Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Village 2017

A Real Truth, Justice and American Hero
A Ruthless, Superstitious and Cowardly Terrorist Lot

Last year, with the help of the crew of the USS Enterprise, and mythological creatures from the Omicron Delta System (The famous Shore Leave Planet), the Joes looked to be heading for an easy victory.

Unfortunately, when the Federation team was summoned back through the wormhole, without Spock’s Vulcan telepathy and the unspecified powers of the Mule with a Hat in the loop  to control the robotic creatures, Cobra scientist Doctor Mindbender was able to modify Doctor Venom’s Brainwave Scanner to command the monsters, inflict heavy damage and sweep the G. I. Joe force off the plateau.  Disconnected from their home dimension’s power source the beasts eventually shut down, but not before leading to a staggering Cobra victory.  The terrorist forces were poised to deliver one final and crushing blow to the Joes.

In other news, I believe I am still over thinking reasons for why one group or the other is on top of the table each year.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Marvel Catch Up Again- More Thor and Punisher

First a few spoilery thoughts about Thor: Ragnarok.

Because as happy as  I was about DC lightening their films...Marvel is still doing it way better..

Opening Scene:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks for Justice League

Short Spoiler Free Review:


Slightly Longer Spoiler Free Review:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Marvel Cinematic Catch Up

Sorry I’m late; you know you’re going to enjoy this stuff anyway, why wait for me?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Return of the Return of the Caped Crusaders

I am embarrassingly far behind on superhero reviews, but this one can’t wait any longer.

Because its Adam West’s final appearance as Batman!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


This is certainly a year for endings, isn’t it?

On October 20th, we went to the Towne Crier Cafe for the penultimate show of the Bobs Farewell Tour.  The final show was the following night and was streamed live online. Here’s hoping they release it as a disc or download, because this tour, like all of their live shows, was hysterically funny, and musically impressive.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Disney 2016 Planning Part 8

A fitting way to celebrate 
Post number 700!
My daughter's Disney Planning Genes Kicking into High gear!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Defenders Assemble!

Netflix has brought all of its headline characters together to join forces and take on the Hand in The Defenders.

It was good.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shin Godzilla Through a Kid’s Eyes

After watching all of the original twenty-eight plus Kaiju classics twice in six months, it wasn’t a huge deal to watch the new one over again to share it with my family only a week after it was the only movie I broke my Deep Space Nine-ing with

Here are the reactions:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bad (Bad Geek Confessions) Geek Confessions- More Star Trek

With a new season of Ash vs. Evil Dead on disc and the combining of all the Netflix Marvel Heroes in The Defenders being released, I should be writing about one or both of them by now…

But I’m not because I haven’t started watching either yet.

I’ve become addicted to Deep Space Nine and there’s no way I could stop during the final two seasons to watch something else.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Litany of Godzilla: Toho Reboot/Shin Series- Rewriting Biology

Shin Godzilla
(a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence)

The classic Toho logo and roar starts this reminder of who will always make better Kaiju films than we do, even when they level the playing field by starting all over again.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Disney 2016 Planning Part 1

It may have come across previously that I take my job as the Where Will We Go Next Guy seriously, or perhaps obsessively. 
 My daughter encourages this by actions such as her white board decoration above.

Some may ask how I could possibly start planning for a Disney World trip three years, one month and twenty-two days before arrival.

The answer is simple:
Three years, one month and twenty-three days before arrival, I was far too busy enjoying being in Disney World to plan for the next visit.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wrong Season Review

I am woefully behind on movie viewing this summer, thanks to an incredible journey to Peru featuring epic mountains, mysterious ruins, amazingly friendly locals, and of course, horrifying clowns on public transportation.  All I've seen is Valerian and the Ten Thousand Planets.   I had to see that one in theaters because I knew a Luc Besson helmed French science fiction film based on groovy Sixties comics would be wild, original, visually stunning, freaky awesome, and die at the box office when presented to audiences who complain about everything being remakes and sequels and then ignore any cool, different stuff.

This is a sin.  

Speaking of sin...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Up the Links

It will take a while before I get my head straight enough to write new Up the Lake stories, so here’s an index of the old ones for easier access than using the “Up the Lake” subject, since we all mention the place constantly, this will link only to the stories.

As a bonus, before the index, here’s a poem my Mom wrote in 1982 that really sums up the place and how we all feel about it:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Up the Lake- Toast

Once upon a time…

A pretty homogenous group consisting of Italians from the Bronx (and maybe some others, but they converted) that were part of “send city kids into the woods" projects were staying at camps on a lake up near Bear Mountain. 

By swimming or boating across that lake, they discovered a wonderfully enchanted land.  First they brought dates to this land for picnics, and over time those picnics rapidly progressed through sleep overs in tents, to platforms and finally hand built cabins allowing them to spend more time Up the Lake.  

The relationships of the dating couples also grew…into families.

Large, loving, loud families

For the next four to five generations, the descendants of that original group, (plus some very special friends who might as well be family) had a continuous series of crazy story and lifelong bond generating adventures every summer in, on and around those cabins and that Lake.

And now, after more than ninety years, it’s over.