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James Bond: A Geek Life Special

We know his name.  We know his number.  His exploits all across the globe are the stuff of legend.  Today, his filmed adventures officially turn 50 years old.  He’s Bond, James Bond.  He is the greatest agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service, code named 007, and carries a license to kill.  He’s also the subject of my new Geek Life Special!

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Godzilla: A Geek Life Special

With a purposeful grimace and terrible sound, he pulls the spitting high tension wires down.  Helpless people on subway trains scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them.  He picks up a bus and he throws it back down as we wades through the buildings toward the center of town.  Oh no, it’s time for new Geek Life – Go! Go! Godzilla!

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Kevin Smith Movies: A Geek Life Special

Kevin Smith Movies

First, he showed us life as a clerk.  Then, we got insight into the world of mallrats.  We chased Amy before finding Dogma.  He and his pal struck back before finally bringing us back full circle to life as a clerk.  My newest Geek Life Special takes a break from the superhero movies to look at one man’s films that took on a very special meaning for me as I came of age.  SIR, let’s talk Kevin Smith Movies!

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The Superman Movies: A Geek Life Special

Superman Movies

Geek Life returns this Summer with a series of specials revolving around the movies we all loved.  Last month, I looked at the X-Men Movies in anticipation for Marvel’s smash hit The Avengers.  This month, I’m going to look at the Superman Movies in anticipation for Warner Bros’ Dark Knight Rises!

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The X-Men Movies: A Geek Life Special

It’s been a while since I have done one of these Geek Life Specials, but, with Marvel about to burn up the Summer movie screens with The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, what better time than now to talk about their first franchise that let us all know Marvel Comics belonged on the big screen?  Yup, let’s talk The X-Men Movies!

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Flash Gordon (1980): A Geek Life Special

December 5th, 2011 marks the thirty-first anniversary of Flash Gordon.  Why not celebrate it with the first “Geek Life” Specials?!?

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How Being a Geek Became Cool: Geek Life

This is it…  The 26th and final Geek Life.  I began my year-long trek down memory lane wanting to have some written record of those things I grew up loving.  I’ve always felt that those things helped make me the person I am today.  With the inevitable future of becoming a father on the horizon, I thought this “journal”, of sorts, would give my kids a chance to know me in a way that isn’t likely able to translate well through simple conversation.  I have no idea if that’s what will happen or not, but if there’s one thing I can say, it’s that writing these articles have been a lot of fun.

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Adult Swim: Geek Life

Welcome back to Geek Life!  In this penultimate chapter, I take a look at a particular block of programming that usually keeps me up way too late every night.  I discovered it on a Thursday night in 2001 and was immediately hooked.  Through the years, I’ve seen it mature and grow into a super power.  It even helped reignite interest in the previously canceled Family Guy and Futurama leading to the return of both series after years of dormant production.  We’re going to dive into the history and growth of Cartoon Network’s supremely popular Adult Swim!

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Comics Get Political: Geek Life

Welcome back to Geek Life!  There are only three more to go before my year long trip down memory lane ends.  For this installment, I decided that I’d use my soapbox one last time.  I’ve railed against Star Wars fans getting mad at George Lucas.  I’ve said some really not nice things about comics in the 90s and the fanboys that nearly ruined the whole industry.  I was no holds barred in my feelings about what’s been going on with the Avengers, and their new direction in recent years.  I’m almost willing to bet my poor old soapbox has developed some really bad back problems from supporting my fat ass over the previous 23 installments.

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The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy: Geek Life

It’s time for a new Geek Life, and for this twenty-third episode, I have a topic that is at the very center of the most geeky of all controversies.  It’s a story of a humble boy who grows up to become a powerful warrior, only to fall into the abyss of greed and lust to become one of the most fearful villains in the entire galaxy.  The story of this little boy maybe doesn’t quite compare to the villainy people feel for his creator.  This story’s focus quickly shifted from young Anakin Skywalker to his creator, George Lucas.  This is the tale of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and the ongoing war between those who like the movies and those who not only hate them, but hold a deep resentment for both Lucas and those who liked the movies.

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The Spider-Man Movies: Geek Life

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Welcome back to Geek Life!  This week marks the 22nd article in this 26-part, one year project.  It also marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most successful films in Hollywood history – Spider-Man.  It’s hard to believe that nine years has passed since Peter Parker took his bow on the big screen.  It’s even harder to believe that it took nearly twenty years to put together the proper set of circumstances, crew, and cast to bring Stan Lee’s most memorable creation to theaters.  While the first film would surpass all expectations from Marvel Comics and fans, the road behind was littered with bad scripts, cut budgets, and a studio rivalry that involved James Bond.  So, how did they manage to avoid the traps that ensnared the Fantastic Four and Captain America movies of the early 90s?  It all began with a crazy idea from the greatest creator of comics’ Silver Age…

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When the Sci-Fi Channel Was Cool: Geek Life

Welcome back to Geek Life!  This time around, I figured I would take a look at a cable television channel that really shaped my tastes in science fiction, horror, and even comedy.  You see, there’s that one station that shows all those god-awful monster movies that use what has to be the computers George Lucas uses as toilet paper to make their special effects.  You know the one I’m talking about – the SyFy Channel.  I could rant for hours about how the rebranding irritates the crap out of me, but I won’t.  I want to remember SyFy as it once was – the Sci-Fi Channel.

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