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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Current Television Obsession: February 2017

I apologize for posting February’s C.T.O. so late. Every time I would try and write this, something always came up. But finally it’s here. Enjoy. 😘❤️


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Legion

What a pleasant surprise! Marvel, regardless of studio (Disney or Fox) is dominating television, with their comic book related shows on major networks like ABC, F/X and Netflix. Everywhere you turn, a superhero show is staring at you in the face. I’ll start off by saying that I never read any “Legion” related comics and barely knew about the character. The only thing I knew was that he has multiple personalities and is a telepath. Oh, and Charles Xavier’s son. Spoiler Alert. After watching the pilot episode, I found myself to be really confused and kind of creeped out by the guy with yellow eyes. I am caught up now and I won’t lie, I am still a bit confused by David. I want to know is it really all in his head? Is he legit crazy pants? Was his dad abusive? Who is the creepy black and white storybook character? Who is the guy with yellow eyes? Is it all just David and his personalities? None of these questions have been answered so far but and because of that, and the way the show is filmed, it leaves me intrigued and I continue to watch. I want more than 50 minutes. Give me a 2 hour show. I have so many questions with little to no answers. Needless to say, I’m hooked.

Synopsis: David Haller (Dan Stevens) was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness. (via Wikipedia)


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Santa Clarita Diet

I haven’t really seen anyone talk about “Santa Clarita Diet” and I don’t know why. It was released on February 3, 2017 on Netflix and it stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant switching roles as actors. What I mean by that is that I’ve never seen Drew playing a role of a zombie and Timothy as the timid husband. Usually it is reversed. Both actors are doing a great job at playing a character none of us have really seen. This season is 10 episodes long and leaves you on a cliffhanger. When the last episode finished, I was expecting another one to come on and sure enough, I was “Dick Wolf’ed”. (Law & Order creator who would end each episode without closure. I use it as a verb. It works.) This show kind of has an Evil Dead type of feel. They don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s very campy, jokes are a bit childish but still funny and the effects team is AMAZING. The goriness of the bodies and blood is very realistic. I am not that person that has to turn away from those types of scenes but at some points with this show, I had to. Since its release, I’ve seen the entire season twice. The first time alone and the second time with Brendan. I raved about the show and he ended up liking it as well. If you like films like Army of Darkness then give Santa Clarita Diet a chance. Its only 20 minutes an episode.

Synopsis: Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a transformation – becoming a zombie who feeds on human flesh. (via Wikipedia)


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Medici: Masters of Florence

 I really really really wanted to like this show but I just couldn’t. I watched 4 episodes (I don’t give up easily) and the story is quite monotone. The actors are decent, not terrible, the setting is beautiful, the story is okay but the delivery is just kind of boring.  I guess I was spoiled with The Tudors because THAT show was amazing. Medici just didn’t do it for me. I debated finishing the miniseries, I only have 2 episodes left, but I just don’t feel like wasting my time. I didn’t care enough to invest more time.

Synopsis: The series is set in 15th century Florence. The protagonist, Cosimo (Richard Madden) is elected head of the Florentine Republic in 1434. Cosimo inherited the Bank of Medici from his father Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman), who has been mysteriously poisoned. Through various flashbacks (20 years prior), we see how the relationships between Giovanni, Cosimo and his very much involved brother, Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) are with each other and how it affects them and the people of Florence in the future.


Follow Up from January’s C.T.O

The Americans: I am completely caught up to where now I have to wait every week for an episode. Ugh. I just love a good t.v binge. I wouldn’t say the show is great because honestly, I don’t think it is. But something about it keeps me interested.

Z: The Beginning of Everything: I finished the entire season and it is a good show but I wished they had gone more into the story between F. Scott and Zelda and demise that is to come. The writers probably left that for season 2. If someone asked me if this show was worth trying, my response would be “Only if you liked F. Scott as a writer”.

 

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