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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based off of Star Wars Episode 7, created by George Lucas: a Video Game Review

What are we playing:

Explore the planets you’ve heard of in Star Wars but now in LEGO form! Relive Episode 7 and explore extended worlds from planet to planet as you play through the film all the while destroying everything in sight!

This set of LEGO game walks through the worlds and planets of Star Wars Episode 7, in playable levels which you can go back after completing in Story Mode and play again to collect everything.

General Information:

-Genre: Collectathon

-Creator: Traveller’s Tales in partnership with LEGO and Lucasfilm

-Number of Levels:

-Collectables:

-Rating: E10+ (mild cartoon nudity, moderate violence but cartoony and in LEGO, several scenes in bars, smuggling)

-How to Play: local game stores (explore your area and support local!), used game stores, online or in box stores, or look for it at your local library (many libraries now have video games and even tabletop games for checkout)

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62-64

Review (contains spoilers):

Just like all other LEGO games these are your fairly standard collectathon style game and it is achievable to get a 100% completion, you just have to return after Story Mode to get everything.

I love a good LEGO game! And this one did not disappoint. It took a page out of the Lord of the Rings LEGO games and went with a more open world concept vs. the more enclosed worlds/levels in the previous games. I also love that the included some of the offshoot stories as side quests for you to discover as you explore all of the planets in Episode 7. It’s wonderful.

Like always LEGO games are some of my favorite games to play. Since the majority of the game is just beating everything in sight to actually figure out what has stuff in it and what doesn’t it makes for awesome stress relief and I absolutely love that you can’t really die. You just burst into bits…aka LEGO currency.

These are super fun and are great to play with kids but challenging enough for adult players to really enjoy.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, based off of Star Wars Episodes 4-6, created by George Lucas: a Video Game Review

What are we playing:

The original trilogy is BACK but now in LEGO form!  Relive Episodes 4-6 as you play through the films all the while destroying everything in sight!  Become a part of the film.

This set of LEGO games walks through the world of Star Wars Episodes 4-6, in playable levels which you can go back after completing in Story Mode and play again to collect everything. 

General Information:

-Genre: Collectathon

-Creator: Traveller’s Tales in partnership with LEGO and Lucasfilm

-Number of Levels:

-Collectables: 68 characters, 2 customizable characters,

-Rating: E10+ (mild cartoon nudity, moderate violence but cartoony and in LEGO, several scenes in a bar)

-How to Play: local game stores (explore your area and support local!), used game stores, online or in box stores, or look for it at your local library (many libraries now have video games and even tabletop games for checkout)

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62-64

Review (contains spoilers):

Just like all other LEGO games these are your fairly standard collectathon style game and it is achievable to get a 100% completion, you just have to return after Story Mode to get everything.

LEGO games are some of my favorite games to play.  Since the majority of the game is just beating everything in sight to actually figure out what has stuff in it and what doesn’t it makes for awesome stress relief and I absolutely love that you can’t really die.  You just burst into bits…aka LEGO currency.

This version is a really fun way to play through the next three movies.  The story lines are comprehensive and follow the original trilogy in a way that is still true to the feel of the films.  You just get to explore some more.  This series allowed for the designers to do some interesting things and not just focus on the same play style in each and every level.  You get a really nice combination of platforming, vehicle based levels, exploration and scripted play through.  Plus coming back and replaying levels makes for some really entertaining challenges.

These are super fun and are great to play with kids but challenging enough for adult players to really enjoy.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare: a Play review

Synopsis:

“Two households, both alike in dignity

(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene)

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife

The fearful passage of their death-marked love

And the continuance of their parents’ rage,

Which, but their children’s ends, naught could remove,

Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;

The which, if you with patient ears attend,

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.”

-Act 1, Scene 1, Romeo and Juliet

General Information:

-Genre: Romantic Tragedy, Tragedy

-Author: Shakespeare

-Number of Words: 24,545 (around 170 pages or so in modern printing)

-Characters: Romeo Montague, Juliet Capulet, Prince Escalus, Count Paris, Mercutio, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Tybalt, The Nurse, Rosaline, Montague, Lady Montague, Benvolio, Friar Laurence, Friar John, Peter, Sampson, Gregory, Abram, Balthasar, An Apothecary, A Chorus

-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock) or look for it at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RP1: 174

Review (contains spoilers):

One of my favorites of Shakespeare’s plays.  This is the classic tragedy almost everyone had to read in high school but this one sticks with you and changes as you age.

When I first read it I did identify a little with Juliet.  Her family seems quite harsh and the idea of two families feuding is insane. But I did think the pair were a little crazy.  It was not as many say #couplesgoals.

The older I get the more I see how much this show was meant as a warning, as many of Shakespeare’s tragedies were.  The story is that of woe, and heartbreak, and the consequences that overreach what you may think the decision you made would have had.

If you cannot grasp the language on the page (it is sometimes hard to read and ive taken classes to study it) then I recommend watching one of a million different versions.  One of my favorites is the version that uses the Bard’s actual language but set it in LA during a gang war- Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo DeCaprio.  West Side Story is another wonderful retelling if you like musicals…though the ending was changed because Maria dying too was deemed too tragic. 

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Doctor Jones, by Aqua: a song review

General Information:

Band: Aqua

Album Title: Aquarium

Release Year: 1997

Song Length: 3:20

Genre: Pop

How to Listen: Spotify (free with ads or on paid subscription), Apple Music (buy), YouTube, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library or used bookseller!

Page of Reference in RP1: 171

Lyrics:

Sometimes the feeling is right

You fall in love for the first time

Heartbeat, and kisses to sweet

Summertime love in the moonlight

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Now that the summer is gone

You had to go back home

Please come and see me again

I’ve never felt more alone

(Baby I am missing you)

I want you by my side

(And I hope you’ll miss me too)

Come back and stay

(I think about you every day)

I really want you too

(You swept my feet right off the ground

You’re the love I found)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

All I think of is you,

And all of the things we had

Doctor, what can I do?

Why does he have to be like that?

(baby I am missing you)

I want you by my side

(and I hope you’ll miss me too)

Come back and stay

(I think about you every day)

I really want you too

(You swept my feet right off the ground

Youre the love I found)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Wake up now

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Review:

I grew up with Aqua as a pop band I listened to during junior high and high school.  This song is quite nostalgic and is even on my personal “getting ready mix” for when I need to be psyched up to go outside.

Overall it is a solid pop song from the 1990s full of repetitive lyrics that occasionally don’t make sense but still is one of those that is super catchy and will get stuck in your head.  I absolutely love this song however to be objective it isn’t great… but I still LOVE it!

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Be sure to check out the song through the link at the top of the post OR play our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix here:

We recommend listening to the list on shuffle. It is compiled of the top 10-20 love songs from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s alogn with some of the most popular love songs in history and some of my personal favorites!

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Pretty in Pink, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

From the other side of the track, misunderstood and unpopular teen Andie is completely crushing on one of the popular guys in school.  Her best friend, and ardent admirer, Phil “Duckie” Dale tries to show her how much he loves her and that the popular rich guys are just that…popular and rich.

As the focus of her crush actually notices her and even goes so far as to take her on a date, Andie’s own insecurities get in her way.  Will she be able to over come the hardships of being a poor teen thrown into the world of the rich or will she realize that what is inside is what truly matters?

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Romantic Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 96 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (with subscription, Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Kate Vernon

-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 36/182

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so…this one is a film that has always irked me…

I HATE the ending!!!! I always have.  

Andie should have ended up with Duckie.  He literally worships her but is also not immune to her faults.  He calls her out when she is being stupid.  He forgives her when he is at fault.  And for all of his ridiculousness and awkwardness he is absolutely devoted to her.

In the end the most that I can say about this film is that it is a typical John Hughes teen film.  A well written and well-acted story of a high school outcast who longs to fit in and falls in love with the popular rich kid who somehow deigns to notice them and happens to likes things a little more real.

This would be a 5 star film in my opinion if the stupid test audiences hadn’t hated Andie ending up with the Duck Man….like she should have.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, by WHAM!: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Make It Big

-Artist: WHAM!

-Release Year: 1984

-Song Length: 3:51

-Genre: Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 190

Lyrics:

Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug

You put the boom-boom into my heart
You send my soul sky-high
When your lovin’ starts
Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang
‘Til my feet do the same

But something’s bugging me
Something ain’t right
My best friend told me
What you did last night
You left me sleeping in my bed
I was dreaming
But I should’ve been with you instead

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah

You take the grey skies outta my way
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
You turned a bright spark into a flame
My beats per minute never been the same

‘Cause you’re my lady
I’m your fool
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on baby
Let’s not fight
We’ll go dancing
Everything will be alright

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah yeah, baby

Cuddle up baby
Move in tight
We’ll go dancing tomorrow night
It’s cold out there
But it’s warm in bed
They can dance
We’ll stay home instead
(Jitterbug)

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t you dare to leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Take me dancing
A boom-boom-boom-boom, oh!
A boom-boom-boom-boom (Yeah, yeah)
(Take me dancing tonight) Yeah!

Yeah, yeah

Review:

WHAM! is not one of my favorite bands but I grew up with this song as well.  Between it being played on the radio in the ‘90s to my house (thank my DJ-in-a-former-life, music junkie father) I’m familiar enough that I know all of the lyrics to this song.

Its upbeat and catchy.  Its got a fun chorus.  A song that I put on when I do housework to keep me up and going…and using the broom, or hairbrush, as a microphone… because why not.

Solid, fun, kind of superfluous and airy…overall silly and upbeat.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or on our cultivated Valentine’s Mix below:

We recommend listening to this mix on shuffle as it contains the top 10-20 love songs from the last 40 years as well as some of my favorites that didn’t make the list and others that are popular from history.

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Revenge of the Nerds, created by Steven Zacherias and Jeff Buhai: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Best friends and nerds, Lewis and Gilbert, are headed off for their freshman year of college.  Excited to start out on a new journey the pair unexpectedly run into the Alpha Betas, the frat that houses most of the athletes that attend the college.  When they carelessly burn down their frat house, they take over the freshman dorms kicking out all of the freshman.

As the freshman adapt to living in the gym a small group of them, including Lewis and Gilbert, venture out and end up finding an abandoned house to fix up.  They are told they must join a frat in order to continue to live on Greek Row where the house is located.

Hilarity ensues as The Alpha Betas do everything they can to get the nerds to leave the Row and to get the house they fixed up for their own brothers.

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Sex Comedy

-Creator: Steven Zacherias, Jeff Buhai

-Length: 90 minutes

-Rating: R (moderate sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, moderate alcohol and drug use)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with subscription, with add-on), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Andrew Cassese, Curtis Armstrong, Larry B. Scott, Brian Tochi, Julie Montgomery, Michelle Meyrink, Ted McGinley, Matt Salinger, Donald Gibb, James Cromwell, Lisa Weich, David Whol, John Goodman, Bernie Casey, Alice Hirson

-Page of Reference in RPO: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

I went into this one with so many preconceptions.  I though that the movie was a “guy” movie like Dumb and Dumber.  I thought it wasn’t going to be funny.  I thought it would be similar to Animal House.

Boy was I wrong.

This was an absolutely adorable film.  It was so cute.  The film was all about a group of nerds using every clean trick in the book to beat out the cheating frat boys.

They are smart, talented, silly and a total group of nerds that get together to show up the horrible athletes at their college.  This was everything I didn’t know I needed in a feel-good comedy, but I defiantly did.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Hysteria

-Artist: Def Leppard

-Release Year: 1987

-Song Length: 4:27

-Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 217

Lyrics:

Step inside
Walk this way
You and me babe
Hey hey

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man? (your man)

Razzle ‘n’ a dazzle ‘n’ a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah

Now c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

Listen, red light, yellow light, green-a-light go
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love
Sweet dream,…

Review:

A solid song that most people know be it from parents playing it in our childhood to going to concerts and hearing covers of the song…or even going to the Mad T Party event at Disneyland in the mid 2010s.  this song is super popular at clubs of all types (ugh remember clubs and concerts?)…. I rarely run into someone who is over the age of 18 who hasn’t heard this song in some capacity.

Pretty typical of Def Leppard and their style of rock.  Catchy.  I know all the lyrics…a solid song.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or in our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix below:

We recommend listening to the mix on shuffle. It is a mix of the top 10-20 most popular love songs from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s along with other top rated love songs from history and some of my personal favorites that didn’t seem to make any list!

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Weird Science, created by John Hughes: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Nerds Gary and Wyatt are embarrassed by the popular senior jocks while they swooned over the seniors’ girlfriends.  Rejected the pair decide that they need to boost their popularity in order to win their crushes from the jocks.

While watching Frankenstein a brilliant idea occurs.  They should try and create their own girlfriend.  Using their computer and hooking a doll up to the system somehow their dream comes true.

Now what to do with a hot British girl who can make things appear on command?  Will they win their crushes, or will they just end up grounded for life?

General Information:

-Genre: Teen Science-Fiction Comedy

-Creator: John Hughes

-Length: 94 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, mild violence, moderate profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking)

-Where to Watch: DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Rusler, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson

-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 36/186

Review (contains spoilers):

A solid John Hughes flick.  You have your pretty stereotypical scenarios for an 80s teen comedy.  The nerds vs the jocks.  The desire of belonging.  Outcasts. Parties.  Pretty girls… you know the drill.

If you’ve seen one John Hughes flick you’ve seen them all.

But that isn’t to say they are bad in any way.

This one was completely entertaining.  Between the insanity of a Frankenstein woman, two teens that are fighting for love and somehow everything they want can be summoned at the drop of a hat.  And a young Robert Downing Jr. being a complete idiot and bully… which is a quite interesting role for him to play. Definitely a hour and a half well spent.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.