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*This post is full of Star Wars spoilers for everything from Episode 1 thru The Force Awakens.

The time comes in every child’s life when they are officially initiated into the world of Star Wars. For some it’s as early as birth but for others, like in our family.. you must be ready to receive and ask for it of your own free will. Until then, the truth is shrouded in secrecy.

If you know anything about me, you know I am a fierce protector of storyline when it comes to any film or book series. Maintaining that secrecy for those who have not seen/read them yet is important to me, especially when it comes to my children and Star Wars. It becomes a secret much like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy – something you keep safe until the time is right.

Some of you may remember the decision we made to hold off on allowing our children to see any of the Star Wars stories/cartoons or short films that gave away those secrets out of context. You may also remember last January when we unknowingly walked into a 20 minute show that gave away every secret of the entire series and I was LIIIIVVVVIIID because there was zero signage to warn people. You can read about that here if you want.

Well, we’ve moved forward and now is the time.

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Hello, I’m Will. I’m new here. Today I will be talking about one of my favorite comic books, Spirits of Vengeance #13. Not because it’s exceptionally good or popular, but because it left an impression on little 11 year old me. So considering it is one of a handful of issues I’ve kept from back then I think it’s pretty freaking awesome. I won’t be talking about the writer (Howard Mackie) or the artist (Adam Kubert). Not because they aren’t important (they’re both superbly talented individuals), but because I want to focus on this specific issue and my recollection of being the 11 year old boy that read it for the first time. Continue reading

We all remember our first don’t we?  The first time we see them on screen.  The first time we hang their poster on the wall.  The first time we watch another movie just because they are in it.  Our first celebrity crush.  Well, she was mine.

I first “met” Carrie Fisher in the iconic role of Princess Leia in Star Wars when it came out in 1977.  I was only 4 at the time but I knew then that we had something special.  The way she lit up the screen was magical for me.

I followed her on to some of the other films she was in.  Always looking out for that smile and twinkle in her eye.  I was surprised by her cameos and even more impressed by her writing.  And when she made her big comeback, there was no one more excited than me.

It now saddens me that she has passed.  She had managed to work her way into the lives of millions of fans throughout the world.  We will miss you Carrie.  We will miss your candor and honesty.  But most of all, we will miss your smile.

Carrie Fisher is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds and daughter, Billie Lourd.  We here at Forbidden Panel send them and her friends and family and her millions of fans our condolences.

 

In this episode we welcome back Anthony and review both

Assassin’s Creed

and

Star Wars Rogue One.

WARNING!!! AS IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH OUR REVIEWS, SPOILERS ARE ABOUND.  DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN EITHER MOVIE.

In this episode we review Westworld, HBO’s newest foray into a scripted show.

Standing in for Anthony this week is special guest Jason Graham.

All of this plus the news!!

Here are the links that Jason mentioned during the show.

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Click on the image to be taken to the site.

 

PanelCastIconNewIn this episode join Anthony and AJ as they journey to the movies to see Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!!  And don’t worry this is a SPOILER FREE review!!

The following games, teams and individuals have been nominated for creative and technical excellence at The Game Awards 2016.

Nominated games must have been commercially released to the public before November 24, 2016. To understand more about the nomination process, voting publications and rules, please see the “Rules and Voting” section.

Winners will be revealed live at The Game Awards 2016, which you can watch around the world live on Thursday, December 1.

 

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Welcome to our countdown to the most anxiety-inducing horror films for parents on our final day!

For 30 days, we have been covering the films I both love and hate because they’re awesome and they give me panic attacks now that I’m a mom and today is the day! It’s All Hallow’s Eve, day 31, and our final installment of this series.

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Have you ever thought, “huh.. that looks dangerous” while walking by something precariously placed on a shelf? Have you said to yourself, “self, if I put this here, someone will probably come around and knock it down and they could totally kill themselves”? If you are a parent, have you ever thought… “I need to baby proof this whole room before the baby starts crawling” because you suddenly see all the things that a baby can be hurt with standing out like glowing items of requirement? Have you covered up outlets and corners, installed baby gates and bolted furniture to the wall once baby becomes mobile? If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you will understand why today’s movie has earned its place as the #1 movie anxious parents should probably never see.

Disclaimer: Trigger warnings are a given when you talk about horror, but I’m going to say it anyway.  Many subjects covered by horror films are disturbing to parents in ways we can’t possibly understand and each is unique to the parent and his/her experiences. Tread carefully and know your limits. If this begins to be too much, there’s no shame in closing the window. Also, this post contains some spoilers throughout. 

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Welcome to our countdown to the most anxiety-inducing horror films for parents on day 29!

As you know, we have been covering the films I both love and hate because they’re awesome and they give me panic attacks now that I’m a mom.

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Today’s movie is a series, a remake and a video game of glorious terror and deliciously frightening images that no only don’t leave you right away, but love to return just when it’s the least convenient.

Disclaimer: Trigger warnings are a given when you talk about horror, but I’m going to say it anyway.  Many subjects covered by horror films are disturbing to parents in ways we can’t possibly understand and each is unique to the parent and his/her experiences. Tread carefully and know your limits. If this begins to be too much, there’s no shame in closing the window. Also, this post contains some spoilers throughout. 

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