Raingeek Rant: Hunger Games Success Releases The Nimrods

The Hunger Games is just yet another example of why I should go into a media blackout as soon as I start enjoying something popular. I saw the movie last weekend. It was a tight action film that let its actors and director of photography tell the story rather than CGI and other action set-pieces. Anything about the story that seemed outlandish or improbable was quickly over-shadowed by the depth and dimension of the characters. I liked this film, and with it’s $155m box office gross, I thought I could go to the internet and have my experience validated. Like an idiot.

I know no film can possibly win over every critic, but the hype behind this film just brought every crazy out of the woodwork. First there were the reviewers who think Jennifer Lawrence is too fat to play a starving person. Are you kidding me?! This is further proof that heterosexual men have no control over how women are portrayed in the media. I hope to god she doesn’t listen to them, because if Lawrence is presenting at the Oscars, and I  see sternum poking out from that versace dress, I’m going have to choke out some film critics.

Next there was this whole rash of tweets flaring disappointment that Rue, an African American character from the book, was black! With the hashtag #sticktothebooksDUDE no less! I was prepared for people snarking that District 11 was the black district or that District 4 was the ginger district, but not this! Thankfully all of the offending twitter accounts were rendered private or removed, proving that there’s some justice against ignorance on the internet.

While these are just the more bizarre examples, I think they all come from the same place. People just want to find fault in everyone’s favourite book/movie/video game just so they can sound like they have more taste than everyone else. It happens with Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings Movies, Star Wars, every nerd property you can think of. Speaking as a survivor from the era of the Roger Corman Fantastic Four, we are so Goddamned entitled. There is such a glut of entertainment out there, everyone can find what they like. What benefit do you get from pissing in other people’s cornflakes? Or better yet, if you can’t find something you like, create something you like so you can be more like a boon instead of a pox on society!

Deus Ex and Assassin’s Creed Among Canadian Video Game Award Nominees

The Finalists have been announced for 2012’s Canadian video Game Awards. Nominees for Game of the Year include Deus Ex: The Human Revolution, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Fifa Soccer ’12, Fight Night Champion, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. The awards show will be held at Fan Expo Vancouver, and general attendees can see the show on a first come first serve basis.

Source:New Game Network

Once Upon a Time Season Finale Pics

Hollywood North on Location has posted some on-set pictures of the Season Finale of Once Upon a Time. The possibly spoiler-iffic images can be found here.

Hollywood North On Location.

Wasted Talent Volume 2 On Sale Today

When she’s not being an Engineer or awesome all around, Angela Melick draws and writes the Vancouver-centric webcomic Wasted Talent. Her second volume, “Welcome to the Real World” collects Angela’s engineering adventures from her first colour update to the end of her job in Mission, BC. The volume is in full colour, with 20 pages of bonus material including new, never before seen comics, drawings and commentary! The book sells for $20 and can be bought here.

‘The Hunger Games’ Grosses $155M for Lion’s Gate

The movie version of Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games is now officially the 3rd highest grossing film opening of all time, behind Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2M) and The Dark Knight ($158.4M). It also beat out every opening for the Twilight films so far! The film is also the highest grossing film ever for the Vancouver-based Lion’s Gate Productions. Their last hit at this level was Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which grossed $119M over its entire theatre run. Even thought the film production was located in North Carolina, this can only mean good things for production here in Vancouver. If only we could get our tax situation settled…


Source: Box Office Mojo.

The Galaxion Club Celebrates Street Fighter II’s 21st Anniversary Celebrated in Vancouver

Galaxion, Restricted Entertainment and Club 23 have come together to throw an 80’s themed tribute to Street Fighter II this Saturday, March 24th. Attendees get a discount  on the $10 Cover if they’re decked out in Neon 80’s gear. DJ’s Manos, Pandemonium, and Vortex will be on hand to mix the tunes consisting of New Wave, Punk, Retro Electro, and Vintage Chiptunes. The festivities commence at Club 23 on 23 West Cordova St. at 9 PM.

Source:Vancity Buzz.

Vancouver Film Industry Looks for Reclassification after HST demise

The Vancouver Film industry is campaigning be classified as manufacturing in order mitigate the effects of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) referendum. For those outside the province, the HST is a combination of the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST). This raised the sales tax from 12.5% and 13% and expanded it to cover a host of other products, like restaurant meals. This of course, caused mass outrage and a referendum which resulted in the demise of the HST and a very expensive journey back to the way things were.

What most people didn’t know about the HST was that it allowed businesses like the Film Industry to hang on to more of their money. This means that they have to go through all this rigamarole so all of our production doesn’t get shipped to Toronto. While its true no one lost an election by trying to get rid of taxes, if we want to keep things like our health care and public education, don’t we need to realize that you get what you pay for?

Source: Vancouver Sun

Batman Grabbed the Wrong Repellant Spray

Batman, if you’re going to get up to your shenanigans in Vancouver’s Waters, you’d better get some Killer Whale repellent Bat-spray instead.

SourceLFashionably Geek.

Update: ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ to be a Web Series

In a move that has the internet aghast yet unsurprised, Syfy has banished Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome from its colony in the cable universe and relegated it to being a web series. This comes on the heels of a trailer that has set the nerdverse ablaze with enough excitement to buy 2 Blu-ray sets of season 1 of this never-to-air TV series. This may be due to the lack of ratings success of Caprica, but come on, what does Syfy expect? Caprica was about people building robots who are sad ‘n’ stuff. Blood and Chrome is about Vipers, Cylons, spaceships, explosions, and, well, Blood and Chrome. That’s why we watched Battlestar in the first place! Part of me thinks that there may be an unintentional method to this madness. Maybe this will be a show that will allow us to make a clean break from the bonds of the cable TV schedule, but I can’t expect that kind of intellect from people who put wrestling on a Science Fiction channel.


Sakuracon Releases Panel Schedule

Remember the days when you used to wander aimlessly the halls of Sakura-con? Well, wander no more! There are AMV’s, Panels, Cosplay, Improv, Music, Interviews, Autographs, and video rooms! Anything anime-related you couldn’t experience on the internet, you can find it here!

Source: Sakura-con