The Rise Of Cinematic Universes

I'm sure it is only a matter of time...
I’m sure it is only a matter of time…

Recently, it was announced that a new Scooby Doo movie would launch a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.  We also know that the Men in Black/21 Jump Street movie is supposed to actually happen.

Basically, that means that anything can be a cinematic universe these days.  While sitting around the Gabbing Geek Editorial Office, I came up with a few of my own.  See them after the cut.  Hollywood, feel free to use these for a small piece of the gross.  Not the net.  I won’t be screwed over that way.

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Tom Recommends: Planetary

Gabbing Geek Tom Recommends v2The deconstruction of the superhero genre is something that has been going on for a few decades now, and is often rather repetitive.  Generally, it is an excuse to show classic or recognizable characters doing things that normally they wouldn’t, often of a more R-rated variety.

That said, when the deconstruction is done right, such as in Watchmen, the work says something about the genre’s conventions and tropes in a way that can be highly entertaining for the reader, while also giving the reader a chance to think over the sorts of things that are taken for granted.

But one of the best deconstructions out there doesn’t just cover superheroes, but pulp literature and genre storytelling in general.  That would be the comics series Planetary, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by John  Cassaday.

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Afternoon Funnies- Gifts and Stuff Edition

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Also known as “Watson Didn’t Want to Write an Article today and Just Dumped a Bunch of Pictures Off His Phone”.  Click on for a mild chuckle. Continue reading Afternoon Funnies- Gifts and Stuff Edition

Afternoon Funnies- Scumbag Edition Edition

Gabbing Geek Afternoon Funnies
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Afternoon Funnies- Comic Strip Edition

Gabbing Geek Afternoon Funnies
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All New Level Of SQUEEEE When Mutant Hamsters Attack!

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Thought you might all need a daily dose of cuteness  – and you’ll find it here with an overly adorable Godzilla parody made by HelloDenizen and her tiny hamster! The video is just too much to handle – tiny helicopters, tiny trains, tiny trees, and even tiny building all get eaten or destroyed by our not so tiny mutant hamster friend – we’ll call him Larry. Larry seems like the kind of name that would destroy things down town without a care in the world. Thanks Larry, there goes the neighborhood!! Want to see for yourself, watch the video after the break:

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San Andreas: The Uncanny Valley (Fault Line?) Of Disaster Movies

Not pictured: Channing Tatum
Not pictured: Channing Tatum

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.

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: MECHAGODZILLA

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GRAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaRRRRRR! Mechagodzilla is here! I can’t even imagine what it was like to stumble upon this larger than life cosplay by Grand Artifice at Megacon. Want to see more? Check out more Orlando cosplay destruction after the break:

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Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us

This image comes from a movie called "Zombeavers".  I am not making that up.  If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.
This image comes from a movie called “Zombeavers”. I am not making that up. If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.

I’m not generally one for horror movies.  Horror novels I can generally deal with, but I was a rather nervous kid who was easily frightened by things that probably weren’t that scary to begin with as far as TV and the movies go, and as such I’ve never been much for scary movies.

That’s too bad.  Horror movies are about what scare us, and not just on the surface, but what is frightening to a society as a whole in a specific time and place. Continue reading Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us

“Hello, Ladies! “Or “The First Rumors About the First Star Wars Standalone Revealed!”

I was just discussing with Ryan that despite being due out next year, we had NO info on the first Star Wars standalone movie other than it was set to premiere December 2016 and was being directed by Gareth Edwards. But today we can say we know…well we KNOW nothing, but how about some rumors?

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