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What’s on Netflix June 2016

Summer is usually a time for Netflix to do a bit of an overhaul to their lineup, or release their new content, which makes sense. School is out, people take vacations, the majority of network shows are on their summer break…it’s a great time to fill some gaps. There’s actually quite a bit coming to Netflix this month, here’s just a few to cover:

The First 3 Jurassic Park Movies

If you’ve never seen at least the first one, watch it when it comes to Netflix June 1st. It’s a classic. The sequels don’t pack quite the same punch as the first, but they are still worth watching at least one. Pop some popcorn and enjoy the incredible T-Rex roars.

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Hidden Meaning in Songs: Poor Unfortunate Souls

4/20/2016 – I edited the post for clarification. This is meant as a look at the song Poor Unfortunate Souls and how it relates to real life comments and thoughts by some people. I did not mean it as a look at the character or story of the Little Mermaid as a whole or as an analysis of the Disney Princesses. 

Now I am a huge Disney fan and I do love the Disney movies, but honestly a lot of it has to do with the music and the songs. I know all the songs by heart and I can listen to a Disney soundtrack over and over again. Well recently I was listening to the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” that was sung by Ursula when trying to convince Ariel that she has the solution to her problem. At the same time if you think about the song comes down to convincing Ariel to trade everything about who she is to get a man, which actually cuts close to real life situations that women find themselves in. 

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The Grand Combined Game

The game Lego Dimensions just came out, and they have already listed their first six waves of Lego sets and characters that will be coming out for the next several months. And the list is amazing. Here’s some, between characters and levels:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Back to the Future
  • Jurassic World
  • Portal
  • Doctor Who
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo
  • The DC Universe
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Lego Movie

Some of these we’ve already gotten to play as Lego games – and loved. Some of these, meanwhile, were our favorite guesses for which intellectual property would become a Lego game next. And then there’s Portal, which effectively makes for Portal 3… It’s tempting. Now that it’s out and all announced, we can see the prices, and yeah… it’s a lot of a commitment.

All the things! Actually, probably not even all... From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

All the things! Actually, probably not even all…
From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

There’re other games like this, games where you pay for a toy that unlocks things in the game. One of the others is Disney’s Infinity. It just released wave 3 – this time, Star Wars characters. Wave 2 was Marvel characters. Wave 1 was Pixar characters. So that’s another game that’s a huge crossover of properties and worlds.

And it makes me wonder: is the best way to see something like this to pay a whole bunch for it? To pay for each of the elements, to help pay for the licensing? Or is it that we love and want to see these sorts of crossovers – and they’ve realized it, and are making money off of us for it?

There’s another big crossover coming, without having to pay for it in parts. Kingdom Hearts 3. That’ll be Disney again, but also Square Enix – Final Fantasy characters. And we’ve been playing the previous Kingdom Hearts games – in their great remastered and gathered up Final Mix form, with all the additional games (6 games on 2 discs!). And they’re great, but there’s so much more they could do. More Disney stuff, like new things (Big Hero 6 is confirmed).

But then – there’s so much more Disney owns, as their Infinity games prove. So much more they could shove in – and that we would love to play. And maybe the game we should be playing is just Infinity – or Lego Dimensions. And really, of all these games, Kingdom Hearts 3 would actually be the most expensive – it’ll require that we buy one of the new consoles.

We loved Wreck-It Ralph. We loved Ready Player One (and we’re highly curious about the movie – how many real references will they have?). We loved Kingdom Hearts. We loved The Lego Movie. Clearly, combining pop culture references and intellectual properties is fun and entertaining. What do you think – will there be more of this to come? Is it too expensive? And more importantly – which worlds do you want to see collide? Let us know in the comments below!

Interview of Natacha Guyot: Author, Star Wars fan, and Comparative Geek!

Our blogging friend and Comparative Geeks contributor Natacha Guyot, of Science Fiction, Transmedia & Fandom, has a book coming out this week! It’s about Star Wars, something she has blogged here about before.

The book is called A Galaxy of Possibilities, and it’s out on September 9th. Details below on how to get it! But with that all coming together, we thought it would be fun to interview her about the book and about Star Wars. With that, I hope you enjoy!

CG: So let’s start with the easiest and hardest question: why Star Wars?

N: I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a child. I grew up with the Original Trilogy, the Expanded Universe books and video games and loved the Prequels when I was in my teens. Star Wars has been important in my decision to get into professional cinema school and then go to university for Media Studies. There is so much I love about Star Wars, the story, the characters, the themes. There is a richness that allows for rewatch, reread and so many things to research, even almost 40 years after A New Hope’s release.

Galaxy - Revised CoverCG: This isn’t the first edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities, but a revised edition. What brought you back to the text to add more?

N: The first edition came together rather organically but I still had the impression I could develop a bit more. It was when I began thinking about a print edition that I realized I could truly add bonus chapters. The original edition was a bit short was a good print version. In the end, I revised everything besides writing two new pieces. I think that the new edition makes for a more meaningful essay collection in regards to the themes I develop in it: representation and storytelling.

CG: What got you writing about Star Wars in the first place?

N: Several of my first times in writing had to do with Star Wars, included my first published piece, nonfiction about Christian symbols in the movies (shortly after The Phantom Menace release if I recall correctly). Many of my research papers in higher education involved Star Wars one way or the other. Continuing to work on this fictional universe is natural as I grow as an author. I had several pieces about Star Wars that eventually gave birth to the idea of A Galaxy of Possibilities and from there; I wrote more chapters and organized them.

CG: If you could live in any Star Wars era, which would it be and why?

N: This is a tough question! Can I travel in time to visit several of them?! It is a tie between the Old Republic and post Return of the Jedi eras. I’d rather avoid war times, so I could travel more without being in danger. I think I’d need a few lifetimes just to see all the planets and people I’d love to meet.

CG: We are pro-Time Travel at Comparative Geeks, so that answer works!
Star Wars has a new studio at the helm in Disney. What are you hoping they bring to the universe? What are you afraid that they bring to the universe?

N: I’m not really afraid of what could happen. Even if they produce books, movies or TV shows I don’t like, I will just pretend they don’t exist. I did this before with every story that took place after the end of the New Jedi Order series. In such large media franchises, it is rare to like everything. I am also in what seems the minority who loves the Prequels!

As for what I’d hope to see, I would like to see TV shows and/or movies taking place in the MMORPG, The Old Republic times, with some of the game’s characters. This would be a treat!

CG: One of the big things that happened with the Disney purchase was the end of LucasArts. How do you feel about the future of Star Wars video games?

N: I have played a fair number of the Star Wars video games, though mostly the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series and the KOTOR ones. I hope to see more Bioware/EA games for the franchise. Right now, I am looking forward the third expansion of SWTOR. As long as it is RPG games, I may be likely to play them.

CG: I have to admit, I learned the word Transmedia from you and your blog. Tell us about your interest in it!

N: I like that Transmedia has a more inclusive ring to it than its predecessor Multi Media has. With how stories can be shared on so many platforms, it adds to their “mythical” aspect in how they touch so many people and can last in their minds.

I got acquainted with the notion after high school, when I studied more about media franchises, and it happens that several universes I love fall into this Transmedia category. I have worked on franchises, especially Science Fiction, for the past ten years. This is how Transmedia started to be included in my nonfiction writing.

CG: This isn’t your first book about Star Wars. What else have you written?

N: I wrote an eBook about Star Wars: The Old Republic and how female characters were portrayed in the MMORPG. Back then, only the original game had been released, but I hope to write about the game again within the next couple of years, now that several expansions have been released. My second year’s paper research (from my first MA) was also published (in French). It looked at Star Wars’s multicultural influences and how it turned it into a “cult” universe.

The next Star Wars book project I have is one about the Prequels and why they matter. After seeing so much hate for them, I feel the need to show that they have qualities and that they shouldn’t be put under a rug.

CG: Alright, so the revised edition of A Galaxy of Possibilities is out on September 9, 2015. Where can people get their (digital) hands on it?

You can find the New Revised Edition on all Amazon websites, including Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia. You can also check the book’s Goodreads page. I hope you enjoy reading it! The print version will be available through several retailers within the next months as well. So stay tuned, if you’d like to hold the book in your non-digital hands.

Thank you very much for this interview, David and Holly!

Thanks to Natacha for the interview! Check out this book or her others, her blog, what have you! Find her on Twitter @natachaguyot!

Pixar’s Inside Out, a Story for All Ages

This past weekend I was able to get out of the house to see a movie after not being able to get out for a while. There were a lot of choices, but I decided to go see the movie Inside Out. l am a huge Disney and Pixar fan and this movie looked so good and it did not disappoint. The elements of how our emotions, personality, memories, and more work together to form who we are was brilliantly portrayed in this movie. The visual elements that they used to show the various ideas were so well done. Then there is the idea that there are moments in our lives that define who we will become and how we handle life. There were a couple moments in particular that I particularly enjoyed. (Spoilers for Inside Out after the jump.) Continue reading