Articles Archive for August 2012
The prosecution isn’t done with this case yet…
by Chris Nagy
A couple of issues back, we explored some of the more notable crimes committed by George Lucas against the fans of his most famous franchise, Star Wars, in The Many Crimes of George Lucas: Episode I: Star Wars Edition. But, is that really it? No! While his most egregious sins have been committed in that arena, we here at Geek Speak are nothing if not thorough. So even if we must endure the not-entirely-unjustified accusations of gratuitously piling on, here are …
No more vampire sunscreen, psychic powers and sparkling! Laying down the law on vampire lore.
by Amy Sharma
Last month I argued (rather well, if I do say so myself) in a Geek VS. Geek that we need some basic standards for vampire lore for use by authors and screenwriters across the board. Following up on my argument, One Lore to Rule Them All, this month our editor has asked me to lay down these rules—to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. Never a big fan of whiners who don’t …
Why DC Comics’ reboot experiment has been a disaster for the JLA
by Kim Sorensen
I am huge comic-book geek. Every Wednesday I drive to my local comic book store and purchase the week’s new comics. I also stop to talk to Mike the owner, or one of his valuable employees about random geeky things, and more often than not it we end up in a discussion about DC’s 2011 universe-wide reboot in which every comic title received a new Issue #1, and a new origin story. Usually the comments are aimed …
A celebration of the UK’s most hilarious sci-fi sicom, ahead of its forthcoming tenth season…
by Katie Hager
I don’t like being a hipster. Really, I don’t. I mean, I know I’m pretentious and obnoxious, but I don’t try to be… generally. In reality, I’m probably more Socially Awkward Penguin than I am a hipster. It’s not that I choose obscure shows and books for the sake of their obscurity; it’s just that I don’t know how to like the things my peers find enjoyable. Maybe that’s why I’m here. And until …
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, …
Generally, when a director announces that s/he is filming an adaptation one of my favorite novels, my response is cautious optimism, and sometimes even wild enthusiasm. I was all about Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, for example. Indeed, I’ve been known to enthusiastically fantasy-cast some of my favorites (or at least participate in the casting of same). At the same time, I firmly believe that There Are Some Things Man Was Not Meant To Know, and that one of those things is how Athansor, the flying white horse at the …
I have to confess that I am not as enraptured by Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel Winter’s Tale as is my opponent in this debate. Kate lists it as her favorite novel of all time, rhapsodizing at length about its language, its imagery and its unforgettable characters. As one more newly come to the book – not released in a new edition since 1995 but now, of course, available for your favorite e-reader – I can say that I enjoyed it, for all its convolutions, and I am certainly in awe …
Twelve new shows attempted this summer… how did they do?
by Rachel Hyland
With the summer TV season drawing to a close, it is time to take a quick look back at the new shows with which we were blessed (or cursed) this time out, mostly by our friends in basic and premium cable. Amid all the returning summer shows – hello Falling Skies, Warehouse 13 and assorted quirky USA Network crime fighters! – came a phalanx of series premieres, of which I personally assayed a princely twelve.
To all new shows I …
It is not often that we here at Geek Speak are left speechless, but that is exactly what happened this month when, amidst all of the usual – and, as always, greatly appreciated! – notes along the lines of “Good job!” and “Nice work!” and “Love it!” (thanks, thanks and thanks!), we also received the following communiqué, which may be better called a dissertation, on all things, well, us. And would you believe it was signed only Anonymous?
Here’s what “Anonymous” said:
Dear Geek Speak,
Reading through every article & every review from every issue …
Written by: Chris Butler
Directed by: Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Tucker Albrizzi, John Goodman
US Release Date: Friday, August 17, 2012
In Short: Weird kid sees dead people and saves town.
Recommended: Kind of…
GRANDMA: What’s happening now?
NORMAN: The zombie is eating her head, Grandma.
GRANDMA: That’s not very nice. What’s he doing that for?
Norman’s grandmother is dead. Which is why, when he passes on a message from her that his father should turn up the heating because her feet are cold, Norman’s Dad gets quite …