Geek Etiquette: Voting With Your Dollars

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It seems that the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be getting a sequel so I thought it would be worthwhile to take about a little geek etiquette.

If you are feeling blue about your classic cartoon being turned into a “awful film” then just remember.  Maybe one day there will be a good Turtles movie.  After all,  Joel Schumacher made Batman and Robin, but we later got The Dark Knight.  If the characters are good we’ll eventually get a good movie.  But there is something you can do right now: vote with your dollars.

I cannot stress the importance of voting with your dollars.  If you see something that you are skeptical about don’t see it in theaters.  Don’t give me that whole, “Well you never know if you are going to like something until you see it”  No, stop it, your wrong.  But if you are REALLY curious just wait.  Just wait until you get the chance to see for free, because if you give money to it, it will continue.  I worked on the movie and feel I have every right to see it without judgement, but I just don’t see myself going through with it and seeing it.  I know I will never convince everyone to refrain from the movie so I have another solution.  Buy a ticket to another movie you liked.  If I decide that I am too curious, and that I must see turtles I will simply vote with my dollars.  I will buy a ticket for a movie I already saw and liked and then sneak into the movie I don’t want to reward.  I will buy a ticket for Guardians of the Galaxy or Boyhood (movies I already paid money to see, but want to support more) and then I can sneak into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Thus seeing the movie, but not giving the people responsible any money for a sequel.  Currently I’m trying to coin this act, I don’t know like “Double Dollar Ditching” or “Side Screening” I don’t know I’ll think of something later.  If you think of something let me know.

So I don’t know, go see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just buy a ticket to something else.

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Men of Few Words

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I feel like most of my posts revolve around the movies I work on.  This post is no different.

Go see Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s good.  Actually, I don’t know, don’t trust me.  I don’t think I can accurately judge the movie.  I have liked the visual style (especially the character design) for months, but it’s hard for me to actually rate the film.  When I saw Guardians, and every movie I’ve worked on,  I get caught up in remembering the time I spent on the film.  I don’t really view the work as a audience member, but more as a disembodied form who remembers ever weird detail about the film (I remember the difficult shots, the one I was extremely proud of, or that one that my coworker spent weeks on for no reason). As I drive around and see countless billboards for these huge blockbusters, I feel like they are almost just movie posters hanging on my bedroom wall and not part of some huge thing.

So go see Guardians of the Galaxy, and tell me what you think.

Storm Vs. The Mighty El Niño

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I think about superpowers a lot.

I’m in the habit of asking people what they would want for a superpower.  Almost unsurprisingly, most people want abilities that would help themselves out in everyday life.  Teleportation, is very popular as well as the ability to read minds, and telekinesis. My girlfriend, who is not a comic fan, wants weather control, which would be cool, but maybe not super useful hear in L.A. since the weather is generally always nice. But, I suppose if she had the power to control the climate she could make it storm and end this terrible drought.

That’s when I realized that Storm kind of sucks.  Instead of squaring off with villains, she could use her talents to end droughts and inclement weather.  Now I understand that Storm’s powers don’t exactly work that way (or at least I understood after a few of my co-workers calmly explained why my theories are “harsh”).  Storm has to pull the weather pattern from another part in the world, meaning, if she wants it to rain in one part of the world she has to pull the rain clouds from other parts of the world.  I explained that she could probably spare to pull some clouds from Seattle or Vancouver, perhaps even clouds over the ocean.  Some thought it might not work that way, that she just pulls random rain clouds when she creates her storms.  Maybe, but wouldn’t that mean every time someone robs a bank Storm might be causing large parts of the Earth to dry up.  If so, Storm kind of sucks.

Perhaps I’m unfair.  Most superheroes could do better.  Superman could run around in a hamster wheel generator and power entire cities in a couple of hours, sounds a lot more useful than that newspaper job of his.

Meeting The White Wizard

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First off, go see the new X-men movie, not just because I worked on it, but because it’s also a good movie.

Secondly, I thought this would be an appropriate time to tell you about the time I met Magneto himself, Sir Ian McKellen.

I met Sir Ian McKellen while he was attending a film festival put on by the school I was teaching at.  I was at one of the coveted after parties often held at the festival, perhaps it was extra desirable since the celebrity was expected to be there.  I don’t remember all the details of the party, but I remember this part rather distinctly.  When I entered the room I saw him swarmed by massive amounts of students, taking pictures and trying to speak with him (in fact, I seem to remember hearing how some of the students planned on trying to make out with him).  I, a professor, thought that it would be in my best interest to approach him and ask him if he needed anything, perhaps a drink.  I wriggled my way through the masses towards the idol and approached him.

“Hello sir,” I said, “Let me know if I can get you anything perhaps a drink.”

“I just sent someone to get me one,” he replied, “but thank you so much”.

I was a bit worried thought I was just some silly student trying to buy him a drink.  I tried to cover.  “Well let me know if there is anything you need me to do, maybe get rid of some these students,” I joked, “after all I am a professor here.”

He looked at me at and smiled, ” You’re a professor? You are very young.”

“I am.”

He put his arm on me and looked me in the eyes and said in a very soft voice, “You won’t always be.”

I felt like I had just received more than I ever thought possible.  I just received advice from The White Wizard himself.  Legendary actor, Ian McKellen, personally gave me wisdom.

…or he just said something obvious like “the sky is blue”.  I mean, “you’re going to get old” isn’t that profound.  But for some reason, when he said it, it felt that way.

Gourdzilla

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I often draw pictures at work and while working on Godzilla I started drawing cute monsters and animals destroying buildings.  In fact, I plan on posting more of them later.  For now you will have to be satisfied with this image of one of my favorites, Gourdzilla.

By the way, if you’re interested on seeing my name in credits my name is towards the bottom on the far left. Oh, and see it in 3D it turned out really good.

Geek Etiquette

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Tomorrow is May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars day, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about some geek etiquette.

My fellow geeks, remember to cut down on superfluous statements when talking to others with the same interests as you.  For instance, the statement: “I like Star Wars, but you know, only the original trilogy,” contains some superfluous information.  When you mention that you like Star Wars, it is unnecessary to mention that you are not a fan of the prequels.  When you say that you like Star Wars, I automatically assume you mean that you are a fan of Episodes IV-VI and nothing else.  I am sick and tired of hearing geeks quickly noting that their fandom is corrupted out of fear that others might assume they like the obviously inferior parts of it.  From now on, just say, “I like Star Wars,” we’ll know what you mean.  The same goes for The Simpsons and Lost,  When you tell us that you like it, you don’t need to mention, “Only old school Simpsons, before it got lame,” or “Yeah, Lost was great, I mean, until the ending”.

I understand that some people like the first three Star Wars or the new seasons of The Simpsons, but they are they outliers and they should be the ones who have to specify.  For example: “I like The Simpsons, even the new ones!” or “I love Star Wars, ALL OF THEM, I am going to like the J.J. Abrams movies regardless, and given the chance I’d make out with Jar Jar on Endor.”

Easy right?

May the fourth be with you.