AMV of the Day: Spiral Ascension (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)


I still have a couple more winning AMV’s from this past Anime Boston 2014, but for now I think the latest entry to the “AMV of the Day” comes courtesy of Sakura-Con 2014. It’s another AMV using the time tested 30 Second To Mars song, “This Is War”.

For some reason this song remains a steadfast favorite amongst people who make anime music videos and it’s not hard to see why. It’s got a nice tempo and beat that goes well with many shounen anime. This time around it’s used for the video that won “Best Action” in this year’s Sakura-Con AMV contest. The creator of the video is one TheMFJuggernaut. With the popularity of the anime series Kill la Kill it’s always great to see people continue to take interest in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann which was animated by Gainax animators who would later form the animation studio Trigger. The animation studio which gives Kill la Kill it’s look that reminded many people of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

One fun thing about this video is how it shows how over-the-top the series got when it came to it’s mecha design. They didn’t know the meaning off “too big”.

Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Song: “This Is War” by 30 Second To Mars

Creator: TheMFJuggernaut

Past AMVs of the Day

6 Trailers That Kick Ass

I know what you’ve been wondering.  Where’s the latest edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers!?  Well, your wait is over because here it is!  And this edition is all about women kicking ass.

1) Sister Streetfighter (1974)

2) Lady Snowblood (1973)

3) Lady Snowblood 2 (1974)

4) The Doll Squad (1973)

5) Police Woman (1974)

6) Coffy (1973)

What do you think, Trailer Kitty?

He's thinking about it.

He’s thinking about it.


Trailer: Snowpiercer (Red Band)


Bong Joon-ho is a name that genre fans know well. He has made a name for himself in his home country of South Korea with such critically-acclaimed films as Memories of Murder, The Host and Mother. In 2013, Bong co-wrote and directed the adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The film is his first English-language film and it has garnered much acclaim when it was released in South Korea in 2013.

Snowpiercer as the film has been titled will now make it’s North American premiere this year and with months of buzz following it’s Asian release many genre fans have been awaiting its arrival. It’s premise is simple enough and involves a train that never stops moving that circles the globe that’s going through a new Ice Age that has killed off most of the planet’s population save those riding on the global train.

It’s a film that explores that ever-popular subject of the “have’s versus the have not’s”. It’ll be interesting to see what new idea Bong Joon-ho brings to an old idea.

Snowpiercer is set for a US release on June 27, 2014.

Hooray for Hooray For Ames

Hooray for Ames! (Is that Danny Pudi?)

Hooray for Ames! (Is that Danny Pudi?)

The Internet is truly a terrible place that is full of terrible people.

You already knew that but occasionally, it’s good to be reminded that the Internet actually is a hundred times worse than the real world.  Case in point: The sad story of Hooray for Ames.

In the real world, Hooray For Ames is a cute little song that was written to promote the town of Ames, Iowa.  The video that was made to go with it is deliberately cheesy and certainly silly but, at the same time, it’s undeniably sincere and it’s hard not to be charmed by the fact that the people who made it appear to truly love living in the city of Ames.

On the Internet, both the song and the video were quickly declared to be the most terrible thing on the planet.  Hateful comments were left on YouTube.  Snarky articles appeared on Gawker.  Across twitter, trolls on both the left and the right encouraged other trolls to spread the word that Hooray for Ames was the greatest crime against humanity ever.  Left-wing moonbats complained about the fact that, with the exception of one black woman who has a prominent role in the video, almost everyone in Ames appears to be white and middle class.  Right-wing nut jobs attacked the video for highlighting the fact that one of the men in the video was also a member of the Des Moines Gay Men’s Choir.    A few idiots speculated that Hooray for Ames would actually harm the recruiting efforts of the Iowa State athletic department.

In short, the Internet reacted the way that the Internet always reacts and, as a result, Hooray for Ames was taken down from YouTube.

And that’s a shame because there was nothing wrong or offensive about Hooray for Ames.  It was a heartfelt and cheerfully silly video that was probably mostly meant to amuse the friends and family of the people who made it.  As opposed to something like Rebecca Black’s Friday, Hooray for Ames was the complete opposite of cynicism.

It was exactly the sort of thing that deserves to be, if not celebrated, at least left in peace.

But that’s not the way the Internet works, is it?  The Internet — and this is especially true of YouTube — is a world where, far too often, a minority of trolls and hipster douchebags get to control the conversation.  They saw Hooray for Ames and they decided to club it into submission and drag it back to the troll cave.

Well, you know what?  I say Hooray for Hooray for Ames!  And if anyone who was involved with the song or the video is currently reading this, I say don’t feed the trolls and don’t listen to the haters.  Just be proud of what you’ve done.

Now, a few other YouTubers have posted the Hooray for Ames video.  Who knows how long these videos will stay up before YouTube yanks them down?  But until then, enjoy the most sincere video ever posted on YouTube.

(By the way, I think the guitar player looks like he could pass for Community‘s Danny Pudi but my friends Evelyn and Amy think I’m crazy.  What do you think?)

Trailer: The Book of Life

The trailer for The Book of Life, an animated film produced by Guillermo Del Toro, was released earlier today and oh my God, I am in love with it.

I love this trailer so much that I’m not even going to waste your time trying to be clever about it.  Instead, I’m just going to invite you to watch.

Trailer: Kill the Messenger

Here’s the official trailer for Kill The Messenger, a film that has been getting some early Oscar buzz.

Apparently based on a true story, Kill The Messenger is about a reporter (played by Jeremy Renner) who writes a story accusing the government of selling cocaine in order to fund right-wing guerillas in Central America.  Some awards bloggers have predicted that Jeremy Renner will be nominated for best actor, largely because he’s Jeremy Renner.   Judging from the trailer, it looks like Renner gets to be intense and deliver a lot of passionate monologues, which is usually a pretty good strategy as far as getting Academy recognition is concerned.

That said, the trailer feels just a little bit generic.  In fact, as I watched it, I was reminded of last year’s ill-fated box office bomb, The Fifth Estate.  Every year, there’s an overtly political film that’s expected to change the world and win a lot of awards that then ends up sinking into obscurity because most people don’t go to the movies to learn a lesson.  They go in order to escape from the very world being detailed in films like The Fifth Estate and, possibly, Kill The Messenger.

Will Kill The Messenger be this year’s Fifth Estate?

We’ll find out in October.