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Last year I was a bad kitty. I didn’t keep up with the blog. This year is going to be different. There will be a new structure to the blog, with three weekly articles and a bunch of revolving monthly blogs. That way things are more consistent for you, the reader.

(Hope no one is offended by the graphic below.)

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Weekly

Wednesday – Life in a Box – Talking about geeky memories and emotions.

Friday – Card Shark – Weekly card spot light. How to use it, how it’s broken, or just how it’s awesome.

Sunday – Movie Time – Reviews, coming attractions, old movies

Monthly

What’s in the box?! – What we’re doing and where we’ll be.

Casual Time – Casual games I enjoy.

Brick by Brick – Talking about Legos… and sometimes Mega Blocks.

The Sandbox – Anything at all.

Toy Box – Toy reviews

Breaking Down 2015

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Some amazing movies and games came out this year. If you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, or Santa thought you ordered Fallout 3, you are missing out. You need to save up the $60.00 and go get it. It’s $49.99 on the Steam Sale right now. They’ve made major changes that allow you to build settlements and craft items easier. You have a home base but it can be customized. It’s also work the investment to buy the guide, which was only $18.00 when I bought it two days ago. Animal Crossing also came out with a spin off game called Happy Home. It’s fun if you like grindy games with no end. I’ll write more about these two later. Rock Band 4 came out. We’re finally getting to play it tonight… hehe.

LEGO! How could you lose the TMNT license to Megablocks? Seriously, why did your stuff have to suck so much for that franchise when everything else was amazing. ( Side note: the Back to the Future car… also terrible.) Lego did a great job this year on their Friends, Elves, Disney, City and Star Wars lines but kind of dropped the ball on a few other licenses they were holding. The Jurassic Park sets were amazing but they had a hard time keeping up with demand. This left a lot of collectors flapping in the wind. The architecture line has been amazing the past few years but this year they didn’t do their big box of all white blocks. Color me disappointed. This is a Christmas time set that they release only in Lego stores. It wasn’t release this year but they did a smaller box. I have to give Megablocks their dues though. They came out with some really great looking historical military sets and Call of Duty brand Zombie sets.

Tanto Cuore, I love you. I will never leave you… EVER. I can’t wait for OktoberFest to come out. I had the good fortune to volunteer with Japanime Games this summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait for the conventions to start up again this year. Luckily they had demo sets to show people for Pre-Orders and Previewing. The game introduces a new mechanic, beer cards, which affect your ability to play certain cards. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want a GOOD FUN card game for 4-5 people, keep an eye out for it. They should be shipping them out in the new year. Also, they have an associated company called Kamikaze games. They produce Barbarosa, which is an irreverant, sexy, World War 2 card game. You really have to be a good sport to play this because they base it off real battles, so… you sort of play as an invading Nazi army, featuring chibi sexy Hitler. It’s a great game though. There is a version of the game that has historical photos instead of the Ladies if that makes you feel more comfortable. ( I like the Anime version.) They also have several other new games coming out. One is called Gods Gambit, which they let me try out when I was at Kumoricon! I’m looking forward to Gods Gambit so much. It’s an Uno Style game. It will be a great fast game you can play with your buddies at a party. The art is really interesting too. I have some photos, I’ll dig out later and write about it in depth.

Cell phone games… well… If you didn’t play Alpha Bears, go work on that right now. They have made so many improvements to the game. They added a VS mode. They added a better system of replenishing coins. They’ve added seasonal, special event content. Kudos to Alphabear for listening to their users. It’s amazing. They are also developing a new game for Android in 2016.

Movies were really great this year. Do I even have to mention Star Wars? Holy Carps. Holy, holy Carps.

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Crimson Peak, Mocking Jay part 2, The Martian, Jurassic World were all pretty incredible movies. I hope Hollywood keeps up the momentum because so far all I want to see in 2016 is Civil War and Dead Pool. Hopefully, it will rev up quickly and not be an off year for movies.

That’s all for now. 2015 was a great year and 2016 is going to be even better. Happy New year!

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First, I’m not obsessed with Tom Hiddleston (Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive), he just makes really good movies. It’s not my fault. Think about it.

Secondly, yes, I do see everything made by  Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Pacific Rim), because he makes really incredible movies.  (Although, I haven’t made it through Pan’s Labyrinth yet. That movie is heart wrenching.)

Crimson Peak is the newest movie by Guillermo del Toro, staring Mia Wasikowska (Only Lovers Left Alive, Alice in Wonderland). It’s a reunion between her and Tom Hiddleston. This movie is a throw back to gothic romance novels. 

Edith Cushing (Wasikowska), is an aspiring author who meets a dark stranger, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). Edith falls in love with Sir Thomas and weds him only to be swept away to his home in Cumbria. Since Edith’s parents are passed away, her only connection to the outside world is her best friend, Dr. Alan McMichael (Charlie Hunnam). The house is in the middle of no where and is crumbling. Sir Thomas and his sister, Lady Lucile Sharpe (Jessica Chastain), are trying to hid the secrets of the old house. Who can Edith trust when she can’t escape the ghosts of the past?

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I haven’t been so excited to see a movie since Only Lovers Left Alive or Brahm Stoker’s Dracula! I am a big fan of gothic romance novels. I’ve read all the classics like Moura by Virginia Coffman. I have a huge library of Dorothy Daniels, Virginia Coffman and Victoria Holt books. Maybe some day they will make a Moura movie. EEE! (Insert high pitched noises of excitement.) That would be dreamy. Until then, my Mother and I are planning to go to Crimson Peak together. We’re going to have some Mother/Daughter bonding over dreamy dark haired men. That is the formula you know? Wait you don’t?

Gothic Romances all have similar elements.

  • Dark haired, mysterious man. They can be ambiguously antagonist or protagonist or a switch.(Check)
  • An innocent but seemingly frail female protagonist making it through the world on her own. (Check)
  • Stern, tight lipped female antagonist, that is part of the family/manor/staff . (Check)
  • Supernatural element, either real or imagined or both. (Check)
  • Lonely isolated house. (Check)
  • A dark secret. (Check)
  • Long, nefarious family history. (Check)
  • A friend, attorney or other male love interest to help out, usually ineffectively. (Check)
  • The moment of realization, when the Strong Female Protagonist suddenly emerges after going through a harrowing series of culminating events. (Check)

All of the elements are there. One of the most popular and famous of the gothics is Jane Eyre. I adore that one. If you haven’t seen or read any gothic novels, I suggest Jane Eyre. I am a big fan of the movie version with Orson Wells. He is dreamy as the dark haired, mysterious man. Joan Fontaine plays Jane. She’s also famous for being in another well known gothic, Rebecca written by Daphne du Maurier, movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Joan Fontaine is incredible, strong and resourceful in Jane Erye. The movie/book are about an orphan hired to take care of Edward Rochester’s daughter. Watch it, love it, go by Moura by Virginia Coffman. Same plot except during the Napoleonic era.

Anyway, Crimson Peak is expected to be atmospheric and terrifying. Stephan King saw an early release and was quoted as saying, “Gorgeous and just f–king terrifying.” If that wasn’t an amazing endorsement, I don’t know what would be.

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