There was a time when Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom was considered the least favorite of the Indy Jones movies. That was, until 2005 and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull dethroned it and ushered a collective “ehhhh” from fans, What with a rope swinging Shia Lebough, CGI monkeys, an over the top cartoonish Russian Villain and an ending that gave the guy from Ancient Aliens an excuse to “Be in his Bunk” with a case of heavy breathing. Reflecting back, Temple of Doom holds up better than one might remember and perhaps might actually be better than its precursor Indiana Jones Raiders of The Lost Ark. As Sheldon’s girlfriend on Big Bang Theory once said: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film, it would turn out exactly the same”. At least in Temple of Doom, Indy’s actions actually lead to a positive outcome – saving a few hundred enslaved kids, returning some ancient glowing sacred rocks, and dropping the films lead bad guy into a pit of crocodiles. And as far adventure goes, it’s perhaps one of Indys most thrilling – a night club fight, a plane crash, weird foreign cuisine (chilled Monkey brains anyone?), bug infested tombs of death, lava pits, voodoo dolls, and a thrilling mine car chase. All in a day’s work for our favorite Cambridge Archeologist.
All the excitement of Temple of Doom has led the high-end figurine company Sideshow Collectibles into making Indy into a relic worth collecting, in the form of this desirable 1/6th scale figure. Sideshow was courteous enough to send us one for review. Join us as we ascertain its quality and argue whether or not it needs to be in a museum (Short answer: It does!). (more…)
Batman v Superman came into theaters and was immediately met with a massive divisive response. Critics hated it (for not entirely wrong reasons) where general audiences seemed to like it, or at least, found enough in Ben Affleck’s Batman and other moments in the film to win their favor. Arguments on the films qualities are still raging on and likely will continue to carry on for years to come. There is, however, at least one thing that audiences can be unified on. A rumor/suspicion that has now been confirmed by studio itself, Warner Bros. (more…)
Toys, toys, toys! You want em’, we got em’! Well… we don’t actually have them but we know some folks that do. For your inner collector, for your affinity for plastic play things, and for your love pop culture treasures, Nerd Bastards.com is here with your weekly dose of brand spankin’ new toys/collectibles rounded up in this here feature we like to call “From The Toy Vault”. Head on through and get your fill of latest offerings from today’s hottest suppliers. It’s the stuff you want, the things you needs, and all the things you really can’t afford to have.
ABOVE: Here’s a throw back to two 80’s staples mixed together in perfect plastic harmony. M.U.S.C.L.E. meets Masters of the Universe. Given away at this years Power Con as a convention exclusive, the slime green M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can variant features your favorite He-Man characters as pint sized green M.U.S.C.L.E men in a retro styled Masters of the Universe slime jar. They look like gummies. Mmm… gummies. This is why “choking hazard” is a thing. [ToyVault] (more…)
Say what bad things you will about the TMNT reboot (and to be fair there were very some bad things) but to a 10 year old, it was pretty awesome (and hasn’t that always been TMNTs target audience?). It wasn’t your fathers Turtles, for sure. But… with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes 2: Out of the Shadows coming into theaters on June 3, the sequel looks to bridge the gap between old time fans and the newer younger generation. While the action and camera work still looks like something Micheal Bay crapped outta his butt, it features characters that first generation fans never to see in those 90’s live action movies (TMNT 1-3). Specifically speaking – Beebop, Rocksteady, and Krang!!! Giant Turtles with human noses and everyone loses their minds. Take a few beloved character from the original comics and animated series, and now suddenly everyone is happy.
Speaking of Krang – which by the way we really hope dropping his name didn’t spoil you (it shouldn’t cause he’s in the trailers/tv spots) – it’s just been revealed what actor will be voicing this living brain/hemorrhage from Planet X. (more…)
The watchability of Marvel’s Agents of Shield has ridden the line between a typical NBC procedural show and the potential for what it COULD be…and its ridden that line hard. There have been occasional flashes of brilliance. For example – The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier having a literal effect on the shows story thread. Agent Coulson’s rival & would be girlfriend getting shot in the head (Damn. That was savage). Or that one incredible – one take/one shot – fight scene with Chloe Bennet‘s Daisy Johnson that comes close to rivaling “The Hallway Scene” from the Daredevil series on Netflix. These occasional ups, however, don’t absolve from an issue that has weighted this show down since its beginning. That issue being, that it is very loosely tied to the rest of the Marvel Universe. In fact, aside from a few references, name drops, occasional guest appearance (they’ve had Fury, Lady Sif and some Hulk characters), and the fact that the show is called Agents of Shield (even though the heroes are more Secret Society now than Agents of Shield) this does not, nor has it ever, felt like a Marvel show. Certainly not one, that plays in the same sandbox as The Avengers and those Netflix spin-offs.
This is a sentiment and lamentation shared by one of the shows lead stars, who was surprisingly vocal about it. (more…)
Micheal Bay’s Transformers movie have been massively criticized, with each installment getting harsher and harsher reviews from both critics as well as fans. You would think that no one really believes in Bay’s Transformers, yet viewers continue to see these movies in droves. It’s either audiences are in a proverbial abusive relationship with Micheal bay, ignoring the bad and staying around in hopes of good days that will never come. Either that, or large robots bashing each other for 2 hours, explosions, cities being decimated, Megan Fox’s butt, and hearing Peter Cullen’s voice as Optimus Prime is enough to sell tickets. Whatever the case may be, the formula has continued to work. Enough so, that Paramount Pictures’ has plans to carry on with their Transformers universe with another 3 movies and planned spin-off films; including one based around Bumblebee. Before they get there, audiences have one more Michael Bay-directed Transformers film, which will be the fifth installment in the franchise.
Today Paramount Studios has officially revealed the new title for the film, as well as an postulating new teaser. (more…)
So… cosplayers, right? There are thousands of them out there out there all dressed up in their fanciest, and often elaborate, costumes showing off their love and support of pop cultures biggest (and oftentimes most obscure) icons. Sadly, playing dress up is beyond the capability of most fan boys and girls who’s sewing and craft skills are limited to folded paper pirate hats and projects that only require some well placed duct tape. For the lazy, the cheap, and the not so clothing craft inclined, there is a company that is offering stylistic jackets to help you feel/look like a hero without all the hassle. (more…)
On select nights from September 18th through November 1st, 2015 something spooky happens at Universal Studios theme parks. No, we’re not talking about long lines at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal turns into a scream park, known for the last 20 years as Halloween Horror Nights – with haunted houses, horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs abound.
Now a new and familiar terror has been added to the horror nights lineup, in The Exorcist. (more…)
Let’s make something clear: Of all the complaints and grievances that have been fired at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren should not be one of them. The films titular villain has been criticized for being weak and whiny (and that’s using less colorful language/speech than what one would see in Internet comment sections). He is anything but those things. A very powerful force user able to stop and freeze blaster shots mid-air, Kylo can also use the force to pilfer thoughts and information from weaker minds. In his personal chambers, he has a resting spot for his helmet… a mound of ashes from those that he’s killed. He took a direct blast in the gut from Chewie’s bolo (a shot that had been shown to easily kill Stormtroopers) and still managed to fight off two attackers. And do we really need to say what he did to his own father?
For those that have recognized and accepted Kylo Ren as the new villainous force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars Universe, there are many toys and merchandise available for which to purchase, collect, and cherish (head to Toys R Us, you’ll see em’). None perhaps as spectacular as the 1/6th scale Kylo Ren figure from Hot Toys Star Wars line. Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, NB was given a sample to review. Unlike Mark Hamill at the end of Force Awakens, we’re gonna do more than stare at it intensely. A slew of pictures, honest thoughts, and at least one joke about actor Adam Driver’s ears will, in fact, follow. (more…)
Former pro wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer has died. She was 45.
The news was posted on the former WWE star’s official Facebook and Twitter pages earlier today.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero,” the post reads. “Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world, has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.” (more…)