Tuesday, June 21, 2016

An Update from the World of Wortman

Hey, guys. It's been a busy couple of weeks as I somehow attempt to juggle a personal life, my professional responsibilities and my stubborn commitment to things I probably should have lost interest in at the age of 12. Even though I'm clinging to sanity as my brain frantically races from one project/crisis/chore to another at frantic speeds, I need to take the time to appreciate the little things: Summer is here, Hi-C Ecto-Cooler is back on store shelves and there's an Independence Day sequel heading to theaters starring Jeff Goldblum and, of all people to return in a big-budget summer sequel, Judd Hirsch.

We'd all be dead now if it wasn't for his David.

I'm not expecting much from Independence Day: Resurgence, but then again, I also didn't expect much from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which I fully intended to review here on The Wort Report weeks ago before life got in the way. You've probably seen it by now if you had any intention to do so, but if you've yet to experience Brad Garrett as a brain monster in a giant robot's belly, I highly suggest you do so. The flick is total fan service, and makes me confident that we'll one day see weirdos like Mondo Gecko, Scumbug and Muckman in a future sequel. They wouldn't be that much of a stretch given the weirdness on display in the latest Toitles escapade.

Now that I've sufficiently lightened the mood, I'd like to admit that one of the reasons I've been relatively quiet in recent weeks is that there's been a lot of real-life ugliness in the world lately that has, unfortunately, bred even more ugliness on social media as divisive, complicated issues are debated with poorly conceived memes, abhorrent misinformation and, in the worst-case scenarios, hatred. This didn't exactly make me thrilled to log onto my laptop at night and wax philosophical about Aquaman's portrayal in DC Rebirth or those awesome Ghostbusters Twinkies filled with "Key Lime Slime."

But, then again, maybe it's pop-culture junk food (both figurative and literal) that we all need right now to help us from devouring each other. In fact, I think it's our duty as geeks (and aren't we all geeks these days?) to spread a little positivity when we can. With that in mind, here's a video from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson eating candy for the first time in nearly three decades.

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