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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Burlesque Atlanta Ep 1
In the first episode of ‘The Burlesque Atlanta Podcast’, A state of the Burlesque Atlanta Union is made in the Autumn Equinox key note speech with Talloolah Love and Ursula Undress from the November ‪#‎BAS‬ meeting. Talloolah Love talks about the need for prioritizing positivity in the local scene, and Ursula Undress talks about the need for education and community. Ada Manzhart describes her peer review experience, and makes a huge announcement for the return of Doctor Sketchy’s in Atlanta. Talloolah gathers the men’s perspective of Atlanta Burlesque from DJ Doctor Q, and then saves the best for last as she talks with Torchy about the history behind the neo burlesque movement throughout the country with a focus on Atlanta in particular. Big thanks to Elliott Street Pub, Marc Turnley, Frenchy and the Punk, and the ESO Network!

Find out more about all of that name dropping!

The Artifice Club, a 501c3
The Burlesque Atlanta Camera Club
Paco Fish
Burlesque Hall of fame:
Dixie Evans
Frenchy and the Punk
Ursula Undress
Elliott Street Deli and Pub
Michelle La’Mour
The Yes Girls
The Atlanta School of Burlesque

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Earth Station One Ep 242Recorded Live from Borderlands Comics & Games in Greenville, SC! The ESO crew made a run for the border and gathered up some folks to talk cartoons and comics! Mike, Mike, J.R. Mounts, Peter Cutler, Ravyn, and Tara Lynne revealed their favorite animated series that originated from four color funny books. Plus, we talked to Robert Young about the history of one of the best local comic shops on the planet and the 2nd annual SC Comicon being held next March. After recording, we all emptied our wallets and still didn’t even get a fraction of all the cool swag we wanted. We will definitely be making a return trip!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: From Comics to Cartoons: Live at Borderlands Comics & Games

The New ESO E-Store
ESO on iTunes
ESO on Stitcher Radio
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Borderlands Comics & Games
Boarderlands Comics & Games on Facebook
SC Comicon
J.R. Mounts
Ice & Fire Con
Jeremy Dale Fund

ESO Khan! Appearances
Dec 6-7 Farragut Fest (Kingsland, GA)
ESO (MikeG & MikeF)
Doctor Geek
The 13th Hour

Jan 17-18 Murfreesboro Anime and Comic Con (Murfreesboro, TN)
ESO (MikeF)

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By Ashley Bergner
Box Office Buzz

Mockingjay“To split or not to split?” That seems to be the recent question in Hollywood in regards to book-to-movie adaptations. Film makers split the final “Twilight” novel into two movies, and Peter Jackson took one book — “The Hobbit” — and split it into three parts. As a financial move, it makes perfect sense. After all, you’ll make more money with more films, right? However, dividing a single book into multiple parts doesn’t always make artistic sense, and film makers run the risk of having to spread the material too thinly. That just might be the case with the next chapter in “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay: Part 1.”

“Mockingjay: Part 1″ covers the first half of the material in the final book of Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling post-apocalyptic trilogy. By this point in the series, the heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), has become a battle-hardened but traumatized warrior. After winning “The Hunger Games” — a televised competition where teenagers are forced to fight to the death — she thought she would be safe from the oppressive government, known as the Capitol, in North America’s bleak future. However, she’s sent back for an “all-star” round of the games, which ends when a band of rebels rescue Katniss and announce their plans to turn her into the symbolic head of their uprising.

Katniss knows the Capitol is evil and must be stopped, but she is reluctant to become the leader of that fight. She fears for the safety of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her friend and maybe love interest who competed with her in the all-star Hunger Games but has been captured by the Capitol. He’s been turned into what appears to be a brainwashed pawn. As the war escalates, Katniss and the Rebels must decide if the casualty cost is too high a price to pay for victory.

Jennifer Lawrence is excellent, once again, as Katniss. She brings a sense of fire and anger to the role, but is also able in quiet moments to let a hint of vulnerability slip through. There’s a great scene when Katniss finally accepts the role of Mockingjay — while doing a Rebel propaganda shoot at a war-ravaged hospital in District 8 — and you can see her eyes burning with righteous indignantion as she gives an impromptu speech that carries far more power than the scripted lines the Rebel leaders wanted her to say. The other characters — and the audience — can’t take their eyes off her.

The film also contains some thought-provoking political themes, and there are moments where some of the Rebel leaders’ decisions make us uneasy, and we question just how much better these leaders are than the dictatorial President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the Capitol. Is Rebel President Coin (Julianne Moore) a moral leader, and is she really the leader at all? Is Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the master of propaganda, really wielding all the power through his talent for persuasion and swaying public opinion?

“Mockingjay: Part 1″ is worth watching for “Hunger Games” fans but I do have to admit that so far, it’s my least favorite film in the franchise, and I think that probably has something to do with the fact the movie was split into two parts. The film is still rated “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s signficiantly lower than its predecessors.  “Mockingjay: Part 1″ doesn’t pack the same visceral punch as the first film, which had a group of teenagers fighting to the death, nor does it achieve the same mix of political intrigue and the adrenalin rush of the games in “Catching Fire.” “Mockingjay: Part 1″ feels just a little too much like a prelude to “Mockingjay: Part 2,” which people will probably remember more. “Part 1″ felt like it needed a bigger action set piece/battle to really set up the tension for the final film, and I thought some of the most intriguing characters from “Catching Fire” — such as Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Johanna (Jena Malone)  — are given short shift in this film.

I’m very curious to see what the film makers have done with “Mockingjay: Part 2.” Fans of the book know (spoiler alert!) there will be some intense battle scenes as a team of Rebels invade the Capitol. I’m guessing it will be a stronger film than Part 1, even though the book received some backlash for its ending. At least for now, “Catching Fire” remains the crown jewel in the “Hunger Games” franchise.


Earth Station Who Ep 88The eighth series dust has settled and the ESW crew asks, “Was it good, man?” Mike, Mike, Jen, the Phantom Troublemaker, Mary Ogle, and Sean Whelan share their thoughts on the 12th Doctor, Clara, Danny, and Missy. We all took a “Deep Breath” but did we end up in “Heaven?” Whether we thought Steven Moffat and company were naughty or nice, we are all hoping St. Nick gives us a fantastic present this Christmas.

Earth Station Who E-store
ESW on iTunes
ESW on Stitcher
The New ESO Window Sticker
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Doctor Who Series 8 Pre-Order
Raging Bullets
Mary Ogle

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TOS logo ep 131Think Dark Water and Death in Heaven strayed a little too close to the edge on the topic of religion? You ain’t seen nothing yet. The New Adventures were crossing all kinds of boundaries in the 1990s, so why not an outright commentary on organized religion? With the crazed lunatics and fanatics in this book, I wonder what side author Mark Gatiss fall on? Hmmm…


Excuse us. Have you heard the good word of St. Anthony? Oh yes, it’s quite nice. Plenty of maiming and kitten killing to be had as we bring fiery death to the infidels. Would you care for a brochure? Well, if not, perhaps you’d rather listen to The Oncoming Storm episode 131, where Chaptermen Josh, Ashley, and Rachel will take you through the basics using the holy scripture; St. Anthony’s Fire by Mark Gatiss. Sure, there’s a lot of lizard people and Time Lords in there too, but you’ll be entranced by all of the St. Anthony parts the most. We’ll just put you on the mailing list. The Oncoming Storm… This time, we’ve found religion. Fiery hot death religion.


The Oncoming Storm Homepage

The Oncoming Storm Facebook Page

Buy St. Anthony’s Fire from Amazon

The Oncoming Storm on iTunes

Twitter! Josh, Ashley, Sacha

Rachel’s FB page!