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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Cool Limited Edition Action Figures

Do you know what they call a quarter pounder in Paris?
Do you know what they call a quarter pounder in Paris?

So, I was looking around the Net for Gabbing Geek content, and discovered Rainman.

Rainman is a South Korean artist who does cool limited edition action figures.  He sells them off his site, usually for a couple hundred each, and…well, that’s about all that’s known about the guy.  Oh, there’s a few other bits and pieces here and there, but unless you have $400 dollars (minimum) to drop on something of his, you probably won’t be buying one.

See some of his work after the cut.

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4 Theories Of What Slugworth Offered The Other Children For Their Everlasting Gobstopper

SlugworthOne of the coolest parts of being a geek parent is seeing your kids connect with some of the same material you enjoyed at their age.  Although I’m not sure how old I was when I first saw the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, almost any child of the 70s or 80s can remember singing along with the Oompa Loompas or dreaming of chocolate rivers.  Now that both of my boys (aged five and nine) watch the movie as well, it’s fun to revisit one of the classics that still, I think, holds up.

In rewatching the film (and, because of the five year old, rewatching and rewatching and rewatching), something struck me: Slugworth.  He’s the bad guy that was actually a test, instantly creepy, the devil’s temptation, and yet at the end he was just another obstacle for our favorite chocolate maker to put in the children’s path to identify his successor.  Slugworth offers Charlie all the money Charlie needs to provide for his family, something that desperately matters to a household where four grandparents shared a single bed (and yet they still had a television capable of receiving reports of found golden tickets).  We all know this as the final test and we’ve been conditioned to see just how difficult it would be for Charlie to turn this down.  All this just in exchange for some information, or even a sample, of an Everlasting Gobstopper.  It’s a straight forward test for Charlie.  But what of the other children?

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So, How Many Can You Name?

This is probably one of my favorite videos on YouTube.  Someone took tons of clips from tons of movies and TV shows and made a rather good techno-kinda tune out of it.  I’ve seen lots of stuff, but even I can’t name all of them here.  I tend to skip to this whenever I want a quick smile at someone else’s cleverness.