Geeklings, let me explain what happened to me last night. Allow me to preface, this story is filled with an immense pop culture fail. Epic fail. One of those ones where I look back and apology to pop culture for letting it down. Yeah, that type of level. Allow me to explain.
As you know from last weeks Oscar post I love award shows, and even though I hadn’t seen any of the nominated films it wasn’t going to stop me from watching the Oscars. Except when The Walking Dead came on (pssssst, I have a review that you can find here), for that I took a little break. Outside of that though, I watched that entire show. I may have fallen asleep for maybe fifteen minutes before the big awards, but woke up in time to watch Jimmy Kimmel play Matt Damon off as he was presenting. A hysterical gag in their continued “feud” as I thought Kimmel did an excellent job hosting (#merylsayshi). Any way, I get all the way to the end of the show, all the way to the end, for the Best Picture. I’ve made it. I’m so happy because it’s late and I’m tired and I want to make sleeps. The envelope gets opened, Dick Tracy looks a bit confused, I assume because he left his glasses with his super cool walkie talkie watch, and says La La Land. I sigh at the predictableness of Hollywood, I predicted Moonlight to win earlier, turn my television off, and fall asleep two minutes later. In the distance I can hear Donald Glover saying “don’t eat the crab dip, yey yey” (my text message alert) but I’m too tired to do anything about it.
I wake up this morning and apparently the whole Oscars lost it’s damn mind! I can’t believe I missed that. I watched the whole show only to miss out on the craziest Oscar moment ever. Ever! I feel like I let pop culture down. I was shamed and have no one to blame but myself. Never again Geeklings. Never again.
Before we get into the Week In Geek I just want to add how saddened I was to hear of the passing of Bill Paxton yesterday. I’ve always enjoyed him in just about everything he’s ever been in (favorite Paxton roles would be Aliens, True Lies, and Frailty), and Hudson the Cat actually gets his name from Paxton’s character in Aliens. God speed sir, and thanks for all the films… and the name for my cat.
I think that covers all the ins and outs of my day… what do you guys say we cover some geeky items? Let’s do this!
1. Logan– When I first saw the trailer for Logan, I allowed myself to think it looked good but also was a bit mistrustful. The stand alone Wolverine movies haven’t really changed the world, and I didn’t want to get my hopes up for this final installment (Jackman has been very vocal about this being his last go around as Wolvie). Plus, can we use songs that aren’t Johnny Cash singing “Hurt” in order to convey heaviness? Maybe? Despite that, the next trailer looked even better and yet, I still kept it at arms length. I knew I was going to see but I just wasn’t sure if I was going to run out and see it. Then the reviews started dropping and everything changed. Geeklings, the. Hype. Is. Real. Logan went from I’ll see it eventually to why haven’t I seen it yet.
Loosely based on the “Old Man Logan” comic (I just bought the collection today from Comixology as it was $4.99 and my individual issues are buried somewhere) which was always a favorite of mine. The only problem is most of the characters in “Old Man Logan” belong to the MCU so there’s no way they could pop up in the Fox X-Men franchise. Instead Logan seems to be a story about the world moving on around you, finding peace and maybe family, and the consequences of our actions. At least that’s what I’m gathering. When more then one review compares it to the Dark Knight you know something special might be happening. Plus Patton Oswalt really sold it for me with this tweet…
2. New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Tomorrow- It was announced last night during the Oscars that Jimmy Kimmel would be debuting the new, and what I would imagine will be the final, trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on his show tomorrow night. Today Marvel decided to drop a little preview of what to expect, and it just continues to be so freakin’ delightful. I said this on our Faceyspace page, but I really don’t think there’s anything I’m more excited about this year. I also would like to stand by my belief that Dave Bautista is going to absolutely steal this movie. Every one of the trailers released thus far have featured him in a different scene stealing moment, and today’s teaser was no different. I fully expect people to be begging for a Drax solo film once Guardians drops.
3. Get Out- I don’t want to get too much into Get Out just yet because I plan on writing a piece tomorrow that concerns it, but damn. Just… damn. Jordan Peele has created a movie that is loaded with tension, humor, social commentary, and just brilliant delivery. Get Out builds and builds and builds until it hits you and had no idea that you were so hooked in the first place. You find yourself quietly caring and investing and when that first “oh shit” moment hits it all comes crashing around you. A love letter to horror, especially Hitchcock, as well as presenting amazing social commentaries, Get Out is the best movie of the year. Yes, it’s only February but I’m telling you Geeklings. See it. And see it with an audience. This is something not to be missed and I hope that come award season that Peele sees himself nominated for best original screenplay. It would be a crime if he wasn’t.
4. Alien: Covenant prologue- Randomly last week, Alien: Covenant dropped a four minute preview to lead into the release of the film. The scene was dubbed a prologue and served as a way to set up the characters, the mission, the ship, and to start to build some of that tension and atmosphere. My immediate thoughts (outside of why is Franco the captain?) was the mood of the prologue was perfect to the Alien franchise, and that was enough to get me excited. Honestly, I was excited from the get go (come on, a new Alien movie from Ridley Scott!), but I am starting to keep a careful eye on the calendar as May approaches. I’d also like some explanation on Fassbender’s David and why he’s there, but this feels like it could be the Alien movie we’ve been waiting for since Hudson was kicking all types of ass in Aliens.
5. Comic Book Teaser Art- As the warmer weather approaches and flip flops are neigh there is another certainty on the horizon… comic book event season! Now, I understand that there are a large number of us who are going through some comic book event fatigue (it’s a very real thing) but this year is really looking like some major things are going down. Just look at Secret Empire starring Captain America as the worst person ever. With the summer season approaching it’s time for us to start getting some teaser art in order to hype these events. Last week saw two such teasers and each was differently awesome. DC released a look at the upcoming “The Button” Batman/Flash crossover concerning the Comedian’s pin from The Watchmen that sees the Batcave covered in images of said button. I love the black and white nature of this teaser with the yellow overshadowing everything else.This will be the road to starting to get some answers to the Rebirth event which is something I’ve been waiting for since last May.
Marvel, on the other hand, dropped a more cryptic teaser concerning the Hulk and… Wolverine? After the events of Civil War II, Bruce Banner is dead and Logan has been dead for almost two years now, so seeing this Hulk/Wolverine hybrid creature raises a couple of eyebrows. For starters, who is going to stop this thing? I don’t want that job.What is Batch-H?
There you have it Geeklings, a pretty full Week In Geek for your eyeholes. What are you looking forward to the most? Sound off in the comments below or you can find me on Twitter @iamgeek32.