Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Green Room (2015)

I kept hearing inklings that if you like punk music you'll like the movie Green Room. It's streaming on Netflix, so I decided to give it a go. After all Patrick Stewart is in it, so it can't be THAT bad, right? OR should I say "Alt-right"? Wrong.

***Spoiler Alert***

You get thrown right into the story at the beginning, it follows a poor punk band that's on the road. They are touring and end up booking a gig with some "skins".

One of the band members accidentally walks into a crime scene in the green room and calls the cops. The neo-Nazis find out he's seen too much and the band becomes their next target. They use pit bulls and guns to try and take out each band member over the course of an hour and a half. I was hoping for a slow-motion prepping-for-the-fight survival montage. I didn't get it. OR epic death sequences, but there wasn't any.

The movie is too damn long AND why does Patrick Stewart play the head of the bad guys?! The politics of why they attack is convoluted. I was hoping for a supernatural twist like zombies or vampires. A little disappointed with this one. Not sure why it's rated so high. I give this movie one flight jacket out of five (and it should be black with a giant cat patch on the back.)

Here's the trailer, it looks so much better than the movie...

Monday, July 8, 2019

Cat Con 2019

Andrew ~ the hubs ~ and I haven't taken a real vacation in about two years, so we planned a getaway for the week of July 4. We've never been to California and always wanted to go. We planned a trip to Los Angeles and Anaheim. Then we heard Cat Con was being held not too far away in Pasadena the same weekend we were going to be in town! What is Cat Con you might ask? Exactly what you think it is! A convention for cat lovers. (Hey, that's me!)

(p.s. I'm wearing a Cats Like Us T shirt that can be found here.)

In it's fifth year, they've helped 500+ cats find their forever homes and donated over $190,000 to cat organizations. There's vendors, meet and greets with celebrity cats, an adoption area, free swag, seminars, and new this year an immersive room! Some of the vendors we already work with through my shop Cats Like Us, but it was nice to meet new ones, meet people we've only communicated with via emails, and see old friends.  As for the meet and greets, I already met Lil Bub in Buffalo, and she's the only cat I ever really wanted to meet. We couldn't adopt a cat because we are traveling (and Ginger and Vicktor wouldn't like a new surprise sibling either). Some of the swag we couldn't take because we were traveling. Um wet cat food would have to go in my liquids baggie in my carry-on luggage and that wasn't going to happen. BUT we did take advantage of the interactive room and all the shopping opportunities!!!

Here's me & Kelly (MsFormaldehyde) I had to buy this kitty headband from her!

So many cat pics everywhere!

The walk-through interactive room was called Purradise City and sponsored by Temptations cat treats.  It was divided up into different themed photo spots with some educational history on cats. It was crowded, but we snuck some shots in!

The vendors were a good combination of things. I didn't see many duplicated products, everyone had a little something different for everyone. Products ranged from things for your cat like litter, food, scratching houses to small etsy shops selling cat jewelry, T shirts, and books. It was great to see them all in one place! I think my haul was substantial.

Cat Headband, blood splattered cat ears & an Amazing Acrocats patch for my jacket. 
All from MsFormaldehyde.

Purrl Grey patch from Pink Owlet. I LOVE tea and cats... and horror movies.

We bought a cat card game called Cantankerous Cats along with loose catnip teas for me! AND they threw in a free mousie toy for our cats.

I had to stop at the Cat Coven booth. I bought the leggings to match my T shirt. I've written about them before and have several Ts including last years Halloween limited edition style.

If you're not familiar with Kittees, you should be! I've worked with the owner for years. She made the T on the left and the one on the right is from Arm the Animals. They give back to all kinds of animals and I'm happy to support them. (Also My kitty Ginger has a lot to say about you!)

This event is Purrrfect for any cat lover and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I'm Not Afraid of Commitment (The Supernatural Chronicles): Part 8

It's BAAACCCK. We started watching Season 14 of Supernatural to Ginger's delight. (She has a giant crush on Sam.) You can read my thoughts on 1&23&45&67&89&1011& 12 and 13.

Ginger is happy to be watching Sam again.

When we last left Supernatural Archangel Michael had inhabited Dean's body and he left in search of monsters and angels. The monsters he experimented on to make enhanced Uber vamps, werewolves (like Buffy), and dijinns that are impervious to their previous threats. Michael sets tham as traps for hunters, making a monster army that does his bidding. The angels he tries to figure out what they really want.

Lucifer was killed, but the body of the human Nick remains and he goes on a revenge rampage trying to find out more about how he got tangled up with Lucifer. Spoiler: A cop that was possessed by a demon killed his family.

Jack is trying to cope with being human and not having powers. He visits his mom Kelly's family to find out more and feel connected. He also shows prowess on solving cases without his powers giving Sam and Dean confidence that he will be a good hunter. He wears down his soul and in the end dies.

Sam is in charge of a hunter network while trying to find Dean. He over extends himself managing all the people in the bunker.

Mary finds out about the death of Bobby's son and they decide to take a sabbatical because Bobby needs more to life for than just hunting. When are these two going to finally get together?! In the end she ends up with her husband.

PLUS S14 E3 "The Scar" Michael leaves Dean's body and we don't know why. Come to find out through one of Michael's memories that Dean's body was stabbed by dark Kaia and it left a scar. The guys team up with Jody Mills (Yay Jody is back!) because she tells them that they are finding a bunch of monsters with the same scar Dean has. Dark Kaia is trying to kill the uber monsters.

PLUS S14 E4 "Mint Condition" This was such a fun geeky episode because you get to see Dean being goofy. It's Halloween and Dean is watching his favorite scary movie in his room, meanwhile at a local comic book shop a life size figure of the same villain from the movie comes to life and starts attacking people. Bonus: the ghost possesses a small Thundercats figure. I wish the life size figure could have been from a real horror movie. I'm sure Robert Englund would have agreed to it! Also it's hinted that the ghost isn't really gone. Classic monster of the week Supernatural episode.

PLUS S14 E7 "Unhuman Nature" As a Nephilim, (part angel, part human), Jack's body is fighting itself and Rowena is called in to help cast a spell to save him. In the meantime, Jack wants to live life to what he thinks is the fullest, so Dean teaches him how to drive Baby and they go fishing. It's cute. Jack ends up dying anyway.

PLUS S14E8 "Byzantium" They call in an angel expert to bring back Jack. Jack is in heaven with his mom, and Cas goes there not realizing "the empty" has taken over and is killing angels because it wants Jack. Cas makes a pack with the empty for it to take him instead of Jack. The empty says it will take him when he's at his happiest. Jack get brought back by the angel expert because of his human soul, she exhausts herself and dies. So much death.

PLUS S14 E9 "The Spear" Michael wants the Spear that dark Kaia has because he knows it can hurt him. Michael is now inhabiting a woman and he wants to transform Kansas City. He's using the uber monsters to kill hunters and make more monsters. Garth goes undercover and is forced to drink the blood blended with Michael's grace serium to become an uber wolf. I'm glad Garth is back, I always liked him. Michael destroys the spear. What I don't understand is why they didn't bring the spear expert dark Kaia with them to fight Michael if she did it before? With the spear gone, Michael goes back into inhabiting Dean.

PLUS S14 E10"Nihilism" They all go to meet Michael at Nakatomi Plaza. Um Die Hard reference much? Only thing is in Die Hard it's in Los Angeles in Supernatural it's in Kansas City of all places. They end up trapping Michael in Dean's mind where there's a running loop of him owning a bar with Pamela Barnes. (Yay! She's back, I always like her.) Sam, Castiel, Jack, and are transported back to the bunker by Billie the reaper. Jack uses all of his powers to fight off Michael's monsters and wears down his soul. Billie shows Dean the only outcome in which he can survive.

MEH S14 E11 "Damaged Goods" Dean goes to visit his mom and on the way runs into Donna. He acts out of character and hugs her. He decides the only way to trap Michael forever is to build a box that will hold even an archangel, hop in it and throw it in the ocean. Meanwhile, Nick/ Lucifer is on a killing spree. Also a prophet gets activated, just like slayers in Buffy.

PLUS S14 E13 "Lebanon" (This is episode 300!!!) Sam and Dean end up finding some occult items including the cigar box of John Wayne Gacy, but also a pearl that grants wishes. Dean uses the pearl in the hopes to get Michael out of his head, but instead summons his dad. His dad comes back and it alters the timeline. They have a nice dinner together as a family, but understand that he can't stay. It's so VERY SAD!

MEH S14 E14 "Ouroboros" This is a monster of the week episode, but Dean gets knocked out and Michael escapes taking over Rowena. She slaughters the hunters in the bunker and Jack uses all the power he can muster to kill Michael and take his grace. This is where the first part of the season ends and it feels like a new one begins.

PLUS S14 E15 "Peace of Mind" Trapped in the 1950s, and a great reference to the movie Scanners with heads exploding. That's all I'm going to say. Predictable, but good episode.

PLUS S14 E16 "Don't Go in the Woods" References to The Lost Boys and Raiders of the Lost Ark ~ fun! (I guess they realize old people like me watch this show.)

MEH S14 E17 "Game Night" Jack kill Nick and accidentally kills Mary! That's a big oops. He's on his own little killing spree. We find out she's happy in heaven with John. Bobby comes back for her funeral.

MEH S14 E19 "Jack in the Box" They try to trap Jack in the box originally intended for Dean. He breaks out.

PLUS S14 E20 "Moriah" Jack places everyone under mind control where they tell the truth. God/ Chuck comes back and tells Sam and Dean that they need to reign Jack in. God gives Dean a gun to kill Jack but it would also kill Dean. When it comes down to it Dean can't, so God kills Jack himself and unleashes the souls of hell to walk the earth. The last scene looks like Night of the Living Dead. Jack is in the empty with Billie and it's hinted at that Jack can save the earth. He's killed enough people to make that possible. Hmmm...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Vested Gentress Cats

My job at Cats Like Us often requires me to do some research on brands and products, especially now that we are carrying true vintage clothing and accessories in addition to just retro. (Retro is new clothing in vintage styles.) The other day I came across a vintage dress online that had a funny cat print all over and the brand was Vested Gentress. I've come across this brand before but never thought anything of it until the cat print caught my attention. (I'm a bit of extremes, either pink and fuzzy or dark and spooky. I have a problem with cat clothes. I blogged about it before.)

This is the dress I saw, available online here.

Vested Gentress was a husband and wife team ~ Bud and Naomi ~ from Valley Forge, PA. Bud was a very good doodler and had some cartoons published. He started a men's clothing line and screen printed vests made-to-order in his home bedroom for some big names like Ambercrombie & Fitch. They played around with a women's line and eventually dissolved the men's line. The women's clothing was official in 1961. Many of the early animal drawings were designed by Bud. The big Newfoundland dog that was part of their hang tag and featured on many prints was actually their real-life dog named Briney Bear. 

There was an activewear line that was sold in country clubs and a kid's line too! They advertised in The New Yorker and even had four storefronts along the east coast. Some of the designs were exclusive to the shops. How exciting...and collectible! The company closed in 1985, after Bud's passing. 

Now I want to go out and find all their cat dresses. I have a new mission. Send help. Lol.

Here are some other fun designs...

I love them all. I hope you enjoy the whimsical style and wear what makes you happy!