X-Men: First Class has now arrived, and has left a fairly good impression with us. Granted, First Class does crib the concept of superheros entering into the Nuclear Powers equation from Watchmen, but the idea of the X-Men being involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis is too cool to get caught up on the technicalities of originality. Between the solid 60s vibe of that film, and the WWII setting of Captain America: The First Avenger, we here at Nerd News And Reviews started to wonder: what other period comic movies are out there, waiting to be made? So we came up with a list of five other comic book stories that might very well never become movies. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t.
“They’re here.” Don’t check under your house for a Native American burial ground, and don’t go calling the Exorcist just yet – our Weekend Watch went on hiatus, but just because we’re back doesn’t mean you should suspect the supernatural. Maybe just the evolutionary – X-Men: First Class will most likely be high atop all our lists for the next three days, but we’ll give you a taste of some other especially nerdy plans we’ve concocted for the weekend. Read more
Up is down, black is white, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria! That’s what it can feel like in the continuity-obsessive comic book world when film adaptations continually cast from the same, relatively limited, stable of actors. Chris Evans, formerly known as Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm, will be in theaters this summer playing Captain America, another Marvel Comics character. Ryan Reynolds is not only Hannibal King and Wade Wilson/Deadpool for Marvel, he’s also Hal Jordan for DC. To make matters worse, these casting decisions often disregard decades of established character history. Admittedly, some actors were born for certain roles. To wit, even though Wolverine is listed at 5′ 3″, 6′ 3″ Hugh Jackman’s adamantium skeleton and retractable claws pretty much guaranteed him the part.
Although I was always told not to cross the streams, whether nerds like me like it or not, this cross-universe casting seems here to stay. So, when life gives you lemons, make a Top Five. Read more
Everyone knows that the point of superheroes is that they’re heroic. They kick ass, take names, and generally always win. Everyone also knows that things that only ever win are boring. Imagine playing chess against a two year old or being Charlie Sheen. Okay… being Charlie Sheen might be marginally more interesting.
Anyway, to the point. I can’t stand superheroes who are too ‘super’ – superheroes who in their natural form can’t be defeated. I’m looking at you Superman. Thor too, although he’s a slightly different case. In fact, I’m going to argue that these characters suffer from the “Superman Problem”.
The five of us have often discussed that one of the problems with being huge nerds is that we tend to like television shows that are awesome but misunderstood (Actually, now that I think about it, that’s true of almost everything related to nerd-dom). The consequence of this is that many of our favorite shows don’t get the opportunity to rise to their full potential. One such show that was loved by many a nerd was ABC Family’s The Middleman, which you’ve probably seen us mention before. Fans of the show instantly fell in love with its camp; its comic, movie, and video game reference-filled sense of humor; and its beautiful and snarky lead,
Matt Keeslar Natalie Morales. While this was the first time many of us had seen her, it would thankfully not be the last. Since her time as middle-sidekick, we’ve seen her in USA’s White Collar, Wall Street 2, and briefly on NBC’s Parks & Recreation. She’s got some new stuff coming out, and we were thrilled when she agreed to sit down with us and answer some hard-hitting questions celebrity duel questions. So read on. I think you’ll agree that her responses are sheer elegance in their simplicity.
Regular readers of NNAR will know that we love indie games (even more than we love Indy games). One of our longtime favorites is Auditorium, the addicting and innovative music game built by the fine folks at CipherPrime Studios. When we heard they had a brand new game coming out, we had to check in with them and see how things were going. So without further ado: CipherPrime.
So maybe you woke up early this morning to watch the Royal Wedding on TV. Or, maybe you stayed up way too late playing video games and there was no chance you were waking up at 6 AM, like me. Either way, the weekend has now officially begun, and so we humble nerds present to you our plans for the next three days. Well, our plans beside watching Game of Thrones on Sunday, because that’s just a given at this point.
So it’s been a couple weeks since we’ve done a Weekend Watch, but fear not, because we are back. As usual, we want to take a few minutes to discuss our plans for the weekend and brag about how whatever we are doing/watching/reading is much better than what everyone else is doing/watching/reading. You are encouraged to chime in below.
You may have noticed that we didn’t have a Weekend Watch last week… The week kind of ran into the weekend, which is exactly what we like to avoid. We’re making up for it this week with … Third’s Happy Friday Dance?!?
So you can’t see it right now, but I’m doing my Happy Friday dance. What’s that? You want to see me do the Happy Friday dance? Okay, I’ll just turn on my webcam and – oh wait, you said you DON’T want to see the Happy Friday dance. Okay, okay, your exact words may have been “Please for the love of God do not show me the Happy Friday dance.” Fair enough. We’ll just get to the awesome nerdy stuff we’re doing this weekend.