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There are good films, bad films, and Cult films.  Well, two out of three ain't bad.  Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos will look at the  Michael Mann WWII horror film, The Keep.  Even the greatest of film makers have a skeleton in their closet and this one might be it for Michael Mann.  Even with a superb cast like Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, and Ian McKellen, this one misses the mark.  But is there something good about it that we might want to take a second look at? 

Then we'll look at Star Trek toy ships.  From brands like Micro Machines, Furuta, Hallmark, Hot Wheels, and Eaglemoss.  So many choices, so little money.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we'll take a look at two upcoming Star Wars animated shows, Clone Wars and Resistance.  With the surprise return and addition of a final season of Clone Wars episodes, we might get the conclusion we have been waiting for all these years. 

Plus a fresh new series, Star Wars Resistance, which will give us some backstory to the characters and events of The Force Awakens.  Then we will talk about Star Wars Kenner figures, specifically Reproductions(Repros) and Customs. 

There is a whole world out there in the Star Wars action figure collecting community.  And it consists of creating what you cannot find/afford or what never existed.

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Who are the current trailblazers of science fiction cinema?  Find out today on GeekFest Rants as we review the AMC show James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction and it's companion book. 

On the show we get one on one interviews between James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg. 

Plus, many of other interviews and they document the history of science fiction on film.  With the book we get more in depth information plus the remainder of the unused interviews with these science fiction giants

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How would you improve a movie?  How many times have you had a conversation with someone, about a movie, that goes something like this:  What if, in the story, they would have done that differently?  Today on GeekFest Rants we will do exactly that. 

We will theorize on alternate ways to improve the Star Wars: The Last Jedi script while maintaining the general structure of the core story.  We will also look at the similar story beats that the new trilogy takes from the original trilogy.  

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It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth/Minbari war. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night.

It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.

Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as he finally takes on one his favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5.     

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When was the last time you heard the story of Star Wars?  Now a days, not so much.  But a long time ago, before the home video revolution, records were our way of reliving the Star Wars saga. 

Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos breaks out the turntable (google it kids) to go over all the different kinds of record versions of the Star Wars story.  Plus we'll look at the most modern entries into this medium. 

Then we will profile the fantastic contributions made by Colin Cantwell into the creation of Star Wars.  From his conceptual art to his kit bashed models. 

Alongside with Ralph McQuarrie, Cantwell is yet another creative, inspirational giant behind the final look of the Star Wars universe.

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It's time for Summer Movie Roundup.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as we go over some of the films out this summer(and spring).  Starting with an original small film like Upgrade, with our newest crowned cult actor, Logan Marshall-Green(fake Tom Hardy). Then, if you want sequels, boy do we have sequels, Incredibles 2, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Can some of these sequels outshine the originals?  Is Marvel still the king of the modern movie franchise?  Let's find out.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we return for a visit to posters of the month.  Join Carlos as he delves into Rogue One and Solo.  This brings us to a more modern look at poster design and it's creators.  Plus, we get some poster design controversy....yes there is such a thing.  Then we go over some of our favorite Boba Fett Hasbro action figures, plus a few fan made ones too.

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When it comes to the building blocks of modern science fiction, for at least people our age, in their 40's, it all starts with 2001 A Space Odyssey.  Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as we dip our toe into the ocean that is 2001.  From the film by Stanley Kubrick, to the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, to the comic book adaptation by Jack Kirby, how are they the same and different.  And lest we forget the cinematic sequel 2010 The Year We Make Contact.  Does this Roy Scheider vehicle live up to the monolithic original?  Pun intended.  Does this 50 year old film still hold up?

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos looks at both sides of the Star Wars fandom coin, the positive fan gatherings like Star Wars Celebration and the flip side with the ugly newer toxic fandom incidents.  This non traditional Star Wars fan behavior seems to have been gathering steam most recently with the new Disney/Lucasfilm films like The Force Awakens and culminating with The Last Jedi and Solo.

Instead of traditional thoughtful story and character analysis we now have a new wave of hatred towards this franchise rooted in racism, sexism, and general intolerance.  What's at the root of this behavior?  And, can we ever get back to the open, inclusive, safe environment that Star Wars has always been?

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