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Being a Better Geek: Twin Peaks Season 1 and The Muppet Show Season 1

Posted on 26 September 2014 by VinnieAve

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All Geeks Considered Picks the Best of 2011

Posted on 05 January 2012 by VinnieAve

Best Limited Comic Book Series-

DM: Flashpoint: Knight of Vengeance- More than twenty years ago  a tragedy occurred in the alley behind a movie theater and Thomas Wayne lost what he loved most to a petty criminal.  From that moment on a Knight of Vengeance was born.

Vinnie:  Flashpoint: Knight of Vengence- the Flashpoint Sidestories might have been the best of an event that was pretty good. However, the best of these was the Batman, tie-in. This could have stood alone from Flashpoint and just been an Elseworld. If you like Batman this series is pretty worth checking out.

Best On-Going Series-

DM: X-Factor- Peter David just keeps knocking it out of the park.  I have yet to read a thing this man writes that I do not love.

Vinnie: Swamp Thing- I mentioned the New 52 the other day and I mentioned this book in particular a while ago. I will admit that I haven’t read the Alan Moore Swamp Thing books but the art and writing are utterly outstanding on this making this the best.

Best Comic Book Storyline-

DM: Spider Island – Spider-man is in over his head as every New Yorker obtains the powers of a spider without Peter Parker’s sense of responsibility.

Vinnie: Spider Island- A fun story that doesn’t get too heavy, a perfect place for someone who knows the bare minimum to get into Spiderman.

Best TV Series:

DM: Sherlock- Too many times “updated” franchises fall short of the mark, but this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes has knocked it out of the park.  Great cast, great writing and a fantastic feel makes this the best of last year in my mind.

Vinnie: Game of Thrones- My friend had been a fan of this a few years ago but I have never read the book. Overall this was a great show with wonderful production values and fantastic acting. Fans and fantasy and political action/drama should check this out.

Best Movie-

DM-  Super 8- There is no question in my mind that this is a movie that stirs the heart.  It is a period piece of fantastic quality, touching back to Spielbergian science fiction.

Vinnie- The Muppets- I have no question that this was the best movie of 2011. In the most successful attempt to revive a franchise, Jason Seigel manages to bring back all the things that made the Muppets great in the past. I hope to see more in this series

Best Board Game-

DM: Eminent Domain- Race for the Galaxy meets Dominion.  Do I need to say more? This Kickstarter funded game is of such great quality and fun that I truly wish I could have contributed to its getting off the ground.

Vinnie- Best Board Game- Survive: Escape from Atlantis- this is a bit of a cheat in 2 ways, one it is a release of an older game and 2 I played it first in 2011. This game has much of what I like in a game, its versatile, it’s quick and, it’s easy to teach. With great production values this game is a must have for any collection want a game that can be competitive or co-operative.

From here we each did things that the other didn’t so from DM we have:

Video Game: Magic the Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalker 2012
Despite the name, this 2011 video game release provided hours of entertainment as well as the ability to play the Archenemy and practice your maniacal laughter.

Novel: Ghost Story
Jim Butcher continues his Dresden Files series with an engrossing continuation to 2010’s cliffhanger.  Harry fans loved it and those who are not fans just have not become fans yet.

Iphone App: Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
This was a fantastic digital conversion of a great board game. With one expansion out already, the app is firmly entrenched on my phone.

and from Vinnie we have:

Best Anime- Tiger & Bunny- This also qualifies as the best superhero thing of 2011. A series that managed to get everything I love about superhero stuff and have great interpersonal stories makes Tiger & Bunny and show that will be remembered for years.

Best Manga Release- Codename: Sailor V- This series managed to grow on me and not get stale after a while. The characters developed and she was a much more independent character than Sailor Moon.


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It’s Time to Light the Lights: The Muppets Review

Posted on 23 November 2011 by VinnieAve

At long last there has been a new Muppet release. For all of those on the internet you probably saw the numerous trailers that have been released for The Muppets. They did the best they could to not reveal much of the plot of the film without misrepresenting the film, an impressive feat in the modern day where trailers often give away big parts of the plot and misrepresent the film.
This film opened with a new short from Pixar. At this point we’ve gotten used to having this on Pixar’s film but when you see the Muppets there is a Toy Story short. I’m not going to say much on this other than it is an enjoyable little movie where Buzz gets trapped in a support group for Happy Meal Toys that have been abandoned (I hope that some of those toys get released at some point). You know Pixar does a good job also this won’t make or break you seeing this film.
So for the feature presentation, I think that many people were won by the trailers and if this won you over you know the kind of humor you are getting into. The film starts with Gary (Jason Segel) and his brother Walter (Walter) growing up and becoming fans of the Muppets, especially Walter. After this sequence we are introduced to Mary (Amy Adams), Gary’s longtime girlfriend. There are many things that are expected in a Muppets’ movie and from this beginning they are present, because when Gary and Walter walk to see Mary there is a large musical number and there is a general self-awareness of this happening around them.
The mood set and style set here play-out for the entire film, more-so when the Muppets start showing up. The three new characters travel to LA (for the 10 year anniversary of Gary and Mary) to learn the Muppets studio is going to be sold to Tex Richman who wants to drill for oil there. From here the action drives with some tension between Gary and Mary since he gets caught up in helping the Muppets get the studio back from Tex Richman.
The plot is not what makes this movie great or notable. For anyone who is a fan of early Muppet works (The Muppet Show and the first 3 movies), this movie will surely kindle the feelings you had. I mention that first 3 films since everything after Muppets Take Manhattan is ignored. While I am a fan of some of the pieces that have been made after Jim Henson died, I understand that this film was meant to be a throwback to his time. This film succeeds in every way that it can. What won me over was the tongue-in-cheek humor and general lampooning of movies without getting bogged down in parody.

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