Meanwhile at The Hall of Comics… The Best Pulls for 01/07/15

- 01-07-15Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag 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 weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.  (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E11 – “Rogues’ Gallery”

- 01-06-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Although the mid-season episode left a bit to be desired in the way of punch, Gotham is still one of the best (sort of) super hero shows on television right now. The writing is complex enough to keep us intrigued, the characters (or at least most of them) are interesting and played by some talented actors (and one talented actress) and it’s a nice, fresh spin on the world of Batman that doesn’t rely so much on the source material that it becomes a carbon copy of the stories that have already been told. Thus did the first half of the season come to impress audiences everywhere. And now, after a not-too-long break, Gotham is back. But did they live up to the name they made for themselves thus far? Unfortunately, ‘Rogues’ Gallery’ was one of the weakest installments of Gotham’s 11-episode run. (more…)

The Top 10 Nerdy Movies of 2014

- 01-05-15Featured, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to an interesting and provocative year for movies that appealed to the nerd base. Amongst the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror, there were a number of very excellent contenders for the Best of the Year, all covering a wide range of themes, styles, and ideas which were brought to the screen by some very talented filmmakers, actors and artists. Amongst this year’s top choices was a return to space, both serious and adventurous. We also saw aliens who come to Earth, and future versions of Earth where humans are an endangered species. We saw vivid worlds imagined, and vivid worlds that never came to be. And we took a trip through the crime-soaked back alleys of Jakarta and the possibility-fueled streets of the Great White Way. Before spinning off into 2015, which may be the biggest year for nerdy movies ever, let’s take a look back at the Best Nerdy Movies of 2014. (more…)

TOY REVIEW: 1/6th Scale Snake Plissken From Sideshow Collectibles

- 12-30-14Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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He’s been a soldier, gone overboard, fought a Thing, had a stint as Elvis, was a big trouble in little China, took a trip through a Stargate, has been Goldie Hawn’s BAE before BAE was (whatever the hell BAE is) cool, and was one half of Tango and Cash. It’s a miracle, yeah, that’s one too, the amount of memorable roles Kurt Russell has had in his long and storied career. When you think about Kurt Russell, however, there is only one character for which he will truly be famous.

Nothing gnaws on the heel of 80’s action nostalgia quite like Bob -Yes, his first name was Bob- Snake Plissken; the fictional character from the films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Neither good or bad, he’s just an asshole who doesn’t give a f**k about your war… or your president.

And now he’s a 1/6h scale collectible figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Who, bless their breeches, were kind enough to send us a sample for review. We’re playing with Snake, and we’re going in.  (more…)

Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2014

- 12-28-14Featured, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The end of the year means lists, lists and more lists, and here again is the Nerd Bastards list of the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2014. In case you’ve forgotten, what is a “nerdy TV show?” Well, generally it covers the genres that Nerd Bastards reports on, shows that fall into the category of sci-fi, fantasy, animation, horror, and action. In this year’s edition, we have five returning champions, two shows that return to the list after taking last year off, and four all-new entrants. (Yes, the math is right, and that adds up to 11. I cheated by one.)

Just as it was a compelling year for TV generally, with a lot of excellent shows that were up for contention in the Top 10, the following list aims to present a look at the best across a broad range of shows that can be labelled as nerdy and/or obsessional. Amongst the offerings in 2014 is a time travel cop show and a cop show about dueling psychos. An ensemble drama about dueling clans in a fantasy land, and an ensemble drama about people struggling after the end of the world. There’s a comedy about the loveable misfits of a community college, and an animated series about loveable misfits fighting in a rebellion. A group of literary characters team-up in another pick, and superheroes team-up in another. And finally, one show takes us on a real-life trip through science, while another mirrors real-life news about the growing surveillance state.

Submitted for your approval, the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2014! (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Doesn’t Say Anything Bad About North Korea, Honest

- 12-23-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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TONIGHT, Jeremy and Jason endeavor towards glory in the dystopian Colbert Reportless future while discussing the North Korean response to The Interview and Obama’s response to Sony’s response in a way that won’t get our site hacked.

ALSO ON THE SHOW: (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ – Entertaining But Empty

- 12-20-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens where The Desolation of Smaug left off, as the powerful dragon of the Lonely Mountain (still voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) descends on Lake-town for payback. To say that Peter Jackson captures the full horror and insanity of a dragon attack on a compact and inclosed area is something of an understatement, and you practically feel the pain and panic as Smaug’s attack lights up the entire town in seconds and doesn’t let up. But then, Bard (Luke Evans) heroically slays the dragon using the final black arrow, and Smaug is defeated. Ten minutes into the movie.

Pacing has always been a problem for The Hobbit movies, as you can well imagine if you’re creating an expansive seven-and-a-half hour movie trilogy based on a single 300-page book and some supplementary material. The previous film ended with a powerful “Oh $#!%” moment went Smaug leaves Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in the mountain to attack the people of Lake-town in retaliation for them giving aid to the Company of 13 Dwarves and their quest to take back Erebor. Dramatically, it was sound, but to use a comparison to The Lord of the Rings it would be as if The Two Towers were to end right before Aragorn and the others at Helms Deep ride out to meet the Orcs in battle for a last stand. It’s evidence of the fact that while Jackson has grown to handle well the overwhelming technical demands of the project, he’s lost sight of the best way to tell the story he wants to tell. (more…)

So, How About That Sony Leak, Huh?

- 12-19-14Featured, Film, Internet, Nerd Culture Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Unless you have been actively avoiding the internet, television, news, and gossip from your best friends, you are very aware of the recent attack on Sony that resulted in the leaking of thousands of personal emails written and/or received by Sony staff, personal information (including social security numbers and birthdays) of current and past Sony employees, and even the early release of some of Sony’s upcoming movies, including the highly anticipated musical, Annie.  Amid the thousands of emails, various outlets have discovered some pretty damning conversations between some of the higher ups that are borderline racist (at best), disrespectful to the talent that brings in Sony’s revenue, and even conversations criticizing Sony’s own animation unit.  Now, after bowing to the hackers’ demands that Sony cancel the release of the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco starrer, The Interview, the public has to wonder: How can Sony survive this attack? (more…)

OPINION: Sony Pictures Not Releasing ‘The Interview’ Is Cowardly

- 12-18-14Featured, Film, WTF? Posted by Crystal Contempt

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Making headlines this week is the magnanimous decision from Sony Pictures to pull Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s The Interview from theatrical release.

The hackers that lifted the curtain to Sony’s internal workings threatened violent actions against theaters showing The Interview.  Despite The Department of Homeland Security citing no credible information to indicate an actual threat, Sony had allowed theaters to make the decision to show the film or not. With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of The Interview.

Did Sony not see White House Down? – “We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists!”. This reaction has sent a powerful message to terrorists. Sad day. Here’s why… (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Shuts Down All The Trash Compactors On The Detention Level

- 12-15-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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This time on PODCAST, HUMOR Jeremy and guest host (that is totally not Jason) Neil B. Deep (see? Not Jason,) gather around the glowing internet fire to discuss all manner of things that pertain to fitness, finance, and faith. Also reports indicate that Marvel and Sony discussed a Spider-Man double-team and Deadpool is happening (I know you already knew that… just go with it). Also there are other things!

Here are the other things! (more…)