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Thursday, October 27

Nerd News | Logan trailer + Sherlock series 4

Thursday, October 27
A couple of unrelated, yet equally exciting news bits for you today.

First: the trailer for the upcoming (last?) Wolverine movie, Logan, which totally didn't have me tearing up at my desk last week or anything.

And, second: Happy news for Sherlock fans—series 4 will premiere Jan. 1!

Also of note:

1Thanks, Colt!

Wednesday, October 26

Haiku Revieu | The Magnificent Seven

Wednesday, October 26
The Magnificent Seven

Accurately diverse cast
Lack of backstory

Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.

I've never seen the original The Magnificent Seven—nor Seven Samurai—but I was excited about this movie, regardless, from the first trailer. I mean, that cast!

However, though the cast was great, and the movie itself decently entertaining, I didn't love it as much as I had hoped.

My main dislike stems from the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of backstory explaining the characters' actions or the larger plot of the movie. I mean, I could make inferences in many cases, and my imagination filled in many of the holes from the little information we did get, but I never really connected with any of the characters or their motivations. And in some cases, the backstory came too late to make much of a difference.

That said, I thought the cast—specifically the diversity of the cast—was great. Denzel Washington's Sam Chisolm is a great, soft-spoken leader; Chris Pratt's Josh Faraday is a delightfully snarky ne'er-do-well (think Peter Quill in the old west); Vincent D'Onofrio's Jack Horne is crazy personified (with a seriously bizarre way of speaking); and Peter Sarsgaard's Bartholomew Bogue was thisclose to being a joke, but his quiet demeanor made his over-the-top villainy that much more real. The supporting cast were great at their roles, too, and let's just say that Martin Sensmeier's Red Harvest wasn't hard on the ol' eyes.

According to Colt, it was a really good example of a "standard" western film, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm not well-versed in the genre, so take all this with a grain of salt. I don't feel like I needed to see this one in theaters, but don't feel like it was a waste to have done so either.

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Sunday, October 23

6 years down

Sunday, October 23

Today marks my sixth wedding anniversary, and 16 years of being in love with the kindest, funniest, most loving man I could ever dream of knowing.

Colt—you are my calm during the storm, my sunshine when skies are grey, and my knight in shining armor. I couldn't ask for a better husband, partner, or friend.

To the ends of the universe!

Wednesday, October 19

Nerd News: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teasers

Wednesday, October 19

For those of us who are Guardians of the Galaxy fans—which, really, should be all of us—this morning has been filled with riches.

First we got this teaser poster:

Followed in quick succession by this teaser trailer:

This is me right now:

Also of note:

Saturday, October 15

5 on 15 | Paranormal

Saturday, October 15

Learn more about the 5 on 15 project.

Wednesday, October 12

Nerd News | The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special

Wednesday, October 12

Details have been released about the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special, and they're "super":

This Christmas, the Doctor teams up with a comic-book superhero in New York for a heroic special titled, 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio." ...

"The Return of Doctor Mysterio" sees the Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, teaming up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Read more.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about said superhero's look, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt until the special actually airs. (Yay for new Who!)

Also of note:

1Thanks, Colt!

Saturday, October 1

Hello, October

Saturday, October 1

Download this page of the 2016 Man Calendar for personal use by clicking on the image; it will open in a new window. Right/control click to save it. Then print the page on letter-size cardstock, and trim it to 6"x9".

Desktop version:

Download full-size version here.

The 2016 Man Calendar:

Mr. October: Tom Hardy
Mr. September: Idris Elba
Mr. August: Chris Hemsworth
Mr. July: Benedict Cumberbatch
Mr. June: Chris Pratt
Mr. May: Henry Cavill
Mr. April: Chris Evans
Mr. March: Jensen Ackles
Mr. February: Tom Hiddleston
Mr. January: Lee Pace