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A geek, in the broadest sense, is someone with a deep interest in subject. Of course, geeks tend to gravitate towards the fringe subjects like comic books, video games, science fiction, and even something as academic as math. What separates them from a casual fan is the level of thought they put behind their interests. Levels that many would even consider crazy. These movies were not shy about capturing that enthusiasm that geeks brought to the table. This not a list of movies geeks like; that would be filled with Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This list is about the celebration of geeks and their culture, with a bit of a look into how their minds work.
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While Les Misérables won't be in theaters for another few months, the world doesn't have to wait for Jean Valjean to bear witness to a strong-jawed hero leading a community of Europeans into a blaze of carnal glory: Willem Dafoe is at the head of a fresh group of actors joining Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the shark-eyed power player — who has worked with von Trier in the past on the director's films Manderlay and Antichrist — will be playing an undisclosed role in the new erotica authentique. Joining Dafoe in the developing film are France's Jean-Marc Barr and Germany's Udo Kier (both of whom are von Trier returners), Denmark's Omar Shargawi, and the United Kingdom's Kate Ashfield, Caroline Goodall, and Saskia Reeves.
This revelation more than doubles the size of von Trier's cast. It was reported last week that Uma Thurman would be taking a part in Nymphomaniac, starring alongside the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, and Christian Slater
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Shaun (Simon Pegg) is an ambitionless electronics salesman whose idea of grabbing life by the throat is chugging beer at the local pub the Winchester. After three years Shaun's ennui starts to grate on his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) who presents the 29-year-old slacker with an ultimatum: Set some goals or get ready for the single life. Of course it isn't long before Liz dumps lazybones Shaun who drowns his sorrows in a pint of cold ale at--where else? The Winchester of course along with his out-of-shape and equally lethargic buddy Ed (Nick Frost). What Shaun and Ed are too wasted to realize however is that the good people of London are turning into zombies all around them. When Shaun is almost bitten by a strange pale lady lurking in his garden he realizes something's up--namely that the dead have risen and are feasting on the living. A newly-inspired Shaun springs into action and comes up with the perfect plan to thwart the undead. With the help of Ed he rounds up Liz her roommates his mom and stepfather and takes them to his idea of a safe haven: The Winchester!
As Shaun Pegg who had a small roles in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and the comedy 24 Hour Party People is quite endearing. Although he's shiftless Shaun is someone everyone can relate to--stuck in a comfort zone with no plan to change in his life. But Pegg brings some complexity to the character giving Shaun a sympathetic edge. Of course the film tends to overplay the sympathy card complete with shots of Shaun's fake tears after he splits with Liz. But in the end Shaun is not the lazy loser Liz and her friends all thought he was--just an easy-going guy who enjoys the simpler things in life. Ashfield who has starred in several British feature films is also impressive as Shaun's disapproving girlfriend. The on-screen chemistry between the two stars is surprisingly sweet and almost too down to earth for a parody; sure it's silly at times but incredibly believable. Frost meanwhile nails the sidekick role of Ed--a character you'll first despise but eventually grow to almost love.
In vein of his 1995 spaghetti Western spoof A Fistful of Fingers writer/director Edgar Wright uses his parodying skills once again for his second feature Shaun of the Dead--this time lampooning George Romero's 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. Like Romero whose zombie films take a satirical look at American counterculture of the late 60s Wright's Shaun takes aim at the dreadful idleness plaguing the underachieving Gen-Xers. The film's first 30 minutes are undoubtedly its best as Shaun and other young Londoners mechanically go through the motions of life without ever taking the time to smell the proverbial roses; they schlep to work traipse to the pub and slump into bed never fully appreciating their lives. While anticipating the imminent onslaught of zombies Wright takes pleasure in blurring the lines between the undead and the just plain lethargic. But the film loses its focus once Shaun's character takes a heroic turn and we are forced to endure several poignant moments with his mom and stepdad. Remember Shaun is suppose to be a zombie satire not a Lifetime movie of the week.