Articles Archive for September 2012
We may be justifiably wary of remakes, but re-adaptations are an entirely different proposition…
by Rachel Hyland
In 1995, Sylvester Stallone starred in a film adaptation of British comic strip Judge Dredd. The basic concept, ripped from the pages of venerable weekly 2000 A. D., was that in the future law and order will be maintained not by a phalanx of enforcement officers and a myriad of agencies, but by single individuals – Judges – who have the power to arrest, prosecute and then sentence wrongdoers, including carrying out their executions. This …
It turns out it is possible to get over beautiful naked vampires.
by Brad Crammond
From its opening with a near-dead Tara, shot by were-trash Debbie, to its close with Bill drinking Lilith’s blood and turning into some kind of blood monster/god, Season 5 of True Blood was a roller coaster of action and intrigue.
Of course, anybody who actually watched the latest season of True Blood would know what a shameful fucking lie that is.
The people involved in the creation of True Blood have a unique skill, and one that I haven’t …
How CBS’s sleeper hit, now about to enter its second season, gives us a hero for the Big Brother age.
by Geonn Cannon
FINCH: You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered “irrelevant.” They wouldn’t act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with …
“Hugo-winning” may sound like a big deal. But is it really?
by Rachel Hyland
On September 2, at the 70th World Science Fiction Convention held in Chicago, Illinois (Chicon 7), the 2012 Hugo Awards were given out in eighteen categories. From Best Novel to Best Fan Artist and from Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) to Best Semi-Pro Fanzine, the recipients of those Hugos have now earned the right to identify themselves forever by perhaps the most sought-after adjective in the genre world—or at least, that is specific to the genre world.
Because to …
From the Atari 2600 classic Yars’ Revenge to the the App Store juggernaut that is Angry Birds, we attempt the impossible in narrowing down the greatest video games of all time.
by the Geek Speak Staff
with an Introduction by Jason Murdoch
It’s not often that the crack Geek Speak staff look beyond the borders of literature, the graphic novel, the cinema and the small screen, but that, frankly, is changing.
We would be hard pressed to argue the ever increasing part of our everyday lives that are video games. It would be equally hard …
In an attempt to be fair and balanced and thoroughly, completely above reproach in properly researching my side of this debate, I have just come off two hours of mind-numbing, eye-rolling, fist-clenching torture. Yes, folks, I just watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, for what was the fifth hellish time. You would think I would’ve learnt better by now, but no, I keep trying again, desperately attempting to grasp whatever it is that makes others so rapturously fatuous about this dull, dreary tale of apes, interfering alien rocks and a dulcet-toned …
“Are you not entertained?”
– Maximus Decimus Meridius
Apparently, my esteemed colleague’s answer to that is, no, she was not. I pose the question, “So what?” Like Commodus, I will put it to the masses: Are we discussing whether 2001: A Space Odyssey was entertaining, or whether it was good?
I posit that those are not really the same thing. Are there movies you will watch over and over, but deep down, you know are really bad? Of course there are. We all have those. If I had to pick my “desert island” …
Why director John Hillcoat’s Western/Gangster hybrid is more than just hot young actors in outlaw get-up.
by Stephen Conn
Even by the broadest possible standards as often employed by this magazine, in order that we might embrace all that we can under the umbrella of speculative fiction, last month’s gangster movie release Lawless cannot be considered to be even remotely within the scope of our avowed purview. Which is why we have this General Knowledge section in the first place; after all, there is more to life than spaceships, sorcery and the …
Well, after last month’s mega tribute to all things us, it’s been a relatively quiet month in the Geek Speak mailroom, but that is not to suggest that you, our faithful readers, have not had things to say.
First, we heard from our old friend Ruth, regarding, in fact, last month’s mega tribute to all things us:
Wow! Thank you Anonymous for summarising all those articles I have yet to read. And I think you have a potential career on the Geek Speak staff…..I can see it now…..Reviews by Anonymous!
Next, this from …
Written by: Russell Mulcahy and John Kim, with Shayne Armstrong, Duncan Kennedy, Shane Krause and Justin Monjo
Directed by: Kimble Rendall
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Phoebe Tonkin, Sharni Vinson, Julian McMahon, Lincoln Lewis, Martin Sacks, Cariba Heine, Dan Wyllie, Qi Yuwu
US Release Date: Friday, September 9, 2012
In Short: Sharks in a supermarket… wasted!
HEATHER: Do you see it anywhere?
KYLE: Yeah I see it, but I’m keeping it a secret from you because I want you to be surprised.
If you’ve seen the trailer for Bait 3D, you have pretty much seen the movie: there is tsunami, …