Going into 300: Rise of an Empire, I was a bit skeptical about the movie. The first 300 movie I saw 3 times in the theater. The visuals at the time were ground breaking and hadn’t been seen before. The fight sequences felt like something out of Asian cinema, with its gore and intensity. Looking at the trailer for the new movie it looked like it was going to be more of the same . . . but 8 years later. Over those 8 years we have seen other movies use similar action sequence techniques so it no longer feels new or fresh. Somehow with that against him, director Noam Murro managed to create a movie that surpassed Zack Snyder’s original.
If you’re a nerd over 30, chances are you have a ton of stuff you just don’t have any use for anymore, but you don’t know how to get rid of it. I was in that situation for a while. I had over 2000 comics and I didn’t know what to do with them. I thought about selling them on Craigslist or EBay, but there is lot of time and effort that goes into that for very little reward. If I sell it to a store it will be quick, but they will only give me a nickel per issue. In the end I figured I’d donate the comics and use it as a tax deduction. While I got nothing up front at the time, I made the donation, it definitely just helped with my tax refund. It was also fairly quick and painless. Read on to see my experience in donating comics.
Recently Time Warner offered its customers the opportunity to take a tour through one of their studios called the “Time Warner Cable Studios Tour Experience”. There were several shows that the tour featured, but it was headlined by the Game of Thrones exhibition which HBO is currently touring. Most of the Time Warner tour was just ok, and kind of interesting, but the Game of Thrones exhibit made it worth my while.
The Game of Thrones exhibit featured several props used in the show. My favorite prop there had to be Jamie’s severed hand. It surprisingly looked faker then I thought it would. I guess they never really get too close to it in the series, or perhaps they have different hands pending on what they need to be used for? There were several costume pieces that were roped off, and grouped together nicely. At the end of the tour you were given the opportunity to take a picture on the Iron Throne. It’s just as uncomfortable as described. My one regret is that I wasn’t wearing something to make me look more badass as I sat upon the throne.
LONG LIVE THE KING….OF MONSTERS!!!!
This article was originally published on 9.11.2013. Interesting update at the bottom of the article following the cut.
Earlier today, someone posted this image of the titular King of Monsters from Legendary Pictures upcoming Godzilla film, directed by Gareth Edwards (backtracking through articles, the source seems Continue reading
I will put this warning up here once again. This article will have **MANY SPOILERS**, so if you have not yet seen the second episode of Sherlock in season 3, do not read ahead (unless you don’t care about that sort of thing).
To start off, let me just say, this has been the Continue reading
(This is a guest article by artist, animator, Brooklynite, and general miscreant, Sarah Miskoff. Sarah’s work has been featured here on Nerd-Base previously, including this cute Halloween piece here.)
If you enjoy Animation and you aren’t that in the loop then this story is for you.
This past summer, specifically July 11th 2013, a short animation was released on the Frederator Youtube channel, called Bee and Puppycat. Frederator is the animation studio that has provided us with great animations like Continue reading
Now, I’m very aware that Sherlock has not yet aired in the US. I would advise only reading this article if you have seen the new episode (series 3 – episode 1; aired January 1st, 2014) since there will be **SPOILERS**. Worry not, US Sherlock fans, the new episode will air on PBS on Sunday, January 19th, 2014.
WOW that opening pulled me in right away. Starting off showing Continue reading
Before I officially start my review and experience with the Indiana Jones movies, let me just take a moment to stare at this…
Okay, I’m back.
You’re probably sitting there confused. What? Indiana Jones review? Did I drunkenly walk into a time machine last night and wake up in 1984? You’re also probably wondering, Continue reading
I’m going to say “Merry Christmas” to all of you for a few reasons, most of which I’m sure you’re all well aware of, yet for some reason, I’m again made aware that the self-righteous, socio-political army has been up in arms again lately giving people a hard time:
- If you’re going to take away “Christmas” from people, be prepared to also remove Hanukkah, Kwaanza, Chrimbus, Festivus, Wookiee Life Day, etc, etc, etc. Also, be prepared to sharpen your psychic powers that allow you to know every holiday and belief that every person you encounter follows while you proceed in your sterilization of culture as the first step in your totalitarian, dystopian future. I’m sure Big Brother appreciates your efforts.
- I don’t consider this a “Christian Holiday”. Christmas has never been about Christ. Santa himself, arguably the most recognizable yet least Christian thing about Christmas, is based on the norse god, Odin! (Lest we mention the Krampus!) Christmas Trees, possibly more or less recognizably Christmas as Santa, are based on yet another older than Christianity tradition. People that sing Christmas songs that mention the holy spirit put about as much feeling and thought into it as they do when they’re rockin’ out to some Bon Jovi (aka the most successful Christian Rock performer that you never realized was Christian Rock, seriously, give it a listen, wow). People put the manger on their lawns these days because their parents did it and they just think it’s a tradition to do so. I’d honestly venture to say that over 70% of the people in the world that celebrate Christmas don’t do anything religious on the holiday or regard it as religious. If the people that made this holiday to try and indoctrinate the druids/pagans/nords/what have you, tried a little harder, they wouldn’t have been so obvious about it. It’s been relatively proven that Jesus was not born during this time of year. That the holiday is an assimilation of the winter solstice and a dozen or more “older than christianity” traditions from all over the world that “the church” tried to grab and say, “Oh, this was my idea. Just join my group so you can have all your things but our things as well…just make sure you do what I say.”
- My point is, to me and most, Christmas is a holiday of family, friends, and tradition. Not religion. Not anymore. Not to me, nor just about anyone that I know. Most of my closest friends are Jewish for pete’s sake and we’ve celebrated many Christmas’ together! One of my best Christmas memories was spending it with David and Rishard (both Nerd-Base contributors), exchanging gifts, sitting around, watching movies, playing video games, and having a nice dinner. Anyone that gets insulted at you saying “Merry Christmas” is just a jerk drama hound who doesn’t realize that if they just said, “Thanks, but I don’t celebrate, but I sure do love Egg Nog!! Let’s go get a drink and learn about each other’s traditions and practices and enjoy each other’s companionship.”. Because *psst* if they do that, they’re not only being a better person all around, no matter what religion or upbringing, but they’re kind of celebrating the kind of Christmas tradition that I prefer.
- It’s because as much as I, like most nerds, complain about the general populace, I believe that (almost) everyone is inherently a good person. I have the Chrimbus cheer and it feels good and I just want to spread those good vibes to others.
- When I lived down in North Carolina, or Pennsylvania, or any of the “small towns” outside of the NYC metro area, you could walk down the street, pass a random stranger and say, “Hello” or what not and get a smile and a return. Around here, you get weird looks. But not during the holidays. During the holidays, I can walk down the streets of New York, wish some random person a “Merry Christmas” and though they may not return it, they may not celebrate it, for the most part, I think, they appreciate it. Because it’s just a random, small, act of kindness. It’s just some random person wishing you good tidings during the season when there are so many out there who may not be having such a good time at things, and I think that’s appreciated.
This all being said. I hope all of you out there have a happy, wonderful, and safe Christmas tomorrow. You don’t even need anyone else. A nice bottle of wine, or a warm cup of tea/coffee/cocoa and a good movie or two will do the trick nicely (I recommend any of the Harry Potter films. I don’t know why, they just feel “christmas-y”).
Thanks for another great year all!!
If you DO happen to live in the NYC area, David and I, along with a few of our friends, will be celebrating New Years Day at Coney Island for the Polar Bear Swim. We’ll be wearing suits and having a little tea party in the chilly Atlantic waters. We shouldn’t be too hard to spot. Come say Hi!!
Let me start off by saying I’m very new to the Xbox club. I’ve only ever had a PS1 and a Wii. I was quite nervous at first, but as soon as I saw the UI, I fell in love instantly. I’m still discovering new things on the Xbox One and it is incredibly easy for me to navigate through from the moment I picked up the controller.
I really wish the Xbox One came out before I decided to Continue reading