May 8, 2012
"Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating."

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


May 7, 2012
Mr. Burns Reflects - Does the “Nerd/Geek” Movement Have the Greatest Movie Fanbase?

If you haven’t been to a movie theater at some point this weekend, then shame on you. Marvel’s The Avengers released this weekend and it was not a movie to be missed. Now on to my blog.

Chances are, once you begin reading this you’ll shout out, “Hey, I’m not a nerd/geek and I like some of these things.” But the truth is, in pop-culture’s eyes, we (I’m in included in this category for sure) are considered as such. Here are a few definitions from Urban Dictionary before I begin explaining the meat of the post: 

There are four types of people based solely on technical AND social skills, they are as follows:

1. Normie - someone who possesses no technical skills, but a lot of social skills.

2. Geek - someone who possesses a large amount of technical and social skills.

3. Nerd - someone who possesses a large amount of technical skills, but no social.

4. Dork - someone who lacks both technical skills and social skills both.

Geeks are actually considered the best combination of technical and social skills in this case, so we’re a lot better off than one may think!

Now on to the real point of this blog. The Avengers, Marvel’s newest movie that brings together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, opened this weekend. The movie has been on a very large advertising campaign over the past little while, hyping the movie for comic book geeks and movie fans alike. If you’ve been following the pre-movie hype or the hype of the last few days you may have heard that The Avengers has “smashed” the box-office. According to E! Online, it jumped into first place today with $200.8 million, setting the record for largest opening weekend of a movie EVER. It topped each of the individual Marvel films’ opening weekends and the film that previously held the #1 position, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

BoxOfficeMojo.com’s list of the top 10 grossing movies on opening weekend are as follows:

1. The Avengers - $200.8 million

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 - $169.2 million

3. The Dark Knight - $158.4 million

4. The Hunger Games - $152.5 million

5. Spider-Man 3 - $151.1 million

6. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142.8 million

7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 - $138.1 million

8. Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - $135.6 million

9. Iron Man 2$128.1 million

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - $125 million

The interesting thing here is that 4 of the top 10 are directly based on comic books and 5 of the remaining 6 are based on novels of the Potter-verse, Twilight, and The Hunger Games.

What does this show us? What I believe it shows is that not only does the “nerd/geek” fanbase of comic books and novels play a large part in the culture of today’s youth, but ultimately owns the the movie industry. So next time you get picked on for being a nerd/geek or someone tries to tell you it’s not cool, just remember that we have one of the largest fanbases of today’s culture. Be proud!


March 13, 2012
Movie Challenge #3

Here we go guys, this is going to be movie challenge #3. Once again I’m going with 6 movies (they have no exact theme), and I need the movie title along with the release year. Have at it and hope you have fun! Good luck!


March 9, 2012
Movie Challenge #2

Here we go everyone! I’ve changed it to be a little more fun, this time there are going to be 6 clips. I need the name of each 6, along with the year they were released. I picked some easy and popular ones for this go round. Leave your answers on a reply here, or on my Facebook and Twitter pages.


March 8, 2012
Movie Challenge #1: Answer

It has been answered, #1 was Remember the Titans, released in 2000. Thanks to Seth Likens for answering! Here is what the whole poster looks like!


March 8, 2012
Movie Challenge #1

Ok everyone, I’m going to start a new little thing to hopefully generate some fun and a little following. I’m going to be posting a small piece of a movie poster every couple of days (maybe every day if the interaction is big enough). I’m going to want you to identify the movie AND the year it was released. Answer by leaving me a reply on here, or on my Facebook/Twitter. Here we go:


January 4, 2012
John Carter - Disney’s New Franchise?

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post about upcoming movies, one of my most anticipated is Disney’s upcoming release John Carter. The movie is based on “The Princess of Mars” series by Edgar Burroughs, and is considered one of the largest influences for all science fiction following it (Star Wars, Avatar, etc.). 

Disney hasn’t been known lately for its live action movies, even though The Prince of Persia and Tron: Legacy were very good releases for the science fiction/video game genre (yes, those were Disney releases in case you didn’t know). But with Pixar’s movie strength seeming to decline, Disney has been pulling in with the live action movies more often and seem to be gaining some steam. 

John Carter is being directed by Andrew Stanton, who is more famous for directing Wall-E and Finding Nemo. Some may question the choice of a traditionally CGI-only director to do a live action movie, but I can see the light at the end of this tunnel. With his amazing work on CG in the past, there is a big chance that this movie will have moments that will blow you away without the need for the crazy Michael Bay explosion after explosion type effects. Also, his ability exceedingly tell a story with the use of dialog and physical interactions will hopefully bring a large depth to the story.

While there are some cons in bringing a book to life on the screen, hopefully this one will rise above the challenges. However, the almost 95 year old novel has been read by many and will of course draw some negative speak from science fiction purists. Along with them, we can expect the hardcore fans of Avatar and Star Wars to say the movie is a “rip-off” even though the sources for the movie are clearly older (try getting that through their heads).

As you can see, there is a large chance for Disney to take hold of this series by the reins and turn it into their new cash-wagon. As long as it’s done right, the movie(s) has more possibility than a lot of other franchises trying to fight to the top and we could possibly be ushered into a new era of science fiction big-screen events. Check out the trailer below and enjoy the stunning visuals, music, and acting.


December 21, 2011
Mr. Burns Reflects - Looking Towards 2012 Films

With 2011 coming to a close, film critics and enthusiasts alike are looking forward to what next year is going to bring to us. This year we had some pretty big hits like The Deathly Hallows Part 2, X-Men: Fist Class, and Drive, but what can we look forward to next year? So far we have a good few trailers being released that showcase what we can look forward to in the world of film.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson released the trailer yesterday for his newest and last (or should we say first?) installment to the J.R.R. Tolkein franchise. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, along with a very large and convincing cast of dwarves and one brave hobbit. The trailer is every bit of epic-ness Middle Earth fans have been for and is once again looking to be a major success for Mr. Jackson. Look for this film to hit theaters next December.

The Dark Knight Rises


Director extraordinaire Christopher Nolan returns for the finale of his Dark Knight franchise. Coming off the success of the last two Batman movies (The Dark Knight reaching #9 on IMDB’s top 250), as well as Inception (the current #1 voted movie of 2010-2011 on IMDB), everyone is looking for this film to once again deliver on a huge level. Bringing back all the original characters as well as a few new faces, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy, looks to make this final film one that DC fans and avid movie-goers alike stare in awe. Look for this to hit in Summer 2012.

Brave


The newest film from Disney’s hit studio Pixar is a little different from their other work. The film Brave follows the Scottish Princess Merida, a brave young girl who’s archery skills are more prominent than her royalty, as she decides to break the customs of her people. She wants to make her own fate and decides to become an archer instead of a royal bride. The film looks to have a strong feminist side, but is more than likely going to prove influential and promising none the less. Look for this one in Summer 2012.

Marvel’s The Avengers


If you went and saw this year’s Captain America in theaters, you were treated to a little preview trailer for the Avengers movie which has been hinted at in all of Marvel’s latest releases. The official trailer was released in October and it looks very promising. All the original actors return for their roles, except for Dr. Banner (the Hulk). The clash of the character’s personalities mixed with the need to save the Earth will no doubt give us an interesting show. Look for this one May 4, 2012.

John Carter


Another picture coming from Disney studios next year is the adventure/sci-fi film John Carter. The movie is based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burrough’s “Mars” series, A Princess of Mars. It follows John as he is put on the planet and faced with the challenges of helping lead the people (or aliens) to their survival. The movie is filled with fantasy aspects that reminisce on Star Wars and Avatar alike, and looks to be stunning. It hits theaters on March 9, 2012.

The Hunger Games


From the best selling Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, comes the film adaption of the first book. The Hunger Games is a series about a young girl, Katniss Everdeen, who enters the games in order to save her sister. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which a male and female from each district (the nation is divided due to a large war long before the story begins) must compete for their lives. The story is a compelling one for males and females alike, as well as younger and older crowds. While some of the characters casting is questionable, the movie itself looks very promising. Look for this one on March 23, 2012.

That does it for this one. If I’ve left any good ones out you can shoot me a message, and I’ll give them a look. I’m hoping to find more films to put up a part 2 of what you can look forward to in 2012. Thanks for reading and go watch some movies!


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