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Fantastic Fest 2014: Day 1 Recap

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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

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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.

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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!

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What’s Eating, PHZ-Sicks?: Virginia Beach/Norfolk edition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Review Text post # September 16, 2014 / 2:00pm

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What’s Eating PHZ-Sicks: Boston Edition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PHZ-Sicks LIVE #TONIGHT IN #BOSTON AT @GoodLifeBar

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This Saturday, August 23rd, I will be performing live in Boston for the first time for the Boston Urban Music FestivalThis will be the official pre-party so come out for great music and great performance from myself.

Details

Good Life Bar

28 Kingston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Genres: Hip Hop, Reggae, Party Jams, Trap, TrillDJs: The Arcitype, Mr. Fritz, DJ Knife, DJ Tommee

9:30pm | $5 before 11pm, $10 after | Downstairs | 21+

Fresh Produce: Official BUMF Pre-Party
featuring The Arcitype, Mr. Fritz, DJ Knife, DJ Tommee

WE’RE SHAKING THINGS UP FOR THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF FRESH PRODUCE!

We’re teaming up with The Brain Trust and Sonic Bids to host a pre-party for the Boston Urban Music Festival the next day.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Some surprise special guests, some live perforamances, a producer showcase and all the hip hop reggae dirty south and party jams that you come to expect each and every month.

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PHZ-Sicks Live in Boston this Saturday 8/23 at Good Life

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This Saturday, August 23rd, I will be performing live in Boston for the first time for the Boston Urban Music FestivalThis will be the official pre-party so come out for great music and great performance from myself.

Details

Good Life Bar

28 Kingston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Genres: Hip Hop, Reggae, Party Jams, Trap, TrillDJs: The Arcitype, Mr. Fritz, DJ Knife, DJ Tommee

9:30pm | $5 before 11pm, $10 after | Downstairs | 21+

Fresh Produce: Official BUMF Pre-Party
featuring The Arcitype, Mr. Fritz, DJ Knife, DJ Tommee

WE’RE SHAKING THINGS UP FOR THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF FRESH PRODUCE!

We’re teaming up with The Brain Trust and Sonic Bids to host a pre-party for the Boston Urban Music Festival the next day.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Some surprise special guests, some live perforamances, a producer showcase and all the hip hop reggae dirty south and party jams that you come to expect each and every month.

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What’s Eating PHZ-Sicks: Filomena, DC Restaurant Week

It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote on the blog but today this change. I will be bringing fresh content weekly and to start with it, I will be bringing you What’s Eating PHZ-Sicks. These post will contain my thoughts on food and where my taste buds have traveled. Well, let’s stop and let’s get eating.

August 11th to 17th was Restaurant Week in the National’s Capital. If you’re in the area, I suggest you check it out next time it comes around for great food for a great price. You receive an appetizer, main course, and a dessert for the set price of $20.14 (lunch) and  $35.14 (dinner). I checked out two spots this week and the first on the list was Filomena. Filomena is an Italian restaurant in Georgetown that prides itself on fresh ingredients and authenticity. Let’s see how the food stacks up.

The Environment

The first thing you’re greeted with is one of the many women created the pasta that you’re going to receive. It’s a nice and beautiful look on how its made and gets your taste buds watering at the thought of eating it. Bring..it…on!

Man, reservations is not what you think it is. I always use OpenTable during Restaurant Week to make sure I will have a seat. I rolled in 10 minutes before my time. It took an extra 30 minutes before I got my seat. At one point, there was a traffic jam on the stairs you take to get down to the restaurant.

This may be due to the place not being a huge spot and not really made for the romantic aura. Due to how close everybody is,  noise is trapped in the spot and you might have to yell what you said to whoever you’re with a couple of times.

These were probably the only problems I had during my experience. Let’s talk about the highlights and that is the food.

Fucking Delish!

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Appetizer

I started my meal off with Calamari Fritti. The calamari was good but nothing to write home about. It was basically good enough to keep popping in my mouth. The marinara sauce that came with it made this so enjoyable. A good sauce will bring color to any black and white meal similar to sex in PleasantvilleI came for the calamari and left wanting nothing but the sauce.

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Main Course

The real reason I came: I was dying for pasta and I settled on the Penne Con Salsicce. This was everything I wanted. The sauce was had a hint of sweetness that mixed well with the smokiness of the sausage. The penne was so thin you could only scoop it with your fork but mixes well with the sausage. I would give this 9.5/10 just for an early rating.

All the plates you receive are huge but that should be par for the course when eating at an Italian restaurant. I will say even eating the next day at work, it was still amazing and had me wanting more.

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Dessert

I thought the main course would be the best thing I had but the Strawberry Shortcake took the cake.

I’m not a fan of Strawberry Shortcake. I always felt like the cake part was always dry so I always avoided but this avoided all of that. The shortcake was drenched in strawberry which led to the juices being soaked inside which led to it kinda of melting in your mouth. If I could get Strawberry Shortcake like this all the time, it would be my favorite dessert. This was the best meal of the night.

Overall

I had a great time at Filomena. If you don’t mind waiting for some good Italian food, then I suggest you make your reservation plus 30 minute wait to Filomena. If you’re looking to take a first date here, I will advise you not to, but once you get the ball rolling, this should be the spot to be at.

Review Text post # August 18, 2014 / 1:00pm

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Show: This Friday, come see PHZ-Sicks perform along side the band RedRoom & @Lyriciss at the Georgetown @SPZN

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This Friday, May 9th, I will be performing alongside my band RedRoom for which will be one helluva show. This will be something you will really look forward to. My performance starts at 7PM and you will be in treat for the following hour with one of the dopest bands in the DMV. Let’s go!

Information

Friday, May 9th

Sports Zone Elite

3140 M St NW

Washington, DC

Doors open at 630PM

Show Starts at 7PM

PHZ-Sicks: 7:00-7:45PM

Lyriciss: 8PM

$5

All ages

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lyriciss:

Only one week away! @lyriciss x @phz_sicks live at the Georgetown @spzn next Friday, $5 all night, all ages! | #HVNTS

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PHZ-Sicks talks the NBA with Inside the Locker (@ITLCast)

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This week, I got to join in with the geek sports podcast, Inside The Locker of OneOfUs.Net, talk to the NBA playoffs. I will have to say that this is one of the best podcast episodes they’ve done and not because of me. They fully take on the Donald Sterling controversy with humor and as well come up with one of the funniest phrases you’ll hear this week after our playoff talk.

Listen, enjoy, and if you want to hear more of me on ITL, let them know.

Listen: Inside The Locker: Beef Nuggets!!!

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Adam Silver’s ban gun goes….

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