Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:25:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=461 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G Jeremy Jordan Joins CBS’ ‘Supergirl’! http://www.geekscape.net/jeremy-jordan-joins-cbs-supergirl http://www.geekscape.net/jeremy-jordan-joins-cbs-supergirl#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:25:16 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85638 Briefly: The cast of CBS’ Supergirl has grown yet again.

Following the reveal of Dean Cain and Helen Slater’s casting earlier this week, TheWrap reports that The Last Five Years star Jeremy Jordan has joined the project as “Winslow “Winn” Schott, a tech genius and superstar IT whiz who works alongside Kara (“Glee’s” Melissa Benoist) at Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) company, CatCo.”

He’s set for a guest role in the series’ pilot, though there is potential for his character to recur. In the DC Comics, of course, Winslow Schott is also a villain known as Toyman.

The series itself will focus on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it exploded. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

As earlier reported, Glee‘s Melissa Benoist will star in the series, and Calista Flockhart will play Cat.

Are you happy with Supergirl‘s casting so far? Are you looking forward to the series, or is the small screen getting as superhero-cluttered as the silver screen is? Sound out below!

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I Have A Hunch We’ll Be Watching ‘iZombie’ On March 17th, Check Out A New Promo Now! http://www.geekscape.net/i-have-a-hunch-well-be-watching-izombie-on-march-17th-check-out-a-new-promo-now http://www.geekscape.net/i-have-a-hunch-well-be-watching-izombie-on-march-17th-check-out-a-new-promo-now#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:12:29 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85636 Briefly: Hankering for more iZombie after reading Eric’s fantastic interview with the show’s Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright?

Well, The CW just released a neat new spot for the upcoming series. It doesn’t reveal a ton of new footage, but it does remind us that the show is coming very soon, and that it looks charming as hell.

In the series, “A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”

Take a look at the promo below, and let us know if you’re excited! iZombie premieres on March 17th!

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The ‘Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster’ Will Hit PS4 This May! http://www.geekscape.net/the-final-fantasy-x-x-2-hd-remaster-will-hit-ps4-this-may http://www.geekscape.net/the-final-fantasy-x-x-2-hd-remaster-will-hit-ps4-this-may#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:02:35 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85633 Briefly: If you weren’t already sick of buying Square-Enix‘s stellar Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy X-2, you’ll soon be able to pick the games up all over again for your shiny year-and-a-half old PS4.

Sure, the remaster just hit PS3 and Vita back in December (which I bough and still haven’t touched), and now Square-Enix has revealed that the PS4 version will be available on May 12th.

Does anybody else feel like half of the PS4’s library is rereleases at this point?

The PS4 edition WILL include cross-save functionality, so if you’ve already started on the PS3 or Vita, you won’t be out of luck. In this edition, you’ll also be able to switch between the original and remastered soundtracks on the fly, which is actually pretty rad.

Will you listen to my story again on May 12th? Or are you sitting this one out? Sound out below!

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‘Dragon Ball Z’ Fan? You Need To Watch This Pilot! http://www.geekscape.net/dragon-ball-z-fan-you-need-to-watch-this-pilot http://www.geekscape.net/dragon-ball-z-fan-you-need-to-watch-this-pilot#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:49:52 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85630 Briefly: Unfortunately, I’ve never watched Dragon Ball Z in my entire life. My friends freak out every time they’re reminded of that fact. I’ve had DVD’s lent to me multiple times, and they’re always returned without ever leaving their cases. I do want to watch it, and the limitless praise that I’ve heard for the series makes me ashamed to say that I haven’t. It’s on the list, okay!?

That being said, I could not take my freaking eyes off of this.

The project is called Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, and a few days back the 13-minute pilot for the potential fan created web series hit the web, and it’s totally hype (as Shane O’Hare would say).

The series is an adaptation of “The History of Trunks” TV Special, and tells the story of a post-apocalyptic future where 2 Androids have murdered millions of people, and only 2 young warriors can rise up to stop them.

Did I mention how freaking cool this is?

The series comes from Robot Underdog, and the short’s cast and crew includes lifelong martial artists Amy Johnston, Tyler Tackett, and Anton Bex, as well as Jack Wald’s premiere as the young Trunks. As awesome as the pilot is, Robot Underdog needs help to continue the story. The company is currently seeking donations to complete episode two and three of the project, so be sure to head here if you want to help out!

Take a look at the pilot below (and be sure to check out Robot Underdog’s fantastic Miles Morales short here), and be sure to let us know what you think! I can’t wait for the next episode!

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Saint Mort’s Nostalgia Nightmare: ‘Exterminators of the Year 3000′ Blu-Ray Review http://www.geekscape.net/saint-morts-nostalgia-nightmare-exterminators-of-the-year-3000-blu-ray-review http://www.geekscape.net/saint-morts-nostalgia-nightmare-exterminators-of-the-year-3000-blu-ray-review#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:28:41 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85608 This week on Saint Mort’s Nostalgia Nightmare Matt watches and reviews Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of Exterminators of the Year 3000. It’s a Mad Max Rip-Off done in a way that only Italian cinema could successfully get away with. Let’s watch!

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Before I discuss this movie I have to address the minor elephant in the room about its release. When Scream first announced plans of releasing this it was to be a double feature with Cruel Jaws. When this was first announced I flipped my shit. I literally posted on a ton of websites and forums losing my mind about this. I couldn’t believe I lived in a world where something as mind-glowingly amazing (and terrible) as Cruel Jaws was going to be released on Blu-Ray. For those of you who don’t know, Cruel Jaws is a wanna be Jaws rip-off (sometimes even advertised as Jaws 5) that skipped the whole annoying “building a shark” thing in favor of stealing footage from various Jaws movies and Jaws rip-off films like Great White/The Last Shark. I couldn’t even wrap my head around how Scream Factory was going to legally release it… turns out they couldn’t either. A few days later they announced that due to the multiple pieces of copyright infringement they were just going to release Exterminators of the Year 3000 on a solo Blu-Ray. It hurt… but I’ve learned to live with it.

I would like to take this moment to just say to whoever is reading this from Scream Factory that you can totally make up for this by finding a way to put Great White/The Last Shark on Blu-Ray. Thanks!

So what is Exterminators of the Year 3000? Well take Mad Max and slash the budget down to roughly $500 and you have this incredible piece of Italian cinema. The film takes place in the Year 3000 (as the title suggests). After nuclear war has turned Earth into a massive desert, water is a rare commodity (sounding sorta familiar yet). The film follows Tommy (a young boy with a bionic arm) and a loner (named Alien) as they search for a well while avoiding bikers and Crazy Bull (their blood-thirsty leader).

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I had no clue what to expect from this movie, if I’m honest I kept putting it off… but within the first 5 minutes I knew I was in for a movie I was genuinely going to enjoy. The film is packed with solid special effects, well done chase sequences, a dark sense of a humor and a boy with a bionic arm. I know I mentioned it once already but I mean, that’s pretty off the wall and amazing.

If you’re like me and enjoy having movie nights with friends filled with beer, pizza and B-movies than you’re in luck. That is 100% what Exterminators of the Year 3000 is.

Exterminators is now available on Scream Factory’s website. The release comes with an interview and a commentary track from actor Robert Iannucci. Also out today is the double feature of Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream

Matt Kelly is the host of the Saint Mort Show Podcast and co-host of the Reddit Horror Club. He also runs the Every Damn DVD blog. Tax season was not kind to Matt os cheer him up and get him something off his Amazon Wishlist to watch.

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Valve Announces ‘Source 2′ And First Party Hardware At GDC http://www.geekscape.net/valve-announces-source-2-and-first-party-hardware-at-gdc http://www.geekscape.net/valve-announces-source-2-and-first-party-hardware-at-gdc#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:20:44 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85623 This year’s GDC was going to be an exciting one. With Valve making a very large up front announcement that they were going to be having a press conference full of content (It was today, 3/3/2015. I guess they CAN count to three.). Well we have an official press release from the company that outlines some VERY exciting products from Valve. The most exciting (for me anyway) is the announcement of the Source 2 engine!

“We continue to see very strong growth in PC Gaming, with Steam growing 50% in the last 12 months,” said Gabe Newell, Valve’s president. “With these announcements we hope that we are helping build on that momentum.”

 

Steam Machines, Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux PCs will be able to take advantage of a new product announced at GDC called Steam Link. Designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house, Steam Link allows you to stream all your Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US (worldwide pricing to be released closer to launch).

 

Steam Machines from partners Alienware and Falcon Northwest are being shown, with Machines from a dozen other partners slated to release this November. Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance. Customers interested in the best possible gaming experience can choose whichever components meet their needs. Epic will give a demonstration of the newly announced Unreal Tournament running on a 4K monitor driven by the Falcon Northwest Steam Machine. “We love this platform,” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. “Whether you’re running incredibly detailed scenes at 4K or running 1080p at 120 FPS for an intense shooter experience, this brings world-class gaming and graphics to televisions with an open platform true to Valve’s PC gaming roots.”

 

Valve will show a virtual reality (VR) headset. Developer versions of the headset will be available this spring, and partner HTC will ship their Vive headset to consumers by the end of the year.

 

Two new technologies are part of the VR release – a room scale tracking system codenamed Lighthouse, and a VR input system. “In order to have a high quality VR experience, you need high resolution, high speed tracking,” said Valve’s Alan Yates. “Lighthouse gives us the ability to do this for an arbitrary number of targets at a low enough BOM cost that it can be incorporated into TVs, monitors, headsets, input devices, or mobile devices.” Valve intends to make Lighthouse freely available to any hardware manufacturers interested in the technology.

 

“Now that we have Lighthouse, we have an important piece of the puzzle for tackling VR input devices,” said Valve’s Joe Ludwig. “The work on the Steam Controller gave us the base to build upon, so now we have touch and motion as integrated parts of the PC gaming experience.”

 

“We’ve been working in VR for years and it was only until we used SteamVR’s controllers and experienced the magic of absolute tracking that we were able to make the VR game we always wanted to make,” said Alex Schwartz of Owlchemylabs.

 

VR demos being shown at GDC include work from Bossa Studios, Cloudhead Games, Dovetail Games, Fireproof Studios, Google, Owlchemylabs, Skillman & Hackett, Steel Wool Games, Vertigo Games, and Wevr.

 

Valve announced the Source 2 engine, the successor to the Source engine used in Valve’s games since the launch of Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. “The value of a platform like the PC is how much it increases the productivity of those who use the platform. With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games,” said Valve’s Jay Stelly. “We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.”

 

Also as part of supporting PC gaming, Valve announced that it will be releasing a Vulkan-compatible version of the Source 2 engine. Vulkan is a cross-platform, cross-vendor 3D graphics API that allows game developers to get the most out of the latest graphics hardware, and ensures hardware developers that there is a consistent, low overhead method of taking advantage of products. Vulkan, previously called Next Generation OpenGL, is administered by the Khronos Group, along with other standards such as OpenCL, OpenGL, and WebGL.

 

GDC 2015 will mark the 13th anniversary of Valve’s first public announcement of Steam, which has since become the leading platform for PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. In the last year, Steam realized the addition of many new services and features – including In-Home Streaming, Broadcasting, Music, and user-created stores – as it grew to over 125 million active accounts worldwide.

Source 2 is going to be HUGE for games going forward. The source engine is in desperate need of an update. It had a “partial” update with the release of Counterstrike: Global Offensive (think of it like source 1.5), but a complete version upgrade is needed to keep the platform competitive. With products like Unreal Engine 4 recently being released for FREE, Valve couldn’t compete with it’s physics engine alone.

The Source 2 release comes on the heels of HTC announcing their partnership with Valve on the Vive VR project, which looks like it is going to give the folks over at Oculus and Sony a run for their fucking money.

Valve also touched on their first party hardware releases. Announcing more Steam Machine units and availability, as well as giving a launch date for their controller (November 2015).

The most interesting of the hardware products has to be the Steam Link product. A small small streaming device ready to broadcast your Steam library from your beefy gaming PC, to your TV in the living room.

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This is probably the most compelling product they’ve announced. The concept of the Steam Machines being a living room replacement for your gaming PC is great, but the individual units haven’t really been competitively priced for a comparable gaming PC. This takes that concept, and puts it into a small form factor and lets you stream from your existing hardware WITHOUT limiting you with the Steam OS.

All and all I am very happy with Valve’s announcements. The future of Valve Software looks bright with Source 2…and hopefully we’ll see the rise of Half-Life 3!

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“Community: Age of Yahoo” Season 6 Trailer Now Online! http://www.geekscape.net/community-age-of-yahoo-season-6-trailer-now-online http://www.geekscape.net/community-age-of-yahoo-season-6-trailer-now-online#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:18:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85607 We’ve made it to season six.

Our beloved Community begins its sixth season very soon — on Yahoo! Screen, March 17th — and a full trailer has just went online. I’m embarrassed to say I can’t for the life of me embed Yahoo! video, so you’ll have to click for it here.

Despite losing several of the key cast over the last few years, Community appears to not have missed a beat and remains the same show we know and love (except for whatever the Gas Leak Year was). The spoof of Age of Ultron is just inspired.

Community season six is resembling your favorite buddy from college still be his old funny self. Just with a few wrinkles and a few hard hits from reality.

I’m also not sure what influenced the change in lighting, but the study table looks drastically different. Forget the empty seats, the sun looks like its setting. Symbolic of the show’s imminent end, or just the change in ownership? That’s for you to decide.

New cast members Danny Glover and Paget Brewster are on full display, and it appears Paget is set-up as a rival of sorts for Britta. It might be my eyes but the constant cutting between the two have blurred them for me and they honestly kind of look alike.

Community airs March 17th on …Yahoo! Screen. I need to get used to these Chang-es.

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Shout! Factory’s “Young Hercules” Complete DVD Set Coming June, Cover Released! http://www.geekscape.net/shout-factorys-young-hercules-complete-dvd-set-coming-june-cover-released http://www.geekscape.net/shout-factorys-young-hercules-complete-dvd-set-coming-june-cover-released#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:43:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85598 Long before he captured your girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s heart in The Notebook and gave L.A.’s criminals joyrides in the critically-acclaimed neo-noir Drive, Ryan Gosling kicked ass on Saturday mornings as a young Hercules in, well, Young Hercules.

This morning, the wonderful purveyors of nostalgia known as Shout! Factory announced they will be releasing Young Hercules, the for-kids spin-off of the cult Hercules and Xena franchises that aired from 1998 to 1999 in a complete DVD set.

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Aired on the FOX Kids Network from September 1998 until May 1999 with a whopping fifty episodes of a sword-wielding Gosling, this cheesy delight of a fantasy series baffles me because Gosling’s rabid fanbase rarely talks about it. Ever.

But besides starring the number one choice of your significant other’s cheat list, the series was produced by The Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi (appropriate, since he was also behind Xena and Hercules) with special effects work done by the future Oscar-winner Weta Workshop. Alongside Gosling, the show also starred Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit series) and Chris Conrad, who I think edits his own Wikipedia page.

Despite the outstanding lineage of the series, it often was second in the ratings to, believe it or not, Power Rangers.

Kudos to Shout! Factory for obtaining this series for release. I didn’t watch it too much as a kid, but I enjoyed it enough to might actually make a purchase. For my sister, at least. See this FOX Kids Magazine cover below? She tore it from my issue and hung it up on her locker when I was 8.

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Young Hercules: The Complete Series will be released June 23, 2015 on DVD for $24.99 from Shout! Factory. You can preorder it here.

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EXCLUSIVE: “Parallels” Might Still Go to Series http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-parallels-might-still-go-to-series http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-parallels-might-still-go-to-series#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:22:14 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85590 As a reviewer, I am unsure how I feel about tagging the artists involved in a linked tweet. In theory I want them to know their work is recognized, whether I liked it or not. In practice I feel like an eager kid in high school gym class jumping up and down to get picked, and they roll their eyes as they “Fine, you.”

Today, tagging tweets paid off. When I tweeted my review of the new film Parallels – where I lamented the pilot-turned-movie should have stayed as a TV series — director Christopher Leone reached out to me with an “exclusive.”

Can’t really say it’s an “exclusive” since it’s a public tweet, BUT it was to me so suck it, this is an exclusive.

Beyond this tweet from the director himself, there are no other details I am aware of. I do not know what Fox executives thought of the movie, nor do I know if Parallels performed well enough on Netflix to get buzz. It still has various VOD platforms to hit way later this month. Furthermore, Constance Wu’s Polly was a crucial character, but if Parallels gets picked up what does it mean for the critically-acclaimed Fresh Off the Boat? Too many questions with barely enough information to make educated guesses.

Still, this is pretty exciting. As I stated in my review, Parallels‘s premise lends itself to a continuing series that has the potential to be a successor to Sliders. It’s just too big to stay as one movie, and I hope it gets the chance to grow.

Stay tuned with Geekscape as we learn more. You can read my review of the movie here.

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New “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Trailer to Premiere This Thursday http://www.geekscape.net/new-avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer-to-premiere-this-thursday http://www.geekscape.net/new-avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer-to-premiere-this-thursday#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:42:09 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85585 Avengers: Age of Ultron just can’t arrive fast enough.

This past week, Robert Downey Jr. teased a “big announcement” coming March 5. Depending on your hype levels for the movie, it’s either super disappointing or super… something else to look forward to: a new trailer.

A new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer will air this Thursday, March 5, during the premiere of American Crime at 10 PM EST.

I know, I know. A “big announcement” is just another new trailer. Kind of a bummer. But in addition to this yay?-level news, a new character poster has been released that will probably be your new iPhone wallpaper if you’re that kind of person: Jeremy Renner, looking mighty sad as Hawkeye, posted on his WhoSay account. Real question: who actually uses WhoSay? Besides Jeremy Renner.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters May 1, but I don’t think you need me to tell you that.

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Geekscape Reviews: “Parallels” is a Phenomenal TV Pilot, Frustrating Movie http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-parallels-is-a-phenomenal-tv-pilot-frustrating-movie http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-parallels-is-a-phenomenal-tv-pilot-frustrating-movie#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:22:16 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85563 While watching Parallels, there was a moment where my boredom of its modern sci-fi cliches turned into fascination, and my fascination turned into genuine suspense. In the first act, I hated everyone I was watching on screen. Not because of their moral fiber, but because they felt wooden. By the end of act two, I was rooting for all of them.

From director Christopher Leone, Parallels is an inventive, funny sci-fi romp that will piss you off because it ends on an incredible high note with a promise for more. In its climactic last few minutes, Parallels overcomes all limitations indicative of genre shows like it that snarky viewers regularly poke at and exhibits an incredible, epic scope that could make it a future sci-fi classic. But like my dad saying he’d bring me to a Yankee game, it will be a promise that will go unfulfilled.

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Ronan (Mark Hapka) and Beatrix Carver (Jessica Rothe) are estranged siblings reunited by a phone call from their elusive, secretive father Alex Carver (Yorgo Constantine). Joined by goofy friend Harold (Eric Jungman, you’ll know him as that guy from Not Another Teen Movie), they explore an abandoned, graffiti-laced building that serves as a conduit to parallel Earths. At 36-hour intervals, the building “jumps” to another Earth, the planet changing societies and histories right outside the window. Later joined by a mysterious woman from another Earth, the wise-cracking and oddly seductive Polly (Constance Wu, in a show-stealing performance) Ronan and Beatrix seek to find their father before the crazed Tinker (Michael Monks), a survivor from another Earth that underwent a nuclear holocaust caused by Alex, exacts his revenge

This website has “geek” in its very name so I’m safely assuming you understand the idea of parallel universes. It’s like DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths, except no one here wears spandex. But that’s the crux of Parallels: exploring wildly different Earths where maybe it was bombed to shit, or Google is called Shmoogle, or are exactly the same as ours “except for one less mosquito.”

There’s an unknown, infinite number of Earths and if you think exploring them would make for a great TV show, you’d be right! Parallels was created as a television pilot, but Fox Digital Studios morphed it into a stand-alone movie. Knowing this and seeing how the “film” ends is maddening, because the very premise lends itself to something larger than just a 90-minute genre movie. Every character’s arc, however interesting or boring you may find them, is left unfulfilled and unfinished. The cliffhanger tease left me breathless and wanting more, and I nearly punched my TV in a futile rage. Knowing Parallels was a TV pilot leaves me unsure if it helps or hurts enjoying it.

But you should view it! It’s worth watching for the performances alone, which take a 180 turn as it enters the second act. The first act was nauseating, where cliches are hit like Guitar Hero notes. You know what conventional roles they fulfill and they’re boring until Polly enters the party. Kudos to Ms. Wu, her presence alters the chemistry and she practically show-steals the whole movie. Her sharp comedic timing that you see on Fresh Off the Boat is on full display in Parallels, and she has the most laugh-out-loud worthy one-liners. If there’s literally any reason to watch Parallels, it’s so you can see a little more Wu if you’re caught up on Fresh Off the Boat.

That’s not to discount movie leads Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, or even Eric Jungmann either. In the first act this gang is boring — or in Jungmann’s case, annoying — but as performers they remain grounded and believable throughout and they soon win your affection. Ronan is a typical, white-guy brooding loner seen in thousands of other movies, but Hapka gives him weight and even peppers him with some great moments of comedy. Ditto for Jessica Rothe, who plays Beatrix well with enough subtle laughs that will make you chuckle.

Eric Jungmann as goofy friend Harold starts out exactly to fill that role: the goofy friend. And roll your eyes you will. But towards the end of the film, Harold becomes a real champ after a wonderful character moment that wins your heart.

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I can’t talk about the ending enough. I just can’t. Gripping, visceral and ending on a real intense crescendo, however bored you may be of Parallels you will flare with anger by the end credits because you are not getting more. I ask again, does knowing it would have been a TV series help or hurt Parallels?

Parallels is worth watching for many reasons, not the least of which is the promise of what could have been. I’ve written on this site before that roads less traveled are always fascinating to me, and Parallels almost being a TV show makes me wonder what episode two and three and four would have been like. It’s almost eerie how easy you can imagine it too, as the film’s cinematography and direction looks straight out of a FOX serial drama. Leone’s direction nor the film’s photography are exemplary or inventive, and as a film the efforts almost come off as lazy. But as television, it works. Imagine that FOX channel watermark in the corner and you get the picture.

As a stand-alone film, Parallels disappoints. It has a rough start as a low-budget, cliche sci-fi with not enough action to satisfy, and the cliffhanger ending feels cheap and uninspired. But framed in your head as a true TV pilot and I would bet my life savings you would be scheduling Parallels on your DVR if you could. You will love the characters and the questions left unanswered make you want more.

Parallels as a movie gets 2 out 5 stars. Parallels as a theoretical series gets 100 out of 5 stars. Petition to make this a Netflix-exclusive series? Sign me up.

Parallels is available for streaming now on Netflix. It will be available on all major VOD platforms March 31.

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Geekscape Reviews: “The Director’s Chair” with Francis Ford Coppola is a Must-See http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-the-directors-chair-with-francis-ford-coppola-is-a-must-see http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-reviews-the-directors-chair-with-francis-ford-coppola-is-a-must-see#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:31:16 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85555 “The things they fire you for when you are young are the same things that they give you lifetime achievement awards for when you are old.” That’s one of the best lessons to take away from at the end of the next hour of The Director’s Chair on the El Rey Network, featuring Robert Rodriguez interviewing the godfather of modern cinema, Francis Ford Coppola.

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A popular hypothetical question I hear asked occasionally is who, living or dead, would you invite for dinner? It’s a fun question I have legitimately thought hard about, which is ridiculous because one of my go-to answers is Bruce Lee which renders the effort of thinking this hard makes me question my priorities.

But the rest are almost always artists or filmmakers. A few leaders, sure — if I could sit with Bruce Lee and Martin Luther King Jr. I wouldn’t even chew my food — but, almost always, my choices are the visionaries behind the most intricate art that humans have created.

The Director’s Chair is not the most unique thing to ever happen. There are such a thing called podcasts, after all, and Inside the Actor’s Studio. But that doesn’t discount the series or its merits in the slightest. It’s not just filmmakers talking, it’s Robert Rodriguez — the guy who inspires all film students to pick up a camera, like yours truly — talking to giants of the cinema in an intimate setting with a conventional four-camera set-up.

The attraction in every episode is clearly watching Rodriguez speak to filmmakers as a pseudo-journalist, resulting in very different episodes individually, but all aesthetically unified. (What a distortion of the auteur theory.)

This Monday’s episode of The Director’s Chair on the El Rey Network sees Robert (“Roberto?” Coppola asks at one point) speaking to Francis Ford Coppola, and it’s a can’t-miss. There are no scandals or juicy inside information to learn from here, because fuck all of that noise. This is purely Coppola speaking as an artist who had his struggles both before and after his name became household. It’s sentimental and sweet, and shortly afterward it just made me want to watch Apocalypse Now, of which they go into rather heavily.

The arc of the episode is not unfamiliar with similar docu-talk programs. There are the early years, when Coppola was a theatre director in college, and before you know it (because they have commercial breaks to consider) they’re talking about Coppola and Lucas on the set of Warner Bros.

The Godfather is the first film they really speak of, and they go rather in-depth. Once again, it’s nothing new if you’ve binged on the special features of your umpteenth Godfather home release, but with Rodriguez steering the conversation it’s still refreshing to watch and listen.

Of most depth they go into is Apocalypse Now. I don’t know if I can really “spoil” anything here, but you need to listen to Coppola being “scared stiff” during production. To say it was a risky production is a terribly obvious statement, but hearing Coppola himself talk about the stress he felt during production reduces this giant into a human. Our current celebrity culture puts people on a pedestal, whether they deserve it or not. Coppola is a commanding name, among the few that even those who aren’t film buffs immediately recognize as a near immortal auteur. To see Coppola be just human is a remarkable moment.

I read The Outsiders like every middle schooler in 21st-century America, and I honestly enjoyed that film of his. I know it isn’t a stand-out work in his ouvre, but I have a personal connection to it. Coppola also confesses it as “saccharine,” which might disappoint a lot of people.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the one Coppola movie I express the most fascination with due to its stark contrast against the rest of his filmography, is discussed but not nearly enough as I hoped. He and Rodriguez, an SFX guy himself, dwell mostly on the very interesting and thematically-rich special effects work and complications and is worth listening to. But I wanted to hear more about the film overall.

As a dumb millennial of the YouTube age, I’m trying to make of what Coppola thinks of indie filmmaking today. Towards the end of the program, he’s asked what he thinks about the evolving technology in cinema. That has become a standard question to ask all filmmakers today, and you often hear the same answers over and over. There are those who lament the labor of old school techniques, others are optimistic about shooting and editing and distributing an entire film with the device in your pocket. I won’t repurpose what he said because this is a special you need to see, but Coppola speaks of his excitement for “live cinema.” Live shots, montage, but “being performed for you.”

“Someone’s gonna do it,” he says. I’ll fool myself into thinking I’ll be that guy.

The sprinkles on this filmmaker’s dessert are the personal touch Rodriguez has towards Coppola. Rodriguez clearly would not feature a filmmaker he doesn’t care or know about, but he has known Coppola for years. There’s home footage of the two of them speaking with their kids running around or falling asleep on their shoulders. It really underscores the conversation as intimate, but it never feels like you’re intruding.

The last remarks of Coppola subverts what we know artists to be. Rodriguez reinforces that filmmakers need to be thick-skinned,  but Coppola almost opposes that. “The good ones are insecure,” he says. “You naturally beat yourself up, but that’s part of the personality.” As someone who has been VERY insecure about his work, it’s something I’ve taken to heart that is slowly shedding my shyness towards my own art.

Thanks Coppola. Because of you, the world will get to see my next music video I’m directing for my friend’s band. It’s gonna have skeletons and demons and Satanic sacrifice. I’m not kidding by the way. I can’t wait!

Robert Rodriguez speaking to Francis Ford Coppola was going to be a must-see even if it were just an hour of them talking about doing laundry. These are two remarkable artists of our generation with critically divisive work whose contributions to the cinema are boundless. You can’t miss this hour of television.

The Director’s Chair with Francis Ford Coppola airs Monday, March 2 at 8 PM EST/8:30 PST on the El Rey Network. It is immediately followed by Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award-nominated film, The Conversation, which lost to The Godfather Part II, which was also directed by Coppola. How many people in our industry can say that happened?

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Leonard Nimoy Passes Away At 83 http://www.geekscape.net/leonard-nimoy-passes-away-at-83 http://www.geekscape.net/leonard-nimoy-passes-away-at-83#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:57 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85552 Earlier this week we talked about a recent hospital visit the legendary actor had mad for chest pains. Well today we’ve gotten the worst bit of follow up news.

Leanard Nimoy has passed away at age 83 at his home. His wife had confirmed this morning that the cause was “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

I’m at a severe loss for words.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and family.

Leonard, you will always live long and prosper in all our thoughts.

Source: NYTimes

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Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-up Spinoff Being Developed! http://www.geekscape.net/arrowflash-superhero-team-up-spinoff-being-developed http://www.geekscape.net/arrowflash-superhero-team-up-spinoff-being-developed#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:03:53 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85543 Television just keeps getting better and better! An Arrow/Flash spinoff being described as a superhero team-up is in the works at The CW.

Brandon Routh (Arrow’s The Atom), Victor Garber (Flash’s Dr. Martin Stein), Wentworth Miller (Flash’s villain Captain Cold), and Caity Lotz (Arrow’s Sara Lance) are set to star in the currently untitled series.

Since it is still in the early stages of development it is still possible for other Arrow/Flash characters to make their way into the new spinoff. The show is also set to include three major DC Comics characters who have yet to appear in a TV series!

Does the Arrow/Flash spinoff got you excited? Who do you think the new characters will be? Let us know in the comments below!

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Netflix Debuts Matt Murdock Character Poster For ‘Daredevil’! http://www.geekscape.net/heres-the-matt-murdock-character-poster-for-daredevil http://www.geekscape.net/heres-the-matt-murdock-character-poster-for-daredevil#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:24:16 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85537 Briefly: Daredevil looks so damned good, doesn’t it? From the first images to the bad-ass first trailer, and now the just-released Matt Murdock character poster, it’s clear that were in for a treat when the Netflix / Marvel collaboration launches on April 10th.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

First, here’s the new poster in motion:

And here’s the still version for you to stare at:

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My body is ready, and April 10th can’t come soon enough! How excited are you for Daredevil‘s launch?

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Joseph Kahn’s POWER/RANGERS Pulled From YouTube AND Vimeo! http://www.geekscape.net/joseph-kahns-powerrangers-pulled-from-youtube-and-vimeo http://www.geekscape.net/joseph-kahns-powerrangers-pulled-from-youtube-and-vimeo#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:26:40 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85533 The flood gates have opened!

The hottest thing on the internet this week is without a doubt Joseph Kahn’s dark and gritty Power Rangers fan film, and today the folks over at Saban have filed a DMCA take down request with YouTube/Vimeo and got his film TAKEN DOWN!

When the news of this incident came to me, I had to ask our official Power Ranger expert Eric Francisco for his take on the take down.

He informed me that Saban is very strict with the public image of the Rangers, and always wants it to be very kid friendly. This isn’t the first time a fan film has been a cease and desist notice.

Hopefully this all gets sorted out, as Josephs product was truly amazing.

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Watch Neill Blomkamp And Sigourney Weaver Talk About The Next ‘Alien’! http://www.geekscape.net/watch-neill-blomkamp-and-sigourney-weaver-talk-about-the-next-alien http://www.geekscape.net/watch-neill-blomkamp-and-sigourney-weaver-talk-about-the-next-alien#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:55:06 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85517 Briefly: We were all pretty excited to hear last week that District 9 creator Neill Blomkamp is officially working on the next Alien film, and today both he and Sigourney Weaver had an interesting chat with Sky Movies while promoting Blomkamp’s March 6th release, Chappie:

In the video, Weaver states that she would “love to take Ripley out of orbiting around in space and give a proper finish to what was such such an excellent story. When someone like Neill Blomkamp suddenly said ‘well, I’m interested in finishing the story,’ my little ears perked up.”

Blomkamp continues, “I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it’s Alien, Aliens, this movie.” So, by the sound of things, the next Alien may disregard Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection completely.

Are you into Blomkamp continuing the once celebrated series? What if he disregarded the last two films? Sound out below!

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Lady Gaga To Lead ‘American Horror Story’s Fifth Season! http://www.geekscape.net/lady-gaga-to-lead-american-horror-storys-fifth-season http://www.geekscape.net/lady-gaga-to-lead-american-horror-storys-fifth-season#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:18:03 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85513 Briefly: It’s hard to imagine a world where Jessica Lange won’t be the lead in American Horror Story, but it appears as though a new star for the series’ next iteration has been found, and it’s one that I would have never guessed:

Yep, according to TVLine, “sources confirm that Gaga will very much be the star of the latest chapter”, which has been subtitled ‘Hotel’.

This year’s iteration of the celebrated series is also set to be “very different” from its predecessors, according to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. We’re not exactly sure what that means yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we learn more.

Are you down with Gaga joining the series? What did you think of Freakshow? Sound out below!

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New ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Trailer Shows Off An Angry Scarecrow! http://www.geekscape.net/new-batman-arkham-knight-trailer-shows-off-an-angry-scarecrow http://www.geekscape.net/new-batman-arkham-knight-trailer-shows-off-an-angry-scarecrow#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:49:47 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85510 Briefly: Just one day after the game received a surprising ‘M’ rating from the ESRB, Rocksteady has debuted a gorgeous new trailer for this Summer’s Batman: Arkham Knight.

The trailer “features a closer look at some of the story’s most infamous super-villains. As Scarecrow unites the Rogues Gallery, including Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, they bring all-out war as they try to take down The Dark Knight, and claim Gotham City as their own.”

Despite the game having the Arkham Knight in the title, this trailer sure shows off quite a lot of Scarecrow. It’ll be interesting to see how Arkham Knight presents himself as the true villain of the title (if that’s even the case).

In any case, take a look at the new trailer below, and let us know how excited you are for Batman: Arkham Knight to release on June 2nd! Remember that this one is current-gen only, so you’ll need a PS4 or Xbox One to experience it!

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Geekscape Games Reviews: ‘Kirby And The Rainbow Curse’ http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-reviews-kirby-and-the-rainbow-curse http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-reviews-kirby-and-the-rainbow-curse#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:06:10 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=85503 Early in the lifespan of the Nintendo DS, the good folks over at HAL Laboratory released an experimental title in the popular Kirby series that used nothing but the stylus and touch screen to navigate Dreamland. During a time where Nintendo’s latest “gimmick” was declared dead in the water with the emergence of Sony’s first handheld, it was a brave move to take such an established franchise and change the formula so drastically on a system that was still trying to find its footing. Thankfully, this risk was rewarded when Kirby: Canvas Curse became a fondly remembered part of the character’s history, highlighted by its innovative level design, high amount of replayability, and its advanced difficulty, but with little expectation that anything like it would ever see the light of day again. Nearly ten years later, I wasn’t the only one surprised when Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was found on the show floor at E3, bringing this brand of excellence exclusively to the Wii U with an added co-op mode and a gorgeous Claymation art style. But despite our fond memories, does Rainbow Curse prove that the formula still works?

Rainbow Curse reintroduces us to Kirby and his foe turned friend, Bandana Waddle Dee as they’re kicking back and enjoying the peaceful life. Out of nowhere, a black hole opens in the sky, draining Kirby’s planet of its color and freezing everyone in place. It’s not until Elline, a fairy fleeing out of the hole, uses her power over paint to reanimate Kirby and Waddle Dee back to life. In order to save Dreamland, the three heroes travel through the portal in order to stop the one responsible for the color theft, while saving Elline’s world in the process.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the premise of these touch based Kirby games, the pink puffball is almost always in ball form. It’s up to the player to help Kirby through each of the game’s stages by drawing paths on the Game Pad for him to roll on. As the game continues, what simply starts as drawing paths becomes creating obstacles to reverse his momentum, drawing barriers to protect him from stage hazards, and building momentum to move him into hard to reach areas. When enemies become a problem, a simple tap of our Kirby ball performs a charge attack, defeating enemies in his path while destroying most objects that might block his path.

As hidden areas become harder to reach and enemies, (such as bosses,) become more resilient, the combat abilities that Kirby has at his disposal become more varied. To start, collecting 100 stars, (or tapping the Kirby amiibo on the pad,) activates a charged rolling attack. This ability wipes out anything unlucky enough to be in your path, as well as causing huge damage during the game’s boss fights, (assuming you can tap the screen fast enough.) When rolling won’t get the job done, Elline helps add some variety by transforming Kirby into one of three vehicles, including a tank, submarine, and a rocket. Each type plays drastically different from each other, offering some much appreciated variety into the mix. The tank involves tapping the screen where you want Kirby’s missiles to land, while the sub navigates the game’s often hard to control underwater sections with ease while automatically shooting off torpedoes, and the rocket flies in whatever direction you lead it to, forcing the player to stay on their toes while trying to reach the end of each level. All three control well and are fun to play in their own way, which definitely adds to an already enjoyable experience.

The game supports these three Amiibo figures, but good luck finding two of them.

The game supports these three Amiibo figures, but good luck finding two of them.

But what about your friends who might want to join in? Thanks to the aforementioned Waddle Dee, they can do just that. Supporting up to three additional players, the Waddles play much more like you would expect from a traditional game in the long running series. Using their spear to attack and a multi jump to climb hard to reach areas, they serve as a strong support character to help advancement through the stages easier. The fact that they can’t die and can’t advance past where the main player is, all while getting pulled ahead when player 1 decides to advance, establishes a somewhat restrictive, yet strangely addicting way to play with a group, since no one is able to keep the group from advancing, (which is a major flaw in co-op platformers such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and even Kirby Epic Yarn.) Certain game play elements are even added specifically for multiplayer, including a mid boss fight in certain stages where floating hands that only Waddle Dee can damage attempt to carry Kirby out of the stage and towards certain doom. It breathes new life into the story mode, making it feel like a unique experience in its own right.

Still, as addicting as it may be, Rainbow Curse does come up short in a few key areas, especially when compared to its predecessor. First off, Kirby’s abilities are fairly restrictive, even with the extra vehicle levels. His trademark copy ability is missing in action, so what you have at your disposal in terms of attacks at the start of each stage are all you get. It’s true that you can use the Meta Knight and King Dedede amiibo to unlock their abilities, (assuming you can find them,) but only being allowed to use them once a day on one stage almost defeats the purpose. Kirby is also the only playable main character, so if you were hoping for a playable Meta Knight, Dedede, or about a half a dozen cast members to keep your time occupied like the original, you’re going to end up disappointed. Not helping the situation is out of the game’s eight bosses, the second set of three are just reskins of the first three. At least the same-ness of the bosses and protagonist are shared qualities. Equality is big in Dreamland!

Without trying too hard, my first playthough ended with me having about half of the stages completed at the highest rank, (based on how many stars you can collect,) most of the hidden treasure chests unlocked, (which contain some really cool clay modeled statues,) and the majority of the end of stage diary pages collected. Clocking in at a brief six hours with 90% completion, seeing everything the game has to offer shouldn’t take more than a day or two, even if every minute is full of excellent level design and game play concepts. However, most of the issues with length and repetitiveness disappear if you’re big on the co-op mode, or the unlockable challenge stages. These maintain the format of the bonus stages from the main game where you have to uncover a treasure chest within 15 seconds in groups of four, rather than the standard single challenge in the main game. Add to the fact that Rainbow Curse is budget priced, and it’s suddenly not hard to see this truly innovative title as worthy of the purchase price.

It's almost as addicting as collecting Amiibo!

It’s almost as addicting as collecting Amiibo!

When it’s all said and done, does Kirby and the Rainbow Curse have its share of issues? Definitely. Is it overshadowed by its much bigger, much more balanced and more varied predecessor? Without a doubt. But that doesn’t mean that this Wii U rebirth isn’t every bit as worthy of your time as the original. Despite its issues with a lack of variety in primary combat abilities, unbalanced difficulty scale and a stripped down amount of content, what we’re left with is a special kind of platformer that throws typical conventions out the window. With an enjoyable story mode, a co-op mode that completely changes the dynamic of how stages are approached, and a series of challenges that will keep even veteran Canvas Curse players on their toes, Rainbow Curse ends up as another solid game in the Wii U’s growing library of excellence.

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+ Some of the best level design you’ll find in modern platformers.

+ Vehicle levels and added obstacles keep the main game from feeling too monotonous.

+ The challenging story mode is complimented by unlockable bonus stages in the challenge mode.

+ Co-Op adds a layer to the dynamic of how the game is approached.

+ Its beautiful clay inspired graphics.

– Kriby as the only playable character without his copy ability makes the main stages eventually feel repetitive, which is further emphasized by repeated bosses.

– Unbalanced difficulty.

– Short playthrough for a one and done game if you’re not interested in challenge modes or co-op.

Story mode challenge stages set you up for failure.

 Final Score: 3.5/5

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