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Marvelette Missives – Classic Geek Filmdom

For geeks of a certain age (north of 35), there are certain movies that should be on the “of course I’ve seen it” list. I’m not talking the obvious ones that should be on all geek lists regardless of age, like the original Star Wars trilogy or Lord of the Rings. No, I mean the less mainstream, the ones only lovers of scifi/fantasy would love… the true classics.  More

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

On Geek Watch One this week, we briefly touch on the now-defunct Comics Code and the MPAA and the seemingly arbitrary manner in which comics and movies are rated. Yes, this stems from a discussion of Deadpool and R-rated comic book movies. But obviously it’s larger than that. It did, however, get me thinking about whether these ratings or designations really matter at all anymore. More

Marvelette Missives – Let It Be

One of the stories I spotted this week was that Frank Miller is not happy that Elektra is going to be in season 2 of Daredevil. Anyone who has followed comics even a little would know that it’s not surprising Miller would react negatively to someone treating one of his characters differently than he would have (he did kill her off, after all). Thankfully, the showrunners on Daredevil have a good deal of sense and really don’t give a damn what Miller thinks – she’s a great character and a huge part of Matt Murdock’s story, plus the fans have wanted her ever since we saw the fantastic job done on season 1.

But this brings up a bigger issue: creator control over a creation. Now there are some things, like a medical device or piece of industrial equipment, that require tweaks, repairs, upgrades through the span of their lives. Makes sense so things operate correctly, efficiently, etc. When you think about the world of art, however, there comes a point when the artist needs to let it be.

An author will write a draft of a novel, put it through proofing and editing and beta reading and, hopefully, have it published. That’s it… it’s out there for the world to enjoy (or not). Whether he has regrets or not, the author isn’t going to go back to that work and tweak it, then re-release version 2.0. The same goes for visual arts. Sure, there may be multiple versions of a drawing or painting, but each is it’s own thing and there will often be one that an artist looks at and decides “this is it, this is the ultimate expression” and that’s the one that goes to the gallery.

And it’s the same with movies, whether live action or animated. Of course, the exception to this rule is George Lucas, who couldn’t keep his damn hands off his Star Wars movies until they were ripped from him in the sale to Disney. (Seriously, that man needs to learn that just because you think you can “improve” a film after it’s been released, it doesn’t mean you should do it! Stop it… STOP!)

So back to Miller, and all the other creators who let their babes out into the world, sell the rights, “complete” the creation. It’s out of your hands what is done with it or how people will perceive it, so suck it up and move on. You may get asked what you think of how a character is used or about the reboot of or sequel for your franchise, but don’t be bitter. If you want to criticize, make it constructive and not a little tantrum that makes you look bad. Your creation is out in the world being appreciated by hundreds or thousands or millions of people – be happy about that, celebrate the enjoyment you’ve brought to others. (And don’t forget about those dollars in your bank account as well.)

Marvelette Missives – Year of the Geek Once More

Another new year is upon us, full of hope and promise and blah, blah, blah all the other sappy BS that everyone spouts for the first week of January until reality hits. Ok, I’m not really all that cynical, just not the warm and cuddly type. But honestly, there really is a lot to look forward to this year for geeks – movies, tv shows, comics, books… everything! More

Now Geek This! Jessica Jones Review, And Trailers, Trailers, Trailers!

nowgeekthisJessica Jones is the latest show to come from the collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix.  As a Netflix show, all thirteen episodes of the first season of Jessica Jones were released on November 20th, and are currently available for viewing.  Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter in the titular roll, and co-stars Rachel Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss, with David Tennant playing the role of the main villain Killgrave, aka The Purple Man, in the series.  Jessica Jones also introduces Mike Colter as Luke Cage, a character who will also be getting his own Netflix show next year. More

Marvelette Missives – Too Many Comic Book Movies?!

“Why are there so many superhero movies?”

“What’s with all the comic book stuff?”

“When is Hollywood going to move on from comics?”

These questions seem to come up a lot from movie-goers, primarily the Norms (i.e., non-geeks). So let me say this first: I enjoy super hero movies and don’t think there are too many of them. Now that that’s out of the way, let me explain. 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

Now Geek This: A Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

nowgeekthisDawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and is a continuation of the prequel series of Planet of the Apes films.  The film is directed by Matt Reeves, and stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russel in the human roles of the move, as well as Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Nick Thurston, and Karin Konoval in the ape roles in the film.

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Now Geek This: Big Game Movie Trailers

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Whether you are a sports fan or not, I’m sure that you are aware that this past Sunday was the Big Game, which is the championship game for football for those who might not know.  It has a more commonly uses name, but the footbal people don’t like you to use it unless you pay for it, so I won’t.  One of the most popular features of the Big Game are the commercials shown during the breaks in gameply.  Companies spend literally millions of dollars on comercial spots during the Big Game, and the commercials end up being almost as popular as the game.  This year, there were also a couple of extended trailers for upcoming movies that I am very interested in.  I think the best way to discuss these trailers is to take each one individually.

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