Category Archive – Movie Madness

Week of Geek: March Break, Teens Heart Reading and Convention Season kicks off!

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Hiya Geeklings!

Hope your March Break is going great so far.  Though the weather hasn’t been stellar, there is still much fun to be had… like in the library!  What?  A library website talking about the library?  I’ve never heard of such a thing!

What do we have?  Well, things like books, movies and TV shows, music, video games, digital content and more! Looking for something to fill you non-constructive downtime?  Come on by!  And then come back again when your time is more constructive (school, studying, volunteering, whatnot).  We have things for both!

So convention season in Toronto is kicking off this week with Toronto Comic Con.  Yours truly will be on the floor, scoping things out, getting the full experience.  One exciting little connection we at VPL have to the Con this year is we’re actually sharing a special guest.  Author E. K. Johnston will be popping in at the 501st Legion‘s booth this weekend, but guess what?  You can actually see her at the Bathurst-Clark Library on Friday, March 24th along with Erin Bow at Vaughan Teens <3 Reading!  Check out this post from our friend Abby for more details.  It’s going to be amazing!

I hope the rest of the week is nothing but great.  Put a hold on the original Beauty and the Beast before you see the live action version, out this weekend.

And speaking of Disney, they just today released a teaser for Pixar‘s fall film Coco.  Check it out!

Stay safe, have fun, hope to have you at Bathurst-Clark next week, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: First look at Thor Ragnarok

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Hi again Geeklings!

Some exciting news!  Entertainment Weekly, which is one of the flagships of pop culture magazines, is doing a cover story this week with a first look at the next Thor movie, November 3rd’s (day before my birthday!) Thor: Ragnarok (which, I must point out, is the THIRD Marvel movie we’re getting this year, when usually we only get two; Ragnarok comes after May 5th’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and July 7th’s Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Now, brace yourself, because Thor’s… had a bit of a makeover.

WHAT THE HEEEEEEY?  HE CUT HIS HAIR!  WHAT?!  HE!  WHAT?!

Seriously, what?  His long hair has been a part of his look since the beginning!  It’s so viking!  What?!

Another serious point to ponder; where’s Mjolnir?  His hammer?  He’s got two awesome-looking swords, and that’s awesome, but where’s his hammer?  *GASP*  Has Thor at some point since we last saw him become… unworthy?  Say it ain’t so!  Don’t make me post the screaming-robot-in-the-rain pic again!

OK, moving on.  We’ve got 2 newbies in the cover; Cate Blanchett as Hela and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.  So cool!

And over the last 24 hours we’ve had more pics posted online.  Let’s look!

That’s Jeff Goldblum on the left as the Grandmaster.  Another pic of Thor on the right, looking ready to throw down.

Mark Ruffalo is back as Bruce Banner/The Hulk!  Benedict Cumberbatch will also be back as Doctor Strange (HEE HEE!)

But here’s my big question… what of my beloved Loki?  One of my most favorite of villains?  The one who forced the Avengers together in the first place?  One we haven’t seen in far too long?  OH NO, DID HE CUT HIS HAIR TOO?!

HE’S BACK!  HAIR INTACT!  HAPPY DAY!

I know he’s murderous and evil, but look at that face!  He looks happy!  It melts my fangirl heart!

So what do we think Geeklings?  We excited?  Do we like Thor’s new look?  Do we like the colorful look of the film in general?  Who are we excited to see again?  Who are we excited to meet?  Post away!

In the meantime, we have previous Marvel Movies and Marvel Shows for your enjoyment.  For Thor’s arc, you’ll want this, this, this and this (in that order).  And put a hold on Doctor Strange if you haven’t yet (keep an eye out for the end-credits scenes, *wink wink nudge nudge*)

Stay tuned for more Marvel news.  Let’s end off with this vid.  Yes, it’s from all the way back in 2013, but it’s still AWESOME and it’ll tide us over until we get a Ragnarok trailer.  Until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Comics on your computer screen? What an age we live in!

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Happy March Geeklings!

We got an exciting kick off to the month this morning with the release of a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, complete with a peak at Star Lord’s Dad!

A lot to love here, but I think my favorite scenes are with Gamora.  Her with that MASSIVE gun or her saying hi to a waving Baby Groot while in the middle of battle.  Just… love!  But I’m happy to see everyone back.  I love these guys.

Another thing I’m loving these days that kind of ties into this is Hoopla.  What’s Hoopla?  This is Hoopla.

For those of you who love technical stuff (and I know you do), Hoopla is one of our digital resources that can be accessed with a library card number, a computer/tablet/smartphone and an account you create one time and your done.  It’s totally free to use with your library card, just like our physical items, and you can download items to your phone or tablet or computer to read without using data (they’ll delete themselves when their loan period is up.  No, really.)  And my goodness, does Hoopla have some stuff.  Audiobooks?  Yup.  Movies? Yuh huh!  Music?  So much music!  Ebooks?  Got those too!  Even TV shows?  As a matter of fact, YES!  (Including The Librarians.  Just sayin’)

As awesome as all of that is, I think my favorite part of Hoopla is one of it’s newest additions.  COMIC BOOKS!

Oh yes!  DC!  Vertigo! (DC’s more mature offshoot)  Archie Comics!  Archie Horror Comics!  IDW Comics!  Image Comics!  Dark Horse Comics!  SO MANY MORE FOR ALL AGES!  AAAAAAAAH!

I’m finding things on here I didn’t even know existed.  Tie in’s for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or Tron, both movies I love (we have the films in our branches too ;)).  Remember I was talking about the new Archie comics?  I’ve been reading many of them on Hoopla.  Just… so much there!

So give it a try, is what I’m saying.  Read comics, love comics, watch movies made from comics.  You can’t go wrong!  There’s something for everybody!

Download the app today (if you’re not sure about anything come and ask us, we’re happy to help), get ready for Guardians and other comic films coming soon, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: In the Not Too Distant Future…

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MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Season 11 Gets Release Date

Hello again Geeklings!  How was everyone’s long weekend?  Super fun I hope!  Yours truly scoped out Casa Loma’s Beauty and the Beast exhibit of costumes, music and fun.  So many little girls dressed as princesses and so many old folks like me singing along to the music.  More on that when we get closer to the film’s release date…

Today though, I heard some news that almost made me jump out of my chair here at my desk.  I will confess here and now that I am part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival League.  What the heck is that? some of you are no doubt wondering.  I’ve mentioned my love affair with this show before, but let me bring y’all back up to speed.  See, I’m what you call a MSTie (pronounced ‘Misty’), which is the term for fans of the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000.  This show ran for 10 seasons through the 1990s on various networks, and the premise is that every week a poor dude (first Joel, then Mike) stuck on a space station has to watch a really bad movie as part of an experiment from a nefarious mad scientist.  The mad wants to take over the world you see, and is trying to find that one truly awful film that will drive humanity insane and therefore leave us open for conquering.  Devious!

And these movies run the gamut from cheaply made Sci Fi from the 50’s to cheesy made-for-TV-movies to outlandish 80s ridiculousness with costumes you have to see to believe.  There are A LOT of ‘bad’ movies out there.

BUT our hero has a trick up his sleeve.  He’s not alone on the station; he’s got robot pals (ROBOT ROLL CALL! CAMBOT! GYPSY! TOM SERVO! CROOOOOOOW!), and two of them watch the movies with him and they all just make fun of the film the whole time.  They’re sarcastic, insightful and mocking, and though some films are painful to watch they always have a riff or two for every scene.  All the joking around helps everybody stay sane and thwart the mad’s evil scheme.  Score one (0r 197, as that’s how many episodes they made) for the good guys.

The show hasn’t aired since 1999, but it still has a very strong fan following, which was proven back in 2015 when they rallied around a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back!  The campaign was a record-setter, and we’re getting 14 new episodes on Netflix.  They have a new guy stuck in space, named Jonah, the bots are back (voiced by new actors) and we have new mads (including one of my heroes, Felicia Day).

And it’s official.  IT’S BACK APRIL 14TH!  THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!  AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

So, with all the encouragement I can muster, check it out!  We’ve got episodes in our catalogue you can borrow, and you can watch full episodes and clips on their official YouTube channel.  Where to start?  Well, while many MSTies feel that Manos: The Hands of Fate is the best episode (and how that movie was made is a story in and of itself), my personal favorite is The Final Sacrifice.  It was made in Manitoba, it often makes top 10 MST3K episode lists, and while the whole episode is solid on the jokes, the ones about Canada are near and dear.

I also like the Hercules movies.  Nobody wears any pants!

See you all on the Satellite of Love, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Come to the Dark Side… we have (insert favorite food here)

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The Sith Code

Wassup Geeklings?  Everyone ready for a long weekend?  Quick plug; though most of our branches are closed on Monday our three resource libraries (that’d be the Pierre Berton branch, the Bathurst-Clark branch and the home of yours truly the Civic Centre branch) will be open from 1-5pm so come on by for your reading, watching and general awesomeness needs.

So I thought this week I’d bring up something that’s always intrigued me about the Star Wars fandom.  It’s just never a bad time to talk (or in my case write) about Star Wars.  I just finished reading volume 2 of Marvel Comics Darth Vader series, and I finished Shadows and Secrets in a day (which is a rare thing for me, even with a graphic novel), it was that gripping.  I immediately signed out Vader Down, which is the next chapter in that series and also a cross over with their current Star Wars series.  I’m totally digging what Marvel’s doing with the galaxy far, far away and how they’re filling in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back; the stories feel intimate and give you more of a look into the characters and their motives, such as Vader discovering (37-year-old spoiler alert) that he has a son, which completely sets up that fateful duel in Empire.  Yowza!

But it has further highlighted what has been a longstanding truth for me with this fandom… I’ve always liked the bad guys a little bit more than the good guys.

I’ve written before about my not-so-secret love affair with villains, but the Star Wars universe is where this might be it’s most prevalent.  I have a Kylo Ren coffee mug on my desk right now, no lie.  I’ve said before that Darth Maul was likely the only saving grace of The Phantom Menace, and I’ve watched his resurgence on Clone Wars with barely hidden glee (haven’t seen him on Rebels yet, but someday).  When I bought a plastic lightsaber a while back, I went with Vader’s design with the ruby red blade, and if I ever get a real lightsaber (or as real as you can get in this reality) I’ll probably pick a red LED for it.  The light side may have more color options, but COME ON!  Tell me this doesn’t look cool…

Yep, there’s just something about the villains of Star Wars, be they Sith, Imperial, New Order, bounty hunter or something else.  From the safety of a completely fictional universe, there’s a lot to like.  There’s power there, grace in spite of the wrath, motivations that are not so black and white, and the eternal struggle of conquering all.  And I feel next to no hesitation showing my love.

What do you guys think?  Light side or dark side?  Anyone want to leap to the Jedi’s defense?  (Don’t try a Force Leap though, you’ll just hurt yourself).  Team Jedi or Team Sith?

In the meantime, read more about the dark side with titles like The Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter’s Guild Handbook or The Imperial Handbook.  There are also a ton of books featuring Star Wars villains, like the aforementioned Vader series, graphic novels and regular novels starring Darth Maul, even a prequel novel showing the ascension of Palpatine.

Have a great long weekend, stay on the straight and narrow IRL and until next time, End of Line.

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