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Waiting for the fireworks…

July 4th, 2014 by Rick · No Comments ·

Waiting for the fireworks...

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Wednesday Night = Games + Beer

July 2nd, 2014 by Rick · No Comments ·

Wednesday Night = Games + Beer

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Batman’s 75th, Rocket Raccoon swag, and more July geekery

July 1st, 2014 by Rick · No Comments ·

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This week’s “Geek Beat” column is devoted to various geekery hitting shelves and theaters in July, and with Guardians of the Galaxy premiering August 1 and the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut looming large, there’s a lot of Rocket Raccoon and The Dark Knight this time around. There’s also a cool Evil Dead Ash action figure, as well as some great comics you’ll want to look for next time you’re in a shop.

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving in theaters next month, it’s no surprise that there are a bunch of books arriving this month to help you get prepped for the cosmic side of Marvel’s cinematic universe. For those looking to take a deep dive into the comics canon of Chris Pratt’s character in the film, Star-Lord, this month’s Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy collection pulls together all 12 stories from the original, 1970s incarnation of the character created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan. And for something a little different, pick up Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot – Steal the Galaxy! A prose novel written by fan-favorite author Dan Abnett, the book follows Rocket Raccoon and Groot on a universe-spanning adventure that has them running from cosmic police, alien conquerors, and just about everyone else they encounter along the way.

As if that’s not enough, there’s also Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie Slipcase, an impressive collection of behind-the-scenes photographs, production stills, and all sorts of other content for fans of Marvel’s cinematic universe.

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

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On falling back in love with Star Wars…

June 25th, 2014 by Rick · No Comments ·

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All of the recent Star Wars news has me thinking a lot about George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise and how my feelings about it have changed over the years. This week’s column for Movies.com offers up some thoughts about why I’m falling in love with Star Wars all over again.

Here’s an excerpt:

Given how crazy about the franchise I’d been for much of my childhood – one of my earliest movie memories involves sitting in an air-conditioned theater watching the assault on Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back – it was a relatively major shift to go from pure, unadulterated joy at the mere mention of Star Wars to shoulder-shrugging indifference. The Phantom Menace would become the last Star Wars movie I bothered to see on opening night.

All I know for sure is that at some point my relationship with Star Wars turned into a one-sided affair. I had all the toys growing up, and for years I watched, rewatched, and bought each new edition of the original trilogy. I truly believed, for the most part, that George Lucas could do no wrong. In return, I got a series of new movies that were (at best) just okay, and a growing disconnect between the universe I once obsessed over and this new Star Wars universe that always felt a little “off” to me.

Try as I might to recover that magic feeling by rewatching the original trilogy, reading some of the Star Wars comics and novels published over the years, or playing the various Star Wars video games, I simply couldn’t find that old sense of thrill when it came to any and all things Star Wars.

Until now, that is…

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

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It’s the most foul, cruel, bad-tempered creature I ever set eyes upon! In my front yard! #HolyHandGrenade

June 24th, 2014 by Rick · No Comments ·

It's the most foul, cruel, bad-tempered creature I ever set eyes upon! In my front yard! #HolyHandGrenade

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