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.

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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

 

#MFF

 

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

 

Legends Never Die… George Romero

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Today we say goodbye to one of the most influential players in the horror film industry, George Romero.

When you step back and think of how far reaching his influence was, it’s pretty incredible. From the wildly popular show “The Walking Dead “, to the punk legends “The Misfits “, even to everyone’s favorite Tom Savini aka sex machine. Romero has touched and shaped the lives of not only film stars, but all of us that fell in love with the horror genre. A man so passionate about his work, that he forgot the simplest thing that would have made him millions. A simple copyright on the end of Night of the Living Dead. However, that small blunder changed horror and film for the better. George will be missed, but his creation and influence will live on. 

Rest In Peace George Romero 

Feb 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017

 

 

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Awesome Con 2017 Washington D.C: Review

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June 16-18, 2017

Our first year at Awesome Con, Washington D.C was a slight change than our usual Philadelphia drive to Wizard World.  The last 3 years have been the best in Philly, from meeting new people (who are now friends), exploring the city and most importantly, eating at WAWA for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t judge.

Since we live in the D.C area, we thought we should give Awesome Con a chance and they did not disappoint. Unlike most comic cons, Awesome Con did not have a preview day (typically a Wednesday or Thursday) but I was fine with that, especially since we did not have to travel far. Like always, the first thing we do on the very first day is scope out the Artist Alley. We saw a few familiar faces from Philly but a lot of new talent.

For Artist Alley & Cosplay coverage, stay tuned for Part 2 Awesome-Con Coverage. 

Cosplayers were in full effect from Sonya Blade to an amazing Princess Leia. Side Note: The woman that cosplayed as Princess Leia looked exactly like a young Carrie Fisher. Brendan and I were both stunned. As I expected, there was an abundance of Wonder Woman variation’s, and surprisingly, a good amount of Steven Universe. This year I only cosplayed on Sunday as DC Bombshell Harley Quinn. Taking an hour long Metro ride was quite interesting while in makeup. I received many confused looks on our way into Washington D.C and I enjoyed it. It’s fun to see people’s reactions.

Next up, Panels & Food. We did not have a chance to attend any of the panels, so, we cannot offer our review on that side of the con. We really wanted to check out the crowds and have enough time to walk thru and see each artists table.  The food options were not basic. They had the regular food stands that had fries, burgers, etc. but they also had stations with Caribbean food, which we totally appreciated. The curry chicken & rice was delicious.

Complaints that I’ve read and heard: “Long lines for celebrities, Stan Lee sitting in his photo-op, long food lines” and so on. What I can say to that is, as a customer, it should be expected. I’ve waited for photo ops in the past and it sucks to wait forever for a few milliseconds but, that is how it is at cons. Sometimes, they oversell tickets. Is it fair? Nope. But it is to be expected. I will say, the times we’ve attending a comic con and did not meet any celebrities, t ’was probably the calmest experiences we’ve had.

To end, Awesome Con was worth it and we will attend next year. The volunteers were polite, the artist alley was diverse and it was near our home. It appears that Awesome Con will be held earlier in the year, which might allow us to attend Wizard World Philly. If you are in the area, or close enough like Philly, New York, Maryland, or Virginia, you should give them a try.


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We’re Still Here & We Miss You

Sup, Nerds!

It’s been a while since our last post and we are sorry about that. Once again, life happened and in an exciting way. I am officially a college student. I never had the opportunity to go after high school and after a 12 years hiatus, I am now going back and earning my degree. Pretty excited but nervous at the same time. We have kept up with television shows, newly released films and the reading challenge I created. I will post my reviews on the books separately and I will do a quick review of the films we’ve seen, just to catch us up, in another post.

This past weekend was AWESOME-Con in Washington D.C (our first time attending) and we will be posting our coverage on that in the next week or so. I am very hopeful that once we get back on track, we can post weekly again and start Torture Brendan back up.

If you are still reading this, here’s a virtual high five and a hug. We thank you for sticking with us and we promise we have not disappeared. We are still here!

-Stephanie

For the Love of Buffy… Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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This is going to be extremely random but here goes.

Since the release of the Entertainment Weekly issue featuring the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I drove to 5 different stores to locate any copy. I really wanted a copy of each cover but as long as I could find any cover, I’d be happy. After searching high and low, I found the Buffy and Angel cover at Barnes & Noble. When I located the magazine, I noticed a guy looking at all of the issues. Needless to say he was there for his girlfriend, who also searched high and love for a copy. We started to chat about our love of Buffy, Comics, Comic Con, Stan Lee and just overall geeking out.

Point? I never would have met this nerdy couple (Van & Heather- I say that as a major compliment) if it weren’t for this Buffy issue. I am sure I can speak for most Buffy fans out there when I say, talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer you never know the friends you’ll meet and the topics you have in common.

BUFFY FOREVER!


 

Random Additional Topic:

Barnes & Noble. Why I don’t bother walking into that store.

In south Florida, libraries are nonexistent and if you are lucky enough to find one, most books are damaged and the library is falling apart. As an avid book reader my next option was Barnes & Noble or Borders (no longer in business). My best friend and I would always go to B&N, cover crush, buy new bookmarks and make some unnecessary purchases (i.e. book totes, notebooks etc.…). Once I moved to Virginia, the nearest store is about 30 minutes from my house and that is without traffic. So, it helped with my addiction. Plus, with Amazon Prime, books are much cheaper and get delivered directly to my house.

Nevertheless, there is always that special feeling when walking into a Barnes & Noble store and grabbing all the books, finding an isolated corner and diving into that book. After 3 years, I walked into B&N last night and I was reminded why I don’t go there because I end up spending A LOT more than I wanted. I only went for 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly ($5.99) and ended up spending $50! I purchased the magazine, a couple books and book tote. Like I needed another one. This is in no way bashing B&N, just simply stating I have a book problem and I try to avoid this store at all costs.

Current Television Obsession: March 2017

Thanks HBO for my March Television Obsession.


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Big Little Lies

This isn’t a show that really grabbed my attention. The previews just seemed a bit boring and yet I still gave it a try. In the words of Ron Burgundy “When in Rome”. The opening of the show is very calm and shows you a beautiful scenic drive involving the main characters Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) and Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) driving their children to school. The first episode starts off almost like the show “Revenge”. They show the audience the final episode, but doesn’t show who was killed and who did the killing. The first few episodes weren’t just meh. It was slow and we just didn’t really learn too much of any of the characters. Because I love all 3 actresses I decided to give continue and see where it lead, especially since it was a miniseries and I would only be vested for 8 episodes. Along the way I figured out about 80% of the puzzle. The finale aired this past Sunday and what I did not predict was the killer. It was a surprise but still left with a lot of questions and question I don’t really care to have answered. Everything was mostly on the surface. It didn’t go deeper.

I don’t know if I should suggest this show only because it was just okay. The other shows I’ve seen/suggested I would much rather suggest again rather than try to convince someone to watch this. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t the greatest.

Synopsis: Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.” (via Wikipedia)


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DIVORCE

Now this was an unexpected dark comedy I didn’t think I’d like and would suggest. There are 10 episodes, 20 minutes long and shows a dark but humorous side to getting a divorce. It showcases how quickly you could change your mind from being cordial to getting nasty in a divorce. Weirdly, the show did make me laugh at times when I probably should have but it was more of a “oh snap” laugh than a malicious laugh. Obviously a divorce is no laughing matter but just try the show out and you’ll see what I mean.

Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is suddenly reevaluating her life and the strained relationship she has with her husband, Robert. Friends like Diane, who is successful and has no children, and Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced, make Frances wonder what she’s missed, or is missing. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and starting anew is harder than she thought. “Divorce,” a comedy series co-executive produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, follows a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs of New York City as they grapple with the effects of their failing marriage, not just on themselves, but also on their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

Who Was Spartacus?

Spartacus Television Show. If you don’t know, now you know.

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Spartacus, the television series first aired back in 2010. This show was an immediate hit and anyone with a taste of Roman and Greek history with gore, passion, quite a bit of sex and nudity, but ultimately, an amazing storyline performed by true artists. Spartacus is the star of the show. The story begins when the Romans deceive the Thracians into joining them in the fight against the Greeks. Spartacus is then taken as a slave along with his wife when he refuses to fight for the Romans. Spartacus’s journey begins at that moment as he desperately tries to break free and get back to his wife. My husband and I spent many nights binge watching this series and it’s still one of our favorites.

If you haven’t seen this eye-popping series, click below for the trailer.

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