Monthly Archives June 2008

SGR Episode 37 – Divisive Movies

Join us as we have spirited discussions about several movies that divided audiences.

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 Show notes are being worked on.  In the meantime,  check out the GeeksOn Star Wars Episode III abridged script. (Warning:  plenty of language, mostly when talking about Samuel L. Jackson)

Show notes are after the break.

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Barry's Review Of The Incredible Hulk Up At Maui Time!

I'm not going to post any of the content, just out of respect to Barry's paying gig. I will, however link directly to it. Check it out!

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SG Cinema Sounds Composer Profile – Thomas Newman

The word “lyrical” is often used to describe the film compositions of Thomas Newman, whose work is as diverse as it accomplished. Anyone who has done the music for Cinderella Man AND The Lost Boys has some serious geek cred, and Newman gives the movies he writes for a heartfelt center and a distinctive tone. His score for Wall-E will likely be another highlight of a distinguished career. Lets take a look at his accomplishments thus far.

Best Known For: American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, Cinderella Man, Little Women, Erin Brokovich, Angels in America, Jarhead and The Horse Whisperer.

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The State Is Coming To DVD!

Thanks to the good gentlemen at Geek Radio Daily, I've found out that the 90's MTV classic, The State, will finally be making an appearance on DVD.  According to the article over at CHUD, the set has been complete since last year, but the release has been delayed until a reunion show can be made for Comedy Central.  If you've never heard of The State, why should you care?  Well, you shouldn't…except that without The State, the creative minds behind Reno 911! would have never met and we'd never have that show.  As a refresher, I've embedded one of my favorite skits from the show.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XhS80rwjIg[/youtube]

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SGR Episode 36 – Box Office Flops

Due to Dave accidentally reading Billy Flynn's e-mails from a couple episodes again, this week is a little delayed due to needed editing time.  Sorry about that.

We talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of films that…underperformed at the box office.  Show notes are being assembled, I promise!

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SG Film Snob 10 – Psycho

I don't think I need to say Hitchcock directed this.  It's a true classic and we had a great time talking about it.

Film Snob Episode 10

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Updated: Jon Favreau May Not Direct Iron Man 2

Update:  Harry Knowles over at Ain't It Cool has verified this story through his sources.  I was worried that my initial reaction may have been a bit premature, but I stand by what I said more than ever now.  I completely understand that a director is only one part of what makes a good movie, but I firmly believe that Mr. Favreau has more than a little bit to do with the fact that Iron Man is no longer the b-list hero he's been for a long time.  That's why I'm standing this firmly behind him.

In what is potentially a repeat of the X-Men 3 debacle, First Showing is reporting thatMarvel is saying that Iron Man director Jon Favreau is not necessary for Iron Man 2 to be financially successful.  It seems to be a veiled attempt to lowball Favreau before they even give him a second call after Iron Man's stellar box office numbers.  It's also possible that Marvel is attempting a power play in response to Favreau saying he isn't sure that Iron Man 2 could be ready by 2010.

I am absolutely willing to go on record and say that should Marvel go down this road of killing the golden goose before it lays more than one egg, I will absolutely boycott Iron Man 2 and will possibly cease all coverage of Iron Man 2.  This is specifically if Favreau were not brought back for the next movie.  I truly feel this strongly about the topic.  Jon Favreau brought a lot of the heart that made people love the first movie, and I worry that a Favreau-less Iron Man would be as bad (if not worse) than X-Men 3.

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SG DVD Picks for 6/10/08

Here we are.  Another week has passed and we've got jack squat for good dvd releases.  I've gone through ten pages of DVD/Bluray releases, and this is what I could come up with.  Our deal of the week is pretty sweet, though.  One more note:  you're going to see DVD Planet or Deep Discount as the low prices this week as both sites are still running their respective 20% off sales.  On to the picks!

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Ethan's Kung Fu Panda Review

       

  • Ethan's Score : 8/10     

 It's safe to say that when it comes to the computer animated film scene, Pixar easily beats Dreamworks. Pixar puts an extreme emphasis on story and characters. Dreamworks typically puts an extreme emphasis on pop culture references and fart jokes. But the wonderful new film Kung Fu Panda changes this. If you're thinking right now “Oh Ethan, you so crazy” than I should tell you that the trailers do not do any justice to this film. It's contains great characters and a good story. But also importantly, it's frickin' hilarious. Jack Black infuses so much life into the character of Po. He totally gets his sense of humor across in this film. And it's not one of those animated movies where it's “one for the kids, one for the adults”. It never feels that patronizing. Both kids and adults can laugh at the same jokes. But also, the film delivers on the kung fu front. The set pieces  are terrifically animated and very exciting. And a good dash of physical humor is inserted into them that never betrays what is established in the story. All in all, a really fun ride that will deliver more entertainment than most of this summer's crop.

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DVD Picks Deal Of the Week Update: Deep Discount Sale Is Live!

As a follow-up to our DVD Picks this week, the 20% off sale running at Deep Discount is live right now and is running through June 22nd!  Just go to their site, load up your shopping cart, and use any of the one time use coupon codes listed below.  You can use each code once, but you can place more than one 20% off order.  This sale has helped me build my DVD collection considerably over the past years.  It's a great chance to pick up some Criterions for cheaper than usual as well.

Coupon Codes:
DVDTALK
USATODAY
NYTIMES
SUPERSALE
PRICESEARCH
SUMMERSALE
YAHOO
ESPN
LATIMES
XM
SOUTHSIDE
WGN
JIM
DEALNEWS

If you hit the site and are completely overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, I always hit the thread for the Deep Discount sale at DVD Talk.  People are always posting what they bought there and it should help you get a great idea of stuff to get.  One important thing to consider is getting together with some friends and doing one larger order and pay for upgraded shipping and split that extra cost between everyone.  They have flat rate shipping at each level, and upgrading your shipping tends to get your stuff shipped out earlier.  Granted, I ordered Student Bodies for $8.18 with the free shipping and it's aready shipped, so do what you will.

DVD Planet also tends to run a concurrent sale that's going right now.  They sometimes have Criterion DVD's cheaper than Deep Discount, so they're worth checking out as well.  You can find out details at this DVD Talk thread.

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