Archive for the ‘Week of Geek’ Category
Countdown To Doctor Who: Actors With Roles In Both ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars’ [Infographic]
August 29th, 2012 at 11:01 am | |
Thanks to my DVD subscription to Netflix, I’ve had the splendid opportunity over the last couple of years (as other fans have no doubt) in being able to rediscover and revisit some episodes of Classic Doctor Who, some of which I’ve not seen in decades.
In the course of these nostalgia trips, I began noticing that there were quite a few actors who were popping up in many of the classic serials that had also played a role in some of the Star Wars films. On top of that, there has been some Star Wars actors show up in the new series as well.
About a year ago, I came across a few submissions at the Doctor Who Subreddit over at Reddit.com – notably this one and this other one – showing the crossover of Doctor Who actors who had also been in Harry Potter.
Consequently, in the lead-up to the premiere of Series 7, I decided to put together a bit of a timey-wimey infographic matrix thingy that looks at the crossover of actors between Doctor Who and Star Wars. Hope you like it, and feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below [...]
Countdown To Doctor Who: ‘Pond Life’ Continues With Part 2!
August 28th, 2012 at 6:00 pm | |
Countdown To Doctor Who: New Trailer Released For ‘Asylum Of The Daleks’
The BBC has posted part two of the ongoing short mini web series, called Pond Life, focusing on the everyday life of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) in the leadup to Doctor Who Series 7. You can check out the new installment below.
In the previous Pond Life, Amy and Rory receive an odd phone message from The Doctor (Matt Smith), as for the first (known) time in his life as a Time Lord he keeps in touch with companions away from the TARDIS. [...]
August 28th, 2012 at 12:00 pm | |
Countdown To Doctor Who: New Series 7 Trailer Reveals River Song, Weeping Angels!
The BBC has released a new trailer for the upcoming premiere episode of Doctor Who Series 7, entitled Asylum of the Daleks. Complete with the return of all versions of the iconic Daleks, including some from the Classic era, you can check out the new teaser at the bottom of this post.
Asylum of the Daleks begins with [WARNING: some minor spoilers ahead!] the Doctor being reunited with companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill respectively), who are dealing with some of their own real-life dilemmas. As the Doctor sweeps them into time and space again, they are captured by the Dalek Parliament, who demand that the Predator of the Daleks aka The Doctor (we assume so) is sent into the Asylum of the Daleks to destroy those therein [...]
August 27th, 2012 at 3:15 pm | |
A Look Back At The 1990 ‘Captain America’ Movie
BBC America has released a brand new trailer for Series 7 of Doctor Who, that contains some awesome new footage not yet shown in the UK trailers. You can see the trailer in all its brilliance at the bottom of this post.
Some of the footage not seen before includes a short shot of River Song (Alex Kingston) and some film of the Weeping Angels from the final episode featuring Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
Doctor Who Series 7 showcases the return of the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, and is produced by showrunner Steven Moffat. The seventh series will be split in two for broadcast: part one playing during the Fall, the Christmas Special introducing new companion Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, and then part two concluding the seventh series during Spring 2013 [...]
July 24th, 2011 at 11:10 pm | |
It was really strange watching the 1990 version of Captain America: The Movie after many years have went by since the first time I gave it a shot. With my anticipation for the upcoming big-budget Captain America: The First Avenger growing by the day (especially after just listening to the amazing orchestral score CD), I thought I would revisit the film that has taken a relentless beating by critics and fans of the legendary Marvel Comics character alike since its aborted release more than two decades ago.
First a little background about the film. In the late 1980′s, Israeli wannabe movie moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus purchased the rights to make a feature film based on the character of Captain America, created in 1940 by the writer-artist team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, for their prolific film company Cannon Films. Cannon also had the rights to make a film based on Marvel’s Spider-Man and had just bought an option to bankroll a fourth Superman film from that franchise’s producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Clearly the Cannon boys were aching to break out of the low-budget B-movie ghetto they had built their company’s reputation on. But when Superman IV: The Quest for Peace went into production, the film’s budget had been cut drastically at the 11th hour from nearly $40 million to $17 million, resulting in a cheaply-produced product that swapped out the groundbreaking visual effects from the first Superman feature for cut-rate effects that would sadly be out of place even in a SyFy Channel original movie [...]
Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger
July 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm | |
Captain America: The First Avenger
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Chris Evan, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones
Release Date: July 22, 2011
In 1992, 9-year-old me entered a video store and struck gold. Among the shelves and shelves of VHS tapes was a single copy of Captain America: The Movie. Already a comic (not to mention Captain America) fan, you can only imagine how excited I was to view what I assumed would be a masterpiece. The movie was anything but and left much to be desired, but 9-year-old me loved the hell out of it. Despite its shortcomings and flaws, watching Captain America throw his shield for the first time just blew my mind. Fast forward to nearly 20 years later, I wondered if the latest Marvel Studios movie, Captain America: The First Avenger would do the very same thing.
With America just stepping into World War II, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wanted nothing more than to serve his country. Despite being constantly rejected by recruitment agencies due to his meek size, Rogers’ unflagging persistence pays off and catches the attention of a scientist by the name of Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci). Erskine enlists him in a top secret super solider program. Injected with a Super-Soldier serum and bathed in “Vita Rays,” Rogers is transformed into a perfect human specimen. He becomes more than just a super soldier, but a symbol for America. He becomes Captain America [...]
Top 5 Underrated Captain America Villains
July 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 pm | |
If you have read Captain America comics since you were a wee lad like me, then you are probably excited about Marvel’s newest blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger.
I for one can hardly wait to see the Star Spangled Avenger appear on the silver screen for the first time, mixing it up with his arch enemies Hydra and the Red Skull. While these villains are certainly not to be underestimated, there are quite a few Cap villains that are. We at Geeks of Doom believe that every dog deserves his day so we are proud to present Top 5 Underrated Captain America Villains.
These villains might be underrated for a reason, but someone out there digs them. Continue reading to see who makes the list!
Don’t feel bad for Karl Morgenthau. Sure, he is number five on the list but he has so much going for him. He was the son of a Swiss Diplomat, his choice of weaponry includes a spiked mace and a shield, and he was one of the few Captain America foes to give him a run for his money. [...]
Captain America 101: A Crash Course In The Terminology and Characters
July 21st, 2011 at 11:37 pm | |
The world loves superhero movies. For every release, it seems that audiences can’t wait to see the next superhero flick. And see it you will. Because if there’s one thing that people love more than the average movie, it’s Harry Potter. But now that Harry Potter’s done, you have time for more superhero movies! Yay! But, if you’re anything like the rest of the world’s population, based on sales, you probably don’t read a lot of comics and you might be a little confused by the convoluted plot lines and science fiction elements you see in these films. It may be a little tough for the average moviegoer, but that’s why I’m here!
So, in honor of this week’s Captain America: The First Avenger, I’m going to take the time to sit down with each and every one of you in a feature I like to call Captain America 101 to discuss some of the characters and terminology that you’ll be seeing in this weekend’s #1 movie, that is, unless the world decides to see Harry Potter again, but I digress.
Let’s get to it, soldier! [...]
Captain America’s Top 5 Partners In Crime
July 20th, 2011 at 11:33 pm | |
If you have been a huge fan of Captain America like I am, then you should be excited about Marvel’s newest blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger.
The movie looks like it will be the best Marvel movie yet, but we here at Geeks of Doom don’t want to neglect Cap’s comic counterpart. I mean without the comic, there would be no movie. So, here to spread some comic love, we’re proud to present Captain America’s Top 5 Partners In crime.
Continue on to check out the list!
So we all know the best partners in life are the ones that challenge you and no partner changed Cap more than Rachel Leighton, aka Diamondback. As a founding member of the villain super-group The Serpent Society, Diamondback was initially called upon by her group to take down the good Captain, but his crime fighting ways got the best of her. Maybe it was his earnest demeanor or maybe it is because women love a man who wears an American Flag as a costume but she was smitten the first time they met. Diamondback eventually switched sides for Cap and they went on several missions together, proving once again that when you are patriotic, blond, and pumped full of government sanction drugs, the ladies will turn over a new leaf for you in a heartbeat. [...]
Music Review: Captain America: The First Avenger Soundtrack
July 19th, 2011 at 9:48 pm | |
Captain America: The First Avenger Soundtrack
CD | MP3
Walt Disney Records
Release Date: July 19, 2011
This summer movie season has brought us the now customary overpowering glut of blockbuster superhero epics, and with them some interesting but ultimately unmemorable orchestral scores. It’s disappointing when esteemed composers like Patrick Doyle and James Newton Howard are put to work on movies such as Thor and Green Lantern and they can’t even be moved to create good music for them. Neither musical score packed even the slightest amount of the mystery, tension, and high adventure all classic action-movie scores bring to their accompanying films, although to be fair Doyle’s Thor soundtrack had its share of moments worthy of the God of Thunder. If the music doesn’t care about the characters and the on-screen action, then why should we? Most composers tend to fall back on the same musical motifs that do little to stand out as nothing more than the components of a standard soundtrack. It all sounds nice, but you won’t be humming the themes for hours or days after you see the movie or purchase the soundtrack CD [...]
Book Review: Joe Simon: My Life in Comics
July 18th, 2011 at 10:09 pm | |
Joe Simon: My Life in Comics
The Illustrated Autobiography of Joe Simon
Written by Joe Simon
Release date: June 21, 2011
I am a big fan of books that cover comic book history, particularly the golden age of comics. Joe Simon: My Life in Comics takes a look at that period through the eyes of the man who helped create Captain America, and I was looking forward to reading it. My Life in Comics turned out to be almost everything I had hoped for, but came up a little short. There are a lot of good anecdotes to be found in this book, I just wish certain events in Joe Simon’s life had been looked at a little longer.
Joe Simon is perhaps most famous for joining with Jack Kirby to create the Captain America character in 1941, but he was responsible for much more than that. Before there was Jack and Stan Lee, there was Simon and Kirby, creating thousands of pages worth of entertainment and hundreds of characters that live on to this day. My Life in Comics looks at Simon’s life, from his childhood days, through his prolific career, into his twilight years. Simon tells the story of how he and Kirby jumped from publisher to publisher as different ideas were created. The autobiography spends most of its time dealing with the partnership and friendship between Simon and Kirby [...]
DC Relaunch: September’s Green Lantern Covers
June 13th, 2011 at 8:23 pm | |
Now That You’ve Seen ‘Thor’, Here’s Some Comics To Read
DC Comics released the official covers from the upcoming Green Lantern family of titles Monday, which you may have noticed were missing from their initial announcement. Although I’m not entirely sure why they withheld the covers, it is convenient that these were released the same week that the live-action Green Lantern film hits theaters. It’s also a great way for us to kick-off our Green Lantern Week of Geek!
In case you’ve forgotten, and I don’t see how that’s possible, these new covers and titles are a part of the relaunch initiative that DC Comics has planned for September, so if you’ll be going to see the new movie this weekend, make a note of the titles that you’re interested in here, because you’ll be able to start fresh with the comics in the Fall.
I’ve included the covers along with each of their solicitations, so check them out here [...]
May 9th, 2011 at 10:24 am | |
I know there are a lot of people out there who will be going to see Thor this week, and I’m betting that a lot of these people have never read any of his comic adventures. I’m here to present a few comics that are worth checking out if after you leave the theater you want to check out some of the god of thunder’s printed adventures.
If you want to check out the original stories that brought the god of thunder into the Marvel universe, there are two ways to do that. If you’re on a budget, you can pick up a volume of Essential Thor (there are 5 volumes currently available). These are nice black and white reproductions of the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby stories (along with other creators in the later volumes) and each volume has about 25 issues each, so you get a lot of value. If you have a bit more money to spend, you might track down a copy of The Mighty Thor Omnibus. This is a massive hardcover that collects almost 40 issues’ worth of material and presents them in beautiful color. It is a little bit pricier, and may not be for the casual fan [...]
Comics Of Doom: Episode 62: ‘Thor’ Movie Review
May 8th, 2011 at 9:11 pm | |
Five Things I’d Like To Do With Thor’s Hammer
Recorded May 8, 2011.
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Check out Episode 62 of Comics of Doom, the official comics podcast of Geeks of Doom. In this episode we review the new live-action Marvel Studios movie Thor. Click HERE to open the podcast player in a new window.
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May 8th, 2011 at 4:50 pm | |
Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, is easily one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe and one of the most coveted, along with maybe the Silver Surfers’ surfboard and maybe Jarvis (come on having your own butler, please…). So with the Thor out in theaters I started to consider what I’d do if I had that badass hammer. Now, I’m a caring guy of course so I’d wanna bring the rain to the parched and crush some evil here and there, but there are also those guilty pleasure sorts of things that would just be fun.
There’s the five things I’m thinking of right about now. So head down the rainbow bridge with me and let’s talk five things that would just be fun to do with that hammer of Thor [...]