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Oct 31

5 Fandom Friday – Top Five Halloween Treats

Blog Graphic - Halloween CandyFor many parents, Halloween is the most tiring holiday.  Christmas is a close second, especially if you are traveling.  Costumes, parties, parades and trick or treating do take a toll on parental units. I mean, really, I could just go to the local Walgreens and buy all this same candy at 75 percent off the next day, right?

However, children will be children and just as I had my Halloween, I try to give my children the same.  This year I have Gandalf, an 80s rock diva and a Black Knight to usher from house to house.  And since Daylight Savings Time is kinda late the year, it’s going to be dark early. But…..I get to be Nick Fury!!

But let’s focus on the FUN!!!!

I’m not a huge candy eater, but there are some candies that I cannot resist!

 

 

Nerds – Pink and Purple

Nerds! Image via Wikipedia Commons

I love these crunchy, tart, tiny pebbles of pure sugar and artifical coloring.  It’s like eating sweet rocks.

 

Twix

TWIX!!! Image via Wikipedia Commons

I don’t know about this new left/right Twix campaign, but Twix has it all, cookies, chocolate and caramel.  They’re just plain great.

 

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Patty….. image via Wikipedia Commons

Any chocolate/mint combo will do, really, but York Peppermint patties are the best.  They’re not as pepperminty as I remember, but still, the combination of dark chocolate and white mint can take your breath away.

 

Milk Duds

I need to stay away from these, but I can’t.  They’re the candy that makes you work for it.  The thick, gooey caramel is enough to pull a few fillings out, I bet (I’ve been lucky so far), and the chocolate is sufficient.  So good!

 

Haribo Gummy Bears

Sweet goodness, three’s 600 of them!!! Image courtesy of Americansweets.co.uk

No other brand will do.  Haribo has the flavors and the perfect texture of gumminess to be just right.  I love ‘em!

 

There you go!  Do you agree or do you have your own personal favorite?  Leave them in the comments!

 

Oct 28

Gotham Recap: Spirit of the Goat

Gotham Recap - Spirit of the GoatOpening Title: Gotham – Ten Years Ago

A bald man pulls on leather gloves looking in a cloudy mirror in what looks like a flophouse. He’s whispering “I am the spirit of the goat” as he puts on a scary looking mask. Again, this is 8 pm folks!! Weirdo stuff happening even before Monday Night Football kicks off? Let’s see what goat man is up to. He punches the mirror. I guess he doesn’t know that means seven years of bad luck…but with the way he was carrying, I guess he doesn’t care.

Some woman in a lux looking apartment gets kidnapped by the Goat. He says her name “Shelly.” People, lock your doors, okay? And get rid of the filmy looking curtains at the windows. Criminals love that crap.

Cut to Harvey Bullock and his partner who already has a flask to his lips. This show is so fun, so comic book that I love it!! They spot the van belonging to some killer/kidnapper. Harvey goes to investigate while drunken partner calls for backup.

Drunken partner is Cher’s father from Clueless!!! He gives some exposition on the goat guy. Randall (goat guy) believes he’s the reincarnation of some ancient murderous goat spirit. Harvey goes in anyway, despite Cher’s father’s warning “No heroes.”

Goat guy is lurking about when the two policemen come in. Some talky-talk back and forth, you’re under arrest, etc and Goat Guy pulls a trap door. Cher’s father is hurt but Bullock shoots the bad, bald guy.

In the present time, they see the same configuration of a dead body. Apparently, the Goat always kills the first born of wealthy family.

Nygma wants to explain a riddle about the wolf and the cabbage. He’s rather persistent.

Same argument, different day.

Same argument, different day.

Oh, lord. Barbara and Jim arguing back and forth. My lord, I know we need to have some drama in Jim’s life, but Barbara is too much for me. She wants to carry “half” of what he carries. Mind you, it sounds really nice, but it still is police business. However, I digress. Looks like they’re making up….then Jim’s beeper goes off. He promised to “tell her everything…everything I can.”

Sorry, just not feeling nosy Barbara right now.

Montoya and her friend are still investigating Oswald’s false death. Montoya is pleased about getting a positive ID on Jim doing the shooting.

Bullock pokes Jim about being late and looking terrible. Bullock gives Jim the lowdown. They going to see the victim’s family. Nygma gets a special linger by the camera after Bullock snaps at him.

Of course, everybody loved the victim and the father does a strange hand gesture. They speak with the Hasting family therapist. The father has a “delicate condition”. Bullock realizes the family is under medication.

Just…wow, Nygma!

Nygma goes to the record room where he meets the clerk, Miss Kringle. They greet each other and he SNIFFS at her when she walks by him. Have I said how much I love this show? He discusses the Goat with Miss Kringle. Kristen Kringle. Nygma complains about the organization of the records room and tries to mack on her. He, is turned down. Ha!

Oswald goes to visit his mother, Carol Kane. Oh, I love these two. Mama Cobblepot loves her Oswald.

At the autopsy of the victim. A penny is stitched under the scalp of the victim. It is suspected that it is not a copycat, but the real person. Why is it so dark in the station?? Bullock has to go talk to Cher’s father to make sure he didn’t tell anyone about the penny.

Oh, look, it’s Bruce and Alfred. Alfred suggests that Bruce leave town, since he is the first born of a wealthy family. Bruce declines. “Why would the Goat take me? There’s no one to take me from.” Lingering look on Alfred.

Nygma has rearranged the record room. It’s so cute that he has a crush on the record room gal. Then he leaves her with the mess he made after she scolds him.

Dicks (Cher’s father) is in a wheelchair from his injuries. They want to know if Dicks told anyone. They all agree that they told no one. Randall was not working alone. “What you have is a conspiracy.” Dicks also tells Jim that Harvey is a white knight.

Harvey has guilt over Dicks’ injuries and is taking care of him behind the scenes.

Mansion. Goat dude gets the maid, then the rich girl. Amber.

Barbara and Renee have a chat on the courthouse steps. Barbara tells Renee that she will tell her what’s going on.

Even Montoya is tired of Barbara.

Even Montoya is tired of Barbara.

Renee warns Barbara to get out of Gotham “until this is over”.

Back to Nygma, who is getting more interesting. He drinks from a coffee cup with a question mark on it. Ha! He helps Jim and Harvey narrow down the suspect.

Wow. Harvey and Jim pull up to the same house from the opening. Harvey’s got the deja vu. They bust in while the woman is still alive. Same scene plays out as before. Jim saves the girl while Harvey looks for The Goat.

Jim beats up The Goat and they manage to arrest him.

Ah, look, it’s Selina at the Wayne Mansion. Bruce is asleep on the couch, as usual (doesn’t this kid have a bed?). Selina looks at all the research that Bruce has been doing, steals something, then watches him sleep for a bit. We hear Alfred’s footsteps approaching.

A boy's best friend...

A boy’s best friend…

Oswald in the bathtub. His mother comes in with his suit and washes him. She tells him “You can trust no one, no one but your mother.” He tells her that he trusts Jim Gordon.

Bullock doesn’t think this is the end of the Goat. Jim is like “let’s go now”, but Bullock tells him to go home and get some rest. What’s with the flickering lights?? Anyway, the man they caught seems to suddenly “wake up” and say “no, no, no.”

Jim at home. Barbara tells Jim that Montoya has a warrant for his arrest. Again with the “what’s going on”. Barbara implores him to come leave with her. What? A knock at the door. Jim tells her “I can’t run.” It’s the police there to arrest him.

Bullock goes and speaks to the Hastings family therapist. Guess what, she’s a HYPNOTIST, but she calls it hypnotherapy. Oh, yeah, and she does pro bono work for ….twelve years now. Don’t sleep on Bullock, he asks her about all the “bad guys”. She turns evil and her plot comes out. Bullock, stop monologuing and arrest this woman! She claims it’s an act of therapy for Gotham. The rich are a pox on the city, she says. Gotham needed this, no matter how painful it was. The hypnotist sics the butler on Bullock but Bullock prevails.

Just right now, here comes Jim under arrest. They arrest Bullock also. Hey, look who’s here! It’s Oswald Cobblepot. He knows how to make an entrance!

Harvey: “You son of a bitch!”

End.

Oct 24

5 Fandom Friday – Five of My Favorite Halloween Movies

 

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HOW FREAKISH IS THIS POSTER?

Magic (not the Mike kind)

This is a movie that scared the mess out of me when I was a teenager.  First of all, I am no fan of ventriloquist dummies.  I can’t stand them, they scare the heck out of me.  Give me a movie with a dummy and you’ve got me scared.

A looooooong time ago, back in 1978, there was this movie trailer that ran on television.  Mind you, this was back in the fun 70s where the cars waiting in line for gas would queue in front of my parents’ house.   This trailer wasn’t anything NEAR Silent Hill 3d (which by the way also frightens me with its grotesqueness) but was creepy just in the fact that it featured a dummy.

The movie was directed by Richard Attenborough, the kindly old John Hammond in Jurassic Park. You’ll also find Burgess Meredith, Ann-Margaret, and

Here’s the creepy trailer.

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According to Wikipedia (that bastion of totally true facts) : “The trailer for this film was pulled from TV due to calls from parents who claimed that it gave their children nightmares.”  Oh, most certainly.

Seriously, it may not scare you now, but imagine a 10 year old watching this on the late night movie or Chiller Theatre (remember channel 9 Chiller with the six-fingered hand?)

This was Anthony Hopkins before he was Hannibal Lector, a failed magician who is basically going off the deep end.  Yikes!

The movie is on YouTube if you want to watch it.  Warning, it’s 70s cheesy, but the story itself is disturbing.

The Shining

I’ll be honest, I saw the movie “The Shining” before I read the book.  Saw it on channel seven, ABC’s channel here in the New York area.  I’m not sure how old I was, but I must have been in high school because the movie was in the theatre in 1980.

That movie frightens me to this day, even when they show it on the Arts and Entertainment channel.  I’m not sure if

The Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge).

The Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge).

I’ve never seen the theatrical version and I’m not sure I want to.

The whole idea of being snowbound and trapped while the “strongest” of your party goes slowly mad and there’s nothing you can do about it is frightening enough.  The fact that the HOTEL itself is making it impossible for you to escape from him is even scarier.

The scene that scared me the most was not the famous and too-often-quoted “Here’s Johnny!” scene, but it’s the scene where Jack is menacing Wendy on the stairs and says:

Wendy Torrance: Please! Don’t hurt me!
Jack Torrance: I’m not gonna hurt you.
Wendy Torrance: Stay away from me!
Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.
[Wendy gasps]
Jack Torrance: Gonna bash ‘em right the fuck in! ha ha ha

The miniseries remake with Steven Weber (from the show WINGS of all places) didn’t half faze me.  I mean, this is the dude from Wings against Jack Nicholson for heaven’s sake.  It’s a no brainer.

The movie was made in 1980, but I’ll say SPOILER ALERT anyway.

The Shining is an example of chillingly great horror movie.  The final shot of Jack Nicholson frozen in the hedge maze…that haunted me for quite a few nights after that!

 

Blacula

Laugh if you want at the 70s clothes and kinda bad acting, but this was one of my first scary movies.  Again, I ask, how were they showing this stuff on network TV in the 1970s?  Viewing it now, it’s not as scary as it was (of course).  However, I loved the relationship between the police officer and his wife, especially the conversations they had about “moving out of the city”.  I’ve posted the trailer, and I realize that it ruins one of the scariest moments in the movie, but since the movie is over thirty years old…oh well.

 

 

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28 Days Later

 

I had to watch this one at noon.  I simply cannot watch scary movies at night (when you’re supposed to, I know).  It’s just TOO scary for me! Gah, even the trailer scares me now, LOL.

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Jeepers Creepers

Before the sequel ruined the Creeper, this….just wow.  I actually watched this at night, like a fool, and was up half the night staring at the closet door that I forgot to close.  I just KNEW the Creeper was in there waiting for me and I was too creeped out to get up and open the door.  Mind you, my husband slept peacefully next to me, oblivious to the fact there was dangers right under his suit jackets.

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So what’s YOUR favorite scary movie????

 

 

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Oct 21

Gotham Recap – Viper

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Truth in Advertising

Hello!  Back again for the next episode of Gotham:  Viper.

The episode opens with Alfred asking young Bruce to go for a walk.  As always, Bruce is concentrating on solving the murders of his parents and cares not for fresh air and sunshine.  (I’m wondering, when does this little dude do his lessons?  He seems to have an awful lot of free time.) Alfred then asks him what if he never solves the murder of his parents and thus never gets to seek revenge? Bruce has the answer right there and tells him that he doesn’t want revenge, but wants to understand how Gotham works.  He wants to know why the mobsters are getting big shares of Arkham and why Wayne enterprises didn’t stop the corruption.  Alfred doesn’t think it’s particularly healthy, but Bruce blows him off.

Maroni is teed off at the news that he can’t mess with Falcone by robbing his casino.  He wants to take over.  Frankie, the dude he’s talking to,  is reluctant to do so.  And Oswald is right there taking it all in.

Fade in on a man strumming a guitar on a stoop.  His sign says, “Why lie, I need money for drugs.”  Gotta love that.  AcrossPenguin2 the street, a thin, unshaven man focuses on the musician and crossed the street, getting beeped at in the process. One of his ears looks damaged – I don’t know if that’s the actor or the character, but I take note anyway.  He drops a vial with some green liquid and a strange symbol  into the guitarist’s case and walks away.  It says “Breathe me.”   Ah, must be a gas.  We all know what he’s gonna do, right?

Guitarist breathes in the stuff and his veins start darkening.  Next scene we see him entering a store and grabbing a bottle of milk and gulping it down.  Storekeep doesn’t like that, grabs his bat and confronts him.  Guitarist says “Don’t vex me mortal.”  What?  The baseball bat doesn’t have an effect on this guy and he starts turning into …something.

Cut to Jim and Harvey getting burgers from a lunch truck.  Hey!  Cat-Tween is back.  She snatched someone’s wallet and Jim gives half hearted chase.  Harvey is like, it’s lunchtime.  Luckily, they are right by that store where the milk-stealing guy stole the storekeep’s ATM machine.

We see guitar guy running down the street with the ATM on his back, looking nuts.

AND…opening credits.

I must say, I kinda like this criminal of the week thing they’ve got going.

After credits, Fish is back, humming and gesticulating along with “O Mio Babbino Caro” from “Gianni Schicchi”  by Puccini.  (How do I know this?  Because I LOVED the movie Room with a View.)   But I digress.  New recruit Liza is bored and wants to go out.  Fish smacks her face and gives her a talking-to.  Man, I love Jada as Fish Mooney, I can’t say enough about it.  She makes me smile while I watch her be so bad-ass.  She schools Liza on what she’s there for and that Liza better “learn the damn song.”.  Liza backs down, saying “I’m sorry Mama,” to which Fish replies.  “I’m not your Mama.  Now you are my baby girl, but I’m not your mama….not yet.”   Fierce and fab. Back to Puccini.

We see film of the Guitar Guy pulling out the ATM.  They’ve found the little vial of green gas and are waiting on Nygma to give them the low down. You know he has all the…answers.

Falcone and Mooney meet.  Nicoli, one of the associates (who looks like a cut- rate Antonio Banderas, which isn’t a bad thing.).   Fish tells Nico to pipe down, and makes a derisive comment about his country not having indoor plumbing and the like.  Nico bites back, saying the only difference between the two countries are that the women are in the kitchen or in bed, depending on their talents.  And what does my girl Fish say?  “I bet your mother was a lousy cook.”

While watching, out loud I say “Oh, shit.”

They get face to face  and Fish doesn’t back down.  Then Falcone steps in to stop it and Fish apologizes. “We’re all family here.”

Jim is hitting the bricks, looking for guitar guy.  With a tip from a lady of the…afternoon, (I mean the sun is high in the sky and these gals are out on the stroll.)  they follow the trail of milk gallon jugs  and the guy says he needs “more”.  More of the green stuff. He says he needs the “Man with the mangled ear”. Score for me for noticing the mangled ear!!

Guitar guy picks up ATM, but his strength suddenly leaves him and he is crushed under its’ weight.  Cool Wile E. Coyote shot of him under the ATM.

Jim:  “God help us if this drug gets out.”

Next Scene:  Mangled ear guy is passing the stuff out!

Cut to back from commercial we cut to a sleeping Bruce Wayne stretched out on a leather couch with piles of papers and folders around him.  He has apparently fallen asleep studying the files of Wayne Enterprises in an effort to get to the bottom of his parents’ murder and the corruption surrounding Arkham Asylum.  Alfred comes along and whips open the shades.  Alfred tells Bruce that there will be a luncheon about Wayne Enterprises that day and that he has taken the liberty of accepting. Bruce says good because he has questions to ask Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors . Apparently some mobsters in the city were given shares in Wayne Enterprises.  Alfred seems skeptical at this theory, but leaves to make Bruce an egg.  One egg?? :)  At that very moment,  a breaking news report about the drug Viper comes on the television set to provide some for the exposition. The drug provides the users hours of strength and euphoria before they die a horrible death .

Cut to the police station where we see Viper users tearing ish up. Hey!  It’s Edward Nygma!  Love his glasses.  Ed Nygma observes the mayhem with interest, then tells Jim and the cops what it’s all about.  The users take the drug which accesses untapped DNA resulting in super strength.  On the other hand, the drug leaches calcium from the bones, which is why Guitar Guy was drinking all that milk. Eventually, the bones’ calcium is depleted and the users’ bones crumble on them.  Nygma thinks this is pretty remarkable.

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The outfits alone….

Turns out the lab who can make this is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. Must investigate!

Moroni still is discussing the takeover of Falcone’s casino.  Oswald offers his expertise.  I love how obsequious he is, but his mind is still ticking with evil plans.  Frankie is skeptical of Oswald, but Moroni tells him to stand down.  Oswald tells Maroni this isn’t his “first rodeo”.  He reveals his real name and says he used to work for Fish Mooney.  “Funny story…”  Maroni grabs Oswald’s head and bangs it on the table.  Maroni doesn’t think his story is funny.

Ooo!  Is that Stockard Channing as an attorney for Wellzun Labs? Anyway,  seems that mangled ear guy, Stan, is a disgruntled biochemist.  Stan was frustrated and tried to cut off his own ear during a disagreement with his supervisor.  He was fired….“disappeared off the grid.”

I wish Jim would keep his hands off his narrow hips.

Frankie grabs Jim from the police station.  He threatens Jim with sending Oswald’s head to Falcone, which would result in a huge mess.

Lights come up and Jim and Oswald are at Maroni’s table. Jim is offered a drink.  Maroni wants him to tell him the same story that Oswald told him or they both are killed.  Oswald breaks in by say “Yes, just tell the truth.”  Oswald is taken away to be put “on the slicer” until Jim tells the story. Turns out the truth saves Oswald.

“We just got a brand new weapon against the Falcones.”

Back to Fish and Liza.  Fish is making Liza practice how to talk to Falcone, grooming her for the seduction.

At the station, Jim looks a little shell shocked from his meeting with Maroni but they go through Stan’s stuff from WellZun and get a clue about Stan’s old professor.  Turns out WellZun was lying.  Stan designed combat chemical weapons for the lab, not shampoo and beauty care products.  Stan wanted his bosses to end the program, goes to Thomas and Barbara Wayne. The Waynes shut down the program, but then when they died, the board reinstated it.

The professor and Stan got together to expose the program.  But then professor sniffs the stuff and starts to fight Jim and Bullock.  Jim shoots super strength professor and as he is dying, they shout questions about what happens next.  The funniest thing is that Jim is asking questions about who will be attacked and when while Bullock shouts “What’s altruism!!” Ha!  Jim says “Charity’ which gives him the clue that Stan is headed to the Wayne Enterprises CHARITY luncheon where Bruce is going to be.

Dressed as a waiter, Stan is going to unleash a barrel of the gas at the luncheon. Maybe he should take that marker off the side??

At the luncheon, Bruce has a conversation with a woman with awesome looking natural hair.  He tells her about the irregularities in the Wayne Enterprises papers/books.  The woman tries to reassure Bruce that that would never happen, and tells him she’s going to try to get him a meeting with the board.

Stan comes on the display at the luncheon and gives his manifesto.  Then he flips the switch to send the gas into the ball room.

“Bad things only truly happen when they happen to important people.  Like you! “ And the gas comes through the vents.

Jim’s get to him on the roof and shoots the canister open.  Stan gets a noseful of the stuff. And tells them to look in Warehouse 39 just before he jumps off the roof.

“You really can have too much of a good thing.”  Thanks, Harvey.

Jim is at Warehouse 39.  Looks like it’s the setup of Stan’s lab.  They find nothing.

Bruce and Alfred are going through the papers.  Alfred is a new convert to Bruce’s quest to find the conspiracy.

The robbery of Falcone’s casino goes off smoothly,

Fish and Nico in bed.  She’s got him tied up.  They are working together, but pretending to be at odds in front of Falcone.

Cut to old man Falcone feeding the pigeons.  Liza walks by with a new look, and attracts the attention of Falcone.  Fish has really made her over and Falcone is shaking in his shoes.  They sit and listen to the aria together.

End

Before I end this week’s post, let me just say that I do enjoy this show.  Now, let me qualify by also saying that being a woman of a certain age, I’ve seen it all and then some.  Yes, Gotham has its cliches.  Yes, the storylines aren’t all that original.  But you know what I like about the show?  It’s not pretending to be anything other than a comic book/graphic novel/soap opera come to life.  Simple.

 

And sometimes, it’s the simple things that work.

 

Until next week!!

 

Oct 17

Five Characters I’d Love to be for Halloween

Here we are again for the Five Fandom Friday link up!  I must say I am enjoying these little trips every week.

Let’s get right to the chase, shall we?  Here they are in no particular order.

Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean movies

 

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How much fun would it be to be a pirate (in the movie world, of course, forget the killing and the shooting and the scurvy and terrible food).  I loved the Pirate movies and remember the ride as a child at Disney World.  The long coat, the beads and shoot, there’s even a purse!  What’s not to like about this? Jack Sparrow 2

 

 

Akasha, Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned

 

Just because… Aaliyah.  What an awesome costume.  Nuff said.

 

Queen of the Damned 2

 

Steampunk-ish Victorian

 

Black Victorian 2

Image from http://www.vintag.es/2013/03/victorian-era-portraits-of-african.html

 

Fannie Hendricks, Wisconsin Historical Society

Fannie Hendricks, Wisconsin Historical Society

All I would need is to add a pair of goggles and an umbrella!

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

 

 

Yeah, so maybe she’s a little too gung-ho about plants and the environment, but a grrl’s gotta have a hobby right?  And you can never have too many plants or loads of gorgeous red hair.

Poison-ivy movie

 

 

 

GoGo Yubari

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She was the best thing about the Kill Bill movies….all of them.

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You can beg better than that!

 

Thanks for reading!  I had a great time picking out my virtual costumes.

Dahlia

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