Fellow adventurers of the majestic interweb machine, your assistance is needed! For the past few years, Doritos has had a competition where lovers of Nacho Cheese deliciousness and Cool Ranch connoisseurs can submit commercials for a chance to have them aired on the Super Bowl, *ahem* and win a ton of cash *cough*. This year, The Geek Hq decided to take a crack at it. Read more
Category: Movies & TV
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are at it again, this time on an epic journey to conquer the “Golden Mile”, a 12 pint pub-crawl around their hometown ending at a pub called “The World’s End”. Seems like a pretty entertaining movie to watch 5 drunk guys wander about on a pub-crawl 20 years after they failed to do it in their prime. However, with it being an Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg movie, the premise gets even better. The group finds out the town has been taken over, and all the inhabitants replaced with robots. As you can imagine, things get a little out of hand. Read more
Ben Affleck as Batman has been a hot topic on the geek newswire, and up until last night on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ Ben Affleck has remained silent on the issue of the numerous outraged fans upset with him being cast as Batman in the 2015 flick ‘Batman vs. Superman’ directed by Zack Snyder. During this segment he talks family and addresses a little of what it is like dealing with all the buzz. Read more
Retired. Extremely Dangerous. What happens to spies after they retire? Do they live normal lives like everyone else? They worry about taking a few strokes off their golf games perhaps? The Red franchise has something else to say about retired spies and how they conduct themselves in their free time. Read more
The ‘Man of Steel’…how do I begin? Well, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Superman, not like I am with other super heroes. He just seems to be able to do what ever the hell he wants. How would anything be a challenge for him on Earth? He has practically every ability anyone could ever want to use to fight crime. I know about Kryptonite and blah blah blah, but beside that, why does he have challenges with people like Lex Luthor? Anyway, before too much nerd rage gets blown up in the comments section (bring it on) let’s move on to the ‘Man of Steel’ review. Read more
“After weeks of speculation as to whether or not he would return, Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on to star in Disney and Marvel’s next two “Avengers” films. Read more
If you haven’t completed watching the whole new season of Arrested Development…C’mon! Well, you’re probably one of those people that has a life and likes to go out and do stuff (watch out, we got a badass over here). So, regardless if you’ve seen it or haven’t, here’s a review.
As a big fan of the original Arrested Development series, I was literally counting down the days to the series premier. I completely vegged out and sacrificed sleep to re-watch seasons 1-3 the previous week. That just goes to show how much I was anticipating the new season… or shows how sad my life is, but whatever.
If you were watching awesome TV in the early 2000’s you should remember a show called Battlebots. If you are unfamiliar with it, sacrifice your work productivity and YouTube that Sh*t. In a quick and very uninteresting way to describe Battlebots, it’s people would build little RC cars with crazy weapons on them and then battle them to the death. Well, the SYFY channel has ran with the idea and really tried to make it awesome.
SYFY’s Robot Combat League takes robot enthusiasts and athletes, mixes them up into teams, and gives them the controls to a humanoid battle robot. The 12 robots are each controlled by 2 people teams, one person controlling the legs, and one controlling the arms. The two robots meet in a ring for three rounds of pulverization. If one robot goes down before the end of the round, the team has 20 minutes to fix it and get back in the match. The team with the best score at the end of the match, or is the last robot standing wins. Oh, and if just having the chance to fight giant robots wasn’t enough of an incentive, the team that wins the tournament gets $100,000.
The show isn’t just about the matches. There are little challenges here and there that give the winner of the challenge a “power up” or advantage on their next match. The challenge on the first episode was who could hit a target on an opposing robot the fastest, not very exciting, but hey, it’s the first episode.
The fights themselves are pretty cool to watch, they’re giant fighting robots. The robots walk around the ring while frantically swinging at each other hoping to hit something worthwhile. Important components are occasionally hit and hydraulic fluid sprays out over the ring like robot blood. That’s the exciting part, not that…seeing blood spraying is exciting…moving on. Unfortunately the show saw it necessary to add huge explosions of sparks when a robot gets hit harder than average, and sometimes when a robot doesn’t get hit at all, that’s always amusing. It seems a little stupid, but meh, that’s Hollywood.
What geek hasn’t thought about battling giant robots? It seems like an awesome concept, and SYFY did they best they could. Short of outfitting the robots with giant saws, wielding battle-axes, and shooting rockets at each other, I just don’t think there is enough entertainment value for Robot Combat League to be a really successful show. The fights seem to be very repetitive, involve very little skill, and are just punches thrown at random. Overall, it’s an alright show, nothing that I would personally make a habit of watching. The only way I’ve been able to watch multiple episodes is to have it on in the background while I conduct other household activities, and to check on the show when there’s a loud noise. It’s just not gripping enough to watch the whole thing from start to finish, but interesting enough to watch brief highlights.
G.I.A. Rating: 5/10
For more information or to watch clips of Robot Combat League visit www.syfy.com/robotcombatleague
Alright, so this review is just a bit overdue since A Good Day to Die Hard has been out for quite some time now, but I’ve had other things to do so deal with it! Ok, that was mean, don’t leave. I’m sorry. I love you…now it’s awkward… Moving on.
Was another Die Hard movie really needed? Yes it was. I mean, Bruce Willis can still run around and be a badass while killing 900 bad guys without reloading a single weapon, so why shouldn’t there be another Die Hard movie?
First off, if you’re one of those people who can’t go see a movie without pointing out every single inaccuracy, stop reading. If you’re one of those people that go into an action movie, and will not accept the fact that the hero can basically do anything he wants to do without dying, stop reading, because A Good Day to Die Hard is not the movie for you.
For those of you that decided to stick around, this is your final warning, be absolutely sure that you are action movie fans/have a pretty good sense of humor. If you think cheesy 80’s action movies are excellent movies, the A Good Day to Die Hard your kind of movie.
By no means would it be up for any award. The acting is mediocre at best, besides Bruce Willis because Bruce Willis is the man. Jai Courtney, Jack McClane, gives a borderline passive performance at some points. He does a good job in the weapon slinging action department, but lacks a bit in the portraying emotion aspect of it.
The plot is alright. Definitely nothing that would get the attention of the Academy, but it’s enough to keep the story moving along. There are nice twists and turns here and there to make it more entertaining. The father son aspect of it was a bit cliché, which was the most disappointing part of it for me.
Other than A Good Day to Die Hard lacking… some of the most important parts of a movie… the action is down right sheer awesomeness. The movie opens up with a small amount of plot build up, then about 10 minutes later there’s an epic car chase with vehicles that are definitely not made to weave in and out of traffic. The chase lasts much longer than anticipated, and is filled with insanely outrageous vehicle maneuvers that defy almost everything science has deemed possible. To top it all off, it causes the most destruction possible. Your jaw will drop a couple of times from what is happening before your eyes.
The movie continues on like this until the end. It’s just constant build up. There is very little downtime between action scenes to provide the audience with the most amount of extreme entertainment. It’s just awesome gun battles, followed by sarcastic/a-hole one-liners, followed by massive explosions. The action scenes in this movie should be what all crazy action movies should use as a base.
If you haven’t seen A Good Day to Die Hard yet, now is the time. If you love those over the top action movies, this is the movie for you.
G.I.A. Rating: 7/10
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 98 Minutes