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Comic creators tell me their favorite movies of 2013

February 26th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Rather than writing up the usual list of my favorite movies of 2013, I decided to devote this week’s Geek Beat column to the movies that impressed some of the talented men and women of the comics scene.

Over the last week or so, I asked a long list of writers and artists which movie released in 2013 was their favorite of the year’s films. I wasn’t surprised to see some overlap between my own favorite films and some of their answers, but there were definitely a few responses that surprised me.

evil dead 2013Here’s an excerpt from the column:

“I’m a genre freak and horror’s my genre of choice so… I’m gonna have to go with the Evil Dead remake. Far from the best movie of the year (very far) but my favorite, mostly because they had the audacity to use an air-raid siren as an integral part of the soundtrack.”
- Keith Giffen (Cocreator of Lobo, Ambush Bug, and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon, currently writing DC’s Justice League 3000, DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe and Larfleeze)

Gravity was the only movie I saw in theaters twice, so I guess that’s mine! It cheats a little, but it was amazing to see a movie set in space that had at least one eye on the physics. The scene where the space station got destroyed silently I loved – it was what inspired me to make the space scenes in my comic The Midas Flesh silent too. Physics! It’s pretty awesome sometimes!”
- Ryan North (Creator of Dinosaur Comics and author of To Be or Not to Be: That Is the Adventure, The Midas Flesh and the Adventure Time comic)

You can read the rest of the responses I received for the column at Movies.com.

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Very excited about a new issue of “The Wake”

February 25th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·


So excited for a new issue of "The Wake." Can't wait to see where this story is headed. #comics

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Our pediatrician always puts us in the Star Trek room for check-ups. He gets me. He really gets me.

February 25th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·


Our pediatrician always puts us in the Star Trek room for check-ups. He gets me. He really gets me.

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Decided to name this drink “Crime Alley”

February 21st, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·


Have decided to name this drink "Crime Alley"

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Rationalizing “Robocop” (a.k.a. Can we ever really love a pretender to the throne?)

February 19th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Joel Kinnaman

In this week’s column for Movies.com, I take a deeper dive into some of the thoughts I had after seeing the recent Robocop reboot. I wanted to hate it on principle, but I ended up feeling conflicted about it. As a modern sci-fi action movies, I liked it. But as Robocop, I… well…

You’ll just have to read the column to get the gist of it.

Here’s an excerpt from the column in which I wonder about the reasons used to justify rebooting movies (and how it pertains to Robocop):

The simplest, most frequent rationale for remaking movies these days seems to be a belief that the original film would benefit from modern filmmaking techniques – especially when it comes to special effects. And for some films, that’s been true. Movies like David Cronenberg’s The Fly, John Carpenter’s The Thing and Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers all come to mind as benefiting from the fresh coat of paint that modern FX techniques provided. The same could be said of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, which breathed new life into the classic creature feature with some help from Andy Serkis’ motion-capture artistry.

To some degree, that feels like one of the cases Padilha’s RoboCop makes for itself, too. While the 1987 original featured some groundbreaking FX work at the time, it’s difficult not to see some room for improvement now – especially when it comes to the jittery, stop-motion animation used for the chicken-legged ED-209 robot. The way the new film offered a chilling peek at the sparse remnants of humanity underneath RoboCop’s armor showcased yet another way modern digital effects were able to add an extra, emotionally resonant layer to the story.

You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com.

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Valentine’s Day movies for geeks (a.k.a. Hollywood’s most romantic nerdery)

February 12th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

‘Tis the season for romance, and in this week’s Geek Beat column I offered up a list of movies that manage to be both date-night darlings and geek-friendly cinema. All seven films tug at your heartstrings without threatening your geek cred, so consider the list my Valentine’s Day gift to you, fellow nerds.

Here’s an excerpt from the column featuring one of my favorite films to watch any day of the year:

The Princess Bride

In Jerry Maguire, it’s “You complete me.” In Casablanca, it’s “We’ll always have Paris.” But for anyone who’s watched The Princess Bride, there is no single line of dialogue more likely to cause hearts to flutter and smiles to appear than these three words: “As you wish.” The 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner and based on a 1973 novel by William Goldman tells the story of one man’s quest to rescue the love of his life, and the motley crew that assists him on his mission. Blending classic fantasy with high adventure, comedy and plenty of emotion, the film is widely regarded as one of the greatest love stories ever brought to the big screen. The fact that it’s also eminently quotable only adds it to its geek cred – which was already pretty substantial thanks to elements like the casting of Andre the Giant in one of his most memorable roles. To not include this on your list of Valentine’s Day films would be, well… inconceivable.

You can read about the rest of the movies that made it into this week’s Geek Beat column over at Movies.com.

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I said hello to this little girl for the first time 1yr ago today. Happy First Birthday, Stormy!

February 9th, 2014 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·


I said hello to this little girl for the first time 1yr ago today. Happy First Birthday, Stormy!

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