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The Geek Life: YouTube Madness

Catching up on the videos

By Robert T. Trate     November 16, 2011

 

The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life watches the Hunger Games Trailer, Spike Jonze’s “I’m Here” and a ton of other stuff.
 
YouTube (and subsequent sites) are great places to see trailers and videos. The sharing of these videos is one of the major perks to social networking. It used to be “did you see that that trailer” and then we would head to the theater and hope to see that very one. The same thing can be said for commercials, too. I know I am probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, but the Geek Life has a whole bunch of new videos (and one old) it wants to share with you this week
 
Corman’s World
 

 
There have been numerous behind-the-scenes documentaries featuring Roger Corman. Here is the trailer for the one that is solely about the man himself. Now, the Geek Life is fan of his mid seventies to early eighties work and this looks like a great opportunity to get a few more titles in the Netflix queue. What’s makes this more than just the run of the mill documentary is the people interviewed. Each got their start with Corman.   
 
Snow White and the Huntsmen Trailer
 

 
Apparently, I have been living under rock because I had no clue who was in this movie except Thor (Chris Hemsworth). When I later saw that Charlize Theron was playing the Evil Queen I was all ready for its June 1st release. Then, Kristen Stewart appeared on screen and I was out. I literally turned the trailer off. Does Universal Pictures really think they have the next Twilight on their hands, here? Then again Warner Brothers thought they did with Red Riding Hood. My June 1st remains open.
 
West Side Story Flash Mob - New York City Times Square
 

 
I have a confession to make. I was Jet. A Jet all the way. So when I heard about the Flash Mob in Times Square doing a West Side Story routine, I had to see it. This was cool despite the fact that many of the dancers are out of step. This is something a dancer (yes, I was one) notices. These people are professionals, right? Anyway, I would love to see a Flash Mob to celebrate the release of Star Trek the Next Generation on Blu-ray. Imagine 1,000 Trekkies flooding Times Square. 
 
The Hunger Games Trailer
 

 
Facebook lit up with links to the Hunger Games trailer on Monday. I had no clue what the Hunger Games even was until I saw a fellow Comic Con journalist dressed like the lead. After watching the trailer I felt nothing. So it’s a little bit of 1984 meets The Most Dangerous Game mixed with Battle Royale? Should I read the book(s)?
 
Joey Quits
 

 
This is one of those fun things that YouTube can do. We might have heard about this video or saw two seconds of it on the news, but now we can see it all. Good for Joey. I just hope he sold the movie rights to his story.
 
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 The Vet and the Noob Live Action Trailer
 

 
This is why I love the COD franchise. The makers of CODMW3 know that this is a game for fun and nothing else. I am not the biggest Jonah Hill fan, but he nails it. I watch this more often than I care to admit. It just might be the best commercial of the year.
 
Spike Jonze’s Short Film “I’m Here”
 

 
I am huge fan of Spike Jonze’s music videos. I was not a fan of Where the Wild Things Are (though I think its trailer was the best film of 2009). The film itself was hollow. “I’m Here” is a short film from 2010 that everyone who calls themselves a card carrying Geek should watch. Jonze returns to the shorter format and delivers a heart wrenching tale between two lovers. It’s only 30 minutes long and it will leave you wanting more. 
 
While not playing CODMW3 Robert is reading Grant Morrison’s “Filth” TPB and writing two weekly columns here at Mania (the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac). Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, his iPhone photography, and the occasional web series he pops up on.
 

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millean 11/16/2011 10:07:24 AM

Slow day in the Geek Life, eh?

themovielord 11/16/2011 11:11:24 AM

 Actually millean it's not. The Spike Jonze movie was incredible. 

jedibanner 11/16/2011 12:20:44 PM

Hotse videos were great...never saw that due who quits, very smart.

 

Come one Robert...give Kristen a break, Twilight is awful but it's not her that makes it bad, it's the character (think of the newer Star wars and the stars in them.. and I know Kristen isn't at the same level yet as those starts but still, it's the movie that mkes it bad, not the actor.....not always anyway).

jedibanner 11/16/2011 12:51:07 PM

and WTF were they smoking when they did that short film at the end? It's nice but man...weird isn't the word to describe this thing.

Cute but man....just unconventional that's for sure.

Wiseguy 11/16/2011 3:40:44 PM

I find it hard to believe than a true genre fan would let their dislike of Stewart keep them from seeing her Snow White film, which looks pretty damn good

millean 11/16/2011 10:10:42 PM

Wasn't complaining about the videos in the article.  I just felt like I had read an email from a friend who had a bunch of youtube clips for me to watch.  I guess Rob is a victim of his success as this is the first Geek Life article I read that was a bit of a let down to me, thought the content wasn't that bad.

I think the Snow White trailer actually looks good.  First time I've had a chance to watch it away from work.  I'll take your word about the Spike Jonze clip.  I just don't have time to watch it.

OK, time to go sleepy-sleep!

themovielord 11/17/2011 10:46:41 AM

 Millean, the column has been running for 12 weeks. Check out the others. The Slave Leia one got the most hits. 

ultrazilla2000 11/17/2011 4:25:07 PM

What's so bad about Kristin Stewart?  I didn't realize genre movie buffs were supposed to shun an actress just because she's been in some movies they didn't like.  What about all her other films??

Hunger Games looks entertaining, though a bit like a CW version of Battle Royal.  I'll still check it out.

 

themovielord 11/17/2011 7:26:46 PM

Why don't I like Bella? Well i met her at SDCC two years ago and I thought she was a complete moron. It's this way with meeting any "star". From that point on all you can see is the real person it is hard to remove that impression. Plus I haven't seen her in anything that made me ooooh... now she can act. Side Note: since the whole Tom Crusise nut job routine I haven't seen a movie he has starred in since. This new MI4 movie I am going to make an exception. How many years is that?

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