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What do you get the Wookie who has everything? Yes, it’s that time of year again; time to figure out what to give those passionate geeks in your life for the holidays. Whether they believe in the jolly, white-bearded Santa, the white-bearded wisdom of Obi-Wan or believe that the rotund, white-bearded George R.R. Martin will actually finish The Winds of Winter, the film, comics, TV and gaming geeks in your life deserve to know you care. This year, Hey You Geeks is covering all levels of geekdom with a 2013 gift guide which includes something for everyone.
Blu-rays and DVD’s
Always a good place to start is with the new Blu-ray and DVD collections conveniently released around this time each year. This year’s big movies like Man Of Steel or Pacific Rim make obviously great choices on Blu-ray, but here are four of 2013’s newest collections offering more unique, »
- Tony Nunes
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
Photo credit: Fox
“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Paramount Pictures just unveiled a new poster for "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which is based on the late Tom Clancy's popular character that was previously played by Alec Baldwin in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," and Ben Affleck in "Sum of All Fears." Check out the trailer below. In "Shadow Recruit," Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is a young covert CIA analyst who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the Us economy with a terrorist attack. The film co-stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh, David Paymer and Colm Feore. The new movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and is set to hit theaters on January 17th, 2014. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Here’s the new International Onesheet (or poster!) for the latest Jack Ryan movie – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit based on the books by Tom Clancy. This movie is one we’re very excited about and is the 5th movie to make it to the big screen in the Jack Ryan series with Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears all coming before it. Chris Pine takes on iconic role in the latest movie with Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck all coming before him.
Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine, “Star Trek”) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. »
- David Sztypuljak
Born from novels of Tom Clancy, CIA analyst turned operative Jack Ryan has had a string of stars portray him on the big screen, from Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, to Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, to Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. But with more than a decade passing since the last of these, the beloved hero is at long last returning to theaters in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. And who better to take on that role than Star Trek's Captain Kirk, Chris Pine? At a special event in New York City, Paramount Pictures invited journalists to watch 17 minutes of the finished film, which will hit theaters early next year. Pine himself had flown in from Los Angeles to emcee the screening, and was on hand to answer questions. "Jack is really an analyst, »
Author Tom Clancy sadly passed away on 1st October 2013. While he was known to many for the video games that bore his name, such as the acclaimed Splinter Cell series (a film adaptation is in the works starring Tom Hardy as stealthy agent Sam Fisher), his most iconic characters are found in his many novels.
None is more iconic than Jack Ryan, a CIA financial analyst who becomes drawn into the world of espionage as a spy. The character has already featured in four films: he was portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990′s The Hunt For Red October, by Harrison Ford in 1992′s Patriot Games and 1994′s Clear And Present Danger and Ben Affleck played a younger Ryan in the 2002 reboot The Sum Of All Fears. The character is being rebooted once more in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is set to release on January 2014 and »
- Tom Durbin
Ender's Game opens today, and you know what that means: Harrison Ford will probably get angry at someone, and there's a good chance he'll also point his finger at the unlucky person on the receiving end of Ford's wrath. It's what he does, and he does it quite well. Vulture has created this fantastic supercut of Harrison Ford being pissed off at people from some of his films, including scenes from Air Force One, Patriot Games and many more. Harrison »
- Jesse Giroux
Review Billy Grifter 26 Oct 2013 - 20:45
Despite its recent improvement, this week's Revolution takes a nosedive in quality. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.5 One Riot, One Ranger
After making some decent headway in the past few weeks, Revolution fell down a few holes of plausibility this week, and seemed incapable of scrambling out.
The major problem, and it had been festering away for some weeks in the background, was how to introduce back Bass into the mix without a long list of people just killing him immediately. It was always going to be a stretch, but the direction that they took ultimately seemed the least credible of all possible routes.
Part of the issue was that Charlie only needed to be saved once to join the Bass supporters club, entirely forgetting that he was responsible for the deaths of her father and brother, and a ton of other people. »
We’re two-thirds of the way through October, and Gravity has just had its third straight week atop the box office, which I think qualifies it as succeeding beyond anyone’s expectations. In the meantime, this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at this Christmas’ upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Premise: Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), a young CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
My take: When I heard the news that author Tom Clancy had passed away at the beginning of October, I was greatly saddened. For more than a decade, I’ve been a big fan of Clancy’s books, and I still consider him among the highest echelon of thriller writers. But while I love his books, I’ve had a much more mixed relationship with the movies based on his Jack Ryan series. »
- Timothy Monforton
Review Billy Grifter 20 Oct 2013 - 13:10
Having failed to become the new Lost, is Revolution attempting to become the new Heroes? Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.4 Patriot Games
So far this season, I've rejoiced in the major improvements that the plot and characters have generally undergone. But Patriot Games has made me question if the more watchable version of this show is ultimately condemning it.
But before I get to the issues - and there are plenty - the episode opens with yet another rung on the ladder of redeeming Bass, when he comes to the aid of Charlie, whose bravado is about to end in gang rape. Charlie's never been the smartest character, and she gets herself into quite the mess here. Bass's appearance wielding double machetes is welcome, though it did make me wonder what happened to the shotgun he had last time we met him. »
Directed by Charles Beeson
Airs Wednesdays at 8 pm (Et) on NBC
The problems with “Patriot Games” start right at the teaser. Charlie is grabbing a drink alone in a bar. She’s just about to leave when a gang of burly men appear ready to commit unspeakable acts of horror on her opiate-weakened body, despite her best efforts in fighting them off. She luckily manages to escape, with the aid of Monroe. Charlie is one of just two women in the main cast, both strong characters most weeks, and yet both are subject to overt rape threats this week. Later, Rachel is also held captive, unable to stop the man intent on killing her from running his fingers across her cheek as he admits a long-held crush toward her. It’s a hugely unfortunate approach the »
- Kris Holt
The Supernatural-flavor came in hot on "Patriot Games."
I’m all for suspending disbelief and going along for the ride - and I’m all for taking the evolution out of Revolution - but this newest turn is just odd. Flipping the light switch on and off has clearly made the nanites different, and I could buy them bringing Aaron back to life.
But setting the two guards on fire and seeing through the nanites’ eyes or sonar – whatever it is – is taking things pretty far. This is not the show I signed up for, but things are early. So I’m hoping Revolution Season 2 will find a balance with the “evolution” so they don’t begin relying on it for the plot.
Rachel took another beating, both emotionally and physically. One of her good friends turned out to be a patriot trying to kill her and the only one »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick McHatton)
Apparently you don't have to live outside Boston to know that the Patriots suck. They're certainly not very trustworthy, and how could they be after Bill Belichick got caught up in the Spygate scandal?
I'm starting to learn a few things about Revolution after four episodes watching it under a more critical eye (and I don't mean the dollar-bill eye that is the symbol of the new USA), mainly that the show is neither good nor bad. It just consistently is what it is, and it's not a something you watch on the edge of your seat.
In fact, my girlfriend watched "Patriot Games" while playing Candy Crush and following the Tigers game on her phone while I took notes. And neither one of us feels like she missed anything. »
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has premiered its second trailer.
The Kenneth Branagh-directed spy thriller stars Chris Pine as Tom Clancy's CIA analyst in a role previously played by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
Branagh also plays as villainous Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin, while Keira Knightley features in the supporting cast as Ryan's wife Cathy. The film takes the character back to his early years, following him from the Marines to his recruitment into espionage by Kevin Costner's Langley agent William Harper.
Jack Ryan creator Tom Clancy passed away earlier this month at the age of 66.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will open in cinemas on December 26. »
New Revolution season 2,episode 4 intense spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, NBC released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Revolution" episode 4 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Patriot Games, " and it appears to be quite violent and drama-filled as Charlie breaks some arms, people start burning up, and more. In the new "Patriot Games" episode, Monroe and Charlie's dynamic is going to start to evolve. In the meantime, wounds of Miles and Rachel will begin to heal, yet her curiosity and heightened awareness, could be her undoing. Neville's manipulation of Patriot power brokers will end up, making Machiavelli look like a cherub ,and Aaron's mind will work overtime awake or asleep with mind-blowing effectiveness. Rachel and Miles are going to start planning a resistance to what they believe might be the Patriot occupation. Episode 4 is set to air on Wednesday night, October 16th »
The sad news of Tom Clancy's passing came to us at the end of last week, but his legacy is still alive with the first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, based on the author's most famous characters, previously brought to the big screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, pulling double duty as the movie's villain Viktor Cherevin, this original story serves as a reboot for the character, charting his early days as a CIA analyst and his relationship with his mentor William Harper (Kevin Costner). The trailer shows off a much more action oriented take on the character, not really giving us a taste of political intrigue that made the likes of Patriot Games or The Sum of All Fears so entertaining, but I think there is enough here to pique peoples interest. Synopsis: In a story taking place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Oscar-Bound Bruce Dern Talks Career and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"Box Office:Arthouse Audit: "Enough Said" and "Metallica Through the Never" Score Solid Limited National Grosses"Cloud 2" Clear Winner Over Spotty Weekend, "Instructions Not Included" Highest Spanish Grosser EverFeatures:Immersed in Movies: "Gravity" Takes a Giant VFX Leap as Pure CinemaYour Week in Streaming: Movies About Movies by Hong Sang-soo and Jim McBrideFestivals:nyff Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to OscarRamping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film FestivalSpike Jonze Previews "Her" Before Its New York Film Festival UnveilingInterviews:"Gravity" Q&A: Alfonso Cuaron Talks Creating Space Epic (Video)Q & A: Indie Hit "Enough Said" Is Oscar Race Dark HorseNews: Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers "Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and More, Has Died at 66 (Film Clips)Take Note, Indie...
The top stories of the week from Toh!Awards:Oscar-Bound Bruce Dern Talks Career and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"Box Office:Arthouse Audit: "Enough Said" and "Metallica Through the Never" Score Solid Limited National Grosses"Cloud 2" Clear Winner Over Spotty Weekend, "Instructions Not Included" Highest Spanish Grosser EverFeatures:Immersed in Movies: "Gravity" Takes a Giant VFX Leap as Pure CinemaYour Week in Streaming: Movies About Movies by Hong Sang-soo and Jim McBrideFestivals:nyff Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to OscarRamping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film FestivalSpike Jonze Previews "Her" Before Its New York Film Festival UnveilingInterviews:"Gravity" Q&A: Alfonso Cuaron Talks Creating Space Epic (Video)Q & A: Indie Hit "Enough Said" Is Oscar Race Dark HorseNews: Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers "Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and More, Has Died at 66 (Film Clips)Take Note, Indie »
The fifth film and fourth incarnation of Jack Ryan is headed to the big screen with Chris Pine taking on the title role of the CIA Operative. The previous actors to have portrayed Jack Ryan were Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum […]
Read First trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
Following the sad news this week of American author Tom Clancy's passing, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which sees Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) stepping into the role of the CIA analyst previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
The franchise reboot sees Kenneth Branagh (Thor) directing as well as starring as the film's villain, while other cast members include Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night). Check out the first trailer after the official synopsis....
"The story follows Ryan from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, »
- Gary Collinson
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