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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

See James Franco channel Tommy Wiseau in the first teaser for THE DISASTER ARTIST

Every once in a while, all our friends get together and we watch Tommy Wiseau's The Room. I can tell you right now, it never fails to turn the room inside with laughter. From all the stuff you've seen on Youtube, to the things you probably don't remember (Wiseau's strange monologue about staying at a YMCA) to the things that were cut from the film that you can talk about later (his character was also a vampire??) - it's one of the greatest shared movie-watching experiences of my life.

And now James Franco is bringing to life the true story of the making of Wiseau's "masterpiece", based on the book by that film's co-star Greg Sestero; here's the first teaser for The Disaster Artist:

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 187

 Batwoman #5
by Michael Cho

Damn, Cho is so good! A beautiful design, lovely colors, and still a dynamic-yet-retro image. Love it!

 Bettie Page #1
by Scott Chantler

I love the style here, from the excellent cartooning to the canted angle to the great characters in the background.

 Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #10
by Benjamin Dewey

I guess it's retro week here at GeekRex! This one just bleeds pulp sci-fi and I absolutely love it. It perfectly encapsulates "Weird" comics.

 Green Arrow #27
by Esad Ribic

Although I didn't know it until I saw this cover, I'm going to need Ribic to draw an axe-wielding Wonder Woman book in the style of Thor: God of Thunder ASAP.

Magnus #2
by Jorge Fornes

Wonderful design and detail and a great color contrast really bring this dramatic cover to life.

That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
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The latest BLADE RUNNER 2049 trailer is here, and it's pretty rad

There's a few films I'm very excited about the rest of this year. Tonight's Dunkirk screening, Thor: Ragnarok, Rian Johnson's Star Wars, the latest Paul Thomas Anderson film, but nothing comes close to my anticipation for the sequel to Blade Runner - perhaps my favorite movie of all time.

We might argue about the lack of any need for a sequel to an already perfect film, but on the strength of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins alone, this would be worth watching, even with the sound off.

So I'm there, no doubt about it, I hope you are too. Here's the newest trailer for Blade Runner 2049. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor in DOCTOR WHO

It's finally happened! A woman will play the iconic role of the Doctor in the 11th series of Doctor Who, the BBC announced today (in the below video) as Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch, Attack the Block) will leap into the role currently being exited by Peter Capaldi.

Whittaker is a great actress and a great choice for the role, and frankly the one saving grace in an otherwise fairly unexciting upcoming series. I've made no secret to anyone who will listen that I think Chris Chibnall is a pretty bad choice to take over the series, so I take the upcoming 11th Series with a real hint of caution - but, I'm at least far more interested now than I was yesterday, which is saying something.

This is a huge step forward for British institution and should be celebrated as such. Forward!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 186

 American Gods: Shadows #5
by David Mack

Mack is the absolute best at this kind of abstract concept with multiple layers, and this one is just beautiful!

 Deadly Class #29
by Brian Level

I love the detail and depth on the skeleton army, and the fact that it took me a minute to notice the skeleton band playing in the background. Killer!

Red Rising: Sons of Ares #3
by Toby Cypress

I really love the character work here, and the way it's on top of a very abstract, fuzzy background (and the antigravity thing going on) give it a very otherworldly vibe.

That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Best Covers of the Week, Vol. 185

 Avengers #9
by Alex Ross

I love how this not only makes Thor feel like a gigantic goddess, but really connects her to the storm in a really beautiful way. This is Alex Ross at his finest!

Black Bolt #3
by Christian Ward

I love the excellently balanced concept, bold colors, and visually exciting design elements here. This is one I could stare at all day!

Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #4
by Anthony Marques

This one's got that classic orange on teal color contrast, but it's the fine line between retro comics and classic cartooning that Marques rides here that really caught my eye.

Shade the Changing Girl #10
by Becky Cloonan

I love the commitment to the blueprint concept here, right down to the schematic notes in the bottom, and the clever angular cramming in of our main character inside the bomb is just great! 

Shade the Changing Girl #10
by Jill Thompson

It's a good week for Shade the Changing Girl! Great body language and cartooning here, and the expressive watercolor clouds pouring out of the jacket are really fantastic.

That's it for this week. What did I miss? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

QUICK TAKE: The Beguiled

The Buzz: The Beguiled is a thriller set during the Civil War, featuring a group of women living in the south who encounter a wounded enemy soldier. The women decide to care for the soldier until he's well enough to turn over as a prisoner, but in the process they end up competing against one another for his attention. While well known for critical successes like The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, director Sofia Coppola's more recent films, like Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring, were met with less success. Early reviews indicate this might be something of a comeback for Coppola. 

What's Great About the Movie: The atmosphere and tone of The Beguiled is incredibly unique. While it's billed as a thriller, the audience probably spent more time in awkward laughter. Constantly riding the line between eerie and awkward, The Beguiled embraces the absurdity of its characters and their behavior in an increasingly desperate situation where morality is all relative. In addition to being a potential vehicle for a resurgence for Coppola, The Beguiled also features a number of standout performances. The most notable of these is Nicole Kidman, who's had a string of successful roles, including her acclaimed performance in the HBO series Big Little Lies and Oscar-nominated Lion

What's Not-So-Great About the Movie: The Beguiled is an adaptation from a novel that featured white and black women, but Coppola's film features an all-white cast. A great explanation and analysis of the changes are available here. Coppola was also criticized for some of the ways she handled race in Lost in Translation, and the decision to remove women of color in a film set in the south during the civil war doesn't make a lot of sense, particularly in a story that focuses so much on the morality of the characters. 

Final Verdict: The performance from Kidman here is superb and the atmosphere and mood are incredible in how unique they are, but the way this was adapted is certainly problematic. If you're a Coppola fan, you'll probably enjoy this one. If her films are something you generally avoid for the reasons mentioned above, The Beguiled will unlikely do much to change the course.

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