Friday, September 30, 2016

Let's Talk: DuckTales Reboot



Hello all!

Say it with me folk, DuckTales WOOOOO-OOOOO! It's been announced that Disney XD is set to air a reboot of the animated series starting in 2017, and I'm super pumped.

For those who may not remember, this wonderful show originally aired from 1987-1990 and was based on the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics by Carl Barks. The show also took influence from another great franchise hero, the one and only Dr. Indiana Jones. DuckTales was a perfect mix of adventure and cartoon comedy. Not to mention it had one of the best theme songs of any show. Ever.

Not much has been released yet regarding the reboot, but from the looks of it all the familiar characters are coming back and even the animation itself will be just as fans remember it. There won't be any CGI or 3D renderings for this show. The project was first announced back in February, and according to a statement by Marc Buhaj, the senior VP Programming and General Manager for Disney XD, they're hoping this new series will bring the same energy and spirit to a new generation.

When I first heard about the reboot I was excited. I loved this show when I was younger, and I still listen to the theme song at least once a week. But then I thought about it-- will it still have the same impact on me like it did when I was younger? Will it come off as this cheesy remake of one of my most beloved cartoons? Or will it be just the right amount of nostalgia with a fresh new take? Either way, life is again about to be like a hurricane in Duckburg and I can't wait.

What do you guys think? Lemme know!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What's Your Patronus?

Hello all!

So not only is today the first day of fall and my Mom's birthday, but today is also the day I found out my Patronus!

Now, you should all know my love of Harry Potter by now (I mention it at every opportunity) and I'm a sucker for all those Pottermore quizzes, so I couldn't wait to get home and take this one.

I was slightly intimidated by this quiz because it was timed and you're being whisked around the forrest by a will-o'-the whisp looking thing, and they aren't so much as questions but rather you picking a word that you'd associated with yourself. Am I more stone, wood or earth? I don't know and the building music in the background isn't helping my only seconds long decision! Oh, the pressure!

Ever since I read the books, I've always wondered what my Patronus would be. What animal would convey my happiest thought? Well, my friends, here it is-- My Patronus is...



...A Tonkinese cat.

Now, to be honest, I don't even know what a Tonkinese cat is, but according to Google it's a cross between a Siamese and a Burmese cat. I'm also not the biggest cat person being that I'm allergic to them, but this does sort of make sense to me. Tonkinese cats are loyal, playful, intelligent and curious. They are content in social situations, but also like to be on their own. They're easy to care for and are generous with the affection they give to their loved ones.

In a weird way, it does sum me up pretty well. Has anyone else tried the quiz? If so, what were your results? And if you haven't, head over to Pottermore and find out!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Let's Talk: Batman: The Killing Joke



Hello all!

So, I finally got around to picking up the DC animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke and holy cow was it good. The adaptation of the graphic novel first premiered at this years San Diego Comic Con back in July, and was originally intended to be a straight to video release. Instead, it was released digitally, in DVD/Blu Ray format and in select theaters for one night.

The film has received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. On one hand it's been praised for its voice actors (you can never go wrong with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill) and for how well it stayed true to the original source material, but on the other it was criticized for its 30 minute prologue and the depiction of Batgirl. Despite all that, it still managed to rake in a whopping $4 million worldwide.

The story starts off with Batgirl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, failing to capture a group of robbers but does manage to catch the eye of Paris Franz, the leader of the gang and nephew of one of the most powerful mob bosses in Gotham. Franz develops an obsession with Batgirl and ends up tricking her into finding his uncle's dead body. Batman, fearing for her safety, takes her off the case telling her she'll eventually stray too far into the void and be tempted to kill the criminals they pursue instead of bringing them to justice. Understandably, Barbara doesn't take too kindly to that which leads to her and Bruce fighting and then sleeping together. A few days later, Batman is ambushed by Franz and his men, and when Barbara comes to his aid, loses control and almost beats Franz to death. This mental break causes Barbara to retire her crime fighting ways for good.

After all that, Batman is brought to a crime scene by Detective Bullock and after seeing the gruesome smiles on the deceased faces, comes to the conclusion that the Joker has broken out of Arkham Asylum and is behind the murders. When Commissioner Gordon and him go to Arkham, Batman's worst fear is confirmed -- the Joker is loose and somewhere in Gotham.

The Joker then attacks Barbara, shooting her in the stomach leaving her paralyzed, while her father looks on in horror. Jim is then taken by Joker's thugs to an amusement park where he is stripped and tortured with pictures of his daughter naked and in pain.

All throughout the film, you get little flashback cuts to Joker's past and how he came to be the Clown Prince of Crime. It turns out he was a down and out engineer turned comic just trying to make a better life for his wife and their unborn baby only to fail miserably. Desperate for cash, he agrees to help two criminals break into his former place of employment, but tries to back out once he finds out his wife and child have been killed. The thugs aren't about that and force him to go along with the plan while wearing the Red Hood's mask and cape. Needless to say, it doesn't go as planned and after a shootout with security takes out his criminal buddies, the Joker is trying to get away only to be cornered by Batman. In his terrified state, the Joker trips over the cape and falls into a vat of chemicals which disfigure his face. Combine that with the grief of losing his family, and it was all too much for him to take and his mind just snaps; he fully turns into the Joker we all know today.

Fast forward back to the present, Batman saves Jim Gordon, who is perfectly level-headed and sane despite all of the Joker's efforts to break him, as the Joker flees into the fun house. Batman (of course) goes after and you hear Joker taunting him that any man can go insane off of just one bad day. Eventually, the two come face to face and have a little scuffle, and Batman tells him that although he tried, Gordon was fine and that the Joker is alone in his madness. He offers helps, which the Joker refuses, telling him it's too late for him. Then he tells a bad joke and the two laugh as you hear police sirens in the background.

All in all, I thought the film was really good and I loved how well it stayed true to the original comic. I also wasn't the biggest fan of how Barbara/Batgirl was portrayed, almost as that comic book cliche girl who is sort of complex but really there as a love interest for the male character. I did like the mid-credit scene of her in the wheelchair entering a secret room and the Oracle logo on her computer, though. That kinda redeemed it a little for me then because I do love her as Oracle. The beginning did seem a bit wonky and like it didn't flow into the main story as well as it could have, but overall I was a fan of the comic so I figured I was gonna be of fan of the film as well.

Have any of you seen it? If so, what'd you think? Lemme know!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Book Haul: Part 1

Hello all!

I have to apologize for my hiatus again. I recently moved in with two of my friends, so the past few weeks have been just a tad bit hectic, but I promise I am back to clutter your screens with my nerdy word vomit once more.

While packing my life away into boxes, I realized I had quite a lot of books I had bought but never mentioned, and what better way to come back than with a little haul! I'm going to break this up into 2 posts because it's a bit of a doozy.

Side note: I've always had a ton of books. Ever since I was a kid, I always liked to spend my time with fictional characters rather than actual living people. I could spend hours walking through bookstores or libraries, and I've always had stacks of books in every corner of my room because I ran out of room on my countless bookshelves. In saying that, lemme also just mention, moving said stacks and stacks of books is the pits. Moving boxes filled with books up and down stairs really tested my tiny, frail T-Rex arms.

Anywho, here we go!


Wonder Show - Hannah Barnaby: I mainly picked this book up because I love anything surrounding circuses circa 1920s-1930s. I had a photography class in college and we looked at pictures of circus performers/circus grounds during that time period and I just fell in love with the look of everything. The story is about a young girl, Portia, who gets abandoned by her father and left with her straight laced aunt. After a while, her aunt then dumps her at the McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls under the care of a creepy man known only by "Mister." While at the home, Portia becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her father, and she gets this notion in her head that he left her to join the circus. So what's the logical thing to do then? Well, escape the home and join the circus, of course. After the death of Portia's only friend at the home, which Portia feels responsible for, she flees during the night and joins up with a circus that's moving through town. While working there, rather than looking for the family that left her, she starts connecting with the people in the circus (especially the freaks in the sideshow) and begins forming a new family of her own. It's not too long though before Mister has private investigators track her down and force her to return to the house. Once there, Portia learns the fate of her family and after a rescue attempt from her circus family, must decide to either stay at the house or embrace a new life with the strange little family she made.


Seinfeldia - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: I just love anything Seinfeld related and this book was such a fun look into the history, and just how the show about nothing got created. Packed with pictures from writers of the show and tidbits from Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, it really showcases the struggles the show had in the beginning and how it's now one of the most popular TV shows of our time.


The Wicked Boy - Kate Summerscale: Taking place in the summer of 1895, brothers Robert and Nattie, are two teenage kids running around having the time of their lives in East London-- eating at all the fancy coffee shops, taking trips to the theater and whatever else young boys in Victorian London did for fun. The boys told their neighbors that their mother has left them alone to go visit family, but that arises the suspicions of their aunt who comes to the house only to find the decomposing body of the boy's mother. The two boys are then taken into custody and charged with matricide. Robert confesses to the murder but his lawyers fight that he's clinically insane (uh, ya think?) and Nattie strikes a deal in which he totally throws his brother under the bus. While on trial, it's brought up Robert's love of vicious criminals, penny dreadfuls and that he suffers from severe headaches. Robert eventually gets thrown into a detention center for the insane, which has a profoundly shocking impact on the boy and those who thought they knew him the most.


Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon: This is a story about a girl, Maddy, who is literally allergic to everything. She can't leave the confines of her home, but that doesn't stop her from building a relationship with the new boy, Olly, who moved in next door. The only form of communication they have is through email and the tiny windows of time that Maddy's nurse can sneak Olly in the house while Maddy's mom is at work. Eventually the two fall for one another, and Maddy is determined to be able to live in the outside world with Olly like a normal teenaged girl. Going behind her mothers back, Maddy books a trip to Hawaii for her and Olly, and while there she has a scare and ends up in the hospital. This one event changes everything and flips Maddy's world on its head. Was she ever really sick or was it just her mother's way of keeping her close so nothing bad ever happened to her? It's a story filled with first love and coming of age that's really endearing and heartfelt, and it's played out with little drawings and diary entries so it really feels like you're living it along with Maddy which is refreshing.

Book Haul: Part 2

And the list goes on!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne: You guys know I love me some Harry Potter, so me picking this up was a given. The story takes place years after the end of the series, and follows Harry's son Albus and his years at Hogwarts and the hardships he faces being the son of The Boy Who Lived. It's written in a screenplay style, so right off the bat it's different from the original series. I actually already read this one, and I have to admit, I liked it but I didn't think it was great. I mean, it was a good story line, but I guess I was just expecting more from it.


Eragon - Christopher Paolini: I've always heard such good things about this book, but I've never actually read it. The story is about a boy, Eragon, who finds a polished blue stone in the forest and while he thinks it's just a nice treasure he found, a dragon soon hatches from it and his life is thrust into this powerful, magical world. With only the help of an ancient sword and an old storyteller, Eragon must take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders and travel through the dangerous terrain of the Empire, fighting off enemies and an evil king. If that wasn't enough, the whole fate of the Empire may rest in his hands, so you know, no pressure or anything.



Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen: I already have this book. In two different copies, actually, but just look at the pretty binding. I really love the look of leather bound books, and I'm such a huge fan of the Barnes & Noble classics line that they brought out which caters to my obsession. I have a few other books from that range, but this one is actually not a hardcover, but it's not exactly a paperback either. It's like a nice in-between and I just love it so much.


Ok, I think that's enough for now. What're you guys reading lately? As always, lemme know if you have any suggestions!