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.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: Holiday Episodes of Favorite Shows

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Hi again Geeklings!  How’s December going?  Still neck-deep in exams and projects?  Hang in there!

To help everyone get back in the holiday spirit, even though time might be a little tight, I thought this week I’d focus on holiday episodes of TV shows, which tend to be about half an hour to an hour.  There are lots of nerdy TV shows that like to indulge in some festive cheer every now and then, so let’s look at some examples…

Rick and MortyAnatomy Park” – From the first season of Cartoon Network’s crass but brilliant Sci Fi animated program.  On Christmas Day Morty discovers his grandfather Rick has created an amusement park inside the body of a man dressed as Santa.  Things do not go well for anyone and it makes for a horrifying but memorable holiday.

Phineas and FerbA Very Perry Christmas” – Phineas and Ferb want to turn their town into a giant Christmas Card to thank Santa Claus for all he’s done, but villain Doofenshmirtz has other ideas, like using a ray gun to turn the town naughty.

Doctor Who Holiday Specials – In what’s become a tradition that’s lasted quite a few years now of a special airing on Christmas Day, the Doctor has had many holiday-themed adventures in time and space.  This year’s episode “Twice Upon a Time” will mark the last appearance of Peter Capaldi before Jodie Whittaker takes over as the first female Doctor…

…but there are lots of adventures to watch in the meantime.  Might I suggest “The Runaway Bride“, “A Christmas Carol” and “The Husbands of River Song“?  There’s a full list here.

The Toy Story That Time Forgot  A great addition to the Toy Story Universe, with a whole lot of dinosaurs.

American DadThe Best Christmas Story Never“, “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” – The Smith Family’s holidays tend to include time travel and near death experiences.  Not typical but still fun.

SupernaturalA Very Supernatural Christmas” – You wouldn’t think, with all the demons and monsters and whatnot, that Sam and Dean Winchester would have much room for the holidays, but as this touching episode proves there’s always room for some cheer.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Hearth’s Warming Eve“, “Hearthbreakers“, “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” – In the Land of Equestria, they call their holiday season Hearth’s Warming.  “Hearth’s Warming Eve” reveals the roots of the holiday, “Hearthbreakers” show how different families celebrate and “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” is a take on A Christmas Carol.

The Simpsons Holiday Episodes – There’s nearly 30 years of Simpsons episodes to look through, but if you follow those links you’ll find a couple of DVD collections of their holiday escapades.

FuturamaX-Mas Story” “A Tale of Two Santas” – One of the most irreverent takes on the holidays, Futurama introduced the character of Robot Santa, and he is NOT someone you want to come across on Xmas Eve.  Every resident of 31st Century New New York knows to be indoors before sundown the night before Xmas (that is the official name of the holiday by then, pronounced ‘Exmas’), but the Planet Express crew may be in for a chaotic holiday regardless in these two episodes.

Adventure TimeHolly Jolly Secrets Parts 1 and 2” – One holiday season in the Land of Ooo, Finn and Jake stumble across some VHS tapes, which they discover is a video diary of the Ice King.  Upon watching the tapes (which the King attempts to recover) they discover some long-hidden secrets about the King’s past.

Bob’s Burgers, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins“, “Christmas in the Car“, “Father of the Bob” – The holidays are a big deal in the Belcher household, but often times thing go hilariously awry, from an unexpected guest to a Christmas Eve quest to find a new tree to some family drama.  Watch as they find the holiday cheer amidst the madness.

So there’s a smattering to get you going.  Anything super cool I missed?  Post away in the comments section or share your own holiday thoughts on WriteIt.

Stay tuned for more holiday fun, don’t forget about our Study Hall hours if you need a place to cram, 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.