Moment of Geek

Thanksgiving is this week and that means its time for the annual movie binge fest of the greatest archaeologist, Indiana Jones. Here is a little something for your Moment of Geek by Patrick Schoenmakern to kick off the long weekend and binge worthy movies. #MomentofGeek #Mootion #IndianaJones #FanFilm #5280Geek

 

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The Walking Dead

Here is Smurfs (Daniel Sharner) take on last nights #WalkingDead
“Stradivarius”
Only one episode left before the mid-season break but it feels like we just got started. It still feels like the start of the season and I’m waiting for something to happen or the story to develop. It reminds me of when Rick and the group first arrived at Alexandria. It was a bunch of new fresh faces that I didn’t know anything about and feared they would overrun the show and be left with characters I didn’t have a great deal of attachment to. I am facing that very same dilemma but not just with the new characters even the ones that got us here.
 
the-walking-dead-season-9-episode-7-stradivariusI understand that there has to be a departure from the comics for storytelling purposes and the fantastic opening we got this week was one of those great moments. Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) does an amazing job as director capturing a very confused and fearful moment for Rosita. Surrounded by tress, on the run, the sounds, and worst of all the whispers. The buildup of suspense and emotion is great as she staggers around and worse of all, where is Eugene. The one element that has been missing for some time now has been the horror. True it’s never been the key element to the show and has always been a drama focused on the living element with the zombies as background. What I saw tonight was the perfect blending of both drama and physiological thriller. If only the rest of the episode had carried that instead of just the cold open. What we get this week is semi flat story telling and development. Don’t get me wrong, this was one of the better episodes in my mind and if this was the second one of the season it would have been great.
 
We get a little more on Daryl and his Dog living like a hermit and the same suspiciously placed scare as Michonne on the lower left side of his back. As we walked into his camp I got the feel of “All Clear”. Daryl just on the edge of his humanity one step away from being that crazy guy in the woods, still trying to find Rick even after all this time. The make him a mentor for Henry to get him out of the woods and rejoin the world is just lazy storytelling. Most of the episode is like that and has the feel of getting the band back together with the clouded history. The fact that the towns are not talking but they are is just silly as we get the big revelation of Maggie no longer being at Hilltop and hasn’t been there for some time. Jesus has been running it and for so long he’s been reelected with Tara as his aid. I would bet Maggie has the matching scare as Daryl and Michonne to help explain the fallout. What has been the most annoying about the season is we no longer know who these characters are. It’s great with the group that has just joined but the ones that we have been on this long road with shouldn’t be the case. Rick may have been the glue for the group but that wouldn’t change who they are. I find it difficult to believe that it would take the mention of Carl for Michonne to do what she would have done normally. I think the only character that I sort of recognize is Carol; operating behind the scene, blending and don’t see her coming till it’s too late. The same thing she did when they first arrived at Alexandria.
 
Maybe the days for hypothesizing and guessing the who’s and what’s are gone. Maybe its just telling a story and do it any way possible adjusting the characters to fill that need regardless of any established personality. I would like to think that’s not true. The new group shows promise and an established chemistry that shines in the quiet moments around the fire. Something that has been lacking from Ricks group for a few seasons. One thing for sure is they do know how to fight, that is some impressive skill with a slingshot. What do you use for ammo to cause that big of a hole? Marble? Ball bearing? Maybe it will be this group to help show you cant abandon your humanity no matter how bad it gets. #TWD #AMC #Stradivarius #SmurfsTake #5280Geek

Your Quarts Worth

Legends Never Die: A 5280 Geek Send-Off to Stan Lee

by John Andreula

edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk
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Photo courtesy of parade.com

I’m the resident 5280 Geek video game nerd, but on behalf of the entire team here we wanted to do a proper send-off to a legendary geek who touched and influenced all of our lives in very big ways.

On Monday afternoon I was writing at my mobile workstation and I received a text from my wife. It said three words: “Stan Lee died!!!!” She followed it with three emoticons: 😭😭😭

I was in complete shock. It was not possible.

I just saw Stan Lee a few days earlier in the movie Venom. My wife and I saw the movie last Tuesday for date night. He was 93 at the time the filming of the movie began. Nowhere in my reality did I think it was possible that he would die so soon. Like his comic book creations I just assumed he would be with us forever.

I know in some ways I am right in that thinking. Stan Lee will in fact live forever through the legacy he left us. Continue reading “Your Quarts Worth”

Classic Rock Wednesday

“You got to promise not to stop when I say when”

#CLRW Fresh off the request line this week and I have to say this is a fantastic one. Not only for me personally but the world at large. There has been an explosion of feels over the past few days as we are reminded of what is truly important. Coming together, helping one another, holding tight to the ones you care for and love. This seemed to fit the request perfectly with all the different things going.

The Fighters of Foo (Foo Fighters) I saw years ago, in a show I will never forget. Dave Grohl never disappoints when he puts on a show. There was one at Red Rocks where he refused to leave the stage making sure he played everything; asking the crowed to scream requests. I think as an artist and performer Grohl flourished after Nirvana with an unmistakable sound and energy. I’m the Listener and for Classic Rock Wednesday this week is Everlong. Thanks for all you do Dave, even feeding Firefighters in California battling the blazes you are a class act. #FooFighters #Everlong #Wembley #TheListener #5280Geek     

Smurfs High Five

#NewComicsDay New week and a new High Five from Smurf. On top of all of these don’t miss out on the end of Cosmic Ghost Rider and Plasticman. War is still raging in Spider-Man, Vader gets a new house, and Fred is alive. All this and more awaits you at the local comic shop.

black Order #1Black Order #1> FROM THE INFINITY WAR INTO THEIR OWN LIMITED SERIES!
They are the five dreadlords, the Cull Obsidian, Thanos’ most feared warriors and disciples… Ruthless villains to a one, the Black Order has been dispatched by the Grandmaster to destabilize a burgeoning empire, and along the way they come to realize that as big and as bad as they are, there is always someone bigger and badder… The bombastic writing style of novelist Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) and the electrifying artwork of Philip Tan combine for an absolutely unhinged super-villain adventure! (S) Derek Landy (A/CA) Philip Tan

Smurfs Take> When Thanos showed up with Generals I was annoyed. Thanos doesn’t need help caring out orders; he just does it. He can conquer a planet on his own and doesn’t need this cannon fodder. I was so wrong. The Black Order was a stroke of genius, as if he recruited living aspects of the Infinity Stones. The little glimpse we have seen is awesome; cant wait to see what the full picture looks like. Book of the Year right here!

Avengers #10Avengers #10> THE EARTH’S MOST HATED HEROES?!
After 700 issues of saving the world, you’d think the Avengers would be due some celebration. But instead the whole world seems to be gunning for them, especially Namor’s fearsome new Defenders of the Deep and the reimagined Russian Super-Soldiers of the Winter Guard. And that’s not to mention the shocking surprise the U.S. government has in store for our heroes. Plus: The all-new Agents of Wakanda! The mystery of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC deepens! A key revelation concerning the resurrection of Wolverine! And the next startling new Avenger is revealed! (S) Jason Aaron (A) Ed McGuinness, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino (A/CA) David Marquez

Smurfs Take> Great team, awesome story! This is what the Avengers are all about and every team book compared to. Do not skip over this title, you will regret it.

Uncanny #1Uncanny X-Men #1> THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK!
New ongoing series kicking off with a 10-part weekly epic, the flagship X-Men series that started it all is back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be…their final adventure?! X-Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION), Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and Kelly Thompson (MR. & MRS. X) and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN RED), R.B. Silva (X-MEN BLUE), Yildiray Cinar (WEAPON X) and Pere Pérez (ROGUE AND GAMBIT) join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED?! (S) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Mahmud A. Asrar, Mark Bagley, Mirko Colak (CA) Leinil Francis Yu

Smurfs Take> Now that the X-Men film rights have come home to Marvel we are starting to see a more attentive approach to their titles. I don’t know if that is going to help fix the damage that has already been done. I like Kitty being in charge, X-Men Gold has been a refreshing change to a rather flat choice in X-Titles. To be honest I gave up on the X-Men with the end of the first series. It went to a place and feel I didn’t recognize or like. I can only hope this will bring back a team and story worthy of the X-Men name.  

superman #5Superman #5> What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential. (S) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis

Smurfs Take> ZOD! That is all

 

 

 

 

flash #58Flash #58> “FORCE QUEST” part one! Following “Flash War,” Barry Allen remains the Flash, but he’s no longer the Fastest Man Alive! With Hunter Zolomon on the run, and new forces such as the Strength, Sage and Still Forces unleashed on the Multiverse, Barry must leave Central City behind and travel the world to learn the secret history of the Speed Force. (S) Joshua Williamson (A) Rafa Sandoval (CA) Rafael Sandoval (A/CA) Jordi Tarragona

Smurfs Take> Flash has been a constant great read. A perfect blend of story and classic feel with the right mix of the Rogues Gallery. Now I wonder how they are going to explore the Seep Force. We have seen multiple takes on it, hell Barry and Wally were part of it. So to think there is still a secret to it is exciting. I wonder if we will also get more on Max Mercury?  

Weekend Geek Update

#Podcast this week the team talk about the loss of a legend with the passing of Stan Lee. It’s the week of surprises with the trailer for the live action Pokemon and Toy Story 4. KFC really gets weird with its latest Dirty Dancing inspired commercial.

Kingsman loses Eggsy, Breaking Bad is coming to the big screen and Swamp Thing is getting a series. Yeah, we had the same reaction on that one too. A D&D adventure awaits you in Utah, dueling pirates, and Pug G, all sponsored by Your Turn Boardgame night at the Alamo Drafthouse Littleton Cinema.