Greetings, Earthlings, and welcome to another sickeningly sexy edition of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you the readers get to ask us, the staff of Nerd Bastards, anything you want about the world of nerddom. This week we’re talking end of the year evaluations of movies and television, and giving our takes on The Hobbit‘s high frame rate, the New 52 more than a year later, and books we’d like to see hit the big screen.
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With there now having been significant time passed to evaluate it, how would the bastards rate the New 52 as it stands now? – Jan R.
There are parts of the New 52 that I’ve grown accustomed to, with Green Lantern having a nice run and Superman being quite engaging, but right now I’m more absorbed in the current run of Batman and it’s Death of the Family storyline. Seeing Joker finally go off the deep end (even for him) and having Batman up against the wall is one of the most intense moments in comics for me right now. -Nick Bungay
It wound up like anything else. There are good bits and bad bits. I’m most impressed by Batman, Animal Man and Swamp Thing, but there’s a good helping of other entertaining stuff out there. Most importantly, though, more people are reading the comics. - Matthew Jackson
What film or novel (or novel series) do you hope to see next on the movie/ “re imagining” trend that seems to be all Hollywood is capable of now? – Mike S.
For books I want to see Gemmell’s Legend of Druss or Ghost Warriors. When looking at film’s I really want to see Logan’s Run get a retool. There are three books in that series that hold a ton of material. – Mark Poynter
I love the book Soon, I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. It has great characters, a great story and is chock full of just about every comic book trope you can think of. It’s like Watchmen meets The Incredibles via Justice League, and its a wonder to me that no one’s optioned this yet and put it in production. – Adam A. Donaldson
I want to see a re-done Raging Bull with a really, really thin guy. Really thin. Also, and I’m skipping the book shelf and going straight to the graphic novel bin, but I’d love to see Y: The Last Man finally come to the big screen with BKV heavily involved and I say we scrap this whole Justice League thing and make a Kingdom Come movie, who’s with me?!?! Oh, and I’m loving the hell out of Punk Rock Jesus right now, so I’d love to see that get an adaptation, though I’m pretty sure that might cause the Pope to fire off a few nasty tweets if it got the blessed light that is green. — Jason Tabrys
Almost from the moment I began reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez, I could envision it as a film. Suarez is great at telling stories, so despite the cerebral nature of this technothriller, it could appeal to everyone. There is also some bizarre part of me that wants someone to remake Krull. I’d love to see it turned into a solid fantasy movie, instead of the horrible cheese-fest that was the original. – Regina Lizik
If there were any possibility of them being done right, I’d kill to see Sandman or Neuromancer finally brought past pre-production and into actual reality. Also, I’d love to see a crack screenwriting team take a shot at adapting Fallout to the big screen. – Jason McAnelly
I’d love for someone to find a way to make Transmetropolitan work on the big screen, along with Warren Ellis’ first novel Crooked Little Vein (which would be a perfect David Fincher project). - Matthew Jackson
Should I see The Hobbit in 48 FPS? – Phil R.
Yes! It is the most vibrant, clearest, crisp picture in motion picture history. It’s stunning how gorgeous this film looks. It’s not gimmicky, or makes you sick. The effect immerses you in the experience. Your eyes never leave the screen. If anything, it will ruin watching movies at home, as all else pails in comparison. This really is the future of the movie going experience. – Luke Gallagher
I don’t see why not. To me, it’s important to see a film in the manner in which the filmmaker intended, and in the case of The Hobbit that’s 3-D, 48 FPS. And it works in the reverse too. I refuse to see films converted to 3-D in 3-D if I can help it. The two screenings of The Avengers I went too were both 2-D. Why? Because if the film was supposed to be in 3-D, the director would have filmed it with 3-D cameras. Of course, it’s not always possible with geographic restraints to see a film in its most prestigious format, but if you can see The Hobbit in top-of-the-line form, go for it. – Adam A. Donaldson
I think absolutely everyone should see The Hobbit in 48 fps, if only to experience the 48 fps format and be able to say for themselves whether they think it’s worth it or not. – Jason McAnelly
My nearest theater does not have that capability, so there’s a good chance I won’t on the first go round. I will see it again, though, simply because I really want to know what it looks like in 48 fps. As for whether or not you should see it that way, I think if you want to simply enjoy the story, then skip it. But if you want to see what Peter Jackson’s been making so much fuss over, get that 48 fps ticket. - Matthew Jackson
The number one reason you need to see The Hobbit in HFR 3D is because none of us here will be able to sufficiently explain it. Saying it’s like no movie you’ve ever seen before is an understatement. Everything I read from folks who’d seen it early in 48 fps didn’t prepare me. I had read about the clarity of the image, but never did I imagine just how clear. You can see every pore on an actor’s face as if they were only a few inches away from you! I also read how some movement would look unnatural, and I’ll agree at times simple movements appear strangely sped up. But what benefits the most are the action scenes. I’ve now seen it in both 48 fps and 24 fps and the slower frame rate does give a blurrier, less crisp picture during battle scenes or those beautiful aerial shots, and at those times I found myself missing the HFR.
Yes, go see it. If only to decide you hate it and you’d rather movies stayed as they were. That’s okay, but you can’t make a judgement call unless you see it yourself. – Sarah Moran
Is intelligent scripted programming (Newsroom, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc.) making a comeback to ultimately overthrow reality TV? – Joel C.
As much as I would love to see that the answer is NO. We as a culture love gossip, and peeking into other people’s lives. As long as someone is willing to go on TV and make a fool of themselves . . . we’ll get Jersey Shore type of crap. -Mark Poynter
Oh God I hope so. Reality television was fantastic when it first came out, but after a few years it was getting jammed down throat faster than Mark Burnett could develop them. What do we have now? Reality shows based on the concept of rich housewives, Amish mafias and finding “treasures” in storage lockers. If the trend of scripted programming can continue people are going to want to come back week after week, but like Mark said, there is always someone willing to make a fool of themselves on television. Speaking of which, has anyone checked on Lindsay Lohan yet? -Nick Bungay
Not to burst your bubble Joel, but the dawn of reality TV came at the same time as the dawn of that golden age of drama you’re talking about. The year 2000, the same year that Survivor premiered, was also the banner days of The Sopranos, The West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Gilmore Girls. Different series have come and gone, but one success has built on the others. I don’t have a problem with the Storage Wars of the world, but if you want to be rid of the Jersey Shores and Honey Boo Boos and Kardashians, the solution is simple: stop talking about them. – Adam A. Donaldson
No chance. Un-scripted TV is dirt cheap to produce and television isn’t about building up an impressive portfolio of excellent programming or winning awards — it’s about making money. With that said, for now, there is still a place for the occasional gem because there is still an audience that rejects the other garbage, and advertisers want their money too. Also, some networks still market themselves as a sanctuary for those who prefer that kind of TV. One thing that’s concerning though, is AMC’s move toward “reality”, because that network used to be one of those sanctuaries. — Jason Tabrys
I’d love to say yes, reality TV is dying. But that would be a lie. Like Jason said above, AMC is now airing more reality shows and I fear they will go the way of the Bravo network. In case you don’t know, Bravo once was the only place on TV to find artsy foreign films. Unfortunately, people don’t want intelligent programming. Think about how much sex is thrown into Game of Thrones. I wonder if the show would be as popular without all the boobs. Plus, these shows survive due to the networks that support them. Sons of Anarchy would have died a swift death on regular television. Sadly, “intelligence” has become a niche market and I think it’s going to stay that way for a long time. – Regina Lizik (who shamefully watches plenty of unintelligent television)
With the rise of alternative methods of media, such as YouTube and Netflix going direct, we’ll see a proliferation of good, intelligent, alternative shows. But the mainstream networks are available to anyone with a TV and a brain even mildly capable of operating a remote control. If we based the success of programming on awards and accolades, we would have a chance. But the success is determined by $$$ raked in through adverts and some schemey viewer ratings. I’m glad we at least have access to intelligent programming. Go back 10 years and see how available it was then. And reality TV is here to stay because people love a train wreck. – Jason McAnelly
Reality TV isn’t going anywhere, but we can still give as much love as possible to all these intelligent shows and hope that they stick around and proliferate. And Adam’s right; these things have gone hand in hand for a very long time now. You can’t escape the unscripted stuff, in part because the unscripted stuff is what helps pay for the prestige scripted stuff that wins all the Emmys. We may have reached the point where reality TV is a necessary evil. - Matthew Jackson
In your opinion what was the best movie and best TV show of the year? and what movie and TV show are you looking forward to the most in 2013? – Matthew S.
Well, I haven’t see The Hobbit yet so with that caveat I am going to say Movie: The Avengers. I just had such a great time with that movie and my sister, who is not into that kind of stuff went with me and had such a good time she wanted to know more. TV: Breaking Bad is such good Television, it’s hard to choose though because there is also Mad Men, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Sons Of Anarchy (always has satisfying season finales), I could choose any of those and present a compelling case for the number one spot. – Mark Poynter
Skyfall for best movie and The Walking Dead for best TV show. Don’t get me wrong, I loved films like Wreck-it Ralph and The Avengers, but Skyfall was my favorite movie going experience of the year earning my best movie spot. As for Walking Dead, how can you not? The seasons keep improving and while there have been some faltering moments here and there, Robert Kirkman and AMC manage to draw their audience back each and every week. -Nick Bungay
TV is a tie for me, Mad Men and Game of Thrones. The Dark Knight Rises is the best film I saw, though I assume Les Miserables will replace DKR on my list by the time I see it. — Jason Tabrys
I’m gonna go with Dark Knight Rises for best movie. Admittedly, I didn’t get to see as many movies as I’d liked to have this year, but I think Nolan’s end to the trilogy was as flawless as you can get when having to deal with massive production values and like 30 producers. As for TV… I’m gonna go with an underdog and say Arrow. Honestly, it’s not the best because of writing or production or even acting. It’s the best because it’s the only TV series so far that’s come close to embodying the essence of a comic book extended storyline. The cliches, the dialogue, the over-the-top action – all are very much in line with the way comics are. In this way, it will pave way for future generations of comic book TV that will be able to push past that in order to get a steady audience. High hopes for S.H.I.E.L.D. to take that title. And Man of Steel is looking to be one of the most interesting of 2013 (despite the fact that I am a Superman-hater). – Jason McAnelly
I also have to attach the caveat that there are some major releases I still haven’t seen (among them The Hobbit and Zero Dark Thirty), but the best movie I’ve seen so far this year, I think, is Argo, with Lincoln and The Dark Knight Rises both in the running for second place. For TV, I think the best work of television I saw this year was Breaking Bad, but the one I had the most fun with was Game of Thrones. For next year, I’m very much looking forward to finally seeing Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, as well as Pacific Rim . As for TV, I’m very excited about S.H.I.E.L.D. of course, but I’m more excited about where season three of Game of Thrones is headed. And of course, let’s not forget the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development. - Matthew Jackson
What’s For Lunch – Bob L.
Poutine or -for anyone outside of the cold tundra of Canada- Disco fries. Nothing say’s “healthy” like fries, cheese curds and nice helping of artery clogging gravy. And no, I’m not sharing. -Nick Bungay
Peanut butter sandwich. Sorry. – Adam A. Donaldson
Jon Hamm’s “John Ham”, because it is ham that you can eat on the toilet. — Jason Tabrys
Oh, man. I’m on a diet. I wish I could eat all those things. Being healthy sucks. – Luke Gallagher
How about what we folks down in Texas like to call “calf fries” or “mountain oysters”? Deep fry those bad boys, dip in a little gravy and you’re set. - Matthew Jackson