The Lego Batman Movie Review: I am slightly less bad at MarioKart then my parents (look, guys, I love you, but you’re really bad, we both know that, we played it today)

I am. Extremely bad at keeping a blog. I am extremely bad at a lot of things. I’m just really goshdarn lazy.

Uhhhh so what on EARTH have I been up to since my last (serious) blog post?? Well, I had to work for a big exhibition my school had. That was cool. And now my professionally-printed art is hanging in my house! Baller. I also continued rehearsals for a little 45 minute play and performed that four times in two days. I like to believe I did an excellent job. Oh, and I got my hair cut. And I saw Rent. Then we went up to Oregon to meet my sister at college, then we went up to Seattle to tour two colleges before flying back home. Then I saw The Lego Batman Movie, which was so amazing oh my gosh??? So if you couldn’t tell this is going to be a review of The Lego Batman Movie.

So first off, backstory of me going to the movie. So basically if you didn’t know I’m kind of bad at making friends, so I’ve been trying harder this calendar year. Which meant that I invited a friend I made to come to the movie with me! First time in a long time I’ve invited a person to do something, hah. After a bit of scheduling mishaps we managed to decide on Thursday in the afternoon. We met up at the theatre, got snacks, sat down and watched this masterpiece of a movie, then hung out afterwards to finish off the free refill we got on popcorn. And we’re probably going to do this again in September when The Lego Ninjago Movie comes out! Oh, and I put on a special outfit for this momentous occasion.

So first off: spoiler-free review. If you’ve seen The Lego Movie, it’s pretty much as good as that one! And if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie, you’re fine. There isn’t anything in there you can’t understand – there are like 2 references to it in there, tops. There are definitely some jokes that are specific to Batman lore, but I think you can enjoy it without extensive knowledge of Batman’s history – I mean, as long as you understand Batman’s basic premise (guy dresses up as bat and fights crime along with various youngsters in halloween costumes) you can certainly get most of them!

Honestly? This movie was a breath of fresh air when it came to superhero flicks. I’m sure everyone and their mother has told you by now that superhero movies have been ridiculously serious and gritty recently, and boy howdy that is true. I mean we don’t need it to be ridiculously campy like the Batman 60’s show, but we can have a serious movie without making everything boring grays! And this certainly shows it. There is a serious conflict and sense of urgency in this film, but it still manages to be light-hearted and funny.

I just realized last time I tried to divide this review up into categories or something?? LOL that’s for scrubs, real reviewers just barf out their feelings without any sense of structure.

Alright let’s go into the SPOILER ZONE!! Below the cut.

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Hair, Lego, and Pins: I don’t know what I’m doing anymore

Aight, six days until Christmas, figured out presents for my brother and sister, I’m feeling aight.

So the other day the replacements for Andrew and I were revealed on the PHB: Perfect Sky and Happy Lobster. I wish the best of luck to you two, don’t screw up this chance you’ve been given, and don’t do anything stupid.

In other news, there was a leak in our house and the ceiling in the room I’m in right now is gouged open as a result of the plumbers checking it out. Also there’s plaster dust everywhere, that’s kind of annoying.

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Wonder how much duct tape this will take to fix?

Anyways, I don’t really have a ton to say today, other than I got my hair dyed today, and it came out pink instead of orange like last time!

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It took a total of 3 hours with all the bleaching and dying and cutting, but I liked the way it turned out.

Um. What else do I talk about today? I’ll probably talk about Christmas specials tomorrow

Oh right! I took a picture of all of the pins from Disneyland we’ve gotten over the years!

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Suffice to say we enjoy a lot of Disney things up there. A lot. I’m going again in a few week what nowww

Also I took a picture of the LEGO village my brother and I made a while back. There’s a bunch of LED lights on it that we can turn on if we like, and most of it comes from the various winter sets they’ve released over the years.

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My brother spent a lot of time on that snowdrift. APPRECIATE IT

Also you can see the stepstool used to access the ceiling to gouge it as pictured earlier, lel.

That’s about it for today methinks, mostly because I waited too late to start typing because I wanted that picture of my gnu hair and that wasn’t happening until at least after 5 but then it took 3 hours to do and here we are at 8:30

-Ylimegirl

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Popularity: I’M FINALLY FREE!!!

I’M FREE! I’M FREE! I’M FINALLY DONE! I’M HECKA IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IT MAY BE COLD OUTSIDE BUT I WANT TO SPRINT OVER TO MY LOCAL STARBUCKS AND GET MYSELF AN EGGNOG FRAPPUCINO! Hmm, come to think of it, my brother does owe me three fraps. But they’re all for caramel ones, aren’t they. Bet I could exchange one for an eggnog one, though. I AM SO PUMPED FOR THE HOLIDAYS YEEHAW

Alright, time to calm down. I’ve got lots of time to enjoy the holidays, Christmas isn’t even for over a week, calm down.

Alright, I ended last post saying I meant to talk about popularity and holidays, but didn’t since I just talked a lot about DCSHG instead. So, time to talk about these topics today, yeehaw!

Hmm, I realize I’ve just used yeehaw twice in one post. Am I becoming a cowboy? I’ll have to come back to y’all on that one.

So, holidays. As a family we celebrate Christmas around December, because that’s what my parents celebrated as kids, since my dad is Catholic and my mom is… well, her family is… well, they don’t actively practice anything, I suppose? But they have some sort of Christian roots. (Look, I don’t know my types of Christianity, I just know there’s a lot, if the options on the PSAT are anything to go by.)

So, my family celebrates Christmas. We really celebrate Christmas. We definitely have the most decorations for Christmas, we have the most traditions around Christmas, and we’re always playing Christmas music. Well, there isn’t any playing right now, since my parents aren’t home, but there usually is.

So basically, I really love Christmas, and our family really loves Christmas, at least the version unrelated to Christianity and more related to this consumerist culture we now live in.

Where was I going with this? Ah yes, I wanted to talk about how the Lrig family celebrates Christmas.

So, the day after Thanksgiving, it all begins! We assemble the artificial tree that has been out of its warranty for 14 years and string the LED lights on it. We also put our angel (that my sister named Hannuke Suzannah for some reason) at the top. My brother also builds a LEGO train layout that goes around the tree. One year we actually had three layouts going around the tree – a LEGO one, a DUPLO one, and a Disneyland Monorail. We ended up destroying some of the tracks on Christmas morning, heh.

We also assemble a Christmas village using various models we’ve gotten over the years, along with a LEGO one made up of the various LEGO winter sets they’ve released over the years. Outside we put up light-up snowflakes, meteor lights, and a light-up reindeer that replaces the two we used to have that got thrashed by some dumb teenagers while we were away at Disneyland. (Brats.) And at some point we decorate the tree with ornaments ranging a heck of a lot in aesthetic, age, and general classiness.

Of course, that’s all before we get actually into the month of Holidaycember. That’s when we get our chocolate advent calendars, and then just kind of enjoy the spirit leading up until we get out of school. Once school’s out (like what finally happened today!), we ramp it up to eleven.

We have an annual “Cookie Party” with our grandma and cousin, where we just have lunch, eat cookies and ice cream, and play blackjack. We also watch a heck of a lot of Christmas specials and movies over the next few days. We also start making beaded snowflakes, which is where we take a snowflake wire frame, and put beads on it in nice beautiful great way that looks very nice and pretty.

I think I’ll wait to talk about what we do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until we reach those days though. While here though, I’d also like to talk about how we also celebrate a night of Hanukkah with our aforementioned cousin. You see, my mom’s sister converted to Judaism when she married my uncle, and now he gets to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Hanukkah is actually a pretty cool holiday, I think everybody should get to experience holidays from different cultures.

So we go over to their house, play a bit of dreidel, talk a bunch, I sit awkwardly over in the corner trying to calm my social anxiety, the usual. Me and my siblings also each get to light a menorah and only panic a little bit about the fire. And then we have the dinner, where I refrain from eating anything other than a hot dog because I’m super picky, heh. Though we never say they have to, they always get us little Hanukkah presents. Kind of like my mom says for my grandmother to only get us one present, but she always ends up getting us three plus some (kind of “eh”) gifts given at the Cookie Party.

Well now that I’ve finished talking about my own life which is probably boring to 100% of all of you reading, time to talk about my views on popularity.

Now, this may just be because I have no friends, but popularity hasn’t been something I’ve really ever worried about. I mean, it’s nice to be liked by lots of people, but it’s not that big of a deal, is it? I dunno though. I’m not going to lie, I do obsess over the numbers a little bit when it comes to how I’m doing on things. In the end though, it’s just kind of a bonus to me if lots of people like my content – I like making the content, so I’ll keep making it.

Popularity can be kind of toxic, though. The people who are popular can control an entire group of people just because of the fact that so many people liked them at the start – honestly, when this happens, there’s not much room for debate or differences in opinion. That’s just how I see it though.

I think that’s about it from me. I need to eat lunch and go get an eggnog Frappucino, I think. 😉

-Ylimegirl

P.S. I just realized I typed this entire post out as a draft for a page?? What the heck @me

DC Super Hero Girls: A post that’s me getting really excited over a franchise

Last night, while going through my friend list, I saw something that made me very happy. It was a LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Advertisement! Buckle up kids, since I’m going to be screaming about this for a while today.

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Featuring BT, Joshua, Taitoki, Fishy, Slippery, Syd, and my friend who hasn’t played since 2011.

Alright, let’s talk comics and superheroes real quick. Spoiler alert: I really love superheroes. I especially love teenage superheroes. Like, seriously. Most of the cartoons I watch is all superhero stuff. The DCAU is my jam, I’m so pumped for the LEGO Batman movie, and I need more Static Shock in my life. Sidenote: I’ve tried to read some of the comics, but I have mostly no idea where to start since there’s like almost a century of comics, ahahahahah, help.

Alright so I was planning to do a thing where I went through the most popular female characters in comics based off of their category set up, but it turns out they deactivated that for the DC wiki, weak. (Interesting note: why do we have to have subcategories for love interests? It’s almost like the females are just there to… oh. That’s some unfortunate implications.) It’s there on the Marvel wiki though, so I’m gonna real quick go through the top 8 characters there. Let’s see…

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So we’ve got Elizabeth Allen, which, according to the first paragraph of her page, her character is that she’s a “love interest”. Nice. Then there’s Daisy Johnson. Pretty sure she’s up there because of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we’ve got Hope Summers, adoptive daughter of an X-Man, Wanda Wilson, the genderbent version of Deadpool, Raven Darkholme (Mystique), whose page image is a pinup, Doreen Green, whose Squirrel Girl and therefore perfect, Satana Hellstrom, who’s got one heck of a chest window, and Lorna Dane, who seems to exist. At any rate, my point is this: looking at these characters, at least half of them all seem to exist for some sort of male gaze and not for their own merit. I mean, you’re welcome to disagree with me, but there’s absolutely no reason for that picture to be Mystique’s page image. I mean really. If you feel like comparing with the Male Characters category, you get six superheroes, a villain, and some guy.

Hang on, gotta back up this argument more! Time to search google images for “female superhero”.

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Alright. Let’s tally it up: five boob shots and ten needlessly pin-upy images. So, if you haven’t gathered by now, the trend seems to be female superheroes tend to be needlessly, erm, “sexy-ified” and tend to be completely useless if you want to actually fight bad guys without having a wardrobe malfunction. Shoutout to those images of Captain Marvel I’m seeing up there though. Dishonorable mention to that image of Power Girl though. I mean, really. Trust me, the next few pages of this don’t get any better.

Alright, let’s take a look at the DC Super Hero Girls. Hey, there’s an image of them in the search! Awesome.

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Let’s take a look at the costumes. See any midriffs? Nah. See any boob shots? Nah. Any needlessly tight spandex outfits? Heck nah. Pin-upy poses? No way! See, for so long, boys have had Batman to look up to, and girls have had a woman in an armored bathing suit to look up to (I’m sorry, I mean Wonder Woman. My bad.) Basically, DC Super Hero Girls is a cute new reboot of the series aimed for younger girls, where everyone’s going through hero training in high school, heroes and villains. Notably, Batman and Superman are out of the picture – they graduated years ago. The episodes just consist of them goofing around with powers, and the TV specials that air are based on them fighting villains. All of the characters are so much more than just “oh hey, here’s a girl for the boy to fall in love with”. Not to mention they’re releasing tons of awesome merchandise for this, with both dolls and action figures being released. I’ve already got a Batgirl action figure, look at how awesome it is!

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Look, our hoods match and everything. Hee.

They’re super articulated and designed to be played with, like really played with. Like the toys boys get, the ones that you can throw across the room and bring outside in the rain and into the pool and not worry about the hair being frazzled beyond all reason now.

Anyways, back to the advertisement, let’s look at what’s available for LEGO DC Super Hero Girls!

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Look at them. They’re gorgeous and beautiful and they made a custom mold for Harley Quinn’s legs and they look like they’re ready to kick Lex Luthor’s butt and then go out for smoothies, because hey who doesn’t like smoothies.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to the site yet. The sets they have ready for release look amazing, though, and it’s too bad my Christmas List is already set in stone, I’d totally love to get these under the tree. I think I know what store I’m headed to after Christmas, though. 😛

I’d like to mention that in the webisodes, they got the voice actors for Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Starfire from the original Teen Titans show, so if you want to see them not horribly slandered like they are in other recent media, check out some of the episodes. And feel free to explore the website, or the wiki I work on. Support this endeavor by a major company to try and add some good representation for young girls, we need more of this. I know I would have loved this when I was a kid because I still am a kid at heart and I love them now. If you know any young girls or heck if you are a young girl feel free to look into getting these for the holidays or your birthday or just whenever, they’re just the best.

(#NotSponsored, in case you were worried. I just really love things a lot)

I think I was going to talk about other things today, but I feel like this is enough of a post on it’s own. Guess I’ll talk about popularity and holidays tomorrow, whoops.

-Ylimegirl