Posts Tagged ‘Den of Geek’

Superheroes

February 6th, 2011

It will come as no surprise to those familiar with my oeuvre (yes, oeuvre. How pretentious!) that I’ve spent the last few weeks writing about two things: Superheroes and technology. In the last month, I’ve written a round-up of products announced at CES 2011, a think piece on what the end of net neutrality might mean for the average Internet user, a set of 43 hints and tips for improving Windows 7, and an Idiot’s Guide to Jailbreaking. Of course, all of those articles are in Micro Mart, so you’ll have to go and buy the magazine if you want to read them. Trust me, they were all great.

I have, however, written a lot of stuff you can read online. And that’s what’s mainly about superheroes. Tangentally, if not directly.

First, towards the end of December I wrote two things about Edgar Wright. One a brief round-up of his back catalogue (and look ahead to his future work), the other a look at some of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them geek references in Scott Pilgrim.

Next, I did two pieces about how superheroes and video games relate to one another. The first an article on the process of adaptating superheroes to video games, the second a timeline of video-game superheroes and their evolution from derivative Superman rip-offs to moderm deconstructed superheroes.

And recently, I posted a couple of “comic geek’s reaction” articles discussion both Christopher Nolan’s choice of villain in The Dark Knight Rises, and the casting of Henry Cavill as the new Superman.

Finally, if you’re a fan of TV reviews turned around about 15 seconds after I’ve finished watched an episode, you can find my coverage of NBC’s recent Superhero Drama, The Cape. Reviews here of Episode 1 and 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 and Episode 5. Digest version: so bad it’s good, except when it’s so bad you wish the walls would spontaneously cave in around you so that you could stop watching. It’s apparently ending with Episode 10, so I’ll post the next 5 here too at some point, assuming my mental decline isn’t too rapid.

Tron Legacy Review + More

December 16th, 2010

A couple of bits from me have gone up on Den of Geek recently, so I thought I’d do a quick round-up:

Tron Legacy Review – I recently had the fortune (good or terrible, depending on your perspective) to see Tron Legacy’s first UK showing, on the IMAX screen in Waterloo. Subsequently, I did a spoiler-free review of the film for Den of Geek. It’s fair to say that I liked it a lot more that most people, although I acknowledge its flaws, and cannot even defend it against many of them. If you do what I did, and approach it as a two-hour Daft Punk video first and a movie second, you’ll get along with it great.

Dave Gorman Stand Up Live DVD Review -  As a big fan of Dave Gorman’s work, I was looking forward to this, but it’s fair to say that this review is not filled with unreserved praise. I might just be too much of a comedy snob to enjoy straight stand-up anymore, but hey, the site’s called “Den of Geek”, not “Den of General Audience”. Short version: Gorman’s complete command of the stage props up otherwise weak material. There’s a lovely 20-30 minute set in there, but a 90-minute stand-up show? Sadly, not enough going on.

Also, just so you don’t think I was massively slacking over the last month or two, over on Alternate Cover, my co-owned comics blog, I did a “30 Days of Comics” meme, picking out 30 comics/graphic novels that have a special relevance or interest to me and writing about them. Seb’s doing his own 30 posts now, but you can find all of mine linked from the index post if you’re so inclined.

Lost: a TV show

September 13th, 2010

A trifecta of Lost-related articles I wrote has recently gone up on Den of Geek, written to coincide with the release of the show’s sixth and final season on DVD. In case the name hasn’t clued you in, DoG is a site that allows its writers to get deeply, intensely nerdy about its subject matter, so there’s no pretense that its articles must be accessible to a casual audience (although the Season 6 review is, of course). If you’re not a Lost fan, read them at your peril, and please try to understand that it makes sense to some of us.

Lost: The five biggest unsolved mysteries – in which I highlight the five big mysteries that Lost failed to resolve during its six year run, angering fans all over again by reminding them of all the wasted hours.

The 10 Best Lost Episodes – in which I pick out 10 episodes of Lost that can stand alone as a great hour of TV, regardless of how invested you are in the mythology.

Lost Season 6: Blu-Ray Review – in which I review the Blu-Ray release of Season 6, examining the series as a whole with a comprehensive dismissal examination of the extras.

Not bad for a show I devoted SIX YEARS OF MY LIFE TO WATCHING OH GOD IT’S ALL MEANINGLESS.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Review

August 28th, 2010

Since the movie’s out in the UK this weekend, why not take the opportunity to go and read my review of it, as posted on Den of Geek? If you’re the sort of person who cares about star ratings, it’s a solid 4. But why not humour me and read the review anyway?

Also, if you’re a complete masochist who isn’t completely sick of the phrase “Scott Pilgrim”, you head on over to Alternate Cover, my comics blog, and read three in-depth discussions between myself and my co-writer Seb Patrick about how the movies and books stack up against one another, what we liked, and what we didn’t like. Warning: It will be nerdy. Part One covers Scott Pilgrim’s Relationships, Part Two covers Gideon’s Machinations, and Part Three covers, well… a lot of stuff, but in particular, The Adaptation.

I may yet have something to say about the game, but the last thing I want is to get sick of saying the phrase “Scott Pilgrim”, so maybe I’ll exercise a little restraint. Maybe.

Dave Gibbons Interview

May 27th, 2008

Not strictly one of mine, but I did contibute some of the questions to the Den of Geek group interview of Dave Gibbons, so have a look anyway:

Dave Gibbons Interview

Alternate Cover: Screenwriters in Comics

May 13th, 2008

Ever fancy reading a tiredness-fuelled rant about how the comics industry lets people from the movies walk all over them out of some bizarre self-loathing? Of course you do! Here it is.

Alternate Cover: Screenwriters in Comics