Sometimes an animated film comes along that blows away your expectations and sets new landmarks in animation. The Angry Birds Movie is not such a film, but it’s still pretty darn entertaining. Come on, did anyone honestly expect a movie based on a smartphone game to be some kind of existential masterpiece? This is certainly a case of “it is what it is,” but in a good way. (more…)
Jon Sow is back! Yes, that happened last week, but we are still breathing our collective sigh of relief from the end of last week. This week we get to see if the new and improved Jon Snow will be the same person as the previous, or if we are going to meet a totally new person. We also got to see Danny’s new home (hopefully not for long). A few more people we haven’t seen in a while (even a guest star all the way from Season one). While this week’s episode of Game of Thrones was bundled, it helped set up even more for what we will see this season.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Oathbreaker.”
There’s a common theory that going into a movie with low expectations will help you appreciate it more and leave you pleasantly surprised. That’s certainly not the case for Allegiant.
The Divergent series had the potential to be the next Hunger Games. The first film boasted an amazing cast (except for the incredibly boring Theo James), had some impressive action sequences, and built an interesting world that left viewers wanting more. Sure it had an incredibly dull love story and a slew of YA cliches, but it was still a pretty decent effort with great franchise potential. However, the second film pretty much flushed that potential down the toilet with bad dialogue, an overload of subplots and a convoluted story. So at this point, why should we even bother reviewing Allegiant? Because we here at Nerd Bastards are gluttons for punishment.
The best way to describe watching 10 Cloverfield Lane is like eating chocolate ice cream with lemon-infused olive oil: it’s unusual but tastes absolutely delicious. Audiences expecting a Cloverfield spin-off will be greatly disappointed. There’s no giant monster wrecking a city, no shaky-cam, and no T.J. Miller screaming “Oh my god!” It’s a smaller, more humble film that resembles an apocalyptic thriller more than a monster-disaster movie. J.J. Abrams made it clear on several occasions that this film would be a “blood relative” to the original Cloverfield and not feature the first film’s monster. The only thing these films have in common are their extraterrestrial and horror themes. It’s much like what John Carpenter tried to do with the Halloween films by having several films with different stories all set during the holiday (before audiences decried the third film’s lack of Michael Myers). Much like Halloween 3, 10 Cloverfield Lane focus on crafting a new story instead of rehashing an old one. As a result, the sheer quality and ambition of 10 Cloverfield Lane is absolutely enough to make it even better than the film that spiritually preceded it.
Everybody is weighing in with their thoughts on the new Deadpool movie. Critics who caught early screenings are sending out mostly positive vibes, folks who were lucky enough to see sneak preview showings of the film seem to be extremely thrilled with it – and now celebs are starting to get into the mix. Today on her Facebook page, the incomparable Betty White sounded off with a video sharing her thoughts on the movie as well; when a gal who’s literally older than sliced bread speaks about something, you’d better damn well listen. (more…)
As the saying goes: everything old is new again. Whether it is trends in fashion, styles of music, or even the food and drink we put in our bodies (the “Paleo diet” is from how long ago?), our society has an interesting penchant for liking something, forgetting that something for a while when newer and flashier somethings come along, and finally rediscovering that something and saying “y’know, this something is actually pretty cool.” Even though a timeless work of fiction – such as a Jane Austen novel – is really never truly forgotten, sometimes it does take an infusion of a new idea to bring a classic “back to life,” as it were.
Ironic, then, that the catalyst to reanimate wide-scale interest in Austen’s bourgeois-eschewing “Pride & Prejudice” is a creature that is, by its own nature, reanimated in and of itself: the zombie. Yes, the separate components of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may not break any new ground on their own, but when these two disparate pieces are “mashed up” together, they become much like Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, with opposites attracting in the most delightfully random of ways. (more…)
Well, wasn’t this episode a holly-jolly 90-degree turn from from the oft-scary and routinely-serious bent of the rest of the previous season of Doctor Who! This episode should make lots of “casual” DW fans very happy, as the tone of this episode is decidedly light-hearted in nature, a definite break in the storm of the recent plot lines. As quintessential Doctor Who “it girl” River Song, Alex Kingston has had the pleasure of playing against several excellent incarnations of the Doctor, but her interactions with Peter Capaldi in this episode may be the most free-flowing and naturally-pleasing tandem yet. “Christmas Special” episodes are almost exclusively reserved for either regenerations or good old-fashioned Who comedy fun, and while “The Husbands of River Song” may not necessarily be a groundbreaking or universe-shattering episode, it has got the fun and the laughs in spades.
WARNING: What you’re about to read contains spoilers about this episode and possibly other episodes/seasons of Doctor Who. Proceed at your own risk/reward! (more…)