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New Photos of DUNE From Denis Villeneuve’s

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Denis Villeneuve’s Offers a First Look at the Ensemble Cast of Dune

A set of new photos have emerged online from director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune, by Frank Herbert.

The photos show off Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in his stillsuit, while we get our first look at the rest of this impressive cast. Starring Rebecca Ferguson, as Lady Jessica Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. We also see Zendaya as Chani, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho and Javier Bardem as Stilgar.

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In his interview with Vanity Fair, Denis Villeneuve confirms that this will be a two-part film. This is great news! The story is vast and detailed, by adopting this tactic,  I think it will give Dune fans the film adaption it deserves.

I have complete faith in Villeneuve and I can’t wait to see what they’ll show us next!

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Take a look at what it takes to restore BATMAN

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Behind the Scenes on Restoring Micheal Keaton’s Batman

While wandering the web I came across this fantastic video on DC’s Youtube channel that shows the work that went behind bringing the 1989 Batsuit back to life.

As part of 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con fans got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see eighty years of Dark Knight history up close. Authentic props and costumes were on display for “The Batman Experience” and I wish I could of experienced it! No collection of Bat-costumes would be complete without Michael Keaton’s suit from the 1989 movie. However, years of exposure had left his iconic costume in a degraded state.

In the video below, watch how Ironhead studios restored the suit back to its full glory.

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RICK AND MORTY are SAMURAI & SHOGUN!

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Rick and Morty get a fun anime short, imagined as Samurai & Shogun!

Adult Swim released an exclusive Rick and Morty anime-style short film titled Samurai & Shogun, and it is a lot of fun! Drawing inspiration from the “Lone Wolf and Cub” manga series, which was turned into several feature films through the 70’s.

The short follows the adventure of Rick as he fights a group of evil Ninja Ricks.

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VFTV: Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker Review

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View From The Vault: Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker Review

Welcome to GeekVault’s review of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. The end to the Skywalker saga! The long beloved and heatedly debated series. Is it a fitting end? Does it live up to the billing? All will be discussed. We were lucky enough to see an early screening of the showing on Tuesday the 17th of December before it hits cinemas Thursday 19th, which was truly a privilege, so we’re giving you the early scoop. Firstly, full disclosure, we were not fans of either The Force Awakens nor The Last Jedi, under the belief it was only getting worse, so went into this screening without many expectations. However we do love the Originals and the Prequels, alongside Rogue One, Solo and The Mandalorian. Just to give you a better understanding of where our head-space may be in comparison to yours.

The First Order (Spoiler Free Review)

So we don’t think The Rise of Skywalker is bad, but it’s not good either. It’s not much of anything really or just too much of everything. The story is about the return of Emperor Palpatine, whilst both the good guys and the bad try to hunt him down. So there is some good, enjoyable stuff in this movie, which occurs mainly in the second half of the film, notably the ending isn’t terrible.

I do believe they did the best they could to wrap up a story that has truly gotten out of hand. That said the first half of the film and a majority of the rest is just so rushed. A play by play, A to Z, predictable mess. So much of TROS is trying to subtly rewrite what The Last Jedi did. The entire film ends up holding your hand and telling you exactly what they are doing the entire time, which came off as very cringey.

Visually, as always, it’s stunning, the sets, the costumes, the CGI are all great, especially the puppetry but those things alone can not make a movie. No scene or set seems to last more than a minute, which gives it its rushed feeling. Though scenes lengthen out nearer the end. It seems as though they packed two or three movies into one. Ultimately I think this film will divide a lot of fans again, I don’t see you liking this if you don’t like the other two and you won’t hate this if you did, however I think some TLJ fans will be upset by this film. All said and done this may be our favourite of the sequel trilogy, but that isn’t saying much. Skip past the spoilers to get our final score.

The Rise Of Spoilers (Spoiler Review)

If you have not yet seen The Rise of Skywalker, turn back now, unless you really don’t care about spoilers. Last warning!… So sufficed to say this film did not save the trilogy, though they certainly tried. The opening title scroll reveals that a broadcast was sent out from Palpatine and we just jump right into it as though he was never gone, it is quickly revealed that Snoke was just a clone and The Emperor was in charge and controlling the voices in Kylo Ren’s head all along, so mystery solved, happy days, Snoke was no one. Although Palpatine does weirdly compliment Ben that Snoke has trained him well which would surely mean Palpatine just praised himself.

The first half was like getting dragged through the mud, JJ clearly had so much he wanted to do that got ruined by Rian Johnson that he kind of crams it into this film, whilst also very obviously trying to appease fan criticisms. Such as when we first see Rey who is just floating there amongst some rocks. I guess we just have to accept she’s powerful for no real reason, except because she’s a Palpatine, shocker. She was related to a famous character after all, suck on that I guess Rian, but also her parents were nobody because they chose to be! Must please everyone.

Rey is reaching out to the past Jedi and fails, so not that powerful after-all I guess. Then just kind of awkwardly rolls to the ground before running a training course, just to please everyone. I don’t want to complain that we see her training but again it’s just so rushed they clearly want to get it out of the way and over with.

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“I Have A Bad Feeling About This”

It is continuous. We move on from one place to the next, making everything seem so pointless, meeting new characters who do nothing. There is a giant slug creature on the falcon at the beginning that could be cut entirely for doing nothing. Keri Russell’s character, Zorii Bliss, pointless! She has her own poster and is in the film for less than two minutes, she effects the story in no way! At least Del Toro’s DJ did something. So it seems a lot of that happens. Dominic Monaghan was made a fuss of in the build up and was purely there to explain why we don’t pull “Holdo moves” on everything. Again very cringey.

So it seems a lot that got leaked was true. Most notably perhaps Hux being a spy, but only after the death of Snoke. Richard E. Grant basically replaces Hux, who is killed off so nonchalantly I almost like it, and does a great job as an Officer of the Empire. There is clear conflict between TROS and TLJ, the ending which opened up the possibility of new Jedi was dropped just as hard as Force Awakens thread-lines as some kind of revenge. Rey is the last Jedi.

Knights of Ren and back but still mean nothing and do nothing, except as Kylo’s proxy praetorian guard. Though it doesn’t stop a lot of fuss being made over them. Rey’s parentage means something, she is important. She is Rey Palpatine! They don’t go into how The Emperor had a son about the same age as Luke. I like to assume he’s a clone that wasn’t force sensitive.

 “May The Force Be With You!”

Now you may be wondering what I actually did like about the film. Firstly I liked the cohesion of the main cast of characters in this film, which wasn’t present in Last Jedi. I liked Adam Driver mainly, and Ben Skywalker’s redemption arc although as most things, it was rushed. Though I did enjoy seeing good guy Ben and his last fight at the end. Chewie actually reacting to Leia’s death was good, capturing the emotion that he is outliving all his friends. Plus the ending had me feeling some sort of way, I will always be in Star Wars hooks, so when a bunch of spaceships show up and you hear all the Jedi speak to Rey, I enjoyed it. Han’s return was a nice surprise, though he wasn’t a force ghost which was a shame, more a force memory. That was about it.

Rose Tico and Billie Lourd’s character (Carrie Fishers daughter) both get sidelined in this film which was a waste and the promise of this being Leia’s movie falls flat in comparison to Last Jedi. The Sith Trooper’s do nothing, I don’t remember really seeing them. This film could be summed up by a lot of people not doing anything. There is a lot you could probably really get your teeth into and tear apart. Seeing Rey use the force to try and pull down a ship was cool, after accepting her all mighty power. I like that they decided to kill Ben and not keep him alive. Whilst the force healing powers seemingly come out of nowhere (it would have been well suited to show Leia training her on that) it does actually function throughout the story. So I forgive any discrepancies for that.

“Your Journey Nears Its End”

The ending was also kind of bittersweet, it was nice to go back to where it all started. However and this is my biggest qualm with the film and perhaps trilogy as a whole, we don’t get to see Chewie, Han, Luke and Leia all together again. They failed in TFA and had the perfect opportunity to rectify in this film but failed again. At the end we see Luke and Leia together as force ghosts, all I’m asking is to throw in Han and have Chewie and R2 with Rey! It would make sense for Ben to be there too, and who cares if Han wasn’t a Jedi, the force is everywhere.

There was a lack of Force ghosts on a whole, it would have been cool at the moment we hear all the Jedi talk to Rey and when she is “all the Jedi” actually have them stand behind her! A serious missed opportunity. Also Palpatine’s face was too smooth for a majority of the film and Rey’s named herself Skywalker now… Anyway, there is plenty more that we could get into, However…

The Last Comment (Conclusion)

After all is said and done this may be our favorite of the new trilogy, it strives to be middle of the park and certainly achieves that. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing. There are parts of this movie for everyone to enjoy, such as Babu Frik! Plus plenty people will complain about. If you hate the sequels this won’t change your mind. If you enjoy them you will probably like Rise of Skywalker too. Either way you look at it you will find TROS to be a fitting end to the latest trilogy.

GeekVault Score:

5/10

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First Trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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First trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife has finally arrived!

I loved this first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It feels fresh and I think the concept of a couple of kids slowly discovering something incredible about their grand-dad is wonderful.

This next chapter in the original movie universe looks to focus on Egon Spangler’s family, who move to a small town where they learn about their grandfather’s legacy. Unknown to them, he was a member of the Ghostbusters!

It might not be the sequel that fans imagined but straight away it brings back memories of when I first discovered Ghostbusters. Probably around the age of our young actors shown here and that gets me excited! Damn you nostalgia!

 

Directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman (involved in the first two Ghostbusters). The script is written by him and Gil Kenan. The movie stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver are also said to be returning.

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Bad Gamerz: Overwatch New Baptiste Skin Challenge

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GeekVault’s Bad Gamerz: Overwatch New Baptiste Skin Challenge – Gameplay Video

Bad Gamerz, our second try, at kick-starting a gaming channel. Two of your favourite brothers play Overwatch. Attempting to try and unlock the new Baptiste Combat Medic skin. Unfortunately, our capture card had a technical issue and some of the footage came out broken. However you can skip to the 16 minute mark and watch us play in the new Baptiste skin without any problems.

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Trailer Released For SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE

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Check out the release trailer for DC’s upcoming comic book series Superman: Year One. Created by writer Frank Miller (Dark Knight Returns) and artist John Romita Jr (Kick-Ass).

This new and exciting, three issue story line, will retell the origin story of Superman.

Here’s the synopsis:

“Superman: Year One is a coming-of-age story for the future Man of Steel, featuring a young alien-boy just trying to find his place in a new world. Faced with the need to hide his heritage and powers in order to survive, Clark will find his humanity through the grounding of the Kent family and the relationships that will define the man he will become. Told by two of the most revered voices in comics, Superman: Year One is more than a superhero story – it’s about the choices made by Clark Kent on his path to becoming a legend. It’s a testament to the importance of choosing to become a hero.”

I love what Miller did with Batman in The Dark Knight Returns, a comic book I would recommend as a must read! So it’ll be interesting to see what he does with Superman. The title already following the footsteps of his previous work, Batman: Year One

The first part to this new story will arrive this month, 19th June.  Followed by issue No. 2 in August and No. 3 in October. Then all three issues will be released as a single volume in November.

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A Look at Pop Culture: Phil Tippett

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The man behind the Monsters of Pop Culture

In this post we look to shed some light on those who have helped create iconic characters, games and movies. People that are the very heart of modern day pop culture.

Phil Tippett is not a household name but you will know his work. The Oscar-winning stop-motion animator, and designer, is responsible for many fantasy creatures and sci-fi set pieces. Creating aliens that defined the diversity of Star Wars, to seamlessly merging practical animation and CGI in Jurassic Park. ‘My Life in Monsters’, chronicles Tippett’s legendary life work, his influence on pop-culture and is a must watch!

Tippett has returned to his origins and is currently involved with his ongoing “Mad God” animation series. You can help support his work through Kickstarter.

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Leaked Star Wars: Episode IX Poster

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Star Wars: Episode IX Promo Poster revealed

A promo poster for Star Wars: Episode IX has found its way onto the web. This must of been for internal use only and has somehow slipped out of Lucasfilms web of secrets. What is interesting is that the poster reveals a lot of what fans can expect from the last film in the trilogy. This is more than likely a mock up, so a lot of elements shown in this poster are subject to change.

Our Thoughts:

As you will see in the image, the poster shows our heroes in new outfits, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) wielding the Skywalker lightsaber that looks to of been repaired. We can see our favourite rebel starfighters flying off in various, unseen colour schemes; while a new variant on the TIE fighter has snuck in at the bottom. What has got a lot of people excited is that the Knights of Ren will finally be revealed, along with new elite red Stormtroopers. There are two mysterious new characters set to one side; the rebel fighter believed to be Lando’s (Billy Dee Williams) daughter and a bounty hunter, possibly Keri Russells character?

Kylo Ren has his helmet back, which has been repaired too. C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) holds Chewbaccas Bowcaster (god knows what is going on there). A new rumoured robot sidekick appears next to BB-8 and lastly a stupid looking slug like alien behind Finn (John Boyega).

Personally I am not a fan of the poster. There is too much going on. Streaks of light criss-crossing, going up and down, while flaring out in the background. It’s over-crowded and just looks like there’s no thought behind it. This doesn’t get me excited for the film but it does peak my interest.

What do you guys think? Star Wars: Episode IX is currently set to be released on December 19th, 2019.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer is here!

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HBO have unleashed GOT Season 8 Trailer

The first full trailer for the final season of Game of Thrones gives us our first look at what is to come and hints at the final, epic battle. It is enough to get fans excited and sets a dark mood. Showcasing some of our favourite characters brooding as they approach the eventual showdown we have all been waiting for!

Game of Thrones season 8 will be 6 episodes long and is set to premiere on April 14th.

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