My Must-See* Movies for 2013

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Happy New Year!  It’s that time again to look forward and see what’s in store at box office this year.  I’ve compiled my list of 13 movies for 2013 to give you a look at my eclectic taste.

*Must-See meaning I really, really want to see these movies.  Whether or not I make it to the theaters is another story.  Breaking away for a 3 hour stint from the little man on one of our rare days off is a feat.  All that being said, we will see how many of these I actually make it to see.  Continue reading


Certified Nerdified Rants with Contributor Kevin

A segment where Kevin Smith goes on and on about a subject he seemingly takes way too seriously that no one else likely cares about or has given any consideration.

Today’s Issue: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games is an odd trilogy to me.  When I read the first novel, The Hunger Games, I was impressed.  Sure the concept had been done before in many forms, but ultimately it was well written for a YA book, which is refreshing, and had all the right bits and pieces to form a cohesive plot.  Then I read Catching Fire which seemed to have a lot of the same enjoyable action from the first book but at the expense of introducing some way too convenient plot wrangling to do so.  Then came the final installment, Mockingjay.  Mockingjay did things that seemed so backward to how one would expect its protagonists to act at this point that I was just baffled.  Many would say that this represents growth, or a hardening of the characters but I disagree as I lay out below.

As usual, SPOILERS AHEAD dear reader!

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Episode 26 – To Remake or Reboot, That is the Question

3:10 to Yuma, A Fistful of Dollars, Adam West, Adam West Star, Alfred Hitchcock, Alice in Wonderland, Anne Heche, Annie, Anthony Perkins, Batman, Ben McKenzie, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Willis, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catching Fire, Charleton Heston, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Chris Hardwick, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Commies, Contract Dispute, Cowboys, Dark Shadows, Darren Aronofsky, Denzel Washington, Detroit, Draw Something, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Escape From New York, Felicia Day, Film Novelizations, Geek & Sundry, Geek Chic, Gene Wilder, Ghetto Anthem, God of War, Gremlins, Hard Knock Life, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hugh Hefner, Humphrey Bogart, It's a Hard Knock Life, James Cagney, Jay-Z, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jennifer Lawrence, John Carter, John Wayne, Johnny Depp, Josh Hutcherson, Jurassic Park, Justin Bieber, KROQ, Kurt Russe, Liev Schreiber, Medal of Honor, Michael Jackson, Monopoly, Mystique Everdeen, Nerdist, North Korea, Ocean's Eleven, Paul Giamatti, Peter Weller, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Queen Elizabeth II, Ralph Garmin, Red Dawn, Rehab, RoboCop Statue, Russia, Ryan Seacrest, Sam Raimi, Samurai, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scarface, Seth McFarlane, Shakespeare, Snake Pliskin, Stan Lee, Stand By Me, Star Wars Prequels, Steven Seagal, Super Mario Brothers, Superman Returns, Suzanne Collins, Tabletop, The Birds, The Brady Bunch, The Evil Dead, The Family Guy, The Flog, The Fountain, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Goonies, The Hunger Games, The Incredible Hulk, The Karate Kid, The Legend of Zelda, The Magnificent Seven, The Maltese Falcon, The Man with No Name, The Manchurian Candidate, The Nerdist Channel, the one percent, The Queen Mum, The Seven Samurai, The Situation, The Wiz, Tim Burton, Timothy Olyphant, True Grit, Vince Vaughn, Westerns, Wil Wheaton, Will Smith, Willow Smith, Willy Wonka, X-Men - First Class, Yojimbo

We all love an original, right?  Be it a movie, a TV show, a book or a game, there is nothing quite like the Real McCoy.  The OG.  The Numba One Stunna… or something…  But, what happens if an original is remade or rebooted?  What is it’s (probably) worse?  What if it’s (surprisingly) better?  Should it have even been done?  Join us this week as we tackle these hard-hitting, earth-shattering, humanity influencing questions while looking at the entertainment industry’s remake obsession.  Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide those bootleg cable movie VHS’s, because it’s all about to get REMADE UP IN HERE, on this weeks new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Gamer vs. Non-Gamer – The Married Life

Considering the fact that I just had my fourth wedding anniversary, I’m dedicating this post to my wife, Nikki, for putting up with my crap so far.  Boy did she not know what she was in for!

So, I was a table-top gamer well before I met my wife.  Thankfully, this fact did not impact our relationship in the slightest while we were dating or through the first four years of our marriage.  Even better, she has been extremely supportive of the time, energy, and financial contributions related to the Monkey in the Cage Podcast Experience (it’s just like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, but with less guitars and not quite as many psychedelics).

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Episode 24 – The Hunger Games

Spring is here, and what better way to start than watching teenagers savagely murder each other on national television?  Better yet, there is The Hunger Games!  If you’ve been living in a cave you might as well stay there because it’s all about Katniss, Peeta, and The Capitol’s greatest spectacle.  Join the Monkey in the Cage crew this week as they discuss their thoughts on both the book and the film while also being thankful for not starving and fighting to death.  Impress those Gamemakers, get plenty of Sponsors, and be sure to watch out for those Tracker Jackers if you plan on surviving this week’s episode on The Hunger Games.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

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2012 Geek Resolutions

I love the new year.  My type A, OCD-addled personality loves how perfect January 1st looks on the calendar.  We all have resolutions, even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t “believe” in them, it’s a great time to set some goals and make some improvements.  So here are my geek-related resolutions for the new year!

Go To the Movies

I can’t tell you the last time I went to the movies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies it’s just hard to get out.  However, with so many awesome geek movies on the horizons we are going to have to sneak away once a month or so.  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Sees:

The Avengers coming May 4, 2012:

Batman:  The Dark Knight Rises coming  July 20, 2012:

The Hobbit coming December 14, 2012:

Play More Games

It must be noted that this does not mean buy more games.  We have a walk-in closet chock full of awesome games that have yet to be played!  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Plays:

Arkham Horror by Fantasy Flight Games

This game has co-op game play set in a Lovecraftian world so what has kept us from playing?  A dauntingly long rule book and laziness, or course!

Bang!  (La Pallottola) The Bullet!  by Da Vinci

A Western-based card game should have us chomping at the proverbial bit to play this one but it fell to the wayside for quicker-to-play fare and once again.. laziness.

Battleship Galaxies by Wizards of the Coast

I loved Battleship as a kid and when I saw this new variation of the game I immediately impulse-bought it!  I wanted to get my Captain Maul Mal on but the guys seemed meh about the whole thing.  So lack of interest and wait for it… laziness sent this one to the shelf o’ “how long have we had that game!?”

Read More Books

Since I finally got out of my vocabularily-abusive relationship with Fablehaven it’s time for me to sow my oats and see what else is out there for me.  Here are my Top 3 Must-Reads:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

When I first heard of this series my inner voice yelled, “Didn’t you learn anything from Twilight!?  Don’t believe the hype!”  But I quickly quieted that voice and hopefully clicked the purchase button.  I am about five chapters into the first book and so far I am liking it!  Katniss Everdeen is no Bella Swan and that alone makes this series far superior to Stephenie Meyers’ dreck.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill

I own all four hardcover volumes of this series:  Welcome to Lovecraft, Head Games, Crown of Shadows, and Keys to the Kingdom but just haven’t found the time to read them.  When I first started hearing buzz about this series I was very intrigued.  It’s written by Stephen King’s son and that makes him a legacy in my book.  I picked up World War Z for a similar reason and Max Brooks impressed the hell of me.  It was also optioned for a television series  on FOX and although it didn’t get picked up (much to my dismay) Cryptozoic is making a board game based on the series this year.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

When I heard that this book was originally conceived during a NaNoWriMo project I knew I had to pick it.  Writers write whether it’s National Novel Writing Month or not but I like the idea of setting aside a special time to chase that manuscript that is always rattling around in my head.  Erin Morgenstern did just that and I am beyond curious to see what she came up with. Oh, and Matt, I know you got your hopes up but it’s not a sequel to Night Train.

So, fellow geeks resolve along with me to get some checks on that old to-do list!  What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2012?