Episode #232


The nerds discuss new TV shows The Muppets & Scream Queens, expectations for Arrow, Flash, & The X-Files after their season preview trailers, how ol’ Billy Finger is finally getting credit for Batman, a big discovery on Mars (sounds like Mars needs some freedom!), and possibly a wrestling segment.

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Episode #231


The nerds discuss and look back at the great life of horror master Wes Craven, mobile game Fallout Shelter, Marvel Civil War teams, a possible Nickelodeon revival, and Kermit’s new girlfriend.

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BDNS Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (NO SPOILERS)

Greetings Nerdosphere!

This past week I had the great pleasure of seeing an early screening of the much anticipated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Simply put, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” strikes the near perfect balance of fun and storytelling that the Marvel Cinematic universe has struggled to find post “Avengers”. As a comic book nerd and a devotee of the Ed Brubaker source material this sequel is based on, I thought I would be immune to most surprises they were going to throw at the audience. Yet I still found myself quite literally on the edge of my seat. No, seriously my girlfriend had to ask me to sit back so she could see.

A big Cap salute to Directors Anthony and Joe Russo because I must admit I was skeptical when they signed on. The duo cut their teeth in the world of exceptional comedy with Community and Arrested Development, but that didn’t exactly scream gritty Captain America sequel to me. They absolutely delivered. I feel no reservations in saying that they bring to The Winter Soldier the best action sequences I have ever seen in a comic book movie. I am talking about car chases that thrill, fight choreography that astounds, and a large scale battle where they manage to never lose sight of our characters and their context within the fighting.

One major through line for the film is a plot that is broad in scope, but deeply personal to the characters. Why does it feel so personal? That is thanks in large part to superb writing, and another masterful performance by Chris Evans. Evans once again disappears into the role of once pint sized kid with a giant heart turned Super Soldier. He finds himself still struggling to adapt to the new world, less so with the advancements in technology or quality of life, but more with the compromises the world has made to reach it’s heights. His boy-scout attitude doesn’t make his character appear flat or boring, but rather an incredibly charming contrast from the people he finds populating the world around him. On screen chemistry abounds throughout, but it is particularly highlighted between series newcomer Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Chris Evans. The on screen dynamic they share is pure joy to watch unfold. The film also serves to improve and further develop the duplicitous Nick Fury character. He is no longer just an open opportunity for audience laughter, but he still brings his share. Newcomer to the series and screen legend Robert Redford of course brings the goods to his role of Alexander Pierce. I have been critical in the past of Scarlett Johansen’s portrayal of Black Widow, but even her role is improved thanks once again to the top notch writing of the film. Overall the whole cast strikes the right tones with few missteps that really come down to personal taste.

Coinciding with great writing of the characters is a plot that is smart, coherent, fun, and one that profoundly affects the landscape for the entire Marvel cinematic universe moving forward. One other major writing takeaway is the advancement Captain America himself and who he should be within this universe. Two of Captain America’s most important qualities are his leadership and his ability to inspire everyone around him to uphold the ideals we hold dear. By the time the credits roll Cap has stepped fully into those shoes leaving no doubt who is in charge of the room, or where the buck stops on rallying the troops. No spoilers but all I have to say is “Captain’s orders.” 

If it is not obvious from reading the above review, I am still glowing over the experience of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. I refuse to nit-pick a film that was so enjoyable. You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this film, but if you are I imagine you will nerdgasm with each Easter egg they drop just like I did.  Do yourself a favor and go see this movie the first chance you get. I know I will be going at least once more. Take note comic book movies this one is a tough act to follow. 5 out of 5 BOOSHES.

The Fantastic 10: Comic-Con 2013 Exclusives

 

Well Nerdopsphere, June is almost over and that means Comic-Con is just around the corner along will all those exclusive goodies we nerds covet so dearly. I am breaking down in no particular order the ten coolest exclusive items that have been announced so far!

 

 

10. SDCC 2013 Gold Mini 10-Doh!
Squid Kids Ink-Booth 5150-Price: $20.00
Admittedly I know very little about Squid Kids Ink, but I think this is the perfect keepsake for the nerd on a budget who wants something on their desk or mantle to represent their trip to Comic-Con.

 

 

 

 

9. Batman #21 SDCC13 exclusive variant cover
DC Entertainment- Booth 2315-Price: $10.00
What would Comic-Con be without comic books? Being totally honest, I am a bit underwhelmed thus far from what DC is offering in terms of exclusives. The best thing making the list is a variant cover for ten bucks for a comic that you could pick up at any local comic shop. That being said, the ability to have this exclusive cover and then get it signed by the people who wrote and drew it is a nifty combo for the avid collector. I can’t get too down on DC either, not after they gave out those Owl masks for free last year.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Pam’s Dolphin Puppet
Factory Entertainment Inc-Booth 3351-Price: $25.00
If you are a non-Archer fan you probably think I am crazy to include this, but to those that are, you realize how awesome this is! This is a fully functional exact replica that is perfect for your next HR meeting. Lord knows the BDNS have been having a lot of those. And here is a link for those of you who need a refresher: http://youtu.be/c7WK2vTn03s

 

 

 

7. Masters of the Universe He-Man with Battle Axe and Shield Mini Bust Paperweight
Action Figures Xpress-Booth 3345-Price: $60.00
This piece is a little pricey, but speaking from experience everything I have gotten from Action Figures Xpress has been very well made. This is a great piece to compliment last year’s Power Sword/Castle Grayskull business card holder combo. This is perfect for any Master of the Universe fan.

 

 

6. Game of Thrones: 7″ Stark Shield Wall Plaque
Dark Horse Comics-Booth 2615-Price: $30.00
Last year Dark Horse had some very choice GoT items like their Hand of the King Brooch. Though I suppose a brooch is a sort of pin, isn’t it? I digress. The brooch was incredibly awesome and well-made and I expect this to be no different. My tip would be to see how many they have in stock and wait it out until the last day when they have their sale.

 

 

5. Game OF Thrones Set of 5 Exclusive Posters
Poster Party-Booth 401-Price: $30.00
As an avid poster collector this is a great deal! You get 4 full sized house posters and one GoT poster with the dragon shadow. Best bargain is for the lot, but you can buy them individually. I mean who really wants to hang up a House Tully poster anyway.

 

 

4. Cheetara 14inch and Snarf Deluxe 2 Pack
Mezco Toys-Booth 3445-Price: $50.00
The Last two ThunderCats exclusives of Mumm-Ra and Lion-O are proudly displayed on my mantle so this is an automatic buy for my collection or any Thundercats fan. I am a bit disappointed that I have to wait another year for them to release Tygra as an exclusive. If they do the Thunder kittens before him I riot.

 

 

3. Resident Evil Undercover S.T.A.R.S. Badge
Hollywood Collectibles Group-Booth 735-Price: $49.95
Simply put this is bad ass! It may be a bit pricey, but it’s an amazingly detailed metal replica from the Resident evil games, and it comes in a leather badge holder. If you are planning on a Resident Evil Cosplay, this will really complete the look.

 

 

2. Dragonball Z Exclusive 3 Piece Scouter Set
Bluefin Distribution-Booth 140-Price: $25.00
IT’S OVER 9000!! We were all thinking it. Out of everything announced so far, this may be my favorite item. For 25 bucks you get a bad ass DBZ scouter only available at the Con! It makes sound effects and comes in red, green or purple variations. This is an absolute must buy!

 

 

 

1. Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett Action Figure with Han Solo in Carbonite Accesory
Hasbro-Booth 3329-Price: $44.99
Hasbro consistently produces some of the coolest exclusives year in and year out. Unfortunately the other constant are the lines for their products. This is one of the best and most detailed action figures I have ever seen and it just so happens to be for the Fett man and a hansicle in tow. It’s not cheap, but if you can beat the line this is a great one for any collector.

That does it for this round, but I am sure there are more awesome SDCC 2013 exclusives yet to be revealed!

Iron Man 3 Suits That Fly

If you haven’t listened to our latest Movie Night then you probably don’t know that I was extremely disappointed in Iron Man 3. However this Mash-up of the Suit & Tie with Iron Man 3 themes make it almost completely worth it!…Almost. Really a well executed and funny video. As many kudos as I ate at lunch go out to the creators.

 

Iron Man 3 Review *Spoilers Abound*

You lose your hat back there? Heard a kid lost his head trying to show off on that roller coaster of a movie that was Iron man 3. After perusing a ton of other reviews for this movie I can definitely say I’m stoked at the reaction it’s getting; good and bad. How’s that saying go? Bad press is good press. Yep that’s it. I love controversy (yep that Prince song too) and this flick delivers that on all levels. The following will have spoilers and I highly suggest you wait to read this article until you watch it. That said, strap up boys and girls and let’s kick this pig.

Continue reading Iron Man 3 Review *Spoilers Abound*

Man Of Steel Trailer #3

Well this continues to look amazing! So far it’s my favorite to be the movie of

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the Summer.

Mondays Sign/s of the Apocalypse

With this being the week of the Mayan apocalypse I feel like we should visit news stories each day this week that we should have paid more attention too because when we look back on it (if we can) then we would see we could have seen it coming. Today we got a trio:

  • Some things shouldn’t be found.

    “Lake Ellsworth: Drilling effort runs into trouble - A British attempt to search for life in an ancient lake beneath the Antarctic ice-sheet has run into trouble.” Why are they continuing to try to drill here?! F!@# that! Straight out of so many horror/sci-fi movies; The Thing, Alien vs. Predator, Stargate, X-Files, Transformers. Yea get where I’m going here people? Ridiculous that they haven’t already seen this as a bad sign of things to come. Whoever had Aliens in the apocalypse office pool you’re looking pretty good here. Check the out the article.

  •  ”Mind-controlled robotic arm has skill and speed of human limb.” And was the creator of this robotic arm named Otto Octavius? Unless Spiderman has already been bit by that radioactive spider then consider New York City about to be ravaged by an octopus man. (Article)
  • Exclusive: Waterworld Remake Confirmed in Development.” You did see the original right? No explanation needed here.

 

Second Looks

So a couple 2nd trailers came out today for Man of Steel and The Lone Ranger; both of which I think do a much better job making each one look better…outside of Johnny Depp’s whole thing. Seriously getting a little tired of it now. Little things to note here; get to see General Zod, Lois Lane, the fortress of solitude, and the lone rangers entire background story it seems like. Oh well, either of these two new trailers make you less interested?

Man Of Steel

The Lone Ranger

Comic Review: Blackacre #1

Set during the American Dark Ages, Image Comics new series Blackacre is a fun dystopian thriller written by Duffy Boudreau and penciled by Wendell Cavalcanti.

One hundred years from now as the economic climate in America hits a critical decline, an elite city-state is erected by a consortium called Excorp in the foot-hills of the northern Rockies. Blackacre is “the mother of all gated communities” designed to keep the poor and disfranchised out. As America plummeted further into roaming hordes of barbarian tribes, the Blackacre community flourished. Auxiliary Captain Hull is a bred soldier of Blackacre, raised from childhood to defend the city, and finds himself after 12 years of service finally being taken off the wall that surrounds Blackacre. During his “retirement” celebration, Hull is confronted by one of the community’s leaders, Executor Terrance Sinclair. Sinclair informs Hull that in order to ensure the survival of Blackacre, a proactive approach towards developing space and resources is required. This is achieved by sending operatives into the outlying barbaric wastes of America and performing various scouting, sabotage and assassination missions to keep the poor masses disorganized. One such operative is Greene, an old comrade of Hull’s from the wall. Turns out Greene has gone missing in the wastes for over two weeks and Sinclair is enlisting Hull’s help to track him down and bring him home. Hull hops at the chance to save his friend; his ties to his fellow soldiers is something he holds dear above all else, even Blackacre itself. The issue ends with our hero gearing up to traverse the apocalyptic countryside in search for Greene. But what Hull is unaware of, which Sinclair narrates to us as readers, is that Greene seems to have gone rogue and Sinclair has attached an explosive to Hull’s tracking device to utilize our hero as a human bomb and kill Greene in the wastes.

Holy Shit! Big shadowy evil corporate government? Apocalyptic bandits and blood-feuding? Occult holy wars? Sign me up! Boudreau’s story is enthralling from start to finish, the above stated twist had me exclaiming allowed. And Cavalcanti’s artwork works great with the story. His pacing and framing of each panel carries a lot of weight to the overall experience. Only critique is that many of the faces seem a bit to similar, making it hard to differentiate characters at first. Blackacre is a title I highly recommend for all sci-fi loving, dystopian enthusing, and thrill ride seeking nerds out there. Pick it up before they’re all gone. Blackacre has already sold out at the distributor’s level!