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Published: Jul 28, 2015 10:30:00 AM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • Jul 28, 2015 10:30:00 AM

    One of the biggest losses of human life occurred in Starship Troopers during the Disaster on Klendathu. The Federation's assault on the Arachnid planet Klendathu cost the lives of 308,563 human troops. Thanks to the latest episode of Real Fake History, we finally learn the causes behind this epic failure. When training consists of practice on human targets and taking hot co-ed showers every day, how can soldiers learn to kill bugs?

    Narrated by Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville, Green Lantern The Animated Series), each program delivers the never before seen tales of those who witnessed these defining fictional moments. A new episode will launch every Tuesday.

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  • Jul 28, 2015 9:30:03 AM

    A loving tribute to the gory and gruesome erotic horror of classic Italian giallo cinema, The Editor spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish horror comedy became a festival darling after its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, going on to earn audience and critical acclaim at festivals across North America including the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival.

    Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.


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  • Jul 27, 2015 7:00:00 PM

    From the award winning team that brought you the first independently-produced Star Trek film, “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men”, (co-written/produced by Sky Conway, which has been viewed by millions online) comes the new feature film “Star Trek: Renegades” (STR). Fans have been anxiously waiting for this soon-to-be cult classic feature by multi-award-winning director, Tim Russ, which will premiere on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the historical Crest Theatre in Westwood, California.

    STR is produced by Sky Conway, with screenplay by Ethan H. Calk, Jack Trevino, and Sky Conway. Produced by Skyway Productions and Distributed by Atomic Studios. “Star Trek: Renegades” is an independent online show that will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. STR is an exhilarating new adventure that boldly goes where no Star Trek has gone before!


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  • Jul 27, 2015 5:00:00 PM
    Z2 Comics Publisher Josh Frankel & Filmmaker and Producer Sridhar Reddy Launch Modern Prometheus Production Company


    WELCOME TO SHOWSIDE Animated Pilot Featuring Henry Rollins And a
    Feature Film Adaptation of Paul Pope’s ONE TRICK RIP-OFF in Pre-Production

    The publisher of Z2 Comics, Josh Frankel, and independent filmmaker Sridhar Reddy (7x6x2) announced today the formation of a new production company, Modern Prometheus.

    Frankel and Reddy will both serve as Co-Chairman and will be responsible for sourcing and developing comic book intellectual property and overseeing media finance, operations and production. Modern Prometheus will have a first look option for all Z2 Comics publications, including their recently announced line of creator owned comic books and their expanded graphic novel slate.

    Modern Prometheus already has film and television projects in varying stages of production, including:

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  • Jul 27, 2015 3:00:00 PM
    Written by Joshua Gravel
    Produced by Sital Sal, Jesse R. Tendler
    Written and Directed by David Spaltro
    Starring Grace Folsom, Lynn Justinger, 
    Fiona Horrigan, Catherine Cobb Ryan


    A medical student interviews a paranormal investigator for a thesis and is lucky enough to join the investigator as she investigates a possible haunting.

    What the two first suspect to be a hoax soon reveals itself to be a serious case of demonic possession and the pair realize that if they don’t help the victim then they too will be targeted by the demon.

    Director David Spaltro has crafted a solid indie possession flick with a few good scares and lots of creepy atmosphere.

    The acting is handled well all around and while the script brings nothing new to the subgenre it uses a mix of references, inspirations, and homage’s to possession and haunting films of the past.


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  • Jul 27, 2015 1:00:01 PM
    Review by Erin Maxwell
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4
    "The Crucible"Chapter Four: "Harvey Horrors"
    Written by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa
    Art by Robert Hack
    Lettering by Jack Morelli
    Cover: Robert Hack
    Published by Archie Comics
    Released July 29th, 2015


    When we last left our platinum-haired spellcaster, Sabrina was on the verge of going full-witch. She was knee-deep in the black arts when during the ceremony, her boy toy Harvey made a surprise appearance to the little groovy ghoulie get-together.

    As Harvey runs for his life, Sabrina is left to deal with the wrath of the coven, who are unsympathetic to the teen dream, despite the fact she caught unawares and was set up by Madam Satan. 

    So while Sabrina deals with the fallout, Harvey must contend with doppelganger Sabrina and her lip-locking skills.

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  • Jul 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.

    Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. 


    “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” also stars Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”), with Jared Harris (“Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows”), and Hugh Grant as Waverly.


    For your chance to attend the advanced screening of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. on Monday, August 10th at 7pm at the AMC Boston Common, go to www.WBtickets.com/redeem and enter the code FOG2MANFROMUNCLE



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  • Jul 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM
    By Alex C. Telander

    Library Bars
    Apparently there are 16 libraries in London that feature bars, and vice versa.

    Lego Libraries & Bookstores 
    We all loved Lego as kids, and here are some impressive libraries and bookstores made out of Lego.

    Fear the Reading 
    Here's a survey of the top ten scariest books people have read; Stephen King makes most of the list.

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  • Jul 27, 2015 7:00:02 AM
    SHORT-FORM DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED ON THE HISTORY 
    OF SILLY SYMPHONIES AND THE ‘MAKING OF’ THE COLLECTION

    Less than a year after Mickey Mouse’s debut in Steamboat Willie, the Walt Disney Studio embarked on a decade-long series of music-driven shorts whose breakthroughs would forever change the direction of animation and would have a massive impact on popular culture. The 75 cartoons - called Silly Symphonies - pioneered “three-strip” Technicolor, introduced Donald Duck, and created a pop music phenomenon with “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” They won seven Academy Awards® for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) between 1932 and 1939.

    The Silly Symphony Collection is a first-of-its-kind box set from Walt Disney Records and Fairfax Classics featuring the complete restored soundtracks from all 75 Silly Symphony shorts from 1929-1939, with more than 8 hours of music over 16 vinyl LPs.


    The limited edition collection is housed in 8 tip-on gatefold jackets with original animation art in a beautifully constructed foil-stamped and numbered slipcase. Soundtracks of Disney classics such as The Skeleton Dance by Carl Stalling, Three Little Pigs by Frank Churchill, and Donald Duck’s debut The Wise Little Hen by Leigh Harline will be presented in full for the first time ever on record. Each gatefold jacket includes detailed liner notes for every short by Disney historians J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt, authors of the definitive book on the series, Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series.

    Kaufman adds, "It's well known that the Silly Symphonies were built around music, but most of us can't watch the films without being distracted by the visuals. This set is a brilliant idea, isolating the sound so that we can appreciate, for the first time, just how good the music is. I think it will change the way people look at these classic cartoons.”

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  • Jul 25, 2015 3:07:32 PM

    So, this will conclude our summer reading week.

    After the jump check out what the writers of Forces of Geek, as well as friends of ours are reading (including some movie people, some comic people and other authors).

    And let us know in the comments what you're reading this summer!


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  • Jul 24, 2015 2:00:00 PM
    Includes Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Making-of
    Featurettes, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary

    Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)—alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) —must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind… if they can! This action-packed adventure is a must-own, mind-blowing blast!

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  • Jul 24, 2015 12:00:01 PM

    All in all, it was an excellent year for television.

    From the dragon ride on Game of Thrones to bidding farewell to Don Draper to the vagina-based comedy antics of Amy Schumer, television continues to push boundaries and redefine itself, even without Breaking Bad on the air.

    It seems that everyone put their best foot forward this year.

    And while there is no such thing as an Primetime Emmy list without its fair share of snubs (cough Sons of Anarchy cough), it was a tough field with many, many, many worthy competitors.

    And a few of them are not even from HBO.

    Let’s take a few of nominees in the top categories:


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  • Jul 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

    Kids are hilarious.

    They often have no idea that they’re hilarious, but they are.

    They’re also really, really scary.

    Like…."Thanks, son. I now have to change my pants" scary.

    They see things that we can’t. Is it their imagination?

    Or is it actually something lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce on us and take our lives away?

    Here are a couple of kids whose parents could have taken a second to actually listen to their kids.


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  • Jul 24, 2015 8:00:02 AM

    Vincent (Robert Sheehan), a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome, just lost his mom. As his symptoms get worse, his dad (Robert Patrick), a frustrated politician, sends him to a behavioral clinic run by an unconventional doctor (Kyra Sedgwick). But Vincent made his mom a promise, and with the help of a rebellious anorexic (Zoë Kravitz) and his withdrawn OCD roommate (Dev Patel), the three embark on a life-changing race to the sea that includes car theft, shoplifting, fights, self-discovery, and maybe finding a new way to live.


    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Jul 24, 2015 6:00:02 AM
    Review by Dana Abercrombie
    Produced by Daniel-Konrad Cooper, Andrew Corkin
    Written and Directed by Bryan Reisberg
    Starring Harry Lloyd, Krista Kosonen, Sylvia Grace Crim, 
    James Ricker II, Travis Koop, Elisabeth Gray, Bess Baria,
    Kaitlynn Alford, Samuel Foreman, William Foreman


    Imagine for a moment you realize your life is about to change forever. 

    The people, the life, even the activities you once knew and partook in will now be just a thought in the wind. 

    What would you do?  Would you cry in some corner or confront it head-on? 

    If you’re Craig you lie to your girlfriend and take on the open road in a solo road trip to visit the world’s largest things across the southern United States. 

    Everything seems simple enough, young man starting life, possibly hesitant and fearful,  but Bryan Reisberg's little indie is much more than what meets the surface.

    Craig played by Harry Lloyd is at his core a scared little boy, hiding from his impending responsibilities as a young father, buying and moving into a house in San Francisco with his girlfriend Allison (Elizabeth Gray). His actions appear selfish and downright unappealing but sometimes people just need to be by themselves when facing a life change. 

    The plot is barebones at best and the writing is simple. If you’re looking for mind-blowing performances, a unique cast of characters and great set pieces this movie is not for you. The story is slow; nothing happens and at times it loses its way.  

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  • Jul 23, 2015 5:30:00 PM
    Blu-ray and Digital HD include Entertaining Featurettes,
    Behind the Scenes, and More!

    The boys are back! Entourage The Movie will arrive onto Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Entourage The Movie, the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning HBO series, reunites the hit show’s original cast led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven. The film will be available early on Digital HD starting on August 25.

    Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super-agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood with hilarious antics.


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  • Jul 23, 2015 3:00:01 PM

    As I come up on a year since my father died of cancer last August, I have been reflecting on what this past year has been.

    Amid the grief, distress, anxiety and pain, there has been transformation and growth. Such a major uprooting in my life illuminated all the roots my father left behind in making me who I am today.

    All of this, spurred by death.

    That is what this year has been for me: the year of death. But it goes deeper than this time of personal challenge, into the personal manifestation of a deep social and political reality.

    This year of death in my family was compounded by the seemingly endless stories of black death at the hands of police. My father died on the same day John Crawford III was shot to death in an Ohio Walmart while holding a toy BB gun for sale at the store. Four days after that, Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Mo., and left on summer asphalt for hours.

    And four days before my first fatherless Father’s Day, a white supremacist shot nine black people at a church in Charleston, S.C.

    So much death. Too much death. Always lurking, ever in wait to take my body away simply for looking as it does.

    I’ve had many reactions to this year of death, but mainly I refer to it as the feeling of my head on fire – a combination of hyper-consciousness, rage, fear, anxiety, disappointment.

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  • Jul 23, 2015 12:40:38 PM
    Interview conducted by Stefan Blitz

    A few weeks back I reviewed Ray Harrington's documentary, Be a Man.

    Having been raised by women and without a male role model, stand-up comedian Ray decides upon learning that his wife is pregnant, that he needs to experience and document the things he feels are necessary traits in a man before becoming a father.

    The film is fantastic; funny and emotional and highly recommended.  I recently spoke with Ray about making the film, comedy and where audiences would be able to see it.


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  • Jul 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM
    Review by Lily Fierro
    Angry Youth Comix
    Written and illustrated by Johnny Ryan
    Published by Fantagraphics
    Price: $49.99
    ISBN:  978-1606998113
    Diamond Order Code: JAN151443
    Released  4/5/15


    Dear Lord, what in the world is in Boston’s water that lead to the likes of both Tony Millionaire and Johnny Ryan?

    Is it the overwhelming Puritanism?

    Is it the oppressive champagne liberalism?

    Is it the stifling false intellectualism?

    Or does it all stem from the mania of the winter in the little town that could be a city?

    Regardless of the cause(s), this city I once inhabited managed to produce two uniquely vulgar and quite famous cartoonists.

    Both possess a defiant lewdness that makes me want to shower after reading their work, and both have an overwhelming penchant for fecal matter and venereal disease that gives me the heebie jeebies in the very worst way.

    Both sing odes to the revolting and the shocking, and after reading Millionaire’s Maakies and Ryan’s Angry Youth Comix, I must say I am glad I’m no longer in the city that spurned these works.

    In April of this year, Fantagraphics collected the first fourteen issues of Ryan’s Angry Youth Comix into a massive collection of excrement, puss, and piss. With beastiality, rape, prostitution, genitalia, and dismemberment added into that wonderful collection of liquid and semi-solid matter, Angry Youth Comix goes for the gold in tackling every imaginable taboo in the most overt and obnoxious way.

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  • Jul 22, 2015 4:30:01 PM

    Audio books have evolved considerably from the days of a dry narrator reading in monotone a well known public domain novel.

    Now, through services such as Audible which make finding and listening easier than ever and through producers like Graphic Audio (which utilizes full casts, music and sound effects; marketing themselves as A Movie For Your Mind), audio books are more available, engaging and entertaining than ever.

    After the jump check out 5 books you might want to check out this summer and why we're picking them.


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  • Jul 22, 2015 3:00:01 PM
    Review by Morayo Sayles
    In her debut novel and first book of her trilogy, Rhonda Mason tells the tale of a princess forced to flee her home world after escaping an assassination attempt on her family’s life.

    Kayla Reinunom flees to the grimiest sector of her space and carves out a living fighting in gladiator style battles as the enigmatic Shadow Panthe.

    Thanks to her imperial training and her skill in the arena, Kayla unwittingly attracts the attention of the forces she fled from to begin with and suddenly finds herself back in a world that’s familiar yet strange all at once.

    If you are a fan of Frank Hebert’s Dune, then you’ll fine yourself experiencing a sense of déjà vu as you read Mason’s The Empress Games.

    As I delved into the story Mason was weaving, the incredibly similar tones to Dune annoyed me. I felt like this book/story was a rip off – from the Wyrd race to the psi powers, everything felt like a re-hash of Dune’s tale.

    Like Paul Atreidies, Kayla is a formidable warrior, has suffered personal tragedy in her life and has to care for a weaker family member in a hostile environment.

    Paul had to care for his mother, while Kayla has to care for her younger brother. Kayla’s favorite weapons of choice were Krys knives, just like that of the Fremen of dune. So many similarities! It was almost infuriating.

    But just when I thought I would burst, the story began to take a turn of its own.

    So how’s the book?

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  • Jul 22, 2015 1:30:00 PM
    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Doomed planet.

    Desperate scientists.

    Last hope.

    Kindly couple.

    Superman.

    — Grant Morrison, All-Star Superman


    Grant Morrison is most certainly capable of distilling Superman down into a few words, especially when introducing what has since become considered one of the greatest stories of all time of the iconic character.

    Another master of the DC Universe  is Bruce Timm, the mastermind behind Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Batman Beyond (to name a few).

    Timm is back in with his latest project,  an alternate reality version of Justice League with Justice League: Gods and Monsters, which debuted on Machinima last month with three shorts and has been released this week as a feature length animated movie.

    These new interpretations include Superman / Hernan Guerra (Benjamin Bratt, 24, Modern Family), the spawn of General Zod and Lara Lor Van’s DNA (in vitro, you pervs) raised by a Mexican farming family.

    Batman is the creature of the night we know in our world as Man-Bat, Kurt Langstrom (Michael C. Hall, Dexter).

    Rounding out the un-holy trinity is Bekka, granddaughter of Highfather from New Genesis aka Wonder Woman (Tamara Taylor, Bones, Lost).

    With a reimagined DC Universe including dozens of Easter Eggs and a President Amanda Waller calling the shots, Alan Burnett (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman Beyond) and Timm’s PG-13 alternate reality gets a little racier than The Animated Series ever could. A member of the new guard for DCAU Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) directs.

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  • Jul 22, 2015 12:30:00 PM
    By Marshall Julius

    Marshall at the Movies
    heads into the woods for a blood-soaked bash at brain-gobbling Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie drama, Maggie.

    Made with the invaluable on-screen assistance of Phoebe Julius, and cracking behind-the-scenes support from Maia Julius.

    If you like the video, or at least see promise in the idea, do please subscribe to Marshall at the Movies on YouTube. You can also subscribe by clicking on the specs in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Now, on with the show!

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  • Jul 22, 2015 11:30:02 AM

    The original film version of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's hit satire of the newspaper business comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 11, newly mastered in HD from 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress, and packed with special features including a short documentary, audio commentary, and radio adaptations

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  • Jul 22, 2015 10:30:00 AM

    When Khan, as played by Ricardo Montalban, sees Chekov, in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, he says, “I know you... I never forget a face...” But Chekov did not appear in Space Seed, the original Star Trek TV episode, which introduced the character.



    In an interview with The Nerdist, famed comics writer Grant Morrison, writer of the upcoming graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One, believes the latest trailer for the upcoming big-screener, Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice, goes against the core mythology of Wonder Woman: “[The warrior woman thing is] not what [Wonder Woman creator] William Marston wanted, that’s not what he wanted at all! His original concept for Wonder Woman was an answer to comics that he thought were filled with images of blood-curdling masculinity, and you see the latest shots of Gal Gadot [now playing the character] in the costume, and it’s all sword and shield and her snarling at the camera. Marston’s Diana was a doctor, a healer, a scientist….”



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