Geek Movies to Curl Up to

Rainn Wilson Super

The Christmas holidays was always a time of watching movies, you know, after the present giving , family get together and turkey eating. So much so, that I always used to pick up a copy of both the Radio Times and the TV Times so that I knew exactly what movies to plan for around the holidays. Nowadays, I don’t even have cable, so I haven’t a clue what’s on over TV, But movies are still a big part of the Christmas holidays for me, and with that in mind, here’s a few that we hadn’t had a chance to properly review this year, that’s worth checking out over the next few days.

Super

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


With a cast like Rainn Wilson, Ellen page and a hilarious cameo with Nathan Fillion, this is a geek must-see. The story follows the disturbed mind of down and out cook Frank, who decides to put on a superhero costume and fight crime after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a local drug kingpin (Kevin Bacon).

A lot of people made comparisons to Kick Ass, and it’s easy to see why. They also couldn’t be more wrong. Frank, AKA the Crimson Bolt, is mentally disturbed, and the movie makes it very clear from the start. This movie isn’t for everybody, it’s seriously disturbing in parts, but if you’re already a fan of director James Gunn’s work, it should come as no surprise.

Attack the Block

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


I knew almost nothing about this indie Brit Flick except that Nick Frost was in it, and frankly, that’s all I needed to know. However, for those that need a little more convincing, the plot follows a teenage gang of South London thugs who are forced to protect their housing estate during an alien invasion. It’s almost like South London meets Critters or the Monster Squad.

This movie came under a lot of fire from critics lately after the summer riots around the UK. It’s a hard movie to get into for several reasons. For one thing, if you’re not from South London the urban patois can seem like another language, although based on reports from the riots, it’s surprising accurate. As someone who is from South London,. I began the movie wondering why I’m watching it, since I moved from there to get away from things like that. The “heroes” of the movie begin the film by mugging a young woman on her way home. It’s hard to get behind them. And yet, somehow you do. You almost start to pity them. They’re certainly not heroes, which is why I used the quotation marks, and the characters definitely help keep the movie entertaining.

X-Men: First Class

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


This one kinda flew under everyone’s radar in comparison to movies like Thor and Captain America, which dominated screens this summer. Having heard good things about it and knowing Matthew Vaughn was involved, I was persuaded to watch it. It offers an interesting take on the beginning of the X-Men. I don’t agree with many of the choices made in the movie to be quite honest, but it was a refreshing change of pace from the more in-you-face offerings that Marvel has put out lately. Also, for fans of Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies, you’ll be relieved to know that this origins movie fits surprisingly well into the universe Singer created.

Paul

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


I wanted to hate this movie, I really did. Well, no, that’s not true. I’m a huge fan of Pegg & Frost. But knowing that Seth Rogan was involved, and seeing the corny CGI character that was created, I thought I would hate it. In actual truth, this movie about two geeks from the UK who decide to do a UFO tour of the US only to meet a real life alien, was actually pretty hysterical. Oh, it’s not a great movie by any means, but it had plenty of laughs and head nods to genre classics to satisfy the geek in me.

So there you have it. A few movies to curl up and watch while staying warm and munching on mince pies and turkey leftovers.