Rocking my @socialstudiesfilm #sweatshirt. This is the 1st #film I’m a producer for and I’m extremely proud to be apart of it. Look forward to seeing it tomorrow. #movie #cubanlinks #smile #mydream
# October 10, 2014 / 11:15pm // 1 Notes
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During Fantastic Fest, I got to sit down with my friends Brian Salisbury (@BriGuySalisbury) and JC De Leon (@JCdeleon1) to quickly talk about sports on Inside The Locker, the geekiest podcast in the universe. This is my third time on the show and look forward to appearing again sometime in the future when the NBA starts. Until then, enjoy the show and check out OneOfUs.Net for everything in the geek stratosphere. One of my favorite sites and allows me to get through a work day through laughs and knowledge.
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# September 26, 2014 / 2:47pm
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 8 Recap
It’s over! Another year down at Fantastic Fest. This is my third year in a row being here and it gets better each year. This festival for those not here think its about the movies, but really its about the people. Each year, we come to one spot to talk about our love for movies, catch up, laugh, go out, and have as much fun as we can together. Actors and directors mingle in without security because everybody here respects everybody. You could be minding your business and the next thing you know you’re go-karting with the director of Scott Pilgrim. That’s the type of environment this is. This is why I love Fantastic Fest. 2015 can’t get here fast enough.
Random Cool Things
- There wasn’t a day 7 because on that day my brain decided that it will not watch any movies fully. I fell asleep in each film and wouldn’t be right for me to review movies I wasn’t awake for. Crazy thing is, all the movies were good but my brain hated me. On that day, I watched In Order of Disappearance, When Animals Dream, Spring, and The Editor. I enjoyed all these films and will watch them as soon as possible.
- In the IG above, you can see Elijah Wood taking part in arm wrestling. Last night’s closing party was inspired by ABC’s of Death was called 26 Ways to Party. You had E for Extreme Tequila Shot which included snorting salt, taking a shot, and squeezing a lime in your eye, an impromptu water balloon fight, T is for tattoos, and D is for donkey. That ass though.
Quick Movie Review
The Tribe (2014, Ukraine)
Synopsis: Winner of the three major awards at this year’s Cannes’ Critics Week, THE TRIBE follows deaf student Sergey’s transfer to a new school, which sends him down a path of ruthless crime and forbidden love.
Sicks’ Take: There’s so much to say about this film. Let’s start here: the film is done in Ukrainian sign language with no subtitles. You would think that you would be lost but if you know how to read body language you can easily understand everything going on. The movie is brutal in the story it tells. I had to turn my head in this drama more than I had to in any horror movie because this movie felt so real. I really hope that this wins an Oscar in the near future because there is nothing like it and its in a class of its own.
Goodnight Mommy (2014, Austria)
Synopsis: In this atmospheric, nerve-straining chiller, two young twins confined to an isolated country house transform their resentment towards their mother into a fatal illusion about her identity.
Sicks’ Take: I never wanted to kill a kid so much in this film. Following The Tribe with this, made for a such downer of a day. This is another good movie with a twist in the same vein as this year’s Cub. This film would be hard to watch for any parent, but a good movie nonetheless.
Nightcrawler (2014, USA)
Synopsis: NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Sicks’ Trailer: This was a great way to end Fantastic Fest movie wise. Jake Gyllenhaal played this role to a tee and I cannot wait to watch this again and tell people about it. This is so far one of my favorite movies of the year which includes nothing but Fantastic Fest movies so go see this next month.
Well that’s that! I will see you one year from now to do this all over again. FF15, here I come!
# September 26, 2014 / 2:09pm
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 6 Recap
We’re almost at the end and fatigue has been setting in on my end. Two more days of film and it’s all over. I’m going to push through and go hard like a new born that gets smacked on the ass and screams Nigga, We Made It! Well enough talk and let’s get it started.
Random Cool Things
- I finally got to watch Master Pancake live. Master Pancake is a comedy troupe that does comedy throughout a film as well as skits in the middle of it. The Island of Dr. Moreau was the film to get the treatment and it has been awhile since I laughed so hard. If you’re ever in Austin and have a chance to see them live, I suggest that you do.
- I’m not sure if I said this but Fantastic Fest is one of the most friendly place you can be. Its hard for anyone to come here and not meet up to 10 new people who you will have a 30 minute conversation with. The people here are great and the respect is mutual unless you do otherwise.
What’s on the menu
I treated myself to Pinthouse Pizza. I started off with an Infamous Pumpkin Massacre which had a great a taste and was filling. I started off with pizza rolls which were juicy, cheese was hot, and the bread was crispy as well as fresh tasting marinara sauce. I could have just ate these and be great.
I followed this with a Works. This pizza consisted of Canadian bacon, crumbled sausage, red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni. The pizza had a thin, crispy crust and the sauce was robust and flavorful. If it wasn’t for the pizza rolls, I would have been able to finish this all in one sitting.
Quick Movie Reviews
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014, Australia)
Synopsis: Mark Hartley brings his singular documentary style to the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the trailblazers behind exploitation powerhouse studio Cannon Films.
Sicks’ Take: This documentary directed by Mark Hartley who also directed one of my favorite documentaries, Not Quite Hollywood, is back and knocks this out the park. I grew up on Cannon films and a lover of films about films. This is a must see if you want to know the oral history of what made Cannon Films.
Bros Before Hos (2014, Netherlands)
Synopsis: A unashamedly offensive bromance from the killer comedy team behind NEW KIDS TURBO and NEW KIDS NITRO.
Sicks’ Take: This was an amusing film. I didn’t find it laugh at loud, rolling in the aisle funny but I really enjoyed the film. Also, weird that the word nigga is commonly used in the Netherlands but the context of the use of the world is all missing. Just my observation.
Housebound (2014, New Zealand)
Synopsis: Forced to return to her childhood on house arrest, Kylie discovers that there are more sinister forces in the old homestead than just her overbearing mother.
Sicks’ Take: This was a great horror comedy. The scares hit when they need to and so do the laughs. I was a little tired by the time getting in there but I will watch this again for a better viewing. Good movie!
Well that’s it. About to start my first movie for the day so until then, see you tomorrow.
# September 24, 2014 / 12:20pm
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 5 Recap
We are past the halfway point and before I know it, it will be all over. Love Austin and love the people at and involved at Fantastic Fest. Let’s enjoy these last few days.
What’s on the menu
I went to the Austin staple, Kerbey Lane Cafe. I sipped on the hot “taste so good I feel like I was relaxing at home” vanilla hot apple cider. I also decided to try the Crispy Chicken Benedict. The chicken was crunchy and full of flavor. The yolk from the egg kinds of ruining the consistency as far as text and texture. If it was fried, It would have been perfect.
Quick Movie Reviews
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women (France, 2013)
Synopsis: Women hold the power while men cower in this scathing dystopian satire starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Sicks’ Take: I love a good satire and in film, it has become more and more of a rarity to watch and even harder to pull off. The director was able to place you in this universe from the first frame of the scene and the politics and twist it takes brings even more questions and make you want to spend a little more time in this universe to see what happens next.
No Man’s Land (China, 2009)
Synopsis: A city lawyer fights for his life in the cutthroat deserts of contemporary China in Ning Hao’s Coen-esque follow-up to CRAZY RACER, which was banned for four years.
Sicks’ Take: This film was made in 2009 and was banned for the next four following years. Before the film started, they talked about it being edited so that it would be accepted and screened in China. Well, if it was anything with the violence, they truly sanitized it because nothing about it should have been banned. The dark comedy elements work but they are far and few between.
Cub (Belgium, 2014)
Synopsis: A boy scout troop goes on a camping trip that they will never forget in this brutal, uncompromising horror film.
Sicks’ Take: This horror film really is a coming of age story but with a killer twist. That pun was well intended. This from a first time director who obviously has studied horror films because it feels like he already has a few under his belt. The twist is really enjoyable and makes you ponder a few questions once the credits appear on the screen.
The Man in the Orange Jacket (Lativa, Estonia, 2014)
Synopsis: A laid-off harbor worker wages a private war on the rich in this surrealistic Latvian horror film.
Sicks’ Take: This is a very creepy and stylish film. My only problem was that I don’t think it was midnight worthy. I get the creepy atmospheric works better watching at night, but the pace is deliberately slow for the film to work and it was hard for me to stay up watching it. Still a good film but I was going in and out consciousness by then.
Well, This thing is almost over and I can finally say I get to watch Master Pancake Theatre. Fucking Yes! See you tomorrow!
# September 23, 2014 / 10:48am
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 3 & 4 Recap
Wassup, world! Fantastic Fest will take a toll on you so I had to take a break. Today, I will be bringing you a recap from the last two days so sit back and enjoy.
Random Cool Things
- The Nerd Rap Throwdown was fun as hell although we were missing one person from the event. Andrew Todd’s reign as Nerd Rap Throwdown champion was ended by actor Pepe Serna. Who is Pepa Serna? The guy that was chainsawed next to Al Pacino in Scarface and the voice of Mr. Sanchez from The PJ’s.
- Before the event, Pepe came up to my cousin and I and we shot the shit about having African American films at Fantastic Fest. I agree a ton. So far, I’ve only seen one film close to anything considered somewhat black which was done from a whole different culture. Maybe one day I can bring that here.
- Fantastic Debates was awesome as usual but man, this one seem personal once the bell ring. We had the co-creator of BitTorrent punching away independent films. Tim League, who came out to DMX’s What’s My Name, put a great show on against director Ti West. Looking forward to the next one. Maybe I’ll be in one.
- Always fun dancing the way with Fantastic Festers as well as rapping all of Wu-Tang’s Triumph with a complete stranger.
What’s on the menu
On Saturday, I went to Gourdough’s which is famous for their big donuts but wow. They are delicious. I went wanting to have the Mother Clucker but they ran out right before I got to the window. I went with the Flying Pig which is a glazed donut with maple bacon on it. I’ve had something similar to that in DC but I think I can’t have this type of donut unless its hear. The donut was hot and moist and the bacon lean closer to the sweet side than the salty side. I would have again right now.
Quick Movie Reviews
The Babadook (Austrailia, 2014)
Synopsis: Amelia thought her biggest problems were her son’s violent behavioral problems and her own depression. That was before something came knocking at the door…
Sicks’ Take: I really enjoyed the atmospheric side of the film. The acting by Essie Daniels was amazing but it is a bit slow at times. The hairs on my arm did stand at the last 20 minutes of the film which a feat in itself.
Tommy (Sweden, 2014)
Synopsis: Tommy is coming home, or at least that’s what his wife Estelle desperately needs people to believe when she returns after a year in exile. And if he doesn’t get what’s his, there’s going to be hell to pay.
Sicks’ Take: Lykke Li’s acting debut comes in this gritty crime drama where when I told people she was a singer and this was her first role, they were blown away. The “Just a Little Bit” singer anchors the whole movie and the mystery within the film still me has me wondering what was true.
Everly (USA, 2014)
Synopsis: Salma Hayek stars as a tough yet vulnerable woman who must fight her way through a gauntlet of assassins in this fist-pumping action thriller.
Sicks’ Take: This has been a great year for action this Fantastic Fest. This goofy but fun Die Hard in the building film is held by Salema being able to bounce from serious to funny. There are some things you won’t see coming but its worth it, plus Selma Hayek makes killing look so sexy.
Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (United Kingdom, 2014)
Synopsis: The anarchic and unruly history of 2000AD: the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.
Sicks’ Take: My first documentary of the fest and this was a good way to start. I only know a small amount about 2000AD but after this film, I read to stick my teeth in some of the material.
Lost Souls – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (United Kingdom, 2014)
Synopsis: The amazing true story of one of the most notorious Hollywood productions of the 1990s.
Sicks’ Take: Talk about a great follow for back to back documentaries. If you love Jodowosky’s Dune, you will love this. I’m a sucker for the filming process and move of a sucker for films that had a terrible time being made. Watch..this..now.
Horns (USA, 2014)
Synopsis: Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig, who after being accused of murdering his girlfriend, awakens one morning to discover new powers and devil horns growing from his head. Adapted by Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION; PIRANHA) from Joe Hill’s novel.
Sicks’ Take: This was a really enjoyable film that I only had two problems with: Some of the music cues and how quick they reveled their hand in it. Take those two things out and it’s a must see.
Tokyo Tribe (Japan, 2014)
Synopsis: Festival favorite Sion Sono returns with an exercise in brash, colorful chaos pitting street gangs against one another in a bold hip hop musical.
Sicks’ Take: Did you just watch the trailer? This right here is my favorite movie so far. This is the closest thing I’ve seen the last three years at the festival that is remotely something I would create if I had the chance. This a Japanese hip hop musical and its such a wonder to hear the American hip hop flows put through Japanese. I cannot wait to own this and see it again. Get me a WARU hoodie.
Well enough of me yapping and more of me being Fantastic!
# September 22, 2014 / 12:58pm // 1 Notes
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 2 Recap
Here we are Day 2 of Fantastic Fest that actually feels like Day 6. Day 2 theme seemed to be characters from Game of Thrones popping up, mythology building within a cinematic world and tons of great fight choreography. Let’s dive into Day 2.
Random Cool Things
- I really think Keanue Reeves likes Fantastic Fest. For the second year in a row after his directorial debut for the Man of Tai Chi, he was back this year with John Wick. If you want the posterboy for humble star, Keanu is probably it.
- Actually nothing out of the ordinary happen. I will say in the Fantastic Arcade, “Push Me Pull You” and “Gang Beast” are amazing party games. I look forward to playing it in the future.
What’s on the menu
I stopped by my usual Austin stop at Lucy’s Fried Chicken. It’s great! You should go! That’s all you need to know.
Quick Movie Reviews
Force Majeure (Turist) (Sweden, 2014)
Synopsis: An upper middle-class family’s fragile existence is torn apart when a near tragedy occurs during a ski vacation and the two parents are forced confront the reality of each other’s reactions.
Sicks’ Take: Talk about a movie that you might not want to take your girlfriend to because it could lead to conversations you do not want to have. This Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque moral story is well acted, puts you in its shoes, and well paced. I really enjoyed this film.
Redeemer (Redentor) (Chile, 2014)
Synopsis: In order to atone for his past sins, he’ll not only kick your ass, he’ll impale your face and shred you to bits. Marko Zaror is the Redeemer!
Sicks’ Take: This was the beginning of my set of action films for today. This was my first Marko Zaror film and now I’m looking forward to seeing more. If you like great brutal fights that are also a technical fighting beauty to look at with some comedy thrown in, please watch!
John Wick (USA, 2014)
Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”.
Sicks’ Take: This was one fun movie. If you want to see an action movie with a bunch of head shots and great fighting using guns and cars, this is where you need to go. You can’t go wrong action wise when you have two stunt coordinators directing the film. I hope there is a second one.
It Follows (USA, 2015)
Synopsis: After an innocent sexual encounter with her boyfriend, a teenager is stalked by an increasingly evil force in the year’s smartest and scariest horror film.
Sicks’ Take: I’m still trying to take this film in. It was atmospheric as hell and I’m still digesting the setup. I need to see this again to really give my opinion on it.
Well Day 2 is over and Day 3 is about to begin. I’m looking forward to seeing directors getting punched in the face tonight and informing you all about it. Until then, have a great one!
# September 20, 2014 / 11:51am
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 1 Recap
Another year, even more fantastic than the one before. This is the 10th anniversary of one of the best film festivals in the world. This is my third year here so rather than wax poetic, let’s get into it.
Random Cool Things
- This is the second year that I’m here with my cousin Seanny Greggs. He missed last year’s but glad to have him at this one.
- Before I got here, I broke my Tales From the Crypt Fantastic Fest glass from 2012. Sad day, sad day, but I can now thank Tusk for a replacement cup.
- You know you’re in for a helluva good time when people are dancing in a conga line on their way to a food fight.
- I had a slapstick handshaking encounter with a female clown. No, I’m not saying she was a clown as an insult. I mean, she was actually a clown. This got quite awkward between her and I. The clowns were there to have fun at the party. It was literally a 10th birthday party.
What’s on the menu
This lovely piece of food comes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at Fly Burger. This was the Fly Home which consisted of fried egg, coleslaw, and two onion rings. For me, this was a messy delicious burger. It didn’t stay together, but when it was each bite was juicy. The crispy fries was lovely addition. The one bad thing about my experience at Fly Burger was the Classic Mojio. Straight horrible!
Quick Movie Reviews
Tusk (USA, 2014)
Synopsis: A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, this film follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past-only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus.
Sicks’ Take: This horror black comedy falls right there between decent and cheesy. Justin Long’s transformation into said Walrus and the special effects are amazing. Other than Long’s great acting, the tone is so light that even when Michael Parks is menacing, you’ll forget that a minute later. There are a lot of flat points within the movie and its hard to say that Kevin Smith is back. He’s getting there and if he can get the tone right, it’s great for all of us. I will say this, no one does a Q&A or just talking to a crowd better than Kevin Smith.
ABCs of Death 2 (International, 2014)
Synopsis: In 2013 the craziest anthology ever created was released to an unsuspecting public. It immediately divided audiences. Some claimed it was a much-needed adrenaline shot to the heart of genre film, while others claimed it was reprehensible and the death knell of cinema as we know it.
In 2014 it’s happening again. This time with an all-new line-up of international directors. Twenty-six NEW directors. Twenty-six NEW ways to die.
Sicks’ Take: I enjoyed the first one but felt it suffered from too much potty humor. Well, it seems they took notice in that and put out a great anthology. All of them won’t be as great as S, V, Y, to name a few, but watching this makes me wish anthologies were a common genre again.
All the directors involved in the movie!
Dead Snow 2: Red VS Dead (Norway, Iceland, 2014)
Synopsis: Lone survivor Martin must enlist help from America to battle Colonel Herzog and his horde in this wild sequel to the original Norwegian Nazi zombie film.
Sicks’ Take: This is the antithesis of what a movie at Fantastic Fest should be. Gory, humor, great action, and fun as hell. I enjoyed the first one, but this a sequel that knocks it out the park. Look forward to owning this when it comes out.
Well, here we go! Day 2 is upon us and let’s have some fucking fun!
# September 19, 2014 / 10:28am
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What’s Eating, PHZ-Sicks?: Virginia Beach/Norfolk edition
Wassup, world! PHZ-Sicks is here again with another edition of What’s Eating, PHZ-sicks? This edition took place over the Labor Day holiday in “America’s First Region” of Virginia Beach with a stop in Norfolk. Later this week, I will restart my yearly, Fantastic Fest daily post, but until then, let your mouth water in the southern area of Virginia.
I arrived in Neptune City around midnight on Friday. Before I got there, I made a stop at the Sonic’s Drive-In in Fredericksburg, VA for travel fuel and it was worth it. After taking down my usual bacon burger, fries, and limeade and getting to VA Beach, it was time for me to rest, and get ready to enjoy my 2 ½ days there.
I started my day with a walk on the boardwalk with my mom. As we made the walk, we continuously passed Hawaiian shaved ice carts and I knew I needed one in my life. We stopped at Catch 31 during out walk which is a restaurant you cannot miss with its big white rocking chairs in front.
We started with the Crispy Coconut Shrimp with came with a mandarin pineapple dip and packing peanuts-looking crunchy rice noodles. I’m not sure if my brain was throwing off my taste but although the rice noodles wasn’t so bad, I imagine that this is what packing peanuts would taste like. The shrimp were big and like any other coconut shrimp but I will say the dip is what set it apart from other coconut shrimp I had. The mix of sweet and heat was perfect and this comes from a person that stays away from heat like Frankenstein.
Always looking to try something new, my entrée for this lunch was the Catch 31 Surf and Turf burger. The steak was tender and juicy while the texture of the lobster and garlic butter taste combined so well. I definitely could have eaten another one if it was giving to me in that seating. This will be a go-to next time I’m in VA Beach.
On the walk back to the house, I stopped at a Hawaiian shaved iced to get my favorite which is a Pina Colada. Getting this usually makes it look like I just bought shaved ice but a great one taste so refreshing no matter the circumstance. I will say this: avoid all Hawaiian shaved ices on the boardwalk. I was thoroughly disappointed. One because I saw him add extra syrup to it and I still mainly got ice. The picture I took of it was better tasting than the actual shaved ice. If anything there is a spot on 11th street, has a huge ice cream cone on the side and walk up window that does Hawaiian Shaved ice perfectly. I went there the next day because I had it three years before and I knew it wouldn’t let me down.
After some drinking, cigar smoking and watching the Blues Traveler perform as if I was watching mid-90s MTV (the good ol’ times), I stopped by Bella Pizza on my way home. It was surprisingly good pizza. I thought it was going to be shit, but I tore through both slices. I’m a sucker for good cheese on top of a good crispy crust and I got that perfect combination. Only downside of a truly great pizza is that it will be great whether hot or cold. Once it got cold, the cheese went to meh and it lost its luster. This pizza is a get-it-while-its-hot type deal. Do so at your own peril.
That Sunday was a meh day for food on my end. I went to Mahi Mah’s most for the Orange Crush which is a signature drink in VA Beach. After the first taste, I can see why. It was delicious and you could barely taste any alcohol which I’m sure has gotten a ton of people in trouble drinking copious amounts of it. I barely remember my meal there and the Shrimp Po’Boy I had later at Rudees on the Inlet isn’t worth mention either. Best thing I can say about that night was that Train was a good performance. Yes, I saw two random acts I probably would never pay to see in my life because the condo my mom’s friend owns overlooked the Verizon American Music Festival. Although I thought Train’s popularity was something of a decade ago, I never would have known watching the show. Thumbs up and props from me.
On my way back up, I needed some more travel fuel. I got my inspiration from a member of the band, The Coolots, who had posted that they had the world renowned Cook Out. If you don’t know, Cook Out is a fast food restaurant only in states between Maryland and Georgia which specializes in grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, North Carolina barbecue, and milkshakes. I decided I would stop in Norfolk to make my first go at Cook Out. As far as fast food goes, this has the most bang for your buck and options when it comes to combos. With my combo, I got a bacon bbq cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, hush puppies, and a strawberry milkshake for $6. Talk about filling. The chicken nuggets damn near tasted like the nugget mush you got in elementary school. I thought I was in trouble but the burger that reminded me of Burger Barn, a small restaurant in Sebastopol, MS where my families lives (also home of the best chicken tenders ever), hot, warm, tasty hushpuppies (I could’ve just ate those), and a great milkshake that felt between the perfect place of drinkable and thick. It was great stop on my near four drive back to Woodbridge.
Well, that was my trip in the home of Chad and Pharrell, follow me this week as I update you on my time in Austin, as I will be down there for my favorite time of the year: FANTASTIC FEST!
# September 16, 2014 / 2:00pm
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What’s Eating PHZ-Sicks: Boston Edition
At BWI waiting to head to Boston
What’s up, World? A few days have passed since the last What’s Eating PHZ-Sicks but here we are again with an edition starring in The Cradle of Liberty, Boston. I made my way up there to do a show at Good Life in conjecture with The Brain Trust. Spoiler alert, but it was one of, if not, the best show I ever had. It also included great food and great people. This will detail my eats and good time on my 16-hour odyssey in Boston.
First off, shoutout to Boston’s public transportation. As soon as you get off the plane, you get a free trip to downtown via the shuttle and rails. It made everything easy for me to get down to Harvard Square and indulge in the burgers from Mr. Bartley’s.
Next to the Harvard Book store, you could easily pass the door if you’re not paying attention. The place is small and I’m not even sure it had a bathroom from the looks of it. Thank God, there was an open stool because I was dying of hunger and have no idea how long the wait would have been.
The first thing that catches your eyes about Mr. Bartley’s is the menu. No it’s not for what ingredients make up your burger (i.e. Philly’s PYT craziness) but the awesome names for the burgers. Here are a few examples: The Viagra, The Rob Ford, The Kim Kardashian, The Fiscal Cliff, The Taxachu$ett$, and The Beyonce. I decided to go with The Joe Biden which consists of bacon, American cheese and BBQ sauce and a Vanilla Frappe.
The burger was delicious. You can never go wrong with a burger cooked medium. The juiciness was consistent with every bite and the bacon was the right amount of crunchiness. The fried has a great golden hue to them which is a sign for excellent frying and a beautifully crispy textured when you touched it that gave you the sense that it was going to be one delicious ass fry. The Vanilla frappe was a great milkshake to top of everything I was eating. I enjoyed every single minute I had chewing.
The next few hours I recharged at the local big Starbucks and got in touch with my fellow Drexel alumni, Kristen. She is currently doing some awesome things mixing psychology and music. It always great seeing people I know doing great things. She was hungry and I still had not worked off the burger, but it was a long time since I saw her and it always best to break bed like Simba over food. We met at Otto’s Pizza which was less than half a block from Mr. Bartley’s.
The selection was slim and that’s a rarity for me. I usually can see something quickly that I would love to digest but I wasn’t sure. According to their site, they have an Apple, Bacon & Vidalia Onion pizza that I wish was an option that day because that sounds amazing. Instead, I went with a Mushroom, Bacon & Vidalia Onion. I love a good crunch to my pizza. I never was a fan of doughy pizza so I was happy about that. The pizza was exceptional. Nothing to really write home about but with some liquor in me, I could have had plenty. Otto has a perfect location for drunken Ivy Leaguers.
Later that night, I went to my show, where I rocked it. DJ Nife was spinning some amazing music and rather than stop the party and introduced me, he slid me into the set. I jumped in with “Tabula Rasa” and by the time, “Real With It” kicked in, I had the crowd in my hands. They rocked with me, chanted “Coming Down” and gave me one of the biggest roars I ever had. I’m glad I didn’t kill the crowd and had them walk off to the second floor for something familiar. Yes, sure some left, but the majority rocked with me and I appreciated that. The Brain Trust gave a bunch of love and I hope to head back to Boston for more shows.
The only bad experience I had there were the cabs trying to hustle me and basically keeping me from getting to the airport. They would have gotten a good fee and healthy tip, but due to the traits of assholism, that was not possibly. Thank you Silicon Valley for Uber. I got to the airport at 4am at a great price and was asleep the whole trip.
Boston showed much love and I look forward to going back to spread more good music to them. Next week, we’ll be visiting Virginia Beach/Norfolk. Til then, tell me what are some of your favorite places in Boston to eat at or visit and I’ll make sure to add that to the list. Peace.
# September 10, 2014 / 2:00pm