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Event: Star Wars Day + Star Wars Run, Singapore 2017

Last week end, Singapore has seen its biggest Star Wars Day festival to date, complete with the first ever Star Wars Run in Singapore.

The whole family was there, of course, in costumes!!!

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Review : Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol. 2

Yesterday night, we were lucky enough to be invited by Disney and G&B Comics ( to a preview of GotG2!

It was a really good evening, and we all had a fantastic time. On the way back home, we had this discussion, and we discovered that we had mixed feelings about the movie :

SPOILERS ALERT!!!! If you haven’t see the movie yet, look away!

What did you generally think of the movie?

Alex – It was good! but I found it a bit depressing because both his fathers died, in the same movie, in the span of like…5 minutes.
Olie – One was his father, one was his Dad… For me, I found it was more comedic than the first one. It was taken a bit too far.
Reggie – There was a lot of vulgar language…
GeekMommy – There was not a lot, actually… not so much… I didn’t even hear any “F” word…
A – Yeah : “Trash Panda” was the worst thing I’ve heard…
GeekDaddy – For me, I really fell into the trap of his Dad… Because at first, I knew he was up to no good, but I was like “that is not a villain”, you know? He doesn’t look like a villain, he doesn’t act like a villain, and so I was like “Maybe, after all, he is a good guy”, or at a point in the movie, I thought we wouldn’t have a grand finale where they fight a villain, you know?
A – I was really hoping that the father would teach him how to use his powers, then he would go and fight bad people…
GM – …then the real villain would come and kill the father and he would go and take revenge, like Superman!
R – My favorite part was that Peter Quill says “I will build a 80 foot Pacman statue”… and he did it!

Any surprise about the movie?

GD – Stallone?!
O – yeah, I read that in the next GotG he will be the villain
GM – yeah, Michelle Yeoh and him, I think will be the bad guys…
GD – they are not bad, I mean, they are just thieves…
O – Who is Michelle Yeoh?
A – Mantis…
GD – No : at the end, one of the pirates who came for Yandu’s funeral.
A – oh? The one who hasn’t taken a shower in 2 years?

We were talking about Mantis, what did you think of this new character?

O – She gets a bit on your nerves, sometimes…I find her kind of annoying, she has a really high pitched voice.
GD – I found fun that Drax is always telling her “you are so ugly!”
GM – “You are beautiful…on the inside!”
A and O – Savage!

What was your favorite part?

R – When Groot is a teenager!
GD – yeah, the post-credit scenes were fun. And, you know, Stan Lee, he is in the space Suit and talking to aliens, and he says at one time he was a UPS or Fedex delivery guy.
A – Yes, in of of his cameos. I think in Civil War…
GD – …and there is a Theory that he is The Watcher, an observer of humanity, he is an alien who observes but doesn’t intervene. In that moment, when he was talking about what he was doing previously, I think we got the confirmation of that theory.

GotG is known for their choice of music also…

GM – not so nice, this time!
Everybody – yeah! true!
GM – there are so many songs they could have picked…but…
R – they could have put Guns and Roses or Queen!
GM – there was a lot of good music in the 80’s… Part 1 came out with a lot of nice songs and it became a hit. So, maybe for this one, the right owners of all 80’s songs said “you want use my song, it is this much now!”
A – I found it funny that they have a Zune, you know, the music player…
GD – what is a Zune? I never came across…
A & O – it’s like an Ipod…
GM – no, but they chose a lot of song that are not popular, and that has never been used in any other movie!
GD – …even in the first one : the songs were not super popular to begin with…
GM – no, no, no! I knew most of the songs in the first movie! Very popular!
GD – yeah, there was Jackson5, No mountain high enough…

What are your like/dislikes about this movie?

R – I liked that Howard the duck is inside!
GM – Groot, because he is cute!
A – he has mad dancing skills!
R – I like teenage Groot more than Baby groot!
GD – you can relate more, hahaha! The opening sequence, when Groot is dancing and you see the battle behind was a good, fun intro.
R – but I didnt like the Dad… mostly his kind of “personal museum”, with his ceramic figures (or it looks like very ceramic)…
A – yeah, for that, the CGI was terrible… He has all powers, and he can’t even do realistic mannequins to show what he did?
GD – maybe he wanted them like that…
A – plastic mannequins like you get in the store?… He is a Celestial god!! Half of the planet didn’t look good! It looked like smudged Play-Dough… For the rest of the movie, the CGI is fine, but the planet was too psychedelic…
GM – maybe he had bad tastes…
R – The mannequins reminded me of the Doll-girl in “OZ, the great and Powerful”…Oh! and when you see the face Ego’s planet, it reminded me of Doctor Strange…Dormammu!
GD – well, I think he was a Celestial also, I am not sure…
R – Maybe Ego IS Dormammu?
GM – No, but at the beginning of the movie, they show that Quill is half Celestial, so he is immortal, he has those fantastic powers, and by the end, he is not anymore!
GD – yes, I didn’t understand : if he has it in his DNA, why does he lose his powers when the father dies?
O – it’s the light that gives him powers… without the Light, he is human again…
GD – …But, can’t he create his own light?
A – of course he can, it just takes a long time…
GM – and he would have to kill a lot of people, right?
A – no, they were Ego’s offsprings because he wanted to find one with the same set of powers. He fathered a lot of kids in the millions of years he has been around.

OK, can we focus back on the likes/dislikes?

A – I liked most of it…
O – I loved the Easter Eggs, like Howard the Duck, Stan Lee, and at the end, the “Lobster guy”
everyone – Le “Lobster guy”?????
O – isn’t he a lobster?
A – he has scales…
O – ok, the snake guy… he had the same powers as Doctor Strange…
GM – I find this movie is so “family oriented” : sibling rivalry, father and son, brother-brother… It’s like “the Young and the Restless” with super powers…!
O – yeah, for Guardians of the Galaxy, you expect to have action and they save the galaxy…
GD – there was action, and they did save the galaxy!
O – yes, but while trying to solve their family’s problems…
GM – yes, only towards the end, then they saved Earth!
O – it was more like a Korean Drama… Hahaha
GM – no, but there is action too! but they make it out like any other “normal movie” about sibling rivalry, expect they take it to the next level thanks to their superpowers…

So, in conclusion?

A fun movie, that goes well in the Marvel Universe, some good moments, but certainly not as unforgettable as the first one!

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Review: Assasin’s Creed

I can’t say I was a real aficionado of the game series: I knew the game, and honestly loved its aesthetics, but I’m not aware of all the details. I had great hopes for the movie though. C’mon: a brotherhood of assassins in stunning costumes, doing parkour among historic monuments… what’s not to like?

So, we went to see Assassin’s Creed. The movie is enjoyable, even if I regret that they don’t explain the Animus technology a bit more. For example, I didn’t understand the technology was in the hands of the Templars, and that the assassins were basically guinea pigs, a tool to retrieve the location of the “Apple of Eden”, because that is not the case in the games. The story deviates also on several points:

Reggie noticed the Animus machine is not the same as the game (where it is just a chair, and that, if we were in Spain, the character should be Altair, not Aguilar.

Olie (who is a real fan of the games) found the fighting scenes really cool and well choreographed, but the “intro”, with the eagle flying, when going to the Animus a bit draggy and useless. In the game, you suddenly become the character, which is better.

We all agree that the movie was aesthetically fantastic:

Reggie thought the parkour and fight scenes were good and that the costumes looked a lot like the second game: elegant and powerful.

For Alex, the décors were excellent: especially during the scene where Cal escapes for the first time and ends up on the ledge of the balcony overseeing Madrid. 

Geek Mommy thought that the fact that they visually stayed very similar to the games for the parkour and fight scenes was a very good point.

Geek Daddy agrees with everybody, but found that the décors of Spain were a bit too dusty, and that the monuments were not as central as they can be in the game. You see a ledge here, a cornice there, but basically, the characters are just jumping in a big dust cloud.

Negative comments are not easy to find though, but they mostly focus on Marion Cotillard’s performance:

Geek Mommy found her acting very monotonous, and Alex thought her dilemma (following her Father’s way or helping the Assasins) was not clear. During the whole movie she acts as if she doesn’t want to become a Templar or that she dislike her Father (who seems more a way to finance her research), but as soon as her Father dies, her only idea seems to get revenge…

We tried to find some Easter Eggs:

  • Reggie says that behind the “new” Animus, we could see the original, game accurate one.

  • When all the ancestors appear to The hero, we can see one character from every game

  • For Olie, the costumes were nice, but most hoods lacked the curve on the forehead, that is so distinctive of all AC’s characters…

In general, a good movie. Reggie gives it 10/10 and Olie a 8/10. Alex liked the fact that the movie keeps all details and logic fitting together : it is a world on its own. Geek Mommy is eagerly waiting for a part 2!

(All pictures are property of 20th Century Fox)

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Costume: Pirate coat

This was done 2 years ago… for Halloween, Olie wanted to be a pirate/assassin (from Assassin’s Creed). We did a few sketches and it was obvious he needed one of these long pirate “justaucorps”, that could flow in the wind as he was hunting down the Templar knights…

I think it was the first time I was starting such a challenge, as I was only in the infancy of my sewing journey… but, well, nothing is impossible, so I started looking for a pattern on Internet. I was lucky enough to find an authentic pattern from 1750! It looked simple enough, so I started reporting it on paper. I measured his shoulders and increased everything proportionally.

My Mother-in-law’s old curtains provided a perfect fabric for this project. There was enough surface for everything, it was thick enough, the Color was in our theme, and most important: they would have been going to the trash if we were not using it… so I started cutting everything.

The assembly is actually quite simple. With a bit of common sense and Organization, of course.

For the decorations and the hem all around, I decided to use a wide black ribbon and some golden buttons. If you fold the ribbon properly, you just have to sew it on top of the fabric, and the effect is very nice. 

I think in less that 2 evenings, the coat was done. And our little pirate was the most elegant swashbuckler that year!

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Warhammer modular board 3×3 (part 2)

You remember my little Part 1 for this built…

Summary of the previous episode: cut foam, sculpt foam, paint, glue the grass and foliage… (Long story, VERY short…). I have been asked how we put the grass, so I will give you a bit more details this time: dilute some glue and spread it, using a brush, on the zones where you want your grass to grow. 

You can do it little by little, in small areas, no need to cover the whole tile at one go. Sprinkle generously the fake grass and wait for a while, the fibers must absorb some of the glue (a minute or 2 are enough). Then, you shake the excess on a newspaper (in order to be able to gather and re-use it later). You can do the whole board like that, and then arrange your bushes, trees and others features!

Over the river, we built some little bridges with toothpicks and glue, so the warriors would be able to cross without getting wet…

So, basically, we had our 9 tiles ready and looking like a nice little part of the Shire. I noticed that the boards didn’t stay together very well, and knowing my zouzous, this would mean the game would be quite messy in just a few minutes. I therefore looked for an idea to stabilise all this. Magnets came to my mind (after all, they can be put together and separated quite easily), and I looked into this. As you know, magnets have a positive and a negative side (“North” and “South”), and it was not a good thing when you want to position the boards in a number of configurations: what if 2 South were in front of each other? The board would have moved on its own… not good…

That’s when it stroke me: if each tile side has a positive on the left AND a negative side on the right, they would always attract each other, regardless of the position of the juxtaposed tile…

I’m not sure I am very clear here, but hopefully you will understand in a few minutes… (if not, drop me a line, I’ll explain)

Basically, I needed magnets. Lots of magnets. 9x4x2=72 to be precise. As usual, we went to Daiso, and bought 75 magnets for $10… ok, they came in colourful and decorative plastic shells, but with a good pair of plyers and a bit of patience, we ended up with the magnets alone.

Now, please take your magnets and mark all the positive sides (or negative, I’ve never been able to tell them apart…). Whatever side you chose, you must mark the SAME side on every single magnet. A good trick is to stick all of them together, and, starting on one side of the “worm”, mark the side that is at the edge. You remove that magnet and do the same on the next one, and so on…

Now, on the side of each tile, trace a line in the center and mark 2 spots, exactly 2.5cm away from each edge.

Make a whole on each spot and place 2 magnets: one with the positive side up on he right, and one with the negative side up on the left. Repeat this on every side of each tile, and be careful not to invert your magnets!!

Once everything is in place, you just have to cover the sides of the tiles with a nice piece of duct tape, that will not only hold the magnets into place, but also give your tiles a nicer finish than the raw foam…

Once in a while, confirm that the tiles are ok and attract each other when placed side to side. The tiles come into place together, but you can remove them easily. This should be perfect for a nice game.

On the sides with the river, i cut the tape so the light can go through the “water”.

And on the sides with mountains, I added some tape at the back of the rocks to complete the finish.

And there you have it!!! Once this tedious process is completed on all 9 tiles, you can put them together in any configuration you want and start to play!!! Hope you have a good time!!!

As for us, the kids need to finish painting their armies before we can really enjoy a game! A little more patience, and we will be there!

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“5 minutes cosplays”

What are 5-minutes cosplays? 

Well, they often start like challenges, on these quiet evenings… one of us sees an object, a hat, an image (or anything, Really) that makes him/her go :”Hey! We could do that!”

Then starts the hunt… everything is fair game, as Long as it looks like the original… We try to look the part, not really paying attention to details. The idea is that, when somebody looks at the photo, they would be able to recognise this or that character. So, we go through our wardrobes, looking for that Color, that shape or that texture…

After 5 minutes, we gather again and start suiting up! Everybody gives advice, and we usually have great fun during this time, trying to make the most of whatever garment or accessory we have found…

Facebook reminded me of one of these 5 minutes cosplays this morning, and it gave me the idea of taking a short trip down Memory Lane to give you a few examples.

Our latest was Indiana Jones… we had the idea of having Dr Jones Senior talking about “Monty Python’s Holy Grail”…

I found a fez during of my fabric hunting trips in Joo Chiat… I obviously couldn’t resist putting together a little impression of the 11th Doctor (even if the beard doesn’t really match the character…)

This one was done for the famous “BTTF day” (The Day Marty arrives from the past). We don’t have a life jacket, so Alex took some old cushion covers and taped them around his shoulders. And I don’t have a white overall, so this is just a white baggy shirt, and the reason why the shot doesn’t show anything below the waist…

Olie and Roxanne, in an hommage to Han and Chewie… sometimes, just a belt and pieces of paper can give enough details to recognise a character…

And finally, the very first 5-minutes cosplay we have ever done. Asterix and Obelix… Our doggie just had a hair trim, and as I was getting out of the shower (I had a blue striped towel at the time), Reggie couldn’t help notice that if she looked like Idefix (Dogmatix, in English), I could be an Obelix Lookalike… he decided to sport Asterix big blonde moustache, and the rest is history…

Try it with your kids!