Geek Tragedy #53: Movie GOAT!

August 31st, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep53.mp3[/podcast]

Dave is joined by Browncoat Lisa as they cover the top 25 Sci-Fi movies of all time. Also, geek news and a killer pick of the week!

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Coming Soon…An Epic Tale…That Will Change The Universe…Hey, where are you going?

August 31st, 2010 by Dave

So, I just read this article about the major story arc this fall in Fantastic Four where *gasp!* someone gonna DIEEE!!!!111!!!!!11!!!1

Seemed like a good time to pull this gif out…

Seriously, Marvel. WTH? I thought Heroic Age was all about getting back to basics and leaving these stunts behind. How many times have we seen this before in Marvel? We’ve seen it before in the Fantastic Four before for crying out loud. You’re going to inflate sales artificially with a big event story, when when the sales drop back down again, you’re going to bring back the dead character, probably by reality breaking using Franklin or Valarie, to create another artificial rise in sales. It’s more than just a continuing cycle that you’re locked in where you have to create bigger and more shocking stories, it’s flat out lazy writing.

This is why I don’t shell out money for mainstream comics anymore. It seems these death stories are all they do anymore, and It’s anti-climatic. Can someone please tell me one good reason why I should get emotionally invested in the heroic death of a beloved character to save his/her team/planet/universe when the character is going to be brought back to life a few months to a year later? We’ve taken this journey so many times with both Marvel and DC that we know the route by heart. So, while Marvel wears some more wheel-ruts into the road, I’m going to go over hear and look at this unexplored path. Because that’s how you make the memorable experiences: by going down new roads and new paths.

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The Geek Tragedy Channel!

August 29th, 2010 by Kyle

Hey all;

The Geek Tragedy YouTube Channel is open! Come on by and see what we’ve got at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/geektrag

We’ve already got two videos posted! One is a must for Sailor Moon fans, and another is a hilarious, and extremely rare, convention panel featuring the cast of Forever Knight. And more’s sure to be posted soon, so go see what’s on!

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Geek Tragedy #52: Spidey Gets All the Girls

August 24th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep52.mp3[/podcast]

Dave hits all the news and reviews for the dog days of summer with the newest member of the NPC Podcast family:  Jody of Level Up!

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In Defense of Actor Stereotypes

August 21st, 2010 by Dave

In light of Michael Cera and Jennifer Aniston both having films out where they play…Michael Cera and Jennifer Aniston, one of the movie critics at Entertainment Weekly put up this article where he examines the idea of an actor or actress who always plays the same roles and how that idea has changed over the years. He does have a point in that 9 times out of 10, Jimmy Stewart played Jimmy Stewart, and so on.

On reflection, this whole idea of an actor being the same in every role was prevalent in Hollywood before method acting and such caught on with Brando and the young crowd of the 50’s. Name one John Wayne film where John Wayne doesn’t play himself. Or Humphrey Bogart. Or Clint Eastwood. Or even Woody Allen, for that matter. And really, what’s the difference between Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard, other than the setting? The only time where people we deem classic actors and actresses seem to break out of their stereotypes is when they make the ‘challenge’ film. Jimmy Stewart had Vertigo. Jimmy Cagney had Yankee Doodle Dandy. Neither Jennifer Aniston nor Michael Cera have done their challenge film yet. So then why does classic Hollywood get a pass while Aniston and Cera get slammed?

The obvious reason is because we don’t find them interesting. Classic actors had a way of drawing you into their stock persona, of making what you’ve seen for them a dozen times before fresh and interesting. John Wayne played a rugged man’s man, the kind that you wanted to be despite his shortcomings or flaws. Clint Eastwood was the laconic individualist defending the law from lawlessness by acting outside the law. Jimmy Stewart was the everyman, your neighbor next door the postman that delivers your mail, ect. By comparison, Michael Cera plays the bumbling, goofy child on the verge of manhood who’s looking at adulthood and still doesn’t know how to express or relate his feelings. And yes, we’ve all been there, but it’s an awkward and uncomfortable age; therefore, Michael Cera is an awkward and uncomfortable character.

Jennifer Aniston has a big advantage over Michael Cera, though. She’s at an age where her persona can be believable for a couple decades more. I can see ‘Rachel’ pretty much acting the same way in her mid-life crisis and post-menopausal years as she did when she was in her 30’s, and I’m sure most everyone else can too. Michael Cera, though, *has* to evolve. His persona is going to be funny up to the mid 20’s, but then people are going to wonder why he keeps playing these men that never quite leave their adolescence and make it into adulthood.

Not that I would know anything about clinging onto your adolescence into your 30’s and beyond…

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An Epic Of Epic Fail

August 14th, 2010 by Kyle

K.O. in the first round.

Early box office numbers from Friday the 13th of August (via Bleeding Cool):

1. The Expendables (Lionsgate) NEW [3,270 Theaters]
Friday $13.5M, Estimated Weekend $34M

2. Eat Pray Love (Sony) NEW [3,082 Theaters]
Friday $9M, Estimated Weekend $26.5M

3. The Other Guys (Sony) Week 2 [3,651 Theaters]
Friday $5.7M (-56%), Estimated Weekend $17.2M, Estimated Cume $70M

4. Scott Pilgrim v The World (Universal) NEW [2,818 Theaters]
Friday $4.7M, Estimated Weekend $11M)

5. Inception (Warner Bros) Week 5 [3,120 Theaters]
Friday $3.4M (-38%), Estimated Weekend $11.5M, Estimated Cume $248.6M

So, looks like Scott Pilgrim is a Box Office Bob-omb.

I hate to say I told you so, but… hey, wait, no I don’t. Nobody wants to hear about the love lives of hipster d-bags. I didn’t, and neither did anybody else.

This also proves a point that I’ve been making for a long time: that pleasing hardcore geeks is not the key to success or failure for a sci-fi/superhero/comics film. It’s simply not a big enough demographic to matter all that much – not on the scale that Hollywood is used to. The geeky community was jazzed for this movie, gave it glowing reviews, generated huge internet buzz for it – and by Hollywood standards it was still a stinking flop because even though the geeks showed up for it in droves, it looks like they’re the only people who did. So remember that – the next time someone tells you that a superhero or sci-fi movie can’t succeed because it’s not doing right by the hardcore fans, point at the epic failure of Scott Pilgrim and remind them that that shows how much the hardcore geeks (really don’t) matter in Hollywood.

“Box Office Bob-omb”… HAH! I crack me up!

UPDATE: I call your attention to an excellent piece by John Tyler over at Cinema Blend, which explains in detail why Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which Tyler actually liked) failed miserably at the box office. His points are very similar to mine, and the article is very much worth reading.

UPDATE II: I stand corrected. Scott Pilgrim didn’t come in fourth at the weekend box office. It came in fifth – behind Inception, which has been out for a month and a half. Hoo dawg is this movie ever a turkey.

UPDATE III: Wow. It’s actually gotten to the point where Scott Pilgrim is such a box office disaster that SP fans are writing open letters begging Twilight fans to come bail the movie out before it faces oblivion. Now that’s some desperation.

And it still won’t work. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This movie bombed because no one cares about the love lives of a bunch of hipster d-bags. And say what you want about Edward, Bella, and Jacob – at least they aren’t that.

UPDATE IV: Ironically speaking of the above: In its second weekend, Scott Pilgrim got spanked by – wait for it – Vampires Suck. Vampires Suck came in second, making almost as much in one day as Scott Pilgrim, which came in tenth, has in a week. Oh, and Inception, in its sixth week, came in ninth, to beat Scott Pilgrim yet again.

Drop this movie on Afghanistan, because it’s a bomb.

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Geek Tragedy #51: At the Movies!

August 10th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://www.npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep51.mp3[/podcast]

Dave is joined by Fancy Fembot of the Sci-Fi Party Line as they review their favorite summertime geeky blockbusters! How did this year’s batch fare in their eyes? Dave and Cat are here to let you know!

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And The Gay Community Rejoices…

August 5th, 2010 by Dave

“Great Things Come In Bears”, huh?

Maybe down in West Hollywood they do…

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Wave Goodbye

August 4th, 2010 by Kyle

So today Google pulled the plug on Google Wave, the one product it had named after something from Firefly.

For the record, it was overhyped, but never adequately explained to the public, and a botched release left a confused general public to figure it out for themselves. This was not good, because it was both powerful and complex. As a result, it was pushed to entirely the wrong audience, which was never able to adequately “get” it. Of course, it did eventually catch on with a loyal niche. But the suits, impatient with the fact that it hadn’t immediately lived up to the massive hype they’d generated for it, killed it without any regard for letting it grow and connect with people, ultimately leaving millions of loyal fans in the lurch.

So yeah, I guess naming it after Firefly tech really was appropriate!

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OMG! What’s…What’s Going On??!!!???

August 4th, 2010 by Dave

Can it…could it be….YeS! Yes, Dave has actually gotten some semblance of an act together and has posted ……SHOW NOTES!!!!111!!

So yeah, here’s the show notes for Tuesday’s show. Thanks again to Cat for being a great co-host.

Happy wedding day for Lisa Simpson, August 1, 2010

Congratulations to Butch Patrick, plans marries a long time Munster’s fan that happens to be an ex-NFL cheerleader

Hollywood stuff

Guillermo del Toro to direct Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ in 3D

Yogi Bear trailer sets new low

Thing in FF reboot to be all CGI

Disney sells Miramax

Roger Ebert finally reviews Troll 2, no word on Birdemic

Len Wiseman to remake Total Recall

Leonardo DiCaprio pulls out of Mel Gibson’s viking film

Ghost Rider 2 confirmed

Elvira coming back to TV this fall

General geek stuff

Anne Rice quits Christianity, again

Judge confirms Todd McFarlane is a jerk and a hack, has to pay Neil Gaiman for stolen character ideas

Dieselpunk movement rising, to be lead by high priest Tom Brokaw

Computer stuff

Facebook hacked, 100 million user’s personal info roaming free on the net

Library of Congress rules jailbreaking iPhones is kosher, scales back DMCA some

Need to teach your daughter not to have sex? Here’s a $34,000 video game ‘social simulator’ for you

StarCraft 2 fails, but not as we predicted

Comic-Con Stuff

Ryan Reynolds scores major geek cred at Comic-Con

Avengers, Assembled!

Edgar Wright says Ant-Man won’t fit in with Avenger’s timeline

Trailer Park:

Thor

Sucker Punch

Let Me In

The Goon teaser trailer

Pirates 4 teaser

Monsters

Mega-Mind extended trailer

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