As a fan of documentaries, I am very much looking forward to this one. As I’m sure you all heard by now, director Zak Penn and the film crew for Atari: Game Over, proved earlier this year that the urban legend was right, and that all the unpurchased cartridges were buried in a New Mexico landfill. But of course, that’s just part of the story. Later this year, fans and curiosity seekers will relive the journey of the nascent days of video gaming, where the sky was the limit, programmers were rock stars, and a video game based on the most popular movie of all time nearly killed a billion dollar business while it was still in its crib. (more…)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
If you’re a fan of video game reviews you’ve probably heard the name James Rolfe or his Internet persona the Angry Video Game Nerd. Based on an idea Rolfe came up with back in 2006, The Angry Video Game Nerd quickly became one the funniest series of videos on the internet reviewing terrible 8-bit games and forcing himself to play those games so we don’t have to.
The “Nerd” has done everything from reviewing the gaming systems of our youth to fighting the likes of Bug Bunny, Freddy Kruger and Nintendo‘s R.O.B the robot over the course of verbally shitting on the games based on those characters. There is one game however that has become the bane of the Angry Nerd’s existence and his most requested review to date: the Atari 2600‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A game so bad that even the Angry Video Game Nerd refuses to play.
So in October of 2011, Rolfe started an IndieGoGo page asking for $75,000 to ,make a movie based on his character, the Angry Video Game Nerd, and the quest to find and review that elusively rare and terrible game. Over one year and $325,000 later, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie has become a reality.
As a reward for his fans patience, Rolfe recently held a live screening for The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie trailer at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which is now available online to watch and enjoy after the jump.
In this installment of the comedic webseries “Rejected Pitches,” produced by Above Average, a bunch of studio suits offer their constructive criticism to Steven Spielberg about his script for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Now some of the commentators over on Blastr didn’t find it that funny, but I’ve read enough about the how the inside track of Hollywood works to know the quai-truth when I hear it. Still, it’s kind of hard to believe though that studio suits would talk to Spielberg this way after the one-two-three punch of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but sometimes stupidity doesn’t recognize status. Anyway, watch the vid and post your thoughts below.
A Pre-order page at Amazon has been put up for the Limited Edition ET Anniversary Blu-Ray Collectors Set. Man this NerdBastard is getting old, I was 16 and remember when this came out and seeing it in the theater at the Army base in Stuttgart Germany.
The packaging for this set is . . . is . . . is kinda crazy, but maybe crazy in a good way . . . this NerdBastard isn’t sure which it would be, crazy or crazy good. It’s not cheap that’s for sure. Check out the video below to find out what your $139.98 will get you.
What do you think? I guess if you had kids and wanted them to freak out about ET, but then if you had kids you most likely would just get the movie on Netflix and spend that $140 bucks on something frivolous like food for those kids or medical insurance.
Let everyone know your thoughts in the comments section below.
YouTube user oyguvaltshappy decided to update the trailer for E.T. by combining scenes of the movie with the music from the upcoming Super 8 movie trailer. After watching that trailer I tried to remember if I ever saw the original E.T. trailer. I remeber seeing the movie in the theater, but couldn’t remember the trailer. After finding the original and watching it, I now understand why I couldn’t remember it . . . it sucked balls. Compare the two and give NerdBastards your thoughts in the comments section below.
Steven Spielberg never returned to the world of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to let us know what happened after E.T. made his way home. What kind of people did Elliott and Gertie grew up to be? Did E.T. get grounded by his alien parents? Did E.T.’s people ever come back?
Robert Blankenheim and Derek Johnson decided that if Spielberg was gonna drop the ball and just leave it lying there that they were gonna pick it up and run with it! ET-X: Extinction, is the sequel Spielberg never made. You’ll enjoy the footage of the now grown-up Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas mashed together with other favorite alien invasion movies.
I never did buy all that, “E.T.’s a sweet, harmless, lovable guy.” I knew that somewhere in all that gushing, “who could harm a hair on little E.T.’s head,” was a swarm of alien monsters just waiting to unleash havoc upon the Earth. I bet those Federal agents that had their guns magically turned into radios are still pissed they weren’t allowed to fill that little alien S.O.B. (Son of a Bio-hazard) full of good old fashioned American lead when they had the chance.
What did you think?
I for one welcome our long necked alien masters.