As I write this post, we’re only two days out from the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy. My wife has graciously agreed to go with me on opening night, which prompted her to ask Facebook if she deserved the Wife of the Week Award. I’m extremely excited to see this flick, but I had a hard time deciding where it ranked in my top five most anticipated nerdy TV/movie events. Here’s the top five as I see it.
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
This movie was a perfect combination of three different loves for me at the time. I enjoyed the hell out of Shaun of the Dead, which was directed by Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright. The movie’s lead actor Michael Cera was coming off of a big movie in Superbad and I loved all the Judd Apatow produced stuff that was coming out in the mid 2000s. Let’s face it though. The reason I was so drawn in by the movie was the idea that it was set in a video game universe. Seeing the characters fighting each other with hit points, extra lives and even a meter to determine how full their bladders were hooked me from the start. I recall seeing this movie at a 10 a.m. showing to get a matinee price and I was amped for the rest of the day. As soon as it came out on DVD, I got the Blu-Ray and watched all the special features.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
I’ve been talking this movie up to anyone who would listen for the last six months. When I saw the first trailer, I loved the idea of a Marvel comedic action movie in space. Chris Pratt has won me over from “Parks and Recreation” and his turns in Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Seeing him give the finger to John C. Reilly in the early trailer was enough to intrigue me, but the massive Groot and diminutive Rocket Racoon made it a must-see. Throw in Dave Bautisa, a connection to my love for professional wrestling, Zoe Saldana from Star Trek and Lee Pace from “Pushing Daisies” and you’ve earned my opening night money. Seeing the early reviews for this flick has me saying, “Marvel, you’ve done it again.”
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5 Finale, “The Gift”
When I think about this classic episode, the first image that comes to mind is my high school girlfriend sobbing all over the place as we tried to cope from the shock that ended Buffy’s final season on the WB. There was so much buildup for this episode in what is probably the show’s second best season. Glory was one of the show’s best big bads and while not everybody loved Dawn, the concept of a magical key trapped inside a girl who was fabricated in the minds of all the characters on the show is pretty amazing. Add in the beginning of Spike’s love for Buffy and the death of Joyce Summers and you have a ton of emotion built up for one of the best episodes the show produced. One of the few times I watched the show with someone who loved it as much as me, my viewing experience for Buffy’s second death was quite an experience. A nerdy and weepy experience.
2. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition)
By the time high school rolled around, I’d seen all three Star Wars movies on cable, but I’d never seen them as they were intended. My buddy Swam was a huge Star Wars nerd, and he made sure we would be there to accompany him for all three Special Editions when they came out. While I loved seeing the Death Star explode at the end of A New Hope, it was seeing Empire on the big screen that officially made me a Star Wars fan. I’m definitely in the camp that it’s one of the best movies of all time. There are so many iconic moments in this movie and I can say that I saw them in a packed movie theater! The battle on the ice planet Hoth, Luke training with Yoda, the Lando-Darth Vader double cross scene, the “I am your father” line, and Han Solo getting frozen in carbonite! I’m still a Trekkie at heart, having seen all the movies and every single episode of The Next Generation, but seeing Empire in theaters made me add to my nerd allegiances for sure.
1. Marvel’s The Avengers
When Marvel signed on Joss Whedon to write and direct The Avengers, I should have started a savings account, because the company had pretty much committed to taking all of my money. I was a big fan of Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the billionaire playboy philanthropist. Thor was pretty good, but the way Chris Hemsworth inhabited the role made me very interested in what he’d do in a better movie. Chris Evans surprised me in Captain America and it always felt like a movie that shouldn’t have worked but somehow did. When you add them all together in a movie with the overwhelmingly attractive Scarlett Johannsen, you already have me in line. The Joss Whedon thing put it over the top as the biggest movie event of my life. I watched the trailers for this flick too many times to count and spent a lot of energy convincing my wife to attend opening weekend with me. I guffawed throughout all the comedy and my eyes bugged out of my head during the action scenes. Even Cobie Smulders was good in this movie! I saw the flick twice in theaters and it made me a Marvel junkie for life.
What are some of the nerdy events you’ve heavily anticipated? Sound off in the comments below.
Top Image – Flickr Creative Commons Avengers Concept Art: Environment by marvelousRoland