What Lisa Marie Watched Last Night #64: The 70th Annual Golden Globes


Last night, I watched the 70th Annual Golden Globe awards.  Judging from twitter, so did a lot of other people.  All I can say is that I hope my golden globes are as popular as this show when they’re 70 years old.

Why Was I Watching It?

I have to admit that I nearly didn’t watch it because I was in kind of a crappy mood on Sunday night.  Seriously,that night,  my twitter timeline was a testament to just how annoyed this little redheaded Irish girl can get.  But, in the end, I decided that I had to watch the Golden Globes because, even though I don’t care much for rich celebrities, I do love movies, I love TV, and I love award shows.  Add to that, I knew that if I didn’t watch the Golden Globes that would mean missing out on a chance to make countless references to my boobs and I just couldn’t do that to my followers on twitter.

What Was It About?

It was about celebrities getting drunk and winning awards and getting bleeped while delivering their acceptance speeches.  It was about the fact that the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will do anything to get George Clooney to come hang out with them.  It was about Tommy Lee Jones glaring, Jodie Foster rambling, and Quentin Tarantino using the n-word backstage.  It was about Ben Affleck winning Best Director and Argo beating Lincoln for best film.  It was about star fucking and star mocking.  It was the best of award shows and it was the worst of award shows.  In short, it was the Golden Globes.

What Worked?

To be honest, the 70th annual Golden Globes were a lot of fun.  The show moved quickly and most of the jokes were actually funny.  The assembled stars started drinking early and I think that helped out a lot.

Among those who won Golden Globes, the best acceptance speeches were given by Lena Dunham, Christoph Waltz, Ben Affleck, and Daniel Day-Lewis.  A lot of people were critical of Anne Hathaway’s acceptance speech but I thought it was sweet and genuine.

My favorite winner was Jennifer Lawrence, mostly because she specifically started her speech by mentioning that she had beaten “Meryl.”  Some people on twitter felt that was a bit rude but, quite frankly, I’ve grown tired of Meryl Streep showing up at every awards ceremony looking like grandma in a prom dress.

(Meryl, incidentally, was not at the Golden Globes last night because she had the flu.)

I thought Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig were funny when they did their little introduction for the Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) award but I thought Tommy Lee Jones’ annoyed glare was even funnier.

Tina Fey (who looked great) and Amy Poehler (who did not) were both great hosts and I loved Poelher’s joke about how torturous it must have been for Kathryn Bigelow to be married to James Cameron.  That’s one of the great things about the Golden Globes.  Unlike at the Oscars, people are willing to make jokes about James Cameron.

Unlike a lot of people, I found Jodie Foster’s “coming out” speech to be funny and wonderfully human.  That said, I wasn’t aware that Jodie Foster was ever in the closet.  Seriously, worst kept secret ever.

It was a genuinely exciting and nice moment when Argo was announced as the winner for Best Motion Picture (Drama), defeating the heavily favored Lincoln. While I liked both of those films, there is a definite backlash brewing against the seeming inevitability of Lincoln’s victory.

Finally, Sacha Baron Cohen was pretty annoying but, on the plus side, he did take the time to insult Russell Crowe’s singing.  As anyone who has ever watched South Park knows, this means that Crowe is going to jump in his tug boat and head off on a quest for vengeance.

And that’s the way things should be.

What Did Not Work?

A lot of people on twitter were really excited when Bill Clinton came out on stage to introduce the clip for Lincoln.  Myself, I hit mute as soon as I saw him.  I don’t watch awards shows to see redneck politicians.  Add to that, having Bill Clinton introduce Lincoln was yet another example of the nonstop hype that has led to people resenting both Steven Spielberg and his latest film.

The Golden Globes used to be a fun precursor to the actual Oscar nominations so it was hard not to be disappointed that, under this new schedule, the Golden Globes were awarded after the Oscar nominations had been announced.

“OMG!  Just like me!” Moment

"I'll show you some Golden Globes!"

“I’ll show you some Golden Globes!”

Lessons Learned

None.  I was too stubborn last night to learn any lessons.

AMV of the Day: Ash vs Gary (Pokemon)


For the first AMV entry for 2013 and the latest in a long series I’ve decided to go for nostalgia to dictate my choice instead of quality (though I will say the video does it’s job well in matching the song used). Anyone who grew up during the late 90’s and early 2000’s have heard, seen and/or obsessed over the Japanese pop-culture phenomenon simply called Pokemon.

I was already an adult and I was caught up in the hurricane that was Pokemon when it swept through the West in the late 1990’s. Hell, I pretty much played most of the different color editions of the game on the Game Boy and it’s subsequent handhelds. I’m even proud to say that my two favorite Pokemons were Pikachu and Togepi. But that’s a different matter altogether. Today it’s all about the AMV titled “Ash vs. Gary”.

The video uses the very fight-like song “Remember the Name” by Ft. Minor to highlight the Pokemon battle match between the two rivals. As we can see in the video the two use many different Pokemons in their collection to battle it out. Their battle lasts until they each just have one Pokemon left and it’s a sudden death match that many fans of the show fondly remembers. In one corner is Gary’s fully evolved Blastoise (which is the final evolved version of the starter Pokemon Squirtle) and in the other corner is Ash’s tempermental Charizard (the final evolved form of the starter Pokemon Charmander).

Really, there’s nothing left to say other than enjoy the video and take a glimpse into a nostalgic trip down my own memory lanes.

Anime: Pokemon

Song: “Remember the Name” by Ft. Minor feat. Styles of Beyond

Creator: Logan8703

Past AMVs of the Day

It Figures (No. 1): Godoka


For some time now, Arleigh has been trying to get me to write up a post about figures.  We both enjoy collecting them, and my collection of them is rather extensive so there’s certainly no lack of material.  Again, it all came down to motivation to just get started, and what motivated me the most was my most recent acquisition, the Good Smile Company version of Ultimate Madoka, or as she’s better known, Godoka.

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Yes indeed, the contents are fragile, and very valuable.  Many Bothans died bringing this….ahem, wrong story.  Anyways, this is one thing I really appreciate about the Japanese.  That’s no cheaply made, reused, been sitting in the back with people taking naps on it kind of cardboard box.  That’s a sturdy, never before used, highly protective one.  Plus they put just the right amount of packing material inside to keep the figure from shifting, but not so much that it crushes it.

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And that effort paid off.  Here she is, safe and sound in the comfort of my own home, without nary a dent in the box.  The boxes themselves are often times practically works of art.  On them they usually show the various angles and options one can do with each figure.  I know Godoka is yearning to be free from her plastic and cardboard prison, but first I think one needs to appreciate just how big this box is.  This picture doesn’t really do it justice, since there’s no basis for comparison.

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Now this one gives you an idea.  That’s about 14.5″ wide, and the box is pretty much square, so that should show that they didn’t mess around with this figure.  The boxes for the other figures in this series were only half this size.  But now that we’ve had our fill of boxes, let’s get her out of there and take a better look.

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Here we have a look at all the various pieces that comprise her.  While this may not be a lot by some figures standards, by a scaled, static figure this is a lot.  In case it’s not easily seen, in addition to the main figure, she had two different bows, two sets of wings, an arrow and of course her base.  What also probably isn’t easily seen is the fact that the plastic tomb is not only held together by the snaps and tape, but also with twisted wire.  This last part is always a pain in the rear, so be sure to keep a pair of wire cutters handy.  Trying to untwist those wires by hand is not a fun task, and I do not recommend those without much patience to attempt it.

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Now we finally get to see Godoka free from her constraints.  And let me tell you, she’s no lightweight figure.  A good amount of weight is in the dress of hers, which is good since that’s where she’s going to attach to her base.  The pattern of stars on the black interior of the dress is a very nice touch, and GSC did not skimp on the details.  One thing to be wary of is her hair.  It feels pretty fragile, and the ends are very pointy so if you’re not careful, she could very easily snag a piece of clothing and possibly snap a strand of hair off.  I thought it was going to happen to me a couple times as I was getting later parts put on her, but thankfully I managed to avoid any catastrophes.  Ah, I can hear you now.  “But pantsukudasai, when you say she’s detailed, just HOW detailed, if you know what I mean?”  Oh, I do know what you mean, yes indeed.

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Homu Homu would be drooling in envy.  Yes, in keeping with a fine tradition in figures, they made sure to sculpt a pair of panties on her.  Sadly, it’s just a very standard pair.  Some figures get very fancy underwear indeed.  Still, it’s this attention to detail that makes collecting so worth while.  And when you think about it, it certainly makes sense.  I mean, if you’re going to have a figure in a dress, it stands to reason that she’s going to be wearing something underneath it, doesn’t it?  And since one must appreciate all aspects of their figure, it’s only natural that I’d flip each figure over and check out their pantsu.  Nothing perverted about that in the least!

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Now here she is with her bow and arrow.  As I mentioned earlier, she comes with two different bows.  The other bow does not have the pink energy charge around it and it just her regular sprout bow.  I assume that’s if you want to display her as if she’s already fired the arrow.  I think it looks much better with the arrow and the charged bow.  The only downside to this is that the bow doesn’t feel particularly sturdy, and as you move the figure the top wobbles in a way that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me.  Still, for the most part the figure is going to be safely behind glass, and other than the vibrations from me walking past, it should be kept stable.  It’s not like I live in an earthquake zone.  A great deal of care must be taken when getting the arrow into her hand.  Her hand is removable, so I’d recommend taking it off and then attaching the arrow.  It can only go in one way, so don’t try forcing it!  Also, there are many little barbs on the bow and the arrow that could easily snap off if improperly handled.  They didn’t do us any favors by wrapping some plastic around the bow either.  I had to carefully cut the plastic wrap off, because those barbs I mentioned earlier made it difficult to slide off otherwise.

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The next troublesome point were the wings on her feet, but this was more a troublesome aspect simply because it’s not very clear which wing goes on which foot.  When you try putting the correct wing on the correct foot, it slides on snugly and securely.  While this might seem like the obvious thing, in some cases they don’t get all the slag out of the slots for the holes, so things like this don’t always fit right.  Luckily for me, when I tried them the other way, it worked just fine.  You can kind of see in the bottom corner of the picture, but it does come with instructions.  The reason why they’re sitting there, unused is two reasons.  First off, I’m a guy.  We don’t need no stinkin’ instructions.  Secondly, they’re in Japanese, which I cannot read a single word of.  The pictures they show aren’t terribly helpful in deciphering what one is to do.  At any rate, you can probably guess, but those wing tips are very fragile too.  Take your time, and you should be fine.

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The last detail to add to her are the wings on her back.  These thankfully were very obvious how they needed to go, and other than having to weave the right wing in between a couple strands of hair, it went on quite painlessly.  Again, the details they made with the sculpt of the figure are indeed stunning.  The way the dress flows, the ruffles in it, all her accessories, it made the wait for this figure from when I originally ordered it back in June all worthwhile.

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This group shows her from various angles.  It’s truly a satisfying feeling when you finally get your figure all assembled and ready to properly be displayed.  Certainly another run to Ikea is in my future so that I may properly save her from the evils of dust.

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Lastly, I felt it fitting to have her shown with the other figures in her line.  On the right we have the pairing of Kyoko and Sayaka, and on the left we have the pairing of regular Madoka and Homura.  In the middle, with Godoka taking careful aim, we have the hated Mami.  No one is romantically interested in Mami.

I’ll end this with saying that while she might be a bit spendy for some people, I feel that Godoka was worth every penny I spent on her.  If figure collecting is your thing, don’t delay on grabbing her as fast as you can.  She’s still available now, but when a figure looks this good, it’s tough to say how long she’ll be around for.  If you wait too long, the only way you’ll get her is by forming a contract with a certain someone….

The Daily Drive-In: The Creeping Terror (dir. by Vic Savage)


There are some films that you just have to see at least once before you die.  One of those films is Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  And another one of those films is The Creeping Terror.

While at first it might seem like The Creeping Terror and Dr. Strangelove don’t have much in common, that’s actually not the case.  Both of these films were released in 1964.  Both of them feature a scientist and a general who wants to blow things up.  Both of these films portray an American military that’s incompetent when it comes to dealing with the unexpected.  Even more importantly, both of these films are in black-and-white.

Beyond that, the two films don’t really have that much in common.  Dr. Strangelove is a satire about nuclear war and was nominated for several Academy Awards.  The Creeping Terror is a film about a killer rug that eats people and is currently in the public domain.

Okay, technically, the creeping terror of the title is not a killer rug.  It just looks like a rug.  Actually, it’s an alien being that crashes down to Earth and spends the majority of the film moving very slowly through a small town.  Whenever it comes across an old man out fishing or a group of 30 year-old high school students dancing to the most generic music ever heard, the rug attacks and we’re treated to lengthy scenes of giggling extras climbing into the rug’s “mouth.”

Fortunately, there’s a local deputy sheriff and newlywed named Martin and Martin’s pretty concerned about this killer rug that appears to be eating everyone in town.  Martin doesn’t really do much but he’s played by the film’s director (an enigmatic figure who went by the name of Vic Savage) so, by default, Martin’s the main character.

The Creeping Terror is probably best remembered for the fact that the film’s soundtrack apparently got lost during post-production and, as a result, nearly the entire film is silent with the exception of a narrator.  For example, we might see Martin silently moving his jaw while the narrator recites, “Martin told them what he had seen…”

However, the narrator is not just there to tell us what people are saying.  He’s also there to provide psychological insights.  In one of the film’s more famous moments, the action stops for a few minutes so the narrator can tell us about how Martin’s recent marriage has strained his relationship with his bachelor friend Barney.  During this moment, the narrator drops his usual even tone and soon, hints of self-loathing and anger start to turn up in his voice.  Seriously, the narrator’s got some issues.

Now, a lot of people will tell you that The Creeping Terror is one of the worst films ever made but I think it’s hilarious and fun.  Add to that, there’s a lengthy dance scene dropped into the middle of all this and you know how I am about movies with gratuitous dance scenes.

You can view the entire movie below: