Wonder Woman on the Super Big Screen

I saw Wonder Woman this last weekend with my husband, 11-year-old son, and sister-in-law at a sold-out screening in Hollywood, CA.  It’s being sold-out was significant partly because we’d screwed up getting enough tickets for our group, and my husband literally ending up getting the last seat in the theater, but also because this particular screening was in the Arclight Cinema historic Cinerama Dome which boasts an 800+ person seating capacity.

Most delightfully, the theater complex was packed with people, old and young, male and female, who were clearly super excited to see Diana Prince take her place in the superhero blockbuster pantheon.  Tiaras, bracelets, and themed T-Shirts abounded…on men and women.

The crowd carried no hint of the various debates surrounding this landmark female-lead, female-directed, female-centric production.  The mix of male to female viewers seemed notably even, to the extend that my son (again, 11-years-old and clearly a little sponge for all of the discussions about feminism he’s exposed to) expressed his surprise that there was such a strong male turnout.  He then capped off his relieved observation with a sardonic, “Men these days.”

Oh, how I love my little feminist.

Anyway, it was certainly one of happier and more emotional theater experiences I’ve had in a long while.  Hundreds of people from all walks of live oohing and aahing, laughing and crying, clapping and cheering for a long overdue cultural milestone.


(Oh…and when you’re ready for a spoilery discussion, remind me to give you my Steve Trevor / James T. Kirk theory.  It’s ludicrous, and I stand by it 1000%.)

(Also, stay tuned to Fanbase Press and Fanbase Weekly for the release of our in-depth panel discussion about the movie.)


I Heart Taika Waititi

I’ve been trying to put into words the wonderfully ethereal sense of happiness that consumes me whenever I think about Taika Waititi.  It started with watching What We Do in the Shadows and has continued through Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (more on that HERE).  It will hopefully continue with Thor: Ragnarok.

But I still need the words.  Thankfully some of those blurb reviewers did it for me…

“Totally fresh…heartwarming…hilarious…zany…sentimental…remarkably insightful…”

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My Geek Doppelganger / Twin / Spirit Animal (You get the idea…)

Just want to go on record, here on the official Internet airwaves, that in the Fanbase Weekly podcast that aired on June 27th (Episode #005), I stated that the thing I was a fan of was the videogame Firewatch.

JUST A FEW SHORT DAYS LATER, Glen Weldon, of Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast fame, stated on that week’s PCHH episode that one of his favorite things was…YES, INDEED, THE VERY SAME FIREWATCH.

We are geek twins and our nerdy little souls will be forever united.

Also, I said it first.


What I’m Watching: Penny Dreadful, Season 2

We are always at least a Season behind the times in our house (we’ve been cable-cutters for nearly 10 years now).  So, I understand that avoiding spoilers, like knowing what recently happened on the series-ending episode of Penny Dreadful, is and will always be an impossibility.  Besides, for emotionally stressful shows like this…and Walking Dead and Game of Thrones and Person of Interest and so on…I kind of appreciate the ability to have some sanity saving advance knowledge of the big events.

Anyway, we are enthralled with Season 2.  I totally didn’t expect to love this show as much as I do.  The subject matter (classic horror monsters, witches, etc.) have never really been my thing.  But this show makes it all interesting to me.  And, my god, Eva Green is phenomenal.  And Josh Hartnett.  And don’t even get me started on my over-acting, guilty-pleasure, hunk-of-a-man, Timothy Dalton (my love for him was born way back with the 800-hour BBC Jane Eyre mini-series from the early 80’s).

Chillingly good.