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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…)

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Bird Bird can do wrong. The Iron Giant is a masterpiece, The Incredibles is perhaps the best comic book movie ever made, Ratatouille is endlessly charming, and his first live-action movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and the one that best captures the aesthetic of the original TV show. So when Bird shirked directorial responsibilities on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and dared to make something original, a giant mystery box called Tomorrowland, it was a bold choice, a daring choice. But a batting streak like Bird’s was bound to run dry sometime, and while Tomorrowland isn’t a mess on par with, say, Chappie, it does show tremendous strain in its execution. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Game of Thrones’ – S5E7 – “The Gift”

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The seventh episode of Game of Thrones season five is so obvious it hurts. Its called The Gift and it’s about gifts. (In Oprah voice) – everyone get a gift! Sam Tarley, Ramsay Bolton, Stannis Baratheon, hell even Daenarys Targaryen! They say its better to give than to receive, but in Westeros that depends on who you ask. Spoilers after the (shark) jump! (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Poltergeist’ is Scarily Uninspired

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If we’re being honest, then you know that the Hollywood lore that’s sprung up over the making of 1982’s Poltergeist is far more interesting than the actual movie Poltergeist. From the question of Steven Spielberg Vs Tobe Hooper: “Who really directed it?” to the supposed “curse” that reputedly killed several cast members, including its young star Heather O’Rourke, the making of Poltergeist is a story far more compelling than the simple haunted house tale starring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. It would have been a fascinating post-modernist twist if they remade Poltergeist as a behind-the-scenes dramatization of the E! True Hollywood Story of the original’s production, but instead they slapped together a version that’s a weak tea variation of the original. (more…)

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For the better part of a year, audiences have been planning their Tuesday evenings around one of the best superhero television series’ to ever hit the small screen: CW’s The Flash.  Fans have gotten to know Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and have grown to love him and the band of friends always at his side.  The series has been a superpowered roller coaster ride that had viewers truly invested in its characters and their lives and last night, the first season came to a close in the most exciting way it possibly could: with death and destruction.  As always, spoilers ahead. (more…)

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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…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ …Awesome.

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Not that it needs it, but I’m going to add my accolades to the reception of Mad Max: Fury Road. This. Is. Awesome. Although we’re mostly right to decry the seemingly endless circle of reboots, remodels and sequels that Hollywood inundates us with, Fury Road says that you can make something that feels familiar, but fresh and engaging and endlessly exhilarating at the same time. Just when you think that director George Miller outdoes himself, he outdoes himself again with seemingly endless action, no exposition, and a baroque sense of art direction. This is a huge summer movie in all the best possible ways. A victory for simplicity of purpose and flawlessness in execution. (more…)

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The sixth episode of Game of Thrones season five takes the viewer on a wild ride across Braavos, Dorne, Volantis, Kings Landing and Winterfell – there is literally action in every corner of the known world! Arya begins to learn how the game is played, Tyrion Lannister starts to bond with his captor Jorah Mormont, Dorne explodes with competing attempts to capture Princess Marcella, and the Faith has all but put House Tyrell in checkmate thanks in no small part to the Queen Mother. Oh, and then there’s Sansa (face palm, shakes head) – tons of horrible shit after the jump. (more…)

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There was a scene in The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” where the Itchy & Scratchy show abandons Krusty the Klown for the all-new, all-different Gabbo Show. Krusty is left only with the bizarro Soviet cartoon Worker and Parasite and after 30 nearly incomprehensible seconds we cut to Krusty smoking a cigarette and saying exasperatedly, “What the hell was that?!” That’s kind of how I feel having watched Arrow’s third season finale. I sat there, looking at the TV, saying, “What the hell was that?!” Not the whole finale, the action was dope, the character interaction pretty effective, and there were some interesting moments with fascinating long-term implications for the series, but seriously, What the hell was that?! (more…)

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The Flash’s first season is quickly drawing to a close.  Fans of the series have been sitting on the edge of their seats throughout the season to see just how the inevitable fight between Flash and Reverse Flash would turn out.  After all, the rivalry, that started back when Barry was just a child, has been the backbone of the series since its premiere.  Last night, audiences were finally presented with that fight and while it was pretty cool, there is no question that the series writers are getting a bit tired, i.e. lazy at this point.  The good news is that The Flash writers at their laziest still produce television that is better than any other comic book property on the tube.  As always, spoilers ahead. (more…)