Thursday, July 19, 2018

Astonishing and Wondrous



Sorry for the delay, I had to go see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom again.


After the heavy weight of Infinity War, Marvel reminds us these stories are supposed to be fun with Ant Man and The Wasp.

And succeed they did!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Teacher Tributes: Physics


Surprisingly, considering the nature of physics, this tribute is probably the least scientific of the lot.

I had fantastic science teachers through most of high school, but the biggest help I got from one of them had almost nothing to do with the curriculum.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Braveheart Through a Kid’s Eyes


Sure, as kids grow older, there are tiny tot moments that no longer occur…

But the breadth and depth of media and other experiences you can share with them constantly increases.

Instead of goofy comedies or “so bad its good” films, I intended to elevate our father daughter viewing one night with the star packed, five Oscar award winning, critically acclaimed if historically inaccurate film, Braveheart.

Turns out encouraging her to enjoy biting satire, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 while encouraging the passing on of my own smart-ass genes came back to bite me in the butt.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jurassic World 2 *TITLE DENIED*



Sorry, my daughter has banned me from anymore Boogaloo sequel jokes.

Let’s get this out of the way:

DINOSAURS!!!!!
WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

OK, on with the review.  No spoilers for most of the post, but there are items from the previous outings that need to be referenced. I’ll warn before new spoiler type thoughts.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Some Smashing Comics for Dealing with Grief



Technically this is “Bad Geek Confessions: The Hulk” but I liked the other title.

After years of confusion, I finally figured out how and why I read the Hulk

And also why I suddenly have a long box filled with the Green Goliath’s adventures.  

For a long time, I decided I viewed him the same way I view the Punisher: a fantastic guest star to see how other heroes dealt with him, but his solo adventures normally didn’t interest me.

Except for the times that they did.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Star Wars Rebels Season Four


This is it folks. The season that brings the Clone Wars/ Rebels era of Star Wars cartoons to a close.

16 Episodes, Oct 16, 2017- March 5, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Since when is Happiness Boring?


Continuing the weirdness- today is a look at another “normal” movie.

I believe the Greatest Showman is a magnificent example of why movie critics should be ignored as often as possible.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Teacher Tributes: Beginnings


Before I get any further with these, I need to acknowledge the starting point.

I was lucky enough to go to Riverview Elementary School in Denville, which presented me with a parade of excellent teachers.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Avengers: Infinity Spoilers



Or maybe ten spoilers.


Here’s some scenes and moments that stuck out to me after a second viewing.



If you haven’t seen it, click here for the non-spoiler review. 
Then get going and see it an bathe in the spectacle!

What are you waiting for? 
You've probably seen at least some of the other Marvel films leading up to it.
It made eighty gazillion dollars already, someone is going to spoil it for you.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Song “What If” Thing


One rule I have kept for myself in all the forms of communication I’ve lived through (Twitter, Facebook, email, delivered mail, stone tablets, etc) is under no circumstances will I continue a chain letter.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Avengers: Infinity Whoah!



Spoiler Free Review:


They should have just called it:


 “HOLY CRAP - The Motion Picture!”


Thank you very much, good night!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Women of Netflix -Season 2

Here's a couple of late notes on the second season of some Netflix series that I wrote more detailed reviews about the first seasons of...

whew.

Stranger Things

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Super Anniversary

Yesterday was the Eightieth Anniversary of Superman, celebrated by DC releasing Acton Comics 1000.   I know the other one is a Superman issue, but its such a great picture.

Although I have been collecting Superman regularly, on and off, since Action issue 600, having two of my favorite writers being removed from Action and Superman to make way for a defecting Marvel scribe, meant I originally didn't have a post themed to the Last Son of Krypton today.


I read the bittersweet, but beautifully executed, farewell of the Superman team, followed by reading issue 1000....


And was once more reminded why I read Superman comics in the first place.


Ah, who needs sleep anyways?


Lets take a look at how this issue celebrated the creators and the concepts that have kept  Superman as the premier super hero across eight decades.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Peru 2- Incan Boogaloo: 2017 Index


Following our first family trip to Peru in 2014, Rosa had been back to see her Mom several times, but we all hadn’t made the return.  To commemorate Anabelle’s Eighth Grade Graduation (as Salutatorian, he said with insane amounts of pride) we decided to go back, and give her both a longer and a more varied stay.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Alice Cooper 2018

I wasn’t planning on writing up a full post on seeing Alice Cooper for the third time with my family.

I figured I’d end up overusing “awesome” again and repeating myself describing “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” tour we saw on March 9th in Morristown’s MPAC Center.

However, since it was - in fact -  awesome, here’s a list of observations that felt new and…
Well…
Awesome.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

George Awards: The Universe Aimed Very Low and Settled For Very Little

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.


Monday, April 2, 2018

“Being Foolish on April First…


Is like getting drunk on Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s strictly for amateurs.”


I’m not sure where I stole that quote from nor do I have the energy to check at the moment, but I'm going to adopt it (a day late, I suppose) in order to talk about a couple of serious things I’ve been thinking about lately.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

George Awards: Explosions Are Fun

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.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

George Awards: They’re Not Stupid…

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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Treklets Season 3.11

Turnabout Intruder - Mom Title: "Kirk is a Woman"

An episode so...
um...
special, that it fills a whole post.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

George Awards: That’s Two Smells He Likes

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.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

George Awards: I’d Never Leave the House


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.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

George Awards: If I Could Reach

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.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

T’cha- La LAAAAAA!

It’s pretty telling about the quality of Marvel superhero films that an opening night viewing of a character I don’t follow in the comics at all was a “must see” event for my daughter and I.

Take Batman, James Bond, Mortal Kombat, and The Lion King, stir in a generous helping of excellent writing, great acting, stellar visuals and general awesome- then put the whole thing in a blender, set it on Kirby, and you’ve got Black Panther.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Batman Through a Kid’s Eyes 2


It took a while to get Anabelle to watch these, because, as I predicted, one of the key legacies of this saga is Bale’s goofy voice. Whenever I brought them up, she and her Mother would growl, “Get in duh carrr,” and laugh.  Referencing Scarecrow, the Joker and Catwoman peaked her interest and the quality of the movies pushed us through the viewing very quickly.

Batman Begins
2005

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Batman Through a Kid’s Eyes 1

I realize that I’m starting to stretch the definition of “kid’s” as time passes.

Yet, the intent is the same- seeing how someone unconnected to the time and culture of something’s original release reacts to it independently of its historical context.

Unsurprisingly, my daughter knows Batman in many forms. A great deal of this knowledge came from growing up with me, living in a house with Bat-information books and playing with Action Figures her whole life.

The key source of her knowledge about “real Batman” probably came when we watched the animated Justice League and JLU series twice together. (not counting the later episodes that originally aired when she was teeny)  Plus she’s seen a bunch of Adam West and Batman the Animated Series episodes.  She’s seen all of Batman: Brave and Bold and Young Justice as well, and the near perfect (in some aspects) Lego Batman Movie.

As far as actual comic book stories, she’s read a bit of regular Batman, all of Tiny Titans, Young Justice and Johns's run on Teen Titans.  Batman wasn’t the star of those books, but you can learn a lot about someone by how others see them.

She also read through all of Gaiman’s Sandman and related books at lightning speed last summer.
That’s got nothing to do with Batman (minus a cameo) but was too cool not to mention.

The point is, she knows the character in several of the universes he inhabits.

It was interesting to see her reaction to the different live action versions, many of which were believed to be definitive at the time.

Batman
1989


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Moving Up a Level

It’s been seven years since I started this exercise in writing ridiculousness, and for the past four, I’ve used this time of year to heap piles of compliments on Danceworks at the end of Moving Company season.

Why stop a good thing?


Monday, January 29, 2018