I may live in Oregon now, but I actually grew up in Nevada. I left the desert for the Pacific Northwest a little over three years ago, and am currently paying my ol’ stomping ground a visit. For most of my life I lived in Reno (a miniature Las Vegas) but my wife and I took a drive out to the Big Smoky Valley to visit my mother-in-law, Kim, who built herself an incredible straw bale house and has simplified her life to an astonishing degree.
When I left Nevada I couldn’t wait to leave the desert behind. I was happy to trade sagebrush for lush green trees, and the old casino and mining towns for a more “hip” place like Portland. I love Portland and am glad I moved, but came to the realization with this visit that Nevada truly is a beautiful place. People told me that my whole life, but as they say, you truly don’t know what you have until it’s gone.
We drove from Reno to the Valley just as the sun was beginning to set, and after passing Fallon there were long stretches of nothing but untouched, magnificent desert, beautiful canyons, and high-reaching mountains. I’ve taken out my camera and am trying as best as I can to take it all in and capture what I’m seeing. After spending a few years in “the big city,” you begin to truly appreciate the more down-to-earth, laid-back lifestyle of what is still very much the “Wild West.”
After stealing the show in the already incredible The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Batman (voiced by the always hilarious Will Arnett) is getting his own spin-off film!
It’s been a long wait, but Arrow is finally back! It’s hard to believe that a few years ago, I was not only skeptical but a bit cynical about a Green Arrow TV show. Now, three years in, it’s one of my favorite shows currently on television and is undoubtedly the best superhero TV series we’ve seen.
Season three picks up five months after the explosive events of season two, and though Starling City is enjoying a bit of piece, we’ve merely reached the calm before the storm.
They say a hero is only as good as his villain, and this year on The Flash Barry Allen will have his work cut out for him as he faces various members of The Rogues, a team of supervillains who unite to take him down.
We’ll be seeing several Rogues on the series this year, from Captain Cold to Gorilla Grodd. Weather Wizard is first out the gate though, and raises hell in Central City in The Flash‘s premiere episode (read my review here). This summer I was given the chance to talk with Weather Wizard himself, Chad Rook, and asked him about his role on the show, his history with comics, what the future may hold for Weather Wizard, and more!
Over the course of its two seasons, Arrow has proven to be one of the best superhero shows on television, and in only one single episode, The Flash is already fighting to take that title. Barry Allen really does move fast, eh?