The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘H’

The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘H’

Woot! Moving right along on the movie alphabet movie project! If you want more details or to see the whole list, swing by this new index page! For years I have threatened to watch as many movies as I could from AFI’s top 100. Since the release of our favorite local film critic’s alphabet of all times greats I’ve decided to make it happen! For each letter, I will watch Mark Burger’s pick, an AFI pick, and my own pick. Mark Burger’s H: Halloween There’s a good chance I would have picked this movie is Mark didn’t beat me to it. This is the first film I can remember watching that actually scared me. Truth is – it still does! This film was made in 78, a precursor to Freddy, Hellraiser, and Jason. I love the idea of watching it ahead of modern films and 80s slashers. Can you image how shocking it was? If  I live to be 100, I bet my heart will still stop at the scene when Jamie Lee thinks she’s knocked Michael out and he sits up in the back ground right over her shoulder. That head turn! Dang! I give Halloween a big fat A+. AFI’s H: High Noon Well, I’ll give this one it’s due. It was not anything like I expected. I figured it would be like a common American Western (meh), but it is more cerebral. Nearly all of the drama is created through suspense drawn through conversation while waiting for the big showdown. While it was interesting, I found very much on the slow side, I couldn’t wait for...
The Sunday Geekery: South Park – Stick of Truth

The Sunday Geekery: South Park – Stick of Truth

Y’all. This Game. If you know anything about Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and their flagship South Park, then you know their newest venture, South Park: Stick of Truth video game (affiliate link) is offensive with a capital ‘O’ ‘FFENSIVE’. Really, if you have one single sensibility stay clear of this one. Since I have no sense or sensibilities, I can say this is one of the best games I’ve played in a while. Other than one particular portion of the story that crossed a line, even for me, I found this one to be a true gem. The gist: You’re the new kid in town. Pensive, silent, and with a mysterious past. Your parents send you out into the neighborhood to meet some new friends when you run into Butters. It isn’t long before you’re right in the middle of a town wide LARP session. Cartman and the humans vs. Kyle and elves. Because it is South Park, bad things happen, the adults are clueless, and Taco Bell is evil. Between all of the fart jokes, random penises, and a really bad night on an alien spaceship, this game is fun to play. The mechanics are well done and careful not to put the player through stupid hoops that RPGs are famous for. As a matter of fact, the game sticks a big giant middle finger at all of those tedious mechanics though sarcasm and little jibs here and there. It continues to make the game play about the player – it doesn’t require HOURS of level grinding, it has fast and fun upgrades, and rewards players well for...
The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘G’

The Sunday Geekery is brought to you by the letter ‘G’

For years I have threatened to watch as many movies as I could from AFI’s top 100. Since the release of our favorite local film critic’s alphabet of all times greats I’ve decided to make it happen! For each letter, I will watch Mark Burger’s pick, an AFI pick, and my own pick. Mark Burger’s G: Goodfellas I’ve seen this movie several times over the years. Enough to know I couldn’t handle it one more time. It’s an excellent mob film, arguably the best of the genre, which makes it so hard to watch. The script, characters, and story feel so real. When the violence happens, it is bon-a-fide emotional and leaves me downright sad for a few days. If you haven’t seen it and can tolerate the harshness of it, then you really have to give it a go.  I give it an A, but only in the right frame of mind. AFI’s G: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a liberal and forward thinking discussion on interracial marriage at a time when it was still illegal in 17 states.  There are some really great moments in this film. My favorite, when Katherine Hepburn fires her bigoted employee. While I think it is interesting to watch this film to get a sense of what life was like 45 years ago, I can’t help but be far more focused on the parents’ support of their kids getting married after having only known each other 10 days. They lost sight of that almost instantly. I hung on to it for the whole film! I...
The Sunday Geekery: Lego KidsFest

The Sunday Geekery: Lego KidsFest

I stepped out of the house today for the first time in several days. Seems only fitting that we would head to downtown Raleigh to geek out over some Legos! We went to the (sold out) Lego KidsFest. I’m so sad to say I was only marginally impressed. Since I don’t like to dwell on the negative, let me show you what was cool first! Here’s Emily and I with our Lego pixel art pieces to go on the wall behind us. That’s an NC State University logo on Emily’s side. Let me just tell you – I could stand there and do that all day. Sadly, the colors were quite picked through and we didn’t have much more than brown/blue/gray with a few reds that we had to work for. I suppose that is by design. If there were a full range of accessible colors, I really would be there all day! We saw lots of life size builds with these being our favorites! Emily’s favorite part was adding a building to the map of the United States. Here’s her building, the lady putting it in place, and the view from above. We really did have a nice afternoon playing around with this Lego and that Lego. It’s hard for us to be miserable anywhere really. I don’t think I’ll go back next year though. While I’m a total kit builder (just don’t think in 3D well enough to custom build), I really enjoy the shows that are grass roots. I just love builders that are building for the sheer love of doing so and sharing it with...
The Sunday Geekery is busy geeking away!

The Sunday Geekery is busy geeking away!

I’m working on something super geeky that I can’t show you yet! Needless to say, my time is better spent working today rather than writing so I thought I’d borrow other people’s geeky and show you a few of my favorite things! (All images link to the product) Like what you see? Don’t forget I link you to my favorite things every week(ish) in my free Newsletter, The Horde. If you aren’t already a member – sign up! It’s easy, just drop your name/email in form at the tip right of the site. Love you all! Hope you’re having a great...
The Sunday Geekery Weighs in on Broken Age: Act 1

The Sunday Geekery Weighs in on Broken Age: Act 1

Many moons ago (which turns out to be roughly two years), I jumped on the Double Fine/Tim Schafer band wagon and threw money at their Kickstarter campaign. I’m seriously a Tim fangirl. I think back to Maniac Mansion and Grim Fandango with a nostalgia so deep, it might actually be emotional. I had amazingly high expectations for Broken Age that raised 3.3  million bucks (2.9 more than they asked for) and promised to stay true to the nostalgia of the point and click games that came before it. Maybe – my expecations were too high. Two Things I love. It surprised me. I didn’t see it coming – Actually said DAY-UM right out loud. Once the story converged, I found myself speechless. It’s a real “Sixth Sense” moment. The answer is in your face the whole time with just enough divergence to make you miss it. I love it when a story surprises me, and that’s hard to do – I’ve seen a lot of movies, read a lot of books, and played a lot of games. Props to Tim for that! The art is spot on. I really enjoyed looking at the layout of the land. It’s a lovely set of cohesive art work. As part of contributing to the kickstarter, I’ve had access to a set of development videos with a few of them focusing on the artwork. They put an amazing amount of work and time into it and I think it shows in a very positive way. What I like. The dialog. The characters may be a bit on the one-dimensional side, but they are...