Argento’s Dracula 3D Trailer

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Let me start off by saying I’m back from my ridiculous hiatus. Rejoice! No? Okay!

 

Thanks to the lovely folk over at Bloody Disgusting I now have a lady boner that probably won’t go away for a good week. And I’m alright with that! Why?

Because Dario Argento, the master of horror himself, is releasing his version of Dracula in October! I didn’t even know this was a thing until I saw it spread across the net like wildfire and I couldn’t have been happier! As always it includes Argento’s lovely daughter, Asia, and an assortment of other cast members that will hopefully do the story justice. I don’t care how bad the effects might be in this film or the acting, that’s just the beauty of an Argento film.

Check out the trailer for some non-sparkly vampire action!

Review: The Tall Man

Sometimes a movie comes along that you are really excited to see, given the seemingly great synopsis, cover art, and actors. The Tall Man was that movie for me. I thought to myself, “Jessica Biel! Awesome!” However, I refused to buy it (because I’m paranoid about wasting my money on something I’ve never seen-good or not-) until I saw it either by renting or other means, so imagine my delight when I saw it on Netflix last week! My husband was away for the day so I grabbed a bowl of kettle corn and prepared for what I believed to be a great movie. What did I think? Well…

Let me just copy and paste the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man.

From that description, my mind depitcted this fantastic thriller where children are being kidnapped by a Jeepers-Creepers-esque character and were being eaten, their bones littering some dark corner of the forest. Grim, eh? Welcome to my imagination…

Watch out for the Tall Man!

The first fifteen-twenty minutes are fairly mundane, setting up the plot and characters and everything seems to be going great. It kept me interested, however, I still wanted to know when things were starting to pick up. Finally, it did, but things went downhill from there. After discovering that the plot described was terribly, terribly wrong and Jessica Biel was really playing the villain, I was slightly disappointed. Still intrigued, but disappointed. At a point you start to feel sorry again for Biel’s character even if she has done something really awful. She truly believes what she did was right and just, and one part of me agreed with her while the other screamed for justice.

Biel Beatdown!

The ending wraps everything up in a discomboulated bow and leaves you to think about the movie’s “message.” Normally, I can handle a movie that throws in a twist and gives you an ‘ah-ha!’ moment (I love it, in fact.) but this just went so beyond that, leaving you to squint to see it as it heads off into the horizon. Would I regret it if I did actually purchase it like I had intended? Definitely yes. Would I ever watch it again? Nope. I think I was one and done on this one. It was an incredible let down plot wise, but I did like how they didn’t paint Biel’s character as a true villain. That was one of the redeeming qualities, I think. And bonus points for Samantha Ferris (Ellen in Supernatural) playing a role in the film!

Check this film out and form your own opinion, though. Don’t let my opinion sway you too much; just keep in mind that this film isn’t what the synopsis claims. Go in with low expectations and perhaps you will enjoy it for what it really is.

Support Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Anita Sarkeesian, creator of Feminist Frequency, recently put up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new project about women in video games. Her goal is to bring to light the stereotypes of female characters in various games across  the ages since video games were a thing. However, since starting this campaign, Sarkeesian has received a lot of hate from internet trolls. The only good that has come from the trolls is more people backing her campaign. If you’re interested in exactly how bad the hate and threats have become, you read it all here. (Warning of possible triggers.)

Also, I urge my readers to please check out the Kickstarter page and contribute. I think it is a great project and shouldn’t be hindered by people who are blind to these things.

Sad News for Sanctuary Fans

SyFy confirmed today that they will not be renewing Sanctuary for a fifth season. This news came after fans waited five months after the season four finale to hear whether or not it was being renewed.

The main reason for the wait was SyFy’s negotiations with Comcast after they bought out NBC. There was no time to assure Sanctuary’s private financiers whether they could pick up the show again or not. Because of this it would be suicide to finance the show without SyFy there to air the series.

But, don’t fret yet loyal fans. Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood did an interview for Gateworld recently and said that they would love to continue the series on as either a miniseries or continue from its roots as a webseries. So, there’s definitely hope!

Keep checking back for updates on the fate of this series. I for one would love to see in continue on the web because it was a fantastic series and doesn’t deserve to be put in the bone yard just yet.

Walking Dead Episode One Review (X-Box 360)

Back in 2003 a comic book series was created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. It had a plot line we were all familiar with: a zombie apocalypse occurs and the characters involved have to survive. However, this wasn’t your typical zombie apocalypse story; no, it focused more on character development and emotions rather than ‘let’s see how many zombies we can kill in one issue.’  Later it went on to be adapted for television on AMC and now it has made its way to consoles and PC/Mac as a five-episode video game by Telltale Games.

The backstory is the same as in the comic books and in the television series, except it follows a different group of people. Namely, a convict named Lee Everett, who will be the only character that you have control over through the game. You start out in the back of a police car that eventually runs off the road and it just goes all downhill from there. (Ha! See what I did there?)
After recovering and getting the snot scared out of you, you make your way up to a house where you meet a little girl named Clementine. She is essentially your ward for the rest of the game.

Protect Clem at all costs.

It plays like an RPG with a bit of action and adventure thrown in. When another character speaks to you you have several choices on how to respond. Depending on your response will determine what a character remembers and how they feel about you later in the game. There is a tense element at certain points when you are forced to choose which of two characters to save and acting quickly when confronted by the living dead. Each decision you make shapes which path you will take as you progress in the game. It allows the player to focus on the character development and emotion rather than just bashing zombie brains in.

Better hurry and make your choice. The game times you.

In terms of graphics, they are great and animated in a comic book style. The animation flows well throughout the game and fit in terms of the franchise’s start in the comic book industry. Also, the price is right for the great game. The cost of the first episode on Xbox Live is 400 Microsoft points, $4.99 for the PS3 (or $19.99 for all five episodes),  or $24.99 for the PC/Mac version. Again, a great deal all around. Though, if you looking for a really fantastic deal, Telltale offers a “Almost Everything” bundle which includes eight full games plus the Walking Dead for only $49, down significantly from its normal $90 price tag.

That’s going to hurt in the morning!

My final judgement? I really enjoyed every aspect of the game. Initially I scrunched my nose up in distaste when I heard they were making a video game. If I recall correctly my thoughts were: Oh lord, they’re going to bastardize the comics yet again. However, I was wrong. After playing through the game twice I fell in love and cannot wait for the remaining four episodes to be released.

And We’re Back!

Let me start off by apologizing for the month long hiatus. I recently had my gallbladder removed so I have been recovering from that and trying to draft out plans for this site. Too many times I’ve given up on a project and I don’t want to make that mistake this time. So please, bare with me as I try to get my footing back and steer Doctor Geekly in the right direction.

Even though my reader base is fairly miniscule at this point, I want to thank everyone for your patience and support.

New Blood and Chrome Trailer Finally Released

After a very long time of whispers and rumors we finally have confirmation that the prequel to the 2004 Sci-Fi series, Battlestar Galactica, is finally happening! Blood and Chrome is said to take place in year ten of the first Cylon war and follows young William Adama on what was then the new Battlestar Galactica. At first when I heard about this series I was a bit skeptical and kept seeing the image of a dead horse being beaten over and over in my head. However, when I finally watched the trailer and heard Atticus Ross’ and Trent Reznor’s version of Immigrant Song  playing I felt like I had been taken to a Geek’s paradise. No joke. Just watch the trailer and find out for yourself. It will possibly blow your mind and give you what I like to call “geek boner” for a solid month.

UPDATE: Unfortunately it seems like every video that was on YouTube is no longer available. Check back later for another update.

Magnificent Mondays-The Geektastic Wedding Edition

Today we at Doctor Geekly are launching a weekly segment called Magnificent Mondays where we show you various ideas around the ‘net that can make your wedding, birthday, holidays, or any party in general simply Geektastic. Does your little one want a Superman themed party but you don’t want to be generic and just buy what they have at your local part store? We got you covered! Are you planning an all around Geek-themed wedding but don’t know where to start? Again, we have you covered!

We’re like Pinterest, except we don’t bend you over and screw you with our terms of service. Though we do ask that you give credit to the individuals we link to, pretty please. Don’t make me get my nephew out here to say “peas” in his adorable voice. You’ll melt into a pile of cuteness overload goo for certain.

Today’s theme is weddings! And what better way to start it off than by showing off some adorable crafts from Etsy!

Etsy shop owner CreativeButterflyXoX has created these wonderful cake toppers out of peg dolls. There are a wide variety of these cake toppers but this has to be my favorite:

For only $63 plus shipping these adorably cute cake toppers can make your superhero themed wedding complete! (Click the image for more details.)

Want to look all dolled up for your Mister J?  Uniquely Yours Bridal has you all set with this Harley Quinn themed garter belt that will make the jokester in your life stop dead in his tracks. And at only $15 it’s a definite steal! (Click the picture for details.)

Need that finishing touch for your favorite dungeon master? Finds To Treasure has these 20 sided die cufflinks for $15 in various colors. (Click picture for details.)

These Star Trek champagne glasses from TheCraftyGeek86 are bound to be a great addition to the awkward Best Man toast. And they’re cheap too! Only $20 for the set.

Are you just looking for ideas to get your noodle going? Here’s a list of some of my favorite sites from when I was planning my own wedding. These sites aren’t necessarily centered around everything Geek but they’re all different and far from traditional.

Poptastic Bride – “Funky wedding ideas for cool couples!”

Offbeat Bride – Alternative ideas  to “altar your thinking!”

Geeky Wedding – A Tumblr loaded with great things to catch your fancy.

We look forward to seeing all the great, Geeky weddings in the future! It’s one of the most memorable days of your lives so why not make it fun and offbeat?

New Prometheus Trailer Serves Up Some Scares!

Ever since Prometheus was announced I have been ecstatic! Ridley Scott has always been a director after my Sci-Fi loving heart and he never disappoints.  Bonus points for Noomi Rapace as the main character Elizabeth Shaw. Watch the new trailer below and voice your opinions!

Lego Batman 2 Trailer Throws Some Punches

I squeed with delight after watching this trailer to the much anticipated sequel to Lego Batman. While it does include The Man of Steel himself, I’m curious to know if it will include Wonder Woman or any of the other Justice League members as well. If so, I’m pretty certain I can die happy…after I meet Amanda Tapping, of course.

(via The Mary Sue)