Train to Busan (2016)

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 I’ve been a fan of Zombie movies since I was a wee little lad in the early 80’s.  Of course it started with “Night of the Living Dead”, and advanced further with the campy, but fun, “Return of the Living Dead”.  We also can’t forget “Day of the Dead” or “Dawn of the Dead”.  But somewhere in the 90’s, the zombie genre can’t of died (yes pun intended).  In the 2000’s, we would see a string of hit or miss zombie flicks.  Among them the reboot of Dawn of the Dead and “Resident Evil”.  Interest for the living dead grew, as they are the movie equivalent of escape rooms.  It was fun to discuss with friends and loved ones what you would do in that scenario.  Popular books were written, like “The Zombie Survival Guide“, one of my personal favorites.  We witnessed the genre become one of the most popular television shows with AMC’s, “the Walking Dead”.

But, as the market became more and more saturated, zombie movies were severely polarized into great, or a 1 star Netflix movie.  They became too formulaic, predictable, and just down right terrible.  I accidentally watched “Train to Busan”, while the wife and I were trying to decide on a scary movie to watch, and for some reason, this one caught my attention. The movie is like a formulaic George R.R Martin story.  But, every played out characteristic of a zombie flick, was done right.  It was the perfect storm.  The gore was there, but not gratuitous.  The different character representations were there; the coward, the man who receives redemption, the betrayed, the kid, etc.

I think what made this movie great, what the physical acting, and the fact that it was subtitled.  I don’t speak Korean, so I can’t judge the delivery of the dialogue.  The actors had to sell me on it with their physical expressions and holy shit, did they ever deliver.  The acting was phenomenal.  Their delivery really suspends disbelief.  Even the kid was great.  There were points in the movie that made me tear up, and anyone who knows me, knows I only do that when a dog dies.

The movie is 1 hour 58 minutes, but seemed much longer, in a good way.  Its equivalency is like a roller-coaster that makes you think it’s over, but then launches you again.   And to think, this is all based on a simple concept of surviving in a contained, but tight environment.

I highly recommend this work of art.  Watch this film and let us know what you think.

NETFLIX

 

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Current Television Obsessions: September 2017

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American Vandal (2017) / NETFLIX

In an age where people are addicted to dramatic documentaries such as “Making a Murderer”, this documentary let’s you know it takes itself seriously, about not taking itself serious, about taking itself serious.

We follow the story of a high school degenerate, Dylan Maxwell, after getting suspended for spray painting a phallic symbol on 27 cars in the faculty parking lot.  Twenty seven dicks.  That’s a lot.  One student, Peter Maldonado (played by Tyler Alvarez), is not convinced that Dylan did it.  He seeks out truth, documenting everything, and leaving no stoned unturned.  Seriously, down to logistics of getting a hand job on a dock without anybody seeing it and coupled with a timeline that doesn’t make sense.

This movie is filmed in a true documentary style.  Honestly, it’s better done than most documentaries.  Although you will laugh, a lot, its sucks you in and makes you believe it’s real.  You have to remind yourself every couple of minutes that you’re really watching a mockumentary of a crime involving spray painted dicks on cars.  27 dicks, to be precise.  The film also takes classy jabs at the youth of today, especially with Dylan’s YouTube channel with the Wayback crew, the cheap thrills of the kids today, and the First World problems plaguing this generation.

Lies, betrayal, emotions, trust, conspiracy, it’s all here, and as the kids say, “It’s funny AF”.

#FreeDylan

 


Television Duds

I only have one dud this month and that is Fuller House on Netflix. As a huge fan of the original, Full House, and a new fan of the reboot, this season fell flat. This season was cheesier than ever, the quips were extremely predictable and just too peachy clean for me. To my surprise, there will be 2 parts to season 3. The first 9 episodes were released in September and the other 9 will be in December.

Of course I will continue to watch, but it’ll be my lunch break guilty pleasure, just not a regular Stephanie binge.

Middleburg Film Festival 2017

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 Sup, Nerds! It is with great honor to announce that Brendan and I will be covering the Middleburg Film Festival beginning October 19th thru October 22nd. This will be our first year at this event and hopefully, not the last. We just wanted to take a quick second to share the exciting news and to thank you all for helping our blog grow. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 Many Thanks- Brendan & Stephanie


About Middleburg Film Festival

Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, D.C. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films will screen in an intimate theatre environment, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers and actors. The films include Oscar contenders, festival favorites, foreign films, regional premieres, and both narratives and documentaries. Festival attendees will also be able to experience the natural beauty, food, wine, and warm hospitality of Middleburg.

To learn more, check out their website: https://middleburgfilm.org/the-festival

 

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Current Television Obsessions: July & August 2017

Sup, Nerds! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a current obsessions. Since I didn’t write my post for July and August is almost over, I figured I’d combine the two months.


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Riverdale / The CW

I can always depend on my best friend Netflix to binge on tv shows. I had seen the trailer for Riverdale and thought it look decent but I didn’t want to invest the time, each week to tune in, so once Netflix released the entire first season, I said why not. Per usual fashion, I binged and finished the entire first season over a weekend and it did not disappoint. The story is darker, no one is perfect and not to be biased but I love how Veronica is Latina. I had read mixed reviews on this show and how it differs from the comics, and it does to some degree, but the show is worth watching. Just binge it. Can’t wait for season 2. Off topic: Betty Cooper, played by actress Lili Reinhart resemble Brittany Murphy. They could almost be sisters.

Synopsis: The quiet little town of Riverdale is turned upside down after it is struck with the mysterious death of Jason Blossom, a popular high school student and member of the most powerful family in town. Archie and his friends explore the struggles of everyday life in a small town while taking on the haunting case of Jason Blossom. But in order to solve this mystery, the rag tag group of friends must first unlock the secrets that lie buried deep beneath the surface of their hometown. Riverdale may not be as innocent as it appears. –via IMDB


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The Handmaid’s Tale HULU

When I started watching this show, I never saw the trailer, just the promotional poster photos. I had no idea that this was the show that I was getting into. Weirdly, I am into dystopian type of shows, movies and books. It has a bit of a creepy feeling because you never know what may happen in the world and what we must do to survive. Although this show is worth the watch and I do suggest it, it is not easy to watch. Read the synopsis below to see what I mean.

Synopsis:  American television series created by Bruce Miller based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. In the near future, fertility rates collapse as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. With this chaos in place, the totalitarian Christian movement of Gilead, establishes rulers in the former United States in the aftermath of a civil war. Society is organized by power-hungry leaders along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of fanaticism and newly-created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read. Worldwide infertility has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, called handmaids, according to an “extremist interpretation” of a biblical account. They are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized rape with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives. – via Wikipedia


Television Duds

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The trailer to this show realty grabbed my attention but the first episode was just too weird. I tried to follow this show and really give it a chance but just like WESTWORLD, I just could not get into it. Synopsis: The series focuses on Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday after being released from prison, and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day.

 

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I know many people out there love this show and have compared it to Breaking Bad but I just don’t see that comparison. I loved Breaking Bad but this show is just too slow. I am 6 episodes in and I don’t think I’ll finish. I had to push myself to continue watching but I can’t do it anymore. Every character on the show is extremely annoying, the pace is too slow and I am just not invested in the characters to care enough to finish. Synopsis: A Chicago-based financial advisor secretly relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks when his dealings with a drug cartel go awry. – via IMDB

 

Power Rangers

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I won’t start with a synopsis, seeing as Powers Rangers have been around for over 20 years. I will start off with saying this is not the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that I loved in the early 90’s. I was hopeful when I first saw this trailer and I can say that this film was a huge let down. Don’t get me wrong, the original television show was not the greatest but it was campy in its own fun way. I know this review is old but I needed to write it. I grew up on the original and wanted to make my voice heard. Plus, why have a blog and not say what I want.

It seemed as though, this new set of rangers were not friends (unlike the original and spin offs that followed) but kids stuck in detention for whatever reason.  You have the Billy (brains), Jason (athlete), Kimberly (princess), Trini (basket case) and Zach (a criminal?). What does all of the spell… THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Literally! It was so obvious and watching their so called bond form was like watching a remake of breakfast club and not in a good way. I didn’t feel any chemistry between any of the actors, it’s not to say that they weren’t friendly off screen but it was not convincing on screen. Zordon came across as whiney and in no way, shape, or form a mentor, whereas the original Zordon guided the rangers, to find their strengths within themselves and each other. This version of Rita Repulsa I kind of liked, but the execution was all wrong. I like the concept of her being the original green ranger but her constant need for gold was laughable. She sounded like Goldmember.

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Last up for the negative is the soundtrack.  Did Daft Punk or Michael Bay create the soundtrack, because that is literally what it sounded like. It was almost as if Transformers & Tron had a soundtrack baby and not in a good way.

There were a couple of things I appreciated from this reboot, the main one being that they had a Power Ranger who was autistic. For personal reason, that was very much appreciated. The only other thing I liked from this reboot was the scene where all of them were assembling into the Megazord. They created it the same way as the original, with the same theme song.

Overall, this movie was crap and I will make no apologies for it. With any film reboot, if you’re going to do it, make it better or tell a new story. With some aspects of this film, they had the idea but did not execute it properly. Even the cameo from the original pink and green ranger Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank were subpar. Saban should have let the Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn bring the dark version of Power Rangers to life. Their fan film was phenomenal and with Beek & Sackhoff as the green and pink power rangers was a great cast move. I won’t bother posting a trailer for this reboot, instead ill post the fan film that you should watch, if you haven’t yet.

 

 

NOVA CON 2017 : Part 2 : Photos

Before you see the photos, I have to give another shout out to my friend Kristin. For her first time at a con, she truly captured her look and I am still impressed. FullSizeRender.jpgDC Bombshell Catwoman


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Harley Quinn & Selina Kyle take on NOVA CON


Artist Alley & Stranger Things Panel


Cosplay Saturday & Sunday

Till next year NOVA CON!


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Nova Con 2017 : Part 1 : Review

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Nova Cons inaugural event started Friday July 28th. I was unable to attend due to work, so part 1 to this is a review for both Saturday and Sunday. I was pretty excited for this con for several reasons:

  1. Near my house
  2. Another weekend to cosplay and get Harley Quinn right
  3. My friend Kristin was attending a con for the first time and planned on cosplaying. She was DC Bombshell Catwoman and rocked the hell out of her look!
  4. Pricing was PERFECT.

I will break down my review on all fields of the con along with any “improvements” needed but there won’t be many.


Location/Parking:  The location was perfect. It was local and provided more than enough parking. The parking garages were near the hotel lobby, and as a cosplayer it is much appreciated, since you won’t be walking far or getting caught in the rain. The actual payment for parking was a bit confusing though. If you followed NOVA CON on Facebook they stated parking was free, which was AWESOME! But if a volunteer forgot to tell you to get the pass validated, you might have had to pay. I spoke to a few people who ended up having to pay. Just lack of communication, not a huge biggie in my book. The validation scanner was near the “down” elevator but the sign and scanner could have easily been missed. For next year, if it is held in this same location, I would suggest putting a bigger sign, adding the validation on social media for people to locate and/or putting that information on the badges. IMG_1104.jpg


Food: With all of the excitement I tend to forget to eat. But at some point my stomach reached a point of “feed me Seymour”. The only quick bite I saw was an a la cart section with fries, chicken tenders and a wrap. The pricing was a bit high for French fries ($6) but that is normal for a con (not shocked at all). I noticed a restaurant on the lobby level but I just like a quick bite. For next year I would just suggest adding another a la cart station with sweets or more of a quick bite type of food.


Cosplay Contest: There was some serious talent that entered the contest. The prize was $600. Not bad for an inaugural con. The judges were supposed to have the list narrowed down from 100 to 10 but it ended up being 16. It was pretty funny. But honestly all of the 16 chosen were amazing. I had a top 5 and I’m not sure how I would have chosen just 1 winner.

Saturday Top 5: Crocheted Dr. Strange- Gambit- Mera- Ursula- Belle

The winner had a pretty cool costume on and large prop. I wouldn’t be able to tell you the character but I think it was gaming related. Cosplay etiquette was on point. No one was rude, people asked for photos and no one was inappropriate.

Stranger Sunday Cosplay: We arrived after the Stranger Things Sunday cosplay contest event took place. I was pretty bummed about this, but luckily we arrived in time for the Stranger Things panel with Catherine Dyer, Randy Havens, and Shannon Purser (we found Barb!). DSC_0026


Artist Alley: The artists, like always, were great. You’ll never catch me saying something negative about someone’s work. People have different variations of art, and the art displayed here was nothing short of great. My only suggestion would be to have the lighting inside of the main room be brighter for the artists who are working on commissioned work.


Gaming Section: I was expecting an arcade type of gaming area, not as big, but kind of like Awesome con. To my surprise, it more computer\board game, which is cool for those that like them. It’s just not my thing.


Volunteers:  Each and every single Nova Corps volunteer was extremely nice, engaged well with customers in a respectful manner and knew exactly how to help each person, from locating the parking validation area to help guide us on where everything is located. Great job Nova Corps!


At times, the DJ would spin a great track and people would start dancing, Kevin and Michael would toss out gifts to the crowd and everyone would be having a great time.

NOVA CON is my first small con. I’ve been to 4 large cons and I’ve never had as much fun as I did on Saturday. The Nova Con crew made this experience very family friendly but also made you feel like you were a part of their family. Everyone was having a great time laughing, cosplaying and dancing. This was an experience for fans. It wasn’t about which A list celebrity you were going to spend $500 on, wait in line for 3 hours only to say you saw…. for 5 milliseconds. Trust me, I’ve been there and moments like those can make your con experience go from amazing to super shitty rather quickly.


Stay tuned for Part 2- Photos!

#NOVACON