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Five Cool Things and Kidding

Here's five cool things I discovered this week.
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I have really lousy allergies. I’ve never gotten any specific testing done on my body but whenever I’m around freshly cut grass or dust or any fine particles of any sort, my throat swells, my head gets full, I cough without ceasing, and I generally feel miserable for a day or two. I happen to work in construction, which means I’m regularly around great piles of sawdust and freshly mowed grass. These things combined do not make the best life choices. I’ve worked it out so that I’m not the one doing most of the wood cutting and I can

Five Cool Things and Making It

Here's all the cool stuff I consumed this week.
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My wife made an observation last night that I tend to have more energy on Thursdays than any other day of the work week. I hadn't thought of it before but it is true. Wednesdays and Fridays are my busiest days at work. Mondays are spent catching up on all the stuff I didn't get done on Friday, and Tuesdays play catch up on the things I missed on Monday. I have to complete everything on my desk on Wednesdays on that day, which makes for some late nights and early bedtimes. Thursdays wind up being relatively light days and

Five Cool Things and 16 Years

It's more like five kind of okay, not really great things this week, but there's plenty to talk about.
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As a reviewer, I find that it's much easier to talk about things that I either love or really dislike. When I love something, I can go on and on about all the things I found interesting about it, and when I hate something, it's fun to diss all the terrible things it has going on. What’s difficult to do is review something that was just kind of meh. When something isn’t audaciously terrible or really fantastic, when I just kind of enjoyed a film, show, or what have you, it is really difficult to find something to say about

San Diego Comic-Con International 2018 Review: Go for the Comics, Stay for the Stories

Another year of Con but this time it's the Big Picture
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Is it as easy as copy and paste? If you have followed my writings even tangentially over the past eight years, you know I thrive on two things - consistency and nostalgia. I attend many of the same panels each year, like reuniting with old friends or watching an old familiar film for comfort. The annual gathering of misfits known as the San Diego Comic-Con International brings together tribes from all over the world. If you're there - badge or not, costume or not, Captain America shield, Batman mask, or Stormtrooper helmet - you are among your brethren. Usually this

Five Cool Things and Glass

Not even a bad case of poison ivy can stop me from finding cool things for you.
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For the first time in several years, I've managed to get poison ivy. I’m really quite allergic to it and I remember getting it numerous times as a kid. When I was maybe 10 or 11, I can remember waking up one morning barely able to open my eyes because they had become so swollen, my face covered in the stuff. Luckily as an adult, I generally stay indoors and away from wooded areas in which the stuff grows. Not so lucky this week. We built a house out in a very rural, wooded area. I’ve been watering the new

Five Cool Things and Ant-Man and the Wasp

Kick back and enjoy the thins I enjoyed this week.
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It has been another crazy hot week here in Oklahoma. This week I’ve not been able to just stay inside and watch movie; I’ve had to be out in it. My family has a couple of houses that we just built and are trying to sell. They are right next to each other and sit on about 2.5 acres each. Their lawns just got seeded, which in Oklahoma in July means they have to be watered every day. We have these cool little watering devices that look like mini tractors and spray water a great distance. They also propel themselves

Saturday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

Three Sentries will be having three different Saturdays.
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Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: Happy Birthday, Frankenstein (10:00am) (Room7AB) There's a heavy reliance on panels to do with movies and television shows. There's still even a fair amount of panels celebrating actual printed comic books. I love to go to the ones that acknowledge the influence of other media. This panel talks about the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein. An intelligent talk on the novel is exactly the type of thing that excites me at this convention. This Is Your Life, Jonny Quest (11:30am) (Room5AB) In the history

Friday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

See you in San Diego at the following panels.
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Here are a few panels where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Todd Karella: As I’ve learned over the years you need to have a plan and figure out what panels you want to see ahead of time. And once you have a plan carefully thought out you need to have backup plans because chances are with all the crowds and waiting in lines you are only going to be able to attend a fraction of the panels that you wanted to. I am more of a Television and movie fan and usually shoot for those panels

Thursday Program Highlights for San Diego Comic Con 2018

These are the panels we are most interested in attending.
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The modern-day equivalent of getting the new Sears catalog before Christmas is the debut of the Comic-Con programs. On paper, there are no lines in the heat and plenty of open seats. Here are a few highlights where you might find three Sentries who will be attending. Shawn Bourdo: When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic's Mars, Season 2 (11:00am) (Room7AB) I was a fan of the presentation of this show a couple years ago. It's a hybrid fictional series that breaks for "fact checks" as to the science behind the story. I'm mostly attending this sequel because I love Andy

Five Cool Things and Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke

Here's five cool things to take you into the weekend.
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Another week, another five cool things. Conversations with Scorsese Film critic and historian Richard Schickel sat down with Martin Scorsese over the course of several weeks and spoke with him at length. Those conversations were turned into this book and what a treasure it is. They discuss the director’s films from his first one, Who’s That Knocking At My Door up until Shutter Island (which was the last film he had made when the book was written). If you’ve ever seen an interview with Scorsese, you know he has an encyclopedic knowledge of film, and Schickel is able to keep

Interview with Jerry G. Angelo, Scott Engrotti, and Christine Maag about Warfighter

Three people involved with the new military drama speak about how it's more than just a movie, it's a movement.
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During the inaugural Fandemic Tour Sacramento weekend, I found myself coming across a variety of things. At nearly every vendor, there was something I was interested in purchasing or picking up, or there was something at which I just wanted to stop and take a look. While I wandered the main floor, I came across a booth for a movie called Warfighter. I had never heard of the movie prior to Fandemic, but, having a love for military-related history and cinema, my interest was immediately piqued. I had briefly chatted with Jerry G. Angelo - the film’s star, producer, writer,

Five Cool Things and Juliet, Naked

It's too hot in Oklahoma to do anything but sit inside and watch movies.
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It is officially summer here in Oklahoma, which means it is hot. Damn hot. Too hot to do anything but sit inside and watch movies. Too bad it is so hot that my little ai- conditioning unit can’t keep up. Our little house has two stories, but they added rooms to the second story some time after the original build. I don’t think they upgraded the HVAC system and anytime the temperatures move towards the extreme ends of the thermometer (which in Oklahoma is pretty much the months between June and August, and December through February), it becomes either uncomfortably

Thoughtful & Abstract: Preacher: 'Angelville'

"I'm excited with the possibilities of this season and this was certainly just an appetizer." - Shawn
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In which Shawn and Kim find an empty beginning to what they expect to be a full season. Shawn: I have been looking forward to the return of Preacher since the last of the credits rolled on The Walking Dead. The Third Season starts with what feels like a bridge between the end of the last season and what will be the main story of this season. I made a few notes while it unfolded. Even though it helped set the table for what came later, the flashback to start the episode with Jesse's mother and grandmother using the house

Fandemic Tour Sacramento 2018 Review: A Solid Debut

Despite some last-minute cancellations, there was still plenty of fun to be had here.
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One of the most disappointing things about this year is that, for the first time since it expanded to the Sacramento area in 2014, I, unfortunately, have to miss the annual Wizard World convention. Granted, there was some restructuring going on with the organization, and they initially announced that they had no plans to return for a fifth straight year. But then, it was later announced that Wizard World would, indeed, be coming back, and it is currently scheduled to take place at a venue not too far from my house. However, it also happens to fall on the same

Five Cool Things and Welcome to Marwen

See what cool things I discovered this week.
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This is what I like to call "recovery week." After vacation, I always come home to a large stack of papers and assorted check stubs on my desk that I have to sort through and try to make sense out of. It is always stressful and this week was no exception. This was also the first full week of which my daughter has been out of school and not with either her grandparents or on vacation. I mostly work from home and so it's always a challenge to balance spending time with her and actually getting my work accomplished. Despite

Interview with Jason David Frank about Fandemic Tour Sacramento and Power Rangers

Jason David Frank talks about the upcoming Fandemic Tour and his work on the Power Rangers franchise.
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This weekend marks the start of a new type of comic convention hitting the national market. Fandemic Tour, which was started by former Wizard World CEO John Macaluso, is set to kick off its inaugural show in Sacramento, CA, on Friday, June 22 and will run until Sunday, June 24. Pop-culture fans will have the opportunity to meet many actors from a variety of their favorite television shows and movies, as well as numerous artists and, of course, some incredible cosplayers. One of the actors who will be attending all three days of the event is Jason David Frank of

Saturday Programming Highlights for Fandemic Tour Sacramento

These are the panels in which you will find me.
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Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the first day of the inaugural Fandemic Tour due to getting off work late. But I will be making the second day, which is Saturday, June 23, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Here are the panels I plan on attending. This is subject to change, as is the case with all conventions. Click here for a full programming list. 12:00 p.m. Building Star Wars with the 501st LegionLocation: Stage Two The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which

Five Cool Things and the Grand Tetons

After a week off, I'm talking about Stephen King, Doctor Who, Humphrey Bogart, and independent film.
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A big thanks to Gordon and Shawn for filling in for me last week. As noted, I spent the week in Wyoming visiting both the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Both were extraordinarily gorgeous. For those of you playing along, the man in the photo posted last week was fly fishing. I didn’t get word on whether he caught anything or not. During that week I did not consume much pop culture as that’s just not what you do while standing in some of the most beautiful parts of the world. However, the week before (and my vacation really

Tom Baker's Complete First Season of Doctor Who on Blu-ray for the First Time with over 17 Hours of Bonus Content

The season is accompanied by extensive bonus features - over seventeen hours in total - with brand new exclusive material.
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Press release: The Fourth Doctor is heading to Blu-ray on June 19, 2018 in Doctor Who: Tom Baker Complete Season One from the home entertainment division of BBC Studios, featuring over five and a half hours of all-new exclusive bonus content. The earliest adventures of the beloved Classic-era Fourth Doctor - Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, and Revenge of the Cybermen - have been restored for Blu-ray and are available in one collection for the very first time. The Ark in Space was previously reviewed by Greg Barbrick, who wrote that “it is

Five Cool Things and Anthony Bourdain

Three different fellas have a say in what was and wasn't cool this week.
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As Mat stated last week, he's currently off in Wyoming celebrating his in-laws' 50th anniversary. But that doesn't mean people stopped enjoying cool things, so Shawn Bourdo and Gordon S. Miller are joining forces to fill in during Mat's absence, but that doesn't mean he's not going to take part this week. Snow in Wyoming From Mat's trip comes this beautiful photo of the Wyoming landscape from just a few days ago. If you look close, there's a gentleman in the water. What's he's doing there is up to you to decide. Wonder if we should make it a contest

Five Cool Things and Florence + the Machine

Come see the cool stuff I discovered this week.
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My in-laws came to town again this week. Diligent readers will remember they were here not very long ago and perhaps wonder why the return trip. As it so happens, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary by taking a long vacation through various western parts of the country. They took my wife and daughter with them to Arizona and Utah. Next week, I’l be joining them in Wyoming. I miss them terribly but it is nice to have a few days all on my own. It's too hot to do anything but sit in the air conditioning and I’ve seen

Five Cool Things and Christopher Robin

This week's five things include some classic rewatches and a few new things as well.
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I gave up Filmstruck to order Hulu so that I could watch the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale. I like Hulu. They’ve got some great TV shows. Their movie selection however is mostly crap. Netflix has been slack of late in their movie selection as well. Let’s not even talk about Amazon for the moment. They all have movies, good ones even, but you have to wade through a lot of junk to get to them, and I’ve now seen most of the ones I want to see. Or at least the ones I want to see right now.

Five Cool Things and Deadpool 2

It was a cool week that was almost ruined by obnoxious people in the theater.
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For a long time, I stopped going to the movies. It was too expensive, I didn’t live close to any sort of theatre that played something besides giant blockbusters, I had a small child, my home theatre system was good enough, and the average movie crowd is really obnoxious. Over the last couple of years, that has changed. I still don’t go to a ton of movies but I hit the theaters probably twice a month. Turns out, I like the experience. There is something really nice about the big screen, the comfy chairs, and the surround speakers. With Movie

Five Cool Things and This Is America

Come catch up with all the cool things I consumed this week.
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I keep track of all the movies I watch every month and have various mental goals to keep up with. Sometimes I get a little panicked in the middle if I haven’t watched enough. Though we aren’t even halfway through this month, at the beginning of this week that panic set in real good. So I kicked my watching habits up a few notches and watched a few movies from last year that got a lot of love and a couple of much older ones that had been on my radar. Lady Bird Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical movie stars Saoirse Ronan

Five Cool Things and U2

Here's five cool things I discovered this week.
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In order to watch the new season of The Handmaid's Tale, I once again ordered a subscription to Hulu. They are doling that series out one episode per week so I have plenty of time to find other interesting shows on the service. So sit back and enjoy the five cool things I found this week. The Wrong Mans The Wrong Mans is a British crime comedy that is being co-produced by Hulu. In its opening moments, low-level government employee Sam (Matthew Baynton) witnesses a automobile accident. After the ambulance takes the victim away, a phone lying on the ground

Five Cool Things and 2001: A Space Odyssey

I'm a little late posting it, but these things are still cool.
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Sorry I’m a little late with the Five Cool Things this week. I have plenty of stuff to talk about, so it wasn’t a lack of things that kept me from it. I started writing about them yesterday afternoon, got a few entries in, and took a little break. Various things happened and that break became a long one. The local TV station plays classic Tom Baker Doctor Who stories every Friday night and me and the family have made that a thing we do together. We fix a big bowl of popcorn and watch it upstairs in my bedroom.

Five Cool Things and Nothing Compares 2 U

This week's cool things include a couple of Humphrey Bogart films, another Stephen King novel, Bob Dylan, and more.
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As mentioned last week, my in-laws were in town this week, also as mentioned they put a damper on my pop-culture consumption. In the early evening hours, we tend to play games or chat or do some activity other than sit in front of the TV. After I put my daughter to bed, some times we'd throw a movie on but usually there was this awkward space in which we’re all sitting around not knowing what to do. Then, of course, there is the fact that they are older and more conservative and many of the things I want to

Thoughtful & Abstract: The Walking Dead: 'Wrath'

"This may be the shark just waiting to be jumped." - Shawn
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In which The Walking Dead sees the wrath of Kim and Shawn. Kim: It's over, and by "it's," I mean The Walking Dead series. And by over, I mean for the season as well as the "war" on the show. I certainly have thoughts on it and you bet your sweet ass I’m going to share them. This will go down in history as the absolute worst season finale in all of The Walking Dead history. Like everything else they have done this season, what should have been an amazing and incredible end to this chapter was just some bullshit

Five Cool Things and Ocean's 8

This week's cool things mostly include things I reviewed for this site.
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Last week, I noted that I had started several things and not finished them. My hope was to talk about them this week. As it turns out, I still haven’t finished some of them (damn, Andrei Tarkovsky movies are long) and the ones I did finish weren’t very good (I’m looking at you Lizard in a Woman’s Skin and Sacha Guitry). Next week, my in-laws will be in town which will further much with my ability to watch the things I want to watch. Unexpectedly, I still managed to watch and read some cool stuff this week. And away we

Thoughtful & Abstract: The Walking Dead: 'Worth'

"Let me fill you in on what happened in this episode: absolutely nothing nearly as exciting as it should have been." - Kim
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In which Kim and Shawn ruminate on the penultimate episode. Kim: Well, here we are. This was the penultimate episode of the season. According to Merriam-Webster, the word ultimate itself comes from the Latin word for “last, final, or farthest.” The pen- part of penultimate is simply the Latin prefix that means “almost,” so the word literally means “almost last.” There’s also the word penult (pronounced PEE-nult), which means “the next-to-last member of a series,” or “the next to last syllable of a word.” In the word presentation, for example, the accent or stress is on the penult. Another related

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