Having Sound Issues With ‘Interstellar’? Take It Up With Christopher Nolan

- 11-14-14Film, Tech Posted by Derek Robertson

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You ever notice these days that when you are watching a movie the dialogue seems way too low in comparison to the soundtrack and special effects? It’s like the sound engineer has failed to stick a compressor on the audio, it’s categorically annoying (similar – if not worse – than a baby crying in the near vicinity of your personal sonic space on a two hour flight), and it is becoming ever more popular within the film industry. It started off as a Bay-ism, were one would find themselves either becoming a manual compressor with the power of the remote control, turning it up at the talky dialogue based parts, only to turn it back down when the action kicked pack in – we find ourselves sitting in our homes behaving like automated oscillators. There is also the subtitle option, which is quite handy if one decides to sit and watch a movie in the small dark hours of the night. Then there is the headphone option – that’s when s**t just starts getting crazy. Well, you catch my drift; it’s a problem, and it’s goddam annoying (goddam you Michael Bay, why you gotta go ruin everything…). (more…)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Recaptures Weekend #1 Box Office Spot!

- 08-25-14Comics, Film, Uncategorized Posted by Mark Poynter

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You’ve probably heard that a lot of the films released over the weekend tanked big time at the box office. Frank Miller‘s Sin City followup being the costliest of the weekend opening floppers. Those box office results are interesting, but what really ices my cupcake, marshmallow’s my Hot Chocolate, and Baby Powders my tushie is that James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy is back in the number one spot!  (more…)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles May Be Heading To Dimension X

- 08-12-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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After all of the negative reviews and general smack talking, moviegoers proved Megan Fox right this past weekend by making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the #1 movie in America.  Some people loved it, some people hated it, others loved to hate it, but no matter how it adds up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (The Secret Of Megan Fox’s Career?) is on the way.  The June 3, 2016, release is sure to draw more ire from the online community that seems determined to chip away at producer Michael Bay’s career bit by bit, but for those with an open mind, the question that remains is where the sequel could go without rehashing material we have already seen throughout 5 motion pictures and several television series’.  Looks like we may have an answer. (more…)

Michael Bay May Be Done Destroying Some Childhood Memories – Director Leaving Transformers Franchise

- 08-11-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Michael Bay is almost universally hated, if you believe everything you read online (but choose to ignore the box office receipts).  His movies, such as those in the Transformers franchise, are always released against horrible reviews and there are many a fanboy who has credited Bay for destroying the memories of their childhood.  Thanks to a new quote from USA Today, these fanboys may have a reason to celebrate today. (more…)

INTERVIEW: Randall Lobb on his TMNT History Doc ‘Turtle Power’

- 08-11-14Comics, Featured, Film, Interviews, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So you set out to make a documentary called Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where do you begin? For director Randall Lobb and a small film crew from rural Ontario, it was a phone call to the CEO of Mirage and a five year journey to get from the idea to make a doc about the history of TMNT to releasing it. Now, in time for both the 30th anniversary of the franchise and the recently released film from producer Michael Bay, Lobb and Co.’s five year odyssey through Ninja Turtles lore is ready to be seen. Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk with Lobb about how they tracked down all the players, how it all came together, and why even people who aren’t Turtle fans will find something to love in the documentary. (more…)

Sky Is Blue, Pope Is Catholic, ‘TMNT’ Sequel Is A Go

- 08-11-14Comics, Film Posted by James Daniels

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Humanity’s understanding of reality was shattered when we received the news that a critically panned, yet highly profitable cinematic adaptation of a cartoon/toy line from the 1980s would get a sequel. Confused, panicked civilians took to the streets, looting and rioting as they screamed “WHY???” and asked what kind of God could allow this… (more…)

If You Are Hoping For Source Material In The TMNT Reboot, You’re In Luck

- 08-07-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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There are some people who are just born haters.  No matter what a studio does with a property that these people have a fondness for, there will be plenty of internet bashing and general nastiness towards the reboot for even considering messing with their childhood memories.  The problem with this is that, unfortunately, many of the properties that these people complain about are being viewed through a rearview mirror made of hazy rose colored glass and really weren’t that great to begin with.  As a filmmaker, balancing between an updated mythos while keeping those haters pleased while appealing to a whole new audience is a very tough act and one that is rarely, if ever, accomplished.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Platinum Dunes flick that hits theaters this Friday, is one of those movies.  So, how did the filmmakers attempt to pull off this act? (more…)

Platinum Dunes Makes A Smart Decision About ‘The Monster Squad’ Remake

- 08-06-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Believe it or not, some people actually get excited when they hear that a movie or television show that they loved as a child is getting a multimillion dollar reboot.  While it is tough to recapture the same spirit of the source material that the reboot is based on, there are plenty of examples of how a huge budget and modern technology can actually enhance the original story. That being said, a classic is a classic, and there are certain movies that should simply be left alone for future generations to enjoy.  Today, one of those classics is being left alone, and we are all better off for it. (more…)

Not Excited For The Ninja Turtles Reboot? Megan Fox Says You Can F*ck Off

- 08-04-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Whether or not you are one of the people complaining about the changes that have been made to your beloved franchise in the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one thing that we likely can all agree on is that Megan Fox is NOT the most sought after actress in the biz and the choice to make her the new April O’Neil was not Bay’s greatest moment.  After having to sit through her “acting” in the first two Transformers movies, i.e. sweating, running, and looking pretty, most audiences have pretty much given up hope on the actress giving them much to chew on.  However, at a recent press conference the actress had a mouthful for fans who are already criticizing the iconic turtle reboot, almost sight unseen: (more…)

New ‘TMNT’ Trailer Features New TMNT Song ‘Shell Shocked’

- 07-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The fourth Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer just hit the Internet featuring the new song Shell Shocked. Music plays a big part in this summer’s blockbuster movies and the TMNT production team looks to be continuing the trend. We’re quickly closing in on the August 8th release date for the reboot and I find myself still on the fence about this latest TMNT incarnation. There are a lot of things that bug me about this reboot, beginning with those noses and lips, and while some of the new stuff, like this trailer, are starting weakening my determination to hate this reboot, I’m still not sure which side of the fence I’ll end up on. (more…)