August 28, 2014

Nerd News: Baby Groot, Donald Glover as Spider-Man, Ultron's army and more

Vol. 5, Issue 30

Happy Thursday, everyone. I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Before we get into the news, I wanted to ask: If I needed to shift Nerd News to another day, which day would you be most likely to read it? Or, does it matter? Let me know in the comments?

Now, onto the good stuff.

In movie news:

Here are a couple of trailers:





Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in the same movie? This could be AMAZING(ly awful).

August 25, 2014

Lusting After: Doctor Who edition

Happy Monday, friends! In honor of this past weekend's Doctor Who Series 8 premiere, I went on a little browser-shopping spree and found some great Doctor Who merch.

What did I find that's totally lust-worthy?

1 | A fun spin on Bad Wolf. (T-shirt)
2 | A way to show off your nerdy side as you get fit. (tank top)
3 | Pretty Who-welry. (crack necklace, pendant, locket)
4 | Bags that are bigger on the inside. (TARDIS purse, Dalek purse)
5 | An arty accessory. (scarf)
6 | The promise of adventurous dreams. (duvet set)

7 | A fantastic tech accessory. (decal)
8 | Warmth for the cosplayers. (10th coat, 11th coat)
9 | Awesome art. (I Believe, All of Time and Space, We're All Stories in the End)
4 | Time for tea. (infuser, teapot)

Have you run across anything on the web lately that makes your two hearts go a-pitter-patter?

P.S.—I'll be recapping each episode of the new series for Forever Young Adult, if you'd like to discuss! Here's my recap of "Deep Breath."

August 21, 2014

Nerd News: GotG fan art, Veronica Mars webseries, Who episode titles and more

Vol. 5, Issue 29

Hey guys! Thanks for your understanding last week. But just because I was busy didn’t mean the news machine stopped churning. What’s up in the world of pop culture?

In TV news:

Here are some previews:



Doctor Who


The Flash






August 19, 2014

Haiku Revieu: The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 (****)

Ross and gang are back
But who are those young people?
Needs more R rating

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. Y'all know that I'm a huge Expendables fan. The first movie blew me away, and then the second movie surpassed the first in both action and hilarity, which I didn't think was possible. Sadly, that spark has gone missing between the second and third films.

The Expendables 3 again follows the team of ragtag mercenaries with hearts of gold led by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hail Caesar (Terry Crews).  While on a mission to take down a warlord, things go amiss when Barney recognizes the warlord as a former associate, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Barney suddenly begins to feel his mortality, and so fires his old crew and finds a new one filled with a bunch of young ne'er do wells. Of course, explosions and ridiculous dialogue and fight scenes ensue.

First of all, let me say: Those character names ... They are THE BEST. I don't think I'd really paid attention to them before, but they're so ridiculous. And the old guard can pull them—and their equally ridiculous characters—off so well. The actors might not be winning Oscars for these roles, but they do a fine job.

The new kids, however, left something to be desired. The Expendables movies are about old (and older—Terry and Jason are in their late 40s, and I don't consider that old at all) guys kicking ass. Watching the younger actors, who, certainly, can kick some major ass, made me feel like I was watching a different franchise. (And someone please tell Ronda Rousey that she should really stick to MMA. I'm not doing it—I'm not that stupid.) Additionally, the movie's rating is PG-13, which meant less cursing and less ridiculous violence. Now, I'm not a proponent of meaningless violence, but these movies are meant to be farsical, and the fact that people get blown to shreds in them is funny because of the level of ridiculousness with which it happens.

The movie's saving graces were—surprisingly—Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes. Their characters, Galgo and Doc, respectively, added needed humor into the film. I have long had an animosity toward Antonio (for no real reason other than that I didn't like him?), but I will admit that this movie has done a lot for bringing him into my good graces. And Wesley give great crazy eyes.

On the whole, I enjoyed the movie, but I didn't love it like I did the others. It was much more a typical (i.e., formulaic) action film, and that's not what's so amazing about the franchise.

If you liked the other films, I would recommend seeing this one, too, if only to make the possibility of a fourth one a reality. (There's always a dud in a franchise somewhere.)

August 14, 2014

No (Nerd) News is good-ish news

Apologies for the lack of Nerd News today, friends! I just started a new job this past Monday—I know! I'm excited, too!—and have therefore been a bit overwhelmed. I also got the opportunity to see a preview showing of The Expendables 3 last night—with live explosions!—and you know I couldn't pass on such an awesome opportunity.

I'll be back next week with all of the nerdy news that (I think) is fit to print.

To tide you over, I'll leave you with this:

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August 07, 2014

Nerd News: Harry Pilgrim, Into the Woods, Marvel Easter eggs and more

Vol. 5, Issue 28

Hey kids! Hope you’re having a good week so far. Let’s get going ...

In movie news:

Here are a couple of trailers:

The Expendables 3


Into the Woods


August 06, 2014

Haiku Revieu: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****)

Five anti-heroes
Save the galaxy with snark
Ooga Chaka, Oo ...

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I've been excited about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy since it was announced. I knew very little about the comic the movie is based on—I've learned a bit since then—but I was excited, regardless. (I am becoming more and more a Marvel fangirl.) Plus, any movie in which two of the five main characters are a talking raccoon and his BFF, a tree creature that can only say "I am Groot" in various inflections? SOLD.

Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of misfits/outlaws/criminals who don't want anything to do with each other at first, but soon find themselves working together out of necessity to save the galaxy (and their own hides) from a crazed villain hell-bent on destruction.

The movie ties into the already filmed Marvel 'verse via the end-credits scene from The Avengers, in which we got a glimpse of Thanos, and the mid-credits scene from Thor: The Dark World, in which we met The Collector (Benecio del Toro). This film has a somewhat different feel than the other Marvel movies we've come to know and love, however, in that it's a little sillier and a little lighter. It fits in with the rest of the movies well, but the main cast—Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively—aren't your typical superheroes. They're not superheroes at all; at least, not the Captain America and Thor kind. They're outlaws/criminals who just so happen to also have hearts of gold.

The actors, both the main five and the supporting ones, are all fantastic in this movie. Chris is so great as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) with his "big talk and somewhat smaller action" persona. I was really impressed with Dave Bautista, too. The plot isn't exactly Oscar-worthy, but if you're going to a Marvel movie for deep philosophical ideas ... you obviously have someone else's tickets. I was also impressed with the quality of the CGI—both Groot and Rocket actually look like living creatures, rather than cartoons.

But really, Vulture hits the nail on the head with this article: "Is This the Best Part of Guardians of the Galaxy? (Yes)." (Definite spoilers in that one, so do avoid it until you've seen the movie.)

If you're a fan of Marvel's superhero movies, particularly the snarkier/more lighthearted bits, then I'm certain that you'll enjoy this film.

August 01, 2014

August's not afraid of a little lightning.

Let's give a hearty skål to the eighth 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".)