SR Geek Picks: Liam Neeson vs. Vladimir Putin, TV Shows that Jumped the Shark, Movie Facts & More

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Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the guy who has never seen or heard of anything; 19 nerdy knits you need to knit right now; Obama and Liam Neeson send a message to Vladimir Putin; and a metal version of Let It Go. All that and more on this edition of SR’s Geek Picks!

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!

19 Nerdy Knits You Need To Knit Right Now

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Wave your geek flag high with these brilliant and wooly projects. See the full gallery at BuzzFeed.

Batman and Joker – Bad Days – Season 3 Premiere

Batman’s life is pretty much nothing but bad days, thanks in no small part Joker.

Portlandia – I Missed Hip Hop

Carrie teaches Fred about the history of Hip Hop.


Tunisian Star Wars fan club creates a video of Star Wars fans set to Pharrell’s Happy.

25 Beautifully Reimagined Disney Posters That Capture The Magic Of The Films

Aladdin poster SR Geek Picks: Liam Neeson vs. Vladimir Putin, TV Shows that Jumped the Shark, Movie Facts & More

Austin’s Mondo Gallery has partnered with Oh My Disney for a new art exhibit titled Nothing’s Impossible, which pays tribute to classic Disney and Pixar films with wonderful and jaw-dropping artwork. Head over to BuzzFeed for the full gallery.

Biblical Movie

Girl is Lena Dunham’s unique take on the life of Eve, a struggling twenty-something in the Garden of Eden.

Obama and Liam Neeson Send a Message to Vladimir Putin

President Obama discusses how the United States plans to deal with the crisis in Ukraine. He calls in a special guest to deliver a personal message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Let It Go (from Frozen) Meets Metal

Top 10 TV Shows That Jumped the Shark

Don’t you just hate it when your favorite shows get really, really lame? Join as they count down their picks for the top 10 shows that jumped the shark.

The Guy Who Has Never Seen or Heard of Anything

Ever met someone who’s terrible at conversation? Someone who’s never seen or heard of anything? This guy’s the worst, but what he lacks in common knowledge he makes up for in unibrow.

Mario Kart In Real Life

At SXSW 2014, a go-kart track was retrofitted to become Mario Kart Reimagined, a racing experience that tries to translate the classic video game into reality. But turning the joyful abandon of plunging down the Rainbow Road into a real-world experience is harder than it seems.

Game Theory: Wii U is the New Virtual Boy

The Virtual Boy has gone down in video game history as one of the worst systems of all time. This tremendous flop has been a dark mark in Nintendo’s history, and yet, history has just repeated itself. The Wii U has made all the mistakes of the Virtual Boy. Had Nintendo remembered its own history, its current financial troubles could have been avoided.

31 Random Movie Facts You Need To Know

Become a movie trivia master in just two minutes.


That’s all for today, folks! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more movie-related geekery.

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  1. Well, I lost my appetite watching the very unfunny Lena Dunham. Seriously, who the f**k finds this spoiled rich brat funny? Gilda Radner is rolling over in her grave if she’s the face of female comedy.

    • I concur. Just watched it and found it unfunny. Don’t really know who she is, though. I suspect most people don’t…

      • Yep, I only know about her because they show commercials for Girls on Sky Atlantic while I fast forward through the ads and always accidentally play the recording a little too soon.

        I wouldn’t blame her for that video being painfully unfunny though, it’s more the fault of the writers. It’s just that, as the face of the sketch, I can understand why she’d be seen as the problem with it.

        • Also have to add, I have no clue who Gilda Radner is.

          • Gilda was the original female face of Saturday Night Live. She married Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein, etc.) but later died of cancer. Although she was very popular during her time, I never found her to be that funny. Her husband Gene is a classic, however, so if he loved her, I don’t doubt that she was someone very special and unique!

            • Cool, thanks.

              I grew up with just the British comediennes (French & Saunders, Jo Brand, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, the female members of Not The 9 O’Clock News like Pamela Stephenson and The Fast Show such as Caroline Aherne) and then imports from the US like Ruby Wax (who was also never funny) and Joan Rivers.

              • Wow…I grew up in the US and never heard of Ruby Wax. Joan Rivers I know but can’t stand. The most popular/reputable female comedian in the US has probably been Lucille Ball, but as the decades go by, so does the memory of her. Don’t believe there is anyone comparable here today. I kind of like Melissa McCarthy now, as she reminds me of a female Chris Farley, but I don’t believe she will ever become a household name.

                • Yeah, Ruby was pretty huge here in the late 80s/early 90s playing up to the obnoxious American stereotype but in the last 5 years or so, she’s known more as a mental health campaigner after being diagnosed as bipolar herself some time back.

                  I’m with you on the Lucille Ball thing but not with her (don’t think anyone in the UK has ever heard of her), more like Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard, who were household names but then sort of dropped off the public radar, especially Eddie when he started spending more time abroad and was quickly replaced by Peter Kay as “the nation’s favourite comedian” (Peter has the record for the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, spend 18 months touring the UK and Ireland to sold out arenas, including 20 nights at The Manchester Evening News Arena and 5 at The 02 Arena in London during his Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour that became so popular, it had to leave Manchester and actually tour).

                  • I believe I’ve heard of Billy Connolly but not Eddie Izzard or Peter Kay. The biggest male comics in the US have probably been Bob Hope, and later Richard Pryor, but again, with each passing decade, recognition of their names passes as well. It seems comics don’t necessarily transcend their country’s borders.

                    • Eddie’s moved into acting more since the late 90s. He was in a few episodes of Hannibal last year with a dodgy accent for example, plus roles in movies like My Super Ex-Girlfriend that are easily forgettable (forgot he was even in that as the main villain until I saw it again last year).

                      I’ve always been fond of Paul Kaye though. He got his start playing an obnoxious American called Dennis Pennis who interviewed people on the red carpet with annoying questions (once asking Demi Moore in the early 90s if she’d heard of men dying during sex and saying “would you like your husband to Die Hard too?”).

                      Then he had a brief MTV show 10 years ago based on his Mike Strutter character, who was influenced by Sean Penn’s character in Carlito’s Way. Most people would know him now for being Thoros of Myr in Game Of Thrones (the Red Priest who Arya Stark met last season).

  2. I thought the term Jump the Shark was dead back in 2003.

    • Nope, still active.

      They tried to use Nuke The Fridge after the last Indiana Jones movie but it never held (off topic, I still think the only bad thing about that movie was Shia LeBeouf, everything else was pretty cool and the alien angle was only necessary since they’d exhausted relics from the three main religions in the original trilogy).

  3. I’ve always liked Liam Neeson but if he is sending out messages he might send out an apology for the way his latest flick insults families of and victims of the 911 terrorist attacks.