Monday, December 24, 2012

Brony Nutcase - Hearth's Warming Eve

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ralph reicht's und der Hobbit



This was filmed on Friday, so after I came back from seeing The Hobbit, I found out about the shooting in Connecticut.

My condolences to everyone affected by the shooting.

And no, I didn't think The Hobbit was "too long".

Saturday, December 8, 2012

On My Own

Way back earlier this year, before I came to Germany, I remember going to a thrift store. I can't really remember why or what the context was for going there, I just remember being there with friends. Now that I think about it, it was probably around this time of year, so last Holiday season then.

Anyway, we were hanging out at the thrift store (probably because someone was buying presents) and there was a part of the store that really intrigued me (aside from the VHS section). In the back of the store, there was furniture. Really cheap furniture. Like, I could've gotten a fairly decent (if a bit 90s-looking) couch for the same price of a Wii game. Really, $50-60 for a couch, and $20-40 for a armchair.

For some reason, just knowing that there are places that sell furniture for cheap made me feel not so afraid of my evident departure from my parents' home and finding a place of my own. I guess it's one of those "one-less-thing-to-worry-about" sort of deals.

Anyway, I'm off to go see Ralph reicht's (German Wreck-It Ralph).

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Fourth Year Passes

Four years ago today, I uploaded my Hercules review (originally done as a school project) to Youtube. Since then, I have uploaded a total of 14 reviews (working on my 15th right now). A bit too few for my taste.

I am currently working on a holiday review. Hopefully, I can get it out by the end of the month, if earlier.

I apologize for not making some sort of video like I did last year.

It's been weird. Being away from home, in a completely different country, far away from close friends...and it will be like this until June.

November was an especially weird month for me. It began with my girlfriend of almost 9 months and I breaking up (we're still friends, we've always been friends). Yeah, I was sad, I was disappointed that it happened while I was here, but she's still my friend, and I wish her happiness (she has a girlfriend now).

Aside from my life emulating that of Mark Cohen from Rent, I finally uploaded a review of The Rugrats Movie, which originally going to be my 2nd review, but was scrapped at the beginning of the editing stage (and then came Return of Jafar). 

To be honest, I can't wait to get this bloody clown story-arc over and done with.

I have a lot of time to think, and at times, I think back to happier times of my life. And for some reason, when I listened to this song, all of those memories came rushing back.



It been one helluva ride, but it's not over yet.

Happy 4th anniversary.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Too Personal for Comfort?

Part of me really wants to blog about basically anything I want, including the more personal aspects of my life. But the damning thing about the 'personal' is that it makes me think that there are things that you are not supposed to talk about.

In general, I do consider myself an open person, willing to share my feelings and woes when I can fully explain them, but some things I feel like I shouldn't talk about because it involves other people in my life.

Another thing is that I really do want to share these sort of things, but I'm not sure who would care.

Then again, I have laid out a lot of these sort of things on Tumblr, and less so on Twitter, but this Blog seems more 'official' to me.

I don't know.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warriors of the Wind Commentary


I recorded a new commentary over the Thanksgiving weekend.



Also, you know that part where I talked about how I ordered the German VHS of Warriors of the Wind? Well.....


So, that'll be fun.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ghibli Blog?

Apparently, my review of Warriors of the Wind was featured on the GhibliBlog last week.

Gotta admit, that's pretty cool.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Cinematic Nutcase - The Rugrats Movie


It begins.

It's Been Such a Long TIme

Probably should give an update on the happenings in my life.

As of now, the next review (The Rugrats Movie) is completely finished, and we're waiting for my colleague to upload it.

I started writing, and working on and off, a script for a Holiday review, but considering my work ethic, I'm not sure if it'll be up by Christmas. I could try and not be lazy, that would be the responsible thing to do.

I've been expanding my horizons with music by way of Pandora and Spotify. Now I really need to get into Secondhand Serenade, Kamelot, Relient K, and Edguy. Fun times.

I've also been trying to work on fanfics (MLP and Hetalia, naturally). Most of the time, I have trouble putting words on paper. I have an innately cinematic mind, so I can see the picture in my head, it's just hard for me to write it out. Of course, I'm wondering how people read without playing out a film in their head.

Kinda getting into a rhythm here in Germany. It's gonna be weird spending the Holiday Season away from friends and family, and in a completely different country. And then in January, I'll be sent off to a new host family. Damn, and I actually like it in this house.

Other, more personal, stuff has happened. Interesting stuff. Though, I'm not sure if it would be proper to completely lay it all out.

Oh, and I'm starting to draw more. See?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tale of Two Commentaries

We have two commentaries for one review: the Top 10 Underrated Villains.

Enjoy the babbling.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eisblume

There's a quaint little music shop in the Güstrow marketplace. They have all sorts of CDs, cassettes, instruments, etc. In regards to popular music, I see, possibly, the exact same Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga albums, but also some other things that are actually interesting. I'll probably head back in there and get the Best of Enya.

Anyway, I've been trying to find some German bands, and one CD that captured my interest was an album from Eisblume (ice flower). What got me to pay the 17 Euro was that the final track was "River Flows In You" by Yiruma (aka the one song nearly everyone knows because of Twilight despite not actually being IN Twilight).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dear Esther

As it turns out, I have to purchase my Steam products through the browser website and not the application itself. Kind of odd, but at least I can finally buy games to play. I should be working on scripts, shouldn't I? Well, anyway...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

It's Been One of Those Days

I don't have awful days where everything goes wrong. I just have days where I find myself in an existential quandary, wondering what I really want to do and how I can possibly do it. If you followed my Twitter for more than a year, you probably already know that. Usually, these sort of days leave in a very somber mood, that I can't really shake. Anyway, here are some melancholy songs I like to listen to when I'm in this sort of mood.

Ask Nutcase 1

I answer questions while listening to anime openings.



Sunday, September 2, 2012

I Can't Believe it's Not AVGN

Every see a horrible video where someone tries to review a game, but they really suck at? Aren't they almost completely unwatchable? Well, this guy here makes watchable by making fun of them and pointing out their bullshit.

EDIT: I just realized how douchey this sounds...sorry about that.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nathan Phelps on Escaping Westboro

I'm a non-believer, an Agnostic-Atheist if you really want specifics. I generally don't believe in a deity (at least not the ones in most religions) and don't really care (although, I still find it an fascinating subject). Is it possible that a god exists? Probably. Is it possible that one of the more recent Abrahamic religions are correct? I highly doubt it. But despite our differences in religion and faith, most of us can agree on one thing: Fuck the Westboro Baptist Church and their bigoted, insensitive protest signs.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Owl City's The Midsummer Station

It's been a crazy week for us HootOwls. The new album, The Midsummer Station, came out today, yes,  but before even that, Adam Young created his own Tumblr blog and posted a preview, a remix, and two demos. The man is able to produce songs on a plane ride.

Now, this new album is fairly different from his previous work under the Owl City title, different enough to divide a fanbase. On previous albums, all of the songs were written by Adam and only Adam (and produced with help of Matt Thiessen of Relient K fame, they seem to be best buds). With this new album, Adam decided to branch out and team up with other writers and producers. The result is something that many describe as have a "Top 40" sound, and considering one of the songs is currently IN the Top 40, I'm not surprised.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Radio Silent

I've kind of kept silent for the past two weeks, if you haven't noticed. I'm not too sure why, I guess I just needed time to get into the swing of things before I finally felt like working on something. And believe me, I WANTED so badly to get back to work on fanfics (at this point, I'm really considering taking an axe to the damn Rugrats Trilogy script, epic revisions ahead), but for some reason, I didn't feel like doing anything, aside from watching random videos and looking through Tumblr (incidentally, it's been one helluva week for the Owl City fans, but that's another story and shall be told another time).

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another title card.

I would like to thank my friend Michael Watts for his excellent artwork and sense of humor.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Whoops, forgot to talk about this one before I left. On my birthday, my dad and I went to see Moonrise Kingdom, and we were the only ones there. That was the first time I ever saw a movie in an empty theater.

This is the latest opus from quirk-meister Wes Anderson, whom, just before this film, was responsible for the Fantastic Mr. Fox adaptation. To this day, I consider Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl to be a match made in heaven. If they were to remake Charlie & the Chocolate Factory again, Anderson would be a perfect choice.

Anyway, this movie is about two 12-year-olds who runaway together. The boy is a "Khaki Scout" who is disliked by everyone in his troop, and the girl is a troubled bookworm who can go into berserk rages. The boy is an orphan while the girl has the misfortune of having Francis MacDormand and Bill Murray as parents. The plot of the first half of the film is the scouts' search for the runaways, led by scout master Edward Norton and local cop Bruce Willis.

The film definitely has a certain style, this is Anderson we're talking about, and I certainly liked it. Basically, most of the dialogue from the kid actors are glib and blunt, while the adults...actually the adults are also glib and blunt, it's more like the children act like adults while the adults act like kids, kinda sorta.

While the characters aren't what I call "memorable", the subtle comedy in this film does stick out to me. This film made me really consider what I want from a movie. Usually, I want to care about the characters, so that I'm immersed in the story, but this film isn't like that. This film seems like it wants the audience to remain an outsider looking in on the obviously ridiculous succession of events. I guess, sometimes, the character don't have to be three-dimensional and human. Sometimes, the film itself has to be a character (if that makes sense).

I'm definitely getting this on DVD.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tag 1 im Deutschland

I've had a long day. I woke up around at about 8 am PST, I took a 9 hour flight from Vancouver B.C. to Düsseldorf, I took an 1-2 hour flight to Berlin, I took a bus to the train station, I applied for a train pass, I took a train, and 3 hours later, FINALLY arrived in Güstrow. I didn't sleep until about 4 pm GT, which is like 7 am PST.

On the 9 hour flight, they had touch screens for each passenger. They had a selection of movies and TV shows to watch and music to listen to. For some reason, they had 10 Bruce Springsteen albums. Anyway, I watched 3 movies on my flight: The Artist, Monster Vs. Aliens, and Justin Bieber's Never Say Never.


I've already watched Monsters Vs. Aliens a few times before, and I really enjoy it. It's a clever movie with clever characters and clever references to sci-fi movies and TV show. It's always a nice watch.

I finally saw The Artist, so yeah. It's definitely cute and well done as a silent movie tribute, but if I wanted to watch a movie about silent film actors trying to transition to talkies, I'll stick with Singing in the Rain, thank you very much.

As for Never Say Never...okay look, I never hated Justin Bieber, I never knew WHY I'm supposed to hate him. I grew up with seeing music videos of N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter, and Jesse McCartney all the time (Nickelodeon was my best friend) so I'm used to this sort thing. Not only that, but this kid got his start by posting low quality videos on Youtube. I can relate, is what I'm saying. His music is bland, yes, though I do like the music from the My Worlds album (the album tour the documentary covers) a lot more than his more recent crap. Anyway, I just never got why EVERYONE on the Internet hates him.

That said, the documentary covers Bieber's Madison Square Garden performance, the preparation of said performance, and his success story, and you know what? I liked it. I was really interested in...well, everything. The build-up on Youtube, the performances in small venues, the camaraderie behind the scenes, etc.

The part that really spoke to me was when it was a few days before the MSG performance and his vocal chords were shot. They had post-pone a concert (not THE concert, mind you) and he basically was forbidden to talk for a few days. This struck a chord with me because, recently, I saw Owl City (Adam Young is my favorite artist) in Seattle, and he said that he was losing his voice that night (still a great show, though). I waited afterwards with other fans for a chance to get an autograph, and when he finally came out, he went straight to the bus (with a few apologies, of course). I don't really blame him; touring is hard work, he was kind of sick, and he's all around introverted and shy on top of that (I did get Breanne Düren's autograph, though). Also, last year while on tour, Adam's vocal chords were so shot that he coughed up blood. So I sympathized with Bieber when he had to stay silent, because I could only imagine what it would be like to be 16 and having to go through all that just to live your dream. At least Adam is 27, so he's certainly used to it by now.

So yeah, The Artist was okay, and Never Say Never was a good watch, for me at least. I don't watch a lot of music documentaries, so there are probably (if not definitely) more better ones out there.

Also, at the Berlin train station, I bought the 1st season of Sherlock. Sweet, huh?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises



My condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Aurora, CO.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Prometheus

We had to go to Canada to pick up my dad from the Vancouver airport, so my mother and I went up a few days before to be touristy. One day, I decided to go see a movie, however the selection was limited. Avengers and Brave I've already seen. Don't care about MIB 3. Ted and Amazing Spider-Man were sold out. ON TO PROMETHEUS!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TITLE CARD!!!

Somebody (don't know if he wants me to give his name) made a title card for the Hercules review. Whether or not he will do more for each review is completely up to him.

Thank you so much.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Story (5th Anniversary on Youtube)



I was thinking about doing something elaborate, but it was short notice. So here's my story of how I got into video making.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brave



So far, Avengers is the best movie I've seen this year, but it's also the only REALLY GOOD movie I've seen this year.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nostalgia Kid - Disney's Hercules



I finally posted my humble beginnings on Blip. All I have left now is the Return of Jafar and the Nickelodeon Magazine reviews.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen



Okay, I'm a Hoot Owl (translation: Owl City fan), I have all of the Owl City albums on my iPod, and the Sky Sailing album; and the covers of "Enchanted", "Home of the Blues", "Garden Party", and "In Christ Alone" (despite my Atheism); and I ordered a vinyl record of All Things Bright and Beautiful. Adam Young is my favorite music artist, and I gotta tell ya, I have no idea how to feel about this.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rock of Ages


It's stupid, but enjoyable.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman


Fucking GOD was this boring.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Block (Start Something New)

As of right now, I am writing three things: the script to a new Brony Nutcase vid, the script to the Rugrats Trilogy reviews, and a My Little Pony shipping fanfic.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Charlie Bartlett

WAAAAYY back in 2007, back when I actually liked a Transformers movie, I saw commercials for a high school comedy film called Charlie Bartlett. It certainly piqued my interested, but I didn't get to see it. That is, until about a few weeks ago when I bought the DVD from a going-out-of-business BlockBuster.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers

Do I really have to say anything?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pirates! Band of Misfits

I need to start playing catch-up with the movies I watched, starting with this claymated beast.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Thing With Twitter Followers

So I've been on Twitter quite a lot. As of right now I have 43 followers. The things is I have no idea why some of them are following me.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hello Everyone

I know I've been pretty awful with updating on this blog, so I guess a short update is in order.

Scripts
I started working on the script to the first Rugrats movie review, only to hit a road block. It's gonna be one of those "epic" three part reviews with constant character interactions and other crap. It's not simple in any way, shape, or form. So I stated working on another Brony Nutcase review, which I could get done soon if I actually stuck to my guns and wrote the damn thing.

PMV Madnesses
Hahaha, ugh. I've been incredibly lazy with this. Granted, I just had Prom yesterday, but still, instead of actually working on one or writing a script or finishing that fanfic I've been writing since November, I went biking for about 2 hours and then watched all of Spoony's Ultima videos. I deeply apologize.

Other
If you're a brony and you happen to ship AppleDash, read this guy's work: http://bronyneumo.deviantart.com/
Anyway, his editor had to quit, so he asked his watchers if anyone was interested in editing and proofreading his fanfics in the future, so I'm throwing my hat into the ring.

That's about it, mostly I've been lazing about, which isn't really good for my work ethic in general. That's what Senioritis does to you, I guess.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Year of the Pony panel at Sakura Con 2012


I had a great time at Sakura Con, especially at this panel. I'm glad I stumbled upon it. (THEY SHOWD MY HETALIA PMV! SO AWESOME!!!)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Film Connections

I haven't been watching movies lately. At all. Part of it is because of lack motivation or interest but part of it is also because I would rather spend my time on the internet watching other, more eloquent, more intelligent people talking about movies


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nostalgic Nutcase - Fievel Goes West

Both parts of the Fievel Goes West review have been blocked and removed from Youtube. Now it is exclusive to Blip.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I've been up to.

So aside from slacking off on homework, getting stuck in editing, and continually not finishing fanfics, I have basically been doing two things.

1. I started watching Boy Meets World, mostly because William Daniels is freakin' awesome, and I must say, I'm impressed. I like the characters and I especially like the relationship between Cory (Ben Savage) and Mr. Feeny (William Daniels). Their conversations spawn some of the greatest lines ever.

2. For my fellow Bronies and Pegasisters, I started an Ask ScootaBelle blog on Tumblr. Basically, I'll be answering questions in character(s) and/or posting any Scootaloo/SweetieBelle shipping fanart I can find.

So yeah, check that out.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Update 2012, or something

So I'm almost done with the school musical 1776. Tomorrow I will be editing the PMV Madness and Brony review. Hopefully, I'll find a way to get the Rugrats Trilogy in such a format that I can use in Final Cut. If anyone knows how to do that, or how to get iTunes movies to be used in such a manner, let me know please.

I may also make another Brony video, but it's not going to be a review, it's going to be more of a rant.

I need to finish my damn fanfics. I really want to write more, but it doesn't come naturally. I always overthink my writing because I don't want it to suck. You know what that's like, right?

Anyway, just thought I'd let y'all know.

Friday, March 2, 2012

When you are stopped.

Sorry I haven't been posting any blog entries. I'm not really good at sitting down and writing something unless I really know what I'm doing. This is why it's hard for me to write school essays (like the one I'm supposed to be writing now), scripts, and fanfics. I have all of these thoughts swimming in my mind, but it's really difficult for me to put them on paper in a coherent form.

So, right now my schedule is clogged with schoolwork and musical rehearsals. My school is performing an open-cast version of 1776 (most of the characters are male, hence the open-casting) and I'm Edward Rutledge. Check out the movie sometime, it's pretty slow at parts but it has some nice, subtle humor and John Adams is played by William Daniels (K.I.T.T. from Knightrider, Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World).

Also, two movies I haven't talked about on here are "Secret World of Arriety" and "Red Tails". Long story short, "Arriety" was beautiful and interestingly paced, and I LOVED "Red Tails".

"When you're angry, you're red. When you're sick or envious, you're green. When you're scared, you're yellow. And you've got the nerve to call US colored?"

Awesome.


So I just thought I'd give you an update on why I've been silent here. I should probably make a video telling people about that dusty "Donate" button that no one's using.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shuffle Tag (just for kicks)

I've been seeing this tag/meme/thing going around where people set their music players to "shuffle" and write down the first 20 songs, because "you can tell a lot about a person from the music they listen too".

So why the Hell not? I've got 375 songs on here (as of now) let's try this.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Underworld: Awakening

I never gave a shit about the Underworld series. The only reason why I saw this was because I was invited by my friends, who are really into vampire and werewolf lore, and have actually watched this series.

The movie starts with a brief recap of the first three movies for...some reason. It certainly helped me out a bit, but so would leaning over to my friend and asking "who the hell is Michael?"

This being the fourth installment, the film basically assumes the audience has seen the first three movies so I was just thrown into this world without much knowledge of anything, except that vampires and lycans exist and have somehow come to our world and have been ethnically cleansed by the humans and I stopped caring after that.

It certainly feels like a sequel, because nothing is really explained or analyzed unless it was important to the plot. Sooo, I certainly was a bit lost, not that I cared. 

I have a few questions:

If this is an R rated movie, why do they try so hard to cover up Kate Beckensale's breasts when she awakes naked in a cryogenic pod? You can have her shooting lycans left and right, blood splattering everywhere, but not have her show her nipples? Really? Maybe it was a contract thing, or maybe she didn't want to be exposed like that. Eh, whatever.

Why do they keep making these movies? And why did they leave the ending open? Are they really making a fifth one?

My opinion? This:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Brony's Conundrum

So, I'm starting to write two scripts for the Brony Nutcase. One is just him reviewing the pilot episodes, the other is an observation of the positive and negative reactions to Derpy's first ever scene. The former being not that difficult and fairly similar to the Cinematic's reviews, the latter being a bit heavier in subject matter, i.e. stereotypes of the mentally disabled in kid shows.

On the one hand, I could talk about the two-part pilot because it's easier, but on the other hand, I could talk about Derpy because it's more topical. Then again, I haven't really done something topical, so I fear that my inexperience with these sort of videos would have me come off as a complete tool who doesn't know what he's talking about.

I really feel like talking about Derpy is the write thing to do, I just don't know if I'm capable. What do you think?

Monday, January 16, 2012

War Horse

The best way I can describe this: if you take Forrest Gump, replace Tom Hanks with a horse, and set it in World War 1, you get the basic gist of this movie.

The movie is the story of a horse that was sold to the British military for the War and his experiences throughout the whole War before reuniting with his original owner in the end.

The cinematography in this movie is absolutely flawless. At the end, filmed in a sunset, I truly knew the meaning of "Magic Hour". Say what you want about Spielberg, but he knows how to make Movie Magic. John Williams' musical score soars above excellent.

It was a great experience.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I have a Tumblr and other updates.

My Tumblr: ncbnutcase.tumblr.com

Right now, while working on schoolwork (as usual), I'm working on a short introductory video to the Brony Nutcase. Not an actually review, though.

I'm still trying to find a plot kick-start for my fanfic. In case that matters to anyone.

Since I am of voting age, I'm starting to pay more attention to politics. And from what I can see right now, I will be in Germany by the time the election comes around, and if Dick Santorum is elected, I'm staying there.

Granted, it's really early in caucus/primary season, so it will most likely be Romney vs. Obama, at least I hope.