Say My Name…Shazam!

There are at least three moments in Shazam! that made my inner-nerd do a little leap of delight.

We’ll get to them in a moment.  First though, I want to reflect upon the film’s general strengths and weaknesses, beyond it’s obscure comic book appeal.

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Shazam! is the latest film based on a DC Comics character to hit the big screen.  It’s arrived with much critical and financial success, and carries with it the reputation of being the kind of light-hearted whimsical escapist superhero fantasy film that the DC Extended Universe has thus far been famous for not making.

And this reputation is sort of deserved.  Sort of, but not quite.

Incidentally, there are spoilers ahead.  Big spoilers. Big Big Spoilers!

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Teen Titans GO to the Movies (with Spoilers)

I only recently discovered Teen Titans Go!, as my two younger, nerdier children began to tune in to the animated series, and get a lot of joy out of the frantic, stream-of-consciousness style of humor. When word came through that there was a movie being made out of the concept, the cleverly titled Teen Titans GO to the Movies, they were definitely down to see it. And since it was coming out while we were in the USA on holidays, when entertainment is more freely part of the schedule, it was an easy choice to get out there and give it a go, even though I’d personally have rather seen Mission Impossible: Fallout.

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Weekly Geeky Question #25: A Superhero-themed Escape Room

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #25, and for the sixth week in a row, we’re talking about superheroes, though with a different slant this time.

How would you do an Escape Room with a superhero theme?

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

It’s been a couple of months since Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, but it hit the screens when I was in a period of basically never getting anything up on this blog.  Fortunately, it also came out while I was in Asia and had access to relatively cinema tickets, so I was able to freely go with my two younger daughters (the oldest, and their mother, were back in Australia).  Good times!

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Supergirl – Bright optimistic fun, if you can stand it

I like super-heroes, I like movies and TV, we live in a day and age where super-heroes are all over movies and TV, so really, I should be pretty happy, right?

Unfortunately, not really.  First because, you know, it turns out having The Flash on TV is not the key to happiness or inner peace.  I mean, that much is obvious.  But more than that, I often get annoyed by the adaptations of favorite super-hero properties that I see because of various Hollywood sensibilities.

Gasp!! A comic book fan who isn’t completely satisfied with TV and film adaptations of popular comic books??!  Will this be the news that breaks the internet?!?!?! Continue reading Supergirl – Bright optimistic fun, if you can stand it

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro

I finally saw Amazing Spider-Man 2!  (Thanks to all that recent air travel that I’ve done).

I wish I could say it was a great movie, but I can’t.

Of course, I almost always wish the movie I am watching is great (I mean, who wants to see a bad movie?), but in this case, it’s a particular shame because parts of the movie were great.

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Scout’s Honour – crazier than ever

And so recently the media school I teach on finished another version of Scout’s Honour – a simple script I wrote years ago that has been filmed in increasingly outlandish ways.  This version goes as far as I could with both plot and character while adding a healthy dose of slapstick spectacle.  It’s the first version I’ve done that has made me want to revisit these characters again someday.  Enjoy it below Continue reading Scout’s Honour – crazier than ever