5/31/2010

We have some exciting news coming up this month. On June 1st, 2010 we'll be opening our very own swag store. That's right. If you want cool t-shirts, and other products, then be here on Tuesday, June 1st, for the grand opening.

Plus, tomorrow we're announcing a contest where you can win your own personalized "Geek Twins" t-shirt and other prizes! The winner will be announced at the grand opening of the store. Come back tomorrow for the details.

That's no moon. It's the Geek Twins store!
If you're only familiar with superheroes like Iron Man and Fantastic Four because you saw their movies, you may be a little puzzled about all the buzz going around about the Avengers. You may have sat through the credits of Iron Man 2 and been baffled by the giggling and cheers you heard while looking at a hammer on the ground. This is your chance to catch up on the Avengers.

5/30/2010



We'd like to welcome this month's additions to the Blog Roll:

Black SuperHero Blog
http://blacksuperheroes.blogspot.com/
Description: "Following the portrayal of Superhero characters of African descent in comics, books, movies, & TV, and the people who bring them to you."
Why: Till the day when it becomes meaningless to mention a superhero's race, this blog will always be relevant. Plus, he does a lot of good retro stuff.
Favorite Post: Bulletproof

The Sci-Fi Gene
http://sci-fi-gene.blogspot.com/
Description:  "Glad you could drop by! This blog is part support group, part research institute for those who, like me, enjoy the best and the worst of sci-fi. In addition I have interests in computer graphics and independent media, and will continue to document my own adventures in filmmaking and CGI: a short film, "Bast: Secrets Of Cat Training" is currently in post."
Why: Part cynic and part geek. He manages to infuse each post with a enviable sense of humor and spirit. Plus, anyone that bothers to review our own favorite Asylum film MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus can't be bad.
Favorite Post: Flight of the Na'avigator [Review: Avatar]

Check 'em out today!
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5/26/2010

Spock is always the one to make the tough but logical calls. 
Like the problem with the red shirts.

Here's some of the other stories that came down this week in the world of Geek.
  • It was announced last week that Megan Fox will not be appearing in Transformers 3. While the rumors have been that it was Michael Bay's revenge for Fox's trash-talking him, Megan Fox is insisting that she quit.
    Q: Do you think Transformers 3 is better or worse without Megan Fox?
  • [Bleep] William Shatner - William Shatner is starring in a new TV show that's already generated controversy before it airs. CBS is rendering the written title as $#*! My Dad Says, but on air it will be called [Bleep] My Dad Says. The problem is that the TV series is based on a popular Twitter site that is just what it sounds like: a Twitter where the author posts funny and profane things his grumpy old father says. The Parents Television Council is already launching a campaign to pull the license of any affiliate that airs the show, just for the title alone.
    Q: Do you think Shatner's [bleep] will be popular?
  • The End of Lost - "The End," the final episode of Lost, aired on May 23 and caused a schism among critics and fans almost immediately. Without giving anything away for those who haven't seen it, the final episode led some to praise its mystical and emotional qualities, while others found it disappointing and sappy. Ultimately, only time will tell if the controversy will help or hurt Lost's legacy.
    Q: OVER/UNDER: The Lost finale will go down in history as one of the most controversial series endings in TV history, along with the ending for St. Elsewhere and The Sopranos.
  • Happy Anniversary - May 22, 2010 was the thirtieth anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man. Google celebrated by turning the website's logo (known as a "doodle") into a fully-functional version of the original game. It was only supposed to be online for 48 hours, but was so popular that Google permanently archived it at google.com/pacman.

5/25/2010

This week's "Tuesday Tossup"
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill is pumping 2,900,000 (US) Gallons of oil a day. People are trying everything from human hair to a top hat and they're running out of options. Oil rigs in movies are not uncommon and I asked myself which fictional drilling team might have cleaned up this disaster. I couldn't decide, so we'll leave it to you to decide.

The Abyss - The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction film, written and directed by James Cameron, about an underwater drilling team meeting aliens. An accident very similar to the Gulf Coast disaster happened to their ship and they not only survived but managed to contact alien life. On the other hand, the crew was diverse and eclectic, meaning they'd spend a lot of time fighting among themselves.
If they could meet E.T., could Ed Harris and friends stop a leaking oil spout?


Armageddon - Armageddon is a 1998 American disaster/science fiction-action film, directed by Michael Bay, about an offshore drilling team sent to blow up an Earth-killing asteroid. Determined, but unfocused, they were the best of the best. They're used to off-shore and interstellar drilling, but they may find it a challenge on the ocean floor.
If they could drill a nuclear bomb into an asteroid, could Bruce Willis and gang stop a massive oil leak?


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5/24/2010

From the Asylum, the studio who brought us Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, comes a spiritual sequel titled Megapiranha. I say spiritual sequel, since it doesn't feature the same characters or plot, but it's clearly meant to be a follow-up. After all, how many movie studios have produced two movies about gigantic man-eating fish with the word "mega" in them? Of course, let's be clear that there's a reason this movie went straight to video. It's strictly low-budget B-movie stuff, only for the die-hard sci-fi movie lover, so it's unfair to compare it to something like Avatar. So let's ask this: is it better than Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus? The answer is yes. Sort of. Let's take a look.

5/21/2010

Most people love Star Trek from the movies or the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, but never watch the original series because it looks goofy. But, any show that's in the Smithsonian Institution deserves some respect. Read this quick guide and you'll appreciate the show for the television landmark that it is. Plus, we'll give you some tips so you don't look goofy in front of the Trekkers.

It was on this date in 1980 that Star Wars officially became a franchise with the release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Not only was the movie a glorious follow-up to a great movie, but it also introduced one of the biggest plot twists in movie history, and cemented Star Wars into all our hearts and minds. Widely considered by fans to be the best film of the entire series, we here at Geek Twins decided to honor the movie with some lesser-known trivia. Add this to your databases for your next Star Wars marathon.

1. The Subtitle Started Here - Contrary to popular belief, the original release of Star Wars was not subtitled A New Hope. On its release, the opening crawl just started with "Star Wars." Empire Strikes Back was the first Star Wars movie to open with a number and title. Later on, the opening titles for the original Star Wars were changed to add "Episode IV: A New Hope."
2. Lucas Didn't Direct - George Lucas did not direct The Empire Strikes Back. He gave that responsibility to Irvin Kershner, so Lucas could focus on his first love: special effects.
3. Lucas Didn't Write ESB - Only one of the three drafts of Empire Strikes Back was written by George Lucas himself. The first draft of Empire was completed by Leigh Brackett in 1978, based on notes from Lucas. She died of cancer shortly after completing her draft. Lucas penned the second draft, and then handed writing the third draft over to Lawrence Kasdan, who also went on to write Raiders of the Lost Ark. Many attribute the lack of input from Lucas as the reason why this was the best written movie of the series.
4. "I Know" Wasn't Scripted - Harrison Ford created his famous response to Leia's declaration of love, changing it from "Just remember that, Leia, because I'll be back" to "I know."But this was not (as widely believed) technically an ad-lib, because he discussed it with the director before he said it.
5. The Secret of ESB - Until the film was screened for the first time, only the screenwriters, Lucas, Mark Hamill, Kershner, and James Earl Jones knew that Darth Vader was Luke's father. The script given to actors and the scene as filmed had Vader saying, "Obi-Wan is your father." And even James Earl Jones didn't know it was true, thinking that Vader was lying to Luke.
6. Hamill's Car Accident Changed ESB - Before filming, Mark Hamill got into a horrific car accident, and the scars on his face in Luke's recovery scene were his real injuries. Movie legend has it that the Wampa scene was not in the original script, but was added to explain the scars. However, Lucas denies that's the case and says that even without the Wampa scene, he could have just explained the injuries as war wounds.
7. ESB Got Poor Reviews - When the film was originally released, it got mixed reviews. Many critics criticized the fact that Empire had no real beginning or end, a fair critique considering the final conclusion wouldn't be released for another three years with Return of the Jedi. This structure of making the second movie a bridge to the third has now become common in movie trilogies, from Lord the Rings to the Matrix Trilogy to Pirates of the Caribbean.
8. The Emperor is an Ape - In the first appearance of the Emperor, Lucas wanted an ethereal look to the character, so they used a old woman's face, a man's voice, and a chimpanzee's eyes to create him. In the re-release, they changed it to the face of Emperor Palpatine.
9. Hoth Was a Hotel - The scenes on Hoth were filmed in Norway during a snowstorm so bad that at one point, they couldn't leave the hotel. The shot of Luke running out of the Wampa's cave was actually filmed by having Hamill run out of the hotel lobby.
10. Lando Was Han Solo - Billy Dee Williams originally auditioned for the part of Han Solo for the original movie. He didn't get the part, but they liked him so much that they had him play Lando Calrissian for Empire.
Sources: IMDB, Starwars.com, Wikipedia

5/20/2010

Since the very first rumors of an Iron Man movie, speculation has been rampant as to the main villain. Most of those rumors involved Iron Man's archenemy in the comics, the Mandarin. For the uninitiated, the Mandarin is a Chinese warrior whose main weapons are ten rings that each give him a different power, making him an incredibly formidable foe. Before Iron Man was released, speculation was not about whether he would be the villain, but over who would play him in the film. Even while watching Iron Man, it seemed like they would come close with mention of a terrorist group called the Ten Rings. But here we are in the second movie of the series, and still no Mandarin. That's like doing Batman without the Joker. What gives?

It turns out Jon Favreau has been putting off using the Mandarin because of his concerns over the character. In April's Vanity Fair, he explained his decision. In part, he said:
...if you think a Soviet villain is anachronistic, the way the Mandarin was depicted in the books would be very distasteful, nowadays...to have a guy dressed like a medieval Asian nobleman with ten magical rings did not seem like it fit with what people like about Iron Man. The Mandarin would probably need to be interpreted with a large degree of creative license because it will not look like what's in the comics.
Well, I have to disagree with him there. There is a way to do the Mandarin and not have it be either offensive or out-of-place in Iron Man's world. First of all, the Mandarin doesn't have ten magical rings. If Favreau actually read up on the comics, he would know that the rings are based on alien technology - technology so advanced that it only seems like magic. So they could make the Mandarin a scientist who develops the ten rings based on a new power source or even on the ARC reactor. I mean, Whiplash creates a pair of whips that cut through metal using the ARC reactor. Why can't the Mandarin create an ice ring with it?

The allegations of racism are easily avoided. Of course, you don't have to dress him up in the Fu Manchu outfit. You just need him to be Chinese - maybe a Chinese politician or someone who glorifies the Imperial Chinese era to the point where he names himself the Mandarin. There, problem solved. So get to it, Favreau. Bring on the Mandarin.

Should the Mandarin be in Iron Man 3? Let us know in the comments

5/19/2010

[Pic of the week from Icanhazcheezburger]
  • It turns out Shia LeBouf hates nuked fridges too. At the Cannes Film Festival, he bashed his film Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull saying it was garbage. He also took a swipe at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
    Is he risking the combined wrath of Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay?
  • Terrance Howard isn't bitter about being replaced for Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2 and is excited about the success of the film and the star Robert Downey Jr. Mania.com is speculating that he might be up for the role of the black African jungle hero "Black Panther" in The Avengers.
    Considering Howard is playing African leader Nelson Mandela in Winnie does this make sense?
  • An early 1978 draft of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, written by late science fiction author Leigh Brackett, has been leaked online by Geeks of Doom. Some surpising entries: Lando Calrissian is a clone, Anikin Skywalker's ghost shows up with Obi-Wan and Luke and Leia get freaky. "This is indeed a disturbing universe."
    TOSSUP: Which would surprise you more from the first draft of The Empire Strikes Back: Jedi Ewoks or an Emporer Palpatine nude scene?

5/18/2010

NBC's upcoming drama The Cape is the only well-done superhero series to make it to television.  There have been many awful superhero shows on television. Some of the best have been Batman, Heroes (first season), The Flash and ALF. Some of the worst have been Black Scorpion, Night Man and Lois and Clark.

I watched the first trailer this morning. Maybe it's just because I'm a new father, but the scene showing Faraday reading a comic book with his son tugged at the old heart strings. The scenes where he manipulates his superhero cape to grab bad guys and turn invisible sent my "Geek Meter" to 11. It's got everything we want from a superhero show: cool costumes, super-villains, an origin scene and a likable main character. More important than anything, it takes itself seriously, but not too seriously.

Read more after the jump.

5/17/2010

Our continuing series Comic Questions is asking the questions that comic book fans don't often ask. We'll be looking at some of the gaping flaws in logic in some of the most beloved figures and concepts in comic books. This week, we look at Angel's wings.

There's a reason that human beings don't just strap on a pair of feathered wings and fly. The misunderstanding of exactly how birds fly has led to some of the more humorous attempts in the last century before the Wright Brothers figured out airplanes. It's because the ability to fly is about more than just wings. One of the reasons birds can fly while other animals can't is that their whole physiology is geared towards it. For example, their bones are hollow, making them very lightweight. Their eyes are also positioned and protected by a membrane to avoid damage by wind.

Marvel tried to deal with this problem. According to the official biography of Angel, he has an enormously complex physiology beyond just the wings. His bones are hollow, his wings are super-humanly strong, he requires more food and processes it faster than normal, he has zero body fat, his eyes have a transparent covering that slides down over them to protect them from wind, and he can breathe at high altitude.

All that makes a lot of sense, but the problem is that none of it translates in the actual comic. For example, if Angel's bones are hollow, wouldn't they break easily? If they followed this to its logical conclusion, Angel would be a little like Mister Glass from Unbreakable. Also, since he's so much lighter than normal, wouldn't it be easier to knock him down? Would Angel risking starving to death faster than a normal human? And when has Angel ever said, "Hang on, let me slide my protective lenses over my eyes..."

I wish they would put all this into the comic. I think it makes him more complex than just a guy with wings. For example, if his brittle bones made Angel avoid combat, wouldn't that leave him looking slightly cowardly? I also think the barrage of other differences between himself and normal humans would leave him feeling alienated. While he might physically pass as human at first glance, Angel's need for more food, enhanced breathing, and lighter weight would cause differences that could be observed by anyone who spent time with him over the long term. I think it makes him more interesting, not less.

What do you think about Angel's wings?
A year ago, I said that Whiplash from Iron Man 2 looked like his outfit was made by "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

After seeing the film I realize he was terrifying. Any guy that could make a handmade Iron Man suit, coolly walk into the middle of a Grand Prix race and cut a car going 100 MPH in half is OK with me.

My bad.

What did you think of Whiplash?  Did Mickey Rourke's performance surprise you?
[Image from FilmShaft]

Update: Fixed typo

5/14/2010


Not even Battlestar Galactica's Cylons Are Immune to the Recession
  • Excelsior! in 3-D - Marvel's going 3-D for their upcoming superhero films Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. "The team has been doing a lot of research into 3-D processes," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says. "And were looking at it on future films when we have the time. We will be doing it at some point." Say what you like about the format, but you know you want Thor's Norse god hammer flying right in your face. [SliceofSciFi]

5/13/2010

There was a certain, smooth simplicity to Google's search page like a cleanly shaved head and now it's gone.

Unlike Captain Kirk, Captain Picard didn't wear a toupee when staring down the hirsute Klingons. That took real guts. Google apparently doesn't have similar intestinal fortitude. This week, in the face of their much flashier competition, the search engine Google introduced a new homepage design that is the Internet equivalent of an Elvis pompadour.

Microsoft's Bing has some powerful features, but I can't stand how ugly and cluttered it is. Now, Google's search page homepage looks just like it and I hate it. According to the Official Google Blog, the redesign is intended to "turn it up a notch" with better support for social networking and adding a "Left-hand Nav" bar.

Happy trails Google homepage. Now, you're about as appealing as Betty White in a string bikini.

What are your thoughts on the new Google search page? Hate it? Like it? Gotta have it?

Update: Added opening sentence and changed some wording.

5/12/2010

I just saw the trailer for the Smallville's season nine finale titled "Salvation." While its far from my favorite television show, this looks like a dynamite episode. Here are ten good reasons to watch the season finale of the pre-adventures of Superman.
WARNING: May contain spoilers!

5/11/2010



Despite having twice the action, twice the robots and half the character pathos, it still manages to be an enjoyable film.

While most people had never heard of Iron Man before 2008, he's always been one of favorite superheroes. I'm sure there's some psychological treatise that can be written about a small child dreaming of being encased in a metal suit. For now, lets just pretend I thought it was cool and leave it at that.

Instead of focusing on a theme of redemption from the original, this film focuses on the theme of legacy as Tony tries to both live up to, and live down, his father's legacy.

Won't anyone think of the children?
I've noticed a recurring theme of pro-smoking propaganda in the posters for M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. Paramount has released it's final promotional poster for the film on the right and the truth is out there. The hero is obviously a chain-smoker who constantly has trails of smoke following him. Not only that, he's twelve years old. Shocking. Meanwhile, his hated enemy is the only one who has a light.

This film is looking more and more incredible with each trailer and poster. The pattern of symbols that make up the arrow on Aang's head is particularly stunning.

Here's the official synopsis:
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. In the old days, there was peace between the four nations of the world. The Avatar — Master of all four elements — kept peace between the the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Only the Avatar has the ability to Bend (manipulate) all four elements, but one day, he Vanished. Then the Fire Nation attacked, forcing a war on the other three nations for one hundred years. Now, for the good of the world, it’s up to 12-year-old Aang (Noah Ringer), the new Avatar, to return peace and balance by putting an end to the war and mastering all four elements. Aang must accept his destiny by stopping the Fire Nation’s war and defeating the Fire Lord for good.
The movie comes out July 2, 2010. You can gander at more posters and screenshots at IGN.

Is it working? Do you feel like lighting up after looking at The Last Airbender posters?
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5/10/2010

For some reason, more than any other genre, women in science-fiction frequently appear bald. Perhaps it's because hair has become an aspect of femininity in our culture. A bald women is shocking, even alien, which of course goes well with the sci-fi genre. But a bald woman can also be kinda hot. Here's a run-down of some of the best bald babes in movies and television.

10. Agatha (Samantha Morton) in Minority Report (2002) - In a movie about future cops who solve crimes before they happen, Agatha is a psychic who sees who will commit murder before they even do it. She lived in a tube of milky water and had wires hooked up to her bald head. The movie never explained why having a shaved head was important to the psychic process, though. On the sexy scale, she ranks on the low end, since I thought she was more creepy than sexy.

9. Lady Jessica (Francesca Annis) in Dune (1984) - Based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name, Dune features a powerful all-female cult called the Bene Gesserit, whose followers have shaven heads for no apparent reason. One of the Bene Gesserit is known as Lady Jessica, and is also the mother of Paul Atreides, hero of the tale. Very exotic and mysterious, Lady Jessica had hair in most of the movie, but looked pretty good when she was bald, too.


8. LUH-3417 (Maggie McOmie) in THX-1138 (1971) - In a dystopian underground city in the distant future, all emotions are suppressed by drugs and people live in a dull and totalitarian police state. LUH-3417 is one woman who breaks free and leads her partner THX-1138 in a rebellion. In real life, Maggie McOmie was one of the few actresses willing to shave her head for the role, and pretty much disappeared from acting for twenty years. I guess the head shaving traumatized her. Now the sexy scale is starting to move, because I thought LUH was really cute with no hair. Much like Portman (see below), it gives her a vulnerability that adds to her character.

7. Adira Tyree (Fabiana Udenio) in Babylon 5 (1994) - The series Babylon 5 must have the record for most bald women on a TV program. There were two alien races whose females had no hair - the Centauri and the Minbari. We'll get to the Minbari in a minute. Adira Tyree is a stripper and the one true love of alien ambassador Londo on Babylon 5. Technically, the actress didn't shave her head - she wore a bald cap - but still looked really good. Plus, she has a spicy alien Latina flavor.

6. Asajj Ventress (Grey DeLisle) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2003) - A deadly Sith warrior who wields two lightsabers, Asajj battled against Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars mini-series. She ended up being so popular that they made her a regular villain in the Clone Wars TV series, and she's also appeared in the comics. Interestingly enough, Asajj was originally developed as a possible villain for Episode II: Attack of the Clone Wars. Her character was abandoned in favor of Count Dooku, but they resurrected her for Clone Wars. I think Asajj is really hot. I'd wield lightsabers with her anytime.

5. Delenn (Mira Furlan) in Babylon 5 (1994). In the space station Babylon 5, Delenn is an ambassador and leader of an alien race called the Minbari. The Minbari have a crest made of bone instead of hair. However, in the first season series finale Chrysalis, Delenn undergoes a transformation that makes her "part human" and gives her hair. I'm guessing this had more to do with the actress not wanting to wear the bald cap anymore. Personally, I preferred her bald. The bald head and mysterious accent made her seem quite elegant.

4. Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan (Virginia Hey) in Farscape (1999-2002) - In the TV series Farscape, Zhaan is an alien priestess who serves as the moral conscience for a group of escaped prisoners in a living spaceship. Behind the scenes, Virginia Hey really did shave her head and eyebrows for most of the series, but ultimately quit the show because the blue makeup gave her liver problems. Mature and voluptuous, Zhaan already breaks the mold for attractive women in sci-fi. The bald head and blue skin are just a bonus. I thought she was incredibly sensuous and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of her on the series.

3. Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) in V For Vendetta (2005) - Portman played a young woman who becomes the unwitting apprentice of a revolutionary freedom fighter known only as V. Evey and V battled together to overthrow a fascist dictatorship in a futuristic England. In one brutal scene, Hammond is kidnapped, accused of treason, has her head shaved, and is forced into a prison cell. The harsh treatment forges her resolve in steel to face her war with the government. In real life, Portman got a lot of press shaving her head for this role. I think she is one of the rare actresses who could pull this off. It made her pixie-like features more striking, and gave her a vulnerability that made you want to protect her.

2. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in Alien 3 (1992) - In Alien 3, Alien hunter and female warrior Ellen Ripley crash-lands on a penal colony and is forced to shave her head to avoid lice. According to reports, the original script called for Ripley to land in an outer space monastery, requiring her to shave her head to fit in among the monks. Script revisions changed it to a penal colony, but the baldness was a carry-over that stayed in under the pretense of head lice. Weaver's shaved head went beyond the movie itself and has become a part of pop culture. When Britney Spears shaved her head, Weaver and Demi Moore's shaved head in G.I. Jane were frequently cited.

1. Lt. Ilia (Persis Khambatta) in Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979) - Lt. Ilia served as the Enterprise's alien navigator in the big-screen debut of the classic sci-fi series. When she's killed by the alien invader V'Ger, Ilia is reborn as an android in a skimpy white outfit. In terms of bald babes, I will happily argue with anyone who doesn't agree that Lt. Ilia is at the top of the heap. Her baldness gives her an alien appearance, but makes her super-hot. Khambatta has a perfect head for it, too, and her features are made all the more striking. She's one of the few women who I think honestly looks more beautiful bald than with hair. Lt. Ilia inspired a generation of men to look at baldness in a whole new way.

Do you agree with the bald babes run-down? Can you think of another bald sci-fi babe to add to this list?

5/07/2010

We know you're going to see Iron Man 2 this weekend, so we wanted to give you some helpful tips on how to get the most of your movie-going experience.
  1. Free Your Mind - Undoubtedly, you're going to be standing in line with other geeks who think it's cool to know Tony Stark's real name is Anthony Stark. Here are a some quick bits of trivia to shut them up: The first appearance of Iron Man was in 1963. In the comics, James “Rhodey” Rhodes took over the role of Iron Man when Stark became an alcoholic. Tony Stark was modeled after the industrialist\inventor Howard Hughes.  
  2. Guarantee Your Ticket - There are pros and cons to this approach, but the way to make sure you don't see the dreaded "Sold Out" sign is to buy your tickets in advance. The con is that if you change your mind about the theater, or want to use movie passes, you're stuck. There are many ways to buy them online using sites like MovieTickets, Fandango or Moviefone*. Projections are that the film is selling five times more tickets than the original, so chances are your not getting in without an online purchase.
    *Disclaimer: I don't make any money off these sites, but I wish I did.
  3. Go Early, Stand Often - If you plan to see a big movie in the opening weekend, plan on standing in line unless you want to end up sitting in the front row. Show up at least a hour early and have something to do like a Nintendo game or a book to read. Also, do some stretches to keep from cramping during the run into the theater. That little kid in front of you may start throwing elbows. 
  4. Crack Some Easter Eggs - Easter Eggs are "hidden" in-jokes in films that most people would never get. If you don't mind the spoilers, you can print up a list of them from CHUD and snicker knowingly when they come up. This will make you look like a moron, but if you hear anyone else laughing, you know you found a kindred spirit. If you thought the Captain America shield in the first Iron Man was cool, then Easter eggs are for you.
  5. Get Your Extra Credit - Yes, there is a lot of peer pressure to leave as the crowds shuffle out of the theater. Yes, you'll get strange looks as you stay in your seat. Yes, the theater monkeys are trying to clean off the stale popcorn from under your seat. If you didn't stay after the credits for the first film you would have missed the first appearance of Nick Fury. Stay after the credits for a surprise. Otherwise just go here.
Do you have any movie going tips we missed?
[Image from chicago.metromix.com]

The reason superheros don't use computers as part of they're crime-fighting activities.
[Pic of the Week from agent-xcomics.com]
  • The movie Avatar continues to break records with the home release on April 22. Avatar became the fastest selling Blu-Ray DVD, outselling The Dark Knight (which previously held the title) and sold four million DVDs on the first day alone. However, the movie's release has inspired controversy over alleged double-dipping, since Fox has already announced that it plans two more releases of the same movie, a special edition in November, and a 3-D version in 2011.
  • There was an uproar among the Chinese sci-fi community, specifically the revered magazine, Science Fiction World. Editors of the state-run magazine and popular Chinese sci-fi writers combined to write an open letter calling for Li Chang (the magazine's editor and president) to be removed. They accused Chang of gross incompetence that led to the normally popular magazines drop in sales. They also criticized Chang's attempts to cut costs by having the magazine's editors write stories instead of authors and the art directors draw illustrations instead of artists. Chang has been suspended pending an investigation.
  • The highly anticipated Iron Man 2 was released today, with many expecting it to break the opening weekend success of the second Christopher Nolan Batman film The Dark Knight.
    OVER\UNDER: The Dark Knight made $155.34 million in its opening weekend. Iron Man 2 made $100 million in its foreign release last weekend. The film will make $200 million in it's domestic opening weekend.
  • Happy Anniversary - This week, May 2nd, marked the 105th anniversary of the first science fiction film A Trip to the Moon ("Le Voyage Dans le Lune"). This is also one of the first cases of movie piracy, since Thomas Edison stole a copy of the film and released it in the US, leaving George Melies' movie company bankrupt. Watch it on archive.org with commentary from some French guy.
What do you think about this week's news?

5/06/2010

Season 5 (Series 31) Episode 03
Written By: Mark Gatiss
Directed By:  Andrew Gunn
Airdate: April 17, 2010 

The idea of Doctor Who's greatest enemies fighting in World War II Britain is intriguing enough, but when you add themes of humanity, loss and ethical paradoxes it just gets better. "Victory of the Daleks" is the third episode of the 2010 season of Doctor Who. It's a long-running British science-fiction show about an eccentric time-traveler, known only as "The Doctor," who travels through space and time saving the universe.

The episode picks up after the last episode with The Doctor (Matt Smith) being called by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to help with his newest weapon in the war effort against the Allied Forces. The Time Lord Victorious, and his mini-skirt wearing companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), are horrified to discover that the British plan to use his most hated enemy, the cyborg Daleks as soldiers against the Nazis. Sir Winston Churchill struggles to understand why he's afraid of them as the pepperpots cheerfully serve them tea and scones. Soon, however, the truth is revealed and they use The Doctor to create "Daleks: The Next Generation." These new multi-colored Daleks are so ruthless that they immediately destroy the "inferior" Daleks that brought them into existence. Soon, the Doctor is forced to make hard choices about the fate of the Earth and the Universe as they threaten to destroy Earth unless the Doctor lets them go.

This season of Doctor Who just keeps getting better. This episode is thrilling and exciting with galactic space battles and German air raids, but also touches on the theme of identity. The Daleks struggle to continue their race while recognizing they are not true Daleks, having been created from a new strain of DNA. Professor Edwin Bracewell's recognition of his humanity saves the Earth. The Eleventh Doctor struggles, once again, with his heritage as he weighs the needs of Humans against the needs of others. Even when he saves the day, he questions his decision. Matt Smith is doing a great job and shows real passion and leadership. Karen Gillan plays his Scottish companion with verve and excitement and a hint of mystery as she seems unaware of the Dalek Christmas Invasion of Earth.
 
Overall, I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

What did you think of Victory of the Daleks? Is the season getting better or worse?
I stumbled across this poster called Star Wars Saga, and after careful examination, realized that it perfectly captures everything that's gone wrong with the series in the last decade. Let's review some of the highlights.

Exhibit 1: Anakin Skywalker. Right off the bat, the first thing that jumped out at me is the center. Who is placed as the center of the Star Wars Universe? Anakin Skywalker. One could argue that, in essence, the Star Wars series is all about Darth Vader. Specifically, George Lucas could and did argue that the entire series was really about the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. Certainly that's what the new trilogy was centered around. The problem is that it's absolutely and completely wrong. Darth Vader is the villain of Star Wars, not the hero. I only gained a slight amount of sympathy for him seeing his tragic path in the new trilogy, but that didn't make me change my opinion on who the hero is. Even in the prequels, I thought of Obi-Wan as the hero, not Anakin. Lucas basically tried to retroactively change the focus of the series, but he failed. If you ask any fan worth his salt who the hero of Star Wars is, he or she will immediately say...
Exhibit 2: Luke Skywalker. He's the one that we love and identify with. Luke is the one we all root for when he destroys the Death Star, fear for when he fights Darth Vader, and cheer for when he overthrows the Empire and saves the day. I understand that Lucas needed to change the focus a little bit because Luke wasn't even born in the period of time that the prequels are set. But in most fans' minds, we're just in it to see how Luke Skywalker's father and archenemy came to be. But not in George Lucas' world. In his world, Luke Skywalker is just another character to be shunted into a corner next to...
Exhibit 3: Princess Leia. Okay, now we're getting into nitpicks, but I didn't think that Padme was hotter than Princess Leia. This is kind of related to the debacle of Anakin, because Leia should be close to the center, but she's not. She's tucked away in a corner like Luke, and they have her in the least attractive of her outfits. And what's with that face?! She looks like she's gonna go for your jugular. Lesson here? They have no idea what the fans want to see.
Exhibit 4: George Lucas. Why is George Lucas in this poster of Star Wars characters? Go ahead, say he had a cameo in Revenge of the Sith. That's true, but he's not wearing his outfit from his cameo. He's wearing his regular clothes. It's a depiction of George Lucas the man, not the character. He's become so egotistical that he can't resist sticking himself into the series. I'm surprised he didn't put himself in the center. Even if he had, it would have made more sense than Anakin. Lucas has lost perspective on what made Star Wars great...not him. Lucas, I don't want a poster with your face on it, unless it has a target to throw darts at.

As with everything else in Star Wars these days, if you want to see a poster of the entire saga done right, go to the fans. In this case, I'll point you to SimonZ's website where he created a fantastic poster with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan side-by-side in the center, thank you very much. And Princess Leia in her slave outfit, which is undoubtedly her most popular one.

5/04/2010

We all know how deadly the Star Trek Enterprise is with piercing phasers and exploding torpedos. We all know how good the Star Wars AT-AT is at crushing rebel snow speeders under its massive feet.

Pigs in Space: The Sausage Enterprise

The Bacon AT-AT



So, which one of these edible meat sculptures would be most likely to kill you with high cholesterol?
[Images from SciFiwire]

5/03/2010

Ryan Reynolds will not be wearing a spandex or rubber costume when he plays the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern in the movie coming out June 17, 2011. Last month, Slashfilm scooped that his costume will be mostly computer generated. The costume news was later confirmed (sort of) by comic artist Geoff Jones in a twitter post:
"The rumor is that Ryan's #GreenLantern uniform will be CGI -- h***, yeah it will be! Generated from his ring in Ivan Reis-like glory!! :)"
In the comics, Hal Jordon is test pilot on Earth when he meets a dying alien that gives him a "power ring"  that allows him to create any object he can think up. If you ever needed a giant green boxing glove, he was your man. He later joined an interstellar police force known as the "Green Lantern Corp."  The reasoning is that Green Lantern's costume will be alien-looking and a manifestation of his power ring. Reportedly, there are several scenes where he changes costume mid-scene and this will make it easier to do. I actually think this is a great idea since it would really set it apart from the other superhero costumes and add an even more unique twist to a unique film.

How do you feel about Green Lantern's costume decision?

What were the hottest stories last month on GeekTwins? Well, Smallville's Chloe Sullivan prevailed, Star Wars' blue Jedi Aayla Secura is still sexy and the first confirmed picture of a time traveler captivated readers everywhere. Plus, sexy babes of science-fiction are still popular. Go figure.

5/01/2010

It's the first Saturday of May, and that means it's Free Comic Book Day! In case you haven't heard of it, it's a day when comic book shops across the world give away free comic books. The holiday was started in 2002 by retailer Joe Field in the United States to drive traffic into stores and promote small comic book distributors. Almost all the big comic book publishers release special free issues for the shops to distribute. Most of them, to be frank, are more like advertising brochures, but a few publishers get it and release actual comic books. Last year, the big grab was Green Lantern: Blackest Night #0, a prequel and introduction to the highly anticipated Blackest Night mini-series. This year, it looks like the big coup will be two special editions from Marvel, Iron Man/Thor and Iron Man: Supernova, just in time for the release of Iron Man 2. Looking for a shop near you that's participating in the event? Just go to freecomicbookday.com and type in your zip code.

Are you going to be celebrating Free Comic Book Day? What comics are you grabbing?

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