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Five Geek Movies With A Difference

February 11, 2010 By: Geek Category: Movies

Geeks and movies go together like Han and Chewie, but there’s a common misconception that all we’re into is spaceships, monsters and people in spandex with hair that never gets messed up. While this is true to a certain extent, there’s much more to geeky films than just insane blockbusters and guys running away from explosions Just In Time. Here are five brilliant films that are dear to the hearts of many geeks.

Ghost World: The movie adaptation of the classic graphioc novel by Daniel Clowes is a bittersweet story of two girls coming to terms with how life changes once you’re thrown into the real world. A great cast is headed up by Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi.

Napoleon Dynamite: Vote for Pedro! A modern cult classic geek movie. It’s funny as hell once you get the hang of the humour, and everyone has known characters like these at some point in their lives.

High Fidelity: The adaptation of Nick Hornby’s great novel is a geek movie all collectors can all relate to, not to mention everyone who’s ever had a messy breakup. A great flick for older geeks.

Office Space: A bunch of office workers rebel against their dull existence following one of their number being hypnotized and losing their neuroses. Great fun, and a definite cult film. It bombed when it came out, but found an audience on DVD.

American Splendor: This comic book adaptation/biopic is a fascinating mix of dramatized scenes and monologues from the subject of the film, namely indie comics star Harvey Pekar. A great look at another side of the comics world.

These are just five examples of the wealth of great stuff that is out there in the realm of geek movies. These are geek movies with a difference, and great examples of films with a cult edge that still manage to have a heart. What would you add to the list?

HDTV: Let’s get ‘Hi’, shall we?

August 10, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek Gadgets

tv HDTV: Lets get Hi, shall we?Okay, so I’ve been a bit of a late converter to the delights of HDTV. Hi-Def TVs always seemed to be those big expensive things with the pretty pictures on them, but now I’m using one, I dunno how I ever lived without it. High Definition TV really does breathe new life into old movies and TV shows, which means I’ve been revisiting the classics on a regular basis of late. The colours are more vibrant, the sound is astonishing and the picture quality is immense. A perfect way to test out a good HDTV system, as I’ve discovered, is by watching Iron Man on Blu Ray.

Oh man, that film looks even better in HD, and has completely sold me on the idea of the HD revolution. I followed this up with The Incredible Hulk on Blu Ray and the deal was done. Analogue TVs ? Nah, HD all the way for me now.

I thought I’d be able to go on appreciating the old stuff on my cranky old TV, but no, with a good HD Television I’ve discovered that there’s a ton of stuff I missed in my favourite films and TV shows.

One particular thing that amused me was discovering I own one of the books prominently on display in the background in an episode of Black Books Series 3. Aaaah, geeking out over minutiae. Bliss.