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Awesome Con 2019 - The Place to Be!

Introduction to Awesome Con 2019

 Awesome Con  is an annual event where people with like interests converge upon the Washington Convention Center in anticipation of the fun to be had.  Some come as they are -- dressed casually; while others may choose to dress up as their favorite movie, tv, comic book, video game or other character/hero.  Awesome Con carried on this tradition in 2019.

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Fun Atmosphere at Awesome Con

As a recap -- Awesome Con is a three day event that occurred April 26 - 28, 2019.  It seemed like it was only yesterday that I had one of my best times ever at last year’s event.  They say that time flies when you're having fun -- which is the signature stamp of Awesome Con.  There seems to be something magical about a group of people getting together to celebrate and enjoy some of the things that they may have a passion for or are interested in.

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Creativity of Cosplayers at Awesome Con

I did not have to walk far to come across some of the most creative cosplays I’ve seen in quite some time. One of the cosplayers that stood out to me was Silver Surfer who was carrying a silver surfboard (of course), but even more interesting -- he was completely covered in silver paint --  including his face.  Now that's what I call pure dedication to bringing a character to life at Awesome Con.

On the more subdued side of creativity when it comes to cosplayers, there was an interesting take that I noticed of Wonder Woman.  Have you ever seen Wonder Woman while she's enjoying a  relaxing evening -- taking a break from saving the world? Well I did at Awesome Con 2019, and I must say this was something I did not expect.

That is the draw of Awesome Con.  Unless you actually go and participate or just be present at some of the events -- you never know what you may see, learn or experience.

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Administrative Aspects  at Awesome Con

Now let's talk about how organized Awesome Con 2019 was.  I think this year there may have been more staff involved in organizational activities of Awesome Con.  I say this mainly because I saw plenty of people who wore “Awesome Con” staff shirts or attire. This of course is a good thing since the more staff available, the more likely event-goers have someone to turn to if they have questions, inquiries etc. 

However, I think some of the staff (not all) may have been over zealous about making sure everyone was out of the convention center by closing time -- at least on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  I saw some exhibitors on the main floor start covering up their displays as early as 7:00 p.m. This put a damper on things to me mainly because i had become accustomed to taking my time at previous Awesome Cons --  trying to cover as much as I could in the time available.  

However, on Saturday I was informed that a whole section of the exhibit hall was  “closed” even though the event had at least 45 minutes before actual closing time.  I know it takes time to close down -- but I think that some of the staff may have been overly focused on making sure everyone one was out -- way before the event was scheduled to close. Lessons learned for future Awesome Cons -- get there early and plan to leave at least an hour or so before closing time.

On the plus side, there have been improvements on how the media personnel obtain their press badges. The process was seamless with me this year.  I went to a particular room at the Convention Center, my name was checked from a list and pronto, I was given my press badge and a convention book in probably less than 5 minutes. I think this may have been the easier registration I've experienced since I’ve been covering Awesome Con for Allgames.com.

Lineup of Guests

I did not get a chance to check out the guest line up in person due to the rush to close down the event on Saturday.  However, I did review the list of guests and they were varied -- but unfortunately, no really big name stars that i can recall.  There was the usual Artists row with noted graphic designers, etc. and others. There was also some actors from the cast of The Princess Bride movie which is one of my favorite movies of all time; but the absence of Robin Wright as a guest to stand alongside Cary Elwes did not quite cut it for me. I know everyone has busy schedules -- so  maybe for some reason the organization could not make this happen.

Here’s hoping next year’s event include even more bigger name stars to raise Awesome Con to another level.

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The Main Exhibit Floor at Awesome Con 2019

The main exhibit floor is where most of the people congregate, even though events are held throughout the building and even in the building across from the Convention Center.  Awesome Con provides a handy-dandy booklet to help steer you through the exciting events scheduled. Of course there was the usual stands with merchants selling their wares including comic books, t-shirts, grab bags and other articles of interest.

I always seem to notice something unusual on the exhibit floor. Check out my Awesome Con 2018 report from last year to find out what it was at that time. 

During Awesome Con 2019 -- I was not disappointed with the array of exhibits.  An unusual one that stuck with me this year had to do with mousepads. I saw an exhibit where the mousepads were being displayed as art. Some of the mousepads were small in size, while others were as large as a small painting.  I thought that this was an interesting, creative take on mousepads. 

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Assessment of Awesome Con

 If you plan to attend Awesome Con -- I think you have  to be in a mindset to have a fun time -- as I was. As soon as I got near the convention center and saw the cosplayers and others with their Awesome Con badges, Awesome Con bags, etc., I could not wait to join the fun.  That being said, my advice to anyone planning to attend is to allow enough time early in the day to experience as much fun as you can before you are literally ushered and herded out by the staffers. In fact -- my advice to the exit staffers is to “Lighten up.”

Now that Awesome Con 2019 has come and gone -- I’m even more anxious to see what’s in store for the next Awesome Con. As the saying goes -- Onwards and upwards!

Avengers: Endgame Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Avengers: Endgame Movie Review by Ms. H

Just when I thought the Avengers Marvel film series had reached its peak in excellence -- the Avengers: Endgame movie comes along. If you want to see a movie with action, adventure, intrigue, drama and last but not least -- humor -- the  Avengers: Endgame movie is one that you do not want to miss.

Avengers: Endgame: Marvel’s Magic Touch

I have yet to see a Marvel Avengers movie that was not entertaining. A recent movie example is Avengers: Infinity War.  I would go so far as to say that Marvel movies seem to have the magic touch.  This “magic touch” may cause you to smile and laugh at some scenes in the movie while at the same time taking in some of the movie’s “serious” parts” as well.  Additionally, I found the Avengers: Endgame’s storyline interesting  -- without any need for twists, turns or other methods filmmakers sometimes use in an attempt to keep an audience’s attention.

Dialogue of Avengers: Endgame Movie

I think the Avengers: Endgame movie is one that the whole family can enjoy - notwithstanding some of the language.  Unfortunately, the writers decided to include profanity in some of the dialogue-- which I thought was unnecessary.  This was overshadowed by the interesting, attention-grabbing storyline and did not affect my overall rating for the Avengers: Endgame movie.

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Avengers: Endgame Movie Highlights

No worries.  I will not reveal any spoilers here but will speak in general terms.  In my opinion, the Avengers: Endgame movie was entertaining, so much so that at some spots during and even after the movie, the audience could not resist the urge to applaud -- even though it is afterall only a movie.  

Furthermore, I think the writers did an outstanding job of including an adequate mix of various Marvel superheroes.  If you have a favorite Marvel superhero, you will probably see him or her in the Avengers: Endgame movie.

Assessment of the Avengers: Endgame Movie

You probably have heard or know that the Avengers: Endgame movie has a long running time -- lasting a total of 3 hours and 1 minute.  Do not fret and let the movie length keep you from seeing the Avengers: Endgame movie.   Once the movie starts, I think you will get so absorbed with the film, the time will lightly just fly by -- like it did for me.

Based on my enjoyment of the previous Marvel movies I’ve seen, I knew the Avengers: Endgame would not disappoint.  I am always impressed with the high quality of writing, acting and directing that is evident in the Marvel movies. Falling into this same pattern of quality film-making is the Avengers: Endgame movie.

To put it simply -- the Avengers: Endgame is a good -- must-see movie and is one that you will probably surely enjoy.

Rating of the Avengers: Endgame Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Avengers: Endgame Movie 5 stars.

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

 

Little Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to the Little Movie Review by Ms. H

You may have seen other films with a similar premise as the Little movie.  For example “13 Going on 30” and I’m sure many others. This movie seemed to focus on how an adolescent would act if she had the mind of an adult -- and retained the resemblance someone much younger.

Cast of Characters in the Little Movie

For the most part, the actors played their roles adequately.  However, no one actor stood out to me. For example, when I watched the movie “Girls Trip” it was obvious that Tiffany Haddish was the stand-out comedic actor.  I did not notice such a person in this movie. Bottom line, neither Regina Hall who played the older Jordan Sanders nor Marsai Martin who played the role of the younger Jordan Sanders made an impression on me.

Plot of the Little Movie

Plain and simple, the plot centers around adventures encountered by a woman when she was temporarily transformed to a teenager while her mind and actions were those of an adult.  This movie reminded me slightly of the movie I mentioned earlier, as well as the Prada movie starring Meryl Streep. However, if I compared the two movies, Prada would rank higher due to its realism and entertainment value. By contrast, the LIttle movie was more preachy” instead of entertaining.

Holes in Actions of the Little Movie

Of course, the Little movie is a made-up or fabricated story of actions and events, so it’s easy to notice some inconsistencies in the movie. Some of the most obvious moments happened when the main character transitioned from an adult to a teen and vice versa. For example, if the adult is walking around as a teenager, wouldn’t she notice her shoes did not fit?  Also, it's interesting to me how she could still wear the same clothes of someone with a a shorter stature when she changed back to an adult. Spoiler Alert: Case in point -- at the end of the movie, the adult Jordan Sanders wore the exact same sweater decorated with pictures of shoes and sunglasses as the teenager.

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Fashion in the Little Movie

A fail in the film in my opinion was the choice of clothing chosen for some of the characters in the movie. Whoever dressed some of the characters could use a lesson from the fashion people on the movie set of the "What Men Want" starring Taraji P. Henson as well as other similar type movies.  Of the many fashion disasters, the biggest I think was the choice of shoes as well as the pink suit chosen for Marsai Martin who plays the younger Jordan Sanders. Spoiler alert:  Towards the end of the movie, the fashion people seemed to give up completely on fashion and dressed the star of the movie, Regina Hall simply in a black sweatshirt and black pants.

Moral of the LIttle Movie

If you watch the Little film, you may have thoughts  about the lesson the movie was trying to teach rather than the story line. This is not a bad thing, but I think the overarching reason for going to or watching movies is to be entertained or informed in some way.  There were a few entertaining parts in the movie -- mostly happening with impromptu singing and dancing -- but for the most part, the movie dwelled on maturity vs. immaturity.

Assessment of the Little Movie

I am on the fence about recommending that you watch the Little movie.  You may experience a few laugh out loud moments or maybe not. I think the movie was ok, but not one that I would necessarily rush out to see. A plus is the movie has a running time of only 1 hour, 49 minutes -- so if you decide to watch the movie Little, it should not take up too much of your time.

Rating of the Little Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the LIttle movie 3 stars.

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

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