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The Drill Down 364: Where’s the Drone Porn?!
Mr. BabyMan   |  

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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, Dwayne and Andy are joined by Greg Davies (from TARDISBlend, Blendover, and Heavy Metal Historian podcasts) as we discuss: Edward Snowden answers almost anything, Reddit wants you to keep your clothes on, how to keep drones out of your backyard, a new Pebble watch… and much much more.

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Black Metal Friday: Graveworm “I, The Machine”
Ides Bergen   |  

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Formed in 1997, Italian band Graveworm were signed to a record deal off of the strength of their live performances before they had ever even recorded a demo. Their sound is epic, synth-laden symphonic black metal in the vein of Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth. Sarah Jezebel Deva from Cradle of Filth even appeared as a guest vocalist on the track “Awake, Thy Angels of Sorrow” from the band’s 1998 EP Underneath the Crescent Moon. Graveworm has released eight studio albums to date and continue to grow their following through extensive touring and festival appearances.

This week’s Black Metal Friday spotlights the official video for Graveworm’s track “I, The Machine” from their 2005 album (N)Utopia.

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Thrashback Thursday: Metallica “Mercyful Fate” With King Diamond
Ides Bergen   |  

Metallica and Mercyful Fate

Today’s Thrashback Thursday is a two-for-one deal. Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and King Diamond (aka Kim Bendix Peterson) are Danish countrymen. The two have been close friends for some time. Metallica even recorded their breakthrough second album, 1984′s Ride The Lightning in the studio owned by King Diamond and his band Mercyful Fate.

So strong is Metallica’s reverence for Mercyful Fate that they have, for many years, been performing a medley consisting of several of the band’s songs (“Satan’s Fall,” “Curse of the Pharaohs,” “A Corpse Without Soul,” “Into the Coven,” and “Evil”) which they simply call “Mercyful Fate.” A recorded version of the tribute appeared on Metallica’s Garage Inc.

When Metallica made a stop in King Diamond’s adopted hometown of Dallas Texas in 2008, they invited the King himself to join them onstage to lend his iconic lead vocals to the medley. Check out the footage of that performance here below.

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Disney In Depth: ‘McFarland, USA’ Movie Review
Brett Nachman   |  

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McFarland, USA
Director: Niki Caro
Screenwriters: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, and Grant Thompson
Cast: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Carlos Pratts, Diana Maria-Riva, Johnny Ortiz, Hector Duran, Sergio Avelar, Michael Aguero, Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Rodriguez, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda and Valente Rodriguez
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 129 Minutes
Release Date: February 20, 2015

Two sports films, two years in a row. Disney knows how to do this genre justice after hits including Remember The Titans, Miracle, and The Rookie. Last year’s Million Dollar Arm underperformed and failed to receive the attention it deserved.

2015 brings McFarland, USA, another sports movie vehicle for Kevin Costner, recently experiencing a major jump in film output. Despite the inevitable comparisons to Disney’s other entries in this category, McFarland, USA finishes ahead of the pack in quality and overall excellence.

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Contest: ‘The Interview’ Prize Pack
Dave3   |  

The Interview giveaway

It was undoubtedly the most controversial movie of 2014, and now a “Freedom Edition” of The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, has been released on home video with 90 minutes of bonus content available on Blu-ray. In conjunction with this release, we have 3 Interview prize packs to give away to 3 lucky winners!

Three (3) Winners will each receive a The Interview prize pack containing:

  • One (1) copy of the The Interview ‘Freedom Edition’ on Blu-ray
  • One (1) The Interview “Peanut Butter and Jealous” T-Shirt

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Subscribe* to Geeks of Doom Daily Email Digest.

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!
 

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The GoD List: Comics For February 25, 2015
Henchman21   |  

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Each and every week, I, “Old King Thor!” Henchman 21 and “Daughter of Thor!” Empress Eve read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible… theoretically. Naturally, we look forward to some more than others. I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of our pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of February 25, 2015. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

We got comics for you to check out. Boy howdy, do we have comics for you to check out. We’ve got criminals and clones and gods and food and so much more. We’ve got a whole new batch of comics for you to check out this week so get to your local store or go download some books if that’s more your jam. We don’t care how you get them, so long as it’s legal. It’s time for your weekly does of The GoD List!

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Massive Metal Monday: Scorpions “Still Loving You”
Ides Bergen   |  

The Scorpions Band Photo

In the 1980s, a band couldn’t truly say that they had “made it” until they had a massive, over-the-top, epic, tear-jerking power ballad. It was a trend that dates back to KISS having the biggest hit of their career with the accidental chart-topper “Beth” in 1977. Be it Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” or Cinderella’s “Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Till It’s Gone), the decade was one giant game of balladry one-upmanship. By the time hair metal burned itself out at the dawn of the 90s, there were bands that seemed to deal in nothing but ballads (Firehouse, Warrant, Trixter, et al…).

There is, however, one song that stands out to me as the apex of this movement. Veteran German metal band Scorpions were equally adept at bone-crushing rock and roll and ballads that could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. This week’s Massive Metal Monday song is one of the latter moments. Here, with the most bitchin’ ballad of the day, is Scorpions with “Still Loving You” from their massively successful 1984 album Love At First Sting.

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Geek Discussion: Are You Willing To Pay Full Price For Short Video Games?
The Movie God   |  

The Order: 1886 Video Game

This week brought with it a little bit of controversy in the world of video games, when word surfaced that the highly anticipated new PlayStation 4 exclusive title The Order: 1886 is short. Like, really short. Five to seven hours short. While still costing the full $60 you’d spend on most new games.

This re-sparked the always interesting debate: are you willing to shell out the full $60 retail price for a game that’s only as long as a few movies, even if the game in question is actually really good?

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Oscars Retrospective: Best Picture Losers That Should Have Won Academy Awards
Dr. Zaius   |  

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If your favorite movie of 2014 leaves Oscar Sunday a loser, have no fear. History suggests that the Academy Award losers have just as good a chance to become all-time classics as the winners. Granted, sometimes, the Academy gives the little golden statue to the right film. No one is going to argue The Godfather (1972), Casablanca (1942), or Schindler’s List (1993). But seriously, in 20 years is ANYONE gonna remember the overrated message movie of Crash (2005) or even the more recent 21st century silent film, The Artist? I sincerely doubt it. In fact, on 2007′s American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films (10-year edition), 14 out the top 20 were NOT Best Picture winners, some not even nominated.

So here’s a brief list of some of the greatest Academy Award Best Picture losers of all time.

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Oscars 2015: Who Should Win and Who Will Win
Three-D   |  

Neil Patrick Harris Oscars

The Oscars are upon us. Below are my picks of who I believe should win the major awards and my prediction on who I believe will actually win the major awards. Some of the categories that I find most interesting are accompanied by a few words that serve as my argument for that particular pick.

The 87th Annual Academy Awards airs live Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at 8:30pm ET on ABC, with the live Red Carpet arrivals starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

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