Sunday, March 2, 2014

Geek News: Disney Indiana Jones Vinylmation!

I remember talking (or blogging) about something called Vinylmations. What are Vinylmations? Well since it's been a while since that post, I'll gladly explain. Vinylmations are Disney vinyl figures that are shaped like Mickey Mouse. These Disney vinyls come blind boxed, so you'll never know what character you're goning to get (which can make you spend so much money until you get the one you want). There are various of designs that Disney artists create ranging from Disney films, to Star Wars and now we finally got Indiana Jones vinyls (or vinylmations if you want to be picky about the name). I obiviously had to get my hands on them. I got a hold of  three of them on a recent trip to Disneyland (yes I went again; dressed as Indiana Jones. It's a long story).I got the rest of them online. The first three Indy vinyls I got were Marion Ravenwood, Toht, and the chaser which is the golden idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark  Here are the awesome Indy vinyls (vinylmations). Enjoy the awesomeness!

The heroes: Indiana Jones, Sallah, Marion Ravenwood
The baddies: Rene Belloq, Toht, German Mechanic, Cairo Swordsman

Golden Fertility Idol (the chaser), Indiana Jones in Cairo disguise 

Indiana Jones vinylmation box


 So where can you get these guys? Well you get get them at the Disney Parks or at the Disney Store.com  I got mines (with the exception of Marion, Toht and the chaser;got them at Disneyland) online at Amazon and ebay for cheaper! And I got the ones I wanted without having the trouble of getting repeats. Yes I cheated, but I wasn't about to waste my time trying to get blind boxes. I hate not knowing what I'm gonna get! Now don't get me wrong. I won't start collecting Disney Vinylmations. I only got the Indiana Jones ones because I love Indiana Jones. I do hope Disney released Temple of Doom vinyls and Last Crusade vinyls. I'd love a Short Round and Indy's dad Henry Jones Sr. Heck maybe even some Kingdom of the Crystal Skull vinyls would be cool. They have Marvel Vinylmations why not more Indiana Jones ones? Well that's it for geek related stuff. Until next time.

BONUS!

One more vinyl (vinylmation) figure. While I was online hunting down my Indy vinyls I stumbled about this other Indy vinyl which is based on the Disneyland Paris ride, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril. I have never been to Paris let alone gone to Disneyland Paris. So I decided to get it. This one is from another series of vinylmations called Park Series. They had Indy stuff. I got it. Geek Life. Goodbye!



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Geek News: Disney Threatens the Star Wars Universe!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am alive and well. I haven't been blogging because of school. There's something about school that just sucks the creative juices out of me (maybe it's all those damn essays they make us write). But now I'm free, for a while that is. There are many things that I have done and haven't been able to share them. That will sort of change now. I have a smart phone now, meaning I can now blog even more. Since I'm The Traveling Informant, I feel I haven't informed much about anything. I figured I should start informing about the place I live (L.A.) and the changes there have been to my surroundings. Expect more things like that (of course, that means I need to get out more). I'm thinking of opening a new blog dedicated to just comics, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and retro video games. Basically opening a blog where I write and share how geeky I am. That way, I'd just concentrate on having interesting things here on this blog than mixing geekyness and I don't know...observations? I don't feel like rebooting everything. This is just a thought for now. But definitely more blog posts on interesting things. Now moving on to GEEKY THINGS LIKE STAR WARS AND INDIANA JONES!

I just recently really got into Star Wars. I mean really into it. Enough for me to start reading the novels and purchase the Star Wars Saga on blu ray (I finally own a blu ray player) and check out those Dark Horse comic books. And even for me to start buying Star Wars figures. Don't think I just got into Star Wars. I've liked Star Wars enough for me to see them before and to have some Star Wars merchandise. But now it's like I really like Star Wars. Not as much as Indiana Jones, however. :)

Which brings me to this topic: Why is Disney so gosh darn greedy? Yes we all know Star Wars is now officially Disney's. And in fact I didn't care much. As I stated before I did flip out when I heard Marvel was part of Disney (a few years back) and when I heard that Indiana Jones is now officially owned by Disney I freaked out! Disney owns everything I LOVE! Well now I hear that Dark Horse Comics is no longer going to make Star Wars comics because Disney wants Marvel to make the Star Wars comics. To make matters worse, I hear that Disney has created a committee that focuses on just Star Wars and it's universe. Their job is too pick whats
canon and what's not. According to the website io9.com, this committee will search through all the Star Wars expanded universe material (like books, video games, and comics) and choose what they keep and remove. That means the novels and graphic novels that have already been out there for years may be removed. And there is a lots of  Star Wars expanded universe stuff out there. I guess Disney is trying to remove this already established universe to make room for their upcoming Star Wars films. But should they do that?  Hardcore Star Wars are losing their sh*t, posting up Youtube videos in protest against this act by Disney. As of now I'm buying Star Wars novels. Like I said, I'm really getting into the whole Star Wars scene. I'm in the process of reading a series of books written by Timothy Zhan known as The Thrawn Trilogy by many Star Wars fans. But then a thought hit me again. Disney is planning to reboot the Star Wars universe. Disney also owns the Indiana Jones franchise. Would they reboot the Indiana Jones series as well?

Ladies and gentlemen, we all know Indy is my hero. Hell, The Traveling Informant exists because of Indiana Jones. So I really don't want Disney screwing up the Indiana Jones series at all. I don't want them to reboot Indiana Jones either. No other actor can play Indiana Jones but Harrison Ford himself. I really wish Disney would respect that and not recast Indiana Jones or try to reboot the film series. I also hope they don't destroy the already established Young Indiana Jones series (which if you didn't know was a live action television series that dealt with the adventures of Young Indiana Jones) and the novels that already exist. I would be okay if Disney decides to kick out the video games and the comic books of Indiana Jones. That I would be okay with. But Disney better not f**k with the films, the television series or the novels. And Disney better not recast a new Indiana Jones because Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, end of story. Punks. I wouldn't mind seeing a CGI Indiana Jones film just as long as Indiana Jones looks like Harrison Ford. Respect Harrison Ford. The man is a beast!

Back to Star Wars, I understand Disney destroying half of the expanded universe to make films but I still don't think they should do that. Instead what they can do is base the new films on some of the novels and let the novels exist. It's pleasing both to the fans and me. Disney can do better. Don't kill off some of the characters many have already come to love. If Disney decides to destroy the whole comic stuff and maybe that cartoon television series then that would be cool with me. Maybe they can make it better? But the comic book stuff can be rid of. At least I think so. So that was my geek moment for you guys. What do you guys think, should Disney destroy the already established universe for Star Wars (and lets not forget my baby daddy Indiana Jones) or should they leave the Expanded Universe as it is and base their new films on the books? Leave your comments below! Geek out with me!

Check out the link for io9 and the Star Wars news:

http://io9.com/disney-appoints-a-group-to-determine-a-new-official-st-1497893812

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why I Hate Urban Outfitters With A Passion

(Picture is not taken by me. I got this off the interwebs!)

I really really hate Urban Outfiiters. They are more like Urban Counterfitters. This doesn't really have to do with hipsters as much as one thinks it does (even though I hate hipsters so much...but I also find hipster chicks attractive).  Why do I hate Urban Outfitters so much? Well for one it's corporate and since I'm young and stupid I have to hate something corporate.

Not but seriously I have valid reasons to dislike Urban Outfitters.Please note that I do not hate all corporate stores. That was a joke. I sometimes shop at Sears, JC Penny, and random independent stores I find. Occasionally I shop at Hot Topic but that rarely happens. I can't stay in that store for more than 5 minutes. Hot Topic does have awesome shirts. And mostly all the shirts I wear are all super hero shirts, and some local business shirts.  But let's get on to my reasons as to why I refuse to buy from Urban Outfitters and why everyone in the world should too.

1. Urban Outfitters steals designs from Independent artists. The internet is full of proof to this statement. There's an article online (I shall list the link on the bottom) that clearly exposes Urban Outfitters stealing ideas from a jewelry designer. Sad thing is. they don't stop there. See I was informed about an event called Arts & Crafts that is held (it's my understanding that it is) in Chicago. What this event offers is individuality. What do I mean? Well it's simple. Artists of all types are in this event. People who make pursues made out of books, people who make their own t-shirt designs (usually just one design, one t-shirt), and other neat little knick knacks all congregate in this event to express individuality and the freedom to make what ever the hell they want. It's a DIY attitude (DO IT YOURSELF).
However corporate tycoons with no creavity and respect from the DIY and Indie culture come to these events with the mentally to exploit and steal the designs these great people make. Thus they copy and mass produce things that don't even belong to them.  Which brings me to point number two.

2. Urban Outfitters exploits the real Indie culture. When most people think about Indie culture and Indie music the first thing they think about are hipsters. These annoying people are everywhere! Hipsters claim to be indie (indie means independent if you didn't know), when in reality they are not. Ironically, hipsters where created by the mainstream culture, when the mainstream culture decided to exploit Indie. See in my humble opinion hipsters and indie people are completely different. Indie people are the people you see doing they things they enjoy simply because they enjoy doing it. No body pushes these guys to do something. They simply do it and then they share it with the world. Examples include music bands, artists, zine writers, bloggers, some fashion designers, and some writers. They take from the Indie community but they also contribute to the community. Hipsters are the complete opposite. Hipsters are selfish, snobby people who do nothing and yet try to identify with Indie culture. Hipsters do not contribute to anything, all they do is consume and try really hard to be different from everyone else. That makes them like everyone else. They think they are better than everyone. They usually do things because their friends are doing it, not because they want to do it. And they shop at Urban Outfitters thinking it's vintage. LOL.
 Urban Outfitters just usually shows young hipster people in their advertisements wearing garments that are clearly stolen ideas from real Indie artists. That gives the wrong impression to the world. Hipsters are not Indie. Then there's the music you find there. You add music from the Indie culture and bam! Consumers quickly identify indie music with hipsters and the line between hipster and indie is lost to the world. It's really sad.


3. Young and inexperienced get their hands on great stuff.  This next point is mostly my own opinion and it's a really stupid and silly opinion but an opinion nonetheless. This has to do with vinyl records and record players. The other day I was in that store because a friend of mine took me to the mall. You can't really complain if the person who takes you somewhere you don't like since they are your ride, or else you can take the bus home! But I was in there and I decided to check out their vinyls. I don't really know why but I got super pissed when I saw vinyl records from The Velvet Underground and Joy Division (two out of four of my favorite bands/ artists, the other two are Cold Showers and David Bowie. Lou Reed is squeezed in there too). The thought that some teenage hipster bought these vinyls simply to pretend they know about music and are so different from everyone else really got me mad. I'm not saying that all teenagers or teenage hipsters, or hipsters do this. But I feel that most of the consumers (most of the buyers are teens) simply don't know the value of these bands. To those who do, tip of the hat to you. But to me, bands like The Velvet Underground and Joy Division all have a special place in my heart because I remember listening to them when I was 10 years old and thought I was in love. I don't know. Like I said, it's a silly reason. I hope that you sort of understand where I'm coming from.

Shopping at Urban Outfitters does not make you a bad person. I am not saying that. Nor am I saying that it makes you a hipster if you do. I think it's funny when hipsters buy from there. People and friends I know who shop at Urban Outfitters simply don't know that Urban Outfitters does the things I mention above. And some simply don't care because the clothes and merchandise they buy there makes them look good.  Like I said I find some of their stuff really cool (well the record player does). The only way you'd see me wearing a shirt or using any clothing or merchandise from Urban Outfitters is if a friend bought it for me or if it's the end of the world and there's zombies everywhere and my clothes are ripped up. Usually if a shirt that I'm wearing looks like you can find it at Urban Outfitters, I can guarantee you it's not. I would have bought it from an original Indie artists, and not those Urban Counterfeit douche bags. Sorry about this long rant guys. I had to get this out of my chest somehow. I simply wish to inform those who don't know about Urban Outfitters and giving my own opinion as to why I don't shop there.  This is just my opinion and my choice. I don't wish to offend any people who like to shop at Urban Outfitters. Except hipsters. You guys kill my vibe. But other than that. I hope you guys enjoyed this rant. And sorry if I got you mad. Not my intention.


Here are the links you crazy cats:

The link to the blog
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/05/urban_outfitter_2.php

The link to the Art's and Craft event in Chicago
http://www.artsandcraftschicago.com/

There's a whole book about the culture of Indie. If you are interested you can check it out. The book is called Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes. Really great read you guys. Try to find it at your local independent bookstore and if you can't try Amazon. (See I don't hate all corporate. Eventhough Amazon does have bad things to them. But that's another story for another time.)





Thursday, September 5, 2013

Disneyland Haul 2013

Now if memory serves me right, I wrote a post about how Disney had raised the prices for Disneyland to $92 bucks for a one day ticket. I also called them greedy little piggies (well I remember calling them greedy). That being said, I took another trip to Disneyland this year. I know I know, so of you might be calling me a hypocrite. But I never stated that I hated Disney nor their theme parks, I just said I didn't like how greedy they are. And I still haven't come to peace with the fact that they own Marvel. But I decided to take another Disneyland trip, this time with the goal to purchase some very specific things that honestly I should have picked up last year. If anyone (and I mean anyone) read my last post about The Lone Ranger, then by now you dear reader should know I'm a fan of the Lone Ranger. So, since the Lone Ranger is now Disney (sheesh) I knew they would have some Lone Ranger things at Disneyland. And they did. But I really wanted something bad! If fact it's the reason why I even went to Disneyland this year. I wanted to buy a couple of things from some of the attractions at the park, like the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. I'll stop talking now and let you see the cool things I bought (for the low price of $200!!!).

The first thing I got was this button, Why did I get it if I've been to Disneyland so many times? Well simply put I never got one. I got one this time. So ha! 
Then of course I had to pick up some treats! Not shown below are a churro I ate, this bread soup bowl, and Mickey ice cream bar. And lots of popcorn!

Mickey Mouse rice crispy treat. It was good!

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn. You find these at Main Street. Oddly this one wasn't as good as the others.

I gotta say I dig the vintage look for all the characters. This one's Goofy.


Can't visit Disneyland without buying candy. You just can't.

Now we get to the items!

Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones Key. If you guys have seen the Pirates of the Caribbean films, then you might recognize this little item. I thought it was cool so I bought it. 

Pirates of the Caribbean pin.
The Lone Ranger Texas Ranger badge. Yes folks they had some neat stuff in Frontier Land at Disneyland. Legos, and books and costumes for kids. All that interested me was this badge. Yer darn right I wear that there badge! 

 Of course I had to pick up as much Indiana Jones merchandise as I could afford! I don't know when I'll be back to get my hands on Indiana Jones items! So here are all things Indy! Starting with this Disneyland Exclusive:  Indiana Jones Temple of Doom figure. Stands 6 inches and looks a little odd. Not much Harrison Ford going on. But they way I have Disneyland Exclusive Indiana Jones figure with the jacket on.



I never had a good Indiana Jones shirt. Nor did I ever have a Indiana Jones film shirt. And it's my favorite film too! I had to get it.

Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones: Baseball. Did I ever mention that I'm a baseball fan. I like baseball. I'm just not a sports buff. But I saw this and I said "Shut and take my money!" I actually really like it. It's one of my favorites things that I have bought. 


Mickey Mouse as Indiana Jones: Coin Bank. I thought this was really neat. Every college student needs a coin bank, There are times when change is the only money one has. Why not have this cool item sitting on you desk? 


One thing that I really like about this coin bank was that the crystal skull is a reference to another Disney character named Stitch. 

Indiana Jones fedora: Car Antenna Topper. Why not? But I won't put it on my car. I just put it on my pencils.
Indiana Jones fedora. The main thing. The only reason why I went to Disneyland this year. I had to get myself an Indy hat. I had to. I wear this hat 85% of the time. I love it. Indy buff will notice that this is not an exact Indy hat. That's but the hat I purchased is slightly different. The ones they sell that really look like the actual Indy fedora are different. Long story short, they didn't have my size (extra large. I have a big brain.) So I got this one instead. Looks almost like the fedora Indy uses, right?

It's an official Indiana Jones fedora!

OFFICIAL!

 Folks all of the items you see above are all expensive. Hell, it's Disneyland! An apple is about $5! Just one! Like I said before, Disney is getting way too greedy and way to expensive. That doesn't mean I don't like them, but I don't like them as much as I did. When well I go back to Disneyland? I don't know. Might a long time, it might not be. The point is this. Disney shouldn't be so pricey. Disneyland is awesome and even some of the films they did. But why pay $100 just to see a giant mouse running around a castle?


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Lone Ranger Rides Again: Merchandise Pick Ups

If you guys read the last post of dealing with the new Disney Lone Ranger film,then is a a little continuation of that (well kinda). I'll this one short. I'm not reviewing anything on here. It's more like a Lone Ranger haul. Like a stated before I absolutely loved The Lone Ranger and easily become a fan. So I decided to pick up a few Lone Ranger merchandise. And so I have! Check out my merchandise I bought!

 First off are my purchases from the Disney Store (by the way folks I heading to Disneyland this coming Saturday, more info on that in the next post). I had to pick this mug. I don't know why but I just thought it was a cool mug. And I don't have many mugs (course I don't drink hot drinks often). The most I have are at least 5 mugs. I also wanted to pick up a Tonto mug they had but I ended up just getting one. I might pick up that Tonto mug eventually (maybe at Disneyland?).  They (meaning the Disney Store I went to) also had Lone Ranger notebooks, giant man Barbie's, some costumes for kids, and these really awesome Lone Ranger pens. I of course purchased the Lone Ranger pens.


Because I have nothing better than to waste my precious money. (And I'm a college student and wasting money is like committing suicide. Money is precious because we college students pay lots of money just to read books.)


The pen set came with two pens, hence pen set. Each one is made of metal and plastic, but mostly metal. I like two write. Alot. And I am definitely using my Ranger pen a lot. I'm the cool kid in school!

Naturally, the reason why there are two pens is because The Lone Ranger has to have is com padre Tonto. So we get a Tonto pen and a Lone Ranger pen. I personally like my Lone Ranger pen. Mostly because I like the Lone Ranger better than Tonto. But Tonto is cool. If you don't want either one of the pens you can give one to your own com padre or com madre (Spanish for your homies! The more you know).  I'll show the pens in a little more detail at the end of the post, along with more mug shots (pun not intended).
Next up we have my favorite of out all the merch I bought. These two figures I did not purchase at the Disney Store (the Disney Store only sell man doll versions of these two. These are action figures. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!). I don't remember the store where I purchased these two. Nor does it matter much. Thing is, these guys are awesome! I know I said before that I don't want to collect toys but man these guys are cool. These figures were released by NECA (a toy company) and man do they have so much detail! And the face sculpt is great. The Lone Ranger looks like Armie Hammer and Tonto looks like Captain Jack Sparrow, er I mean looks like Johnny Depp. Really cool figures. I like to display them right next to my Disneyland exclusive Indiana Jones (which sits on my dvd/blu ray cabinet) in my living room. Everyone who walks in does look at them and my friends think they look cool. (Yet I feel geeky. Oh well. C'est la vie).

Anyways guys, like I said I am new Lone Ranger fan. I do look forward to seeing more Lone Ranger merchandise, Maybe NECA would release an original Clayton Moore Lone Ranger or a Jay Silverheels Tonto. That would be nice. Fingers are crossed.  But other than that, that's all folks. I will be going to Disneyland so, maybe they'll have some more Lone Ranger there (maybe in Frontierland?). More info on that in the next post. Look forward to a huge Disneyland haul (or maybe a little one. I"M A COLLEGE STUDENT!)

Check out more photos below:

The Lone Ranger Pen

Tonto Pen


Lone Ranger Figure 
Tonto Figure
:) 
Lone Ranger Mug 
Lone Ranger with revolvers drawn 

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Heroes of Yesteryear: Why Disney's The Lone Ranger Performed Poorly

How many of us grew up with characters like Zorro, The Green Hornet, and The Lone Ranger? I didn't. Hell I was lucky to be introduced to these characters by my father. He loved these characters and there is on character he really loved more than all of them. That character was The Lone Ranger.  Please don't think this is going to be a memoir type of blog post. It's going to be an explanationof why it did poorly in the box office and a redemption of the new Disney film The Lone Ranger.
First off, I love the film. I loved every scene, every moment, and every second of it. I remember going in the theater and thinking to myself "Man this film is going to suck." But I was wrong. Of course the critics say that the film was complete crap. And you know, they are dead wrong. (Just like they were wrong about Man of Steel. That film rocked!) So as a consequence I will no longer take critics seriously. Ever. Nor will I ever let their critique of a film, neither good or bad, dictate the decision of any film I watch. (For the record, that has never happen. But I did used to read reviews before watching a film. I won't do that. I might read the reviews until after I watch the film. Maybe.)

Disney's The Lone Ranger was one (out three) of the funnest films I have seen. It was just awesome. I loved the characters, especially Armie Hammer's interpretation for the Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp was also fun to
see as Tonto, but I did feel like he was putting in his Captain Jack Sparrow into the role of Tonto. It wasn't distracting but one couldn't help to notice it. So of the people online who claimed to not have enjoyed it, have stated that the film was long, boring and stupid. Really? I bet these are the same people who think Transformers and The Fast and The Furious films are good films. I call b.s. on these people. I have two good reasons why The Lone Ranger didn't do so well in the box office. (Well I think we can manage to squeeze in three. Maybe.)

First off, The Lone Ranger is old. I'm talking 1933 old. It used to be a radio show (according to Wikipedia) and was then move to be a television show (according to my dad) in 1949 to 1957. The Lone Ranger was played by Clayton Moore and Tonto was played by Jay Silverheels (Lone Ranger fans and Hollywood bluffs already know this. Feel free to skip a couple of paragraphs). From 1957 to 2013, there's been a long gap in between. Since the Lone Ranger is an old character and since the series ended in 1957, people have forgotten about him. Not everyone, but many have. Most of my friends didn't even know who the Lone Ranger. Many did not grow up with this character. Those who had, are either dead, old, or missing. (This explains why there were so many old folks in the theater when I saw it opening day.) Again I thank my father and mother, because oddly when they were kids they would gather around the tv and watch the adventures of the Lone Ranger. And years later, they would show me those episodes (and to be truthful I never really liked to watch the Lone Ranger because I thought the show was boring. OF course that changed now!) But you see dear reader, generations of Americans did not get introduced to the Lone Ranger. Kids never knew the Lone Ranger, MY generation doesn't know who he is. It was a good idea for Disney to try to re-introduce the character back into our lives. But because many don't know who this strange masked character is, they won't watch it. No mater how much Disney re-enforces the idea that it came from the producers of Pirates of the Caribbean.

That brings us to the second reason. Since people don't know who the Lone Ranger is, well most folks would rather take their children to watch something that they already know. See we as Americans fear change. We don't trust the unknown. It's the reason why we chose Mc Donald's rather than eat across the street at that mom and dad burger joint. We have to remember that The Lone Ranger was competing with Despicable Me 2, a stupid kiddie film, and when it comes to kids and teenage girls, it's the kiddies who win anything. Think about. When I went to go see The Lone Ranger, there was a huge (and I mean huge) line just to stand outside of the theater room for Despicable Me 2. There were kids everyone! Loud, annoying kids everywhere! But for The Lone Ranger there were hardly any kids in there (but there was a few). It lost money because Despicable Me 2 was more attractive towards kids. Disney underestimated Dreamworks (or whoever the hell makes Despicable Me).

The last little reason I have is this: Why the hell did Disney invest so much money (somewhere around $800 million, I think)? Where was that put in? The film didn't even need CGI, in fact there is so little CGI! What the hell! (Tax dollars at work.) Maybe if Disney haven't invested so much, then maybe they wouldn't have lost so much money. (Maybe it's pay back for raising the prices on those Disneyland tickets!)

The film wasn't even bad. IT was cool, awesome. A good western film. The plot was a little choppy and Captain Jack Sparrow made a few cameo appearances, but for what it was, it was a fun film. Like I said I enjoyed it. Maybe folks weren't happy that Armie Hammer was playing a character whose only face they imagined to be the Lone Ranger was Clayton Moore. And I understand that (hell I'd be pretty pissed if there was a new Indiana Jones and no Harrison Ford playing him), But honestly I love the film. I am now officially a huge Lone Ranger fan. I like the character almost as much as I love Indiana Jones (that's not weird right?) But Armie Hammer played a damn good John Reid/Lone Ranger. Damn good. Johnny Depp played a cool Tonto. There characters, if the person is familiar with them, are classic. Most don't understand that the Lone Ranger doesn't kill, EVER!  Maybe that's why some didn't like it? Who knows. All I know is that I like it, and people should give it a chance. A big chance. I would love to see a sequel anytime soon. Disney, as much as I love to dislike you, I always sort of have a soft spot for you. Ladies and gentleman, adios!

HI-YO SILVER! AWAY!
Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. The heroes of yesteryear

 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jess + Moss : An Indie Film

Scene from Jess + Moss
Lately I've been watching the short lived television series, Freaks and Geeks on Netflix. I saw all 18 episodes back when I was in 11th grade so I wanted to watch all these episodes again. The character of Millie (played by Sarah Hagan) always interested me more than the other characters. This is how I came across a wonderful Indie film called Jess + Moss.
My DVD copy of this wonderful film.

I don't know about you, dear reader, but sometimes I come across things that are just so great that I just have to share and tell everyone about! Jess + Moss is one of these things. Most people don't really watch indie films. They pass them off as uninteresting and overly unique. I don't know what folks mean by "overly unique" but I have heard people I know say that.  To me indie films are odd films that usually tell very complex stories through use of symbolism, sad music and imagery, and (like everything else) you can interpret them in any way.

Jess + Moss is about two cousins named Jess (played by the lovely Sarah Hagan) and Moss (played by Austin Vickers, whom I never heard of. No offense to Austin Vickers). The story of the film touches the subject of memories and the relationship between two kids (they are cousins by the way) who feel so out of place with their families that all they have is each other and figuring out what life is or can be like.

I personally like to think that the real main character of this story is Moss. To me, the film is actually a reflection of Moss's memory with his best and apparently only friend/cousin Jess.  Moss is discovering the
Scene from Jess + Moss
world and he sees the world as something wonderful and longs to explore more. In the film, Moss records conversations and the adventures he has with Jess and listens to them constantly, so he won't forget them. I find this just heart warming, yet sad. He doesn't want to forget those special times he has with Jess. But Moss is growing up. Now let us not forget Jess.

The other main character is Jess. Jess (that lovely lovely girl) is the darker character of the film. Unlike Moss who has more family, Jess (basically) no family. Her father neglects her, and her mother abandoned her at birth (I think). The connection with the tapes is that what Jess listens to are two tapes that her mother left her. She, like Moss, listens to remember the life she never had. The neglect of love has affected her, and all Jess run away from the life she has now. She is more experienced at life (obviously) and teases Moss of his innocence. There's a scene that I could write about as an example to that statement but I'm too lazy to do so, so we'll move on.

Okay, enough of the characters. Watch the film to know more about them. I want to talk about the way the film was shot. The film was shot in a way that gives it a vintage sort of look to it. Sorry folks but I don't really know about film cameras or the type of cameras they used for this film. You'll just have to guide yourselves
Scene from Jess + Moss
with how I describe it. To give you an idea on how the film looks, try looking up TV new coverage from the 60's. That's how some parts of this film look and it totally works. They remind me of memories! Because when I remember something, I like to fancy my memories in a vintage sort of way.

Jess + Moss is an excellent example of how memories affect us, and the people who have such a huge impact in our lives. Jess + Moss is one of those films where the ending is an open ended film and the viewer can interpret the film in almost anyway.  Do I like this film? OF COURSE! I recommend that everyone should watch Jess + Moss! It gets five bullwhips out of five. (My version of stars.)

Of course this film is not for everyone. This film is only for a select group of people who will understand the film and appreciate what it means. I know this from experience. Half of the people I hang out with me thought the film was stupid (yet they believe Transformers and The Fast and the Furious films are excellent films. I weep for humanity!). So give this film a chance I promise you'll like it. Check out the trailer below along with photos from y copy of the film and remember to leave any comments below!