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 →
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.
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!
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).
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!
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:
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!?”
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.
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.
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?