Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)
One Pixar film a year almost always feels like a treat. Two films in one year (actually less than six months) feels unearned largesse, but that’s assuming the second film, in this case The Good Dinosaur, matches the first, Inside Out, in the depth and breadth of its storytelling, of its emotional resonance, and visual and verbal wit. Unfortunately, that assumption would be wrong were The Good Dinosaur, a long-delayed, shockingly short-on-imagination animated film stitched together through several, ill-fitting conceits, beginning with the asteroid credited with the extinction of dinosaurs as recently as 65 million years ago. In The Good Dinosaur, the asteroid comes closes, but misses, burning out as it hits the earth’s atmosphere, saving the dinosaurs and, in turn, relegating the descendants of small rodent-sized mammals to never-was, supporting status. It’s clever, certainly, but what The Good Dinosaur does with that conceit isn’t clever at all. It’s often plodding, dull, and uninventive, dolling out child-oriented life lessons minus the subtlety and nuance typical of Pixar’s significantly better, previous efforts. (more…)
Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Every Wednesday and Saturday (mid week/end of week) we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: Sugar artist made Game of Thrones Kings Landing out of gingerbread. [ThatsNerdalicious] (more…)
This is the best time to be a comic book fan. In 2006, a cross over in the comic book world would forever change the landscape. That’s when we saw some of the universes powerful heroes go against each other in a battle of ideologies. So when word broke out many moons ago that an adaptation would be coming to the big screen, the little child in all of us fans let out a squee for excitement. Premiering on the Jimmy Kimmel show, a trailer for Captain America: Civil War has finally made it to us.
JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens began being tracked by distributors today, and estimates have it grossing anywhere from $170 million to $300 million in its opening weekend. The current highest December weekend opening belongs to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming in at $85 million, meaning that that the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel is expected to double the record. However, that doesn’t come close to the highest grossing weekend of all time, which is Jurassic World with $208.8 million. Of course, that film premiered during the summer blockbuster season, when the empty classrooms generally mean more money in studio pockets. (more…)
It’s official- according to a press release from Disney, production has started on Marvel’s Doctor Strange. You’ve probably already figured as much, thanks to the footage seen of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor on set, but there are some other confirmations in the press release you may not know about. Rachael McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton were announced as the other major cast members, along with the official description of the movie and members of the crew. Read on for more details. (more…)
J.J. Abrams has a lot of people excited about his next movie, a small independent feature called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (It’s gonna be huge, I promise!) You may well remember Abrams’ previous directorial effort with the word “Star” in the title, another small film called Star Trek Into Darkness, which was somewhat less than warmly received by Trekkies. Let me rephrase, they hated it! It’s kind of unlike a big Hollywood director to admit when he’s wrong, but Abrams seems to be now admitting he’s wrong, at least about one aspect of Into Darkness, and perhaps the most obvious. (more…)
On the outside, Star Wars looks like a movie about aliens, starships, and intergalactic battles. But deep down, the movie is actually about family problems, love, and learning how to deal with them. Ironically, this was the case for the movies two biggest stars. On screen, the duo were inseparable. In real life, their relationship was just the same. That is until the Spring of 2013 when Harrison Ford went on the Jimmy Kimmel show. There, Ford confronted Chewbacca about an affair with his wife before storming off the set. Now 2015, the two have finally reconciled their differences, but it almost came at the cost of someone’s life.