Five Points Festival returns to Brooklyn, NY, June 1-2, 2019!

A celebration of Designer Toys, Street Art, Indie Comic Art, and Tattoos, along with Brooklyn’s Best Craft Breweries, and Food Trucks all together at the Brooklyn Expo Center, NY!

New York, NY (February 19, 2019) – Five Points Festival, a Designer Toy, Street Art, Indie Comic Art, Tattoo, and Beer festival, is excited to announce the return of the much-anticipated event for 2019!

Taking place the weekend of June 1-2nd, 2019, at the gorgeous Brooklyn Expo Center, the festival will bring together the shining stars of Designer Toys, Street Art, Indie Comic Art, and Tattooing. The festival also features some of Brooklyn’s best craft breweries and food trucks.

This festival is a celebration of everything in the Designer Toy universe, a diverse array of characters and creations from the adorable to the grotesque. Featuring crazy monsters, bizarre creatures, awesome robots, weird aliens, and pop culture perversions, Designer Toys are all about bringing to life the unique visions of our community of visual innovators, rebels, and misfits. Five Points Festival provides a venue for these creators to collaborate and celebrate with each other, and also gives the public a chance to experience the innovations that are driving the future of commercial and counterculture art.

The event is a two-day celebration presented by Clutter Magazine and sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Outer Spacemen, and Kidrobot.  This year’s bar is being provided by Brooklyn’s own Pine Box Rock Shop!!

Enthusiasts familiar with Designer Toys will have the chance to meet some of the world’s most iconic artists and brands like TOKIDOKI, James Groman, Kidrobot, Jason Freeny, POPaganda, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx. These icons will be featured alongside amazing artists from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, the U.K. and elsewhere, and all will have unique, original, and limited edition pieces for sale.

Early Bird Tickets and V.I.P. tickets are Available Now! Both of which are limited and provide exclusive benefits. The Early Bird Tickets are discounted in price, while the VIP Tickets include an exclusive toy, exclusive badge, early access to the festival, and a ticket to Saturday Night’s Designer Toy Awards. These tickets are limited so act now!

Join us at Five Points Festival at the Brooklyn EXPO Center for Designer Toys, art, craft beer & food, and so much more…

When:
Five Points Festival:
Saturday, June 1st: 11am – 6pm
Sunday, June 2nd: 11am – 5pm
 
Where:
Brooklyn EXPO Center
72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Doors Open at 10am for VIP’s.

Cost:
Daily and full weekend passes available

• Saturday Only Admission: $30*

• Sunday Only Admission: $25*

• Weekend Pass: $40*

• VIP Pass: $125

*Early bird rates

Website: http://www.fivepointsfest.com  

Social Media:

• Facebook: facebook.com/fivepointsfest

• Twitter: @fivepointsfest

• Instagram: @fivepointsfest

 

Get a VIP ticket for Five Points Fest 2019, which includes access to  the Designer Toy Awards, Early Access and MORE!

• DTA Ticket – Party with us at the Designer Toy Awards on Saturday night and rub elbows with the best in the industry! – THE ONLY WAY TO GET A TICKET!

• VIP Preview – Get in an hour early both days

• Exclusive Badge – With swank art just for VIPs

• And an Exclusive Toy to be revealed in the near future!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!!

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ABOUT THE EVENT

The Five Points Festival is a collision of Designer Toys, street art, indie comic art, tattoos and beer, curated by Clutter Magazine and sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Outer Spacemen, Kidrobot, and Pine Box Rock Shop.  A designer toy festival in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Neighborhood, Five Points Fest is the antidote to the average con. Five Points brings tastemakers, misfits, and rebels together with the new, the retro, and the infamous in a one-of-a-kind marketplace.

For More Information on the Five Points Festival, Contact Show Manager Miranda O’Brien at (917-374-9560) miranda@fivepointsfest.com or VISIT: http://www.fivepointsfest.com

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For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Sarah@fivepointsfest.com or jack@fivepointsfest.com

Marvel’s The Defenders: Is it worth the hype? (spoiler free review)

Last week the Mad Hatters had the pleasure of going to the red-carpet premiere for Netflix’s The Defenders. During the premiere, we had a chance to meet the cast, crew and caught the first two episodes of the upcoming show. This review will be mostly spoiler free. Exactly how Marvel Studios was building up to the Avengers, Netflix has also built up to its own team The Defenders. After two years, we at long last get to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist on the small screen together. I am here to say it’s worth the wait.

The first episode begins with Iron Fist, getting into a conflict with a mysterious figure and learning about an imminent doom that will destroy New York City. Which sets forth a chain of events that little by little brings our local super heroes together. You visualize how I said little by little, the show doesn’t start with them being a team. Even with the episodes I am reviewing will still don’t see them become The Defenders. My guess is by the third or fourth episode we will see them become a team. Now don’t believe just because it takes time for them to form a team, that the show is boring, it’s not at all. I like the thought of spending time with our heroes and seeing what they have been up to since we last saw them.

Which gives us four different storylines and each has its own distinct expression. For instance, Luke Cage scenes have a yellow style to it while Jessica Jones is purple. Some other interesting aspect is how all the supporting characters play an integral part of bringing our heroes together. Besides, it’s cool to see Foggy Nelson meet Luke Cage or Misty Knight and Jessica Jones get into a battle of wits. All in all, it’s nifty to see that the writers really thought out how to get everyone together without it feeling forced.

If you’ve watched the previous shows. You will already know what to expect. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones do a terrific job of humanizing these heroes. While the supporting cast also performs a fine job and are given their moments to shine. But the scene stealer has to be Sigourney Weaver. She plays Alexandra the mysterious new villain. What establishes the character interesting is she really isn’t your regular type of antagonist. Sigourney’s performance reminds me a bit of Michael Keaton performance in Spiderman Homecoming.

Netflix and Marvel have done an awesome job of making The Defenders look more like a big blockbuster film. Not articulating the other shows didn’t. You could merely tell that they are more confident this time around. Everything from the cinematography to action choreography have been stepped up a notch. My sole complaint was I couldn’t watch the rest of the episodes. I suppose I’m going to have to wait like everyone else.

4 Hats4 out of 4 Hats

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

The first trailer for Stranger Things 2 is here. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. If you haven’t seen the first season, do yourself a favor and watch it. It is awesome. Season 2 trailer its very nostalgic specifically if you are an 80’s kid like myself. I like the music and excitement from it. October 27th cant come soon enough.

Season 2 premieres October 27, 2017 on Netflix

Warner Bros/DC at SDCC 2017. Posters, Trailers and more…

Warner Bros and DC had a very busy SDCC. At long last, we get a title for The Flash stand alone film. Drum roll please… The title is Flashpoint, look I am glad to find out this epic story is finally hitting the big screen. But isn’t it a bit too early, we haven’t yet gotten an origin story for most of the Justice League. It looks to me like they might want to reboot some characters like Batman, since rumors are going around that Warner Bros wants to get rid of Ben Affleck. Anyway, let’s see what happens.

New Justice League poster looks amazing. I love the thought that it is inspired by Alex Ross’s art work. One minor complaint, it doesn’t need all of the writing. It takes away from the characters. Just “All in JL 11.17” would have been suffice. They also dropped a new JL trailer. Overall looks great, just some visual effects need some more work and I have a strange feeling that there isn’t going to be much character development. Hopefully I am wrong on that.

On the television end, we got a trailer for Arrow season 6, The Flash season 4, Gotham season 4, Legends of Tomorrow season 3 and Supergirl season 3. They look great, Stephen Amell looks better then ever as Green Arrow. The Flash seems to have a promising new season after that boring and predictable ending in season 3. While Gotham brings Bruce Wayne closer to his destiny as Batman. Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow definitely look like they are going to be a lot of fun.

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New Justice League poster and Trailer

The Flash season 4 trailer

Arrow season 6 trailer

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 3 trailer

Supergirl season 3 trailer

Gotham season 4 trailer

Marvel Studios at SDCC 2017. Posters, Trailers and more…

 San Diego Comic Con is finally complete. Here are few of the things that marvel studio showed off. On the picture slide you have the SDCC posters for Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther and Ant-man and Wasp also some concept art for Captain Marvel. 

We also have the new trailers for The Defenders, Thor Ragnarok and Inhumans. The Defenders look’s great, it’s about time we get to watch all of these characters together on screen. Thor Ragnarok looks freaking awesome. They are definitely attempting to give it a Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it. Now when it comes to Inhumans. I am willing to grant them the benefit of the doubt. Marvel has done a respectable job with their Netflix shows and Agents of Shield. But put it this way from what I could tell it’s not worth seeing in IMAX. Let us know what you think and don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on social media. One last thing, the trailer for Avengers Infinity War was amazing. There is so much awesome stuff going on. Disney didn’t release the trailer but we heard their is leak copy out there in the web. May 2018 cant come soon enough. 

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The Defenders Trailer

Thor Ragnarok Trailer

Inhumans Trailer

Twin Peaks: The Return is a disturbing nightmarish trip through Lynchian horror. 

This review will cover the first four episodes. I’ll try my best to be spoiler free.

I recall when the original came out over 25 years ago. It was the hottest thing, an event show that had everyone talking only about one thing and one thing only. Who killed Laura Palmer? Twin Peaks had something for everyone. It was a satire, soap opera, teen drama, comedy, mystery and horror. After season one, things got really strange in Twin Peaks. You had our heroes fighting an evil spirit that is attempting to steal peoples souls. I’ve constantly liked the strangeness of the show. Even the prequel film is worth checking out, but it’s not for everyone, it is very David Lynch. If you have seen Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive, you’ll understand. Now fast forward 26 years later and Twin Peaks is back. It’s been a long wait, especially after the crazy season finale.

David Lynch is back in true form. You have your nightmarish worlds, sometimes just too bizarre to comprehend or just plain disturbing. Specifically the first two instalments. The two later episodes have a more twin peak season one vibe to it. In the end, we get to see David Lynch’s true vision of Twin Peaks. I sense with the restraints of regular television in the previous two seasons kind of hindered his vision. Now, holding it on Showtime and Not being hindered by censorship and also pretty much given free reign to do whatever he wants. There was a moment when David Lynch was planning to quit the new show. But it looks like Showtime cut a deal basically said yeah, OK the fans want you back just do whatever you desire to do, we don’t care how strange. It’s amazing to see an artist get a chance to do what he wants and not be hindered by anything. I always like David Lynch’s strange, bizarre dream like, nightmarish feel of his films and shows. 

Now to the story, it does serve to actually watch fire walk with me and the previous two seasons of Twin Peaks or at least have a general idea of what the show is really about. The first four episodes definitely do answer a few questions about season two. While taking up new ones that we will have to wait for them to be answered as the season progresses. Exactly like the previous seasons the new show does have an awesome soundtrack. Specifically the original theme does return and you incessantly have a new song at the end by a new band.

You’ve got a great deal of old faces coming back from the previous two seasons. It’s like a reunion with old family members you haven’t seen in a while. Sometimes it did feel like they’re simply there for nostalgic reasons. Hopefully as the show progresses a lot of the characters will have bigger roles to take on. Obviously, Kyle Maclachlan is the one that steals the show. It’s neat to see him back as Agent Cooper even though things have changed a lot since the last time we saw him. One more thing to add you get a lot of cameos in the show. Even some players from previous Lynch films, that I haven’t seen in a while, make an appearance. I’m curious to see who pops up next.

Visually, there’s not much to say it’s definitely a nightmarish dreamish Lynchian horror. Even the visual effects has that old-school, new school, I want to be different and mess with your mind feel. But that is David Lynch. Ultimately, it comes down to this. If you like Twin Peaks and David Lynch’s work or just into the strange and bizarre, definitely check it out. But everyone else might be turned away.

A must watch for Lynchian horror fans, others beware.
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