Suicide Squad: Premiere and Review

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The critics have been bashing it. Kevin Smith has sung praises for it. It’s finally here for the masses. And, specifically, I was eagerly waiting to watch it. There was a lot at stake for me: I’ve been wanting a New 52 Suicide Squad movie. When I saw the first pictures of the cast, I was nervous. The first SDCC leaked trailer left me feeling unsure. Whenever new trailers began releasing, though, my opinion changed. My personal hype began building. I finally built this up so much, that when the movie finally began, I was grinning like an idiot. My baby, Harley Quinn, that I’ve loved as long as I can remember, was FINALLY GOING TO BE ON SCREEN.

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But, what did I actually think of the movie?

SPOILER FREE!

It was what I needed. The Easter eggs were so magnificent, I nearly jumped from my seat to cheer. The feel of the New 52 Suicide Squad comics and the missions, characters I loved seeing on the screen like Harley, Deadshot, Diablo, and Boomerang had fantastic chemistry. Margot Robbie was fantastic. Even Jared Leto as the Joker made me happy. This movie was what I needed it to be, and I left happy. I understand why it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But don’t ruin it for those of us that it worked for.

I’d love to go into detail on more things, but I’ll wait a while before I say anything spoiler-y.

Either way, this was what I needed it to be, and I can’t wait to see it again. Critics and haters be damned.

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In Skwad We Trust. 

~Angel

Nerd in New York

I recently went on a last minute trip out of town, and had a free day to run around in New York. It’s been eight years since I’ve been in the Big Apple, and I’ve missed it quite a bit. I’m from small town, middle of America, and big cities are always fascinating to me. It’s a constant feeling of go-go-go, where there is always something to do or somewhere to go — pretty much the opposite of how it works where I live! And I hate to be bored, sooo…

I took the train into the city, and headed straight for Times Square. I was greeted with comforting images:

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Fathom Events: The Killing Joke

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One of my all time favorite comics I’ve read, and can easily quote, is Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, with illustrations by Brian Bolland. If you aren’t familiar with it, The Killing Joke was a one shot published by DC Comics in 1988, and has one of the most widely accepted backstories for the Joker, though the comic stresses it could just be one of many possible back stories. As the Joker says in the comic: ” If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”

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Cosplans: Suicide Squad premiere

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It’s no surprise that I’m pretty excited to see the first appearance of my favorite character on the big screen. I’ve been a fan of Harley Quinn since day one of Batman: the Animated Series. And now, I get to see a version of her inspired by her appearance in Suicide Squad (the comics), and portrayed by the lovely Margot Robbie!

So, of course, I had to plan an outfit for the occasion. Here’s the cosplay progress so far:

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Day Trip: Elephant Rocks

Hiking and nature trails are among my top favorite things to do on weekends. Luckily, I live in the middle of nowhere, and there are loads of state parks and trails and everything else around me to go adventuring on. One of my favorite places is Elephant Rocks.

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Elephant Rocks, named for the giant boulders, which some compare in size and/or shape to elephants. The hiking is fantastic, and has some stunning scenery.

And there are some fantastic adventures to be had on this trail.

If you’re planning to visit Missouri, or maybe you’ll be passing thru the state sometime, and wanna check it out, you can visit this site here and learn more.

I’d love to cover more trails and parks in the future! Let me know what you think!

~Angel

HHN 26: Hell Comes to Haddonfield

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Halloween Horror Nights 24 gave me a chance to enter into one of my favorite horror film franchises, Halloween. Iconic scenes, the Myers house, being chased by Michael Myers, etc. It was a dream come true, and still one of my favorite houses.

Now, we get to return to Haddonfield.

Just announced for Halloween Horror Nights 26! Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield. We’re going to pick up where the first house left off, and then, according to the release, be pursued by Myers through Haddonfield, into Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. How’s that for a house sequel?!

I cannot WAIT to see what they do with the house this year. Which of the houses are you most excited about?

-Angel