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The Alpha and the Omega

This is it!  The beginning and the end of a era.  Now begins the new.  It is the alpha and the omega.  It’s Skeletor in a bad He-Man.  It is all of those things and many, many more.  You are witness to the greatest moment in human history!  OK, so I’m being melodramatic!  So what, I’m freaking excited!

I had originally thought that it would take months of hard, laborous effort to develope the new site, but I was wrong.  the new Geek Emporium site is up and ready to receive new updates very soon.  So, the tentative plan is for the effective change to take place early Saturday morning.  Here is the basic schedule, just so everyone knows what’s going on:

Tomorrow’s posts will go up as normal.  The only exception is that tomorrow night’s post will be the last on this site, and will probably be the about being the last on this site.  If you receive feeds from us, then you’ll want to update your feeds.  The new site can be found here.

Other than that, the weekend will operate just as normal from your ends if you update feeds.  This is a big deal for me, and the whole Geek Emporium organization (man that feels wierd to type).  I’m hopeful that this will be a huge success.

Cliff jumping is never easy, so here’s hoping things go along well!  Wish me luck! 😉

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Movies, RPG, Television | 2 Comments

The Dark Knight Returns?

I don’t think it’s a big secret that I’m a huge fan of The Dark Knight.  Heath Ledger’s performance was legendary, and it’s a damn shame we’ll never get a chance to see him top it.  Well, Warner Brothers seems to think so much of the film that they’re working on rereleasing it in January to help with the Oscar voting.

A source told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s just a matter of bringing it back as a reminder for people.”

Right now, Warner Brothers is in talks with IMAX executives.  As for whether they intend to return it to your local regular theaters or not is anyone’s guess.  Still, if you have an IMAX theater near you, this is something that could be very awesome for you folks!

To Warner Brothers, I just want to wish good luck.  I can’t help but feel that Ledger deserves the Oscar for his role.

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Movies | | Leave a comment

More X-Men and Another Daredevil?

According to an article in Variety, Fox didn’t have such a good summer this year.  That’s never good for a studio.  So, they’re taking a look at what they can do to spice things up.

Though Fox has no plans for a major overhaul, the studio has scheduled a strategy meeting to assess the status of its superheroes, a group sorely missed this summer. On the agenda, Fox will mull the possibility of more “X-Men” spinoffs, including a young-X-Men project as well as “Deadpool,” based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in “Wolverine.” The studio is even considering reviving the “Daredevil” property.

Now, I’m a huge fan of Deadpool as a character, and Ryan Reynolds sounds to me like a great choice to play him.  The X-Men movies are second only to Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise in my scale of awesome comic-to-movie conversions, so a new X-Men spinoff could be awesome.

As for a new Daredevil movie, I’m seriously down with that one as well.  I didn’t think the Ben Affleck movie was that bad, over all.  Sure, it’s wasn’t Batman Begins by any stretch, but it was a solid movie that was well above even the old Superman movies with the late Christopher Reeves IMHO. 

So good luck to Fox!  I hope they follow through on these concepts!  It’ll give me something to be excited about until the Thor movie comes out in July, 2010!

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Movies | , | Leave a comment

The Dark Knight Review

Batman Begins is my all-time favorite comic book movie. The gritty realism really brought the whole story home for me in a way that no other movie ever could. A fantastic cast rounded out the first one, and made it a memorable film for all times. When I heard that they were indeed doing a sequel, I was both overjoyed and concerned. How could they ever top the greatness that was the first film? The answer? Heath Ledger.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’re well aware that Heath Ledger passed away due to a tragic accidental drug overdose. What you don’t realize is that this role was an absolute masterpiece of work that frankly would be impossible to top. Playing a very different Joker than Jack Nicholson or Cesar Romero, Ledger created one of the most terrifying villains I’ve ever seen in a film. In truth, he takes the top spot in my scariest bad guys top ten away from Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. He creates a truly terrifying force, a polar opposite of Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne/Batman. I’ve heard lots of Oscar talk about Leger’s role, and now I see why.

What gets lost in the wake that was Heath Ledger’s performance is all the other great performances. Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, and Maggie Gyllenhal all have great performances that truly make The Dark Knight one of the best acted films I’ve personally ever seen. I’m a big fan of director Christopher Nolan’s, and he didn’t disappoint me at all with the performances he once again gets out of his cast.

About the only criticism I can lay down is that the story felt like it should have ended sooner, though in my humble opinion, that passed soon enough and I was grateful for more film. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you should go now. Seriously…right now! Come on readers (OK…I know it’s just you Mom, but still…GO!!)

Seriously, this is a great movie and Ledger’s final full performance is worth every penny of ticket price. However, this may not be a good choice to see with small children. While my son tolerated it fine, he’s used to being traumatized. After all…I’m his father. Only you can judge whether your kids can handle this one. You, on the other hand, can, so go and you can thank me later.

July 20, 2008 Posted by | Movies | | Leave a comment

Review of Hellboy 2

Nothing in the world quite gets my inner-geek fired up like a comic book come to life. I loved the first Hellboy, and I eagerly awaited the sequel. Well, it’s here! As a Dungeons and Dragons geek, the inclusion of the elves is a neat touch. Since I never really read much of the Hellboy comic, I was able to come into the theater with an open mind. Whether that’s necessary or not remains to be seen.

One thing that doesn’t remain to be seen is that Hellboy 2 is one hell of a good time!

Ages ago, man in his greed waged war against the elves and goblins (who are apparently good guys…who knew?). The goblins offered to build the Golden Army for the elven king, numbering 70 times 70 (their words, not mine). It was controlled by a crown, and when the kind put it on, he could command the army so long as he was unchallenged for leadership. Obviously, there was no challenge. After the army was unleashed, it was unstoppable. It destroyed any human it came across, forcing a treaty.

While that sounds good, the elven prince Nuada isn’t happy about it. He wants to continue the war, and kill everyone or something cliche like that. Legend says that Nuada will return when his people need him most. OK, so besides the overplayed legend bit (when have we heard that part before? Like, all the time?), this is just a good, fun movie. It has some interesting tension between Hellboy and his pyrokenetic lover Liz for reasons that become quite apparent later in the film, and Hellboy has to deal with his inner demons. No pun intended.

However, for me the highlight scene has to be Hellboy and his fish-like buddy Abe getting drunk on cheap beer and singing love songs. In an incredibly funny scene, there is a deeper meaning that gets missed in the comedy. Hellboy and Abe are both human in most ways. They feel, and while their loves are different (Hellboy’s relationship with Liz is a bit rocky at that moment, and Abe is in love with an elven princess), the emotions are very real and the two quasi-men relate to one another’s plight in a very realistic and touching way. The fact that the scene is funny is pure win in my book.

However, the movie wasn’t without faults. One being the props. In all honesty, they looked like leftovers from Lord of the Rings, and not even the best ones. Prince Nuada’s armor was pretty cool, and his spear kicked ass. But so much of the other elven props looked like Legolas should walk in and smack the hell out of whoever stole his stuff. In addition, some of the acting could have been better, though the returning cast from the first movie was great (and Selma Blair looked hotter than ever…even without the flames). The make-up effects looked a bit cheesy, but that’s really part of the shtick from a Hellboy movie, ain’t it?

Due to the gas prices these days, my local theater has dropped ticket prices to pretty low levels. If yours has as well, then go and see Hellboy in the theater. If it hasn’t, then wait for video. Very little will be lost in the translation to the smaller screen, and you’ll save a few bucks. However, no film ever looks as good on TV as it does in the theater. It’s your call on this movie. Either way, if you’re a geek, you probably won’t be disappointed!

July 18, 2008 Posted by | Movies | | Leave a comment