kybearfuzz: (Bill the Cat)
The Cincinnati MovieBears went for Saturday matinee of "Alien: Covenant." Well, it was me and one other guy. The holiday likely kept most away, but there were a lot of "maybe" attendees, so I was surprised that the attendance was THAT low.

Anyway, the movie takes place about a decade after "Prometheus," when a colony ship heading out colonize a new world responds to a signal coming from a previously-unknown and more approximate Earth-like world for colonization. Once they arrive, a landing party goes to check it out, a couple of crew folks get infected, monsters are born, and all hell breaks loose. The formula isn't bad, but it's not the first time we've seen this. There is a returning character in Michael Fassbender, who I admit I find strangely attractive.

The movie has a 71% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of this writing) and I agree that the movie is fairly good, but I can't say I enjoyed it that much. I think my personal expectations were not met, but I can't articulate exactly what I felt was missing. I just thought that bits of it were not well-written. The landing party for example just seems to wander about on this planet without any checking of biological hazards. No quarantine, no protective suits, etc. They just exit the vehicle in their ship uniforms and start investigating. And this seems to be where the problems start.

Maybe I'm overthinking it.

Anyway, I doubt I'd watch it again. And it's not something I'd plan to buy.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
In Lexington, KY, about 80 miles south of Cincinnati, there was superhero-themed bear run. You would think that I would have flocked to something like this, but I just am never comfortable enough to go. I'm not sure why, I should brave it, but I let it go.

It being the 3rd Saturday of the month, I scheduled a Cincinnati MovieBears outing. The Cincinnati MovieBears is a social group in the Cincinnati area where a group of bears go to a movie, followed by dinner, in the area. I've been the coordinator of the group now for several years. I pick the theater time, the theater, organize the restaurant for dinner, etc.

With near 70 degree temps and sunny weather, it was a perfect night to try a newer theater. We all went to see "Deadpool," which a lot of us had already seen, but wanted to see again. There is so much going on in the movie, so many new and dated pop culture references, both visually and in dialogue, that there is always something new.

At the 4 PM showing, the theater wasn't packed, but I think people wondered when an entire row of the theater was almost all taken up by a group of bearded men. Thirteen bears showed up for the movie, about twice the normal group attendance. The eye candy outside the group was good too, every girl seemed to come in with a bearded cubby, a bear, or a daddy bear. We had three new people come last night, one of them was a local daddy bear and his out-of-town partner Kelly, who was a stunningly beautiful bearded muscle bear. And he was so sweet too, which magnified his attractiveness. One of the other guys made a comment when he walked past, "Wow, I wish he was with us," I responded, "Oh, he is!"

The group loved the flick. We walked to the nearby restaurant who had a table ready for us (even though they don't take "same day" reservations). We were an easy group to handle, I think. One of the new guys bought my dinner for coordinating the outing, which was nice. Everyone had a good time, I think.

Our outings end usually around 9 PM, as it allows for guys to head to the bars if they want. I usually go to a coffee shop with some to hang out. Last night, I didn't do either. Organizing these events, especially getting restaurant reservations, sometimes puts a bit of stress on me, so I'm relieved when everything works out but I'm also a bit tired when it's done. I slept well last night.
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
It's been a pretty busy weekend, but a great one.

Saturday, I spent a bit of time working on inking the next comic book issue and then went to meet the "Cincinnati MovieBears" for a showing of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. I admit that I wasn't sure how good this movie was going to be. The first Maze Runner flick was so-so, but the reviews promised a lot of action, which is a good draw for the bears. And it didn't disappoint. I won't run through the story, but it definitely was action-packed. Overall, it was better than the first one and most of the attending crew seemed to enjoy it. After the movie, we went to a restaurant, ate too much greasy food, and ogled the hot bearded guys working or eating the restaurant.

Sunday, Derek ([livejournal.com profile] _decibel_) and I braved downtown Cincinnati to go to the Cincinnati Comic Expo. It was rough getting down there as the comic expo was going on, Oktoberfest on Fountain Square was going on, and there was a Cincinnati Bengals game that day too. So parking and traffic was horrible and the parking costs elevated.

However, getting to the Expo after lunch was easy and fun. We walked around to see the stuff available and watch the cosplay folks running around. We got some tee-shirts, comic books, and a poster or action figure or two. Overall, it was entertaining. We starting taking some goofy photos here and there. I posted a few on Flickr. You can see the set by clicking on the photo below:

In Original Packaging
In Original Packaging - Click for the Photo Set

Now we go back to work. Fun fun fun. Weekends just go by so fast.

Unfriended

Apr. 19th, 2015 11:32 am
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
So the Cincinnati Movie Bears went to see "Unfriended" last night. Well, two of us did. Obviously not a big turnout. Group attendance tends to tank on a horror movie and the fact I had moved the outing to a different theater didn't help. Still, I enjoyed the evening.

"Unfriended" is about a group of teenagers who engage in online conversation via Skype a year after one of their number committed suicide after an embarrassing video went viral online. During their conversation, they find an unknown person has joined their chat, who begins revealing unsavory truths about their friendships and then each of them starts dying in bizarre ways. "Unfriended" is a different kind of horror movie. About 99% of the action takes places online. The point of view is that of the sole protagonist during the whole movie as she clicks between different applications and types secret messages to her boyfriend. I felt it was pretty original, having an online "viewpoint" as the setting.

The movie is not going to be for everyone. In fact an elderly couple left about 1/3 of the way through the movie. When the movie ended, the ushers told us that the lady had told her it was the worst movie she'd ever scene. I have to wonder if there was a generational issue there, as I would guess that she wasn't accustomed to the different applications the main character used and the speed at which she moved from app to app.

While I enjoyed the movie, I don't see it as one I'd watch over and over again. When we went to dinner, we hashed out the movie and our only real complaint was that the "embarrassment" of the viral movie (including the online commentary to it, which sadly I could see as VERY real) just didn't seem to be serious enough for someone to commit suicide over. The rest of it was pretty entertaining if you can handle the oddity of the way it's put together.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
It was a pretty busy weekend, but it was a great time.

  • Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] mickeymac and I grabbed dinner followed by a visit to the USS Nightmare, a haunted riverboat on the Ohio River. He told me that he usually doesn't get to do these things because his partner isn't much for scary stuff. So I took the lead through the boat, he was right behind me, followed by a trio of girls we didn't know. I loved the layout and the shocks. It was really fun. The best part was watching [livejournal.com profile] mickeymac scream and jump throughout the ship. Afterward, we decided to go see "Annabelle," which he hadn't had a chance to watch. Again, more jumps -- so much fun.

  • Saturday was the usual working out and lunch, followed by some shopping for my Halloween costume which is nearly done. That evening, the Cincinnati MovieBears met for a showing of Dracula Untold. It's an interesting twist of the history of Dracula prior to the events of the book by Bram Stoker. It's not overly accurate historically, but twisting Dracula into an anti-hero of sorts was pretty cool. And Luke Evans, the Welsh actor who plays the title role, is pretty damn hot. And he wasn't the only one. The movie also stars English actors Ferdinand Kingsley and Dominic Coopers, both very woofy! So the eye candy alone was good. The guys seemed to enjoy it.

  • Sunday involved my working on the costume. That was pretty much a huge chunk of the day. I spent most of last night catching up on "American Horror Story: Freak Show" and "The Walking Dead"... OMG, that was good entertainment.

  • I took today off because I have quite a bit of unburned vacation time.

  • Tomorrow, I scheduled an impromptu Cincinnati MovieBears event to go see "Pride" at the local arthouse theater. It's drawing a decent crowd, so it should be fun.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
Before I get started, I've noticed today that when I respond to a comment, the user pic resets to my default no matter what icon I choose for the posting. Is this happening to anyone else? If I go back and edit the comment, I can reselect a different icon and it works. Weird.

So last weekend, the Cincinnati MovieBears and I went to see "The Maze Runner." A young man awakes to find himself in an elevator, arriving at a camp full of young men. None of the men have any memories prior to their arrival at the camp, except for their first name. The camp is surrounded by a maze that select members race through to map when the doors open in the morning. They must hurry back before the doors close at dusk or remain trapped in the maze overnight, which no one has apparently survived. When the new guy breaks the rules and rushes to help a fallen man, he gets trapped on the other side and learns a lot about the maze and why they are there.

The movie was okay. It's trying really hard to be the next "Hunger Games" series, but it never really sold itself to me. A lot of the bears in attendance agreed that it probably doesn't have the momentum that other series have.

Last night, I watched a Netflix horror DVD called Nurse 3D, about a nurse-by-day/serial-killer-by-night type who fixates on a young nurse and starts framing her for different crimes. It has a five minute cameo by Kathleen Turner and supporting roles by Corbin Bleu and Judd Nelson. The lead actress is Paz de la Heurta who was HORRIBLE. Her only redeeming quality is that she apparently has no problem with full-frontal nudity as she's naked for significant parts of the movie. Her voice is childlike, she can't project feeling, and her sole expression is boredom. The fact that she not only has the lead role, but does a great deal of voice-over in other scenes means she's wrecking large chunks of the movie. Sadly, everyone else is really good in the film, but it doesn't save the flick. The chick fights were fun though. Overall, it's a movie to be heckled.

Tomorrow night, a buddy and I are going to see "Annabelle," which looks to be good. I do love the Halloween season. :)
kybearfuzz: (Pride Purple 2013)
Ugh. Rainy Monday morning. Karen Carpenter would have needed pep pills to get through this one. Bless her.

Monday Morning Murphy

Murphy the Cat has the right idea. I envy him the ability to sleep in every day. Oh well. It was a busy weekend:

  • I saw R.I.P.D. on Friday. While Rotten Tomatoes is currently tearing this movie apart with its reviews, I have to say that I enjoyed it. My love of Ryan Reynolds went undiminished, though the movie was sorely lacking in any shirtlessness on his part. Jeff Bridges stole the show though with his old-time cowboy character Roy. The story revolves around a young cop who dies and is recruited for the Rest In Peace Department (RIPD) whose job is to capture the undead who didn't leave this world. I thought it was a fun movie.

  • The Cincinnati MovieBears went to see RED 2 on Saturday. I caught the first RED at home on DVD the night before. It's basically a big "shoot-em-up" movie with some great humor thrown in. Helen Mirren is wonderfully bad @$$ in the film. Funny enough, Mary-Louise Parker plays Bruce Willis' overly-eager spy girlfriend in the movie and plays the "Proctor" in RIPD, so she had two movies released on the same day. It was a lot of fun to watch. No one in the group appeared disappointed. We're starting to move the outings to different theaters in the Cincinnati area, so variety is going to be the norm for a while.

  • After the movie, the group went to dinner at Cheddars where we all overdosed on good tasting, but bad for you food. I admit that the next day I was feeling a bit of the food hangover with an upset tummy and a complete lack of desire to do anything. I slept alot.


Now Monday has arrived and I'm acting boss all week. Um... yay...
kybearfuzz: (Bear Friendly)
Oh how I hate to see a weekend end. I love sleeping in and Monday just feels so harsh when that alarm clock goes off. And this weekend was one of the best in a while.

Late Friday night, Steve ([livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1) came to town to hang out for the weekend before heading into Tennessee to see his mom. He arrived late, but we went to dinner so he could enjoy his first 3-way at Skyline Chili. I insisted he wear protection (aka a bib) before diving in.

We got up a bit late the next morning and drove down to Big Bone Lick State Park for a quick look-see and a souvenir tee-shirt.

Big Bone Lick State Park
Steve and I at Big Bone Lick State Park


We hit Skyline Chili again for lunch so he could try a "5-way" and a cheese coney. Afterward, we crashed at my house for a couple of hours before going to the movie theater. The Cincinnati MovieBears saw "Man of Steel. I think the overall feel was that the movie was GREAT and Henry Cavill is quite the burly Superman! YUM!

It was a big turn out with 19 bears in attendance, our second largest after the 25 that showed for "Hairspray" some years back. Regrettably, it's too large a group to find a restaurant to serve all of us, so dinner was "on your own." I fear my decision to do that might have irritated some, but I didn't see a good way around it.

A group of us, including Derek ([livejournal.com profile] _decibel_), Chris ([livejournal.com profile] kybigstew), and Brian ([livejournal.com profile] cincycub), went to the Italianfest at the Levee and snacked around. Afterward, a few of us went to the bar and had a beer followed by a trip through Goettafest in Covington. Steve and I ended the night with a slice of pizza at Godfathers before crashing back home. Needless to say, my diet was blown to pieces on Saturday, but it was a great day. :)

Steve headed to TN the next morning and I did laundry, called Mom, etc. I do hate to see a fun weekend end.
kybearfuzz: (McHargue Mill 2013)
Over the weekend, a handful of the Cincinnati MovieBears and I went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was an awesome movie. I like the modern take on the original crew and the changes to them. I always though Uhura was under-utilized in the original series, as were most female characters of the time. In the new movie, Uhura is far more aggressive, befitting a woman in a military service. The movie was fun, very exciting, well-written, full of "easter egg" sights and moments. I admit that I'm not up on a lot of the original series history (I'm more of a "Next Generation" guy), but the other MovieBears filled me in on stuff I missed. We went to Five Guys Burgers for some chow and chat after the flick.

The group was started by Brian ([livejournal.com profile] cincycub), but I'm in charge of it now, with Brian ready to back me up if need be. After it moved to Facebook, which is great for staging events, I've noticed a funny trend in people wanting to join. As it's a "closed" group, most bears joining are invited.

Every so often we get requests from "ladies" to join. They're usually chicks with names like "Jasmine," "Brandi," or some other sad girl's name where a "y" is substituted with an "i" or a silent "q." The profiles are accompanied by some slutty photo of her with the stereotypical pouty lips. I know the profiles are not real, and I can't help but wonder how they gain access to request membership. It's funny in a very sad way. I can only imagine that some poor straight guy groups welcome these false hotties to their membership, only to get blasted with one ad after another.

Nice tries, honey, but you're barking up the wrong tree here. Seriously. :)

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