We at Jack and the Geekstalk love interacting with like minded people. Sometimes in normal conversation topics like comic books, video games and superheroes can be dismissed by people purporting to be ‘grown ups’ classing them as childish! Rude I know!
It is a breath of fresh air to be able to share our opinions on whatever we want no matter how ‘nerdy’ or ‘geeky’ the subject matter is. This is what has inspired our 2017 Community Year.
We want to build on the awesome community we are a part of, working with other blogs, podcasts and geeky people to talk about anything and everything that we are passionate about.
I thought we would start simple. A topic of eternal discussion in this group is film, so below you’ll find a little something from each community member about their favourite film and what they think makes it brilliant. Hopefully our community will grow as time goes by and this will be the first of many collaborations.
Without further ado, please enjoy the Community’s favourite films!
Ben from Supernerds UK – @HailLeviathan, @SuperNerdsUK
“A paragraph about my favourite film is tough. I’m a waffler at the best of times. My favourite film is Jaws, because, well, it’s Jaws. Arguably the first summer blockbuster, combining horror with action with humour, it provided a template for summer tentpole movies for years to come. Spielberg proved his genius and John Williams proved two notes could be scary. As of the time of writing this, I’ve still never been in a natural body of water.”
Chris Smolinski – @RamblingRiter
South Devon Geek Squad – @SouthDevonGeeks
“Being asked about what is my favourite movie, I didn’t have to think very hard. It is Brandon Lee’s final movie: The Crow. The story begins with a resurrection from the dead; a rock star named Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) is murdered, along with his fiancée, on the eve of their wedding. His soul is escorted to the next world by a crow, but when a spirit is unhappy there, because of unsettled business on Earth, sometimes the crow will bring them back again. So a year later, on Halloween’s Eve (which is also called Devil’s Night) Eric reappears on Earth, swearing vengeance on those who committed the murders. Flashbacks recreate the original murder, and then Eric, led by the crow, treks through the mean, rainy, midnight streets on his lonely quest. He has fashioned for himself some death-head make-up and, since he is already dead, of course bullets cannot harm him. I loved the way the camera swoops high above the city, or dips low for extreme-angle shots through the film. Shadows cast fearsome daggers into the light and buildings are exaggerated in their details, The Crow, with its fast pace and countless camera set-ups reflects a bleak modern sensibility and remains one of my all-time favourite films.”
Ben from #nerdschatting – ben@nerdschatting, @nerdschatting
It’s a story about Hope
Have you ever seen The Shawshank Redemption? If you have you’ll probably agree with, at least some of, the following! However, if you haven’t… it really is worth finding the DVD/Blu Ray/Digital copy, settling down on a wet Saturday afternoon, and watching the number 1 movie in 4 of the 5 IMDB Top Rated movie categories.
Based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (from the Different Seasons novella, subtitled “Hope Springs Eternal”), and directed by Frank Darabont; The Shawshank Redemption is, at its beginning, a movie about one man (Andy Dufresne), thrown into Shawshank State Penitentiary for killing his wife. Now, you aren’t told straight away if he is guilty of this crime, and given the actions of the man, you’re never quite sure if he did it or not until the plot wants to reveal the truth to the viewer. The story develops over several years where Andy remains incarcerated in the brutal, unforgiving setting of Shawshank prison, starting lasting friendships and changing the prison environment for those living within it for the better. The core theme of the movie is hope.
Andy says these words, in a letter to a friend, “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things”, and it’s this line that always sticks with me as a viewer. During hard times in my own life, The Shawshank Redemption has always been able to give me a much needed boost. It’s helped me to retain hope that everything will be all right. Even in the face of crushing adversity, when everything is going wrong and the world is piling pressure on you, these words will always ring in my ears…“hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things”.
This is why I love the Shawshank Redemption; yes it’s a movie about prison life, violence (both physical and sexual), corruption and death, and yet …at its core…it’s a movie about hope.
Seb Reeves – @TheRealMrSeb
‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…’ Roy Batty’s closing monologue wraps up the vision of a grim future that is ‘Blade Runner’. There are a number of scene’s that make this movie pure genius; from the constant rainfall that accompanies Deckard‘s search for the rogue replicants, To Gaff’s closing statement ‘It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?’ The film draws you in, and you find yourself rooting for both hunter and the hunted alike.
Markus – @TheMarckoguy
My favourite movie is David Fincher’s “Fight Club”. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s book of the same name, it explores the themes of anti-consumerism, anarchism and freedom. And the movies does all of this in a very entertaining and surprisingly fascinating way. But not only is the plot terrific, the performances (especially Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden) are absolutely fantastic. The movie also has some of the darkest humour I’ve ever experienced in a movie, but it works and it makes me laugh every time, though I can understand why some wouldn’t find it funny. I of course also have to commend David Fincher’s directing of the movie, because he did a pretty damn great job. Really, there’s nothing I dislike or even get mildly annoyed at about “Fight Club”. It is without a doubt my favourite movie, and I’m sure it will continue being that for as long as I live (and even when I’m dead).
Ian from SuperNerds UK – @SuperNerdsUK
It’s Pulp Fiction for me, perfectly written, perfectly acted! For a film that at times seems to be trying too hard to be cool, this is an intelligent, thoughtful, funny part of now classic cinema! This film has become deservedly a cultural icon! My favourite film ever!
Lou from Jack and the Geekstalk – @Lola_Flump, @JackGeekstalk
Howl’s Moving Castle; I love almost all the Ghibli films, but Howl‘s is the one that gives me a feeling of having a blanket wrapped around me- it’s a comfort film. There are a few reasons why I love it, I think the animation is hard not to find fascinating and it gives a smooth feel to all the transitions and scene changes. I’ve seen a lot of animations where you don’t connect with the characters because you can’t pick up on their non-verbal signals, but the combination of truly brilliant drawing and sequencing, alongside the excellent voice acting, means you still get all the unsaid stuff too. When Sophie is looking out across the valley contemplating, you feel like you understand her thoughts, whereas in other animations it would just be a flat still picture that means little. I also think the story is crafted well. There are so many strands to it; growing up, seeing beauty inside, finding your self worth, putting others first… As well as the love stories, which are not the conventional romantic boy and girl fall in love stories, but have so much more depth. It is a clever and meaningful film, without being too heavy or emotion-laden; it’s a film to enjoy as a child or adult and I come back to it again and again. Plus I really want to live in the moving castle and have fried breakfast sitting in front of Calcifer‘s Fire. (Does anyone else find Studio Ghibli films make them really hungry??)
Luke from Jack and the Geekstalk – @Lucas_Whizz, @JackGeekstalk
T2: Judgment Day. Explosions! Truck/motorcycle chases! Guns! Robots.. err sorry. Cybernetic Organisms! One liners! What’s not to like with T2: Judgment Day? When you get a cult classic like The Terminator surprise a whole generation with just how different it was from stuff that came before it’s a special thing. I mean I assume so; I wasn’t actually born until after the sequel released. When you have a sequel that is not only better than the first but helps build and shape the universe so well it just leaves you always wanting more, now that’s a special thing. The sense of awe I got when I first saw the T-1000 shape shift into another person or when it morphed through the metal bars was just incredible, and bringing Arnie back as the good guy was genius. Never have I felt so sad with one simple gesture, thumbs up everyone. The second terminator film for me is the Ultimate Sci-Fi movie, one that I have watched over and over again and one that I will always continue to go back to. Let’s just forget about the awful sequels and reboots. Hasta la vista, baby.
Chris from We Have a Hulk – @chris_hulkpod, @wehaveahulkpod
Nicola from We have a Hulk – @nicola_hulkpod, @wehaveahulkpod
Dan from Nerdifi – @Nerdifi_MCR
It was a triumph of marketing, sure, but my 7 year old self gobbled up whatever bat-merch I could prior to the film’s VHS release (unfortunately I was too young to see this theatrically).
The end product did not disappoint. Michael Keaton gave a tour-de-force performance as a psychologically malformed Bruce Wayne whose only purpose is the monster he has created. Jack Nicholson defined the archetype for the comic book movie villain for nearly two decades. But the star of the show has to be Anton Furst‘s stunning production design that elevated the material while raising the bar for the Hollywood blockbuster.