Archives for Dave Minkus

X-Men: First Class Trailer Goes Live

After the complete wreck that X-Men:  The Last Stand and X-Men Origins:  Wolverine were, I know more than a few geeks and X-Men fans who were worried about any future incarnations of their favorite mutants.  Ok, let’s be honest:  Most of us would rather Fox just let the franchise die than desecrate these characters any more than they have.

Then, we got word of X-Men:  First Class.  It was a reboot of the story, but it won’t have the original cast of characters.  We call started having visions of a Deadpool with laser eyes and blades come rushing back to our memories.  Ah, but we were then given hope!  Bryan Singer was coming aboard as an Executive Producer.  Even better yet, Matthew Vaughn (L4yer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass) was signed on to direct.  Things were looking up…and then that awful photoshop of the cast popped up and brought all our hopes crashing back to earth.

With the roller coaster of emotions that we’ve been through, we’ve now got our first legitimate look at X-Men:  First Class.  The trailer just released and honestly doesn’t look completely terrible.  That may seem like a backhanded compliment, but it’s a far better reaction than I expected to have.  Check it out and let us know what you think of it.

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

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Regarding the lack of content

I just wanted to briefly address the lack of articles recently on the site.  Unfortunately, real life has been pulling me in several directions and has caused my focus to drift away from the site more than it should have.  It has had its positive effects as well.  As a result of getting a UK version of the site ready to launch as well as starting a podcast network, I’ve become very motivated to finally give ScreenGeeks.com the visual overhaul it’s needed for several years.  As a result of this, I’m just about done building the new site and am now in the process of moving the massive amount of data between articles and audio files over to the new site.  I’ve still got a couple more days work ahead of me, but the new ScreenGeeks.com will be launching soon and will bring more content, reviews and obviously more podcasts to celebrate the new look.  I just hope you all like it.

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SGR Episode 138 – 2011 Oscar Nominations

This week, we talk about a surprisingly solid lineup of films nominated in the various categories for this year’s Oscars.

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SGR Episode 137 – Looking Forward to 2011

This week, Jack from ScreenGeeks UK joins us again to look at the films we’re looking forward to most in 2011.

SGR Episode 137

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SGR Episode 136 – The Best Films of 2010

This episode, Jack Gregson from ScreenGeeks UK joins us to talk about the best films of 2010.

SGR Episode 136

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SGR Episode 135 – The Worst Films of 2010

This episode, Dave and Ethan take a baseball bat to the worst movies of 2010.

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SGR Episode 134 – Peter Weir

This week, we take a look at the films of Peter Weir and also have an in-depth discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

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Film Review (Jack’s Take) – Tron Legacy

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Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde & Michael Sheen 

by Jack Gregson
score: 3/4

It’s funny to think that there has been so much hype to the sequel of such a flop; it truly shows that the geeks have inherited the earth. In Kosinski’s follow up to the 1982 cult classic we catch up with Kevin Flynn (Bridges) who has been missing for 20 years, leaving behind his business empire, Encom (which sounds far to similar to Enron) and his son Sam (Hedlund). We find out that Flynn is actually stuck on the grid of the computer world he visited in the first film, and now his son has gone in to get him out. It’s a rescue movie, but in a similar way to the first Matrix movie, it takes the simple storyline and expands on it with a great premise and a fascinating new world.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svpLw7e-4ds[/youtube]

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Film Review (Dave’s Take) – Tron Legacy

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directed by Joseph Kosinski
starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivie Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner

by Dave Minkus
score:  3/4

I’ve been waiting 28 years for it to happen, but the day has finally arrived.  Today, Tron finally gets a well-deserved sequel.  Ok, it’s well-deserved in my eyes for certain.  I’ve loved Tron since I was 6 years old.  All the kids in preschool played with the toys and, for a time, Tron toys toppled GI Joe and Transformers as the toys of choice with me and my friends.  I unabashedly love the original film.  I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and I still adore it even with its dated CG and stilted acting from the supporting cast.  There was one thing about Tron that I loved, though.  I couldn’t get enough of the character of Kevin Flynn.  He was a computer hippy who loved computers and video games.  When he got screwed out of the credit for the games he had created, he opened up an arcade.  In short, Kevin Flynn was what every nerdy or geeky male wanted to grow up to be in the 80’s.  I tell you all this to frame just how high my expectations were for the sequel.  I had hoped that Tron Legacy would take everything that was good from the original and amp it up.  I also hoped they would make an incredible story and cast it perfectly to match the updated CG.  In short, I was hoping…no, I was EXPECTING Tron Legacy to be my 2010 movie of the year.  Frankly, it isn’t fair to any movie to put that kind of pressure on a film.  There was no way it was going to live up to the hype I had in my mind.  However, it’s a fine film and a heck of a ride.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4RiUy23e9s[/youtube]

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BFI London Film Festival Review: Submarine

Directed by Richard Ayoade
Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Paddy Considine & Sally Hawkins

by Jack Gregson
Score: 4/4

There is truly something wonderful about this movie. Oliver Tate (Roberts) is a neurotic Welsh teenager in the 80’s. It’s a difficult time for young Mr. Tate, he’s fallen in love with the mysterious Jordana (Paige), his parents are having marital troubles and his mother (Hawkins) is looking to her ex-boyfriend (Considine) for comfort, now Oliver feels that he needs to take action. The plot is a typical coming of age story but it is the way the story has been told and the style that the director has brought to the picture that make it so stunning. It’s a lovely comedy that nails the agony of being a child and wanting the world to work around our needs.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdPW98ZKF-A[/youtube]

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