Film

Ep. #36 – Send In The Clowns

“Goes to the Movies” cohost Ted White joins David to discuss Todd Phillips’ new film Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Ted also does a mini deep-dive into a few iterations of the Joker, his appearances in the comics and in film, and the different portrayals by actors over the years.

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GG Goes To The Movies #10: That’s no moon…that’s a practical effect

On our latest episode of Geek Garage “Goes to the Movies”, David and Ted explore the amazing, but sometimes fantastically gross, world of practical effects in film.

We start out with a very brief history of practical effects, a few of the specific genres that utilized them, and the eventual evolution of special effects coming into play. Then, we dive into some of the most popular and well-known film titles (and their respective FX) that helped set the gold standard for practical effects in movies.

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Ep. #34 – A Fresh Start: Anticipating MCU’s Phase 4

Marvel’s Phase 4 will be the most ambitious yet. Not only is the MCU dealing with the regular film arsenal, such as origin stories and sequels, but it’s also tackling original content in episodic form for Disney+. Between everything coming to theaters and Disney’s new streaming service, there are upwards of 14 titles to look forward to.

Today, my wonderful wife Lindsay joins me once again, as we discuss all the Phase 4 content Kevin Feige unleashed during this year’s SDCC. Obviously us fans don’t have tons of MCU info yet, so most of what we talk about is pure speculation. Regardless, we hope you enjoy this episode!

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Ep. #33 – The Walkman Celebrates 40 Years

We celebrate the Walkman’s 40th anniversary by diving into a bit of its history. We also discuss the evolution of portable music as a whole, from the late 70s up until recently.

As a warm-up to our main story, we took some time to briefly go over few things that have been in the news recently. These consisted of the Sony/Disney battle for Spider-Man, the announcement of the 4th Matrix film, and the next (and last?) Bond film titled “No Time To Die”.

GG Goes To The Movies: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

We teased toward the end of our previous “Goes To The Movies” episode that we would be covering Tarantino’s 9th film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. And we have delivered!

Since the film has been out for several weeks now, the majority of what can be said about it has probably already been said. However, we did our best to come up with some relatively unique talking points, criticisms, etc.

The main takeaway here is that we both really enjoyed this movie, and we hope you do to. If you haven’t seen it yet, and have any interest in seeing it, here are a few disclaimers: 1) The episode is SPOILER HEAVY, so please proceed with caution; 2) If you enjoyed Tarantino’s earlier works such as Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, you will for sure get a kick out of OUATIH.

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Memento Movies

Movies are art. Even movies that I hate, from genres that I find useless – I can admit it, and include them. Art is subjective, after all, and you should not dismiss things outright.[1]We all have our tastes and preferences when it comes to everything, and art is of course no exception. There are films and genres for everyone.

You like flying people in tights who punch other people in tights? Covered. Maybe you prefer quiet romantic films that express a deeper yearning, and question why humans are weighted down with the ability to feel these things? It’s out there. Maybe you just like to watch Keanu Reeves be the greatest human being alive.[2]I am one of those people. Luckily, we have that, too.

The act of liking a specific genre of films isn’t bad, in and of itself.[3] It only becomes a problem when you limit yourself to watching only that particular sort of film. If box office numbers, streaming algorithms, and the Twitter are to be believed, a lot of people limit themselves. Here’s the thing with that, too much of a good thing is, actually[4], not good.[5]

If you limit yourself to one genre or one type of movie, you also limit yourself to experiencing other things and branching out. You set yourself up to only be able to connect to and participate in that experience to which you have limited yourself.

Art is designed with the purpose to make you feel, to make you think, and to provoke – limiting yourself defeats all that. Be daring with your choices. Watch something out of your comfort zone, within reason. I would advise against seeking out something you think/know will seriously upset you. There is nothing wrong with challenging yourself – it’s encouraged! – but don’t feel like you should harm yourself by watching something traumatizing.[6]

Make no mistake, though – you also don’t have to feel obligated to like everything you watch.[7]I have watched a number of the MCU movies, for example. I could not tell you which ones because they all sort of ran together, but I’ll focus on Avengers: Endgame.[8]This movie was popular, and well liked.[9]Comparatively speaking, I didn’t really have a desire to see it; at least, not in the way I have a desire to watch, say, every movie John Woo has ever or will ever be even tangentially involved in.[10]

But, in some ways, I felt obligated to watch it. I’m a nerd. I’m on a podcast called “Geek Garage… Goes to the Movies.” It’s the largest property ever in geek and/or film media. I need to see it, if only because of those reasons. Parts of it I enjoyed.[11] Parts of it made me want to roll my eyes so hard they fell out of my head.[12] Overall, it was… fine. Not great, not terrible. I could see why it was so popular: it was easily digestible and played the hits. It’s fine to like movies like that, and the MCU films are decidedly not the only examples I could have used. The issue is, again, if that is all you seek out it’s all you engage with.[13] Challenge yourself. Watch something out of your comfort zone. Be daring. Listen to your records backwards and try to summon a lesser demon.[14] In short, live a little.

And of course, as always, watch more movies. Because movies make life better.


[1]There are certain exceptions to this rule that prove worthy of derision. Examples of things you can fairly, safely, and understandably dismiss include, but are not limited to: Suicide Squad (D. Ayer, 2016), a solid 70% of movies starring The Rock, and the oeuvre of Joss Whedon. 

[2]I am talking, of course, about Point Break. However, you really can’t go wrong with his filmography. He is a saint that we do not deserve. He also may be immortal. Jury’s still out.

[3] There are exceptions to this, too. For example, liking the movies I named above is bad and you should feel bad for doing it. But also, if you are watching actual propaganda, you probably suck.

[4]https://i.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/021/665/DpQ9YJl.png

[5]With all respect to Mr. Barry White, who tried to argue against this theory by proposing that he could not get enough of his lover’s, well, love. That may be one of those notable, “proving the rule” exceptions. Hard to say. 

[6]Like Suicide Squad

[7]Although if you watch Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000) or Chung-King Express (1994) and say you don’t like either of them, you are wrong.

[8] Episode #31 of Geek Garage covers this, but we don’t talk about that episode. It’s basically the Titanic disaster of the podcast medium. It is our The Room, but without the charm or accidental comedy.  

[9]Shockingly, almost offensively understated I know. 

[10]Listen to Geek Garage… Goes to the Movies episode “John Woo-mp There It Is” for my takes on The Killer (1989) and Hard-Boiled(1992). Spoiler alert: I like them a whole lot. 

[11] Scarlet Witch finally getting a moment to show that, canonically, she is one of the strongest characters. Like, look, in House of M she literally rewrites the human genome so that mutants don’t exist. That is hard AF.

[12] No Adam Warlock, no care. There are no real stakes. Forcing in dumb, unfunny quips every thirty seconds – I’m looking at you in particular “America’s Ass.” I could go on, but you get it.

[13] It’s also makes you boring and safe, which are both just dreadful things to be.

[14]Don’t actually do this, duh. The real action is with the Great Old Ones; everybody knows that.

Review | Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in theaters this past week, and so far it has been pretty well-received. Film critics and moviegoers alike have been praising the film regarding everything from its originality and ability to be a stand-alone Spidey flick, to the more-than-decent job it did at playing “cleanup” after we had our hearts torn open (again) from Avengers: Endgame. Currently, it’s sitting at a comfortable 96% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and for the most part I personally agree with the overall consensus.

Also, I should say right now, SPOILERS AHEAD!

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GG Goes To The Movies: Godzilla King of The Monsters

RAWR! For our third episode of “Goes To The Movies”, Ted and I chat about the latest film in the ever-expanding “Monster” universe with Godzilla: King of The Monsters. This film is definitely not without its faults, which we definitely discuss to an extent. However, this movie is overall a LOT of fun, and would definitely recommend, especially if you’re a long-time Godzilla fan!

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GG Goes To The Movies: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

On the latest episode of Geek Garage Goes To The Movies, Ted and David dive into the latest in the John Wick franchise, Parabellum. There is hardly anything negative they have to say about this movie, because it’s absolutely incredible. The first 5-10 minutes are spoiler-free, but once they get through their initial thoughts on the movie, there are definitely some spoilers, so listeners beware!

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P.S. David apologized for the audio quality in advance. He was an idiot and forgot to plug the audio controller USB cord into the computer. Oops.

GG Goes To The Movies: A John Wick Retrospective

In case you missed it, we’re starting a new “chapter” of the podcast called “Geek Garage Goes To The Movies”, where my new cohost, Ted White, and I will be chatting about all kinds of movies (not just the “geeky” ones!). 

For our first episode, we discussed John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, in preparation for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (damn, that’s a lot of John Wicks).

Let us know what you think by leaving us a rating/review, or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook. We’d love to hear your feedback, as well as some movie suggestions that we could cover in the future!

Lastly, we’d like to give a few shout-outs. Go check out The Freakin’ Geekin’ Podcast @TheFreakinCast. They’re a new podcast on the scene, with a very similar topic-base as the Geek Garage. Dakota and Seth are amazing dudes, who are a lot of fun to listen to, so give them a follow and a listen. Also, a big thanks goes out to Josh Evans for providing the new intro/outro music!