Here at NNAR, a lot of us are jaded as hell about Star Wars, and wish George Lucas would just go away. And we think that we’re pretty representative of the Star Wars community as a whole. But every once in a while, a day comes when something reminds us why we became so passionate about the whole thing in the first place. Today is one of those days. Watch a four-year-old boy experience the mind-blowing amazingness of Star Wars in a way that we cynical types have long forgotten about, courtesy of io9, after the jump.
Sometimes, to do justice to a work, you have to get into the nitty gritty and analyze the hell out of it. But sometimes, it doesn’t take all that much to explain what makes something awful or great. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a blast. I’ll explain why for anyone who won’t take me at my most basic word, but there’s actually not much more to it. Read more
If The Notebook made you fall in love with Ryan Gosling, you may not want to see Drive. That said, the one thing both of those movies have in common is the intensity of Gosling – intensely romantic in The Notebook, and an unstoppable force in Drive. As it turns out, Drive is not just an action movie – it is a self-aware reflection on, and deconstruction of, 80s action movies. It does for movies that starred people like Van Damme, Cruise, and Stallone what Watchmen did for superhero comics. Bold claim? Maybe. But I think you’ll believe me by the time I’m done. Read more
Say you take one of my favorite scenes of all time, and then you re-dub all the music and voices and sound effects using solely your own voice. And you do a bang-up job of it. You’re going to make me a happy person. After you check out this video, you will know that Matt Mulholland has made me a very happy person today. Mulholland is an A Capella singer with a long list of YouTube postings, that range from fun to cheesy to amazing – sometimes all three at the same time. He’s put out a few multitracks, as he refers to them – re-dubbings of movie scenes or songs with multiple tracks of his own voice, creating a choral or orchestral effect. He’s done a multitrack of the original Matrix lobby shoot-out scene, and also of the light-saber battle between Qui-Gon, Obi Wan, and Darth Maul. Clearly he knows how to get the attention of us nerds. But this might be his best showing so far, or at least my favorite: the skateboard chase scene from the first Back to the Future. Check out the video and let us know what you think after the jump. Read more
New York ComicCon is approaching rapidly. And while we would clearly like to cover every single moment of it and bring the full detail of the nerdiness on home to you, the reader, that just wouldn’t work. So we decided to cover exactly what you want to read about. In order to do that, we’re asking you to check out the panel lists and let us know just what events and discussions tickle your fancy. Certain events (like DJ Z-Trip’s opening concert and Jay and Silent Bob Get Old) will be sure things. But a whole lot else is up for grabs. Hit the jump to check out the schedule and give us an idea of just what you’re hoping to read about. Read more
In what is probably the coolest charitable effort ever, Nike is producing a 1,500 quantity run of the sneaker from Back to the Future Part II. Dubbed “Nike MAG”, the shoes are being auctioned off on eBay via Auction Cause, with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Whether you’re in a position to drop a couple thou on shoes or not, you can still enjoy the star-studded, Nike produced promo video after the jump.
And, seriously, if we don’t get hoverboards by 2015, I’m boycotting science.
Ever since the original Portal hit the scene in October 2007 as part of Valve’s Orange Box Collection, people have been obsessed with the gameplay; the snarky rogue AI, GLaDOS; and most recently the sequel, Portal 2. The games are always fun, often challenging, and feature some of the most enjoyable character dialogue in any game out there. The common thread in these games is a light-hearted atmosphere of death and destruction. Now we have a new, much grittier entry to the field.
Earlier this week, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg (of Totally Rad Show fame) released his six minute short film, Portal: No Escape, which gives viewers a slightly different take on their favorite game. This is a well thought out, gritty and grimy film featuring Portal protagonist Chell in a physics-defying prison escape. I don’t want to waste any more of your time before you get to watch, so hit the Jump and check it out. I recommend going HD/full screen on this one. Read more
While I’m unsure of the use of the hyphen in this design, you can now support your favorite district tributes/rebel uprising just by wearing a shirt! Which, as we’ve had to tell Wade repeatedly, you do have to do sometimes.
On Dictionary.com, the second listed definition of mash-up is “a creative combination or mixing of content from different sources.” Clearly we are all familiar with how this translates into the medium of music, but with movies the term is not so easily conjured. Until now, anyway. Cowboys & Aliens is an unabashed film genre mash-up, and it most definitely mixes content from its two source genres: alien and cowboy movies. The question becomes, then: just how creative a combination was it? Find out after the jump.