Posted in Built, Star Wars

DIY K-2SO “May the Fourth be with You Party” Shirt

An excellent idea!!!

May the Fourth be with You Party

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HAPPY MAY THE FOURTH EVERYONE!!

I need to start by apologizing for the lack of posts the past few months.  Things got busy, and time got away.  But we are still here!  I PROMISE!  To prove it, we are celebrating our favorite “holiday” by sharing another of our exclusive “May the Fourth be with You Party Character Patterns.”

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Posted in Alex, kids words, Mommy, Olie, Papa, Reggie, Reviews

Review : Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol. 2

Yesterday night, we were lucky enough to be invited by Disney and G&B Comics (https://www.facebook.com/GnBcomic/) 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!

Posted in Built, Papa

DIY: glue pot

I’ve started to play a bit with making foam armor (a complete video about this soon), but my first experience was a bit messy!

The contact cement (THE glue of choice for craft foam) I bought was in tubes. So I poured a bit on a paper plate and started gluing. By the time I had finished one edge, the cement in the plate had completely dried up and was impossible to use. Even with all the care in the world, this called for a lot of waste.

I therefore decided to make my own glue pot!


Material:

  • A screw-Top jar (I used a small vitamin container, but I Guess this would work with  a mason jar, or any other container)
  • An old brush
  • A glue gun
  • Optional: a can of spray paint, Color of your choice!


Start by piercing the lid in the center.


Place the brush. Make sure the bristles almost reach the bottom, but that they don’t touch it.


With the glue gun, secure the brush in place, inside and outside.


You can paint the glue pot in any Color you want! I chose black so it would look like an accessories from an old workshop.


Your contact cement is now safe!

Posted in Papa, Reggie, Reviews, Weird Objects

Weird Objects : The Pee-pee boy

following the creation of our Youtube Channel, everyone decided to bring their own brick to the building : Alex helps with the costumes and props, Olie is the technician behind the camera, etc…

Reggie came to me the other day with a proposal : “I want to make a segment about weird objects!”

He therefore found his first object, and wrote this episode all by himself!

Posted in Reviews

Review: Split (2017)

Spoilers alert… go away if you haven’t seen this movie yet!!!We had seen the trailer for Split when we watched another movie last year, and we were all interested right away. The way trailers are done these days, we knew it was about a kidnapping by a multiple-personality-disorder patient (don’t you hate these spoiler trailers??), but GeekMommy being an unconditional fan of James McAvoy, we had to see this movie.


The movie doesn’t waste time in introductions, but you understand right away that Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) doesn’t really play well with others, and that she is something of an outsider among her classmates (it seems to be a miracle that she was invited to a birthday party in the first place). And Bam! The kidnapper arrives, make everybody unconscious and bring them in his lair.


As the story unfolds, you understand that some personalities have taken control of the life/behaviour of Kevin (McAvoy), and that they believe in “The Beast”, a terrible mythological being, who will need a snack (made of 3 “impure” virgins) as soon as he arrives. 

What we discover is that the multiple personality disorder gives the patient the opportunity to really be whatever he wants (also changing his body shape and strength, his medical conditions and, generally, physical attribute as well as mental ones), and therefore this can only send chills down our spine because we realise that, if McAvoy wants to be The Beast, there will be no way to stop him.


And, sure enough, far from the stiffness of an X-men’s Charles Xavier, he does just that: he IS whoever he wants to be. His performance is fantastic. A 9years-old boy, an OCD henchman, a delicate-but-firm headmistress, an artsy-goody-goody young man… every character inside his head comes to life with vibrant and convincing details: the way his hand closes the shawl around his neck, the way his eyes linger on a tiny detail. A superb job that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the next hour and a half.

His psychiatrist helps us understand how he thinks, and provides elements to unfold the story without being completely lost by this carnival of characters.


Of course, The Beast is real and gives us a heart-pounding finale, where you really wonder who, if any, will make it alive out of this basement of horror.

It turns out that the only thing that The Beast respects is people’s suffering, and that Casey’s self mutilation after her childhood abuse was the key to unlock The Beast’s mercy.

Anya Taylor-Joy is excellent in her role too, as a young, broken teenager, locked up not only in a madman’s basement, but in her own fortress of solitude.

Finally, after all these emotions, M. Night Shyamalan gives us what is maybe the most subtle yet powerful twist of the movie. Once everything has been done and said, when the news are reporting what could be a simple (although spectacular) incident, customers at a diner are reminiscing similar events from a few years ago, involving a weird, crazy villain in a wheelchair. What was his name again?

“Mr Glass…”

The answer, uttered without hesitation by an unexpected Bruce Willis, completely transforms the movie we have just watched. It is not a psychological thriller, like we have been led to believe for the past hour and a half! This is happening in the same universe as “Unbreakable”, and therefore, we have just witnessed, not the downfall of a man in his own dark psyche, but the birth of a new Super villain. We were not in Psycho, we were in a dark, twisted version of X-men origins
All in all, a fantastic movie: good story, excellent actors, compelling storytelling.

Posted in painting, Papa

First attempt at knife painting

I wanted to try for a long time already… new technique, new effects… after watching a video of a Russian painter demonstrating some techniques, I decided to give it a go.

Well, there is obviously pros and cons :

  • first of all, I use acrylic, which is more liquid than oil paints, and therefore a tad more difficult to handle.
  • Second, I’d say that, with a brush, my brain is wired in a certain way : the light, shadows, lines and surfaces are clear to me; with a knife, the only option is the “surface”, and it took a bit of adjustment. You can, of course, use the side of the knife to trace (“carve”) a line, but it is still a way to drop paint on the canvas. I guess I still need to practice to acquire these subtleties.
  • mixing the colors is also more difficult to gauge, as you pretty much need to have your color mixed already before you put on the canvas, whereas painting with a brush allows maybe more mixing/layering during the painting itself.
  • having said that, I love the spontaneity of the process, which reminds me of watercolor or Asian ink painting. One stroke of the knife brings a leaf, a flower, a branch. You are not dealing with small details (or maybe, but I am not yet that fluent in the technique), but in atmosphere, light, and impression.

I will definitely try to work on this, because I think it can be fantastic for landscapes, for example.