black panther

Greetings Geeks and welcome to the latest episode of The Geek Embassy Watches! This week we watch Black Panther, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a top contender for most socially significant movie this year. And it’s only February! Black Panther Plot Recap After the death of King T’Chaka during the events of Captain America: Civil War, Prince T’Challa returns home to Wakanda, a secluded nation in eastern Africa that presents itself as a third-world country but in reality is the most technologically advanced nation in the world thanks to their monopoly on the metal called vibranium.  After being coronated as the newRead More →


By now, many discussions about the Oscar nominations have happened and the nominations have been discussed both in and out of their political contexts. As a Wonder Woman fan, I was surprised (as many fans were) to hear that the 2017 film Wonder Woman didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. The film’s director, Patty Jenkins, didn’t earn a nod. Lead actress Gal Gadot wasn’t acknowledged. Screenplay writer Allan Heinberg, director of photographer Matthew Jensen, and costumer designer Lindy Hemming also were not nominated. Other Wonder Woman fans and I grumbled about this, and we could have lived with it except… Boss Baby was nominated. Yes, aRead More →

So I was browsing a small video sharing website one day, minding my business, passing time before having to leave for work. Scanning the homepage, a particular video caught my eye. A movie trailer for a particularly old internet phenomenon, to be produced by Hollywood, and as a horror movie no less. Interesting, I thought to myself. Finally, bringing an internet icon to the silver screen. Maybe it’ll score higher than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. But as I watched this trailer, I wondered: hasn’t the Slenderman trend passed already? Is it as relevant as it was back when Marble Hornets first launched their YouTube channel?Read More →


This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is dominating the pop culture conversation this holiday season. Love them or hate them, the new batch of Star Wars films has an interesting villain in the character of Kylo Ren. After seeing the latest film for the first time, I commented to my husband how much he reminded me of Viserys Targaryen, the last surviving son of the Targaryen dynasty in Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones, at its heart, is all about family. Carrying the last name of oneRead More →

In this episode of TGE Watches, Mark, Ryan, and I discuss Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk. We decided to break our summer movie superhero run with quite a different epic film. Two of us enjoyed it and one was quite very disappointed. Official Description Three different perspectives with overlapping time periods: one week on land, one day at sea, and one hour in the air, create a non-linear narrative. Introductory text at the start of the movie says that in 1940, after the invasion of France, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers had retreated to Dunkirk. As German forces close in, they await evacuation in a seemingly hopeless situation. Our Analysis Our opinionsRead More →


We’re back and talking about the next movie in our summer series: Spider-Man Homecoming! From the Official Site A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine. He finds himself distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhoodRead More →


Guest Contributor, Nicole Tanner, host of the Gaming with the Moms podcast and lifelong fan of Wonder Woman, explores her emotional reaction to the recent Wonder Woman movie. It’s easy to overlook the significance of representation that we see in this film. Nicole’s piece reminds us that having a well rounded, fully developed female character moved so many people (myself included). Enjoy! ~Regina  What Wonder Woman Means to Me I just saw  Wonder Woman for the fifth time. I know that probably sounds ridiculous. It even sounds ridiculous to me, but the Wonder Woman character and the current movie featuring her serve a larger purposeRead More →

Bullets and Bracelets? In my last post, I praised Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman for its close alignment to the Wonder Woman comics. I felt this way until I realized how Diana hadn’t disguised herself to play in the Amazon games in the movie. These games would determine which Amazon would be sent back into the world of men to bring justice. In Jenkins’ film, a lengthy training sequence that shows Diana’s desire to be trained. Her training leads to a dramatic moment when she decides to leave Themyscira because she must, because the Amazon principles require her to go. Interestingly, no other Amazon volunteers toRead More →


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 considerationsRead More →


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 wereRead More →