Pop Culture Talk That’s Out Of This World


It looks like Netflix did it again with two new great shows to add to their credits.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he reviews the multi layer horror of Midnight Mass.  From director/writer Mike Flanagan and starring the fantastic Hamish Linklater. 

Then we look at the South Korean import Squid Game.  If you liked The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, you will not be disappointed.  

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Were you at the first official Star Wars convention?  Not Celebration 1 back in 1999.  We are talking about Starlog and Creation Salute Star Wars 10th Anniversary Convention in 1987. 

Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he recalls his trip to Los Angeles back when he was 17 years old to attend his first convention. 

Some of the guests included Irvin Kershner, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas.  Along the way he visits some Hollywood studios and gets a tour of the Star Trek Next Generation set.

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What is the history of space travel according to Star Trek?  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants and find out.  Star Trek can be a little vague about current and near future space history but thanks to some Eaglemoss collector ships we have an insight into this fictitious narrative. 

From the Botany Bay, to the Phoenix, to the Warp Delta, to many more. 

Then we take a look at a moon landing sci-fi film that seems to have flown under our radar for 53 years called Countdown, starring James Caan and Robert Duvall.  What did Hollywood think the moon landing was going to be like one or two years before it happened for real?  Listen today and find out.

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Have you ever been looking forward to your favorite director's next film and then when you see it, it completely disappoints you?  Well, so have we.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he looks at his favorite directors and pinpoints the time when they have disappointed him. 

Do directors only have a number of great films in them?  Is there a predictable trajectory to the quality of their films?  Or are our fanboy expectation too high? 

Plus, we'll also throw a few superstar actors to see if they suffered a similar fate.

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Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos will highlight two new posters.  First up is the Star Trek: The Motion Picture teaser poster by John Berkey. 

Then we have a Star Wars Proctor & Gamble point of purchase poster by Ken Glodammer. 

Finally we'll cover the sad news of the passing of writer J. W. Rinzler.  We'll look back at his days at Lucasfilm publishing to his most recent making-of film books.  

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Are you an adult that still collects action figures and graphic t-shirts?  Well, we are too.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he focuses on his latest acquisitions in the world of action figures and  graphic t-shirts. 

This will include properties like Star Trek, Escape from New York, G.I. Joe, The Thing, Star Wars, Mad Max, Halloween, and Annabelle.  So the question is, are we an opener or a mint on card collector?  Tune in and find out.

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We are back from a short break and this time we are going to look at some crime thriller mysteries on TV.  We begin with The Head, a murder who-done-it with some The Thing vibes. 

Then, The Fall with Gillian Anderson in another fantastic performance.  Yes this is the same Gillian Anderson from The X-Files. 

Then we move on to Mare of Easttown with Kate Winslet.  A good surprise from this ex-Titanic star. 

And finally we get Clarice.  The latest incarnation of the ongoing Silence of the Lambs universe.

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One day in the distant future, when everyone will get around in flying cars, movies will be watched with LASERS.  Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.  We might not have flying cars but the home video industry runs on Lasers.  Actually it has been for almost 40 years.  And it all started with Laserdiscs. 

Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rans as he covers his personal experience with the easily forgotten video format of Laserdiscs.  Was it a failed niche format for movie snobs or the beginning of a new technology that continues to this day?  Actually it was all of the above.

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It's time for Posters of the Month:  Today at GeekFest Rants, Carlos will profile three new genre posters.  The first Star Wars Fan Club exclusive McQuarrie poster, the Star Wars children immunization poster, and the 2001: A Space Odyssey bathroom instructions poster. 

Then we take a look at two of the biggest rivals of the Star Wars Kenner figure line, Mattel's Masters of the Universe and Kenner's G.I Joe. 

We purchased two figures to represent those lines from the newly recreated vintage style assortment.

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Once in a while Hollywood gets it right.  Sometimes you hit the prefect storm of script, director, cast, crew, location, cinematography, music, and sound. 

Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he takes a trip from rediscovering the Oliver Stone film Platoon, to reading the movie tie-in by Dale Dye and then researching the evolving script that makes up this cinematic masterpiece. 

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