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Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
 
I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
 
Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
 
If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
 
I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
 
It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
 
Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
 
But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
 
How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
 
So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
 
Do you want to know who I blame for this?
 
Mel Gibson.
 
#OscarsSoMel?

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Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

As we are starting to get close to shows taking their Thanksgiving/Mid-season break, I have started to wonder what shows will be sticking around and what new shows will move on to a second season. Supergirl got saved last year when it moved to the CW from CBS. But what shows this season on tv and Netflix have a chance?
I’ll be looking at Son of Zorn and Marvel’s Luke Cage, but I’m not the only one who’s been picking on the fall tv line-up debuts. I found this story written by Trevor Dueck and it served as the inspiration for my thoughts here.

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The Now Geek This! Fall Television Season Preview

At last, the long, hot summer is giving way to the cool, crisp air of autumn, and that means that the new television season is at last upon us!  I have scoured the listings of new shows trying to decide what might catch my interest, and I have come up with a list of shows that I will be checking out as they premier.  Some of these shows I am actually genuinely interested in seeing, while others, I will be watching simply for the curiosity factor of the particular show.  Here is the list of shows I personally will be checking out, along with the reasons why I am interested in them.  The question remains, how many of these shows will actually be any good, and how many of them will be utter dreck.  The answers to those questions will be revealed as the premier weeks unfold, so stay tuned my friends.  In the meantime, you can see if you and I have any similar choices, or even similar reasons for our choices.  This article will cover the shows starting in September.  I will cover the shows starting in October in a future article. More

SuperHeroStuff.com – Batman Review

messagesSo I was looking at SUPERHEROSTUFF.COM the other day and was shopping for some Batman t-shirts since I am lacking and these 3 gems caught my eye.

Batman yellow circleFirst, I have always loved Batman going back to the reruns of the Batman “66 series and of course the Super Friends and The New Adventures of Batman, produced by Filmation.  So I picked the Batman Yellow Circle Classic Logo T-Shirt. I love how it is the old school comic and cartoon look with the blue and grey. This classic look, just screamed out to my childhood. More

Now Geek This Reviews The New Fall Season

nowgeekthisI didn’t realize it had been so long since my last article, but it took me a while to catch up on all the new shows of the season.  As you may recall from my previous article, I listed the new shows that I was looking forward to watching, and gave a write-up on each show.  Now that I have ingested a few episodes of each show, it’s time for my review.  Read on as I run down the list to see which of the shows has lived up to my expectations, and which ones have failed to thrill me. More

Interview with Joe Eisma

eekYou cageek happeningsThis past weekend thousands of pop culture fans converged on the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Michigan, for the Motor City Comic Con. There were hundreds of media guests, comic professionals, and vendors crammed into the convention center. I was lucky enough to get a few moments to chat with Joe Eisma, the interior artist and co-creator of the smash hit from Image, Morning Glories. It is described by Nick Spencer as “Runaways Meets Lost.” We talk Marvel, DC, and of course Morning Glories. We talk the pros of working on a creator owned books, and the good and bad of social media. Here is how it went.

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You can always go downtown…..

geek happeningsI have been a fan of The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher for about nine years now. The year wait between books is agonizing. Luckily he has taken to writing graphic novels between books, so the wait is not so bad. The newest mini-series is called Downtown. It takes place between the books White Night and Small Favor. Teaming up with Jim is Mark Powers, who has worked on other Dresden Files graphic novels and comics. The art by Carlos Gomez really fits the Dresdenverse well. It is put out by Dynamite. The story features Harry Dresden, Chicago’s resident wizard and private investigator, and his apprentice Molly Carpenter. Molly is one of my favorite side characters in the Dresdenverse. So I was glad to see her take on a bigger role in the story. More

Now Geek This: A Review of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

nowgeekthisIn this exciting edition of Now Geek This, I will be reviewing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long awaited sequel to the original Sin City from 2005.  A Dame to Kill For, which I will refer to as Sin City Two from this point on, is directed by Robert Rodriguez along with Frank Miller, who also created the graphic novels the Sin City movies are based on.  The movie stars a large cast of actors which includes Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Joseph-Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green as the titular “dame to kill for”, among several others. More

Now Geek This: A Review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

nowgeekthisIn this edition of Now Geek This I will be reviewing the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which I will from this point forward refer to as the Turtles moive.  Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett with the voice talents of Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Johnny Knoxville as the titular turtles.

I must admit that this is one of the hardest reviews I have had to write because I have not cared much about this movie from the beginning, and seeing the movie has done nothing to change that fact. More