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Netflix’s Marvel Shows Aren’t Just for Superhero Fans (or How to Get Your Friends to Binge Watch The Defenders)

My name is Andrew and I am a comic book geek. That means that even if Marvel puts out the craziest movies and TV shows based on obscure characters like Ant-Man or Iron Fist, I'm first in line. And when Netflix's amazing set of characters team up in a new series called The Defenders, I'm screaming from the rooftops. Yeah, The Defenders. Sounds like a cheap version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, a.k.a. The Avengers. To be honest, they kind of are. I've never been a diehard Defenders fan but always dug them when they showed up in other comics. The Avengers were the A-List team, headquartered in NYC and fighting Earth-shattering foes. The ...

Archie and the Gang Grow Up on the Sexy, Haunting ‘Riverdale’

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own. Even though I grew up on superhero comics like Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers, I'll admit I've always had a soft spot for Archie and the whole Riverdale Gang. All-American teen heartthrob Archie Andrews was always in over his head. The biggest problems he faced was whether to ask Betty or Veronica out on a date. For the record, I would've always chosen Betty. Then there's his hamburger-eating pal Jughead. Lovable goon Moose. Bad guy with a soft spot Reggie. The always clueless Principal Weatherbee ...

Kids and Screens Make for Some Serious Play Time

As someone who grew up on the Atari 2600 and every system since, I've always had a strong belief that video games are so much more than mindless entertainment. There's so much to learn including: hand-to-eye coordination, puzzle solving and even the very basics of strategizing. As a fairly sedentary activity, though, video games and even basic TV viewing get a bad rap. And that's why I'm really intrigued by the Genius of Play campaign. The Genius of Play campaign seeks to explore and share the numerous ways that all levels of play can really help children learn and grow. The Genius of Play: Our mission is to provide families with the information ...

Netflix Wrestles With Hair Spray and Thigh-High Boots in the Hilarious Series GLOW

I grew up with Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter and Rowdy Roddy Piper. I loved the WWF (that's what it was called back in the day) and probably laughed as much as I cheered while watching every single match. Women were always present on the WWF but mainly as managers or girlfriends, never as wrestlers themselves. That is until some crazy new show worked its way onto television in the mid 1980s. It was called GLOW and it starred the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. I don't remember a single character's name, I just remember being absolutely mesmerized by this show. It was wrestling, which is a pure adrenaline rush for any teenager. It ...

The X-Files of the Wild West, Supernatural Has Possessed Me

The Dukes of Hazzard had its General Lee. Knight Rider, its talking car K.I.T.T. And while it doesn't leap impossible chasms or talk to its owners, the black '67 Impala on Supernatural is every bit a main character as brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. My wife recently started watching Supernatural while exercising, and I jumped in just as she began unearthing season two. A quick rundown of the storyline and I was sucked right in. Like a modern day western, Sam and Dean blow into town on their trusty horse (a.k.a. the intimidating black '67 Chevy Impala), hunt down the bad guys, kiss the girl and drive off into the sunset. But obviously, there's ...

13 Reasons I Just Can’t Look Away from Lemon Snicket’s Unfortunate Events

From the very opening of Netflix's original series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, viewers are told to look away. A deadpan narrator practically begs and pleads with us to watch no more as an endless series of unfortunate events awaits three beautiful children. No happy ending. No good to counter the bad. Just look away. Of course, like most humans, when you're told to look away, what do you do? Yeah, you look even harder. And that's exactly what I did with my family as we recently binged A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the 13 book series of the same name written by Lemony Snicket (whose real ...