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Posts by Amanda Lapergola

  1. Amanda’s Favorite Scene From The Season 2 Premiere Of Hannibal

    and let it be known

    I like to think that Winston is guilt-cuddling Jack Crawford in this scene. Winston is not dumb. If Winston is smart enough to figure out Twitter then Winston knows Jack took his daddy away, and Winston will make sure the guilt gnaws at Jack’s soul for all his waking and dreaming hours for the rest of his life. Winston never forgets. Winston never forgives.

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  2. Amanda Age 30: We Should All Be Ashamed of 2013

    And That's Terrible

    Editor’s Note: as 2013 drew to a close, we asked contributing writer Amanda LaPergola to sum the year’s geekiest highlights in an entertaining and timely fashion.  We emphasized the timely part for her benefit.  That was almost two months ago.  It is now nearly the end of January, and Amanda still won’t answer any of our texts. However, this morning a mysterious package arrived at Mary Sue headquarters.  Its contents included what appeared to be a note from Amanda’s mom (“Dear Miss Sue: Please excuse my daughter’s tardiness.  She has recently begun The Master Cleanse, and every time she goes near paper, she tries to eat it.”) and the following pages…

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  3. Amanda Reacts To “The Rains of Castamere”

    It is known

    We asked contributing writer Amanda LaPergola to review the third season of Game of Thrones when it was set to wrap up on June 9th. As a writer, Amanda is…special, and her concept of deadlines is…flexible. So, it took us by surprise when Amanda’s review came in not just on time, but before the last episode had even aired. As per usual, we received a note from Amanda’s mom (“Dear Miss Sue: Please excuse, well, to be quite honest, I’m not sure what’s going on. I found these on the floor next to my daughter, who has been there for about four days.”) and the following. It turns out that Amanda had decided not to review the entire season but instead just one particular episode.

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  4. Amanda Recaps… Last Month [And Needs Your Imaginations! Yes, Yours!]

    Recap

    Editor’s Note: We ask contributing writer Amanda LaPergola to report on the world of pop culture with her unique style and insights.  Sometimes she does something like that. “You cannot force this kind of creative process,” she told us once.  “It needs to evolve on its own.  It’s like Pokémon.  You just can’t say to a Pokémon ‘Hey, Pokémon!  Be a different Pokémon!’ and expect it to evolve.  That is not how it works.  First, it needs to spend time jammed up in a constrictive red and white ball.  Then, you let it out occasionally to fight other Pokémon to near-death.  With time and encouragement, your Pokémon will grow and change from a weird little hamster-thing to a weird little hamster-thing with antlers.  And then you get to eat it.  I think.  I’ve never played Pokémon.  Anyway, what was saying?  Oh yeah, can you pay for this coffee?” That was four months ago.  We had not heard from Amanda since. However, just yesterday, a package arrived at Mary Sue headquarters containing what appeared to be a note from Amanda’s mom (“Dear Miss Sue:  Please excuse my daughter’s absence over the past few months.  She wants me to tell you she had mono, but really she has been searching the internet for the secret fourth season of Downton Abbey she believes Queen Elizabeth is keeping to herself”) and the following pages…

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  5. Amanda and Becky Talk About Street Fighter, Part 4: Street Fighter IV

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    This month, the Street Fighter series turns twenty-five making a lot of us feel extremely old. To celebrate this mile-stone, Becky Chambers, our resident video game expert, and Amanda LaPergola, our resident Street Fightologist (a title Amanda has given to herself), have sat down for a series of chats about the nature, function, and cultural impact of the series. Last week, Becky and Amanda talked about the dark days of Street Fighter III and the awesomeness of MakotoThis week, they finish the series with a discussion on the latest chapters in the World Warrior Saga: Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV.  Let’s join them now in an undisclosed chatroom … Becky: And so we come to the end. Amanda: I hate when things end. Everyone is always "all things must come to an end, the circle of life, etc..." Screw that. I hate endings. Everything should go on forever. The circle of life can suck it.

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  6. Amanda and Becky Talk About Street Fighter, Part 3: Street Fighter III

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    This month, the Street Fighter series turns twenty-five making a lot of us feel extremely old. To celebrate this mile-stone, Becky Chambers, our resident video game expert, and Amanda LaPergola, our resident Street Fightologist (a title Amanda has given to herself), have sat down for a series of chats about the nature, function, and cultural impact of the series. Last week, Becky and Amanda talked about the Street Fighter Alpha series, along with combos, bromance, and the practicality of blue nipple hearts. This week, they discuss Street Fighter III’s three iterations: New Generation, 2nd Impact, and 3rd Strike.  Let’s join them now in an undisclosed chatroom as they talk about one of the darker chapters in the Street Fighter saga… Amanda: Man, you ready to do this thing? Becky: Super ready. Amanda: Good, because of all the Street Fighter games, I think the III series are my least favorite. Unless you count those weird, polygonal EX games or that one horrendous game based on the movie. But I don't. Becky: I got my hands on 3rd Strike. The other two...well, they were only released on Dreamcast, as far as I can tell. I forgot Dreamcast was even a thing. Amanda: Remember when Sega as a company was a thing? Becky: I think that time is now referred to as "The Long Long Ago."

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  7. Amanda And Becky Talk About Street Fighter: Part 2, Street Fighter Alpha

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    This month, the Street Fighter series turns twenty-five making a lot of us feel extremely old. To celebrate this mile-stone, Becky Chambers, our resident video game expert, and Amanda LaPergola, our resident Street Fightologist (a title Amanda has given to herself), have sat down for a series of chats about the nature, function, and cultural impact of the series. Last week, Becky and Amanda discussed the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, the questionable backstory of Cammy White, the decline of arcade culture and the merits of the 1994 live action movie (of which there are some). This week, Becky and Amanda discuss Street Fighter Alphas 1, 2, and 3: the prequels to the events of Street Fighter II.  Let’s join them now in an undisclosed chatroom as they talk about combos, bromance, and the practicality of blue nipple hearts…

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  8. Amanda and Becky Talk About Street Fighter: Part 1, Street Fighter and Street Fighter II

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    This month, the Street Fighter series turns twenty-five making a lot of us feel extremely old. To celebrate this mile-stone, Becky Chambers, our resident video game expert, and Amanda LaPergola, our resident Street Fightologist (a title Amanda has given to herself), have sat down for a series of chats about the nature, function, and cultural impact of the series. This week, Becky and Amanda discuss the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, the questionable backstory of Cammy White, the decline of arcade culture and the merits of the 1994 live action movie (of which there are some). We join our heroines in an undisclosed chatroom… Amanda: Alright! We are live! Becky: Nice. Amanda: First of all, I want to check to see if links work in this. (Amanda sends Becky the following picture…)

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  9. Amanda Responds To Rush Limbaugh’s Dark Knight Rises Comments In That Way That Amanda Does

    i'll just leave this here

    Editor's Note: Earlier this week we brought you a quote from radio host Rush Limbaugh in which he waxed not-so-poetically about Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. He discussed the notion floating around that the Chuck Dixon-created Bane from DC Comics, played by Tom Hardy in the film, is tangentially related to Mitt Romney's Bain Capital. It's not but it's certainly making for some good jokes. Here now is our lovely, crayon-doodling, reviewer Amanda LaPergola giving her take on it all. 

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  10. Amanda Reviews Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman

    Review

    Editor’s note: we asked contributing writer Amanda LaPergola to write up a review on either Snow White and the Huntsman or Prometheus. We told her it did not matter which movie she chose, just as long as she got in a review within a few days of the movie’s opening. Clearly, we never learn our lesson.

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