After my husband and I moved to DC earlier this year, we remembered that during a May 2014 visit here we saw people walking around in costumes for a local Comic-Con. So we searched online to see what sort of nerdy convention we could go to here and found out that Awesome Con would be running from June 16-18, 2017. So we bought passes for Saturday, June 17 and turned yesterday into a little pre-San Diego Comic-Con geekout for ourselves!
1. Wonder Woman: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend and I totally loved it! I can’t say I knew much about the character going into the movie, but I’ve already ordered a couple comics and a book recommended by a friend who is a fan. Gal Gadot was absolute perfection in the role.* The movie was a lot funnier than I expected, which gave it more of a Marvel movie tone (I consider this to be a good thing). That scene—you know the one I’m talking about—the one where Wonder Woman appears on the battlefield in her full costume for the first time…was EPIC. Bad ass. Apparently that scene almost didn’t make it into the movie, and director Patty Jenkins had to fight for it to make the cut. WELL DONE!!
I successfully completed my second 31 Days of Horror Challenge yesterday, even though I spent all day traveling back to NYC from Los Angeles. Without further ado, here is the full list of horror films that I watched.
October 1: The Houses October Built (2014). I first watched this movie early on in my 31 days of horror challenge last year and really enjoyed it, and my second viewing was still just as creepy.
Last year I challenged myself to watch one horror movie every day in October, and I succeeded. I’m fresh off a two-day stay at the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, so I’m in full-on on horror movie mode right now, and seeing as how I thoroughly enjoyed my first take on the challenge I’m going to repeat it this year! We are still on vacation and just now I went to watch something on Netflix on my laptop in our hotel room, but the true horror is that Netflix is currently down. AGH!! Hopefully they will get it back up and running again soon. My plan is to kick off the month with The Houses October Built, which was one of my early October horror picks last year. I thought it was surprisingly inventive and creepy, so it definitely bears a re-watch.
Stay tuned for an update with the full list of movies I’ve watched once the challenge has ended!
Well, Comic-Con 2016 has ended and I’m back in Brooklyn, finally starting to feel like I’ve readjusted to normal life. As an introvert it really does take time for me to re-energize after such an intense string of days around so many people and so much stimuli. See?
1. Hill Country BBQ: last Friday my husband and I did a little date night with a friend at this downtown Brooklyn BBQ joint. We went to the location in Chelsea years ago and really liked it, and the food did not disappoint the second time around. The setup is a little confusing—you wait to get seated, but then you go up to the counter and order your food and bring back a booklet showing what you ordered so your server can charge you appropriately. The place is even veggie-friendly; I got mac & cheese (which is amazing), cucumber salad, and cornbread with ancho honey butter. I like to put BBQ sauce on the mac & cheese. Is that weird? Maybe. Do I care? Nope!
1. Deadpool: the ultraviolent, foul-mouthed trailer for this flick was a huge hit at Comic-Con last year, and when the
major nerds serious enthusiasts at Comic-Con approve of something, you know it’s gonna be good. My husband and I saw the movie last weekend, and it was so much fun that I want to see it again. Ryan Reynolds was the perfect casting choice for the role. The movie was just so fucking funny! Go see it. Now. (Warning: you will have Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” stuck in your head for about a week afterward.)
1. Pitch Perfect 2: I finally got around to watching the sequel to the breakout hit about college acapella groups, and I LOVED IT. There’s something about voices singing in harmony that just sucks me in. I’ve listened to the soundtrack to the original movie a million times, and as soon as I finished watching the sequel I bought the soundtrack on iTunes. The regular, non-Blu-ray DVD is only $9.99 on Amazon so I’ll be ordering myself a copy as soon as I finish this blog post.
Happy New Year! I’ll kick off 2016 with my first Friday Five of the year.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: my husband and I saw this box office record-breaker at a theater in Connecticut on Christmas Day while we were on our mini getaway…and I loved every second of it! (Zero spoilers ahead.) We saw it in 3-D, and by pre-purchasing reserved seats we also unintentionally bought tickets for D-Box, which are “immersive” theater seats that tilt, bump, shake, and vibrate in concert with the film action. I’d never heard of these seats before* and at first I thought all the motion would be annoying, but I got used to it quickly and it turned out to be fun. My husband and I both managed to completely avoid spoilers and I think doing so enhanced our enjoyment of the film. Now I totally want to see it again! Also? John Boyega is the best.