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Yay, it’s the Big Game! Here’s what to watch instead… ;)

February 3, 2019

Yay, it’s the Big Game! Here’s what to watch instead… ūüėČ

…or, you know, what to watch tomorrow (and the rest of the month).

Let me be clear first: lots of geeks watch the Superbowl, and no, not just for the movies trailers which will debut. There’s a stereotype that geeks aren’t into sports, and I would say that it used to be legitimate that geeks didn’t¬†participate as much in sports in school (at least decades ago). That’s part of the social stratification of high school…people tend to end up, to some degree, in groups (especially if you consider “misfits” as a group). I would guess that hasn’t really gone away…one of the key initial plot points in Glee (which, okay, debuted almost a decade ago) was the conflict of a “jock” participating in the traditionally non-jock activity of the glee club.

Participating and watching are two different things, though. Some big sports are very geeky, with lots of stats and math. Fantasy football (and other fantasy sports) has certainly increased geek engagement.

The first traditional big sport which I followed closely was football. I argue that it is the most intellectual of the big sports. It’s the only one where they stop frequently to decide what they are going to do. Some people think of it as just big people crashing into each other, but that’s not how it works. Monday morning quarterbacks don’t say, “We lost because they were bigger than us.” ūüôā They say, “They shouldn’t have gone for it on third down!” It’s a criticism of the intellectual part of the game, not the physical part. I’ll entertain an argument for baseball….there are tons of decisions made there.

We’ve also got our own geeky fictional sports (which may crossover into real life): Quidditch; Rollerball; Death Race, to name a few. Additionally, we have fiction about the real world sports: Bugs Bunny playing all the positions on a baseball team…at the same time; the Richard Matheson robot boxer story Steel, which became a Twilight Zone episode and a Hugh Jackman movie; or the android football game in Piers Anthony’s

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Still, a lot of geeks (and some muggles) may risk social ostracism by not watching the Superbowl. For one thing, the internet will give us summaries very quickly, so it’s possible to nod knowingly at the right times on Monday without watching it in real time. In terms of the ads, they are generally released to YouTube ahead of the game. You can watch them in this

USA Today story

although movie trailers may actually be held back until the game.

I’ve been doing a feature called

Prime Geek

where I would write about geeky movies/TV that were available through Amazon Prime. However, in thinking about it, that’s really an artificial restriction. I doubt there are many people nowadays who limit themselves to streaming Prime Video. Amazon itself has introduced a free with ads service, IMDb FreeDive. I watch pretty much everything on a member of the

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…we use a Fire TV Cube in one room, a Fire TV Stick in another (except for shows I watch in Virtual Reality).

Even then, that doesn’t mean it’s just Prime Video…it’s Netflix, Hulu, Tubi (and to a lesser extent, HBO on DirecTV which I get for using AT&T).

So, starting this month, I’m going to focus just on the videos, and then indicate the availability. Prime requires you to be a Prime member. Hulu and Netflix are paid subscription services (you might pay monthly or annually). Tubi and IMDb FreeDive are free with ads (the video will stop periodically for commercials…like old-fashioned TV).

Here are some recommendations (and this is a tiny fraction of what’s available), and the reasons why. This may be my prejudice, but I’m not going to list a TV series where you can’t start from the beginning…Hulu has current seasons of some good shows, but I always like to start at the top. I’m okay if the service doesn’t have the current season of a TV series, though…for me, I can wait for them to release it. I will, however, list movies where you might not be able to see the preceding ones. It’s a lot rarer that somebody will have all the earlier movies in a series (see Marvel, for example). Oh, and I’ll only include things where I’ve watched at least part of it.

Note: videos can leave a service at any time, and this listing was created using USA-based listings.

Supernatural (Netflix) (14 seasons, TV series)

One sentence summary: Two brothers travel around the country “hunting” supernatural creatures

With 300 episodes, you could literally watch an episode every day (taking off weekends) and still be watching it by next year’s Superbowl! The chemistry between the leads (playing brothers) is amazing, there are horror elements (but scarier than gross), good writing, strong supporting characters, and a through line that doesn’t get you stumbling over the mythology. Most episodes are stand-alones. Start at the beginning: it’s good right away.

The 100 (Netflix) (5 seasons, TV series)

One sentence summary: a group of young people return to an abandoned Earth and face hardships

Honestly, better than I thought it was going to be. Yes, it’s a bit soapy (it’s based on a young adult series), but I enjoyed the writing & acting on this one. It’s post-apocalyptic.

Avengers: Infinity War (Netflix) (2018 movie)

One sentence summary: Marvel heroes are brought together to face a big bad (Thanos)

Superhero blockbuster which pulled together a lot of different characters. Yes, it’s a little like one of the early Star Trek movies, where everybody gets a “moment”, but there are some really fun exchanges (I liked the back-and-forth with Thor and Rocket Raccoon). I wouldn’t start here for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and you won’t feel like you are done, but I enjoyed it.

Supergirl (Netflix) (3 seasons, TV series)

One sentence summary: Superman’s cousin deals with having powers, but also every day life.

For those of us who grew up with the “Silver Age” of DC, we think of it as fun, rather than the dark, pessimistic world it was in the movies (at least until Wonder Woman). The Flash and this show went back (initially) to that more light-hearted feel. The cast is good, and there’s some workplace comedy elements which work.

Doctor Who (Prime Video) (10 seasons/series, TV series…this is the reboot that started in 2005)

One sentence summary: “Time Lord” and human “companions” have adventures

There’s a reason why the character of Doctor Who has been around for so long! S/he’s unique: an alien who is full of curiosity and fond of humans, but has some deep darkness as well. We all have our favorites, and it’s often our first. For me, mine was Tom Baker…but I really liked Matt Smith in this version. Part of that is the companions (Amy Pond!), but I thought he really captured the doctor’s conscious desire to enjoy life. My favorite episode of Doctor Who altogether is The Girl Who Waited. You can watch this without having watched the early seasons, even though there are some references to old events.

The Walking Dead (Netflix) (8 seasons, TV series)

One sentence summary: after a zombie apocalypse begins, a group of survivors bands together

This one can be gross, and it’s certainly harsh, but (and I’ve had this discussion with people) I think it’s the best cast of characters since the original Star Trek. I don’t think the first season is the best, but I’d start there…this one does have a heavy through story, and it wouldn’t make sense most of the time to see it out of order.

Birdbox (Netflix) (TV movie)

One sentence summary: creatures appear in contemporary society, and if you see them, you try to kill yourself…so being blindfolded is the best defense

I wasn’t crazy about this one, but it’s been very buzzy. It’s certainly dark and arguably creepy. Sandra Bullock stars.

Black Panther (Netflix) (2018 movie)

One sentence summary: superhero from advanced secret society faces challenges from within and without

This has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and is an adventure movie that’s a lot of fun! There is some intersection with the rest of Marvel, but you don’t need to know that to enjoy this. Many strong elements with a lot of attention to detail: this one has broad appeal.


Okay, I”m running out of time for you to make your decision, so here are a bunch more in much shorter versions (and I’ll be looser with what I include):

  • The Addams Family (Hulu)
  • Agent Carter (Hulu)
  • American Horror Story (Hulu)
  • Annihilation (2018 movie)
  • The Animal (2000 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Angel (Hulu)
  • The Angry Red Planet (Prime Video)
  • Archer (Hulu)
  • Arrival (2016 movie) (Hulu)
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1977 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Attack of the Mushroom People (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Avengers (Steed, some pre-Peel) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Babe (1995 movie) (Hulu)
  • Battle Royale (2000 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Battlestar Galactica (reboot) (Hulu)
  • Beetlejuice (Hulu)
  • Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Black Sunday (1960 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Blankman (1994 movie) (Freedive: free with ads)
  • A Boy and His Dog (1975 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Brazil (1985 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2003 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Carnival of Souls (1962 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Cat Women of the Moon (1953 movie)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 movie) (Hulu)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1972 movie) (Prime Video)
  • The Color of Magic¬† (Freedive: free with ads)
  • The Dark Crystal (Prime Video)
  • The Dead Zone (TV series) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Death Race 2000 (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Deep Blue Sea (Hulu)
  • Defenders of the Earth (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Destroy All Monsters (1969 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Dinosaurs (Hulu)
  • Dollhouse (Hulu)
  • Dreamscape (1984 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Dresden Files¬† (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Eternal Law (Freedive: free with ads)
  • The Exorcist (Hulu)
  • Field of Dreams (1989 movie) (Hulu)
  • Fireball XL5 (supermarionation) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Firefly (Hulu)
  • Fringe (Freedive: free with ads)
  • Futurama (Hulu)
  • Gammera the Invincible (1966 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Gargoyles (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Ghost Whisperer (Hulu)
  • The Greatest American Hero¬† (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Gumby’s Best Episodes (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Hereditary (2018 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Heroes (Freedive: free with ads)
  • Highlander (movie) (Hulu)
  • Highlander (TV series) (Hulu)
  • Hot Tub Time Machine (2010 movie) (Prime Video)
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Hugo (2011 movie) (Prime Video) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • James Bond: Dr. No (Hulu), From Russia with Love (Hulu), Thunderball (Hulu), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Hulu), Moonraker (Hulu), For You Eyes Only (Hulu), A View to a Kill (Hulu), License to Kill (Hulu), Goldeneye (Hulu) Tomorrow Never Dies (Hulu)
  • Kentucky Fried Movie (1977 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Kick-Ass (2010 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Knightriders (1981 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Librarians (Hulu)
  • LIfeforce (1985 movie) (Prime Video)
  • The Little Shop of Horrors (1960 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Lost (Hulu)
  • Lost in Space (original) (Hulu)
  • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004 movie) (Prime Video)
  • The Lost World (1925 movie)
  • The Manster (1959 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Mars Attacks (1996 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Masters of the Universe (1986 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Medium (Hulu)
  • The Monster Club (Tubi: free with ads)
  • My Favorite Martian (TV series) (Prime Video)
  • My Living Doll (TV series) (Prime Video)
  • The NeverEnding Story (1984 movie) (Hulu)
  • Night of the Comet (1983 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Night of the Creeps (1986 movie)¬† (Freedive: free with ads)
  • One Step Beyond (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Phantom (1996 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Painkiller Jane (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Pokemon (Hulu)
  • Power Rangers (2017 movie)
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017 movie) (Hulu)
  • Puppet Master (1989 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Q: The Winged Serpent (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Quantum Leap (Hulu)¬†(Freedive: free with ads)
  • Reboot (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Riverworld (Freedive: free with ads)
  • Rocketworld X-M (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Roswell (Hulu)
  • Sapphire and Steel (Tubi: free with ads)
  • She Demons (1958 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Sherlock Gnomes (2018 movie) (Hulu)
  • Shrek (Hulu)
  • Silver Bullet (1985 movie)
  • Smallville (Hulu)
  • Spaceballs (1987 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Space Jam (1996 movie) (Hulu)
  • Spider baby (1967 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Spirit (2008 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Star Crash (1979 movie)¬† (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Stargate (1994 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Stargate SG-1 (Hulu)
  • Stargate Atlantis (Hulu)
  • Star Trek (2009 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Star Trek: The Original Series (Hulu)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (Hulu)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Hulu)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (Hulu)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (Hulu)
  • Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Stingray (supermarionation) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Supercar (supermarionation)¬† (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Swamp Thing (TV series) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Tank Girl (1995 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Hulu)
  • Thunderbirds (original supermarionation)¬† (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Three Stooges in Orbit (Prime Video)
  • Total Recall (1990 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Timeless (Hulu)
  • Twilight (2008 movie) & sequels (Hulu)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016 movie) (Prime Video)
  • Warehouse 13 (Freedive: free with ads)
  • Warm Bodies (2013 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • The Weird Al Show (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Werewolf of Washington (1973 movie) (Tubi: free with ads)
  • Wolf (1994 movie) (Freedive FwA)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (Hulu)
  • The X-Files (Hulu)

Wow! I really got sucked into the vortex on this one! ūüėČ I’m going to have to find a different way to do this, because I would really like to tell you why I put each one on the list. I have seen almost all of them (the exceptions are really recent ones…I think that was it). Feel free to ask my about any of them as to why I put them on this list. Believe it or not, I was pretty selective: there are reasons why I’m glad I saw all of these.

I also know that some things above may be incomplete…I might have left dates off movies and/or not listed all the viewing options.

Anyway, if you’d prefer to watch something besides the big game, I think you have a lot of good choices!

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Prime Geek (video) Thanksgiving week 2018

November 17, 2018

Prime Geek (video) Thanksgiving week 2018

You already have

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

right?

You’re a geek, right?

You’re a geek who watches TV, right?

If those three things are true, you are in luck!

There are thousands of hours geek-friendly TV included in your Prime membership at no additional cost.

There are so many, in fact, that as is often the case with content nowadays, the challenge is discovery, not availability. Well, The Measured Circle hopes to help you out with some recommendations…


It’s Thanksgiving week (in the USA)! While that certainly can mean time with the family, it also can mean travel time. Whether your on a plane, a train, or a passenger in a car, video can be a good way to pass the time. Personally I’m an omnivorous media consumer:¬† I usually have video, books, magazines, old time radio shows…just for one trip. ūüėČ

Of course, you may also have “downtime” at your location, especially if you are in a different time zone (you might wake up earlier than the household…or stay up later). If you aren’t traveling, you could still have time, maybe while waiting in line on Black Friday. ūüėČ

Note that some of the videos may not be downloadable:: you may need to be connected to wi-fi or through cellular. That has gotten to be increasingly easy, even on airplanes.

Also, titles could hypothetically leave Prime after you read this, but you’ll be able to tell if it’s included at no extra cost.

I’ll feature a few movies (Amazon has, in my opinion, recently gotten a much better geeky selection), then list a bunch, then feature a few bingeable TV shows, and then list more of those. ūüôā

Westworld (the original movie)

  • 1973, 1 hour 28 minutes, downloadable
  • Key geek names: Michael Crichton (a known author at this point, he wrote and directed this movie); Majel Rodenberry (Nurse Chapel/Number One on Star Trek: The Original Series)
  • Legacy: HBO series inspired by it, sequel, TV series
  • Premise: luxury resort with human-like androids where guests can live out their fantasies
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I consider this one essential to a quality geek education. ūüėČ It’s rather different from the HBO series…don’t go into it expecting that. This is from the point of view of the guests, not the robots. There is implied (but not shown) sexual activity, violence but not gore…and quite a bit of humor. It was influential: seeing the point of view of a robot (with a different visual system), and an “unstoppable” are elements that have occurred in later movies/TV. Yul Brynner is great playing a gunslinger robot which is (unofficially) modeled on his The Magnificent Seven character.

Galaxy Quest

  • 1999, 1 hr 42 mins, downloadable
  • Key geek names: Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Alien, Avatar), Tim Allen (Toy Story, The Santa Clause), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter)
  • Premise: years after a Star Trek like show has gone off the air, aliens arrive believing it was all real

Fun comedy (with some heart) with a quotable script, special effects, and a strong cast…not just in the principles, but also from the always reliable Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, and Missi Pyle.

Carrie

  • 1976, 1 hr 28 mins, downloadable
  • Key geek names: Stephen King (It, The Dead Zone…well, lots of stuff), Brian De Palma (Phantom of the Paradise, The Fury), William Katt (Greatest American Hero)
  • Premise: bullied sheltered teen is telekinetic
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First Stephen King adaptation (from his first novel), has a stand-out performance from Sissy Spacek, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Great horror movie, which has had a sequel and a remake. As visually stylish as any De Palma movie, it also features John Travolta, Amy Irving, and Piper Laurie.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

  • 1984, 1 hr 42 mins, downloadable
  • Key geek names: W.D. Richter (Big Trouble in Little China), Peter Weller (RoboCop, Star Trek Into Darkness), Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Thor: Ragnarok), John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun)
  • Premise: Multi-hyphenate (a la Doc Savage) Buckaroo Banzai and his friends face aliens from another dimension

I loved the premise of this movie, and there was some really clever writing…but many people found it, well, confusing. I’m still a fan, and I’m not alone.

  • Hot Tub Time Machine: raunchy comedy
  • Lifeforce: Tobe Hooper directed, with lots of nudity
  • Night of the Comet: very 1980s apocalyptic comedy
  • Donnie Darko: cult weirdness
  • Star Trek: the first of the reboot series with Chris Pine
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Logan’s Run: turning 30 is fatal…stars Michael York and Jenny Agutter. Pair this with The Island of Dr. Moreau (also starring Michael York)
  • Robot & Frank: critically-acclaimed comedy with Frank Langella
  • Soylent Green: great 70s social sci-fi which still gets quoted, with Charlton Heston. Pair this with The Omega Man with Heston (a version of I Am Legend). They also have my favorite adaptation of I Am Legend: The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price. I recommend that one!
  • Saturn 3: Stanley Donen directs Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, and Farah Fawcett…like a cop thriller in space
  • Mad Max (the first of the movies…The Road Warrior is a lot more accessible, this one more thoughtful)
  • ¬†A Clockwork Orange: Stanley Kubrick with a star-making performance by Malcolm McDowell
  • Child’s Play (and 2&3…have a Chuckython!)
  • THX 1138: George Lucas’ first
  • Arrival: lots of significant Oscar noms. Not to be confused with The Arrival (1996) with Charlie Sheen…which you can also watch with Prime
  • Attack of the Crab Monsters: like a lot of other Roger Corman movies, cleverer than you might think from the title
  • Demon Seed: oh, I’ve been hoping they would get this! It’s a great warning about Smart Homes…from 1977! Tacky, goofy, sure, but I’ll watch it again to see if it is relevant as I remember
  • 4D Man: 1959 low-budget but worth seeing movie from Jack H. Harris with Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether
  • Horror Express: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and…um…a caveman on a train. It’s much more atmospheric than that suggests
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space: considered by many to be the worst movie of all time…I could suggest others, but it’s certainly sincere. Pair this with popular parody of 1950s low-budget sci-fi, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
  • Kick-Ass: 2010 superhero movie with a remarkable performance by then 12-13 year old¬†Chlo√ę Grace Moretz
  • Things to Come: serious science fiction, based on H.G. Wells, from William Cameron Menzies
  • Liquid Sky: cult trippy 1980s movie
  • Get Out: Oscar-recognized…pair this with The Stepford Wives
  • Dreamscape, The Cell, Devil (character-based horror), Let Me In, Dog Soldiers, The Fog
  • The Wasp Woman, The Giant Gila Monster, Varan the Unbelievable,
  • Paranormal Activity
  • The Girl with All the Gifts (Glenn Close in a zombie movie…really)
  • Flatliners
  • Candyman
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Vampire’s Kiss: Nic Cage
  • The Hunger: David Bowie
  • Q: The Winged Serpent…don’t be misled by the title, this is much more sophisticated than it sounds
  • Ghoulies
  • The Raven
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Nosferatu
  • Blacula (blaxploitation, but a solid performance from William Marshall)
  • Dracula A.D. 1972
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers, Vampire Circus
  • Frogs
  • Squirm
  • Dr. Phibes Rises Again (wish they had the original…I don’t like to watch things out of order)
  • 5ive: low budget but all about the script and acting
  • Night of the Living Dead: pair this with The Crazies, also by George Romero
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • House on Haunted Hill: Vincent Price
  • Attack of the Giant Leeches
  • Countess Dracula
  • Phantom from Space
  • The Monster Club
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Turbo Kid: really fun 1980s homage. Laurence Leboeuf is terrific, and so nice to see Michael Ironside in a significant role
  • The Toxic Avenger
  • The Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney)
  • Little Shop of Horror (the original, restored in black and white)
  • Piranha
  • Trilogy of Terror: I saw it again in the past few years, and I was even more creeped out!
  • Dementia 13
  • The Nun
  • The Beast of Yucca Flats
  • The Ghoul: rediscovered lost Karloff movie
  • Caltiki: The Immortal Monster
  • Legend: Tim Curry, Tom Cruise, directed by Ridley Scott
  • Weird Science
  • Highlander
  • Angry Red Planet

Well, really! I could keep going, but I’ve given you plenty on movies for now!

I’ll switch to TV shows, but I’ll have to make it another seed catalogue, like the bottom section of the above:

I might add to this, but feel free to add your own Prime Video suggesstions in the comments!

Have a great holiday!

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Prime Geek (TV): August 5 2018

August 5, 2018

Prime Geek (TV): August 5 2018

You already have

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

right?

You’re a geek, right?

You’re a geek who watches TV, right?

If those three things are true, you are in luck!

There are thousands of hours geek-friendly TV included in your Prime membership at no additional cost.

There are so many, in fact, that as is often the case with content nowadays, the challenge is discovery, not availability. Well, The Measured Circle hopes to help you out with some recommendations…

Prime Original Series

  • The Man in the High Castle (2 ten episode seasons with teasers for #3, 2015-): alternative history loosely based on Philip K. Dick
  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (1 ten episode season, 2018): because you can never have too much PKD
  • Lore (1 season, 6 episodes, 2017)
  • The Tick (1 season, 12 episodes, 2017): 3rd series based on the comics (also available: the Patrick Warburton version)

Exclusive to Prime (they say…they are clearly only counting streaming on demand, for one thing)

  • Doctor Who (parts are exclusive to Prime…at time (and relative dimensions in space), Eccleston-Capaldi): may I recommend The Girl Who Waited, season 601, episode 10? One of my favorites
  • Orphan Black (season 1-5)
  • Batman: The Animated Series: did you think Christopher Nolan revived Batman? Tim Burton? Try this…
  • SpongeBob SquarePants (season 1-11)
  • Humans (3 seasons)
  • Grimm (6 seasons)
  • Under the Dome (3 seasons: recent adaptation of Stephen King, a lot of buzz when it started)
  • Defiance (3 seasons)
  • Just Add Magic (season 1, 201, 202)
  • Teen Wolf (originally MTV: season 101-602)
  • Wallace & Gromit (also available: Shaun the Sheep)
  • True Blood
  • Annedroids
  • Carnivale

Catch Up

  • American Horror Story (seasons 1-7)

Remember When?

  • Monsters (3 seasons, starting in 1988)
  • Tales of the Unexpected (8 seasons, starting in 1979)
  • The Veil (1 season starting in 1958)
  • The Hunger (hosted by David Bowie) (2 seasons, starting in 1998)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (6 seasons)
  • Medium (7 seasons)
  • Flash Gordon (2007 series)
  • Robin Cook’s Invasion (1997)
  • PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1998)

Superheroes (although not always that super or that heroic)

  • Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (3 seasons, animated)
  • Sapphire and Steel (not superheroes? I’m open to arguments for and against)

Remakes, Reboots, Sequel Series

  • 13 Nights of Elvira (1 season with the horror host)
  • Hammer House of Horror (2014)

Oh, the Fandomity!

  • Eureka (5 seasons)
  • Babylon 5 (5 seasons)
  • The Expanse (3 seasons)
  • Andromeda (from Gene Roddenberry, starring Kevin Sorbo…and you’ll see Rey’s hairstyle before the Star Wars’ revivals, pretty much)
  • Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict
  • Star Trek (the original series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise,
  • Twilight Zone (the original series…5 seasons)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004)…4 seasons
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the 1981 version)
  • Torchwood (a Doctor Who spinoff…and one of my favorite series) (also available: Class, The Sarah Jane Adventures)
  • The Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan’s can’t miss series)
  • Dark Shadows (various parts of it…it was on a lot!)
  • Primeval
  • Charlie Jade
  • Captain Scarlett (also available: Space Precinct 2040)
  • Jeremiah

Some more…

  • Tin Man
  • Space Debris
  • Teddy Go!

That’s just a sampling…if you have other suggestions, let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

 

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Prime Geek (movies): August 5 2018

August 5, 2018

Prime Geek (movies): August 5 2018

You already have

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

right?

You’re a geek, right?

You’re a geek who watches movies, right?

If those three things are true, you are in luck!

There are thousands of geek-friendly movies included in your Prime membership at no additional cost.

There are so many, in fact, that as is often the case with content nowadays, the challenge is discovery, not availability. Well, The Measured Circle hopes to help you out with some recommendations…

Playing catchup (theatrical releases from the last two years)

  • Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) (also available: The Nut Job…so you can watch from the beginning)
  • Nine Lives (Kevin Spacey becomes a cat)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Equals (2016): Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult resist in a repressed future
  • Tear Me Apart (2016)
  • Muse (2016)
  • Vamps (2016)
  • The Girl With All The Gifts (2017) (Glenn Close…and sort of zombies. BAFTA-nominated)

Mid-terms (not in the past two years, but in the past two decades)

  • Zathura (sequel to Jumanji)
  • Star Trek (the first of the Chris Pine movies) (2009)
  • Beastly (2011)
  • Twilight (2008): the first of the blockbuster series (also available: New Moon, Eclipse)
  • Paranormal Activity (2009)
  • The Woman in Black (2012): Daniel Radcliffe
  • Them (2006): not the giant ant movie
  • Watchmen (2002): The Ultimate Cut (24 extra minutes)

Genre-busters/Award Nominees (popular with non-geeks, too)

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939…the Judy Garland movie)
  • Hugo (2011)
  • Arrival (2016)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Jaws (1975) (also available: Jaws 2, Jaws 3, Jaws the Revenge))

Nostalgeek (remember when?)

  • The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  • Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  • Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  • Carrie (1976) (also available: The Rage – Carrie 2)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • Highlander (1986) (“There can be only one”) (also available: Highlander II: The Quickening)
  • Leprechaun (1993) (also available: Leprechaun 2; Leprechaun 3; Leprechaun 4: In Space; Leprechaun 5 AKA Leprechaun in the Hood)
  • Barbarian Queen (1985)
  • Prancer (1989)
  • Trilogy of Terror (1975): I recently re-watched this…even more disturbing than I remembered. If you remember anything about it, it’s likely to be Karen Black (who plays three parts in this) being chased around by a small exotic “doll”
  • Nosferatu (1922): unauthorized silent adaptation of Dracula in 1922, Bram Stoker’s widow one a case and all the prints were supposed to be destroyed…an undead movie in more than one way
  • House on Haunted Hill (1958) colorized
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Piranha (1978)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995): Eddie Murphy
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • The Final Countdown (1980): More than the memorable theme song, this was time travel with a heavy dose of admiration for the military
  • The Running Man (1987): Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in a Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) adaptation. Falsely accused and put on a suicide mission Death Race 2000-esque game show, when Arnold says, “I’ll be back” it’s an existential threat to Richard Dawson’s game show character…and the status quo
  • Universal Soldier (1992): Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren (also available: Cyborg with JVD)
  • Humanoids from the Deep (1980): gory, exploitative monster movie from Roger Corman (uncredited EP), starring Doug McClure
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964): my favorite version of I Am Legend (although this version is colorized…that may not be an improvement over the original black and white)
  • Invaders from Mars (1953): deliberately dream-like, many of us are still haunted by the image of what happens in the sand (also available: the 1986 Karen Black remake)
  • Missile to the Moon (1958) (colorized)
  • Mazes and Monsters (1982) (Tom Hanks)
  • Galaxina (1980)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1960) the original, not the musical…colorized
  • The Monster Club (1981)
  • Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  • Behemoth The Sea Monster (1958)
  • The Angry Red Planet (1959)
  • The Addams Family (1991) (the first of the big-screen reboot series)
  • A Boy and His Dog (1976) (based on a Harlan Ellison story…not surprisingly, Ellison wasn’t satisfied with the adaptation)
  • The Last Unicorn (1982)
  • The Company of Wolves (1985): David Warner, Angela Lansbury, directed by Neil Jordan
  • Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)
  • Cool World (1992)
  • The Day of the Triffids (1962): “And I really got hot, when I watched Janette Scott…”
  • Chapping Mall (1986)
  • Invasion U.S.A (1952): Eddie G. Robinson…and two TV Lois Lanes
  • Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)

Fauxstalgia (movies made to look as though they were from a previous era)

  • The Late Night Double Feature (2014): faking the Fifties

Remakes, Revivals, and Reboots

  • Top Cat Begins (2017)
  • The Invisible Man (2018)
  • SpaceDisco One (2007)…a crossover for 1984 and Logan’s Run

Theme: Dorsal fins!

  • Jaws through Jaws: The Revenge
  • Ice Sharks
  • 2 Headed Shark Attack
  • 5 Headed Shark Attack
  • Empire of the Sharks
  • SharkMan
  • Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark

Thinkers

  • Coherence (2014): $50,000 budget dogroed close to $70m…
  • The Frame (2014): From Jamin Winans…
  • (Jerome Bixby’s) The Man from Earth (2007)
  • The Penitent Man (2013)
  • Shuffle (2011)

You Might Not Have Seen…

  • Evolution: Ivan Reitman-directed 2001 comedy with David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott…some really interesting aliens. $80m budget, dogro (domestic gross) under $40m
  • Event Horizon (1997): Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neill for director Paul W.S. Anderson: $60m budget, under $30m dogro
  • Radio Free Albemuth (2014): a Philip K. Dick adaptation
  • Princess of Mars (2009): definitely not the recent Disney John Carter movie, this one has Traci Lords and Antonio Sabato Jr.

Need I Say More?

  • 5-Headed Shark Attack (2017)
  • The Last Lovecraft: The Relic of Cthulhu (2011)
  • Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)
  • Zombeavers (2015)

That’s just a sampling…if you have other suggestions, let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


 

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The best binge? Amazon Prime Video has Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner

August 4, 2018

The best binge? Amazon Prime Video has Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner

While I recently started pointing out geeky movies available to Prime Members

Prime Geek (movies): July 1 2018

and I do intend to update that, I planned to do one for Prime geeky TV series this weekend (I hope to eventually to do books, too).

In doing so, I was very pleased to see that they now have 1967’s

The Prisoner (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

available!

While it never pays to oversell anything, I’ll say that I’m a fan of the series…one of our dogs is actually named after it. ūüėČ I have a boxed set. One time, when our now adult kid had another adult friend visiting our home from across the country, we ended up spending a day just watching it (what would now be called “binge watching”). It’s over forty years old and British, but I can safely that it works for an American born decades after it first aired.

I don’t want to say too much about it; I think it’s best to go into it largely unprepared if you’ve never seen it before. It’s not a spoiler to say that a major theme of it is remaining an individual in the face of overwhelming conformity.

Was it a success at the time?

In England, it was like Lost: people were really wrapped up in the mystery of it. The series finale (it is only one season) was highly controversial…which was intentional.

It was different in the USA: it did play on CBS, but really became much more of a geek touchstone later.

Since there are only 17 one-hour episodes, you can watch it in a day.

One note: the best order in which to watch it is highly debated. Part of that has to do with the fact that it was originally conceived as a much shorter series, but was expanded for marketing reasons. There is also a US and a UK order, and clues internal to the episodes suggest yet more possibilities. I think this article covers that issue nicely:

Home Theater Forum

It’s probably simplest to just let Prime autoplay the next episode in the order they have, but up to you.

I’m going to give you one outside-the-universe bit of information which British viewers would have known before watching it. I’ll give it a Spoiler Alert, in case you don’t want that context, but it has nothing to do with surprise plot elements of the series.

SPOILER ALERT

Prior to The Prisoner, McGoohan was already well-known. He had been considered for the role of James Bond for Dr. No and for The Saint, but had been doing a successful TV series called Danger Man (or Secret Agent in the USA…the Johnny Rivers version of the theme song, Secret Agent Man, was popular), when he decided to quit. That, in a way, parallels what happens with The Prisoner’s main character…and there are reasons to think that The Prisoner’s main character is the main character from Danger Man).¬†

END SPOILER ALERT

If you’ve never seen it before, I think you’ll find it interesting.

If you have…be seeing you. ūüėČ


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Prime Geek (movies): July 1 2018

July 1, 2018

Prime Geek (movies): July 1 2018

You already have

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

right?

You’re a geek, right?

You’re a geek who watches movies, right?

If those three things are true, you are in luck!

There are thousands of geek-friendly movies included in your Prime membership at no additional cost.

There are so many, in fact, that as is often the case with content nowadays, the challenge is discovery, not availability. Well, The Measured Circle hopes to help you out with some recommendations…

Playing catchup (theatrical releases from the last two years)

  • Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) (also available: The Nut Job…so you can watch from the beginning)
  • Nine Lives (Kevin Spacey becomes a cat)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Equals (2016): Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult resist in a repressed future
  • Tear Me Apart (2016)
  • Muse (2016)
  • Vamps (2016)
  • The Girl With All The Gifts (2017 (Glenn Close…and sort of zombies. BAFTA-nominated)

Mid-terms (not in the past two years, but in the past two decades)

  • Scooby-Doo: The Movie (live action series starter with Sarah Michelle Gellar) (also available: LEGO Scooby Doo: Knight Time Terror)
  • Zathura (sequel to Jumanji)
  • The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Star Trek (the first of the Chris Pine movies) (2009)
  • Beastly (2011)
  • Twilight (2008): the first of the blockbuster series (also available: New Moon)
  • Paranormal Activity (2009)
  • The Woman in Black (2012): Daniel Radcliffe
  • Them (2006): not the giant ant movie

Genre-busters/Award Nominees (popular with non-geeks, too)

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939…the Judy Garland movie)
  • Hugo (2011)
  • Arrival (2016)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Nostalgeek (remember when?)

  • The Care Bears Movie (1985)
  • The Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  • Galaxy of Terror (1981)
  • Carrie (1976) (also available: The Rage – Carrie 2)
  • The Crow (1994)
  • Highlander (1986) (“There can be only one”) (also available: Highlander II: The Quickening)
  • Troll (1986)
  • Leprechaun (1993) (also available: Leprechaun 2; Leprechaun 3; Leprechaun 4: In Space; Leprechaun 5 AKA Leprechaun in the Hood)
  • Barbarian Queen (1985)
  • Prancer (1989)
  • Trilogy of Terror (1975): I recently re-watched this…even more disturbing than I remembered. If you remember anything about it, it’s likely to be Karen Black (who plays three parts in this) being chased around by a small exotic “doll”
  • Nosferatu (1922): unauthorized silent adaptation of Dracula in 1922, Bram Stoker’s widow one a case and all the prints were supposed to be destroyed…an undead movie in more than one way
  • House on Haunted Hill (1958) colorized
  • Stargate (1994),
  • Spaceballs (1987)
  • The Final Countdown (1980): More than the memorable theme song, this was time travel with a heavy dose of admiration for the military
  • The Running Man (1987): Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in a Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) adaptation. Falsely accused and put on a suicide mission Death Race 2000-esque game show, when Arnold says, “I’ll be back” it’s an existential threat to Richard Dawson’s game show character…and the status quo
  • Universal Soldier (1992): Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren (also available: Cyborg with JVD)
  • Humanoids from the Deep (1980): gory, exploitative monster movie from Roger Corman (uncredited EP), starring Doug McClure
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964): my favorite version of I Am Legend (although this version is colorized…that may not be an improvement over the original black and white)
  • Invaders from Mars (1953): deliberately dream-like, many of us are still haunted by the image of what happens in the sand
  • Missile to the Moon (1958) (colorized)
  • Mazes and Monsters (1982) (Tom Hanks)
  • Galaxina (1980)
  • The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) (also available: Creature from Black Lake from 1976)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1960) the original, not the musical…colorized
  • The Monster Club (1981)
  • Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  • Behemoth The Sea Monster (1958)
  • The Angry Red Planet (1959)
  • The Addams Family (1991) (the first of the big-screen reboot series)
  • A Boy and His Dog (1976) (based on a Harlan Ellison story…not surprisingly, Ellison wasn’t satisfied with the adaptation)

Remakes, Revivals, and Reboots

  • Top Cat (2017)
  • The Invisible Man (2018)

Theme: You Bug Me!

  • The Ant Bully
  • Miniscule: Valley Of The Lost Ants

Thinkers

  • Coherence (2014): $50,000 budget dogroed close to $70m…
  • The Frame (2014): From Jamin Winans…
  • (Jerome Bixby’s) The Man from Earth (2007)
  • The Penitent Man (2013)
  • Shuffle (2011)

You Might Not Have Seen…

  • Evolution: Ivan Reitman-directed 2001 comedy with David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott…some really interesting aliens. $80m budget, dogro (domestic gross) under $40m
  • Event Horizon (1997): Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neill for director Paul W.S. Anderson: $60m budget, under $30m dogro
  • Radio Free Albemuth (2014): a Philip K. Dick adaptation
  • Princess of Mars (2009): definitely not the recent Disney John Carter movie, this one has Traci Lords and Antonio Sabato Jr.

Need I Say More?

  • 5-Headed Shark Attack (2017)
  • The Last Lovecraft: The Relic of Cthulhu (2011)
  • Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)

That’s just a sampling…if you have other suggestions, let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


 

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