Wes Anderson

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Believe it or not, but this handmade Weeping Angel was originally a Barbie! Yup, the proof is in Wich-crafting‘s process shots over at The Mary Sue.

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Known as one of not only the greatest comic book movies, but also one of the best narravtives of all time, The Dark Knight raised the standards for action movies all around. One of the first comic book movies to make $1 billion at the box office, the Christopher Nolan feature was surrounded with praise for its direction and its visual effects, and even more so for the final performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker.

In anticipation of the final film in Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Magazine sat down with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to talk about the cultural and inspirational significance of Dark Knight. From Marvel Studios‘ Kevin Feige and director Zack Snyder, to 1989 Batman director and generally strange human being, Tim Burton – just a few of the names from the Empire article.

Check out what the Hollywood elite had to say in the jump.
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“You sank my battleship… with your alien death ray!”

Yeah, I don’t quite remember it that way either, but in their infinite wisdom Universal Studios and Hasbro decided to make a Battleship movie with massive aliens that rise up from the sea. In the spirit of that “creative” leap, I and my co-conspiritor Jason Tabrys wrote the synopses, the tag-lines, the titles, and even cast these four “creative” movie and board game mashups that Hollywood needs to greenlight right now. Hell, Jeremy R! Hudson and Jason (but mostly him) even made up some fantastic posters for the films too, so all we need is a few hundred million dollars and we can make the best board game movie spin-off since Clue (you heard me).

Monopoly: Revenge of the Fallen

Synopsis: Max Marther (actor and comic book artist Shia LaBeouf) is an Occupy protester and an up and coming blogger for an underground activism website. His life is thrown through a loop though, when a major corporation buys the site and turns it into a LOLCat content farm, forcing Marther to embed himself in the world of finance, quickly climbing up the corporate ladder because of his unfathomable whiteness and his unearned swagger.

Soon, Marther can see the whole board and becomes a land baron with a pocketful of “Get out of Jail Free” cards and a plan to run the bank and drive all the other players toward bankruptcy. Will his plan succeed, or will he be seduced by the 1 percenter lifestyle, a high class call girl named Community Chest (introducing Random Lingerie Model in a breakthrough performance) with a secret, and Arthur Michael Manchester (Nic Cage), the current banker and a rogue utility company owner with troubling hair who inherited both Boardwalk and Park Place under curious circumstances from his late brother, Nathan (also Nic Cage)?

Coming in 2013, the money never sleeps and the game never ends in Monopoly: Revenge of the Fallen. (more…)

Fantastic Mr. Star Fox

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Did you ever play the original Nintendo videogame Star Fox? Or what about the incredible Nintendo 64 version and the terrible Gamecube sequel?

That was one of my favorite videogames for the N64, and some of the lines from that game I still quote: “Andross has ordered us to take you down,” and “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that, Star Fox.”

As if to make the videogame even cooler, CollegeHumor created a parody of the incredible Wes Anderson stop-motion film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, called The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox.

The animation is extremely well-done for this parody, and the imitation voices are top-notch. If you’re a fan of Star Fox, you should definitely give the video below a watch!

I admit, I kind of want to see this movie now. Make it happen internet!

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Memba that God of War Indie Movie Trailer done in a style reminiscent of Wes Anderson? Well, if you thought that was wistfully bemusing, then you need to see Gamervision‘s latest ‘What If?’ video.  Off the cusp of their Star Wars Christmas Special (the special everyone really wanted), the funny bastards at Gamervision wondered what a live-action adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda would be like if it was made in the 80’s, John Hughes style.

In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school’s over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn’t approve and it’s going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. Perfectly capturing the essence of what it means to be a teenager in the 80s, Nick Murphy, Mike Sadorf, and Dom Moschitti reimagine one of the most celebrated video game franchises of all time with the heart, charm, and wit that only they could. It’s the legend of high school. It’s the legend of love. It’s The Legend of Zelda.

Channeling the days of sequined gloves, parachute pants, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald, this faux trailer certainly tickles my 80’s sensibilities. The references get me all nostalgic and the concept I like.

Spoofing video-games through film while mocking a director and or era style  is entertaining in every way possible. Whole films based on this concept would probably fair a hell of a lot better than any of the direct adaptation we’ve been subject to.

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Rule number 32 of Zombieland. Enjoy the little things. Unfortunately he who has the rights to make the LONG over due God of War film, has it up his ass and is waiting for it to blow into the corners of obscurity before it is ever made into a movie. Gamervision has created a trailer for a God of War movie, but the fun part is that its done indie film style. It looks like a sequel that was never made to The Royal Tenebaums, so to speak, the same vein as Wes Anderson.

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What If Wes Anderson Directed Spiderman?

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OCDish neat set design, shot composition, symmetry, over all 70’s style and quirky dialogue make for a Wes Anderson movie. Would these same elements make for a good Spiderman movie? Probably not but that didn’t stop fan film maker Jeff Loveness from such an attempt and damn if he didn’t deliver a well done, spot on parody.

The art/costume/set designs were really dead on to the WA-verses. The acting was a bit choppy but what do you expect from a fan flick? Although, lets give the dude who did an Owen Wilson impression a round of applause, that was really accurate. Also, would have preferred if the filmmakers could have communicated Anderson’s style without having actual characters from ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Tennenbaums. Regardless I think we can all agree that this was and would have been, should it have been a full feature, a hell of a lot better than Spiderman 3.