Your Official Nerd Bastards Halloween Movie Marathon

- 10-30-14Cool Stuff, Featured, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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As we all know, Halloween is a hodge and a podge of various cultural and religious traditions. The Jack O’ lantern, the holiday’s cheerful, grinning orange mascot is based on an old Irish legend of a man who was so evil he was kicked out of Hell. Jack was sentenced to wander for all eternity, with only a burning coal inside a hollowed-out turnip to light his way. Upon their arrival in America, the Irish found that the pumpkin was a far more user-friendly carving medium for their disturbing little tradition.

Trick Or Treating also has Celtic origins: On the festival of Samhain, the spirits of the dead walked the earth, and people would leave food out for them, hoping this would keep the dead from vexing the living.

It became an American tradition in the early 20th century as a way of keeping the young from vexing homeowners. Essentially, the adults of America made a deal with the nation’s children: “Stop breaking and burning our cities every October 31st, and you can go to any home you want and get free candy”. America’s youth accepted, and Trick Or Treating has been practiced in nearly every American community for almost a century.

Today, we explore the nerdiest of Halloween traditions: The Halloween horror movie marathon.

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The RadioBastard Podcast Just Talks About Marvel Movies And Tacos, Happy Now?

- 10-30-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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This time on your favorite podcast, Jeremy and Jason sell out and embrace societies appetite for celebrity gossip before grasping your ear hand and taking you through the wild week in Marvel Cinematic Universe news that saw the announcement of a Captain Marvel film, a Black Panther film, an Inhumans film, and all of the rest of Marvel’s impressive slate. Also, there are robot things and a monstrous #TacoTalk.

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TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3,E4 – “The Magician”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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And you thought Captain Cold appearing on The Flash last night was a huge deal. Tonight’s Arrow follows up last week’s adventure in Corto Matese, and while that one was notable for bringing Thea back into the fold, this week’s entry, “The Magician,” is notable for so much, much more. From important returns, to important reunions to important introductions, if you missed this week’s episode of Arrow (like Felicity, who was too busy teaching team work and smooching in Central City this week), then you picked a less than ideal time to drop out for the week. “The Magician” seems to set up this season’s battle lines, or to put it another way, the show is courting war. (more…)

Who Is The Black Panther And Why Is He Important?

- 10-29-14Featured, Film Posted by Aspry Jones

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Marvel Entertainment’s little surprise party yesterday was one for the books. They came, they saw, they kicked our asses with nukes of revelations on their planned projects. We’re getting a Captain Marvel movie. ‘Captain America 3′ was announced, as was ‘Thor 3.’ There were stutters about a Hulk feature and a Black Widow flick was completely shot down. Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige and friends were very up front with us, and surprisingly listened to our feedback. My favorite part was the declaration of a Black Panther film. This guy has always been one of my top heroes, and I couldn’t be happier hearing that ’42’ and ‘Get On Up’ star Chad Boseman was nabbed for the role. I called it awhile back, actually. Which is a further testament to my unmatched manliness and vast intelligence. But enough facts about me – let’s talk Black Panther, shall we? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E6 – “A Fractured House”

- 10-29-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Simmons finally made it back from her undercover operation. She also happened to have a little help from Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird. Now, with one returning and one new addition to the team, Coulson sets out to fight H.Y.D.R.A. once again. This time, however, H.Y.D.R.A.’s main plan of attack is a PR move that could have the world hunting after Coulson’s team with a vengeance. Scroll on for a review of ‘A Fractured House‘. (more…)

TV Review: ‘Gotham’ S01E06 -“Spirit of the Goat”

- 10-28-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Last week, in my review of Gotham‘s fifth episode, the somewhat schizophrenic “Viper”, I made the comment that Gotham, as a totally different kind of comic book inspired tv series, needs to do one of two things to be successful: It has to either show us something we’ve never seen before, or show us something we’ve seen before in a new way.

The best part of “Viper” was when it explored Gotham‘s fresh new take on the classic Mob War premise….this week, we get to see how the series handles another oldie but goodie: The serial killer.

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E3 – Four Walls And A Roof

- 10-27-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The opening scene of this episode is as gruesome as last week’s closing one. Gareth shares his hunt or be hunted philosophy while the group feasts on Bob.  Clearly, Gareth has watched too many movies and he thinks he has to talk endlessly about his evil plans and play with his food. He’s not the hipster evil mastermind we all thought he was.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Constantine’ – S1E1- “Pilot”

- 10-25-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Constantine has a lot to live up to.  Not only does the series have to completely separate itself from the 2005 movie of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves in the title role, but it also had to live up to the other DC television series’ that have debuted this year.  The Flash started out strong and continues to give fans plenty to cheer and Gotham has finally found its legs, so it almost seemed like too much to hope that Constantine could continue the run of well written, well produced comic book adaptations.  Now that the pilot has debuted, comic book fans everywhere can add Constantine to their list of favorite television shows because not only does the series live up to fanboy expectations, it surpasses them. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1E3 – “Things You Can’t Outrun”

- 10-22-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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After two phenomenal episodes, this week The Flash slowed down a bit so that the story could dig a bit deeper into each of the characters’ pasts.  Generally speaking, this is a wonderful thing since characters without depth are boring and unneeded.  And, honestly, it was important that we learn a bit more about the heroes and villains at the center of the series.  Unfortunately, because of its success thus far, even with an ultra cool villain Things You Can’t Outrun winds up being more filler than fun and is a bit of a misstep for the new series, albeit a small misstep. (more…)

REVIEW: ‘Agents of Shield’ S02E5 – “A Hen In The Wolf House”

- 10-22-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had the chance to see Coulson and May taking some time out to attend a party. Of course, they were actually looking for a mysterious painting which had some of those crazy symbols on it. You know, the same ones that Coulson has been carving on pretty much everything he sees. Poor Raina was being threatened by H.Y.R.D.A. because they wanted the obelisk back. And Simmons was deep undercover in the middle of H.Y.R.D.A. territory. This week resolves a lot of complications that season two has set up this far, while preparing us for a much bigger ride in the near future. (more…)