Another Year Older, Lots to Look Forward To

Hellooooooooooooo everybody! It’s ya girl, Nikkie. AND IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

*kazoo sounds*

In honor of my birthday, I thought I’d do a little blogging and talk about some stuff that I can’t wait to interact with over the next eleven months. Sound good? Then let’s do it!

Black Panther

In Theaters: February 16, 2018

I’ll tell you something: I had no interest in Black Panther (the character) before the MCU got started; I didn’t even know he existed. I barely had any interest in him when he arrived in Civil War because I was too busy being angry with Captain America. But . . . then the trailers happened.

THESE TRAILERS, Y’ALL. Weave: snatched. Bless me with this #blackmagic. I’m up in my feelings about these trailers, and they have made me SO FUCKING PUMPED for this movie.  Continue reading “Another Year Older, Lots to Look Forward To”

Observations on Harry Potter: Books 1 – 4

Hello Muggles and Muggle-borns, Super Hubs here with another post that’s just a thinly veiled excuse for me to re-experience something I like! I haven’t read the Harry Potter series in many many years; in fact I haven’t even read books 6 and 7 since they first came out. Nikkie and I have a Christmas tradition of rewatching the movies and we spent the whole time arguing about them, as we do. Harry Potter’s got a way of making us get into fierce debates. A lot. She always wins. I realized finally that this is because she knows the books much better than I do! So I decided to bulk up my knowledge so that next time I’ll win the argument and I CAN SHOVE IT INTO HER STUPID FACE! And just for a bit of fun I’m going to list my current order of enjoyment and in the next post I’ll see if the reread changes that at all. So, before starting the reread my order was:

1. Order of the Phoenix
2. Prisoner of Azkaban
3. Sorcerer’s Stone
4. Half-Blood Prince
5. Deathly Hallows
6. Goblet of Fire
7. Chamber of Secrets

We’ll see how well that holds up! I can tell you now some of the order has already changed. But on to my observations from the first four books! Continue reading “Observations on Harry Potter: Books 1 – 4”

Rewind the Realm: Game of Thrones, Season 1, “The Kingsroad”

Hello all you slimy catspaws with sloppy footwork and welcome back to Rewind the Realm! We’re doin it weekly here so don’t expect a fancy introduction every time. I am only a single man and can’t do miracles! Not yet anyway. The dragons haven’t been born and the old powers are still sleeping.

Episode 2 start with Dany and co. traveling across the Dothraki sea. Dany’s having trouble riding on horseback for so long and Jorah comes to comfort her. Immediately he calls her “child.” Jorah is gross. He already has a big ol’ herection for Dany probably, considering the way he looks at her in this scene and the fact that his next bit of advice is about how fucking totally gets easier. He might as well have said “especially with some practice” and waggled his eyebrows at her cus he won’t stop looking at her chest. You’re gross Jorah. Don’t mansplain away Dany’s aversion to being raped. Because that’s what’s happening right now. I’ll get to that in a bit.

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Rewind the Realm: Game of Thrones, Season 1, “Winter is Coming”

Hello all you Watchers on the Couch, and welcome to the first installment of Rewind the Realm; my thinly veiled excuse for rewatching Game of Thrones while pretending to be productive. HBO recently broke our hearts by announcing Game of Thrones won’t be back until 2019 so to get through this dark and terrible year I’m going to try and do a recap of one episode per week.

If you read any of our Recap the Realm posts it’ll basically be like that but (probably) much shorter and somehow less structured. Also Nikki won’t be joining me on this except for maybe a few select episodes. So let’s get this started! Continue reading “Rewind the Realm: Game of Thrones, Season 1, “Winter is Coming””

GTFO, 2017: Rounding Up the Year As Best We Can

Greetings, all you beautiful, delicious people! Welcome to our end-of-year blog post!

It’s been a looooooong, rough one, hasn’t it? I mean, let’s be real: It’s been a goddamn nightmare for a lot of us. I won’t get into it because, well, YOU KNOW what’s been going on. (But it’s often orange, and it’s often ruining life as we know it (Super Hubs note: And often runnin’ it’s fuckin’ mouth.) Then, there’s the whole thing where damn near every man in Hollywood is a shitbag. Sigh. It has not been great.
(Super Hubs note: Also that whole thing where the FCC did a whole mess of shady shit to ruin the internet all so our corporate overlords can make a few extra bucks.)

So here at MWB, we’ve done what many did: We buried ourselves in entertainment and hoped for the best! As such, we offer up our favorite things from 2017.
It’s important to note that not everything on these lists came into existence in 2017; they were simply the best things we interacted with.

Nikkie’s Picks

Favorite Movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Man, I loved this movie—and not just because I’m super into Tom Holland now. When we were sitting in the theater, watching this movie, I just felt like this movie was breathing life into me. It was sweet, it was funny, it was emotional, it had the right amount of creepiness a la Michael Keaton’s Vulture . . . It had Martin Starr, donning his professor look, which I’m very into! Speaking of the school, can we talk about how diverse the student body was? Thank God it wasn’t just a sea of white, which wouldn’t exactly be believable in New York damn City.  Continue reading “GTFO, 2017: Rounding Up the Year As Best We Can”

Infinity War Trailer Micro-Post

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Me after watching the Infinity War Trailer. The Blood is unrelated.

Hello all you thicc purple men with garish gloves! Super Hubs here to scream at you for a few seconds about the Infinity War trailer.

First of all THERE’S AN INFINITY WAR TRAILER!! Go watch it. Watch it eight times. Memorize it. Draw it from memory. Obsess over it. Get a divorce. Watch it alone in the abandoned warehouse you call home after pushing all your friends and loved ones away. Realize Infinity War is just a movie and probably not worth ruining your life over. Realize you didn’t even ruin your life over the movie but the trailer to the movie. Reexamine yourself and your priorities. Reconcile with your ex-wife and children. Get a new job. Get your life together. AND THEN WATCH THE TRAILER AGAIN!

…I’m very excited.

This is what I’ve been waiting for since the very first Spiderman movie came out in 2002. And what I dared to hope for after the very first Marvel post-credits scene in Iron Man. 10 years. 20 movies. 5 TV shows. And we’re finally gonna see The Avengers et al face off against the Purple Planet Killer himself!

Will we see Captain America’s iconic speech against Thanos in the face of death? We better! Will someone finally say “Avengers Assemble?” Probably! And I hope it’s in the post-credits scene and I hope Phil Coulson is the one to say it! Will Hela come back and grace us all with her presence? I hope so. I hope Thanos is courting her instead of Lady Death and Hela is just so not into it with all her sass.

It’s gonna be big and I can’t. Friggin. Wait!

A few reactions to the trailer:

  • Vision with skin! Scarlet Witch in his bed. Scandalooous!
  • His Spidey sense is tingling!
  • Josh Brolin has the perfect voice for Thanos
  • Dammit Loki!
  • New Spider-suit looks awesome
  • Chris Evans looks a lot better with a beard
  • F yeah Black Panther!
  • Thanos is “balancing the universe” just like in the comic
  • The army of Wakanda is imposing AF
  • Thor meets the Guardians!

Now stop reading and go watch the trailer again! I’m gonna have it on repeat until February. Then I’ll go see Black Panther. Then I’ll have it on repeat again until the movie comes out!

My Amazing ARC Adventure: Catch-Up Batch

Hey everyone. Remember when I wrote for this blog? The one that I started on my own? What a time, eh?

Well, I’ve missed you! But in addition to just being a terrible blogger, I’ve also just been busy writing for *other* places. I know—shocking! But, back in August, I submitted a piece to the website The Prompt for a contest they were doing and won first place. Ever since, I’ve been contributing fairly regularly, and that’s been keeping me busy. (Feel free to check out my stuff.) In addition, I also wrote some essays for a collection I want to put together. So, even though I haven’t been writing here for y’all, I’ve been writing!

But also, we went to Texas in September, and then work has been . . . a thing. And sometimes, depression and anxiety just make you too tired to do things.

Anyway! At least Super Hubs has been keeping this ship afloat, with his regular IT posts from October and his recent “Justice League” review. But even with his spot-saving qualities, this blog has felt decidedly non-bookish lately, hasn’t it?? So, I’m making a concentrated effort to be better at this! I even took a break from contributing to The Prompt for this current topic so that I could start focusing on the blog!

So, with that in mind, I’m picking up on the last thread I left dangling: the dive into a bunch of ARCs I had lying around. Because it’s now been months since I’d taken on that challenge, I’m not going to devote a whole post to each book. Instead, I’m going to batch the remaining titles. Here are the first three.  Continue reading “My Amazing ARC Adventure: Catch-Up Batch”

Justice League Review

Hello all you emotionally stunted man-children in nocturnal mammal costumes! Super Hubs here with a review of Justice League! We’ve got brooding, we’ve got punching, and we’ve got a crazy fan theory with basically no real evidence! Should be a good time…even if the movie kind of wasn’t. As always, spoilers follow so tread lightly if you’re concerned about that sort of thing. Pro-Tip: There’s not a whole lot to be spoiled in this movie. Let’s go! Continue reading “Justice League Review”

Halloween 2017! 5 Overrated Horror Movies.

Hello you roaming spirits searching for you next fix of that sweet sweet soul juice…it’s HALLOWEEN! This is my favorite holiday as I’m sure you could have guessed/I’ve probably said. Seeing all the spooks and creeps makes me feel just so alive. The Halloween season is what I look forward to every year. As soon as my anniversary is done (which happens to be the day after Halloween and is therefore part of Halloween I DON’T CARE WHAT NIKKIE SAYS!) I immediately begin looking forward to the next Halloween season. Which, by the way, starts in July for me.

Sadly though, this Halloween season has been pretty…bad. I’ve felt it everywhere. The decorations feel like an afterthought, the specials are mediocre, youtubers I usually rely on to do a bunch of fun stuff for Halloween have done barely anything or what they’ve done has been cynical. There’s a David Pumpkins animated special and it’s terrible apparently! It’s been a dire year and it shows in this Halloween. Thanks a lot trimp! You ruin everything!

So needless to say this year I’ve been feeling pretty down. So now I’m gonna lean into that feeling and shit all over movies everyone likes! Isn’t that fun?? But I’m not gonna just contribute to the negativity of the year. I’m also going to suggest a better movie to watch instead. So hopefully it’s a net positive! Continue reading “Halloween 2017! 5 Overrated Horror Movies.”

IT Month Finale: Raving about IT

Hello all you traumatized children linked together by a cosmological Turtle! Here we are, the review I’ve been avoiding writing for since before this blog was this blog. I’ll never shut up about how hard it is to write about the things you love and I love this thing more than any other thing. This is my all time favorite book by my all time favorite author with my all time favorite monster. This is the book I’ve read more times than the amount of years I’ve lived. This is the book that makes me want to write while simultaneously making me feel like nothing I write will ever be good enough. This is the only book that I would gladly pay thousands of dollars for a signed first edition.

This, of course, is IT.

Why didn’t you know that? What the hell have I been talking about all month ya dinguses! Don’t you all have egg on your face. Continue reading “IT Month Finale: Raving about IT”