Monthly Archives: January 2016

Star Wars for babies

Some of you may have noticed the lack of Tusken Tuesdays.  And the erratic posting schedule.

I have an explanation.

You see…  Me and the wife have a small padawan on the way. And while writing content here is one of my favourite things to do, these past few months have been full of shopping for babycarriers, baby furniture, boring baby paperwork, an my favourite: baby clothing.

Hold on: a man enjoying clothes shopping??  This is where I give you some time to recover from shock…

 

 

Recovered? Good, now allow me to explain. How can I not enjoy it, when there’s gems like this to be found:

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I mean, look at it! The kid is not due for another week, but once he’s here, a Stormtrooper uniform is one of his first outfits! He’ll be the coolest baby on the block! And this one:

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“It is your destiny”

Hilarious! And the truth. ‘cause like it or not, he’s to be the heir to that freakishly large collection of Star Wars plastic I keep upstairs.

I hope he likes it.

Jan

Vacation

VacationBRI’ve always been a fan of Chevy Chase. Ever since I was a kid. That’s why, every christmas at the Nerd Times Geek household, we watch Christmas Vacation. It’s a tradition. Sadly though, I’m the only one liking that tradition. The wife is not a fan, finding the humour silly at best. This travesty will not stand! She has to appreciate the comedic genius of Chevy Chase! So last week, I sat her down and showed her the majesty that is National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Turns out, she liked it better than Christmas Vacation. But only slightly better.

I panicked. How can you not like the Griswolds? Granted, my wife didn’t grow up with the series. This is her first time watching Vacation, and yes, when I take my nostalgia goggles off, some bits of the movie do seem a bit dated.

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That’s where the new Vacation comes in. This is what we call a soft reboot people. A dormant series gets revamped, starring just the right amount of new and previous actors. In the rebooted Vacation, we follow Rusty Griswold.  Rusty’s all grown up and has a family of his own. A family that’s getting bored of going to the same old cabin every vacation. So Rusty hatches a plan: a roadtrip that will have them follow the same route his father followed to Walley World!

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The next hour and a half is a blast. We’re treated to slapstick, hilarious dialogue and acting and quite a lot of winks to the original. Ed Helms is magnificent as Rusty, Christina Applegate shines as his struggling wife. I loved it to bits!

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And the best part? So did the wife. She is now with me on the Griswold train. I can only hope Rusty will plan more trips with the family. Let’s see here: he could visit Europe. Or Vegas, or just simply stay at home and have a nice family Christmas. The possibilities are endless!

Jan

New cartoons to binge on!

I’ve already blabbered extensively about cartoons on here.  Ad nauseam, some might say.

Well, brace yourselves, ‘cause it’s about to get worse.

I recently got the chance to see two new cartoons.  Well, new isn’t exactly right.  Rehashed is more like it.  Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny each got a shiny new layer of paint.

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Let’s dig right in with Be Cool Scooby-Doo!  There’s really nothing new here.  The gang is drawn into a mystery (involving a scary ghost. I know: shocker!) and can’t resist solving it.  Shaggy and Scoob get scared and hungry a lot, Fred is a fearless leader, Velma uses her brains more than once and Daphne is along for looks.  Nothing different from the original.

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What is different is the animation style.  It’s more dynamic and vibrant, a much needed update.  There’s also more humor in this version, relying on throwaway jokes and recalls much more than the original.  And it’s these little updates that made me like it a lot.  I never was a huge fan of the originals, but I can see myself watching this reboot.

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Next up is the new Bugs Bunny, aptly titled “Bugs”.  I’m not gonna lie here: I loved Bugs when I was a kid.  I watched the hare religiously, his antics never failed to crack me up.  So I was a bit wary going in here…  Would this new version ruin the old one?

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I’m happy to say that it didn’t.  I enjoyed watching Bugs face off against a team of ninja’s, I smiled as he outwitted Yosemite Sam…  But I never laughed out loud.  That’s an honor I reserve for the old Bugs.  This one seemed a bit too polished and far-fetched…  Just watch Bugs take on four mini-ninjas that just morphed together into one supermuscular badass, you’ll know what I mean.

All in all, not a bad way to spend an hour.

Jan