I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and partook of every kind of pop culture that brings you joy. I know I did.
Now that we're in a new year, it's time get this train back on its tracks and rolling.
So, without further ado, here's some of the stuff I dug into over the past couple of weeks.
STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
- it took me a couple of weeks to get the boys to a feature of the latest Star Wars movie, but man was it worth the wait. Rogue One
is the Star Wars
movie I've been waiting for every since the Ewoks showed up during Return of the Jedi. Not beholden to the Chronicles of the Skywalker, Rogue One
dove deeper into the Star Wars universe, giving us a look at an important story that bridges the derided sequels and the original trilogy. A must see for Star Wars
fans! A damn good movie for everyone else.
LA LA LAND
- the wife and I decided to expands our boys' horizons, whether they liked it or not. So, issuing a "no capes" edict we took them to see this modern movie musical. Let's just go ahead and give this one all the awards, shall we. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are magical in a movie that celebrates Hollywood, creativity, loss and love. Even if musicals aren't your thing, see this one. You'll be glad you did.
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
- The novel, not the movie. Ever since I read an excerpt of the novel in a Playboy anniversary issue (yes, I read), I've been searing for a reasonably priced copy of the novel. They weren't too be found. Fortunately, the Houston Public Library had one in its stacks and finally delivered it to me. The book reads like a screenplay for the movie. All of the characters are there. A couple are combined. It was exactly the light quick read I was looking for at the holidays.
- I got a copy of the 30th anniversary trade paperback edition of this lost DC series for Christmas. The nominal sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths
often gets overlooked when discussions of DC classics are made, but man, the series still plays well. Set in the heart of the Reagan 80s, Legends'
Darkseid sounds a lot like a certain President-Elect as he pontificates on the nature of legends. If you've never read it, do so now.
HOWARD THE DUCK
- I also got a couple of volumes of the latest take on Marvel's foul-tempered fowl. It was all very tongue-in-cheek with Lea Thompson even making an appearance thanks to Mojo. Probably only for Howard fans, but still a fun read.