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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?

The joys of fake movie trailers

May 13, 2009 By: Geek Category: Geek, Movies

thundercats 300x230 The joys of fake movie trailersThere are some brilliant attempts at trailers for films that don’t exist available online. You have to respect the work that goes into these things, as a bunch of them are truly spectacular. Granted, you may wonder who has *that* much time on their hands, but you can’t deny that some of these things are impressive. Sure, there are a million and one out there that are terrible, but now and again you’ll find some stunning pieces of work.

51WAEDPWTXL. SL160  The joys of fake movie trailersThere’s a ton of them based on superhero movies and sequels that are yet to be made, such as The Flash and Green Lantern, utilizing original CG material and clips from other movies, but the most impressive of all of the fake trailers I’ve seen thus far is a fascinating trailer for a movie of the classic Thundercats cartoon. Using footage from, let’s see, Troy, X-men, Spy Kids, Garfield, Farscape, Lord of the Rings and lots more, plus brand new (and very impressive) CG effects and makeup, the maker has created a trailer that plays remarkably well. Check it out:

So what inspires people to make these things? Some are made for fun, some as technical exercises, and many others are (sadly) made to try and dupe gullible fans into thinking they’re real. It’s the former two that need respect. The latter just need girlfriends. Seriously.