Geekscape podcasts, news, features Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:39:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape TV-G TNT Greenlights Action-Packed Drama Series ‘The Librarians’! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:38:39 +0000 I was thrilled to learn that there will be a new TV show based on The Librarian trilogy! The Librarians will be a continuation of the successful TNT films (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, and The Librarian: Cure of the Judas Chalice) starring Noah Wyle as the librarian charged to guard ancient/mystical artifacts. Not sure what I am talking about?




Well, the first Librarian film came out in 2004 and I saw it while working at Hollywood Video (remember that ancient place?). I thought it was such a fun film and was quick to watch the well done sequels over the next several years. If you like movies such as National Treasure and Indiana Jones then you will enjoy The Librarian films (and hopefully enjoy the new TV show as well). They are full of action and adventure, lots of humor and they are extremely smart.

Wyle’s character, Flynn Carsen, has 22 college degrees, is socially awkward and does not have much direction in his life. He finds himself at the Metropolitan Public Library and applies to be a librarian. The library holds more than just books though. It turns out to be the place where mystical artifacts such as Excalibur, Pandora’s Box, and the Holy Grail (just to name a few) are stored. It is the job of the librarian to locate these items in the world and bring them safely to the library.


The TV series will be set 10 years after Flynn started working for the library which is cool because it parallels the real world timeline (remember the first film came out in 2004). Being the librarian can be a tough job so now he will be working with a team.

To aid him in his duties, the Library has recruited four people from around the world, including Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jake Stone (Christian Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra (Lindy Booth), a quirky young woman with the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval, known as synesthesia; and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), a master of new technologies and aficionado of old classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery.

TNT has ordered ten episodes of The Librarians with the intent of launching the series later this year and I cannot wait to check it out!

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Mondo Announces ‘Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo’ Gallery Show Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:27:34 +0000 Briefly: Mondo has just announced a new show with some fantastic artwork by Mike Mitchell.

The show will run from April 25th through May 17th, and will feature a multitude of Mitchell’s iconic portraits. Characters from The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-man will be represented along with many others from Marvel’s incredible library.

Mitchell said that “My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath. There’s a humanizing quality to that which I find extremely interesting. This has easily been the most ambitious project I’ve ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe; which is fictional by definition, but real in my mind and in the minds of others.”

Take a look at just a few of the show’s portraits below (plus the giant MODOK outside the showroom), and let us know if you’ll be checking it out in person!

Mondo Gallery Modok







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Go Inside The World Of Bronies With ‘A Brony Tale’ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:44:37 +0000 We here at Geekscape are no strangers to MLP and Bronies (you should see my Rarity cosplay), so when we saw the trailer for the upcoming documentary on the best fandom out there we just had to share it.

I am always down for people intelligently explaining our passion for this show, and it looks like Brent Hodge as put together a fantastic film.

A Brony Tale is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival April 26th. It can also be seen at the DOXA Film Festival on May 11th!

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 78: Jason Hornack Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:54:56 +0000 I saw the Limbs short when filmmakers Jason Hornack posted it on the Reddit Horror Club page. I took it down because it didn’t fit our criteria for that particular subreddit HOWEVER I was a fan of the short and offered Jason a guest spot on the Podcast. We talked about horror films, filmmaking and various other topics! Check out the short below!

The intro music contains the song Heavy Water by Chad Neidt from his debut Am I Doing this Right?.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Has Been Delayed On Xbox One Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:40:04 +0000 Briefly: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been delayed on Xbox One.

The rumour first broke when NeoGAF noted that the Xbox One version had completely disappeared from the game’s official site official site. Now, Activision has released an official statement:

“We are working with Microsoft in an effort to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game on Xbox One. Currently, the game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PC on April 29, 2014 as previously announced.”

It’s a very strange postponement. With the game’s launch less than two weeks away, shouldn’t The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have gone gold some time ago?

In any case, if you’re wanting to pick up Beenox’s latest tie in, you’ll have to grab it for a different console, at least for now. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more!

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Geekscape Interviews: Marlon Wayans and Gabriel Iglesias Talk ‘A Haunted House 2′ and Gettin’ Down With Inatimate Objects! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:23:29 +0000 Marlon Wayans has created another funny ass film, and this one is even crazier than the first! He reprises his role as “Malcom” in “A Haunted House 2.” This time out, Malcom is getting a fresh start with a new woman (Jaime Pressly), a new house, new dog (Shilo 2), and a new neighbor played by comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. As parody films go, “A Haunted House 2″ does everything it’s supposed to, aside from this sequence of scenes that I just can’t seem to shake. It involves Marlon and this doll named “Delilah.”

Marlon Wayans fully commits to his role, when he gets it on with the evil "Delilah," - a doll!

Marlon Wayans fully commits to his role, when he gets it on with the evil “Delilah,” – a doll!

Allie Hanley: So last night at the screening I saw this man hooking it up with this crazy doll.

Marlon Wayans: Man, …why’d you do that man (looking at Gabriel Iglesias).

Gabriel Iglesias: I was at WrestleMania, I don’t know about you.

Allie: And I was getting a little bit hot and bothered!

Marlon: “Oh!” <laughing>

Allie: So how much of that was acting and how much of that was real?

Marlon: Well, I commit. I commit. You see what had happened was….<laughing> I don’t know why I did this because now I am having to explain this!

Iglesias: Yes, you do!

Marlon: They always be asking me this. I don’t know why I did that because now I am having to go and explain it.

Iglesias: It’s legit though isn’t it? <smiling big>

Marlon: Ok, I didn’t get off! Ya, I didn’t let off,!…if that is the question?

Allie: I wasn’t going for that!

Marlon: Now she did twice <laughing and meaning the doll.>! But I was very committed (switching from comedic to serious). I feel like this… When I do it, when I choose to go there, I just black out and I do it. I just go have fun and you can’t think about vanity. You can’t think, what’s my mom gonna think? She’s not gonna think, because she’s not going to see the movie. I was actually in the elevator laughing. I was thinking, what would my parents think if they saw this movie? I was just thinking of my Dad (in an impersonation of his Dad) “This N*****’s crazy,… this… the crazy N*****!” My mom would say (in an impersonation of his mom), “This boy’s done left…. You need to show some of those moves to your father.” <everyone laughing>

 Commenting on his writing alone vs with his brother Shawn Wayans (2004 White Chicks) 
Marlon: We actually get along really well. We complement each other but actually we have very different writing styles. Shawn likes to write in his house and he likes hanging out. We’ll hang out for like twelve hours and we’ll get like two hours’ of work done but we’ll have a great time. I’m like, we gonna work eight hours, and we gonna just bang bang bang (mimicking typing) and we’ll laugh in between. I like Shawn’s process of having fun but I’m more work driven. The minute I get there, I work, and the quicker it’s done, the quicker I can get to filming. I like working, I like acting.

Allie: So last night at the screening there was a guy sitting next to me that was actually getting scared.

Marlon: Good

Allie: Physically scared like it was a regular horror film.

Marlon: Because he didn’t know if there were going to be any more penises jumping out at him! Ah, I thought another penis was gonna pop out at me! Ahh shiiittt!

Allie: So actually back to the doll scene… <everyone laughing> Can you describe that day on the set?

Marlon: I’m gonna give you a tutorial after this, just me and you. <winking at me and making faces, everyone laughing>

Allie: So what was it like and how long did it take to shoot that on the set because there’s nothing else in another film where a guy goes this far with a doll!

Marlon: Hours.

Allie: Wow, it was almost like porn.

Marlon: Well it’s an inanimate object so it’s not porn. Well, I think that’s fun, doing something disgusting to this doll, or a nice little furry stuffed animal (in regards to Haunted House), but the day on the set, …that wasn’t even written. I just went up and looked at the doll. All I was supposed to do was walk up to the doll and say “Heeyyyy, how you doen,?” and then we yell “cut!

Gabriel: And then you saw what happened.

Marlon: And that was improv. I just sort of went for it. And three hours I’m there full of sweat and my director is like “hold your ass in this position,” and I was like “ok.” So we just kind of did it! Then I heard Jaime (his co-star who plays his girlfriend) downstairs yelling “on my God, are you fucking kidding me!” And we was like this is definitely staying in.

Allie: So was that real sweat!

Marlon: Oh ya, I go in!

Gabriel: And the scene was actually much longer.

Marlon: Ya, it was like seven minutes.

Allie: That’ll be out on the DVD extras.

Marlon: I may just do that, and a compilation DVD of the puppets from the first one and just hand that out as a bonus and a tutorial.

Parody films, such as “A Haunted House 2″ can be really fun, or just plain horrible (Vampires Suck, 2010). This one falls somewhere in between. Wayans pays special attention to pushing the racial limits of humor “by being an equal opportunity offender.” The part with the doll was simply insane. The guy worked that doll over, and it wasn’t just a few shots but a good five minutes of every position you could imagine. Gabriel Iglesias does a great job fitting into a cast bringing his own flavor of comedy to an already packed cast of comedians.

Film opens April 18th.

Director: Michael Tiddes
Writers: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabriel Iglesias
Open Road Films.

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: ‘Knights of Badassdom’ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:57 +0000 Knights of Badassdom is definitely one of those movies that viewers could either love or hate. I could see why someone would love this movie, especially someone into live action role playing (LARP). But it’s equally easy to imagine the viewers who don’t love it finding a lot to hate about this film.


Me, I’m not into LARP, but the movie wasn’t so bad, and there were plenty of funny moments in the film. The storyline is pretty simple; a group of friends band together to fight in a huge LARP event in the middle of the woods, forcing their friend Joe (Ryan Kwanten) to join them after a heartbreaking end to his relationship with Beth (Margarita Levieva). One of his friends, Eric (Steve Zahn), who considers himself the wizard of the fictional group, buys an ancient book on eBay as a prop. As he reads from it, he fails to notice that it is an old book of magic, and he releases a demon that goes on a killing rampage in the middle of the imaginary war in the woods.


Of course, enter the heroine and future love-interest of Eric, Gwen (Summer Glau), who is only there because she accompanies her insane cousin who honestly thinks these wars are real. She is another reason to watch the film; besides being incredibly beautiful in her old-time garb, her character really places what some would consider an average person into the middle of the battle.


The film’s best character was played (naturally) by Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as Hung. He is truly the character who best earns the title of badass in the movie. As a matter of fact, according to IMDB, the whole cast got training at LARP, and Dinklage was the obvious master of the group. At times funny, often endearing, Hung really made the film worth watching.

The movie had a bit of the same feeling you get from watching The Big Bang Theory, in that you can’t decide if the film is making fun of geeky/nerdy types, or if it is a tribute to those that love the role playing events. It’s entirely possible it is made this way on purpose, so that it would not alienate anyone watching the film.

Overall, if you have fun LARPing, or like some of the actors (or at least Summer Glau) the film is absolutely worth checking out. It’s available on Amazon now.

Grade: 2/5, but fun.

Watch the trailer:

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Fandom Planet 66: Captain America: The Winter Spoilers Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:11:39 +0000 This time, Tim and Sax record their review immediately after seeing Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier while still inside the theater!  You actually hear the boys get kicked out of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  The review is full of spoilers, but you probably know them all by now anyway. In addition, Robot Cowboy presents an Audio Comics dramatization of the legendary Avengers #4, which literally thaws Captain America out after World War 2 and brings him in to present day Marvel continuity.  Tell your friends.

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Geekscape Mobile: ‘Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft’ Is Now Available For iPad Worldwide! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:29:59 +0000 Briefly: I’ve been (casually) playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft since the free-to-play title soft-launched on the Canadian App Store a couple of weeks back, but I’m happy to say that the game is now, finally available for iPad worldwide.

The game is very well designed, and definitely at home on the iPad’s screen. It even features cross-platform multiplayer, so you’re really not missing anything by playing it on your tablet (I’d argue that it feels even better, actually). I’ve been having a blast with it, and it’s definitely a title that I’d recommend checking out (especially since, again, you can play for free).

You can download Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for your iPad right here.

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PS4 Sales Surpass 7 Million Globally! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:04:54 +0000 Briefly: Sony last gave us an update on the PS4′s cumulative all the way back in February, when the console had surpassed 5.3 million units just before the device’s Japanese launch.

Today, the company revealed the latest numbers with the following blog post:

Hi guys! I’ve got a quick update to share with you. Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. just announced that PS4 has cumulatively sold through more than 7.0 million units globally as of April 6th, 2014. PS4 software sales are another bright spot, with more than 20.5 million copies sold at retail and PlayStation Store worldwide as of April 13th, 2014.


On behalf of the entire global team at PlayStation, I want to thank you for your unprecedented support and for making PS4 your next-generation console of choice. We couldn’t have done this without you! And please keep the feedback coming: we are listening.


On that note, we’ll have some great new details to share with you regarding our upcoming PS4 system software update very soon. Stay tuned!

That’s a lot of units.

Have you picked up a system yet? Are you planning on it? Aside from release night (which is when I picked up mine), I’ve actually never seen a PS4 on a shore shelf!

Sony has also previewed the main new feature in the console’s next firmware update, which actually looks really cool if you’re into sharing stuff. Check it out below.

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Gets Five New Featurettes! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:51:27 +0000 Briefly: Following the fantastic final trailer for the film, Fox today debuted FIVE (yes, you read that right) featurettes for the highly anticipated film.

Each featurette, of course, provides us with some great behind-the-scenes insight, and also shows off some new footage. We’re really excited for the full feature, so each of these short videos is definitely worth the watch.

Take a look at all five below, and let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing in the film! X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 22nd!

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

Source: CBM

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Fear Is Born In The First Trailer For NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:35:04 +0000 Briefly: NBC announced just last week that their Rosemary’s Baby reboot/miniseries would be premiering on May 11th, and the network has now debuted the project’s first trailer.

The two-part miniseries is an adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel, which was first adapted just one year later in 1968. I’m not overly familiar with the source material (both the book and the film), but I’m definitely a fan of the stellar cast that NBC has put together here, including Suits star Patrick J. Adams, Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana, Christina Cole, Jason Isaacs, and more.

Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know of you’ll be watching. The first half of Rosemary’s Baby will debut on May 11th, while the second half will air on May 15th.

This new adaptation of “Rosemary’s Baby” centers on a young married couple who escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse — an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past and an immeasurable price …

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Geekscape 326: Nerdist’s Brian Walton Returns For A Visit! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:48:07 +0000 Brian Walton is the current Editor in Chief of and Nerdist News… but more importantly, Brian is a beloved Geekscape alumnus! Not since he left Geekscape all those years ago for greener pastures has Brian been a Geekscape guest and now he returns to talk WonderCon, Coachella and the April Fool’s Nerdist acquisition of Geekscape! But that’s not all. We have an incredibly candid heart to heart that helps make this Geekscape episode one of my personal favorites of all time. Oh, and we discuss horse fucking. Really. And when horses fuck… they fuck to kill.

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Headed To WonderCon This Weekend? Here’s Our Schedule! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:15:45 +0000 Briefly: WonderCon’s coming up (just two more days away, yes!) and we couldn’t be more excited to partake in the convention yet again.

As always, Geekscape’s got its own booth (#208 this year), so please, please, come hang out, say hello, pick up a t-shirt, give is your best Hail Hydra, or at least take a look at Shane’s Rarity cosplay (it’ll be there in full force).

We have a few sweet, sweet guests stopping by for signings, like Ben 10‘s Yuri Lowenthal and his wife (and again, Ben 10 star) Tara Platt on Friday from 1-2 PM, and The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? director Jon Schnepp on Saturday from 2-5.

Also Friday from 1-2PM, Jonathan can be found at the Lion Forge Comics booth (#801), signing Miami Vice posters with artist Carl Reed. Speaking of Lion Forge comics, Jonathan’s also a part of the Lion Forge panel on Saturday from 11AM-12PM in room 210A. These panels are always fantastic, and Saved By The Bell‘s Dennis Haskins will host!

We’re looking forward to the weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing you! Take a look at the video below to learn more of what we’ll be up to at the convention!

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New ‘Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare’ DLC Includes 1 New Map & Other Stuff, Available Now! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:27:30 +0000 Following the ‘Garden Variety’ DLC that was released back in March, PopCap Games has just launched the second free (yep, FREE) DLC pack for the amazing Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.

The new pack is called ‘Zomboss Down’, and features one new map, and a ton of new customizations for both the plants and the zombies.

Here’s the official description of the DLC from PopCap’s blog:

The plants just blasted down the Zomboss blimp! The zombies are now roaming the desert and battling their way to a local golf course, which may just be a secret facility housing a Cactus army. It can all be found in the free Zomboss Down downloadable game pack, featuring the new Cactus Canyon Gardens & Graveyards Map, 8 new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish. Available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has definitely been my most played title between my PS4 and Xbox One, and I can’t wait to try out this new content. Take a look at the ‘Zomboss Down’ trailer below, and let us know what you think of the game!

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Watch The Epic Final Trailer For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:07:06 +0000 Briefly: We showed you the first clip from Bryan Singer’s anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past just a few days back, and as previously announced, the epic final trailer for the film has just made its way online.

I won’t spoil things for you… but it’s pretty great. Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing in the full feature! X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 22nd!

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

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‘Salem’ Premieres This Sunday, Watch The First Trailer! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:04:44 +0000 Briefly: WGN America (who is also developing a series based on Vertigo’s Scalped comic) has just debuted a full trailer for their upcoming horror/drama series Salem.

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, SALEM explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In SALEM, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem — and an even bolder new vision of witches.

It certainly sounds intriguing, and it’s a series that I’d never heard of until today. You can take a look at the trailer below, and let us know if you’ll be tuning in when the show premieres this Sunday.

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Paul Walker’s Brothers To Help Finish ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:46:24 +0000 Briefly: Ever since Paul Walker’s tragic death last November, fans have wondered just how The Fast and the Furious series would continue.

Today, the film’s official Facebook page revealed that most of Paul’s scenes in the film had already been completed, and that Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, would be stepping in to film the remaining scenes.

Here’s the full announcement:

The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.


Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.


We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.


We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.


We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.


We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.

It must be tough to be on that set right now. What do you think of the news? In any case, Fast & Furious 7 hits theatres on April 10th, 2015.

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In Case You Missed It – April 2014 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:05 +0000 As it appears, April may be a tough month to get through. With the calm before the May Summer Blockbuster storm currently taking place in theatres and almost all of the big-named 2013 titles already reaching DVD in March, there’s very little to get excited about this month. However, there are a few films being released on DVD and Video-On-Demand that should help ease this April lull, and here they are:

#1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


I’ve always been up and down on Ben Stiller’s career body of work. And after the combination of a trailer that didn’t “grab” me and a critical bashing for his 2013 pet project, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I must be honest and say expectations were rather low. Thankfully, Stiller didn’t disappoint and his long-awaited film proved to be one that the critics got wrong. Stiller directs and stars as Walter Mitty, a simple man who day dreams about going on adventures and whisking away the the girl of his dreams (played by Kristen Wiig). But when the negative for LIFE Magazine’s final cover goes missing, the opportunity presents itself for Walter to finally seek out a real-life adventure. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a charming and Underrated Film that’s easy to appreciate. (April 15th)

#2. August: Osage County


Nominated for a pair of acting Oscars, August: Osage County isn’t a film for everyone. Based on a stage play of the same name, the film is short on action and heavy on dialogue. The audience is forced to watch closely as Weston family reconnects following the passing of their patriarch. Meryl Streep stars as Violet Weston, the unloving and drug-addicted mother that works her hardest to break down each and every member of the family by pointing out their flaws. This dark comedy is by no means an easy watch, but fans of strong dialogue and off-kilter humor may enjoy this rather odd tale of a family consumed with secrets. (April 8th)

#3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


It was difficult finding a third option to suggest for the month of April, so I decided to go with the comedy Anchorman 2. The first installment was an outlandish pioneer of sorts, but this sequel is an overextended and somewhat recycled shell of the original. Once again, Will Ferrell stars as the self-absorbed and arrogant Ron Burgundy who looks to reinvent himself after losing his job to his wife (sound familiar?). When the old team gets back together, Burgundy and company transform news from the informative platform it once was, to the ludicrous fluff it has become. There’s plenty of laugh-out-loud humor at the expense of a two-hour long senseless story that feels eerily similar to the original. (April 1st)

Honorable Mention: One film I’m yet to mention is the Best Picture Nominee Philomena (4/15) which captured the hearts of many audiences. I personally felt that the film was a little anti-climactic but I was clearly in the minority. Fans of the fantasy franchise The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (4/8) can rejoice and catch up with the latest installment’s DVD release. I wasn’t a fan of the unrealistic single mother drama Labor Day (4/29) starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, but I’ve met many others who enjoyed the film.

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Geekscape Movie Reviews: Draft Day Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:30:29 +0000 My appreciation for cinema cannot be overstated. But if there’s one thing I love as much as film, it’s professional sports. As a lifelong fan of the NFL and Kevin Costner’s sports-centered filmography, I consciously scooted the notion of typical early-year blunders to the back of my brain and welcomed excitement for Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. Yet, there was one simple flaw in my logic that trumps everything. Reitman hasn’t been able to direct anything of relevance over the past two decades.

Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) is the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and it’s the most important day of his sports career, Draft Day. With an owner (Frank Langella) desperate to make a gaudy “splash” and a coach (Denis Leary) who doesn’t believe in his ability to field a winning roster, Sonny must weave and maneuver to rebuild a franchise in disarray. And if these set of circumstances aren’t stressful enough for the GM, secretly dating the team’s Salary Cap Specialist (Jennifer Garner) is starting to present complications of its own.

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According to Harris Polls conducted on a yearly basis, Football is far and away the most popular sport in America. Its hard-hitting product appeals to masses at an ever-growing rate. And more than the Sunday ritual itself, fans continue to develop an interest in the behind-the-scenes aspect of the NFL. Enter Ivan Reitman’s latest cinematic dud, Draft Day. The film attempts to be clever in its back-door finagling, but all that remains is an unrealistic portrayal of the NFL’s inner workings. The movie crafts an inauthentic and unbelievable atmosphere that throws the entire story off balance. Reitman’s final product is both inexcusable and unforgivable, making Draft Day one of the most unsatisfying big-budgeted sports movies in recent memory.

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Not only is the feature an inaccurate depiction of general managing, Draft Day also suffers from a weak story and elementary dialogue. Desperate to enhance the dramatics, debut motion-picture writers Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph create flat subplots that are simply glossed over and unproductive. The only interesting aspect to the film is its relation to the NFL, which just so happens to be enough to get you to the finish line, but nowhere near enough to leave any semblance of a lasting impression. Draft Day surrounds Kevin Costner with a wide selection of unlikable and often irritating characters that make any connection between viewer and film absolutely impossible.

Outside of a few genuine laughs from Griffin Newman’s intern character Rick, Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day is a complete miss. The movie’s impractical sequence of events and Disney-like conclusion make the experience almost unbearable. When the film reaches the big screen less than a month before the NFL Draft in early May, please don’t waste your hard-earned dollars.

GRADE: 2/5

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