Kith and Kin-Sometimes One In The Same: Guardians, Vol. 2

By: John D. Pepe “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” – Novelist Edna Buchanan This quote is strikingly true when it comes to my life. I have many friends that I have known for decades, some almost four. These are the childhood chums that I grew up with. They have become like family…

Not a Perfect Dad, but One Perfect for you

Father’s Don’t Need to Be Perfect By John Pepe As Father’s Day approaches it makes me ponder fatherhood.  Am I the perfect dad?  Am I even a good dad?  At times my son looks at me as if I’m infallible (other times, not so much), and it harkens me back to when I was his…

The Lego Batman Movie: “I Don’t Do Ships…”

By: John D. Pepe   Life is about connectedness.  It’s about the relationships we develop, with friends, family, co-workers, etc.  I mean even the most hardened of criminals need basic human contact, otherwise why risk time in “the yard” where you can be attacked over time in “the hole” where one is safe.  The reason…

Speciation 

  By G.P. Avants   The reality of any hero movie is they have a story to tell with a defined origin story, a series of adventures, and for many a heroic end. Logan AKA Wolverine has lived a life that has ironically began not too long after the birth of America. He has participated…

Worn & Torn 

  By G.P. Avants   From my first impression of Logan I observed a tired and weary world. Things have progressed since the last time we have seen Dr. Xavier, Wolverine and the world where humans and mutants co-habitate. Technology has progressed, but the mutants are all but extinct. Oddly, humans have become a distant colder species….

Trust Goes both Ways

  By G. P. Avants   Who is a good guy and a true friend in crisis? In a world on turmoil it takes a little insight and wisdom to know whom to trust.  In Rogue One we are thrust right into a time when sides are being taken and loyalties tested. Gaylen Erso’s life…

Kubo and the Two Sides

By R3 I recently watched and thoroughly enjoyed the film Kubo and the Two Strings and all it’s visual glory. Like any LAIKA film, it’s a mind explosion of both story and motion-capture art, but keeping with the LAIKA tradition of making you reflect as you walk away from the movie. Kubo and the Two…

Hey, Paper Boy! 

By G.P. Avants   There are two reasons why I thought Kubo of the Two Strings was a movie worth watching. One reason was the visual animation used to tell a very unique style. Since it was from the creators of Coraline, they already peaked my interest. So this is for storytellers and wordsmiths who…

A Powerful Ally;The Living Force (Part V)

Everybody has their own opinion of George Lucas’s Prequel movies (Episodes I, II, III) to the original Star Wars films. And some of those comments are all the same, from CGI usage to our poor friend Jar Jar Binks. There are a few things that we as Star Wars fans can take from those movies…

Time Will Tell How Much I Love You

  By G.P. Avants   Dr. Stephen Strange was a man of means. He had everything a rock and roll living genuine brain surgeon needed. Unfortunately, he also had an ego that often got him in trouble pretty much all the time. The good doctor never valued time or people as important in his life. He…

A Powerful Ally; The Living Force (Part IV)

    “Don’t underestimate the Force.” – Darth Vader   By G.P. Avants   The force is unseen Yet binds all life; It protects what’s good In the midst of strife. It’s a mind that’s open To hear your voice Wisdom unequalled Who gives free choice. It bears the weight Of galaxies un-numbered, Yet can…

 A Powerful Ally; The Living Force (Part II)

  By G.P. Avants     “Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.”                        -Maz Kanata       Eyes shut Darkness falls, Yet something different Begins to call. A voice, A whisper, That gentle nudge That directs you down The path you trudge.   You feel…