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Catching Up With The Poppers

Good Day Poppers,

J.W. Coughlan coming at you through the World Wide Web.

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Let us catch up, shant we? Fantastic, Allons-y, GERONIMO!! My super cute nerd child which I created with my super awesome partner in crime is getting into TMNT from 1987, thank you YouTube!!! I even managed to dig up my old toys for him to play with as he watches the wonders of that classic toon. Also, he still is into Ultimate Spider-Man, which I hope some of you checked out. Pretty awesome right?

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In other news I have almost caught up on Doctor Who, I finished Matt Smith. He was AMAZING, he is my Doctor, he was the best, he was complete epic bliss. I think him and Amy put together would be my secondary soul mate. Does that make sense? No. Does it have to? No. Guess what else, lego hairy cart lanterns with chalky soap in a glass bottle tied to a donkey on a Halloween landing on Sunday. See blogs rule. So yeah, I hope this next guy doesn’t disappoint cause oh man, avoiding spoilers is not easy. I loved Amy so much, I loved Eleven so much, just like Ten and Martha, and back then I was all pffff, nobody could ever top these two. But now after Eleven and Amy I’m all, dude, I couldn’t even pick those other fools out of a line up. A line up of Starfleet officers even. Seriously, I am so blinded by my love for them, if you took Ten and Martha and put them on the bridge of the Enterprise and said find the Doctor Who characters I would say sorry, but my mind is just showing pictures of Amy and her raggedy man.

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What else is new? Arrow premiere tonight super stoked about that. I’m reading a book called Half Bad, and it ain’t half bad….. my wife told me that joke, I am shameful. I took it out from a building called the library. I want to take my vacation at THE LIBRARY!

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Right, now, I’m running low on news from my life. I’m wearing Joker pyjama pants, and a shirt that says lettuce turnip the beet. LOL! Oh yeah The Flash premiered. And! The Edmonton Comic Expo came and went, I got a few pics. Me and the fam jam went as Arrow characters, check it out on my Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/MindWeird

Also, I was trying to find a way to say this without sounding like I’m just plugging myself, that’s what she said, but I can’t, please buy my book, it’s pretty good.

http://www.lulu.com/ca/en/shop/jw-coughlan/fantom-fury-the-curse/paperback/product-21749033.html

Now that we are reacquainted I just want to tell you about something I recently re-read. SCOTT PILGRIM.

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Very very entertaining. You need to read it a little slow to catch every little subtle joke, but at the same time it is so hilarious and action packed you can’t help but read it at 670 616 629 miles per hour (1.07925285 × 109 kilometers per hour (that is the speed of light (in metric and imperial (guess we should stick with metric Scott Pilgrim is set in Canada (oh man more brackets (or are they parentheses? (these are brackets? [ (it’s like we’re zooming into the conversation with all these brackets (I hope we don’t get stuck down here, (K, this joke is getting old, (let’s get outta here.))))))))))) Fewf, or phewf. There we go all better. I’m always going to use these ( because these [ aren’t cool. You know how I know? They’re square! Oh, Zing, total dad joke. Probably why I love this lettuce turnip the beet shirt so much. A pun that tells you to eat your vegetables. I think the proper career choice for me is lame/ cool dad.

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So, Scott Pilgrim. Very witty, very funny. Very very in fact. Like, if John Green got stuck in an 8 bit video game. Sound about right? Lots of people read the comics, and tons of people saw the movie. They line up nicely, but the comics have way more back story, way more explaining and way more stuff and whatever as Kim Pine would say. There are six books, Each one as hilarious as the last. They take place in Toronto. They are quaint and fun. And they may just RIP YOUR IMAGINATION OUT OF YOUR FACE HOLE!! I don’t really know what that meant, I was just starting to feel like someone from Antiques Roadshow…. Or whatever. You can get them on Amazon, unlike my book, which is on Lulu. Not lulu lemon, lulu bookshop. But yes I do, do yoga and that’s ok because so does Iron Fist and so did Aang that one time. Which it’s like where is our good Last Airbender movie? And where is our Iron Fist movie. We are nerds, we have needs to be met. And those needs only grow the more we get. Plus have you ever read the top opening weekend moives? I think nerds are these Hollywood executives best source of income. Not the DVDs and Blu-Rays though, we have downloading figured out, not that we do it….. we just figured it out. Sorry here is the list.

1 Marvel’s The Avengers

2 Iron Man 3

3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

4 The Dark Knight Rises

5 The Dark Knight

6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

7 The Hunger Games

8 Spider-Man 3

9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon

10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

K there’s the top ten… here’s all of them up to fifty, but I won’t put them like this or this blog will go on forever, I’ll do side by side

11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, 12 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 13 Iron Man 2, 14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, 15 Shrek the Third, 16 Man of Steel, 17 Alice in Wonderland (2010), 18 Spider-Man, 19 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, 20 Toy Story 3, 21 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 22 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, 23 Shrek 2, 24 X-Men: The Last Stand, 25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 27 Transformers: Age of Extinction, 28 Iron Man, 29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 30 Fast & Furious 6, 31 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 32 Guardians of the Galaxy, 33 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 34 Godzilla (2014), 35 The Matrix Reloaded, 36 The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 37 X-Men: Days of Future Past, 38 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 39 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 40 Skyfall, 41 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 42 Spider-Man 2, 43 Fast Five, 44 The Hangover Part II, 45 Thor: The Dark World, 46 X2: X-Men United, 47 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 48 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 49 The Passion of the Christ, 50 Despicable Me 2

This list is basically just Superheroes, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Monsters and Robots.

K why did I do that? Oh yeah, make an Iron Fist movie. And Scott Pilgrim is totally charming. READ THEM.

So, have a good one, keep up with the nerd lifestyle. Follow all the Twitters and the Facebooks and the everythings.

Nice catching up with everyone!

J.W. Coughlan

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Movie Monday: “The Legend of the Flying Tomato”

Hey Poppers

Welcome back to another exciting installment of Movie Monday. Okay some of you may not find it exciting but I hope that you enjoy some of the find small independent short films I bring. https://thepopculturecafe.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=post

This week short film from Giñu Force is a fun and entertaining piece called, The Legend of the Flying Tomato. The film was created by the team of Michael Yates, Sharon Huang and Aurry Tan. I loved this short film. It reminded me of the old Looney Tune cartoons I grew up watching. The mad bull Luchador fighting against small but quick opponent.  I bet you can find that Looney Tune cartoon on YouTube. The film is slick and clean and beautifully done.

So take a few minutes, sit back and enjoy.

“Once a victim of bullying, Frida finds a hero in the legendary luchador El Pirana. However she finds herself at her lowest once more when she’s ridiculed during the biggest wrestling match of her life. Through an unexpected meeting with a mysterious taco salesman, Frida learns that she must find strength in herself to overcome her demons.”

Source: Flying Tomato Films – Facebook.

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Review

Hey Poppers

So I don’t usually do movie reviews but I went to see Guardians Of The Galaxy on Friday afternoon with my son. We were both excited like little school girls to see this film. Boy, we were not disappointed at all. Guardians was a funny, exciting action packed fun movie that fills you with all you want from a summer block buster. My son was all up for seeing Rocket and he is 16. I have to think it is ten fold for all younger kids. Rocket with all the semi foul mouth furry little craziness will be the highlight for the kids. Marvel was smart getting a PG-13 rating on this film so that they can get the younger group in to see this film. I am sure that parents with a younger kids will bring along also. Hey I would.

Okay so for all the Rocket love this film will be getting you can not forget about the living breathing actors of this film. Chris Pratt was a great as the wise cracking Peter Quill.  Chris Pratt was not the first choice or choice at all for director James Gunn but this is one of those right choice being made by accident by actor and director. We know that Chris can be funny and now we can see that he can pull off the action hero star as well. One of the best moments is at the end when Chris/Peter does something very unusual to distract Ronan. Oh the guy is in shape and I am sure the female audience will love him. Drool.

guardians-galaxyZoe Saldana is becoming the Queen of geeks. Also becoming a action star in her own right. Zoe is perfectly cast as the Gamora. Gamora is a genetically created assassin and the adopted daughter of Thanos but she has no love for her father. Zoe is only 5′ 6 1/2 in height but you can not tell me she has the look  of a woman that can kick a person ass.  Zoe Saldana shows Gamora’s hard shell as well as the soft inside of someone that can not stand by as billions are killed.

article-2661053-1EE017D500000578-324_634x440The third humanoid of the groups of misfits is Drax the Destroyer is played by Dave Bautista. Many of you may know Dave from his WWE days (not sure if he is still wrestling) but he has been making some films. This is his first real big movie and he does a great job. I remember watching Dave in his wrestling days and as Drax he is playing almost the same character. Big, strong and with one goal, killing Ronan. Some have called Bautsita the lone weak link in the film but I disagree. Dave portrays Drax  exactly as Drax is. A man set with one goal and not one for small talk. I mean come on and you tell me that you can not see anyone else playing Drax. Just look at that picture. This man was born to play Drax.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-dave-bautista-drax The two remaining characters of our loving group of misfits is Rocket(Bradley Cooper) and Groot(Vin Diesel). Oh what a loveable pair these to make. Bradley Cooper does a excellent job of bring the CGI hoodlum to life. The only thing missing was the ‘Blam Murder” when Rocket killed anyone. But hey that wouldn’t go over well with the kids. Little Betty running in and shouting, ‘Blam Murder’ to her mom. Funny, yeah.

Groot was good also. Well how can he not be. A totally CGI character that can take any direction. Voice by Vin Diesel acts just as well as Vin. Okay just shittin you. No not really. RocketRaccoonGroodConceptTestGuardians_gallery_primary_home_top_story

Over all this is a great movie and shows that with a minor property Marvel can create a movie that any nerd/geek/dweeb will love to see. Oh I know there will be haters. Fuck is there not a comic to movie adaption that does not please some sloth of a geek. Man just watch and enjoy and shut the fuck up. Sorry to much of my ranting.

So I say give this movie your money and have a great time.

On the geek scale 5/5. Yeah I said it.

Oh as Groot would say, “I am Groot”. Nuff said.

LLAP/POBS

 

Comic Review: Goof #1 #2 and #3

Comic Review: OMP- Goof #1 #2 and #3

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Old Man Productions Present

Goof: Issues One, Two and Three

Writer: Guy Hasson

Artists: Guillermo Ramirez and Borja Pindado

Reviewed By: J.W. Coughlan

Hey Poppers,

J.W Coughlan here again with yet another post. This week my good buddy John asked me to write a review on some issues of the comic, Goof. What can I say gang? This comic made me smile. Really smile. The issues I had the pleasure of reading made me laugh, and appreciate the work that went into them. What’s it about? Well it’s all there in the title isn’t it? Goof.

Alright I’ll quit being vague, strange and excited to be writing for The Pop Culture Cafe and get down to brass tacks here. Okay, as I have in past blog posts, I am going to throw my nerdery your way in order to try and construct a thought a human life form may be able to interpret as information. What? Just go with it! I’m confused too. Seriously. Imagine, the movie Hancock was redone, but 1994 Jim Carrey was cast instead of Will Smith. And instead of a movie, it was a comic. And they got  Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) create it. There it is. That is Goof.

This comic is light-hearted, sweet and entertaining. You know when Doctor Who is a bit cheese? Or Star Trek serves you a little corn. That’s how I feel reading Goof. It’s fun, and nice.

It’s about a regular Joe. And not a regular Joe from a sitcom who’s constantly getting laid, or does fun stuff all the time despite his crappy job. No, I mean an actual average Joe. Your buddy from the comic book store, who’s always spilling mustard on his shirt. Yeah, you know the one. Anyway, it’s about a real down to earth average guy who gets blessed with superpowers. Now, unlike other comics, our one and only Captain Gorgeous, that’s the name he’s forced to go by, he doesn’t train like all our other favourite heroes did. He just kinda wings it. So, despite strength, laser vision, invisibility, flight and being indestructible our purple and yellow hero is constantly getting hit by buses, falling flat on his face and even ending up naked in front of several people.

I read three issues and each left me wanting to read the next. Some of the humour was obvious, yet it was endearing and even though it was a comedy, I was really rooting for the main character.

THE ART!!! Now, I’m no Andy Warhol, But oh man. Awesome! Like Freakazoid, Animaniacs Pinky and The Brain great. The frames, actually made sounds in my brain without classic BAM SMACK POW frames, He threw an alien I heard the woosh, he fell on concrete I heard the crunch did Captain Gorgeous shoot lasers from his eyes? Cause I heard that too. Yes, the comic has a voice over/ Cap Gor thoughts throughout. Sometimes they’re written on scrap pieces of paper which was rad, sometimes they’re more basic. Other things about the art I really loved was the use of shadows, reflections or… let’s call them, anime surprise lines. Does that make sense? Now I am a 90s baby, so I was raised on WB mornings, with a healthy dose of Disney Afternoon, so I really have a soft spot for lanky, over the top, cartoony cartoon style. If you catch my drift. I wanna talk more about the art, but far be it from a Ravenclaw like myself to drag on after a point has been made. Just trust me, the art is like if awesome-sauce and specradular had a baby and got Mario to raise it. If that made things more unclear, I was trying to say the art was FANTASTIC.

Alright, so in conclusion I guess I would say, if you love fun, off-beat, funny entertainment. Like a stand up comedian you don’t shield the kids from I would suggest you READ THIS COMIC. But that being said although this is a comedy, I could see the cheese and corn I touched on earlier turning into a delicious meal that brings you to tears.

I am going to use my powers granted by the King of The Pop Culture Cafe and rate these issues at 4 pops out of 5.

 

Remember kids comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.

 

J.W. Coughlan

Editorial: Identity Crisis

Hey Poppers

I fellow I know thru the guys at Big Kids Playground,Dougie (aka Scruffy Doug) wrote a little piece about his thoughts on being a geek. So take sometime here and have a read. I am sure you know what he is talking about.

If you are reading this, there is a fair chance that, like me, you are a Geek. We are Geeks. We are happy to be Geeks. We are proud to be Geeks. And most importantly, we don’t deny that we are Geeks. The world however, still seems surprised at this. 
Despite the current global success of the Batman, X-Men, and Avengers franchises, the public opinion of being a comic book fan is still a negative one, with the term “geek” often used as a put-down. Admitting that you are a grown man who reads comic books or who plays video games can still get the same reaction as saying that you keep all your toenail clippings in a jar in the kitchen. Watching the mind-numbing, pointless, fly-on-the-wall garbage that is Big Brother, X-Factor, Jersey Shore, The Kardashians etc is somehow accepted as being normal, yet reading a graphic novel with well written plots and interesting characters is deemed weird. And as such, we geeks are deemed weird.
So, are we weird? Are we saddo’s with no lives? Are we some sort of underclass that look and act differently to the general public? Do we all fit the standardised “geek” image? Well, sure, I’ve no doubt that there are some of us out there who do fit the standard image of a “geek”. You know, single, long greasy hair, probably an unkempt patchy beard (with the remains of 3 day old biscuits and noodles still stuck in it), possibly thick glasses, spotty complexion, a waist band that is longer than the wearer is tall, uses computer code to talk to friends, and lives in parents loft/basement despite approaching 40y/o. Basically, Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
However, for me personally, and I’m sure for a large number of my fellow geeks out there, this image couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m early 30’s, married with 2 kids, live in my own home, I don’t speak fluent Klingon, I don’t have every episode of Big Bang Theory under my TV, my appearance is closer to that of a thug (shaven head, tattoos, goatee beard), and I’m more than happy to get my hands dirty by getting stuck in to any DIY or car repair jobs that need doing. But that all said, I still love my tech, my games, and my comics/movies. And I’m still extremely proud to declare that I am a geek.
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Dougie (AKA: Scuffy Doug)

TPCC Presents: Supernatural S1 Ep1

 Hey all. So since I do not have the cash to spend on a different podcast I have decided to do off shots of my main podcasts. So this is the first one. It one that is not a Pop Culture Cafe podcasts will begin with TPCC Presents then followed by what I am presenting this podcasts.

So this first one is my daughter and I talking about a show that we love, Supernatural. I hope that we will be able to carry on with this but with my daughter being an 18yr old girl that may change. So I hope this first one. I did. Nice time for me and my daughter.

Enjoy

Check out this episode!

Cockneys vs Zombies: Review

cockneys-vs-zombies-poster So on my travel through the many worlds of the internet between looking at porn and cat videos I came across this film, Cockneys Vs Zombies. My first thought was, what the fuck is these? Then once I saw the fimilar face of actor Alan Ford(Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) I had to take a closer look. I am glad I did.

I found the film searching the internet and well lets say I watched it through a non-legal way. If you looking some great cinema here well you better move along because your not going to get it here. If you looking for a different film with a few giggles them have a watch. Hell if you watch Sharknado you can watch this.

The movie starts with us following a couple of inept criminals attempt to rob a bank so they can save their grandfathers retirement home from being shut down. Across town a demolition team is going about bulldozing down a different area and wouldn’t you know it. They dig up some zombies and with one little nimble a new zombie epidemic starts. The bank robbers are stuck in the bank as it is surround by cops and when they get the chance to make their break they find the dead walking the streets.

The plan has changed and now they have to make their way to the retirement home to say their grand dad before he and the rest at the home become zombie food.

Is this a great movie, no. Is it a movie to watch when you can not find anything else, yeah. The idea is simple but the having the movie about how the old folks handle the zombie apocalypse is different. We always assume that the old would simply die quickly but this seniors put up a good fight. At this point in the film is does get better and funnier. The best scene in the movie is Hamish, played by Richard Briers trying to out run the zombies. Hamish has to use a walker to get away and seeing him trying to get away is a laugh.

cockneys vs zombies 01The movie also stars, Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway and Michelle Ryan. You may remember Michelle from the reboot attempt of the Bionic Woman or Doctor Who, Planet of the Dead.

Hey if you find this film, like zombies, like British movie like me then give this film a watch. Again you wasted time watching Sharknado then you can spend a 88 minutes watching this film.

LLAP/POBS