Top Things For 4/01/13

I hope you’re all surviving your April Fool’s Day, everyone. I personally hate this stupid day each year, as my patience for outlandish articles and “shocking” tweets grows thinner and thinner. More and more, today seems like a day to just avoid everyone/the Internet. But worry not, fair reader, for you will always have a safe haven here! My lies will always be comforting and/or self-preserving, and never malicious! So without further ranting, let’s get to the best of this coming week! Because it can only go up!

Books

On Tuesday, The Sword and Laser is kicking off their discussion of The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. While I won’t be reading this month, I always enjoy listening to the podcast, watching the YouTube videos, and creeping on the Goodreads forum. If you want to see this month’s sci-fi/fantasy releases, they have a calendar here. If you have any interest in their discussions, or want to see which six books I am currently reading, head to Goodreads.

Comics

This is actually a pretty light week, for once – for which I am immensely thankful. The last several weeks have been jam-packed with releases, and it was getting tiring. Probably the most notable release on Wednesday is the new Action Comics #19, which sees Andy Diggle taking over from Grant Morrison. Of course, Diggle walked away from the title almost immediately, and artist Tony Daniel will take over for at least an issue. Apparently more info on what’s next for the Superman series is forthcoming. So while there’s drama behind the scenes, Daniel’s art looks pretty amazing, and hopefully worth the price of admission so to speak.

Movies

This week sees the release of the Evil Dead reboot, but honestly I could not care less. The original is a cult classic – though I’ve never seen it. A roommate in college tried to get me to watch one of the sequels, but I just couldn’t get through it. Some of that might be because this guy had the worst. Taste. In movies. EVER. I mean, Daredevil, Electra, and Ghost Rider were unironically two of his favorite movies. His favorite actors included Nic Cage. So maybe I didn’t give the movie the chance it deserves. That being said, this reboot just looks… meh. Like a Cabin in the Woods without any sense of self-awareness or humor.

The movie I am actually excited about, however, is the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3-D. In general, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to these 3-D re-releases, as they seem like the absolute laziest way to make money. On the other hand, Jurassic Park is a phenomenal movie that still holds up twenty years after its initial release, and the chance to see it (again? I can’t remember) in theaters is just too great to ignore.

Music

My frankly embarrassing lack of investedness in the world of music is well documented. I mean, I probably spent $10 on music last year. And the year before that. And probably the year before that. I’M NOT THAT HIP YOU GUYS. But if I had to point out an album release this week, I’d probably have to go with The Band Perry. I don’t love them, but the only other artists I recognized were Rilo Kiley and NKOTB. And I couldn’t name a song by either. Rilo Kiley brings back really embarrassing memories of a phase I went through in college where I was really into indie folk music. So… yeah.

Television

I warned you guys. GAME OF THRONES GAME OF THRONES GAME OF THRONES holy crap did you see when they cut that guy’s nipple off and did you see the dragons eating fish and oh man Cersei wants to totally strangle Margaery Tyrell and she and Loras are her worst nightmare because she can’t seduce them and when are Jon and Ygritte gonna get DOWN and where was my homegirl Arya?

Sorry. Deep breaths. Calm.

Anyway. If epic fantasy isn’t your thing, Parks and Rec is coming back on Thursday after a few weeks off! And New Girl has been moved to Thursday too, where we’ll get to see Nick and Jess try to have a first date as Schmidt and Winston attempt sabotage! AND APPARENTLY MAD MEN IS BACK ON SUNDAY??? How did I not know this??? And Doctor Who is back on Saturday! SO MUCH TV YOU GUYS I CAN DIE HAPPY.

OK, well I just managed to make my own day with those last few revelations. I hope you guys find something to enjoy this week in the world of pop culture. Or in your fulfilling lives with your real jobs and stable incomes and significant others. NOT THAT I’M BITTER. Anyway. Peace out.

Top Things for 03/18/13

‘Sup. I’m back, flush with patriotism after my week-long excursion to our (well, my) nation’s capitol. And also fresh bunions. Because, in case you didn’t know, D.C. is mostly just stuff to see so basically it’s just walking for like five hours a day. So let’s get to it!

Books

There’s a new book by Orson Scott Card but really eff that guy. I don’t care about Ender’s Game, and the dude just lost an artist on a Superman comic because he’s so homophobic. So eff that guy.

Comics

This week, the most note-worthy release is almost certainly Action Comics #18, the conclusion to Grant Morrison’s rather polarizing run. While I have not been the series’ strongest supporter, I am reserving judgment until the end. Regardless of how it turns out, I’m sure it will be noteworthy.

Other notable releases: Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and SAGA!

Movies

This week looks like a bit of a competition to see what can be the worst release. The Croods, while likely to please the kiddos, does not appeal to me in the slightest – despite the inclusion of Emma Stone. Then there’s Olympus Has Fallen, which looks like a truly spectacular waste of time (and I can’t wait to read the racist tweets about Asians after people see it). InAPPropriate Comedy looks even worse than those terrible parody movies and includes Adrian Brody (blugh). So, for what it’s worth, Admission looks like the best option. I love Tina Fey unconditionally, and I desperately want Paul Rudd to be my best friend and/or platonic life partner.

Or, you know, go see Oz the Great and Terrible. It was pretty good. Review forthcoming.

Music

Ummm, there’s a new Brian McKnight album?

Television

Well, after this week I’m basically going to be recommending Game of Thrones non-stop, so enjoy this while it lasts. That being said I’m not really sure what to recommend! The Biggest Loser finale is on right NOW, Girls just ended, there’s no new Parks & Rec… what to do!?! I guess I’ll suggest Community, even though it hasn’t been quite itself this season. BUT it has been finding its feet, and even zombie Community is better than no Community.

Basically, Winter Is Coming, so deal with it.

Top Things for 01/28/13

Guys, I’m back. I’m not making any promises, but hopefully I can be more consistent than I have been the last month. That whole “post a day for like a month” thing was weirdly exhausting. Plus I just started contributing to Nerdspan.com, which I LOVE, but it means writing three more blog posts or so per week, so I put this site on the backburner while I adjusted. So, let’s go forward and just see where this thing takes us, baby.

Books

HyruleGUYS! The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia comes out this week!! I am such a HUGE nerd, but I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE in the biggest way possible. Zelda was one of the first games I EVER played. I got a Gameboy when I was four years old (not because I’m spoiled, but because we were moving literally halfway across the globe and my mom needed something to entertain me on planes), and I got The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (PS it was super hard and took me ten years [not consistently] to beat and I felt such deep an abiding accomplishment I still get goosebumps thinking about it [hyperbole]). Anyway, I need a hardcover compendium. Deal with it.

Comics

Hawkeye

Hawkeye #7! It’s just so fun. So so so much fun. Snarky teen girl Hawkeye, snarking at snarky carny adult Hawkeye, fighting Russians in tracksuits that say “Bro” way too much. Plus a one-eyed dog, occasional cameos from Avengers, and stakes that feel real and important and appropriate to a non-powered hero. Win/Win/Win.

Movies

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Warm Bodies comes out this weekend, and I’m actually kind of excited about it! This is the time of year for crappy movies, so I’ll basically see anything that looks decent in comparison. But this movie actually seems pretty cool! The story of a zombie slowly coming back to life as a result of love? A romantic comedy set against a zombie apocalypse? Rob Corddry and Dave Franco? Basically I’m sold.

Music

destiny

Longtime readers will know that I hardly pride myself on my music taste. It’s evolved over the years from grunge and metal, to mellow alternative, to a weird indie folk phase in college I’m not too proud of, to now where I’ll basically listen to anything. It’s sad. Which is why I hate recommending music. Because if I don’t respect my choices, how can you? But one thing I’m not ashamed of? DESTINY’S CHILD. That’s right. A greatest hits album is coming out this week. Right after I spent my iTunes gift card too. Dang it.

Television

archer

Basically I was just going to type “ARCHER IS BACK ARCHER IS BACK” around a million times, but figured it might get old. So basically Archer is back and you should all watch the animated love child of James Bond and Arrested Development. DO IT.

 

And that’s all for now guys. I don’t know what the week will bring, but I’m sure it’ll be great.

Top Things for 12/03/12

Hello all! I’m back after a seriously extended absence. Between quitting law school, getting super sick (a couple of times) and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, I’ve been a bit preoccupied. But what with Ian starting this whole “Post a day for thirty days” nonsense, I figured he was a bit… overcommitted, and offered to take over some of his other posts! So here I am with some recommendations for what’s out this week.

Books

Did you know that there’s a giant volcano under Yellowstone, whose caldera is slowly rising? Did you know it could erupt at any moment? Did you know that the last time a super volcano of this size erupted, it did so for a thousand years and killed 95% of ALL LIFE ON EARTH??? Well now you do. Good luck sleeping.

Anyway, Supervolcano: All Fall Down by Harry Turtledove is the story of what happens in the aftermath of such an eruption. And while in real life I seriously doubt anyone would survive long enough to have an aftermath, let alone planning for the rebuilding of the nation, it could still be a decent read…

Comic Books

So, don’t tell my boyfriend, but I’m actually not a huge comic book fan (we met in the comics section of a Barnes & Noble and I pretended I knew what I was talking about). I mean yes, I’ve read the classics – Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke, The Dark Knight Returns. Ian has made me read some others – Y: The Last Man, All-Star Superman, and I occasionally browse his collection, but I really don’t care about the soap operatics of the Avengers or X-Men.

That being said, I have been really enjoying a new series: All-New X-Men, which tells the story of the original five X-Men coming from the past into the present to confront their current incarnations. The dialogue is snappy, the premise is intriguing, and the art is beautiful. Plus it’s shipping super fast which keeps the momentum up. Issue #3 is out Wednesday.

Movies

None of the movies opening this week look very appealing to me. So I’m going to use the time and money I would spend seeing a movie on making a costume for the midnight premiere of The Hobbit next week, because I am one of those people.

Music

NEW KE$HA ALBUM BITCHES!!!

Television

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this Sunday marks the penultimate episode of Homeland‘s second season, which should set up all the pieces for a suitably epic finale. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking more forward to The Vampire Diaries on Thursday. Ian started watching several weeks ago, and promptly got us hooked on it. We just finished the awesome third season last night, so hopefully I’ll be fully caught up by Thursday’s episode, which I believe includes the return of Lexi – in flashback form – and SALVATORES IN UNIFORM! PLUS some Nola goodness to remind me of home. Apparently last week’s episode ended on a… sour note… based on the twitter reactions I read, so hopefully this next episode will redeem it somewhat.

 

And that’s all I’ve got for you today. I should be checking in on Wednesday for a comics-themed post, so I’ll need to find something to say about that ASAP. Deuces.

 

Top Things for the Week of 11/26/12

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been pretty M.I.A. lately; I’ve been injured, sick, busy, and exhausted at some point or other for the last month or so. But I’m healed and rested and ready to go, so in the immortal words of Darkwing Duck… Let’s get dangerous!

Books

There are quite a few novels coming out this month, which is always a good thing. I’ll probably be reading the FIVE John Carter novels I just bought (for $.99!!!), but you can see a list of genre releases here.

My pick of the week is Cold Days by Jim Butcher. It’s the latest Dresden Files novel. I’ve only read the first (of FOURTEEN), but I really liked it. It was noir, it was urban fantasy. It had vampires, demons, fairies, and mystical drugs. It was a lot of fun. I haven’t looked up what this one is about, because I want to be surprised if/when I get there, but it’s definitely a series worth… *puts on glasses*… investigating.

Comics

There are a lot of really solid releases this week, including new Angel and Faith, Morning Glories, and Uncanny Avengers. But one release has me the most excited: All-New X-Men. This is a story about the original five X-Men coming from the past into the present to confront their current selves. This should be a bit of a tribute to a more innocent time in comics, as well as a way to add depth to some characters that perhaps lacked it back in the day. PLUS it includes Jean Grey, my all-time favorite X-Man, and the author has said all his favorite scenes include her!

Movies

It doesn’t really look like anything worth checking out is coming this week, so I recommend you take this opportunity to see Lincoln if you haven’t already. I thought it was incredibly well-done, a beautiful story about the importance and power of compromise, the triumph of right over wrong, and the toll power and responsibility can take on a person. More than that, it’s just a beautiful testament to one of the most impressive and inspiring men to ever lead our country, and it awoke something akin to patriotism in my dark shriveled heart.

Music

womp womp

Television

Look y’all, I’m gonna rep Homeland until my fingers bleed. Freaking watch it. But in other news, Last Resort – aka the only new drama I actually really liked this year – has been cancelled so you should watch it before it goes away forever. It asks some really great questions about the nature of power, the source of authority, and what happens when you mess with a natural power structure. It had a great conspiracy and some really solid acting, not to mention one of the better-looking casts in recent memory (Autumn Reeser, duh).

As far as the blog is concerned, I’m going to TRY to have a post each day, because I have a LOT of saved up media to talk about. Movies, TV, and comics! So be on the lookout for that, but as always, no promises.

See you space cowboy…

Top Things for 10/29/12

Hello all! I hope all you New England readers are feeling repentant for your Sinful Ways in the wake of God’s Wrath being poured out on you in the form of Hurricane Sandy. REPENT! REPEEEEENNNNNNNNNNTTTTTT.

And also, you know, be safe and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. But mostly smug Christian judgment.

Books

I’m not really feeling any major release this week, but there is a book about Santa vs. The Krampus, so that has to be worth at least a cursory glance, right?

Comics

The release I’m most excited about this week is probably Aquaman #13, which wraps up the amazing “The Others” arc, which has told Arthur’s origin story to an extent and introduced a lot of cool mythology into Aquaman’s story. We’ll finally get to see who Black Manta is working for, and hopefully what really happened to Atlantis. Should be fun!

Also out: new Angel & Faith, Avengers + X-Men, the last issue of X-Men: Legacy, Action Comics’ Annual, and a bunch of other stuff!

Movies

Wreck-It Ralph! Is it bad that I’m so excited about a children’s movie? Well I don’t care! I’ve been playing video games my whole life and this just looks so fun. I mean come on, there’s a Bowser, a Dr. Robotnik, and a Blinky. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE.

Music

There’s a shocking amount of music coming out this week! We’ve got some Andrew Bird for all you hipsters, some Cee-Lo for all you… whoevers that like Cee-Lo, some Toby Keith for all you country music fans, some Flyleaf for you rockers, and some Calvin Harris for you pop/house kids out there like me. So a little something for everyone!

Television

Guys, I can’t even choose any more. Downton is more dramatic than ever. Homeland is more riveting. Dexter has a renewed purpose and sense of self. Once Upon a Time has really found its groove. Revenge is salacious. Happy Endings is hilarious.

Actually, let’s go with Happy Endings. It’s a Halloween episode, featuring the cast as what looks like the Jacksons. Or a soul train or something. I don’t really know, but it looks hysterical. So watch it.

 

And that’s about it. I’m going to crawl my way to a bottle of Nyquil and curl up with my Kindle until the sweet mercy of sleep takes me like a viral taking an innocent victim in The Passage. Hashtag: Sinus Infection. Every October. Like clockwork. I hate my body.

Peace love and tacos.

Top Things for 10/22/12

What’s good y’all. I am writing a blog post instead of watching the Presidential Debate. Because any more bulls#!t and I will develop a Crucial Systems Error, and inflict GRIEVOUS HARM upon myself. So instead, here are things guaranteed to (or at least potentially capable of) creating some small happiness in our lives.

Books

I know I said it last week, but THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin. I picked up The Passage over the weekend, and I’m about 20% through it already. I’m pretty hooked and it hasn’t even really gotten going yet. It’s creepy, it’s weird, it’s interesting, it’s complex, it’s got great characters. I NEED the sequel, just as Ben predicted. Besides, nothing else is really coming out this week, so why not?

Comics

So my local comic shop doesn’t like to take credit cards for purchases less than $10, which these days means about three comics. Normally, this isn’t a big deal, because I typically buy around that many each week. But every now and then a week happens where that isn’t the case. And rather than going out and getting cash, I tend to just buy an extra comic I didn’t give a try earlier. Frugal? No. But it has lead me to some great, off-beat finds. This weeks? Mind MGMT. I’m not sure what it is, but it involves “weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers,” which sounds so gloriously, brilliantly bizarre as to NECESSITATE some investigation, yes?

Movies

Cloud Atlas comes out this week, which could be really cool. Visually, it looks pretty sweet, and the whole “soul-mates across time and space” thing is pretty interesting, BUT it could also be ridiculously hokey. I’ll probably actually wait a week and see what people say about it.

Music

Colbie Caillat is releasing a Christmas album you guys. I more or less hate Christmas, but my love for Colbie cannot be eclipsed. When she came to Baylor my senior year… hair gently swaying in the late-night breeze, lit up by the moon, singing sweet nothings directly to me and only me… that was it. Love. Like straight up, “I just bought Netflix” love. So yeah, she gets a pass on the whole “manipulating you into buying an album because you’re one of those Christmas freaks that will buy anything green and red in the desperate hopes to rekindle the innocence and unbridled passion of your youth” thing.

Television

One of my absolute favorite comedies is coming back on Tuesday guys! Happy Endings! EEEEEEEEEEEE. This is the show I found to fill the void in my heart when I thought Community was going to end, and it mostly did! In fact, some of the Happy Endings staff have gone on to replace the creator of Community this season, so the two shows are basically related now. It’s heightened, it’s hilarious, it’s occasionally touching, it’s random, it’s everything I need in a sitcom. WATCH IT.

Honestly, that’s it. I’m going to catch up on some Downton and bask in the fact that my 15 year old brother said I’m “pretty jacked” and don’t need to work out as much. Yeah. Cool feeling.

Peace in the Middle East.