Movies

Transformers has broken our heart time and time again, but nerds the world over can’t help but give their beloved robots in disguise a second chance. Or fifth. Or sixth. And now the full-length trailer for Bumblebee drops and fans are assuring themselves that this time, this time will be different. This one will be good. And it has signs of a good Transformers adaptation! The original form for Bumblebee that fans have been begging for, a likable human counterpart, and tons of 80s references. But does it have enough to make up for the previous movies?

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Family-oriented, animated films come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but rarely do they stray from inoffensive, unobjectionable life lessons or surface-level messages of the peace, love, and understanding, but co-writer and co-director Karey Kirkpatrick’s (Imagine That, Over the Hedge) Smallfoot, a decidedly second-tier animation effort from Warner Bros. and Sony Animation Group, goes the extra half-mile, going where few, if any animated films dare to go: Tackling bits and pieces of American history, specifically colonialism and, by extension, world history. Even the word “genocide,” coined in post-WWII Europe at the Nuremberg Trials, makes a surprising appearance, leading to an unusual message: Willful ignorance or blindness for a good (community) cause may not be the worst way to go. (more…)

Though Harry Potter’s story ended with Voldemort, the universe of wizards, magic, and Hogwarts has proven to have more stories to tell. In November 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered, telling now the story of Newt Scamander, a creature-lover who adventured many years before Harry was even born.

For those new to the tale, the movie is set in 1926, decades before the events of Harry Potter. Viewers follow protagonist Newt Scamander, a kind Hufflepuff who has a very unique profession: magizoologist. He finds and cares for many exotic magical creatures. In his journeys, he heads to America and finds even more trouble with creatures and magic than his timid personality would ever anticipate.

In the film’s sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Scamander’s adventures continue and begin to come a little closer to home. This time, he’s working with fan favorite great wizard, Albus Dumbledore. After all, Dumbledore does have a complicated relationship with Grindelwald, the great criminal of the film. (more…)

It’s been a good couple of years for the horror genre. Break out hits like Get Out, A Quite Place, The WitchHereditary and The Girl With All The Gifts have ushered in a creative renaissance and have earned top box office dollars. The trend of  psychological mind-fuckery and deep metaphors has most certainly changed the expectations of what a horror movie can be. Not saying that’s a negative change. Damn well written and well thought out stories will always be a GOOD thing. But there is nothing wrong with making a few classic slasher flicks with old-fashioned scares. That style of horror are few and far between these days, but there are still those interested in them. After all, they would get to make scary movies featuring obnoxious teenagers getting killed in various fucked up ways from a masked killer. Sometimes that’s just absurd, dark fun. Such is the case with new horror film – Hell Fest (more…)

 

Every new incarnation of DC Comics’ The Joker puts the internet into a tizzy. Love it or hate it, each iteration of the classic Batman villain delves deeper into the character’s psyche and stretches the possibilities of what the character means to the caped crusader. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie announcement is no different. Outcries of support and disagreement are littering the social media highways with equal fervor. More level heads sit back and take a ‘wait and see’ approach before casting out their opinions. With the release of the first test footage of Phoenix’s Joker, the internet has some strong opinions. As we take a look at the newest interpretation of Gotham City’s clown prince of crime, we also look back on some of the most extreme and versions of The Joker that most deviated from the source material – whether fans liked it or not.

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Eli Roth” and “family film” are probably the last four words anyone, especially fans of Roth’s hard-R, exploitation genre efforts, would expect to read in a sentence, but Roth (Green Inferno, Knock Knock, Hostel, Cabin Fever) has done the near impossible: He’s semi-successfully reinvented himself as the family-friendly, kindler, gentler Spielberg-inspired filmmaker he apparently always wanted to be. An Amblin produced adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 novel for young readers (a nameless marketing executive hadn’t coined “Young Adult” yet) – with Goth-inspired illustrations from Edward Gorey – The House with a Clock in Its Walls delivers CGI-aided, kid-friendly, blood- and gore-free shocks and scares mixed in with the usual supply of stock story elements, an eccentric, but not too eccentric, adventurous lead character, and familiar, if not exactly unwelcome, comfort-zone performances from Jack Black and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett. (more…)

Marvel Studios released the first trailer for Captain Marvel. Fans are hopeful for the movie, in general. Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie will undoubtedly be compared to WB/DC’s Wonder Woman which was a hit with fans. Captain Marvel has a lot to live up to. If the trailer is any indication, Captain Marvel is set to exceed expectations. Aliens, super-suits, and Guardians of the Galaxy references all have fans hyped. But adults nerds are on the lookout for all those sweet, sweet 90s references. Between the promotional photos and the trailer, did you spot all the 90s references?

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DC Comics has unleashed it’s DC Universe App. Users can download the app on select devices and check out the beginnings of the service. Getting mixed reviews, the app has some kinks to work out, as fans should expect. But what’s working and what isn’t? Are there major letdowns? Fans take to social media to air grievances and give praise where it’s due. Are fans excited for the app or let down by the budding streaming service? Is it fair to judge the service in its infancy? NerdBastards presents reactions of across the web while you decide if DC Universe is worth getting.

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It doesn’t take much of a spark to set the internet on fire. News broke that Henry Cavill, Superman, was on the outs with WB. Rumors flew, vague statements were released, and still the future for Cavill as the Big Blue Boyscout is uncertain. The rumors and speculations don’t stop with Cavill and Superman, other DC properties and franchises were dragged into the conversation, as well as reports of other actors. But who said what? What can be confirmed? Who would be the most likely replacement for Cavill and/or his Superman? Spoilers: No one you would expect.

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In Hollywood, there is no try. There’s do (and fail), fail (and do) until something, anything inevitably sticks with moviegoers, breathing new life into a thirty-year-old series in desperate need of reinvention, The Predator, co-written and directed by Shane Black (The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), proves what 20th Century Fox executives should have known – or maybe they’ve known all along – the Predator series should never have been a series. It should have stopped at one. The Predator was – and continues to be – near impossible to beat, let alone match, the combo of peak Arnold, ace action-director John McTiernan (Die Hard), and a dreadlocked, crab-faced, spine-ripping alien hunter caught up in jungle-set, deadly game of hide-and-seek. Bigger, faster, and armed with super-advanced tech, the Predator bloodily dispatched well-armed (in every sense) mercs, but proved no match for the former Mr. Universe (a/k/a, the Austrian Oak). Arnold, however, smartly stayed away from every sequel or spin-off greenlit by Fox in the misguided hope they could capture the magic of the original. They couldn’t and they haven’t. (more…)