G3 Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Whether a Spider-Man film, especially an origin story, is necessary so soon after the last franchise ended is debatable but ultimately irrelevant. Box office take aside, the real test of a film’s legitimacy is its quality. Is the reboot that no one was clamoring for any good? Yes, it is. The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t always... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

With an aesthetic that falls somewhere between Game of Thrones and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman is a grotesque and gorgeous journey from dark to light. The austere imagery of costumes, creatures and landscapes, plus the physical performances, come together to make magic. A white horse, black oil, a red... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: The Avengers

If and when DC/Warner Bros. finally gets around to making a Justice League movie, it might want to take some notes from across the aisle. Not all of the Marvel movies have been homeruns, but as the first two X-Men movies and X-Men: First Class proved, it is very possible to make a highly satisfying... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: ‘Comic Con IV – A Fan’s Hope’

If you have a friend or family member who is baffled by con culture, show them the Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope. With sincerity and affection, it explains to the uninitiated and/or judgmental the world that our crowd knows so well. Alas, we live in a society that interprets wearing a giant,... Continue Reading →

‘Wonder Women’ Documentary is Powerful Viewing

“What are the consequences for women when they are strong, and when they are the central actors of their own lives?” It isn’t hyperbole to say that every comic book fan should see “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” the excellent documentary that premeired last month at the South by Southwest Film Festival.... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: The Hunger Games

“In two weeks, 23 of you will be dead.” One of the many uncomfortable things about watching The Hunger Games is that moment when you realize, “I'm watching The Hunger Games.” The story may be fictional, but it’s nonetheless almost physically unsettling to see children on the verge of killing or being killed. For the... Continue Reading →

Wonder Women! Gives Heroines Their Due

A revealing clip from the fabulous-looking documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, makes a powerful case for the necessity of this film. In a series of street interviews, people of both sexes begin rattling off the names of comic book characters, and not a single female comes up. Not even Wonder Woman.... Continue Reading →

2011 Memorable Moment: Charles and Erik’s Mind-Meld

Michael Fassbender’s Erik Lehnsherr and James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier were a match made in cinema heaven in this summer’s “X-Men: First Class.” (See review here.) The push and pull between the two of them is the movie’s greatest strength, and their relationship is essentially — as McAvoy has called it — a love story. Maybe that’s... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: Free Enterprise

Free Enterprise Rating: R Director: Robert Meyer Burnett Writers: Robert Meyer Burnett and Mark A. Altman Starring: Rafer Weigel, Eric McCormack and William Shatner “Free Enterprise” may be the geekiest movie I had never heard of. A few weeks ago, a generous friend hooked me up with a copy of the film, which was released... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

The best comic book movies find the balance between pleasing fans and entertaining people who don’t know their adamantium from their vibranium. As sturdy and sincere as its title hero, Captain America: The First Avenger pulls it off. It’s an accessible origin story with big, old-fashioned heart, and the geek in me was thrilled to see... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: Super 8

Between outrageous ticket prices and patrons who can’t stop texting/Tweeting/yapping for even two lousy seconds after the lights go down, I've often wondered whether it's still possible to experience child-like joy at the movies. However, my skepticism was no match for the wonderful J.J. Abrams-directed thriller Super 8. It was like time travel. Just seconds... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: X-Men: First Class

We all bring our baggage to movie adaptations of comic books, terrified that filmmakers will eff up the stories we hold dear. They’ve certainly done it before, so my Marvel-leaning friends' concerns about X-Men: First Class were understandable. Whenever I said that the movie looked like a winner, at least one person would reply, "I... Continue Reading →

All-Star Appreciation

Many, many others have written about the genius of the original All-Star Superman, so the series doesn’t need my late stamp of approval. But while I fully expected to enjoy the story, I didn't anticipate just how much more I would appreciate Superman as a character after finishing them. I recently purchased the trades in a... Continue Reading →

Heroic Hotness: Spock 2.0

Zachary Quinto's Spock: The Sleeper Leonard Nimoy will always be the quintessential Vulcan, but damn if Quinto didn't kick the heat up to five-alarm levels in the 2009 movie. His Spock was arrogant, angry, and dismissive, but also tender and intensely romantic with Uhura. Qunito played Spock as That Guy who is kind of a dick,... Continue Reading →

Heroic Hotness: Sherlock Holmes

RDJ as Sherlock Holmes: The Determination If Robert Downey, Jr. is in a movie, I am going to see it. I think he is a brilliant actor. I was not prepared for how utterly exciting his performance would be as the intense and tough Sherlock Holmes. His Holmes is a logical genius marching to the beat of... Continue Reading →

Heroic Hotness: Our Top Geek Crushes

Topless Robot recently dedicated a post to the 11 heroes geeky girls want to date, but who are also probably toxic — Batman, James T. Kirk, and such. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, that got us thinking about the crush-worthy characters who set our hearts aflutter. While some of them probably wouldn't be... Continue Reading →

Rethinking Lois

Rumors are swirling that Lois Lane might not be the female lead in the upcoming Superman movie, but that hasn't stopped people from speculating on who should play her if and when the time comes. As much as I love Emily Blunt and Rachel McAdams, I'm a little annoyed by how monochromatic the entertainment media... Continue Reading →

New Supes: Do You Care?

The very handsome Brit Henry Cavill is the new cinema Superman, and for the life of me, I can't tell whether anyone cares. Too soon? It seems like we were just being introduced to Brandon Routh, who did a good job in a flawed movie, Superman Returns. I'm not all that excited about a reboot,... Continue Reading →

Thumbs Up for Young Justice

Over the years, various Cartoon Network shows based on DC Comics have given their source material a serious run for their money. I'd wager that many episodes of the late, great Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans and the current Batman: The Brave and the Bold, to name a few, have been just as entertaining... Continue Reading →

Green Lantern Lights It Up

So the first footage from the upcoming Green Lantern film is out and there's a whole lot of quipping and green blasty stuff happening. Ryan Reynolds is his usual charming self, and he looks like he's having a great time. Of course, geeks appear to be divided over whether the clip looks amazing or cheesy.... Continue Reading →

New Spidey: What Say Ye?

Alas, the movement to cast Donald Glover as the next big-screen Spider-Man fell short, though not for lack of trying. V. and I were among the many “Community” fans who thought it would have been a stroke of genius to have Glover play everynerd/superhero Peter Parker in the forthcoming reboot. However, British actor Andrew Garfield... Continue Reading →

Donald Glover for Spider-Man!

The hilarious NBC sitcom “Community” is on a short list of things we love as much as reading comic books. So cast member Donald Glover — aka junior college jock, Troy — had G3 at biblioteca when he began campaigning for the Peter Parker role in the forthcoming “Spider-Man” film reboot. Glover is a gem... Continue Reading →

Beyonce As Wondy?

On the Entertainment Weekly website, writer Darrin Franich sparked a lively debate by suggesting that Beyonce play the lead in a yet-to-be-greenlit Wonder Woman movie. It’s not an entirely new discussion: In 2008, the megastar herself said that she’d love to rock Diana’s tiara, and that a black Wonder Woman would make a powerful, 21st-Century... Continue Reading →

Secret Six Casting Call

With all due respect to Green Lantern and Batman, the live-action superhero movie DC/Warner Brothers ought to be making isn’t really about heroes at all. Two words: Secret. Six. Aside from being one of the most consistently good mainstream comics around, the current incarnation of Secret Six is a carnival ride of moral ambiguity; wildly... Continue Reading →

G3 Review: Justice League-Crisis On Two Earths

Rating: PG-13 Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Sam Liu Writer: Dwayne McDuffie Starring: William Baldwin, Mark Harmon, Chris Noth, Gina Torres and James Woods There’s an interesting premise at the core of the new DC animated movie “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths:” Every choice we make results in an alternate reality, creating endless variations of ourselves... Continue Reading →

Geek Girl We Love: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana landed on geeks’ radar screens in a major way via J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie last year, but she started showing the community some love as early as 2002. That’s the year she starred as Laila, the marching band dance team captain Nick Cannon wooed in “Drumline.” Yeah, the movie was set at... Continue Reading →

Wonder Woman: Second-Class Citizen?

If you asked the average non-geek to name three superheroes, chances are they'd say Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — arguably the most iconic comic book heroes in existence. It's just as likely that few (if any) of these people would know anything about Lobo, a DC character who was introduced as a villain in... Continue Reading →

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