Looks like it’s time for some remedial movie watching.

Thor: The Dark World (which I heard didn’t suck) before I get too much farther in Agents of SHIELD (just finished That Episode); and X-Men: Days of Future Past (which I heard was good) so that I can get a few more of the in-jokes in Deadpool before I watch it again (late at night, when the kids are asleep, or preferably visiting their grandmother in another state). Plus I guess I should finish Man of Steel, even though half of my peeps are telling me to skip SVB and the other half aren’t.  So, hey: lots of movies over the next few days.  …Well, three. That’s not even ‘lots’ in Trollish.

…And then I spent half an hour reading about Terry Pratchett, God rest his soul.


Today we see the limits of my geekdom.

I can say, with not a little relief, that I have not seen a single movie on this list.

…and I suspect that I never, ever will.


…Dang. Normally there’s at least a decent trailer for content.

The best one of the latest bunch though was this extremely macabre one about people being forced to race, or else have their heads exploded*.  I got nothing against that kind of horror flick, mind you – and, done well, it can be pretty scary stuff.  The problem is that you never can count on it being done well.  And when part of the gimmick is having people recite things without affect, you maybe can count on it not being done well.

Moe Lane

*It was called The Human Race, if you’re morbidly curious.


What was your favorite scene from the movies this year?

Mine was almost certainly this bit from Iron Man 3.

What can I say? I’m a sap for that sort of thing.


I got a block of time for a movie tomorrow, maybe.

Anything good still playing?  I like exploding starships, vampire fu, gunkata, that sort of thing.


Don’t like summer blockbuster formulas? There’s honestly something you can do about that.

I still don’t feel all that well, so let me be minimalist: here’s that Slate post about modern movies that I’ve been seeing being passed around…

Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that there is actually a formula—one that lays out, on a page-by-page basis, exactly what should happen when in a screenplay. It’s as if a mad scientist has discovered a secret process for making a perfect, or at least perfectly conventional, summer blockbuster.

The formula didn’t come from a mad scientist. Instead it came from a screenplay guidebook, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. In the book, author Blake Snyder, a successful spec screenwriter who became an influential screenplay guru, preaches a variant on the basic three-act structure that has dominated blockbuster filmmaking since the late 1970s.

…and I buy Suderman’s thesis, here.  My response is pretty simple, though: movies are becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce privately, just like every other form of art.  So people who want specific kinds of movies should do what people tired of big book publishing companies and music conglomerates have done; start patronizing alternative producers of the material that they want to see.  It’s not like the FX budget is going to be all that onerous… (more…)


…It looks like a remarkably dry period for movies in the next few months.

I’m a little surprised, actually. I know, Pacific Rim has promise, but that’s not until July – and Star Trek: Into Darkness isn’t until May. Not much else reaching out and grabbing me, honestly.

What are folks looking forward to?


“Rise of the Guardians” Trailer.

Come, I will tell you a secret.  One of the goals of my life is to have things like this going on in my head all the time.

Assuming the usual rule of thumb that the first trailers for a SF/Fantasy film usually undersell the final product, this movie is going to rock.


Movies to watch in order to understand geeks.

No, I don’t know why I’m writing this one, either: most of my readership consists of geeks.  But, hey, content is content.

A quick note: I am operating under the assumption that you don’t need to be told that you should watch the Star Wars, Star Trek, and/or Indiana Jones series; lots of people who aren’t geeks have watched those films, anyway.  I also don’t mean to suggest that No True Geek would have not seen (or not liked) the movies below: merely that in my experience these movies have informed the geek collective worldview in significant ways.  Keep in mind as well that this list is not comprehensive; there’s plenty of other films that could be on this list.  Lastly, none of these are necessarily the best movies in the world, or even the best geek movies.  Merely influential, oft-quoted ones.

Anyway, in no particular order:



You have got to be kidding me.

So I get to have a weeknight off, for a change – we have a babysitter and everything – and I think to myself: Hey, you could go see a movie!

…except that they all look like they suck.  Anybody got a suggestion?  As you may have gathered, I am more or less Jerry Bruckheimer’s target audience – so assume that I’m going to be not down with the rom-coms or the art films or the… anything where there’s no explosions, really.


Apollo 18 Trailer.

This is apparently coming out on September 2nd.

I seriously doubt that I’d be able to watch this film without shouting out the errors in as loud a voice as possible.  I saw three howlers right from the start, and I’m not even trying hard.

On the other hand, while I have no problems with shaky-cam I imagine that there’d be less of it in this film, which might appeal to some.  After all, at one-sixth gravity the shakiness would be really, really sllooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.

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