It’s an especially fun episode of GeekScholars Movie News this week as the hosts start off the show with a segment of ‘Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down’. During this session, the crew debate if several newly announced projects, or rumored casting decisions, are good ideas or bad ideas. Topics include the recent casting of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, a remake of The Blob, a comedy about Nicholas Cage hunting Osama Bin Laden, and more. Hit play above to listen!
It’s our 30th anniversary here at GeekScholars Movie News! Well, not 30 years, but 30 awesome episodes, and we have a fantastic show for you to celebrate. Really, it’s awesome.
We kick things off with a discussion of the The Bechdel Test– What is it, how is it relevant, and why is it important. In a nutshell, The Bechdel Test is a quick, if not quirky way, to identify gender bias in movie roles, in terms of quantity and quality. It’s a great discussion you’ll want to listen in (and send us your thoughts on as well!)
After that, we weigh in on a hilarious premise- the true story of Nicholas Cage’s favorite rare Superman comic-book being stolen from him. The team behind Reno 911 have written a script on this one event and turned it into an epic comedy we all hope makes it to the big screen.
Next, we address the rumors that a film focusing on Spider-Man villain, Venom, may not be all that far off, with Josh Trank of Chronicle fame eying the director’s chair.
Finally, GeekScholars Fox and Chris weigh in on John Carter and themselves befuddled by the lack of love for it from their fellow critics.
This is a fantastic episode, not to be missed! Listen here!
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Since it’s officially “Summer Blockbuster’ season, let’s start out by taking a look at what’s already in the theaters before we take a look at what’s currently in production.
Top five movies at the box office right now are:
1. Toy Story 3 – Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
2. Grown Ups – Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
3. Knight and Day – Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
4. The Karate Kid – Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
5. The A-Team – Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley
Judging by these box office results, Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan are both getting the stuffing kicked out of them by a bunch of beloved Toys. Out of these five movies, I’ve seen Knight and Day, The Karate Kid and The A-Team. The Karate Kid reboot left me wondering why they bothered. Other than an absolutely powerhouse performance by Jaden Smith, and I firmly believe he is going to be a huge star for a long time to come, I found the reboot to be tedious and without the storytelling power of the original. I like Jackie Chan, but have to be honest and say I found him to be dull and lifeless in this movie. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed both the A-Team and Knight and Day. Finding both movies to be satisfying action adventures to while away a hot summer afternoon with.
A kid with an implausible dream, a neo-conservative Batman and Robin and a social network combine in unexpected ways to provide Kick-Ass [both the film and the character] with an eager-to-please rambunctiousness that makes it both infectious and scary.
Dave Lizewski [Aaron Johnson] has always wondered why no one ever just put on a costume and gone out to fight crime. His friends ridicule him, but he buys himself a flashy lime green wetsuit and a couple of police batons and gives it a shot – with the expected results. He is beaten, stabbed and run over.