Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cinematic Nutcase - Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer: The Movie



Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Little Pony meets Bionicle

Quite a few voice actors from The Mask of Light ended upi doing voices for ponies.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Something About the Show...

I am less than halfway through the writing of the script to the Rudolf review, so I might as well tell you guys what my plans are for the future of the show.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Interviewed by DerpyDashVA

If you don't know who DerpyDashVA is:


Anyway, since we are good friends at school, and were bored, she decided to "interview" me for her channel. Marvel at the faux professionalism.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Because why not?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Breaking Dawn part 1



Also, does a fetus (or baby, whatever) have conscious thought? There's a part where Edward could hear the thought of the baby inside Bella, and I was just thinking, "Can an unborn baby form coherent thoughts, or is that just its emotions? Does this mean Edward can read emotions too? Do emotions count as thoughts? I'm completely lost."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nostalgic Nutcase - Hunchback of Notre Dame 2



Just felt like actually posting it here. I wonder if it is at all possible to create an actual website, rather than just having a blog. You know, kinda like Spoony or Angry Joe.

Monday, November 28, 2011

This just isn't my day.

So, for Thanksgiving, I went down to Las Vegas and saw Blue Man Group and Penn & Teller (among other things). After seeing the awesome sights of Vegas, including the Hoover Dam, I come home and make the usual weekly PMV Mini-Madness.

So I uploaded the video and Youtube decides to not run ads on the video. I find this odd, considering that they currently run ads on ALL OF THE PREVIOUS MINI-MADNESS VIDS!

Late last night, I had to stay up and do homework. I understand that it is important for me to get good grades, but sometimes it just becomes pointless busywork. I learned that damn stuff, why do I have to create flowcharts about it?

If THAT weren't enough, I tried to upload the Warriors of the Wind review onto Youtube, and it is immediately blocked worldwide by, of all things, Studio Ghibli.

I really want to focus on making more videos and, quite possibly, work on a fanfic, but no, I still have to do this bullshit for school. Fuck this.

Monday, November 21, 2011

You Can Call Me Al (Music Video)

An old music video I did years ago for a summer video production camp.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Owl City Songs

If you watch my PMV Madness videos on Youtube, you may have noticed that I used, so far, 3 songs by Adam Young's solo project "Owl City". I used "Plant Life" in MLPMV Madness 2, "Galaxies" as an MEP audition piece, and just recently "Hot Air Balloon" in PMV Mini-Madness Ep 5.

The reason is obvious, I love Owl City. Owl City is quite possibly my favorite band/artist ever. I love the techno-synth style, I love the soothing and soaring melodies, I love the lyrics, etc. I love it so much that I'm going to have a REALLY hard time picking my ten favorites, but I'll give a shot.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Just a taste of my DeviantArt.

This is the sort of thing I draw when I'm bored. I don't actually set out to draw something in mind, though I do wish I had the talent to do my own fanart. Basically, I just let my hand sketch whatever it sketches and go from there.










Here's another one for good measure.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Footloose (2011)



DeviantArt: http://thecrazyavatarcritic.deviantart.com

Saturday, October 29, 2011

About Haunted Houses...

I went to a local haunted house and I wasn't really scared as much as joining in the insanity.

One thing I find kind of annoying about the haunted houses that I go to is that they're not really scary. The reason why they aren't scary is that you basically see everything. There's no mystery, you are just supposed to react to your surroundings, whether it be a demented circus, a mad house, an abandoned doll shop, etc. It seems that us Americans don't really know any other form of fear other than "look at how gross/bloody/weird this is".

Here's an idea I had for a haunted house. There's this long, dilapidated hallway. Lights are flickering, blood splattered on the wall, furniture knocked over. Something happened here but you don't know what. As you slowly walk down the hallway, you hear subtle noises, you don't know where they are coming from. The farther you walk down, the louder and more graphic the noises become. Sounds of torture and bloodshed fill your eardrums. Louder and louder, until finally, BOOM!!! The lights suddenly go out. You wander through the dark, hearing smaller, unknown noises. Finally a door opens and you are allowed to leave.

That's just my idea.

I heard that in the Philippians, the haunted houses have multiple stories, and they send you in alone to find your way through. THAT would interesting to see.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Random list of movie I need to watch.

I really need to start watching more movies, here's a short list of one I can think of off the top of my head.

Amadeus
John Carpenter's The Thing (actually, John Carpenter in general)
The Star Trek movies
Alfred Hitchcock (there is NO EXCUSE)

That's all I got so far, any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Twitter Account

I decided to get myself a Twitter.

The account is called @BeckNutcase, just in case you're interested.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Something About Monetizing Youtube vids...

Why is it easier for me to get Youtube to run ads on a PMV and NOT on a satirical movie review with original footage?

Why can't I think of anything to put in these MLPMV Madness vids?

Why am I asking YOU, 5 people who don't comment?

Anyway, have a nice night.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ghostbusters


Last night, I went to a screening of Ghostbusters at one of my local movie theaters. Just the fact that they were showing it in theaters to celebrate Halloween is awesome, but when I saw it, there was a pretty sizable audience and there was a group of people in Ghostbusters T-shirt. Upon seeing this, I thought to myself, "This is as it should be."

This was probably the first time in YEARS since I saw this movie, we have Ghostbusters 2 on VHS but sometime ago we lost the first movie, so it was fun to finally watch this.

What I really like about this movie is that, even though I've seen clips being used as references in Nostalgia Critic and SpoonyOne reviews, the lines are even funnier in context.

This is the second time I went to a movie where the audience applauded at the end. I had a good time.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Aki-con 2011



I went to my first anime convention ever. It was both SO AWESOME /)^3^(\ and exhausting. It was draining, both physically and financially, I REALLY need to start making money.

I recorded a lot of footage so be prepared to see a few Youtube videos from the Con. Be warned, one of the more prevalent cosplayers in my footage is quite possibly the BEST SETO KAIBA EVER!!!!

Needless to say, I basically drank $20 worth of Ramune, and I have no regrets.

My friends and I are planning on going to Sakura-con. One I idea I had was to save up a crap ton of money, not only for the convention, but also for an Ouran Academy uniform so that I could go as Tamaki Suoh.



I was happy because there were other pony fans and whenever I found a pony cosplayer or a cosplayer I really liked, I had them take a picture with Twilight Sparkle.





I really need to get back into Soul Eater. Whoever this girl is, she makes an adorable Maka.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Should I have a "Donate" Button?

I know it's probably pointless posting this, considering that NOBODY actually comments on these things, (I'd have better luck on Youtube) but I just want to know how people would feel if I got a PayPal Donate button. If you haven't noticed, I'm running ads on Blip, three of my Youtube videos, and now on my blog that I'm not sure anyone actually follows.

I'm not asking for money, at least not outright, I'm just saying it would be an option.

It would also help to know how I am supposed to get one, apparently I have to set up a "business" or something like that.

Until I figure this out, just send donations to nostalgicnutcase@gmail.com, IF YOU WANT TO.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Return to Harmony: Part 1

MLP Season 2 is finally here!!!!!

The animation is better, the villain is awesome, and there are abundant jokes to be made.

I've already made jokes involving Chocolate Rain (duh), Carrie, and Space Mutiny.


I'm definitely looking forward to rest of the season.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Glee (The Journey Thus Far)

So I started watching Glee on Netflix a few weeks ago and I am now up to the episode with Neil Patrick Harris.

To be honest, I don't hate the show as much as I used to, it's still not all that good. The characters are relatively likeable to keep me coming back, but a lot of the time they are all either complete tools or total assholes. So I do get some enjoyment, both ironically and not.

So I will continue watching when I have the time.



Also, I started running ads on some of m Youtube videos (specifically, the Annabelle's Wish review and Pinkie Rant About Life) so go out and show your friends (individually) these videos.

Pretty please?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glee: The 3D Concert

I hate to beg, but could someone at least comment on these things. It let's me know that someone is reading them.

Anyway, I was bored one day, so I decided to go see the Glee movie just 'cause, even though it has been months since my last encounter with the show and I don't really hold the show in very high esteem (I hated it). My problem with the show was that, while the covers were pretty good, the storylines were stupid and the characters were tools. Why the hell would you want to keep a "hysterical pregnancy" secret from your significant other? Why would you want to get famous by making a sex tape, and how did you not know the tape would technically be child porn? SO WHAT if the jocks draw snarky doodles on the Glee Club page of the library's year book? GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!

Anywho, the "movie" is more or less a concert intercut with mini documentaries of specific "Gleeks" and how the show inspired them to be confident in themselves, or something like that. Yeah, it is a bit pretentious, but I've heard stories about a boy who stood up to his abusive dad because watching Rainbow Dash gave him the confidence to do so, so I'm not going to judge.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy myself, even just a little. They sang Raise Your Glass, Teenage Dream, Safety Dance, Don't Rain on My Parade, Somebody to Love and other songs I like. Even Gweneth Paltrow showed up to sing Forget You, which both pleased and pissed me off. The former because Gweneth is an awesome singer and it's a good song, and the latter because it's the shitty censored version.

However, I do have some gripes. Cory Monteith can't sing Jesse's Girl to save his life, he sounds like he's trying WAY TOO HARD to be Rick Springfield. Also, Lea Michele does really well when singing Broadway musical songs, so why the hell is she singing Firework by Katy Perry? I don't know, it just doesn't sit right with me. BTW Lea, good luck in that New Years' Eve movie, let me know what it's like to be in the same movie as Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, and the dude from Far Cry.

I think the "movie" may have inspired me to go back and watch the show. After all, we all need something to bitch about once in a while, and Michael Bay is probably never going to make another Transformers movie, so I'll take what I can get.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Something About Fanfics and Shipping

As you can imagine, what with my recent influx of Pony vids, I am a Brony. And whenever I get really into a TV show of any kind, I'm going to read fanfiction. It happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender and it's happening now. One aspect of the community I get seriously caught up in is shipping.

Shipping is basically playing matchmaker with characters in a show/book series/etc. A prime example would be the Twilight series. Sometimes, depending on the series, fans will get into heated "discussions" about which pairings are cuter/more logical, a lot of the times escalating to an all out "Shipping War", hence Team Edward and Team Jacob. I was no stranger to this in my days as an "Avatard". We chose our respective ships (mine being Toph/Aang), looked for "evidence" within the context of the show, and raged/rejoiced when the ships were finally revealed at the end. Since then, I still find it difficult to watch A:TLA without getting pretty pissed at certain scenes with "Ship Tease", most notably involving Toph and Sokka (screw that ship).

What I like about the MLP fan community is that this sort of thing hasn't happened yet. Considering that most of the main characters are female, shipping is mostly recreational rather than something to speculate, that is, unless the creators try to Get Crap Passed the Radar. Also, while some fans may have their favorite ships (mine being Applejack/Rainbow Dash), they are open minded enough to enjoy fanart and fanfics of other ships (Fluttershy/Rainbow Dash, for example).

When it comes to fanfiction, I basically only read "shipfics". For some reason, I'm more drawn to stories of characters I love falling in love. Maybe it's because I'm a hopeless romantic, emphasis on hopeless. Or maybe it's because I'm a lonely, socially deficient dork who has never had a girlfriend, trying to escape reality.

The thing about escapism, for me, is that I prefer to reads stories that don't depress me. After all, why would I want to escape boring reality just to get depressed? So you can imagine how irritating it is to find a shipfic that starts out normal but at the end, the author decides to break the mold and have the relationship not work out.

Recently, I came across a fanfic on Deviantart called "First Date" by HiddenBrony. In this story, Rainbow Dash gets up the courage to ask Twilight Sparkle out on a date. It's a nice and simple story, that is until the author decides to flash forward about a year to the wedding of Applejack and Fluttershy (apparently, this story is in continuity with his other work, "A Hop, a Skip, and a Jump") and we find out that Twilight and Rainbow Dash didn't even go on a second date.

The story is well-written, granted, but that ending stills leaves me a tad bitter. There are comments on this story about how the ending was "realistic" in that not all of the relationships can be "super perfect". While I, a hopeless romantic, am pissed because I found ANOTHER fanfic that starts out promising and then ends up turning me emo. (Do NOT get me started on "Of Mares and Magic")

I can't stop writers from writing these stories, I can't stop people from liking these stories, but I also can't prevent myself from reading these stories unless the author gives a warning, like having an ambiguously depressing title like "Rejection".

I'm not saying that romantic fanfics can't have drama ("Confessions and Considerations" is awesome) but you can at least have a happy ending.

My Devianart account is "thecrazyavatarcritic", BTW.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Modern Television is weird.

Could someone explain to me why shows like NCIS, CSI, Law & Order, et cetera are popular? You'd think with all the crazy stuff that happens in real life, people would be watching shows that involve escaping reality, but for some reason, people like watching dramatized versions of tragic local news stories.

Also, why are all of the teen dramas essentially the same shows with different filters? Is there some unwritten rule that if the topic of teen pregnancy isn't present, it isn't considered a high school drama?

Granted, I don't really watch TV anymore (I have MLP:FiM saved on my hard drive) and it's been a while since I watched Glee (I tend to rage when I do) but I'm still perplexed at the popularity of certain shows.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

MLPMV Madness



The Social Network bit was difficult but it turned out beautifully. MST3K references are the best references.





Admittedly, I may have gone too obscure with this one. I'm pretty proud of the Star Trek bit. Also, Fluttershy and Owl City fit perfectly.




I really wish there was a way to promote these vids. There has to be more than 400 people out there who would like these.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Transformers: The Dark of the Moon

When I was a naive lad of 14, I saw a movie called Transformers and thought it was awesome. Keep in mind, this was 2007, just a year before I discovered web personalities James Rolfe, Doug Walker, and Bob "Moviebob" Chipman. Because of them, I grew an interest in film. From then on, my taste in films migrated away from junk action movies.

In 2009, I saw Revenge of the Fallen and it was the most irritatingly, annoyingly long theater experience of my adolescent life.

As for Dark of the Moon, while it is less teeth grinding than the last one, it is still needlessly long. A full hour and a half is spent on making this seem more important than it is by relating it to certain events in history. We all knew about the Apollo conspiracy from the first trailer, but what the trailers DIDN'T tell me was that there was a part where a few characters go to Chernobyl to poke around the ruins. They also got THE REAL LIFE BUZZ ALDRIN for a cameo. I should be laughing at how delusional the film seems to be, thinking it is a grand cinematic epic and not an extended summer popcorn movie, but instead, I just feel insulted.

Also, Mr. Bay, I know Leonard Nimoy is married to your cousin, good on you, but next time you bring him into one of your movies, keep the Star Trek references to a minimum. Wheelie watching the episode where "Spock goes crazy"? Fairly clever. Sentinel Prime (Nimoy) saying "The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few." in a menacing tone? WAY TOO FAR!

While I will admit that the Battle of Chicago sequence was pretty well done, the film is still too long. Unless they wanted to make a character drama, a movie with giant robots should not be more than 2 hours long.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cars 2

About now, John Turturro has two movies out, both of which are sequels and both of which involve animated, talking cars. This one is the better one.

I haven't seen the first Cars in a while, but from what I can remember, it can be basically summed up as "Doc Hollywood with cars". This one avoids the trap of sequels being remakes in disguise by being "007 with cars" and being fully aware of it.

Yes, for the first time, Pixar has made a film that wasn't meant for the Academy, but instead for all the little kids who love Cars and the toy line. Personally, I find it perfectly reasonable for Pixar to do this. Sometimes, dramatic actors take breaks from serious performances by acting in light-hearted comedies, so why can't Pixar do the same?

Now, the movie isn't really bad in anyway, it's a shallow blockbuster that will keep the kids entertained, so mission accomplished I guess.

However, I wasn't really crazy about this movie mostly because I just don't like spy movies. When I watched this, I had this sinking, lackluster feeling that I haven't felt since I watched Goldfinger.

It's not bad, it's just not my style.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Super 8

I take acting classes up in Seattle and the main kid in this movie, Joel Courtney, is one of classmates, so it was a total thrill to see this and support his (hopefully) career-making performance.

Set in the late '70s, Joe (Joel Courtney) is helping his friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) making a movie (using Super 8 film, obviously). While filming, they are caught in the middle of a train derailment. The train, owned by the U.S. Air Force, contains an alien that is then set free to reek havoc on the small town of Lillian, Ohio.

Also appearing in this film are Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Dan Castellaneta (apparently), and others.

The movie is, essentially, a tribute to the classic family movies of the '80s, specifically Steven Spielberg's E.T. There are spot on performances all around but the kids are definitely the stars of the show, especially Elle Fanning.

There are some problems. J.J. Abrams can't have enough lens flares and and the CG effects are a bit obvious, but at the very least, the characters are likable and memorable, and the score is noticeably well done.

This is definitely a step up from Star Trek and that is coming from someone who LIKED Star Trek. Also, if the score is nice and memorable, you already got my attention.

I liked it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Call of Cthulhu

I swear to God this is real. Based on the short story by H. P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu is an independent production by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, who set out to make a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's story, in the style of a 1920s silent film.

The score is haunting, yet beautiful, the visuals are top notch (for a 1920s recreation, of course), and the horror scenes are, dare I say it, Lovecraftian.

It's definitely worth checking out, if your into that sort of thing.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sucker Punch

I'm sorry I haven't been posting anything in the past month, I haven't seen anything worth talking about until now.

Remember Watchmen? Remember Legend of the Guardians? Well, apparently the director can make a good movie that isn't an adaptation.

A group of girls are trying to escape from an asylum. We're seeing this story from the perspective of the main characters' imagination. That's basically it.

While the trailers have sold this movie as the epitome of the male nerd action movie, it is far from it. While the characters imagine the asylum as a brothel, the action scenes are, essentially, their imaginations within their imagination.

It's a really special movie. It needs to be seen.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

True Grit

It's good blah blah blah Hailee Steinfeld should be up for Best Leading Actress blah blah blah traditional Coen Bros. humor blah blah blah.



So yeah.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The King's Speech

Last Sunday, I saw a movie I will never forget. You've probably heard of it, it's based on a true story and nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. I was really affected on a high enough emotional level that I just can't wait for this to come out on DVD.

But enough about 127 Hours, let's talk about King's Speech.

The King's Speech has been nominated for 12 (I think) Academy Awards, and to be quite honest, I'm not sure why.

The film, based on King George VI's speech therapy classes, isn't at all bad, it's just not great. Sure, the actors do a good job and it has it's moments, but Oscar worthy? No.


Also, why is this nominated for Best Original Screenplay? Sure it isn't based on a book but it's still BASED on something.