- #114: Do it For the Fans – Ready Player One + Pacific Rim: Uprising

By | April 4, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Left: Pacific Rim: Uprising (Universal Pictures). Right: Ready Player One (Warner Bros.)

Do it for the Fans: Geekdom and Fan “Appreciation”
This week on Geek Girl Riot we’re doin’ it for the fans…or more specifically, the films we’re talking about do it for us. Ready Player One recently smashed the box office, while Pacific Rim: Uprising didn’t hit here but did overseas. Sherin, Julian, and Kwesi discuss why these two movies had such different fan reactions, looking into how they each capitalize on nostalgia and geek culture.

Pacific Rim: Uprising and Mecha Anime
Sherin and Julian screened Pacific Rim: Uprising together and couldn’t stop nudging each other when the film just got it right. Why? Because they’re both huge anime fans—and that’s who this film was tailor-made for. They talk what worked and what didn’t, while Kwesi lends his knowledge of mecha anime to give his perspective.

Ready Player One and Geek Culture
Sherin describes Ready Player One as “a Cheesecake Factory menu of geekdom”—there’s something for everybody in this Steven Spielberg pop culture bonanza, and it’s no surprise that people turned out to relive their childhoods. But when is geek culture too much? 

When Geekdom Turns into Mainstream Entertainment
While we’re grateful for all the Hollywood goodness we get thanks to geek-turned-pop culture, how has geekdom been diluted? To close us out Sherin, Julian, and Kwesi get into how comics and books should be adapted properly and what they want to see next

Find Julian: Ignorant Bliss podcast / @julianlytle
Find Kwesi: Kwesikennedy.net / kwesik.tumblr.com / @kwesiako

Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. Til next time, see the list of everything our Rioters talked about, and where to find Kwesi and Julian, below:

Links:

Ender’s Game
Transformers
Getter Robo
Mazinger Z
Dangaioh
Martian Successor Nadesico
Godzilla
Rodan
Super Sentai
Ultraman
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Tokusatsu
Power Rangers
Giant Robo
Star Blazers
George Lucas
Jack Kirby
Captain America
Superman
Blade
The Crow
Hancock
Unbreakable
All You Need is Kill
Edge of Tomorrow
Starship Troopers
Ready Player OneErnest Cline
Overwatch
Minecraft
Chucky
Family Guy
Stranger Things
Steven Universe
Star Wars
ThunderCats
Stanley Kubrick
The Shining
Back to the Future
Robert Zemeckis
Batman
Injustice 2
Harley Quinn
The Iron Giant
China Miéville
Joss Whedon
J.J. Abrams
Betty Boop
The Goonies
Indiana Jones
E.T.
Hook
Jurassic Park
Michael Bay
9th Wonder
Spider-Man
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Taika Waititi
Battle Angel Alita
The Fast and the Furious
Sam Raimi
Peter Jackson
Lord of the Rings
Guillermo del Toro
Jon Favreau
Iron Man
Ghost in the Shell
Mobile Suit Gundam
Bubblegum Crisis
Blade Runner 2049
Megazone 23
Cowboy Bebop