A Smegging Good Trek – Two Culture Shock Events in Two Days

Culture Shock Events always puts on a great show for fans.   Whilst their events are slightly more price-y than your regular Supanova or Armageddon, the events have a much tighter focus and a more intimate meeting with the stars of our favourite shows.   If price is an issue for you though, for the events I advertise here, there is a Christmas sale.   Non-members can get in for the price of members!!   If you wish to attend either of the events advertised below, enter the bookings section of the Culture Shock Events website, and buy a member pass to the event.   The code to enter in the comments section upon booking is #cse-Xmas.   This sale will be available until December 24th, so get in before you miss out.

So, what are these two amazing events being held??   Read on…..

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Winners for the OzTrek 8 competition!!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first ever competition.   Congratulations to Kelly Wilkinson, Vivien Sanders, Nigel Oglethorpe and David Geeves.   You have won double passes to Oztrek 8, featuring Jeri Ryan and Manu Intiraymi.

To claim your prize, come to the Sebel in Parramatta before 10am this Sunday morning.   Your names will be listed at the door, so all you have to do is inform the volunteers at the desk who you are and you (and a friend, these of course being double passes) will be permitted entry.  All the details of the event can be found at the Culture Shock Events website.

I look forward to meeting you all then!

Supanova Sydney 2012 – Sunday

Sunday far surpassed Saturday, a large part of this likely being due to the rain keeping away today, so not everyone was confined to the interior of The Dome.   Once again, there was a lot of fantastic cosplay, some of which will be shown here, and some in our contributor Fourth Verse’s post, which we expect to be posted tomorrow night.   After the cosplay pics, we have a video of an interview with our friends at Culture Shock Events, whom had a stall at this year’s Supanova.    I urge you to check it out, as we have been given 4 double passes to next weekend’s OzTrek 8, featuring Jeri “7 of 9” Ryan.   Following the video will be the competition details for your chance to win one of these prizes!

Anyway, without further preamble, on to the cosplay!

Cosplay Pics

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OzTrek 8 is almost here!!

We are getting excited here at Revenge of the Film Nerds for the next event from our friends at Culture Shock Events.   OzTrek 8 will bring us Seven of Nine herself, Jeri Ryan to our shores.   In addition, Voyager cast regular Manu Intiraymi (Icheb) will also be on board to share with us his experiences of being on the show.   The event will be held in Parramatta on June 24th.

For those keen, find out details for how to get tickets at the Culture Shock Events website.

Great Treasures at Gametraders – March 23rd 2012

New Anime

It was that time this week when Gametraders Blacktown got a cornucopia of new anime stock in, including the long-awaited Collection 12 of Bleach.   I could have taken many more photos, but there would have been no room in this post to share with you all what other goodies have arrived in store.

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OzTrek 8: Assimilate!

Recently, Revenge of the Film Nerds has been chatting with the team behind Culture Shock Events.   This is a group that co-ordinates some fantastic conventions here in Australia, including Armageddon, an event that we immensely enjoyed last year.   After all, that was where we met John Rhys-Davies!!

Being a HUGE Trek fan, I was very excited to hear about their upcoming Star Trek Convention, OzTrek 8.   Featuring Voyager’s very own Seven of Nine, Jeri Ryan, and younger repeat guest character Icheb, Manu Intiraymi, it promises to be an awesome event!!   It will be at the Sebel, Parramatta, on Sunday, the 24th of June.

To book tickets, click here to go to the event website.   Ticket [prices are cheaper for members of FSF, the Friends of Science Fiction.   I know for sure I will love to be there, so looking forward to seeing some ROTFN readers there too!!

 

Gametraders Blacktown Cosplay Comp February 12 2012

Today at Gametraders Blacktown, there was another of the increasingly regular cosplay competitions.   There were some great entries, and I am excited to share them here with you all.   The best male and female costumes will each win a copy of Naruto Shippuden Collection 8, which is due in store later this week.   Results will be announced on the Gametraders Blacktown facebook page when the winners have been decided.

Note, the photos below are also available on the Gametraders facebook page.   I was the only one there with a camera!!

Male Entries

Green Power Ranger

Anon

Umbrella Corp

Umbrella Corp

I was having a good chat with the gentlemen from the Umbrella Corp, and learned they are part of a much larger Resident Evil Cosplay group, Project Ouroboros.   They have both a website and a facebook page that interested parties can view, so click the links and check them out.

Female Entries

Lisanna Strauss from Fairy Tail

Sweet Lolita

Baby Doll

I was having a chat with Candice, whom is dressed as Baby Doll from Sucker Punch above.   She is really keen on her cosplay, and even has her own Cosplay Fanpage on Facebook, where she shares images of the costumes she has made and gives advice on how to make your own.   I have checked it out and it is definitely well worth a browse!!

Staff Cosplay

Starfleet Science Officer

It was a great day with fun to be had by all entrants and customers.   The cosplay events always get some great costumes coming through the front door, and I look forward to seeing what people come up with next time!!

30 Day Film Challenge Day 18 – Your Favorite Comedy Film

Film Nerd’s Choice: Galaxy Quest

Rationale:

If anyone has been religiously following my entries on the 30 day film challenge, they would be very well aware of the influences the Lord of the Rings, James Bond, and Star Trek have on many of the films I have posted.   So it is little surprise that I would select a comedy which reflects on one of these obsessions.   It is purely and simply the fact for me that I don’t think there is a good enough spoof to date for the fantasy or spy genres, though Lord of the Rings and Bond would be common touchstones for each.   There has been a successful Trek parody, however, for good old Star Trek.

Galaxy quest lovingly lampoons the cast of the original series of Star Trek, with direct references to the egotistical actor who got to play the Captain of the ship, the serious actor who has forever been typecast as the alien sidekick he played on the series, and the lead female character who seemed to perform no other function on the ship other than to let her cleavage be visible.   These are just three of the most obvious references, for a film that is veritably littered with them.   Yet the film also manages to squeeze some heart into the proceedings, elevating it above a cookie-cutter comedy.

You can find my full Galaxy Quest Review here.

30 Day Film Challenge Day 15 – The Film That Depicts Your Life

Film Nerd’s Choice: Fanboys

Review:

Director: Kyle Newman

Cast: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, Danny Trejo

Synopsis: In the year before the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace in cinemas, a group of Star Wars fanatics go on a cross-country trip to invade the Lucas Skywalker ranch and steal a print such that they can see the film early.   Their journey takes them through Star Trek conventions, blind internet romances, and many near brushes with the law on a journey that will define them all.

This was thankfully another easy choice for me to make.   I will admit, the film does not parallel my life 100%, being a guy who perhaps leans more to the Star Trek realm of fandom rather than Star Wars, though in the end being able to enjoy both franchises.   Many of the antics displayed in this film though are not far from my own life, however.   I do wait for ages in line for major cinema releases.   I dress up in costume for these occasions, as well as for various conventions.   The love these characters have for their franchise of choice is somewhat life defining, which is certainly something to which I can relate.

Fanboys is a film that would have passed many by.   It almost did not get a cinematic release in the states, and it wa only through film festival buzz that it got an audience.   Even then, the production companies wanted to hack it to pieces and make it any other cookie cutter comedy, which this is not.   Simply put, this is more than just a frivolous mission of a group of geeks.   One of this group of friend has a terminal illness, and is not likely to survive to see the film when it is actually due to be released.   So this mission takes on very personal dimensions, exploring friendship and how it is always possible to reconnect with people.   The studios wanted to cut this storyline from the plot, and this would have been a mistake.   It gives the film a purpose and relevance, and unlike what the studio feared it at no times detracts from the comedy element of the film, it achieves a real balance.

The comedy is rollicking and frequent.   Clashes with Trekkies are absolutely brilliant.   The Trekkies do come off second best, but these scenes are infused with enough Trek referencing to see there is some Trek love in there too.   Fish out of water moments abound too, such as two of the guys thinking they are picking up in Vegas… that is until they are asked to pay after an hour!!    When they finally do reach the Skywalker Ranch, there is so much geek love on display that it is like a warm, fuzzy hug.   Also of note are the numerous quality cameos throughout the film, but to say more would be ruining the surprise.    Some are given away in the trailer below, clearly hacked together by someone who doesn’t understand how important these secrets are, so watch at your own risk.

This film is the little film that could.   Enter my world, if you dare!

5 stars out of 5

 

Fanboys on IMDB

Fanboys on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUjrG8gTmM0]

30 Day Film Challenge Day 6 – A Film That Reminds You of Somewhere

Film Nerd’s Choice: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

Review:

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Ricardo Montalban, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Kirstie Alley, Paul Winfield

Synopsis: Widely recognised as the best Star Trek film ever, this film sees the return of superhuman Khan from original series episode “Space Seed”.   And he is not happy.   What ensues is a battle of wits that has tragic consequences.

Okay, it may seem very convenient that I work this film into the 30 day film challenge a matter of hours after I write an extensive post on Geek Pride Day.   However, as fate would have it, I had decided to write about this film last night before I even knew Geek Pride Day existed.   This film is a case of reminding me of somewhere purely as an element of the impact watching the film had on me in the first place.   That is right… the location itself, my grandparent’s sun-room, is not the significant element here.   I just happen to remember that I was in that room with abandoned homework with nothing else to watch, and a life-long obsession was started.

Prior to this point, I had bought into the stereotype, that Star Trek was all about weird people watching it that dress up with pointed ears.   It was a stage where I was perhaps already bullied for being a geek, yet had not truly accepted that I was one.   This was not going through my head at the time, all I was considering was that I was bored, there was nothing on TV, and this film promised some explosions and sci-fi elements.    It was a confusing show at first.   I did not understand that the guy with the pointy ears was NOT the captain.   I seemed to be missing a lot of back story, which I assumed was all in the first movie, completely oblivious to the preceding TV series.   Yet slowly but surely, I picked up plot points, saw some intriguing battle maneuvers and stratagems, and finally saw a film with real heart.

I was lucky this film was my introduction to the franchise, as it embodies everything that the history of Trek has sought to promote.   Entertainment is a part of that, but thematically it approaches questions of moral dilemma, self-doubt, and most importantly friendship.   This is best highlighted by Kirk and Spock.   They are beings of completely different schools of thought, yet they have a mutual respect and affection for each other’s abilities.   In Kirk, Spock find’s someone who accepts him despite the fact he does not belong fully to either the Vulcan or the human race.   In Spock, Kirk has an always reliable ally ready to support him, yet not afraid to give it to him straight when he needs it.   This relationship is central to the film.   It is the friendship of Kirk, Spock and McCoy that made the series special, and it is on fine display here.   For a young lad whom at that stage found it very difficult to make friends, it was an inspiring vision, one I have never forgotten.   I am fortunate enough to now find it very easy to form friendships, but I still value each one, knowing that it is through my friends that I can improve myself.

5 stars out of 5

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on IMDB

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdOv5jpYxUI]