Geek Review: “The Jungle Book”

THE JUNGLE BOOK ? WILD WORLD ? Man-cub Mowgli (voice of Neel Sethi), who's been raised by a family of wolves, embarks on a journey of self-discovery, guided by a panther-turned-mentor Bagheera. Directed by Jon Favreau (?Iron Man?), based on Rudyard Kipling?s timeless stories and featuring state-of the-art technology that immerses audiences in the lush world like never before, Disney?s ?The Jungle Book? hits theaters in stunning 3D and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016. ?2015 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The big opening this past weekend was the new, sort of live action Jungle Book from Disney.

Hey, I saw that!  What did I think?  Review and mild SPOILERS (but not many) after the cut…

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Year In Anticipation: What We’re Looking Forward To In 2016

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The face of every Geek on at least some of the things on this list.

2016.  Did any of us think we’d live this long?  Yeah, probably.  We’re Geeks, not morbid.

So, what sort of Geek Entertainment has us here at Gabbing Geek at least a little curious?  See behind the cut, with some items getting some expert Geek Commentary from the Geek Guru himself, Jimmy Impossible.

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Trailer Time: A Very Murray Christmas

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This scene does not appear anywhere near this trailer.

Hey, did you know Bill Murray made a Christmas special for Netflix?

No, really.  Trailer after the cut.

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Behind the Scenes of Some Famous Movies

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Movies are magic.  So many iconic moments.  Be careful.  The photos here may diminish the magic.  Once you see Joker and Batman having a quick coffee talk with Tim Burton, the magic fades a little.  More after the break!

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Trailer Time: The Jungle Book

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Remember when Mel Brooks decided to take some of his old comedies and turn them into Broadway musicals?  It worked out pretty well for the guy.  Well, Disney decided somewhere along the line that what they really needed to do is take some of its classic animated films and turn them into live action movies.  So, we got a live action Cinderella, that Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland…thing, and the villain’s side of Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent.  But that may be kid’s stuff compared to the next one, namely The Jungle Book, where most of the cast is a bunch of talking animals and one kid.

See the trailer after the cut.  I am not sure if it is even remotely faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s original, but Kipling was clearly not thinking far enough ahead in terms of special effects advancement in the motion picture era.  I mean, really.  Where else were we going to get Bill Murray as Baloo the bear?

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Original Geek Art: Minimalist Geek Movie Posters

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David Peacock of Minimal Movie Prints has a keen eye for the geek. Not only does he love geek movies (as well as a bunch of other awesome flicks) but he is an amazing artist to boot! Check out his awesome minimalist poster designs, geeky and non-geeky alike. At only $15.70 a piece, you can fill a whole room with awesomeness without breaking your budget. See more movie posters after the break :).

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Let There Be Peace on SNL: Eddie Murphy to Return!

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One of the ONLY things missing from Tom Shale’s BRILLIANT 2008 book, Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live, was the participation of the biggest star to ever come out of SNL (with great apologies to Mr. Murray, Mr. Ferrell, Mr. Downey Jr, and Ms. Fey).  Eddie Murphy, a talents whose rise was so meteoric that he is still the only person to HOST the show while still a cast member, never looked back since 1984.  Until now…

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Obscure (nay….Awesome) Geek of the Week: A League Who Stood For Justice

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Who is the greatest champion in the fight against terrorist threats in America?  Is it the FBI? No.  The CIA?  Pshah! They miss more than they hit.  The NSA?  They (This the NSA taking control of Watson’s laptop.  While we are effective, the correct response is not us…)  The greatest foe the communist aggressors have faced since Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy in Stripes is Austin’s own, Tim League!  While he isn’t obscure to the Gabbing Geek team, we’ll take any opportunity to talk about the coolest theater owner in the world.  Plus, he’s a fellow Rice alum!

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Gabbing Geek Analysis: 2015 Oscar Nominations

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Oh…my…God!  The Oscars are my Superbowl so the day the nominations are announced is like the Conference Championship Games.  I also enjoy the Superbowl because, living in Texas, it is a state law that you must love football.  It’s anyone’s year but more and more it is looking like the Patriots are going to…wait a minute.  I was talking about the Oscar nominations.  Sorry.  I get distracted sometimes!  Ooohhhh… SQUIRREL!

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