Resident Evil: Excellent Continuity

Posted by Gia Manry on Oct 2, 2010 in Cinema, Videogames

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Wait, wait, don’t go! I’m not talking about the story continuity (though I gather it did pick up more or less where the last one left off)! I’m talking about the continuity of Ali Larter/Claire’s grey tanktop dropping lower and lower throughout the film, showing of just a little more black bra at a time. Witness! Read more…


Detective Munch Sinks Teeth into Vampire Mythos

Posted by Gia Manry on Oct 1, 2010 in Television

Richard Belzer: Vampire Extraordinaire

So, all of you know who Richard Belzer is. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, try Detective Munch, or “the skinny paranoid cop on Law and Order: SVU who used to be on Homicide: Life on the Street” (the latter clause only if you’re a true obsessive when it comes to crime TV, or are over the age of 30).

But did you know that long before he played one of the most crossed-over, spun-off characters on television, Belzer was a stand-up comedian? And did you know that he’s apparently returning to the stage…digitally? Pop Eater has just debuted Belzer’s new video, an homage to vampires…who love the ladies. Read more…



Harry Potter and the Fear-Mongering Propaganda

Posted by Gia Manry on Oct 1, 2010 in Cinema

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Retro-Awesome or Failure to Move On? The iPad Mac!

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 18, 2010 in Tech

The iPad Mac Classic: Wut?

You know, I really dug the idea of taking a gutted old Mac classic and turning it into a fishbowl; it seems like a great way to recycle and make fun of those awful aquarium screen savers at the same time. Read more…



Riddle Me This: What Could So Engross a Gorilla?

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 18, 2010 in Videogames

Gorilla Playing Nintendo DS

The true story behind this photo may not be what you think. Read more…

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Even Geekified, “California Gurls” is a Terrible Song

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 17, 2010 in Fandom, Videogames

Katy Perry: One of the Nerds? Geek and Gamer Girls Parody

Let the record reflect that I speak not of the Beach Boys tune, nor the David Lee Roth cover of it, because that song is awesome. Read more…



A Tablet Solution for Non-iFanpersons?

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 17, 2010 in Tech


When you think of technology companies that manage to turn a gimmick into gold, you usually would think Apple. Granted, those gimmicks are matched by a mostly smooth user interface so easy even your great-great-grandparents could use it, and they’re dead…but gimmicks they are. Touchscreens? Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Tablets? Apple’s iPad. There are more examples, but I don’t like to think about them: I, after all, am a non-iFanperson. Read more…

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Why Ackbar is Too Busy to Be a School Mascot

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 10, 2010 in Star Wars

Admiral Ackbar: Ole Miss School Mascot?

Word on the streets is that the University of Mississippi, which apparently everyone in the known universe refers to as Ole Miss as though it was a crazy cat lady living down the street, was home to a movement to pronounce Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars as its mascot. Read more…



A Nerdcore Ode to Reeses

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 10, 2010 in Fandom

Reeses Peanut Butter: The Nerdcore Rap

“Candy isn’t really a geek thing,” you might say in response to the video I am about to show you. But if you think of a nerd as someone who is obsessively knowledgeable about a topic then you can’t deny that what follows has got to be nerdcore, even if it’s about the history and awesomeness of chocolate and peanut butter combined rather than about, say, differential calculus or the extended adventures of Wesley Crusher.

And wouldn’t you know it, I’m all out of peanut butter cups? But I have this jar of Skippy and a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate sauce…

Gia Manry is a professional writer specializing in geek culture. She currently writes primarily for Anime News Network, but also likes being followed on Twitter. She can be contacted via her website.



A Picture Worth a Thousand Beeps

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 3, 2010 in Star Wars

R2-D2 Mailbox Receives Princess Leia's Message

There’s an infinite galaxy’s worth of things that could be said about this photo, but more or less I’ll just say that it warmed my cold cold heart and made me smile, and I hope it does the same for you. And by the way… Read more…



Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Gets TV Series

Posted by Gia Manry on Sep 3, 2010 in Comic Books, Television

Warner to make Sandman TV series

So word on the streets is that Neil Gaiman’s seminal ’90s comic Sandman is going to be adapted into a TV series. In the grand old tradition of nerds being horrified of adaptations of their favorite works, I have a few words to share. Read more…

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BBC to Adapt Douglas Adams Book

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 28, 2010 in Science

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency BBC Special!

No, it’s not yet another Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy— it’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency!

…What do you mean you don’t know anything about Dirk Gently? POSER! Read more…

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Doctor Who Goes to MIT, Or At Least His Tardis Does

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 28, 2010 in Dr. Who, Television

1There's a Tardis at MIT

Pop culture geeks: 1. Stuffy nerds who study instead of watching TV: 0. Read more…


Star Wars: An Inbred Hope

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 27, 2010 in Star Wars

Luke and Leia can't fight this feelin' anymore.

I had the unfortunate problem as a child of being the only girl in the entire known universe who preferred Luke Skywalker to Han Solo. (Don’t get me wrong, I dug Han, but he was definitely more of a “friend” for me, whereas reliable, hard-working Luke struck me as a better long-term bet.) So when it turned out Luke and Leia were siblings, I was as heart-broken as (I assumed) Luke was. Twenty-odd years later, this video made me feel better. Read more…

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The Joker is Lex Luthor’s Imaginary Friend

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 27, 2010 in Comic Books

The Joker knows why Lex Luthor isn't popular.

I’m more of a manga girl than an American comics girl- and what U.S. comics I read are rarely superheroes -but the Joker has always been one of my favorite villains. And not only because his presence in the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon usually included the delicious Harley Quinn’s. (Okay, it was mostly that, but still not completely.) And in this comic strip in the style of Calvin & Hobbes, which is credited within the image to Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, who co-created the 2008 The Joker volume, proves why the Joker is so much cooler than Lex Luthor.

And, if you think about it a little more deeply, why Batman is cooler than Superman. Read more…

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A Letter to the Creators of Piranha 3D

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 21, 2010 in Cinema

Piranha 3D: Bigger marketing budget than production budget.

Dear creators of Piranha 3D,

What the heck are you doing? Read more…



Egg Recall: Memories of a Bad Egg

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 21, 2010 in Comic Books

Garfield & Friends' Sheldon: egg terrorist?

If you’re the kind of person who buys groceries somewhere other than 7-11, then you’re already aware, but for the college kids out there: there’s a HUGE egg recall going on right now, which just expanded and now includes some 400 million eggs that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The whole affair reminds me of someone. Someone…from Garfield and Friends. Read more…

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Jon Stewart: A Little Short for a Stormtrooper

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 20, 2010 in Star Wars

Jon Stewart, the Stewtrooper

Now that Daily Show host (“anchor”?) Jon Stewart has removed his ungodly facial hair and is once again clean-shaven, he can now pass for a clone of Jango Fett (genetically modified to be older, sharper-featured, shorter, and Jewish). By sheer coincidence, Stewart also just interviewed George Lucas at a giant Star Wars event. Read more…



Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip’n’Gadget! Creepy Cults! Ch-ch-ch–

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 20, 2010 in Tech

Gadget Worship: Truth or Fiction?

Okay, okay, I’ll stop singing, but every time I see these photos of a Russian cult(/prank?) that supposedly worships Chip’n’Dale’s Rescue Rangers character Gadget Hackwrench, who is admittedly the cutest female cartoon mouse ever (suck it, Minnie). Read more…


Tokyo Star Wars Episode II: The Clone Dance

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 14, 2010 in Fandom, Star Wars

Tokyo Star Wars: The Clone Dance

Any proper Star Wars geek (or Japanophile) knows Danny Choo, aka the Tokyo Stormtrooper. Choo famously shoots videos of himself in Stormtrooper attire dancing around Tokyo, including in geek-town Akihabara, on a Tokyo subway…you get the idea.

But now a few others have gotten into the act. Read more…

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Glee to Go All Rocky Horror

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 7, 2010 in Horror, Pulp Fiction, Television

Glee Goes Rocky Horror

I’m always happy for a geeky excuse to talk about Glee. And last time, I demanded that the writers of the show plug in a Rocky Horror Picture Show number. But now that it’s actually happening, I find myself a little skeptical about how the show that is essentially High School Musical for a slightly older set will manage to pull it off. Read more…

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“Luke! I Am Your Chopper!”

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 7, 2010 in Star Wars

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Darth Vader. Errr, the Emperor.

Okay, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popular line from Predators isn’t used in this clip, but hey, “chopper” kind of rhymes with “father,” right? An enterprising Star Wars fan decided to attach some of the Terminator’s dialogue from a variety of his films, from Twins to End of Days, which puts a nice and remarkably different spin on Vader. Read more…



Gaiman/Larsen Post-Lawsuit Tweets Get Nasty

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 6, 2010 in Comic Books

Battle of the Spawns: Gaiman vs Larsen

If you’re into comics, or even only writer Neil Gaiman’s brilliant series Sandman, you may be aware that Gaiman just came out of a legal battle with Image Comics and Todd McFarlane over what royalties he’s owed from sales based on characters derived from Spawn, which Gaiman originally co-created. The jury ruled in Gaiman’s favor, and while McFarlane took the classy way out by not saying anything mean about anyone, Larsen has managed to spread some vitriol via Twitter. Read more…

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A Stephen Colbert Tutorial: How to Troll

Posted by Gia Manry on Aug 6, 2010 in Television

Stephen Colbert Trolls Conservative Pundit

If you’re a fanperson, you’ve probably hung out on geeky forums, and as such you either are, have been, or have dealt with…the troll. For those unaware of the nomenclature, the troll is the user who starts or continues a fight intentionally, often by espousing a position they may or may not actually subscribe to in reality. Trolls can come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely does one see a troll out in the open, away from the safe confines of Internet anonymity.

And then…there’s Stephen Colbert. Read more…



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