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Today at GeekFest Rants we begin to catch up with this spring/summer's crop of genre films. 

Join Carlos as he delves into The Northman, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and The Batman. 

If this is just the beginning of the spring/summer film season, we are in for a great ride. 

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A Perfect Storm: a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors.  Today on GeekFest Rants Carlos will examine three unrelated pieces of art, the film Office Space, the TV show Severance, and the musical special Bo Burham: Inside. 

What do all these have in common? 

Well, if you are a fan of this show you might figure it out.  Or at least, you get our review of these fantastic selections.

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Almost three years in the making, The Bantha has arrived.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he reviews the fan made creature to compliment our Kenner Star Wars action figure collection. 

We'll go over the behind the scenes drama between rival companies The Fans Strike Back and Stan Solo Creations. 

Plus we will also compare both companies version of Slave Leia, and what this could potentially tell us about the results of other preorders and the future of these type of fan made companies.

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It's time for posters of the month. Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he delves into two fantastic international genre posters, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back. 

With Raiders we get Drew Struzan's vision for that classic film.  For Empire we explore a different style with Noriyoshi Ohrai's rendition of possibly the best sequel ever made.

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We are back!  After a slight pause.  So let's talk about Star Wars Coffee Table books.  Join Carlos today at GeekFest Rants as he attempts to lift some of these massive literary creations. 

These books are huge and heavy, most of them are Star Wars related but we have a few bonus ones from Cameron and Kubrick.  So sit back, relax.......wait, don't sit back, sit forward, with these books on a sturdy table and enjoy.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we take another look at Star Wars action figures.  This time around join Carlos as we focus on figures from the original trilogy based on deleted scenes.  

Star Wars and Return of the Jedi seem to have them mostly but we also see how The Book of Boba Fett brought back a old deleted scene location and it's characters into full blown cannon status.

Just when you thought you could not go back to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters, Tosche Station is still there.

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Today on GeekFest Rants we look at another "Making-of" sci-fi/horror classic: Alien.  Join Carlos as he pours over J.W. Rinzler's Making of Alien book.  This is another must have publication for genre fans. 

These books are not only a commitment in the amount of time you will entrench yourself in the subject matter but an  outright education in filmmaking. 

Then we hop over to Posters of the Month with the US one sheet for, appropriately enough, Alien and Conan.  One being an agency poster and the other a Frank Franzetta 1965 original, repurposed to promote the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film.

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When collecting action figures you have to set some rules or else you'll run out of room and/or go broke very fast.  One of my rules for Star Wars figures is figures based on "behind the scenes" individuals or "behind the mask" actors. 

Join Carlos today on GeekFest Rants as he talks about his collection of Star Wars figures that are based on cameos by franchise contributors.  These will include George Lucas, Richard Marquand, Jeremy Bulloch, Anthony Daniels, Ahmed Best, Joe Johnston, Dave Filoni, and Ralph McQuarrie. 

Can you guess who has had the most different figures made of himself?  No cheating by looking at the show art.

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Today on GeekFest Rants, Carlos will toast the end of 2021 with Posters of the Month and some Genre Wines.  Up first we have the Return of the Jedi One Sheet Style A poster. 

This is the one we saw back in 1983 as we lined up to see Return of the Jedi.  A somewhat simple poster compared to the Style B. 

Then we look at the Midnight Mass poster.  A vintage style looking poster for the best limited series of 2021.

Finally, we raise our wine glass to Genre Wines.  From the expanding Star Trek Wines collection to Skywalker Vineyards to even some John Carpenter's The Thing whiskey.  What on earth will Carlos collect next?

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So the story goes, James Cameron got the idea for The Terminator while suffering from a fever dream in Rome during the port production of Piranha 2: The Spawning, his first film.  However, sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison might disagree a little bit.  Join Carlos at GeekFest Rants as he dives into this behind the scenes potential lawsuit the pitted Harlan Ellison versus The Terminator, but really James Cameron. 

Then we take a look at Star Trek's development of the iconic U.S.S. Excelsior. The ship that was suppose to replace The Enterprise, which was later commanded by Captain Sulu, and which class later became The Enterprise-B. 

We will also look at some Eaglemoss creations depicting the concept versions of this ship.

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