Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Tim Burton has delighted audiences for years with his imaginative style of movie making. His Batman movies Kicked off a franchise that drastically went downhill after his departure. While his movies tend toward a darker side, there’s always a hint of mirth that lightens the seriousness of the situations Burton’s characters find themselves in. Now his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children finds the answer to many fans questions about what Burton’s version of the X-Men might have looked like back in the 90’s. Check out this latest trailer and see for yourself. (more…)

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Time travel. Kids with superpowers. Gothic setting. Franchise potential. Based on a best-selling book. Is there a box that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children doesn’t check? The movie based on the 2011 New York Times best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs – his first book by the way – will be released later this year as a big budget movie with an all-star cast, and now we’re getting our fist look at the film in a new trailer. We here at Nerd Bastards listed the film as one of the 10 Non-Comic, Non-Sequel, Original Films Worthy Of Your Time In 2016, so does this trailer live up to our expectations? (more…)

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There has literally never been a better time to be a genre fan. Sci-fi and fantasy has been a staple of the silver screen since it began but the quality and box office success had always varied tremendously. Now, however, we are swamped with the stuff, in a true golden age, and most if not all is seen as both a critical and commercial success. It can be argued that this is a very specific, 21st Century phenomenon, starting with the huge success of the Harry Potter films that began in 2001, continuing with Spider-Man (2002) and it’s sequels – which brought a certain acceptability to big screen superheroes – and then the start of the Marvel dominance with Iron Man (2008). Sure, there have been occasional misses – any Fantastic Four film for example – but genre has come to dominate a great deal of Hollywood spend and blockbuster output. Would Disney have forked out the $4bn it did for the Star Wars universe if their similar spend on Marvel in 2009 hadn’t proved a worthwhile gamble? Would DC still be building their own Cinematic Universe had the Avengers not shown the way? It’s doubtful.

A quick glance at Coming Attractions for 2016 would see your attention drawn to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, reboots-of-a-sort Ghostbusters and Independence Day: Resurgence and……well, you’re a fan, you know exactly what’s coming. This is good. This is what we always wanted, for not only are most of what has come and what is to follow big-budget flicks of the sort that couldn’t be imagined only a relatively short time ago, but a lot of it is quality stuff that even the most jaded and cynical will buy a ticket for.

However, you should also cast your eye to the margins, to the smaller budgeted and promotionally-ignored films that are due your way. (more…)

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