Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stuff That Doesn't Suck 9 - Revenge of the STDs!

Stuff That Doesn’t Suck is a meme where I graciously share with you the things that I come across in a week that do not suck. This includes a variety of things from books to music to YouTube and even more. Feel free to join in on the comments or on your own blog.

After, well, a much too long hiatus, the STDs are back. This isn't a bad thing, as today we take a look at the Stuff that Doesn't Suck this week. Saturday has been the usual day for STDs, but I was so excited for their return that I thought, why not Thursday?

LEGO Toy Line That Doesn't Suck
LEGO construction toys have been a mainstay in the lives of millions of children for nearly seven decades, but the history of the LEGO brand reaches back to the late 19th century. What was born in a woodworking shop in Bilund, Denmark grew to a dynasty of toy manufacturing and LEGO has been synonimous with creativity and fun since. We've seen Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Carribbean, and Harry Potter. Now, LEGO is taking us back to the past and into the future.

Just published in the May-June Issue of the LEGO Club Magazine was an announcement that in July a new level of Master Builder would be released and it has a Steampunk theme. Now, children can become tinkerers and engineers of their own steam-powered (or as close to steam-powered as you can get with plastic blocks) and create amazing designs. And of course we know that LEGOs are not just for kids, so adults and children alike will be able to have endless fun with their gadgets and gizmos a-plenty.

Image courtesy of The Brick Blogger

And really, this allows the LEGO brand to come full circle, as it was born in Victorian England. I, for one, am looking forward to this new Steampunk line! As a historian, I have fallen in love with architectural history, and being able to design models of my favorite buildings of the past would be simply amazing. They're even marketing it as a way to follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci and other great inventors. I can't wait!


Movie Trailer That Doesn't Suck

In the wee hours of the night EST, which was the morning for folks in Jolly Ol' England, actor Nick Frost sent out a tweet that would be heard (read?) 'round the world. Six years after the release of Hot Fuzz, the second in the Three Flavours Cornetto/ Blood and Ice Cream trilogy, comes The End of the World, which will reunite Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman in an epic pub-crawl to stop the apocalyse.

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

This. looks. epic. And what a fitting conclusion to a trilogy that has brought so many quotable lines and memories to geeks everywhere! I'm so happy to see Martin Freeman and Nick Frost is definitely going to be kicking some serious butt in his role. We started with a zombie romantic comedy, then a buddy-cop action flick, and now the apocalypse. The writing team of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg is formidable and I think that this movie is going to be another example of their brilliance. The World's End releases in the UK on August 14 and in the United States on October 25.


Clip of Now You See Me That Doesn't Suck
Later this month, Now You See Me will be released nationwide, however, I was privileged to see an advanced screening to which I give a hearty BRAVISIMO! I'll post my full review soon, but I enjoyed the heck out of this movie from minute one, which you'll get to see in this clip. Courtesy of Fandango, you can watch the first four minutes of Now You See Me, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco as The Four Horsemen. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman round out this cast in a thrill-ride which will leave you guessing and trying to figure out what is real or what is an illusion.

Geeky Kickstarter That Doesn't Suck
My friends at Beaucoup Pop posted a Kickstarter project today that really caught my eye. In fact, they just interviewed the creators of Comic Geeks, a web series about a group of adult comic geeks who try to balance their passion with the responsibilities of life. In this introductory video, you get an idea of what they're about and this looks like a project worth supporting. The guys have been traveling across the country and screening the series at conventions from Emerald City to Denver. I have a feeling Comic Geeks will be the webseries to watch when all twelve episodes are produced. You can listen to Episode 99 of Beaucoup Pop to find out more!

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