The Geek in Review: Guardians of the Galaxy, Titanfall Beta & More!

This is the Geek in Review, the segment where we discuss the top stories in geekdom from the past week. Here are some notable developments, from the week ending February 21st:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy gets a trailer
  • Fantastic Four gets a cast
  • Titanfall releases a beta
  • Arrow to introduce the Suicide Squad

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer released!

So we finally caught a glimpse of Marvel and James Gunn’s much anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy and, as promised, it looks just like a James Gunn movie. Interviews with Marvel and Joss Whedon revealed many months ago that when they approached Gunn, they wanted it to be a James Gunn movie first and foremost. In fact, after Gunn turned in the first treatment of his script, the studio told him to make it “more James Gunn”. read more

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The Cast for The Fantastic Four Reboot is Really, Really Young

It seems that the cast for the new stab at The Fantastic Four franchise is more or less in place and it is a veritable “who’s who” in young Hollywood.

20th Century Fox have penciled in (but no finalized) all four major parts:

  • Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm.
  • Miles Teller (21 & Over) as Mr. Fantastic
  • Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tin Tin) as The Thing
  • Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Chronicle) as The Human Torch

It’s a gutsy move casting Teller as Mr. Fantastic. The patriarch of the Fantastic family is known for his iconic silver sideburns ala Mitt Romney. Miles Teller is in his mid-twenties. It’s a bit of a leap in imagination to picture a 26-year-old boldly commanding a space flight. To date the youngest astronaut ever to get to space was Sally Ride at 32. read more

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You’ve Probably Never Heard of… Erik The Viking

If you’re a Tim Robbins fan then you probably know he doesn’t always stick to the serious roles. In fact, over his long career you’d be just as likely to find him in a comedy as you would a drama. But did you know that in 1988 he starred in the Terry Jones film Erik the Viking?

Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) both wrote and directed the film that was loosely inspired by the children’s book The Saga of Erik the Viking, also written by Jones. The film features another M.P alum John Cleese as Halfdan the Blackand was produced by the Monty Python Production Company ‘Prominent Features’.
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True Detective Season 1 Episode 5 Recap “The Secret Fate of All Life” Possibly the Best Episode Yet.

In a one hour span, this weeks episode “The Secret Fate of All Life”, reached the depths of a power house film. The benefit of a 4 episode build, and some brilliant writing by Nic Pizzolatto.

In the last episode Marty and Rust’s “off book” investigation came to a boiling point, when for the sake of a lead on Ledoux, Rust was dragged into an armed robbery by his old biker contact Ginger. The ill planned robbery quickly slips into chaos and the episode ends with Rust pulling Ginger out of damnation, in a 6 minute ‘one shot’ that is sure to be studied by film students for years to come. read more

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: The 6 Craziest Developments!

Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was another busy one. There is lots of stuff happening in the world of flesh-eating zombies. We think that calls for another weekly recap! At Max Level Geek, we try to distill that down to the major plot developments and ask the questions on your mind. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned this week.

Careful, season 4 spoilers ahead!

In the last episode, we found Carl and Rick rediscovering what it means to have a home life and Michonne trying to forget her past. This week, we discover what happened to most of the others who fled from the prison after the Governor’s devastating attack. Here are the six craziest developments: read more

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Nike is Finally Working on the Power Laced Shoes From ‘Back To The Future II’

In the greatest advancement in human technology since power sliced bread, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield (yes, that’s a real name) says that by 2015 the power laces featured in Back To The Future II will be a reality.

If you aren’t familiar with the Nike Air MAG which Marty McFly wears in the film, they are futuristic shoes that look comfortable as hell and also lace themselves up at the push of the button. If you aren’t familiar with Back To The Future more generally then get out, we don’t want you here! read more

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Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: 4 Craziest Developments

Downton Abbey just aired it’s 7th episode of the season and you know what that means: it’s time for a recap!

Here at Max Level Geek were are of the mind that the only thing better than enjoying your favorite show is geeking out over it with your fellow fans. So what do you say we get started, there’s lots of broken engagements to cover! Whoops,  SPOILERS ahead!

1. Did Bates kill Mr. Green?

Last episode ended, hinting that Bates possibly knew about Mr. Green’s assault on Anna. In this episode, Bates takes a day off and the next day we find out Mr. Green bit the dust. He presumably fell into oncoming traffic. When Anna tries to get an answer from Bates, he says he only does things deserving of doing (whatever that means). We don’t know for sure, but we always thought of Bates as a thug. So, yeah, he probably did it. Get your swag on boy! read more

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Downton Abbey Drinking Game: Season 4 Episode 7

If you’re a Downtonian (did you pay attention to last week’s recap?), then it’s safe to say you’re excited for tonight’s episode. What better way to take part in that than by playing this week’s Max Level TV Drinking Game?!

A few rules:

1. If you’re too young to drink, you’ll be considered one of the “downstairs crew”. Your job is to make the supper, clean the dishes, and be everyone’s peon for the rest of the night. read more

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Jack Black To Star In ‘Goosebumps’ Movie

Get your nostalgia hats out boys and girls, because Goosebumps is coming to a theater near you.

Director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels, Monsters vs Aliens) has signed on, as has his perennial favorite actor, Jack Black. The two have already collaborated in “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Shark Tale”

According to TheWrap, Black will be playing an “R.L. Stine-like” author whose scary characters come to life, forcing him to “hide from his own creepy creations.” That sounds like a Goosebumps story, if there ever was one. read more

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5 Actors Snubbed by the Oscars

The 2014 Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner. There’s no telling who will win awards in their respective categories but this much is for sure: the nominees are in. We know who the contending actors are. But can you name some worthy contenders who didn’t make the cut?

If not, that’s okay. But keep in mind, there have been many times when people were overlooked in the past. In fact, there are quite a few notable Oscar snubs. So for this new segment, called Retroactive Geek Out (where we examine films from cinema past), we will be looking at this very thing. Specifically, 5 actors that received an undeserved Oscar snub. read more

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