SR Geek Picks: Tarantino Movies & Their Influences, Good Things from the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels & 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 out how Captain America: The First Avenger could have ended; a Jewish James Bond; Tarantino Movies and their influences; Bill Willingham talking about the of FABLES; and TV shows as easter eggs. 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!


How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended


Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Bad Days – Season 3 Ep 4

Spider-Man just wants to spend some quality time with Gwen, but Electro, Rhino, and Venom are determined to give him nothing but bad days.


Captain America ALTERNATE ENDING – The Cutting Room

See how Captain America: The First Avenger COULD HAVE ENDED.


Jewish James Bond with Phil Rosenthal and Patton Oswalt

Jewish James Bond with Phil Rosenthal and Patton Oswalt from Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal stars as James Bond like you’ve never seen him before — a real mensch.


Tarantino Movies and Their Influences – What to Watch

HOMAGE or just plain PLAGIARISM? Find out where quintessential Quentin Tarantino movies are STREAMING NOW!!! And check out a number of the films that “INFLUENCED” Tarantino’s style!


Jake’s Sword (Adventure Time) Feat. Smosh – MAN AT ARMS

Every other Monday, master swordsmith Tony Swatton forges your favorite weapons from video games, movies, and television. This week, he recreates Jake’s sword from Adventure Time! Don’t miss the special guest appearance from the Smosh boys!



Saving princesses and challenging villains looks so easy in the cartoon!

Bloopers, BTS, and More.


BAMF GIRLS CLUB (Ep 16): “Bella’s Secret Weapon”

When Bella learns her jar opener is just an ordinary kitchen tool, she’s on a quest to find a BAMF weapon to call her own.


Bill Willingham Talks the End of FABLES – Emerald City Comicon’s Brian Walton caught up with Bill Willingham at this year’s Emerald City Comicon to discuss the end of his long running Fables series, how the Fables world has ported into Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us, and more.



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After decades of conflict, look back at the events that determined the fate of a species.


11 GOOD THINGS From The Star Wars Prequels – Nostalgia Critic

Yes, there are actually 11 from the Star Wars prequel movies.


TV Shows As Easter Eggs

Deggster, Star Tregg, The Eggs Files and many more.


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

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  1. There were good things from the Star Wars prequels???

    • Yup. The Plinkett reviews.

      • How does Mr. Plinkett’s balls taste inside your mouth since you can’t get your tongue out of ‘em when discussing the Star Wars Prequels.

        • And how does it feel sneaking onto your mother’s computer to troll people for having an opinion when it’s probably way past your bedtime?

          Quit being abusive, if he/she likes something and uses a reviewer who feels the same way to back up their opinion then let them, no need to be the way you were. Completely immature thing to do.

          • Meh. Nothing to see here Dazz. Just a classic case of the internet troll.

            OH HO HO HO.

          • It is not the perspective of trolling that I express my comment, but it is the cliche absurdity that the Plinkett Reviews are used to tarnish the Prequels when in reality, they are composed of a 40-year old obese virgin in which does not have better prospects to perceive than humiliate the likes of other films. I thought analysis and critique is what makes a review phenomenal, not mockery, ridicule, and a pathetic attempt of satire.

            • Then you clearly missed the analysis and critique mixed in with the mockery and the satire.

    • Nostalgia Critic doesn’t like the movies, but he listed eleven things he believed were good in the prequels. I don’t like the prequels either, but he made some good points.

      • He pretends to not like them because they are not popular. You can tell he likes them by how he kind of reads too much into some of the things in the movies… I agree the light-saber action and some of the space battle scenes were pretty good, but most of the other things he listed on that list are not really good at all… Like the whole Anakin staring thing… I’m sorry, when I think about Darth Vader, I don’t think about some red-eyed teenager who’s angry at the world. He’s always been this very calm, collected, and calculating villain. Not someone easily overtaken with emotion like Anakin from the prequels. I do agree about Ewan McGregor though. He was awesome in the prequels.

    • Yeah, some good isolated elements here and there. But those do not good films make.

      However, one of the things that I find the most obnoxious is people dissing the Obi-Wan/Vader duel in A New Hope. Yes, the fight in Phantom Menace is great, and it is a better action sequence, but the duel in A New Hope is not an action sequence. It’s a psychological confrontation. Clearly, the two men are not going all-out to try and cut each other down. Criticizing that is not necessary to highlight the qualities of the Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon/Maul fight, and doing so suggests that one is either lacking in perspective or just looking for attention.


      • No. The duels from the original trilogy were just poorly choreographed. It’s not limited to just the fight shown in that clip.

        • Are you saying that the duel in Empire Strikes Back is poorly choreographed?

          • It was BETTER than the one from the first movie, but not really too compelling if you compare them to the scenes in the new movies…

            • More compelling? You mean better choreographed. Compelling would suggest drama and emotional tension. Considering Darth Maul and Count Dooku were crappy characters (like all the prequel characters), they brought NO weight to these duels. Luke and Darth Vader fought the way I expect real people to fight. Sloppy, awkward, but intensely unpredictable and realistic. The Prequel light saber duels felt staged when compared to the originals. Jedi are just overpowered borefests in the prequels.

      • One suggesting that the Vader/Obi-Wan confrontation in IV lacks in perspective or is just looking for attention. There is a reason why the Vader/Obi-Wan skirmish in A New Hope isn’t as omnipotent as it was in III: because there were two old people who were dueling within this confrontation. Grasping the duel as a ‘psychological debacle’ is nothing but a handfull of BS and an excuse to permit the god-awfully choreography that fight consisted of (was it even a fight in the first place?). Get your head out of your ass and stare reality in the face for once, the Prequels reigned when it comes to action and lightsaber duels – no matter how great the story in the Classic Trilogy in comparison to the Prequels.

        • Really because Qui Gon was supposed to be in his 50′s or 60′s, Yoda is ancient, Mace is not young either… It was just bad fight choreography back in the day is all.

          • My point is that it wasn’t a “fight” in the same sense. And beyond that, it’s like criticizing a black and white film for not being color. It’s not BS to point out that such criticisms are “apples to oranges.”

            There is nothing wrong with the scene in A New Hope. Sure, you can look at it as bad choreography, but what I am saying is that doing so involves perceiving the scene as something other than what it was.

            Yoda vs [whoever], Mace vs [whoever] in the prequels, Qui-Gon vs Maul, those are actual “agressive stance” battles, in which the combatants are letting their lightsabers speak for them, trying to kill/disable their opponents as the first order of business. Obi-Wan and Vader are not doing that, for very clear reasons.

            • Just wanted to chime in and say I completely agree with you, J83. That fight is interesting moreso for the circumstances of the fight and the objectives of the players than it is for the actual fighting. And personally I’d rather have that then even the most amazing kung-fu moves in the world.

            • Oh…so Vader wasn’t trying to kill Obi-Wan? Wha…???

              “When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master. And I will show you by not giving it my all, moving slower than a turtle and using no Force powers whatsoever. Unlimited power!!!”

              There is everything wrong with that scene. Saying that they’re old is a totatl cop-out. In RotS, Dooku was in his 80′s and wasn’t trying to kill Anakin, only lure him to the dark side. And yet he came off like a boss!

              So what exactly are these “very clear reasons” because I, and it looks like plenty of others, aren’t so clear.

              Considering that Lucas wasn’t even sure at the time what the actual backstory was for Vader and Obi-Wan, any attempt to assign additional meaning is like watching a hipster trying to explain modern art.

    • I thought so but like the video said, the bad far outweighs the good.

      I liked the lightsaber duels, the music, characters like General Grievous (criminally ignored by Lucas when he seemed like such a cool character that should’ve been explored more) and I might be one of the few who will never understand why Jar-Jar Binks receives so much hate. He was the light relief character until C-3PO was finished and served his purpose well.

  2. He was kind of reaching to find 11 good things from the prequel…

  3. I was completely on the same page as Nostalgia Critic until he praised the Opera House scene. The sperm-watching scene? Really? Ian McDiarmid is great there, but maybe I’m just so tired of the whole Jesus thing that I couldn’t take any more implications about how Anakin was created. Especially with heavy-handed sperm and egg imagery. I would have given the number one spot to the Jango Fett/Obi-Wan fight scene in episode 2. It’s gorgeously shot and manages to captivate my attention more than any of the hyperactive lightsaber scenes (Duel of the Fates excluded). If only the entirety of Attack of the Clones was that good.

    • I loved the Obi-Wan/General Grievous fight and what led up to it. How Obi Wan just nonchalantly drops in on a whole group of the enemy. He just shows so much confidence, it perfectly shows how bad-ass he becomes by that point.

  4. Those BAMF girls are the unfunniest group of people I’ve ever seen. I would be very okay without those videos on your Geek Picks.

  5. The only good thing from the prequels was :
    A) the death of Django Fett. Thus explaining why Bobba Fett becomes a bounty hunter and has a deep resentment towards the Jedis
    B) Anakin & Padme hooking up and keeping their relationship a secret from everybody. (Except from the 2 droids)
    C) Anakin was drawn to the Dark Side because he wanted to protect Padme. Palpatine successfully baiting him with the news of her death.
    D) the twins are born (Luke & Leia) . Thus pacing the way for the next Trilogy.

  6. That 25 X-Men link blew my G D mind! Despite some incredibly tacky product tie ins (those Burger commercials etc) they are killing it with the viral marketing!

  7. The HISHE for Amazing Spiderman was really funny! the convo with Batman and Superman about the final line “but those are the best kind” was so classic!

    Re: Star Wars prequels – I couldn’t believe he only gave the soundtrack an honorable mention at 11.5, Dual of the fates alone was worth a mention IMO…

    • “It could have been worse. A lot worse.”

      that was great

  8. I find it hard to come up with a list of 11 Bad things from the PT.

    11,000 good things are easy.