A Cinephile’s Journey Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe

- 04-15-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***

I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.

That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books  whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.

I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.

To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s AvengersAs much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…

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The Cinematic Evolution of Captain America

- 04-01-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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His name is Steve Rogers. But you probably know him best as Captain America.

This might come as a surprise (or not, as you’re currently reading a site called “Nerd Bastards”), but Captain America wasn’t simply the “First Avenger”, he was also the initial Avenger to ever appear on the big screen. 2014 is a big year for the ultimate All-American, as it marks a major anniversary for the star-spangled superhero. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we here at NB thought it might be a good idea to trace Steve Rogers’ cinematic lineage all the way back to the beginning, while also taking a look at the few pit stops he made on TV during his silver screen journey. It was a bumpy road, for sure (with some jolts damn near knocking the axle off of his red, white and blue motorcycle-housing van), yet arguably ends with some of the best cinematic output of Marvel’s entire existence. So fire up the Francis Scott Key and let’s take a trip back in time to somewhat simpler days…

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Final Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Highlights Harry Osborn, Puns, Possible GF Abuse

- 03-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Alright, so I half-way made that last one up (but it IS weird that Peter Parker just thinks he can restrain his lady with some webs).

The final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped today and it’s…pretty much more of the same. Dane DeHaan looks sickly as Harry Osborn. Jamie Foxx still blue himself as Electro. And I can’t quite figure out what exactly the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) is doing there, but I trust that this movie actually has a script that explained that to the actors (who will then relay said information to us, the audience, in-between massive explosions and slo-mo web slinging).

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The BastardCast vs. JCVD, Unicorns After Dark and, Fred the Asteroid

- 10-25-13Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The Real Heroes of Podcasting, otherwise known as The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are joined by leather clad dynamo Chris Cummins (Geekadelphia, Topless Robot, & HibernationSickness.com) to do the no-no dance with words and emotion and sexual fervor. Also, Star Wars and a special iTeam investigation, “Unicorns vs. Dragons: Who Would You Rather Get Blown By?” The answer may surprise you. (more…)

The BastardCast vs. NYCC and Lovemaking the Machete Way

- 10-13-13Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are up all night to get some… cheese fries. They’re also talking about Jason’s adventures in the big city during New York Comic Con and all the big comic book news that came out of the con, as well as the week’s biggest nerd news stories, and that one time when people were doing it in the movie theater while Jason watched Machete Kills. (more…)

The Bastards Ask: ‘Comic Book Men’ Star Walt Flanagan

- 10-11-13Comics, Featured, Interviews, TV Posted by Team Bastard

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Walt Flanagan is living the dream. He’s got a TV show, draws comics, and he runs a comic shop with a bunch of his friends. Why he would want to let our collection of sad sack and snarky mouth breathers darken his metaphorical doorway is beyond comprehension, but in the interview below, Flanagan fields our questions about comic book reboots, whether he’d advise someone to run their own comic shop, the brick and mortar battle against digital, his upcoming comic book Cryptozoic Man, and the upcoming season of Comic Book Men, which premiers Sunday on AMC at midnight, following The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. (more…)

Pryde’s Picks 9/4/13 – Comic Book Reviews

- 09-08-13Comics Posted by Luke Gallagher

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EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s ”Pryde’s Picks!”

Sorry I missed ya’ll last week but I was in Seattle for PAX Prime and then I turned a year older. I don’t remember much about that week but I’m pretty sure I brushed my teeth with a bottle of Jack at 9am. (You’d never guess the fresh-clean feeling it leaves in your mouth!)

This week, I bow to the almighty Thanos and rage over X-Men: Battle of the Atom. DC has been making no friends with me after recent controversial news stories and can’t even ATTEMPT to win back my love with September’s Villain’s Month. DC had the opportunity to let villains run the show and they ended up selling us throw away one-shots filled with daddy issues, twin-drama and a homicidal circus monkey.

As always, if you’re easily offended, tread carefully. Pryde’s Picks is full of boisterous inappropriate humor and way too much geek rage.

This week features: Thanos Rising #5 X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 All New X-men #16 Forever Evil #1 Bizarro #1 Poison Ivy #1 The Ventriloquist #1 Two-Face #1 The Joker #1

Like what you see? There is more on YoutTube page and you can also”like” me on Facebook!

Via: Pryde’s Picks

The BastardCast vs. Zombie College Hijinks and the Mystery of the Fox

- 09-06-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard

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This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy pull a 180 after watching the new RoboCop trailer, warn you about the first ever GTA related virus that didn’t come from banging a pixelated hooker in a car park, and go back to school to learn about zombie stuff and things.

Also on the show: This Week in OMG/Total BS Star Wars News, another DC writer leaves the nest (and shits in it too), Will Smith gets ready to have a meeting in an airport Ramada about returning to his signature role (WILD WILD WILD WESTER here we come!), and Transformers 4 gets a title that we don’t care about (look forward to our 180 on The Dinobot Holocaust in a future episode.)

More? We can not deny you the news about an internet addiction treatment center (step one is admitting that you have a problem, step two is joining Google +), our sparkling repartee about the next iteration of the Bat suit, or our questions about whether Elizabeth Berkely (Showgirls & Saved by the Bell… we’re just helping you so you don’t have to use IMDB) can successfully undulate on dry land without the aid of Kyle MacLachlan’s magical unicorn penis on Dancing with the Stars?

By the way, If you have to ask, yes, this next story is readymade to make you scratch your head to the point where it leaves scar tissue: a mail room worker tried to take her career to higher ground by claiming to know the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chris Nolan, assuming that Hollywood would give it away… now.

Oh, and here is the that BatFleck Batsuit they talked about… see? They posted the link. GO TEAM!

What the Fox Say? He say re-subscribe to the show on iTunes, there may be a glitch in the system that is conspiring to keep you away from us! He also says that the half life of a meme is less than the amount of time that it takes to.. what were we talking about?

All that and Jeremy Argh Hudson on the lightness of beering during the autumnal treat that is, The BastardCast!drunk-cat

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Pryde’s Picks 7/4/13 – Comic Book Reviews

- 07-07-13Comics Posted by Mark Poynter

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EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s  ”Pryde’s Picks!”

As always, I’m a rageful little fangirl with this week’s pull. Marvel’s A vs X What If… and Avengers A.1 disappoint in a big way while taking the opportunity to drag out events that are better left over. This week isn’t all about the hate, you’ll catch a glimpse into my sweeter side when I gush about the Kings of the Wastelands kickstarter and What’s Your Passion’s geek jewelry.

One more week until I race off to Comic-con to live the dream. My Kitty Pryde cosplay is getting a revamp and I have a secret but epic costume in the works. I can give one hint: she’s a DC character. If y’all are at SDCC, I expect hugs and high fives!

If you’re a comic book fan or new to the medium, my irreverent and lighthearted reviews are bound to offend and delight… consider yourself warned!

This week features: Batman Incorporated #12, A vs X What If… #1,  Avengers A.1 #1, Superior Foes of Spiderman #1, Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1, Five Weapons #5, Ten Grand #3, Next Testament #3

Like what you see? There is more on YoutTube page and you can also”like” me on Facebook!

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Interview: Mike Norton on ‘The Answer’, ‘Revival’, and ‘Battlepug’

- 01-23-13Comics, Featured, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

In 2012, All-Star Marvel and DC artist Mike Norton further moved toward creator owned projects, continuining his Eisner Award winning Battlepug saga online (and in collected editions through Dark Horse) while also co-creating Image Comics’ rural noir zombie book Revival and Dark Horse Comics’ brand new costumed hero book, The Answer, which debuts today.

Here, Norton tells us about how he picks his projects, why he doesn’t hide from superhero tropes, how Revival isn’t your typical zombie book, battling zombie fatigue, and if he’d like to see Battlepug live on as a cartoon series.

Along the way, we also discuss the challenges of telling a slow burn story, the appeal of The Answer‘s female lead, and how a costumed hero fits in at Dark Horse.

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