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The 5 Best (& Worst) Things about ‘Suicide Squad’

[Warning: Suicide Squad spoilers ahead]

Suicide Squad is finally here, and naturally everyone on the internet has a strong opinion about it.

Critics have been largely united in their disdain for DC’s latest “superhero” flick, but audience ratings have told a whole different story.

The film received an utterly pathetic critic score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes (the same score as Batman v Superman), while audiences were more generous, giving the film a score of 75%. So who is right: the critics, the audience, or your old High School classmate who ranted about the film in not one, not two, not three, but four separate Facebook posts?

In truth, it’s hard to say.

Suicide Squad is by no means a perfect film, but from beginning to end, it manages to hold its own as a devilishly run thrill ride.

One could speak for hours on end about the film, but for now, let’s focus on a mere handful of the best (and worst) things from the film:

Best: The Concept

Superhero flicks are permanent crowd pleasers, but the basic concept of these films has remained frustratingly stagnant: A brave hero arises to save the city/world from certain destruction, but will he (or she!) be able to save himself from his own mind?

Throw away the fork and grab the fire extinguisher – this concept is beyond done.

Suicide Squad forgoes the heroes and focuses instead on the perfectly imperfect DC rogues gallery, providing audiences a refreshing escape from the cliches of the cinematic superhero world.

After sitting through generic (yet spectacular) superhero films for the better part of a decade, I think we all desperately need that escape.

Worst: The Pacing

Clocking in at a modest 2 hours and 10 minutes, Suicide Squad somehow feels more like a summarized LEGO video game of itself than a major DC blockbuster.

A good portion of the first half of the film is dedicated to character introduction (via flashbacks), leaving little time for these characters to develop and interact with one another before the inevitable boss battle. As a result, all “developments” by our ragtime band of villains felt forced and insincere.

Had the film been allowed more run time, these problems would have likely worked themselves out, but alas, the cinematic fluidity was never meant to be.

Best: The Cameos

Nearly everyone knew that Batman would have a small role in Suicide Squad, but the addition of his Justice League comrade, The Flash, was a welcomed surprise.

These cameos brought an air of superhero familiarity to the film, while simultaneously keeping the story fresh and new to senior audiences and new audiences alike.

Can we please see Jason Momoa as Aqua Man again, though? Thanks.

Worst: Enchantress

Cara Delevigne was an absolute vision as the powerful ancient witch (or is she a demi-god? An alien? IDFK), but her character’s story was completely butchered by choppy and lazy writing.

So Enchantress is possessing the body of archeologist June Moon, who unleashed the witch by purposely tearing the head off an ancient figurine for some unknown fucking reason (please switch careers). Now the only way to destroy the witch is to destroy her ancient heart. This is definitely the plot of The Last Witch Hunter, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

Suicide Squad curator Amanda Waller conveniently happens to possess the witch’s heart, but she loses it instantly (also convenient), unleashing the witch upon the world. Because plotkai.

Enchantress then lays waste to Midway City with the help of her newly released brother, the only motive for her actions being that she wants humans to bow down to her as a God. No daddy issues, no sibling rivalry, no ancient heartbreak story… nothing.

Simply put, Suicide Squad‘s Enchantress is a villain with absolutely no depth, existing in the film solely as a convenient villain.

The writers did Enchantress super dirty… and I don’t even think they called her the next day.

Best: The Action

The gorgeous visuals and breathtaking action in Suicide Squad almost make up for the film’s crudely stitched together plot. Almost.

Worst: The Joker

Who exactly is The Joker in Suicide Squad? Is he…

A. A suave gang leader with an affinity for the theatrical
B. A dangerous psychopath
C. A loving boyfriend
D. All of the above

If you guessed D, then therein lies the problem with Jared Leto’s Joker.

Different mediums (comics, film, animation) have portrayed The Joker in different lights, but in general, Batman’s greatest nemesis is a heartless psychopath who uses people (including Harley Quinn) as disposable tools.

So awful as it sounds, Leto’s Joker would have been more believable had he been the occasional dickbag to Quinn (as he was in Batman: The Animated Series), rather than a lovesick puppy dog.

It’s as if the writers weren’t sure what creative direction they wanted to take with The Joker, so they just threw everything in there and hoped for the best.

Despite it all, Leto’s confused Joker still managed to be entertaining, so as far as this writer is concerned, all is forgiven. For now.

Best: Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn, on the other hand, was funny, sexy, and absolutely spot on.

Suicide Squad‘s version of The Joker’s insane girlfriend was a dead ringer for the Quinn portrayed in Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), the series where the character first debuted. The writers celebrated Harley Quinn’s history by retaining her origin story, stuffing the film with little nods to the original source material (including Quinn’s jester costume, her New York accent, and her tendency to call the Joker “Mr. J”), and keeping her psycho-sexy persona in tact.

And speaking of sexy… Robbie’s costumes were sexy to the max, but her enviable physique never outshone her bright personality and prowess as a violent and dangerous criminal.

If there’s a character we’re desperate to see more of after Suicide Squad, it’s Harley Quinn.

Annnnnd Deadshot. And Diablo. And Katana. And “bitch I’m fabulous” Killer Croc with his BET.

Just start filming the sequel already, David Ayer. We’re ready.

What did you think about Suicide Squad? Let us know in the comments!

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Dog Day Sunday: Our Favorite Dog Memes!

You can’t open a newspaper tab to a news site without reading about a global catastrophe or a terrible act of violence. You might as well stay off social media, too, lest you be bombarded with drama ranging from simple, sad laments about it nearly being Monday, to posts that will make you want to tearfully cancel your Internet subscription entirely.

There are few things that make me forget everything awful in the world and put a legitimate smile on my face, but one of those things is looking at dog memes with my pups Daisy and Shadow!

For those of you who have been living in a cave without wifi, this is the definition of a meme:

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For those of you who have been living in a cave on Jupiter, this is the definition of a dog (take special note of the informal meaning that I definitely did not make up):

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While there have been many adorable furballs who have found internet fame via dog memes (such as those mentioned by BarkPost in their feature 11 Essential Dog Memes You Absolutely Need to Know) I thought I’d share a few lesser-known doggies who always make me chuckle, even after a “ruff” day!

(Note: GeekGirl World did not create any of these memes – we’re just trying to spread the e-smiles by sharing these cute canines that we found on the interwebz!)

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Book Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What it is: an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Play directed by: Jack Thorne

Review:

Some of my happiest childhood memories involve midnight releases of the Harry Potter books. My brothers, parents and I would all go to the book store together and, God bless them, my parents would have to buy four copies of every book since we refused to share. I dressed up as Hermione, Tonks, and Bellatrix for Halloween, a book release, and a movie premiere respectively (the latter earned me concerned looks from theater-goers). At one point, I developed a large, irrational crush on Harry. No, not Daniel Radcliffe. Book Harry. As I type this, I’m rocking a tank top with the Dark Mark on it. I grew up with J.K.Rowling and her beautiful, rich world. Honestly, those books helped shape the person I am today. So, yes, I’m a gigantic Harry Potter fan.

When I heard that there was a new play being written with a whole new story, I was apprehensive. “Harry’s story ended,” I thought, bitterly. “And who tf is Jack Thorne?!”
I felt weirdly protective of Harry Potter, as I’m sure a lot of fans did upon first hearing the news. However, when it was announced that the script would be released, I knew I’d get my grubby hands on it immediately like some sort of crazy person. I missed the excitement and adrenaline rush of starting a new book about the adventures of the Boy Who Lived.

Pardon my nostalgia, but that’s exactly what Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is: a book of memories. Old characters pop up in new and interesting ways, while new characters are introduced and immediately feel like old pals. However, what’s really awesome is that the book (or script, whatever you’d like to call it) doesn’t repeat roles we’ve seen before. Albus isn’t a carbon copy of Harry and Scorpius is nothing like Draco. Both young men have their own voices and we’re reminded of that as the story unfolds.

So! Spoiler free synopsis if you just read the names “Albus” and “Scorpius” and have no idea who I’m talking about. This tale, while inclusive of other plot points, mostly focuses on Albus Potter (Harry’s son) and his struggle to become his own man separate from his father. Scorpius (Draco’s son) is dealing with a similar predicament and the two develop an unexpected friendship. There’s a new threat to the wizarding world and all of the characters band together to defeat it.

One of the most interesting themes of the story is definitely “family”. We see Harry at his most vulnerable, trying desperately to connect with his son, a task that proves almost as difficult as beating Voldemort. Dumbledore once said, “Youth can not know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.” Harry and Albus don’t understand each other and, because of my love for Harry, I found myself getting frustrated with his wayward son often.

JUST GIVE HIM A BREAK, ALBUS, GAHD.

While Harry and Albus’s relationship is strained, others have only grown stronger in the past 19 years. Ron and Hermione made me say “relationship goals” out loud more than once. Let’s be honest, theirs is the most underrated love story of all time. When the two of them interact with Harry you’re reminded of the old days and all that the three of them have gone through. You feel like you’ve been friends with them your whole life, and some of us pretty much have.

Opinion: did someone slip Amortentia in my wine? Because I’m totally in love with this book. It’s fresh and new while also maintaining everything that drew fans to the series in the first place.
So, reader, if you’ve been on the fence about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fear not: it is, dare I say it, magical.

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Movie Review: ‘Sausage Party’

4158_sausage-party_7870Sausage Party Fast Facts

Directors: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Veron
Cast: Seth Rogan, James Franko, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Conrad Veron, Bill Hader, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll, and Craig Rominson
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 88 minutes
Release Date: August 12, 2016 (US)

Sausage Party is the first rated R 3D animated picture to hit US theaters. It’s about a supermarket where all the food is alive, striving to go to the “Great Beyond” and be chosen by their gods (us humans). Frank (Seth Rogan) is a hot dog who wants to be chosen with his bun girlfriend, Brenda (Kristen Wiig). When a container of honey mustard gets returned and tells the other food items the truth about the Great Beyond, it’s up to Frank to find out the truth from the Non Perishables in the alcohol aisle.

The basic concept does sound interesting, if not admittedly a rehash of the terribly animated and written children’s movie Foodfight! which was an advertising version of Toy Story.

When I saw the trailer, I thought “This sounds like it would be better as a short film” and I was right. This 88 minute monstrosity was really hard to sit through.

The animation in the film was well done (though a little grotesque at times), but sadly this is the only nice thing I can say about Sausage Party.

The first trailer for the film showed an entire scene from the film, and honestly that same scene turned out to be the best part of the entire film. The only time I laughed during this film was in the beginning, when a human character working in the store announced with five minutes until close for everyone to get the fuck out. As a person who works retail during closing, I could really relate to this.

My main issue with this film is its execution. Instead of using its R rating to play up a bit of stereotypes with religion and make the film about how everyone might have their own version of a Great Beyond, it instead wastes the R rating on weed jokes, sex jokes, and terrible racist and homophobic stereotypes. I shit you not, the first few minutes of the film is just the food singing and thanking the Gods, hoping that they get chosen. There’s also a part with sauerkraut and other stereotypical German food saying about how they want to “kill the juice”, accompanied by huge Nazi imagery.

Adult animation can be used to make satirical jokes and make light of serious topics, but instead the writers of this film chose to take the “South Park kids writing a movie” approach. It upsets me because I literally sat there for 88 minutes uncomfortable with the gross stereotypes, a few metaphorical rape scenes, a scene where a used condom was talking, and everyone around me was laughing it up. I was so out of the loop in regards to what was supposed to be funny. Going into the film I knew that maybe I wouldn’t get some weed jokes, but I didn’t understand how cutting off a druggie’s head and seeing the decapitated head casually in the background was something everyone in the audience enjoyed.

Ignoring the stereotypes and bad jokes, the universe doesn’t even make sense. All of the food talk, okay, but so does a a condom and a douche (which becomes the villain?). So can food talk or can all inanimate objects talk? Why do some boxes talk, but the contents inside them don’t? The universe is very inconsistent and isn’t built for audience’s to understand outside of the concept of the Great Beyond.

The writing was also  inconsistent and seemed to be written by a child. I understand that adult animation will have “bad” jokes, but this film wasn’t funny, and I would recommend that most people not watch it.

 

 

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Documentary Review: ‘Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World’

Lo And Behold

Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World

Release date: August 19, 2016 (USA)
Director: Werner Herzog
Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures
Music composed by: Mark Degli Antoni
Cinematography: Peter Zeitlinger
Producers: Werner Herzog, Rupert Maconick

Synopsis: Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and future of the Internet and how it affects human interaction and modern society.

Review:

When scientists who wanted to share data amongst themselves created the Internet their network was limited to trusted colleagues. Security was implied, you are in once you are authorized; having their identities compromised was not a factor. Accountability was assumed amongst the peer group. Fast forward to the world wide web of today and we have an Internet riddled with all the defects you could shake a modem at: cyber warfare, trojan attachments, stolen identities, hackers, deep web black market, gaming addictions, isolationism, artificial intelligence and a potential community of autonomous robots who control humanity in a Jetsons-style future.

Artificial intelligence. Self-driving cars. Soccer playing robots who plot their own action in a game against opponents. The glee felt from the engineers who give their considerable skills and energy to creating these inventions is contagious. The advances and scope of what can be accomplished with networked machines is impressive. So, eventually my car will drive itself while I use the computer which I see holographically from my eyeglass looking mainframes and access with hand gestures? I can even voice command the car to take me to a drive through, order my lunch, then resume scheduled trip? Amazing.

Werner Herzog addresses this panorama of topics in his particularly deep philosophical manner with concern for the impact of humanity on Earth. This feature length documentary poses the question, “Does the internet dream of itself?” How appropriate for a documentary filmmaker who has delved in to so many facets of life that he is credited with having made a film on every continent. Where hadn’t he yet made a film then? In cyberspace!

The philosophical twists that Herzog applies to the range of social, business and political activity internet users engage in deepens the dramatics. His insistence that subterfuge and fraud are ubiquitous is a premise upheld by the living examples and testimonials of the film’s subjects. The theme stands heavily in the dark side of the world wide web’s characteristics; death and scandal, evil incarnating, potential solar flare annihilation. There are a few criminal aspects of the Internet that Herzog has left out, no doubt in the interest of being economical with the run time of the film. However, more noticeably absent in this narrative is any mention of romance online. Is it wrong of me to want Werner to narrate his views of modern dating culture?

The bleaker aspects of our connected world are patiently and authoritatively explained as a way to ward the viewer off of seeking personal experience. In much the same tone as he had on Grizzly Man, where Herzog warned that the tape of the bear mauling could only be heard by the viewers and never seen, here in Lo and Behold we are given a directive that some “unspeakably horrifying” subjects will not and should not be viewed or delved in to further. Achtung! Gruesomely perpetuated sharing of terror and tragedy is given a heart-wrenching example with the Catsouras family; the patriarch received emailed photos of his daughter’s decapitated head from the car accident site she was discovered at. Who would send a father such pictures? The deceased’s mother had a simple answer: Evil. The Anti-Christ at work online.

Apparently the Internet may potentially be eradicated in one massive solar flare. There is high drama in the World Wide Web. The vulnerability and fragility of this connected world to alteration from disruptions, blackouts, hackers or other human weak links is staggering. “Civilization is four square meals away from utter ruin,” we are warned by Internet law Professor Jonathan Zittrain; he is interviewed along with other academics that postulate the end of the web.

Accountability and security concerns are left up to each one of us as we plug in online; basically people are the weak link mucking up an otherwise astonishing platform of interconnectivity. That message is clear. What is notably missing from Lo And Behold were the aspects of the cyber world that have elevated humanity. The ability to be in touch near instantaneously with loved ones in far away places, the communication tools used correctly have revolutionized our relationships. Modern dating and the perpetual search for love are not topics that gain much traction in this film, depriving us of the potential entertainment value of Werner Herzog’s take on Tinder and the subsequent Wernerisms and Twertzogs that would follow.

Werner Herzog is known for his sweeping landscapes and outsized characters, his ability to zoom in to the particulars of large lives and allow us a view in to the microcosm of an otherwise macro subject. He does just this with the geography of the cyber world, until we are caught in the net ourselves. Will the Internet beget other networks, with underlying behavior and patterns of the original web? Will it have it’s own AI consciousness? Will it in fact “dream of itself”? Are we all destined to evolve away from human companionship and in to our own ego fed narcissistic dream worlds? Or will this all crash in one grand solar event? If nothing else, the transitory nature of existence and continued promise of rapid change are emphasized in the conclusion of this remarkable documentary.

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Movie Review: ‘Lace Crater’

Lace Crater Fast Facts:

Director/Writer: Harrison Atkins
Cast: Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher), Peter Vack (6 Years), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), and Keith Poulson (Somebody Up There Likes Me)
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 83 minutes
Release: Opens Theatrically NYC + on VOD (Exclusively on FlixFling) on July 29th; Opens Theatrically LA on August 5th; National Rollout to Follow

Review:

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Ruth + Michael = Tru Luv 4eva (Lace Crater)

Lace Crater is a cautionary tale of why kids these days should not do drugs, drink, or have unprotected sex… with ghosts (even if they say they’re a virgin).

No, really!

When Ruth (Lindsay Burdge) and her 20-something year old hipster friends go on a weekend getaway to a pal’s family vacation home in the Hamptons (ooh la la!) they pop pills, down a couple of cold ones, and hang out in the hot tub, sharing secrets and telling ghost stories. While this sounds like the making of a stereotypical horror movie (see my review for The Levenger Tapes), things get really unique (i.e. weird) when Ruth returns to her room and stumbles upon Michael (Peter Vack), a ghost who “haunts” the house.

The two engage in awkward conversation that a middle schooler might call “flirting,” partake in drawn-out face touching that is supposed to be “foreplay,” and have a roll in the hay (or should I say… lilies on a casket). That’s right: Ruth and Michael have a magical night of Woman/Apparition sex as illustrated through dramatic zoom ins of burlap sacks and shaky cam shots of nipples. Alas, the next morning he doesn’t even make her eggs (we learn ghosts don’t eat or defecate), and she doesn’t even leave a note that she’ll text him sometime. Instead, Ruth goes back to the city with her friends.

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Sadly, what happens in the haunted house in the Hamptons doesn’t stay in the haunted house in the Hamptons: Ruth is quickly plagued with vomiting, hallucinations, bouts of strange ooze, and other disgusting symptoms that will make you swear celibacy. What’s worse is that she’s quickly slut shamed by all of her friends, her doctor is a joke (literally), and she has no idea what to do. The rest of the story is her plight to get answers and figure out what’s going on with her. Unfortunately, as Michael says, sometimes there are no answers and we just have to stop looking. So is the case with this film.

I have to admit, the plot to this story is so out there, that when I read the initial synopsis, I told myself, “NO WAY! I MUST WATCH THAT!” Unfortunately, the delivery of the film suffers for exactly that reason.

It’s just too weird for its own good.

I felt like it was trying way too hard to be whimsical and quirky, to the extent that a lot of the intended charm came off forced. For instance, I believe the dialogue was supposed to be realistic and relatable, but hearing all the awkward pauses and stutters were agonizing! Also, for a film that was relatively short (it clocks in at just 83 minutes), it felt unbearably long due to the choppy editing and haphazard pacing. I had mixed feelings on the aesthetics of the movie. Visually, it looks stunning: gorgeous colors, detailed sets, stylish wardrobes, unconventionally beautiful actors, etc. Any one shot would make a lovely photograph. However, everything appeared to be filmed via a handheld camera, so the cinematography was jarring, and, quite frankly, rather nauseating.

I was also very unhappy with the audio quality. Some parts were very quiet, almost inaudible, while others were booming. I began to wonder if the speakers were haunted, too! I feel like the film team should have invested in a dolly and an additional boom mic before starting production.

Though Lace Crater had an original plot and appealing visuals, it was literally and figuratively painful to watch, so unless you have the patience of a saint (or a ghost) I just can’t recommend it to you, GeekGirl World.

For a closer look at Lace Crater, check out the teaser trailer below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

You can catch Lace Crater when it opens in NYC or on VOD (Exclusively on FlixFling) on July 29th, or catch it when it comes to theaters in LA August 5th.

Want more movie madness, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other film reviews here!

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San Diego Comic-Con: Day 1 Recap

San Diego Comic-Con is officially a wrap! There has been too much news to wrap our heads around in the wake of the convention, so first, let’s take a deep breath, pace ourselves, and take a good look at all the goodies that came out of day 1 of the 4 day mega geek event!

Disney’s Moana will not feature a love interest

Disney’s newest “princess” will be an independent woman who don’t need no man!

Moana directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid) told San Diego Comic-Con panel-goers that the film’s protagonist, Moana, will not be looking for love in her debut film, but rather herself.

The CG-animated featured film takes place 2000 years ago in the Pacific Ocean. It stars Moana, an adventurous teenager who, with the help of the demigod Maui (voiced by The Rock), sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

Moana hits theaters November 23.

Marvel reveals Luke Cage debut trailer

Jessica Jones’ unbreakable love interest is getting his own series, and now we have the trailer for it!

Netflix’s Marvel series are notorious for their slow releases, but Mike Colter (who plays Luke Cage) confirmed during the Luke Cage panel that the series will be coming to Netflix on September 30.

…& a first look at Iron Fist

Loras Tyrell may have gotten the short end of the stick during Season 6 of Game of Thrones, but the actor who played him, Finn Jones, is doing just fine.

Jones will star in Netflix’s latest Marvel series as Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), a close friend of Luke Cage, a member of The Defenders, and an incognito martial-arts guru (to sum it up extremely vaguely).

No official release date has been released for the series.

…& the first teaser for The Defenders

All those Marvel and Netflix trailers have been leading up to one thing: The Defenders.

This new Avengers style series will star Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Plus some of the subcharacters we know and love from our heroes respective series.

No release date has been announced, but the heroes will be uniting in 2017.

Daredevil is getting a third season

In addition to these trailers, Marvel also confirmed that Daredevil season 3 will indeed be happening (thanks Joe Quesada!), but a release date has yet to be announced.

Snowden trailer revealed

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden in Snowden, a theatrical representation of the real story of the CIA’s most infamous whistleblower.

Shailene Woodley co-stars alongside Gordon-Levitt, with Oliver Stone directing.

Snowden hits theater September 16, 2016.

First look at Justice League Action

Featuring over 150 DC characters, Cartoon Network’s upcoming animated series is poised be one of the expansive representations of the DC Universe to date. Each episode of Justice League Action will include two 11-minute standalone series featuring varying characters from DC’s gallery of rogues and heroes.

Cartoon Network has not yet announced an official release date for the series.

MacGyver is coming back to CBS

…Though probably not in the way you imagined.

CBS shared brand new footage of their rebooted, modernized take of the classic 80’s show during the CBS panel.

Lucas Till plays MacGyver, with George Eads starring as his sidekick, Jack Dalton.

The pilot episode will be directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring, Furious 7), so expect this series to be action packed!

Macgyver airs this fall on CBS.

Teen Wolf to conclude after season 6

Sorry, Teen Wolf fans… MTV confirmed during SDCC that their popular series will conclude after season 6. To brighten the mood, here is the official teaser trailer for the latest season:

Stay tuned for more SDCC goodies!

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Dog Day Sunday: Futuristic Pets

July’s Loot Pets theme was “Futuristic”. Two of the futuristic pets showcased were dogs “Astro”, from The Jetsons, and “Snowball” from Rick and Morty. It should come as no surprise that man’s best friend would be featured in any futuristic setting. So, I have compiled a slide show of some memorable futuristic dogs below. What have been some of your favorite futuristic pets? doesn’t have to be just dogs but can be any kind of pet. Let us know in the comments below!

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Also, you can take a look at the unboxing of this month’s Loot Pets with Percy and I. We are giving away this futuristic themed Loot Pets crate to one lucky person. All you have to do is submit your photos and stories of your fur babies to Webmaster at GeekGirlWorld dot com. We will chose a winner from those submissions. If you would like to subscribe to Loot Pets, you can using this link: http://goo.gl/4QBwW7

 

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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Jon Snow be Legitimized?

Jon Snow has been declared King in the North, but that doesn’t mean all the Northern houses will accept a so-called bastard’s claim to Winterfell and its surrounding lands.

For Jon Snow to truly rule the North and Winterfell without opposition, he must first be legitimized as a Stark. Unfortunately for Jon, this isn’t an easy feat to accomplish.

Only a king or queen has the power to legitimize a bastard, a notable past example of this being when King Tommen legitimized Ramsay Bolton at Roose Bolton’s request. Stannis Baratheon once offered to legitimize Jon in return for his aid, but because of that stubborn, stubborn Stark honor, Jon declined his offer. Both Tommen and Stannis are now dead, so as it currently stands, only two people in the realms have the power to legitimize Jon: Cersei and Daenerys.

But don’t hold your breath.

Based on the Lannister’s tumultuous and bloody history with the Starks, it is highly unlikely that Mad Queen Cersei will be legitimizing Jon Snow anytime soon. And as for Daenerys, the woman with a million titles believes that the entirety of Westeros is hers by birthright, so she has no reason to legitimize a man that she will surely view as a political rival.

So short of a full blown political revolution, is there any hope that Jon Snow will be legitimized as Jon Stark/Targaryen?

As it turns out, he may already be legitimized.

In A Storm of Swords, the then King in the North, Robb Stark, makes it known to Catelyn Stark that he wants Jon Snow to succeed him as King in the North and Lord of Winterfell should he perish. Although Catelyn was very vocal against this plan, Robb remained adamant in his decision, declaring that he will legitimize Jon Snow and make him a proper Stark.  Robb was killed during the Red Wedding shortly after this conversation, so we don’t know if he went through with this plan and drafted a royal decree.

If he did, then there’s a good chance that a mysterious Stark ally may hold the key to legitimizing Jon Snow: Howland Reed.

As fans of the HBO series and book series will remember, Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch and a fierce Stark ally. It was Howland Reed who (in the HBO series) saved Ned Stark from Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy. Howland kept the events of that day secret, therefore helping to protect Jon Snow from certain death at the hands of Robert Baratheon. If ever there was an ally the Starks could entrust sensitive intel to, it’s Howland Reed.

Howland is also the father of Meera Reed, and now that his daughter and Bran are heading back over the wall, the elusive Greywater Watch is sure to be a key stop before Bran heads to Winterfell to reunite with his remaining siblings.

Oh the copious amounts of information that mysterious man must know!

All will hopefully be revealed when Game of Thrones returns next summer, or when The Winds of Winter is finally released later this year. Let’s hope for the latter.

Do you think Robb Stark successfully legitimized Jon? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Dog Day Sunday: The Rainbow Bridge

This week I had to say goodbye to someone who was a huge part of my life for the last decade and a half. She provided comfort and a shoulder to cry on when I fought with my siblings, and watched YouTube videos with me after a long day (she loved the ones of puppies barking). She enjoyed going on long drives and adventures, and was always gracious and poised— even when she was caught chewing up a pair of my Chucks. I had to say goodbye to Little Woman, the Schlaff family’s beloved Scottish Terrier.

Losing a pet is losing a family member. In 2013, we had to say goodbye to Little Man (Little Woman’s brother) and it was heartbreaking. I still miss him to this day. I remember someone paid their respects by giving us a framed copy of the story of the Rainbow Bridge, a tale about pets and their people being reunited in the afterlife and crossing “the rainbow bridge” (a pathway between an Earthly life and a Heavenly one) together— the ultimate walk to the park! Despite not being religious, I was very moved by the story and the gesture. Later, I showed my boyfriend the poem  and cried to him about how Thor-throwing-hammerunfair it was that dogs don’t live as long as humans. He attempted to cheer me up by telling me, “It’s ok. Little Man’s not hurting anymore. He’s in Asgard with Thor now.” At the time, Thor: The Dark World was about to debut in theaters, and trailers regularly showed clips of Idris Elba‘s Heimdall guarding the magnificently colored Bifrost Bridge. Through my tears, I smiled.

Little Woman will forever be missed. I couldn’t even get through this article without crying, remembering the adorable and wonderful things she did over the years, before she got sick. But there is a small comfort when I picture her with Little Man, playing fetch with Mjölnir on the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace, Little Ones. We love you!

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