Category Archives: E[G] Reflections

Is ‘Almost Human’ the love child of ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Terminator?’

Joel-Kinnaman

Short answer: Maybe.

Slightly longer answer: Maybe not.

First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I loathed the original RoboCop and RoboCop 2. And, if you haven’t listened to Educating [Geeks] S2 E1, you can check out our general Geekhost consensus there.

To be frank, I disliked the films so much that the only reason I’d actually pay to see the reboot is because it stars Joel Kinnaman from the bizarrely controversial AMC series, The Killing. Unlike my fellow Geekhosts, I’m unable to look back at the original’s hokey special effects and lame attempts at both drama and comedy with fondness, because I waited far too long into adulthood to see it. No nostalgia for me. Womp-womp.

How John McClane Saved Christmas – Why Die Hard is the Best Christmas Movie

Everyone has their movie that comforts them during bad days, sickness, loss, and anything else life can throw at us. For my boss, its My Best Friend’s Wedding, for my father in law, its Princess Bride, and for my husband, its Fifth Element. Mine? Well, mine I’ve seen at least half a dozen times this year alone. Not only is it my go-to film, it’s also the greatest Christmas movie ever – Die Hard.

Ender’s Kinder, Gentler Game: The Movie

Ender’s Game is a prime example of why I never read the book before watching the film adaptation.

I have many friends who do, and I’ve never understood the appeal. Being an aspiring screenwriter, it’s always seemed like setting oneself up for disappointment. The film can never encapsulate the entire novel with the natural limitations of production, run-time and audience attention spans. And it always seemed downright arduous to spend 90-120 minutes nitpitcking an otherwise decent standalone film.

After reading Ender’s Game for the first time, I later spent approximately 114 minutes in the local movie theater doing precisely that just a couple weeks after the film’s less-than-stellar release.

I Was A Stargate Fangirl

SG1 Season 8 prmo

Stargate SG-1 first resonated with me in the early 2000s during a period of tremendous teenage angst. The notion of four different people united in their quest for insight and adventure – and ultimately to protect the galaxy – attracted me in a way no show really had before. I didn’t grow up on Star Trek, and my parents didn’t bow at the altar of George Lucas’ Star Wars, so neither franchise was really on my radar.

Somehow Stargate SG-1 became the source of all my innately geeky happiness. I loved it. Perhaps a bit too much. By my senior year of high school, after the Sci-Fi Channel rescued the show from cancellation at Showtime, I had seen all of the series’ nearly 100 episodes. The show would then go on to hit the coveted 200-episode milestone during the rest of its run on basic cable, before taking a final bow in 2007.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Oh no, not again.”

Yes, bowl of petunias from chapter 18, yes! I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again! But that probably wasn’t what you were talking about, was it?

The problem with reading something that I’ve read over and over again is that the words have become such a part of me through the years that I don’t know where the book ends and my own thoughts begin. We all have that show or movie or book that shapes the way we view other shows or movies or books (or even the world) for the rest of our lives. But I get the feeling Douglas Adams may have set out specifically to do this.