Just Cos: Chloe in the City
This is a fantastic concept for a nerdy youtube show. I’ve always been a bit disappointing because the show has been more flash than substance. It boils down to “look at these pretty people in cosplay.” It always leaves me feeling like I’ve learned nothing about the art of cosplay. This episode is conceptual great. I really like the narrative form. But ultimately it left me colder and more empty than previous episodes. Here is what we learned in this episode. Chloe is hot as Laura Croft Tomb Raider. Chris Loves Chloe. Chloe refers to her current boyfriend. Chloe likes to cosplay. I know this already.
I will freely admit that if this show had Jonah Ray and Deanna Roney I would be gushing endlessly over how cute it was. Obviously I am not an indifferent reviewer. If you are looking for something to give you real insight into cosplay, this isn’t it. It strikes me as a real missed opportunity. Chloe Dykstra has been cosplaying for a very long time. What got her interested in cosplaying? What does she look for in a character? How does she go about developing a cosplay character?
We see her get ready as Laura. We see her getting ready but it would be nice to hear how she got read. How did she break down the character of Laura? What was that thought process like? Ultimately Just Cos mostly fluff and little substance.
dayum, Dayum, DAYUM: Another review
Let us change gears and palate cleanser…literally! The dayum Dayum DAYUM guy is back! This time he’s reviewing breakfast at Sonic. Sadly Sonic didn’t stand up to the level of Five Guys. Still, the resulting video is a treasure! I could watch him describe food all day. He’s a food poet! I so want to hang out with him.
This is a story of a thing that happened but was in no way related to something that didn’t. If you haven’t seen the Doctor Who episode “Angels Take Manhattan” then this post isn’t for you.
I named this episode Alpha 3-9er because I was not sure if I was going to post it. I am slowly finding my voice and to be honest it is scarey. But what people are responding to is my unapologetic enthusiasm for things that I love.
In this episode I talk about Chris Hardwick on Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird: http://www.nerdist.com/2012/09/you-made-it-weird-87-chris-hardwick/
I talked about the Nerdist Way. Have you been giving yourself a 5 minuet hug? Your assignment for next week is to start your characer sheet! We need to do this thing and post a bunch of examples to nerdistway.com
Thank you for listening! Remember, don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now!
More podcasty goodness: http://dihard.info Opening music “Get it on” under the direction of Brian Cardanay 2008 URI Marching Band. The closing song is “Do it anyway” by Ben Folds Five.
Hate by numbers is an awesome web series that points out human hypocrisies and inconsistencies in a fun and amusing way. Gladstone has been producing these videos for years. There was a dark time when there were no new HBN’s. It was terrible. We had to get our dose of snarkey web based humor from other sources such as The Lonely Island. One glorious day Gladstone brought back HBN.
It is a simple production model. Gladstone produces 4 episodes for every $2,000 he raises. Gladstone is usually able to raise the money in the span of about 2-3 weeks. I’m sure the donations trickle in as he releases videos.
The episode above is the latest (as of now). The beauty or as I’d like to call it, genius of HBN is pointing out life’s absurdities. The 24 hour a day news cycle has given Gladstone a so many pieces to choose from. This one is about what CNN’s AJ Hammer calls “Hologram Madness.” This episode contains not only a zinger but another awesome performance by Ash Gladstone. Ash was originally known as the neighbor’s kid Johny but later revealed to be Gladstone’s actual son. They do play incredible well off of each other.