Trainwreck is now open in theaters and all three of your Gabbing Geek podcasters have seen the movie. Want to find out what they thought in our totally spoiler free threeway review that we won’t feel awkward about tomorrow and just never, ever, ever talk about again? Then jump over the break to find out what we thought.
Hello faithful readers! Remember a while back when I posted about the ever growing popularity of Geek Mystery Subscription Boxes and ranked them in order of value? Well thanks to that post, Gabbing Geek was contacted by Geek Fuel and asked to do another review on just their subscription box service. Who says no to a free geek box!? Not this girl! As a disclaimer, I have to mention that I was NOT paid in any way to promote the box. The only thing they asked was if I would review the box given to me for free, and post the review online after I opened it. And folks – that’s exactly what I plan to do. Not only can you read through my thoughts – but there is a video as well! Thus let the review begin…
It may seem strange to compare a disaster movie to a theory on robotics but San Andreas is an earthquake movie starring The Rock so comparisons to strong creatures with limited, if any, emotional range are purely coincidental. The Uncanny Valley is a theory, pictured above to the extent any theory can be, that says as robots become more and more human-like there is a moment where our emotional reaction to them dips before coming back up. To the left of the valley the robots are so unlike humans that we perceive them as curiosities. To the right of the valley the robots are close enough to humans that we can have positive emotional responses to them. But that moment when the robot is close to being a human without getting it right and instead it is just…creepy–that is the Uncanny Valley. And San Andreas is the Uncanny Valley of disaster movies. There’s a lot to discuss here and some of it involves spoilers, so you can read more after the break.
WARNING: THE REST OF THE POST CONTAINS SAN ANDREAS SPOILERS, TO THE EXTENT THAT A DISASTER MOVIE REVIEW CAN ACTUALLY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Taken 3 isn’t just the worst film because not many movies are out this year. It’s the worst because it is THE WORST. But first, because it must be done, to the entire production crew of Taken 3:
I don’t know who you are. I don’t know how you think. If you are looking for my money, I can tell you that you already have it. But what I do have are a very particular set of writing skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me review crap made by people like you. If you stop no, this will be the end of it. I will not review you again, I will not pursue you. But if you make Taken 4, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will review the s&*t out of you.
Need to talk about Age of Ultron? We’re here for you. Come listen to Gabbing Geek Episode 36: Everything Is Not Awesome. We cover a Superman documentary, Star Wars movie news, a June movie game, a serious complaint about Avengers toys, and then cover all things Age of Ultron. Give us a listen right now or jump past the break for more info.
Warning: I’m totally going to spoil this movie for you right now. Cinderella marries the prince. There. I have officially spoiled a story that was first published in 1634. I believe the 371 years since publication somewhat weaken my need for a spoiler warning, but I’m still getting grief to not ruin Breaking Bad for some people.
That notion of spoiling Cinderella goes hand in hand with the biggest question we had before this movie came out–why are they making this story again? For several generations we’ve had the classic 1950 animated and for many people the idea of remaking this movie seemed preposterous. But it actually makes perfect sense. Find out why after the break.
Holy awesome Colin Firth. Just look at that photo. That alone should intrigue you to see Kingsman: The Secret Service. And if you haven’t quite finished your afternoon tea and made it out to the movies, then this review by Jenny & Ryan will satiate your palate until the next time you get a hankering for a little shower of bullets with your umbrella. Spoilers ahead, so watch your step.
What happens when Jenny is on special assignment, leaving just Watson and Ryan to record Episode 22? That’s right—WE’RE GEEKING OUT ON BOX OFFICE NUMBERS! This episode, Box Office Bombshells, starts with our GNOW (Geekiest News of the Week) on the record-breaking performance of American Sniper. We both review the movie and couldn’t be farther apart in terms of ratings.
Because what’s the point of having a giant, geeky list of all 64 movies I saw in 2014 if I’m not going to share it with my fellow geeks? I’ve already listed my ten favorite movies of the year. And I got some great therapy by blasting what I considered the ten worst movies of the year.
Now here is the full list of all 64 movies I saw in 2014 ranked by awesomeness. Plus you get to look at movie posters! Full list after the break.