Thursday, April 18, 2019

Art of the Day: Wonder Woman


Artwork: Wonder Woman #152 cover by Adam Hughes

Sex and the City's Charlotte York and Her Embarrassing Book Buying Experience

Are there certain books or genres you're embarrassed if someone saw you buying them in a store? This question makes me think about the Sex and the City fifth season fourth episode Cover Girl when Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York were at the bookstore.

At the store, Carrie and Samantha were looking over book covers (since Carrie had an upcoming book being published she was trying to figure out how her cover should or shouldn't look), Miranda was looking for a weight loss book while Charlotte was looking for a specific self-help book, "Starting Over Yet Again" by Dr. Jane Raab. After separating from her husband Dr. Trey MacDougal, Charlotte was feeling a little insecure and thought this book might help her.

She was determined to find it in the Self-Help section, that is until she got there. She saw one woman who was distressed and chewing her hair as she read a book and then saw another woman who was sitting on the floor crying while reading a book.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Comic Book Wednesday: April 17th Picks

Happy Comic Book Wednesday!

Did you guys see Shazam!? I really liked it, however, I'm not sure it's for little kids but that's up to their parents to decide. I think teens and older is probably the best audience for seeing it. 

We have another big comic book movie out next week, Avengers: Endgame. I'm sure tickets are already sold out for the opening weekend, so I'll plan on going either sometime during the week or the following weekend. 

Well moving on to comic books, is this not the best day to buy new comics or old ones? I really don't have a lot on my list but I do have something new: Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Answer the Call.

So, what new (or old) books are you picking up this week?


DC Comics

Aquaman #47

Book: Aquaman #47

Description:

Namma's nefarious plan to restart all life on Earth is in full effect, and only one man stands in her way: Aquaman! Don't miss the bombastic finale to 'Unspoken Water'!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Art of the Day: Kara Kent (Smallville)


Artwork: Kara Zor-El by Leebea (Lee Blair)

Constance Wu

Constance Wu was amazing in the Crazy Rich Asians movie and I also hear she's equally amazing on the Fresh Off the Boat TV series. I've never watch the TV series, I think I'm going to give it a watch since it's on Hulu.

Photography: Brinson + Banks (Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks) for Variety magazine (October 2016)

Rory Gilmore and the Health Benefits of Dancing

I finally watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and I loved watching every minute of the four episodes: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Throughout each episode, Rory Gilmore was experiencing a setback not only career wise but in her life in general. She was stressing out which is understandable because her life wasn't turning out the way she had hoped. Journalism is a tough career even more so as a freelance writer which is what she was doing. You could tell that she loves writing (and she's great at it) but she was having a difficult time finding work.

In the episode Winter, Rory was dealing with some of her stress by tap dancing albeit in the middle of the night in her mother's kitchen. She said tap dancing was the only way to shut off her brain from constantly over-thinking. It also lessen her anxieties which allowed her to relax.

Dancing does have a lot of health benefits such as improved cardio, muscle strength and toning; reduce stress and it boost your self-confidence. Rory was right, it is a great way to shut off your brain because you will be so focused on dancing that you will not worry about anything else.

If you're looking for a stress relief option perhaps try dancing. To get the health benefits, you don't have to take dance classes (unless you want to), all you have to do is turn on some music and dance for about 20 to 30 minutes.

(Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - Winter)

DVD Tuesday: Justice League vs The Fatal Five

It's hard to believe that it's been 13 years since the last episode of the Justice League Unlimited animated series aired. Which is why I'm so excited to see Justice League vs The Fatal Five. For anyone who doesn't know, Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg and George Newbern reprise their roles as the voices for Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman.

I hope this movie does really well because maybe more DCAU (DC Comics Animated Universe) movies will be made.


Justice League vs The Fatal Five


Starring: Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tom Kenny, Tara Strong, Elyes Gabel, Diane Guerrero, Daniela Bobadilla and more

Director: Sam Liu

Description:

The fate of the earth hangs in the balance when the Justice League face a powerful new threat – the Fatal Five! Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman seek answers as Mano, Persuader and Tharok terrorize Metropolis in search of budding Green Lantern Jessica Cruz. With Cruz’s unwilling help, they aim to free remaining Fatal Five members Emerald Empress and Validus and carry out their sinister plan. Meanwhile, the Justice League discover an ally in the peculiar Star Boy, who’s brimming with volatile power. Could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five? An epic battle against ultimate evil awaits!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review: Deadpool v Gambit


Book: Deadpool v Gambit: The "V" is for Vs." (issues #1-5) by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with illustration by Danilo Beyruth, color by Cris Peter and letters by VC's Joe Sabino

Edition: Single Print Issues

Description:

Gambit-one of the smoothest, best-looking operators in the world of the X-Men. Deadpool-one of the most annoying, ugliest dirtbags in the world of everything. Naturally, these guys got beef. But do you know what they have in common? A secret history of working together to pull con-jobs. That's right-the grift is on as the Regeneratin' Degenerate and the Ragin' Cajun begrudgingly take on one last job together. Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and artist Danilo Beyruth lead us into the dirty underbelly of Deadpool and the squeaky-clean abs of Gambit!


Art of the Day: Poison Ivy (and Info about "Poison Ivy Week")


Artwork: Poison Ivy by Aaron Lopresti

Next week (April 21-27) will be Poison Ivy Week. I thought it could be a fantastic way to honor the Queen of Green with a week of her own. Feel free to share your comments next week, I want to know what you think about Ivy.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Disney's Live-Action "Beauty and the Beast" Movie Deserves More Appreciation

Even though I'm not a big fan of live-action versions of animated movies (especially when the original is so amazing), I really enjoyed watching the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. I thought it was just as magical and charming as the original movie and I don't think it received enough praise or appreciation.

This is a wonderful movie, from the spectacular sets and costumes to the amazing cast. I thought Emma Watson was fantastic as Belle. The character is such an inspiration because even when the people in Belle's small town thought she was weird for her desire to read and learn new things, she doesn't change who she is to fit in. I also love that she spoke her mind and that she stood up to the arrogant Gaston as well as stood up for her father when he was imprisoned by the Beast. She also stood up to the Beast which had him rethinking his terrible behavior and changing into a better person.

I love that we have two wonderfully enchanting versions of Beauty and the Beast, I just wish the live-action version would get a bit a more love from fans.

Weekend Film: Morning Show Mysteries: A Murder in Mind

Alright mystery fans, Morning Show Mysteries returns tonight with the first of three new movies (airing on consecutive Sundays). I love this mystery series because amateur sleuth Billie Blessings is forever trying to solve whatever mystery she stumbles upon. I don't know how she finds the time because when Billie isn't nosing around trying to solve a mystery, she's a restaurant owner, chef, author and talk show host. I really don't know how she does it but that's one of the reasons why I like this character because she's interested in doing so many things and not to mention she never saw a mystery she didn't want to solve.

Something that might interest Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, Amber Benson wrote the script for this movie.


Morning Show Mysteries: A Murder in Mind                               9:00 PM EST                          Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

Starring: Holly Robinson Peete, Rick Fox, Hilary Jardine, Karen Robinson, Jesse Moss, David Paetkau, David Lewis, Kirsten Robek, Brittney Wilson and more

Director: Kevin Fair

Description:

Cookbook author Billie Blessings is excited when friend Katie Sanders is given a spot guest hosting Billie's morning show, "Wake Up, West Coast," but being a TV star can't save Katie from falling under suspicion for murder.

It's Lazy Sunday, What Book Are You Reading?

The book I'm going to start reading is American Panda by Gloria Chao (it's the Book Girl's Book Club Pick for April). I feel like Sunday is the perfect day to curl up on the sofa with a good book and do nothing but relax and read. With the weather being kind of rainy and gloomy, I'll be having a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate while I'm reading.

So, what book are you reading?