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Geek Culture and Me

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Just a few seconds ago, I was on Facebook looking at posts from one of my favorite t-shirt sites, teefury.com. The design for the day was one with a Gameboy dressed like Link from the Legend of Zelda series. While the design in itself was cool, I started glancing through the comments on the photo and one of them said “Shut up and take my rupees!” Although the comment got a chuckle from me, it also made me think of the geek culture that I am a part of and that I put out into the world as well. Now, I’m not here to be a self-hating geek (I’ve read some posts that find themselves ashamed of their geek heritage). I just think that it’s fascinating the way geek culture has gained in power. 

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Everywhere I look, I encounter Doctor Who paraphernalia, Futurama items, Nintendo character merchandise, Marvel and DC comic book items, and much, much more. And I enjoy it. It intrigues me that this surge has occurred, but it also makes me a little happy that the geek culture is being put out there. Though I don’t necessarily appreciate all the iterations of the geek culture that are out there (especially some stereotypical examples of this type of individual in mainstream television and other places), I really like that more and more people are being won over by the geek-iness. Here’s hoping the move only gains in strength. 

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Written by barryr22

May 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Iron Man 3 Trailer–Geektober is Rewarded with Goodies

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If you’re like me, you follow comic book movies pretty regularly… I watched The Avengers opening night (despite the drunken idiots that keep me from hearing some of the dialogue) and watched it again the next day (due to the aforementioned drunken idiots), and it pumped me up for the next years superhero / comic book movies. Iron Man 3 is included among the ones that will take flight in 2013 (May 3 2013 to be exact on IM3). While I don’t know a lot about the movie as a whole (I’m currently researching what exactly it will be about), I do have great hope that this will not be X-Men 3 The Last Stand (my main hope) due to the changing of directors.
All I do know is that the Iron Man franchise to this point has been great, and with the introduction of one of his greatest villains Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin, I hope that it will be fun and exciting. However, I hope too that it will keep up with the world that Marvel, Jon Favreau, and others have worked to create. Without further ado, the Trailer for Iron Man 3, which promises to be very tense from the looks of it.

Marvel Comic Movies of the Summer: X-Men First Class

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So, with the huge success of Thor (I totally loved it…I recommend seeing it if you haven’t), I am beginning to wonder what will happen with the new X-Men movie that will be coming to theaters next month (June 3 to be exact). Honestly, I’m remaining hopeful for the movie because it has two really good actors play Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and others that look equally promising. However, I am also apprehensive about what story arch they may be following in order to produce the movie.

My biggest reason for my apprehensions lies in the world that the filmmakers have created if the other four films are taken into account… Honestly, I’m hoping that this movie marks the reboot of the X-Men movie franchise. If not, I am irritated by the manipulation of character ages that seems to exist within the film. For example, Mystique is way older in the grand scheme of all the comics…and it appears that she would be in the movies…However, my biggest example of this would be Emma Frost. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, she is a teenager; yet, in this movie she is a thirty something year-old who is a full-fledged member of the Hellfire Club…Yeah….I don’t like when things like this happen. Moreover, I am already skeptical about the “First Class” idea because this isn’t the first class (this group includes Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Angel, Iceman, and Beast).

So, yeah, I’m anxiously awaiting the release and keeping up with new trailers and such. My biggest hope is that the movie is over two hours long…to me, this is an indicator of whether or not I should be hyped before I go into the theater (I will regardless….the X-Men is my comic book baby…). If it is over two hours, I can expect something at least because let’s face it a comic that has been around for 40+ years will not be adequately represented in less than two hours….So, I hope that you all are as excited / apprehensive as I am…Here’s hoping for the best. I also hope you enjoy the teaser trailers looking at a few of the mutants in the film.

Year of the Geek: Comic Book Movies of 2011

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I saw somewhere on the internet the other day (maybe it was my homepage…I’m not completely sure which is one of the pitfalls of reading news and such on the internet the majority of the time…but any way) that a lot of people are terming this year the year of the geek due to the excessive number of comic book movies coming out in the theaters this year. Honestly, I am excited about this year…does that mean I am a geek myself. I believe so because I am looking forward to watching several of the movies that will be coming out over the course of the year, and here are the few that I’m most interested in (and alright, I am a Marvel snob to some degree…so forgive me if a lot of the DC or Darkhorse stuff is missing from my assessment).

Thor–Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. This movie is promising to be one of the must see movies of the summer months. Following the storyline of one of the most prominent Marvel characters (which all of them are prominent in their own right), this movie is bringing us all one step closer to the promised Avengers movie that will be in theaters in 2012. What I am most interested in in this movie is how they are going to meld the scientific and the magical worlds that Marvel are known for. I know that in the movie trailer they are saying that science and magic are practically the same thing just us dumb humans using another name for something mystical. Yet, I’m still intrigued to see how far they go with this concept.

X-Men: First Class–As most of you know who read my blog on a regular basis, X-Men are the comic book heroes that are near and dear to my heart, so it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am anxious about this upcoming movie.  It does have a few good things going for it though. First, Matthew Vaughn is directing the movie and overall his other movies (Kick Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake…all good movies). Then, you have Bryan Singer (the man who co-wrote and directed for the first two good X-Men movies) responsible for the story. Finally, you have several actors that are pretty good in the roles of some of our memorable characters (James McAvoy is Professor X, Kevin Bacon is Sebastian Shaw, and many more). I’m still holding my breath on the this one because we all know the debacle of the third movie. However, I’m trying to remain hopeful that this movie might help redeem the series from X3 and the Wolverine movie. Also, another side note, Wolverine will not be in this one unless it is a small cameo (Hooray! I don’t like him that much anyway).

Green Lantern–Okay, so, this is one of the few (if only) DC comic movie adaptation that appears here. I’m interested in this one because let’s face it Green Lantern is a pretty cool super hero. His powers are limited by the strength of his mind…so, yeah, he seems like he would be any intellectual’s go to super hero. Being played by Ryan Reynolds, I think this movie has potential if it is done right because like any other super hero movie it also has the potential to be sooooooo bad too.

Captain America: The First Avenger–Okay, so, I’m not a huge fan of Capt. However, I’m pretty excited about this movie because its release will be the last piece of the puzzle for the afore-mentioned Avengers movie. Chris Evans will be an okay Capt. (I’m not completely thrilled by his casting choice partially because he has already been a character in the Marvel-verse of movies), but I am really excited to see Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I think that he is going to be amazing at that. Why? Because he plays evil and off-beat characters well (look at Mr. Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, etc)…I’m just excited overall.

So, these are just a sampling of the top things that I”m looking forward to. I’m also excited about Harry Potter and other things of that nature (not excited about Twilight). Looking forward to seeing Paul Bettany in Priest. Yet, I’m also not excited to see some others (like the Green Hornet for instance…I find Seth Rogen insufferable). However, there will be more to come of these other things in following days. Till then, adieu.

X-Men I Could Care Less About

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So, I know that I have told you about some of the people in X-Men that I love and some that people love to hate. However, I am not going to briefly discuss people who I couldn’t give a damn about it Marvel. The thing is that most of them are the people who the average comic book or movie person is going to enjoy. Honestly, I don’t understand the draw of some of them.

Gambit–While he does have an interesting power, I find myself going “Why should I be intrigued by said character?” His attitude and overall quippy demeanor are lost on me. I don’t appreciate him as a character because they are others that have existed longer that are basically the same character mould. Two, he doesn’t further the whole X-Men story arc in a productive way. What comic book arc has he been a part of that he couldn’t have easily been replaced by some other character? The answer: none that come to mind readily. He is a character that was dreamed up in the early 90’s (yes, he came on the scene in the 90’s much like Jubilee and others…another side note, he was in the comics before the animated series debuted). He was a way that Marvel was trying to put fresh faces into the X-Men line up. I think that he was a lack luster revamp of the Wolverine character (shady past, questionable alliances, etc.).

Wolverine–So, I get that people like him. However, I will not be in the droves of fans to say that he’s the best mutant, X-Man, or whatever because I do not like him at all. Sure he has a handy power. Honestly, it’s probably one of the more practical powers to have, rapid cellular regeneration. Yet, most people see his power as being his claws (other than the fact he may or may not have been born with them, depends on the story arc, they are not his primary power). I will admit that I am more intrigued by his back story than Gambit’s. He has lived far longer and has brushed elbows with the likes of Captain America, in the 40’s, and others…still, this doesn’t give him enough intrigue for me. Actually, the coolest version of him is in the Age of Apocalypse story arc…here, he risks his life and loses a hand to save Jean. Yet, in the main storyline, I find him to be a little whiny and sometimes just a completely irrelevant character (more of a plot device of sorts).

So, yeah, I know that a lot of people like said characters However, there are just things about them that I am not interested in. I would much rather have the weird side characters or some of the more rounded characters that grace the pages of X-Men.

Written by barryr22

June 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Captain America: Chris Evans?!?

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Chris Evans of Fantastic Four movie fame has been named as Steve Rogers/Captain America for the upcoming movies that Marvel is in the process of producing. My immediate response was Why?. I mean he’s okay as seen from roles such as Mace in the movie Sunshine with Cillian Murphy. However, I don’t think that he’s the right actor for the part for several reasons.

1) I don’t think that he has the right dynamic to compete with the other actors. It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying that he is just super low key either. It’s just that he’s going to have to act against Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson (two very seasoned actors). Captain America is the leader of the Avengers for all practical purposes…he has to be able to believably take the reigns of leadership; honestly, I don’t know that he can do this when teamed with Jr.’s Tony Stark…

2) The jury is out as to whether he can pull off the “person from another time in the modern world” issue. Most of the roles in which he has appeared are not roles that require a lot of acting dynamic…I’m sorry even being the Captain of a ship that is destined to crash into the sun isn’t really enough. It’s one of those things that has been problematic for me since the being of casting talks. Who has the acting range to play this character and still fit all of our criteria (physically fit, American, etc. )? The answer is no one really knows what prominent actor has the chops to play this person and still be the right fit. I only hope that Evans will prove me wrong about his acting prowess.

3) He’s already been a character in the Marvelverse. This probably bothers me the most and is the most trivial of all the reasons. I don’t like the fact that the movie companies are so willing to compromise the artistry of the universe in order to cast him as another person. I know in the end all that matters to them is the money that rolls in; however,  I would also like to think that there was someone in the casting room going “Wait hasn’t he already been in one of our movies?” In my head, it just makes the idea of the “bridging of the universe” in the Avengers movie a little problematic because Reed Richards and the other members of the Fantastic Four will possibly appear in the sequels to the Avengers movie (face it, the sequels are going to happen).

Overall, I think that I am a little disappointed in their casting decision purely because Chris Evans as a dynamic, multifaceted actor is an unknown factor to me. I suppose we shall just have to see when the movie does come out in 2011 whether or not my theory holds up or whether I will be eating my own words.