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Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me

In the documentary, Chris Packham, Aspergers and Me broadcast yesterday on the BBC, Chris Packham, an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society, gives a deeply personal insight into his life from childhood to the present. He discusses being autistic and what that means for him, including his heightened sensory experiences and how that has influenced his life. Within the documentary Chris travels to America where he looks at different therapies including ABA as well as meeting others, including Steve Silberman, who are challenging the idea that autistic people need to change in order to fit into society. Chris concludes ‘we need to understand autistic people better and not try to change them’.

REVIEW: Power Rangers

Yesterday my carer (support worker) and I saw Power Rangers together. I loved this movie it wasn’t as cheesy as i thought it would be. I remembered power rangers as a child starting to get more and more cheesy.

BODY LANGUAGE AND FACIAL EXPRESSION AND EMOTIONS

If you are Autistic like me and you find reading the emotion and understanding what the characters are feeling well don’t be put off. This movie in my opinion isn’t hard to read the characters feeling.

Look for themes of teen issues, bullying those with disabilities, peer pressure, the power of team, duty to a cause, self-sacrifice, and testing your limits.

AUTISTIC CHARACTER: – Yes

Here is what the actor had to say about his role.

“I just wanted to show a different, like, viewpoint of people that are seen as being on the spectrum, right? Or people diagnosed with autism, ’cause it’s like I feel like us being outsiders looking in and I take that, I cast my own stone when I say that, ’cause there’s a lot that I didn’t know before,” 

 

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‘Power Rangers’ is the third big screen attempt and a more grown up affair than the previous two. While the TV show can still be seen on channels devoted to programming for young children, the content here may not be what parents expect (or want) their kids to be exposed to. The target audience is firmly set towards adult fans who have grown up with the franchise.

Unfortunately, in its attempt to be ‘gritty’, and its desperation for mass appeal, ‘Power Rangers’ seems to have forgotten that its target audience is young children. Instead, an offensively crass movie has been created. With the exception of the kind-hearted autistic boy, Billy Cranston, the new Power Rangers are virtually impossible to warm to. The unrepentant Jason’s irresponsible behaviour causes a car accident, and Zack’s repeated harassment of fellow Ranger, Trini, despite her repeated rebuttals (his favourite term of endearment for her being ‘crazy girl’ simply because he spies her doing a bit of yoga in the morning) are just two examples.

‘Power Rangers’ biggest problem is a lack of skill in trying to drag up the concept from child-centric origins. So an attempt to cover the very real problem of cyberbullying and using private intimate photos for ‘revenge’ becomes a hamfisted joke, failing to address any concerns with no-one learning from the experience. An obligatory teen girl lesbian cliché that feels clunked in by tortured writing to tick a box rather than for any plot depth. A contrived ‘bonding scene’ is so disingenuous that pages of the script could instead have been thrown roughshod at the screen, as that would be far more enjoyable to watch. ‘Power Rangers’ wants a piece of the teen angst market instead of enjoying its own overblown cartoony concept.

While it may be appealing to some teenagers and adults who want a nostalgia trip, ‘Power Rangers’ is anything but a kids’ movie. Lots of swearing, sexual references and protagonists who make poor role models make it something that’s very unpleasant to watch and is bound to offend most parents, especially those who are watching with children, expecting a fun and exciting children’s film.

 

MY VERDICT

With kids around the world excitedly awaiting a new movie for their beloved ‘Power Rangers’, parents will be quick to take them under the assumption that a kids’ brand with lead to a kids’ film. Unfortunately this movie is anything but child-friendly and families are bound to be disappointed, if not down-right offended, by what they are watching. Having a lot of bad language, less-than-subtle sexual references and protagonists who make terrible choices with little to no consequences, we strongly recommend this movie for over twelves.

  • Violence: 3/5 (a character is tied to a wall and a magical staff is held against his neck, he gasps in pain and his eyes roll back, black veins appear on his neck and face. This lasts for around ten seconds. A man is tied to a chair and used as bait, when some characters approach to help him, an antagonist is waiting above the man, jumping and smashing into him; it is likely that he has been killed. During a training montage, a girl kicks a rock monster in the groin, causing it to groan in pain)
  • Emotional Distress: 2/5 (an established character is killed when they are dropped into water while tied up. Other characters become distressed and their body is respectfully and poignantly carried to a place where they may be able to be saved. A character becomes upset when talking about their sick mother, they are reluctant to spend much time at home because they know there will be a time when she is gone)
  • Fear Factor: 3/5 (Rita is a very scary villain, her decomposing body that comes to life and there are numerous close-ups of her face as she snarls, wide-eyed at the camera. When the teens first find the spaceship where they will find out their destiny, it is initially spooky especially when the walls start to move and trap them inside, one is grabbed by the foot, they scream as they are dragged along the floor by an unseen character)
  • Sexual Content: 3/5 (as well as the scenes above, there is also a character watching a young woman undress from a distance. She takes off her top and is seen in her bra, as well as her bare legs up to the hips)
  • Bad Language: 4/5 (constant cursing and moderate bad language. One character exclaims ‘holy shhhhi’ before being cut off. One character in excitement yells the ‘Die Hard’ catchphrase ‘Yippie ki yay mother…’ before stopping himself and feeling guilty)
  • Dialogue: 2/5 (verbal threats, bullying and peer pressure are recurring issues. One mother demands that her daughter ‘pee in a cup’, implying drug use)

 

Review: Avatar (2009)

Written and directed by James Cameron, ‘Avatar’ was always going to be a movie of epic proportions. Filmed for 3D movie audiences, the world of Pandora is lush and beautiful and, transferred to the small screen, there is an inevitable loss of grandeur but it still retains the impressive look and feel of Pandora. Many people have likened it to Fern Gully or Pocahontas due to the similarities between the Na’vi and Native Americans as well as an indifferent protagonist being convinced to support the ways of the indigenous people instead of destroying them.

Despite being 10 feet tall and blue, the Na’vi seem to be a cross between Native Americans and Africans – two races who have suffered oppression at the hands of ”the white man”. The fact that the Na’vi are suffering the same oppression so far into the future is a clear message from Cameron that perhaps the human race is unlikely to change much through time.

The character of Jake (played by Sam Worthington) is a little bland but, with all the excitement happening around him, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The supporting cast all play their roles well with fully fleshed out and relatable characters; this provides a solid foundation to the story, allowing the sci-fi plot to be properly realised without limiting its appeal. The colour palette is rich and varied which, although most likely designed because of the 3D spectacle involved, still makes ‘Avatar‘ a lush viewing experience, even if the plot is essentially a Hollywood standard.

‘Avatar‘ is an excellent movie which is full of action, humour and thought-provoking moral messages, asking the question of who the real savages are.

 

MY VERDICT:

Having such a well renowned director so heavily invested enabled ‘Avatar’ to be everything it was intended to be: a brilliantly envisioned movie which is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

We feel that some of the more profound messages that the main story revolves around may be a bit difficult for many young children to understand and they could find it a little boring because of this. However, these messages of morality and ethics could open up good discussions with older children about what they feel is right and wrong about what the humans do on Pandora. Certainly the ‘gung-ho’ nature of some of the soldiers make for some clearly defined character roles that can be discussed.

Due to the constant strong language and some moderate violence during the action scenes, we would not recommend this movie for younger children, instead suggesting that an age range of kids aged 10 and over is more appropriate.

  • Violence:  4/5 (most of the action is relatively child friendly, however there are a few stronger moments including one character being shot in the chest with two large arrows, a soldier being trampled by a large beast and another being crushed between to heavy racks of explosives)
  • Emotional Distress: 2/5 (several major characters are killed; these deaths are generally not too emotionally charged but they are characters that the audience care about)
  • Fear Factor: 1/5 (there are a few moments where it is unclear whether the intense situations could result in a characters’ death however these should not be too frightening for children and these moments do not last very long)
  • Sexual Content: 1/5       
  • Bad Language: 4/5 (a lot of moderate cursing and mild blasphemy, one strong word is used)
  • Dialogue: 2/5  (the dialogue of some of the humans shows a complete lack of empathy with the Na’vi including disinterest when some of the Na’vi are killed)
  • Other notes: Deals with themes of oppression, naturalism, colonialism, the politics of power, learning to see things from the other side, militarism, and respect for culture

SDCC 2017: Funko Pop Exclusives

Funko Pops are getting more and more popular every year, especially when it comes to trying to snag exclusives.  As they did it last year, Funko will most likely do a lottery system to get these, but they did say the Pops will be ‘shared’–but what that means, exactly, won’t be known until the week of SDCC. 

Here is what is currently down for exclusives as of 6/21! 

Wave 1: Star Wars

Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Bodhi Rook

Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Combat Assault Tank Trooper

Pop! Star Wars: 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Pop! Star Wars: Holographic Princess Leia & R2-D2

Wave 2: Scott Pilgrim

Dorbz: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott Pilgrim 3-pack (500pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott with Sword of Destiny (2000pc LE)

Rock Candy: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Ramona Flowers (1250pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim – Roxy Richter (2500pc LE)

Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nega Scott

Wave 3: Marvel

Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming – Tony Stark (holding helmet)

Rock Candy: Gwenpool

Pop! Marvel: Gwenpool with Selfie Stick

Pop! Marvel: Red She-Hulk

Pop! Marvel: Captain America (Bucky Cap)

Wave 4: Cartoons:

Pop! Animation: Ren & Stimpy – Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy 2-pack (2500pc LE)

Pop! Television: South Park – The Coon

Pop! Television: South Park – Mint-Berry Crunch

Pop! Telvision: Catdog – Flocked Catdog

Pop! Television: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Baxter Stockman

Wave 5: DC!

Pop! Movies: Wonder Woman – Ares

Dorbz: Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman & Ares 2-pack

Pop! Heroes: Blue Chrome Batman (Toy Tokyo)

Pop! Heroes: Batman The Animated Series – Man Bat

Pop! Movies: Justice League – Bruce Wayne

Pop! Movies: Suicide Squad – Joker Batman

Dorbz: Classic Nightwing & Deathstroke 2-pack (1500 LE)

Pop! Heroes: Wonder Twins 3-pack – Zan, Jayna & Gleek

Pop! Heroes: Interplanetary Batman

Action Figures: Red Batmobile with Green Batman (1500 LE)

Pop! Movies: Justice League – Aquaman with Motherbox

Wave 6: TV!

Pop! Television: Mr. Robot – Masked Elliot Alderson

Pop! Television: Twin Peaks – Black Lodge Cooper & Laura 2-pack

Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Steve

Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Mr. Clarke

Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – T-Dog

Pop! Television: Doctor Who – Clara

Pop! Television: The Tick –The Tick (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Wave 7: Warner Brothers!

Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts – 6” Occamy

Pop! Television: The 100 – Lincoln as Reaper (750pc LE)

POP Movies: Lord of the Rings – Aragorn & Arwen 2-pack

Pop Harry Potter: Luna Lovegood with Glasses

Pop! Harry Potter: Harry on Broom

Pop! Ride: Supernatural – Baby with Dean

Rick & Morty!

Tinkles with Ghost in a Jar Pop!

Wave 8: Disney!

Pop! Disney: Chip & Dale 2-pack (Flocked)

Dorbz Ridez: Aladdin – Aladdin & Abu with Magic Carpet

Pop! Disney: Winnie the Pooh – Bouncing Tigger (Flocked)

Pop! Disney: Disneyland Resort – Jolly Roger (Glow-in-the-Dark 1000 LE)

Pop! Disney: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Mr. Toad (1500 LE)

Pop! Disney: Moana – Hei Hei

Pop! Disney: Darkwing Duck – Negatron (Glow-in-the-Dark)

Wave 9: Miscellaneous 

Dorbz Ride: MOTU – Panthor w/ Battle Armor Skeletor

Rock Candy: MOTU – She-Ra

Pop! Power Rangers – 6” Megazord

Pop! Games: Elder Scrolls – 6” Dwarven Colossus

Pop! TV: MOTU – Scareglow (GITD)

 

Pop! Books: Dr. Seuss – Lorax (flocked)

Pop! Funko: Sike-O-Shriner

Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Funtime Foxy

Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Baby

Wave 10: HBO!

Pop! Game of Thrones: The Mountain (Armored)

Dorbz: Game of Thrones – Tormund & Brienne 2-pack (Toy Tokyo)

Pop! Television: Westworld – Musashi

Pop! Television: Westworld – Robotic Dr. Ford Host

Funko Pop-Up Shop Exclusives!

These are the funko-pops that will be at the pop-up shop, located at 448 West Market Street in the Marina District (directly across from the Grand Hyatt Manchester), open from Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23, 2017, 10:00am-3:00pm

 

Dorbz: Hanna-Barbera Astronauts 4-pack – Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Mr. Jinx (1000pc LE)

 

Dorbz: Jester Bugs Bunny & Knight Yosemite Sam 2-pack (2700pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Pete Puma (1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Super Hero Daffy Duck (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Mr. Hyde & Bugs Bunny 2-pack (850pc LE)

Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Wilma Flintstone

Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Betty Rubble

Rock Candy: The Jetsons – Judy Jetson (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Lime – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Magenta – 2500pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Orange – 1000pc LE)

Dorbz: Huckleberry Hound 8-pack (1500pc LE)

 

Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (1500pc LE)

Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect with Turbo Terrific (1500pc LE)

Pop! Animation: The Jetsons – Yellow, Pink & Orange Rosie the Robot 3-pack (2000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – 6” Big Gruesome (1600pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (750pc LE)

 

Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect (750pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Lime – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Magenta – 1000pc LE)

Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Blue – 2500pc LE)

Huckleberry Hound Pop! Soda 4-pack (400pc LE)

Huckleberry Hound Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

Marvin the Martian Pop! Soda 4-pack (400pc LE)

Marvin the Martian Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

 

Scooby Doo Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)

Loungefly Products:

Loungefly Star Wars Limited Edition Denim Patch Backpack – $80
Only 400 were made!

Loungefly Stranger Things Limited Edition Backpack – $45
Only 400 were made!

 

Check out the gallery below:

Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Based on the wildly popular book series written by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), the movie adaptation of ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ draws from material from the first three books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window) and smooshes them together to create a rough around the edges but otherwise faithful tale of misery, woe, and dark comedy fun.

After losing their parents in a mysterious fire, the precociously intelligent but serially unfortunate Baudelaire orphans are left with their ‘closest living relative’ (as in geographically closest, just down the street) – Count Olaf: an actor of questionable talent who is hell-bent on stealing the children’s inheritance fortune. Olaf is played satisfyingly by Jim Carrey, who delivers a well-balanced performance that neither gurns too much nor threatens too little. He pursues the children with scheme after scheme and poor disguise after poor disguise and, whilst the extent of his determined wickedness is not quite covered, Carrey’s fixed glint in the eye is enough to menace even through the occasional bouts of silliness.

Trying to fit three books worth of plotting into one under two-hour film was always going to be a challenge. Inevitably some of the clever linguistic subtly, sub-characters, and intricate scheming has been dropped. However, despite some of the nastiness of the books getting sacrificed, A Series Of Unfortunate Events successfully crafts its narrative into one which gets across the intrinsic unfairness of meddling adults, both those well-meaning and those with hidden agendas.

The supporting cast is hit-and-miss, given that they do not get long enough to really breathe. Billy Connelly as Dr. Montgomery Montgomery provides an extremely warm and heartening turn; Meryl Streep (Aunt Josephine) is amusing as a women terrified of everything; Timothy Spall hasn’t the room to properly portray the officious and inept Mr Poe; and Jude Law as Lemony Snicket himself gets few scenes to revel in the witty narration that is so central to proceedings. The Baudelaires themselves mostly tie in the audience well. Emily Browning as Violet is the perfect blend of insightful, vulnerable, inventive, and protective. The same can’t be said for Liam Aiken as Klaus who struggles to deliver the nuances of the proud but hurting and abandoned middle child Baudelaire. His straight-faced performance is lacking any emotive power, leaving Browning to carry the emotional heart of their predicament.

With so many elements that make the dark comedy that is ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ so deliciously engaging, making a self-contained movie was always going to be tricky and this is compounded by a rather tacked on ‘and then everything was sort of okay’ ending that doesn’t feel like it can add anything apocryphal and so instead just comes to an unsatisfying stop. However, director Silberling successfully brings the best bits to the big screen and enough of the tangled tales of trickery and woe are preserved to do justice to Lemony Snicket’s weary but dutiful voice. We would advise that you look away from the ever worsening fate of the Baudelaire orphans, but your enjoyment of their expertly told unfortunate predicament is entirely of your own choosing.

 

MY VERDICT

The original tales of Lemony Snicket revelled in their ever-increasing unfortunate events and throw some pretty depressing and nasty situations at the Baudelaire children. A more faithful approach to this was delivered by the recent Netflix serialisation, obviously due to the much longer run time available. Within the confines of a standalone big screen release, the A Series Of Unfortunate Events movie shaves off some of the more unpleasant elements and provides a slightly sanitised but still enjoyably dark version. So, whilst the inherent subject matter taken on face value could be seen as unsuitable for children, in terms of actual content shown there is little to be overly concerned about. A child who is sensitive to bad things happening to people may not enjoy this movie, but for the most part things are kept darkly comical enough to be a hoot for children and parents alike.

  • Violence: 2/5 (a child is slapped across the face. There is murder ‘off camera’)
  • Emotional Distress: 3/5 (the Baudelaire children are upset by the death of their parents. Mostly this is a resigned sadness but in one scene the various emotions of grief are raw and present. They are also upset at the demise of other characters. Whenever the infant Sunny is threatened the older children are distraught – although Sunny herself is often unphased)
  • Fear Factor: 3/5 (Count Olaf is not particularly frightening although his intentions are plainly unpleasant. The leeches scene is particularly scary given that they have been described as attacking to get at the food inside people)
  • Sexual Content: 0/5
  • Bad Language: 0/5
  • Dialogue: 3/5 (many verbal threats and descriptions of death)
  • Other Notes: Deals with themes of death, death of family, betrayal of adults, greed, incompetence, indifference, intrinsic unfairness, protecting those you love, intelligence triumphing, and having to learn how to survive on your own.

 

SDCC 2016: Badge Pick Up Location

Badge Pick-Up

Comic-Con 2016 Attendee Badge Pick-Up Hours

BADGE
TYPE

WED
7/20

3PM-8:30PM

THU
7/21

8:30AM-6PM

FRI
7/22

8:30AM-6PM

SAT
7/23

8:30AM-6PM

SUN
7/24

8:30AM-4PM

4-DAY
with Preview Night

X

X

X

X

X

4-DAY
No Preview Night

X

X

X

X

X

Thursday Daily

X

Friday Daily

X

Saturday Daily

X

Sunday Daily

X

Attendee badge pick up is located in the Pacific Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

SINGLE DAY BADGES
  • A single day badge is only valid for the day indicated on the badge. Single day badges cannot be exchanged for a different day.
  • If you registered for one single day badge, it may only be picked up on the day for which it is valid.  For example, you may not pick-up your Saturday badge on Friday.
  • If you registered multiple single day badges, you may pick all of them up on the day of your earliest badge. For example if you purchased a Saturday and Sunday badge, you may pick them both up on Saturday.
PREVIEW NIGHT

Single day badges for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday will not be honored on Preview Night, Wednesday July 20. You may not attend Preview Night unless you purchase the Preview Night option during online registration, no exceptions.

CHILD BADGES

Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Children do not need to register for a Comic-Con Member ID to receive a badge. You may register a child (12 and under) onsite for free at the Attendee Badge Solutions Desk if accompanied by a paying adult. You will be required to provide emergency contact information for any child registrant age 12 and under.  For more information, please click here.

INTERNATIONAL BADGE PICK UP

All international attendees will receive a barcode confirmation email in early July. Please bring the barcode confirmation and a photo ID to one of the pick up locations below to receive your badge. The name on this confirmation must match your photo ID when you arrive onsite.

Attendee badge pick up is located in the Pacific Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel: 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Attendee badge pick up hours are listed above.

Professional, trade professional, and press badges may be picked up onsite in Lobby D of the San Diego Convention Center. Please refer to your barcode confirmation email for badge pick up hours.