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  • Rogue One is the Star Wars Movie Fans Have Been Waiting For

     Rogue One is the Star Wars movie fans have been waiting for since 1983. Simply put: Rogue One delivers!

    If you were like us here at ManTripping, last year's The Force Awakens was a fun, but fairly bland and forgettable nostalgia piece that was too dependent on fan service and too hindered by its safe script that was riddled with contrivances and poor dialog, as well as a protagonist without any real character arc. Rogue One, on the other hand, will prove that all they needed to do to rekindle the Star Wars spirit in fans was to actually make a good movie.

  • Allied Movie Review: Great For Date Night but Low on Spy Action Dama

    Allied is a fun and bittersweet date movie, but it's not the action film or spy drama the trailers might have you believe.

  • Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters Plush Stay Puft Man

    Looking for a fun gift for the guys in your life? We think this Stay Puft man is pretty cool as ar the other products that Underground Toys has produced as part of their license with the Ghostbusters movie. While honestly I hate feminized movies that are made simply for the fact of making it a "girl thing", these toys are fun and you can just pretend that it's a throw back to the original series if you want when you buy this as a gift for the man in your life!

  • Skip The Theater - Grab a Beer and Watch Total Frat Movie

    Every generation has their iconic "Frat Movie" and right now I can't think of anything better than some mindless college humor to distract us from everything else going on in our world today. That's why I say skip the theater this weekend, grab a beer (or three?) and download Total Frat Movie. 

  • 2017 Preview! Margaritas and Music at KAABOO Del Mar!

    Last summer we got invited to check out an awesome new music festival in San Diego - KAABOO. Since then it's been at the top of our list for 2017 and the wait is almost over! The 2017 KAABOO lineup looks even better, with bands including Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz and so many more that I can't event list them all here. Plus, this is not just a "music festival" - they've got celebrity chefs, comedians, artists and even spa treatments.

  • Bourne is Back for 2 Hours of Non-Stop Action in Jason Bourne

    As stoic in demeanor and violent in action as ever, Matt Damon returns to the titular role in Jason Bourne after a nine year hiatus and a temporary series handoff to Jeremy Renner in 2012's The Bourne Legacy. And everything is just how you remember it.

  • Exploring the Smirnoff House and Electric Daisy Carnival 2016

    Thanks to Smirnoff I had an amazing opportunity earlier this month. I got to go to the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, where I was exposed to a lot of new things and perhaps most importantly discovering a new side to the brand as well as people I had previously dismissed as "those silly club kids".

  • The Huntsman: Winter's War Review - Perfect Pick for Date Night!

    Some movies are works of cinematic genius designed to be studied by film students and others are simply meant to be enjoyed. The Huntsman: Winter's War falls into that latter category and enjoy it I did. I didn't see the first movie - Snow White and the Huntsman, so I can't compare it to this one. However, if you loved Frozen but thought it would be cool to have a live action version with child soldiers, some slapstick humor, flaming goblin guts, romantic hot tub scenes, and two sisters that well... didn't exactly get along... then this is your film.

  • The Huntsman: Winter's War Trailer Released

    If you thought that a "Snow White" movie was just for girls then holy shit, you are wrong. I'm really digging the fact that so many "classic stories" are being re-imagined and expanded, so when this came by my inbox just now I wanted to share it with you guys. The Huntsman will be in theaters on April 22.

  • The Force Awakens - A New Generation's Star Wars

    To be completely fair, all movies are a product of their times. What made Star Wars great in the beginning, was its ability to meld groundbreaking special effects with compelling narrative drawing from timeless story lines. For the prequels they were a product of an industry drunk on CGI but immature to the point of not really understanding when to use computer graphics and when it would simply look better to have real props. The movie I watched yesterday morning is similarly a product of its time. That's not completely a bad thing but it did leave an awkward taste in my mouth despite it being generally a fun movie to watch.

  • Curry Roasted Peppers, Peas, and Carrots

    To help celebrate the upcoming release of Daddy's Home featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, we decided to whip up a great way to get your veggies without having to worry about hiding them from the kids. We look forward to enjoying them with dinner before going to see the movie when it's released in theaters on Christmas day.

  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies & Spin Doctors at Rock of Vegas

    Seeing great bands that bring back memories of highschool are always great, but when they are free and you can enjoy not-overpriced booze, well... that's even better! I love Fremont Street so much, that I'm going to call it the Fun Side of Vegas from here on out. It's taken some time for Fremont Street to gain traction but it is absolutely on a roll now with some great hotels like The D, Golden Gate, and Golden Nugget as well as great free entertainment virtually every night. To extend things even further, the Fremont Street Experience launched Rock of Vegas Summer Concert series. We were there last week to see the Spin Doctors and Cherry Poppin' Daddies and had a blast!

  • Marvel's Ant-Man Review - Little Heroes, Big Excitement!

    The Ant-Man franchise comes on the heels of the ridiculously successful Avengers: Age of Ultron and last year's Guardians of the Galaxy. While an original member of the team in the comic series, this was perhaps seen as a riskier franchise than Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, or Captain America, the far more recognizable members of Marvel’s premier superhero group. Previous efforts to bring Ant-Man to the screen suffered a variety of pre-production setbacks, never quite reaching the screen. But now Ant-Man is here, and Marvel seems intent on grabbing audiences’ love for snarky, roguish heroes. Whether or not this is really faithful to the Ant-Man franchise, you’d have to ask a comic book reader far better versed with the character than I, but it works for this movie, for the most part. Ant-Man combines a superhero movie with a heist movie, adds in a legion of arthropod sidekicks, and entrusts the comedic talents of Paul Rudd to steer the thing, which he does admirably.

  • 10 Reasons I Am Buying My Father-In-Law Netflix for His Birthday

    For the past several years, I have been a loyal subscriber and frankly a fan of Netflix. It was the first really solid response that answered those who pleaded for a genuine, legal alternative to pirating movies and TV shows. Today, it has grown from a dumping ground for "old stuff" into a first rate producer of quality original content that rivals anything found on traditional TV channels. July 1st is my father-in-law's birthday and even though computers and streaming video is something that isn't among his most comfortable skills I'm giving him a subscription to Netflix and a Roku to play it on. 

    You really don't need ten reasons why Netflix makes a great gift but I went through their catalogue to help him find stuff I know he will love to watch! The tough part was limiting my choices to just ten selections.

    BTW, this is not a sponsored post. I just love Netflix and am excited to give him something that I know he will love.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

    The Internet has been abuzz with talk of this week's big movie opening, the latest release from the Marvel Studios. This, of course, is the second installment in the Avengers franchise, sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, and we got a chance to see it earlier this week. Will it live up to the hype? 

  • V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones Review

    In the old days (not even 10 years ago!) it was simple, grab a pair of earbuds and you were set for listening to music. Today though, the options are limitless and major brands have dominated the market with audio products that are good, but frankly look and sound as if they were churned out of a corporate machine - rather than expressing the individual style of the wearer. That's where V-Moda comes in - and was designed by Val Kolton, a Chicago DJ who was inspired by the unique vibe found in Ibiza and the haute couture he found in LA.

    Today, V-Moda products are designed to match both the discriminating style of the fashionista as well as the audiophile. Instead plastic parts, these headphones use industrial strength metal.

  • BOSTON, Styx, Lionel Richie & Heart Join Carnival Live!

    OMG guys - I am a HUGE FAN of the Carnival Live program and it just keeps getting better. As you know, last year we joined Carnival for Styx, followed by Jewel and both were amazing experiences. Now, they are adding The Band Perry, BOSTON, Lionel Richie, and Heart to their already awesome lineup. that has included Journey, Styx, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, and Smokey Robinson earlier this year.

  • Legendary Movie Mancations That You Can Try Too

    Mancations are special - it's an opportunity to bring your guy friends together to help solve problems in your life and lend support. What often happens as well as that you get some great memories and build stronger bonds between you and your friends.

    That's what these movies are about. While some may be more raunchy than others, at the end it's all about coming together and improving our lives.

  • Rocket and Peter Plan a Guardians of the Galaxy DVD / Blu-Ray Movie Release Party

    Can you believe it? Guardians of the Galaxy is finally coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 9 and you can pick it up - along with all sorts of awesome toys and action figures at Walmart to make the movie watching experience event greater.

    These movies are bigger than just films to watch - they are indeed entertainment phenomena to wrap awesome merchandise around such as books, soundtracks, action figures, and other toys. To celebrate, I decided to step back in time and create my own adventure using some of the action figures from the movie... just like I did when I was a kid.

  • Guys Night Out Idea - More than "Popcorn and a Movie Night"

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Poker night or a guys night out at the bar drinking and smoking... those are usually the only two options that I hear but I have an alternative idea that was suggested to us to combine some hot Warner Brothers Movies that are currently available at Walmart on a special promo pallet for only $5 DVD ($7.88 BRD), along with M&M's® and Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. Let's do a Guys "Movie Night Out" and part of the fun is creating the snacks to accompany the movie we selected - The Dark Night.

  • 100 Years of Dodge Party with Motley Crue at Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey

    The band that spawned such iconic songs as "Girls, Girls, Girls" and "Kick Start My Heart", and the arena anthem "Home Sweet Home" and a dozen or more 80's and 90's smashes made a very rare appearance at a small venue last weekend in Dallas. The "Crue" played a sold out/climb the walls to get in venue last Saturday November 1st at Richard Rawlings' (he of Discovery Channel's Fast-n-Loud reality show), Gas Monkey Live concert club. It was billed as "Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey" sponsored by the car manufacturer-who is sponsoring the Crue's North American farewell tour through the end of the month. The worldwide tour ends in 2015

  • Jewel Carnival Live Concert Experience

    Most of you probably remember Jewel from the mid/late 90s - yeah, that’s Alaskan folk singer-songwriter and many of you probably even still are aware of her for some of her later music but what I didn't realize until this week was how utterly amazing she is in concert. Jewel is a true artist and that means you are going to see and hear things you weren't expecting such as yodeling, opera, and requests by the audience that were so obscure (even to her) that she had to flip through a book the size of an encyclopedia to get the lyrics.

  • We Sailed Away with Styx & Carnival Live and it was Awesome

    In a market that is nearly saturated but at the same time working feverishly to expand its reach, the cruise lines are in a fight to find a way to fill their ships and bring in new cruisers. While other lines are building ever bigger boats with features unheard of at sea, Carnival decided to focus on entertainment and creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are surprisingly affordable. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to spend a week on the brand new Carnival Breeze and experience it for ourselves.

    Unlike "themed cruises" the band isn't actually on the ship during the voyage, so that means that you can still have a "normal" cruise experience but on concert night things turn up a notch. On this cruise, we started in Miami followed by stops in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and then during our stop at Cozumel, Mexico the band loaded their equipment on the ship and we stayed in port till about 1 a.m.

  • New REO Speedwagon Song, Whipping Boy

    I am a huge fan of classic rock and have enjoyed a number of REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey etc. concerts. These are always fun to attend but usually there isn't really anything new. 

    Earlier this week though, at the Del Mar / San Diego County Fair, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin announces he has something special for us... a new song that they have been working on. Having understood that often times these are not really unique to us but more unique to the concert series I didn't pay much attention until he kept adding more detail and then ultimately (as you will see in the video below) he actually had the sheet music brought on stage. 

  • Thor: Dark World Review

    header-thor-dark-worldMan Tripping writer Steve Kinnard attended a recent screening of Thor: Dark World as a guest of Disney and Marvel. All oppinions are his.

    For those of you not aware, Thor: Dark World is the follow-up to 2001's Thor that introduced film-goers to the superhero / Norse god. 

  • Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn Coming Nov 22

    At one point or another, almost every guy has thought about "donating"... yes, that kind of donation :)

    What happens though after that intimate moment in the lab, no one really thinks about - but the new Vince Vaugh movie Delivery Man takes that to the logical next steps, 533 of them!

  • Interview: Ade M'Cormack

    ade-mcormackToday we were lucky to talk with actor, Ade M'Cormack about mancations and his favorite places to travel.

    You may recognize Ade from a bunch of places including as "Yemi" on LOST, Blood Diamond, 24, The Unit, Heros, Without a Trace, and Gilmore Girls. He is now staring in Battle: Los Angeles coming out later this year.

  • Will Sasso Interview - Star of Shit My Dad Says

    will-sassoEver wonder what Will Sasso, star of Shit my Dad Says, thinks about mancations?

    Well, wonder no more! Will Sasso tells us about his favorite spots including an undisclosed location near Big Bear, where he goes camping with a bowie knife and a case of clams.

    Hiking, and going to Mexico to do things that would break the law in the United States also rank highly on his list.

     

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    Watch Will and $#*! my Dad Says on CBS, Thursday nights at 8:30 / 7:30 central.

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