MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kingsman’ is the Beautiful Love Child of 60s Spies and the X-Box Generation

- 02-14-15Comics, Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Back in 2002, Vin Diesel re-teamed with his The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen to make xXx, a so-called spy-thriller meant to upset the stiff, upper-crusty world of James Bond with a down and dirty modern riff full of nihilists, tattooed bad boys and extreme sports freaks. Of course, Pierce Brosnan‘s final Bond movie, Die Another Day, came out later that year and by box office proved handily that the gentleman spy was in no danger of being usurped by those that think a tux and a t-shirt with a picture of a tux on it are roughly the same.

That, shall we say, populist view of modern spy war by xXx was on my mind after watching Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new movie by Matthew Vaughn that is very much of the opinion that “manners maketh the man.” Basically, if you can kick ass with an umbrella, you can kick ass with just about anything, and while anyone can be a thug, it takes a rare kind of man to react to any situation with calm, rational composure. And what is the more dangerous: someone who flies off the handle, or someone who can keep their head even as all around them are losing theirs? (more…)

TOY REVIEW: Star Wars Bomb Squad Clone Trooper: Ordnance Specialist by Sideshow Collectibles

- 02-13-15Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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While nerds worldwide eagerly await the initial thrust into a new series of live-action Star Wars films starting with Episode VII The Force Awakens, Disney/Lucasfilm are currently keeping fans amused with the new animated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. Now that’s a fine show with a cast of likable characters and stories which turned out better than most fans ever gave credit it for. Fanboys who haven’t been won over by Rebels are still chewing sour grapes given that Star Wars: The Clone Wars got scrapped in favor of Rebels. Star Wars: The Clone Wars being a show, which, is arguably the best thing to have happened to Star Wars since Carrie Fischer donned that metal bikini.

Some of the best stories to come out of Star Wars: The Clone Wars dealt with Stormtroopers and their adventures during the Clone Wars. Those weren’t your father’s stormtroopers though, they were specialized troopers and very specific skill sets. You certainly didn’t want to get an angry call from one of those guys.

Our friends and Sideshow were kind enough to send Nerd Bastards one of their latest additions to the Storm Trooper infantry – the Bomb Squad Clone Trooper. If I said this review was explosive, I wouldn’t really be lying now would I? So let’s check out this orange armored centurion of the Republic and have a blast! (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E13 – “Canaries”

- 02-12-15Comics, Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Watching last night’s episode of Arrow unfold, one has to appreciate the re-emergence of the series narrative gusto, a quality that’s been sorely lacking in much of the season so far. A great many ongoing elements of the show came together to push the story and the characters forward, capitalizing on the somewhat meticulous maneuvering of deck chairs that characterized much of the last 12 episodes. In the wake of Oliver’s return to Starling is the realization that things have changed pretty profoundly for Team Arrow, and in the shadow of Vertigo’s return – the man and the drug – some awful truths are revealed, and even accepted. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ – S01E06 – “A Sin to Err”

- 02-11-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Iniguez

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This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter finds Peggy on the run! That’s right people, Agent Carter is persona non grata in her own town, the City that never sleeps!  Everyone wants to take down Carter; Leviathan, Dottie, Chief Dooley, her colleagues Daniel and Jack. Thankfully she’s made some strong allies in NYC, namely Mr. Jarvis and her neighbor Angie Martinelli (portrayed brilliantly by Lyndsy Fornseca).  Where does she run? It turns out she spends an entire episode hiding in plain sight, which is second nature when you’re constantly underestimated by everyone around you (thanks patriarchy). (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ S1E12 – “The Nuclear Man”

- 02-11-15Featured, reviews Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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The Flash’s first season has been strong and full of plot twists and turns; foreshadowing and consequences.  These storylines and twists are a lot to balance but just like an experienced tightrope walker, The Flash makes it seem easy.  The series has managed to follow its several plotlines and leave bread crumb trails while simultaneously expanding the universe inhabited by Barry Allen and focusing on the smaller characters to keep the universe small enough to enjoy.  In last night’s episode, The Nuclear Man, the series once again demonstrated why it deserves every compliment and award that it receives.  For fans, this is a fantastic situation that promises to bring audiences back week after week.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

Meanwhile At The Hall Of Comics… The Best Pulls For 2/11/15

- 02-11-15Comics, Featured, Nerd Culture, reviews Posted by Jake Johnston

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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’ S1E15 – “The Scarecrow”

- 02-10-15Comics, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Gotham, ‘The Fearsome Dr. Crane’ introduced us to the father of one of the future Batman’s most prolific villains. This week, ‘The Scarecrow’ takes that introduction even further by showing us the young Jonathan Crane as he makes his initial transition from the son of a psychopath to a proper psychopath in his own right. We also witnessed an escalation of conflict between Penguin and Marconi (with Penguin barely surviving), some mysterious trouble for Fish Mooney and the continued hunt of Dr. Crane by Gordon and Harvey. So where will all these showdowns end? While this week’s episode does wrap up a bit of what was started last week, it’s pretty low on the punch factor. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E9 – “What Happened and What’s Going On”

- 02-09-15Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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What happened and what’s going on is that this is the most beautiful hour of television you are likely to ever see. It’s about the hesitation of living and the hesitation of letting go. In one harrowing hour, we watch Tyreese struggle with whether or not to lay down his burden. By now, you all know the choice he makes, and if you don’t, I suggest you avoid this article and the entire internet until you watch the mid-season premiere.  (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is Big, Bold, Bombastic And Too Beautiful For This World

- 02-07-15Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I saw The Fifth Element during it’s opening week in the theater, and unlike the relatively small crowd who were also there in the cinema to watch, I got it! I read critical reaction and saw the box office returns. Words like “train wreck,” “flawed,” “overblown” and “misfire” were thrown around, but none of that sounded like the film I had watched and enjoyed from beginning to end. Was I crazy? It turns out I wasn’t so much because almost 20 years The Fifth Element – like The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Blade Runner – it’s got more fans than detractors now. Time, as John Lennon once said wounds all heels. Does the same fate await Jupiter Ascending? I don’t want to speak too soon, but I would argue that it’s not as bad as everyone is letting on. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E12 – “Uprising”

- 02-05-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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This week’s episode of Arrow brings the stirring and action-packed finale to the Funeral for a Friend Brick trilogy, in which Team Arrow comes to terms with being Oliver-less just in time for the Man in the Green Hood’s return. In a busy hour of television that saw Oliver’s triumphant comeback, and the titular gathering of Glades residents ready to stand up to Brick and his very ambitious gang of psychos and criminals. We also get new revelations into the mind of Merlyn and a new direction for the season as to how Ra’s al Ghul will respond when he finds out that stabbing a guy with a sword isn’t nearly as effective a death as it should be. (more…)