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Ends in 8: geeky anniversaries in 2018

January 28, 2018

Ends in 8: geeky anniversaries in 2018

Hey, little Ten Toes! Humans (at least those using the decimal system) like to observe anniversaries by the decade. This is a brief list of some of the geeky anniversaries happening this year. It is in no way comprehensive, and we certainly may add to it (and invite you to make suggestions by commenting on the post).

This year, we’ve also decided to approach this a bit differently, and arrange them by the day of the year, rather by the length of the anniversary. While I like pointing out the number of geek-friendly movie favorites released in 1988, for example, I think it will be easier for people to be aware of an anniversary based on the day of the year. I’ll try to highlight the big ones. Let me know if you like it this way better…

Oh, and after internal debate, I decided not to list the birthdates of living celebrities. Some of them may not like having their ages highlighted in this way.

  • January 2: Red Dwarf debuts (1978-40th anniversary)
  • January 3: Jeanne Dixon born (1918-100th anniversary) (psychic)
  • January 3: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series debut (1993-25th anniversary)
  • January 7: Captain Thomas Mantell dies pursuing a UFO (1948)
  • January 8: William Hartnell born (1908) (Doctor Who actor)
  • January 8: Leprechaun opens (1993-25th anniversary)
  • January 13: Bud Westmore born (1918-100th anniversary) (makeup artist)
  • January 13: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles series debut (2008-10th anniversary)
  • January 18: Cloverfield opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • January 28: Fantasy Island debuts (1978-40th anniversary)
  • February: Famous Monsters of Filmland first published (1958)
  • February 1: George Pal born (1908)
  • February 8: Planet of the Apes opens (1968-50th anniversary)
  • February 12: Groundhog Day opens (1993-25th anniversary)
  • February 14: Jumper  (2008-10th anniversary)
  • February 15: Red Dwarf series debut (1988-30th anniversary)
  • February 22: Babylon 5 series debut (1993-25th anniversary)
  • February 26: Theodore Sturgeon born (1918-100th anniversary)
  • February 27: Dark City opens (1998-20th anniversary)
  • March 10: The Incredible Hulk debuts (1978-40th anniversary)
  • March 11: Frankenstein published (1818-200th anniversary)
  • April 6: 2001: A Space Odyssey opens (1968-50th anniversary)
  • May 8: Dracula (AKA Horror of Dracula) (1958-USA release date) (start of the Hammer horror cycle)
  • May 8: Deep Impact (1998-20th anniversary)
  • May 19: Attack of the 50-Foot Woman opens (1958)
  • April 16: My Neighbor Tortoro opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • April 26: Stafford Repp (1918-100th anniversary)
  • April 29: Jack Williamson born (1908)
  • May 2: Iron Man opens (2008-10th anniversary) (start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • May 12: Earth Girls Are Easy opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • May 27th: Killer Klowns from Outer Space opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • June: Superman makes his first comic book appearance (1938)
  • June: Lois Lane makes her first comic book appearance (1938)
  • June 1: Revenge of Frankenstein opens (1958)
  • June 3: Big opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • June 6: Kung Fu Panda opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • June 18: Bud Collyer born (1908) (Superman actor)
  • June 22: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988-30th anniversary)
  • June 23: Coneheads opens (1993-25th anniversary)
  • June 27: WALL-E opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • July 2: Hancock opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • July 16: Akira opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • July 18th: The Dark Knight opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • August 5: The Blob remake opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • August 18: Evelyn Ankers born (1918-100th anniversary)
  • August 28: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuts in the USA (1993-25th anniversary)
  • September: Brother Power makes his first comic book appearance (1968-50th anniversary)
  • September: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone is published in the USA (1998-20th anniversary)
  • September 7: Queen of Outer Space opens (1958)
  • September 7: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuts on TV (1968)
  • September 7: Battlestar Galactica series debut (1978-40th anniversary)
  • September 7: True Blood series debut (2008-10th anniversary)
  • September 9: Fringe series debut (2008-10th anniversary)
  • September 10: The X-Files series debut (1993-25th anniversary)
  • September 12: The Blob opens (1958)
  • September 30: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • October 1: Night of the Living Dead opens (1968-50th anniversary)
  • October 3: Star Wars: The Clone Wars series debut (2008-10th anniversary)
  • October 7: Alien Nation opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • October 7: Charmed series debut (1998-20th anniversary)
  • October 10: Barbarella opens (1968-50th anniversary)
  • October 25: Halloween opens (1978-40th anniversary)
  • November: Adam Strange makes his first comic book appearance (1958)
  • November 3: Jean Rollin born (1938)
  • November 4: They Live (1988-30th anniversary)
  • November 9: Child’s Play opens (1988-30th anniversary) (1st appearance of Chucky)
  • November 18: The Land Before Time opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • November 18: Oliver & Company opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • November 21: Twilight opens (2008-10th anniversary)
  • November 23: Scrooged opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • November 24: Mystery Science Theater 3000 series debut (1988-30th anniversary)
  • November 29: Madeleine L’Engle born (1918-100th anniversary)
  • November 29: C.S. Lewis born (1898)
  • December 9: Twins opens (1988-30th anniversary)
  • December 25: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens (2008-10th anniversary)

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2018 Oscar noms

January 23, 2018

2018 Oscar noms

This is preliminary, almost live-blogging…I’ll refine it soon this morning.

Some thoughts:

  • Wow! After the Screen Actors Guild went full Muggle with the winners, I was feeling a tad less confident that this would be the big year for geeky movies at the Oscars I had anticipated…but I was wrong. Complete embrace of geeky and hip movies…the Oscars have never looked as young as they do at 90
  • Love how they are presenting the noms! They are doing short movies with well-known people to illustrate the concept of the category. It also shows the non-traditionalality 😉 of the Oscars, to have them presented by Andy Serkis (best known as the mocap king ((motion capture))) and Tiffany Haddish, who is an up and comer in an edgy movie (in particular)
  • Blade Runner 2049 got a lot of recognition, as did Get Out and especially The Shape of Water
  • The buzz as a snub? Wonder Woman…that’s part of why I’m doing this without having put everything together carefully. It’s going to be a big flap online this morning
  • I had tried to anticipate what some of the nominees might be…I’ll get those into their proper nominations shortly…sorry, woke up with a cold this morning 🙂
  • Beauty and the Beast also got a lot of noms
  • If you want to see the big name movies online, you can shell out for HBO and watch them on Now or Go (or, if you have AT&T for internet, you get it on DirecTV…although I have to say, I find that app particularly difficult to use). For the roughly $10 a month club, it’s definitely Netflix, at least for geeky titles

I’m going to call out the geeky nominees, and I’ll make some comments.

Best Original Song

  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Remember Me from Coco
  • Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, This is Me from The Greatest Showman

SFX (Special Effects)

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Doc Short

Documentary Feature

Editing

  • Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

Sound Mixing

  • Christian T. Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Brad Zoern, The Shape of Water
  • Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth, Blade Runner 2049
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (original title)
    Michael Semanick, David Parker, Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Editing

  • Nathan Robitaille, The Shape of Water
  • Mark A. Mangini, Blade Runner 2049
  • Matthew Wood, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Production Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Shape of Water

Live Action Short

Animated Short

  • Revolting Rhymes Part One
  • may be others…

Best Animated Feature

  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • The Boss Baby

 Supporting Actor

  • Richard Jenkins, Shape of Water

Supporting Actress

  • Octavia Spencer, Shape of Water

Makeup and Hairstyling

No geeky nominees in this category

Costume

  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
  • Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

Cinematography

  • Roger Deakins, Bladerunner 2049
  • Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

Original Screenplay

  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water

Adapted Screenplay

  • Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green, Logan

Original Score

  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Foreign Language

Directing

  • Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman

Lead Actress

  • Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Lead Actor

  • Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

Best Picture

  • Get Out
  • The Shape of Water

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Coco
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Logan
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Downsizing
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Okja

A special Oscar is being awarded to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Carne y Arena, a virtual reality work.

Where can you legally stream any of these Oscar nominees without paying additional money (subscriptions required)?

Amazon Prime:

Hulu:

Netflix:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • The Boss Baby
  • Beauty and the Beast

HBO Now/HBO Go

Kong: Skull Island
Get Out
Logan

How about streaming if you are willing to piece pay to rent or buy? All links are to JustWatch:

Complete list of nominees from the Academy website:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

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Geek-friendly, blockbuster…and critically acclaimed

January 19, 2018

Geek-friendly, blockbuster…and critically acclaimed

“You know, Tommy…you’re really a freak. I don’t mean that unkindly. I like freaks. That’s why I like you.”
–Mary-Lou (played by Candy Clark) to Thomas Jerome Newton (played by David Bowie)
The Man Who Fell to Earth
screenplay by Paul Mayersberg
based on the novel by Walter Tevis
collected in
The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) by Bufo Calvin

Now that the geeks have inherited the Earth, what do we want to do with it? 😉

I remember back in the olden days 😉 when consuming geek-friendly media was something that only a few of us did…and pretty much everybody else looked down on us for doing it. Robert Heinlein was in the kids’ section. You could make just about anything into a “sci-fi” movie for the summer drive-ins, because the market was small enough that we literally could see every single geeky movie released in the USA…and some of us did.

While there had always been some geeky hits, the seventies saw the real start of the change: The Exorcist (horror) (1973); Jaws (monster movies) (1975); and Star Wars (science fiction, although loosely defined) (1977) were giant blockbusters, dominating the box office.

If you look at the top-grossing movies of all time in the USA (not adjusted for inflation), and remove the anomaly of Titanic (even though it’s full of special effects and directed by a geek-friendly director), the top thirty are all geek-friendly, and they dominate on down the line for the top 100.

When we look at critical acclaim, though, that’s been a tougher path.

Not this year.

Again, if we look backwards (and I’m talking about movies here), there have been geek-friendly critically-acclaimed performances and movies. Fredric March won the Best Actor Oscar for portraying the title roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Julie Andrews won for the title role in Mary Poppins.

However, there is an important distinction in all the buzz around The Shape of Water and Get Out (which may each get multiple Oscar noms, announced on January 23, including Big Six awards…Best Picture/Director/acting awards).

They are originals, written for the screen. They are also both written by their directors, and are unambiguously geek-friendly.

Being based on a book gives geek-friendly movies a certain cachet. Even though the books themselves may have been considered “lowbrow” or for kids, that still counts, even in a sort of retroactive respect.

This year, critics are recognizing geek-friendly works that are born and raised in the geek-friendly world.

The Shape of Water, according to IMDb, has already won 67 awards and had 190 nominations.

Get Out has 84 wins and 142 nominations.

Note that that doesn’t mean they lost in those other cases…some of them have not been decided yet, like this weekend’s SAG awards.

When we look at the Oscar odds at

Gold Derby

nominations seem very likely, and wins are possible.

I don’t think we geeks need to worry that we are going to be like everybody else (that’s a negative, right?).  😉 There will always be eddies which keep us out of the mainstream. Still, I think the time has arrived that we can say, “All your base are belong to us”… 😉


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The Geeky Golden Globes 2018: the results

January 8, 2018

The Geeky Golden Globes 2018: the results

While most of the media focus was on other topics, it’s worth noting how the geek-friendly nominees did at the Golden Globes last night.

There has been a sense that GF movies (and TV, but especially movies) have been gaining more respect in recent years. Certainly, box office and ratings haven’t been a question, but what about awards?

In the movies, the big news there was Guillermo del Toro’s win for Best Director. Unlike Best Picture, that one is not divided: The Shape of Water was competing on an even playing field. This does suggest that del Toro may be nominated for the same award at the Oscars. While GF works have been nominated for Best Director before (Stanley Kubrick was nominated for both 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, for example), and Peter Jackson won for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (and there were a couple of others), it is a rarity indeed.

For TV, The Handmaid’s Tale (based on Margaret Atwood’s novel) won the prestigious Best Drama award.

Now, let’s back up a bit…

  • Get Out had two nominations, including Best Actor and Best Picture (in the Musical or Comedy category), it didn’t win either. Still, it is really true that it is an honor just to be nominated. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Get Out nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (where there are more possibilities), and I could see it getting Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor nods (possibly other categories as well). I’m not suggesting that it would win those categories, but nominations? My guess is that the Academy voters will recognize it
  • The Shape of Water was also won for Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, and was nominated for Best Picture (Drama), as were Sally Hawkins (Best Actress), Richard Jenkins (Best Supporting Actor), Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress). Some of these could repeat in nominations at the Oscars
  • Coco won for Best Animated Feature: that’s a likely repeat nomination, and could win. It also had a nomination for Best Original Song for “Remember Me”: that’s likely to be a tough category, but is possible
  • Ferdinand was also nominated for Best Original Song for “Home”
  • Stranger Things and Game of Thrones were also nominated for TV
  • Caitrona Balfe was nominated for Best Actress, Drama for Outlander…the winner was Elisabeth Moss for Handmaid’s Tale
  • Kyle MacLachlan was nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for Twin Peaks; Ewan McGregor won for Fargo
  • David Harbour was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for Stranger Things (Golden Globe categories are weird); the winner was Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
  • Ann Dowd was nominated for Supporting Actress for The Handmaid’s Tale with the winner being Laura Dern for Big Little Lies (A billion dollar movie with The Last Jedi and a Golden Globe? Good couple of months for Dern…)

It’s possible I’ll update this when I’ve had more time, but it may be that this will be the geekiest Oscars ever. There have been geeky Oscar nominations and wins before, as I noted, but there may be a higher percentage of nominees in the “Big Six” categories than we’ve seen (acting, picture, and directing…as well as screenplays).


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In Memoriam 2017: we’ve said well over 100 Geeky Good-byes this year; here are five of them

January 4, 2018

In Memoriam 2017: we’ve said well over 100 Geeky Good-byes this year; here are five of them

“I happen to be a gentle person. I prefer life to death, peace to war, tranquility, order, plants that blossom, small beings that produce pleasant sounds, the feeling wind gives, all such things.”
–Peot, the Guardian
Bloodhype
written by Alan Dean Foster

Our

2017 Geeky Good-byes

lists over 130 people at the time of writing, and unfortunately, will undoubtedly go over 150 when all have been entered.

We have that page to recognize the contributions of all of them to geek culture.

In this post, I’m going to highlight five of the geek celebrities who died in 2017. That’s not to diminish any of the others, but these may be perhaps better known or especially deserving of recognition for their contributions. In particular order:

Adam West

The 1960s Batman TV show was such a hit that it was referenced in pop culture (for example, Allan Sherman sang that, “They even took Batman off the TV screen to show The Rebel!”). That was due in no small part to Adam West’s performance. While that was far from his only geeky role, he didn’t turn his back on the Bat-fans.

June Foray

Hokey smoke, June Foray was not only one of the greatest voice artists ever, but championed animation throughout an amazing career.

George A. Romero

Even now, Night of the Living Dead is very unnerving to watch. George Romero upended horror movie narrative tradition, not just creating the modern zombie, but creating lasting art through his screenwriting (with John A. Russo) and direction. I particularly liked Martin, a lesser-known Romero movie. George also helped nurture later generations of filmmakers.

Brian Aldiss

The author Frankenstein Unbound was not only one of the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Grand Master, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

John Hurt

Twice-nominated for an acting Oscar, winner of a Golden Globe and BAFTA, John Hurt also had a varied geek-friendly career. From Alien to 1984 to Watership Down to the Hellboy movies, Hurt was a highly-respected actor who had no reluctance to take geek roles.

We thank them for what they gave of themselves, and their supportive friends, family, and co-workers.

For more information, and for other geeky-goodbyes for 2017, see 2017 Geeky Good-byes.


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