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…)
The Avengers converge upon the secret base of one of their deadliest enemies. Lightning streaks through the sky, explosions deafen, and bodies fly as an endless army of faceless minions charge out to greet the Avengers. Hulk is smashing and Hawkeye looses arrow after arrow, as Thor’s ancient, enchanted hammer flies all over the damn place, seemingly on its own. The battle appears to be going well and Black Widow is about the breach the base when the villain makes his escape, entering a densely populated urban area nearby. The Avengers give chase and engage their foe, crushing cars and crumbling buildings. This is a recipe for disaster. It’s only a matter of time before innocent bystanders are hurt or, worse yet, killed! Someone needs to be focused on getting the civilians out of harm’s way; someone needs to be focused on crowd control. That’s when it’s time for Iron Man to call in his Iron Legion!
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, in particular, then you’re no stranger to the Iron Legion. In Age of Ultron, the Iron Legion played a role in the first two major fight scenes in the movie. In the first, the Avengers’ raid on Baron Wolfgang von Strucker’s Hydra base, the Legion is called in to try and protect the people of Sokovia as they’re fired upon by a desperate Strucker. This scene serves, not only to set up Tony Stark’s desire to outsource superhero work to automation, but as an immediate representation of international suspicion of superheroes as the latest guise of American imperialism when the Sokovians attack the Legion that has ostensibly been sent there to keep them from harm. They’re next seen crashing the end of the Avengers’ party in Avengers Tower when Ultron makes his debut. After a brief battle, the Iron Legion is crushed by the Avengers as Ultron escapes through the internet.
Now, these peace-keeping Iron Man droids can be yours in the form of a 1/6 scale figure from everyone’s favorite collectible figure manufacturer, Hot Toys. Sideshow Collectibles has bestowed NerdBastards with a sample figure for the purpose of a critical review and that’s exactly what this article aims to do. So buckle up and prepare to charge boldly into war torn countries and tell everyone to chill out, because the Iron Legion is here! (more…)
If you a Marvel fan or, really, a fan of comic books in general, you have no doubt been waiting for a Civil War movie ever since the original series hit comic book stands back in 2006. While this weekend’s release, Captain America: Civil War, largely deviated from the source material, should you want to refer to the comic book storyline as such, there is no question that Marvel has created another masterpiece. From beginning to end, the film is one of the best superhero movies audiences have witnessed on screen. Then again, some would argue that the Captain America movies are the finest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s stable, so it really is no surprise that the latest installment of the series should surpass those before it. If you were part of this weekend’s audience in seeing the film, there are plenty of scenes that you likely recall with fondness and wonder if others shared in your excitement for these scenes. Well, here is your chance to relive and even debate some of the finest moments in Captain America: Civil War. (more…)
If you have ever attended San Diego Comic-Con, or know someone who has within the last ten years or so, you have likely heard plenty of Con stories that begin with “I remember when you could buy tickets at the door”, or “Movie studios ruined Comic-Con”, or, on the other side, “I am so glad I waited 37 hours in line just to be the first to see footage of…”, or, “Can you believe what [insert studio name] showed in Hall H??”. SDCC isn’t just a convention – it’s an event, and every year, the event seems to divide attendees as to what the best and worst parts of the convention really are. For many, standing or sleeping in that ridiculous Hall H line on the convention lawn, down the pier, or even over on Hall H Island (that one’s for those in the know) is all part of the experience, while for others, it is the hell they endure just to see what surprises a studio will bring. Today, a report out of The Wrap claims that fans will now have one less movie studio to worry about or get excited for, as the case may be, as 20th Century Fox may be bowing out of the convention, thanks to pesky pirates. (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…)
It’s time once again for our favorite Mystery Box. We’ve been a fan of the Geek Fuel box for some time now and for April they certainly haven’t disappointed. Geek Fuel generally has a theme of some sort to each box and for April they combined a couple. This means that fans of a few different nerd nations will be pretty pleased with this box. Whether you are a hardcore Marvel fan, a Star Wars geek, or a Timelord in training April’s mystery box is jam packed with items to enjoy.
Geek Fuel, like the rest of us, is of course anticipating the upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War. In honor of that release they have included a pretty darn spiffy T-shirt. There is always a shirt included with each mystery box, but this one is a pretty cool throwback. The shirt has Cap and Iron Man duking it out Rock em Sock em Robot style. If anyone out there doesn’t remember the great joy of Rock em Sock em, please dig through your parents attic and find the robot set – it’s there! We received the tan shirt in a very comfy XL, but there is also a light purple shirt that some subscribers received. (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…)
While you’re sitting at home reading this, PAX East 2016 is currently underway in Boston. Also known as the Penny Arcade Expo, the show highlights some of the best games in the industry. Some are already out and some will be coming out. Either way, this is one of the best chances to get your hands on them before anyone else does. In addition to video game, attendees can also learn some of the best board games in the world and watch as people dress up as some of their favorite characters from video games and other media.
A few weeks ago, FX launched the seventh season of Archer. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past seven years, the animated comedy follows the explosive, often drug fuelled misadventures of the World’s Most Dangerous Spy, Sterling Archer. Working for his domineering mother’s organisation, the International Secret Intelligence Service, Archer and his colleagues delve into the darkest intrigues of national security, blundering their way through shoot-outs and drunken orgies with the world’s most wanted criminals. (more…)
Now that protests have finally died down, now that our customary 3 week spoiler silence ended, now that Jeremy finally had 5 minutes to toss the whole random grab bag of a podcast together, we are now ready to share the 90 minute conversation on the 151 minute big screen edition of the 75 year build up to the battle between the world’s greatest 4 color titans (that lasts about 8 minutes.)
MILD SPOILER ALERT: Jeremy, Jason, and Matt talk in depth(ish) about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so this will spoil it for you if you are one of the few who have yet to take in billion dollar (let’s call it) divisive blockbuster that no one can seem to agree upon. Is it the greatest movie ever? The worst? Is it fever dream of a mad space-god-turtle? The guys are not here to convince you of any of that. What you will hear is a little exploration in the highs, the lows, and expansive middles the movie had to offer. (more…)