I had every intention of having a post on Friday but, life happens. Hopefully, this will make it up to you
Plans were moving forward on our trip to Anaheim in May, then runDisney announced this:
And everything changed.
When I told my wife about it, she was excited, but neither of us thought seriously about moving our trip to November. Then we started thinking about it more and more.
It would make the next few months less hectic as we are possibly going to be going through a huge job change soon.
We wouldn’t have to take our daughter so we could actually celebrate our anniversary by, you know, riding the rides together (currently, our two year old doesn’t meet the minimum height requirement on most rides so we would have to ride swap with her on most rides).
And, how cool would it be to run in the inaugural race?
So, we decided to push our anniversary trip to November where she will run the half marathon and I will run the 5K.
What do you think of the new half marathon weekend?
I enjoyed watching the Oscars last night. I think Ellen did a great job as host and the tributes to various kinds of heroes were awesome.
But it occurred to me this year while filling out my “who’s gonna win?” form, that except for animation and visual effects, I have not seen any of the movies that were nominated. And, this happens every year. The Academy and I just don’t agree on what movies are award worthy.
What if we created our own Nerdy Awards Show. Some of the categories would be the same (best picture, best director, best score, best animated picture, etc…) but we could come up with our own categories as well.
Best comic book adaption
Best look into our dystopian future
Best CGI character
What categories would you choose and who would you nominate?
Lou Mongello has graciously given me a copy of his new book to review. The book is his, the opinion is mine.
I’ve been an avid listener of Lou Mongello’s WDWRadio podcast for a couple of years now and really enjoy the community he’s formed there. He does a great job connecting with people and connecting people with Disney.
So, as a fan of Lou’s and as someone who has to visit WDW on a tight budget, my ears perked up the other night when he announced his new book, 102 Ways To Save Money For And At Walt Disney World.
Clocking in at almost 200 pages, 102 Ways leaves very few stones unturned, starting even before you make your trek down to Orlando with ways you can begin to save money at home for your trip.
I like that he gives more than one option for saving money in different areas. For example, almost every other place that offers money saving tips for WDW says that staying off property is the only way to go. On property is just too expensive. While Lou gives merit to this idea, he also explains ways that you can save money while staying on property.
I also like that he doesn’t condone spending money that isn’t yours (i.e. using a credit card) excessively.
While I look forward to the print version coming out (and the e-versions) because I don’t usually like how PDFs flow on my tablet, I do like that he includes links to specific episodes of his podcast and other videos for the reader to gain more information on various topics.
Cory Disbrow, over at http://www.DisneyPhotographyBlog.com provided the photos for this book and they are beautiful.
Right now, you can go to http://www.disney102.com to buy and download the PDF version of the book or you can wait a little while longer for the e-book versions or the print version, but whichever version you prefer, you should definitely grab this book if you’re planning a trip to The Most Magical Place On Earth.
Marvel released the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy last night. I have been really intrigued by this one. It is Marvel’s riskiest movie since Iron Man.
Not many people know who the Guardians are (myself included) and set very firmly in the science fiction genre, a genre that most people either love or don’t care for at all.
So, to recap, you’ve got a movie with characters that most people are not familiar with in a genre that is pretty polarizing and no lynch pin actor like an RDJ to attract the masses.
What we’ve got instead is a trailer that feels a little like Firefly (which is not a bad thing) that acts as an introduction to this rag-tag team and showcases the humorous side of the movie – because everyone likes humor.
I don’t mean to sound critical, I’m very much looking forward to this movie and the trailer was exciting to me, but this is a very different movie for Marvel and, to be honest, their first since The Incredible Hulk that is not necessarily a guaranteed success.
What did you think of the trailer?
Heads up: there will probably be spoilers.
My wife and I went to see this movie for Valentines because, you know, I’m a romantic like that.
We both thought the movie looked good from the trailers and social media blew up with nothing but great things to say about it – including from people I never would have expected. So, we were pretty excited to see it and let me tell you…it was underwhelming.
It was a good movie and I certainly didn’t hate it, but I don’t really understand why everyone is so obsessed over this movie.
I love they way it looked. The animation, in my opinion, is on par with Disney or even Pixar, especially in the details. And the movie is plays itself the same way I would have played with my Legos as a kid, mix them all up and create big adventures. The music is also fun and very catchy (“Everything is Awesome” has replaced “Reindeers are Better Than People” as the song stuck on repeat in my head).
The story was weak and most of the humor was in the trailers. I still laughed, but the impact of the humor was lessened because it was expected. Batman was definitely the comedic character here (something that hasn’t been said since the 1960′s).
And, I really think that they could have left the live action part out. I get what they were trying to do, but the dad’s redemption story became in direct competition with the “Everyone is special” moral they were building to (pun intended).
Also, when they were spelling out the moral to us, the audience (literally looking at us) Dash was screaming in my head, “If everyone is special then nobody is special.”
Overall, a good movie that will probably end up on my shelf at home, but you don’t need to see in the theater.
What did you think of the movie?