Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

Shin Godzilla
2016

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

Creed
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!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Teacher Tributes- Music

There have been a great deal of teachers that influenced my career, lifestyle and personality over the years of my education.  However, as I was coming up for ideas for the list of these posts, I kept going back to Mrs. Windish, my grammar school music teacher.

The reason I do, is my near daily discoveries of how much I learned in her once a week class without realizing it, or trying to.

I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the singing people’s party.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Anabelle and Daddy Ad-veeeeen-tures! Yeah! *Jazz Hands* Day 16 –August 3

Drive In, Turn Off, Shut Down

Anabelle spent the day having a hoot and a half on the slip and slide at Grandma’s, mostly trying to get wet without getting muddy. Because she’s fancy.

The kids were offered the option of the lake…but loss of Up the Lake weighed heavily on every choice. Their decision to always stay in the sprinkler or hose again matched my inability to get up the energy to use the fire pit all summer.

I got in to work, ready for only the second day with the air conditioner fully operational again to find a very dark building.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Anabelle and Daddy Ad-veeeeen-tures! Yeah! *Jazz Hands* Day 15 –August 2

Creepy Trees are Made of These

Being barely awake from another night of rain listening put me in the perfect state to try to cram a week’s worth of work into two days.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jeff’s Cultural Hints:Art Stuff Part One

The recent travelogue about my daughter and my trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art probably came as a surprise to many…

Especially if they’ve been reading anything else I’ve written, all of which piles up substantial evidence of my pride in being an uncultured boor.

However, the MET ranks with the Bronx Zoo, and the Natural History Museum, as New York locations where I feel at home.

My slightly askew perspective from the rampant snootiness often associated with the fine arts may help others of the “uncultured boor” variety to find the same enjoyment there I have.

Therefore, I have compiled a set of ten helpfulish hints on the enjoyment of the massive collection of treasures

Shall we begin?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Defending The Final Defender

Let me get this straight.
Viewers and critics complained that Iron Fist isn’t good enough, for reasons that seem directly connected to the show following the character’s comic book history?


Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Adaptation Game

School play season has hit yet again. This year marks a major milestone as Anabelle performed her final time with this school before heading off to high school next year.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


Sorry.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

George Awards: How Hangs the Hammer?

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Komo Sambe Kong!

Too excited to turn off spoilers, you’ve been warned.

The coming attractions calmed me a bit, though having it connect to the same universe as “Where in the World is Godzilla,” gave me a great deal of worry.

Frankly, it was only by sheer force of will that I stopping jumping up and down making exciting monkey noises long enough to write anything coherent for today.

Everything Godzilla 2014  got wrong Kong: Skull Island got right!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sometimes One Thing Leads To The Same Thing Part 2

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sometimes One Thing Leads To The Same Thing Part 1

Warning
This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.