Why Do People Still Buy Pokémon Cards and Other Collectibles?
Recently, there has been a surge in Pokémon card collecting, as well as waves of nostalgia. I know it feels like I'm late to discuss the trend, but I really wrote about it months ago, just not very effective. So here I am, attempting to reformulate those ideas.
We Went To Our First Comic Con Since COVID. This Is What It Was Like
One of the things that we have missed the most during the lockdown is attending conventions. The first comic con I ever attended was New York Comic Con in 2013, so it was fitting that my first one since COVID would be NYCC 2021. Culture Slate's Clarice Taylor and myself swung by the convention along a cross country road trip from Boston to Los Angeles. This is what the experience was like.
Ranking all 20 'The Royal Diaries' Books
Since the dawn of time, well, 2018, when I started reading and ranking children's books (see here, here, and here), people have been clamouring for a Royal Diaries ranking. After enough peer pressure, it's finally time to put aside my anti-monarchist beliefs and give the people what they want.
Dave Chappelle, Hannah Gadsby, and the Offended Masses
Well, I honestly thought that the whole controversy over Dave Chappelle's new Netflix special, The Closer, would have blown over by now. But, it seems that it's still front and center in the media, and getting spicier. Why? Probably because the media likes it that way.
“Diana: The Musical” on Netflix Review
“Then there's Charles, who's happy when He hears music by dead white men. Perhaps his girl could turn hin into a rocker!"
Movie Review: 'South of Heaven' Starring Jason Sudeikis
Annie (Evangeline Lilly) is dying. Annie has lung cancer and has been given between 9 and 12 months before her life ends. The diagnosis is recent enough that she got it just before her long term fiancé, 12 years to be precise, Jimmy Ray (Jason Sudeikis) was to go in front of a parole board. Jimmy has spent almost the entirety of their engagement behind bars. It might seem convenient when he tells of Annie’s prognosis in front of the parole board but what you come to find out about Jimmy Ray is that bad luck and timing are a big part of his life.
The Best 'Game of Thrones' Scenes
I realised that something I do when I'm drinking alone is watch my favourite scenes from 'Game of Thrones' and marvel at how brilliant they are, but it had never occurred to me to write about them. I, like many, thought the show dropped in quality after it stopped being based on the books, but although I do think that Benioff and Weiss were poor when it came to making the narrative themselves, they were masters in the art of adaptation, and that is something I've made clear here in some of the scenes I've chosen. I also might disappoint a lot of people because I haven't included any scenes from the night's watch/beyond-the-wall narrative or the Daenerys Targaryen narrative. That isn't because I didn't enjoy those storylines, I just always found the Westeros narrative far superior, and was disappointed that the potential that was there in those other two narratives never really took off. I will have to give an honourable mention to the birth of the dragons, which is an epic ending to the first season (which, as a season overall, I think is the best one), but that scene, brilliant as it is, just reminds me that it was part of a narrative with so much potential that was ruined tremendously in the last couple of seasons. Not including these storylines might annoy a lot of readers, but that would require there to be a lot of readers, which I imagine there won't be given I do not work for a big Journalistic outlet much as I'd like to. Anyway, after much deliberation, I've narrowed my favourite moments down to 5. Here goes:
Christopher Robin: We don’t want to grow up, we don’t want to be complicated
In recent years, Disney plans to change many animations into live-action movies, and Winnie the Pooh’s live-action version of "Christopher Robin" was released recently. To be honest, I am not very interested in most of Disney's animations or live-action movies, but watching After the story preview and introduction of "Christopher Robin", it seemed that there was a kind of magic that attracted me, so even though I was under pressure these days, I chose to watch it today.
Best of Netflix
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The Social Network Subtitle: The Story Of Mark Zuckerberg
In 30 years, it’s interesting to see a film about an event created by a changing youth with this kind of impact on everyday life, and I have to say it’s important to know a little bit about the historical accuracy of social media, so I was surprised (and, I would add, not a little shocked). I’m not sure why I liked the name, but when you watch this film you can see that this is not just a story about the founding of Facebook; it is a story of friendship, a desire for prominence, betrayal, and learning about the character of an attractive person who works, and it is just the way an online social network has been set up uncontrollably, putting his relationship with his best friend and business partner at risk. In the final scene of the film, Mark tricks his co-workers into seeking his place on a public totem pole, then returns to the same Facebook profile to see if he has accepted his friend request.
My Favorite 'Toons: Kidd Video
What do you get when you cross a made-for-TV rock band, Saturday morning cartoons, and MTV? You get KIDD VIDEO, the craziest concoction that ever featured a former BRADY BUNCH cast member. (More on that later.)
Refrigerator Full Of Heads #1
Refrigerator Full Of Heads #1 DC Black Label/Hill House Comics 2021 Written by Rio Youers Illustrated by Tom Fowler Coloured by Bill Crabtree
In The Book With...
In the book with….. In the book with… is a company that specialises in personalised books for kids, for adults and for anyone and everyone who loves to read. They contacted me and wanted me to do a review of what they offer and I have to admit, it’s one of those rare perks that I absolutely adore. Now if you love sports they have books you can get on your favourite sports teams but I’m here to talk about the kids books.
Review of 'Indestructible Object'
Indestructible Object follows Lee as she tries to reconcile her identity, her sexuality, and her parents’ failed marriage with her idea of love and whether it exists or not.
10 Brilliant Classics You Can Read in One Day
Readings classics can feel daunting and overwhelming. Most people shudder when they hear the word classic. What we immediately imagine is a dense book with difficult vocabulary and enough pages to wallpaper the house with. And I get it. I once spent an entire 10-day beach holiday ignoring the sea, trying to finish Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. In case you didn’t know, that book has over 655 000 words. I gave up my swimming all holiday, and I didn’t even finish the bloody thing.
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog #01
NIta Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #01 Image Comics 2021 Created & Written by Rodney Barnes Created, Layouts & Art by Jason Shawn Alexander
Why I Quit 'The Johnsons' - Blessing Finally Speaks Out
Africa Magic’s family sitcom, ‘The Johnsons’ is a long running program that has aired on Africa Magic since 2012. The story revolves around the middle class family of The Johnsons as they strive to survive in Lagos and slowly become successful. It further emphasized a strong sarcasm which make the family unique and full of drama. It stars heavy weight actors Charles Inojie as Mr Lucky Johnson, Ada Ameh as Mrs Emu Johnson, Chinedu Ikedezie as Efetobore Johnson, and also a staple of the show, Susan Pwajok who plays the very popular character of Blessing.
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