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GEEK OUT! SOYLENT GREEN: A RETROSPECTIVE ASSESSMENT BY MARIA RAMOS

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Soylent Green on Energy Use, Pollution, and Overpopulation

1973’s Soylent Green may be best known for being people, but this classic of dystopian science fiction is much more than a catchphrase. At its heart, Soylent Green is a story of an overtaxed world, class disparity, and the trade-offs that humanity finds itself making in the name of survival. As a vision of the future it proved ahead of its time, envisioning what could happen if consumption were to continue unchecked.

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GEEK OUT! THE FRANCHISE MOVIE – BOON OR BANE?

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Fans and critics have been sharply divided in their opinion over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For the detractors, the launch of the new trilogy is a simple re-hashing of plot elements from the original trilogy whilst the supporters feel that the movie has injected a freshness into the franchise after the disappointment of the prequel trilogy.

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GEEK OUT! 2015: THE YEAR IN MOVIES

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In hindsight, 2015 has proven to be a rather disappointing year for geek movies. Despite the hype accorded to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise proved less than satisfying but that could not stop the movie from grossing over a billion at the box office (and still going strong at time of posting).

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GEEK OUT! FILM REVIEW – THE LOBSTER

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More avant-garde/speculative fiction/fantasy than outright scifi, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is a triumph of imaginative allegory. There is a strong message running through the narrative that somewhat loses steam in the third act. The set-up though is well conceptualised.

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GEEK OUT! FINALLY. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS [SPOILERS]

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So much to say, too much to unload. Considering the sheer level of hype poured down on this movie, it’s fair to accept that it was never ever going to live up to the hype. I probably need to watch again to absorb all the nuances but basically, what I feel is that The Force Awakens is either a Star Wars reboot or a fan-made tribute or eye candy searching desperately for a story or perhaps all of the above.

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GEEK OUT! STAR TREK BEYOND TEASER TRAILER

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A couple of factoids before we move on, dear PoP geek reader.

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Enterprise gets destroyed… again!

First, Justin Lin (of Fast & Furious fame 3-6) directs (JJ Abrams had some other scifi movie to work on!). Second, this movie is being released in 2016 — the most saturated geek movie year EVAH!

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GEEK OUT: COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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The latest Star Wars sequel is a mere 3 days away from opening in Singapore and hordes of geeks are eagerly  waiting to see whether director JJ Abrams can return the series to its former glories, after the dismal critical reception of the prequels back in 1999 – 2005, despite the trilogy grossing a total of $2.5 billion at the box office.

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GEEK OUT! ARROW MIDSEASON FINALE: PHOTO GALLERY

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Trust Arrow to give us something dark before X’Mas! With Damien Darhk hellbent on teaching Oliver Queen a lesson, the spectre of death was looming over all of Queen’s family, friends and beloved ones. Well, let’s just say it does not end well (remember that in the season opener, a death was foreshadowed) and so …

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GEEK OUT! AGENTS OF SHIELD MIDSEASON FINALE: PHOTO GALLERY

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The third season of Agents of SHIELD has been upping the ante with the Inhumans dilemma. Throw in conspiracies within ACTU linked to HYDRA (inevitably), Simmon’s sojourn on the blue planet & the heightening of the Coulson-Ward feud – finally, Agents of SHIELD is providing some scifi-based competition to CW’s Arrow and The Flash.

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GEEK OUT! FLASH 209 PHOTO GALLERY

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A wonderful Xmas episode for The Flash! Attention was drawn to many faces as secrets were revealed, Weather Wizard & Trickster joined forces (Captain Cold demurred) & Team Flash (this time consisting of Cisco, Harrison AND Jay) saved the day! However, Wells had to make a Faustian bargain.  Oh and not much of Barry in his costume…

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GEEK OUT! FIVE ECO-HORROR MOVIES TO GIVE YOU REAL WORLD NIGHTMARES!

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Not a day goes by when climate change isn’t on news headlines somewhere. Whether it’s unseasonable weather patterns or politicians using it as a talking point, we can all see its effects on our daily life. Since movies are nothing if not a reflection of everyday life, it’s not surprising that our worries about the environment fighting back have long been on the big screen.

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