DREDDwatch Bonus – #DayOfDredd


Some late breaking news for Dredd fans everywhere, I got word of this after I’d already posted my last Dreddwatch, but I couldn’t let it go by without doing my bit to help the cause. What follows is the message from the fan-run Make a Dredd Sequel campaign about the #DayOfDredd! Continue reading

The Technology of Big Hero 6


Disney’s Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate reality that differs from our world in two major ways: the culture is a melding of American and Japanese influences, and the technological development is slightly more advanced than ours. Let’s take a look at some of that technology. Continue reading

On Pelennor Fields: Taking a Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand

On Pelennor Fields

To many of us with geeky inclinations, you can’t think about New Zealand without thinking at least a little bit about the Lord of the Rings. So, when our family visited New Zealand, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a Lord of the Rings tour on Pelennor Fields. Continue reading

9 Pirate Myths Exposed for Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day


Hollywood and pirate novels would have you believe that pirates were swashbucklers living a life of pleasure on the seas, fighting only when they had to. They make it easy to see past the fact that they were stealing gold and other valuables by making the people they were stealing it from seem worse than them. Well, I enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day as much as most other geeks, but I think it’s important to add a dose of reality. So I’m here to dispel some of the more popular myths about pirates, and to confirm a few as well. Continue reading

Starring Adam West Examines Life as an Icon and What Happens When the Cameras Stop


Starring Adam West is a look into the life of the actor who captured the world with his portrayal of Batman before sinking into obscurity, then remaking himself to be relevant to a whole new generation. Continue reading

GeekDad Book Review: The Art of John Alvin


You know John Alvin’s work, even if you don’t know his name. Starting in 1974, the Massachusetts-born artist created dozens of the movie industry’s most memorable posters, from Blazing Saddles to The Lion King to E.T. and Blade Runner. He also designed a range of other movie-tie-in imagery, like the original Star Wars Concert poster and a popular fifteenth-anniversary Alien print. Continue reading

On the Set for a Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been adapted to a motion picture starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, which opens on October 10. Last year, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the set. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes With Big Hero 6


Continuing the streak that began with Tangled, Disney Animation’s next feature is also their first animated adaptation of a Marvel property, Big Hero 6. Not long ago, I was invited to spend a day at the studio with the artists behind this new film. We met the producer, directors, designers and artists, many of whom also worked on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled. We saw storyboards, concept art and several extended sequences of the heroes in action and spoke with the animators who put it all together. Continue reading

It’s Not Hawkeye’s Fault!

Jeremy Renner watches Joss Whedon attempt interpretive dance.

Hawkeye’s bad archery is not Jeremy Renner’s fault. The latest photos from the set show director Joss Whedon demonstrating an alleged “archery pose” for actor Jermey Renner, and suddenly it all becomes clear; Renner’s archery mistakes in the first film can be laid squarely at Joss Whedon’s door. Continue reading