The Geekend Review | taking a look back at the last week’s geek news.
The Geekend Review, “the cool form of uncool before uncool became a thing”. We take a look at some of the more exciting news stories to have dropped over the last week.
Channel 4 launch Live From Space Week here in the UK whilst a similar event is taking place on the National Geographic channel.
SXSW is under way, 300: Rise Of An Empire arrives in cinemas, there’s an unlikely big screen role for Michael Fassbender and Jurassic Park gets a re-working.
Live From Space
The UK television station Channel 4 are taking their programming to new heights with their impressive Live From Space event. Alongside a season of jaw-dropping programming about life in space and what happens when things go wrong. In particular, one show Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem shows footage of astronaut Frank Culbertson reacting to the events of 911 and his role in monitoring from space any further potential attacks.
The main event of the season will be a two hour live show in conjunction with NASA from the International Space Station. Check the channel 4 website for videos and interactive content, including the Gravity Off button in the header that turns the whole page into a zero G experience.
The National Geographic channel is running a similar event, details can be found on their website.
SXSW Is Live
300: Rise Of An Empire received its big-screen outing on the Friday.
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Let’s Be Frank
Michael Fassbender has landed an unusual gig as he takes on the peculiar role of Frank. Certainly UK audiences will be familiar with the character of Frank Sidebottom created by Christopher Sievey who achieved a moderate level of fame on British TV in the eighties and nineties. He died from cancer in June 2010. Upon his death it was revealed that he was virtually penniless. In Britain the state will provide, what is termed, a pauper’s funeral if funds are not available to pay for other arrangements. An online campaign was launched raising more than £21,000 to pay for Sievey’s ceremony.
The film is loosely based on the character of Frank Sidebottom. Compare the two.
Jurassic Park – Re-mixed
There have been a couple of Jurassic Park re-mixes in the last week. Firstly YouTube user MrTabarnaco2 got musical with Jeff Goldblum’s insane laugh getting him over 200,000 hits. Next up We Are Camera Studio replaced a scene featuring Raptors with cats. I’ll dedicate this one to my own dear old cat Bobs who passed away last weekend. Goodbye old fella.