The REAL Origin of the Joker!


There are a lot of versions of the Joker origin story.  The film The Dark Knight even offers a couple.  But we think the internet has FINALLY solved the mystery!

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Podcast Reaction: Villains Edition


This week the podcast came out a day early, but I got a new Kindle Fire and don’t know yet how to download the show before going to work to listen during my lunch break.  And no, downloading at work isn’t an option.  Because reasons.  There are some, but I won’t go into them.  Anyway, here’s the podcast reaction.

I don’t really have anything else to add to the discussion of The Martian.  It’s a great book, and I gave a SPOILER-FREE review for it elsewhere.  Like right here.

Instead, let’s talk about how to make a good villain.

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Awesome Cosplay Of The Day: THE JOKER (Heath Ledger Version)


Some cosplays are good, some are great, and some….damn….some make you believe in resurrection. This version of Heath Ledger’s Joker is just unreal. It’s so good, it’s almost disturbing. All credit goes to cosplayer Jesse Oliva and photographer York in a Box for capturing the brilliance that is HL Joker. See more stunningly accurate photos after the break:

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On Our Heroes Dying


The entire geek portion of the Internet was united recently by the death of Leonard Nimoy.  It was enough to get a lot of stupid talk about a dress off my Facebook feed, so even if it wasn’t enough Nimoy was one of the people who led me to science fiction, he has my gratitude for that one final favor.

And while I am a little saddened by the death of a man who I honestly never met, I am also not as shocked as I was by some past deaths.  Nimoy’s health has been rather bad for a while now.  There’s a reason even when he did some acting work, that it was done to keep his actual appearance to a bare minimum.    But there’s something else to consider:  Nimoy was 83 years old.  As timeless as performances captured on camera can be, Spock got old, and he died.  He wasn’t the first, he won’t be the last, and its something we will all do ourselves.  What do we do when people we have never met, but have touched us in some way as we became the adults we are, die?

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Good Performances in Bad Superhero Movies

It would have been a bad movie, but Cage would have been amazing!

Today we celebrate the roses that grew out of a steaming pile of horse manure. It’s easy to bask in the accolades of a strong performance in an epic superhero flick. Chris Reeve got us all started with his turn in Superman. Ledger was all-time in the brilliant Dark Knight. RDJ was amazing in the transformative Iron Man. But what about the people who rise to the occasion in a real stinker? Let’s give them their moment in the sun!

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All Time Geek Oscar Nominees and WINNERS!


Monday, we kicked off Oscar week discussing who would get the Oscar nods if only geek movies were eligible for consideration.  Well, what if we took that rule, and stretched it to ALL time?  Who wins?  Who gets snubbed?  Read on, gentle jerkwads!

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And the Oscar Nominees Are…



The nominees are in so to quote the Joker from Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance in the Dark Knight, “And here…we…GO!

This year the Academy nominated only 8 films for Best Picture.  A very interesting group of films.  It looks to be between Birdman and Boyhood, but don’t sleep on Sniper making it a race.

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

First thoughts:  No Lego Movie in Best Animated Feature!?!?  No Life Itself in Best Documentary!?!?  Thought Steve Carrell would miss out on Best Actor but he bumped his way to the front of the line!  My worst movie of 145 films got a Best Foreign Film nomination as expected.

Expect more in depth commentary on who will win, who SHOULD Win, and any surprises or snubs along the way!