Parental Figures Have All the Fun You love them… most of the time. Some are good, some are bad, some are so good we tear up talking about them. For this hangout, we share our favorite parental figures from TV shows, movies, and books. We combined May and June’s hangout into one epic conversation. I had the idea to talk about favorite moms for May’s hangout since we were scheduled to record around Mother’s Day. When we had to reschedule, it made sense to make it a May and June parental figures celebration. Each of us came with a different set of priorities and considerations
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 The Geek Embassy starts a new series: Watches. Every month, Mark, Ryan, and I will share our thoughts and critiques of some summer blockbuster movies. We launch the series with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 because of course. We start out our discussion with initial impressions which come back favorable. Ryan mentions the concern that the movie might become the “Baby Groot Show” and how the clever intro sequence put those concerns to rest. From there we spend some time talking about what we love about the movie (a lot) and what we disliked (not much). We were
Come on, admit it. You’ve taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It’s a great geeky time killer at the very least. This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them. For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki):
It’s that time again! For March, our staff are getting together to discuss guilty pleasures for our live hangout. What makes something you enjoy a guilty pleasure? Tune in to hear us discuss this very question. We will share our favorite TV shows, movies, books, games, and food. There might also be a disagreement over what makes something a guilty pleasure… Tune in live at 2pm pacific Sunday, March 26th and find out what I mean. Live on YouTube! Click on the link and we can read your comments as we chat. Until next time, get your geek on! Regina, Isabela, Mark, and Julie
Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one. My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post. The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years. My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film. But then people starting challenging me. What about RDJ? Ryan Reynolds? Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years. Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?
As February closes, we see the inevitable gauntlet of summer blockbuster season looming. This season starts with equal amounts of trepidation and tempered excitement for our opener, Logan. This is Hugh Jackman’s final turn as everyone’s favorite gruff loner and reluctant hero Wolverine. Logan received the go-ahead for an R-rating almost immediately after the breakout success of Deadpool in February 2016. While this bold move turned some heads, I took it upon myself to conduct an informal study on the relationship between film success and an R-rating. This is what happens when you’re a librarian, a comic book fan, and you stay up later than you should. Also, my editor
A Gigawatt Jukebox themed playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control. In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date. It’s happened to everyone at some point: the experience of lost time. You’ll be doing something routine, when you suddenly snap out of it. Without realizing it, you just spent a few minutes in a trance. Without knowing it, you were almost hypnotized by a song. Every song tells a story, but some have the power to lure you like a Siren from Greek mythology. It
We embraced the season for October’s hangout and talked about our favorite horror and suspense films. The basics are covered like our favorites but we also talk about our history with suspense and horror films, branch off into TV show, and briefly mention zombies and that show that premieres in a few weeks. Here are the questions we considered: What was your first horror/suspense movie? What movie scares you? What novel scared you? What suspense/horror movie made you laugh? What is your all time favorite suspense/horror movie? Are there horror/suspense movies that belong canon? We do a horror themed geek and tell but I just couldn’t
A Gigawatt Jukebox Themed Work Day Playlist Today’s geeks work hard and play hard. Some are studying, eyes crossed from hours of endless reading. Some are earning a wage in the office after a long commute. Others are at home, exhausted from running a household. Whatever you’ve been slaving away at lately, you deserve an extra day off. Enjoy your Labor Day Holiday. When you get back, we’ve got a fresh playlist to make your work days go smoothly. Gone are the days of Muzak and easy listening. Time to relax and focus on your tasks at hand with some chill, movie soundtrack, and retro tunes.
A Gigawatt Jukebox themed playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control. In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date. Since 1966, Star Trek has entertained generations of fans with its space adventures into the future. Pop culture has never been the same. With such influence, it is no surprise that Star Trek’s television and movie presence would make its way into the music industry as well. From its cast members down to its everyday fans, music has been taken where no man has gone before.