HomeContactRSS Feed
Book Review: The Martian By Andy Weir
DwayneD   |  

The Martian

The Martian
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Andy Weir
Broadway Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Cover Price: $15.00

Let’s get the opinion stuff out of the way: The Martian, the book upon which the recent movie starring Matt Damon is based, is pretty fantastic. The premise, like most science-fiction, doesn’t initially come across as compelling. There’s an astronaut named Mark Watney who, through chance and misfortune, was left for dead on Mars by his team. He’s got to find a way to let humanity know he’s still around, and he’s got to figure out how to survive for as long as possible, hoping all the way that NASA can figure out a way to get him back home.

Rather than yet another science fiction blockbuster epic, Andy Weir‘s novel eschews the grandiose space empire stuff in favor of focus and intimacy. In that respect, The Martian is a minor work with major scope. The author achieves this in some interesting ways. There’s a focus on the “how” things get done. Put another way, Weir’s protagonist, Mark, delivers the action of the story to the reader with both high-level strategic sci-fi love (“I have to generate food”) and then drills down into the tactics of how that’s achieved (“I’ve created 192 square meters of farmland and have 600 liters of water for the potatoes I’m about to plant, which should last me 200 Sols beyond my NASA rations”).

...continue reading »
Trailer For Showtime Documentary ‘Why Horror?’
The Movie God   |  @   |  

Why Horror? Showtime Documentary

Showtime has released a trailer for an upcoming documentary fans of October will be able to get behind.

The doc is titled Why Horror? and it simply follows the world of the horror genre and its many forms around the world, with insight from horror directors like John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Eli Roth, Twisted Twins Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, and more, all led by horror fanatic Tal Zimerman.

You can check out the official trailer for Why Horror? below.

...continue reading »
TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.2 “Purpose In The Machine”
Maximus Prime   |  

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2 Cover

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 Episode 2: “Purpose in the Machine”
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Written by Daniel J. Doyle
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell
Air Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned last week with a brand new season, and with it, a bit of a new direction as well. In the opening scene of Episode 3.2 “”Purpose in the Machine,” we saw the introduction of a new Inhuman, jumpstarting Daisy’s (Chloe Bennet) and Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) search for more of her kind in hopes of forming a S.H.I.E.L.D. regulated group of secret warriors (see what I did there?). We were also introduced to a new shadow organization with deep ties to the U.S. government, because with Hydra out of the picture (for now), someone’s got to play spy vs. spy with S.H.I.E.L.D. And finally — Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) was being chased around on some alien planet by who knows what, while her best friend Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) screamed uncontrollably at the monolith (trust me, it was intense) that brought her there.

But what about Ward (Brett Dalton)? Or May (Ming-Na Wen)? Or May’s gun that she brought with her on sabbatical?

Spoilers ahead…

...continue reading »
TV Review: iZombie 2.1 “Grumpy Old Liv”
Olympus Athens   |  @   |  

iZombie 201-header

Season 2 Episode 1: “Grumpy Old Liv”
Directed by Michael Fields
Written by Rob Thomas
Created by Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright
Starring Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Steven Weber
The CW
Air Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 9:00pm

iZombie returned for season 2 tonight! Our plucky dead medical examiner, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) got scratched by a zombie (Blaine – David Anders) at a zombie-making boat party (courtesy of Max Rager and Utopia). She had to hide her secret from her family, her ex-fiance, Major (Robert Buckley and oh… zombie-ism is the reason), and the world. All except Ravi (Rahul Kohli), who desperately tries to figure out a cure. Her brain cravings come with a cursed side effect… Liv has visions and takes on the personality of the brains she ate. So far, in season 1, she’s been an artist, a thrill-seeker, a mom, and an alcoholic, to name a few. She uses those visions for good, and hooks up with Detective Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin), to help him solve cases. Other problems arise like: Blaine running a brain deli, Major driving himself crazy, and Liv losing her roommate.

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers, spoilers below.

...continue reading »
Producer James Vanderbilt Talks ‘The Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’
The Movie God   |  @   |  

The Overlook Hotel Image

A prequel to director Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining, titled Overlook Hotel, is still on the way and is currently being developed at Warner Brothers. The movie is written by Glen Mazzara, former showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and it is set to be directed by Mark Romanek, who previously directed One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go, and the pilot for the Locke & Key TV series that never came to be.

The Rundown, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man,, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer James Vanderbilt, who is a producer on the Shining prequel, spoke recently about it and had nothing but praise for Mazzara and Romanek and the way the movie is shaping up. See what he had to say below.

...continue reading »
space« Previous Articlesspacespace
Geeks of Doom on InstagramFollow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr
Geeks of Doom on YouTubeGeeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email DigestGeeks of Doom RSS Feed
The Drill Down PodcastTARDISblend PodcastBlendoveR Podcast
2520 Clothing Company
2015  ·   2014  ·   2013  ·   2012  ·   2011  ·   2010  ·   2009  ·   2008  ·   2007  ·   2006  ·   2005
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2015 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
About | Privacy Policy | Contact