From the Vaults: March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

It’s Thanksgiving and that means they play the 1930s Classic, “March of the Wooden Soldiers” on television once more! So, let’s take a look back to when I checked out this surreal bit of classic cinema.

Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland, better known as “March of the Wooden Soldiers” was a 1930s Laurel and Hardy film based on Victor Hubert’s work. In terms of today’s audience, it is a truly surreal spectacle for many reasons ahead! Despite that, the goofy antics of our protagonists mixed with the nostalgic atmosphere provides for quite the classic.

Now, this star vehicle is perhaps best known nowadays for that weird film that’s played on the morning of Thanksgiving. But, what is it about this film that keeps us coming back? Well, let’s find out!
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From the Vaults: BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea p. 1

I haven’t been posting too much of my Tumblr archive lately and that’s my own fault. Here’s a look back at the first part of the Burial at Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite. I still look back at both of these with mixed emotions. It’s nostalgic, but ultimately kind of hollow.

BaS p1

Today, we return to Rapture with the first half of the BioShock Infinite DLC, “Burial at Sea” The story revolves around Booker and Elizabeth mysteriously in an alternate Rapture prior to its collapse on New Years 1959. So, is this return to Wonderful, Wonderful utopia a worthy trip or should it remain in the briny depths below?

(CAUTION: SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD.)
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The Doc Speaks: The Christmas Invasion

Dr Who Evil Santas
They’re invading, are you ready?

There’s no doubt that here in the United States, the heavily commercialized “holiday season” has gotten out of control. For many families, Thanksgiving was set aside as a time to drop the consumerism and just spend time together. But last year, our bloated capitalistic parody of the December holiday season had proved its power. With sales expanding further than before, it toppled a great defense against a frenzy of spontaneous spending and so-called savings. With this bastion against greed and habitual desires crumbled, what is there to do?
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Album Review: Architecture by Dada Davros

Architecture album cover

Thanks to the glories of the information age, we can easily find new music in mere seconds. When I was pointed in the direction of the record group, “Silent Realm”, I became more than eager to check out the many styles of electronic music they offered. Silent Realm is a small record company within the Rocky Mountains region dedicated to independent experimental musicians. One of the artists from their label in particular intrigued me, Dada Davros, an independent electronica artist from Australia. Not only does their name evoke images of various bits of science fiction, the tracks (and artwork) within “Architecture” do too in a sense. But, that’s just some sort of geeky preconceptions. (That or let my dorky viewpoint cloud my interpretation of the music, but we’ll see.) No matter, let’s dive deeper into the ethereal plane with “Architecture”!
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Please bear with me, it’s been an awful weekend.

I almost always stick to schedule, but I ran into a slight emergency this weekend.  I spent most of my Saturday night trying to help a good college friend who in some serious risk of danger.  I haven’t slept well since then and I’ve either been checking up on him (at least he was recovering in the hospital, feeling a little better) or trying to keep my own stress down.  Not to mention, I somehow got in bad standings with my college loans, despite actively keeping up with them.  Please understand that things might be a little late this time around.

TV Review – Doctor Who series 8 Finale – Dark Water/Death in Heaven

Mistress
There were so many pictures to choose from, but I didn’t want to spoil the episode BEFORE the review began, now did I?

Series 8 has been a series of change, while having a lot of familiarity. On one hand, we witnessed the start of a new Doctor, a new personality, new sides to established characters, and new twists and turns. While some of these aspects of the current series have been better than others, I can safely say that the season hasn’t produced an absolute dud! That said, I’m still quite divided on the season finale, even more so than “Into the Forest of Fear” (which I’ll still declare as the low point of the season.) Now, was the two-parter good regardless of my uncertainly towards it? We’ll just have to take a trip through space and time to find out, now won’t we?

WARNING: This review contains spoilers on both episodes of the Series 8 Finale of Doctor Who.
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Cult Film Review: Halloween III Season of the Witch

“No more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!  Silver Shamrock!”

Just in time for Halloween, we’re investigating the oddball sequel of the Halloween films.  The strange thing about this film is it has NOTHING to do with Michael Myers and his killings.  Long story short, Halloween was pitched as an anthology series, with this being a part of it.  After that idea was scrapped, this film faded into the abyss… even though the Return of Michael Myers was “Halloween 4.”

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