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Bomb Girls is set at a munitions factory in Toronto, Canada in 1941. It follows the lives of four women as they struggle not only with problems in their private lives but also as they try to find their footing in a rapidly changing yet still male dominated world. All of them come with different reasons, some to support there husbands, brothers, and sons in a war they are fighting thousands of miles away. Some are running from their past looking for a place to start over and call home. And some are trying to escape the pressures of social constraints and expectations of the upper class. No matter what they came looking for all of them found the same thing sisterhood.

There are four main characters:

Lorna Corbett played by Meg Tilly is the Matron of Victory Munitions factory. Her job is to keep things running smoothly and safely. She has two sons in the war and a husband who was paralyzed in the first World War. The munitions factory is a way for Lorna to keep busy and support her family while spending less time dwelling on the strained relations and unspoken hurts that fill her home.

Jodi Balfour plays Gladys Witham, a socialite who finds herself caught between living the life she feels is right, and the life her parents have planned for her. Gladys feels very strongly that, everyone should do their part to help in the war effort, and after seeing a co-worker injured in the line of duty she decides to go work on the Munitions factory floor, leaving her cushy secretary job behind her. It takes her a long time to really be accepted as one of the girls but she becomes a strong voice of Justice in the plant and really brings the girls closer together as they fight against things like sexual harassment in the work place.

Kate Andrews, originally Marion Rowley, is a shy charming red head with a killer voice portrayed by Charlotte Hegele. Marion, aided by her mother, escapes from her abusive father and runs away to Toronto changing her name to Kate Andrews and getting a job at Victory Munitions. She lives in a boarding house, with several of the other girls, and is soon taken under the wing of Betty McRae. Kate is Naive to a fault, which leads to many misunderstandings and lands her, as well as others, in dangerous situations.

Ali Leibert plays Betty McRae, who is the inadvertent leader of the girls at Victory Munitions. She takes Kate under her wing, helping her to secure fake papers so her father cannot find her. All of the girls at the factory follow her lead, and it isn’t until she accepts Gladys that the rest of the girls start to open up to her as well. We don’t learn much about Betty’s past in the first season, what we do know is that she won’t, or can’t, return home no matter what. We are left with a cliff hanger for both Kate and Betty at the end of season one, as a misunderstanding between them leads Kate to be taken back by her father.

If all of that doesn’t make you want to check out this show, then the fans should! There is a surprisingly large and active fan base online for this show. Originally slated to be a 6 part mini series, Bomb Girls now has 18 episodes, and a movie in production, that will tie up the loose ends. The fans of this show fought hard, sending letters and petitions, to have it given a second season. I had not heard of Bomb Girls until Mandy asked me to review it, but I am so glad she did! I suggest it to everyone, and I am glad that it had such a loyal fan base! This show tells a great story of amazing women in a precarious time in history, and it deserves to have a spot light shown on it.  

By Grace Ibrahim and Mandy McGee

If you haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed, put it on your to watch list as soon as possible! It is destined to be a cult classic of the same caliber as Little Miss Sunshine and Across The Universe. Made by Big Beach (the producers of Little Miss Sunshine) in collaboration with Duplass Brothers Production and Film District. Production costs for the movie were reported to be around 750,000. However, after winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, then later opened in limited release, in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland it grossed around 4,000,000. Safety Not Guaranteed is a great story of three reporters who travel to a small town in Washington state to investigate and maybe interview the person behind an advertisement claiming to be looking for a time travel companion. The Advertisement states companion for time travel is wanted, you will get paid when you come back, bring your own weapons, safety not guaranteed.

What they find is a off beat but goodhearted, eccentric grocery store clerk, who’s plan is to go back in time to save the only girl he has ever loved. Safety Not Guaranteed is more about risks in love and life then time travel but it doesn’t take away from the original plot. The characters are likeable, some of them loveable and all of them relateable. It is the perfect movie to watch if you need of a geeky mood lift.

It stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson. It is directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Derek Connolly with beautiful cinematography by (Seattle based) Ben Kasulke. There is also a special appearance from Seattle’s own Lynn Shelton as well. (I am mentioning those special people because I am from Seattle…-Mandy).

By Grace Ibrahim 

Cabbit is a quirky short film by Montana artist /animator Soogie. Illustrated with cross hatch art it has the same feel as the quaint old English children’s books. Cabbit tells the story of a animal spirit whom generally spends their day with friends, dancing and drinking tea till one day Cabbit has a bit of a run in with humans which in the end doesn’t turn out so well for the humans. At three minutes forty seconds there really is no reason not to take time out or your busy day for a bit of whimsical revenge on the human race. That at the very least Cabbit will leave to feeling nostalgic for the days of yore when earth spirits were all British, drank tea and wore tweed.

Go to the Official Website for Cabbit and show your support for independent art.

Cabbit from PROSPEKT on Vimeo.

By Mandy McGee

I launched Extollere into universe (or just here on Tumblr) in February 2012. It has been a great year for us full of wonderful reviews, random articles and interviews. I had the pleasure of bringing on two wonderful writers to help me start this project, Grace Ibrahim and Morgue Anne. I owe them a huge thanks for writing amazing things. Also to the few guest contributors over the past year, THANKYOUTHANKYOU!!! 

I complied the 15 most popular posts for 2012 by the number of views, not likes or comments. I have my favourites but the readers have spoke. 

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15. Pride Celebration with Anime! Our writer Grace Ibrahim loves anime and for Pride month found the gayest anime out there to review for you. Read the full review

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14. The handsome, talented and handsome Steampunk maker, Jake von Slatt makes it on the list. Check out some of the new things he has made and the things he has to say on his site. Read the interview

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13. Seattle erotic and fashion photographer, Gabino Mabablay has been up to amazing things since we last talked to him. Follow his tumblr for the most recent updates on his photo projects. He has had very sexy shoots (as usual) and just as beautiful as ever. I had him show his work at a club I curate art at and he (at no surprise) sold half the show with in the first week of it being up. Read the interview.

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12. The faboulous and beautiful, Andie DeRoux has been up to great things since the interview I did with her. She is still creating amazing art and having art shows. She is still modeling and has now taken to photograph models as well. Watch out for her in 2013. I am sure she has lots of great things in store for us. Read the interview.

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11. Steve Schiltz of the bands Longwave and Hurricane Bells has been traveling a lot over the last year. He sometimes tours with Blue October playing guitar and most recently has joined James Iha on stage. Another great and amazingly talented person to watch out for in 2013. Read the interview.

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10. 2012 was a good year for the band Caravan of Thieves. They had an album come out, which we reviewed, and toured the country. I didn’t have the chance to see them when they came through Seattle, but I hope to see them in 2013. Check out their music video and review in this post

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9. Actress, Brandy Kopp makes it to number 9. She appeared in the movie “Matt’s Chance” (the one I did still photos on) by Nicholas Geyney and will be in his next movie, “Unknown Son”. Read the interview

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8. The eccentric musician, Annie Hardy from Giant Drag, had a tough year and is slowly coming back out of her shell creatively. She tells all (she can) in the interview I had with her. We have stayed in touch and I will be helping her with her new music label, Full Psycho Records. Stay up to date with what goes on in the Full Psycho clan. Follow Full Psycho on twitter. Read the interview here.

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7. Director Nicholas Geyney was great to work with and get to know. I had a blast working on “Matt’s Chance”. I photographed the premiere and I loved the work the crew and cast did. He will be touring with it in 2013 with some of the cast and crew in tow. Look for it in your town as well as “The Unknown Son” when that comes out. Read the interview.

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6. I had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Stevens, the creator of Diesel Sweeties and laughed my ass off (a lot). He is great! Read the interview.

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5. The Beautiful and talented model and actress, Kelly Polk makes it to number 5 most popular post. She just finished a short called “Honestly, Honestly” and she traveled around at the end of 2012. She is back in LA and I can’t wait to see what she does in 2013. I full recommend keeping up to date with her projects and buy her modeling pictures on her website. Read the interview.

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4. One of my favourite interviews of 2012 was with Jenna Busch. She is beautiful, talented and a GEEK! Since our interview she has been involved with a bunch of new projects, one including being the Stan Lee’s co-host on his web show “Cocktails with Stan”. I know she will have amazing things happening in 2013. You better keep up with her! Read the interview

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3. I am so pleased that Professor Elemental is one of the most popular posts on Extollere and it is one of my more recent posts. He was a hoot interviewing him. Definitely an entertainer to keep up to date with. Read the interview.

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2. It is no surprise that this article made it to one of the most popular posts of 2012. This was a fantastic post by Morgue Anne. Her letter to Geek men who put down Geek girls is only one of the many out there but it still needs to be read. We all need to speak up about issues such as this or nothing will ever change. I have read and seen tons of videos of responses to the “Fake Geek Girl” buzz. I am glad to have this on my site and be one of the most read. Please pass it around and chat about it. Shit like this needs to be dealt with. Read the article.

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1. I am so happy that the most read/watched post is the video interview Morgue Anne and I did with the ladies of Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Felicia Day started this online book club with her lovely co-hosts (Veronica Belmont, Kiala Kazbee and Bonnie Burton) in January of 2012 and it has been going strong since. We also learned a lot about technology failing you too. This video is better as audio but still a great interview. These ladies also are responsible for bringing fantasy/sci fi smut into my life. Read the post and watch the video.

Thank you for reading Extollere and I (along with my staff writers and contributors) look forward to bring you more articles, reviews and interviews in 2013!

Written by Grace Ibrahim

Leave It On The Floor is a musical set in the Los Angeles ball scene it tells the story of Brad, a kid who is looking for his place in the world. After being thrown out of the house when his mom finds out he is gay, he wonders the streets presumably for a few days trying to figure out what he is going to do any if he really is a loser his mom says he is. While contemplating his life in a convenience store a guy catches his eye and while flirting they mutually pick pocket each other.  Brad follows his temptress   down in to a club that turns out to be a drag queen ball competition.

There he learns the name of his temptress is name is Carter, he is fascinating by this world around him and drawn ever more to Carter as he watches him compete in the competition. Brad also meets another queen named Princess Eminence, who explains the scene and the way the houses who compete for titles against one another work. He offers to bring Brad in to the Eminence house which is kinda the house of misfits. His intentions are perhaps less then honorable now and then but he turns out to be a good friend and serves as much of the films comic relief.
The movie has it’s ups and downs, you see Brad struggle for acceptance in the house as well as some painful relationship mistakes between he and Carter. Even among the more established queens you see there is still a lot of self doubt and old wounds that they desperately try to hide behind the makeup.  Eventfully Brad is pushed to the brink of suicide by his own self loathing when he is the cause of an accident that kills one of his friends as well as having another run in with his mom. He is talked down from a ledge (literally) by Carter and from there with Carter’s forgiveness and support he finds his place among the queens. Overall the story is not bad if a bit over done it is made much better by the fact that is a musical and a comedy it is obviously not a high budget film and the end feels rushed. But overall I think it is worth giving it a chance if nothing out you will laugh and probably dance a bit! I would say it is best watched with good friends and good drinks.

Written By Grace Ibrahim

Chances are you haven’t heard of the band Beatnik Termites. I hadn’t either till a few weeks ago , but the Termites have been around 20 years garnering praise from fellow musicians and fans world wide alike. The Beatnik Termites started in 1987 with three college friends in Ohio, Pat Termite–Lead vocals and guitar, Reggie Silvestri-Drums, and Brian McCafferty-Vocals and bass. They were inspired by classic punk sounds, Doo-Wop, Surfer, and blends like barbershop and girl groups.

To me they sound very much like the Ramone’s meets cool 50’s music, in a kind of Doo-Wop punk, so it was love at first listen. They have twenty-six releases to date and though their line up has changed a few times (Currently consisting of Pat Termite and Ricky McArthur) their signature sound has stayed intact. They played with such bands as Green Day on the ground breaking “Dookie” tour which brought Pop-Punk to the world stage. However their first full tour was with Marky Ramone’s band The Intruders. Marky was so impressed that he asked Pat to co-author a song on Marky Ramone’s “The Answer To Your Problems” album, and Kurt Cobain listed Beatnik Termites as one of his favorite bands (this can be seen in the Cobain diaries that was released in the early 2000’s)

Their latest release ”Girl Crazy!” came out in 2003 and with 26 releases under their belt they have been ruling the underground punk scene for 20 years. I am hoping that I can drag these Beatnik Termites into the light of day and help them on the journey to their dream of having a Weird Al parody a song of theirs!