Merry Christmas from Geek at Arms! James begins Geek Out by sharing how much he’s enjoyed the recent seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, and the Netflix series Space Force. Bryan talk about rewatching the anime Sword Art Online and jumping back into the science fiction MMO EVE Online. Next Mike confesses to a spot of “geeky vandalism” and walks us through the new game he created to teach his kids the ins and outs of computers, “Does it Boot?” He and James then recount how much they enjoyed being guests of the awesome people at the 1 Geek 4:11 Podcast! Finally, we kick off a whole new Film Club series focusing on Historical Fiction. The first movie we review is the 1968 period drama and Christmas flick The Lion in Winter starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn!
Here to help you keep cool, it’s the newest episode of Geek at Arms! In Geek Out James describes how the watching the recent streaming movie of the musical Hamilton changed his perception of musical theatre. He and Bryan also rejoice that latest book of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, Peace Talks, has finally been released. Next Mike shares how much he’s enjoyed introducing his daughter, albeit by guilt trip, to the Star Wars Miniatures game from Wizards of the Coast and how much she’s enjoyed it. Bryan continues his trek through the MCU with the series Cloak & Dagger. He admits that it surprised him with it’s high quality storytelling and he enjoyed it as much if not more than Runaways! Finally, the guys delve deep into cinematic swords fights, how they compare to actual historical combat, and what is required to make an on screen sword fight look good.
Aragorn vs Lurtz in Fellowship of the Ring succeeds in the realms of drama and believability, but the camera work and a lack of contrast between costuming and set make it difficult for the audience to understand the fight.
In The Empire Strikes Back, the silhouettes of Luke and Vader against a bright yet indistinct background emphasize the stances and forms of the characters.
Jack and Will are back-lit against a set that, while detailed, is obscured by dust. The lighting and camera work allow the audience to clearly see the actors and understand the fight.
The Princess Bride’s choreography and drama is top-notch. Camera placement is generally adequate, but the lighting is flat, which allows the earth-tones of Inigo’s costume to blend with the set. Note that the colors are very similar to the Pirates shot above. The differences are almost entirely in lighting and atmosphere.
Good camera work and art direction—the forms are clear, but nobody believes Kylo has ever had any training.
Whose idea was it to put red-armored combatants against a red background, then hit them with a red weapon? Rey, also, blends into only non-red part of the set. Rey’s stance is at least reasonable, but who knows what Kylo’s doing?
Welcome back to another new episode of Geek at Arms. Bryan, Mike, and James start off the show with a discussion on the recent events that have shaken our country. Next, in Geek Out, Bryan shares how much he’s enjoyed gm’ing a Tales from the Loop campaign and continuing his march through the Marvel cinematic universe with the show Runaways. James talks about how much his daughter enjoyed playing the games Dragonwood and Unexploded Cow and how much he enjoyed playing in the rpg’s run by both Mike and Bryan. Speaking of Mike, he describes our recent game of Star Wars D6 with the good folks at City On A Hill Gaming Podcast. Finally, we jump back into The Film Club with the 1991 Disney high-flying adventure, The Rocketeer!
In this very slightly holiday-themed episode, Mike Geeks Out about the sci-fi novel Binti, Bryan talks incessantly about Green Arrow and the possibility of a roleplayer’s lair, and James continues to rave about the Mary Rose (and a big thanks to the Museum for sharing our last episode!) We… well, mostly Bryan talks about superhero movies, and then we give some tips on introducing people to better board games than they are used to. Thanks to James’ impressive lists for several tiers of game nerd from the Eurogames virgin to the “holy cow I can’t believe we’ve already spent 1000 hours playing this” wargamer, the links section below is pretty full.
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Since there are a couple of individual TV episodes mentioned, I thought I’d track them down for your convenience. James makes reference to an episode of Justice League Unlimited—Season 2, episode 4, “To Another Shore.” Bryan mentions the How I Met Your Mother episode “Monday Night Football,” which was Season 2, episode 14.
James also talked about a scene between Green Arrow and Harley Quinn in the “Arrow Cave.” Bryan misremembered the book that occurred in, crediting it to Kevin Smith’s Quiver story line, but it was actually in Injustice: Gods Among Us issue #5. Quiver‘s really good, though, so I left in the link.