Thursday, July 28, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Expectations!

The training wheels are well and truly off the warp nacelles now.

Perhaps I better clarify before I mangle another metaphor.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Up the Lake: Bugs Part 2


Crickets heralded the coming of August.  Virtually no noise in July, then the tree tops sang for the whole next month, fading out when September dawned.  I wonder where they got tiny little calendars?

The August noisemakers were of the small black variety of that species.  Although there were even smaller black ones.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Who You Gonna Call...Now?

My daughter was more excited about seeing the new Ghostbusters than I was.   With other things going on at home, and “important” films being released before and after it, I wasn’t pushing for an opening weekend viewing. 

However, the idea of an all-female main cast in the traditionally male dominated realm of supernatural / superhero/ action movies appealed to my daughter enough that she pushed to see a “scary movie” in 3D as soon as it came out. Since the Horror/Comedy is my favorite genre, no nagging beyond the initial request was needed.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Up the Lake: Bugs Part 1

Insects Inside
or
Carloads of Creepy Crawly Critters


There were a great many of bugs with us Up the Lake.

Correction:  since we were in the woods without electricity, running water, or land clearing and gutting structures, there were a bunch of campers in the territory of a great many bugs Up the Lake.

While some could be a nuisance, due to bites, posse size, or general ickiness, most of us found a way to get used to them.  That isn’t to say our six legged co-habitants did not contribute to a near continuous stream of those “moments” which led to dinner conversations for years to come.  These are the conversations that reduce Up the Lake folks to hysterical laughter, and outsiders to nervous stares hiding the question, “You all really are insane, aren’t you?”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Through a Kid’s Eyes

My daughter and I are in full agreement at not understanding why viewers are having a problem with this outing.

It has too many characters? 

Really?

Have you ever seen an X-men comic book?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Up the Lake: Animals Part 3

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Another creature of the night that caused a few surprises was the raccoon.  Although usually content with hanging around just out of sight, ready to go for the garbage once the lights went out, raccoons have caused some stunning encounters, due almost entirely to bad timing. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Two Ungawas Way Up!

We interrupt and delay the X-reviews (yet again) to point out a recent release in a franchise that FINALLY is going deeply into the source material after a mere hundred and four years and needs as much love as it can get.

More importantly, The Legend of Tarzan does something we haven’t seen in a Tarzan film in a long while. 

It remembers everyone knows who Tarzan is.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Up the Lake: Animals Part 2


Aside from gaining hang ups about non threatening animals, Up the Lake also causes people to enjoy normally feared beasties.  That isn’t to say there aren’t many folks who immediately cover their heads and run screaming when the bats come out.