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Posts by Michael Rodriguez
Today’s loss of Roger Ebert, hit me like few other celebrity losses have (John Candy and Phil Hartman would be the only exceptions). I’ve been thinking about it on and off since hearing the news. How my life will be different after this. How seeing a movie will never be the same.
For the past 20 or so years of my life I’ve been reading Roger. Before the Internet made his reviews easily accessible, I had several volumes of his movie reviews on my bookshelf. I didn’t always agree with Roger. He had More >
We hope you all had an amazing Christmas yesterday, and have some great plans for the upcoming New Years. We know much of the staff here at Speak Geeky To Me are looking forward to the holiday vacation time that sits nicely between the two days. So we all hope you don’t mind if we disappear for a little rest and relaxation over the next few days. In other words, Speak Geeky To Me is going on vacation until January 1st, 2013. If any big news or videos pop up, we’ll make sure to come back and share them here More >
In honor of our good friend, OwlDepot’s, birthday, we’ve put together a little something fun. From a fun and silly photoshoot the last night of Fanime 2012, we offer you Food Fight – The Animated Gif! Enjoy!
The photos themselves can be found in the Gallery at http://speakgeekytome.com/owldepot-food-fight/
If you loved Pixar’s first Monsters Inc, better clear your schedule for 2013′s release of Monsters University. The prequel to the original joins Mike and Sully during the college years as they became friends. Anyone wanna take bets on who’s returning?
Ray Bradbury, a geek before it was cool, author of numerous science fiction and fantasy stories, passed away on June 5, 2012. After surviving a stroke several years back that left him partially confined to a wheelchair, he remained active. A recent, unspecified illness may have taken the final toll on the literary giant. He was 91.
Bradbury’s list of shorts and novels is quite lengthy and many are as well known to the population at large as they are to Geek culture. His anti-censorship Fahrenheit 451 is standard reading in high school. I Sing The Body Electric, a short story from a collection More >
One of the greatest all time science fiction television series is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Star Trek: The Next Generation, a pinnacle for intelligent writing and superb acting, was a genre pioneer and long overdue for inclusion in the new generation of optical formats. The 25-year old series, which began back in 1987, will be the second Trek series to find its way on to the HD disc format.
By today’s standards TNG’s once stellar special effects are looking a bit lackluster and muddy. For the HD upgrade Paramount went back to original negatives and began rescanning the entire More >
[private] This won’t be up for long, but the first episode of the forthcoming Nickolodeon sequel series Legend of Korra has mysteriously appeared online. SG2M has verified it’s authenticity. It’s really the first episode. Catch it while you can. Not HD quality, but enjoy!
[EDIT: Vimeo has removed the post. Alternate source below...for the moment.]
Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated June 8 release of Prometheus got it’s first major (official) buzz at Wondercon today with the first release trailer. The film hearkens back to the original Alien movie in look and feel, though with much updated special effects. The discovery of an ancient More >
The annual I am 8-bit art show, redubbed Super I am 8-bit in honor of its 5th year, opened yesterday at its new location in Silver Lake. The new venue, a huge 4500 sq ft showing space was a fantastic expansion from the original show in Gallery 1988′s original location. With over 100 artists creating new works based on 80s videogame characters and concepts, the show is one of the must-see exhibits of the year.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a strange entry to the Planet of the Apes saga. It doesn’t fit anywhere in the 60s-70s version of the series (and I’m told) doesn’t follow up the Planet of the Apes remake (2001). I’ve read that it’s possibly a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes (1968), but it appears to be more of a reboot than anything else. I suppose, given a Rise 2, it could be merged into the original storyline somewhere before Taylor’s rocket crashes on a barren, mysterious world, but then he’d probably been expecting apes, unless of course he left prior to the events in this film. Yeah, let’s just call it a reboot.
I stumbled across this today – graduate student, Frederic Brodbeck, at the Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag in The Netherlands has created a way to “fingerprint” movies. He’s dubbed the project Cinemetrics. It doesn’t look like much, the graphic at left, and reading through his explanation behind the idea and how it works didn’t do much for me either, but then I watched the video on his site.
Once you start seeing comparisons between various movies on screen at the same time, you can see how the fingerprint works. Comparisons between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Aliens are fascinating. You can see the action and movement in Aliens, almost as if the fingerprint were alive! He goes on to show comparisons between the original Solaris (1972) and the Soderbergh remake and different genres of film.