As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to an interesting and provocative year for movies that appealed to the nerd base. Amongst the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror, there were a number of very excellent contenders for the Best of the Year, all covering a wide range of themes, styles, and ideas which were brought to the screen by some very talented filmmakers, actors and artists. Amongst this year’s top choices was a return to space, both serious and adventurous. We also saw aliens who come to Earth, and future versions of Earth where humans are an endangered species. We saw vivid worlds imagined, and vivid worlds that never came to be. And we took a trip through the crime-soaked back alleys of Jakarta and the possibility-fueled streets of the Great White Way. Before spinning off into 2015, which may be the biggest year for nerdy movies ever, let’s take a look back at the Best Nerdy Movies of 2014. (more…)
Welcome back to the podcast of fun, this time on the show your life model decoy hosts, Jeremy and Jason, have brewed a cup of nerdy pop-culture talky news things and awkward moments. Do you like Star Wars, beard chat, Doctor Who, and scandalous sexy sex sex on the television set? Wow! Then do we have a show for you, clown shoes!
On the unnamed super terrific hour this week: (more…)
No disrespect to the man as he is a fantastic actor, but Donal Logue is probably someone most people will probably refer to as “that guy from that movie,” or “I know that dudes face …he was in… errrrr?!,” (there is an actual list of ‘those guys’ on imdb btw). Ultimately, most will be unable to put a face to the name. That is – of course – until now, due to his big break in DC’s bonafide hit Gotham (which airs on Fox TV). In a co-starring role playing Detective Harvey Bullock, Logue excels in his role and you can tell he is relishing in the part of the corrupt, morally ambivalent anti-hero; a character that is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to his loyalty to the force. Great performance. (more…)
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…)
Jessica Chastain has shown time and time again that she has the acting chops to take on pretty much any role. Most of the world has been tracking her Hollywood progress ever since her scene-stealing turn in 2011’s The Help, for which she earned an Oscar nod. With her latest outing, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic, Interstellar, Chastain has now stepped into the genre waters, even if it’s just wetting her feet. It appears, however, that she is loving the feel of the water and is interested in trying her hand at a role that plenty of us would love to see her in: the role of a superhero. (more…)
With Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan premiering this Friday, early reviews are calling the film the auteur’s most ambitious project yet. With a laundry list of phenomenal works on his resume—including the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception—that bit of early praise is saying something. With all of the clamor in anticipation of his latest work, though, it might be easy to forget that Nolan was pegged by Warner Bros. to be the guiding force behind the film studios’ efforts to create a superhero movie universe to rival that of Marvel. However, despite the WB’s drive to butt up against the Marvel film juggernaut, don’t expect Nolan to follow Marvel Studios’ movie-making blueprint, at least where post-credit scenes are concerned. (more…)
Comic-Con has come (verified) and gone and now we’re left with stories about Nic Cage in space, Hellboy screwfests, redheaded sith lords, Ryan Reynolds and the best CGI costume that he has ever worn (we’re talking about the Deadpool footage, not Green Lantern. Promise), our #LounginWithLoggins initiative, a trip to the stars with Batmanaughey and more things, like: (more…)
What if the Dark Knight trilogy was a footnote in Christopher Nolan’s career? The man who respected a vastly misunderstood audience, the man who made quality a pre-requisite for real success in the superhero genre and who took a broad and broody concept and drained every cartoonish quality out of it for the better. What if Nolan transformed comic book movies and then went in a dozen different directions that all eventually pointed up?
This is the man who gave us Memento, Inception and now Interstellar, which looks so grand and intimate, so beautiful and gut-wrenchingly raw. Anything is possible. (more…)
When it was first announced that Christopher Nolan’s next motion picture would be a return to original, hard science fiction, I was filled with joy. It’s not that I don’t appreciate his Batman films (The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best pieces of commercially-minded filmmaking made during my lifetime), they just don’t stack up to Inception — a film whose humanistic spirit is as big as its brain. While Nolan’s Batfilms are undoubtedly thrilling on a technical level, they still lack the eloquent investment of an artist utilizing a massive canvas to express deep-seated personal issues. However, now that he’s put his franchise days behind him (for the moment, at least), Christopher Nolan is again able to explore titanic ideas employing near infinite resources.
Today we get our first long look at his upcoming space travel film, Interstellar, which is attached to Godzilla in theaters this weekend (Sarah says you should see it!), and the spot promises a truly awe-inspiring journey.
In keeping with Christopher Nolan‘s tradition of hiring actors from one project to the next (see: everyone from Inception in The Dark Knight Rises), it seems that Anne Hathaway is in talks to come aboard Nolan’s next project Interstellar, according to Deadline.
Not much is known about the project except that it will be a “ambition is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Matthew McConaughey confirmed last week that he’s intending to sign on the dotted line after the rumor that he was in the running as the film’s leading man leaked.
Hathaway herself is coming off a big year that culminated in winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. She also appeared in Nolan’s Rises as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
More casting news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie