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Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Suck

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There, now that I have your attention let me explain.  I personally plan on watching the new Star Wars film and will most likely enjoy it.  I have just grown a little bit sick of all the hype and all the marketing and I am especially tired of all the people who saw the trailer and said it was so good it made them cry.  I do not hate Star Wars or J.J. Abrams and the new movie will probably be very good.  This is just a list poking a little bit of fun at all of the extreme excitement for the new film.  What follows is entirely based off of what has been seen in the multiple trailers that have been released and I have not read any of the books leading up to the movie.

Please take this list as it was intended, all in good fun.

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Ghostbusters, Reboot Hell: Choose and Perish

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I can’t keep my mouth shut anymore. Screw the Ghostbusters reboot! Here come the cries of “Sexism!!!” My issue with this film is not the all female cast. It is with the fact that they are doing it as a reboot. They very easily could have just described this as a branch of the previously established Ghostbusters franchise that happened to be run by a group of women and I would not be aggravated. This does not mean that these women could not be scientists or be coming up with their own fantastic technological advances to make the business better and would have placed them in the same universe as the Ghostbusters fans already know and love.

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One Last Review… For the Hobbit

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I know that I have not posted anything in a long while but I feel that the time for me to make my opinions known has come once again.

It is finished. The great odyssey has been completed. Our journeys now have ended. The final trip to Peter Jackson’s vision of Middle Earth has taken place. The question remains, how was it?

“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” in my opinion has been the best of the three Hobbit films. Sir Peter Jackson rediscovered some of the magic he had while filming “The Lord of the Rings”. Does this mean that this film is perfect? Heavens no, this film has some rather massive flaws but they do not achieve the level of silliness that I witnessed while watching “The Desolation of Smaug”.

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Black Sails Ahoy!

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No geeky blog page would be complete without at least referencing one of the more famous icons of the subculture, the pirate.

“Black Sails” is STARZ channel’s attempt to break into a market that has lately been saturated due to the antics or our friends over at Disney. While this is a rather obvious ploy for STARZ to get their cut from a popular media image, “Black Sails” looks like it’s going to be far from your run of the mill pirate epic.

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The Desolation of Plot

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Before I get started on this I offer the warning that there are several spoilers included.

Great Tolkien’s ghost!  What did I just watch?

First of all I would like to say that I had high hopes for this film after being slightly disappointed by the first Hobbit movie.  I enjoyed it but as a fan of the novel I felt that it was lacking something.  The Desolation of Smaug just blew my mind on how absurd a film based around a beloved franchise can get.

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An Unexpected Journey… Or was it?

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I am quite certain that my colleague Doctor Belmont will be posting his opinions on this film as well.  In fact I am quite surprised that I actually beat him to it.  Now on to my thoughts.

This film had problems, lots of them.  Where should I even begin?  Ah yes, the Tolkien lore.  I know that many fans of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels will be going to see these films and for those fans who are obsessive about the lore I think that there will be some disappointment.  The most blatant change that lovers of the books will notice is that Azog, a goblin chieftain, is placed as the major villain for this installment.  That’s right folks, a goblin who is dead in the novels is alive and well and is chasing our party of hapless dwarves.  This leads to some dramatic alterations of several scenes that we are familiar with in the novel including the trip to Rivendell and the treetop escape.

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Watch out! The Sky is Falling

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To anyone who actually read my last post I must apologize.  I meant to write more often but I found myself distracted by post season baseball and the current elections…  and no I am not telling you who I voted for simply because this is a blog about nerd culture and no matter who I said it would probably start an argument somewhere.

So onto a lighter note although I have failed to keep up with my promise to review the Dresden Files novels, which I plan on remedying, I have something else I wish to elaborate upon.  “Skyfall” the new James Bond film.

Yes, some of you are probably asking, “What in the world does this have to do with the geek subculture?”  Well as far as I am concerned, granted I am a James Bond fan, these films have always had a hint of the fantastical and a certain amount of science fiction involved in their gadgets.  I feel that I can also get away with this because of the literary origins of the James Bond franchise.  I tip my pointy hat to the late, great Ian Fleming.
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Greetings… Stay a While and Listen.

Hello my friends,

My name is Doctor Martin.  I am a close friend and associate of Doctor Belmont’s, a fellow wizard of the gaming and fantasy world.  For reasons unknown Doctor Belmont has invited me to post my opinions on certain subject matters.  While he specializes on board games and the like, my chosen field tends more toward the literary and dramatic end of things.  This does not mean that we will not work together and pool our knowledge to critique new and amazing items delivered to our world by fantastic companies but simply that my own posts will be related more towards Novels and Cinema involving the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres.  I will be reviewing a mixture of work both old and new and I will also be expressing my hopes for highly anticipated Books and Films.  I will do my best not to offend anyone but I am a firm believer that one cannot please all of the people all of the time.  Remember this is just My opinion.  Like it or hate it, Love me or despise me, that is simply the way it goes.

For my first reviews I will be working my way through the series of Dresden Novels by Jim Butcher in anticipation of the latest book “Cold Days” due out on November 27.  Until next time my friends, Cheers and Good Day.