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Predators – A Movie Legend Reborn

March 22, 2010 By: Geek Category: Movies

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The new Predators movie looks set to do something that many thought impossible, and actually bring some credibility back to these famous monsters. While the original Predator movie was superb and Predator 2 a pretty entertaining sequel, the franchise was monumentally derailed by the terrible Alien Vs Predator and its even worse follow-up, Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem. Those two films, while full of action and shocks, were devoid of everything that made the Predators so compelling in the first place. They were onscreen too much, too clumsy, and all of their mystique was lost.

Now, all that is changing thanks to the more than capable work of Robert Rodriguez and his crew, who have finally given us a Predators movie that lives up to the promise of the first film. I would liken this to the second film in the ‘Alien’ series- a step up from the original in terms of tension and scale, and essentially a supercharged version of the first.

This film looks set to be stuffed with everything that made the Predators great all those years ago, and it has the bonus of a great cast, which is something both of the AVP movies were lacking. This time around with the new Predators movie, we have stars like Adrian Brody and Laurence Fishburne filling out a superb roll-call of talent, which is an all-important edge over the previous flicks. This time around, there are actual characters onscreen instead of just cannon fodder.

The tension has been ramped up in the new Predators movie thanks to the twist of setting it on a planet the Predators use as a game reserve, and the human cast is their game. That’s a superb idea which will add a ton of fear to proceedings, and coupled with the characters playing off each other and trying to stay alive, fans are in for something spectacular. The crew have worked hard to create something that looks every bit as gripping as fans could hope for, even including the return of the original Stan Winston designed Predator creature from the original movie.

Trailers and promo pictures from the movie suggest a much more thoughtful film, planned out better, shot better, acted better and just plain better than those two godawful crossover films. The new Predators movie has really reignited interest in these iconic movie monsters, and that’s something that us fans of the classic films must thank Robert Rodriguez for. It’s pretty much safe to say that the new Predators movie is going to be a film to remember.

TRON LEGACY: First official trailer revealed

March 09, 2010 By: Geek Category: Movies

tron legacy poster TRON LEGACY: First official trailer revealedThe first trailer for the long awaited TRON LEGACY has been found online after fans followed a treasure hunt of links and clues. There’s no embed of it available legitimately just yet, but you can view it in all its glory (and various sizes) right here. Not sure how long the trailer will be up at that location, so enjoy it while you can, dear friends! The TRON LEGACY trailer looks beautiful, even though there are only fleeting glimpses of the Tron universe in it. We get some nice setup, and revisiting Flynn’s Arcade is a moment of serious geek goosebumps, but it’s the computer world scenes that many people will wnat to check out. What we see looks very sleek indeed, but maybe a little, hmm, flat? I’m hoping the colours are more vibramt once we see the real thing, as it was those stark colours that helped to make the original TRON movie so damn stunning. Still, cool trailer. We can has movie nao? Kthx.

The Crazies: Check Out The Original Version As Well As The New Hit!

March 01, 2010 By: Geek Category: Movies, Uncategorized

61cHls2S76L. SL160  The Crazies: Check Out The Original Version As Well As The New Hit!The remake of The Crazies is doing very well right now, with a great many positive reviews flying about online and in print. This is a cool thing to see, considering it’s a remake of a cult low-budget flick from way back in 1973, which was directed by none other than Night Of The Living Dead mastermind George A Romero. The political satire aspect may have been toned down a bit for the remake in favour of more insanity, but it’s still a powerful remake.

This original version is worth seeing for more than just curiosity though. It’s a brilliantly executed (and somewhat underrated) SF film with a horror edge that holds up well today even of the production values are less than impressive now.

If you like the new big-screen version of The Crazies, then the original movie is well worth checking out for comparison. Then, if you like that film, I’d suggest searching out a good copy of the Farenheit 451 movie too. Oh, and Soylent Greeen! Those three work well together in my head icon wink The Crazies: Check Out The Original Version As Well As The New Hit!

Check out the trailer to the original:

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?

2010 Highlights we’re Geeking Out Over

January 07, 2010 By: Geek Category: culture

51PCI0K7vCL. SL160  2010 Highlights were Geeking Out OverSo here we are in 2010, and all set for another year of geekery, fun, games, collectibles, movies, TV and flaming each other into oblivion on boards (isn’t that kinda what the internet is for?). So what stuff are we most looking forward to this year?

Movies we can’t wait to get our eyes around include Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Expendables, Kick Ass, The A-Team, Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (hey, we all need date movies sometimes), Predators, Cop Out, Jonah Hex and a bunch of others.

What about games? The big games for 2010 look set to be titles like Darksiders, Bayonetta and Army of Tw51GkqG8uGVL. SL160  2010 Highlights were Geeking Out Overo: The 40th Day. There’s a huge number of games coming out this year, and it looks to be a good year ahead for the industry, and while hardware sales are slowing, games sales are improving all the time.

There are gadgets, toys, comics and more to come too, and we’ll be bringing you rants on as many of them as possible. Here’s to 2010.

Hey, 1 1 10 was the perfect geek New Year- a binary day!

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Spider-man 4: delayed or not delayed?

December 18, 2009 By: Geek Category: Movies

51cFvZy9liL. SL160  Spider man 4: delayed or not delayed?There’s been some hoo-ha doing the rounds this past few days about a possible delay to the production of Spider-man 4. It was floated recently that the studio execs at Fox and Sam Raimi were butting heads over who should be the film’s villain. Raimi is apparently wanting to use the Vulture as the main bad guy in the new film, while Fox were said to be wanting him to use bigger, more popular villains (I’m thinking the studio was wanting to use Carnage or something). Then came word that the production had indeed stalled, but only for the Christmas holidays. D’oh! Is this a case of a break being blown out of proportion, or is there genuine tro51BJKOLMtAL. SL160  Spider man 4: delayed or not delayed?uble with Spider-Man 4? After Spider-Man 3‘s critical pounding (although, remember, its opening box office was MASSIVE), I can understand the execs wanting to use a big villain, but I can also understand Raimi wanting to do something different. Me? I’d suggest appearances by Kraven, the Black Cat and, erm, Modok! Every Marvel movie needs Modok icon wink Spider man 4: delayed or not delayed? Whatever happens, we’ll be bringing you the details.

Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu-ray?

July 06, 2009 By: Geek Category: culture, Movies

61OQtfp2ndL. SL160  Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?The announcement of the Watchmen Blu-ray ‘Maximum movie Mode’ feature that has Zack Snyder pop up throughout the film and take you through the making of key scenes has got us thinking about what we can expect in the future with extras on movies. The idea of the commentary track has always been one of the most interesting things about DVDs, but now with the more advanced capabilities of Blu-ray movies Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?, and thus the advance in extras, what can we expect ion the future?

We’re very much into the idea of the commentary track becoming more of a multimedia experience, very much like it is with the forthcoming Watchmen disc. Something I personally would love to see is a movie extra feature that allows you to watch the film with footage from the various featurettes included in the film at the point of the story they take place, along with storyboards, raw green screen footage, rehearsals and so on.

It would be fascinating for viewers and also give us more of an idea of the amount of work that goes into creating each shot of the movies we love (and indeed the ones we hate- there are a number of times I’ve loved the special features on a DVD and hated the film).

41mZ 9Du5TL. SL160  Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?Interactivity will be the key with future advances in movie extras, we would imagine. The viewer should be able to get information on any particular scene or effect they wish, selecting a particular mode and then selecting an area of the screen with some form of cursor (or the touch-screen of a handheld device such as an iPod or mobile phone), leading to information, stills and footage regarding whichever aspect of the movie they have selected.

Select a big effect, and it should take you to information on how the effect was achieved. Select a cast member, and it could show you their screen test or interviews on set. That sort of thing. Or, what about watching the whole film in storyboards and animatics? That would be awesome.

Of course, this is all probably on the way already, and I’m coming across as hopelessly outdated. If so, then I’m sorry, I just want cool stuff! Thankfully, now that the technology is available and in use, better and better extras are becoming available, and a whole new way of enjoying films and TV shows is here.

Being able to see further into the creation of our favourite films, and see deleted material and alternate versions with Blu-ray movies Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray? is making it so much more fun to watch a movie again. Now, how about some films that are as good as Watchmen to go along with these great extras?

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.