Late Night Snack: [Eye] Candy

For my late night post, I decided to comment on an article about the upcoming Fast and the Furious 6 movie. I am quite impressed that this franchise has continued to make a profit and still have captivating storylines. I’ll have to admit that I stopped watching the Fast and the Furious movies probably at the Tokyo Drift movie. I’m not 100% sure if I’ve seen the Tokyo Drift movie all the way, but the synopsis on Wikipedia sounds familiar.

I can’t believe that the first Fast and the Furious movie came out in 2001. That was so long ago, but here we are now at the 6th movie in the franchise. Fast cars, sexy women, badass men, and thrilling action scenes. I remember when the first movie came out everyone was all into the rice rockets and of course it was all about Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Ok now I’ve seen the movie trailer for Fast and the Furious 6, and is it just me or does Paul Walker look freakishly the same as he did in the first movie? Hot damn! Haha. Maybe it’s just makeup or some sort of video editing but all I know is that he looks eerily pretty good since the first Fast and the Furious.

Now to the article that even brought me to discuss this franchise.

6 Lessons Hollywood Needs to Learn From ‘The Fast & The Furious’

Vin Diesel as A List? Wow!! That actor has come quite a long way being carried into A List by the Fast and the Furious franchise. I guess whatever works. He’s done a great job in his badass role, so the more power to him. And Michelle Rodriguez. Flashbacks to Lost and how annoying her character was in that TV show. Anyway, she is pretty badass in the Fast and the Furious movies and I know if I were guy I would totally think she was “the cat’s meow”.

There’s already talks for a 7th film in the franchise? I look forward to seeing how far they take the storylines. I guess I’ll give the franchise another shot and see what the hoopla is all about. You know there’s always that stigma about sequels. The odds of it being disappointing are quite high, but maybe these movies are the exception (although I hear the Hangover sequels are quite good as well). For your viewing pleasure, the trailer for the Fast and the Furious 6 is below. The glamorization of speeding, fighting, breaking the law, etc. Haha. But it’s all for entertainment. I won’t even get started on the potential psychological impacts this does for our society. Maybe in another blog post. =)

I Love The 90s: Platform Sneakers

Hey gals! Remember platform sneakers? Well apparently they’re baaack … with a heel. So not only does the platform give you an extra chunk of height, but the heel gives that extra umph lift to nudge you to the sky. And forget about being just sneakers, they are now heel sneakers so you can wear it casually AND dressy. Winning!! (insert sarcasm emoticon here)Bakers-Platform-Sneakers-I-Love-The-90s

As someone who enjoys a little style and fashion here and there, I’m going to have to give a thumbs down to this sad attempt by Bakers to revitalize the 90s classic platform sneaker. It was a nice try. A mix between the platform sneaker and the mary janes. I see where they were going with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I did see some people wear this in public, but I think it would be fairly difficult to match it with the current fashion trends in the stores today. I look forward to seeing these styles on the clearance racks in about a month (or less). Maybe I’ll buy a pair then for a 90s outfit. If I stare at them long enough, they don’t seem as bad. But the longer I stare, the farther back in time I feel. I guess that was the point? To feel nostalgic enough to buy shoes that are no longer really relevant to today’s current fashion trends and that only succeed in making me feel older than I felt before I bought said shoes? First world problems. =P

Harlem Shake By The Backstreet Boys

Um. The Backstreet Boys doing the harlem shake video was actually quite amusingly weird. Talk about cleverly creative. Oh no they didn’t go for the sexual appeal, legitimate dancing, or stupidly silly dancing. They went for the extremely off-the-wall-random-raise-your-eyebrows kind of video. I don’t know if it’s just because I grew up with the Backstreet Boys and seeing them in this way is contradictory to how I remember them. But for whatever reason, I couldn’t help but bust out laughing when I watched this video and think to myself “what the hell am I watching?” I would imagine there are a lot of harlem shake videos on YouTube that may give me a similar effect, but this is the Backstreet Boys. Haha.

I mean come on! Freaknasty Spiderman? Perverted Easter Bunny? Captain America Ballerina? Rocketeer Helmet? Naked man in a Dr. Seuss hat? I can’t possibly be the only person who thinks this is weirder than weird, but I guess that’s what they were going for? Mission accomplished? You’ve succeeded in freaking me out!! =P

And what’s one stage down from being a geek? Hmmm. I kinda think it’s being a freak. And no, not in sexual terms. Freak as in even the geeks think you’re weird. You know what I’m talking about!! Haha. (side note: I loved the show Freaks and Geeks) Criticism aside, I really just want to hold onto my teen perception of the Backstreet Boys. But even though I want it that way, I know people change, times change, and I have to accept that the Backstreet Boys have changed. I mean I just have to quit playing games with my heart and enter the reality that the Backstreet Boys are no longer boys (although I think when they were popular they were actually quite old). They are men. Men, who as long as you love them, will continue to make more music and more extremely weird videos. I’m sure that will definitely make them happy and they will feel larger than life.

Ok I’m done. No wait. Final thoughts. There really is just no way. No how. I’ll never break your heart because I always give you all I have to give. And that, my dear friends, is the shape of my heart. <3

The Beginning of Something Special

I am BNMotive, but you may call me BN. In short, I am a Mexican college student currently working on my Illustration mayor. However, what truly matters is that I come here to share with you my experiences as an artist. Why? Well, I didn’t have much guidance as a kid, and so I want share some of my experience with the readers.
That being:
-my art techniques (occasional tutorials)
-stories and photos of my trips
-and my views on entertainment. (like  games, comics, movies and shows).

Talking about sharing experiences, I think the 90’s entertainment made a huge impression in my life as an artist. Those were the times in which I was completely oblivious of story archetypes and clichés, so I was very open to anything I could get my hands on even if i didn’t understand it’s intended meaning. however, never the less we can all agree that we could never wait for new episodes of our favorite programs to show on TV, specially the ones with our favorite theme songs.

now days I can always come back and look back at that precious nostalgia and re-interpret all those theme songs and shows as an adult and bring a whole new light of appreciation for the things I love.

take Dragonball and Digimon in this case, back then I only saw the Mexican version since it was the only thing available at the time. but seriously, how was I supposed to know that all these great series came from a different country called Japan? and to make it even more intriguing, how was I supposed to know that each version of these series came in different languages and had variety of editing choices? knowing that information blew my mind. so I was hooked to know even more about the matter.

thankfully the internet these days are great sources for such things, so now we can appreciate the work of the people who made these shows possible. I went out there and did some small research, so here are some of the interesting samples I got for DragonBall and Digimon. personally, I like the intros the same in their own particular ways. in addition to that, I found a very interesting site that links to the portfolio site of American composer Shuki Levy. this man was involved in an incredible repertory of series that probably most of us grew up with, so give it a try and see what you can find, you could probably find something that you had forgotten in the past! also, here I sign out. enjoy!

http://www.shukilevy.com/Shuki_Levy_Online/Music_Compositions.html

Dragon Ball Z

Rock The Dragon by Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahehi. (United States)

Chala Head Chala By Hironobu Kageyama (Japan)

Chala Head Chala By Ricado Silva (Mexico)

Digimon

Digimon: Digital Monsters by Shuki Levy:
The Biggest Dreamer by Koji Wada
Gran Sueño by Doblaje Intertrack Mexico

On the glory of Squaresoft, NOT SQUARE ENIX.

The peeps at rhythmemotion.net covered one of Richie Branson‘s earlier songs, however, this song hits a lot closer to home.  Justin blogged about Chrono Trigger a few entries ago, and this song also samples a track from the same game.  However the subject matter is different.

Richie’s song is an ode to Squaresoft, the once-king of the Japanese RPG.  He mentions a few games that came out in the 90’s, and ends on a good point.  Treat your fans better, and you’ll get somewhere.  He’s absolutely right.  I mean, if I were to ask you if you could name an awesome Squaresoft game, I’m sure you guys could just go on and on.  I know I could.

  • Final Fantasy I-X
  • Parasite Eve
  • Xenogears
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Vagrant Story
  • Brave Fencer Musashi
  • Bushido Blade / 2
  • EHRGEIZ
  • Threads of Fate

I could seriously go on and on…but here’s the big challenge.  Can you name anything good that Square Enix has done…actually, let me rephrase that.  Has Square Enix made any game that captured the hearts and imaginations of its fans like any of the aforementioned games?  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

I’m in total agreement with Richie.  And I miss Squaresoft, not Square Enix.

Edit: Added his twitter link after he RT’d this entry.  Big ups, Richie.