Playing catch-up: reviews & news from hither & yon

Just some news & reviews from Geek for e that I’ve worked on lately.  As always, clicky for the full story!

Movie Review: The Watch

Raunchy, potty-mouthed humor!  Famous guys we love to watch making asses of themselves!  The Watch, the latest boobies, booze & bros comedy is heading your way, and this time there’s gonna be an interstellar throwdown.  Is this The Hangover: Who Invited The Aliens?  Well kinda.  And it kinda rocks.  Oh yeah, and this movie may be manly, yes, but gals will like it too.

Evan (Ben Stiller) is a kindly pain in the ass.  You know the dude in your neighborhood that is in charge of just about every neighborhood group, the fella who is a bit too in-your-face to be truly neighborly?  Yeah, that’s Evan.  So when something bad goes down at the local Costco, Evan — who just so happens to be the manager of that Costco, thankyouverymuch — decides to form a neighborhood watch.  The problem is, only three guys show up to the first meeting.  Bob (Vince Vaughn), an overprotective dad with quite possibly the coolest Man Cave ever; Franklin (Jonah Hill), a guy that never got over not making it onto the police force; and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade, from the hilarious BBC show The IT Crowd), a guy who is new in town and just wants to hook up with an asian chick meet new people.  Needless to say this watch is more about drinking and hanging out than security.  But when the guys stumble upon real, honest-to-goodness aliens, they need to step up or face the destruction of the world.

Movie Review — Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

In a world full of information, how do you figure out what’s truly important?  How do you make sure you learn about the world if there are parts of that world that are hidden from view?  Artist and political/social dissident Ai Weiwei (as his name is Chinese, his “surname” is first, and his “first” name is second, got it?) shines a harsh light on the Chinese Government’s corruption, cover-ups and lies, at great personal risk.  All the while creating art that is as breathtaking in it’s complexity as is the man himself.  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry takes viewers through the most harrowing years of Ai’s life, showing not only the man but the injustice that lead him to act.  It’s a powerful, thought-provoking film that demands to be watched.

Help a Baltimore singer “Sparkle”!

Sparkle.  The movie is starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston.  Great voices, right?  Well, a few weeks ago I wrote about the Sparkle Singing Challenge that was to be held here in Baltimore.  And we have a winner — congratulations to Quinten White!

But it’s not over yet; Quinten goes on to compete with winners from  New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, Miami, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and St. Louis for the grand prize, which includes a recording session and an appearance on BET.

Let’s show the nation that we support our Baltimore talent by voting for him to win it all! So get to voting, the votes stop tallying on August 1st.

Wanna know how to do that?  Read on; read on!

“British Invasion” at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con

You’re still on a convention high after all the info from San Diego Comic-Con.  The Olympics are being held in London, England this year.  Comics, the U.K….two great tastes?  You bet.  Word has it that there will be a slew of Brit-tastic talent at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.  Cheers!

SDCC 2012: A few of my favorite things

If, like me, you had to get your 411 on what was happening over at the San Diego Comic-Con from tweets, Facebook, TV and the internet, it got a little daunting.  But I have complied my personal favorite bits for your viewing pleasure.  Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

 

Phew.  Is it me, or did July just blast past?  Here’s to one more month of summer blockbuster season, and tons more info on movies, books & comics when Baltimore Comic-Con hits in September!

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