Category: Entertainment

Going to a Comic Convention on the cheap

Spring is here, and with it, the beginning of comic book convention season. This past weekend, the annual Emerald City Comic-Con was held in Seattle, a convention I have long wanted to attend (I have several friends in the area and several more who travel in for it, and from all reports it’s a pretty …

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier provides all the action, heroics and CGI eye candy one expects from the Marvel universe, but with an unexpected level of depth, both in character development and political subtext. Shortly before seeing the film, I had a conversation with my eldest daughter, in which she commented “I’m pretty sick of …

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Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Following up on 2011’s The Muppets, Director/co-screenwriter (with Nicholas Stoller) James Bobin guides Jim Henson’s cast of characters through a cleverly-plotted adventure full of songs and guest stars. The tone is more manic than the prior outing, capturing more of the flavor of the classic Muppet Show from the 1970s. The Muppets Most Wanted is …

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a Winter Wonderland

Disney’s new feature, Frozen, stands as evidence that the studio has apparently embraced computer animation as the only way to make films; the moderate success of The Princess and the Frog convinced them to turn to the new technology because in today’s economy, “moderate success” is considered failure. Now that they are primarily a CGI animation studio, they’ve applied the old Disney standards to the new work, and fortunately the result is gorgeous.

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DIY Monday: The Ultimate DIY! R2D2

This week is Comic-Con, or as we call it, Nerd Prom. It’s the place where everyone who likes anything remotely geeky has to go at least once, sort of the Mecca for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, costuming, toy collecting, Star Wars, and pretty much anything else that would have gotten you stuffed into …

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DIY Monday: Tracker-Jacker Nest

Today’s DIY project might come in handy if you happen to have any Hunger Games fans in the family. Aside from writing this blog and working our respective jobs, Terri and I are both archery instructors, and occasionally we run archery parties. Shortly after the Hunger Games film came out, we were asked to host …

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Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

Today is the first day of summer, and one of the best things about summer is that theater companies across the country are all suddenly stricken with the urge to perform the works of Shakespeare outside, usually for free. If you look around your area, you’ll probably find some group or school or band of itinerant actors declaiming in iambic pentameter at a park, beach, zoo or other open space. Here are a few I was able to dig up in just a few minutes on the google-box.

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Take Glinda Home!

Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a Glinda doll! All you need to do is wait until after midnight tonight (or come back tomorrow), fill out the form below and meet the simple conditions listed, which are (a) answer a simple question, …

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Mad Men Style

Aside from being brilliantly written and acted, AMC’s Mad Men is acclaimed for its incredible production design; the sets and costumes are meticulously accurate to the period, but more importantly, they serve to reveal character elements, establish themes and foreshadow developments in the plot. Nobody does a better job of spotting and articulating these points …

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The DIY Wedding, c.2013

Hi, I’m Jenn! I’ve been graciously invited by Jim and Terri to guest-post on the topic of the DIY wedding here at Blue Collar, Black Tie in connection with the upcoming film The Big Wedding, because I myself happen to be planning my own DIY wedding as we speak, figuratively. True, our wedding will not be quite …

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