1/31/2014

"Black Ball Venom" by JP Valderrama
Who almost played Thor? What would Yoda look like in an Elizabethan costume? Where is Falcon in The Winter Soldier posters? When did the Internet create a terrible website for a Tom Hanks movie?

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Find out all of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

Links

10. A Brief Comic Book History of Havok (via John - Hypertransitory)
Everything you need to know about the comic book character "Havok" is here.

9. Blonde Ambition - Hiddles as Thor! (via MsMariah's Space Blog-yssey)

Hit the link to watch Tom Hiddleston's audition for Thor. Could he have been good?

8. Three New Character Posters for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (via /Film)
They're cool, but where's Falcon?! He's supposed to be the number three guy in the film!



7. British Royal Guard Plays Theme to DOCTOR WHO (via Geek Tyrant)


6. R2-KT and the Power of the Pink Side (via Star Wars  Blog)

The amazing story of how a pink and white astromech droid, made by fans, has helped children with life-threatening illnesses.

5. Shakespeare Yoda (via /Film)

Last year, a book called William Shakespeare's Star Wars hit bookshelves and, as expected, a sequel hath now been written. It’s called William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and it’ll be out March 18. William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return then hits July 1. USA Today had the cover to the latest translation.

4. Channing Tatum On Board to Play X-Men’s Gambit in Solo Movie (via Screen Rant)
Your reaction to this news is a direct correlation with how much "tatum" you can handle "channing." I think he'll do okay with the accent. Do you think Tatum will play a good Gambit?

3. The "You’ve Got Mail" Website From 1998 Is Still Up And Wow The Internet Was Terrible Then (via Geekosystem)
What's the worst website you remember from the 90s?


2. Famous Movie Quotes in Convenient Chart Form (via He Geek She Geek)
Which is your favorite quote?

1. GIRL OF STEEL - IT'S MORE THAN JUST A FAN-FILM. IT'S A MISSION STATEMENT TOO (via Comic Book and Movie Reviews)
Hit the link to read an interview with the creator. What do you think of the fan film?

Reviews

TV

Arrow "Tremors" (02x12) Not Recommended
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Official Synopsis: Arrow (Stephen Amell) offers to train Roy (Colton Haynes) so he can learn to control his newfound super-strength. However, Roy is a rebellious student and refuses to listen unless Arrow reveals his true identity, which Oliver refuses to do. Meanwhile, the Bronze Tiger (guest star Michael Jai White) escapes from prison and steals Malcolm’s earthquake machine to sell to the highest bidder. Oliver, Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) attempt to stop the transfer, but Roy gets in the way, putting everyone in danger. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is disbarred and spirals out of control. Moira (Susanna Thompson) is thrilled when Walter (guest star Colin Salmon) asks her to dinner, but his reason surprises her. Thea (Willa Holland) encourages her mother to ask Walter to reconcile. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Drew Z. Greenberg (#212). 
This could have been an amazing episode, but it falls flat. Bronze Tiger returns only to get knocked down faster than a weeble-wobble. Roy finally becomes Oliver's sidekick with terrifying results, but spends most of the episode playing Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid. Olivier's Mom wanders around deciding to run for mayor. Laurel wanders around whining about losing her job. Back on the island Oliver wanders around looking for Slade. Diggle stands around doing absolutely nothing again. Skip this one.

Movies

Robot and Frank (2012) Recommended
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Official Synopsis: Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief (Frank Langella) receives a gift from his son (James Marsden): a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
This independent film is delightful in it's exploration of a wonderful character and it's themes of loss and redemption. Langella plays Frank as a cantankerous old man suffering from memory loss who's fighting every step of the way to live independently. The great thing about the film is his robot (which he never does name) is a sounding board for his unfulfilled dreams of returning to his life of crime. Robot also reflects his fears of losing his memories forever. The plot is engaging, the characters are powerful and there's a twist near the end that blew my mind.

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11 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

I watched "Robot and Frank" a week or two ago and I also really liked it. Then a few days later I watched "The Twelve Chairs" starring a much younger Frank Langella, which was a little weird.

I'm almost done with the first season of "Arrow" so I probably shouldn't read your summaries or else it'll just spoil everything. Really while I like the show I think a problem highlighted in your review is that it seems like there's too much going on with all these different characters and their different stories. It's not going to help that they seem to want to bring in every DC universe character to the show to set up a spinoff.

jeremy [retro] said...

i cannot see him as thor, now only seeing him as loki... i am at the website for "you've got mail" i cannot help myself... and that was complicated at the time i am sure... oh, damn you technology!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Haven't seen Robot and Frank.
Did see Hiddleston's take on Thor at Ms Mariah's site though. Think they ultimately got the roles right.,

Rusty Carl said...

Hiddleston was born to be Loki. They made a good choice in giving Thor to Helmsworth.


The Falcon does seem conspicuous by his absence. I guess Cap, Fury, and Widow have previous appearances in the Marvel movies and they're banking that the familiarity warrants the posters. So Falc might have to wait for Cap 3 for his own (which I totally heard they've already started working on).


The Girl of Steel fan film is nice. I felt it was a bit mean-spirited of her to kung fu fight with the MIB guys though. She's clearly just giving them false hope by knocking them down over and over. It gives them a false sense that they might be able to fight back.


And I haven't been watching Arrow, and I have been meaning to watch Robot and Frank, I just haven't gotten around to it.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I wish I could have played Doctor Who when I was in band.
YOU'VE GOT SPAM! It's funny that my wife still has an AOL Email account.



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For ARROW don't read Pat
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After last weeks Arrow's ending with Deathstroke, I did find this one a little off.
The only redeeming thing is Amanda Waller recruiting Bronze Tiger for the Suicide Squad.

Tony Laplume said...

The chart is still way too small to read even enlarged. Hiddleston looks a lot like Jared Leto when he has blond locks. I will read the Shakespeare Wars at some point. Black Widow looks to have been babed up in her next appearance. Or possibly just for her next poster.

Maurice Mitchell said...

AOL? I still miss the voice David. That little Easter Egg was the best part of the episode. The rest I can skip.

Maurice Mitchell said...

The roles worked out perfectly to me Alex.

Maurice Mitchell said...

The chart is pretty dinky.
People are saying that they airbrushed her waist Tony, so that might be it. Now that they made a set I might get one myself.

Maurice Mitchell said...

"Twelve Chairs" is one of Brooks' underrated comedies Pat. Longella was really handsome back in the day, so that would be jarring. Yeah, I should start putting spoiler warnings on them.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Too true Rusty. He has a thin face and wicked smaile that fit perfectly. Sure he could play Thor if he bulked up, but the casting director made the right call.
I did a follow-up post to the Capt America thing, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.
LOL I never noticed that till you pointed it out Rusty. "I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope."
Either one is worth watching (last episode not withstanding.) :)

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