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Comic-Con International 2013

Posted in Action, Anime, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Kids, movie news, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense, TV Movie, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by aliciamovie

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Comic-Con International is one of those insane events that happens once a year, that everyone and their family looks forward to. Shwag is given out in spades, autographs are hoarded, lines are formed for miles, and cosplay is proudly displayed, often by folk who are considered completely “normal” otherwise. CCI is like it’s own world, with it’s own rules, and it helps to know them if you’ve never been to Comic-Con before. For example:

1. The FREE STUFF

Literally right across the street from the convention center, past the trolley tracks and the hordes of fan-atics trying to cross the street, is always set up as the ads and the FREE STUFF. Often new or returning TV shows are advertised with exhibit walkthroughs and at the end, you get a FREE something with the shows logo stamped on it. Clever geegaws, FREE photos with sets as backdrops, games and trivia and hotties giving out t-shirts, oh my! Someone this year was a genius, and for the Dracula walkthrough, the FREE thing given at the end was a chair. Now I grant you, it’s just a folding piece of cardboard with ads printed on it; the thing still supported my weight during those interminable lines for more FREE STUFF, so that’s awesome. All day Thursday, all I did was wander around the across-the-street area, didn’t even go in to the convention center itself, and yet I came home with a bulging bag of FREE STUFF. There was even a place giving out free half-pints of ice cream, advertising Elder Scrolls. I do not kid.

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1-A. TRIVIA PRIZES

Sometimes, not always, you can be in the right place at just the right time. I was in line for the Falling Skies trailer exhibit across the trolley tracks, when a Volunteer came out with t-shirts over one arm and announced to the line he was doing FS trivia, and asked who on the line was a fan?! …*crickets* Really? Well, I’m a fan! After gleefully giving some trivia about the latest show, I was handed the last in a lot of only 200 made, the Volunteer said, of an official Falling Skies hoodie, with a patch and a logo and thumbholes in the sleeves. This happens to me, as a rabid fan, often, and who knows, it may happen to you too!

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1-B. CCI BAG LOADOUT

Several years back, someone else was a genius and started giving out these high-end bags to hold shwag as part of the Comic-Con package when you pick up your badge. Everyone gets one, they usually have some sort of theme, and this year is no exception. This years CCI bag featured Warner Bros. (of course) and CCI on one side, the other side reserved for ads for shows like ARROW, Retro Batman, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, and many others, also featuring double arm straps so the bag could be a backpack, thank heavens. But that wasn’t the highlight of this years bag, oh no. Along with the CCI bag and it’s helpful lugging-stuff goodness, each bag came complete with a detachable ad cape. I grant you, it’s this cheapo piece of fabric with a logo screened on it and neckties, but come on. Now everyone can Cosplay at Comic-Con!

2. The LINES

In Comic-Con, there are lines literally everywhere. For the panels, for the Halls, down in the shopping mall, and don’t forget the FULLFILLMENT ROOM. (We’ll get to that.) The lines in the Exhibit Hall, where we do all the shopping and yes get more FREE STUFF, are often girded by Con security and hapless Volunteers with signs that don’t really work. Usually after Friday, the lines for the really swell FREE STUFF become impossible unless you attended such-and-such panel beforehand and received the postcard that entitled you for a FREE t-shirt advertising their movie. The Exhibit Hall frankly, has needed for years traffic signals and cattle prods, and not necessarily in that order. You were warned.

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2-A. The MAIN HALL LINES

The LINES for Hall H and Ballroom 20 need to be addressed as well. It’s been years since I’ve bothered at all trying to get into either one of these rooms, and with good reason. Hall H and Ballroom 20 are the largest venues at Comic-Con and therefore have the coolest panels shown there. Hall H in particular gets insane, due to the fact that the overflow line is outside (someone finally put up tents a few years ago to shield the line from the sun, hooray) and these days people will often camp out overnight to ensure getting in to Hall H the next day. I’ve heard stories of die-hard fans camping out there three days before the Con was to open, just to see their favorite star in real life. And I think that’s why these lines are so insane: most of these people get to see a real-life celebrity once in their miserable lives, here at Comic-Con. Even the lines for the smaller roomed panels are getting interesting, so nevermind what the website says. If you want to see a panel, any panel at all, come early for the line.

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3. The FULLFILLMENT ROOM

CCI some years back instituted this sort of reward program that gives away yet more FREE STUFF advertising various programs shown at Con. At a lot of the panels, while you’re sitting there listening to Noah Wyle crack wise about Falling Skies or whatever, Con Volunteers will pass out along the lines of Con-goers these little faire-type tickets. What not everyone knows is to keep these tickets, they’re not for a raffle you’ll never win or anything, it’s for the FULLFILLMENT ROOM. Next door to the convention center is the Marriot Hotel, and here is where the FULLFILLMENT ROOM is set up. What they don’t tell you, is that the ROOM is set up in the very back end of the Hotel, and the place usually only has Volunteers with signs for the ROOM about halfway through the Hotel, if at all. Also, inevitably, there are lines of eager Con-goers already in the know about the ROOM. However, if you’ve kept your non-raffle tickets (I store mine in the back of my Con badge, that always works) and walked huffing and puffing all the way to the ROOM, stood in the interminable lines and tried to be nice to the harried Con volunteers, you can get yet more FREE STUFF. Bags from everywhere under the moon, posters and comics and booklets oh my, in previous years I got full-on video games with unlockable content, bracelets and pins and don’t forget the t-shirts, all with the logo of your favorite movie or show!

4. The COSPLAY

A lot of people go absolutely apeshit insane trying to do Cosplay for Comic-Con. I tried it once or twice a few years ago, and truly, it does not mesh with wandering the exhibit hall with a bag stuffed full of free shwag. But there are a couple of things I’ve learned about the Cosplayers and their ways. One, they always prefer to be asked before you start blinding them with a camera flash and effectively block their way to wherever they’re going by mobbing them with picture-taking. Two, very few of them actually mind if you come right out and ask where their costume is from, if you don’t know. A lot of those Anime Cosplayers can get downright obscure, and they know it, so if you don’t know, ask already. Three, after you take their picture and thank them for it, say something nice about their costume already. It costs you nothing to say, “Love the shoes” or “You look just like the Khaleesi”, even if you don’t mean it. And who knows what it cost the Cosplayer to make that costume; show some appreciation for their fan-aticism and love, if nothing else.

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5. FINAL THOUGHTS

Comic-Con International is an event like no other in the whole world. Every year people from all over the planet come here to San Diego in massive hordes for this four-day insanity extravaganza. Yes, the lines are terrible, the crowds are massive, and the heat is stifling. Yes, there are always disappointments: I didn’t get in to the Doctor Who panel, I didn’t get that geegaw from thus-and-such retailer I really wanted cuz’ they sold out on Thursday, I missed the pirate ship walkthrough because they closed it a day early, et cetera. But what you do get in exchange for all the headaches is an experience like no other. I saw Travis Fimmel from Vikings live and in person, I came home with four free bags of shwag, I spent all the money I studiously saved just for this event in the exhibit hall on fan things, and overall I had a blast. Comic-Con brings together people from all over, who all have one thing in common: I’m a fan. In a lot of cases, we’re all insane fan-atics, and Comic-Con connects us all for those four glorious days of squees, cheers, and die-hard unabashed and unapologetic geekdom!

Ranted & Photographed by Alicia Glass

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Movie Moxie Loves TV presents Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Movies, Romance, TV Movie with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Fox TV Studios

Director: Jeffrey Donovan

Age: 15+

Rating: 8 out of 10

The story follows Sam Axe, also known as Chuck Finley, legendary wingman of Michael Westin on Burn Notice, on a mission inLatin America as a Navy SEAL in 2005.

It’s true that Burn Notice’s popularity is due in no small part to that ultimate posterman for geeks, Bruce Campbell, in his wingman role as Sam Axe. And I think this made-for-tv movie was, in a roundabout way, a nod to all us huge geeks who happen to be fans of the unlikely combo of Bruce Campbell and Burn Notice, wherein the “Boomstick!” man gets to be a Navy Seal behind enemy lines on his own mission to save everyone! It doesn’t get much better than that, especially with the setup lead Michael Westin has already.

So Sam Axe is being arraigned at what is first termed an informal discussion, with some high ranked Navy man and his aide. The seriousness of the proposed situation doesn’t prevent them from sight gags while taking Axe to the briefing room however, if anyone noticed them; I did. Anyway, Commander Axe is mostly nonchalant and even asks for a beer in his opening statement, a very Sam move of course. And the inserted witticisms continue throughout the movie, for those paying attention. Commander Axe manages to get himself poofed off toLatin Americaon a recon mission checking out some terrorist group, but that’s because, well, he got caught sleeping with the commanding Admirals wife. So he gets issued blue fatigues with his name clearly labeled and sent off to the jungles, where he stands out like a sore thumb. He meets up with the local military who are of course already plotting, the local terrorists – I mean goat herders, and the food-aid-female-love interest who happens to work at the local health clinic buried in the mountains. Seems an odd place to have a health clinic, but whatever you say. And madness and mayhem ensue, with Commander Axe jigging to keep one step ahead of all the bad guys, with a quick quip and a bold plan!

Yes, star of Burn Notice as Michael Westin, Jeffrey Donovan, directed the movie and even has a cameo as Westin in it. I figured he would, at least he didn’t take over the whole movie, as Michael usually does on the show. The character of Sam Axe, and Campbell’s sheer plucky attitude and versatility as an actor, plus his love for all of us huge geek fans of his, shows through clearly throughout the entire movie; I can’t ask for more than that. Rather than waste time saying they should’ve just made the movie as a 2-part episode of Burn Notice, think of it as a tribute to us fans, who would make that kind of movie in a hot minute if we could!


The Test Market Evolution Coverage

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Kids, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense, TV Movie, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2009 by aliciamovie

 

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Check out TME at the San Diego Film Festival

 

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TME at the Chiller Eyegore Awards,

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

 

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TME Coverage of the San Diego Asian Film Festival

 

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coming soon Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Posted in Cartoon, TV Movie with tags , on July 8, 2009 by aliciamovie

24 Redemption

Posted in Action, suspense, TV Movie with tags , , , , on November 24, 2008 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Director: Jon Cassar

Studio: 20th Century Fox Film Corp
Age: 14+

Review Rating: 6 out of 10

 

Federal Agent Jack Bauer returns in the first 24 movie, a lead into the much-anticipated season 7 of the show!

 

Okay, so I watched 24: Redemption last night after my trusty Tivo taped it. And oh my god, KILL. I adored the show 24 when it was still around, Kiefer Sutherland does a fantastic job as Jack Bauer, the CTU agent who never shies from doing the hard thing to get the job done and make sure the world is safe for democracy, right? And yet here we have Jack Bauer hiding in a fictional area somewhere in Africa, acting a missionary to deprived children with his friend Carl Benton. Now I know, after the end of Season 6 of 24, Bauer certainly did have to run away from the US. He has done it before, in the name of keeping his friends and family safe and alive. But this, this is just ridiculous. Because, dear readers, it just gets worse.

Interspliced during the showing of the movie, there are commercials, of course with Kiefer Sutherland in them, advertising for malaria help in Africa. I understand the situation in Africa is bad, and I sympathize. But you folks are already using one of my more favorite shows here to preach to me, and all I see is a guilt trip. The oh so anticipated 24 movie was barely about Jack Bauer and the new president elect (who happens to be a woman, oooh) issues, but rather all about the desperate situations in Africa and how we need to do more to help them. I do not want a show, any show I watch, to shake a finger at me for not doing more to help the world. Yes, it is selfish and arrogant, I will admit it; entertain me, that’s all I want!

The only good thing about the entire movie, I’m sorry, was the brief preview for Season 7 at the very end of the movie. (Which got cut off, thanks to my Tivo’s timing.) And even then, yes, I have criticisms. It looked like Tony Almeda, a favorite character of mine, was going to be showing back up on the show, this time on the wrong side. And while, hey that’s great plot and all, they should’ve teased that out a bit longer, if for no other reason than to give die hard fans something to actually look forward to.

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For a TV series movie, it’s not bad. 24 Redemption kept to the same original plot and at least it still had Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. But if they had attempted to end the show on that kind of movie note, instead of using it as an introduction for Season 7, I’d be livid.