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Week of Geek: The Nostalgia Craze

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’s the new year treating you?  Glad to be back at school?

So, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this lately, but the landscapes of many television sets and movie theaters are starting to resemble zombie movies a little bit.  How?  Because a lot of franchises, thought long dead, are returning.  RETUUUURRRRNING!

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As a teen of the 1990s (yeah, I’m old) I’ve noticed that a lot of the shows I remember watching around that time are suddenly getting new episodes.  The decade of my childhood, the 1980s, has already had a bit of a resurgence (what with Transformers getting a bunch of moviesMy Little Pony getting wildly popular with Friendship is Magic, and Stranger Things working the 80s pop culture references and whatnot), but now the 90s are getting another look.  It’s looking like even the clothes are coming back.  It’s… weird, to say the least.  Yep, it’s Aunty Ali’s Nostalgia Moment kids, buckle in…

I mean, any time period when you’re a teen has it’s awesome stuff and it’s not-so-awesome stuff but sometimes I look at you guys and think ‘Man, we did not have these kinds of things and issues when I was growing up’ (you know you’re getting old when…).  We didn’t even get a computer in my house until I was, like, 12, let alone the internet (“Get off the internet, I’m trying to make a call!”).  Cell phones?  Nope, not until at least my last couple of years of high school, and those were strictly for phoning people.  I watched something the other day about extinct technology and realized that a lot of it was stuff I used when I was young.  I just… feel so OLD.

But the fact that shows I watched are not just re-airing but getting new episodes?  Apparently that’s a trend, and has been for a while now.

Will and Grace?  Just launched a new seasonTwin Peaks?  They had a ‘limited event series‘ just last year.  The X-Files?  Uh huh, Mulder and Scully are back (also in picture book and YA form).  The Powerpuff GirlsNew series.  Power Rangers?  Had a new movie come out last year.  Jumanji?  There’s a sequel currently in theatres.  DucktalesReboot series right now on DisneyXD (with David Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck, squeal!).  Sailor Moon?  We got Sailor Moon Crystal for a new generation.

It goes on.  And I just heard that Animaniacs is coming back.  Wha?

My question to you Geeklings, is this…  What are you loving right now that you kind of hope will make a comeback in 20 years?  What do you think you’ll feel nostalgic for in your 30s and beyond?  Or what do you think you’d like to introduce your kids to?  Post in the comments or wax nostalgic on WriteIt.

Have an awesome week, whether stuffed with 90s references or not, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: What’s Coming Up in 2018 Part 1

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HAPPY NEW YEAR GEEKLINGS!

Any big plans for 2018?  Stuff going on in school?  New things to try?  Maybe wrapping up high school?  Stuff?  Yeah, stuff.

One of the things I like best about a new year is the sheer amount of fandom and pop culture projects we now get to look forward to.  Shocking, I know.  From movie adaptations of favorite books to more from Marvel to more Szechuan Sauce and just so much else going down, it’s always fun to speculate when a new year comes around.  What will be great?  What will crash and burn?  For now, we can just get excited.

So let’s squee together at upcoming movies and TV shows.

Movies

Black Panther – We first met this iteration of T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War, but the character has had a long history in Marvel Comics.  This will be the first time he headlines his own film, and from what we’ve seen in the trailers it looks like we’re in for a visually stunning treat.

A Wrinkle in Time – A big screen adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L’Engle.  Planets, dimensions, huge evil threats and tripiness abound.

Ready Player One: Another film adaptation of a popular book, I would watch this for the pop culture references alone.  But it looks like there’s a great sci fi story and a ton of amazing visual elements too.

New Mutants: One of three entries for Fox’s X-Men film universe coming out this year, this one features a group of mutant teens trapped in a research facility, and it looks like this one is going to amp up the horror element a little bit, not that I’m complaining. (Though now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension the film rights to the X-Men, we’ll have to see if this current status quo will change).

Avengers: Infinity War: I have many thoughts, and will have many thoughts as we get closer to May and beyond.  See current thoughts here and previous films here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Details on this are still slim, but come on!  It’s an origin story for Han Solo!  Of course we’re gonna watch it!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom: More dinos!  More Chris Pratt!

Ant-Man and the Wasp:  Sequel to Ant-Man, and in this one, as the title suggests, we’ll finally see the Wasp in action.

Alita: Battle Angel: Apparently this one has been in the works for a long time, and we’ll finally see it come to fruition in 2018.  The big eyes on our main character are already causing a stir, but it is based on a manga series, so it seems to me that big eyes are par for the course.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix: The X-Men film series will take another crack at one of the franchises most famous and pivotal stories.  Here’s hoping it works out a little better.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldMore Newt!  And young Dumbledore!

Mortal Engines: Based on Phillip Reeve’s series of books, featuring mobile cities, social upheaval and steampunk.  Squeal!

There’s a sampling.  Other films to watch out for include Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Venom, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, a live action version of Mulan and an Aquaman solo film.

TV

Quite a bit of new stuff on the anime front this year, including Attack on Titan Season 3…

… the final season of Fairy Tail, season 2 of One Punch Man and a continuation of the Tokyo Ghoul franchise with Tokyo Ghoul Re.

As for network TV it’s early to call, but a couple of things we can expect is a small screen adaptation of Black Lightning

… and a new series called Krypton, which takes place 200 years before Superman and features some of his ancestors.

There’s a lot right there, and honestly there was just too much good stuff to put in one post.  So… stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, when we discuss upcoming YA books.  YAY!

Get excited Geeklings, keep enjoying your time off, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: 2017’s Big Moments

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’re your holidays going?  I hope they include lots of food and good times.

So 2017 is almost over.  The year of Fidget Spinners, of wrong films winning Best Picture, solar eclipses, Szechuan Sauce and Last Jedi.  It’s been quite a year for pop culture and nerdy stuff, and as we start looking towards 2018, let’s recap some of the big entertainment moments from the last 12 months…

Envelope mix up at the Oscars – Proof that even with the most careful planning anything can happen on live television, the wrong name was given as the winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards  Everyone from La La Land was already on the stage celebrating and thanking everyone when it was revealed that a mix up had occurred and that Moonlight had actually won.  Awkwardness on a worldwide scale.

Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial – Tone deaf and vain, this infamous attempt to merge protest marches with soft drinks quickly got shot down by social media and the public in general.  Lessons learned all around.

13 Reasons Why – This Netflix series based on the YA novel of the same name by Jay Asher raised a lot of questions and concerns with viewers and their parents, mainly asking if the show ended up glorifying suicide.  It sparked a lot of discussion, and became one of the most talked about YA shows of the year.

Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo – This last October Hollywood Big Wig Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, and it began an online movement and a complete overhaul of how we look at people in power, not just in Hollywood but in the world at large, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.

Wonder Woman – One of the most successful films of any genre this year, Wonder Woman’s first solo live action film was a hit with critics and fans alike, and had the box office numbers to prove it.  It was proof positive that a woman could helm a hero story, both in front of and behind the camera

Another Great Year for Superheroes – The superhero trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  With great films like Wonder Woman, Logan (gotta be 18 to see that one, head’s up), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, we had plenty of reasons to geek out this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Another series based on a book, this dystopian tale of women as 2nd class citizens became very timely in 2017 after #MeToo, the Women’s Marches and the election of Donald Trump.  Life imitating art or vice versa?

Royal Engagement and a 3rd Royal Baby – If you’re fans of the British Royal Family at all, there were two bits of good news this year.  Duchess Kate is expecting her and Prince William’s third child, and Prince Harry announced his engagement to Megan Markle.  Expect wedding bells this May and the new prince or princess this April.

Riverdale – One of the most talked about shows this year, Riverdale premiered back in January, and it’s 2nd season premiered just this last October.  A dramatic take on the classic Archie characters, this mystery has proven popular with teens and almost everyone else.

The Disney/Fox Merger – This only happened this last month, but it was still a HUGE game changer.  Now that Disney pretty much owns Fox it’s led to a ton of speculation from fans.  What does this mean?  How will everything look a few years from now?  Will the Avengers and the X-Men finally be in the same movie?  Not to mention a new reality we all have to embrace, like the fact that Disney now owns properties like The Simpsons or American Horror Story or even Rocky Horror.  WHAT?!

Babadook and Pennywise dating – What started as a mix-up on Netflix turned into a Twitter joke that was fully embraced by the LGBTQ community.  And after It became a hit this last fall it was time for the ultimate ship.

So there’s just a few in a very busy year.  Anything I left out?  Post away in the comments below or write up your own year-end reviews on the WriteIt site.

Have a happy new year Geeklings!  Hope it’s fun, safe and reflective.  See you in 2018 and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: Non-Traditional Holiday Movies

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Hi again Geeklings!  Happy December!

Even though we’ve been getting the holiday vibes since before Halloween, it is officially the holiday season.  Snow (not yet, but give it time).  Lights.  Good food.  Good company.  Good times.

And, as per usual with this time of year, there have been a lot of suggestions online and in person of what to watch over the season.  It is the perfect time to curl up on a couch with a blanket and a mug of cocoa and watch something festive.  And heaven knows there are plenty of holiday-related titles out there.

But holiday movies can be tricky.  They can be a little… what?  In your face?  Overblown?  Overly jolly?  WAY too festive and over the top?  For some people that is awesome and they love it, but for others it can be a little much.  There’s a difference between sweet and saccharine.  Between that cozy feeling and getting a headache from all the noise and lights and feeling nauseous from all the cheer.

So what to do?  Fortunately, there’s a new breed of holiday movie out there, the non-traditional holiday film.  Basically a movie that has holiday elements but it’s not the main point of the story, or they’re films you may not traditionally think of when you think of holiday movies.  These films run the gamut from action to horror to romance to so many others.

Some examples include franchise films like Iron Man 3 or Batman Returns.  Both are set over Christmas.  Iron Man 3 kicks off with a New Year’s Eve party flashback and then the rest of the film takes place over the holidays…

Batman Returns features a tree lighting ceremony and holiday parties.  And then you have movies like A Nightmare Before Christmas, which is still debated endlessly over whether it’s a Halloween or Christmas movie.  Or films like Krampus, which throw full horror elements into the holiday season.  So all of these are enough to give you a taste but not enough to be overwhelming.

I made a list, ’cause lists are helpful.  (Heads up though, some of these are restricted, so check the rating.)

So whatever size dose of holiday cheer you like, have a happy one.  Stay tuned for more festive fun coming up, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: Infinity War Trailer… This! Just… all the this!

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Yesterday, in the grand tradition we now seem to have started of trailers for trailers, we got this…

Not only did this floor me that we were getting a first look at Avengers: Infinity War, and it was great seeing what has led up to this, but I also love how this tease was framed, with all the reaction shots of fans watching previous Marvel trailers.  I don’t know about you guys, but I have been these people.  I’ve never filmed my reaction but I have had those same looks on my face as I got a taste of what was to come.  18 times!  (For 18 films, including February’s Black Panther).

And now 19 times.

*deep breath from the diaphragm*

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I… I have no words… How can one put this into words?!  HOW?!  THIS IS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED AND MORE!

*another deep breath*

Just an observation, this trailer was released this morning, and I saw it was up to almost 500 000 views in it’s first hour alone.  As of this writing (about 12:30pm) it was up to 1.2 million views.  Some of the commentators noticed the view count was stuck for a while.  This trailer broke YouTube for a little bit.

Anyway, back to fangirling.  This is it people!  This is for all the marbles!  This is what nearly 10 years and almost 20 films have built towards.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE!  In one movie fighting one common foe!  Thanos will finally make a play for the universe.  He’ll finally go after all of the Infinity Stones.  So much is about to go down and we still have to wait a little more than five months to see it happen!  I am excited and nervous at the same time!  (Nervous because it’s clear my guys are in for a rough go)

So what does this all mean for the rest of Phase 3?  How will this set things up for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel and the Infinity War sequel that will officially close Phase 3 in 2019?  What will be next for Marvel Studios after that?  Who will make it to the end?  (I really hope everyone, but let’s face it, that isn’t likely).  Time will tell, but what do you think Geeklings?  Post your thoughts in the comments or write your own reviews on WriteIt.

In the meantime, watch…

And watch…

And read…

And click here for my definitive ranking of Marvel films.  Watch ’em, read ’em, love ’em, and let’s hope that somehow everything will work out in Infinity War.

Until next time, End of Line.