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Unpopular Opinion: Batmen Ranked Edition

 

Everyone has their own favorite Batman. Every Nerd worth their salt has an opinion on who was the best Batman, who was the best Bruce Wayne, and who was the best at both. And every Nerd’s ranked list differs just a little from the Nerd standing next to them. So here’s our favorite Batmen, ranked best to worst. But this time, we want to hear from YOU. Which Batman was the best? Who didn’t cut it, in your not-so-humble opinion? How wrong were we? Post in the comment below and let us know which Batman stands where in your list. If this post does well and you opinionated (nerd)bastards comment like hell, there could be some Bat-related prizes for future posts…

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If you didn’t already have enough reasons to subscribe to Netflix (Daredevil, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Longmire, Pinky Blinders, I could go on and on) now this little gem, A Very Murray Christmas is here to sign you up. That’s right, Bill Murray is hanging out with all his celebrity friends, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, and Paul Shaffer and the band Phoenix on Christmas Eve when suddenly the snow starts falling. Will the rest of Bill Murray’s celebrity friends be able to make it to Bill’s Christmas Special? (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…)

Clooney Issues 56,342nd Apology for ‘Batman & Robin’

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Batman & Robin was nearly 20 years ago now. Yeah. In that time George Clooney has become an accomplished writer, director, producer and an Academy Award-winning actor. He’s worked with a variety of collaborators like Steven Soderbergh, the Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne, and Alfonso Cuaron, hardly the sort of hackery that became associated with B&R director Joel Schumacher back in the summer of ’97. You might say that Batman & Robin was Clooney’s original sin, and he’s paying the price for it these last two decades. So in the interest of continued penance, Clooney was once again called to apologize while doing a round of promotion for his new movie Tomorrowland. (more…)

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It’s one of the most mysterious projects to be coming out in 2015, and it will be in theaters smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest “Summer of Sequels” in the increasingly long, sad Hollywood history of franchise dependence. Originality is hard to come by in Tinseltown these days, and certainly recent evidence (Jupiter Ascending and Chappie) seems to indicate that people would rather trust the devil they know when it comes to high-profile sci-fi/fantasy films, but can Tomorrowland buck that trend? Disney is hoping so, even though they’re set to make it rain in 2015 with The Avengers and Star Wars alone, and the studio’s looking to convince fans further that Brad Bird’s latest film is definitely worth checking out when it’s released next month. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Kicks Off #FebruMurray with Trailergasam Bowl III and the Defunding of Kickstarter

Yes, that podcast is back and this time they are bringing hell with them, hell in the form of a pile of trailers in the annual Trailergasam Bowl™ and the return of everyone’s favorite month FebruMurray™. Twenty eight solid days celebrating the celestial thunder that is Bill Murray (trademark on ‘celestial thunder’ pending.) Plus nerd news, TacoTalk and more on this weeks show! (more…)

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This week, a new episode of The BastardCast is racing toward you like Justin Bieber in a Lambo! That’s right, like an atomic rat on a Russian ghost ship, we’re goona gnaw your face off with comedy! You will witness Batman’s secret shame. You will learn the terrible truth behind the Stan Lee/George Lucas connection. You will judge Jason and Jeremy poorly since they are making most of this up as they go along. (more…)

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Here’s a moviegoing experience almost all of us have had: A friend comes up to you and says “Oh wow, dude, you’ve got to see [insert title here]. It’s more than just a movie. It’s an experience. I couldn’t believe how much it made me feel. Seriously, don’t miss this movie. It’s so amazing.” Then you go see the movie, and even if you come away liking it, you feel like your friend oversold it. It wasn’t an experience at all. It was just a really entertaining movie. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the point is that actual experiences at the movies are few and far between these days. We’ve been jaded by years of CGI and Michael Bay bombast, so we’re always inherently skeptical of those movies that are supposed to make us forget we’re watching a movie and leave us to actually feel what’s going on. It’s OK to be skeptical. Really it is. But I”m here to tell you, this time we really have been given a true cinematic experience. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is, quite simply, one of the most stunning cinematic achievements you will ever see, and it achieves this by not just dazzling you visually, but by giving you an incredibly intimate look at a simple fight for survival in one of the most hostile environments imaginable: space.

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If you haven’t watched the trailer for Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film project, Gravity, and you’re still on the fence about shelling out the cash to buy a theater ticket, then you might want to listen to someone who truly knows what the hell he’s talking about when it comes to movies: James Cameron. OK, now about half of you are thinking,

“Really, what the hell does he know?”

Well, the man’s last two films each broke the mold, reaching that movie mountain top to become the highest grossing film of all time during their respective release runs. So when the man talks about making movies, you’ll want to listen, but Cameron is not just using new technologies to create incredible films, he’s helping create new technologies to create incredible films.

Recently Cameron talked about helping Cuaron with some difficult filming issues on Gravity and what he thought about the movie after getting a chance to see it in its entirety.

I was stunned, absolutely floored, I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.

What is interesting is that Cameron goes on to explain that it was not the cutting edge filming technology and camera work that blew him away, it was:

What is interesting is the human dimension, Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.

Now, I was already sold on seeing this in the theater on the big screen, the biggest screen I can find, when I saw the first full trailer. Now, after reading what Cameron has to say, Gravity might just be that break through movie of the year that will put another Oscar on Bullock’s mantle. Check out the trailer below and tell me if you think Cameron is on target.

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