TrailerWatch – Audible & DC Comics drops the first “The Sandman” tease… And I’m loving it

I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, and of his Sandman stories/mythos. So getting to hear Morpheus, Lord of Dream, speak? I got chills y’all.

And of course I’m looking forward to hearing his quirky, incredible sister, Death, speak as well. Oh heck – I look forward to hearing the whole crew! Peep the list of incredible talent, straight from Audible’s PR!

“… the powerhouse cast is led by James McAvoy in the title role of Dream and includes Riz Ahmed, Justin Vivian Bond, Arthur Darvill, Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton, William Hope, Josie Lawrence, Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and Michael Sheen as Lucifer… “

*rubs hands together with glee*
Sandman hits Audible July 15th, 2020.

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#EducateYourself – “The White Savior Trope, Explained” from The Take

As this video states, it’s time to shift the narrative. #themoreyouknow 🌠🌈

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Baltimore DRIVE-IN Pass-palooza – A Night at the Drive-in!!!

Y’all. Y’ALL. I finally have free passes for you! For Bengie’s Drive-in! This Wednesday – tomorrow y’all – Bengie’s will be showing two films, with concessions from fantabulous “black and brown” owned purveyors! This week’s theme is Movies To Make You Fall In Love. Awww YEAH!

All the details about this series after the jump – see you at the movies!!! YAY! Wanna go? Yeah you do!

Deets:

What: Double-feature of Love & Basketball and Crazy Rich Asians!
When: July 1st, 2020
Where: Bengie’s Drive-in
Why: MOVIEEEEEEEZZZZZ!!!

Clicky! https://amazonscreenings.com/main/blp/YW5pZ2h0YXR0aGVkcml2ZWlu

Remember – seating (er, parking) is always first come, first served and not guaranteed. So get there early to get yourself situated. Good luck, everyone!!!

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Elsewhere Reviews – Huang Fei Hong Spicy Crispy Peanut

I’ve been inordinately lazy of late. But I have been writing stuff. Er, eating under the guise of reviewing. Boom – originally published over at The Green Man Review!

Peanuts are my jam. Okay, my butter. My soup. My sauce. My everything. *cues up Barry White*  Any way I can get ‘em, I get ‘em. I especially love a touch of spice to my peanuts, so hello Huang Fei Hong! These babies are choc-a-block with deliciously crunchy Szechuan peppercorns, and sliglighty chewy dried chilis, making this the perfect bar nibble. 

Folks with a low tolerance for spice may find these a bit too much, but for folks like me who love a bit of zing? They’re perfect. More spiced than spicy at first, but they get to a slow burn that warmed my tongue and had me reaching into the packet again and again. I’m actually still digging in as I write this. Give me that sting, sweet baby. Yeah, that’s it. 

Szechuan spicy peanuts (aka Mala Fried Peanuts) are a lovely snack, but can be used as a topping for peanut noodles, lo mein, pad thai, or any other noodle dish that you’d like to give a nutty kick to. If there’s any left in my packet after I finish writing this – highly unlikely but let’s pretend – they’d make a delicious topping for rice, perhaps with a bit of nori and the shredded veg of your choice. I’m thinking cucumber and pickled carrot myself. Or set a bowl next to a cheese, fruit, or meat plate, and let yourself go nuts.*cues badum-tish*

Vegan by ingredients, this is a treat you can whip out when friends start to come back around after The Virus Troubles. Or you could buy some and send packets to your friends for a virtual happy hour, taking screenshots as proof of who’s got the spicy and who needs that milk to wash it all down. I’m not judging, but if you’re able to enjoy a spicy tingle that is in no way sexual (quit it, Internet Rule 34)? Dig in. But buy twice as much as you think you’ll want. Pro-tip from me to you.

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TrailerWatch – “TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA”

It’s been four years since the excellent Train to Busan, and if you think those zombies have taken a break…you’re in for a bloody surprise. And a bloody good time, if this trailer is any indication. If Busan was Snowpiercer with zombies, this new film is Escape From New York with, well…you dig. Synopsis!

Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.

Peninsula carries Busan‘s story of the zombie outbreak in South Korea and introduces a new cast of characters in a new location. Director Yeon Sang-ho revisits the world of Busan and the animated Seoul Station in this action packed horror joint, and I can’t wait.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula is scheduled to invade theaters in America August 12th, 2020. Get ready.

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TrailerWatch – “Bill & Ted Face the Music”… and middle age ennui

Ready to shred your air guitar and party with Death? Because the trilogy is complete y’all! Synopsis!

The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan. Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends – to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.

Bill & Ted Face the Music comes TO ACTUAL THEATERS on August 21st, 2020.

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TrailerWatch – a couple rents a house filled with secrets in “You Should Have Left”

Based on the novel Daniel Kehlmann, this looks nice and creepy. Perfect for summer chills. Synopsis!

 “What seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.”

You Should Have Left hits On Demand on June 19th.

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Streaming News – IndieWire looks at how the problematic film “The Help” is trending, offers other films to stream

If you’re interested in watching films that are made by/star people of color, there are great films out there…and ones that may have great stars but aren’t great messages. Indiewire has interviewed critics and creators, gathering together a bunch of great films to choose from. So try a few you haven’t seen yet! Perhaps a few from the Criterion Collection, while they’re free to stream?

I’d like to add Shudder’s Horror Noire to this list; it’s a fantastic look at films that need more love, as well as the history of black horror cinema. Definitely check it out if you can. (I believe they have a 30 day free trial. Just a thought.)

From the article:

‘Perez worried that a surge in popularity for “The Help” would extend to other “racial reconciliation” films like the Sandra Bullock-starring “The Blind Side.” The writer added, “Do not watch the fucking ‘Help’ right now…literally anything but ‘The Help,’” and offered better Netflix streaming options for the current moment including three Ava DuVernay projects: The Oscar nominated documentary “13TH,” Best Picture nominee “Selma,” and Emmy winner “When They See Us.”’

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/06/the-help-tops-netflix-charts-protests-critics-speak-out-1202235373/

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Con News: Small Press Expo shutters this year, will hold virtual Ignatz Awards

With so much to learn about COVID-19, I can’t say that I’m truly shocked that SPX has decided to cancel this year’s Expo…but I am sad. It’s such an incredible weekend filled with all sorts of indie, underground, and other forms of independent comic books, so losing the chance to connect with so many incredibly talented creators (and throw my money around like glitter) is definitely a bummer.

But wait – they’re going forward with their yearly Ignatz Awards!  Yep, they’re gonna hold ’em virtually, and I can’t wait for more information on how to watch the ceremony. These awards shine a light on comics and creators that many otherwise wouldn’t hear about, so I’m so happy they’ll be sharing the ceremony with everyone.

Read on for the entire message – including resources for creators during this trying time – after the jump. And see y’all next year at SPX!!!

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Elsewhere Review: Kasaugai Roasted Nuts Assortment

I’ve been inordinately lazy of late. But I have been writing stuff. Er, eating under the guise of reviewing. Boom – originally published over at The Green Man Review!

I love senbei mixes. The crunch, salty goodness. The nori (seaweed) yumminess. Those tasty flavored peanuts. That wasabi kick. But mostly, I love that there are so many different flavors, my tongue never has to worry about Fear Of Missing Out On Yummy. (FOMOOY? Sure.) This particular gathering of treats has been a favorite of mine for years, and I’m so happy to let you in on my little no-so-secret.

The first thing senbei newbies may notice are the wasabi peanuts. Those bright green peas coated with crunchy, spicy goodness. This packet goes with more crunch than spice, though there’s a brief whiff of horseradish. That goes well with this mix, as it doesn’t steal the show from the other bites. 

There’s also broad beans coated in squid-flavored cracker (a mild palate cleanser that packs a pleasing squiddy aftertaste), cracker-covered peanuts that taste of bonito (dried fish flakes) and red pepper, and a more traditional shoyu-flavored cracker, filled with peanuts and sprinkled with bits of nori. Then there’s the prawn peanuts. My favorite! I want to buy big ol’ packets of these nibbles by themselves. (AND I CAN.) Something about the blend of dried prawn, crunch cracker shell, and peanuts…it’s got a delicious umami taste – and a perfect blend of salty and sweet – that I can’t get enough of.

These are made for happy hour nibbles, matched with your beverage of choice. In fact, they’d make a wonderful accompaniment to those spicy peanuts I reviewed! Or you can have some alongside a bowl of chirashi, bites of sushi, or if you want to go full-on savory, spam musubi. Yum! But best grab more than one packet. You’ll want to have some later, and at two ounces per pack, you’ll be needing more than just one packet can deliver.

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