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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Treklets Season 2.1

Before starting this weeks post, I need to acknowledge the loss of Adam West.

I've talked about him a bunch here and here already and don't have much to add.

He will be missed.

I am extremely happy that, after a down turn, he was able to experience the love of his fans and receive accolades for bringing joy to so many childhoods.  The Batman role may have defined his career, but he also defined Batman.

It may have been in a silly setting, but he was the first actor to bring the supremely confident, always insanely prepared, and totally focused on doing what's right aspect of Batman to the screen. And they've all lasted until this day.

Other actors who played the Caped Crusader may have been in more financially successful or critically acclaimed outings, but I doubt any of them will have a Bat-Signal lit in tribute to them, as Los Angeles is doing tonight at 9PM Pacific Standard time.

Rest In Piece, old Chum.

I'm tankful you recorded your lines already, and we'll all get one last ride in the Batmobile with you  in the sequel to Return of the Caped Crusaders to take on William Shatner's Two Face.

Speaking of Mr Shatner- time to get back to today's post.

Amok Time - Mom Title:"Spock's Wedding"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

DC Should Stand for Delightfulness Coming (back)

I believe I may have complained a bit about the DC Universe movies and the Nu52 comics.

OK, maybe it was more  “in a continuous ranting stream” and less of “a bit,” but things are finally looking up!

I’ve said this multiple ways, but it applies here again. 

Marvel is most famous for Characters. They have flaws and idiosyncrasies we identify with, and we admire them because they still choose to do the heroic thing.

DC is most famous for Icons.  We admire them for being something to aspire to. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Learning What's Important From Our Children

From the early days of this blog, I have been internally debating whether or not to put ads on the site to try to make some revenue out of this hobby.

If only to balance the lack of sleep it is responsible for.

More recently, I've seen the use of paypal "tip jars" and started to lean that way as well.

However, readers who are paying a bit of attention (and with my subject matter selections, that isn't something I can always count on) will notice a new link in the upper right hand corner that isn't either of those things.

I was inspired by my daughter's Silver Award project for Girl Scouts, which reminded me that I knew some far more important things than tip jars to encourage people to donate money (and time) to.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Anniversary Star Wars: Why I Rewatch Movies

A long time ago…

Forty years to be exact.

Star Wars opened in theaters and started a phenomenon of awesomeness.

Shortly thereafter, I remember sitting on the floor of the kitchen Up the Lake, hearing my Mom read a review, and deciding that this might be something I wanted to experience.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rocky Through a Kid's Eyes: The Passing of the Torch

November 25, 2015

One would think, that after they sat on the edge of their seats cheering for the six films in the franchise, it would have been easy for me to convince my wife and daughter to see the Rocky torch get passed when Creed was in the theater…

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Welcome to the Frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy

Welp…the Marvel movie franchise has done it again.

It’s awesome, grab the family and go see it.

Thank you very much, good night!

I sense some of you need more.  Fine.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars Rebels Season 3

With the Fortieth Anniversary of the original Star Wars this month, a post about that franchise is needed. Rebels continued to be awesome, so here’s the latest season’s episode guide.

May the Fourth Be With You!
September 24, 2016- March 25-2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Anabelle and Daddy Ad-veeeeen-tures! Yeah! *Jazz Hands* Day 17 –August 4

Jurassic Parking

Because of the latest in a string of late nights, we both were a bit reluctant when the alarm went off… until we remembered it was Museum of Natural History day!