The Rocketeer

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This poster hung on my wall in my little room back in the early nineties. I was a child so having a superhero on my wall wasn’t anything strange but something about the art decco style of this poster I absolutly loved. What I didn’t know then was that this poster deliberately echos the 30’s estetic of the times which arguably made this poster the most adult contempary peice of art in my room and made it stand out next to my Batman and Ninja Turtles movie poster.

This is of course a promotional poster for the movie of the same name that came out 1991. If you are familiar with the character then come on in and make yourself at home. Chances are we would have good conventions. If not let me introduce you to Cliff Secord. He’s a little slice of nostalgic americana. He’s a stunt pilot and one day he happens to come a across new fancy gadget that can make a man fly without a plane. But the nazis want it for themselves thinking such tech could win them the war. To keep it out of the wrong hands he uses it effectively turning himself from “Joe Everyman” into someone extraordernary. This jet pack technology basically becomes his only advantage over enemies and obsticles that and his quick thinking and gung ho bravery make him the nemesis to any evil doer out there.

Essentially this film is like an Indiana Jones/Iron Man hybrid and if that excites you, you should deffinetly give it a watch. The movie is based on a comic book that came out in the 80’s. The comic it’s self was made to resemble the pulp comics of the 30’s and 40’s so it was very stylised. I knew nothing about the comicbook as a kid, I went into that theater expecting adventure and got it in full. Crazy thing is the movie still works today. It was released by Disney so somethings they 0db805e1bc3aad452f81b34a69fe6341toned down from the comic. Most notably Cliff’s girlfriend in the comic was Betty a actress/pinup model that was the spitting image of Bettie Page (google her and thank me later). But in the Disney movie she is Jenny an aspiring actress played by a very young and equally stunning Jennifer Connelly. The film doesn’t particularily need that aspect, it works fine without it! So imagine my  supprise when I found this shot in the only comic I ever found of the hero. Needless to say my 8 year old mind was more then delighted. Anyway, where was I? The film feels like a classic. In fact I heard that the director Joe Johnston got the job directing Captain America because of this film. So there’s that.

rocketeer2-posterI am aware that the film didn’t exactly make the kinda dough the studio was hoping for meaning the proposed sequels were scrapped. After watching the movie again I can totally see a reboot working today. Something that feels like a “spiritual-sequel” to the original, you know reference the events of the last film a bit and not focus too much on the “origin” just keep it simple and light but up the stakes. I found this pic online and I had to share it. I don’t know if this is an actual promo or fan made but this teaser is mouthwateringly good. I just know a hit movie is in there somewhere. In closing I just wanna add that when you find an obscure jem that you love chances are there are others out there who know where you’re coming from and if you make enough noise maybe the studios and or franchise holders just might see us and give us what we want! They want to give us what we want. They wanna make money. Support your passions by letting people know what your into! If any of this sounds awesome do yourself a huge favor and give this one a watch!

The Rocketeer (1991)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

A couple years ago a friend sent me a funny youtube video. It was a really elaborate short film that is so we crafted I don’t wanna give away the whole thing. Anyway years later the same filmmaker managed to make a full leangth feature film based on the idea of that short film.

It’s tough to talk about this film without a certain amount of spoilers. so i’ll keep it light. The film centers around the legend of Santa Clause as seen through the traditions and culture of northern scandanavia. If you tilt your head just right you have the makings of a good horror movie. The director shoots his film as big as any Hollywood blockbuster giving the reletively simple and contained story a more epic large scale feel.

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The acting is good each character conveys what needs to be shown to have us, the audience, give a crap.

The thing however that will either make or break this movie for most viewers is whether they feel like reading subtitles. The film is a finnish movie with only handful of dialogue spoken in english. Luckily though the film is very visual and allot of information is adequately portrayed. I can only assume that watching it without subtitles you would still get the gist of it but be confused in certain areas. At any rate, this fact shouldn’t scare you. just check it out and afterward you can tell everyone you watched an awesome finnish movie!

This film is truely unique. Being exposed to this as an american should really put you in both familiar and unfamiliar territory at the same time. By barrowing america’s cinematic language it’s easily accessable yet the story takes place far away, way up north and Santa looks pissed!

But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a Santa slasher movie, which I guess is sub genre now. This is a far cry from films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Santa’s Slay (the last one being a throw away joke title for a fake movie in Ernest Saves Christmas that Hollywood just had to turn into a real film starring some wrestler as an Evil Santa, I think. Does that qualify as Meta?) No, this film feels more like a kids movie with balls. The main character is a child who believes in Santa but after studying old books about his peoples folklore surrounding the character he fears being considered naughty by him and the cruel and perhaps lethal punishment he would face. He becomes over cautious and rightfully paranoid. Naturally, as in most kids movies, no one believes him until the all hell breaks loose. It’s not a gorey film at all but it doesn’t shy away from blood or the sight of dozens of mutilated animal corpses. Heck if you look hard enough you’s find full frontal male nudity! Sounds like Christmas at Michael Jackson’s house. BOOOOOOO! Hiiiissss! What too soon? Seriously though imagine watching a kids movie that flat out becomes a bad ass action movie! Well sorta. With a bigger budget allot more could have been done in the final act to amp up the action and thrills but as is the film is still great with some fun moments telling the audience that it is self aware.

I say if you don’t feel like watching It’s A Wonderful Life again and want to see something really different, yet entertaining. Give this one a try! Wanna wet your appetite just search for Rare Exports 2003 and 2005 on youtube and checkout the two short films that inspired the feature!

Two Christmas Specials!

Well, It’s december and you better believe that i’m all about that warm feeling I get through good old fashion christmas themed storys. One of the most celebrated and most often retold holliday story is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

If you are alive chances are you have seen 6492 different versions the story in movie form. Some take the story as it was originally conceived with it’s 1800’s setting and characters, some attempt to update the story by putting it in modern day, and some retell the story by thorwing in popular characters into the rolls putting a new often comical spin on proceedings.

I will be focusing on two completely different retellings of the story. Let’s start with a great sci-fi retelling based on the popular brittish hero DOCTOR WHO simply titled A Christmas Carol.

Doctor WhoFor those of you who need an introduction to the Doctor, my only advise is: look it up. I was never a fan because the show looked cheap as all hell and cheasey to boot. But my interest peaked with the introduction of the latest Doctor played by Matt Smith. I saw clips online and short reviews and relised that this seemed pretty cool. I watched every episode of the Matt Smith Doctor and I have pretty much loved it. So sorry in advance to those who are unintiated.

The story starts off as most sci-fi stories do with a spaceship entering an alien atmosphere, but unfortunetly the strange clouds are interfering with the ship threatening to crash it along with all the innocent bystanders onboard. Amung them are the Doctor’s two companions Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams. The two inform the crew that they know of someone who can help.

The Doctor makes his first appearence stumbling down a chimney and proceeds to playfully figure out the situation. That being a greedy old man has control of this worlds atmosphere and can allow the ship a safe landing if he so pleases. But he doesn’t want to. ‘Cause he’s an asshole. The Doctor then realises that with the help fo his time machine he can reenact the classic Dickens tale casting himself as the three ghosts of christmas past, present, and future. What follows is a rather unique adventure, that’s funny, poingant and features a sleighride in the sky by a flying shark! Plus a beatiful song to end it all that i wouldn’t mind adding to my christmas playlist. This is the first time I was genuinely supprised by a twist ending in such a classic tale. It was great!

Best Line:
We’re boys, and you know what boys say when they’re scared? …Mommy.

The other retelling is probably the definetive modern comedy feature film version original characters. SCROOGED.Scrooged

Bill Murray is perfect as Frank Cross the stand in for Ebeneezer Scrooge and even though the film was released in ’88 it feels like a deicent mordernisation of the story. He’s a rich, selfish tv executive in New York. Bob Cratchet is instead a african-american woman working for practically nothing as his long suffering assistant played by Alfre Woodard. The Tiny Tim is of course her son isn’t dying but suffering from a psychological issue and hasn’t spoken in years. The story plays out bassically as it should but with some added stuff for fun. The ghosts aren’t what you’d expect they all get a makeover even the ghost of Christmas future has a great twist in style and execution. The film’s got great creepy moments, gross out scenes, lots of laughs and of course heart. Sitting through the movie it does feel a bit long but it’s all worth it for the great emotional speech Murray delivers as a climax. I tear up everytime I watch it! Another great thing is the music. Danny Elfman’s score makes this a great flick to watch next to Nightmare Before Christmas and sets the zany/eerie tone for the movie.

Best Line:
Frank:  Who is this?
Grace: It’s my son!
Frank: Yeah, well you beat him!

One interesting thing that can be said about these two specials is that both film’s characters are aware of the source material the film is based on. In Scrooged he is producing a live tv event which happens to be Dickens story, a rather lame one too simply entitled Scrooge which as a kid lead me to believe this was the correct titel of the story. In Doctor Who’s special he happens to be a fan of Dickens work and that story is what gives him the idea to attempt to rewrite the history of the old curmudgen in hopes he’s do the right thing just in time for christmas. I really enjoyed these and if you have trouble finding a movie to watch this year or wondered which version of  A Christmas Carol is worth your time look no further!

Quantum Leap Retrospective

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.”

Do these words incite a wholesome sense of nostalgia in you as you read them? Chances are you’re a fan of Quantum Leap! Probably the best and most accessable time travel show on tv ever.

As a kid, watching tv with the family there were only a few shows that would fly in our household. That being said almost all television in the nineties were practically family shows. Primetime tv was usually family time together in front of the tube. I remember looking forward to TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) on ABC… I think, were the line up was mostly comedy shows that quite frankly is embarrassing to watch now.

Quantum Leap, however, was one of the first drama’s on primetme that blended sci-fi, humor and heart and did it so sucessfully my whole family could enjoy it. It had something for everyone. The chemestry between Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell as Sam and Al is great fun. They seem to be perpetuatly put in hillarious scenarios which would result in Sam uttering the show’s catch phrase: “Oh Boy.” Remember when characters had catch phrases? The time travel aspect added not only to the comedy, but it was through this sci-fi mainstay the show recieved it’s nostalgia badge. The series started airing in 1989 so the future according to the show was 1995. So the past he visited was very relatable, to many viewers. Another thing QL was famous for was tackling issues. The writing was so well put together their could be an episode dedicated to one hot topic like, say racism, and we would watch Sam try to help people come together while in the body of a KKK member.

While in England I happened to find a few DVD boxsets with the show and I bought the cheapest one which happened to be season four. I gotta tell ya! just watching the show again was huge fun. And there is virtually nothing outdated about it besides the “futuristic” pimp outfits Al would wear which ironically look more 80’s then anything else in the series.

I’ll never forget a few episodes that involved:

Sam meeting and Evil female version of himself. She even had an evil female Al. That one I can’t wait to see again.

Sam leaps into the body of girl who was just raped. This one was incedibly powerful.

Sam and Al switch places! The fourth season opens up with a bit of roll reversal that is short lived but it’s fun!

Sam leaps into Al as a young man and almost gets him sent to jail which results in a scary what if moment with and alternate Al who’s more the prissy english butler type. (Possibly the previous incarnation of the character before settling on the Al we know.)

Sam leaps into the body of a space chimp. Nuff said.

Sam leaps into his great grand father and takes part in the civil war.

Sam leaps into Lee Harvey Oswald and attempts to stop the assassination of JFK. (Which was an awesome tv movie.)

And of course the bitter/sweet final episode.

After watching a full season of the show I was thinking if it was time for a Quantum Leap (reboot) using the same formula but adding a bit of modern sensibilities not to mention all the stories you can tell in the time since the show’s end.

Well that’s my short retrospective .. (I guess) of a great show from my childhood that’s still good today!

Reasons Y: THE LAST MAN is Awsome!

A couple years ago I was watching tv flipping through the channels and I came across an unfamiliar awardshow celebrating entertainment that never seem to get televised awardshows. I remember that dude from the first Twilight movie, you know the “bad guy”, he was there to present an award so obviously this was geared towards teens. Suddenly an interesting catagory came up. Nominations for this years best comicbook series! I recognized I think only one series and it was Joss Wheadon’s run on the Astonishing X-Men series. Which I loved by the way!

So naturally I was rooting for X-men to win. But to my supprise some book called Y: The Last Man does. That one didn’t even have superheroes in it! So a couple years later I was watching an episode of Chuck and I noticed he was laying on his bed reading Y: The Last Man.  Now my curiosity peaked. This is the second time I activly went out and bought something because a fictional character had it. “That’s how they get ya!”

So what’s it about? Is it any good? Well lemme pitch it to you!

Y: The Last Man centers on Yorick Brown (Get it? His name starts with a Y.) He’s basically your average hero and all around normal guy. That is, if you call owning a pet monkey and striving to be a great escape artist normal. The story starts with him on the phone with his long time girlfriend Beth who is currently in Austrailia. Just as he is about to purpose, something awful happens. Every singel organism with a Y chromezon (Another Y. Get it?) dies drowning in pools of thier own blood. All save for one male monkey and his owner Yorick Brown. One man must unlock the key to his destiny. That sounded a bit lame, I’ll give you that but one thing this book has in spades is a sense of the Epic!

What would happen if all men died? Would “womankind” be better off? This series does an excellent job serving as a “what if” tackling issues you never would’ve thought of but think would make sense, as well as delivering a great actionpacked emotional well written storyarc that will leave you wanting more. Form the very beginging this comicbook feels like an awsome tv series. Remember when LOST or even HEROES was the s#!t? This comic feels like your new story addiction. Great depth is explored with characters and even minor charaters pop in in out of the narative to serve as a kind of comment on what society has since become.. and how those left behind have dealt with it. This is deffinetly not a kid friendly superhero comic like Astonishing X-Men. If this were a movie it’d be a hard R rated one that’s for sure. What it shows, it does, in my oppinion, for a good reason. There is some nudity, violence and alot of swearing. But none of it goes too far. It makes the world more real. Humans do terrible things to eachother and this series doen’t shy away from it.

Why can’t the people who brought us The Walking Dead produce this as a tv show? I have heard rumors of a feature film but I gotta feeling that in the wrong hands it could end up like The Last Airbender. ‘Nuff  said.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve recently accuired the last volume of the series, Book Ten. So as of writing this I have no idea how it ends. I have a good feeling that whatever happens it’s goona feel just right! The only time I was really disapointed with a comicbook series’ ending was Kick-Ass. When compared to the film it’s just misses the tone. So far Y has been pitch perfect all the way through!

Find out why everyman’s sexual fantasy can be a comlpete and utter nightmare by reading Y: THE LAST MAN!

Mind Games.

Lemme take a moment to get something off my cheast. There are people out there who seem to embark in cerebral warfare, that is to say, strategic psychological manipulation, i.e. mind games. Sometimes they can’t help it. It’s merely a case of defence mechanisms and self preservation. They are a product of thier upbringing. Past events that planted it’s ugly seed in thier, soon to be, twisted psyche only to blossom, in due time, into behavioural dysfunction. Aw Snap! Don’t I sound all smart!

As I was saying, they, for the most part, don’t even realise they are acting this way. So when dealing with such a person it’s important to keep a level head and above all be mature about it. A good example of this kind of relationship is in the movie Anywhere But Here. I wasn’t planning on a film review but here we go.

I just happened to catch this on tv and I missed the begining, but somehow I got really into it. Maybe because Natalie Portman was in it playing the relatable teenage girl or perhaps Susan Surandon playing her mother a woman so full of life she can’t actually live her own properly. (Let’s face it, if anyone of those lovely ladies were into me I wouldn’t mind being involved in a scandal, is all I’m sayin’)  Mom decides she’s had enough of her small town life and picks up and moves to Beverly Hills dragging her teenage daughter with who would rather stay home where all is familiar. There rest of the film is a character study on how mother and daughter essentially swap rolls. The daughter being the one constantly having to be the responsable one while the mother is reckless and does everything on a whim. The acting is superb. The story is simple. I like movies that just display life happening for these characters. What I loved about the movie was that at first I loved the mother cause she seemed like fun. But after a while I started to hate how selfish and unfair she was towards her daughter while at the same time feeling like she wasn’t all bad. Things happen and you can be a dick about it or you can cange. I feel like this film was a nice watch. Check ot out if you can.

So yeah, you may have guess where my inpiration for this post came from. But it’s no news I’ve got a friend who has decided she won’t speak to me at all now that she’s dating someone. Yeah you know that one I told you all about a few posts ago. Anyway, I’ve noticed a peculiar development. When dealing with these types not engaging them is key. Sometimes thier behavior hurts you, but like the old saying goes the best revenge is living well. It’s kind of funny but I’ve decided that this whole thing is stupid and that I’ve got nothing to say to her that I haven’t allready said. I’m not going to activly get in her face and say hi or stand in front of her in a very unavoidable way just to watch her squirm next time I see her. So far she has continued to ignore/avoid me. Our mutual friend isn’t one to take sides but agrees with me on her rather odd behavior. They were gonna meet up to go out. Just so happens I was going to the same place. When she finds out I was going there, she doesn’t even bother calling and simply doesn’t go to the club.

This is where living well works as a delicious bit of irony cake with frosted comeuppance on top. By living my life care free and going to parties, I win. Anytime she’s planning to go to the same party and finds out I’m there and decides not to go, she loses. Who knows maybe if this happens enough times she’ll realise a valuable lesson. Or maybe it takes something like what happened to Susan Sarandon in that movie to make a change. At any rate, a happy ending can be found if one is tired of being a “victum” and decides to change their suroundings.

Live Well!

INK OMG!

Every once in a while some filmaker comes along and decides to embark on making thier vision come to life despite not having a studio to back them up. They utilize the surroundings and local talent to put together a grand opus of celluliod. I’m talking, of course, about RAZOR SHARP. (Obscurus Lupa fans will unite in big chuckle anyway.) No! I’m talking about the vastly supior film entitled INK.

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Lemme kill two birds with one stone for you and also introduce you to Apollo Z Hack. He’s the internet reviewer prodigy that opened my eyes to the film. Apollo is a forced to be reckoned with in the world of webisodic reviewing nerdy goodness. I should do an article all about him. Just do you self a favour and if you are anything like me you will appreciate his work.

INK is a thouroughly unique film that has a story which takes it’s characters on a quest through time and space! Sounds EPIC doesn’t it? It is. What’s great about it is that they manage to put such scale and urgency into the story with what little they have you kinda wonder why Hollywood, with it’s infinite amount of money, can’t do the same that often. This film is the Inception of backyard filmaking. It’s conciet a simple one. Good versus Evil in it’s purist form.

If you like fantasy drama this one is for you. I’m a christian man and I couldn’t help but see the delicious paralell between this film and the spiritual battle we face in our day to day lives being acted out on the screen so clearly and cleverly! For those of you unfamiliar with spiritual battle see .. the Bible. After you are done reading pick this movie up and be amazed what a brilliant metaphor it works as. It almost works as a teaching tool.

But whether or not you are a christian doesn’t change the enjoyment of this picture. It’s got great fight choreograghy some pretty good acting across the board. (which is rare by the way) The film is just plain visually appealing. Which again is rare in a movie made for so little. Do me a favor and checkout the link. Apollo Z Hack gives you the Hack Down on this excellent feature leangth adventure. There he gives you some more bits of info I purposefully omitted. It just might wet your appitite for more like it did me. Or go online and find it! You will not regret it.Even if your not a movie fan or a filmbuff chances are you will enjoy this film!

Apollo Z Hack on INK

Top 5 Rainyday Underrated Tv-shows for Dudes!

Got nothing to do? Maybe you feel like having a night in. Wanna be entertained? I got five tips for tv shows that are garanteed to make you crack a smile.

PSYCH (5 seasons)


“Are you a fan of delicious flavor?” I know I am. Nothing hits the spot quite like Psych.

PREMISE. If a guy who had the same abilities as Sherlock Holmes walked up to you and told you everything you did today you would probably think he was a psychic, if you believe in that sort of thing. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) has spent just enough time under the tutalidge of his police officer father that he can stand. Thanks to his weird childhood he has the ability to be hyper observant and makes bold assumptions making him appear clarvoyant. As it turns out he’s often right and one day is forced to convince the Santa Barbra Police Department that he has these powers to avoid getting thrown in jail. Smelling a good scam he opens a Psychic Detective agency with his long time friend Burton Guster (Dulé Hill). Together the solve mysteries from the mundane to the “supernatural”.

GUY CANDY: One word says it all. BROMANCE! This show reeks of it. The chemestry between the two leads is wonderful. You really get a sense that they would do anything for eachother… while bickering like little girls all the way.

10.0 on the GEEKTOR SCALE One thing that is frightfully obvious about the show is that everyone involved has a love for movies tv show and pretty much anything the 80’s had to offer. If you’re like me you’ll love all the obscure verbal refrences and loving homages to some of the most iconic bits of entertainment of yesteryear! It’s actually become thier thing, with certain episodes dedicated to be their version of “the Exorcist” or “Friday the 13th” or even “Twin Peaks”.

ONE MORE THING Every episode manages to work in pineapples. I’m not kidding, check it out. It’s like a game if you can find them all.

CHUCK (4 seasons)

PREMISE Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) is your standard Peter Parker type who is cursed with “great power” and finds himself with a great responsability. Instead of arachnid like extra features he’s got a secret government database known as the INTERSECT downloaded into his brain. Planning on selling nucular weapons to terrorists? With the Intersect Chuck can “flash” on you allowing him to know everything on file about you and use that knowledge to take you down. But he can’t do it alone. He needs two NSA agents Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski Mass Effect 2 fans should recognize her) and John Casey (Adam Baldwin of Firefly fame) to  help and protect him. Sarah is assigned to be Chuck’s handler/bodygaurd and does so by playing his girlfriend. Chuck, of course has the biggest crush on her and the “will they wont they” begins.

GUY CANDY This show pretty much cracks open the skull of everyman and gives us what we wish for in life. Hot girls? Check. Espionage? Check. Action/Comedy? Check. Romance? Check.. wait what? Yes, I dare say this show is romantic and protrays romance from a man’s perspective. Yvonne, will you be my wife?

9.5 onthe GEEKTOR SCALE What truly makes this an empowering watch is that Chuck is in fact a geek himself, and it is through his nerdish leanings he saves the day… or as the case may be the world. He is smart and uses his cunning to out wit his enemies. Like for example fooling his foes into thinking that they are surrounded by swat teams by letting them hear his good friend talk about what his plan of attack is…  for a “swat team” based video game. Being true to yourself is the key! Much like Psych this show loves to make refrences to geek pop culture, but doesn’t go out of it’s way to pay homage and instead focuses on it’s genre.

ONE MORE THING The show can get emotional, but it’s not a drama. Some elements can get silly but it’s allways been more of a comedy anyway. Spoiler Alert!! Season 2 ends with Chuck getting an “upgrade” allowing him to open up a can of jelly kung fu whoop ass!

CASTLE (3 seasons)

PREMISE Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, also from Firefly) is a successful mystery novelist and after being brought in as a consultant on a case involving his novels for the NYPD he becomes inspired by Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) to write a new series of books with her as the model for the lead character. Through his connections with the mayor he manages to score permission to tag along with Beckett on her cases. She however doesn’t like the idea of being shadowed but soon relises that Castle can not olny be a handful but also helpful.

GUY CANDY The title character does live a lifestyle any guy would love to be accustomed to. Unless you are allready accustomed to that lifestyle. But if you are a geek like me you know this show allows you to live vicariously through Rick Castle. He’s rich. Dates supermodels. You know, the little things. He’s comfortable enough both financially and with himself to be a big kid. I want that! Not to mention Stana Katic. She seems like a real woman. Not Hollywood sexy. Real life sexy.

7.5 on the GEEKTOR SCALE He may not look it but underneath that rugged extirior beats the heart of a geek. His bank account allows him to take his passions to a whole new level. Castle is a fun character to watch, if they are working on a case involving egyptian artifacts in a museum, he’ll be the first one to put on the nearest fedora and open the sarcoficus. Even the music composer is in on the joke reworking the show’s familiar tune to refrence classics like Back to the Future, the X-Files, and even Sex and the City. Hey the fact that I even know that makes me a geek.

ONE MORE THING For those of you expecting this to be BONES, it’s not. Even though both male leads had starred on a Joss Wheadon show before, and I’m sure there are more comparisons, it’s just not somehow. For some reason I never gave that one a chance. Yet CASTLE manages not only to be funny but in some episodes down right susspenceful!

HUMAN TARGET (2 seasons)

PREMISE Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) is the guy you call if you are in deep trouble. Is your life in danger? His team of experts will eliminate the threat by puting you in line of fire, forcing the bad guys to expose themselves. A human target gets the job done.

GUY CANDY This one is for the action lovers out there! I was pleasantly suprised how awsomely inventive the action sequences are in this one. For a tv show they really pull out all the stops. I forget that this isn’t a feature film only because of the 40 minute running time. He’s flying a 747 that is on fire and decides the best course of action is to turn the plane upsidedown! Out of context it sounds kinda weak, but it’s friggin’ sweet! Season two adds two new female characters which help bring down the testosterone a notch and crank up sex appeal on a more regular basis. Not that this show ever really had a lack of babes to begin with. Chance is the retired professional with a heart of gold which is in it’s self a cliché but he’s got enough goofy humor to make him feel different. Who wouldn’t wanna be a jack of all trades type with connections everywhere?

He’s a Guardian. Not an Angel.

3.5 on the GEEKTOR SCALE Remember show’s like MacGyver? If you watch ’em now they are kinda painful unless you got nostalgia goggles on. This show remembers how you felt watching those shows and gives you it’s updated counterpart. Another thing worth mentioning is that the show is… based on a comic book! GASP! I never read it but from what I gather it seems to be very serious and doesn’t have the humor of this series.

ONE MORE THING Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero is something feirce. Laidback and chill, but also calculated and cold blooded. At first I didn’t know if he was one of the good guys.

THE GOOD GUYS (1 season)

PREMISE

“Crime is like woman who wants your attention. You just gotta pull out your gun and…”

Detective Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford) sees the world a bit differently. He’s a man’s man. Fast cars, faster women, and cold steel in the palm of your hand meant swift justice! He’s suddenly paired up with Detective Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks, the spitting image of his father Tom.) who has big dreams but does everything by the book. Together they work property crimes. Not very exciting… or is it? Somehow, however minor or mundane a crime they investigate they manage to uncover a much bigger threat. Can Jack throw out the rule book and punch crime square in the nuts? Dan will make sure the answer is yes.

GUY CANDY Buddy Cop series? I dunno how they did it but they managed to take the movie formula you love and turn it into a tv show that feels fresh. The character of Dan Stark is a parody of manliness, viewed from 70’s cop show stereotype’s perspective. Yet you completely buy into. For example he hits on women allot in the series. The women that he genuinely attracts, you actually buy that they fall for him. I’m not one to use overused rap terms but the dude’s got swagger. On top of that his methods of crimefighting rely either on dumb luck or tricks he’s learned from years of expirience. Another theme explored is partnership. Work with someone long enough you know how they think. that in it’s self can save a life.

2.5 on the GEEKTOR SCALE Well this one is basically a straight up comedy with action in it. If you love characters like Frank Drebin you’ll appreciate this. Dan drives a sweet ride so car enthusists have some thing to gawk at I guess. If your a student of film, you’ll enjoy the fun story structure. We begin with the middle of the story and go back to earlier in the story to see how the characters got there. Some thing would happen and then we go back a couple minutes to relive the event though someone elses eyes.

ONE MORE THING This show manages to make the weekly bad guys as funny and entertaining as the regular cast!

These shows are still on the air so start watching the reruns, buy the dvds, support the shows that are actually good! Otherwise we are stuck with crappy reality shows or scripted series that start out good but lose it’s appeal eventually. I’m looking at you THE CAPE.

How Silly!

I just watched probably the most bizarre nonsensical mind boggingly silly peice of cinema. It’s late and i didn’t want to just go to bed. So I took a chance on a title that was weird and the genre: comedy.

I heard of this movie before from an issue of EMPIRE magazine. So I wasn’t flying blind I kinda had an incling of what to expect. But I was wrong. What expect was silly, but some how seeing the movie… What can I say. It’s extremely out there! MAybe I read too much into it (it is like 4 in the morning as of writing this) but I found the subplot to be like a metaphor for todays movie goers.

Wanna know what the heck this crazy movie is about?

It’s about a discarded tire in a desert somewhere in america that suddenly comes to life. It rolls around and soon relises it has psycho-kenetic abilities and then slowly but surely goes on a murder-spree killing human beings.

If that doesn’t sound like ravings of a lunatic… or an interesting night at the movies, i dunno what does.

“Why is this happening?” “No reason.” If you can except that, then this movie is golden.

This film is a bit of an aquired taste. Either you are gonna love it for it’s originallity and eccenticities or perhaps you might think it’s slow and boring. Put it this way, if you think Vampires Suck was one of the best comedies you’ve seen you will flat out not understand or in other words hate this film.

This movie feels like your watching a movie that takes place between the cracks of other bigger movies. If you wanna see a strange take on indie horror movies or comedy in gerneral be sure to checkout:

RUBBER