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Awesome Con 2017 Was Awesome!

Introduction

It was the best of times; it was the greatest of times.  How’s that for an introduction to Awesome Con 2017?  Regardless of what may have transpired before you attended Awesome Con 2017, once you get in the vicinity of this fantastic convention, you can’t help but start smiling..and I mean smiling from ear to ear! If you ask me why, the answer would be due to a wide variety and combination of reasons -- the major one being that everyone was in the mood to have a fun day or days, depending if you attended one or all three days of the convention.

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For starters, Awesome Con was held over three days, June 15 - 18, 2017, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. From my perview, the convention seemed to take up the whole convention locale.  You could attend either one day or all three days if you liked.  Everyone wore badges to identify how long and what day they are attending Awesome Con, or other special designations such as staff members.  For example, I noticed some badges were labeled Sunday Only, meaning the person was attending Awesome Con 2017 on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  However, I’ve getting ahead of myself. Check out some of the highlights of Awesome Con below.  Who knows? One day you may decide to join in the fun--that is, if you haven’t already.

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Highlights of Awesome Con 2017

In addition to the fun events, special guests, and of course the items up for sale or display in the huge exhibit halls at the Washington Convention Center, there were lots of cosplayers in attendance.  In fact, I would venture to say that on Sunday when things would probably die down just a little -- instead more cosplaying was going on.  In fact, when I attended on Sunday, I would have thought the day was Saturday, due to the large turnout of people, inside and outside of the venue.

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It seems like every year I notice something in the exhibit hall that is unique and different as well as eye catching and conversation starters.  This year in the realm of not disappointing the attendees at Awesome Con 2017, there were lots of different items that were being sold and displayed. For example, there was a gigantic dragon that replicated the movie’s My Dragon and Me.  As if having this dragon on display was not quite enough to pique your interest, just outside of where the dragon was being shown was lots of pictures that gave you a blow by blow account of what went into constructing the dragon, including how many months it took to get to the finished impressive model. When I walked past this dragon display, some attendees opted to have their picture taken standing beside the dragon.

I can attest to the fact that every Awesome Con have some similarities; but they also have uniqueness and something different to see everywhere you looked on the convention floor.  Items were available if you were a kid or a kid at heart.

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Unique items at Awesome Con 2017

There were so many interesting, unique items at Awesome Con 2017, I would run out of space in trying to talk about them all.  However, what stood out for me in the area of uniqueness was the really long line of people, who were waiting to see Stan Lees’ personal collection or exhibit of drawings.  When I saw the long line, I thought sure there was someone famous in the tent that was flanked by a security guard.  But this was not the case. If you are a fan and wanted to meet Stan Lee -- he was actually at Awesome Con on Saturday -- however limited attendees could see him.

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In addition to the regular items like comic books, graphic novels, artists, etc. there was an appartaus that I did not get close to that looked like a combination baby trainer and a robot.  I declined to find out more about this item -- lol.  Other unique items included a free style tiny writing circular bar that you could use to make abstract painting without really knowing what you were drawing. The reason for this is the round ball apparently filled with paint, would glide over the white paper, making an abstract design -- all on its own. If you like jewelry, there were various jewelry displays as well.  The one that caught my attention was the pocket watches, some of which had a picture or symbol of a superhero on the cover.

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Cosplays Galore

As I alluded to previously, there was an abundance of cosplayers at Awesomecon 2017, ranging from Wonder Woman to Darth Vader, and other cosplayers in between. In the exhibit hall there was a major celebrity cosplayer who not only cosplays, but she also teaches as well as designs her own costume.  Her name is YaYa Han who always seem to have a crowd around her table. In fact, just about all of the tables and exhibits had their share of shoppers, lookers, or just people hanging around the areas having a fun time. Of the cosplayers pictures I took, and there were many, I think one of my personal favorites was the Star Wars Princess Leia and the little girl cosplayer from the Logan movie.  Of course, there was plenty of other impressive cosplayers as well.

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Courteous Cosplayers

As I mentioned earlier, I started taking pictures of cosplayers before I entered Awesome Con 2017.  What I liked was each time, without hesitation, they consented to having their picture taken.  Suffice it to say, I asked very politiely if I could take their picture, and I would say 100% of the time I received an answer in the affirmative.  Cosplayers would even take their time to do a signature pose before their picture was taken.

Artists Row

I noticed this year there was a designation on the exhibit floor for artists called Artists Row where  talented folks could show their works.  There were artists there who did double-duty as a writer also.  Now that is what I call talent! Just as in previous years, some artists elected to draw free-hand while they touted their wares. There was a wide array of drawings that drew the interest of kids to grown-ups alike.

Gaming sections

The gaming areas were located in the same location as last year.  I have to echo my impressions of this area from last year when i say card gaming continue to be more popular than the arcades and video gaming. I base my opinion on the fact that when i arrived at the video gaming area on Sunday at closing (around 5:00 p.m.), I noticed gaming systems and other apparatus in the video game room had already been taken apart, while just across the hall, the card gaming area was still relatively full, even though some people were in the process of taking down their displays, etc.

Any recommendations?

Awesome Con is awesome because of the obvious skilled organization expertise used  in putting such a venue of this size together.  Of all the positives, I would like to offer two recommendations for future Awesome Con.  Before I say what they are, these comments do not in any way change my mind that Awesome Con in D.C. is always the place to be to have an amazing, fun time.  Now to the recommendation.

Prior to getting my press badge, I must have walked a mile or more trying to find the correct entry to go into. Believe it or not, I went through a door with a big “Exit Sign” posted. Once inside, I had to navigate my way further to where the press badge areas were.  Many times, I thought I was going in the right direction but I wasn’t; In fact, I asked someone directions and they told me to go in the opposite direction. However, once I arrived at the area, I was happy to see that being the organized venue it was, there were no problems in getting my  press badge.  In a nutshell, my recommendation to the Awesome Con executives is to make it easier to find the correct room to get badges.  All in all, after spending an exorbintat amount of time trying to locate the room, once I located the right room -- I felt like I had made a major accomplishment!

Regarding big name talent, this year, unfortunately, I do not think there were any except for Stan Lee.  I recommend that Awesome Con get may some Star Trek or other well known science fiction actors and even directors to be guests. Awesome Con should simply book more famous television or movie personalities to Awesome Con.

 The Positives of Awesome Con 2017

To put it simply -- there were many positives at Awesome Con 2017.  In addition to the events described above, there were lots of demonstrations as talented people shared their crafts.  Awesome Con 2017 appeals to everyone, including kids and adults as well.  THere were a special kids sections interspersed at the convention including a Nicklelodeo section and a kids comic book section, as well as many others.  To really experience Awesome Con, ideally one would attend all three days of the convention and enjoy the fun and take in the sights of the cosplayers.  However, if you are not able to attend all three days, the time spent at Awesome Con 2017 can be labeled quality time, because even though you may not get to see everything this conventin offers, what you do see will make up for it by the high standards of products and services. Regarding finding your way around the convention -- once you find where you are going, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease the process is done, whether it is just picking up your badge, inquiring about directions, etc.

Summary

Want to have maybe the most fun you have ever experienced  before?  Then go to next year's  Awesome Con 2018.  Awesome Con 2017 as a must attend event which is desitned to deliver even more fun and excitement.  Don't miss it!

 

The Mummy - A Ms. H Movie Review

Introduction to The Mummy - A Ms. H Movie Review

I think that most of us would agree that Tom Cruise put out plenty of good movies.  When I say good movies, I mean those that are worth your money and time to sit in a theater when there are millions of other things you could be doing instead.  Some of Tom Cruise greats include the Mission Impossible, Jack Reacher franchises and others.  By the way, don't let the exciting-looking movie trailer fool you. I was sorely disappointed when The Mummy failed in just about every aspect that makes a movie enjoyable to watch; namely, plot, actions, storyline, believability, etc.tom cruise 04062016 620x413

The Plot of The Mummy

If you concentrate hard enough when watching the Mummy, you will come to the conclusion that Tom Cruise and his friend are in the habit of robbing precious stones, etc. from very old resting places..in this case the location is in Iraq.  However, if you keep watching the movie, you will find the plot shifts to this ancient mummy as well as all of her zombies that Tom Cruise unwittingly brought back to life.  What I didn’t like about the plot was I felt like it was recycling, over and over again.  For example, there were repeat scenes of Tom Cruise visualizing the female mummy destroying him.  But no worries.  It looks like anyone who was fatally destroyed, including a drowning female co-star, all eventually came back to life.  Spoiler Alert:  Even the strange character of Dr. Heckyll was revived in the ending.  Go figure.  Before long while watching The Mummy, when anyone was destroyed in the movie, I expected them to reappear again, unscathed.

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The Monsters in The Mummy

Have you ever been in or seen a cookie factory?  Well take that picture in your mind and replace cookies with monsters.  It amazed me that no matter how many monsters were chasing Tom Cruise, he always ultimately escaped. When he was turned into one of these monsters, it was only  a short while before he became himself again -- even though he was in the shadows not showing his face at one time during the movie.  Spoiler Alert:  At the end of the movie, he and his buddy are back to robbing tombstones, looking pretty much like they did when the movie first started. This was regardless of the fact they both had been destroyed during actions in the movie.

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Treatment of Women in The Mummy

I have to speak out against several scenes where women were presented inappropriately in the movie.  The first was how they depicted a female on her knees with her arms held back with chains around her neck as well.  Hopefully this was some type of cgi, because if it was real, I believe it would be painful for someone to be in this posture for even a few minutes.  Plus it looked inhumane to have someone, much less a woman, chained up like this.  Additionally, I was not a fan of the underwater scene when the female costar emerged from the water drenched from head to toe. I guess they were going for the “wet-t-shirt look.”  Also, Tom Cruise’s character kept saving the woman as if she was incapable of doing anything on her own.  Even when he found out she was a part of this monster factory, he continued to save her. There was one unexplained scene where he appeared to be leaving her while driving a truck; however, of course, she made it into the truck eventually.

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Highlights in The Mummy

Unfortunately, the highlights in The Mummy are few and far between.  One scene that left a negative impression with me was the female monster walking through the streets with clouds of smoke and buildings falling down all around her as she moved.  This scene reminded me of the real-life tragedy of 9/11. I’m sure this is not the effect the director was going for but to me, the scene was unnerving, to say the least.  As mentioned earlier, I liked the scene showing Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis running away from the smoke, that is if they were actually running.  

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Assessment of The Mummy

There are both negatives and positives about this movie; however, unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives.   The negatives included this movie having the amateurish look of a horror B movie; the obsession of the director with showing how grotesque he could make eyes look in this movie; lots of jump scares that were really not scary, the repeating actions in the movie, and overall a poor story.  The positive was I liked the scene showing Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis running beside each other.  Other than that, The Mummy is nothing to write home about and is truly forgettable.

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Rating of The Mummy

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate The Mummy 1 ½ stars.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Kq2qliOXc

Wonder Woman - A Ms. H Movie Review

Introduction to Wonder Woman - A Ms. H Movie Review

Did you know that of all the superheroes, Wonder Woman is one of the few who have not had the honor to have her own full-length movie in the movie theaters?  There are comic books, graphic novels, classic television shows, DVDs of the television shows, etc. -- but no feature film.  I as well as many of you probably wondered (pun intended) if Wonder Woman would ever get a movie.  Would she aways be pushed in the background, destined to be in the shadows of other superheroes with their signature blockbuster movies, but never have a movie of her own?  Well, the wait for the Wonder Woman movie was long, but I’m happy to say the wait was well worth it.  Find out why and more from my movie review of Wonder Woman.

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Opening Night of Wonder Woman Movie

I had the good fortune to see the Wonder Woman movie's first showing on premiere night, June 1st.  The lobby of the movie theater reminded me of a fun party as two Wonder Woman cosplayers greeted everyone as they entered while a larger than life size lego Wonder Woman statue stood in the background. I took pictures with both Wonder Women, as well as Superman cosplayer who was there as well.  I had an inkling this movie was going to be exciting, since I was already having a good time before I even entered the movie showing.  I must say, Wonder Woman did not disappoint in no way, shape or form.  To put it simply, the Wonder Woman movie was purely epic.

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

When I saw Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Baman v. Superman movie, she did not really stand out to me.  Maybe this was because she had such a small part in the movie.  I shrugged when I saw her on the screen in the Batman v. Superman movie and was thinking that they may even replace her with someone else.  Clearly, she did not make an impression with me at that time.  However -- almost a year later -- what a difference a self-titled movie makes.

Now as I recall Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in her leading role in her very own movie, I must say it is difficult for me to imagine anyone else playing the part of Wonder Woman.  As you probably know, Gal Gadot is from Israel where it is required for all to participate in the army, both males and females. This could be the reason she looked so natural and capable as she wielded her sword and singlehandedly took on the enemies.  However, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s talk about the title of the movie.

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Wonder Woman – The Movie Title

Let’s start from the beginning.  With all the creative forces joining together to create and make this movie a reality that comes to fruition, I am overjoyed they kept the title of Wonder Woman.  Of the many superheroes, male and female, I don’t think there is one known as far and wide as Wonder Woman.  In keeping with her notoriety, it was not surprising to me, the name of her movie was kept short and sweet and was simply called Wonder Woman.  As the saying goes, sometimes less is more.

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Storyline of Wonder Woman Movie

There are probably many fact-checkers who examined the Wonder Woman movie from the beginning to the end. Maybe they were attempting to see if the Wonder Woman movie stayed true to her origin, if new elements of her adventures were added, or some other factual details.  I would like to say there is no need for any scrutiny regarding Diana Prince, known as Wonder Woman, as well as her story.  As an avid fan of Wonder Woman, when I watched the Wonder Woman movie (twice in 3D on different days) I must say I enjoyed the overall experience of being in the midst of a film that I knew was not only good, but would go on to break records. And break records it did!

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Action Scenes in Wonder Woman Movie

The action scenes in Wonder Woman were my favorite, even though other parts of the movie were interesting as well.  I liked that some of her action moves were similar to those of the classic Wonder Woman television series, where she tended to strongly push the enemy away rather than throw punches.  On the other hand, I liked the way the director had Wonder Woman as well as the other Amazons do jumps,  back flips and kicks during the fighting scenes.  In my opinion, the fighting scenes were very well done including the stop motion actions, which I’m normally a critic of.  My only criticism is I wish there were more of them!

fullsizeoutput 9f3Hopefully by now you have seen the Wonder Woman movie so I will be not spoiling it for you when i say that my all time favorite action scene was when she went out in front of the men on the battlefield, being overtly brave and determined as she protected herself and others from enemy fire with one leg bent and the other stretched out behind her as she used the shield to deflect the barrage of bullets.  I think this was a good strategy move in the Wonder Woman movie, because when all the attention was directed to her, the men seized the opportunity to go forward in what used to be called “No Man’s Land” -- that is before Wonder Woman made her presence known.  Even though this was one of my favorite action scenes, there were many others where I had to audibly say out loud to myself …”I like this.”...”I like this.”  Don’t worry, I only said this out loud  twice so I am completely sane. lol. By the way, I didn’t voice that I liked the action scenes the second time I saw the movie, because I had already seen them but these scenes were still mind boggling.

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Wonder Woman’s Sidekick

I am using the word “sidekick” to describe the role of Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman movie, played by the Star Trek actor, Chris Pine.  The reason for this is at times, I was getting just a little agitated as to how much screen time he was getting on Wonder Woman’s movie.  Chris Pine did a good job playing the part of Steve Trevor, but to his discredit, I think he thought he was Wonder Woman’s keeper as in “Am I not my brother’s keeper”  regarding how he kept telling her to stay back, or cautioned her not to perform some of her heroic actions.  In fact, during one of the scenes Wonder Woman told him she did not need his permission to perform certain actions.  The battle comrades reiterated to Steve Trevor how capable Wonder Woman had fought previously which inferred that his advice to stay back was not needed.  Spoiler Alert: However, because of actions that transpired in the movie regarding Steve Trevor, I am now ok with his screen time in the movie.  If there are sequels to Wonder Woman, the director needs to go light on having other characters telling Wonder Woman what she can and cannot do -- because clearly, she can do it all.

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Assessment of Wonder Woman Movie

Prior to this review, I tried not to read or listen to what others were saying about Wonder Woman.  However, some slipped through including excellent reviews.  These reviews of the Wonder Woman movie did not sway me one way or the other. I came to the conclusion this was going to be one of my favorite movies from the time the movie started until it ended.  As I mentioned earlier, I saw the movie twice in the same week in 3D -- Wonder Woman was just that good.  A negative I saw was that sometimes she did not display traits of themighty Wonder Woman  when she was Diana Prince. Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman seemed less sure of herself, asking a lot of questions, etc.  But that could have been because this new world was really different from her own, which was on a beautiful paradise island of Amazons. That being said,  theWonder Woman movie had an exciting plot and storyline along with the well orchestrated action scenes -- which is why I am going to give the movie a high rating.

Rating of Wonder Woman Movie

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate the Wonder Woman movie 5 stars.

Ms. H discusses why Wonder Woman should have her own movie here:

http://www.allgames.com/mm/item/9865-mom-s-minute-9-1-2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSB4wGIdDwo

 

 

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