Best Geeky Finds – Real Demon Hunters are Named Ashley – My Groovy Weekend Binge of Evil Dead Movies

A cabin in the woods, demonic possessions, the Book of the Dead. Many movies and TV shows have had all three of these tropes since the 1970s, but none have been as well-known as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. In 1981, Ash (Ashley) (Bruce Campbell), his sister, and college friends take a weekend trip to a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee. The vacation turns rotten immediately when they hear noises from the cellar where they find a tape recorder, firearms, and a strange book covered in human skin. Of course, they’re smart and do not read the book. The cabin’s former resident does it for them on the tape as it recites the text.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Roll a D6 for the Next Scene: Review of Beyond the Gates

When The Ring was first released in theaters, the concept was unique and actually threatening. A VHS tape with a trapped spirit. VHS tapes were regularly rented and borrowed from friends, and the more they were played, the worse the tracking got, causing lines on the screen. As the movies continued, most importantly with the recent sequel Rings, the concept was all but lost on most audiences, given that the original premise surrounded an out-of-date and forgotten media.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Pizza Power!

Two weeks ago was Memorial Day weekend. Whenever holidays like these fall on a Monday or a weekend when the market is open, I go shopping to the Hartville Flea Market (in northeast Ohio). I often do not have a specific goal in mind while shopping, but sometimes I start the day off seeing one unique item I had not thought about and spend the rest of the day searching for similar finds. On this day, my unique hunt became Ninja Turtles action toys.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – What if God[s] Were One of [Among] Us?

I can’t say that it’s enough just to have a series or movie based on a Neil Gaiman work, but certain works merit film transformation over others. Stardust in 2007 was impressive and incorporated Gaiman’s humor wisely, yet felt more like a Disney film. Two years later, an animated Coraline proved to be creepy, yet moving the setting to America took a bit out of the initial moral of the novel. Neverwhere had been made in multiple forms on radio and television (the best productions featuring Peter Capaldi, in my opinion) while Good Omens, Gaiman’s collaboration with Terry Pratchett, was produced as a radio drama for BBC radio with Colin Morgan shortly before Pratchett’s death. Yet one novel I have waited a long time for since my first reading proved to be the best Gaiman production of all – American GodsContinue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Batman & Bill

A couple months ago, not completely paying attention, I noticed the characters’ credit line in the closing credits of Gotham:

“Based on the characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.”

I hadn’t thought much about this at first. Superman is famously created by Siegel & Schuster, so having two creators didn’t strike me as unusual until I picked up a Batman book from the ‘90s and realized that Bob Kane had been the only creator credited in most books.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – The Owls May Indeed Be Not What They Seem

In 1989, Special Agent Dale Cooper, having just solved the mystery behind Laura Palmer’s murder, disappeared from the small logging town of Twin Peaks. Neither the FBI nor the Twin Peaks PD knew where we went, and based on audiences’ witnessing of one of his last nights, whether it was even Cooper himself who left.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – If I Had $1,000,000: The Brass Teapot

What would you do for a million dollars? Rob a bank? Fix the lottery? Would you consider hurting yourself? (I usually end up having to pay bills for a few years as a result of this, so I could handle this option).

The Brass Teapot (2013, R) guides audiences on a journey of liberation from debt, to greed and all-out murder. After stealing a mysterious teapot from an antique shop, Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) discover that it produces cash whenever in the presence of pain. Whenever either harms themselves in the vicinity of the teapot, cash appears, increasing in amounts depending on how much they hurt.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – SCIENCE!

If you are a child of the 90s, there’s a good chance you watched Bill Nye the Science Guy in science class. If, for some reason, you didn’t have a cool science teacher, you may have watched the show on PBS along with other students who did have cool teachers, but were watching because it was cool and enjoyed having already watched the episode and knew what to look forward to when the teacher pulled out the VHS tape he had to rewind to a certain spot (because recording from television was really the superior method to having the library order the tapes. Also, kids whose parents haven’t given you the entire Disney collection from their childhood, ask your parents what a VHS tape is).  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – A Princess, Cobbler and Thief

It’s time for a pop culture history lesson. Which came first: Disney’s Aladdin or Warner Brother’s The Thief and the Cobbler? That’s a difficult answer. While Aladdin arrived in theaters in 1992, with Thief in theaters the next year in South Africa and Australia (America in 1995 by Miramax, coincidentally re-named Arabian Knight), Aladdin was stolen straight from the pages of Thief, on which production began in 1964.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Keep Listening

This week will be a bit more serious. While it will have been three weeks since the Thirteen Reasons Why premiered on Netflix, as I write this it has only been days since I binged the series opening weekend. Unfortunately, this was just after several difficult weeks of depression. That said, despite the wonderful representation of Jay Asher’s book as a television miniseries, the story’s strong discussion of suicide, bullying, and rape did not allow for a positive week following.  Continue reading