Review of Must See Movies for 2016

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2016 is going to be an epic year for movies!!! Or so I thought!

So for the last couple of years I’ve put out a list of movies I thought would be awesome for the following year. Yet I rarely review them afterward. So I am now. You’re welcome. I know that some of my views will not be popular, but hey, they’re mine and that’s all I can say. So I thought 2016 would be a banner year for amazing movies. I was super excited! And mostly disappointed. So, here goes. My reviews of the movies I most anticipated in 2016. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! You’ve been warned!!!

20. Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

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This movie didn’t actualy release so I can’t yet give it a review. At least I think it hasn’t released!

19. Rogue One РA Star Wars Story

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Sigh… Rogue One! What a let down. I am a Huge Star Wars fan! People who know me, know that! But this movie… ugh… There was no character depth. No backstory. No setup. Nothing. The only ones I cared about were the robot and two of the secondary characters. And they all died! All of them! No one made it out! That’s just not cool. And very boring. There was none of the magic the original Star Wars movies had. No Jedi. No Lightsabers. No witty banter. It just all fell flat ūüôĀ So sad.

18. Deadpool

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I have to say in all honesty, I didn’t watch it. Why? Because my husband and kids did and even my kids who are HUGE Deadpool fans said the movie sucked. So… I didn’t see it. Too bad.

17.¬†Assassin’s Creed

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I was super excited for this movie! I went to see it and Bam! I spent the first half of the movie asking what the freak was going on! Seriously! I did not get it. Neither did my girls. Then, by the second half I was like, yeah I sort of get it. And by the end I was like, Okay the parkour and fight scenes were great, but I still don’t understand everything. I saw it a second time and it made a lot more sense but still there were things that were really vague. All in all, it was good. But they could have spent a bit more time helping those of us who haven’t played the game yet understand what the heck was going on!

16.¬†Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton is one of my top 3 filmakers in Hollywood. However in the last 8 years or so his quality has been really iffy. So when I saw this was coming out I had high hopes, but didn’t hold my breath. And after having seen it I have to say, I liked it. I don’t think it’s Tim Burton’s Opus as others claimed. I still think Nightmare Before Christmas is the best movie he ever produced and Edward Scissorhands is a close second followed by Beetlejuice. But this was definetly a refreshing throw back to those older Tim Burton movies that I adored.

15. Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find them

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I went into this movie with extremely low expectations, but Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander stole my heart. He was so sweet and so genuine that his performance was oscar worthy in my opinion. The plot was okay. The graphics were great but it was Eddie that really made the movie shine. I loved his entire performance and would watch it again just because of him. The plot was predictable at best and honestly the one thing that really ruined the whole movie for me was Johny Depp at the end. I really had hoped for someone else. Just about anyone else. I’m kind of over his stale performances.

14. Jason Bourne

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I have to be honest, I have not yet seen this one. I need to get on that.

13. The Hateful Eight

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Again, I put off seeing this one. Not sure why. I just didn’t get around to it. I need to though.

12. Moana

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Loved it! This was a beautifully done movie. Dwayne Johnson was funny as ever. The plot was great. The visuals, the laughs, all of it. I really loved this movie. Well done Disney. This was how I had hoped the movie Brave would be, but wasn’t. This did the Polynesian people proud.

11. Independence Day

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I have to be honest, due to all the terrible reviews I could not bring myself to watch this. They were terrible, and apparently so was this movie. I just have no interest anymore.

10. Gambit

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This one didn’t release but I still reserve the same thoughts I had before. Channing Tatum is no Gambit. I hope this one doesn’t suck.

9. Star Trek Beyond

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This one was a let down. I loved the new character Jayla but other than that, it was the same old same old predictable plot for a Star Trek Movie. Which is sad because I have loved the last 2 they did. But this one fell short for me. From Spock and his girlfirend fighting to the villian being a Star Fleet Officer to everything. Just, predictable. I hate that.

8. BFG

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Again, I didn’t see this one because the reviews weren’t good. I plan on seeing it because I loved this story as a child, but it was in and out of the theaters so fast I just didn’t get a chance.

7. The Jungle Book

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Another movie that has great visuals but lacked everywhere else. There were things about it that they did that I really did not like, especially the ending when Mougli sets everything on fire. But it was great visually.

6. Batman vs. Superman

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This movie got a lot of flack but I personally didn’t think it was terrible. I loved Wonder Woman. Didn’t understand the weird dream sequences and thought the fight scenes were good. I even liked the acting. Except for Jessie Eisenberg as Luther. I didn’t like him at all. I am fully on Superman’s side in this one, BTW. And thought Batman was a jerk, not unlike Tony Stark in Civil War. But all in all, though it’s not a movie I’m dying to watch again, I didn’t hate it.

5. X-men: Apocalypse

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I soooooo wanted to love this movie! I LOVE X-Men. They are one, if not my most, favorite franchise. But this one fell short. The bad guys didn’t talk. They were killed off of defeated too quickly. Their storylines were vague at best. I just didn’t really care for this one. Sorry.

4. Dr. Strange

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This was a great movie. Not an amazing movie, but a great movie. My favorite character was the cape. I had hoped for more though. I had hoped to see more magic in it and more magic graphics and training and learning but we didn’t. We got some, but not as much as I’d hoped. It was a good movie though and I’d watch it again.

3. Suicide Squad

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Again, this was a movie that got a lot of bad reviews but I was pleasantly pleased with it. No, it is nothing like the graphic novels, but it was good. And as a romance author, I just loved the twisted Harley Quinn/Joker storyline. It was twisted and amazing. Jared Leto played the Joker like we’ve never seen him before and it was great and new and refreshing. I even liked Will Smith as Deadshot. I think a lot of the characters in the squad were under utilized, but hey, in a big squad not everyone can shine. Jsut ask Hawkeye and Black Widow.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Best Movie Of The Year!!! This movie rocked! I saw it 5 times in the theater. Yes, it is that good. Everything about it was awesome. The fight scenes. The banter. The fight scenes. Captain America and Bucky. The cameos. All of it. Black Panther and Spiderman stole the show. I didn’t expect to like Black Panther but he was so awesome! And Spiderman was he perfect blend of goofy kid and great hero. I loved this one. Loved it!

1. Warcraft

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I waited 10 years for an amazing Warcraft movie… and I’m still waiting. On the surface this movie was pretty good. But not great and not amazing. All of the characters were flat. They had no backstory and nothing to really tie us to them. It was rushed and there was no build with the characters, again, so we couldn’t really root for them. I feel like there were so many storylines they could have gone with and so much content out there that it should have been amazing. They could have gone the LOTR or DragonLance route with it on a epic adventure showing you all of WoW. Or they could have done a war like they did but start out showing the lands and how the Orcs were dying off and then them being called and going through the portal and everything, but again, they cut that out and didn’t do it. There was just so much they could have done to make this a real story, and they relied on the visuals instead of the storyline to carry them through. I’m kind of tired of movies doing that. All visuals, no plot.

So what do you think? Did you see these movies? Let me know. And stay tuned for the new 2017 list this week of movies I’m excited for!

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Top Ten Gifts for Star Wars Fans

It’s Geek Out Gift Day!

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Well! It’s here! The Holiday¬†Season. Full of shopping and buying and spending and giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or both in my family) or something else, chances are that you are going to need to BUY something for someone. So over the next few weeks I am going to list my top ten gifts for specific fans! This week my spotlight is Star Wars¬†Fans!

You know Star Wars fans right? The fans who love Han Solo. Who spend hours tirelessly building their Millennium Falcon Lego set, (Which my son wants this year) only to glue it together so they can stare at it! Those of us who dress up in Jedi outfits for fun and walk around wearing our R2D2 backpacks? Yup! Die hard fans.

I’m not one of those… cough…cough… My daughter asked me yesterday in the store, “Mom, why does everyone think your R2D2 backpack is mine or Christian’s?” Haha. Because we don’t see enough geeky moms out there!

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Okay so maybe I am! This was my family and myself at Comic Con last year. We were all Jedi and happened to meet up with a couple of great Sith. This next year I’ve upped out Star Wars Cosplay, we will be Amazing! But I digress!

So what do you get fans like that? With the new Star Wars right around the corner you can now find Star Wars presents Everywhere! Target, Walmart, Hot topic, Sears, you name it! And here are some fun ideas to get you started.

10. For the little girl in your life who love R2D2 and BB8? (I have one in my house!) These Are the Droids you’re looking for!¬†¬†ūüôā Seriously, these are adorable. And¬†I got mine at Toys R Us where they were buy 1 get on 30% off! My R2D2 is about 18 inches tall and remote controlled like BB8! This BB8 is bigger than the one from last year!

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9. Now, let’s be honest, any little boy would want just about Star Wars anything! Or big boys too! I¬†just bought one of these for myself and one for my hubby for Christmas. Part of “upping” my Star Wars Cosplay game! So if you want a lightsaber as close as you can get to real, UltraSabers is the place to go! They light up, they have flash on clash, they have sounds, and they are Ultra Realistic looking! You can choose from so many colors and hilts!! I am so excited!

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8. And for every little kid there is a big kid who needs some Star Wars stuff. You know, the guys who actually remember a Star Wars universe Without Jar Jar! For them, I give you, The Ice Cube Trays! Now, I would use these for ice, jello, chocolate and just about any other food item I could think to shove in there! I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a Millennium Falcon Brownie? Or watch the Death Star melt in a drink like Han had in the Cantina? Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of other cool ones too!

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7. My family loves popcorn! I mean, LOVES it! My husband brought the tradition into our marriage. And I don’t mean that gross chemical-laden microwave junk, YUCK! I mean Air popped popcorn! So what is cooler than popcorn, popped by the death star as you watch Star Wars?

6.¬†Now when I saw this next one I thought there couldn’t be anything cooler! I mean seriously, this one is ingenious! An X-wing Knife Block! That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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5. And how about out the tea lover out there or coffee lover? This would be right up my alley as I drink tea every day! And I am a HUGE R2D2 fan! Now I will warn you, the coffee/tea press is on pre-order until January, but it would SOOOOO be worth the wait!

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4. Now! I can tell you, as a woman it is super hard to find cool Star Wars clothing for women. Really hard! Everything is so generic! But HerUniverse.com has done an amazing job with geek fashion for women. I was honored to go to their fashion show at San Diego Comic Con. It was so cool! Right now their site is down but you can get some awesome stuff on Hottopic.com for women! Like the Kylo Ren dress and BB8 dress!

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3. Everyone one travels. And when you travel you spend half an hour or more searching through bags to see which of the two hundred black roll on bags are yours. Well, No more! Stand out with Star Wars!

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2. So what about Mom? The ultimate Star Wars Fan? Well, I AM a Mom and the Ultimate Star Wars Fan, so I had to think about this a little. What would I really want? There is so much out there! Then I came across the most AMAZING Christmas gift EVER for Star Wars!

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1. After those lawn ornaments I totally thought I was done. That I’d seen it all and there was nothing else I could possibly add to my list. Until I saw it. The New Phenomenon that has me scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck has happened to our country. Yes, I am talking about, the dread Ugly Christmas Sweater! So here ya go! For those Star Wars fans who just have EVERYTHING else.

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So there are my top 10 picks for Christmas gifts this year for Star Wars fans! What do you think? Did you find anything cooler for Christmas? There is so much out there right now for Star Wars fans that it is mind boggling! I just want it all. But to be totally honest the thing every real Star Wars fan wants for Christmas is tickets to the new movie and for it to be TOTALLY AMAZING!

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Top 20 Movie Must Sees in 2016!

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2016 is going to be an epic year for movies!!!

I hope!

Over the past five years we have been inundated with amazing movies. From Marvel to DC to Star Wars to The Hobbit (The first and third movies only) And this next year is looking like it’s going to be just as amazing. The movies just keep getting better and more geeky, which is right up my alley.

There are so many great movies coming out I simply can’t put them in order of the ones I am most excited for, except for the Top 10. The others I just REALLY want to see! So these are my Top Twenty Must See Movies of 2016 with the Top 10¬†being ones I just cannot wait for!

20. Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur

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It’s true that there have been a dozen different remakes of this legend in the last ten years or so and I have to admit that the King Arthur with Ioan McGruff and Clive Owen was the best I’d seen. However this new one with Charlie Hunnam looks equally as good from all of the photos on set that have been seen as of late. I am optimistic that this one will be just as good, if not better.

19. Rogue One РA Star Wars Story

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Not much is being said about this one for now except that it’s about a band of rebels in the Star Wars universe. I am cautiously hopeful that this one will be great and stay true to the Star Wars universe without going either overboard or totally off the rails. Because the Star Wars franchise has been hit or miss with me (they have a 50/50 track record right now) this one isn’t in my top ten. However I am really hoping it is going to totally rock! Especially since it has Mads Mikkelsen in it. Swoon!

18. Deadpool

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This movie, like a couple others on my list have me conflicted. I had been looking forward to this movie for quite a while and I saw the trailer at San Diego Comic Con. Though I am excited for it to come out this year, I am a bit disappointed in the fact that a) it has such crass and vulgar language b) it’s the first Marvel movie to be rated “R”. Because of that, my kids will not be able to see it and they had been looking forward to it as well. Though they may be being true to the character and the story (which remains to be seen) I am saddened at the direction they decided to take with this one.

17.¬†Assassin’s Creed

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Okay let’s start with the fact that the cast for this movie is Amazing! Michael Fassbender has become a superstar in the last ten years. Along side Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Marion Collitard and more this looks like it’s going to be a hit. Added to the fact that the games are a huge success and the fact that I hope the costumes win an Oscar, I think this will be a great game turned movie adaptation.

16.¬†Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Time Burton. Those two words alone say everything. He is one of my favorite film makers along with Quentin Tarantino. And this bestselling book is not only strange, but right up Burton’s alley. I can’t wait to see it and really hope he does it justice. I’d love to see Helena Bonham Carter, but could do without Johnny Depp this time.

15. Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find them

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Okay this is another one on this list that I’m conflicted about. The Harry Potter series was amazing and world changing. I think JK Rowlings is an incredible talent and has changed the face of children’s literature forever. That said, they made the books into movies. They made billions of dollars off fans. They should let it be. Though I feel this may very well be a wonderful movie, I am also sick of movie companies trying to milk franchises for every last ounce of creative blood. The Hobbit didn’t need to be 3 movies. The first 3 Star Wars movies did not need to be made. Just how many sequels does Indian Jones really need? So my point is, will I see it? Yes. Am I looking forward to it? Totally. But am I sick of seeing things taken advantage of? Absolutely.

14. Jason Bourne

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Let’s be honest. They’ve tried and tried and tried to make other actors as ex-spies as great as Matt Damon, and they just can’t. There is nothing known about the new movie except that along with Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander will be staring in the movie. And ever since I first saw her in The Royal Affair with Mads Mikklesen I have been smitten. I just love her to death. So I’m not sure what’s going to be in this movie, but I’m sure it’s going to be great.

13. The Hateful Eight

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I have loved every crazy, ridiculous, well plotted, blood soaked movie that Tarantino has made. And this one is going to prove to be no exception. Stellar cast including Kurt Russell whom I haven’t seen in years and totally love. I can’t wait to be bathed in gore and over the top acting. Go see it now! This isn’t going to be a feel good movie, but it will feel good to see the movie.

12. Moana

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I’ve been waiting for a Hawaiian princes movie. I was on a panel at Salt Lake Comic Con this last fall and we spoke about Disney Princesses. About how over the last few years they’ve been changing from damsels in distress to women who can handle themselves. And having lived in Hawaii for a year in college and having had many Polynesian friends, I know this girl is going to be able to take care of anything thrown in her past. Especially since Dwayne Johnson is going to be at her side. And who wouldn’t feel totally safe with him having your back?

11. Independence Day

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It’s been ten years since the original came out and I am hoping that the time away from it will make it all that much better. The first was fun and action packed and ushered in a new era for sci-fi movies. I am really looking forward to this new one and hoping Liam Hemsworth and Joey King can bring us the same kind of fun loving movie that Will Smith and Randy Quaid did.

10. Gambit

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This is another of those movies I am anxious for and conflicted about. I love Gambit. I have loved him for years. My son went as him for Halloween when he was three and in the Wolverine movie he was about the only one I liked. However, I am not a Channing Tatum fan. I have said that in a previous post about casting in movies. So as much as I am seriously looking forward to this movie. I am praying, crossing my fingers and my toes and sending positive vibes out to the MCU that they and Tatum will do Gambit justice!

9. Star Trek Beyond

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The crew is reassembling. And I’m really happy about that. The cast in the new movies is just as good as the original. And the last plot with Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn was most impressive. Though I will miss cameos by Leonard Nemoy in this next one I am looking forward to the addition of Idris Elba. And I am hoping that Justin Lin of the Fast and the Furious franchise will do the crew the justice they deserve.

8. BFG

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My daughters have loved Roal Dahl for years. And the story of the BFG was one that I remember from when I was a girl. When I saw the trailer for the first time I got chills. Seeing with how Disney has done with Into the Woods and Maleficent I have high hopes that this one will be done well and with the best CGI available and that the plot will be both close to the book and fun with all the creepy sense of humor Dahl was known for.

7. The Jungle Book

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This is another Disney movie I am really looking forward to. Though I am again against multiple remakes of books, this one looks like it will do The Jungle Book justice. With a star studded cast and great CGI it looks like it will rank right up there with Maleficent.

6. Batman vs. Superman

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I am really, really, really hoping this movie gives DC the turnaround it needs on the movie front. They have suffered horribly from bad franchises up till now. Green Lantern, Superman, several Batman. And though a couple of them have made quite a bit of money, between the plots and the acting each have left many wondering if DC can even make a decent movie. But this one, despite Lex Luther looking like a neurotic weasel and Batman and Superman looking like neither has a personality, has one thing that no other DC movie has had to date. Wonderwoman. Did you see the trailer? She kicks ass and well deserving of her own movie. She may very well be the one thing that makes this movie a total hit.

5. X-men: Apocalypse

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I am really hoping this movie is awesome, but I have to admit the trailer, and the franchise in general has left me all kinds of confused. The last movie seemed to have reset everything by going back in the past. That alone is confusing. Arch Angel is alive and young, though he was live and young in the first few movies. Xavier can walk, then he can’t, then he can. It’s just all getting a bit complicated for me. Mystique keeps switching sides. Scott is here and there but nowhere is Wolverine seen. I am just hoping that this one doesn’t make things even more complicated.

4. Dr. Strange

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I have come to the conclusion that Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius. His acting skills are such that few can compete with him. Did you see the video of his VO for Smaug? Google it, it’s indescribable. He is so good at what he does. And casting him as Dr. Strange just shows us that Marvel has once again done an amazing job. I cannot wait for this one to come out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come out till November. I just hope I can make it till then.

3. Suicide Squad

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This movie has already gotten mixed reviews. From Will Smith to Margo Robbie. It will be interesting to see what rating this movie will pull. I will be surprised if it is less than “R”. If you’ve read the comic books you know how dark and gritty they are. This is another one of the DC movies that I think might finally spur on the DC movie universe. And as my family and I are cosplaying at DC this next year, I really hope this one is as good as all the hype.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Have you picked a side? It better be Cap’s side! I can hardly wait for this movie. Though I will miss some of the old Avengers, I am excited to see the new ones working together… well, sort of. I am sad that Quick Silver was killed off so quickly, but I’m glad we’ll see newcomers like Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon as well as Ant-man. Notice I’m only mention the heroes on Caps’s side. I’m also super excited to see Bucky again. I’m sad that the franchises couldn’t pull it together so Spiderman could join as well, but thus far I haven’t be overwhelmed by the Spiderman portrayals. I can say that the plot seems a bit similar to X-men, but then they are from the same makers essentially. This movie is only surpassed by one other on my list for this next year.

1. Warcraft

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I’VE WAITED FOREVER FOR THIS MOVIE!!!!! I’ve been playing WoW for ten years. When I heard there was going to be a movie I just about died. And then I had to wait, and wait, and wait and Finally we got a trailer and then… wait some more! So THIS is my Number One Movie for 2016! I mean, how many other movies have you waited years to see? The trailers look awesome. And the entire thing looks just as awesome as the game itself.

So what do you think? Are you excited for these movies as well? Are there others you are excited about that I didn’t mention? Let me know. I’m always on the look out for upcoming movies!

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Top Ten Gifts for Star Wars Fans

It’s Geek Out Gift Day!

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Well! It’s here! The Holiday Season. Full of shopping and buying and spending and giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or both in my family) or something else, chances are that you are going to need to BUY something for someone. So over the next few weeks I am going to list my top ten gifts for specific fans! This week my spotlight is Star Wars Fans!

You know Star Wars fans right? The fans who love Han Solo. Who spend hours tirelessly building their Millennium Falcon Lego set, only to glue it together so they can stare at it! Those of us who dress up in Jedi outfits for fun and walk around wearing our R2D2 backpacks? Yup! Die hard fans.

I’m not one of those… cough…cough…

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Okay so maybe I am! This was my family and myself at Comic Con this last year. We were all Jedi and happened to meet up with a couple of great Sith. But I digress!

So what do you get fans like that? With the new Star Wars right around the corner you can now find Star Wars presents Everywhere! Target, Walmart, Hot topic, Sears, you name it! And here are some fun ideas to get you started.

10. For the little girl in your life who love R2D2 and BB8? (I have one in my house!) These Are the Droids you’re looking for!  ūüôā Seriously, these are adorable. And on sale!

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9. And where the is a little girl, there is always a little boy. Now, let’s be honest, any little boy would want just about Star Wars anything! But, I found this especially cool ūüôā A light saber flashlight! Okay, I want one of these!

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8. And for every little kid there is a big kid who needs some Star Wars stuff. You know, the guys who actually remember a Star Wars universe Without Jar Jar!

For them, I give you, The Ice Cube Trays! Now, I would use these for ice, jello, chocolate and just about any other food item I could think to shove in there! I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a Millennium Falcon Brownie? Or watch the Death Star melt in a drink? Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of other cool ones too!

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7. What about the cooks in the family? Don’t worry! We have them covered! Personally I would never use this. He would sit on my nightstand and keep me company. And who doesn’t want to be the Dark Lord in the kitchen? Yup! You too can be Darth Chef!

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6. Now when I saw this next one I thought there couldn’t be anything cooler! I mean seriously, this one is ingenius! An X-wing Knife Block! That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

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5. And how about out the coffee lover out there or tea lover? This would be right up my alley as I drink tea every day! It lights up when you get it hot!

 

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UPDATE: Okay! I just saw these glasses and these are a MUST HAVE!!! So I had to add them to the list a 5B!

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4. Now! I don’t know any good Star Wars fan who hasn’t wanted an R2 for themselves. I know I mentioned some R2D2 stuff before but since he is so  popular and we love him so much, here’s another one that I think it way too cool! So for all you R2 fans out there who have always wanted one, now you can have one! (I already have my R2D2 backpack ūüôā An R2D2 Trashcan!!!!

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3. Everyone one travels. And when you travel you spend half an hour or more searching through bags to see which of the two hundred black roll on bags are yours. Well, No more! Stand out with the Darkside!

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2. So what about Mom? The ultimate Star Wars Fan? Well, I AM a Mom and the Ultimate Star Wars Fan, so I had to think about this a little. What would I really want? There is so much out there! Then I came across the most AMAZING Christmas gift EVER for Star Wars!

StarOrnaments1. After those lawn ornaments I totally thought I was done. That I’d seen it all and there was nothing else I could possibly add to my list. Until I saw it. The New Phenomenon that has me scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck has happened to our country. Yes, I am talking about, the dread Ugly Christmas Sweater! So here ya go! For those Star Wars fans who just have EVERYTHING else.

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So there are my top 10 picks for Christmas gifts this year for Star Wars fans! What do you think? Did you find anything cooler for Christmas? There is so much out there right now for Star Wars fans that it is mind boggling! I just want it all. But to be totally honest the thing every real Star Wars fan wants for Christmas is tickets to the new movie and for it to be TOTALLY AMAZING!

Rebekah R. Ganiere – Books with a Bite

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Top Ten Sexy Geeky Things – Geeky Wednesday

Okay so I was thinking of a blog post and it was suggested to me to think of ten things that geeks would think are sexy. I thought that might be a fun post. So I did some digging around and I actually found some things that I think geeks would find sexy. So here we go!

10. Jack Harkness’s Coat – Captain Jack from Torchwood and Dr. Who had a sexy overcoat that he wore in almost every episode. And according to Think Geek.com. When I typed the word “sexy” into the search bar, it came up with his coat. Now I liked Captain Jack as much as the next girl, but I didn’t find him particularly sexy. But for those who do, here ya go! Get yourself a Captain Jack Harkness coat and get to role playing with your spouse. Or a David Tennant Coat and haircut. Yes, the Tenth Doctor was the best.

9. Harley Quinn Underwear – There is nothing sexier than a woman who like a psychotic blond, who’s in love with a serial killer. All kidding aside, I don’t think there’s a geek alive who wouldn’t drool over a girl who knows who any comic book villain even is! And they would have a heart attack if said girl was cool enough to buy a sexy little outfit to wear to bed.

8. Princess Leia – Buns on the sides of her head, feisty attitude, self important. What’s not to love? Oh and of course there’s the chain bikini scene in Jabba’s Palace. I think that was one of the first times it had ever been seen. It was almost scandalous in the 80’s.

7. Women who play RPG’s – I can tell you from experience the glazed look that come over some guys eyes when I start talking about D&D or World of Warcraft or Diablo III or any number of other RPG’s I play. And after that comes the little cartoon hearts in the eyes. I find it hilarious, but geeks really love it.

6. A Man in Real Chain mail – I can tell you from experience that there is little that is sexier than a man in chain mail. Except for maybe a man in a kilt. Kilts are even more sexy. Sigh… But yes, chain mail is sexy. As are swords and men who can wield them.

5. Someone who knows how to fix a computer – This one is universal. Whether it be a girl who can fix a computer or a guy, I think either will send geeks over the edge.

4. Someone who knows what PI is – Peach, strawberry, key lime are not what I mean. And there is a national PI day coming up this month. If you know what it is, you are a total geek’s dream ūüôā

3. A person who knows all the Star Trek TV shows – Some think that the movies are all there are. Others are totally loyal to Captain Kirk. But then there are those that know Captain Picard, Captain Janeway, and Captain Archer.

2. Fans of Only the Original Star Wars Movies – Now I can honestly say that I am holding out hope for the new Star Wars movies, but Episodes I, II, and III are ones that all real geeks pretend do not exist.

1. Browncoat Cosplayers – If you don’t know what Browncoats or Cosplayers are, you are not geek material. However, if you do, you are a geek’s ultimate dream!!

So, what do you find geek sexy? This is what I find sexy!

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A Dozen Franchises I am most Thankful For!

It’s Geek Out Friday!

There are lots of things I’m thankful for. My kids, my husband, my writing. Good food, good friends, family. All those normal things that people are usually thankful for. But as I sit and think about the things that have influenced my life; Who I am, what I love, how I think, I realize that there are some things in this world that I will ever be thankful for. Some franchises so awesome, that my life would be a bit sadder without them.

So here are my top twelve¬†franchises that I wouldn’t be the person I am, without. And these are not in order really because it would be WAY too hard to do that!

1. Star Wars РOld Star Wars, not new. Love Star Wars. Grew up on Star Wars. R2D2 backpack? Check! Ewok backpack? Check! Imperial March as Ringtone? Check! I love Star Wars and the great lessons it teaches about good versus evil. Han Solo is the sexiest rogue out there. Princess Leia is the epitome of a kick butt female. I wanted a Millennium Falcon to fly. Chewy as my partner and a lightsaber to fight the Sith with. Except Darth Vader,

2.¬†Marvel Comics – Hulk is my favorite. Nightcrawler, Gammbit, Wolverine, Loki, Ironman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider. I love them. Love them all. I am Groot. I just think comic books as a whole are the most awesome thing invented. My daughter has dyslexia and learned to read on Marvel comic books and the Marvel Encyclopedia. I would rather have marvel comic books than ever eat cake again. And that’s saying a lot because I seriously like cake!

3. Star Trek – Engage! I have loved Star Trek since Shatner sat in the chair. Though I must admit Picard was my favorite. Though Chris Pine is sure giving that statement a run. I’ve always found space exploration fascinating. To see other worlds and other people and creatures. Ever since I was a girl and used to go to the Air and Space museum in Washington D.C. I have loved Astronomy. To see, basically a flying city, go through the stars has always amazed me.

4. Lord of the Rings – I am part elf, so I love what Tolkien did with his rendition of us. Haha. I think J.R.R. Tolkien has one of the most beautiful minds in the 20th Century. And I think Peter Jackson did a fantastic job with the LOTR series. I will not comment on the Hobbit movies because I have a few gripes, but the book was also a great, fun read.

5. Dungeons and Dragons – Not the movies, the game. I’ve played D&D since I was like 14. It was my introduction to the world of fantasy after Star Wars. I went to college for theater so there was something so natural to me to create my own character and head out on an adventure with my friends. Too much fun. I still have my D&D books and refer to them when writing.

6. Underworld – This is one of my absolute favorite Vampire/Werewolf franchises to date. I could watch those movies over and over. I know they didn’t do well and that they weren’t masterpieces of acting, but for what was created, I think that Underworld and Underworld 2 are some of the best out there. They are true to how I think the world would really be if Vampires and Werewolves live in it.

7. Harry Potter – Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Again, like Tolkien, I think J.K. Rowling is one of the most creative minds of our century. I have an entire bar in my house dedicated to my Potions, Harry Potter Posters, and Halloween items. Harry Potter has been a fixture in our house since the third book was released and as a newlywed my husband and I picked it up and decided to read it to see what the whole thing was about. We then devoured books one and two and moved on from there.

8.¬†Dr. Who – David Tennant! Uhm…sorry about that! I love Dr. Who. Especially David Tennant. I learned to love Matt Smith as well, but in a crazy little brother way. The stories were so fresh and new and original. The whole concept is just a lot of fun to watch. It was the first show I’d ever seen where they killed off the lead characters almost every season. So different.

9. Supernatural – Sam…cough, cough. I know, Dean is awesomesauce, and I love him too, but I am a Sammy fan. I also really love Crowley. The writing is amazing. You never get the same thing twice. It’s constantly fresh and new and just when I think they can’t do anything else, they do something new again. Love it. They are like watching a D&D campaign in our world today. Wait…didn’t they do an episode of that?

10. Alice in Wonderland – Such iconic characters that they’ve been written and rewritten dozens and dozens of times. Movies upon movies have been made and tens of thousands of people have contemplated the meaning behind the whole thing. For me? I love the idea of a girl crawling into a hole and finding an incredible new world where nonsense and frolic are the name of the game. It has inspired me in more ways than I can count. From going to Comic Con as Steampunk Alice in Wonderland with my kids, to having Mad Hatter Tea parties and writing love stories. Alice has inspired me!

11. World of Warcraft – RPG’s! I’ve played RPG video games almost as long as I’ve played D&D! When Warcrack…I mean, Warcraft came out my brother, whom I played a lot of D&D with, got me a membership for my birthday. HOLY COW! I’ve never been so addicted to something in my life! I was a crazy mama gamer who spent all night playing and all day taking care of her family. It only took a couple years to break the habit. Now, playing is a luxury I only buy at Christmas where I try to take a couple week off with my kids and we play together. Best Online Game Ever!

12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The TV Series)- Don’t laugh! Buffy, rocks! Angel, rocks! Bad Willow, Rocks! I love Buffy. I have seen the entire series at least 2-3 times and it never gets old. Buffy was so ahead of it’s time and Joss Whedon was a master of that world of vampires and demons and witches and werewolves and everything in between. It was one of the best introductions to Paranormal Romance for me and has helped inspire me as well.

So in conclusion, on this Thanksgiving Day! I am thankful to all those creative minds out there who inspire me and bring me joy and entertainment! To all of you I give a Huge hug and say, Thanx!

Top Ten Gifts for Star Wars Fans!

It’s Geek Out Gift Day!

Well! It’s here! The Holiday¬†Season. Full of shopping and buying and spending and giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or both in my family) or something else, chances are that you are going to need to BUY something for someone. So over the next few weeks I am going to list my top ten gifts for specific fans! This week my spotlight is Star Wars¬†Fans!

You know Star Wars fans right? The fans who love Han Solo. Who spend hours tirelessly building their Millennium Falcon Lego set, only to glue it together so they can stare at it! Those of us who dress up in Jedi outfits for fun and walk around wearing our R2D2 backpacks? Yup! Die hard fans. So what do you get fans like that? Well, here are some ideas to get you started.

10. For the little girl in your life who wants nothing more than to be a jedi, I give you the Ahsoka Hoodie ūüôā Seriously, this is adorable. And on sale!

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9. And where the is a little girl, there is always a little boy. Now, let’s be honest, any little boy would want just about Star Wars anything! But, I found this especially cool ūüôā A light saber flashlight! Okay, I want one of these!

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8. And for every little kid there is a big kid who needs some Star Wars stuff. You know, the guys who actually remember a Star Wars universe Without Jar Jar!

For them, I give you, The Ice Cube Trays! Now, I would use these for ice, jello, chocolate and just about any other food item I could think to shove in there! i mean, who doesn’t want to eat a Millennium Falcon Brownie? Or watch the Death Star melt in a drink? Oh yeah, there’s also a bunch of other cool ones too!

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7. What about the cooks int he family? Don’t worry! We have them covered! Personally I would never use this. He would sit on my nightstand and keep me company.

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6. Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies around the holidays? My daughter was just asking today if we could make some this year. Then I saw these!!!! Totally bought them ūüôā Had to have them!

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5. And how about out busy business man? The guy who has to put on a suit and tie but inwardly wants nothing more than to be wearing a Rebel flight suit? here’s the perfect way for him to give a little Star Wars Flair! An 8 gig Thumb Drive!

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4. Now! I don’t know any good Star Wars fan who hasn’t wanted an R2 for themselves. So for all you R2 fans out there, now you can have one! (I already have my R2D2 backpack ūüôā An R2D2 Trashcan!!!!

r2d2_trashcan

 

3. Everyone one travels. And when you travel you spend half an hour or more searching through bags to see which of the two hundred black roll on bags are yours. Well, No more! Stand out with the Darkside!

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2. So what about Mom? The ultimate Star Wars Fan? Well, I AM a Mom and the Ultimate Star Wars Fan, so I had to think about this a little. What would I really want? There is so much out there! Then I came across the most AMAZING Christmas gift EVER for Star Wars!

StarOrnaments1. After those lawn ornaments I totally thought I was done. That I’d seen it all and there was nothing else I could possibly add to my list. Until I saw it. The New Phenomenon that has me scratching my head and trying to figure out what the heck has happened to our country. Yes, I am talking about, the dread Ugly Christmas Sweater! So here ya go! For those Star Wars fans who just have EVERYTHING else!

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So there ya have it! My top 10 picks for Christmas gifts this year for Star Wars fans! What do you think? Did you find anything cooler for Christmas?

 

A Dozen Franchises I am Most Thankful For!

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There are lots of things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving and all year round. My kids, my husband, my writing. Good food, good friends, family. All those normal things that people are usually thankful for. But as I sit and think about the things that have influenced my life; Who I am, what I love, how I think, I realize that there are some things in this world that I will ever be thankful for. Some franchises so awesome, that my life would be a bit sadder without them.

So here are my top twelve¬†franchises that I wouldn’t be the person I am, without. And these are not in order really because it would be WAY too hard to do that!

1. Star Wars РOld Star Wars, not new. Love Star Wars. Grew up on Star Wars. R2D2 backpack? Check! Ewok backpack? Check! Imperial March as Ringtone? Check! I love Star Wars and the great lessons it teaches about good versus evil. Han Solo is the sexiest rogue out there. Princess Leia is the epitome of a kick butt female. I wanted a Millennium Falcon to fly. Chewy as my partner and a lightsaber to fight the sith with. Except Darth Vader,

2.¬†Marvel Comics – Hulk is my favorite. Nightcrawler, Gammbit, Wolverine, Loki, Ironman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider. I love them. Love them all. I am Groot. I just think comic books as a whole are the most awesome thing invented. My daughter has dyslexia and learned to read on Marvel comic books and the Marvel Encyclopedia. I would rather have marvel comic books than ever eat cake again. And that’s saying a lot because I seriously like cake!

3. Star Trek – Engage! I have loved Star Trek since Shatner sat in the chair. Though I must admit Picard was my favorite. Though Chris Pine is sure giving that statement a run. I’ve always found space exploration facinating. To see other worlds and other people and creatures. Ever since I was a girl and used to go to the Air and Space museum in Washington D.C. I have loved Astronomy. To see, basically a flying city, go through the stars has always amazed me.

4. Lord of the Rings – I am part elf, so I love what Tolkien did with his rendition of us. Haha. I think J.R.R. Tolkien has one of the most beautiful minds in the 20th Century. And I think Peter Jackson did a fantastic job with the LOTR series. I will not comment on the Hobbit movies because I have a few gripes, but the book was also a great, fun read.

5. Dungeons and Dragons – Not the movies, the game. I’ve played D&D since I was like 14. It was my introduction to the world of fantasy after Star Wars. I went to college for theater so there was something so natural to me to create my own character and head out on an adventure with my friends. Too much fun. I still have my D&D books and refer to them when writing.

6. Underworld – This is one of my absolute favorite Vampire/Werewolf franchises to date. I could watch those movies over and over. I know they didn’t do well and that they weren’t masterpieces of acting, but for what was created, I think that Underworld and Underworld 2 are some of the best out there. They are true to how I think the world would really be if Vampires and Werewolves live in it.

7. Harry Potter – Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Again, like Tolkien, I think J.K. Rowling is one of the most creative minds of our century. I have an entire bar in my house dedicated to my Potions, Harry Potter Posters, and Halloween items. Harry Potter has been a fixture in our house since the third book was released and as a newlywed my husband and I picked it up and decided to read it to see what the whole thing was about. We then devoured books one and two and moved on from there.

8.¬†Dr. Who – David Tennant! Uhm…sorry about that! I love Dr. Who. Especially David Tennant. I learned to love Matt Smith as well, but in a crazy little brother way. The stories were so fresh and new and original. The whole concept is just a lot of fun to watch. It was the first show I’d ever seen where they killed off the lead characters almost every season. So different.

9. Supernatural – Sam…cough, cough. I know, Dean is awesomesauce, and I love him too, but I am a Sammy fan. I also really love Crowley. The writing is amazing. You never get the same thing twice. It’s constantly fresh and new and just when I think they can’t do anything else, they do something new again. Love it. They are like watching a D&D campaign in our world today. Wait…didn’t they do an episode of that?

10. Alice in Wonderland – Such iconic characters that they’ve been written and rewritten dozens and dozens of times. Movies upon movies have been made and tens of thousands of people have contemplated the meaning behind the whole thing. For me? I love the idea of a girl crawling into a hole and finding an incredible new world where nonsense and frolick are the name of the game. It has inspired me in more ways than I can count. From going to Comic Con as Steampunk Alice in Wonderland with my kids, to having Mad Hatter Tea parties and writing love stories. Alice has inspired me!

11. World of Warcraft – RPG’s! I’ve played RPG video games almost as long as I’ve played D&D! When Warcrack…I mean, Warcraft came out my brother, whom I played a lot of D&D with, got me a membership for my birthday. HOLY COW! I’ve never been so addicted to something in my life! I was a crazy mama gamer who spent all night playing and all day taking care of her family. It only took a couple years to break the habit. Now, playing is a luxury I only buy at Christmas where I try to take a couple week off with my kids and we play together. Best Online Game Ever!

12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The TV Series)- Don’t laugh! Buffy, rocks! Angel, rocks! Bad Willow, Rocks! I love Buffy. I have seen the entire series at least 2-3 times and it never gets old. Buffy was so ahead of it’s time and Joss Whedon was a master of that world of vampires and demons and witches and werewolves and everything in between. It was one of the best introductions to Paranormal Romance for me and has helped inspire me as well.

So in conclusion, on this Thanksgiving Day! I am thankful to all those creative minds out there who inspire me and bring me joy and entertainment! To all of you I give a Huge hug and say, Thanx!