As you might imagine, next to our birthdays and any other holiday where we recieve gifts, our favorite holiday is Halloween!
It’s that time of the year where you don’t have to deal with Con-Funk or costs but still get to go out in public dressed up as your favorite characters without being judged. Heck, you can even dress up in a crappy costume and with almost complete confidence of not winding up on a “Worst of Cosplay” list! Not that that happened to any of us or anything…*ahem*…..
Anyway, for the rest of the time leading up to the holiday, we’re going to focus on some more “spirited” content, starting with Continue reading
Recently I’ve been having serious thoughts about canceling my PS4 pre-order from Amazon. There are fewer and fewer games at launch that I’m interested in with the recent game delay announcements of Drive Club and Watch Dogs. I know I will probably get a PS4 at some point but I’m not entirely sure I need one right now. One of the many things the PS4 still has going for it are the non-retail PSN games. There are many games that will be downloadable day 1, but a lot of those games are either available on PC or another platform already. I know I’m definitely keeping my Xbox One pre-order because Microsoft has a few exclusives I know I want to play, and I like the TV integration aspect of the system. I decided to create a comparison chart using IGN’s launch title wiki to compare the retail games side by side.
Recently I watched The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Cumberbatch completely nailed Assange’s odd speaking pattern, which irked me through large chunks of the movie. All in all I liked the film, but I just had a nagging feeling that this wasn’t an accurate portrayal of how things really went down. Assange himself has spoken ill against the film after reading the leaked script saying that it’s “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.”, but I can’t just take his word for it either. So I did a bit of investigating and here’s what I found.
It’s 6:30pm at NYCC and folks were either at The Walking Dead panel (which I am pretty bummed out that I missed) or the John Barrowman panel. Unfortunately, the two were at the same exact time, and it was a tough decision, but after that very quick hour with Barrowman, I knew I had made the right call.
John entered the stage and the entire room cheered, applauded, and stood up out of their seats in order to get a glimpse at the one and only, John Barrowman. He was bursting with energy, and put a smile on everyone’s face instantly. John is such a geek fanboy and you could see how appreciative he was that everyone was there for him, and even said, “I didn’t expect that I was going to be so popular here!”
Before he began his Q&A session with the fans, he took out his tablet and announced that at every panel he makes a video to send to his mom & dad (cue the entire room’s “awwwww”). While he was attempting to set up the video on his tablet, he was still engaging the audience and cracking jokes because he knew time was precious at a large event like this.
As he finally got his video feature set up, he requested that we do two things. The first was to cheer and wave hello to his mom & dad, and the second request was for his niece who recently had a baby named Finnegan, and he wanted us to say “Hi, Finnegan!” When he was explaining this to us, he accidentally said, “Can you all shite… SHITE? Actually, when she had the baby she felt like she was having a big shite, I can tell you that!” I would pay to see this man Continue reading
In 1992 my parents had gone away for the weekend leaving me alone in the house. I had, by this point, been travelling to NYC on my own and staying out late, etc. So, out of boredom and not wanting to spend the night sitting there playing Sega Genesis, I called a friend of mine up who’d mentioned that she went to midnight screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show which I had recently been introduced to. At the time, it was not available on home video in the U.S. I had seen clips on a late-night variety program called Night Flight. I managed to acquire a 5th or so generation VHS bootleg that had originated somewhere in Europe I was told via fellow convention goers that were my lifeline to the weird cult movies that would grow to be such a major part of my life. Still, I knew nothing about the experience of seeing it “live”. All that was about to change.
Soon, very soon, afterwards, I found myself a part of the shadowcast at Cinema 35 in Paramus, NJ. I made a LOT of great friends there. Some of which I still hold on to, very dearly, today. These people would end up being a family outside of the one I didn’t necessarily have at home.
Allow me to clarify. Put on your feels helmet, shit’s about to get deep. Continue reading