The Rise Of Cinematic Universes

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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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2016 Oscars: Tom’s Best Picture Round-Up

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By and large, I don’t put much personal stock in the Academy Awards.  They strike me as an excuse for Hollywood to pat itself on the back for all the good work it says it does.  If I watch the show at all, it’ll be the last few minutes to find out who won Best Picture, and that’ll be it.  The humor is rather lame, the musical numbers dull, and the low-burning outrage over what did and didn’t win can linger for decades.

Case in point:  Forrest Gump beat out both Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture.  I don’t care how much you like Gump, there’s no way anyone can justify it is a better movie than both of those other two.

But then this year, I actually saw most of the Best Picture nominees.  Thoughts after the cut.  No predictions, though.  If you want predictions, try Watson’s article.

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Ryan’s 2015 Movie Rankings

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Yes, we’re already three weeks into 2016 but I finally managed to put together my movie rankings for 2015.  Because life.  I only managed to see 51 films this year, a paltry sum compared to Watson when he isn’t even trying. And eight of those were on a plane to or from China, making the theater total even lower.  Definitely a busy year, but overall a great one for movies.  Head after the jump to see how I ranked all 51!

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3 Word Reactions To The Oscar Nominations

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Because counting’s hard.

More after break!

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Grading My 2015 Bold Predictions

goldcoinsGabbingGeek.com was only a few weeks old when I wrote about my bold predictions for 2015 movies.   Now that we know the rankings for the year, it’s time to judge those bold predictions.  Jump after the break to find out why I hate Jurassic World even more.

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Tom’s Geek Year In Review

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2015 is over in a few more hours, so how was the year we just had?  You know, from a Geek Perspective?

Some good, some bad.  Like every year.

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Geek Lit: Benjamin Wallace’s “Knights of the Apocalypse (A Duck & Cover Adventure)”

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I’m generally a little wary of self-published novels due to being burned too many times in the past.  That said, I do greatly enjoy the work of Benjamin Wallace.  His Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors was a fun and funny take on the sort of world where Mad Max might feel more or less at home.

And then I found he wrote a sequel.  How was it?  Review and possible SPOILERS after the cut.

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Discworld Read-Along #22: The Last Continent

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Continuing my occasional series as I work my way through Terry Pratchett’s delightful Discworld series, one book at a time.

Today’s entry is on the 22nd novel, The Last Continent.

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Movie Posters Without the Text…Part 1

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Movie posters are iconic pieces of art but it is amazing how much the titles and font are part of the visual appeal.  We check out what the posters look like with the text stripped away and only the visual to sell the story.

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What Movies Could Sneak Into 2015’s Top Ten Grossing Films? (or “How Bad is Ryan’s B.O.?”)

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In a January article by Gabbing Geek’s own Ryan Garcia, he predicted the 2015 Top Ten Grossing films (domestic).  Rule of thumb says that to crack the top ten,  a film will need to surpass $200M+. Some of Ryan’s picks were right.  Some were wrong.    Where will we wind up and what could spoil Ryan’s top ten list?

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