Time to sing! 🙂
Oh, to be 7 years old and simultaneously wowed and scared shitless in the cinema all over again. Back in 1993, I was either too young (and, as we all were back then, internet-less) to have caught a trailer OR 1993 trailers simply kept the big surprises and money shots for the paying customer’s cinema experience; either way, and I suspect it’s a mix of both, I had no idea of the wondrous experience that lay in wait at UCI cinema for my 7th birthday treat. The T-Rex flipping the car, the dilophosaurus offing the guy from ‘Seinfeld’, velociraptors in the kitchen. OH MY ALAN GRANT!
Thanks to Steven Spielberg, ‘Jurassic Park’ was to me what I imagine ‘Star Wars’ was to my older cousins. I enjoyed the sequels for what they were but I can still remember those two hours in the multiplex, my Mom screaming all holy Hell when Laura Dern is confronted with Samuel Jackson’s, erm, loose limb – those nasty, brilliant surprises remain unforgettable. So, it is with some trepidation that we have the second ‘Jurassic World’ trailer, aired during the Superbowl, revealing what seems to be so much so soon.
Still, Chris Pratt facing off with big beasties and shots of flying dinos swooping down to pick off theme park tourists – the potential is right there! Tamed raptors, though? Hmm. Get them back in the kitchen with Tim and Lex!
Knockdown dragout time! ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ WHOM?! Thunderdome ain’t got nothing on this fight of the century…
Yep, as I dip once more into the dangerously addictive world of Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, I end up with a bloody fight to the death on my hands.
In one corner, we have the homicidal maniac known as ‘Ghostface’, a killer of teens who enjoys scary movies and offing Drew Barrymore in the first 10 minutes. And his nemesis? Sunnydale’s saviour and everybody’s favourite blonde Slayer (Faith was pretty cool, no?), Buffy Summers and her trusty Mr Pointy.
Who will win? It’s gotta be the Buffster right? The girl power is strong in this one – plus payback’s a bitch and SMG already suffered at the hands of the scary masked serial slasher in ‘Scream 2’. Remember?
If you nodded at the question posed by this post’s title, then you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get one fantastic thing, but four – thanks to the new trailer for the imminent ‘The Fantastic Four’ reboot. Superhero nerds everywhere, do your Tuesday jive dance boogie!
I can’t say I’m the authority on the Storms and co., never having encountered the comics or caught the Alba/Evans-starring footnote and its sequel back in the noughties. Back in 2005 of course, not every superhero had to brood and act all taciturn in the shadows quite as much, and this trailer concerns me slightly in that it looks like just any other Nolan-indebted gloomy origin story.
However, with its not-obvious cast choices and a director who has form in directing unusual superhero fodder (Josh Trank previously directed the shaky-cam ‘Chronicle’), this could be a smart move from Twentieth Century Fox, banking gold at the box office with a super collective to rival their ‘X-Men’ franchise. So confident are they, that a 2017 sequel is already in the works… wonder what Marvel Studios are thinking, hmm?
What’s a Geek to watch at the cinema as we approach the end of January? There’s actually a reason to turn off Netflix as we have this weekend’s ‘Ex_Machina’ (robot-lady ethical thriller penned by the excellent Alex Garland) prior to next weekend’s big Disney release ‘Big Hero 6’ (kinda-robot blow-up ‘healer’ thang develops friendship with young boy). I want them both, I want them now.
‘Beyond Clueless’, a documentary by Charlie Lyne and narrated by Fairuza Balk (any ‘The Craft’ fans up in heya?!), documents the classic teen flicks of days gone by (the good, the bad, the cult and everything in between), recognising their place in pop culture and what they have to say about those brilliant/horrible years we’re all subjected to.
I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the weirdos who hang about on the fringes – everything from ‘Heathers’ and ‘Rushmore’ to ‘Donnie Darko’ and, of course, ‘The Breakfast Club’ – but I enjoy a mediocre teen flick generally as much as I’ll enjoy a fantastic entry in any other genre. And, as I get older, I still find enjoyment in the likes of ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Easy A’ and ‘Detention’, sharper and funnier than most comedies aimed at so-called adults.
‘Beyond Clueless’, with its equally enticing soundtrack from the undervalued (and John Hughes-indebted) Summer Camp, KNOWS that the teen movie is the underdog of the genre world – and this is its moment to shine at prom, taking the Homecoming title sans bucket o’ pig’s blood. Catch the trailer below then hunt down a screening, you Veronica you!
Ah, January. Part of me feels you get a bad rap, part of me feels your detractors are fully justified in their hatred. Today is unofficially known as ‘Blue Monday’, the flip to Black Friday’s intoxicating blend of impulse sale buys and retail-based violence; what that means is we’re all poor, we’re all housebound, and we can’t see the impending summer through the SAD-inflicting pitch blackness of 2015’s cold snap start and bare, bare trees. Heck, if you were to look at this very blog, you’d guess Blue Monday got an early start, such is the lazy fugue state I’ve been occupying since the bell tolled midnight on Jan 1st. Write for pleasure? Pfft, there’s boxsets and leftover chocolates to gorge on. Chance is I might have been confused as one of these Smurf wannabes in the past coupla weeks.
But it’s not all bad. The Starks and co. would have you believe winter is coming (and that overblown fantasy saga happens to be back in April if that’s your bag o’ dragons) but the sun will shine on us once again. Case in point? On this very blue day, mere months after the Lynch legion were given an early Xmas prezzie in the shape of promised new ‘Twin Peaks’ episodes, Fox have confirmed they are intent on opening up ‘The X-Files’ once again.
OMG!! That stands for Oh My Gillian btw, seeing as this tentative announcement is not merely pointing to a rebooted recast remake, but has creative minds hoping for a reunion between Duchovny and Anderson as the original. Now, the second movie in 2008 was lacklustre – and, before we start seeking the truth that is out there all over again, remember this is still rumour mill stage – but this could be up there with new ‘Jurassic Park’ and aforementioned ‘Twin Peaks’ (still never seen ‘Star Wars’ so can’t comment there) as a nostalgia nuke to get excited about. Push the button, Chris Carter and TV-land people!
All together now…
It’s very likely on any self-respecting geek’s Christmas list already, but a festive treat is on its way to one lucky reader in the form of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Whether you’re the only person not to have seen one of the biggest films of the year, or you just want to re-live the insanely idiosyncratic intergalactic adventure all over again, you may be interested to know I have one DVD copy of the Marvel blockbuster to give away this Christmas.
It’s very simple to be in with a chance of winning. All you have to do is the following:
1) Head over to Twitter during the festive period and follow @nicetogeekyou.
2) Retweet any one of the giveaway-related Tweets I’ll be sending out over the next few weeks before giveaway entry closes on 09/01/2015.
You KNOW you wanna see the New Year in by sticking on a DVD and enjoying the hi-jinx of a talking tree and wisecracks delivered by a renegade raccoon! So, what are you waiting for? Good luck.
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Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 09/01/2015. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
It’s not exactly festive unless you’re a massive horror fan (which I am, so ding dong merrily on high!) but this week’s slice of upcoming cinema is the final instalment to the bloody great ‘[REC]’ franchise.
Already a hit with gore hound critics at film fests this year, ‘REC 4: Apocalypse’ returns its focus to intrepid journalist Ángela who is very likely regretting entering that doomed apartment building in the first movie. The last time we saw her, she was possessed by the film’s Big Bad and intent on inciting the titular apocalypse. As the clip below suggests, an attempt to quarantine the demonic source of the evil relocates the action to a boat, no doubt as doomed as the apartment block and the previous film’s wedding setup – but therein lies the fun, as the futile bid to stop the spread of the virus results in lots of claret hitting the fan.
And it’s out January 2nd – Happy Friggin’ New Year!!! 🙂