Archive for December, 2010
Watch Now: Mr. Plinkett’s Review Of ‘Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith’
December 31st, 2010 at 11:16 pm | |
Top 30 Films Of 2010
Ultimate video reviewer Mr. Plinkett is back at it again, this time to complete his review of the entire Star Wars saga with his take on Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
Watch all three parts of his humorous, insightful review of the film here below. Get comfy, as the review is 110 minutes long.
Along with all the Star Wars movies, Mr. Plinkett also tackled JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek [...]
December 31st, 2010 at 3:58 pm | |
Trying to figure out the themes that the 2010 year in cinema gave to us is not a hard task at all. If anything, this year’s best films had an irrepressible surge that impelled them all toward themes focusing on alienation, instability, conformity, and deception, all different routes that lead to the same destination: at an arrival of self-discovery.
Below are my picks for the Top 30 films of 2010, all of which, in one way or another, had characters that had to confront the danger that was permeating their existence, as a bullfighter bravely confronts an oncoming bull. This confrontational theme knew of no cinematic boundaries. It hit hard in Toy Story 3 and The Kids Are All Right just as hard as it did in Winter’s Bone and Black Swan. It did not matter if Andy had to confront college or if Nina had to pierce a deep wound into her own being just so an answer could be derived. All characters in all 30 films were just as much bothered with universal issues as they were with personal demons. King’s Speech demonstrates this as King George VI has to face WWII and his stammering issue. And the directors of these films did not revile such themes, as they satisfyingly indulged in them by creating unwelcoming atmosphere fostering trite and brutal themes and making them into something glowingly artistic.
Here are my picks for the best films of 2010 [...]
Ralph McQuarrie’s Concept Art From Abandoned ‘Star Trek’ Film
December 31st, 2010 at 3:03 pm | |
Blu-ray Deal: Labyrinth & The Dark Crystal
If you’re a Star Wars fan then you definitely know the name Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist behind the original trilogy. McQuarrie has worked on some other popular sci-fi franchises, including Star Trek.
After completing work on the original Star Wars: A New Hope, McQuarrie got busy on concept art for Star Trek – Planet of the Titans, which was to be Paramount’s first attempt at a big-screen Star Trek [...]
December 31st, 2010 at 12:50 pm | |
Final Mondo ‘Star Wars’ Poster Designs Unveiled
The Blu-ray Edition for the 1980s Jim Henson films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal are on sale right now at Amazon for only $7.99 each.
Both films have a list price of $19.95 each on Blu-ray, so you’ll be getting 60% off with this deal.
The Blu-ray Editions for both movies come with special features (see list below), which is especially great if you’re a fan of Jim Henson puppetry.
No word on how long this deal will last, so grab it while you can [...]
December 31st, 2010 at 9:56 am | |
Some truly incredible Star Wars-inspired posters have come from Mondo, the art boutique arm of the famed Alamo Drafthouse. Now you can see the final offerings, which includes posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, as well as variants of each.
All of Mondo’s Star Wars posters, along with many others created in celebration of various pop culture favorites, sold out insanely fast, so this last batch will hold the largest number of posters yet. Each of the 24″x36″ will have a limited number of 850 posters available, with 275 of each variant also up for grabs. And as always, once they’re gone they’re gone forever.
These posters come from artist Tyler Stout, and will be available later today, December 31, at a random time. All you need do is follow Mondo on Twitter and keep a close eye out for their announcement that the sale is on.
You can see Mondo’s final Star Wars posters as well as the variants by clicking on over to the other side now. [...]
MP3 Deal: Journey’s ‘Greatest Hits’
December 31st, 2010 at 8:47 am | |
Deal: ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
The MP3 album deal of the deal over at Amazon today is a Journey‘s Greatest Hits for only $3.99.
This deal is valid for today, Friday, December 31, 2010, but chances are it will last another day as well — though, you shouldn’t wait just in case.
The greatest hits collection has 16 songs on it, many of which you’ll recognize as chart toppers from the 1980s: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Faithfully,” “Only The Young,” and “Ask The Lonely.” Their popular tunes from the 1970s are also represented with “Wheel In The Sky,” “Lights,” and “Any Way You Want It” (ok, that last one was from early 1980, but it still had the 1970′s line-up and sound).
Damn they have a lot of hits!!! All good stuff, I promise. I just rattled off more than enough tunes to justify shelling out $4 for this album, especially since if you were to purchase the songs individually it would be $.99 per song [...]
December 31st, 2010 at 8:21 am | |
The digital rental deal of the day is Twilight Saga: Eclipse available for rental for only $.99.
This deal is valid only for today, Friday, December 31, 2010, until midnight PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Video On Demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 48 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $14.99.
Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of the movie, all four editions of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse are part of Amazon’s “Buy This DVD and Watch it Instantly” program. That means with the purchase of any version, you will be able to watch the movie instantly through Amazon’s Video On Demand (see more details about this below).
For a limited time, Amazon is offering $8 off the purchase of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on DVD and Blu-ray. Enter the claim code TWILIGHT at check out for the discount.
The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, Single-Disc DVD, Single-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and Single-Disc Blu-ray editions are all eligible for the discount. The coupon code can only be used once per customer [...]
Watch Now: The Star Wars Holiday Special In Five Minutes
December 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm | |
For those who celebrate Wookiee Life Day as opposed to all of the other end-of-year holidays, we have a treat for you… the Star Wars Holiday Special in 5 minutes, specially edited to only focus on the “live-action” stuff. Watch it here below.
If you haven’t seen the Holiday Special before, it’s certainly a gem from its time. If you thought Expanded Universe debates and Originals vs. Prequels debates turn out to divide fans, wait until you get in the middle of an argument about this thing.
Complete with Bea Arthur and Jefferson Starship, The Star Wars Holiday Special first aired in November 1978 and also featuredHan and Chewie, Luke Skywalker with the WORST possible haircut ever, and Princess Leia singing a song that is sure to induce brain hemorrhages.
The original full special also marked a few firsts: one of which was the very first appearance of Boba Fett (before his debut in The Empire Strikes Back) in a short animated story involving Luke, Han, Chewie, the Droids, and some weird beast of burden Fett rides [...]
Solve This: Intricate ‘Doctor Who’ Puzzle
December 30th, 2010 at 1:06 pm | |
Social Blend Podcast Celebrates The Best Of 2010
SFX magazine recently put out an all Doctor Who-themed issue, which contains a highly cryptic two-page picture puzzle containing the titles of 65 Doctor Who stories.
Visit SFX to download hi-res versions of the puzzle, so you can try it out.
And, if it starts to drive you crazy, don’t stress. SFX posted the answers, so you can take a peek [...]
December 30th, 2010 at 11:55 am | |
Geek Gear: Darth Vader Meets Cobra Commander In ‘Dark Ssside’
Every year, Jay Fowler aka SilentJay74 and myself put together a compilation episode of the Social Blend podcast that focuses on some of the interesting (read: mostly ridiculous) moments from the year. 2010 was an awesome year for Social Blend and there were some great moments from the year.
The Best of Social Blend 2010 is now online at Social-Blend.com and also features a short clip from The Ultimate Geek Movies episode we posted about here recently.
In some ways, the podcast is almost like a “sister site” to Geeks of Doom. We often discuss content and news that’s been posted here, and have also had Dave3, Empress Eve, and Tched on the show as well. On top of that, TARDISblend originally came from Social Blend too [...]
December 30th, 2010 at 7:53 am | |
NY Times Snubs Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele & Paul Gray In Memorial Video Tribute
The t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel is the Star Wars – GI JOE mash-up “Dark Ssside.”
The tee, by artist Brinkerhoff, went on sale at RIPT today, Thursday, December 30, 2010, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.
The t-shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes in black for $10 each. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddler, all black); Onesies are $18 (in black). You can also get the design on a Hoodie for $38 (in black in Men/Unisex sizes).
The design is a mash-up of popular villains Darth Vader of Star Wars and Cobra Commander of GI JOE. They’ve been spotted together before, but now they’ve become one! [...]
December 29th, 2010 at 9:20 pm | |
MP3 Album Deal: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’
The New York Times released an online hodgepodge of musicians we lost during 2010, and have omitted three major losses during the year that should anger metalheads across the Earth. In their year review, the Times has snubbed Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio), Peter Steele (Type O Negative), and Paul Gray (Slipknot).
You can view the New York Times montage over at their site if you can be bothered. I’m not embedding it here, because for my part, I’m disgusted they’ve overlooked three significant musicians — presumably just because they’re from the metal genre. The grounds upon which I make this assumption are that there is no metal whatsoever in their “tribute.” Rock, Soul, Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Post-Punk are all included in the company of Funk, Disco, and others. Metal (and related genres) are nowhere to be seen [...]
December 29th, 2010 at 8:40 pm | |
Geek Art: The Beatles In Lord Of The Rings In ‘Moria Road’
The MP3 album deal of the day at Amazon today is Nirvana‘s Nevermind for only $3.99.
Released in 1991, Nevermind was the band’s second album and what propelled Nirvana to stardom with their big hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
I can easily say that every song on Nevermind is a good one, but if you need to justify the four bucks… There’s 12 songs on the album and sold separately they’re $.99 each, so you’re saving nearly $8 by buying it now on sale. Also, all you need are four good songs to justify the price — I already said they’re all good but here you go: There’s the aforementioned “Teen Spirit,” along with “Come As You Are,” “Drain You,” and “On A Plain,” and I’ll tell you, it was really hard for me to choose those four songs amongst the twelve [...]
December 29th, 2010 at 5:11 pm | |
Comic Review: Superboy #2
Believe it or not, there was a time when The Beatles wanted to star in a live-action adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, with Stanley Kubrick to direct. The cast would be Paul McCartney as Frodo Baggins, Ringo Starr as Sam Gamgee (both as hobbits), George Harrison as the wizard Gandalf, and John Lennon as the creature Gollum, but either Kubrick wasn’t on board for it or Tolkien killed it (it’s unclear which).
Obviously, that would have been an interesting project that unfortunately we’ll never get to see. But artist Shane Parker has decided to give us his depiction of what the Beatles in the LoTR could have looked like with his Abbey Road-LoTR mash-up “Moria Road.” [...]
December 29th, 2010 at 3:16 pm | |
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Pier Gallo
Cover by Phil Noto
Release date: December 8, 2010
The brand new Superboy series continues with this second issue. It picks up right where issue one left off with Superboy and his buddy Simon and Krypto are captured by Poison Ivy in which she offers a team up with Superboy to help her get her powers back. They have to fight their way through an outbreak of trees and vines and flowers that have taken over Smallville. They must find the source of what’s going on in a farmhouse in which a farmer is hooked up to what looks like a bomb about to go off. Can Superboy resist the temptation of Ivy or will he fall under her spell? [...]