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Fan Film Friday: ‘Red Shirt Blues’ (Star Trek)

Happy birthday to Star Trek, which celebrated 50 years of sci-fi excellence this week!

That’s more than half a century of some of the most quotable movie lines, emotional television moments (I can not even cite just one! Just watch every episode of every series! Ugh! My heart!), page turning books and comics, out of this world conventions, and shareable memes! So in tribute to all things Trek, we decided to watch and review David O. Rogers’ Star Trek inspired fan film titled Redshirt Blues.

redshirts2The short, which goes by way too fast at just nine minutes long, originally screened on the Sci Fi Channel‘s Exposure in 2001 and has been around a respectable 15 years itself! Don’t let the aged image and sound quality deter you from watching this oldie but goodie: there is a solid story there that stands the test of time!

Redshirt Blues tells the tale of Averson (Jack P. Dempsey) and Leeds (Erik Hill), two “hapless” security officers on the Enterprise. Averson is sick and tired of Kirk, the Federation, and the ridiculous red shirt he must wear every day. This guy is one bad day away from transporting himself to another planet! While patrolling, he meets Leeds, an enthusiastic, crimson clad new recruit who learns the horrid truth about what it means to be a “redshirt” the hard way (Spoiler alert: if you’re wearing a red shirt, you’re on Death Duty! R.I.P.).

Redshirt Blues is funny and self aware! It pokes fun at all the things Star Trek is teased for—often by Star Wars fans— including broken props and Shatner’s bad acting. But at the same time, it embraces and showcases everything that makes the fandom great: interesting dialogue, character driven stories, and just enough action/adventure/effects to feel like a “proper” sci-fi story.

This comedic spoof definitely made me smile, and I recommend Redshirt Blues to you, GeekGirl World!

Watch Redshirt Blues below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Severus Snape and the Marauders’ (Harry Potter)

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has been enchanting fans since 1997. Over the course of 11 years, we’ve had 7 full books, 8 feature films, short stories, Pottermore and more (ha)! 2016 has been especially magical, with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood in April, as well as the highly anticipated theatrical debut of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  coming November 18th. Add Broad strokes Productions fan film, titled Severus Snape and the Marauders, to the list of marvelous 2016 releases that had us holding our wands up in delight!

The story kicks in with James Potter and his marauder pals Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew at the pub celebrating their graduation from Hogwarts and pondering about their futures, including the repercussions of possibly fighting against people they went to school with in the pending war. Conflict arises when Potter’s enemy, Severus Snape, walks into the bar.

This is more than the jock vs. the goth kid: Potter and Snape hate each other!

The script, coupled with what fans know from the books, show that these two men had different ideals about the world and how things should be. The only thing they have in common is that they both love Potter’s squeeze, Lily. Potter foolishly attempts to assert his dominance over Snape by “scaring” him a little. Biting words quickly escalate into a full-fledged wand-wielding row, and later, some fighting mano y mano.

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One of the things I always adored about the Harry Potter universe was how Rowling managed to make the impossible seem so possible! Even in a world of magic and mystery, the characters and their problems were still relatable to the core. The same can be said for this project, which contained all the witty dialogue and thoughtful character development that one would expect from Rowling herself. The characters were fleshed out and natural, and each character was cast perfectly both in look and demeanor. I especially loved Zachary David’s comical-without-being-over-the-top portrayal of the spineless wimp Peter Pettigrew.

I was entranced by the major battle scene in the film. It was not just action packed, it was visually stunning (no pun intended)! With a brawl with moves that felt like a dance, a sweeping score that would make John Williams proud, and spells visualized via brilliant sparks of color, I could not have been more impressed.

Beautiful sets, effects, and wardrobes also made me feel enveloped by the story.

Members of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff alike can all agree one one thing: Severus Snape and the Marauders is amazing!

I definitely recommend Severus Snape and the Marauders to you, GeekGirl World! Watch it below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘The Laughing Man’ (The Joker)

Let’s face it: Suicide Squad did not live up to the hype.

While DC fans were initially pumped to see see many of their favorite comic book characters on the big screen for the first time (Hey Harley!), reactions to the film mostly ranged from meh to ohmygoshsomepleasegaugeoutmyeyesJoel Kinnaman, who played Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag, reportedly stopped reading reviews because “they were not kind.” Even Jared Leto, who played the iconic supervillain Joker, was so unhappy with the film that he didn’t even watch it and had exactly two words to say to Warner Bros. (We’ll let you guess which two!). Following the film’s release, there was definitely a want/need for seeing our beloved DC characters do… something else.

Something better.

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The Laughing Man

Enter The Halvis Brothers‘ short fan film The Laughing Man, which debuted on YouTube August 2, 2016 (the same week Suicide Squad hit theaters).

Inspired by Scott Snyder’s Batman: Death of the Family, the film follows the Laughing Man (aka The Joker, portrayed by Zach Avery) and his counterpart Quinn (aka Haley Quinn, played by Whitney Able) as they torture a doctor at a psychiatric ward. The NSFW/Hard R short film clocked in at just over 20 minutes, and it masterfully made every minute second and scene count.

They say the devil is in the details, and that is certainly the case here.

From an artistic and technical stand point, the film was solid. I must have done 2529 screenshots of the film, because every image was beautiful, albeit haunting. Even though there were only 2 main sets, so much care and attention went into the background details: a blood smile on a television screen in the torture room, for instance. The film makers also experimented with different mediums, including animated “flashback” scenes, that really made the viewer feel like they were actually in this topsy-turvy world controlled by the Laughing Man.

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The Laughing Man, NOT a re-run of Gray’s

This project was strong on every level.

The plot was clear and concise. It knew it was a short film, and didn’t cram anything in that didn’t need to be there. In doing so, the performances and characters were really able to shine. Avery was so disturbing as the Laughing Man. Reminiscent of Andrew Scott‘s Moriarty on Sherlock, he managed to insight fear and tension without even raising his voice. I could not get his face(s) out of my head, even long after I finished watching the film! Able as Quinn was everything I loved about Harley Quinn from Batman: the Animated Series. Her voice was perfect and her gestures were subtle but spot on. There’s a scene where Avery and Able are dancing, and mid-move, he just lets her Thump! on the floor, completely capturing the essence of the Joker and Harley Quinn’s complicated relationship: she trusts and obsessively dotes on him, while he merely uses her for his theatrical antics. Such a simple but powerful shot that conveyed so much about the characters’ psyche! Bravo!

Any hard feelings you may have had about Harley or the Joker after watching Suicide Squad will immediately disappear upon watching this short film.

I definitely recommend The Laughing Man to you, GeekGirl World! Watch it below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Fan Film Friday: Ripper (Batman vs. Jack the Ripper Fan Film)

London. 1888. Blood, gore, and more: Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the town with a flurry of gruesome murders. Too bad there’s not a hero to save the city! Or is there? (Queue dramatic music!)

This week I watched and reviewed a Batman themed fan film by James Campbell called Ripper. Combining elements of classic Italian horror, historical monstrosities, and good ol’ fashioned comic book super heroes, Ripper has it all! Made by fans for fans, this project was made possible by enthusiastic IndieGoGo supporters and premiered February 1, 2016. At the time I watched the short (just a few days after it was released), it had already garnered over 31,000 views!

Do I recommend Ripper to you, GeekGirl World? Find out in my video review below:

The project was based on Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, a collection of tales based on a Victorian era Batman written by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola with inks by P. Craig Russell. One of the things I love about historical fiction mash ups is that it makes the impossible seem possible! Considering Batman is the most realistic of all the heroes in the DC universe (he doesn’t have super powers, he’s just a skilled rich guy with epic resources), the story’s concept wasn’t far-fetched at all, and I was pleased to see Campbell’s team bring the story to life!

Watch Ripper and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

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Fan Film Friday: The X-sy O-sy Files (X-Files Fan Film)

If someone had asked you a few years ago which was more likely: A) Being abducted by aliens or B) The X-Files returning to television, you’d probably have picked “A” (especially if you’re theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking). It seems funny now, because you’d have to be stranded on Mars to not know that FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) returned to the X-Files in all new episodes of Fox’s sci-fi thriller on January 24, 2016.

As a child of the 90s, The X-Files was everything to my nerdy little family. I vividly remember my parents and grandparents telling me that the show was too scary to watch. I recall scoffing at them, insisting on watching the program, and then having nightmares about monsters and space crafts and porcelain dolls (oh my). For years I literally could not watch the show because it gave me the heebie jeebies!

Now, as an adult, I am in full-fledged binge watching mode, catching up on a decade of television episodes and movies about adventures with the unexplained and mysterious!

So, in honor of the return of the program and in spirit of my current marathon, I decided to watch and review an X-Files themed fan film called The X-sy O-sy Files. Unlike it’s dramatic (and sometimes down right frightening) source of inspiration, The X-sy O-sy Files is a comedy that spoofs the original source material. 

Do I recommend it to you, GeekGirl World? The truth is out there! (No, really! The truth is in my video. Check it out!)

Watch The X-sy O-sy Files and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Watch The X-Files miniseries Mondays at 8/7c on Fox, now through February 22, 2016!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘City of Vengeance’ (Green Arrow Fan Film)

Arrow is a show that, in my (not-so-popular) opinion, gets better and better with each passing season. Now that it’s returned from it’s mid-season hibernation, I decided to celebrate Arrow by watching and reviewing a Green Arrow themed fan film. I went with a feature length project by Fire Bird Films called City of Vengeance, which follows the Green Arrow‘s run in with his former friend turned enemy, Deathstroke.

Was it a stroke of genius? Or did it fail to meet my expectations? Most importantly, do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch City of Vengeance and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews, including one for another Green Arrow themed fan film called The Hood: Black Mask.

And don’t forget to catch Arrow each Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Iris’ (The Flash Fan Film)

I have been obsessed with The CW’s The Flash since the very first episode.

However, I always felt that Candice Patton‘s Iris and Grant Gustin‘s Barry were the most forced wannabe couple on any show ever (and I suffered through Arrow‘s Laurel/Oliver pairing – yuck). I don’t blame the actors (who are both insanely talented), it’s just that independently, their characters are more interesting on their own than in a boring, overdone, unrequited love/friend zone sub-plot.

Still, I do know it’s canon for the two to have a long and interesting relationship. So, I decided to see if a fan film could tell their story better. I went with a short by Second Line Studios called IrisWas it more exciting than other renditions of the Fastest Man Alive? Or could the short not end fast enough? Most importantly, do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch Iris and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews, including one for another Flash-themed fan film called The Bolt.

Catch The Flash (if you can) when it returns to The CW on January 19 at 8/7c!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Mild Conundrum’ (Sherlock Fan Film)

Mystery fans and Cumberbitches rejoice! Masterpiece and PBS premiered Sherlock: the Abominable Bride on the small screen January 1, 2016, and Fathom Events aired the Victorian special in cinemas throughout this week.

It doesn’t take a sleuthing detective (or a high-functioning sociopath) to guess that we decided to watch and review a fan film based on Sherlock Holmes for this weeks edition of Fan Film Friday. We went with a short by Snealiv called Mild Conundrum

The real conundrum: do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch Mild Conundrum and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Want more Sherlock? Pour yourself a cup of Sherlock Blend tea and take a look back at the first images of the Victorian special!

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Fan Film Friday: The Man Without Fear (Daredevil Fan Film)

If you ask me, winter holidays are best spent binge-watching all of the shows you didn’t get to watch earlier in the year whilst bundled up on the couch with a cup of tea. So, in the spirit of the holidays, I finally got around to watching Marvel’s Daredevil!

Season 1 of this Netflix original series based on the Marvel hero first premiered on April 10, 2015, which was way back when the weather was nice and I wouldn’t turn into a Popsicle after stepping outside!

Now I’m here (rather belatedly) to discuss all things involving the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, including a fan film by When Geeks Collide called The Man Without Fear.

Check out my video below!

Watch The Man Without Fear and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Want more Daredevil? Check out GeekGirl Meme‘s review of season 1 and all the season 2 casting news!

And be sure to catch Daredevil –  now available on Netflix!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Revan’ (Star Wars)

Merry Sithmas, GeekGirl World! All week we’ve been talking about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, so we obviously decided to watch and review a Star Wars themed fan film!

This time, we decided to pay homage to the expanded universe or the legacy stories, with a project based on the book Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn. See what we thought of the feature-length fan film in our video below:

Watch Revan and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Tune into our reviews of other Star Wars themed fan films from a long, long time ago, like the drama Dark Awakening, the rockin’ short White Armour, the Boba Fett revival tale Beyond the Dune Sea, or the stop motion animation comedy Bounty Buddies!

Be sure to catch The Force Awakens, now playing in a galaxy near you!