With X-Men: Days of Future Past arriving in theaters this weekend, Godzilla fading into the rearview mirror, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already an afterthought (but still in theaters), it’s already been a busy summer for the geeky side of Hollywood – and for movie audiences, too. And now it’s time to look ahead to the return of Charles Xavier’s team of mutant superheroes.
Is it just me, or has there been a lot of headlines coming from the geekier side of Hollywood lately?
Between all of the fanboy-friendly films hitting theaters and the kickoff of convention season with one of the year’s first big shows, WonderCon, there’s been no shortage of material in the news cycle for anyone interested in superhero and sci-fi fare. That’s why this… Continue reading The Geek Beat: Why a 'Farscape' Movie Matters and Spider-Man Should Swing Solo
A month ago, I waded through the box office reports and aggregate reviews of all the movies based on video games over the years to find out how they ranked as far as ticket sales and overall approval from audiences. It was an interesting experiment that offered up some surprises as far as the relationship (or lack thereof) between a film’s success at the… Continue reading The Geek Beat: The Most -- and Least -- Successful Marvel Movies, by the Numbers
Conventional wisdom regarding most franchises is that the sequels are never quite as good as the original. With rare exceptions, each installment is sort of like a recording of a recording from the analog days – diminishing with each iteration. After seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier over the weekend, though, I couldn’t help thinking that the geekier side of Hollywood might be… Continue reading The Geek Beat: How Comic Franchises Escape the Sequel Curse
Oh, April Fools Day, you are a bittersweet pill. When I was a news editor, I despised the annual flood of faux announcements and prank projects that came crashing into my professional life the last day of March and made a mess out of the usual news cycle. But as a media consumer, I get no small amount of entertainment from the ridiculous stories that pop up online during the… Continue reading The Geek Beat: Here Are Three Fake News Stories We Wish Were Real