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The Hobbit Trailer is Finally Here!

On the fifth day of Christmas Hollywood gave to me, The Hobbit trailer! That is right Nerdites, eight years after we last saw J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent world on the big screen, today we finally get to see the trailer to one of the most wonderful books of all time. 
The Hobbit is one of the most important fantasy books of all time. Tolkien not only defined a genre in The Hobbit, he made fantasy accessible to millions. It is essential reading for any nerdy kid, the ultimate story of adventure. I can honestly say that I am more excited about this movie than I was about any of the Lord of the Rings movies. Much to my own chagrin, I did not care much for Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, and as a result did not watch either of the followups in the theatre. As a matter of fact, I saw The Fellowship of the Ring on opening night and then did not watch another movie until The Return of the King came out with it’s extended version years later. I then, as the result of an agreement with my then boss at Blockbuster, watched all three extended editions in succession over the course of a day. To this day I still contend that The Fellowship of the Ring was mediocre at best and that the other two movies were never as good as I would have hoped.
I now know this is my fault. While I have not read Tolkien’s books in decades, I remember how they made me feel when I read them as a kid. They were a world of wonder and amazement that has rarely been duplicated in my life. I am mature enough now to know that Jackson can only do so much and that he will never be able to replicate that feeling for me. What I can say is that the movies have given Tolkien’s masterpiece to a generation of people that may not be so quick to pick up his books. And while that may not be the best way to experience Middle-Earth it is certainly better than not experiencing it at all.The Hobbit is a special book, and I look forward to two fantastic movies.

So we think the hangovers are about over.  We still have Christmas parties going on and it seems everyone comes in in bad shape due to the night before.  The Nerd or as we like to call him “El Supremo” is a really cool boss.  He doesn’t yell so much when we’re hungover.  He just shoots us with Nerf guns.

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We all havethem – those movies that we love, yet no one else seems to have seen.  Whether it be that you have gotten older,friends your own age have scattered and the people you work with are either preor post your generation, or that your friends just “aren’t into that kind ofthing” (a phrase all geeks hear from their main-stream-only friends all toooften), some movies are impossible to geek out about because there’s no onearound who has seen them! Since part of our goal over at Good Girls Gone Geekis to spread our geekery as far and wide as possible, we decided to take TheNerd up on his offer to guest on his site with a post designed to get some ofour favorite “too-little-seen” movies some love from his readers.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and some ofyou will have seen them too!  If youhave, it may be fate, you know.  Bex is amarried woman, but Proffitt would at least get coffee with a man who has seenall the ones on her list. 

(Note: full background check may or may not berequired).
G4’s Six “Why Haven’t You Seen This??” Movies
Proffitt’s Three:

The Hidden – 1987, staring Michael Nori and Kyle MacLachlan; Equal parts horror,sci-fi and suspense, The Hidden is based on a classic premise a la The Invasionof the Body Snatchers and The Thing – a malevolent entity is taking over thebodies of innocents, then committing decidedly non-innocent acts of violence.Where this movie excels is in the twists it brings to table.  MacLachlin and Nori give solid performances,avoiding a cliched “buddy cop” feel, yet clearly becoming friends as the filmprogresses.  There is real heart to thismovie as well as a genuinely creepy villain and excellent pacing on the part ofdirector, Jack Sholder, who redeemed himself quite a bit with this film afterthe debacle that was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.   Almost no one I know has seen this movie(Bex has, though. We’re both big Kyle McLachlan fans) and it’s a crying shame.

Frequency– 2000, staring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, whohad achieved a fair amount of critical acclaim for Primal Fear in 1994,Frequency is the story of John Sullivan, a man who discovers he can speak tothe past using a CB radio. Specifically, he can speak to his father, Frank, asFrank existed 30 years before.  In aneffort to make his father’s life better (and longer), John creates unforeseenconsequences as the past changes due to information he passes on to Frank.Again, this is a movie that works because the premise is exciting and thecharacters rise above clichés and the dangers of a saccharine tone.   This movie was not a huge hit when it cameout, but it does receive decent ratings on various websites, so maybe I’m wrongin thinking no one has seen it.  Perhapsit found its audience on DVD.

Shallow Grave – 1994, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor and Kerry Fox.  I have such fond memories of this movie.  Not because it is a “feel good” story – trustme, it is not – but because I first saw it in Ireland as I was studying abroadin 1994.  My friends and I went back formultiple viewings, largely because it was such a different kind of movie fromwhat we have seen before.  Set inScotland and directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionairefame, Shallow Grave has the same frenetic energy that make his other films socaptivating.  The premise is thus: threeflatmates take in a fourth only to find him dead of a heroine overdose, layingon top of a bed under which they find a suitcase full of money.  Deciding to keep this money leads to allsorts of consequences…very, very dark consequences.   While there are some predictable elements inthis movie, you will find that most of it you never see coming.  The characters walk the line of being almostentirely unlikable, yet still charming and sympathetic…for the mostpart.  You don’t necessarily like them,but you get the feeling it would be fun to be part of their group, if youcould.  Somehow, this adds to thesatisfaction you feel when it’s all over. Or, at least it did for me.  Ofall the movies on my list, this is the one I recommend the most.  It’s really, really well done. (Bex chimingin here –  I adored this film as wellafter making my roommates watch it with me. I think I made them a bit nervous after because they didn’t quite getit.  It was also nice because Rachel andI got to fall in love with Ewan McGregor before the rest of the America).

Bex’s Three

Jennifer’s Body – Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama and starring AmandaSeyfried and Megan Fox.  I think I wasoriginally with most of my friends and avoided this 2009 film because of MeganFox.  But on one of those late nightswhen the expected quality of entertainment goes downhill and I will anything, Isaw this movie and loved it.  Cody is atit again with her “no one really talks like that but life might be funnier ifwe did” dialogue, but like in Juno, I think it works in the world she created.Two total opposite besties since the sandbox- nerdy “Needy” and sluttycheerleader Jennifer-go to see indie band Low Shoulder play the localdive.  Unbeknownst to Needy and Jennifer,Low Shoulder made a deal with dark forces to sacrifice a virgin in exchange forsuccess.  Low Shoulder, led by The O.C.’sAdam Brody, are misled by Needy about Jennifer’s innocence and sacrifice thegirl who is very much the opposite of a virgin. A demonic force takes control of Jennifer’s body and the horny highschool boys start dropping like flies as Low Shoulder’s song rises in thecharts.  Needy eventually makes sense ofwhat’s going on and what she needs to do to stop it at the risk of losingeverything.   Unfortunately this movieonly seems to be known for its Amanda/Megan saliva trail kiss but it is a briefscene and there’s a lot more entertaining moments than that.  Especially if you watch through the endcredits.  Special shout out to the alwaysawesome Amy Sedaris who plays Needy’s mom. 

Teeth -A 2007 horror comedy written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.  Beginning with young Dawn and her soon to bestep brother playing a game of you show me yours, I’ll show you mine- we areled to believe something might be a little off about Dawn.  Cut to Dawn starting to come of age as amember of a group of teens pledging abstinence. A hostile sexual attack on her during an innocent outing leads Dawn torealize she has what is supposedly a mythical condition -vagina dentate.   A visit to the dentist, a few incidents withboys, a psychotic stepbrother- male viewers will be subconsciously shieldingtheir man parts as women are cheering at the screen.  Will Dawn learn to control her condition andif she does, what then? An entertaining flick you can pick apart and interpretmessages about male/female relationships and violence toward women or you canjust enjoy the story enfold while simultaneously laughing and cringing.  Special note- the does he ever not play acreepy guy John Hensley plays the stepbrother.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space – A 1988 comedy horror film by the Chiodo brothers. Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D is coming in 2012 so catch the original now. It seems a lot of people have heard of this movie, but few have seen it. This is not a good film by any means, but it is highly entertaining. From the wonderful theme performed by punk legends The Dickies to the Klowns’ weakness (pop them in the nose) this movie is a hoot and a holler. Victims wrapped in cotton candy, ornate shadow puppetry (George Washington crossing the Delaware), a circus tent space craft, balloon animal chases, and my favorite on screen altercation in movie history – bikers take on a tiny clown on a little clown bike . I’ve always had a bit of clown fear so I really appreciated the clown treatment here. See this movie with friends and you will have inside jokes to share for life.

There are so many more films we could have included and it was hard to limit ourselves to just six, but we didn’t want to overwhelm you with homework.

Now, go watch these and report back, ASAP. There will be a quiz.

-Bex and Proffitt, Good Girls Gone Geek

If you haven’t already seen The Dark Knight Rises new trailer, now is your chance in full HD glory.  This is definitely one of the most anticipated movies of the upcoming summer.  The most difficult part will be having to wait until late July to see the film.

There has been a ton of speculation surrounding plot and characters in this installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga.  We’re not given much more insight by this trailer, but we do get a glimpse into how dark and gritty it will be.  Anne Hathaway as Seline Kyle (Catwoman) has a wonderful bit in the trailer and show us this will be a hard hitting drama that stands to top The Dark Knight.

Check out the trailer below!

There is also a companion piece to this where I discuss whether if fans are ready to see Batman die.  Check it out here.

You can also download the trailer courtesy of Apple.

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Oh boy, oh boy!  Christmas is almost here!  And it’s Tuesday and we usually give you two wallpapers on Tuesdays.  To be honest, some of us are still shaking off the Christmas party hangovers, so the idea for a themed Justice League week was probably done out of laziness.

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Okay guys, we’re slackers.  The first annual Word of the Nerd Christmas party was last night and the staff all got drunk beyond belief.  No one was sober enough to post today’s wallpaper.  Better late than never.  We’re in kind of a Justice League mood for some reason, so we’re going with a theme for the next few days. 

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Christmas is a week from today.  Where has the time gone?  Make sure you avoid all the crazy last minute rush and get your shopping done soon.  You don’t want to be that person in the convenience store on Christmas Eve buying lottery tickets and pine tree air fresheners as gifts.

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You know what?  We’ve been so busy down here in the Word of the Nerd basement that we forgot what day it was.  We shouldn’t even be here today.  The boss let’s us out every so often so we have a chance to air out and get a little bit of sunlight so we won’t get scurvy.

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Batman and Robin #4
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

Damian Wayne is not necessarily a well liked Robin. For many he is a rather annoying and unnecessary addition to the Batman family.  I, however, love Damian and here are a couple reasons why. First, the relationship of father and son is one that no matter how extreme the circumstances, like being a vigilante and having an assassin trained ten year old, some things are always relatable. A father will always try to protect their child even if it means holding things back from them. You expect respect but are not always quick to show it. And sometimes no matter how much you love each other, you just cannot find that middle ground. As a dad I know I am an imperfect creature, and we can see that in what Bruce is experiencing in this book. But just because the relationship is imperfect, does not mean you do not love each other immensely.

The second thing that Damian represents is the one truly odd thing about Bruce’s behavior. Look Bruce Wayne is supposed to be a playboy. Someone who sleeps around and has beautiful women at his mercy. I am OK with that feeding into his Batman persona a little bit, I mean Batman is kinda the bad boy hero that women would be attracted to right? But what I do not understand is why he has to actually indulge every sexual whim of his. I mean if you stop and think about it Bruce Wayne, either as the playboy millionaire or the Dark Knight vigilante, sleeps with more women than Captain Kirk. I am not surprised there are not a half dozen Damian’s running around.

At the core of both these arguments is that Damian humanizes Batman in a way that does not ruin Batman. In fact I would argue that the father/son relationship will only go to strengthen Batman’s resolve and commitment to his mission. For Bruce Wayne, being a hero has always been about protecting what’s his. Be it his memory of his parents, his city, or his responsibility. Bruce Wayne feels the weight of the world on his shoulder’s believing he is the only one who can balance fighting the bad guys, keeping an eye on the good guys, and protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Being a father will only add to that weight and in turn to his resolve.

As far as the actual book is going I am going to give it an OK. Through the first three issues Tomasi established that this was going to be a rocky relationship, and I like that. Introducing a villain that has ties to Bruce’s past did not immediately makes sense, but that comes clear in this new issue. Morgan Ducard not only serves as a way to question Bruce’s methods of non lethal justice, but to also draw a comparison to the father/son, teacher/student dynamic. While I like the plotting of the story and the plan Tomasi has for the book, I think his dialogue can get a little agitating. I think the entire conversation between Morgan and Bruce, while presenting a lot of great information, came off as over the top. I would liken it to reading something on line where for no reason the other person typed in all caps. Also some of the screaming matches through the first several issues have been like that. I do not deny that they are useful, but their execution is just off.

The art on the book continues to be on point. It is hard to convey that Damian is only 10 years old in drawing, because well he is also supposed to be a hero. What Gleason and Gray are able to accomplish is make Damian look more kid like through his surroundings. Having Bruce tower over him, or having him in a field of fire flies. It all just works. And unlike so many of the other books I have been reading since the reboot, B&R really shines outside of the action sequences. You can just tell that the artists understand this book going forward has to be about the moments between Bruce and Damian. Batman and Robin is now the tale of a father and son in a very real way, and I love seeing that in the details.

Overall Batman and Robin is not my favorite book out right now, but it certainly is one I am drawn to. While we all have seen Bruce as the mentor and father with previous Robins, Damian introduces us to the true father in Bruce. The writing has purpose and the art is hitting all the right notes. Is this a must buy, no, but if you have the extra money you won’t be disappointed.

By JP 
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Batwoman 4

Writers: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Artist: J.H. Williams III

Look if you gain nothing from all my podcasts and previous mentions of the DCnU you should know this: Batwoman may be the best single character book to come out of the reboot. I will even take it a step further, it may be the only book to rival Justice League for the top spot. The art is nothing short of breath taking, and the character development through the first three books has been well thought out and the focus. Issue 4 does speed things up a bit, but Williams and Blackman still manage to give each character their time and development. We may have had to wait more than a year to finally get our hands on it, but this book has been more than worth the wait.

Nothing is perfect though. If I have a complaint about this book it’s that it reads too quickly. This is exaggerated for me because I read digitally, and because Williams uses a ton of double page spreads. Don’t get me wrong, those spreads feature the best panel work of any book in that I am reading by far, but it cuts the book in half. Furthermore, when you are reading those panels, if you do not take a moment and just look at the pages, they fly you through the book. They flow so well you are on page 6 before you realize what you’re doing. Through the first three issue this was balanced by the fact that they were taking their time with the story. Focusing more on character development and interaction by its very nature slows down comic books. Issue 4 speeds things up as the pieces that have been coming together suddenly crash into each other, and it is terrific.
Issue 4 may be the weakest book when it comes to the writing, but understand the bar is set really high. While I say it may be the weakest it starts with the probably the best single sequence the book has head yet. Williams balances Flamebird’s rebellious patrolling and ultimately near fatal encounter, with a sensual encounter between Kate and Maggie. The sex does not feel gratuitous or out of place at all even though it is set against the back drop of Bette being beat to death. It just works really well and the art is as divergent yet on point as the plotting of it. By the end of the book Kate’s entire role as Batwoman is in jeopardy as Cameron Chase, Mister Bones, and the rest of the DEO are all over her. It leaves the reader screaming for the arc’s finale next month.

I can’t be sure if the book can keep up with the quality it has had so far, but make no mistake even a large drop off would still make it worthy of your pull list. Kate Kane is not only worthy of being part of the Batman mythos she may be part of the foundation coming out of the reboot. Please pick up this book, I do not know what else I can say to convey the necessity.