Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tommy Wiseau: “‘The Room’ Will Be a Video Game and Children’s Cartoon”

Tommy Wiseau

Tommy Wiseau, the unparallelled visionary who brought us The Room, has frequently expressed a desire to see his work adapted into new media. In addition to a Broadway play, Wiseau now hopes to see The Room re-imagined in the form of a video game and cartoon targeted at viewers aged 6-11.

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Canada Has World’s Highest Cellphone Bills

Shinji and Rei on cell phonesMobile phone users in Canada can now proudly boast that they pay more per month than any other nation on earth. Surprise. Subscribers who have made the questionable decision of switching to the deceptively convenient “Chat-r” brand should be advised that they are doing more to exacerbate the situation than they are to remedy it.

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Asterix Does McDonalds Ad on the Side; Enrages French

For those used to hearing about cultural protectionism from more than a few Francophone Canadians in Quebec, it may or may not surprise you that this attitude can be found in even more zealous portions in France.

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The True Brilliance of Paranoia Agent and Why It’s All About the Bomb

Old Man from Paranoia Agent

I had intended to launch this website on Tuesday, but it was difficult with the tragic news of Satoshi Kon’s untimely death at the age of 46 lingering over my head.

Kon is best known for his flawless filmography of directorial work which includes Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, and The Dream Machine which is currently unfinished. However, one of his most substantial works may in fact be his thirteen episode television series, Paranoia Agent. Despite being frequently dismissed as a collection of left-over ideas, a 2006 article published in the Nichi Bei Times summarizes and dissects the true relevance of the series in a fascinating way. The article has been offline for a few years, but I have taken the liberty of recovering and reposting it below.

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Raj Ramayya Performs “Ask DNA” Live at Anime Evolution 2010

If you were to ask most attendees at Anime Evolution 2010, Vancouver’s annual anime convention, if they knew that one of the vocalists from  Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Wolf’s Rain was performing that weekend, most would have said no. Nonetheless, Raj Ramayya and his band “The Beautiful Losers” were indeed at the con, and put on an amazing show. It served as one of the highlights of a surprisingly fun convention.

Born in Saskatchewan, Raj formed The Beautiful Losers with guitarist Brett Boyd while in Japan, where he also crossed paths with Yoko Kanno. They are currently grounded in San Francisco, CA. I highly recommend checking out more of their work through their official website.

Is This the End of Harold Rosenbaum?

Harold Rosenbaum

In their Fall 2010 Programming Announcement, an excellent summary of which can be found courtesy of Primus over at I Miss Bionix, the much discussed Canadian youth television station YTV is finally delivering a full series from their 2005 pilot competition, Funpak. Worth noting is that Sidekick, which starts on 11 September, is not only heavily retooled from the version that was originally featured, it also isn’t the series that won the competition. That honour should have gone to The Manly Bee, which won the online polls.

Regardless, anyone who was following the program five years ago should certainly remember Harold Rosenbaum: Chartered Accountant Extreme, a remarkable and effectual send-up to the stilted, low-budget cartoons of the late 1960s. In the United States a series like this would’ve been green-lit and produced by Adult Swim in a heartbeat, but in the a country whose cultural productions are tangled in the litany of government subsidization, it was not as lucky.

At the very least, we can still enjoy the existing twenty-five minutes of content. All five parts of the pilot are embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading

Getting Acquainted

Major Kong

Greetings and welcome to Sitting on an Atomic Bomb, an attempt to make the modern troubles of media and technology a little more accessible to the people it really affects. Which is basically everyone. Including you. Continue reading