Gaming & Culture

This Weekend in Geek Cinema

A regular roundup of geek-flick openings, judged irresponsibly by their trailers alone:

The Last Mimzy: Little kids find toys from the future that grant them wondrous powers. Said toys have a secret agenda of wonderment and wondrosity. Watching the trailer (linked above), you can see the totally awesome horror flick this might have …

Karate Kid News: Sweep the Leg!

Like a YouTube-browsing cheetah, I’m pouncing on this video a mere two months after it was posted. It features a shockingly well-preserved Ralph Macchio and — even better — the reunited Cobra Kai! Do you have a problem with that?

The trailer chick gets the best lines: “It’s over! Walk it off! His name is not Johnny!”

Wil Wheaton: A Tribute

If you read this blog, you should really be reading Wil Wheaton’s blog. In fact you should probably read his blog first. Then, if you have some free time and nothing better to do, you should read this blog. He is, along with Tycho at Penny Arcade, the gold standard of nerd bloggers.

I assume you already know who Wheaton is — he …

Captain America Lies A-Mouldering in the Grave

So Captain America is dead. I know this not because I’ve read the comic, but because I’ve read the news reports about the comic.

Oddly enough I’m a fan of Captain America. I say ‘oddly’ because when I was a kid old flaghead wasn’t considered one of the ‘cool’ comics — he wasn’t dark and edgy like the X-Men. He wasn’t secretly a nerd. …

Priceless Nerd Memorabilia Priced, Sold

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s cloak — the one that slumps to the floor, mysteriously empty, when Darth strikes him down — has been sold at auction for 54,000 pounds. You can check out the auctioner’s announcement here, official press release here. This odd detail jumps out from a BBC report:

While Sir Alec’s cloak was missing, it was loaned to

They Don’t Know Dick. As in Philip K.

I got a funny feeling the other day as I opened a package and found inside one of the stately grey pre-publication galleys the Library of America sends out. The last five authors to be enshrined in the Library of America were Hart Crane, Saul Bellow, John Steinbeck, Capt. John Smith, and Thornton Wilder. If that sequence were one of …

Giant Enemy Crabs: The Remix

You know, I’ve given more than one lifeless, stuttering corporate presentation in my life. Doubtless I will give more. And I don’t think I deserve to be mocked for it mercilessly, around the clock, on the Internet. I don’t think anybody deserves that. Unless it’s funny. Giant enemy crabs remix! This is from Sony’s 2006 E3 …

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