about and there's also kung fu, which is decent for such a low budget flick. If you like the absurd and almost horrible, this is a good film for you. Also, there are some zombies in it in a brief role but they do well.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Roll Em Up

We lost a great innovator in the realm of tabletop RPGs this week in the form of Gary Gygax. Gary pretty much was the godfather of tabletop gaming with the creation of Dungeons and Dragons and a myriad of modules and novels to boot. I've never met the man and never will now, but I owe him a great debt being a geek who found a second life in the games he made up. Many a fond Saturday were spent with friends during my youth rolling our dice and playing heroic characters fighting nefarious villains, graduating from the world of D&D to AD&D and then Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Vampire and other role-playing games. Ever since my brother got the red box basic set when we were 11 or 12, it was game on and we were having the times of our lives. Everyone I've played with I've considered a friend, and I have memories of all of the adventuring parties that were willing to have me.

They were fun times and I wouldn't trade them for the world. Indirectly, Gary taught me acting, storytelling and how to have a good time using my imagination and some dice and a few buddies and beers. For that, I will always be thankful. I may not have the time anymore to get a group together and crawl through a dungeon, but I know I will eventually, and I look forward to teaching my child how to play in the world Gary Gygax created. It'll be 2nd edition, since that's what I remember the most, and we'll break out our six sided dice and roll for stats, gear and eventually and most importantly, initiative.

Rest in peace Gary.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Turistas

Just finished watching Turistas, thanks to it being lent to me by Jorge, and I'd thought I'd weigh in on it. It was released around the same time as Hostel, and the two draw comparisons but by far, they are different films. Hostel has tourists travelling to a remote area where they are then tortured to death. In Turistas, the hapless supects are waylaid by accident wherein the plot of organ harvesting natives occurs. The film is a good one, and relies more on suspense than gore to provide its thrills. The cast is likeable enough and it's a shame when they get offed but it keeps you entertained until the end. Definitely worth a rental if you're looking for something to keep you homebound instead of travelling abroad.