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Well, this is it – Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine. He’s played the character in nine movies starting with 2000’s X-Men. It is in this, his last hurrah, that blows them all away. Logan is a powerful, contemplative film that perfectly ends Jackman’s run with the character. It’s a family drama, an action thriller, and the boldest, if not most affecting superhero flick in years.

Here are 5 reasons why Logan will be remembered fondly.

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After months of secrecy, the proverbial flood gates have been opened in regards to Logan, the third solo Wolverine film and the final appearance of Hugh Jackman as the berserker mutant who’s the best at what he does. We’ve known for a while who was going to appear in the film, but now we’re finding out who everyone’s playing. The most surprising bit of casting was comedian Stephen Merchant, famous for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais like The Office and Extras, so who could Merchant possibly be playing in the ultra-serious world of the X-Men? It turns out, it’s someone we’ve met in the X-universe before… (more…)

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Along the Punisher and Ghost Rider, Wolverine is recognized as one of Marvel Comics most-popular antiheroes, one of the dark and brooding sort that walks a fine line between being a good guy and being a bad guy. The Wolverine movies haven’t quite gone that dark (yet), but they’re also not meant to be some lighthearted romp with lots of one-liners either, which is why this casting news is kind of vexing. As the cast for Wolverine 3, or the Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, starts getting firmed up to begin principal photography, the production has announced the hiring of Stephen Merchant. Yes, that Stephen Merchant. (more…)

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Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (more…)

Nerdbastards Review: Portal 2

The original Portal was a masterful piece of work that premiered in a collection known as the “Orange Box” which included Half Like 2, Half Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress Two.

The plot was simple: You were a test subject in the Aperture Science underground lab, that was supervised my a mentally unstable computer called GLaDoS. Using your portal gun, you navigated your way through the impossible tests GLaDoS tries to kill you with and ultimately destroying her and escaping. It was short, filled to the brim with dark humor,  sometimes frustrating, but always entertaining piece of mind-bending gaming. So, when Valve Studios announced a sequel, I was a bit nervous.

I am happy to report that my fears were groundless! Portal 2 succeeds in almost every way in which you could possibly want it to, and does it with a smile.

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