This Week Online – April 14, 2014

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Comics/Webcomics, Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture, Kickstarting, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hola all – please enjoy some amusements I found online in the past week!

Lastly, you know I’m a big fan of Tabletop, the Geek & Sundry web show hosted by Wil Wheaton on YouTube. They’ve decided to crowdsource the third season of the show over on Indiegogo. Check out the campaign and give if you can. If he can reach $1m, we will get a third season of Tabletop with 20 episodes AND a new spin-off show all about roleplaying games. THAT is something I really want to see!

Enjoy your week!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

ca_wintersoldier I caught Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night, and it is a fantastic film. (spoiler-free)

I wasn’t a big fan of the first one. Sue me. Superman doesn’t appeal to me for the same reason Captain America doesn’t appeal. Do-gooders are boring.

This film, however, takes Cap and makes him interesting – which is a thing I never thought I’d see. There’s plenty of action in the film, as one would expect from a Marvel superhero film, but the thing I noticed the most were the quiet scenes. And there were a good number of quiet scenes.

These scenes allowed the viewer to reflect, to appreciate the growing relationships between various sets of characters. You don’t see a lot of quiet in action films these days.

Yes, Cap is still a do-gooder. But he agonizes over that fact. The fact that he is constitutionally incapable of taking the easy way, doing things expediently, taking missions which are morally grey, makes him agonize over his place in the world. As Nick Fury says early on, Black Widow has no such compunctions. That’s what makes them such a great team. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have great on-screen chemistry.

Marvel fans will get a number of happy moments, none of which I’ll spoil here. Suffice it to say – there are two “extras” at the end of the film. One mid-way through the credits and one at the very end of the credits. Stay for both!

If you are watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you should get out to see this film within the next day. Marvel is doing an unprecedented thing by having Cap2 impact Agents starting tomorrow night. They’ve given fans opening weekend to see the film so that you’re up to date.

If you want your spoilers, there are a couple of articles that have been written that do a far more exhaustive job pouring over the film than I would be able to do.

  • All the Secrets and References in CA:TWS (i09). This is a great article which goes into a lot of detail about the comic book history of all the various characters encountered – a lot of which I didn’t know. Two things I’ll comment on which aren’t really spoilers but that I learned from this article. I didn’t know Ed Brubaker was in the film! He wrote the Captain America – Winter Soldier comic storyline. Completely missed noticing him in the scene in which he appears. Also, I think it’s great Cap’s to-do list has been customized for each country in which the film is shown. I think Doctor Who should’ve been on his list for the UK!
  • CA2 Spoilers: Every Easter Egg in The Winter Soldier (moviepilot.com). This list makes me want to go back and re-watch the film!
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Saturday is Tabletop Day!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture | 0 comments

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Yay! Saturday is Tabletop Day!

From game stores to individual households, Saturday is the celebration of all things tabletop gaming. Get out and check out your local game store, or invite some friends over to play a game. There are SO many games out there worth checking out. A few of my current favorites are:

The Tabletop Day website is where you can get information about game stores and events near you. Check out this video where Wil Wheaton talks about the day and some fun swag Geek & Sundry has worked hard to get out to participating stores.

Play more games!

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This Week Online – April 3, 2014

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

Ok, to be honest, it’s more like the last couple of weeks online. Getting back into the swing of things here. Hope you enjoy these things I found!

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