Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our fifth entry acts as a brief refresher on one of the pivotal moments in Japanese cinema, Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla (1954)…
Picture Godzillain your head. What do you see?
For most, the image is simple — men in rubbery monster suits battling one-another amidst a chintzily built model, stepping on toy cars willy-nilly in an effort to put forth the feeling of destruction on an apocalyptic scale. To the average cinema-goer Gojira — excuse me, Godzilla — is an icon of pugilistic campiness; a towering figure akin to a scaly Macho Man Randy Savage, wrestling other goofy kaiju for ninety minutes while tiny Asian people point and scream “the monster is attacking the city!”
Like most successful franchise frontmen, the weight of Godzilla’s initial appearance has been watered down by subsequent sequels (twenty-seven, to be exact), to the point that many have forgotten the iconic monster’s original metaphorical meaning: a walking mushroom cloud, the fantastical representation of holocaust. Ishirō Honda’s monumental piece of Japanese filmmaking still stands as one of the greatest cinematic responses to the psychic trauma caused by war, ranking with Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove as a defining piece of pop art derived from the utter devastation of the nuclear bomb.
His name is Steve Rogers. But you probably know him best as Captain America.
This might come as a surprise (or not, as you’re currently reading a site called “Nerd Bastards”), but Captain Americawasn’t simply the “First Avenger”, he was also the initial Avenger to ever appear on the big screen. 2014 is a big year for the ultimate All-American, as it marks a major anniversary for the star-spangled superhero. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we here at NB thought it might be a good idea to trace Steve Rogers’ cinematic lineage all the way back to the beginning, while also taking a look at the few pit stops he made on TV during his silver screen journey. It was a bumpy road, for sure (with some jolts damn near knocking the axle off of his red, white and blue motorcycle-housing van), yet arguably ends with some of the best cinematic output of Marvel’s entire existence. So fire up the Francis Scott Key and let’s take a trip back in time to somewhat simpler days…
One of the things that makes Game of Thrones, and the book series it’s based on, so fascinating is the rich world building and history created by George R.R. Martin. You could study Westeros as if it were a real point in history because, hell, we know more about it than we do actual points in history!
Included in the special features on Game of Thrones Season One Blu-ray is an awesome collection of featurettes which explain in detail the complicated history and mythos of Westeros. There are features on the different houses and their lineage, the religions, certain orders and important events. Basically, if you’re watching the show and need to understand how groups of people relate to each other, or don’t understand why one family loathes another, here’s your homework.
We told you last week about Epix’ Avengers premiere contest and now comes some fresh footage about another Avengers adjacent and relevant bit of news from Epix, featuring none-other than Avengers co-creator Stan Lee. In the clip, from the upcoming EPIX documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Lee talks about the way he helped shine a light on artists and writers in the golden and silver age by giving them proper credit on the cover of their books. Lee also gave them nicknames in an effort to more ably single out these talents, comic historian Jim McLauchlin explains, “Stan Made sure that everyone got a credit and he started building personality behind these people.”
So, will the full documentary shine a light on Lee’s opinions about the other ways some writers and artists have been cheated out of full credit? We’ll see when With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story premiers on Epix during their Marvel Heroes Weekend, a marathon of Marvel movies Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger that takes place April 27th to the 29th. For more info on the marathon and the Lee documentary check out the Epix facebook page.
The new season of Doctor Who premieres on BBC America April 23rd at 9pm (et). This will be the second series following the adventures of the 11th Doctor. Yep, 11th. Meaning if you’re new to Who you’ve got a bit of catching up to do. Doctor Who premiered in 1963 and over 47 years we’ve flown through time and space with 11 different Doctors and all his companions. Even though 11 different actors have played the renegade Time Lord he’s always the same man. Confused?
I’ll let the Fine Bros take it from here. They’ve created for all you Doctor Who n00bs a review of all 47 years of history in under six minutes. So pencils at the ready, you’re gonna need to be a very quick note taker.
I have a confession to make, I hate history! History is 1. Boring 2. You can’t be there to experience it because it’s already happened 3. Is not always 100% true. Really, though I feel history is learning definitions, names, dates places.. etc, and not really learning about it. History is full of good stories, but the education system batters it up and makes it as uninteresting as possible.
Now, how would history become more interesting to the less interested like myself? Well, let comic legend Frank Miller tell it. Throw in some slutty-ness, disproportionate muscles, blood, guts and we got ourselves a history lesson. That’s how.
And, wouldn’t you know it, some cartoon artist thought the exact same thing. Caldwell Tanner imagined historical events and figures as though they had been illustrated by comic book artist Frank Miller.
Martin Luther, Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, and more retold in the style of Frank Miller’s Sin City.
It’s cool artwork, and I give Caldwell a tip of the hat for making history look appetizing. Just one question though. Why the fuck is Rosa Parks white?
Wednesday is here and with the release of our 20thpodcastepisode comes the ever-popular question of the week! Question of the week is a question we ask you, our readers and listeners, and you answer it by either commenting to this post, or telling us your answer on facebook or twitter (@nerdbastards)! We choose the best answer on the Podcast and the winner will have their answer read aloud on the air, as well as the ability to shout-out or plug anything they want to. You will also see your answer written here on the weekly question post.
Last week’s question was: What is the nerdiest way to die? The user Mordrun won with this answer: Trip over your dog named Darth Spot while wearing your Ewok slippers, Spiderman boxers, and Batman Bathrobe
, falling onto your Harry Potter movie quality replica wand, which goes right through your Twilight “I Heart Shining Vampires!” tshirt, barely missing your Star Trek Communicator pin, and goes straight into your heart.
This week’s question is: If you could go back in time to change any nerd moment, what would it be and why?
It’s billed as a slideshow of every console in gaming history, but you just know that some nerd out there is going to take issue with that, saying they used the four-switch Atari 2600 for 1977 instead of a Heavy Sixer or some crap like that.
But still, this is pretty badass. You can see just how far consoles have come since the dark ages when I was a kid. And dear God, carve out some time from your day to watch it. It lasts a bit over 20 minutes.
Remember back to when you were all in middle school and you were sitting in that dreaded history class. Always boring, right?? Would you have been more apt to listen and pay attention if you were told Batman was in WWII? Would you find the Yalta Conference more mesmerizing if Darth Vader was there? Well guess what…they were!!! At least accoring to Agan Harahap they were. He likes to place fictonal characters in historic photographs (as well as a bunch of other things, but this is what I found hilarious). Check out his website here. And check out some other pics after the jump.