If I was to ask you if you to choose between Stephen Sommers the director of the Mummy movies, and Van Helsing, or Jon Chu the director of Step Up 2, Step Up 3D, and the Justin Bieber documentary, to helm a G.I. Joe movie, chances are you would choose wrong. Jon Chu, known mostly for directing music related films knocked it out of the park with G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It completely wiped the craptastic taste out of my mouth that I had thanks to the Sommers movie, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
As a fan of the Larry Hama comic and the original cartoon, I had a lot of problems with Continue reading →
Here’s a game that many of us played and loved….perhaps more than we realized.
I wasn’t a big fan of the mainstream Disney characters. To this day, if you were to ask me what my favorite classic Disney cartoons are, I’d still say The Black Cauldron, The Sword and the Stone, and Fantasia. Mickey Mouse never did it for me, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, etc. Not really a fan. But there was just something about DuckTales that clicked. It was a fun, well made series. The best thing to come out of it, however, was the video game that came out in 1989 for the NES.
Games based on popular licensed properties have RARELY been good. Sure, there are exceptions like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Chronicles of Riddick, and the recent Walking Dead titles. But notice…those are all *new* (do I need to mention the LOST game?). Back in the day, the NES days, production companies would license anything and everything. Just to make more cash. To them it was no more different or important on the consumer end than slapping a decal on a t-shirt. Little effort and less love was put into most of them. *cough*E.T.*cough*. DuckTales, however, changed that. Continue reading →
Many moons ago, I started hanging out with a young lady who would become a staple in b-movies and the horror scene/circuit, Ruby LaRocca. One day, she asked me to come by and introduced me to her roommate and his theremin. I was impressed, not not as much as when he pulled out an accordion and blew my mind with a few covers that I’d have never pictured on what is generally considered to be such a whimsical instrument. Well, that fellow’s name is Matt Dallow. If you frequent the NYC/Brooklyn underground/busking music scene, you very likely may have run into him. Whether it be solo or playing with Amour Obscur, he’s a pretty stand-out fellow and just a few moments ago he posted something that blew my mind again. Something that upon listening makes perfect sense, but at first will have you scratching your head.
Here’s the theme music to HBO’s Game of Thrones played on accordion by Matt Dallow (check below the video after the cut for his contact info) Continue reading →
If you’re like me, and you’re not because then you would be writing this, and I would be reading this, and it would be really weird especially since you’d be living in my house, I love board games but tend to get overwhelmed by the amount of parts, pieces, dice, cardboard, etc.
Stuart Ashen, the prolific British comedian and YouTube personality (who some of you Nerd-Base’rs may know from his dry, witty, irreverent and frequently hysterical reviews of downright terrible electronic games and dollar-store junk, via his POV camera on his old brown sofa) is crowd funding a full-length feature film!
Unlike his low-fi YouTube reviews, this will be a cinematic quality venture featuring a BBC-worthy script and some accomplished greats like Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Harry Potter) and Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf)!
Now, I’ve been a fan and follower of Ashens.com for many many years, and I will say without hesitation that the guy has spent countless hours delivering entertaining reviews of god-awful electronics. With that level of commitment (and masochism) to the entertainment of his viewership in mind I can’t help but think, Continue reading →