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Dec 312010
 

As the year 2010 comes to an end, I would like to say that this has been a great year for me attending conventions. Let’s review some of the highlights.

MegaCon 2010: This was a huge turnout, particularly for the sci-fi genre with stars like Robert Picardo, Kristanna Loken, and Lea Thompson.

Vulcan Events 2010: Over in Tampa was a convention devoted to Star Trek. The main stars I met there were Tony Todd and Christopher Lloyd, who also each had a Q&A.

BotCon 2010: Next up was a convention devoted to the Transformers franchise, which was an even bigger turnout than I expected. I met voice actors Scott McNeil and Paul Eiding, as well as singer Stan Bush.

Nerdapalooza 2010: It’s not actually a convention, per se. This was a music festival with creatively comedic artists like Rappy McRapperson and Kirby Krackle, who sing about things related to convention genres like sci-fi, superheroes, video games, even D&D fantasy.

Anime Festival Orlando 11 2010: This convention was definitely a good one. It was more of a Power Rangers convention. I met some voice actors and Power Ranger actors. David Yost also had an excellent Q&A, which was one of the most favorite things I did.

Star Wars Celebration V 2010: Now here was a convention that I knew would have a huge turnout. There were many areas with Star Wars exhibits and memorabilia. I also got to meet some of the stars from the franchise like Jay Laga’aia and Mark Hamill.

Spooky Empire 2010: Then came another great turnout at this horror convention with stars like Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Tom Towles, Linnea Quigley, and Danny Trejo. There were also great presentations about horror in video games and Disney’s Haunted Mansion with author Jason Surell.

This was a great year for conventions. I enjoyed writing about them and sharing my fun. Happy New Year, everyone!

Oct 182010
 
 
From Dusk Till Dawn is about Seth (George Clooney) and Richard (Quentin Tarantino, who also wrote the screenplay), two cop killing brothers who take Jake (Harvey Keitel) a widowed preacher and his two kids, Scott (Ernest Liu) and Kate (Juliette Lewis), hostage as they head down to Mexico on the run.
 
After an intense trip, they all arrive at a club called “The Titty Twister”. That’s a tender name for a bar with strippers. Only to find out that it’s infested with vampires. No wonder it’s a private bar for bikers and truck drivers only.
 
Now here’s a funny scene. Two bikers sit a table. One biker named Sex Machine (Tom Savini) snatches a beer from the other with a whip. The other guy pulls out a knife, but Sex Machine reveals a mini machinegun from his belt buckle, which causes the other guy to put his knife away. At least I think it was his belt buckle.

         

The bartender was Razor Charlie. Danny Trejo, who I met at Spooky Empire 2010, played him. He was a nice guy and pointed out that this autographed photo from his latest film Machete was his favorite among the ones he had. 

        

Salma Hayek plays Santanico Pandemonium, the top exotic dancer and primary queen vampire. As hot as she was, the way she pours the alcohol on herself for Richard to drink off of her was pretty grotesque. 

          

It then becomes a fight for surviving the night. As the vampires get slayed, there is no consistent effect. Some turn to dust, some explode like the zombies from The Evil Dead, some burn up, and others just lay dead on the ground, then burn up. 

After many slayings and casualties, the survivors regroup. Where there are truck drivers, there are shipments of all sorts of different items. The survivors get real creative using them as weaponry against the vampires. My most favorite was that motorized wooden stake Seth uses. 

This was a good vampire horror movie. I can remember when George Clooney won the award for Best Breakthrough Performance on the 1996 MTV Movie Awards for his role as Seth Gecko. Now if only the vampire part had started sooner, then I would’ve known that it really was that kind of a horror film.