Monthly Archive – December 2017

New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again! What sort of “new you” does the new year bring? If it’s someone who wants to read more, check out these Top Teen Books of 2017 – written by Canadian authors of course!

 

 

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: Festive Vids to Kick Off Your Time Off

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Wassup Geeklings?  Happy Holidays!

Whether you’re still in the thick of it with school or officially off for the winter break I hope you’re staying warm and having fun.  I thought today I’d post some geeky yet goodwill-inducing videos to throw a little festive cheer your way.

First up we head over to HISHE‘s Villain Pub, where the regulars are in the festive spirit…

Next up is a new trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a film we’ll have to wait a whole year to find out what the heck it’s about, but is intriguing all the same.  Based on the classic holiday tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman, which has had many book and film adaptations as well as a famous ballet (trust me, you’ve heard the music), Disney is trying a new take on it.  After watching this little snippet comparisons to Alice in Wonderland can’t help but be made, but there are also hints of the Nutcracker segment of Fantasia.  See the teaser for The Four Realms below.

And since Star Wars is back in the public eye this Holiday Season, we’re pretty much obligated to once again bring up the Bantha in the room; the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.  Vox recently put out a really interesting video explaining how the special came about and what it meant for creative control for George Lucas, and later Disney.  Ripple effects people!  Worth a watch for the Star Wars/Pop Culture History nuts (Yo!).

And this holiday season let’s not forget to give another shout out to our pal Krampus.

Hope you enjoy all the holiday fun this year.  Stay tuned for a 2017 wrap up next week, have very Happy Holidays Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.