Disclaimer: Ewok Princess is once again a princess among princesses. She is still someone that I’d call my Spill Mom, except this time, it’s for buying us all pool and pizza on her dollar. That and there’s a potentially incriminating video of me (not as bad as it could have been) which means she is now a gatekeeper who remembers all of your not so great moments and can pull them out at any moment.
Behold my run on sentences…
Once again, Washington D.C. may not be the happening place to you Spill.commers who manage to make it to Austin or any other location where Spill gatherings are held. We’re right up there, though. And as I stressed before, our get together is no less memorable. Maybe our stories can’t compare to what people hear about Austin and such, but I’m getting sidetracked. Once again, courtesy of our very own Ewok Princess (who will hound me to the ends of the Earth if I do not have this written faster than the last one), we had our second Spill gathering in the Nation’s Capital, this time consisting of herself, TheCool, Chester, QbanKnight, Ken-K, Moxie and a friend of hers (whose name I unfortunately didn’t get), myself, and a friend of mine.
So, it’s a rainy Sunday afternoon on August 15th at Gallery Place. How do you start off a gathering of Spill members? You start by listening to our very own Ewok regale us with tales from the Army. Yes, there was the meet and greet, but in order to kill time while other members trickled in, we opened our ears and I guess our hearts as Army stories managed to hold our attention until about 1:45 pm.
Several of us went inside the theater when the rest joined in around 2 p.m. for the main highlight of our get together: the viewing of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. However, it’s noteworthy to mention that the theater’s best laugh came before the movie even started. Some of you may be able to relate to what I’m about to tell you. In fact, I KNOW this has happened at other movie theaters, if not some of the ones you all went to when you went to see Scott Pilgrim. One of the previews that played before the movie was Devil. It looked OK, held the audience’s focus as much as you can for a movie-going crowd on a Sunday afternoon.
But as soon as “From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan,” the audience erupted in a collective groan that turned into a collective laugh. I’ve heard tales that some audiences have booed or sworn. Seriously, look it up. There’s even a video up of an audience’s reaction to “Devil,” but NBC Universal has blocked it. Just to clarify, folks, I haven’t seen much of the guy’s work. I’m still in that minority that hasn’t seen “The Sixth Sense” and as Nickelodeon is beyond redemption in my eyes, I refuse to give “Avatar: The Last Airbender” a chance, so I don’t know how painful his movie would be to someone who hasn’t watched the cartoon. That being said, it was a hilarious moment just to watch an entire audience react in disgust to Mr. Shyamalan’s name on screen. Scott Pilgrim was funny, but I think the audience reaction gave me the longest laugh out of the entire day.
Ahem…onto Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I don’t want to turn this entire entry into a movie review, so I’ll keep it brief. In my eyes, this has taken Kick-Ass’ spot as the best adaptation I’ve seen (even though Scott Pilgrim is a manga). It’s zany, amazingly crazy and fun and keeps a constant pace without ever slowing down the point of losing the audience’s interest. While there are some essential and hilarious elements that I wish had been kept in, such as Kim and Envy’s back stories and bigger roles from the manga, characters like Knives’ father or Lisa Miller, on the whole, this is an amazing movie full of everything geeky or video game or comic-bookie- it’s the movie that has it all for the zany. Michael Cera is still playing himself, but he does a bit more than usual. Is he still my decision for Scott Pilgrim? Probably not, but he gets the job done well enough for the lead role. We all gave it a Full Price across the board.
Post Scott Pilgrim was the Lucky Strikes bowling. Amidst pool games and pizza, Ewok and Ken-K shared their experiences at Spill.com and, in Ewok’s case, meeting other Spill members at Comic-Con. And on a side note, if you’re playing pool with Ken-K, keep both eyes on the pool table at all times. God forbid you try to break away and make small conversation with others, because you will be poked and prodded and maybe even dragged kicking and screaming back to the pool table (I kid).
But what stories did we hear about? Well, a certain Chicago member had a run in with a “fish face” (not my words) gal while in Austin and, in his words, “They took my hoochie.” I’ll let that speak for itself. Photographic evidence would have been a plus, but it was amiss. Or maybe soon, a Mrs.
And from what we heard, apparently every single tall tale that you heard about Spill.com (assuming you did not make it either) is true. IE, Leon is as good with the ladies at the strip club as everyone says, and it’s a great atmosphere not only to have a great time, but get closer to Spill members who you’ve spent months or years talking to without much face to face interaction. Such would be one of the main reasons why people even come from other countries and congregate on Austin in the first place. Sure, meeting the Crew is important, maybe even something some members never thought would happen, but putting faces to the members you’ve grown to know and having some time to get to know them better in person is worth the trip. At least according to how Ewok and Ken-K put it.
And shameless plug, turns out Ken-K, the artist of the group, as it seems, will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con with his work. Plus, he’s on DeviantArt ( Ken-K's DeviantArt)
So that's another Spill DC get-together. Not as much exploration as the last one, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the trailer for "Devil" morethan made up for that. There's another gathering coming up soon for the aforementioned Baltimore Comic-Con if you're interested, so keep your eyes open and thanks again to our very special Ewok Princess for bringing some of us out and letting us see who we truly are instead of living a lie to all of our friends and families for all these years.
Wait, maybe I've been overhearing too many episodes of Intervention.
No Cadillac Ranch or imitation Farah Fawcett this time around, but we'll be back. Count on it. The fun times with the DMV Spill members does not stop here. So once again, I'll invoke Tino Tonitini and sign off by saying: