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Beginning with Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s series of live action remakes of classic movies offers a contemporary take on the films that have inspired generation after generation. The new movies reimagine the original stories not only in the real world but also with a more modern and, at times, mature outlook on life. The latest addition to the series, Beauty and the Beast is no different. Emma Watson’s Belle has far more agency than her 2D counterpart, now an inventor instead of her father as well as an avid reader, and the Beast is just as interested in literature as she is, lending their relationship a more convincing depth. (more…)

Suicide Squad was a lot of things.  A good movie, well, maybe not so much. Let’s call its response “divisive”. Its main sin is that it was more style than substance. Good story, a decent plot? Eh, fans were having too much fun to care. Relish did they in the film’s boss soundtrack of classic rock anthems, its youthful edge style (*insert obvious Hot Topic comparison joke*) and the badassery of breakaway characters like Viola Davis’ unapologetic-ally brutal Amander Waller, Margo Robbie’s barb-tongued spitfire Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s “no time for bullshit” Deadshot.

One character, however, that most everyone can have a shared sense disappointment with, was Jared Leto’s Joker. For all intents and purposes, The Joker should have stolen the show (mostly by his outrageous and destructive method acting), but he instead barely registers. And what a shame. Leto’s Joker deserved better. Despite being as far removed from the character as one can get, and amid all of the messiness, were moments of greatness, and that’s a category that Jared Leto and his Clown Prince of Crime fit perfectly into.

Ultimately, The Joker’s screen time, all of seven minutes, was too less to conclude whether it was good or bad. But, Leto was intriguing enough to leave a lasting impression, earning himself a respectable fan base. Fans, that are demanding a #JokerCut of Suicide Squad, and firm in the belief that if Leto returns as the Joker in a Batman movie, he’ll earn the respect he should have gotten on the first go around. These same fans are keeping SS Joker merchandise alive – fans that go crazy for items such as this Joker in a Tuxedo 1/6th scale figure from Hot Toys (What a Segway, huh?).

Thanks to our friends over at Sideshow Collectibles, Nerd Bastards was lucky enough to get one for review. Would you like to hear about it? Read more after the jump! (more…)

Cult movies creep up on us all the time. Sometimes a movie has bad publicity or word-of-mouth just doesn’t cut it, and the people don’t go see it. When that happens, the movies tend to bomb at the box office, but get noticed on the video rental/VOD market. There are a lot of really good and really bad movies that fit these criteria, but to be considered a true cult classic the movie has to have a following and be fun to watch. Here are ten of the greatest cult films of the 20th-century people might have missed, but should definitely see.

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Think about Game of Thrones for a minute, can you name every main character off the top of your head and get anywhere close to the total number of people that have floated in and out of the series on a regular basis in the first 60 episodes? I’m willing to bet no. Star Trek has never been one of those shows. Despite the fact that the series take place on an enclosed setting with a set population, it seems like all we ever see are the same eight or nine people. You know who didn’t do that? Deep Space Nine. Like with so many other broken molds, DS9 broke the mold on having and using a large secondary cast. (more…)

Well, this is it – Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine. He’s played the character in nine movies starting with 2000’s X-Men. It is in this, his last hurrah, that blows them all away. Logan is a powerful, contemplative film that perfectly ends Jackman’s run with the character. It’s a family drama, an action thriller, and the boldest, if not most affecting superhero flick in years.

Here are 5 reasons why Logan will be remembered fondly.

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Creating an effective cosplay is about so much more than just having the right costume. Dedicated cosplayers spend a lot of time thinking about how that costume will relate to their body, and the effect that relationship has on their overall image. They think about how they move to create presence in the space around them. They think about the perfect materials to use to create the desired visual effects for their characters. Cosplay crafting requires a lot of intense and intricate skill, whether you’re sewing everything by hand, building things out of Worbla or digitally designing 3D printed pieces. (more…)

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. A cartoon that ran from 1983-85, which existed solely to promote the exceedingly popular (the most popular even) toy line of the same name. It spawned a corny live-action adaption that starred Dolph Lundgren (who was surely robbed of the Oscar that year) and Frank Langella, as well as young Courtney Cox. The cartoon was rebooted in 2002 but managed to only run 39 episodes. An action figure line from that series was produced, then later a line of mini statues. Another and now a current line of figures are produced by Mattel and sold on their collector’s website. The property is licensed to a number of other vendors as well, such as Funko, Super 7, Entertainment Earth. All of which are finding that the nostalgia for He-Man and The Masters of The Universe is as strong as ever. Out of every outfit capitalizing on the sentimentality felt by children of the 80’s, none are perhaps as hard-core as Sideshow Collectibles. Their line of collectible statues inspired by the popular 80’s cartoon are the earnest of representations, and completely unlike anything that has come before them.

No better show of display, than by checking out the very first in their 1:5 statue series, the one and only He-Man – the most powerful man in the Universe.  (more…)

A person’s choice of cosplay can tell you a lot about the person beneath the costume. It can give you an idea of the kind of movies they watch and books they read and games they play. You can guess the sort of characters that inspire or intrigue them, the kind of aesthetics they’re drawn to – not to mention, their creative skills and style. When someone’s cosplay repertoire is as well crafted and as diverse as that of Laura, known to her followers as Taisie Cosplay, it’s safe to assume there’s someone really interesting beneath the twisted Cheshire grin. (more…)

Before Star Trek: Discovery, a lot of the talk online about what form a new Star Trek series should take often involved a couple of key words: “civil war.” Fans frequently phrased their idea as “after the Federation Civil War,” or “because of the Federation Civil War”, which suggested to me that a lot of people thought the only way forward was to tear down all the things that make Star Trek, Star Trek. But it’s not breaking a thing that can make a story interesting, it’s how far you can bend it and still keep itself from breaking. That’s Deep Space Nine! It tested the very limits of Trek, and it showed, in the end, the centre can hold. (more…)

Captain Phasma is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the latest Star Wars sequel trilogy, Phasma is the commander of the First Order’s force of Stormtroopers, or as most would remember her as – The Silver Surfer… er… Centurion. Now, her induction into the Star Wars universe was intended to make her this generation’s Boba Fett – a quiet, armored, gun-toting, bad-ass. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite turn out that way. Captain Phasma is not the Boba Fett of The Force Awakens: Boba Fett was more useful. She had very little screen time and was last seen being taken prisoner by the film’s heroes who dumped her in a trash compactor, going out like a piece of garbage. Sufficed to say, she did not turn out to be the threat she was promised to be. She was more disappointing than the Wii U. Regardless, she still looked mighty f’n cool, clad in the sweetest chrome armor you’ve ever laid your eyes on, cape fluttering in the wind like it was the star in a John Woo action movie.

For the geeks out there who have a thing for flashy Storm Troopers, or are adorned by having the first female Trooper, or for anyone who hopes to see Phasma return in  Episode VIII and totally redeem herself, then consider this 1/6th Captain Phasma figure from Sideshow Collectibles via the makers of Hot Toys. Sideshow was kind enough to send Nerd Bastards a sample for review. Follow along with us as we fill in some descriptive adjectives other than “shiny” and “pew pew pew”. (more…)