Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Art of the Day: Ms. Marvel


Artwork: Ms. Marvel by kinkypoptarte

Book Review: Life with Kevin issue #3


Book: Life with Kevin issue #3 written, illustrated and colors by Dan Parent with ink by J. Bone and letters by Jack Morelli

Edition: Digital

Description:

Kevin's keeping himself busy in the big city -- so busy he almost doesn't have enough time to socialize! To succeed in New York, he's going to have to learn how to make time for dating while juggling a high-pressure journalism gig. Plus, will he keep his promise to a very special fan? Find out in Life with Kevin #3!



Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In this third issue Kevin was trying to balance his busy life but it doesn't look like it's working because he was so tired that he nearly missed his date. He was meeting his date Paulo for yoga but he didn't have enough time after leaving work to go home and get his workout clothes. And he made the mistake of borrowing some very tight shorts from his date.

He should have known tight clothes and yoga poses don't mix because he wound up having an embarrassing issue with gas. Nearly every pose had him passing gas and rather loudly.


Kevin was so embarrassed he left the yoga class but thankfully the farting incident didn't ruin things between him and his date. As Veronica put it only Kevin could fart his way to love. The farting scenes were funny because Kevin is this straight-laced sort of perfect guy who although had his fair share of embarrassing situations there has never been anything like this. Which is why I think it was so great to include it.

There was more going on in this issue than just that, working at the news station continues to be a source of frustration for Kevin. And the station knowing that the ratings go up whenever Kevin is on air plan to use him to boost ratings for sweeps week. But after doing yet another ridiculous segment, he was fed up with how his life was going. It makes me wonder if he's going to quit because he wants to make a difference and have an impact on peoples lives and what he's doing at the news station is not going to give him that experience at least not in its current state.

The last part of this story had Kevin deciding to help Jason Markley, a viewer who wrote to him in issue #2. Jason had wrote a heartfelt letter to Kevin asking him to be his date for prom. Being the nice guy that he is, Kevin decided to go and hoped that he could help Jason not only have fun at the prom but also build up his confidence. He had no idea Veronica had showed up and was secretly filming everything but once he found out he was happy she had captured it. Unfortunately it looks like her meddling may either cause problems or lead to something good happening in the next and unfortunately finale issue of this miniseries.

I really like reading Life with Kevin, each issue is a joy to read. It's great that Dan Parent knows these characters and can bring out these fun and interesting moments. Although Kevin's life is slightly messy, I like that he took time out to help Jason because that's who he is, someone who is kind and caring and looking to make a difference. Something I was happy to see in this issue was that Kevin finally shaved off that scruffy beard, I was not a fan of it. I can't wait for the last issue, I do hope something good happens for Kevin and Veronica as well.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chris Evans 4-Day-4-Movie Marathon: Day 1: Push

I'm going to be starting my Chris Evans 4-Day-4-Movie Marathon with the movie Push. It was released in 2009 but I never saw it in the theatre and I also never watched it at any of the numerous times it was shown at some point on TV over the years.

I don't know why but I ended up buying the movie last September and yet I still haven't watched it but I will today. I will post my review for it later today.


Push

Description (from the DVD):

Hang on tight as a gang of superpowered paranormal operatives take you on a white-knuckle thrill ride. The excitement starts when a future-seeing Watcher (Dakota Fanning) convinces a telekinetic Mover (Chris Evans) to help steal a briefcase that holds a billion-dollar secret. But to outrun government agents, they must enlist a mind-controlling Pusher (Camilla Belle) who could be their salvation-or their doom. Also starring Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, Push will pull you in completely.

Art of the Day: Vixen


Artwork: Vixen by Phil Cho

DVD Pick: Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown

I had no idea there was a new Scooby-Doo animated movie, I certainly didn't see any advertisements for Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown. Apparently the movie was released digitally January 31st and on DVD February 14th (Valentine's Day). Yet, the movie wasn't in any of the Sunday sales papers.

If I had not been walking through the DVD section at Target on Saturday I would have never known. I haven't watched the movie yet but I did watch the trailer yesterday which I included below.


Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown

Description:

When the Scooby gang visits a dude ranch, they discover that it and the nearby town have been haunted by a ghostly cowboy, Dapper Jack, who fires real fire from his fire irons. The mystery only deepens when it’s discovered that the ghost is also the long lost relative of Shaggy Rogers!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Review: Finders Keepers


Book: Finders Keepers by Andrea Spalding

Source: Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

Publication: February 21, 2017

Description:

It all started with an ancient arrowhead in an Alberta field.

While walking through a field, Danny finds an 8,000-year-old arrowhead. After he shows his friend Joshua, who lives on the Piikani reserve at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the two go on buffalo hunts, powwows, archaeological digs, and break in to the local museum. Grappling with dyslexia and unsure of his place in the world, Danny follows the arrowhead into a distant past and back again as he learns about himself and the people who came before him.



Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Review:

This was originally published in 1995 but since I didn't read that edition I don't know if there are any changes besides a new cover and a reference to Justin Bieber.

Finder Keepers is set in Alberta, Canada and follows 10 years old Danny Budzynski who was having a difficult time in 5th grade and school in general. He has a learning disability that no one knows about and it makes it extremely difficult for him. His grades are not good, he's teased and laughed at by other students while the adults from his parents to his teacher and principal think he's not trying hard enough or is just lazy.

But he was trying and he knew the information but things become wonky when gets confused or freezes up. He also has problems when it comes to spelling, writing and math. He's worried about an upcoming school project and how his writing problems may effect his grade. It's so hard for him to explain all of this but thankfully after a poor decision to run away from school one day, his mother was able to get him to explain as best he could how hard it was for him at school. An old friend of hers maybe able to help.

Something else good came out of him running away, he met a new friend named Joshua Brokenhorn, a First Nation boy who lives on the Piikani reservation. The two quickly became friends and Danny found himself immersed in a wonderful experience of seeing a gathering of bald eagles and meeting Joshua's grandfather who was an elder. But something he never expected was finding an old arrowhead (or a lance point as he later finds out) on his way home, he plans to use the artifact in his school project.

Over time he starts to wonder if it is right for him to keep an 8,000 years old lance point especially once he finishes his school project. From getting to know more about many of the First Nation customs and traditions, he comes to realize that some things are sacred and should not be seen such as his favorite photo of the Sundance in the museum at Fort Macleod. The Piikani feel that the Sundance is something that should not be photographed let alone a picture displayed in a museum.

Throughout the story, Danny has a very vivid imagination and he images a variety of things from who may have carved the lance point to reasons why he no longer has to go to school. He sort of uses his imagination as a way to escape many of his problems or when he's bored. Meanwhile, Joshua is more outgoing and level headed and you can tell he's unfortunately use to dealing with racism and prejudice directed towards him being First Nation.

I like how the author showed the First Nation people and culture throughout the book. She presented everything in a respectful way while giving the reader something to think about in regards to something being sacred as well as respecting someone else's culture. 

This was a quick and easy read with a very interesting and sometimes rather humorous story. I like how Danny started to change over the course of the story, from getting help with his learning disability to finally being understood about his problems, he was starting to gain confidence and was able to express himself better. I also like the friendship between Danny and Joshua, it felt genuine and even minor hiccups didn't hinder it. This is a good story and readers of all ages should be able to find something interesting about it.  

Art of the Day: Gotham City Sirens


Artwork: Gotham City Sirens by Kaywinnit

My 4-Day-4-Movie Marathon: Chris Evans


The last time I did a 4-Day-4-Movie marathon was four years ago, I don't know how the time has slipped away. Amy Adams kicked off what I had hoped would be a movie marathon I would do at least more often than once.

So for tomorrow's Presidents' Day my second 4-Day-4-Movie marathon will be of Chris Evans. I decided to focus on some his other movies instead the comic book movies which sort of eliminated quite a few of his movies. Because hello this man has starred in a lot of them. Below is the list of movies and days I will watch them. I will try to post the review on that same day or the next day at the latest.

Monday:           Push

Tuesday:          Playing It Cool

Wednesday:     Before We Go

Thursday:        What's Your Number?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Art of the Day: Black Panther and Storm


Artwork: Black Panther and Storm by Nothorax

I love this picture it makes me wonder if Storm is flying them around or T'Challa is leaping through the air? Either way, it's beautiful.

Fashion with a Cause: Bonnie Wright's "Come Dream With Me" Fundraiser

I just found out that director and actress Bonnie Wright (she played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) has a charitable fundraiser going in support of FilmAid International. FilmAid uses the power of film and media to transcend language and literacy, bringing life-saving information, psychological relief and much-needed hope to refugees and other communities in need around the globe.

Featured on the Represent website, Wright has a line of clothing along with a hat, mug and phone cases that features "Come Dream With Me" and 100% of the proceeds will go to FilmAid International.

All items can be purchased from Represent: Bonnie Wright "Come Dream With Me". I wish I had known about this earlier because there are only nine days and counting left to make a purchase. I really like that sweatshirt, below are a few pictures of some of the items that are available.

 Sweatshirt                           $39.99                        Available in sizes: S-5XL and in colors: Black, Grey and White






T-Shirt                                  $22.99                                Available in sizes: XS-3XL and in colors: Black, Grey and White






Raglan                    $28.99           Available in sizes: XS-3XL and in colors: Red/White, Venetian Grey/White, Black/White and Heather Grey/White