Perhaps the greatest thing about geek culture is our ability to obsess about just about anything.
Everyone does it. You can be a geek about anything. That's what most people don't realize.
Being a geek doesn't just mean you know about Star Wars or Star Trek or Batman.
You can be a car geek (motorhead).
You can be a shoe geek (my wife).
Anything you can amass an encyclopedic knowledge about is geek worthy.
Of course, the sci-fi stuff is still probably the biggest one.
It just is.
One of those early obsessions for me was creature features. We used to get a double feature on a local UHF channel every Friday night. Those were good times for a pre-pubescent geek learning the ropes.
Creatures from Black Lagoons, vampires, werewolves and, of course, giant radioactive lizards from the South Pacific.
I've watched a lot of Godzilla movies kids.
And I'm super psyched about today's release of the new one. Hopefully the new Godzilla will wipe the awful taste of the 1998 Broderick debacle from our collective memories once and for all.
Early reviews are good so I've got my fingers crossed.
In the meantime, please say hello to this week's cheesecake, Elizabeth Olsen.
Ms. Olsen is one of the stars of the new Godzilla movie. She stars opposite everyone's favorite chemistry teacher/meth baron, Bryan Cranston, and Kick Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
In addition to staving off giant lizard attacks, Ms. Olsen has also appeared in Martha Marcy May Marlene, the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy and, ever so briefly, as the Scarlet Witch in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Yes, she's the younger sister of the Olsen Twins and shares some of the same Gelfling facial features, but she's scheduled to appear as the Scarlet Witch in the next Avengers movie so I'm giving her a pass on that.
You don't get to pick your family, but you do get to pick your roles.
Let's hit the links.
7 facts you probably didn't know about Godzilla
In honor of Gotham, the DCU police drama everyone should have read
Photos of superheroes strolling
A speculative list of Jay-Z's 99 problems
For Chris, looking back on True Romance 20 years later
5 scrapped episodes that nearly ruined classic TV shows
For Hunter, some advice to our newest graduate.
And finally, ladies and gentlemen, BLUE OYSTER CULT!