7/28/2011

If you think Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man trailer is horrible, then watch the one for the first live action Amazing Spider-Man television show circa 1976. Everything you hate about the new one is ten times worse in the 70s trailer.

The new Amazing Spider-Man trailer was released last week and its amazing. Some people hate it though. I admit I was on the side of the haters when I called the costume craptacular. Until I saw what used to pass for cutting edge superhero special effects back in 1977. Good grief.



Here are some common complaints as well as highlights from the 70's trailer.
  • "The new costume isn't faithful to the comics" - The 70s costume looks like someone made it in their basement out of old raincoats.
  • "The POV shot is bad" - The 70s trailer has a POV shot that consists of a hand going up a wall. No jumping. No swinging. Boring.
  • "The action is boring" - The fight scenes in the 70s trailer are horrid. My favorite is where one bad guy gets on his hands and knees and waits patiently for Spider-Man to get on his back and awkwardly kick two other guys.
  • "The Lizard is a weak villain." - Really? How about this. The trailer talks about a "madman who is turning the streets into a siege of terror." Then, using mind control, it shows clips of ordinary people committing crimes. Wouldn't it be more effective to have professionals commit them? What's the advantage? Is your grandma a better bank robber than your average thug?
  • "Andrew Garfield is annoying." - Two words. Teen. Ager. The 70s Peter Parker, Nicholas Hammond, looks 40 years old. Andrew Garfield is in his late twenties, but at least he can pass as a teenager. Plus, his hair doesn't look like a Saturday Night Fever reject.
Maybe it's me, but thank goodness for modern day films. It's sad to think what geeks of years-gone-by had to endure.

Am I wrong? Does the 70s trailer make the new Spider-Man look epic? Are you even looking forward to the new movie?

7/27/2011

I'm going to commit geek blasphemy here, and say I never really liked Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movies. I mean, Dunst was okay, but not the supermodel MJ was in the comics. That's why I got really excited to hear Emma Stone was playing Gwen Stacy, Spiderman's girlfriend in the new Amazing Spider-Man movie. I think Stone is a vast improvement, visually speaking. What do you think? Let's just put Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone side-by-side.


Who's hotter - Kirsten Dunst or Emma Stone?

7/26/2011

You'd be surprised by the number of people in the U.S. that have names from the Star Wars movies.

Using People Search I was able to search all the names in the United States and came up with some funny results. Now you know that Darth Vader walks among us.

To prevent harassment I'm leaving out specific details such as age and location. If you want to call Jabba D. Hutt and tell him you have a thermal detonator that's your business.

But, you never got it from me.

LEIA, PRINCESS (2)
A beautiful name for a beautiful girl. For some reason only two people have it. They both live in the same state too. Go figure.

SKYWALKER, LUKE (39)
A very popular name apparently. A few of the results are dudes in their fifties and sixties. That means these guys walked around with this name all their lives. I'll bet when Lucas came up with the name he had no idea it was real.

KENOBI, OBI WAN (9)
Another popular name. I know there's a guy working at a local radio station who named himself Obi-Wan Kenobi. Seems sad since he's in his 30's.

HUTT, JABBA (2)
This is a funny one. One guy even has the middle name "Da" as in Jabba Da Hutt. Maybe he's a fitness instructor. Ho-Ho Hoooo...

VADER, DARTH (13)
Why someone would name their kid after the Dark Lord of the Sith is a mystery to me. This is almost like naming my kid Hitler. On the other hand, I'll bet telemarketers never call him. They know the power of the dark side.

CALRISSIAN, LANDO (5)
The coolest guy in Star Wars. I always wondered what I'd use a time machine for. Now I know. I would go back in time and ask my Mom to name me Lando Calrissian. Then, ask for a Colt-45.


Would you name your kid after a Star Wars character? If so, which one?
[Image Source: Flickr]

7/25/2011


As we promised last week, here's a preview of the new "Geek Twins" blog. In addition to a new look, we're also switching to a new domain called TheGeekTwins.com.

We'll still be running off the blogger platform since there's a lot to like about it. We're just changing the look.

In addition, we have a big contest scheduled for the grand relaunch!

So, why are we calling it "Geek Twins 3.0?"

Stay tuned next Monday for the big grand re-launching of the blog and find out. 

Are you looking forward to the new blog?

7/23/2011

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 address the burning question of Spider-Man's famous wall-crawling ability. How does Spider-Man stick to walls? Especially with gloves and shoes on?

7/21/2011

Worms and science fiction go hand-in-hand, probably because humans have a visceral reaction to worms. Here's ten worms that have really raised the bar on nastiness. WARNING: You might not want to read this if you're eating.

Big news! Coming August 1st, my brother and I are re-launching the blog with a new look, name and some great new features. It'll have the same great content you've come to expect from the "Twin Princes of Geek," but you'll love the new features. 

Here's a sample of things to look forward to:
  • More frequent updates
  • More focus on the things you want to know about.
  • More community focus
  • Updated blog template with faster loading times
  • Easier navigation to get to the content you care about
Why is it called "THE Geek Twins 3.0?

Stay tuned next week Monday for more information and a sneak peek at the updated blog.

What would you like to see in the new blog? Let us know in the comments!

7/19/2011

Rupert Murdock is being investigated for hacking into the private communications of dozens of people, including a murdered woman and 9/11 victims. Has worse been done in the sci-fi universe? Should the government investigate these crimes as well?

We now present the top nine shocking phone hacks in science-fiction for law enforcement to investigate.

For the purpose of this list it only includes interception of communication not intended for the recipient.

9. Transformers (2005)
U.S. Hacks message to Decepticons
When the U.S. Government intercepted a communication by the evil robot Decepticons they hired a team of hackers to decipher the signal and figure out what they were up to. Even though it was an enemy attacking a sovereign nation this was still illegal.

The Decepticons have a open-and-shut case of illegal phone hacking. There's not a Cybertronian court in the universe that would acquit them.

7/15/2011



Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking: who won? Let us know in the comments

7/14/2011



Here's the original for comparison...

Via Blastr via The Daily Geek via The Mary Sue via YouTube

7/12/2011

We can only hope the upcoming Captain America movie is as good as the marketing campaign behind it. There's a new poster online that's causing quite a stir. The one-sheet (painted by Paolo Rivera) is designed to look like a vintage movie poster, which is cool enough. But the best part is the partial recreation of one of Captain America's most famous covers, where he punches out Adolf Hitler. Always satisfying. Unfortunately, you'll probably never see this poster in theaters. In fact, only a hundred of them were produced as prizes for the LA Times Hero Complex film festival, and for film crew members only. So if you want one, gentlemen, start your eBay...

Click here to see the full view of the poster.


[Image via CinemaBlend]
I'm assuming you'll say yes since I've never seen anything like these at all. From paper Walkman's to Gameboy's Zim and Zhou have created nostagic history. These make me flash back to the glory days of "Tetris" and mobile phones that needed shoulder straps.

These French artists have managed to take the world of papercraft to the next level by creating things that no one uses anymore.
Zim & Zou is a french graphic design studio based in Nancy (France). Composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann who studied graphic design in an artschool, they're now working together to offer their services. The studio proposes a contemporary approach of design thanks to a mix of different fields such as paper sculpture, installation, graphic design, illustration, webdesign... Zim&Zou's strength is to be a complementary and polyvalent duo.


The level of detail on these colorful paper sculptures is amazing. I was trying to figure out which pictures to show you but its hard! They're all good! Here are my reluctant favorites:





Which is your favorite papercraft? Any of these bring back memories?
[Image Source:Back-to-Basics]
Via BoingBoing

7/07/2011

Summary: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) has many new Transformers and amazing action, but suffers from a lack of chemistry between Shia LeBouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In the beginning of the film, a ship from Cybertron (the home planet of the robots) crash-lands on the moon during the 1950s. The Autobots learn about America's plan to hide the crash site and race against the Decepticons to recover a secret weapon. There, they reactivate the scientist Sentinel Prime to uncover its secrets to battle the fallen Megatron.

When we catch up with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), he's living with his new girlfriend and lamenting about his unemployment. Apparently, even though the Transformers are household names, the government says he can't tell anyone. No one explains why. The real explanation is they wanted his character to be a loser driving a beat-up Datsun with an incredibly hot girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). That's what they call drama, I guess. But at least Shia LeBouf has more to do in this film than the last one, dealing with insecurities and jealousy over her girlfriend's boss Dylan (Patrick Dempsey).

Speaking about Rosie, her first scene is a pan up her legs in her underwear. That's her best acting in the film. While she isn't horrid, the Victoria Secret model makes Megan Fox look like a Shakespearean. Plus, the two have no chemistry. Shia and Megan had real chemistry on and off the set, and it showed. These two look almost bored with each other.

Director Michael Bay made an insanely hyped-up version of his original film. He takes the battles between the Decepticons and Autobots to incredible heights including a dizzying battle in a falling skyscraper. He even revisits the battle on the freeway from the first film with more robots and mayhem.  A couple of hilarious cameos by John Malkovich as boss Bruce Brazzos, and Ken Jeong as a paranoid conspiracy theorist provide some unexpected laughs. Leonard Nimoy does an incredible job voicing the former leader of the Autobots, Sentinel Prime. All the acting is good, simply because the characters have something to say besides running away from rampaging robots.

Overall, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is better than the second film, but not as good as the first film.

By the way, there's nothing after the credits. Don't bother waiting.

Are you planning to watch Transformers? Have you seen it? What did you think?
[Image Source: kidzcoolit.com]

7/06/2011

Female Cosplayer "Miss Kitty J" talks about being Harley Quinn, dealing with pushy guys and the hardest costume she ever made!

We've talked about a lot of superfans here on "Geek Twins" and thought we'd ask a few cosplayers to share their unique perspective. Here's the first in our series featuring the one and only "Miss Kitty J!"


1.When someone asks you "what's cosplay" what do you say?
The term stands for costumed play. Basically I get to run around in costumes from my favorite comic books, cartoons, and movies! Generally this is done at a comic book convention.

2. How did you get started in cosplay?
My best friend (Tallest Silver) was doing it and one year the stars aligned and I was able to go to San Diego Comic Con with her.

I had always enjoyed these nerdy things, and I've always enjoyed making costumes, so cosplay was just a natural fit once she dragged me along to SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con)!

7/05/2011

You may have guessed Wil Wheaton and Steve Jobs were geeks, but not all geeks wear their pocket protector on the outside. Some of them are actually pretty cool, so cool you'd never guess the geek is strong in them. Here's a list of celebrities who are not only cool, but also geeks.
  1. Christina Applegate - Christina earned her fame by playing the super-sexy and super-stupid daughter Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married With Children. In real life, she's still super-sexy, but not so dumb. She's big into video games, and has an XBox, Wii, and a PS3. She once played Guitar Hero for so long that she got an ocular migraine. Now that's hardcore.

7/01/2011

We asked you to come up with a caption for this photo, and you answered. While all the entries were great, there could only be one winner, and that winner was: ""Extra! Extra! Rebel Droid, Captured by Empires Finest" by Daniel S. Lopez. Congratulations, Daniel. We'll be sending you the info so you can get your choice of goodies from our shop. Of course, anyone who wants to get some Geek Twins swag can head over to our gift shop.

We'll be coming up with a new contest for July, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Daniel never left an email address, so if we don't hear from him in 48 hours we'll give the prize to our second place winner. Email us Daniel!

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