Memorabilia Expo Birmingham 16.03.2013

This weekend we went to the event “Memorabilia/MCM“, based in Birmingham in the NEC. It’s held twice a year in March and November.

Compared to similar events, it was really chilled, really comfortable. We only went for the one day, and dressed as Gorillaz, Plastic Beach era. Our Noodley friend was going to the event too so it was a good chance to get some group pictures (sadly our Russ couldn’t make it).

Charlie did my makeup for me today as he is trained in it, and could give me the later Murdoc appearance I would struggle at doing. In return I ironed. He got to try out new water liner for the costume too which was exciting.

We got a taxi to the train station and hopped on with JD and Coke in hand, noticing other cosplayers on the train too. I always think that is nice to see in such events, even if I don’t have a clue what they were wearing.

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The con itself is £10 entry, and offers stalls, guests, talks and shows, much like London Expo (but a lot smaller and much less busier).

We got to see some old and lovely faces, and also meet some new ones.

Bumped into Angie whom appears in a couple of our photos and met up with our Noodle.

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And had many lovely people asking us for pictures! They are all floating about on the internet at the moment, if you see any feel free to give me a bell!

Also Foxy took us some group pictures, which was fantastic. These are in the editing process at the moment but if you are interested in seeing any of these, you will be able to find them most likely here or here.

We met two lovely ladies one of which sweetly gave us a postcard of her art, and her website can be found here.

After a while we ended up drinking cider at the bar. Then everything goes a bit fuzzy really. Ended up going home and drinking tea.

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DVD Review – Chernobyl Diaries (And bits of other stuff)

I honestly have heard mixed reviews on this one, but wanted to watch it anyway to see what was going on. I picked it up cheap from Blockbuster (cause our local one is closing down sadly…well kinda sadly, cause there is a lot of reduced stuff in there) and me and Charlie watched it the other night.

Chernobyl Diaries (2012 dir: Bradley Parker)
Genre; Horror.
Age; 15

Plot:

So, basically tourists get lost because they go somewhere they probably shouldn’t and they get into trouble.

The Film (Spoilers):

Oh jeeeeeeeeeez with many e’s. It was pretty much a bog standard American style horror. The characters in it (I can ONLY remember Chris, as we were making Resident Evil jokes about his name being called) were so bland and formulated it could of been any film. (I only liked the minor characters and you KNEW they were gonna kick the bucket). I feel it was really obvious what was going to happen, and I don’t think either one of us “jumped” at it. The end..also, was so..obvious. It really did lend heavily to horror game related things, and I was told it was very similar to the Silent Hill film in some ways.

THE CG WHAT? That’s all I am going to say. I don’t think I have ever seen…a less realistic bear in a film. It was something like this? (Which is all well and good, but in a high budget film and all). The smoke too! What was that? When he kicks the fire away.

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I can’t slag it off too much though. Some of the scenery was gorgeous, and the interior bits looked fantastic.  The music, also, that was really really good. Diego Stocco I think I’ve gotta say, this was the best thing about the film. I admit, I liked the Marilyn Manson song at the end too (whom I recently realised I have been into for 14 years erk).

This Release:

It’s an ex-rental copy, so I don’t think it is blessed with such things.

Special Features:

N/A

Summary:

2/5 – It was poor. The idea itself was amazing. But the execution was awful. I may give it another watch, on maybe a “lets watch crap films” night, but I can’t say I was wowed.

And in other news, hitting Memorabilia this weekend and cosplay Gorillaz-ing it up. Expect images I guess! (Maybe on the blog, maybe here). And and and and and looking forward to many travels this year, all will be written about in due course. I am so excited.

Citizen X (Gig Review + Photos)

Right. First off sorry I haven’t been very active on here, between work and flu I’ve kinda just wanted to vegetate.

Monday I got asked to do some photos for local band Citizen-X, which are a kinda ska/indie piece, line-up including Birmingham music and poetry veterans Louis Campbell and Andrew Bucknall (info on his other current stuff here and here).

So I swanned along to the Adam and Eve and got a few free drinks out of it. It’s a lovely little venue and it isn’t too expensive either.

The band themselves were really enjoyable. I found myself tapping along as I did my photos, stopping occasionally to watch. I think they played a set of about 5-6 songs, as there were other bands playing that night. It is a small venue though, and another bands equipment was at one end of the stage so I could only take pictures from certain angles. The lighting wasn’t terrible though for a smaller venue! The sound, although I think once or twice sounding a bit de-tuned, was fairly clear and consistent all the way through. I honestly left feeling like I had enjoyed it, and would go and catch them again. The downside is I can’t find any info on them on-line, so I can’t really tell you how to look out for them.

I took a little bit of video on my phone, not great quality but hey;

And my photos are here;

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