My buddy Thomas is visiting from Ireland this week. He's here in Los Angeles a few days before heading down to San Diego for Comic Con. Thomas is one of my friends who I instantly bonded with, it doesn't happen often and I can actually count how many times it has happen on one hand. I remember when I first saw Thomas at the Guild table during SDCC a few years back.. he's cute and he's accent in adorable but there was something more, a kind of kismet. I knew we were going to be good friends. Of course we don't get to see each other that often (a few times a year) but the times we do spend together are very special to me.
Today I was picking him up from his hotel down in Van Nuys and we were driving into Los Angeles for a screening at the 20th Century Fox lot. But before that we grabbed a bite to eat at the near by Islands. After lunch we drove over to the Fox lot. I figured this would be a treat for Thomas as he has never been on this lot (they don't do tours) and he really enjoys TV/Movies behind the scenes stuff like me.
We were going to a pre-screening of Dreamworks animated movie Turbo. We got to the lot and made our way to the theater. It's always fun walking to the theater as you have to walk past a few sound stages. We found the theater, got our 3D glasses (yes it was in 3D) and found some good seats and waited for the movie to start.
My review of Turbo. If you don't know what Turbo is here's a quick synopsis: All his life, Theo the garden snail has lived a slow lane life with dreams of speed at the Indy 500. Suddenly, a freak mishap gives him the ability to move at super speed, which puts Theo and his brother at a failing strip mall. They are discovered by Tito, a goofy fast food worker, and his crew of racing snails, and a wild idea is born for Theo to race with his heroes in Indianapolis. Now, this gang of misfits are traveling to that city to dare pursue the impossible dream, which will require all of Theo's speed as Turbo to have any shot at achieving.
I really enjoyed this movie. It's super cute and perfect for the family. I loved the voice actors, and the story was very heart warming. It was funny and had some cool action/tense moments.
Again I saw this in 3D (PGA screening) but it wasn't necessary, but like with Pacific Rim it really didn't bother me and I don't think I ever really noticed it.
Both Thomas and I really enjoyed this movie. I would give Turbo a solid B+
We left Fox and headed all the way across town to Griffith Park. Last year when Thomas was here he mentioned in one of his video blogs that he didn't know where any of the hiking paths were for Griffith so I decided to show him around a bit and go for a hike at Griffith Park.
Afterwards I took him over to the other side where there are four or five trail entrances and we choose the one I knew the best. We hiked and talked for over two hours. It was tiring but I loved the company I was with. We didn't quite make it as far as I was hoping to go as we had to turn around because Thomas had plans in the evening.
I dropped him off at his hotel, picked up some dinner and went back to my place and crashed. It was an awesome day spent with a great friend seeing a fun movie and getting some awesome one on one time. Gonna be doing Magic Mountain the day after tomorrow with him... can't wait.
You can watch Thomas' daily vlogs that he posts on you tube. This one covers today's activities.