When I was given the task of outlining the geek year ahead of us, I thought it was a relatively easy task. Watchmen, check. Wolverine, check. Star Trek, check. Hmmm, nothing in June, gratuitous Harry Potter reference for July, does G.I. Joe count because of the Marvel comics ... and so on. Erik Davis suggested Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Avatar and Terminator: Salvation – I included the first two, then promptly fell asleep before adding the third. (I had been up all night. I live like a bat.)

Privately (and now publicly, ha ha) I wasn't sure G.I. Joe, Transformers 2, Terminator: Salvation or Avatar counted as geek films. But as one commenter astutely pointed out, "geek" isn't exactly an official genre, so who is to say what is a geek film and what isn't? Well, what better place to debate this than The Geek Beat – and what better time to define it than in the first installment of 2009?

To me, a geek film is something that mainstream audiences don't necessarily embrace, something they may even snigger at. That's why I restricted "geek films" to be movies based on (or accompanied by) graphic novels and comic books. (I also had to loosen the definition in order to pad it out a bit with selections like Sherlock Holmes and GI Joe because hey, there's not that many comic/superhero films this year.) But it's also why I included Star Trek, which falls out of comic territory, but invented geekdom. Trekkers/Trekkies flew the flag when no one else did. So did Star Wars fans and if there had been some kind of Star Wars film on the 2009 slate, I would have included it too.
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