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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Non-Geek TV From The Geek Perspective: House MD

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There’s a lot of TV out there, and Jenny swears some shows are the greatest show in the history of television after Breaking Bad.

Yeah, she meant House MD.  It’s as iconic as Madame Xanadu.

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

The face of every Geek on at least some of the things on this list.
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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Tom Recommends: Sherlock Holmes

Gabbing Geek Tom Recommends v2Sherlock Holmes has existed as a character for over a century.  His fame, as the world’s greatest detective, a master of the art of deduction, has made the character a popular figure in the realm of pop culture since his inception.  When we think of fictional detectives, we think of Holmes.  And when we think of sidekicks, we often think of his associate Dr. John Watson.

But how many of us have actually read his original adventures?

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Geek Review: Mr. Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes, the character, has been around for over a century, and plenty of fans have an idea of what Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation should be like.

That’s what makes director Bill Condon’s take on the character so refreshing:  Mr. Holmes actually treats the famous detective as a human being.  SPOILER-FREE review after the cut.

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Sherlock Teaser!

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Sherlock is a popular version of the old Sherlock Holmes stories.  Set in modern times, it effectively updates the characters and stories for a contemporary setting and audience.

Well, except for the upcoming special where Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s Dr. Watson are in Victorian times.

Trailer after the cut.

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Non-Geek TV From The Geek Perspective: Vicious

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There’s a lot of TV out there, and some of it is throwback British sitcom stuff.

This week, I’m covering Vicious.

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Christopher Lee Infographic

Christopher Lee, 1922-2015
Christopher Lee, 1922-2015

Yesterday, I posted an obituary for Sir Christopher Lee, who died this past Sunday.  I mentioned a few of his accomplishments, but it was a bit of a rush job.  I mean, I do Discworld reviews and forgot he voiced Death a couple times in various animated adaptations of said work.

Then I found this infographic giving a more complete list of his accomplishments, and for some reason, infographics are all the rage here at Gabbing Geek.  See it after the cut.

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Trailer: Mr. Holmes

Not Pictured:  Dr. Watson
Not Pictured: Dr. Watson

Gabbing Geek reported a while back that Sir Ian McKellan was playing Sherlock Holmes in a new movie due this summer, Mr. Holmes.  Now a trailer has been released and a little more is known.  It appears the movie deals with Sherlock Holmes suffering from memory loss due to his old age.  As a man who has always relied on his sharp mind, this is an interesting development.  So, while it may not be the sort of mystery Holmes is used to solving, it could lead to an interesting story all the same.  Also, it explains why my dream casting of Patrick Stewart as Dr. Watson may not be happening, unless its a fan service cameo…and given the film’s pedigree, that seems like an unlikely scenario.

Trailer below the cut.

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