June 26, 2014

Nerd News: The Flash, Mockingjay promo, Nathan Fillion in GotG and more

Vol. 5, Issue 23

Heya kids! Another week, a new set of news! Got some good stuff for you this week, so let's jump in.

In TV news:

Here’s a featurette for The Flash:


These minimalist Game of Thrones illustrations are great.


June 19, 2014

Nerd News: Expendables 3, bonus The LBD, Wolverine's death and more!

Vol. 5, Issue 22

Helloooooo nerds! It’s that time again! It’s a lighter news week than last week, but before we dive in:



In other movie news:

Here are a few more trailers:



Guardians of the Galaxy


Paddington Bear


June 16, 2014

Haiku Revieu: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (****1/2)

Emily kicks ass
Groundhog Day with aliens
Cruise does action well

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. A review of Edge of Tomorrow on Badass Digest described the movie as—I'm paraphrasing a bit—the best video game movie not based on any video game. I think that fits it to a T. Although Tom Cruise often comes across in real like like a bit of a whack job, he's a fine actor, at least in this kind of role.

Edge of Tomorrow is about a man who gets thrown into a war between humans and aliens somewhat against his will. On his first foray into the fight, he kills an alien, but dies in the process. As soon as that happens, he wakes up ... on the morning of the day prior. He must figure out why this is happening to him and how to stay alive. If he happens to save the world in the process, that would just be a bonus.

I might have mentioned this before, or a lot, but I like action movies. But I particularly like action movies with a bit of plot and humor intermixed with the action. Edge of Tomorrow had both. Yes, it's very much like a scifi version of Groundhog Day, but that works in its favor. Although Tom's character is a total douche at first, he grows during the movie and is actually quite likeable by the end. Emily Blunt's character is a total badass, but can be a little abrasive at times. Emily does a great job of helping her to be more than a flat action hero.

The CGI in the movie was quite interesting as well. The aliens are more than a little terrifying—I would most definitely NOT want to come up against them in a dark alley. Or a light alley. Or EVER.

I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good action or scifi flick.

June 12, 2014

Nerd News: Age of Ultron rumors, E3, Legend of Korra and more

Vol. 5, Issue 21

Howdy, pop culture fans! We’re back on schedule this week—thanks for giving me leeway over the past couple of weeks. Let’s get started, shall we?

In TV news:

Here are a few teasers:





Legend of Korra


Sharknado 2: The Second One


June 10, 2014

BEA 2014: How FYA does NYC

My trip to New York a couple of weeks ago was absolutely bananas, but in the best of ways. The four days I was there were filled with meeting people, eating, talking books and blogging and hanging out with authors. You can read a full recap of our shenanigans—complete with too many photos of yours truly and a video of YA authors killing it at karaoke—here.

I also took a few photos while we were there, in between all the events. New York is such a fantastic place to visit. I'm not sure I'd be able to live there—the rush of it all might be too much for this small town girl—but I'll never turn down a vacation there, if I can help it. Enjoy my random shots?

For the Mister, natch.

The Jefferson Market Library looked like something out of Hogwarts.

NYC architecture is the best. And how cool would it be to live in a converted stable?

The actual BEA event was full of parties, cute animals—Corgnelius & Stumphrey and NORBERT—and, of course, books.

And no trip to NYC would be complete without a stop at Big Gay Ice Cream. I got the American Globs.

June 06, 2014

Nerd News: Doctor Who teaser, Marvel issues, NPH's memoir and more

Vol. 5, Issue 20

Hey friends! Did you miss me Nerd News? I bet! I had a GRAND time in New York, which I will post more about soon, but let’s get on with the stuff you’re really here for.

In movie news:

Here are a whole slew of trailers:

Big Hero 6


The Book of Life


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


The Giver


Guardians of the Galaxy




Left Behind (I couldn't help myself.)


Magic in the Moonlight


What If


June 05, 2014

Sorry! (Nerd News delay)

Hey all,

Super sorry to delay Nerd News after not having one last week, but it took a lot longer to go through two weeks of stuff than I allotted time for last night ... plus, I'm still pretty wiped after the trip, so I've been crashing pretty hard when bedtime rolls around.

Look for the new, double-sized edition later tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks for being patient!

June 04, 2014

Haiku Revieu | X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla

So, this post was supposed to go up Friday ... but I apparently forgot to schedule it, and I didn't notice that it didn't go up while I was in NYC. Sorry, gang!

X-Men: Days of Future Past (*****)

So many mutants
Patrick, Ian, Michael, James
New past, new future

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. From the moment I saw the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, I was excited. If I got serious feels from only the trailer, what would the movie be like? But then, I saw some of the god-awful marketing campaigns the movie was a part of ... and Quicksilver. And I got worried.

My worries were for naught, however, because DoFP was amazing. Quite possibly the best X-Men movie yet.

The story begins in a future in which mechanical beings called Sentinels have waged war against mutants and any humans who help them. The world is ravaged, and only a few of the X-Men survive. They need to try to change their present, so they send Wolverine's consciousness into the past to warn their past selves.

The movie ties together the original X-Men series (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand) with the mutants we met in X-Men: First Class, and it does so with aplomb. The two sets of characters work so well together, and even though they look nothing alike, the fact that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are younger versions of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan works perfectly. They're all four amazing actors, and they do the roles of Professor X and Magneto such justice.

It was really great getting to see some of the older mutants along with the ones from First Class, and meeting some new mutants for the first time. Even my worries about Quicksilver were assuaged; his hair and costume are terrible, his scenes are some of the best of the movie. Peter Dinklage was a great addition to the cast as well, in his role as misguided villain Bolivar Trask.

The best part of the movie, by far, however was: THE MOVIE FIXED X3! It's like it doesn't even exist anymore and that makes me ridiculously happy. (White text because spoilers.)

I'd recommend this movie to pretty much everyone, but particularly to those of you who are X-Men fans.

+ + +

Godzilla (***1/2)

Monsters smash San Fran
Nature creates a balance

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I'm not a huge Godzilla fan. I mean, I know the generics of the history of the monster and all, but I've never seen anything but snippets of the old, Japanese movies. I have, however, seen the 1998 Matthew Broderick version, but, uh, does that even count?

This version follows the discovery of a prehistoric pod-thing in the Philippines and a subsequent catastrophe at a nuclear reactor in Japan. Fifteen years later, the head of the nuclear reactor has gone a bit crazy trying to discover the details of what actually happened on that day—that it wasn't an accident—and his son is sent to bail him out of prison. Soon, the son realizes that the father wasn't  crazy; that the accident was caused by a prehistoric beast. A prehistoric beast that is back and causing destruction wherever it goes.

As the Mister said when the credits rolled, this was very much a Godzilla movie. The plot was thin, the characters flat and the destruction epic. I liked it, for what it was. Particularly because, as was the case with a few of the older movies, Godzilla wasn't actually the villain.

There were a few points during the movie when I got a little bored. There wasn't quite the right mix of action and character storyline, at least, it wasn't blended well enough. But the special effects were great, and the monsters looked good. (Even if Godzilla is a little chubby.)

If you like monster movies, I think you'll enjoy this one.

June 01, 2014

June fights ... for America!*

Let's salute the sixth month of the year.

(If you'd like to download this page of the 2014 Man Calendar for personal use, just click on the image and it'll open in a new window. You can then right/control click and save it. Each page should print at 6"x9".)

*Now that I think about it, I should have maybe saved Steve Captain America Chris for July, but oh well.