Love Dr. Strange or: How I Learned To Stop Waiting for DC and Love Marvel

As a part of my function as Minister of Crackpot Schemes and Unfortunate Synergies at The Secret Lair, I have the opportunity to contribute to their growing library of reviews and writings.  My first contribution is a review of the animated show Super Hero Squad, which I think is one of the best shows for kids and adults on television today.  It rarely fails to elicit a chuckle or guffaw from me while I’m watching “with the kids.” Enjoy

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The Toy Story 3D Experience

So I convinced my 5 year old son that it was his idea to go see the Toy Story 1&2 Double feature in 3D. That part of the plan went well, and last weekend we found ourselves on our way to the closest digital theater 45 minutes away. Originally intended as a family event, it became a guys-only event when my wife and daughter discovered that Harry Potter was playing at the dollar theater 45 minutes in the other direction.  That turned out to be a bit of a serendipity, as the girls spent $12 for their tickets AND the popcorn.  We, on the other hand, paid $23 for our tickets alone. A bit shell shocked, I rallied, deciding that this was a fun little adventure and not counting the cost.  Then we went to the refreshment counter. You know those scams aimed at young, naive cashiers?  I mean the ones where the crook asks for change from his purchase, then asks for different bills, then changes his mind again.  When he’s finished, he leaves behind a bemused and befuddled cashier who will come up significantly short at the end of their shift.  Well, that’s the way the concession stand felt to me.  Somehow, the young lady at the counter convinced me that the best bargain available for a man and his young son was a combo deal.  We left the concession counter with our popcorn and two drinks – I, bemused, befuddled, and $18 poorer.  My 5 year old son helped by barely managing to carry his own drink – 64 ounces of pink lemonade. After the financial sneak attack by the box office and that girl serving popcorn, we made our way to the theater where we were given our very fashionable 3D glasses.  The rest of the evening went quite well, although I should point out that little kids have to be instructed not to adjust their glasses by grabbing the lenses with their buttery popcorn fingers.  That required some mid-movie education. I must say that I am skeptical of the 3D movie phenomenon.  I’ve read articles claiming that 3D technology will be the next revolution in filmmaking.  Uh… no.  It won’t.  Movies are about stories, and a bad movie in 3D is still a bad movie.  That being said, the Toy Story movies are wonderful stories, and the 3D rendering added some new appreciation for the films.  Here are some Pros and Cons of the experience. PROS Seeing these movies on the big screen again.  I don’t have blue ray yet, so some of the details of the films are unavailable to me when I watch them again at home.  I had a lot of fun reading the titles of the books on the shelves in Andy’s room and the fine print on the toys and games themselves. Even after seeing these movies over and over again (my son is five, remember), I still managed to notice new things. Did you know that there are A…

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