Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

Last night J and I attended a screening of Batman v Superman with our friends from Salt Lake Comic Con. It was fun to see a comic book themed movie with a bunch of geeks/nerds.

The movie takes place 18 months after the events of Man of Steel. We see what was going in with Bruce Wayne during the Superman/Zod fight and why he is so mad at the Man of Steel. Now, even though we see that Clark has only been Superman for about 2 years, we learn that Batman has been fighting crime in Gotham for 20 years. Batman’s brand of justice has evolved to where he is now branding sex traffickers and those who would harm children. He’s simply had enough, and after the events of Man of Steel, he wants to do nothing but protect the planet from the possibility of Superman going “bad”.

I really enjoyed Ben Affleck as the Batman, and Gal Gadot made me excited for the Wonder Woman movie. The Batman/Superman fight scenes were very reminiscent of The Dark Knight Returns part 2, and we loved them. The pace of the movie was pretty slow and I personally think they could have cut 30-45 minutes.

I think that Batman v Superman would be a fun $5 Tuesday movie, but don’t take the kids. It’s not that it’s scary or too violent, it’s just too slow paced and too long. If your kids want to see it, wait for the Blu-Ray.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe at the Con

With Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan X ’16 coming up next Thursday (March 24th), I thought it would be important to share some tips to help keep your kids safe at Fan X and other conventions.

  1. Have a meeting place:
    The Salt Palace is a big place. Download the FanX app to see a map of the Salt Palace, and then choose a spot that you can meet as a family if you get separated. I suggest meeting around Kid Con.
  2. Point out the volunteers:
    Show your kids what shirts the volunteers are wearing, you could even introduce           them to some of the volunteers. Make sure your kids know that they can feel                 comfortable asking the volunteers for help.
  3. Arrive early on the 1st day so you and your kids can walk around and learn where everything is:
    This one is pretty self explanatory, but walking the exhibit hall on the 1st day                 guarantees that you will be able to get a feel for the full layout of the exhibit          floor.
  4. Have a picture of your kids in your wallet/purse:
    In the event that you and your children get separated it’s best to have a picture on       hand just in case. It also might help to give your kids a picture of you so they can           have volunteers help them find you.
  5. Write your name and phone number on your kid’s wristband:
    This will be the easiest way for volunteers/police security to get a hold of you if you     and your kids get separated.
  6. Have extra power packs on hand:
    Cell phones use a lot of power during conventions. You you are taking pictures, you     might leave the wifi and/or bluetooth on, or your phone might be trying to keep a         signal. Either way it’s always good to make sure that you will be able to keep your         phone charged and ready in case of emergency.

No matter how hard you try to keep track of your kids, distractions happen and kids wander. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make a plan and stick to it. The volunteers at Salt Lake Comic Con are amazing and will do everything they can to help you if you were to get separated from your kids.

Star Wars Rebels: The Forgotten Droid

It seems like we have been learning more about the Ghost crew. It seems like everyone has had their solo story line, and this week was Chopper’s turn. The Rebels are on the hunt for fuel and Chopper is left at the Ghost to listen for Imperial transmissions. Chopper is easily distracted and leaves the Ghost. While away the Rebels chased back to the Ghost and Chopper is left behind.

In The Forgotten Droid, we learn a little more about Chopper and his relationship with the Ghost crew, most importantly his relationship with Hera. Chopper’s adventure is very entertaining and this was a good in between episode after that ending that Shroud of Darkness had. The Forgotten Droid left us with a deeper respect and appreciation for Chopper, and we can’t wait for next week.

Star Wars Rebels: Shroud of Darkness

Since the time when Vader and Ahsoka first showed up on Rebels, we have been waiting for that moment when they would face each other. This is not that episode, but the wheels are in motion.

Shroud of Darkness starts off with an amazing Lightsaber duel with Ezra and Kanan taking on the inquisitors. Ezra’s powers and lightsaber skills are growing and he and Kanan are able to fight the inquisitors and escape with their lives. Kanan and Ezra meet back with the Ghost crew with news that they have yet to find the perfect planet for the Rebellion to make a base.

When they return to the Ghost, Ezra finds Ahsoka watching an old Holocron of Anakin teaching some lightsaber techniques. After a brief discussion, Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka decide it’s time to take the fight to the inquisitors, but to do so they must speak with Yoda through the force. What happens next? You will just have to watch and find out.

This episode has so much going for it and viewers young and old will go through so many emotions watching it. You may want to keep a box of tissue next to you, as tears may flow. Shrouds of Darkness has raised my level of excitement for the remainder of the season and I can’t wait to see what our Rebels will do next.