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October 20, 2012

The Major Award.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my mom (yes, I do talk to her a lot) and she reminded me of a story that had us laughing. Last spring, I got a phone call from the Oldest Kidlet’s teacher. “Sorry for the last minute call, but OK is getting an award tomorrow, and it’s a big deal. I hope you can make it. It’s a major award- for academic excellence.” I agreed to go, and told my in-laws about the call. The next day I went to the awards ceremony and when the in-laws got home from work, they…

June 28, 2012

Brave. See it.

Here there be spoilers. This is both my review of Brave as well as a discussion about the movie- while I tried not to get too in depth with the movie, it’s hard to address some of the criticism the movie’s received without discussing the movie. If you want to remain spoiler free, the title of this piece and the paragraph is my opinion. I saw Brave on Sunday morning with my boys. It was their first movie theater movie- and despite the fact that it was a much more intense movie than advertised, they survived. While it wasn’t quite…

May 2, 2012

WHITNEY SMASH: Bad Satire Edition

Today Moviefone published their Girl’s Guide to the Avengers (which they’ve subsequently retitled). A piece which embraces every single stereotype there is about women to explain the movie. They claim it’s satire, but there is legitimately no reason to create a satirical guide to the Avengers. I say this as a card carrying geek. I know who the Avengers are, even though I admit that my real comic book knowledge is with the DC Universe. I’m the one who had to explain who the Avengers were to friends and family members. But back to the piece. As your boyfriend probably…

March 5, 2012

When it’s obvious the writer has no clue.

For once I’m not making fun of myself. Somehow, I found the post Where is ‘The Hunger Games’ love triangle?. I’m not sure if it was in my Twitter feed or Google News. But I clicked because I was in disbelief that someone was wondering where the love was. For those avoiding The Hunger Games spoilers, the article essentially wonders why the trailers/ads are completely devoid of any romance, which they think will make the Twilight fans decide not to see the movie. Then they mention two book adaptions that failed and make it seem as though the lack of…

February 21, 2012

Introducing Star Wars to the Kidlets

Oh dear. Everything seems to be happening on St Patrick’s Day. I’ll be at Wondercon that day, and already I’ve been invited to a baby shower and a birthday party. Not to mention that I’m missing Sportive Tricks in Long Beach. (Go, Southern California people, go!) But I’m going to Wondercon. I’m going to make myself a Sith costume and I’m debating whether to go with a classic cloak or something a little less traditional. Though that reminds me- I need to make a Vader costume for someone. Because this (as my friends pointed out) screams Casual Day on the…

February 10, 2012

A (pretend) Conversation to George Lucas: Why Han Should Shoot First

As I’m sure most Star Wars fans have heard, George Lucas did an interview that tried to clarify why he made Greedo shoot first in the Special Edition of Star Wars. In short, he never intended it to look like Han shot first. It was always supposed to be Greedo. He went on to say that he didn’t understand why people wanted Han to be a cold blooded killer. George- may I call you that? George, it’s really quite simple. Nobody thought that Han was a cold-blooded killer. But Han shooting first was an important step in establishing the world…

April 4, 2011

Girl Power, Empowerment… and Sucker Punch

I’ve been meaning to write this post since I saw the movie last Saturday. First, I should say that I liked the movie. It wasn’t perfect, but honestly… I never bought that this was supposed to be a movie about female empowerment. That said, though, shame on Zac Snyder for thinking that this was female empowerment. I don’t doubt that the actresses felt empowered, having gone through a rigorous boot camp to learn how to wield all their weapons believably (and they do- they were more believable than most male casts in war movies), but that doesn’t mean that the…

December 12, 2010

The PTC takes their whining beyond TV…

Hilariously, the Parents Television Council has decided to ignore the Television part of their name and condemn the MPAA for changing the rating for Blue Valentine from an NC-17 to R. Even funnier, they condemmed the move for a movie that they admitted they hadn’t seen, and said that it shows that the MPAA is corrupt for allowing the filmmakers to petition. Newsflash, that’s how the MPAA has always operated. They watch the movie, and then filmmakers can petition to get the ratings altered. Sometimes this is accomplished with some minor edits- and sometimes, it just takes a good argument…

November 30, 2010

Stop saying that!

This is a Geeky Confession post- there is something that most geeks do that drives me up the wall. Not just drives me up the wall, but makes me want to start punching people. These days, you can’t mention liking Star Wars in a group, without at least one person using the phrase “George Lucas ruined Star Wars” or the more vulgar/offensive “George Lucas raped my childhood.” While I completely understand people not liking the prequels or not liking decisions that Lucas has made, I’m going to make this point- he didn’t ruin Star Wars. One’s enjoyment of the Star…

October 26, 2010

Post-party hangover – no alcohol necessary

Not the literal kind. We had a birthday party on Sunday and I didn’t get much sleep the night before hand, so I was drained yesterday. The boys were wound up as only children with brand new toys can be. Just in time for Halloween, Kate Beaton of Hark, a Vagrant has her take on Dracula. Hilarious stuff. Dracula was always one of my favorite books and I wish for a movie that accurately captures the story. A play, too. Most do strange things to the plot. Back to the birthday party- this was for the little guy, and had…