Pop Culture

Ghostbusters (2016) continues to disappoint.

The new Ghostbusters (2016) can’t leave well enough alone.

There looks to be no originality – just taking the pieces/parts of the first movie and making a new one.

So disappointed.

Someone is getting a huge paycheck for this.

 

Loot Crate – July 2015 – Heroes 2

Loot Crate – July 2015 

Theme – Heroes 2

This month’s Loot Crate theme is “Heroes 2”

Wonder Woman “She Can Do It!” Poster
Legend of Zelda Sweatband
Batman Multi-Tool Keychain
The League of Regrettable Superheroes
Batman Q-Pop Figure (Exclusive)
Brawlhalla Download Card
– Star Trek Air Freshener
– Loot Crate Pin: July 2015

This is the last quarter of my one year Loot Crate subscription.  These final three months will determine for me whether I go for another year subscription.  This months… eh.  The bright spot was the Q-Pop Batman figure.  Really – an air freshener?  A pointy batman multi-tool?  It’s pointy.  Do I really need a weapon when I go drinking?  The book was okay – but I don’t know if is worth the $20.

Loot Crate – June 2015 – Cyber!

Loot Crate June 2015 – Theme:  Cyber!

Let’s go over what we got in this month’s box:

  1. Prime T-Shirt.  Optimus Prime in a neon-esq pose.  T-shirt quality is less than in month’s past, kinda lightweight.  I must have been getting spoiled the last few months.
  2. Nerd Machine – NerdHQ Stickers.  Promo stickers for a convention that I won’t be able to go.  =/
  3. Borderlands Zer0 Game Mat.  I thought this was first a large mouse pad (which is what I plan on using it for).  Eh
  4. Exclusive Terminator Genisys Skull Replica.  I was initially really excited to see this in the box.  It wasn’t until I opened the package and discovered that it had the feel of a high-end pet toy.  Not hard plastic – vinyl.
  5. Terminator Genisys Brain Chip Replica.  Nice quality,  but there’s nothing much to it.  If they had made it a USB drive with a movie trailer or blueprints or something, that would have been cool.  But – I think a repaint might turn it into something cool.
  6. Future Replicant Corporate Patch.  My favorite thing in this month’s patch.  High quality patch.  It took a minute to figure out what the reference was, but it’s a keeper.
  7. Battlestar Galactica Target Poster Set.  Two posters for a show that ended years ago.
  8. Glow-in-the-Dark Gadget Pouch.  Actually pretty cool.  I like the circuit design.
  9. Cyber pin.

Overall, not too impressed with this month’s box.  A lot of promotional schwag.  I think they could have gone a little deeper with the “Cyber” theme or maybe found some creative ways to present it.  I’m not a fan of the newer Terminator movies, so those were dog items for me, promo stickers for a show I’m not heading out to seemed a little silly, eh t-shirt.

This is month #9 for me.  I hope they get better.

Loot Crate – May 2105 – Unite

LOOT CRATE – MAY 2015

Topic:  Unite

Items in this month’s box:

  • T-Shirt – grey t-shirt with Green/White Power Ranger design (Loot Crate Exclusive)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Car Decal
  • Team Fortress 2 Button Set (Exclusive) – missing in my box, but I’m sure Loot Crate will come through.
  • Comic:  Bravest Warriors Tales from the Holo John #1 (Boom! Studios)
  • Marvel Super Heroes Ice Tray (??)
  • Loot Crate Exclusive Mad Magazine
  • Marvel Sneaker Laces (Esquire Footwear)
  • Rick and Morty 300-piece Jigsaw Puzzle (Cardinal Industries, Inc.)

Overall – the puzzle is my favorite this month.

Pitch Perfect 2 – Review

pitch_perfect_two_ver2Beca: Your sweat smells of cinnamon!

Pitch Perfect 2

This weekend I took a trip with a group of friends to see this movie.  While driving down from Toledo to Cincinnati, we watched the original movie so everyone was caught up for the sequel.

I did get the impression that there were some callbacks to the original movie, and the plot where they had to rediscover “their sound” made sense.  I did like the jokes, and that they were coming quickly.  I felt as though the characters had grown a bit since the last film, and this was a new adventure.  I really enjoyed the music and DAS was a good “villain”.

I’m curious to see if a third movie will be happening and how they are going to handle it.  It seems to be at the end of the film, the Bardon Bellas are down to one member (the new girl).  It would be interesting to see how she handles recruiting and in a leadership roll, or if they follow Fat Amy and Bumper.

I enjoyed the movie, bought the soundtrack the next day and look forward to when it comes out on DVD.

Loot Crate April 2015: Fantasy

“As You Wish” – Westley, The Princess Bride

LOOT CRATE APRIL 2015

The theme is “Fantasy”

Overall, a good crate this month.

T-Shirt – Another “not black” t-shirt.  The “&” symbol in dragon form from Dungeons & Dragons

Harry Potter – 9-3/4 Luggage Tag

Inflatable Crown – heavy is the head that wears the inflatable crown

RPG Bow Tie

The Princess Bride Playing Cards

Game of Thrones – 4GB USB Flash Drive

Game of Thrones Magnets

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre

via: http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/96701/sharkansas-womens-prison-massacre-exclusive-trailer-premiere/

Synopsis:

When a fracking mishap accidentally rips apart the earth’s crust, the resulting hole opens up a gaping underground waterway to a vast and mysterious ocean somewhere deep below. Instantly, giant prehistoric sharks begin wending their way upward toward a murky bog in the heart of the Arkansas Bayou. Unfortunately for a group of female prisoners on a work detail in the swamp, the deadly sharks attack without warning – pinning a hapless group of intended victims in a small deserted cabin in the heart of the wetlands. Death may be the only means of escape!

Fantasticon – Toledo 2015

Today was Fantasticon 2015!

This is the first time this convention has been to Toledo, and I was a little leery about it.  But I figured if it was on either end of the spectrum, I would make it enjoyable.

Looking at the guest list, the only two people I recognized were Dirk Manning and Jeremy London (of Mallrats fame).  I have been out of the comic book fandom for many years and didn’t recognize any of the artists, writers, or voice artists present.  It did make me feel a little guilty to see these people sitting behind their tables with their books and just walking past.  I think next time I will do a little research.

There were a few people dressed in costume, not nearly the percentage at the Animarathon or the Wizard World Cleveland conventions earlier this year.

The main room where all the merchandise was being sold had lights that were slightly amber tinted and a little dim.  It gave off a very 1970’s or early 1980’s vibe.  It was a little depressing.  Loads and loads of dollar comics.  I must have done twenty laps around looking at all the merch.

I did pick up an awesome piece of art from artist Erik Hodson, a Bad Wolf illustration.

I met up with some friends and we perused the comics.  We discussed the history of Ant-Man, attended two trivia events – one super-hero trivia (its sad the amount of knowledge bouncing around my noggin), the other being Star Wars trivia.

After making a final lap around the sales floor, we decided “real food” was in order.  We stopped by Ice for food and called it a day.

Loot Crate March 2015: Covert

This month’s Loot Crate’s theme was: COVERT

This has to be the BEST box to date!

1.  James Bond 007 “This Is Stirred” t-shirt
2.  Field Agent Blink Time Wrist Watch (50 Fifty Gifts) – this watch only shows the time when you press its face and then disappears until next time.
3.  Spy Mad Libs
4.  Replica Agents of SHIELD Lanyard (EFX Collectibles)
5.  Paracord Survival Bracelet (Loot Crate Labs)
6.  IDW – Orphan Black Comic Book #1
7.  Special Agent Dossier Notebook 2-Pack (Field Notes)

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