Pop Culture Talk That’s Out Of This World


If you love trippy sci-fi shows, this is your lucky day.  Today on GeekFest Rants join Carlos as he reviews two fantastic new sci-fi show that just concluded on streaming services.  One is Devs, from the mind of Ex Machina's Alex Garland.  This one is about determinism vs. free will and it stars Nick Offerman, from Parks and Recreation, and Sonoya Mizuno, form Ex Machina and Annihilation. 

The other is Raised By Wolves, produced by Ridley Scott.  Here Scott returns to the themes of the ravages of war caused by believers and non-believers, with a dose of androids and Alien aesthetics.

Let's make sure not to anger Mother.

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Are you a Star Wars poster collector?  Today on GeekFest Rants we have some Star Wars poster you might not have see before. 

Join Carlos on this video presentation as he searches for the strangest international original trilogy Star Wars posters.  From the easily recognizable ones to the outright bizarre ones.

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If you like weird, mind-bending films, this is your lucky day.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he discusses the films Vivarium and Color Out of Space.  Both films seem to be flying under the radar but you can find them on Amazon Prime and/or Netflix DVDs. 

They are somewhat artsy, sci-fi-ish, scary, and funny....what else could you ask for?  Oh, and did I mention Nick Cage is in one of them giving one of his best Nick Cagey performances.  If you are looking for strange and unsettling, you found it

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Time to go down the Kenner Star Wars action figure collecting rabbit hole.  If you are a hardcore Kenner Star Wars action figure collector, sooner or later you will encounter the Repro battle lines being drawn. 

Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he chronicles the latest skirmish in the Kenner Star Wars action figure collecting circles. 

All of it stemming from the upcoming production of a Kickstarter funded Kenner Star Wars Photography book by Kim Simmons.  But now involving such YouTube personalities like Michael French from Retroblasting and Michael Havens from The Imperial Commissary.  

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Do you enjoy behind the scenes making-of movie books?  Well, we have a fantastic one here for you.  Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he reviews J. W. Rinzler's The Making of Planet of the Apes.  This could very well be the definitive Apes making-of book.  He'll also go over some of Rinzler's past and future book projects. 

Then it's time, once again, for posters of the month. Today's posters are the teaser one sheet for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the theatrical release of TV's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.   

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What happens when an artist branches out to a different medium?  Sometimes it's fantastic and sometimes you get a celebrity music album.  Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos will explore the phenomenon of the Celebrity Album.  From the train wrecks , to the hits, to the personal guilty pleasure favorites. 

Have a listen maybe some of your favorites made the list like Don Johnson, Joe Pesci, Clint Eastwood, Eddie Murphy, William Shatner, Sylvester Stallone, and many many more.

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Have you ever seen the classic Disney film, Song of the South?  Probably not.  What made Disney pull this film from rotation and bury it in their vault?  What makes this film so offensive today? Or was it always offensive?

Then we take a look at the racially explosive masterpiece, Do the Right Thing. A prophetic film whose themes seem to keep repeating themselves over and over again. 

Today we'll try to explain the ambiguous ending of this timely film.  Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants, but be warned, if politics and racial issues make you uncomfortable, this is not the episode for you.

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In 1983 William Peter Blatty wrote Legion, his sequel to the Exorcist, but not until 1990 did we get to see his film version of that book.  But was it truly his version of the book?  Join Carlos on GeekFest Rants as he examines the book, and Director's Cut. 

We'll cover topics like Brad Dourif's tremendous performance, to the recasting of Jason Miller, to the differences between the book and the film, and to the behind the scenes struggle between Blatty and the studio, Morgan Creek.

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Will the real director please stand up. Did Steven Spielberg or Tobe Hooper direct Poltergeist?  Sometimes it's not as easy as looking at the credits to see who directed a movie. 

Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos will sift through Ghost Directors and the infamous Alan Smithee directing credit. 

Then on posters of the month, we'll look at the Star Wars One Year Birthday poster and one of Boris Vallejo's The Empire Strikes Back Coca-Cola posters.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we mourn the passing of a friend, Charles Lippincott.  Charlito, to his friends, was responsible for the initial deals to market and licence Star Wars. 

From the Kenner action figures, to the Marvel comics, to pre-premier convention appearances, to fan relations, and to most marketing and licencing. 

Join Carlos as he shares his personal story of how he connected with Charles and how he became a sort of Obi Wan Kenobi to Carlos and the life of this show.   

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