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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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  11. Amanda Reviews The Avengers

    Excelsior!

    Editor’s Note: We asked Amanda LaPergola, one of our contributing writers, to review a movie for The Mary Sue.  She agreed.  And then we never heard from her again. This past week a package arrived at The Mary Sue headquarters containing a note from Amanda’s mom (“Dear Ms. Sue: Please excuse my daughter’s tardiness.  She has just had a birthday and has been going through an existential crisis.”) and the following… [Spoilers]

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  12. Amanda’s Year in Review

    Our Adorable Past

    Editor’s Note: We asked Amanda LaPergola, one of our contributing writers, to summarize the major events of the past year. All that we asked was that she complete the assignment before the Christmas holidays. As of press time, we have still not heard from her. However, yesterday a package arrived at The Mary Sue headquarters containing a note from Amanda’s mom (Dear Miss Sue: Please excuse my daughter’s tardiness. She has been too busy telling everyone in her family all about that new My Little Pony show to focus on anything else.) and the following pages.

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  13. The Best Breaking Dawn Review You’ll Ever Read

    Review

    Editor’s Note: We had asked contributing writer Amanda LaPergola to review the movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 for our site. All we asked was that the review be submitted before all the other Breaking Dawn reviews came out. As of press time we have still not heard from her. Yesterday, a package arrived at The Mary Sue headquarters containing what appeared to be a note from Amanda’s mom (“Dear Miss Sue: Please excuse my daughter’s tardiness. She has been unable to complete the assignment due to the last five minutes of the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead.”) and the following pages. 

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  14. Amanda’s First New York Comic Con

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Editor’s Note: On October 14th we asked Amanda LaPergola, one of our contributing writers, to write a report detailing the experience of her first trip to New York City Comic Con. We have not heard from her since. Today a package arrived at the offices of The Mary Sue. Its contents contained a note from Amanda’s mother (“Please excuse my daughter’s recent tardiness. Amanda asked me to tell you that she has been sick, but in reality she has been spending her time watching all 47 episodes of Nana.”) and the following.

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  15. 7 Women Who Used The Internet to Make The World A Funnier Place

    Essay

    In spite of the advancements of hilarious women this past year -- the success of Bridesmaids, that awesome Amy Poehler-orchestrated pageant at the Emmys -- mainstream comedy remains very much a boy’s club. We cannot blame it entirely on the boys themselves. The entertainment industry likes to stick to antiquated ideas about what is “marketable”. Anything different is “risky” and could cost studios money. It sucks, but that’s the situation. We still have a long way to go before comedy can be truly gender-neutral. That is why the internet is such a blessing. With the internet, anyone can create and put their work out there for the world to enjoy. The writer can write, the singer can sing, and the comedi-er can comedi without jumping through industry hoops. This is the internet at its best: the boundless freedom that almost makes it worth unregulated Youtube comment sections. Let us take a moment to honor those women who have made the internet their playground and given us a chuckle along the way.

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  16. Game Play, The Video Game Theater Festival Week 4: Game Over

    Review

    And so another theatre festival comes to an end. Game Play finished this past Saturday with much pomp and Rock Band Karaoke. I want to congratulate the Brick on another amazing month of theatre and wish them continued success in housing adventurous, interesting work. May the Brick always be a haven for those too awkward to go commercial. I have two shows left to review. Reader, much like Vanessa William’s boyfriend, I have definitely saved the best for last.

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  17. Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Performance Art, Week 2

    Review

    One thing I am starting to notice with this theater festival is that much of the work is more conceptual. That is to be expected when experimenting with gaming technology to create new dramatic forms. Still, not going to lie, I feel a little bit out of my element trying to review such forms. They are a little too arty and a little too beyond my sphere of knowledge. I only took enough art classes to learn that Andy Warhol was a sellout, and that’s about it. Bear with me, because these reviews are going to be a little rough.

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  18. Game Play Theater Festival: Plays About Games! Week One

    Review

    Hey, a week has gone by. It must be time for another geek-themed theater festival from our friends at The Brick. This past June, the venerable Brooklyn institution showcased a plethora of plays inspired by comic books. This month, it’s Game Play: a festival for video games. Video games! Fudge yeah! I will admit, I have been looking forward to Game Play, not necessarily due to my love of indie theatre (which is indeed great). You see, Chinatown Fair, Manhattan’s last true video arcade closed earlier this year, and I need something to ease the pain. Yes, I know it’s been five months. I’m still mourning. I used to while away many a pleasant afternoon strolling down Mott Street, a sugary purchase from Ten Ren in one hand and a fistful of tokens in the other. Oh, how the hours would pass in the furious wrangling of joysticks and abuse of buttons. How my fingers would bruise and blister under the duress of special moves and ultra combos (such injured digits were never happier!). That sweaty, L-shaped box seemed like unto a paradise to me, offering all manner of electronical delights, and now…

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  19. Comic Book Theater Festival Week 4: And So It Ends

    Review

    I don’t know if I can review things anymore. I have been reviewing shows for the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival for the past month and I’m exhausted. I’m drained. I’m out of reviews. And I still have not seen everything. I have missed BATZ, Reporter Girl, Savage Radio Plays, The Deep, Gutter Space, Manifesto and Action Philosophers. There was simply not enough time or words to review them all. Though, I suppose that is a good thing. How can I complain when there are too many good plays to see? And that’s what made my coverage of the Festival so difficult: every damn play was good. There was not one play I saw that did not excite me or inspire me in some way. That makes for an exciting viewing experience, but it becomes damn difficult to review. What I have taken from the Festival is this: no matter how weird or geeky or strange you think your art is, there is a place for it. Never think that no one will get it; someone will. Never be afraid to put your art out there, because you don’t know what it might mean to someone else. You will have an audience, they may not be the biggest but they will appreciate what you have done. And with that, here is my last batch of reviews.

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  20. Comic Book Theater Festival Week 3: Darker and Edgier

    Review

    This weekend’s batch of shows at the Brick Comic Book Theater Festival were much more mature and complex than the shows I had previously reviewed. I had to put on my special intellectual glasses for this. Enjoy the hard work of my glasses. They have never worked so hard before.

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