There are a number of factors that go into making your final decision as to which college you attend. Financial aid is a huge one these days. However, once that has been considered it is key to look at what classes the school offers, especially ones that are helpful to your major. However, even the most staunch academic advisor will suggest taking at least one or two “fun” courses to prevent burn out. After all, while you may be there to get a degree so you can get a good job, there is no reason you can’t have some fun along the way.
The courses offered were big factors in my decision making process when it came to choosing colleges. At that point I was torn between Bethel University and University of Northwestern-St. Paul (formerly Bethel College and Seminary and Northwestern College). Both schools were small, private four year schools in Minnesota. I had been accepted into both, and it was a hard choice as I had wanted to go to either school since I was in fifth grade. But as they say in The Highlander, “there can be only one”.
Back when I was in fourth grade every kid in class was talking in a strange southern accent saying lines like “My names Forrest, Forrest Gump”, “Stupid is as stupid does” and “Life is Like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get.” These lines came from the movie Forrest Gump, which apparently everyone in class saw except me. In fact I wouldn’t even see the movie until for a few years later.
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Tagged 20th Annviersery, Alan Silvestri, Bubba, Bubba Gump, Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise, Jenny, Lt. Dan, retrospective, Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks
Most kids would have rather been doing anything but what I was doing over the summer of 1994. Twenty years ago, I was struggling with math in school, and was given enrichment packets by a teacher and that meant the summer months I would practice the problems that hadn’t been assigned in class to help broaden my skills. I worked as hard as I could, and mom tried as hard as she could to encourage me, and even help correct the problems, but it was still a grueling task for me.
Thankfully she bought me this real cool toy computer that talked and could drill me on math problems. Computers, even toy versions from the 1990s, are always fun. But still between the packets and the computer, something was needed to help escape for just a bit from the boredom of math. As I sat at the table working on the problems, the phone rang. Mom answered it and I could tell by the tone of her voice that it was my dad. Dad had stopped off at Target to ask about picking up a movie on video cassette, one that would provide that much needed escape.
“Yes,” she said. “I think he might like that…I suppose you could get it.”
Dad came home and as I got up from the table he showed me what he bought. It was a video called “Star Wars”. The box art, looked something like this:
Posted in Sci-Fi
Tagged Binary sunset, C-3P0, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, first time I saw Star Wars, Han Solo, John Williams, Lightsbaers, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, R2-D2, retrospective, science fiction, Star Destroyer, Star Wars
This summer’s most surprising break out character is the alien tree person from Planet X best known as “Groot” from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The nine foot tall bipedal alien doesn’t say much, but he makes up for it in his warm and friendly expressions. He has joined the ranks of many beloved aliens to grace the silver screen, as he fought, charmed, and danced his way into our hearts.
I am Groot.
Certainly, he was one of my favorite characters in the movie. In honor of Groot, here is a list of my other favorite aliens from science fiction film and television. While we may have had a favorite character in these stories, these strange creatures still found a way into our hearts and became our best friends in these strange worlds. Along the way, they’ve even taught us what it means to be human.
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Tagged ALF, Chewbacca, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Exta-Terrestrial, Film, Gonzo, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian, Sci-fi, Spock, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, The Muppets, THe SIlver Surfer, Yoda, Young Justice
When I was four years old, my four favorite superheroes were Superman, Batman, Robin and The Incredible Hulk. While I didn’t read the comic books at the time I did enjoy their exploits through films (as was the case for Superman) and TV (Batman and Hulk). Batman, for me, was must see TV. Everywhere I went, if there was a TV, be it grandma’s house, a hotel, or sitting with my mom in the waiting room of an auto repair shop, I had to watch Batman. This was part of the reason why, on Christmas of 1989, when my dad opened his present from my aunt and uncle, I was excited. The video box didn’t have any words, but that was OK. The symbol on the cover said all I needed or cared to know:
Posted in Comic Books, Film
Tagged Batman, Batman 1989, Batman Forever, Batman: The Animated Series, Batmobile, Bruce Wayne, Film, Michael Keaton as Batman, retrospective, Tim Burton
I grew up in the age of the Disney animation renaissance. One of the first films I was ever taken to see was a re-release of The Aristocats in 1987 by my mom and my aunt. While my family didn’t go to a whole lot of movies, every year when I was a kid we took in the big Disney movies, starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989 ( which led to a futile campaign by me and my younger sister to try and name our forthcoming baby sister “Ariel”), The Rescuers Down Under in 1990, Beauty and the Beast in 1991, and Aladdin in 1992. We usually heard about them through good old fashioned TV ads, trailers before the film on VHS and a now defunct kid’s magazine called Disney Adventures.
One movie got a full issue devoted to it, complete with a collectible cover and everything I read about it sounded good. That movie was The Lion King. Everything I read about it sounded interesting, and since I was entering the “girls have cooties, kissing is gross” phase of my life, the fact that Lion King wasn’t a billed as a “girly” story like Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast made it all the more interesting to me. Much to say, it didn’t disappoint.
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Tagged animation, Beauty and the Beast, Disney, Disney Adventures, Disney movies, Film, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Lion King, Lion King 20th Anniversary, Mufasa, retrospective, Scar, Simba, The Lion King
We come at last to the beginning of summer and with it, in most cases the end of the school year. It’s time to pack up the books and pencils and spend three months relaxing. The last day of school is always a fun and exciting time. At risk of sounding cliché, an old year has ended and a new one will begin.