Archives for Cool Stuff

Footage of the US pilot of Spaced

So the footage of the US pilot of Spaced has popped up online.  Want to know JUST how bad it is?  It’s been on Youtube for at least a year and nobody’s really noticed.  This really doesn’t even qualify as Cool Stuff.  It’s actually crap.  I’m posting this just as evidence of the massive bullet we all dodged when it didn’t get picked up.

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Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman Now Streaming On Hulu

Hulu is streaming 6 of the Zatoichi films.

      Zatoichi the blind swordsman is an iconic character that has never quite seen the poplarity outside of Japan. He has been the inspiration for many charcaters. Inspired filmakers like Robert Rodriguez. There was even a fun, if uneven, American take starring Rutger Hauer called Blind Fury which features Terence O’Quinn and a swordfight between Hauer and Sho Kusgi!
     The movies are basically a variation on a theme but they feature some amazing fight seqeunces. Some great ones include the inevitable group of bad guys getting completely owned by the seemingly harmless blind man. If you liked Kill Bill you will have a very good time following the exploits of one of Japan’s most enduring film series. There have been 27 films in all. Oh..and the best part is this is all possible due to a partnership with Criterion.

So revisit or begin your journey with Zatoichi.

     Catch them while you can… and if you can,,, it is Hulu after all.

Jamin Winans’ Uncle Jack

Stop what you’re doing right now.  No…really, STOP what you’re doing and watch this video.  I know it’s no secret that most of us are drooling geeks for the sci-fi/fantasy film Ink, but I’d post this even if we didn’t know the Winans.  Commissioned to make a short film with Pentax cameras and lenses.  Never content to just make a film to show off a piece of equipment, Jamin (with his wife, Kiowa, returning to the roles of producer and sound and production designer) makes a fun story of an uncle gone wrong and how his relationship with his niece literally saves him.

You’ll notice Ink alumni Chris Kelly, Jeremy Make and Quinn Hunchar return in this fun short that needs to be seen by as many people as possible.  You won’t regret watching this.

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In which Ethan pimps his newly-formed Tumblr account

Yes, I decided to file this under cool stuff.

Anywho, me and Dave had previously discussed the idea of me starting a Screen Geeks-sponsored blog that would contain my incoherent ramblings about movies. He had the idea of hosting a blogspot thing-y, but I wanted Tumblr seeing as how that’s what all the cool kids use these days. Dave could not use his technical wizardry though to have SG host it though. So we kind of both lost our enthusiasm on the idea and didn’t discuss it again. But on a whim (the whim being browsing the Tumblr of the illustrious Hunter Stephenson) I buckled down and finally started my own Tumblr account.

Before I link to it I should prepare you for what exactly it contain. It will obviously center on pop-culture, but it was also probably range into bizarre personal stuff that are only hinted on my Twitter account. But here’s the damn thing in all it’s infantile glory : http://ethanves.tumblr.com/

ScreenGeeks Coverage of the Starz Denver Film Festival

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We’ve been given a great opportunity at ScreenGeeks.com.  Last year, we were able to go to the Starz Denver Film Festival and Barry had a great writeup of everything he saw.  This year, the good folks at SDFF have given us even more access to more amazing films and interviews.  Starting tonight, you’ll start seeing reviews of varaious films we’ve seen and interviews with various filmmakers.

This is going to play havoc with our ability to get regular shows out over the next couple of weeks, but we’ll be putting up plenty of content between reviews and varioius bits we’ll be recording and posting in the RSS podcast feed.  Let us know what you think of our coverage.  We hope you enjoy it!

Upcoming Sale: 50% off Criterions at Barnes and Noble!

We generally don’t talk about Bluray/DVD sales around here, but this one is too good NOT to talk about it.  You probably heard me talk a few months ago about how I got some Criterion DVD’s for really cheap at Barnes and Noble.  Well, it looks like they’re at it again.  Over at DVD Talk, you’ll find a thread talking about Barnes and Noble having a 50% off sale on all Criterion Blurays and DVDs.  You’ll also find ways to get them for an extra 10% off and even an extra $5 off that!  The sale will start on November 10th.

I know that we always talk up Criterion discs, but I also know that they tend to be significantly more expensive than regular DVDs.  Well, if you’ve been tempted to try the waters on some of our past recommendations, you aren’t going to get much of a better chance than this to build up your library!  This much advance notice should hopefully give you a chance to save up some money ahead of time and not abuse your wallet.

Let us know if you’d like us to give you some ideas on good films to pick up and we’ll be happy to give you some options in the comments!  The DVD Talk thread will be good for that as well. 

Steadfast Trailer Hits Online

We really don’t talk too much about short films on this site, but we’re always down for publicizing our friends.  It helps that this trailer simply looks AWESOME.  Steadfast is a short film written and directed by Nate Schneider.  Nate has been on the show a couple of times and is just an all around good guy.  I can’t wait to see this thing in its entirety.  Check it out!

Steadfast Trailer from Justin Lewis on Vimeo.

GIGANTIC StarFest Guest Update

I knew that when it was confirmed that William Katt was coming to StarFest in Denver, Steve and Kathe Walker were off to a good start.  What I couldn’t expect, however, was just how many awesome people would be lined up with more still to come!  I’ll post these in order that they’ve been announced.  If you’re a geek ANYWHERE near Denver, CO, you’re crazy not to come to StarFest and join in the fun.

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Robert Picardo has established himself firmly in the Star Trek universe with his portrayal of the holographic Doctor in Star Trek:  Voyager.  In fact, Mr. Picardo was easily the highlight of that show for me.  For us movie geeks, though, you’ll know Robert Picardo as a mainstay of Joe Dante’s films, appearing in The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, Amazon Women on the Moon, The ‘Burbs, and my personal favorite as Forster in Gremlins 2:  The New Batch.  Mr. Picardo will be at StarFest for all three days.

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Ethan Philips is most likely known by those attending StarFest as Neelix in Star Trek Voyager, but he is a GREAT example of actors who have an extremely varied and versatile filmography.  If you’re a child of the 80′s, you know you’ve seen him on Benson.  You’ll also recognize him from his appearances in films like Glory, The Man Without A Face, Wagons East, and Bad Santa.  He’s currently working with HorrorFest guest Ford Austin on the film Dahmer vs. Gacy.  Mr. Phillips will be appearing at StarFest for all three days.

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Brent Spiner is obviously known to everyone for his role as Commander Data in Star Trek:  The Next Generation.  Did you know, though, that he also appeared in Tales From the DarksideNight Court and Sledge Hammer! in the 1980′s?  Mr. Spiner always adds a lot of fun to the movies he appears in.  My favorite appearance of Mr. Spiner outside of TNG may very well be when he played Dr. Brackish Okun in Independance Day.  Mr. Spiner is currently appearing in a production of Man of La Mancha in Los Angeles and has also release an album of musical radio drama called Dreamland with Mark Hamill and Maude Maggart.  Mr. Spiner will be appearing at StarFest on Saturady, April 18th.

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Katee Sackhoff went into Battlestar Galactica in a pretty tough position.  As if changing the gender of Starbuck wasn’t enough, it’s very easily argued that the change in tone from the original series to the new series changed the character of Starbuck more than any other character in the show.  Fan backlash began before a frame had been filmed.  If Ms. Sackhoff was phased in the slightest, she’s never shown it.  She has confidently taken the reimagining of Starbuck and made it hers.  She has taken what was really nothing more than a playboy and created one of the most compelling characters in science fiction today.  Ms. Sackhoff will be appearing at StarFest on Saturday, April 18th.

We had a great time at StarFest last year, but this year is shaping up to be even better and more fun!  We’re also working on planning a bit of a get together while in Denver for fans of our show, Geek Radio Daily and The Jesus Geeks as all three shows will have representatives at StarFest this year.  While we will make every attempt to talk to as many guests as possible, there is no guarantee that we will be able to talk everyone.  Some guests’ schedules will just simply be too busy.  We’re also looking forward to seeing who comes out for HorrorFest and we’ll be posting some video of the fun as well.

First Starfest Guest Confirmed: William Katt

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Well, it’s getting to be that time of year again.  I know not a lot of our listeners/readers will be going to StarFest in Denver, but we’re getting excited for the fun to come.  I still have one interview from last year that I’ve been trying to get finished since April, and that’s with the good gentlemen from Random Creatureface Films, but that will hopefully be up this week (along with a DVD review).

Anyway, the first confirmed guest has been announced for this year’s StarFest, and it will make any geek in their 30′s VERY happy and bouncy.  William Katt has most recently been seen in an episode of this season’s Heroes, and he’s known by horror fans for his work in House or Carrie.  The role that most people know him for, though, is as English teacher Ralph Hinkley in The Greatest American Hero.  If you’re a child of the 80′s, you really owe it to yourself to look at his filmography and see everything he’s been in.  Chances are that you’ll probably even remember the episodes Mr. Katt appeared in.  This is one of the great things about the 70′s/80′s.  If there was an actor/actress you loved, chances are they would appear in a bunch of shows.  Mr. Katt just happens to be good in everything he shows up in.

As with last year, just because a guest is confirmed doesn’t mean that we’ll have a chance to sit down with them, but we’ll make every effort to talk to Mr. Katt if his schedule allows.

Photo by pinguino k.