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Animals of Oz #4

IMG_E0237[1].JPGAnimals of Oz series #4: Quox vs the Rak

My daughter finally did her next installment in her #animalsofoz series of paintings.  I wish I could do this now let alone at nine years old, but I think she nailed it.  Using the descriptions that L. Frank Baum gave in his Oz books, she brought these two dragons to life.  On the back of the canvas she included the quote: “It is the law that evil, unopposed, may accomplish terrible deeds.  The power of good can never be overthrown when opposed to evil.”  This is one of Baum’s many true to life quotes, and I love that she enjoys his works as much as I do.

Her thoughts were that even though these two have a common ancestor, they differ in many ways.  Nothing is born out of evil, only influenced by those we surround ourselves with.

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Think, Sip, Write: ep 56 – Marvel vs DC

In this episode of #thinksipwrite, my son Tony sits in for Roberta as we talk about all things Marvel and DC. Who is the better comic book universe and why? What are your thoughts and favorite characters?

Think, Sip, Write: ep 55 – Guilty Pleasures

Roberta and I chat about each of our guilty pleasures and her obsession with hand towels in this latest episode of #thinksipwrite.

 

Train of Despair

This is a song I wrote a few years back with John Caputo.  A longer jam version is on soundcloud.com under my name, but you can check out me performing it live here.  This is going to be a new thing I do in my little free time, so I’m open to song requests.

Train of Despair (c) Rick Pipito & John Caputo

Harmonica music and Lyrics by Rick Pipito – Guitar Music by John Caputo

Review: Luke Cage season 2

luke-cage-season-2-poster-1107525Luke Cage continues to be one of my favorite Netflix marvel shows.  This season took what made the first season good, and made it better.  It doesn’t drag as much, and the story continued to draw me in.  Could it have been a few episodes shorter?  Sure, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t chock full of good writing.

The use of the characters was executed well to where the viewer can feel a connection with them all.  Bushmaster, Nightshade, Shades, Misty Knight, and Maria Stokes (Dillard) all served an equal part of the plot.  Some were set up for more future usage, but the most interesting part is how Luke was left at the end of the season.  Will he become a villain?  It’s doubtful, but it sure as heck looks like he’ll be going down a darker path.

I refuse to say much more than this because it really summarizes how I feel about the season.  One thing I can add though is the episode with Danny Rand showing up really has me excited for Iron Fist Season 2.  In the meantime, I’ll be happy with Luke Cage and give season 2 of his show 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.

What were your thoughts?  Comment below, so we can discuss.

Think, Sip, Write: ep 54 – Friends

Roberta and I are joined by Alexis and Bill Vesper to chat about Friendship and how it comes and goes throughout life.

Feel free to add anything in the comments section below.

Review: Ant-man and The Wasp

Ant-Man_and_the_Wasp_posterI didn’t expect much more than a fun popcorn flick going into Ant-man and The Wasp, and that’s exactly what I got.  As far as Marvel movies go, it doesn’t rank that high on the scale, but that doesn’t mean it is a bad movie.  In fact, it is a lot of fun from start to finish.

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) shine as both Ant-Mans, but Evangeline Lilly is really the one who makes the movie that much more enjoyable.  As the Wasp, a hero long overdue in the eyes of Marvel fanatics, she is the balance to the chaotic men of the story.  While Hank Pym is an overeager scientist who holds one too many grudges, Scott Lang is a goofy dad who comes off as a bit of a dolt.  Hope (Lilly’s character) seems to be the only one who can bring either of these men to focus on the task ahead.

Herein lies my problem with the film… In the first movie, Lang had a bit of knowledge of how engineering and science work, but in the sequel they seemed to have scrapped all of that.  Also in the first film, Pym mentioned that he couldn’t shrink any more because of the many years of doing it taking a toll on his body.  It could be fatal to him.  But then we see him step into the quantum realm in a new Ant-Man suit.  Now maybe this suit cancels those negative effects, but without mentioning it is a slight issue for those who have seen both.  If you haven’t seen the first and only see this one, then these aren’t real problems.

Other notable points of interest in the movie were Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne/Wasp and Laurence Fishburn’s Bill Foster/Goliath.  I love how both were introduced with a past, even if they were a bit underutilized in the film.

As far as villains go, well Sonny Burch was not much of a challenge but worked well to counter Luis and the X-Con security guys.  Ghost is less a villain than she is an obstacle, and it’ll be interesting to see where they take her from here on out.

With all Marvel movies, Stan Lee’s cameo was funny as usual, and the mid credits scene brought a heavy weight with it.  Slight spoiler, it has to do with Infinity War’s Thanos snap, and is almost as if everything Ant-Man worked for in this movie is gone (at least for the time being).  The post credit scene was less than amusing.  As a matter of fact it is one that actually irritated me because it was just a throwaway gag that made little sense.

Overall I give Ant-Man and the Wasp a 3 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  It was fun, non-stop action, and a different feel to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What did you think?  Did you see anything in the quantum realm?  Supposedly there are hidden things there (I think I spotted one, but am not really sure what it was).  Comment below with your thoughts.

Roberta’s Sizzle Reel

I’m taking a moment to share my wife Roberta’s new sizzle reel.  If you aren’t following her, she’s got lots of great ideas, and constantly involved with TV, events, and magazines.  Check out some of her highlights and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @homemadedelish, as well as on Facebook as “Roberta Pipito”. http://www.homemadedelish.com

Here’s the video:

Roberta Pipito from Roberta Pipito on Vimeo.

 

Think, Sip, Write: episode 53 – Bow Chicka Bow Wow

Roberta and I chat about some sexual facts that you probably didn’t know about.  This isn’t intended for all audiences so discretion is advised.  I had to upload the video in two parts, so be sure to check out both links below.

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Think, Sip, Write: ep 52 – Summer Vacation… & Unicorns?!

Roberta and I chat about summer vacation, during our stay at the Shore House in Wildwood NJ.

Where are some of your favorite places to relax and get away from the norm?