This past weekend brought the very last time that Bruce Campbell will play famed Deadite-slayer Ash Williams. After Starz announced that Ash vs Evil Dead will cancel following Sunday’s finale fans began petitioning to save the show and shortly after Bruce Campbell announced that he’d be retiring from portraying the Ash character.
With the final week of 2017 upon us it’s time once again to take a look back at the year in review. This is always one of my favorite recurring columns to do. As always I will miss a few things that appear in many other “Best/Worst lists”. I have not seen Blade Runner, Dunkirk or Lady Bird, nor have I binged Handmaiden’s tale or The Good Place. I was smart enough to avoid going to the theater to catch movies like Justice League, The Mummy nor did I bother watching Inhumans. I am a generation behind on gaming so I didn’t get to spend time with Cappy on Mario Oddessy nor did I run away from Jason Vorhees and I played only a moment of Cuphead with my Nephew on Christmas. In my car I largely listened to the news rather than some of the year’s top hits so no music made my list either. Everything I rank is based on things I watched, read or played and unlike most Best/Worst end of year lists, I like to do a “In-Between Section” (returning this year) of things I didn’t love but didn’t hate but felt like they were worth a mention.
2017 was a highly politically charged year, a year of investigations, a year that talking emojis became a thing and for me personally it was a year of winning homebrew medals, taking my wife to see Metallica live for the first time (an “agreement” we made when we started dating 10ish years ago) and our last year to be kid-free (2018 is going to be a game-changer!). So I can’t wait to review this year
So without further hesitation let’s take a look at my year in review
Stranger Things was 2016’s sleeper mega-hit after little to no promotion it became the biggest show of the year. Naturally fans were pumped for Season 2 (or more of an appropriate nod to the video store days “Stranger Things 2” which I feel the Duffers would prefer us to call it). If you’ve not finished the show please bookmark this page and come back later because I’m diving into all the spoilers!
In just a few short days the Trick-or-Treaters will be visiting you and if you don’t have the luxury of living in an controlled access apartment or forget to put up a sign or turn out the lights you might have to scrounge up some candy. If this is something you care about here’s a very opinionated and non-scientific guide of what your choices in candy selection says about you:
These old candies– These ALWAYS end up in a trick or treat bag. It’s the minimal effort candy that just won’t disappear into obscurity. Perfect choice if you just want the kids to just say “no thanks” and leave you alone….maybe that’s why they are still around.
Tootsie Pop- These were exciting when you tried to figure out how many licks it takes to get to the center or when you believed the Indian shooting the star meant free suckers. But it’s an allegory for disappointment as the prize in the middle is the same rubber chocolate in the Tootsie Roll.
Kit Kat- Aside from their clever chocolate saving scheme this choice means you want to give more bang for their candy bar or encourage sharing. That’s nice of you!
Carmel Candy Apple Twizzlers- These are like a dollar a pack so if you buy this you’re the rich house but this is the most exciting Twizzlers has been since Pull-n-Peel. Is it powerful enough to get Twizzlers out of marshmallow spider-making Hell? We’ll see..
GABF Hangover 2017: AKA Dispatches From The Biggest Beer Festival in America
Another Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is in the books! The biggest beer festival in North America brings 60,000 people from all over the globe for unlimited samples of 3,800+ beers. With only 4 hours and having limits you can only do a small smattering of the available beers on tap. Every year I plan a battle plan of where to go….which usually falls apart after a hour or so of sampling. However I do find myself visiting a lot of favorites and looking up buzzworthy beers to taste. As I often do, I like to report on what my takeaways were from “America’s answer to Oktoberfest” (aka the 2nd biggest beer festival in the world)
Beer is pretty great. People have been drinking it for centuries, empires were built around it (look it up true story) and if you’re of the age to drink, it’s pretty tasty too! Some fans may enjoy beer enough to want to make some! This is my guide to making beer at home. While there are far, far more qualified resources out there, I’m doing this because it’s an activity I like to do and I have a blog that I haven’t updated since mid-summer. For my pop-culture readers, I’ll talk about Spider-man, 80s/90s nostalgia or Halloween candy soon enough. But for now I wanted to post something new. For those still with me, this is a bit long but future posts will be shorter and to the point. I’ll add fun photos of my dog along the way….So here’s a quick-ish read on how to homebrew:
Spider-man has been my favorite comic book character for as long as I can recall. Being born in the 80s but a child of the 90s, it was mostly Bat-central growing up with the Michael Keaton movies, but due to some old tapes I was able to pledge my early allegiance to Spider-Man by watching Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. Shortly into the 90s the animated series would debut on Fox Kids on the heels of the successful X-men series and near the end of High School the first live action films with Tobey Maguire debuted. The movies lined up perfectly with my own life: The first movie I was a senior in High School like Mr. Parker, Spider-Man 2 was while I started college and the 3rd movie in 2007 was when I too was post-college figuring out life. Much like Batman, Spider-Man has had both highlights on the big screen (Dark Knight and Spider-man 2 respectively) and lowlights (Batman and Robin for Bats, Spider-Man 3/Amazing Spider-man 2 for the web-head). With this month’s release of Spider-Man Homecoming we are like Batman seeing the 3rd attempt to launch a film series.
Similar to my Civil War review I wanted to briefly talk about things I liked about Spider-Man Homecoming but since the movie hasn’t been out long, I will be careful about spoilers. Here we go! (Twhip!!!..…that’s me shooting a web to swing into this review):
While PopCultureAsylum.com is my derping grounds for anything pop-culture related, I do have another passion: Homebrewing!
This is my collection of beer-related posts, how-to-guides, and everything else related to suds. Articles below!!
Giving Cable TV The (Not-So) Hard Goodbye: A guide to cord-cutting
Last week I finally pulled the trigger on something that has been debated, considered and argued over in my household for the past 3-4 years (my wife may say longer): We finally cut the cord on Cable TV!! While I don’t watch a lot of TV, I was always the holdout in talks with my wife about finally cutting the cord.
I’m not the easiest at embracing change, so as a defensive mechanism I often would make excuses like giving an expiration date on our TiVo service commitment a bit further out than it really was or put a lot more stock into a show that I was mostly indifferent over.
However, continued negotiations for HBO pricing with our cable provider and routinely changing fees and service charges I was more ready to make the change now than I was 2 or 3 years ago. After all, things aren’t quite the same as they were back when cord-cutting started to pick up momentum with customers and some of our friends. So while this isn’t anywhere close to being an innovative or even new and exciting guide, this is more or less what I’ve discovered a week into cutting the cord.
17 years ago from the moment we saw him in that cage fight in Canada in the 2000 film X-Men all the way to this weekend’s release of Logan, Hugh Jackman spent the better part of the next 2 decades bringing Wolverine to life.
Before the films even launched the golden age of superhero movies, Wolverine was a well beloved character in the X-men comics as well as the 90s X-men animated series that still holds a special place in many 80s/90s kid’s hearts. Hugh Jackman just brought us a new standard to the character over the course of 9 movies. While Jackman had claimed a few times that he’d be retiring from portraying Wolverine only to pop up in another X-men film, there’s a good chance this is the last time we’ll see him pop on the claws (unless in his words he can play with the Avengers, which would be incredible but doubtful). Similarly this is very likely the last time we’ll see Sir Patrick Stewart in the role of Charles Xavier as well according to recent interviews. While we have James McAvoy portraying young professor X, it’s going to be hard to picture anyone else but Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. However the character is larger than any one actor so I think we’ll see Wolverine again possibly after letting a X-film cruise without him for a movie or two (Next X-Men movie is rumored to be Dark Phoenix and/or taking the mutants on a cosmic adventure) .
As a salute to Jackman’s near-20 year portrayal of Wolverine I thought it’d be fun to highlight my favorite Wolverine moments from each film….including Origins:
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