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Image has the best analysis so far of why Wonder Woman is the best and most popular of the DCEU films, and it isn’t because Gal Gadot looks awesome in the leather swimsuit. Or even because she’s a kickass woman in a central role. (Side note: let’s quit with the damn memes arguing “Well, she wasn’t the FIRST…” Duh. We all know that. In the modern comic-film renaissance, there’s been a striking lack of female... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CultureGeek
• A bunch of Disney flicks got their release dates, including a pushback for Indiana Jones 5: The Apology. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a December release this year, just as Force Awakens was, but the as-yet untitled Episode IX will be a May 2019 release, rather than sticking with the Christmas plan. That’s probably because Frozen 2 comes out that Christmas, and Disney doesn’t like to fight itself. (Please, Disney. We’re gonna go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at CultureGeek
The Tonys were held Sunday night, and I am pleased to announce that Edwardsville native Laurie Metcalf won best actress for A Doll’s House Part 2 - a production I did not know existed, but intrigues me. Trivia note: the Metcalf Theater on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is named after her father, James Metcalf. Laurie Metcalf is a founding member of Steppenwolf Theater, along with John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and others. Metcalf’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at CultureGeek
• This year’s WWDC conference had a bunch of gifts for Apple fans. Business Insider has an interesting analysis: instead of flashy new projects (though there are a few of those), Apple is laying out a strategy for the next 10 years. Personally I don’t care about the iWatch or augmented reality. The HomePod interests me much more, as a lifelong Apple user with a full-house Apple system. MacOS and iOS updates, App Store update,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at CultureGeek
Welcome to a mega-edition of CultureGeek Linkspam, since we took Memorial Day-Week off. What? There were brats to grill. • Apple Computer held its WWDC keynote today, announcing a number of fun stuff. Among them: Amazon Prime finally comes to Apple TV; the older iMac model gets a boost and they premiered a new iMac Pro; the HomePod; software updates…. oh, just read it. • A review of Wonder Woman is pending after a rewatch.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek Gojira was a huge success for Toho Studios when it came out in 1954. It broke box office records, earned the equivalent of the Oscar in Japan and was a powerful allegory for the dangers of nuclear war and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek In the third installment in the Godzilla series, Toho decided to bring in another well-known monster to be Godzilla’s opponent; the mighty King Kong! It was originally an idea by Willis O'Brien to film a movie to be called... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at CultureGeek
This summer, CultureGeek will feature a series of guest blogs centered on the classic Godzilla films, written by author and Godzilla aficionado Jim D. Gillentine and collated from other Godzilla fans as well. Rawr! - CultureGeek Gojira: The Beginning With a pitch-black screen and a sudden thundering boom followed by his iconic roar, the 1954 classic Gojira begins. This is the one that started it all, and to many G-Fans, it is still the best... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at CultureGeek
Everyone has already posted their condolences on the death of Roger Moore, so I won’t try. Cancer sucks. As usual, the debate of “who was the best Bond” arises as it does any time the Bond franchise is in the news, with the aura of a religious fervor and none shall be swayed. I won’t say Moore was my favorite Bond, but he was the first I saw, back when they re-ran Bond flicks in... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at CultureGeek
Today's guest reviewer is Jason R. Tippitt of The Mental Nomad, discussing the cancellation of Law & Order: Chicago... I mean, Chicago Justice. Take it away, Jason: I'm not surprised, given that Chicago Justice wasn't mentioned -- one way or another -- at the time NBC announced its fall schedule. The one-and-done fate of this series follows the similar course "blazed" by Law & Order: Los Angeles. You would think that just remaking the original... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at CultureGeek
If you liked Prometheus, you will love Alien Covenant. I hated Prometheus, so I only halfway liked Covenant. Ridley Scott seems determined to pretend most of the original quadrilogy didn't happen, and while we might agree with him on a few aspects, the Alien Queen rocked and I will brook no argument. Scott has apparently decided the Alien Queen doesn't exist, and that's a problem for me. Meanwhile, Covenant is trying to say something about... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at CultureGeek
Biggest geek news of the week so far is definitely the tragedy afflicting the Zack Snyder family and Joss Whedon taking over as director of Justice League. The fact that I really hated Snyder's take on superheroes in general and Superman in particular has no bearing on the terrible sadness he is fighting, after the suicide of his daughter. He said he knew he had to come clean about the reasons for this move, because... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at CultureGeek
Rest in peace Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden, whose death appears to be hitting many hard according to social media. Variety says it is being investigated as a suicide based on what was observed in the hotel room, but naturally it’s far too soon to say. The reaction from the music world has been one of mourning. • Fans of Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett will be happy to hear that... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at CultureGeek
I’m going to assume that it was MY column last week that convinced NBC to un-cancel Timeless. (Hilariously, showrunner Eric Kripke and star Matt Lanter both announced the change as if they went back in time and changed NBC’s minds. Hee.) I clearly have a very powerful voice in Hollywood, see? Deadline says NBC has been playing hardball with all of its series that are produced outside the network, including Blindspot and Taken. Both were... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at CultureGeek
Dangit. It never fails. A quirky little show pops up, it has problems but also some serious potential, and I like it. Naturally, it doesn’t survive the first season. Timeless fell victim to the Conspiracy Arc Syndrome that seems to bedevil most speculative fiction shows: really, guys, we can bop around from time period to time period and enjoy the hell out of the quasi-history our erstwhile, occasionally brainless heroes visit, and it doesn’t have... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at CultureGeek
• The new Wonder Woman trailer has dropped. I liked the previous one better, but at least we’re seeing new motion on the movie with only a few weeks to go. This trailer was obviously geared at the super-action fans, heavy on the explosions and fisticuffs. As I’ve said before, I don’t even care if it sucks, as long as it makes money. Because if it doesn’t absolutely blow all the records out, if it’s... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at CultureGeek
It's no secret I adore the Newsflesh series. There are a few books/series that come along in a lifetime that smack you upside the head, that you could read over and over and never get tired of them, and if you're a writer, you wish you'd written that book. I mean, c'mon. It's zombies and journalists, and the journalists aren't the bad guys. I choose to believe Ms. McGuire wrote these for me personally. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at CultureGeek
Without further ado... here's the year's movies! In my humble opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary - I'm the only human I know who didn't like Love Actually, so don't throw anything at me. Best Films of the Year • Moana. Disney’s upswell continues with a terrific adventure through the Polynesian islands, a heroine worthy of Disney and more, and a hilarious character in Dwayne Johnson as the demigod Maui. See full review here.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at CultureGeek
Adding Thomas; alas, Frid died in 2012. I think his obituary re-circulated this year; one of many risen to die again on the internet. :/
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2016 on A year in memoriam at CultureGeek
Right on both counts; thanks!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2016 on A year in memoriam at CultureGeek
We've all joked not-so-lightly that when they run the Oscars obit reel this year, we will need a separate telecast. And those that claimed TIME's Person of the Year should be the Grim Reaper aren't that far off. Maybe it wasn't more than usual. But it surely felt that way. From David Bowie to Debbie Reynolds, my count stood at 150, not including those lost in the Brazilian plane crash, and there's still a number... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at CultureGeek
It's often been said that when M. Night Shayamalan dies, his tombstone will read, "Good, but not as good as The Sixth Sense." I was thinking of that when I saw the new Ghostbusters, a delightfully fun film that suffers only because it isn't quite as good as the first one. Honestly, I approached this with trepidation mixed with dread, because while Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are well-known for their comic exploits, I saw... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at CultureGeek
Two Disneyfied thumbs way, way up for Moana, the latest in what some are calling Disney's Second Renaissance.* I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but I'd definitely rank it among my favorites of the last several years. It's a refreshing adventure of a young woman striving for her identity - wait, have we heard this one before? Yes, we've had the "I don't fit in, I want more than this, who am... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at CultureGeek
It really doesn't matter how many times you've seen it. There's nothing like Jaws. (Spoilers. But c'mon, you haven't seen it yet?) The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Ill. has an awesome tradition: $2 Tuesdays. Classic movies of all kinds - Raiders of the Lost Ark or Narnia, Marnie or Enter the Dragon, Casablanca or Animal House. This week it was Bruce the Shark chomping on 1970s haircuts and that's one bad hat, Harry. Most of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at CultureGeek
From what little I saw, Oscars host Chris Rock didn't just address the elephant in the room; he rode that (white) elephant all around the stage. And if that was a little uncomfortable for the blindingly white, tuxedoed and gowned millionaires in the room, so be it. However, I did not watch or live-tweet the Oscars, primarily because my antenna had other plans. I think CultureGeek HQ needs a new antenna. I'll catch the salient... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at CultureGeek