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Week of Geek: Month of the Macabre, Part 3

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Hi again Geeklings!  Welcome to week 3 of our Month of the Macabre celebrations!  Only 2 weeks to go until Halloween!  How are your costumes coming along?

This week let’s go over one thing no Halloween season would be complete without; scary movies!  Ah, the scary movie; a true staple of this time of year.  It’s the perfect season to just get cozy on a couch, turn the lights down, grab snacks and pull a blanket over you (ya know, in case you need to shield your face during the scary bits).  It’s even better when you can do it as a group.

Just this last weekend I watched The Conjuring again.  Still super spooky with a lot of atmosphere.

But that is just one of many movies out there designed to deliver thrills and chills.  From ghost stories to monsters, sci fi to fantasy, knife-wielding maniacs and psycho killers, films have captured just about every which way there is to be scared in the safety of our own home or local movie theatre.

But it can be a bit tricky for teens to find movies to watch that are actually scary.  Why?  A little something called the R rating.  The bane of many a teen’s existence; you’re almost old enough to watch it but just not quite!  And though some movies rated G or PG can be freaky, they often are tame compared to other options.

Fortunately we got you covered.  I’ve compiled a list of scary movies that are all rated PG-13 or 14A or lower.

We’ve got quite a few to select from.  IT, of course, was a huge hit last year, so much so that they’re doing a new big screen version of Pet Sematary next year.  I’ve seen IT, The Lost Boys (80s vampires my friends!) The Woman in Black, Warm Bodies and The Conjuring (and Supernatural, but we’ll talk more about the Winchesters next week).  I’d like to see The Hole, Unfriended, The Purge and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Grab a few of these and your next movie night is sure to freak some people out.  Any good ones (appropriately rated) that I’ve left out?  Post away in the comments section.  And if after my last two posts you’re still looking for some spooky reads, Nerdist released a list of scary short stories you can read online, including authors like Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King.  Check ’em out.

Have a good week Geeklings, keep enjoying the thrills, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: Fan Con’s almost here! Plus, one more Fantastic Beasts trailer!

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Hi again Geeklings!

This is it!  Just a few days until Vaughan Fan Con 2018, this Saturday from 10am – 4pm!  Are you excited?  I’m SO excited!  We’ve got so much going on that day; workshops, video games, board games, Pokemon, an Artists Alley, special guests, cosplay photoshoots, a STEAM area.  Just… so much wow!  Be sure to click that link to see what’s going on and how to sign up for the workshops.  And stay tuned, because like with any con the schedule can be subject to change.

As for something geeky this week to get us all in the spirit, how about a brand new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

Is this movie going to be somewhat problematic?  Yup.  Am I still excited?  Yup.  I mean, it does look pretty darn awesome!  New beasts, lots of magic, high stakes, a young Dumbledore, Hogwarts!  It’s darn near impossible not to be excited!  There’s a big reveal in the trailer that ties into the Harry Potter series, and there’s already much speculation on what’s going to go down (with J.K. Rowling being mum as usual).

If you want to catch up on the Wizarding World we have the series in our collection and we have the films, including the first Fantastic Beasts movie, as well as the script and the textbook.

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday!  If you want to come in costume it is not a requirement but very much encouraged.  Enjoy the rest of the week and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek: DC Heroines on the Big and Small Screens

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Hi Geeklings!  Everyone have a good long weekend?

Couple of interesting things over from Warner Bros and DC to report this week.  Looks like Supergirl is getting her own movie.  After the success of Wonder Woman and of the small-screen Supergirl series, it seems Warner Bros is willing to take another chance on the teen superheroine and bring her back to movie theaters (an attempt was made in 1984, but the less said about that the better).  For anyone unfamiliar, Supergirl is Superman’s younger cousin and a hero in her own right.  She has the same powers as her cousin and is known as the Girl of Steel.  Details are super scarce at the moment for a film version, but regardless it’s still exciting news!

While DC’s big feature films are hit and miss, it’s television universe is thriving and growing.  The Supergirl TV series is part of the Arrowverse, a collection of series that began with Arrow and are all interconnected and have frequent crossovers.  It was recently announced at San Diego Comic Con that Batwoman will join the Arrowverse, possibly with her own show.

And she’s also been cast.  Exciting times!

So how to get in on this?  Well, for Supergirl may I recommend…

Superman/Batman Vol. 1Superman/Batman Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb – I LOVE this series, it actually got me back into reading comics in my 20s.  This volume collects the first two storylines, and the 2nd one reintroduces Supergirl after she hadn’t been in the comics in years.  Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all here, as well as Big Barda and villain Darkseid.  Everyone is shocked when Batman discovers the pod carrying Kara Zor-El in Gotham harbor, and now everyone, including Kara, has to decide what must be done, especially when someone as powerful as Darkseid catches wind of her arrival.  The events of that story were also made into an animated movie (I personally preferred the comic, but give both a try).

Supergirl: Being SuperSupergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki – This four-issue stand-alone series took a more YA approach to Supergirl, her origin and her day to day struggles.  Kara Danvers has superpowers and crash landed to earth in a ship, but she’s fine to put all of that aside as she tries to deal with the pressures of high school and hang out with her friends and adoptive parents.  As Kara gears up for her 16th birthday an earthquake in her small town unearths some dark secrets, some misplaced trust and kicks her superpowers into overdrive.  Will she figure everything out or will this be her undoing?  You’ll have to read to find out.

Image result for supergirl blu raySupergirl TV Series – Launched in 2015, this popular CBS/CW series has introduced a new generation to Kara, and it’s popularity has helped convince Warner Bros to give a movie a chance.  In this series Kara Zor-El is sent to earth from a dying Krypton like her cousin Kal-El.  But Kara is 13 years old when she’s sent and was tasked to watch out for her baby cousin.  But when her ship is sent off course and finally arrives on earth decades later Kal is grown up, now named Clark Kent and famous the world over as Superman.  Years later, when Kara is 24 she attempts to launch a superhero career of her own, trying to get out of her cousin’s shadow and to hold a normal life at the same time.  (And yes, Superman does make an appearance in this show, but not until season 2.  Patience.)

Age of AtlantisSupergirl: Age of Atlantis by Jo Whittemore – If you’re digging the TV series and want more, there’s a book series tie in!  In this volume Kara has noticed that a lot of superpowered people are turning up in National City, but if that weren’t enough the Department of Extranormal Operations has caught a sea creature… a humanoid one.  So Kara now has 2 mysteries to sort out; all the superpowers showing up and what drew this individual from the sea to the city.  There’s also a collection of digital comics that tie into the series as well.

You can find the rest of the Arrowverse shows from our collection in this handy list.

As for Batwoman, be sure to read…

Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. WilliamsBatwoman by Greg Rucka – This first volume introduces us to the New 52 version of Kate Kane, showing her backstory and her current work as Batwoman.  Former military, kicked out for being gay, Kate decides to take inspiration from Batman and begin fighting crime herself.  But a new threat comes to Gotham; the Religion of Crime and it’s riddle and storybook loving leader, known only as Alice.  But Alice may have secrets… secrets that tie to Kate and to her family.  It’s a riveting tale and a great introduction to this thoroughly modern hero.

What do we think Geeklings?  Excited?  Meh?  Keep giving us Marvel?  Post away in the comments or on WriteIt.

Have a great week, try to stay dry, keep your eyes peeled for Fan Con news, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Your 2018 SDCC Trailer Round Up

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Hiya Geeklings!

So this past weekend was San Diego Comic Con, and as per usual we got a ton of news coming out of California on some of our favorite fandoms.  So today I thought I’d let them do the talking and post some of the new trailers that you guys might be interested in <3

Movies

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe didn’t have any panels or announcements this year (probably because they’re avoiding spoilers for the last Infinity War film) so that gave DC and Warner Bros a chance to shine.  We got our first trailer for this December’s Aquaman.  We first met the Atlantean royalty in previous films like Batman v Superman and Justice League but now he headlines his own film, and it’s looking pretty epic.

DC also unveiled a trailer for this April’s SHAZAM!.  If you guys aren’t familiar, Shazam is a long-running DC superhero (he used to be called Captain Marvel until Marvel Comics put a stop to that).  His alter ego is Billy Batson, a kid who becomes an adult superhero when he shouts SHAZAM, the name of a wizard who imparts his powers to him and an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, all Greek gods and heroes (comics are weird but wonderful, aren’t they?).

This looks like a lot of fun, which is something the DCEU has not been known for lately.  Aquaman looks like it’s going for a more playful tone too, so hopefully that will continue.  These movies are supposed to be fun after all.

To get caught up check out the previous DCEU films.

Warner Bros also released our latest look at the Wizarding World with a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

I’m torn about this one, as I mentioned in a previous post.  Still looks amazing and I love this franchise and a lot of these characters so much but man, those two big problems are hard to get past.  We’ll have to see.  But, of course, we’ve got a perfect excuse to watch the other Wizarding World films (not like we really needed one)…

And we’ve got some monster movie fun for you with Godzilla: King of the Monsters.  If you’ve been watching Stranger Things you might recognize the star.

TV

The new Doctor is getting ready to make her debut and this new series looks delightful.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back!  This was a big surprise at the Con this year.  Fans of the original series had hoped there’d be more episodes, as the show hadn’t really ended the way it was intended too, but there was no real indication that was happening… until the 10 year anniversary panel and this trailer was screened.  Fans are over the moon!  Plus we have the new show Star Wars: Resistance coming soon as well.  Good times for Star Wars animated series.

Netflix and Dreamworks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender screened a trailer for it’s 7th season and announced that there’ll be some representation in their series by introducing Shiro’s boyfriend Adam.

And we got another look at Netflix’s new Matt Groening series Disenchantment (I’ve already hyped this one up pretty hard, take a look).

Other news

Supergirl announced that it has cast the first transgender superhero on network television.  Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actor, will play Nia Nal, a re-imagined version of Dream Girl, in the shows fourth season.  Awesome!

And Star Wars books.  So many Star Wars booksE.K. Johnston will be returning to the galaxy far far away to pen a stand-alone novel for Padme Amidala, the queen/senator/mother of Luke and Leia that we first met in The Phantom MenaceQueen’s Shadow tells of how Padme transitions from queen to senator and how she and her loyal handmaidens must navigate the metaphorical treacherous waters of the Galactic Senate.  There’ll also be a novel by Claudia Gray about Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi and there will also be a horror comic series called Tales from Vader’s Castle.  LOVE IT!  Read the full list of announced books here.

So that’s all for now.  Anything I missed?  Post away in the comments section.  Keep your eyes peeled for more news about our own Fan Con, coming Sept 29, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Pride Month Recommendations Part 3: Movies

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Hi again Geeklings!  Welcome to week three of our Pride month recommendations.

This week though, I wanted to talk about movies.  I was wholeheartedly excited to put a list together of teen-friendly flicks that celebrate pride.  In reality, it turned out to be a heck of a lot harder to find those kinds of movies than I thought.  Here I am trying to write up some film options that are a) appropriate for the under-18 crowd and b) would appeal to today’s modern teen.  And… I’m kinda coming up a little empty.  Many of the most acclaimed films of the last year that highlight LGBTQ+ themes (like Moonlight or Call Me By Your Name) are rated R, which doesn’t really help you guys.

So why the dry spell?  Well, I think it’s mostly because while a lot of books and TV shows are starting to get more open about that kind of representation, a lot of mainstream movies are still REALLY hesitant to represent LGBTQ+ characters (here’s a more current assessment).  And like a lot of things in life, the main explanation as to why seems to be money.  Franchises like Star Wars, Marvel and the Wizarding World spend millions upon millions of dollars on their films, and they want to make that money back as well as turn a profit.  This means that the stakes are higher for them then for a TV show or a book, and they have to appeal to the widest audience possible, both at home and globally.  And since LGBTQ+ practices are still pretty darn taboo in a lot of places, many countries will not screen movies that have explicitly gay/lesbian/trans/etc content.  Or in places where they are screened some movie goers will simply not buy a ticket for them.

It’s one of the reasons why we’re not getting any mention of Dumbledore’s sexuality in this year’s Fantastic Beasts movie.

Which is a huge bummer, if you ask me.  Mainstream films are just starting to come around to the idea of including more women and people of color in their casts, but anyone of a different orientation or gender identity is still being left in the closet.  Many filmmakers hint at it (like Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok or Antiope in Wonder Woman) but hardly anyone will come out and say it.  It’s beyond frustrating for a lot of people… and for librarians who want to talk about movies for you guys.

So what DO we have?

Well, how about Love, Simon?  Based off the book Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, this film follows Simon Spier, a teen who’s trying to balance his family, his friends, his school and being gay but not out.  But a couple of people pop up online; one person’s trying to blackmail him by threatening to out him, and another person has caught his romantic interests.  What will Simon do?  Put a hold on the movie and find out!

One I’d really recommend is Easy A.  Though the main character isn’t gay, one of the big characters in the film is, and that kind of sets up the whole story.  Released in 2010, it stars Emma Stone as Olive Penderghast, and since she’s already lied about losing her virginity she’s asked by her friend Brandon to pretend to sleep with him so everyone will think he’s straight and the bullies will leave him alone.  Olive decides to fully embrace her new bad girl image, even stitching a red ‘A’ to her clothes after her class reads The Scarlet Letter.  But, as things often do in these situations, everything gets out of hand.  Funny and smart, Easy A is definitely worth a look.

Anything else?  Well, last year I talked a bit about LeFou in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.  It turned out that was a whole lot of nothing, much hinted but not outright stated, but the film is still fun.  There’s also The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Struck by Lightning and Saved.

So yeah, kind of a short list today.  Hopefully that’ll change soon, and more studios, directors and producers will take a chance and tell more stories that represent more people.  Any movies you guys like that I missed?  Post away in the comments section.

One more week to go for Pride Month.  Stay tuned, have a great week and until next time, End of Line.

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