Articles Archive for June 2012
A look at the appeal of giant and/or angry animal horror, and a rundown of each species’ best and worst.
by Rachel Hyland
Remember, a few years back, when Syfy broadcast the utterly ridiculous-sounding (and looking… and being…) original movie Megashark Versus Giant Octopus? Starring Lorenzo Lamas and Deborah (neé Debbie) Gibson and featuring – this is true – a scene in which an enormous shark leaps so far into the air as to bite the wing of a passing plane, I bet you wondered at the time who on earth would …
George Lucas gave us the seminal science fiction masterwork of the 70′s… so why won’t he stop messing with it?
by Chris Nagy
“I love-hate George Lucas.”
That quote is from the beginning of the film The People vs. George Lucas, a documentary consisting of interviews and film bits revolving around some of the mogul’s questionable revisionist and filmmaking decisions. It is an interesting picture, and probably worth 90 minutes of your life (it is on Netflix streaming). It makes some very good points, but at times devolves into self-important bitching.
But, why do …
Upon the death of science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury earlier this month, a mere sampling of the paeans of praise sung to his name…
by Rachel Hyland
“Do you ever read any of the books you burn?”
He laughed. “That’s against the law!”
“Oh. Of course.”
– Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Headline: Following Ray Bradbury’s Death, Thousands Of People Buy Kindle Version Of Book About Demise Of Paper Books
– The Onion, June 6, 2012 (rather missing the point, of course)
On June 5, 2012, at age 91, science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury died. Author of seminal dystopian classic …
After four seasons on Syfy, the webseries-made-good Sanctuary has sadly come to an end. Here, a tribute.
by Geonn Cannon
“Good doctors come and go, but the great ones have always seen beyond the boundaries of science, beyond the known. The great ones dare to believe in the unbelievable.”
– Helen Magnus
This was the little show that could. A lot of shows can be described as labors of love, but Sanctuary truly earnt the title. It was created as a webseries, filmed between lead actress Amanda Tapping’s commitments to Stargate (because really, she only …
Why The Top 13?
Sure, there’s Saturn 3, Babylon 5, Blake’s 7 and District 9. But what number could be geekier than 13? Not only is there its inherent creepiness, but there’s also The 13th Immortal, The 13th Warrior and The 13th Floor. There’s spooky gore-fest Friday the 13th and those plucky, kick-ass comic book kids, Gen13. There’s Warehouse 13, The X-Files’ oft-referenced 1013, and the 13 tribes of Kobol. Plus, the Munsters lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. So, we at Geek Speak Magazine bring you the Top 13 of… well, whatever strikes our fancy.
Just be glad we didn’t elect to go …
I was inveigled into reading A Game of Thrones, the first in George R. R. Martin’s phenomenally successful A Song of Ice and Fire series, by Geek Speak’s own K. Burtt. An ardent Martin fan, if not necessarily a bona fide member of über-fan club Brotherhood without Banners, he had mentioned the series so glowingly so often that I finally couldn’t take it anymore; I hated being so out of this geek-zeitgeist-y loop. So I read the first book. And cried almost the whole way through. Threw it across the …
For my ninth birthday, my father bought me a one-volume edition of The Lord of the Rings; I lugged that thing around with me for two weeks, locking myself in the bathroom and taking a flashlight to bed so I could read uninterrupted by such trivial concerns as meals and getting enough sleep. My fortnight’s journey with Frodo to Mount Doom gave me a temporary crush on Legolas and a life-long love of fantasy fiction. But it wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that another work of fantasy …
Sad, or lucky? We may never know. A look at some lesser-known actors who’ve played household names, yet may very well never get there themselves.
by Rachel Hyland
When HBO’s Entourage came to an end after eight seasons last year – on September 11, 2011, incidentally; nice programming there, network execs – the big question left hanging in the balance was not whether E (Kevin Connolly) would truly make it work with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) this time, or whether Ari (Jeremy Piven) was going to take that job as CEO of Time …
And so once again the time has come to delve into the mailbag and see what you crazy kids have to say…
First let’s start off with some general praise, which is one of our very favorite types of praise! subzero had this to say:
Hello, it really interesting, thanks geekspeakmagazine.com.
You’re welcome, subzero! “Interesting” is our loftiest goal.
And then there was this, from inspiration:
Very nice indeed, I’ll probably download it. Thanks.
We’re going to assume that was in relation to one of our reviews, and thank you for your faith in whatever it was …
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith
Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell
US Release Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
In Short: A dramatized reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s life as a badass Vampire hunter.
Recommended: Only when your other DVD options are played out.
MARY TODD LINCOLN: Abraham, we’re going to be late for the play!
Having read the book a long time ago, I was really looking forward to this movie. The book was a great biography, and made Abraham Lincoln seem more like a …