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May The Force Be With You.

 By Geeky Gem

You may think from the title of this blog that this might be about Star Wars. However this is not about Star Wars but about 4 Geeks that came together to start a blog.

 

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15 months ago Hmsbeefnuts and myself came together and decided it was time we hit the internet with of own brand of fun and geekness. Along the way bloggers have joined us, Kirkie Chick with her fabulous take on gaming for girls and her weekly top 10. Caelrona joined us and she brought a mix of anime and manga all the way from America. We even had guest blogs from Ammzzy who told about Wolf Grit by Anne Rice and few choice other things.

We’ve had a lot of fun, from KirkieChick, Ammzzy and Myself spending the weekend at the SFX Weekender to my trip to Hogwarts. You’ve enjoyed Hmsbeefnuts own brand of blogging and had some great stuff from across the sea with Caelrona. I am guessing by now that you may know where I am going with this. So I guess I better get to it.

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With the increasing lack of time that myself and Hmsbeefnuts seem to have lately we can now longer give All Geek To Me the time it should have. So it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close All Geek To Me down. It’s a very sad time as after 15 months and 90,000 views we have to go. Which is a shame we have worked very hard on the blogs you have all come to read and we thank you all very much if you have ever read, commented or liked anything we have done.

I hope you have enjoyed all we have had for you to view here at All Geek To Me.

But for the last time this is good-bye from us and thank you.

Hmsbeefunts, Geeky Gem, Kirkie Chick and Caelrona.

 

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary – Dead Poets Society

 

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Movie of the Month: April 2013

By Hmsbeefnuts and Geeky Gem

Iron Man 3

Well I guess it’s April, and that means that it’s time for me to pick a movie of the month. Easy Choice for me this month, the start of Marvel Phase 2, Iron Man 3 looks like it’s going to be brilliant. Love Downey Jnr. Love Shane Black, love Iron Man, love Marvel. It’s gona kick Summer off in a big way. What will be the post credits sequence? So exciting, check out the trailer…

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Well I am not going to lie, Iron Man 3 looks amazing. However as I have to pick something else I think you should go see I have gone with the Evil Dead. I love the original movie and the fact it was banned for so long made me only like it more. If you dont know the story it follows Five friends that head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of the Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. Now the trailer I am going to show you at the bottom is the red band trailer, as the green band one really waters it down and that’s just no fun.

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My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

For my last trivia of March I thought I would go with  nice stop motion movie, from the studio that brought you Wallace and Gromit. That’s right this week is a short look at The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

piratesAdewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was originally going to play Peg Leg Hastings.

Peg Leg Hastings’ line “lock up your daughters” when he enters the pirate pub is a reference to the Slade song with the same title.

The inhabitants of the “plague ship” are clearly lepers, and were named as such in the trailer. The word leper was removed from the finished film after complaints by a Leprosy charity organization.

Brian Blessed is printed above the tick box representing the best choice for ‘Roaring’ at ‘The Pirate of the Year’ awards. Blessed performs the voice of the Pirate King.

The film is based on Gideon Defoe’s novels ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists’ (the Pirates encounter Darwin and Bobo) and ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling’ (the Pirates face off against Cutlass Liz).

In real life, Charles Darwin was a member of the Gourmet or Glutton society which involved eating, not necessarily endangered, but unusual animals such as parakeets and owls.

The film is primarily stop-motion animation, but computer-generated animation was used for much of the scenery (the sky and sea primarily).

Well i did say a short visit didn’t I? Well intll next time bye bye.

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 24th March 2013

By Kirkiechick

 

Hello and welcome to the film chart this week!  We have a new number 1. The family film The Croods has knocked Oz the Great and Powerful off the top spot. This new film is the story of a pre-historic cave family who have to leave the safety of their cave home after an earth disturbance to find a new home. A long the way they see new wonders and meet new people. It does look funny and one for all the family. Let us see the rest of the film chart.

 

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1. The Croods, £5,372,290 (New)

2. Jack the Giant Slayer, £1,591,736 (New)

3. Oz the Great and Powerful, £1,345,135: Total: £10,085,578

4. Identity Thief, £1,313,162 (New)

5. Side Effects, £609,406: Total: £3,400,378

6. Wreck-It Ralph, £236,580: Total: £22,329,961

7. Stolen, £202,373 (New)

8. Welcome to the Punch, £194,861: Total: £974,862

9. Parker, £137,027: Total: £1,578,781

10. Mama, £111,739: Total: £5,321,101

 

At number 2 is a new entry for Jack the Giant Slayer. A different take on the Jack and the Beanstalk story. A family film for everyone with an all-star cast. At number 3 we have Oz the Great and Powerful, still entertaining families before the Easter holidays. The film is amazing! I recommend you go see. At number 4 is Identity Thief, a comedy starring Jason Bateman as a guy who finds his identity has been stolen by a woman in another American state. Instead of going to the Police he decides to deal with the situation himself. Chaos ensues when he meets the woman. Side Effects is at number 5. A brilliant psychological film which will make you think. At number 6 is Wreck-It-Ralph. A fun child’s film but for everyone, based around a video game character, Ralph. Number 7 is a new entry with Stolen. Nicholas Cage stars as a con who is released from prison and wants to mend his broken relationship with his daughter. Unfortunately he has enemy who kidnap his daughter and the ransom is for him to rob a bank for her release. Welcome to the Punch is at number 8. It is a good gritty cop drama with twists and turns. A t number 9 is Parker. Jason Statham stars as a criminal out for revenge on his old cohorts. A number 10 is Mama. Still making audiences jump.

 

That is all for this week. This series of articles is taking a break and may be able to be found elsewhere in the near future! So look out for the top ten film chart by Kirkiechick.

 

(Source: The Guardian Online)

Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday WhimsyBy: Caelrona

Heya fellow geeks! It is Wednesday again, which means I’m back with another geeky blog for ya’ll. Nothing exciting has been going on this past week; well nothing exciting that I haven’t already covered like a hundred different times. New Walking Dead, new Vikings; but I’ve talked about those things already. So anyway, I thought that this week I would talk about something new. I went over my old posts and I noticed that I’ve seemed to totally skip over something I love to do; read. I mean, I’ve posted about manga, but that’s about it. So this week I thought I’d bring you some great and geeky books. Some of these I’ve loved for a long time, and others are recent reads that really caught my attention.

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The Harper Hall Trilogy

The Harper Hall Trilogy was written by the amazingly talented Anne McCaffrey. It takes place in the world of Pern, and ties in with her Dragon Riders of Pern series of books. However, this trilogy breaks away from the Dragon Riders a bit, instead giving us a perspective of Pern from someone who is not a Rider, but more or less a normal person. The entire trilogy is brilliant, but then I am a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey. I literally learned to read with her books, and I truly believe that they played an integral part in my love of literature as I grew up. Her world is so beautiful and vivid, her characters so real and the stories so full of emotion and life that I will finish a book feeling like I’ve truly lived another life. It isn’t just the Dragon Riders series that I love; Anne McCaffrey was truly a talented woman and her other works (such as The Ship Who Sang, or The Rowan,) and those of her son Todd McCaffrey are excellent as well. If you’re into fantasy or science fiction then you should check her work out. I can guarantee that they will not disappoint!

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Rot and Ruin

Rot and Ruin is the first in a series of four books by Jonathan Mayberry. They take place in a world 14 years after a zombie apocalypse ravaged the planet. People have banded together, cobbled together small towns and learned to live with the undead. So far three of the four books in the series have been released, though I have only read the first one, Rot and Ruin. It is a really excellent book if you are in to zombies, which I totally am. The world Mayberry creates of a post-zombie-apocalypse is really close to how I would picture it actually being. The different people, the towns and outposts, the paranoia and cult-like belief following that sort of disaster are really believable. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and if you are a zombie lover like me then I highly recommend this series.

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter was written by the brilliant J.K. Rowling, but most people already know that. This 7-book series became so amazingly popular that it spawned 8 movies, countless video games and even a theme park! While I’m not particularly impressed with the movies (blegh, the second one was so bad I couldn’t bring myself to watch anymore) the books are incredible. There is a reason that these books have developed a cult-like following, and if you’ve not read them then I highly suggest you give them a chance. I re-read these books at least once a year, usually in a 2-day marathon that leaves me exhausted, but it is totally worth it.

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Reading is something that I am really passionate about. I really enjoy reading because reading is not only a great way to learn and grow as an individual, but it can take you to so many places and be anything you want to be. It is a really fantastic way to expand your mind, and to escape reality and do things you may never get the chance to in real life. I read a lot of different things, even though I pretty much focused on Fantasy-fiction and Science-fiction works with this blog. In particular, I also read a lot of romance, but I figured that wasn’t quite geeky enough for a blog (although for those geeks who do like romance, try Gena Showalter, Christine Feehan and Jayne Castle. Their paranormal romance books are awesome!) Anyway, I’ll see you next week!

Until next time,

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

This week I thought we would take a break from my Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost  love fest and bring you an all round action movie. Starring the great Liam Neeson. Taken is a brilliant movie and here is way.

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Doing this film propelled Famke Janssen to take action in the real fight against corruption. She now serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.

The martial art style used by Liam Neeson is Nagasu Do. It’s a hybrid martial art style that borrows from Judo, Aikido and Ju Jitsu.

Before any action takes place, Bryan already has scratches to the left side of his face. Hinting at his “spare time” activities.

The curved knife used in the final fight is a karambit. It’s an Indonesian /Malaysian weapon and the finger hole in the handle makes it very difficult to disarm, which was evident in the fight scene.

According to Liam Neeson, he agreed to take this role because he believed that the film was going to be a straight-to-DVD release.

The singer’s name in the movie is Sheerah. In Hebrew, shirah is the feminine form of the word meaning “sing”.

All of Liam Neeson’s character’s ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in ‘spy’ or ‘cop thriller’ television shows and movies – Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender, Leland Orser was in both The Pretender and 24, and David Warshofsky has appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.

In the film, Katie Cassidy’s character (Amanda) is 19 years old and Maggie Grace’s character (Kim) is 17 years old. In real life, Maggie is 3 years older than Katie.

Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for the role.

Over the course of the movie, Bryan kills 35 people in order to get to his daughter.

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 17th March 2013

By Kirkiechick

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s chart! The number 1 has stayed the same, Oz the Great and Powerful. I went to see this last week. I really enjoyed it in IMAX 3D. The visuals are amazing and the 3D is worth it. I highly recommend watching in 3D. Let us see the rest of the chart.

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1. Oz the Great and Powerful, £2,609,465: Total: £7,683,699

2. Side Effects, £759,363: Total: £2,277,861

3. Welcome to the Punch, £460,250 (New)

4. Wreck-It Ralph, £426,343: Total: £21,995,949

5. Parker, £308,335: Total: £1,229,889

6. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, £305,936 (New)

7. Mama, £266,521: Total: £5,054,683

8. Red Dawn, £255,448 (New)

9. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, £221,452: Total: £3,178,317

10. The Guilt Trip, £157,016: Total: £814,530

 

At number 2 we have Side Effects. This film is an interesting thriller. I do recommend the film as a good psychological drama. A number 3 is a new entry with Welcome to the Punch. A British cop drama produced by Ridley Scott. The cast consists of a “who is who” of British television actors and a couple of big star British actors, James McAvoy and Mark Strong. I went to see this film and it did feel like a BBC cop drama. It is still a good film just very British with some stylised American camera shots. Wreck-It Ralph is at number 4, still bringing the families in to watch and probably a few adults too! At number 5 is Parker. A Jason Statham film. So think action and punch ups! Number 6 is a new entry with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. From the trailer this looked really funny with Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin. The story is the rivalry between two magicians who have been on the circuit for a long time and the threat of the new breed of magician. At number 7 is Mama. The film is very jumpy. It is worth a watch. Red Dawn is at number 8. A remake of an invasion film from the 1980s. This version stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games). This time around instead of Soviet soldiers invading it is North Korean ones. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is still in the chart at number 9. A good action film. At number 10 is The Guilt Trip. It is a funny comedy and probably sons would recognise and embarrassing Mum is fusses over their sons!

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

 

(Source: The Guardian Online)

Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy

By: Caelrona

Hiya all! The week is over already and I’m just sitting here wondering where it went. But anyway, Happy St. Patty’s Day to any of our readers who celebrate it. Aside from it being a small holiday; Sunday also brought us new episodes of The Walking Dead and Vikings; both of which I am loving so much. But today’s blog isn’t about television, no matter how much we all love it. Today I thought I’d talk about video games a bit. Lots of stuff happening on that front that I’m excited about; Minecraft just brought the 1.5 update which is murdering me with lag. That’s ok, Mojang, it isn’t like I was excited to play with the daylight sensors or anything. The newest Simcity was also released, but talk online says there are problems with it. Last but not least, Hidden Path Entertainment has finally stepped up to bring our beloved Age of Empires 2 into the modern age with an HD remake. So, let’s get started shall we?

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Mojang finally released the much anticipated Redstone Update; otherwise known as Minecraft update 1.5. I’ve been waiting for this for a while with a lot of anticipation, because the daylight detector is a much needed circuit component and I loved playing with random redstone circuits. Unfortunately, the update did more than just bring new items. It brought lag; horrible, terrible, game stuttering lag. I mean, my laptop probably isn’t the best machine to run Minecraft on anyway; but this is just ridiculous. I get lag standing still. Aside from that they also changed the way texture packs have to be laid out, which means a lot of work for me converting mine to the new layout. In the long run, I’m sure I’ll eventually love the Redstone update, probably after a 1.5.1 hotfix to address the lag issue, but for now; screw you too, Mojang. =(

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EA finally brought fans what they’ve been begging for with a brand new Simcity that has apparently crashed and burned since its launch. From what I’ve been reading, I’m really glad that I haven’t bought it yet. Apparently they are attempting to sell Simcity as an MMO, which is kind of silly. Take it from a Sim nerd; we don’t play Sim games to deal with other people. We play Sim games to control everything. An option to play with certain people would have been loved by pretty much all fans. Forcing us to play with random people, on the other hand, is not really welcome at all. We could just do PUG’s in World of Warcraft if we wanted to play with random players of questionable skill. Speaking of questionable skill; the AI built into the Sims is laughable. I don’t really think it can even be called AI, since there is no intelligence to it at all. They don’t actually have individual lives, as was promised. Instead they work at whatever the closest workplace is and live wherever the closest house is. But amid all the bad, there is some good news; apparently someone modded Simcity to work completely offline, proving the EA’s statements about online server play being integral to the game was a load of bunk. So hopefully the amazing modders out there can give us a functional Simcity that Sim-fans can love.

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Hidden Path Entertainment is making many oldschool gamers very happy with an Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings HD release this coming April via Steam. I was so excited when I heard the news. I spent plenty of time playing Age of Empires, and having my friends slaughter me in online play. I still play it occasionally, although the hoops I jump through in order to run it on my Windows 7 machine without glitching are ridiculous. All of which is precisely why I am so excited; the HD release will feature updated graphics and had been designed to run on newer machines and operating systems. No more crappy graphics caused by Aero. As a bonus, they aren’t simply updating Age of Kings; they are also including The Conquerors expansion all in one glorious HD bundle, which is nice because that means we won’t have to turn around and pay again just to get those 5 civilizations. The best thing? They are charging a measly little $19.99 USD for this (a perfectly reasonable price, in my opinion) instead of some ridiculous amount that gamers would still begrudgingly pay for their much loved game. All in all, Hidden Path Entertainment is full of win!

Of course there are tons of other games being released, or have just been released recently that I’m also excited about. I mean, we did just get a Walking Dead game, and they announced Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag for then end of this year. All of which is super exciting, and I’m totally looking forward to them all. But since I didn’t want to bore you with tons of game announcements, I stuck to what pretty much sums up as my Top 3. I don’t know about you; but I’ve got some gaming to do!

Until next time,

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

My Days Off: Movies

By Geeky Gem

I feel the natural conclusion to these blogs is to tell you about some movies I have watched on my days off in recent weeks. Now I havent been to the cinema since The Hobbit came out shocking I know, I will fix that. So most of the movies I will talk about here will be ones I have seen on DVD or Blu-Ray at home.

Total Recall (2012)

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Now I am a fan of the original Total Recall so I was a bit unsure of this movie. When you sit down to watch and you have seen the other one the one thing you have to keep in mind is that this is not a remake but a re-working og of Philip K. Dick’s book. We’ll remember it for you wholesale, is the book this movie is based on and I have to admit I liked it a lot. It’s a great action movie and perfect if you like that genre.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

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I found this little gem on Netflix and only started to watch it as I love Alan Tudyk. Its comedy horror where Tucker and Dale go into th words to do up their cabin so that they can spend summers their fishing and what not. However things do not go as planned when some teenagers show up and think that Tucker and Dale are there to kill them. It’s a funny little movie and worth a watch.

Skyfall

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Did you really think I wasnt going to buy this on Blu-Ray when it came out. It was brilliant on the big screen and loses nothing coming from your smaller screen a brilliant end to the trilogy. Fantastic acting and an awesome story is what makes Skyfall one of my favourite all time Bond movies.

The A-Team

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I love this movie as it based on one of favourite shows as a kid, as you can tell by now I love a good action movie. There is nothing wrong with this, yes at first i was a bit like really your making an A-Team movie please don’t ruin this. They didn’t but it didn’t make a lot of money hence no sign of a sequel. If you havent seen it check it out.

Harry Potter

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These movies are my default if I fancy nothing else. So you will find I watch these at lest a few times a year. I wont tell you how much I love them as you should know from other blogs I have done.

There we have it just some of the movies I have watched on my days off.

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

Last week I shared some trivia about Shaun of the Dead, this week I bring you the second film in the Cornetto trilogy. Hot Fuzz, another movie form Edgar Wright are you seeing the link here.

 Simon Pegg had weapons training in preparation for his role as Nick Angel, and also learned how to skid a bicycle properly along the way.

Lead character “Nicholas Angel” was named in homage to Nick Angel who worked as music supervisor for this film as well as Shaun of the Dead.

Throughout the film, Sergeant Angel uses a Vauxhall Astra Diesel and a Subaru Impreza WRX. The Subaru’s markings are “HF” obviously referring to the film title.

The code name “Dead Right”, which the film was shipped to British cinemas with, is actually the name of a short amateur film that Edgar Wright wrote and directed, when he was a student.

The judges for the Best Kept Village competition near the end of the film are played by Peter Wild and the mothers of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.

Although Bill Bailey plays two different Sergeant Turners they both wear a uniform with service number 101 – even when they are appearing in the same scene.

Sampson the dog (who played Saxon the dog) was not allowed to become a real police dog as he was considered too friendly.

The first draft of the script included a love interest for Nicholas named Victoria. She was cut from subsequent drafts, but a good amount of her dialog was given to Danny, often without any changes.

The names of the townspeople of Sandford are almost all words for occupations or activities: Cooper, Porter, Turner, Shooter, Prosser, Hatcher, Paver, Butcher, Skinner, Fisher, Walker, Thatcher, Weaver, Roper, Tiller, Reaper, Messenger, Staker, Treacher, Cocker, Blower, Draper, Merchant.

Nick Frost got so attached to his Winchester shotgun during filming he named it “Emma”.

Again we have come to the end of another week in the world of trivia. See you next time.

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