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American Crime Story: Gianni Versace


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Two months ago was the season finale of American Horror Story: Cult.  It was another shocking ending to an amazing chapter of the anthology series.  Ally faced all of her fears, The women won the battle, and Kai Anderson’s cult was finally extinguished.

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It’s been a while after that explosive ending and now I long for the next chapter.  Unfortunately for us American Horror Story fans, we’ll have to wait a few months until we receive even a teaser about next season.  They say that ‘good things come to those who wait’, so we’ll wait patiently for the next season.

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In the meantime, Ryan Murphy’s other new series kicks off its next chapter called The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime StoryThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, loosely based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, will air tonight at 10 PM on FX.  Main cast includes Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Édgar Ramírez (Gianni Versace), and Penélope Cruz (Donatella Versace).

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Here’s the scoop – Gianni was a famous Italian fashion designer who found Versace.  Versace produced clothes, make-up, home furnishings, accessories, and fragrances.  He was one of many fashion designers who linked fashion into the music world.

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Gianni was openly gay, meeting his partner Antonio D’Amico in 1982.  The duo was well-known on the international partying scene.

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Their relationship lasted for a long while – until Versace’s death.  Versace was shot on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach on July 15th, 1997.  He was killed by Andrew Cunanan, who was on a killing spree beforehand.  Gianni was Cunanan’s fifth and final victim before turning the gun to himself in his houseboat eight days later.  To this day, police don’t have the answers as to why Versace was killed.

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This was one of the most bizarre PR nightmares within the fashion industry – Gianni Versace, one of the most beloved fashion icons of history, was killed by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.  No one knows why Versace was part of Cunanan’s list.  Andrew Cunanan went on a killing spree before latching onto Versace.  His precise motive still remains unknown to this day.  Rumors speculated that he was HIV-positive, but autopsy report found that he was clean.

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And that’s what you’ll expect to learn about on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story tonight at 10 PM.

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1/06 Saturday Quote!


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As to Jesus of Nazareth…I think the system of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity.

~ Benjamin Franklin

2018 Cannabis Countdown – 6 Months


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Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls of ALL ages… A new year has started.  2018 is now here.  We said goodbye to 2017 and we are now at the first day of the new year.

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A new year means new topics, new discussions, new controversies, new discoveries, and even new posts.  But this year, it means a new industry reaching cities nationwide.  Cannabis won over some major PR miracles the past few years…and we’re JUST…GETTING…STARTED.

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This year marks one of the most exciting events to ever happen for the state of Massachusetts.  Thousands upon thousands of audiences have been waiting for this day to come.  It’s a special day that will be remembered among many generations.

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On July 1st, Recreational cannabis dispensaries will be open in the State of Massachusetts.  LEGAL RECREATIONAL CANNABIS DISPENSARIES…will be OPEN for business.  This is NOT a drill, folks – You will soon be able to buy LEGAL cannabis from a recreational dispensary.

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Here we are, ladies and gentleman – legal cannabis shops are coming soon!  You’ll soon experience the pure bliss of purchasing some of the most amazing cannabis products out there.  We’ve been waiting long enough since we voted it legal on November 2016 and our ultimate prize is yet to come.

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You don’t have to fantasize about this dream any longer because it will soon become a reality.  It won’t be much longer until you see yourself purchasing a pre-roll of Bubba Kush on your way home.

The countdown starts at six months until the dispensaries open.  Six months until the floodgate opens, pushing the cannabis industry further out onto the various streets of Massachusetts.  Every now and then, I’ll set the reminder out on some of my posts about the progress.

Until then, I suggest you start paying attention to what’s going on in the next few months.  There is an exciting new industry that has been swirling around the city of Boston, waiting to be released for its audience to enjoy.

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Countdown Till Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Top TV in 2017


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Welcome back, my fellow readers!  Another timeless Christmas has come and gone.  I received lots of incredible gifts, saw The Shape of Water (which was REALLY awesome!), and ate some delicious Chinese food before binge-watching the new episodes of Fuller House.  Santa knew that I have been working hard this year for the blog and it definitely payed off.

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Christmas may be over, but a new year is right around the corner!  We are slowly creeping into 2018…and BOY do we have some surprises in store for us (more on that a little later on!).

But first, let’s look back down memory lane of 2017 for the next few days.  Our first stop on our journey are some of the most memorable TV series of this year.  There were some good TV cranking out on cable, but Netflix continues to steal the spotlight with their original content. Some franchises rolled out their newest season while others just released their season premiere.

Here is MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s list of most amazing TV highlights of 2017:

Santa Claritas Diet

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Usually I grow bored of these suburban-setting themed series with the cookie-cutter homes, trimmed hedges, and quirky family characters (shows like Suburgatory, The Neighbors or even The Middle!).  Santa Claritas Diet was definitely something different I found on Netflix.  It stars Drew Barrymore (Sheila Hammond) and Timothy Olyphant (Joel Hammond) as a couple living in the suburbs of Santa Claritas, California.  The real kicker?  Sheila experiences a medical condition where she transforms into a zombie and starts craving human flesh.

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Watching Sheila become a zombie in the suburban area of California is absolutely hysterical.  It meshes the typical cliches of life in the suburb with a zombie thrown into the mix.  Drew Barrymore is incredible in this series as a bad-ass zombie mom (my favorite part was when her character gnawed off her attacker’s arm and ends up eating him!).

Santa Claritas Diet was definitely one of the better suburb setting series.

Feud: Bette Vs. Joan

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Back in February, I discussed the tale of the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (which you can read up on here).  Their notorious feud became the main plot for Ryan Murphy’s series FeudFeud looked at the rivalry between Bette and Joan while they were filming Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? back in 1962.  The 10-episode series showcased two bitter enemies in Hollywood who fought over fame, money, love, reputation, and even their own children.

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Bette and Joan’s feud became the central theme of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, driving a wedge further down their friendship.  Ryan Murphy’s newest series was a fantastic historic tale of anger, bitterness, jealousy, revenge, and loss.  Knowing Ryan Murphy from his other incredible series (Niptuck, American Horror Story, Glee), I knew I would be in for a wild and emotional ride.  It was certainly an emotional series I won’t forget and I look forward to the newest feud next season.

Castlevania

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Castlevania (derived from the famous video game franchise series) was a colorful, yet gory anime that came out on Netflix in July.  The story is taken from the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.  Trevor Belmont must defend the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his evil minions.  He is aided by Dracula’s half-vampire son Alucard and magician Sypha Belnades.

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Even though I rarely played the Castlevania video games, I really enjoyed watching the series this past summer.  It was violent, gory, and had an action-packed storyline.  This is one anime I’m looking forward to next year when the second season is released.  Bring on the vampires!

AHS: Cult

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Every Fall I look forward to my most FAVORITE horror TV series of all time – American Horror Story.  Most horror movies don’t come close to the sheer bizarre, twisted tales of this incredible anthropology series.  Season seven was titled AHS: Cult, following the aftermath of the 2016 elections.  While the season didn’t feature Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Ryan Murphy managed to create a gruesome take on the shocking events.

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Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) leads a cult while running for city council in Brookfield Heights, Michigan. Restaurant owner Ally Mayfield-Richards (Sarah Paulson) becomes so distraught over Donald Trump’s victory and her many over her phobias intensify throughout the season.  She becomes terrorized by masked clowns, hallucinates irregular holes, and grows increasingly paranoid of the people around her.

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This was the first American Horror Story season that didn’t feature any supernatural elements and yet they knocked it out of the park.  It was an intense season featuring a broken marriage, creepy clowns (even Twisty came back!), one barbaric cult leader, and many historical cult leaders within the 20th century.  That’s what made American Horror Story: Cult a memorable TV highlight.

Dark

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If Twin Peaks and Stranger Things came together to have a baby via in virtro and the baby had some German flair, you’d get a bizarre sci-fi horror series called DarkDark is about the dark past of four families that hide a painful mystery that dates back three generations.  Four families, three generations, one gruesome mystery within the town of Winden.

This was definitely a great series to binge-watch during the winter storm a few weeks back.  Looking forward to what the next season brings!

Ozark

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Breaking Bad was one of the best drug-themed series I ever watched.  I haven’t found anything that came close and then I watched The Ozarks.  This series truly filled the empty hole in my heart since Breaking Bad ended back in September 29th, 2013.

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Ozark follows Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), a financial planner who relocates his family from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks.  When his money laundering scheme goes wrong, he must pay off his debt to the Mexican drug lord.

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It’s got all you need in a great tv series – drugs, money laundering schemes, a tumultuous family situation, and one symbolic recurring opening theme.  Ozark was truly amazing to watch this summer and I look forward to what the second season brings for the Byrde family.  Who knows what twisted event will unfold next in Marty’s money laundering schemes.