Monthly Archives August 2007

Halloween: Dave’s Review

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Dave’s Score:  3/10

If you had told me that Rob Zombie, master of the macabre in his music videos was going to make a Halloween movie that made the Care Bears look scary, I wouldn’t have believed you.  Unfortunately, while there is plenty of gore and boobs, there is a very distinct lack of horror.

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Halloween- The Legacy Of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, Silver Shamrock And A William Shatner Mask

It remains to be seen whether Rob Zombie’s eagerly anticipated remake of John Carpenter’s “Halloween” will be worth the trouble, but there are a least two things we know Zombie got right. One- he has gone out of his way to make Michael Myers, a reliable but overly familar, now campy boogeyman, scary again, and two, he went backwards in the narrative, rather than attempt to piece together the events of “Halloween II”- “Halloween Ressurection”. Although the original is a hair dated and tame in comparison to the ultra-violent ripoffs it spawned, Carpenter’s richly suspenseful, atmospheric and smart first entry is the best. Yet, the sequels, while a mixed bunch, aren’t all bad. As a fan of this series, I can say the best of the further installments are stylish, clever and well crafted thrillers, while the worst ones, well…aren’t. Let’s take a look…

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SGR Episode 10

This week, we talk about boxing movies and the TV shows we want to see on DVD.  Show notes will actually be coming tomorrow.

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ScreenGeeks Radio Episode 09

This week, we talk about school movies along with DVD and theatrical releases.  Show notes will be coming tomorrow.

Our thanks to Josh Green from FirstShowing.net for joining us again.

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BODY SNATCHERS- “The Invasion”, Then and Now

by Barry Wurst

What I love and have always found seriously scary about every one of those Body Snatcher movies is that they tap into a fear that is both paranoid and hard to put into words.  In fact, the heroes of these movies usually have a hard time explaining exactly what is scaring them so much, but at the core of these films, a truly frightening premise that everyone alive can relate to is being exploited.  The notion that you may not truly know the people in your life, that they may different on the inside, changing in front of you, or entirely different from who you initially thought they were, is something anyone in a relationship or with long time friends can understand.  Yet, the overall premise of the Body Snatcher movies goes even deeper and is more expansive:  what if everyone in the world was the same, and you were the only one left with a difference of opinion? This is what scares me more than falling alseep and waking up as someone else.  Freedom of speech and expression of personal individuality are two of my favorite aspects about
life in general, and to take that away, in favor of being just like EVERYONE
ELSE…I find that frightening.

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Inland Empire DVD Review

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by Barry Wurst
Released by Rhino
Released on August 14, 2007

THE MOVIE:
As there are so few David Lynch films in his directorial cannon, it seems his fans grow fewer and fewer every year.  Sure, most have seen his mixed bag adaptation of “Dune”, and a few others are fans of his “softer” films, “The Straight Story” and “The Elephant Man”, but really, when you think of Lynch, you’re talking about “Blue Velvet”, “Wild at Heart”, “Eraserhead”, “Lost Highway”, “Twin Peaks- Fire Walk With Me” and “Mulholland Dr.”, the latter being the last film Lynch made, back in 2001.  His latest, “Inland Empire”, was filmed in secrecy and was an ongoing project that grew from a series of previously created shorts that blossomed into a full-blown feature film.  Filmed entirely in a digital format, most of the filming took place under the radar in Poland.  Like his most famous works, “Inland Empire” is flush with imagery both indescribably beautiful and unbearably nightmarish, with his skill at conveying the stunning and the grotesque in full force, sometimes during the same scene.  His earlier films, like “Blue Velvet”, have well developed plots, while his later, signature works are far more
surrealistic, ethreal and intriguingly bizarre.

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ScreenGeeks Radio Episode 08

Yup, we actually recorded an episode and here it is!  We talk about last weekend’s movies (Becoming Jane and Stardust), DVD’s (Doctor Strange and Inland Empire) and tons about Comic Con.  Since we were winging it this show, there will be no show notes, but we hope you enjoy the show.

Our thanks for Josh Green from FirstShowing.net and Christopher Stipp from QuickStopEntertainment.com for joining us.

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The Pros and Cons of Comic Con

My first year attending the San Diego Comic Book Convention was an eye opener, to say the least.  Imagine attending the biggest Best Buy, Suncoast, or any personal favorite entertainment store, with everything you’d ever want to buy that you don’t need but GOT TO HAVE, and its the size of a small city.  Now imagine going there the day after Thanksgiving or a few days before Christmas.  This is the kind of pandemonium that Comic Con delivers every year, and this was reportedly the first time they actually sold out admission tickets!  Its only going to get more crowded, crazier and packed with Trekkies, Hobbits, Storm Troopers, Pirates, Snake Plisskens, X-Men and Jawas standing shoulder-to-shoulder, waiting in line for eight seconds with Kevin Bacon or just foolishly trying to rush through the enormous crowds.  In all honesty, as much fun as Comic Con is, I still prefer smaller, more intimate geek conventions, namely the Starland Starfest that we have every year in Denver- it’s less than half as big as Comic Con, but with basically
the same vendors, movie previews, expansive panel options and with far less attendees.

Don’t get me wrong- Comic Con is quite the experience, is a ton of fun and I’m already planning on returning next year.  The biggest and most obvious difference between Comic Con and all the other cool, nerd-friendly, fan-boy catering conventions is the participation of Hollywood.  It’s one thing to see the trailer for “Get Smart”, its another thing to have Steve Carrell and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appear on stage shortly after and field questions about what we just saw.

There’s so much to see at Comic Con that it simply isn’t possible to go to every cool event on the schedule.  I did the best I could but missed a few gems:  Kevin Smith’s stage performance/t.v. series promo, Liv Tyler’s rare convention appearance (said to have been her first ever), and I missed seeing the pilot of “The Sarah Conner Chronicles”.  Here’s what I DID SEE.

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Site Update This Weekend

It just dawned on me a couple of days ago that we’re running SG on an older version of WordPress.  This version won’t let me use all the tools I want to, especially when it comes to posting shows and video clips.  Therefore, I’ll be working on installing a new version of WordPress.  Hopefully, none of you will notice any differences in the site outside of possibly the way posts are linked to.  Oh, and the show is going to be awesome this weekend.

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Doctor Strange DVD Review

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By Dave Minkus
Released by Lionsgate Films
Released August 14, 2007

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not very familiar with the character of Doctor Strange.  I know that my dad used to read him a ton when he was younger, so I know the basics.  Doctor Strange actually used to be a doctor.  As a matter of fact, he was an extremely gifted surgeon.  He also happened to be a complete jerk.  He eventually gets into a car accident and loses the use of his hands at a surgical level.  Devastated, he ends up being coaxed by a mysterious man into going to Tibet where he becomes a great sorceror and eventually Sorceror Supreme.  Oh, and his main bad guy is a creature from another dimension (essentially Hell) named Dormammu.

Got all of that?  Well, that’s pretty much what you get when you watch Doctor Strange.  This is the fourth animated feature that has come out of Marvel Animated Features, partnered with Lionsgate.  The other features have been Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 and The Invincible Iron Man.  Obviously, this title takes a markedly different approach from the previous film simply because of the source material.  The very pleasant surprise is that the makers did a great job on this one.

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