Saturday, November 21, 2015

Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibition

Hey everyone!

So it's no big secret that I'm a huge Star Wars fan. It's also no big secret that I love me a props exhibit. One of my favorite places to go in the city is Discovery Times Square; they always have the best exhibitions and I've gone to every one they've had for the last few years. I went to another movie/prop exhibit there a few months ago (The Hunger Games exhibit, which you can see the post on here), but this one has by far been my favorite one yet.

The exhibit, which showcases the actual props and costumes from all 6 episodes (and even a few from the upcoming movie), just opened up last week and out of all the years I've been going to DTS I have never ever seen it as packed as it was today.

Before you go into the actual exhibit, they show you a quick little video on the designers and how they came up with the ideas and how they executed everything. It was super interesting to see that and then walk in and see the finished products right before you. You think the costumes are nice on screen? Well, lemme tell you, they are absolutely amazing and breathtaking up close. The amount of detail that went in to every piece, whether it was a dress, a robe or even the weapons themselves, was ridiculously thought out, they totally are complete works of art just on their own.

I pretty much took pictures of every piece that was there, and if any of you are in the NY area, you should definitely check it out, the exhibit's opened through September 2016!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Top 5: Road Trip Jams

Hey everyone!

So, last weekend my brother and I took a little road trip to Pittsburgh to go see Notre Dame vs University of Pittsburgh (and the Irish won, yay!). Sitting in the car for the very long (and I mean loooooong) 7 hour drive, gave me a lot of time to think about how it might be fun to make a list of the best road trip worthy tunes.

Here are just a few of the jams that kept us sane while driving through tons of mountains and in between quoting Children of the Corn every time we passed a corn field:

1. "Dare To Be Stupid" - Weird Al Yankovic: We left at 5 in the morning. This song was definitely needed to get us pumped and ready to go. Weird Al is a better pick me up than coffee. Also, my brother still likes to mention how I stole his Weird Al cds when we were little. He'll never get them back.

2. "Poison" - Bell Biv DeVoe: How could you go wrong with any 90s hip hop song, really? Plus, the music alone at the start of this song is enough to get anyone dancing, and car dancing is really where I shine.

3. "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry: I don't know why we played this song so much, but we did and it was awesome.

4. "Don't Stop Believing" - Journey: You can't possibly go on a road trip and not include Journey. I think it's against the rules of the Universe or something.

5. "Carry On My Wayward Son" - Kansas: I think at some point of the trip we sort of lost our minds and just pretended we were in an episode of Supernatural, but instead of being in a badass Impala going off to face a demonic menace, we just had a very sensible Hyundai and some snacks. Close enough!

What are some of your go to road trip songs?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Let's Talk: Ash vs Evil Dead

I'm not sure if you guys have caught on by now, but I'm a big Evil Dead fan and I'm an even bigger Ash Williams fan, so imagine my joy when I heard that Starz was putting together a brand new series all about Ash and his (mis)adventures.

The series, which premiered on Halloween and serves as a sequel to Army of Darkness, follows Ash and his new friends as they attempt to fight off the evil forces of the Necronomicon after a stoned Ash reads from the dumb ol' book of the dead and unleashes a Deadite plague (you think he'd learn by now!)

The first episode was directed by Sam Raimi and it had all the elements that fans know and love from the original trilogy; there were witty one liners which you know are going to be giffed all over Tumblr, and just the perfect mix of horror and gore that they've perfected over the years. So far the show's been confirmed for ten 30 minute episodes, but word is that after the ridiculous fan reception, Starz has already renewed it for a second season. *insert hands up emoji*

Lucky for me, I was able to to see the premiere on Friday night because Starz put a special showing of it on after they ran an Evil Dead marathon, and I'm not kidding when I say it's all I've been able to talk about. Everything about it was all I could've hoped for and more. Ash is still brash and charmingly egotistical, and the new characters they introduced seem like they'll feed off his energy and mesh really well together. Also, I heard Lucy Lawless will be on as well, and what can be better than Xena and Ash Williams? Nothing, that's what.

Even if you've never seen any of the movies (and come on, get on that), you'll still be able to follow along with the show and not feel like you're so far out of the loop. Plus, they also gave a quick sort of recap of everything in the first episode which would answer any questions. If you are a fan of the movies though, or just a fan of really well done B-horror things, I can not recommend this show enough. It's on Saturdays on Starz at 9 pm, so watch watch watch!

If any of you have watched it, how'd you like it?

Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Want to Dress Up as for Halloween

Happy Friday, everyone!

I love this weeks topic, mainly because the second it's September, I start thinking about who to be for Halloween. I refuse to buy costumes after working at a party store for five and a half years and coming to find just how cheap and poor the costume quality usually is. Plus, I find it way fun putting a costume together myself. Last year I was Elliot and ET (I even made a bike basket/handlebar contraption I wore around my neck the whole night), this year sadly I'm not doing anything, but here are 5 characters I would definitely consider being:

1. Daria: My doppleganger. I have to admit, I actually was Daria a few years ago but I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to be her again. I also found out not very many people knew who I was supposed to be, coincidentally I also found out who didn't have good taste in pop culture. Kidding. Sort of.

2. Wednesday Addams: This one would be super easy to pull off because my entire wardrobe pretty much looks like if Wednesday Addams were a librarian. No really, that fact has been brought to my attention on more than one occasion, and I may or may not have just bought a dress that looks exactly like that one in the picture.

3. Sailor Mars: My favorite Sailor Scout. I grew up wishing I was Rei and I would love to run around and pretend to do her burning mandala attack on everyone all night.

4. Han Solo in Carbonite: I actually attempted this two years ago, but I couldn't find a box that worked well enough on me to pull it off. I had this idea where I was going to start off the night as Han Solo, then half way through I'd go into carbonite, then for the end of the night come out as Han Solo again-- kinda like makin' my way through the original trilogy, but instead I just settled for regular ol' Han Solo. One of these years when I'm not super lazy, I'll tackle this one.

5. Jack and Wendy Torrance: I always think of really great couple costumes, yet I'm never in a relationship! I've always wanted to do this with someone because The Shining is one of the only movies that completely freaks me out, and what's Halloween without a little creepy-ness?

Who would you guys pick? Lemme know!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Top 5: Movies You Should Watch This Time of Year

Hey everyone!

I figured since I did an updated Top 5 of zombie apocalypse team members, it was only right to do an updated movie list for Halloween (original post here).  It was super hard to narrow it down to just 5 because I love so many creepy/campy/Halloween-y movies, but without further ado, here's what I came up with for your next spooky night in:

1. C.H.U.D.: I have to admit, I only watched this movie because of the name. How can you resist something when the name means Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers?! Turns out, it was pretty good. It's about the homeless who start to go missing in New York City and you find out they're being preyed upon by these monsters who used to be human but were mutated by this radioactive toxic waste, and it's up to a photographer, a reverend and a cop (I know, it sounds like the start of a terrible joke) to help save the day.

2. Killer Klowns from Outer Space: I love this movie. It's definitely one of my favorite horror movies, not because it's scary but because it's so campy. I mean, come on, you've got a comet that brings a circus tent with murdering clowns in it to Earth. And if that's not enough, they put their victims in cotton candy cocoons, AND they have popcorn guns which turn the popcorn into monsters. It's brilliant! I will admit though, I've never been a fan of clowns and this movie does help solidify that fear, but it's mainly just really funny and the title song is so catchy.

3. The Lost Boys: Ah, the Coreys--Feldman and Haim, what a perfect duo you were. I used to watch this movie constantly, in fact, I still have a movie poster of it hanging on my wall. It also has no shortage on the camp factor, remember the part where one of the vampires gets pushed into a bathtub filled with holy water and garlic and basically disintegrates? Buffy should've totally stolen that one.

4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: I still remember the first time I ever saw this movie. My uncle was watching me and my brother, and his friend was having a Halloween party and this was on the TV. I remember I was instantly in awe of it and my uncle told me not to let my mom know I watched it. Fast forward to high school and me spending most of my October weekend nights watching two of my very good friends play Frank N. Furter and Brad in the midnight showings at a local playhouse. I've always wanted to go to the showings in the city where you get to use the props and the call outs and everything, it seems like it'd be so much fun. Everyone should watch this movie simply because it has Tim Curry in fishnets and pearls, and he works. it. out.

5. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark: Here's a little fun fact for you-- I've always wanted to be Elvira. I grew up idolizing her because she was sassy and a horror hostess, and I wanted my own show where I'd play B-movies while lounging on a red velvet couch (though I'd wear a bit more clothes). I've been talking about campy-ness a lot in this list and this is the Mother of them all. This is a good one to watch if you just want something funny but still in the Halloween spirit.

What're some of your picks? Or what's one movie you always watch around Halloween? Lemme know!