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…I honestly didn’t see this coming.

Don’t worry, they still let me graduate and all that. I’ve got my credentials now…they can’t take that away from me.

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What I mean to say is…I thought that the end of 2013 would bring about a significant amount of fanfare in my life…fresh opportunities and enthusiasm. You think the race is gonna be over…nope. There’s just another one on the other side.

Sorry, that’s kind of a bummer line to lead off with for the first post of the new year. Also…February…January literally just flew by. So what has happened since my last post…

I’ve said goodbye to Denton…not permanently. I’ve still got plenty of people requesting money from me up there, and plenty of friends I want to try and keep in touch with. But I’ve got all my stuff crammed in a corner of a room at my parents place while I try to find my next place back closer to “home”. While I’m talking about it…is anyone looking to sublease a 1 bedroom apartment in Denton…fully furnished and on the UNT bus route? Contact me for more info.
I’d love to get that monkey off my back.
The job search for the career continues. As I thought, my people don’t really advertise when they’re looking to fill a spot…they just ask people if they know a guy. I’ve still got my current job to keep me afloat, but I don’t see this as a long term venture, and I don’t see the promise of them trying to increase my hours panning out. I’ve tried seeing if there are any other positions within my company that are more worthy of the degree I have now (still waiting on that degree to arrive by the way) but the most suitable match lies down in Austin. I’m still doing a lot of searching in the DFW area here, as I’m trying to move into a new place here pretty soon, but if at some point, I need to definitively expand my search…well, so much for my plans I guess.

I also lost my grandfather recently. My grandfather had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit in the final months of his life. Heck, he’d been in and out quite a bit in the last few years of his life…but he always bounced back. He broke his hip several years back…an injury that at his age would have led a downhill spiral in most people. Amazingly though, he got through rehabilitation and was able to go back home and continue to live his life. This last time though…it seemed that all his resilience had worn out. On Saturday January the 19th, we were informed by the hospital that after going in and out of a responsive and lucid state the day before, that his kidneys were shutting down…which, I don’t know how much y’all know about the medical world, but when a person’s kidneys shut down…it’s kind of the beginning of the end. He held on until that coming Monday night, when all of his kids and grandkids were able to gather to reminisce, tell old stories, laugh, cry, and say our goodbyes. While he couldn’t say anything…we know that he heard us, maybe even tried to gesture to us. He passed at 1:15 early the next morning, knowing that he had held on long enough. January 21st…the day that I lost the smartest man I will ever know. I will miss you immensely Grandaddy.

David Martin

Losing him took a lot out of me, but there was some good to come out of his death. It has been near a decade since that side of my family has gotten together as a whole. The circumstances could not have been much worse, but we were finally able to change that, and despite the tears and the heartache, we were able to come together and enjoy our time with one another, and promise to one another that despite our distance, it would not take another act of death or a decade to bring us back together.
In his passing, my grandfather was able to bring together those that he loved in a way that he had not seen in a very long time. I like to be optimistic where I’m able, so I see the silver lining here. We won’t mourn his death…so much as we’ll celebrate his life. I haven’t considered myself much of a family guy in a very long time, and I remember now how much I miss everybody. I can’t wait to see them again.

So yea…the grind of the job search, the search for a new place to call home, and the loss of a patriarch…my 2014 thus far. I still have unfinished business from last year though.
I seem to remember that last post, I left y’all with a trio of polls…my Backstage Accolades for Best Movie, TV Series, and Video Game of the Year. A few of y’all voted. But not quite enough to declare a real winner in any category…we had ties all around. I won’t declare more than one though, so…it’ll just have to come down to me.

Without further ado…the Winner for Best Movie of 2013 is…

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Iron Man 3 was a great movie no doubt…but if it were entirely up to me…I think I’d have gone with Pacific Rim, or Kick-Ass 2. The people have spoken though. My other option here for the actual winner was Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I love me some Jennifer Lawrence, but RDJ just kills it every time.

Moving on…the Winner for Best TV Show of 2013 is…

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Even though I’ve never watched Breaking Bad, it seemed this was the obvious choice. 2013 saw the final season of the series, and with it some of the most epic moments in TV history…so I’m told. My other options in the tie were The Walking Dead, and NCIS. I watched both shows this year, but I still feel like based on the fanfare around Breaking Bad’s finale season that it is deserving based on reputation alone.

Finally…the Winner for Best Video Game of 2013 is…

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Yes…Pokémon X and Y. Y’all seriously left this category the hell alone…my five votes were the only ones tallied. I honestly have been going back and forth between Pokémon and Tomb Raider, but I haven’t been able to put down Pokémon since I picked it up. I Even though nostalgia was the only driving force for getting this game, I’ve continued to enjoy it for months. Don’t get me wrong…I enjoyed the crap out of Tomb Raider…but once I beat the game, I didn’t chase down the collectibles for very long. Pokémon is continuing to provide me with new entertainment long after I’ve beaten it. Now…since I was alone in the voting for this one, I had three other ties. They were Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Rising 3, and Forza Motorsport 5. I lost interest in GTA 5 after a while, and I picked Dead Rising and Forza as my only real options for the next generation of Xbox. Pokémon and Tomb Raider were the only real games that have come out this past year that have held my interest to completion. And somehow I still didn’t pick Tomb Raider after following Lara Croft’s hot hiney around for about 20 hours.

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Nostalgia wins out over sex. Childhood wins out over adulthood. You don’t have to grow up.

Now that 2013 is good and shelved at this point, let’s look forward a bit. I kind of missed the whole Winter Movie season, and I do mean that I missed it. It feels like forever since I’ve gone out and caught a flick. I’m just in time though to look forward to the Spring Movie Season…so what’s coming up in the shining lights of the movie billboards?

300: Rise Of An Empire – 3/07
The legendary 300 Spartans have fought their great fight, and died trying to defend their nation. The nation is now left to defend itself against the imposing Persian juggernaut. Can they hold?
Alright, we’ve got a director here that I’ve never heard of, Noam Murro, and a…let’s be honest…cast of Hollywood D-listers and hopefuls. This flick could go either way…it’s built on a strong foundation, but this crew just might not have the chops to make it everything they want it to be. We’ll see.

Need For Speed – 3/14
The notorious game franchise finally comes to the big screen. Fast cars, and high crime. The thing is…I feel like Need For Speed has already been turned into a movie. I mean, isn’t that what the Fast & Furious franchise has been? I’ve already seen this movie…and I know that Aaron Paul with all his grit from Breaking Bad has a lot to bring, but I think we’re all going to be silently comparing it to the Fast & Furious films, and how it falls ever so short. That’s my guess though.

Veronica Mars – 3/14
This is kind of a shot in the dark here. I know that there are fans out there of the show that made a 3 season run from 2004 – 2007, but I haven’t met any. There was a Kickstarter put in place to try and raise 2 million dollars to make a movie…and bring about some sort of extended closure. Kind of like a Firefly/Serenity type situation. The fans stepped up though and brought in 5.7 million by the time the Kickstarter deadline was up. So…Kristin Bell returns to see her character gets a good farewell. I know nothing of the series, so I have no idea what to expect. Worth mentioning though.

Divergent – 3/21
The books that this were based on became popular after the Hunger Games trilogy started gaining a lot of followers, and with good reason. Divergent is essentially a clone of the whole Hunger Games premise. Expect the same type of action and personality types. Just…maybe not quite as good. I’ve got kind of low expectations here, so I may be setting myself up to be pleasantly surprised by the film quality. I just don’t know right now.

Muppets Most Wanted – 3/14
[Insert basic movie description with first impression opinion here.]
You know, I’m sure someone is looking forward to this.

Nymphomaniac Part 1 – 3/14
This is a 2-part NC-17 flick…it is the story of a woman’s life from birth to age 50, and the numerous erotic adventures that the self proclaimed nymphomaniac has endured. I’m just intrigued by the concept of a 2-part NC-17 film, the second part arriving…somewhere, on April 18th.

Noah – 3/28
The biblical story of Noah who after suffering dreams of a coming apocalypse receives a message from God, telling him to construct a great ship, to save all the animals of the land from an upcoming flood. This is a film by Darren Aronofsky, the Director responsible for Black Swan. Might be interesting to see what he does with a biblical tale…and Emma Watson.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 4/4
The first Captain America several years back was a bit of a disappointment. But now that we’ve seen what Cap can do in the Avengers, I’ve got a little more excitement built up for him in this chapter. The rest of the Avengers can go home. Stark can go back to Malibu, Thor can go back to Asgard, Banner can go back to keeping a low profile…Steve Rogers can’t go back to WWII era America, where things were simpler…more black and white. So he stays on with S.H.I.E.L.D. to try and figure out how to fit into life in the modern world. Just as he begins to get a grasp on things, threats emerge that bring him back into the fray.
They’ve had time to get it right at this point, and I think I’m going to enjoy this Captain America.

Transcendence – 4/18
Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, is the leading developer in Artificial Intelligence. After an incident which leaves his days numbered, he and his assistants make the decision to connect his consciousness to the internet before he dies so that he can continue to live in virtual form. AIs have needs though, just like the living…and no one can predict what this new intelligence will do next.
There isn’t a whole lot of publicity for this movie yet, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to. Based on subject matter alone, I’m hooked…but the cast looks phenominal as well. Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, I’m excited.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 – 5/2
The rebooted Spiderman franchise with Andrew Garfield  gets its sequel this May. Paul Giamatti plays The Rhino, and Jaime Foxx jumps in as Electro. I’m actually pretty excited to see Jaime Foxx suiting up as a bad guy in the Marvel Universe. I think he’ll do well as a villain, and great alongside Garfield, definitely a better choice for the webbed crusader than Toby Maguire. I’m just left wondering now when Columbia will release the franchise so Spidey can finally join up with the Avengers.

Neighbors – 5/9
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star alongside Zach Efron in this story of a couple who have a baby and are forced to deal with the debauchery of a frat house moving in next door. With the same creators that brought us This Is The End, I’m expecting raunchy laughs all the way through.

Godzilla – 5/16
It’s being remade…again. It’s got to be better than the last version with Matthew Broderick. I mean, how can it really get much worse. I loved that movie at the time, but I look back on it now and shake my head. It will be better.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 5/23
Oh God yes. X-Men: First Class was so unbelievably good. And we finally got ourselves a good stand alone Wolverine movie too. Brian Singer said it was such a hard job wrangling all the huge personalities in this movie, but that it was so worth it. I don’t know how they’re going to handle the time travel thing, but I don’t care. Jennifer Lawrence…body paint. Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry…eye candy. If there’s one movie I could see this coming season, it’d be this.

Maleficent – 5/30
Disney’s most iconic villain finally gets her backstory told, and with Angelina Jolie playing the leading lady herself, Maleficent. It’s been a good long time since Jolie has lent her talents to the big screen, but even given her hiatus, I wouldn’t have picked anyone else for the role.

That leads us into the summer, and I suppose the end of this installment. My timetable is a complete mess right now, and I have no idea when I’ll be able to do this again. So, let’s just say…I’ll see ya when I see ya.

One last thing though…with a new year, it’s time to change the theme of my closing image. After giving it some good thought, I think I’m gonna go with classic cars. Anything made before I was born is fair game.

In loving memory of David Michael Martin Sr. One of the smartest and most loving people that ever existed. Rest in Peace.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

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Two months later, he finally pokes his head out of his hidey-hole. It’s been a long two months, friends. I could regale y’all with tales of homework, exams, and final projects…but you’ve heard it all before. And, it’s over and done with. The semester is over and I have survived, relatively unscathed. With summer ahead of me now, I could possibly relate all of my summer plans to you, but if priority 1 doesn’t fall into place, I don’t see anything else falling in line either. So…

Priority 1: Job searching.
I’m not keeping track of what the score is, but I’m definitely losing that battle right now. No one seems to be hiring minimally experienced A/V nuts right now, none that I’ve come across in this area anyways. The search continues, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t becoming a little discouraged.

Speaking of continuing, The Status Bro Show is now 16 episodes strong. That’s about 4 months of continuous content (but who’s counting, right?). At this point of my life, and especially at this point of the year, I’m pretty much living and breathing the show, as it’s the only consistent activity I have going on. That being said, we’re on the ropes right now. Listen to the second half of the show and you can almost hear the train wreck coming. We’re a lot off our game right now, and need to get ourselves back on the tracks here. We just need to sit down and try to hash out a few issues, and that’ll be a good start…we can’t fix all our issues overnight, but that’s a good start. We’ll be back in fighting shape soon, but if you want to check up with the Bros now, look in my “About” section ^^^ to find info on listening to and subscribing to us.

I tend to come up with a lot of topics for the show that end up getting glossed over or just passed up completely. I hate just letting those go, so perhaps this is a good venue to air those topics in their entirety. Let’s do that.

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Summer has moved into full swing, and among other things that means big summer movies. I’m sadly pretty delinquent about seeing movies while they are in theaters, and I want to do my best to see as much as I can this summer. I’ve put together a list of the big movies that I want to see this summer, so here is what appeals to me. Warning: there will be a few spoilers. If you don’t want a particular movie ruined for you, skip ahead.

Oblivion
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I would describe it as an after Earth type scenario, as brought to you by Apple. It’s already gone from theaters, but I caught it while it lasted. Earth couldn’t sustain our numbers or appetite, so we moved our population to another planet, and Jack(Tom Cruise) was assigned to stay back and transfer what valuable resources were left to the new planet. As his mission progresses, he begins to question what he knows about it and ends up getting his whole reality turned upside down on him. Jack’s environment in the beginning reminds you of how Apple might envision the future: everything is clean, white, and streamlined. The flick seems highly derivative of many sci-fi films before it. When watching, I kept seeing possible references to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Matrix, the Borg from Star Trek, and maybe some Mad Max too. The visuals were amazing, and the story seemed pretty decent, and the sound design was great, but I don’t think the character development worked out that well.
All in all, for me, Oblivion6 out of 10

Iron Man 3
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Tony Stark returns in the third instalment of the story of the rich playboy philanthropist turned super hero. It’s once to finally see him fight an enemy that didn’t come to power through stealing his own technology. Nah, the Mandarin finally comes up with his own breed of weapon to whoop Tony Stark(Robert Downey Junior)’s rear end six ways from Sunday: Extremis…I’ll say no more. I name Tony Stark instead of Iron Man, because he spends almost no time in the suit in this movie, except for the very end where…well, I won’t go into detail, but the term “gang bang” seems pretty appropriate. At the hands of Shane Black, it seemed like an entirely different movie, though I’m not sure if I want Jon Favreau back at the helm or not. Good movie still, just different. Great summer movie; lots of flashy lights, explosions, and RDJ playing RDJ.
In the end, Iron Man 38 out of 10

Star Trek: Into Darkness
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This ain’t your daddy’s Star Trek. Well, maybe it is. Even back in the day, Star Trek was known for breaking new ground, with the high mix of interracial cast members and challenges to our most controversial social issues. Well, same thing, just more sex and flashy lights…and lens flares, so many lens flares. A few people got up in arms about all the sexuality on this film; one of Kirk(Chris Pine)’s opening scenes was a 3some between him and 2 alien chicks with tails. And a new character played by Alice Eve is also like, “Hey don’t check me out while I’m in my underwear!” You can guess what we do. Solid cast in this one, we knew that form the first flick…and a solid story too, if not a little predictable. There’s a plot twist in there that, even if you haven’t checked the IMDb page, you could see coming from as far back as when we started getting previews for the flick. There’s a little bit of cheesy dialogue, but its what you’ve come to expect from Star Trek, so it’s welcome. Great visuals, strong score…solid.
Star Trek: Into Darkness9 out of 10

Fast & Furious 6
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“We’re talking vehicular warfare.” The quote pretty much sums it up. Flying cars, crashing planes, dancing motorcycles, a couple dozen explosions, some gun play, a little fisticuffs, and the obligatory slew automotive and female eye candy…and you’ve got yourself a new Fast & Furious movie. It’s a super crew versus a super crew, each with their own code; one favoring family, the other favoring tenacity and precision. This all-star cast delivers with great acting and action, but the story left something to be desired. What little there is, is loosely tied together with chase sequences and firefights. And on top of that, without spoiling anything, they again set you up for another installment. I’m a Dodge enthusiast, and this movie pays a lot of fan service in that respect, but there’s only so much hot cars and sexy chicks can do for a movie. (I was also fighting with my own dinner through most of the movie, so I’ll give it an extra half a point back to make up for my mood. Mexican food is always a gamble.)
Fast & Furious 67.5 out of 10

The rest of my list is future titles, so while I can’t rate them yet, I do have my own preconceived notions on them. Let’s talk on that.

After Earth – 5/31
This, Oblivion, and the late summer flick Elysium all look startlingly similar. This looks like another post Earth scenario, where this this time two trained operatives crash land on Earth and have to battle the elements. This is an M. Night Shyamalan film, so my expectations are already pretty low. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but I’m not holding my breath.

Now You See Me – 5/31
Magic, illusion, and slight of hand. Is it enough to rob a bank, or does the crew of this flick have something else hidden up their sleeves? The cast looks strong; Jesse Eisenberg(the facial hair gives him a cool energy), Isla Fischer(Gotta love this feisty redhead), Woody Harrelson(card-carrying badass), and on top of that, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. I’m looking forward to this.

The Purge – 6/7
What if once a year, laws were irrelevant? You could anything you wanted, without fear of any form of judicial repercussions. Would you rape and pillage…would you rob a candy store…would you murder an enemy…or would you be the one locking your house up tighter than Fort Knox, protecting your loot and loved ones from the lawless? It’s an interesting premise, and it’s got my interested peaked.

This Is the End – 6/12
The cast of pretty much any and all Judd Apatow movie star as themselves in this action comedy about what would happen if the apocalypse were to go down during a Hollywood house party. I really don’t know what to think going into this one. It’s the only comedy on my list, and Emma Watson also makes an appearance, so I’ll definitely go check it out.

Man of Steel – 6/14
I’ll be honest, I don’t want to see this movie. I was never much of a fan of Superman, and this story has already been told more time than I can count on both my hands (and I know binary). Even worse, I think they’re going to take up time trying to tell his origin story, which every freaking iteration tries to do. Ugh, just get to the good stuff. The only reason I’m going to see this movie, is because I think this is where DC Comics is going to begin to set the stage for a Justice League movie. That’s it, really. Low expectations.

World War Z – 6/21
A zombie movie, based on a book, that’s shares absolutely nothing in common with the book, except a name. Max Brooks would be rolling in his grave. You know, this is if he were dead. He’s alive and kicking, probably kicking himself loaning out his material and having it so blatantly misused. I don’t know why I’m so riled up about it, especially considering I haven’t read Max’s book. I just know that they’re disregarding the source material wholly and completely, Brad Pitt said it himself. Maybe it’ll be a good movie, but I’ll be going in there with a sour taste in my mouth.

The Lone Ranger – 7/3
Gore Verbinski brings us Pirates of the Caribbean 5…wait, wait, sorry…wrong film. Maybe. It seems to have all the same humor and feel that a Pirates movie would, as well and Johnny Depp, and how about Helena Bonham Carter just fur good measure. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I was expecting that they were going to take this movie seriously, as in none of that childish humor. Johnny Depp at least that he wanted to take the role of Tanto quite seriously…doesn’t really look like its happening. Sigh, I’ll probably really like the movie, but I know that most people won’t take it seriously.

Pacific Rim – 7/12
Alright, now here’s a movie that I’m genuinely excited about. This a completely original story…not a remake, or a sequel, or based on some other medium. Earth faces an alien threat, not fry the sky, but from the sea, in the form of gigantic fearsome monsters. In order to combat this threat, giant robots were developed with large payloads of weapons and plenty of fight in them. Director Guillermo del Toro said that he was inspired by the old Godzilla and monster movies he watched when he was a kid. Also, Ellen McLain, the voice of Portal’s GLaDOS, lends her voice to the cast. I’m stoked for it, July 12th needs to hurry up and get here.

R.I.P.D. – 7/19
The Rest In Peace Department, a group of peace keepers from the great beyond, whose purpose is the keep the dead where they belong. It’s got Ryan Reynolds, and Jeff Bridges. I dunno, it looks pretty cool to me. I’ll probably go see it.

The Wolverine – 7/26
We’ve got another X-Men movie centered around their clawed crusader, Wolverine. This flick seems to follow Wolverine through Frank Miller’s version that brings him into Japan, perhaps a little of the anime version too. This flick also supposedly takes place after X-Men: Last Stand, after the X-Men have gone their separate ways, and Wolverine is contemplating his immortality. I’ve got high hopes for it, it’s got a different writer and director than did X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That was the only big flop of the franchise in my mind, and I’ve liked the rest. Have my fingers crossed for this one.

Elysium – 8/9
I mentioned this one earlier, as one of the 3 films that look so much alike. I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about the film. It looks like a bunch of rich people living on a space station trying to keep the poor down on what looks like a broken and shattered Earth. I’m willing to bet the two factions get into conflict with each other, probably the rich trying to keep the poor out. It has me excited because it has Sharlto Copley, the lead from District 9…speaking of, it is also being directed by the the same Director as District 9, Neil Blomkamp. Blomkamp did an amazing job with District 9, it looks like he had 3 times the budget that he actually got to use. This film has a great foundation, hope they follow through well.

And finally…
Kick-Ass 2 – 8/16
The original Kick-Ass was one of those films where just everything worked. The casting, the acting, the story, the action…everything just worked. They even found a way to keep Nicholas Cage from being weird and creepy…pretty tall order nowadays. And I absolutely loved Chloë Grace Moretz…is it legal to say that yet? Let me consult the Judges, how about it? She’s 16…crap. Oh well, anyways, the cast is back, including Christopher Mintz-Plasse who, instead of reprising his role as Red Mist, has rebranded himself as…wait for it…The Mother Fucker. He’s a villain now, obviously. Actually, I think he’s the lead villain, trying to take down all these super heroes that keep popping up. Jim Carrey is in it as well, Colonel Stars and Stripes, he actually looks pretty good. My only worry is the Writer/Director, Jeff Wadlow. I don’t see a whole lot of stellar films in his past, in fact I’m struggling to see one…does Never Back Down(2008) or Cry_Wolf(2005) count? Nah, I wouldn’t count them either. I’ll keep my fingers crossed though.

I know there are plenty of other big films coming out this summer, but these are he ones that are on my radar. I mean, The Hangover 3…I saw 2, regrettably, that’s a big nope. I do have a few honorable mentions though that might have a limited theatrical release.

The East
American Mary
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Cockneys vs Zombies

I won’t go in depth on those, you can look them up yourselves if you’re interested.

Well, I think that’s a blog. I think I’ve gone on long enough for one episode here so I’ll leave you with that. If I decide to keep with my current thought of laying down some of my own overflow material, I’ll probably talk about the Xbox One announcement, and what we stand to expect from Microsoft at E3. Until next week, or whenever I get back down to this thing…

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

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Pepperoni, Sweet Red Peppers, Roasted Red Peppers, Basil, Pesto, Garlic, and Dubliner Cheese