Friday, May 26, 2017

What I'm Watching: WB Edition




FistFight:





Synposis: " Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way. On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throwdown after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed. "


I love Charlie Day. I also love Ice Cube. Both actors are absolutely talented and have a lot of strengths. Comedy is one of those strengths. So put them both together for a comedy and I'm in. From what seems to be inspired by 3 O' Clock High, I walked into this movie hoping for a good laugh and that's what I got. Sure, there were a few moments in the film that dragged on but for the most part, it was a fun movie. Charlie and Ice Cube played off each other so well which, being polar opposites in every possible way, which lead to hilarious situations and gags. Some fun throwbacks to Ice Cube's previous roles and rap career also find themselves into this movie but not in a "holy crap, they just had to shoehorn that" kinda way.

This feels like the kinda movie I'd include in an all day comedy marathon and could go on to become a cult favorite among comedy fans. I certainly hope more people will check this out, as it is worth your purchase.



DC SuperHero Girls: Intergalactic Games:



Synopsis: " Super Hero High is facing off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games, but Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of Supers to enact her villainous plan. "

DC SuperHero Girls is one of the latest in the series of animated series and movies garnered to a younger audience. This show is mainly targeted at young girls, in the same vein as She-Ra or Sailor Moon. Which is a pretty fun concept, considering how many women are in the DC Universe who don't normally get their own spotlight. So far, this series and line of merchandising has become very popular with not just children but adults as well. I've met fans of all ages who enjoy it because of it's Saturday morning cartoon throwback feel and carefree style. I know if I was a kid when this debuted, I'd be watching it and enjoying it.

Even better? I'm an adult who watches it and enjoys it.

This feature length movie is a fun addition to your DC Comics animated collection and as juvenile as it can be at times, it still has a tone that sets it apart and reminds you of how fun super fun comic characters used to be and how enjoyable they still can be, all while bringing the kid out in all of us!


Wonder Woman: 



Synopsis: " On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! "


 A rerelease of the 2009 animated movie, which became an instant favorite and classic among superhero fans. Until 2009, Wonder Woman didn't have her own feature to shine. She was relegated to appearing on Justice League or Super Friends cartoons through the years while others like Batman and Superman had their own series. For years fans had been clamoring for her own series or movie and finally, we were treated to it. Wonder Woman was at her finest and showing what made the character so great: brave, strong, bold, and sympathetic. Wonder Woman finally got the spotlight she truly deserved.


For fans who missed out though, have the opportunity to make up that mistake by picking up this rerelease with awesome cover new art! With great new featurettes, as well as a sneak peak for the upcoming Harley Quinn and Batman feature as well (which, judging by the trailer, looks absolutely hilarious) .

Features include:


  • Featurette – What Makes A Wonder Woman: For 75 years, Wonder Woman has resonated with audiences because of her loving nature and quest for truth. Hear some of her biggest fans and fellow creators discuss how her qualities have crafted her into the icon we know today. This featurette is about ten minutes long.
  • Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Batman, and Harley Quinn, featuring the talented creators and voice cast. This comes in at being nine minutes long.
  • Creative Team Commentary: Scene and film analysis by producers Bruce Timm & Gregory Noveck, director Lauren Montgomery and screenwriter Michael Jelenic.
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream – A definitive look at a psychologist’s dream, and the rich history of one of the pillars of DC Comics. This featurette is about twenty-six minutes long
  • Featurette – Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth – This revealing documentary explores the archetype and tradition of the female DC Comics Super Hero. This enjoyable featurette is again approximately twenty-six minutes long.
 If you're a fan of superheroes and are looking for a good way to prepare for the new live action Wonder Woman movie, this is a must own. Solid film, superb animation and writing, great features, and a perfect addition to your shelf.


-Chad
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Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
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Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf
Celebrate the princess who becomes the World's Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman's origin. On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength - Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world - by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman! - See more at: http://www.wbshop.com/product/wonder+woman-+commemorative+edition+%28blu-ray+-+dvd+-+ultraviolet+combo%29+1000632628.do#sthash.iUnUvtXF.dpuf

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hitting The 2017 McDonaldHouse Sale

 This line means something...It means I'm insane for the 4 day journey I'm about to embark upon...


Twice a year, the local chapter of the Ronald McDonaldHouse runs a 4 day donation driven charity sale with all proceeds going to helping local families in need. It's a great opportunity to help those less fortunate as well as a nice opportunity to pick up some good items to add to your pop culture collection. The sale takes place in a giant warehouse and is divided into multiple departments from clothes to jewelry to furniture to toys to movies and everything in between. And I do mean EVERYTHING.





But to get to the sale, you have to walk through that legendary hallway. It's a good two minute walk, but until you walk into that sale, it feels like the longest two minutes of your life.


Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Be prepared to do a LOT of walking around. Everytime I've hit this sale, I've discovered new nooks and crannies that I find some cool stuff, which I dig, because next show, it usually leads to new spots to look for treasures. This time, I found a spot that included old camcorders and filming equipment. I've been on the hunt for a HI-8 camera to convert my old tapes, so maybe next time I'll find one...


Before I continue, let's address the cult hero of the Sale: The Halloween Room. I've written about it before and it's just as great as you can imagine. For Halloween fanatics, it's a breath of fresh air. Oh sure, Halloween will spring up everywhere in two months, but some of us need our fix of everything Pumpkin-y.

Yowza! Looks like the room was relegated to the larger items and the rest of the decorations were given their own table all the way in the corner of the holiday section. I'm ok with this. More Halloween the better! Besides, who's gonna complain when they're staring Halloween goodness. I can't describe the feeling of seeing all this stuff in one spot. It's a nice warmup for what we can expect to see come August/September.




There's also a massive toy section in which it's not uncommon to find some good action figures from time to time. Mainly a lot of superhero toys, McDonalds toys, My Little Pony knockoffs and lots of Rescue Heroes. Of course, then there's the occasional toy line being misspelled...last time it was "Monsters of The Universe". This time...

NINGA TURTLES.


Well, I mean, no one's perfect. Besides, I've littered this blog with numerous typos, who am I to judge?


Ok, let's get to the fun part. Time to check out the goods I walked away with:


CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY:

Whew. Not the biggest book collector, but I know something awesome when I find it. From what I'm told by some of my friends who are book experts is that while it's a first print edition. Well, one of the first prints. Apparently, a couple of editions were printed in this time frame and thankfully, this book is one of them. So I'm very happy to hear that!

And yes, it includes the depiction of the Oompa Loompa in a very offensive manner, which I don't think would be the best in taste to post.



BATMAN THE OFFICIAL MOVIE BOOK:



I'm a big time Batman 89 collector and I can honestly say I've never seen this out in the wild before. It was just sitting all alone on the bottom of a book shelf while other shoppers were looking at Goosebumps books. I shamelessly swooped in and grabbed it. It had to be mine. It's a hardcover book featuring great colored photos of the cast and scenes from the movie as well as pre production art, designs and concepts for characters, vehicles and Gotham. It's a fantastic piece to my collection.


BACK TO THE FUTURE LUNCHBOX:



Last year, I found a Robocop lunchbox and now I find THIS! Of all the lunchboxes of my youth, I'm very surprised I don't recall this one. I went to school with a lot of kids who loved BTTF but I don't remember seeing any sitting on the lunch tables. It's a pretty basic design, but what else do you need? Sure Marty riding his hoverboard would've been cool, but you can't truly get criticize any BTTF merch from that era considering it was so few and far between. Totally loving this.


WATCHES:



Out of all my finds, these were by far my favorite. I'm not a watch collector but there's no way I wasn't walking away without these. The Batman watch was very clearly going to end up in my collection one way or the either. I'm a big fan of not just Batman 89 merch but anything from that era, and this seems to be from Batman Returns, which was even crazier of a merchandising bonanza if you can imagine it. According to my research, there were also Penguin and Catwoman watches, which now I have to keep my eye open for those as well.

 That Garfield watch is pretty incredible and just sums up the greatness of what was the Garfield merchandising machine int he 80s/90s. Who wouldn't wear a orange and spotted band? Oh and that face:


 The true champion of this haul? Those Dick Tracy watches!!! I'm go more into detail later, as I have a lot to say about these, but I cannot tell you how excited I was to find these. I've seen them go for anywhere between 15-25 bucks so to pick them up for only $3 each, was an easy decision.

Oh yes, not only did the lovely ladies manning the jewelry table sell me these great watches, but they threw these in as well...

NINJA TURTLE LUNCHBAGS!!!! WHAT?!?!?! THESE ARE AMAZING!


Ok, maybe my level of excitement for the lunchbags equaled the Dick Tracy watches. All I'm missing is something WWF-related from the early 90s and I would be directly in first grade again...


PEANUTS BOOK AND RANDOM TOYS:

This was all my fiancee's doing. On top of finding Pyrex (of which she has a very unhealthy obsession with) she also did some awesome digging around the toy and book section. She went to the Sale after work and picked up some random toys for eBay and an awesome Peanuts coffee table book for me. Also of note, she found the last McNugget buddy I needed to complete my collection. So there's that. True love, fam.


COOL RANDOM ITEMS:



A 90210 puzzle, two Batman Forever mugs and a Twinkie The Kid container were more on the random side of my finds. Alone, they come in handy for their respective purposes, but combined, they present they become a full on party. I could totally have some friends over, pour drinks int he mugs, put on a puppet show with Twinkie The Kid and we could put together that puzzle. Not a bad deal at all! Also, I'm sure if the power goes out and I'm in desperate need for entertainment, I'm sure I won't stay bored for long...

VHS AND DVD:


I'm always walking away with a massive amount of vhs. Some rare, some not. But the first vhs I locked eyes on was that Rad tape, a very sought after tape by collectors due to the fact that Rad has yet to be released on any medium after vhs. The rest of the haul was great but it's all garnish compared to the tale of Cru Jones and his Rad-ness.


So I'm sure wondering about that box. Well, ont he last day, you're given a small box and told to fill it up as much as you can for $3. Well, I went through about 4 boxes just of movies and records. The rest of the haul, is quite mighty....

I know what you're thinking: "Two copies of Constantine?" Well, truth is, I just grabbed any and all movies I could, so I'm sure it's not the only movie I'd be laughed at for picking up. I proudly admit that I am very happy with finding that unopened copy of Young Guns!

At 12 bucks, I found more movies than I have room for. I may have gone a bit overboard...But it's still all going to a great cause, so...I can justify that way right?

Right.


This years sale was it's most massive to date. The rumor is that it could very well be the last year at this particular location. I've grown to love this spot and the charm of all the departments and random corners it contains, but you gotta get bigger and better. If the rumor was true, I would love to see the next place it calls home next year.One thing's for certain, I would miss that hallway.


If they do move, I certainly hope I get to see this talking Urkel dolls for a ridiculous price tag of $40 again. As laughable as it was, I can't say I'd be shocked if *someone* bought him...

So stay tuned, there's a lot of great flea markets and thrifting adventures to come in the next few months! It's summer, so that can only mean MORE AWESOME FINDS!


-Chad