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  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #34: "The Iron Giant"

    I'm not a cryer. I'm not saying that to earn macho points. It's just me. On rare occasions of extreme, personal emotional distress, I have been known to unleash the floodgates. I sniffled uncontrollably through the fifteen minutes before my wedding, for example. When it comes to movies and TV shows,...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #33: The Muppet Movie

    It's been tough, watching the Muppets lately. Don't get me wrong. I always love seeing them, even if they're shilling Pizza Hut or lamely schticking it up with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. When they do a movie, I' m there. I saw "Muppets From Space" at the theater in its initial release, something...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #30: "Superman"

    For a Man of Steel, he's a pretty bendable guy. As such, Superman can be tricky to put a finger on. Writers have grappled with creating his stories for decades, because unlike many other durable fictional characters, he's something of a blank slate. Is he an invulnerable mythic figure whose stories should...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #28: "Jurassic Park"

    I have very vivid memories of the summer of 1993. I had my first girlfriend ever during that summer, a winsome lass named JoAnn. Whilst I was ensnared in the rapture of teenage love with this supple young thing, a second supple young thing by the name of Renee also had a crush on me. It never got pointy...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #27: Star Wars: A New Hope

    It's hard to write this. Don't get me wrong. I love my gig here at JHM, and writing pieces for you fine folks to gander as you sip your coffee, snarf your lunch, or just stick it to The Man at work--well, it's mad fun. It's just that, this very moment, I'm finding it hard to write anything at all. You...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #0: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    What is zero? Maybe it's nothing. Maybe it's sumless. Maybe it's empty. Or from a certain point of view, it's everything. It's the beginning, the start, the foundation. The true zero of my geek life can be found in a few places, but the spot that's perhaps fondest in my heart is "Star Trek II: The Wrath...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #20: The Empire Strikes Back

    There's a pretty classic story about George Lucas and the opening day of "Star Wars" in 1977. As the film premiered in New York and Los Angeles, he was busy in a dark room mixing foreign language versions of the film. His then-wife Marsha arrived and they decided to have dinner together. Heading toward...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #19: Spider-Man

    Ah, angst. Such a sweet emotion. Usually the province of teenagers and star-crossed lovers, it's been used to perhaps its greatest effect by one of the most successful creative minds of the century. I speak, of course, of Stan "The Man" Lee. In tandem with a handful of artists who matched his own wild...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #18: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    I have a terrible geek confession to make. But I'm afraid. Terrified that if I reveal this dirty secret, I will lose any and all geek credibility I have. I will be laughed out of Star Trek conventions and forced to turn over my autographed Boba Fett action figure. I will never be allowed to sit quietly...
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    I spent the early days of my post-college career at what stands currently for me as the Best Job Ever (Copyright 2004 Matt Springer Enterprises). I was an assistant editor for the Official "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Magazine. See, I had studied English in college. And I wanted to write, but I did not...
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    When I was a kid, "E.T." scared the crap out of me. I first saw it when I was six, back in the halcyon days of 1982. It blew my fragile little mind. I remember wanting "E.T." toys, so like any dutiful brat, I clamored until I got one-a replica of the plant people's spaceship with a little E.T. inside...
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    "She's sweet, but she's f***ed up." That's one of my favorite lines ever. It's from "Rushmore," the sophomore effort from writer/director Wes Anderson. It's one of Bill Murray's lines; he plays Herman Blume in the film. As he says the line, he's on a hospital elevator with a couple lit cigarettes in...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #12: Batman

    Picture a pre-pubescent me, acne sprouting up like weeds across the oily plain of his face, visiting his local comic book shop. His eyes dart across the racks. His heart starts to race. His hand adjusts the baseball cap perched awkwardly atop his enormous head, a trucker-style hat back when such headwear...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #6: Die Hard

    As I sit here, a few weeks after Christmas 2003 and just a day after the sad end of what we've come to know as "The Holidays" (aka "The Two Weeks Of The Year When No One Really Works, And If They Do, Nothing Gets Done Anyway"), I find myself wondering if there's anything holiday-related that truly applies...
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    I consider myself to be something of a student of George Lucas. Unfortunately, there's no Geek University at which I could actually BE a student of George Lucas. I'd love to pursue a Ph.D. in Geekology with a concentration in Lucasian Themes. I can see myself in the plush, hallowed halls of Spielberg...
  • Blog Post: The Essential Geek #1: Secret Origins

    Hey, gang! Jim Hill here. And -- I know, I know -- we've been introducing new columnists left and right here at JHM lately. But today, I've got someone really special for you to meet: Matthew Spring. And he's a geek. Now don't worry. Matthew's a geek in a good way. He's self aware. He has a sense of...
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