What a difference a simple trip to CVS Pharmacy can make. Especially after I hit such a dry spell on this blog. This isn’t going to be the post that will save DJC’s June, but it was one hell of a find.
I wanted to take pictures outside today, because it was so ridiculously nice. But the pictures came out awful. One day, I swear I’ll figure out the settings on this crazy camera…
Anyways, you’re eyes are not deceiving you! Those are two of the best candy bars I’ve ever seen! Let’s explore them in a bit more depth!
I’m going to blow my entire load here first thing, because this is just too perfect.
We all know about Girl Scout cookies. We also collectively agree that, if you don’t absolutely love Thin Mints, you’re wrong, and you should run away to the desert to live a life of exile thinking about your life choices. Another fun fact is that Nestle Crunch Bars are my favorite candy bars of all time. Simple, delicious, flawless. Crunch.
So when these two fantastic snacks do the Dragonball Z Fusion Dance, I take notice. And fellas, this candy bar doesn’t disappoint.
Really, the taste of Thin Mint overpowers the taste of Crunch, but the crunchiness is still there.
I just realized that I’m trying to justify Thin Mint Crunch Bars. If any of you are still on the fence about these, you’re clearly on the wrong blog. Or allergic to chocolate. In which case, I am so sorry.
The second candy bar is a redesign of the old “M-Azing” candy bars circa 2005. It’s called the “M&M Chocolate Bar” these days, but any M&M candy bar is, and always will be, M-Azing to me.
This candy bar is pretty by the numbers. It’s essentially Hershey’s chocolate with M&M Minis tossed in. It’s good if you love Hershey’s chocolate and only kind of like M&M Minis, because there sure aren’t a lot in in there.
Still, this is a nostalgia blog, and the return of M-Azing candy bars is reason to celebrate.
But wait, let’s get even more nostalgic!
Oh, man…if you don’t remember BellyWashers, or at least the amazing commercial, I legitimately pity you. These things were all the rage when I was younger.
Nowadays, they’re still around, but they’re an empty shell of what they once were. They’re obviously catered to toddlers, the bottles have shrunken, and all of the characters that sit atop the tiny bottles are generic and royalty-free. At least, I thought they were, until today.
This is a big kid’s BellyWasher, and that’s definitely BlacK Suit Spider-Man’s head on top. I don’t know what this means for BellyWashers. Are they coming back, or did I just get ridiculously lucky? Either way, I’ve forgotten how hard it is to drink these things.
Some people would look upon such a picnic and scoff. But I weep tears of joy.
But, seriously, if Thin Mints aren’t at least in your top 3 Girl Scout cookies, what are you even doing?
But Sony just announced Kingdom Hearts 3, so they automatically win.
In fact, they win next year’s E3 as well.
And last year’s.
And every E3 ever.
I just got home from work when my brother shouted the news to me. I feel as if my entire gaming life had been leading to this moment.
Today would be Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday, and Google is celebrating with a trip to the island of the Wild Thing with Max.
Last year, when Maurice passed, I wanted to write something about the film Where the Wild Things Are, and how I felt it wasn’t understood by mainstream audiences. Part of it was because it’s such a beloved book, and yet it seemed impossible to adapt into a film (the entire book was only ten sentences, after all).
Another thing is that people don’t remember the story, they remember the book. They remember the pictures and what some of the Wild Things looked like, and the nostalgia. They don’t remember that it’s a story of a boy escaping to a world of his imagination.
So when Spike Jonze’s adaptation was released, people didn’t like it because it wasn’t the colorful and child-friendly nostalgia trip they all thought they wanted.
I think Doug Walker really puts into words why Where the Wild Things Are was such a triumph of a film. Every single thought and opinion he has on the film is one that I share, so I figured I’d let you watch his video than read my words. LAZY BLOGGING, AWAY!
I think the best part about this film is that Maurice not only saw it before his death, but thoroughly enjoyed it. In his own words, “The truth of the matter is, I saw immediately a combination of things that I wanted and I loved. The courage of the child, the danger of the situation—it could turn on a dime. They could have eaten him. All of that was apparent right from the start. The artistry was something they would have to take care of. I was happy right from the beginning.” He also said, “I’ve never seen a movie that looked or felt like this. And it’s [Spike Jonze’s] personal ‘this.’ And he’s not afraid of himself. He’s a real artist that lets it come through in the work. So he’s touched me. He’s touched me very much.”
He loved that it was scary, and mature, and when he heard about parents who were upset at how scary and violent it was, he literally told them to “go to hell” and “I saw the most horrendous movies that were unfit for child’s eyes. So what? I managed to survive.”
Maurice knew what it was like to be a child, and knew what was healthy for children, and he hated the state of children’s entertainment in this day and age. Maybe rightfully so, but that’s another article for another time.
Instead, watch what may be Doug Walker’s most beautiful, insightful, and nostalgic video yet. And don’t forget to stop by a library, book store, or your own personal island to revisit Where the Wild Things Are. And let the wild rumpus start.
After May Madness, I was drained and concerned. Surely, I’ve covered everything I possibly could’ve for the next few months. What else was there for write about? So I decided to take a well-deserved rest…
And then I went grocery shopping.
It’ll be the absolute coldest day in Hell when I completely ignore peanut butter Pop Tarts. And for all of you who thought “Why not just title the article Pop Tarts Go Nutty?”, well now you see why.
Maybe I have some sort of spider-sense, but I think I knew that peanut butter Pop Tarts were coming for a while. Maybe I overheard some rumors on the internet grapevine. The excitement comes from the fact that I didn’t know they’d be making chocolate and peanut butter Pop Tarts! They practically make a deal with Reese’s, and that’s A-OK in my book.
To the untrained eye, these things are so deceiving. The peanut butter one just looks like any other unfrosted Pop Tart, while the Reese’s one looks almost exactly like a sugar-free chocolate fudge Pop Tart. But, like the Merchant from Aladdin taught me, “it is not what’s is on the outside, but what is inside that counts.”
Oh, these things don’t disappoint. I wouldn’t say they’re packed with peanut butter the same way S’mores Pop Tarts are packed with artificial marshmallow, but the flavor is there. You take one bite into either of these bad boys and your mouth is instantly filled with that peanut butter taste. I’d say that the Reese’s Pop Tart works a lot better in this area, because you also have the chocolate filling in any gaps the PB may have missed.
I wonder what sort of ad campaign Kellogg’s has going on for these? The packaging is beautiful, and each box is four bucks, even though each only comes with six Tarts as opposed to a regular box’s eight. I haven’t seen any commercials for these, but the end cap they were on at Meijer had enormous signs and even a commercial playing on a loop.
After doing a bit more research online, I’ve learned that a lot of people have been craving peanut butter Pop Tarts, and have been demanding them since 1986! Kellogg’s has a lot of ground to cover, but I think the end cap ad campaign is a good way to start.
I have no clue if these are for a limited time only, or if these delicious peanut-buttery breakfast pastries are here to stay, but I highly encourage you to pick them up ASAP anyway.
“Crazy good”, indeed.
Day 1: The Lost Future of May Madness (parts 1 and 2) - Steve doesn’t think it’s possible to ever actually complete May Madness. Will he succumb to his fears, or will a special someone save the day?
Day 2: My Blue Headphones: In Memoriam - Steve’s blue headphones finally bite the dust after three beautiful years.
Day 3: DJC reviews: Iron Man 3 - Iron Man 3 was the film we all wanted…until The Mandarin.
Day 4: DJC does Free Comic Book Day 2013! - The real hero doesn’t wear tights. He eats sunflower seeds and wears a bow tie.
Day 5: The Candy Machine! - Sorry, gang, but you will never find a van cooler than this one. Just trust me, foo’.
Day 6: Dinosaur Nuggets make art - I could make so many “So good, you’ll make them extinct” jokes here…but I won’t…
Day 7: DJC loves Eye-Brawl - And still does. Oh so very much.
Day 8: The World’s End Trailer - Yes, this is a cop-out article.
Day 9: Tumblr User Imnotthatbrite is the Best Tumblr User - Step up your game here, guys. Justin kicks more ass than you.
Day 10: The Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries! - Sadly, the Wonka Machine wasn’t selling snozzberries…
Day 11: All Work and No Play Makes May 11th a Dull Day - You are about to read the most uneventful birthday post in the history of nostalgia blogs.
Day 12: My Funko Pop! Vinyl Obsession is About to Get Worse - No, seriously, I was born to have that Ghostface figure. And don’t even get me started on Marty McFly.
Day 13: “You Bred Jurassic Park Toys?” - Matt from Dinosaur Dracula reblogged this one. It made me stupidly happy.
Day 14: Differences Between Rosy Higgins’ Spider-Man and My Spider-Man - The cosplayer in me reveals how he transformed from a loser nostalgia blogger into the wannabe-coolest superhero in the Macomb County area!
Day 15: Steve Plays Hooky - I said I would post an article every day. Never said they would be articles worth reading. Boom.
Day 16: Six and a Half LEGO Keychains - Imagine these guys on some sort of superhero team, and drool with me.
Day 17: Motor City Comic Con Teaser - See how excited I was before Day 18!
Day 18: Motor City Comic Con: The Tragedy of Stan “The Man” Lee - Steve gets deep talking about the price poor Mr. Lee pays for his fame.
Day 19: Top 10 Things I Regret Skipping At MCCC - Cary Elwes is on this list.
Day 20: Motor City Comic Con Scores! - “What the hell did you do, Ray?”
Day 21: Honeycomb: Triumphant Return or Hidden Gem? - An actual Post Cereal spokesperson responded: “Honeycomb HAS been around this whole time. We refreshed the packaging to give it some more energy.” I feel like DJC has crossed a sort of threshold with this one, guys.
Day 22: DJC’s Top 5 Trade Paperbacks - For the last time, Scott Pilgrim isn’t a trade paperback, it’s a graphic novel!
Day 23: The Battle for the Back to the Future Shirt(s) Continue! - If you’re going to be a fan of Back to the Future, why not do it with some style?
Day 24: Michigan Weather is Whack - ‘Nuff said.
Day 25: May Madness will continue tomorrow with some Jedi goodness - Hey, I didn’t lie!
Day 26: Why Return of the Jedi Kicks Ass - Told ya.
Day 27: Happy Memorial Day with Tommy Wiseau - Yes, I realize that everyone and their mother reblogged this on Memorial Day. But DJC Don’t Just Care.
Day 28: Steve’s Random Top 5 Skylanders - Still not playing the game, but who can resist action figures of this quality?
Day 29: DJC Uncovers the Mysteries of the Reptile Emporium - DJC’s mascot will soon be a Uromastyx named Matt Murdock.
Day 30: DJC revisits The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages - No, seriously, this is my second favorite Zelda game of all time, but screw that four-faced Thwomp boss. Screw him hard.
Day 31: RIP Spock Happy Meal Glass - ”The thirsts of the many outweigh the thirsts of the few…”
Wait…what’s that? It’s finally time to flip the calendar? May is over?!
I think I succeeded, guys. I managed to pump out 31 blog entries last month (some pretty good, others not so much) and, man, was it humbling. Who knew that writing articles would take such a toll on a guy?
All in all, I like to think I covered quite a bit of ground for my first official May Madness: I revisited Return of the Jedi and Oracle of Ages, went a little heavy on the Skylanders and Funko Pop! figures, did a lot of Comic Con-ing, and even had an official worker from Post Cereals tell me that, yes, Honeycomb had been on sale this entire time.
Anyways, that’s the end. I do hope you all got some sort of twisted merriment from this springtime saga. I know I certainly did, even if I do have carpal tunnel and absolutely no idea on what to write about ever again. And now, my wonderful friends and readers, I’m going to take a month-long rest.See you all in the future!
DAN HARMON IS OFFICIALLY BACK FOR COMMUNITY SEASON 5
This is a victory for Human Beings everywhere.
So yes. Thank you, Joel McHale. Thank you very much.
At the beginning of May Madness, a tragedy unfolded: my beloved Blue Headphones had passed on.
Now, almost exactly a month later, another of my favorite items that I’ve used almost on a daily basis, has bitten the dust: My Burger King Spock glass.
In 2009, Burger King released four glasses featuring characters from the new Star Trek reboot. I picked up Spock, not because I’m a fan of Star Trek, because I find him hilarious. And Zachary Quinto is really the only guy in the entire cast who has a demanding screen presence. I hear he’s an absolute jerk in real life, but who cares? I’ll never meet in him real life. He was Sylar on Heroes. He’s cool in my book.
The other reason this glass trumped the others was because it’s the only glass that also features Leonard Nemoy. Any glass that features Old Spock and New Spock is a glass worth drinking out of.
However, the other day…I discovered this:
A crack right down the middle, dividing my Spock glass in half like the end cut scene of the first Kingdom Hearts game. I know the wound doesn’t look like much, but trust me, filling this thing up with water is equivalent to riding Slash Mountain, just without the fun or teen girls flashing the camera. This crack is fatal. Spock Glass…isn’t going to make it.
It really is a crummy way to end May Madness (well, there will be one final post tomorrow), but in a way it’s almost poetic. An entire month of awesomeness and glee, bookended by two tragic moments of childish sadness.
Yes, I still have my broken headphones.
Shut up, I’m still mourning.
I feel as if the entirety of May Madness 2013 has been building up to this. Double Jump Company is dedicated to the nostalgic and the nerdy, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is the perfect candidate for an article.
Now, I own the original Ages game for the Game Boy Color, one of the only remaining GBC games I have left in my collection. But today marks the rerelease of this game (along with it’s counterpart, Oracle of Seasons) on the 3DS Virtual Console. What better time to talk about this remarkable gem of a game?
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So a while ago, a mysterious building appeared near my house. It was built in a remarkably boring area, and most buildings were reserved for law offices and real estate agents. I wasn’t expecting much from this strange new house-looking place, until I saw the sign.
Oh hell yes. This is exactly what May Madness needed. Come with me on this most cold-blooded journey into the Reptile Emporium…
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