The year 2014 has been a great year for movies! While there are far to many to have seen them all, below is a list of movies I was able to get to in the theaters and my ratings. Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments below.
|1. Robocop:||(2.5 / 5)|
|2. The Lego Movie:||(2 / 5)|
|3. Pompeii:||(2 / 5)|
|4. Captain America-Winter Soldier:||(4.5 / 5)|
|5. Veronica Mars:||(3.5 / 5)|
This is your Week In Geek recap for week ending December 21, 2014!
In Theaters This Week
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
In the third part of Peter Jackson extended rendition of one of Tolkens earlier works, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies completes the epic tale of Bilbo Baggins, as played by Martin Freeman. Along with Bilbo are the cast of characters including Gandalf, Legolas, Bard, Tauriel, Thorin, Thandrul, and the dreadful menace of Smaug. We follow the middle earth tale which culminates in a battle against the forces of darkness. With a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, this movie is rated PG-13 for violence and potential bladder injury.
This is your week in geek re-cap for week ending December 14, 2014.
In Theaters This Week
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott has thrown his hat into the Biblical epic ring with Exodus: Gods and Kings. Staring Christian Bale as Moses who fights alongside his brother Ramses (Joel Edgerton), to help defend Egypt. During battle, Moses saves Ramses life, causing Ramses to fear that his brother will one day be King because it fits with a prophecy handed down by one of King Seti’s (played by John Tuturro) spiritualists. Soon after Seti’s death, Moses, who is actually Jewish and not Egyptian, is banished. However, he becomes the leader of the Jewish people and leads a rebellion, with the help of a wrathful God, against the Egyptians. Rate PG-13, This version of Moses’ story is apparently not friendly to the young ones.
Much to no one’s surprise, the long awaited Star Wars Teaser Trailer is quickly heating up the internet. Although the reception is mostly positive, not everyone is loving the trailer. One commentator on Google+ said “The Cross Saber was enough for me to lose hope. So lame. ” Another says “Could not be any less excited after seeing this.” Other examples of those who were less than ecstatic can be seen below:
The Star Wars trailer is so awful, I’m still unconvinced it’s not a hoax going around. Fan hoax trailers were more believable and exiting.
— Grace Lynn (@PixelGoth) November 28, 2014
I am currently reading Joss Whedon’s biography and I read the following excerpt, which made me want to reach out to you.
“Fans knew that Joss was spending much of his time developing his new Fox series, so they laid much of the blame for the failings of the season at the feet of Marti Noxon. “There are websites devoted to how I ruined Buffy in season six,” she says. She had been a strong advocate of darker story-lines— including the Spike/ Buffy relationship— and she had become more involved in the production aspects of the series that Joss no longer had time for.” (Pascale, Amy (2014-08-01). Joss Whedon: The Biography (p. 192). Chicago Review Press. Kindle Edition.)
So there is something I would like to address about season six of the show: I LOVE THIS SEASON.
Make no mistake I loved the show before then, but this season really solidified it for me. The fact the the tone of the show was darker, that the Slayer made poor decisions, that – in the words of Buffy’s alter ego herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar – “she felt that Buffy was losing her “hero-ness” and losing her way. “It wasn’t who Buffy was, or why people loved her.” (Pascale, Amy (2014-08-01). Joss Whedon: The Biography (p. 192). Chicago Review Press. Kindle Edition.)
Everything she said was true, and it was killing me that you put this beloved character through such a horedous time. This is why I loved this season, BECAUSE it was killing me. It showed me that I really cared about this character. It showed me I was really invested in this story. It showed me that this show was supurbly crafted and when she finally rose above the darkness it made her that much more of an inspiration. It’s themes tested. strained and in some instances broke the notions of friendship and one’s chosen family. Buffy was real – that is to say as real a vampire slaying/loving teen aged girl with superpowers could be.
My point is you reached me, you reached us – the audience, in perhaps a way that we were unprepared for. Everyone who complained, or was concerned or felt that you were “ruining Buffy” – they cared. And they cared because the show really reached them. They complained because they were affected. They complained because they loved her and the show.
Even today, 11 years after Buffy last aired, the show remains a big part of my life. So I guess what I really wanted to say to you is Thank You. I hope you wear the backlash that was received from this season, not as a blemish, but as a badge of honor. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A devoted fan,
Slider, Brandon Carmichael and Special Guest Jerry Fuqua II discuss the summer Blockbuster (and officially the highest grossing film of 2014) Guardians of the Galaxy along with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe live at Famous Faces & Funnies.
Here is our ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We nominate
Jimmy Groves Johnathan Mersereau David Kranbuhl
Famous Faces & Funnies Rick Shea, The Molly Roger Rollergirls, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kabner, & Harry Shearer
Special Thanks to Alea Kilday and Kim Darling For being our Poerers/Eye candy!