Merchandise Materials

Hail Hydra! Glows in the dark, yo.

Click on the photo and whoosh, you can hear $19.99 fly from your wallet if you buy this tank from ThinkGeek.

I feel like I also need something like this for Autobots vs. Decepticons. Or Rebel Alliance vs. Imperial Forces. And hey, how about Order of the Phoenix vs. Death Eaters. (Wait, who am I kidding? D.E. all the way, I mean, that tattoo on my left arm ain’t disappearing anytime soon).

Antonio Sánchez: “Birdman” Original Soundtrack

If it were up to me, Mexican drummer Antonio Sánchez’s work on Birdman would receive the Oscar for “Best Original Score” tonight, although both Hans Zimmer’s and Alexandre Desplat’s soundtracks for Interstellar and The Grand Budapest Hotel, respectively, are both very much deserving.

There won’t be a post about the Oscars on ASV (since the Internet is probably crowded with the stuff, anyway), but have a listen the Birdman soundtrack below, and enjoy the early Music Monday!

Year of the Goat: On the Screen More Than You Think

Featured image credit: Vivian Le

2015 Chinese New Year’s Day is TODAY in China Standard Time. It is officially the new moon of the first lunar month at 7:48 A.M. of February 19, 2015. Welcome, one and all?

Two-thousand fifteen is the Year of the Goat (Chinese: 羊; pinyin: yáng), or Sheep (and yes, some say Ram, as well).

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8th sign of 12-year Chinese zodiac
Earth/Wood element
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9; Avoid: 6, 7, 8
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose, alice flower
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple; Avoid: gold, coffee

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Ninja New York: Dining in Feudal Japan

I’m hungry again.

That pretty sums up the reason for another foodie post. However, I do want to talk a bit about my choice this time around (beyond the fact that I LOVE THIS CONCEPT).

Welcome, to Ninja New York, the restaurant that yanks you into its feudal ambiance and wows you with tasty Japanese dishes . . . that ninja serve to you.

You read that correctly. Ninjas. Your waiter is a ninja (or at least a person in ninja garb with ninja moves and mysteriously dark, ninja-like surroundings). No, definitely not the ones from the mind of Kishimoto Masashi (creator of Naruto), but still exciting!!!

Can you spot the ninja? I bet you can’t. 🙂

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Alphabet Cinema: “E” is for “Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)”

The first time I watched the 1995 version of this movie on the Disney Channel, I completely loved it. It’s a little kid’s dream, after all. Finding out you have telekinesis and telepathy, then discovering that your long-lost twin has them, too! Oh, but wait, then a rich old man wants to adopt you both in order to use your powers for his own nefarious purposes (like, gambling, people; keep it rated G).

He gives you a mansion and all sorts of toys and ice cream to keep you happy, but your twin gets bad vibes so you escape on a horse, with whom you can communicate mentally. So ensues a chase ‘cross the countryside, the man’s butler hot on your heels.

All the while, you strive to reach Witch Mountain. You don’t really know why, but just maybe, getting there will explain how you got these extraterrestrial powers and who knows? Perhaps finally, you’ll be home.  Continue reading Alphabet Cinema: “E” is for “Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)”

BeCos Cosplay: Kelan Ord

Cosplay, props, artwork.

Kelan Ord (real name Guillaume Fortin) is a male cosplayer and props extraordinaire from Quebec, Canada who also happens to do fantastic graphic design. Oh, and he collects lightsabers (yea, real ones, yep–in all honesty, they might as well be real; they look so cool).

Mando by Kelan Ord; Photo by Richard Dufault

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The Meaning of Mardi Gras (Colors)

Mardi Gras has three official colors: purple, green, and gold. It’s ingrained within the connotation of the celebration already. But what do they mean?

I finally looked it up! These are official hues chosen in 1872 in honor of the Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff (Alex, ASV Staff Writer, what say you about this tri-Alex dealio?). Apparently, the guy was visiting that year and, hey, what better colors than the man’s own house colors?

Purple = Justice
Green = Faith
Gold = Power

There. Learned. (P.S. If you already knew this, well, just go away!)