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Faerieworlds Winter 2011 Celebration: “Pirates vs Faeries” Masquerade Ball

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball .

Faerieworlds/Neverworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries Masquerade Ball
January 29, 2011: McDonald Theater, Eugene, Oregon

One of my favorite dances annually is the Faerieworlds Winter celebrations where they bring together the magical acts of Faerieworlds indoors to the McDonald theater in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Family and friends within the Faerie realms of Oregon, Washington, and beyond come together, dressed to the nines in Faerie and fantasy costumes ready to mesmerize one another in their frolick together. This year was the theme of “Pirates vs. Faeries” as they dance battled the two realms. It was a great display of art, theater, and magic. The magical band “Woodland” enchanted all with their otherworldly music and presence, as well as being hosts to the party. Drinks, festivity, dancing, friends, and family were blended into an amazing night. I was on a bit of jetlag as I soared the skies and roads with a rental car for a 36 hour visit to family coming from Colorado. It was worth every minute. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Faerieworlds Pirates vs Faeries Ball. Photo by Thomas Baurley / Leaf McGowan / Technogypsie Photography (c) 2011 – www.technoypsie.com/photography – Read the adventure here: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=29943. For more reviews, visit www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Faerieworlds Winter Celebration 2011: Pirates vs. Faeries – http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=33053.

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The Humpty Dumpty Brothers, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Humpty Dumpty Sculptures

The Humpty Dumpty Brothers Sculptures
Colorado Avenue and Tejon Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Article by Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions, July 21, 2016

The whimsical humpty dumpy egg sculptures off Colorado Boulevard between Tejon and Pikes Peak have a strange history in Colorado Springs, especially having become the target of multiple vandalism accounts and pranks. They were originally created by artisan Kimber Fiebiger of Minneapolis who submitted one as an installation for the annual Art on the Streets program in 2003. The first one was called “Hump D” and sat in front of the Pikes Peak Center. Local businesses were impressed and commissioned additional ones. One was stolen in 2003, others vandalized over several years, and cost the city much in repairs and replacements. There are now four of them on south Tejon near Colorado Avenue. There is the one that sits on the wall, another playing a violin, another reading a book, and one toppling and hanging on for its life under the parking garage. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 (Visited 7/20/17)

These sculptures are also just down the road from America the Beautiful Park. They are located next to the infamous “Twilight” sculpture by Bobbie Carlyle.

There is another “humpty dumpty” at the green space across from the Carefree Circle Cinemark water park.

Carefree Circle / Cinemark Splash Zone / fountain (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=32291). New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 24, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Humpty Dumpty Sculptures : Strolling downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. New Life in Colorado: Chronicle 26 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken July 20, 2017. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=21965. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2017 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography

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Warehouse 13: Season 1: Episode 1

Warehouse 13: Season 1 ~ Episode 1: The Pilot

Director: Jace Alexander. Writers: D. Brent Mote & Jane Espenson. Starring:
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, and many others. Original Air Date: 7 July 2009.

Its a blended science fiction television series of the “what if” and “after the fact” of the U.S. super secret warehouse that houses magical items like the “Ark of the Covenant” we saw being so neatly placed at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” combined with much of the comical elements of Agents Mulder and Scully of the “X-files”. It all begins with two secret service agents who after saving the president’s life from an assassination attempt get recruited by a super secret warehouse in the middle of the South Dakota desert housing supernatural artifacts to become custodians and curators of said occult. They are now assigned to retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of any new ones. Their first assignment, which they fail badly at, is to protect a rare Aztec stone which gets stolen. Their next assignment is to travel to Iowa where they are to investigate the beatings of Emily Krueger. Turns out her law school boyfriend Cody Thomas was beating her while under the influence of a ancient Italian strega bewitchment by a jewel he possessed of Lucrecia Borgia. It has a great spin. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Push (PG-13, 2009)

Push (PG-13:2009)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465580/
Director: Paul McGuigan. Starring: Colin Ford … Young Nick; Joel Gretsch … Nick’s Father; Djimon Hounsou … Henry Carver; Dakota Fanning … Cassie Holmes; Robert Tsonos … Division Doctor #1; Brandon Rhea … Division Doctor #2; Camilla Belle … Kira Hudson; and many more.
It’s a “Heroes” style film about groups of people on our planet who have special superhuman powers … and its a race to find a special girl with special abilities while trying to run from a governmental group that is trying to control and use the powers for war. Its a battle of wits and skills as they save themselves from the clandestine governmental agency. Takes place in Hong Kong and approaches a wide variety of intriguing twists. Good effects and a fun-filled action flick. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Thor (PG-13, 2011)

Thor
(PG-13: 2011)
Director: Kenneth Branagh; Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Stellan Skarsgrd as Erik Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Clark Gregg as
Agent Coulson, and many more.

Based on the Ragnarok mythology, the 2011 American Superhero film “Thor” is based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. The film starts out in 965 CE with Odin, the King of Asgard, waging war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey for the prevention of them conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth. Odin’s soldiers defeat the Frost Giants and sieze the source of their magical power – the Casket of Ancient Winters. Just as Odin’s son Thor is about to take the throne, the Frost Giants break into Asgard and try to steal the casket back. This infuriates Thor, and against his father’s orders, travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey and experiences battle with them, breaking the standstill that Odin worked so hard to establish. Odin is angered with his irresponsibility and wants him to learn what it is like not to have Godly powers or his hammer. However, his evil bother Loki discovers he really is Laufey’s son, kills off Odin his false father, and tries to take the throne for the Ice Giants as the new king of Asgard. He lands in New Mexico where he is found by the astrophysicist Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy Lewis, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig. The government gets attracted to the wormhole through which Thor travelled to reach Earth and the men in black are soon taking all of Jane’s team’s data. Thor and Jane begin to develop a romance as she helps him get back his hammer and deal with becoming human. The Warriors Three find out what is happening and go to retrieve Thor, after which Loki sends the Destroyer to pursue and kill Thor. Battle on Earth, Thor eventually gets his hammer back, and and defeats the Destroyer. They then return to confront Loki and stop his plan. Odin wasn’t killed and awakens, repairs things with his son Thor, and Thor misses Jane. Thor 2 is planned for July of 2013. I found the film riddled with mythology, in-depth interpersonal dynamics of the Gods and their family relationships, and modern day implementation of ancient myths regarding Thor. High action, emotional appeal, great special effects, and good story line. The 3D gave it a high class edge. Review by Leaf McGowan. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 4/23/11.

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Warehouse 13: Season 1 (2009: NR)

Warehouse 13
* (NR: 2009) * Creators: Jane Espenson, D. Brent Mote. Starring: Eddie McClintock … Pete Lattimer; Joanne Kelly … Myka Bering; Saul Rubinek … Artie Nielsen; Genelle Williams … Leena; Allison Scagliotti … Claudia Donovan; and many others. *

It’s X-files Mulder and Scully meets a spin-off of where the Lost Ark of the Covenant disappeared off to at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. This popular Syfy network television series is a fantasy created by Jack Kenny and David Simkins as a dramatic comedy that reminds one of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the X-files, Moonlighting, and Friday the 13th: The Series. So far the series is up to 3 seasons with popularity that might keep it going. Its about two U.S. Secret Service agents, Myka Bering and Peter Lattimer who become re-assigned to the government’s secret “Warehouse 13” where un-natural artifacts with dangerous properties are locked up where they cannot do damage, in a barren warehosue in the middle of South Dakota. Initially they feel they are being punished for some assignments that involved foul-ups, but rather being “rewarded” for their great skills. The Warehouse is under the premise that is was established in 1914 by Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and M.C. Escher that is a continuation of various Warehouses throughout the world that houses artifacts of this kind – the first being Warehouse One operated by Alexander the Great, Warehouse 2 as the Library at Alexandria, Warehouse 12 in Great Britain – always being moved into the possession of whichever country was the super power during that age. All of the artifacts housed in the warehouses possess magical, supernatural, or scientific powers that are dangerous, and are connected to some historical or mythological figure, each imbued with something of their former owner. Most excellent series. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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Stay Alive (PG-13: 2006)

Stay Alive
(PG-13: 2006)
Director: William Brent Bell. Starring: Jon Foster … Hutch; Samaire Armstrong … Abigail; Frankie Muniz … Swink; Jimmi Simpson … Phineus; and many more.

Based on the history of the Countess Blood, Elizabeth Bathory, she is brought back to life with a video game in this movie. The game’s writer incorporated magic, spellcraft, and her enchantment that as players of the game incant a spell to awaken her to come kill them. Each player meets an untimely death in real life as they do in the video game. Its a race against the clokc and 5 young adults accidentally awaken her and fight for their lives as one by one they drop dead by Elizabeth’s haunting demonic spirit. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG: 2010)

Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG: 2010)

Directed by: Director: Jon Turteltaub. Starring: Nicolas Cage … Balthazar Blake; Jay Baruchel … Dave; Alfred Molina … Maxim Horvath; Teresa Palmer … Becky Barnes; Toby Kebbell … Drake Stone; and many more.

Great classic tale of a coming-to-age young sorcerer learning his abilities and having to save the world from the forces of darkness. Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake who is released from a magical canister with his arch-nemesis Maxim Horvath. He winds up finding the young sorcerer to pass on his skills to and make a protege. As the young Dave stutler played by Jay Baruchel begins his magical apprenticeship, and begins to fight off evil, he falls for a girl who gets in the way. Pretty action packed and great special effects. Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Lost Girl: Season 1

Lost Girl: Season 1
(Television NR: Showcase, 2010)
Creator: M.A. Lovretta. Starring: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried and Ksenia Solo; and many others.


Its an expose of the Faerie world hidden within the human world where the season follows on the sensual charismatic Bo who never really felt at home with the humans tortured by not being able to experience love with them as she drains them to death during sex. She soon discovers she is a Succubus and is not alone, but in a world of the Genus Fae and without a tribe. She’s pushed to choose a tribe with the Dark Fae or the Light Fae, and decides to stay neutral. She becomes a renegade and teams up with a gothy girl human sidekick who becomes an investigator for the abnormal while figuring out who Bo’s mom is and her faerie origins. Falling in love with a Lycanthrope, at ends with the Morrigan, fighting off various species of Fae while keeping things secret from the human world. Full of mythology and faerie lore blended into the modern human world … this is a treasure and an action packed series. A must see for any faerie enthusiast. Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Season 1:

  • Episode 1: It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World (September 2010)
  • Episode 2: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae (19 September 2010)
  • Episode 3: Oh Kappa, My Kappa (26 September 2010)
  • Episode 4: Faetal Attraction (3 October 2010)
  • Episode 5: Dead Lucky (17 October 2010)
  • Episode 6: Food for Thought (24 October 2010)
  • Episode 7: ArachnoFaebia (31 October 2010)
  • Episode 8: Vexed (7 November 2010)
  • Episode 9: Fae Day (14 November 2010)
  • Episode 10: The Mourning After (21 November 2010)
  • Episode 11: Faetal Justice (28 November 2010)
  • Episode 12: (Dis)Members Only (5 December 2010)
  • Episode 14: Blood Lines (12 December 2010)

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“Cliff Dreamers” & The “Mia Golden Goddess Figurine”

The “Goddess Quest”
Promotion Adventure for “Cliff Dreamers”

During my visit this summer to Saveok Archaeological Site, upon meeting the magical and inspirational Jacqui Wood … I was introduced to the fantastical tale of “Cliff Dreamers”. “Cliff Dreamers” is a amazing novel written by Experimental Archaeologist Jacqui Wood as a ‘fantasy’ fiction tale rocketing you into Europe around 6,000 B.C.E. where Jacqui weaves her knowledge into a mystical adventure tale about a heroine named Mia who is rescued from an evil shaman by some log boat traders and discovers she is the reincarnated high priestess of an ancient Goddess Cult. As she becomes aware of her powers she has at her fingertips, the dark lord Zundel notices her, and she battles to stop him from pulling her into his Dark Realm. She is between the worlds as she holds on to her Mother Crystal of light and becomes invisible to the dark forces. She flies off into the future on Swan’s wings and begins to remember a past life in which she left a Golden Goddess for herself to find 6,000 years later when she knows the Goddess power will be needed again. It is the first of seven novels.

Several years ago, in October of 2006, Jacqui Wood had weaved together a magical quest for participants to enter for free to find the treasure known as the “Mia Goddess Figurine”. This was prompted by many readers of her first book that wanted to help Jacqui get a publishing deal – and couldn’t understand why publishers weren’t jumping at the opportunity to print her book – so they donated gold, diamonds, and precious stones to have a brilliant craftsman create the figurine. This magnificent work of art was created by Kif Wood from gold and gemstones donated to the fundraiser that would help promote Jacqui’s book “Cliff Dreamers” and get it national publicity. The hair of this amazing figurine was made of twisted gold, eyes vibrant blue with a turquoise topaz upon the head surrounded by a golden arc. Pearl breasts with ruby and gold nipples, a skirt of gold cords with a rainbow of sapphires and green garnets with red rubies cascading from her waist to her toes. A cluster of diamonds and opals hang from her right hip below a upheld hand with a diamond embedded into the palm. She holds a golden staff upon which hangs a crescent moon holding three diamonds. The “Mia Goddess” represents the Goddess in all her golden awe and glory as reminding us of a magical age gone that will be renewed into the future. The figurine is estimated value of 10,000. Once residing on a now defunct web site called www.cliffdreamers.com, Jacqui’s book was revealed to the explorers seeking the treasure. Clues, hidden secrets, and challenges awaited the contestants on these pages. Contestants went to sign into the Quest Book at the Queens Hotel at the Promenade in Penzance where they were given clues by cloaked Quest Mastes at each quest site. Adventurers were give 28 hours to find the Figurine. The Winner was presented the Mia Goddess Figurine atop St. Michael’s Mount in Marizion near Penzance.
It was an amazing journey. The figurine was won by a valliant group of women who teamed together in horrendous weather to be the new owners of this magical statuette. 5 groups of 18 people met the two quest masters atop a hill on Bodmin Moor, then made it to the beach fire on Porthtowan beach, then ending up on Trencrom hill where the winners were greeted. The books can be obtained thru lulu.com as
Cliff Dreamers paperback 11.12 (471 pages)
Journey through the Inland Sea paperback 11.63 (510 pages)
Mallata paperback 8.33 (256 pages)

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Alice in Wonderland (PG: 2010)



Alice in Wonderland (2010: PG)

Director: Tim Burton. Starring: Mia Wasikowska … Alice; Johnny Depp … Mad Hatter; Helena Bonham Carter … Red Queen; Anne Hathaway … White Queen; Crispin Glover … Stayne; Matt Lucas … Tweedledee / Tweedledum; and many others.

A fantastical re-make of the stunning classic “Alice in Wonderland” by none-other than Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp of course as the Mad Hatter. I had the wonderful opportunity to see the film upon its release in IMAX and 3-D. Can you say “visually magical”? As 19-year old Alice is about to become wed, she escapes down into the rabbit hole for another wander through Wonderland – this time to Underland where her visits as a child becomes recognized as not being a dream. She is lured into saving the kingdom from the evil Red Queen and restore the rightful queen to the throne by defeating the savage Jabberwocky. Full of humor and puns, odd travels and intrigue … this is a must see film for any Tim Burton and Johnny Depp fans. Captivating especially in 3-D/Imax. Watching in regular 2-D on the airplane still provided entertaining. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Twilight: New Moon (PG-13: 2009)


Twilight: New Moon
(PG-13: 2009)

Director: Chris Weitz. Starring: Kristen Stewart … Bella Swan, Taylor Lautner … Jacob Black, Robert Pattinson … Edward Cullen, Billy Burke … Charlie Swan, Ashley Greene … Alice Cullen, Anna Kendrick … Jessica, and many more.

The long-awaited sequel to Twilight … we return to Forks, Washington where Bella is recovering from the vampire attacks that almost claimed her life … but things are not that great for her, Edward, and his family. As she accidentally paper cuts her finger, a family member lunges after her, and its determined that the Cullens and his family must move away – without Bella. Lovestruck and depressed, Bella tries to cope with losing Edward from her life, and while living dangerously discovers her best friend is a werewolf and that she’s attracted to him. It becomes a fight between Vampires and Werewolves, and a life-death struggle for Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Interesting twists and plot turns – I found this film a nice addition to the first – and am looking forward to the next adventure tale. It was slow in spots and predictable in other areas – but overall a good experience. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dollhouse: Season 1-2 (NR/TV: 2009)


Dollhouse: Season 1 and Season 2

* NR/Fit for TV: 2009 * http://www.fox.com/dollhouse/ * Starring/Cast/Staff: Dichen Lachman, Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, Fran Kranz, Anya Colloff, Amy McIntyre Britt, and many more.

Another amazing series by director/writer Joss Whedon utilizing his company “Mutant Enemy Productions” who is famous for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel series. Its a science fiction series made for television premiering on February 13, 2009 for Fox. As of this date, 27 episodes were produced. There is rumor that the series will continue, but no one knows officially as Fox cancelled it in November of 2009 even though Whedon had plans for 5 years duration for the show. The plot of the story is follow a “doll” or “active” named Echo (played by Eliza Dushku of Buffy and Angel), who is a slave to a high-tech operation in Los Angeles known as “the Dollhouse” that hires out humans to the rich to be used for a variety of fantasy needs from sex, relationships, fantasies, and espionage. Each of these humans are under the pretense of being volunteers to become erased and implanted with memories, feelings, and emotions based on the client’s request for a contract of 5 years. Once implanted with the memories, they become “actives”. There is suspicion whether or not they really volunteered for the job. Their original memories and personalities are saved on a hard drive. Echo shows memory lapses where her real memories start to come back and mixes with memories of each doll she played per job slowly developing self-awareness and personality leading back to her original life as a college student named Caroline Farrell. The management becomes aware of this and starts to consider sending her to the “attic” where they store broken dolls and “bad” employees. There becomes an escaped doll named “Alpha” who is fixated on “Echo”. Alpha is embedded with malfunctioned programming that bred him into a genius serial killer driven mad from the overload of scenarios, memories, and implants. He strives to get Echo to become his mate. An FBI agent discovers the dollhouse which leads to his release further rocketing him deeper into investigation on the dollhouse only to find out his lover is actually a doll. After breaking into the Dollhouse, he becomes Echo’s bodyguard or “handler”. The entire staff start having moral dilemmas about the basis of what goes on at the Dollhouse and each episode shows how that fogs their minds in their daily routines. The Second season focuses on how dangerous the abuse of mind-wiping can be on individuals with demonstrations on the moral issues around the concepts. The Dollhouse becomes more deeply embedded into espionage, corporate sabotage, and criminal activities. Season 2 ends with a glimpse to the future of battling humans seeking refuge in the so-believed abandoned remains of the Dollhouse only to find they are not alone. Apparently there are three final episodes to come out in January 2010 that will be part of a telethon for the devastating earthquake in Haiti as a fundraiser for the tragedy. This is planned to air on January 22, 2010. The series finale will be shown on January 29, 2010. I found the series to be pretty captivating and hard to walk away from. Rating : 4.25 stars out of 5.

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (PG-13: 2009)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

(PG-13: 2009). Director: David Yates. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe … Harry Potter; Rupert Grint … Ron Weasley; Emma Watson … Hermione Granger;
Jim Broadbent … Professor Horace Slughorn; Elarica Gallacher … Waitress; Robbie Coltrane … Rubeus Hagrid; Michael Gambon … Professor Albus Dumbledore; and many more.
Well the saga continues during Harry’s 6th year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Its the continuation of battles vs. Lord Voldemort and his gang of evil-doers. Dumbledore pursuades professor Horace Slughorn to teach potions with Harry set on investigating clues to gather details against his evil nemesis. Battles and moments of humor ensue while Dumbledore risk a violent confrontation. I haven’t seen all the Harry Potter films, but I have to say, I wasn’t impressed with this one. In fact I had to watch it twice just to understand what the hell was going on. It wasn’t clear and the plot sucked. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Where the Wild Things Are (PG, 2009)

Where the Wild Things Are (PG, 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386117/ * Director: Spike Jonze * Starring: Max Records … Max, Pepita Emmerichs … Claire, Max Pfeifer … Claire’s Friend #1, Madeleine Greaves … Claire’s Friend #2, Joshua Jay … Claire’s Friend #3, Ryan Corr … Claire’s Friend #4, Catherine Keener … Mom, and many more.

First off what a visually stunning movie. The acting, the music scores, the effects, the storyline, the composure … all excellent. It’s a retelling of the childhood classic story adaptation of Maurice Sendak about a very disobedient boy named Max creates his own fantasy world of a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. Max felt misunderstood through life and excluded from his older sister’s friend circle. So he spoke out with temper tantrums and rage. After embarrassing his mother during her date with a boyfriend, he bites his mom and runs away. Running through the forest he encounters a magical boat that sails him off to a fantastical land where wild creatures are having emotional issues of their own. He befriends the most violent of them all and these creatures: Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith, and Alexander decide Max is their king to rule them out of their troubles. But his new dictatorship just pacifies the situation temporarily until emotions explode, injuries, and feelings are hurt and Max needs to escape to survive his life. It settles into changing him and his relationship with others around him as he returns back to the real world back into the arms of his worried mother. Very heartfelt and very emotional movie. While based on a children’s story, this movie is questionably not suitable for young children. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Brian Froud & Wendy Froud

Brian and Wendy Froud
Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09
www.worldoffroud.com
Brian Froud is one of the world’s most reknown faerie artists. Teamed together with his wife, this duo brings a window into the faerie world and its many “good neighbours” through art, writing, film, and figure. Brian Froud was born in Winchester in 1947 and came to blossom with his art and specialty of faeries, goblins, and kindred – painting the spirit and soul of what he sees. He graduated with Honours from Maidstone College of Art in 1971 with a degree in Graphic Design. Working in London first with magazine covers, zines, and children books – he soon fruitioned into his own artist. He’s most famously known for “Faeries”, “Goblins”, “The World of Faeries”, “Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairies”, “The Runes of Elfland”, “The Faeries Oracle”, “Good Faeries / Bad Faeries”, and “Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells”. Utilizing acryllic paint, colored pencils, watercolors, poster paint, and other artistic mediums for his fantastical images. He’s also known for his creative work and imagery in film with “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal”. It was on the set of “The Dark Crystal” that Brian met his soon-to-be bride Wendy Midener. Brian’s wife Wendy, a puppet designer, is inspired by the same realm as she creates puppets, sculptures, and figurines – some of which have been used by “The Muppet Show” and “Star Wars”. She’s the responsible artist behind “Yoda” and the “Gelflings”. Their son Toby Froud was the baby who starred in the film “Labyrinth” of which whom Brian served as conceptual designer on. Brian and Wendy Froud are by far, amongst my most favorite artists. A big Thank you to the Froud’s for their incredible imagery, inspiration, and portal to the land of the fae. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5.

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Veronik Gendarme


Vronik Gendarme

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09

An amazing painter whose inspiration comes from plants and minerals, Vronik Gendarme has been painting since 1991. A self-taught Belgian artist from Saint-Vincent (Gaume). Her art has seen many exhibitions in France and Belgium, leading her to winning numerous awards such as the “festival d’art de Neufchteau”, Thionville, Talange, and Hagondange. She paints many landscapes, creatures, and images from the world of fantasy with nature. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Cecile Lensen



Ccile Lensen

Gallery at Trolls et Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium: 4/11/09 – 4/12/09

www.ygora.net
At the age of 16 she was the inspiration behind Ygora.net as she wanted to share her passion and art with others. An amazing illustrator, she did many cover illustrations for the Damenndyn saga of Rose Beryl. Most of her inspirations come from fantasy, folklore, and illustrators/painters of the XIXth and XXth centuries. She also currently works on children’s books/illustrations. I found her art to be pretty amazing. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 9 – Quest to Worms, Searching for the Key, Faun Concert

Friday, 3 April 2009
Worms, Germany

The adventurers got off to a late start on their travels as they were taking a road trip in Lady Vanessa’s motor carriage to “Worms” to see the mythical band “Faun” in hopes that the music will shed some light about this “sacred” key they are questing for. Along the road trip down the autobahn to Worms, many scenic farmyards, castles, and cathedrals loomed along the landscape giving the quest a medieval twist. The adventurers in search of the sacred key travelled hours to the Dragon city of “Worms”, Germany. Medieval cathedral welcoming them as they made their way to its base where the Jugend-herberge was located (youth hostel). Brilliant and enormous building dedicated to International travellers of all ages. Alas, since Lady Vanessa is from the Rhine and not an international guest, she had to purchase a 20 Euro membership on top of the 18.50 Euro room fee. The party did however score their own room with bunk beds, private bath/shower/toilette. After unloading their bags they went in search for the key, and keys they did find. The city of Worms emblem is a key and it was everywhere. Messages clued the party for answers to their queries as they visited each of the city dragons for answers. They visited at least 8 of the city dragons.


The city key in the zodiac wheel fountain clueing us to follow the dragon slayer in his tale for answers


Continue reading Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 9 – Quest to Worms, Searching for the Key, Faun Concert

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The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising (NR: 2008)

The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising (NR: 2008 )

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447166/

Director: Matt Vancil. Starring: Nathan Rice … Lodge / Sir Osric, Brian Lewis … Cass / Rennard / Brother Silence, Carol Roscoe … Joanna / Daphne, Christian Doyle … Gary / Fastidian / Luster, Scott C. Brown … Leo / Turk / Flynn the Fine, Jennifer Page … Luster (Female) / Professor, and many more.
The College geeks grown up and out in the working world come together with a different crew to play in the backroom of a gamer shop and home a role playing game that they created, a main character authoring, that seems undefeatable … and as they venture with their homemade characters into mystical realms, ruins, forests, and dungeons in order to solve the mystery of the evil mask, they serve the Goddess in promoting “Goodness” in the world under her name. Lodge (Dick) just wants them to finish his adventure if he could be coaxed into stopping killing them off as they are just interested in sex, violence, and goofing off. Adding a female player changes the dynamics as they learn true strategy and intelligence … Continues in the tradition of the first, but a higher budget and different humor including exploding peasants, living dead turkeys, she-males, and lots of romping around for true bardic play. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Well done!

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Doomsday (R:2008)

Doomsday (2008: R)

Director: Neil Marshall. Starring: Caryn Peterson … Vagrant Girl; Adeola Ariyo … Nurse; Emma Cleasby … Katherine Sinclair; Christine Tomlinson … Young Eden Sinclair; Vernon Willemse … David / Gimp; Paul Hyett … Hot Dog Victim; and much more.
Alright, this one is a poor-hash of several flicks: Terminator meets Mad Max meets Escape from New York meets I am Legend. Can you get more creative? please? A lethal virus spreads throughout England infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. The authorities block off London and parts of Britain in hopes to quarantine the threat. The country turns to fear and chaos and creates their own world and civilization within the walls. Just like the premise and worldview from the flick “Escape from New York”. Three decades later and the Reaper virus surfaces in another major city outside the quarantine area. So an elite group of specialists go into the zone to retrieve a cure – and thus is the premise of the story. Sound familiar? too much. Yes. There are some artsy moments, and some of the costumery rock, but all in all this film lacks everything. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (R: 2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (R: 2008)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411477/

Starring: Ron Perlman … Hellboy, Selma Blair … Liz Sherman, Doug Jones … Abe Sapien / The Chamberlain / The Angel of Death, James Dodd … Johann Krauss, John Alexander … Johann Krauss, Seth MacFarlane … Johann Krauss (voice), Luke Goss … Prince Nuada, and many more. Director:Guillermo del Toro.
Envious and rebellious faery folk have decided to take back the dimensions from the humans and reclaim the world that was theirs. The villian (supposed Elf, but seems to be more of a dark draconian reptoid in my opinion) Prince Nuada confronts his father and sister in telling them its wrong to have let the humans take over the earth, and that he was going to take it back, and no one (not even his family) would stand in his way – regardless if it was breaking an oath and truce that the Fae and humans made long ago. He is on a quest to awaken and control the mythical Golden Army that exists with the ability to destroy the human race. Its brought to Hellboy’s attention and he of course races to save the day while juggling a heated passionate romance and an upcoming life change. Fighting elves, trolls, toothfairies, and otherworldly beasties – there is quite a bit of adventure and fantasy. My favorite being is the Nature God spirit which was killed off way too easily. Interesting plot as it plays off some themes in the prophetic Faerie great awakening rumored in Fairy lore to take place in the near future. The Director Dell Torro had quite a bit of imagination with the creation of this plot, a sequel and continuation to the infamous Hellboy comic series about “Hellboy” who is a creature alive in our world that comes from the otherworld. Perhaps it was the plot, but I far enjoyed this flick over the 1st Hellboy (which upon three attempts at watching all the way through fell asleep). Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 8/1/08.

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~ Scarecrow (2002: R)


Official Review: http://www.technogypsie.com/theater/?p=123

Scarecrow (2002: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0341564/
Starring: Tim Young …. Lester Dwervick, Todd Rex …. The Scarecrow, Tiffany Shepis …. Judy Patterson, Jen Richey …. Morgan, Roxanna Bina …. Stephanie, John Moore …. Chad; and many more. Directed by Emmanuel Itier; Writing credits Bill Cunningham & Emmanuel Itier.

Its a story about Lester who is picked on by all the kids at school, by his teacher, by his mom’s boyfriends, seems like everyone … living a sad life, until one of the schoolgirls sticks up for him against the school bully. He developed a crush on her, and then his world is shattered when he sees her kissing the bully at a late night party. He goes into a rage, and goes home and yells at his mom and the guy screwing her, the guy kills Lester in the cornfield, and by the legend of the Scarecrow, absorbs Lester’s soul and Lester goes on a rampage to slice and dice Freddy and Jason style, everyone in his path. Complete blood bath. Cheesy B-rate horror. If you like B-rate horror, it might make a 3, but if you like fine cinema, it barely makes a 1 = don’t bother seeing it. Horror fans, its good background noise.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/07/06.

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