Friday, April 30, 2010

Movie Review: The Informant!




This review may or may not contain mild spoilers about this movie. Proceed at your own risk, but remember – I’m the good guy.

So there.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vintage Troublemaker: Summer Movies 2009



I meant to post this on Monday, but it didn't happen. So I was going to post it Tuesday. Clearly, that didn't work out, either. 

The whole point of this post is to take a look at my stupid opinions of last year's Big Summer Movies to see if you should really give a shit about what I think of this year's. See what you think... NEXT!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More Doctor Who: Tennant - The Musical!

This is so fucking fantastic that I'm not even going to make fun of how over the top sassy some of the songs are:
 
 Until next time, stay creepy
-Phantom

Monday, April 26, 2010

Toy Review: Star Wars - Order of the Jedi - General Anakin Skywalker by Sideshow

I’m not sure if I missed this version of Anakin when Sideshow offered preorders or if The Clone Wars just hadn’t been on long enough for me to start liking Anakin as a character. I think the latter is more likely. Either way, when I saw this listed at BigBadToyStore.com I felt like it came out of the blue. I definitely wanted it, though. Sideshow’s General Obi-Wan is one of my favorite toys and even though he is adapted from Tartikofsky’s animation rather than the new CGI, he needed his (one-time) best buddy to hang out with. It’s like Buzz and Woody, only with dismemberment!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Big-Ass Summer Movie Preview - 2010: August


Well, here we are at the end of summer already. There are a few good picks left, but things get really tough by the time I get to the quick picks. Hang in there!
August

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Big-Ass Summer Movie Preview - 2010: July


And here's that same damn intro, just because there really isn't anything else to say.

I did this for the first time last year and plan to make it an annual tradition here on Needless Things. I take Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview and give my opinion on every single film they cover, regardless of my interest in or knowledge of the movie. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

Here’s what I think about the latest crop of summer flicks from those money-grubbing douchebags in Tinsel Town.

July

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Big-Ass Summer Movie Preview - 2010: June



I'm sticking with the same intro as May just in case somebody stumbles across this and doesn't know what the hell is going on.

I did this for the first time last year and plan to make it an annual tradition here on Needless Things. I take Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview and give my opinion on every single film they cover, regardless of my interest in or knowledge of the movie. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

Here’s what I think about the latest crop of summer flicks from those money-grubbing douchebags in Tinsel Town.

June

Big-Ass Summer Movie Preview - 2010 - May


Work and my desire to spend time with my family have once again conspired to make my post late. I really need to load a bunch of these so I can post them on the go.


A couple of quick notes:

I watched the severely edited version of The Eleventh Hour and it is almost a crime how badly they butchered it. Find the original if you can. Don't bother with rebroadcasts.

Spartacus' season finale blew my fucking mind. What an amazing show and triumphant first season. Buy it as soon as it comes out. It is a keeper.

I did this for the first time last year and plan to make it an annual tradition here on Needless Things. I take Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview and give my opinion on every single film they cover, regardless of my interest in or knowledge of the movie. Talk about the blind leading the blind.

Here’s what I think about the latest crop of summer flicks from those money-grubbing douchebags in Tinsel Town.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Doctor Who Week: Wrap-up

I have a few more Doctor Who related things to put out there after last week’s coverage, plus my thoughts on Matt Smith’s first full episode, The Eleventh Hour. So Doctor Who Week gets one more day.

Last Monday I laid out an extremely abbreviated history of Doctor Who, but didn’t get as much into my fandom as I thought I would. I related my first viewing and subsequent rediscovery, but I left out a few key points.

In 1986 – the year I turned ten – America received a gift the likes of which has never been repeated: the Doctor Who USA Tour. I don’t know at exactly what point in the tour’s two year run it came to Georgia, but I was there. The tour featured a 48-foot long trailer that was absolutely packed with costuming, props and – best of all – aliens from the 23-year run of the show. My memories of the event are honestly somewhat foggy.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Doctor Who Week: Day 5 – The Toys




As befits a dork of my particular interests, I am ending this week of Doctor Who celebration with an article about toys. Enjoy.

When I was a kid, I literally would have chewed my best friend’s foot off (sorry, Jon) to get my grubby little hands on some Doctor Who toys. Now, I don’t know why anybody would have made that demand of me to get those little plastic figures; but they would undoubtedly have been British because the United Kingdom is the only place you could get the damned things. You must understand - back in the eighties, not only was there no eBay; there was no fucking internet. There was no practical and inexpensive way to get foreign toys in America. Hell, I don’t even know how I knew they existed. But I knew. And it tormented me.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Doctor Who Week: Day 4 - Top Ten Modern Doctor Who Episodes


I could get vulgar here and liken my reaction to news of a new Doctor being cast in 2004 to the male state of arousal, but I won’t. I could also be unnecessarily dirty and compare the way I received the announcement that the then Sci-Fi Channel would be airing that new Doctor’s adventures to male completion of the sex act, but who needs that mental image?

Instead, I’ll just say that I was stoked that we were all getting new Doctor Who. I was excited back in 1996 when FOX aired the doomed pilot/movie with Paul McGann taking over for the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy; but the news of Christopher Eccleston being cast as the ninth Doctor brought with it the promise of a whole new series! And eventually, NEW TOYS! But I’ll get to those later.

I thoroughly detest the term “nerdgasm”, but it couldn’t be more appropriate.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Doctor Who Week: Day 3 - The Fans


So for an easy-out middle of the week post, I thought I'd put together all of the Doctor Who-related costumes I saw from the last few years of Dragon*Con. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Doctor Who Week: Day 2 - Top Ten Classic Doctor Who Serials

You’ll notice that most of these are Tom Baker episodes. Well, he is my Doctor, after all. I just haven’t seen quite as many of the other pre-modern-era Doctors’ episodes. William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton weren’t that available to me and John Pertwee episodes were shown infrequently on PBS. I enjoyed Peter Davison once I got over the shock of losing Tom Baker, but I just couldn’t tolerate Colin Baker. I really liked Sylvester McCoy, but I believe PBS in my neck of the woods stopped carrying the show shortly after he debuted.

Of course, you also have Christopher Plummer and Paul McGann, but I doubt anybody in their right mind is going to put those particular outings on their Top Ten list. Not that they’re bad, but come on.


Doctor Who Week: Day 1 - I Heart Doctor Who

With Doctor Who’s new season premiering in the United States this Saturday, I thought it was high time to pay tribute to one of my lifelong nerd passions. I will spend this whole week discussing, reflecting on and just generally worshipping the best thing to come out of the United Kingdom since the Mayflower.


Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith – who is actually the thirty-fifth actor to portray the Doctor, the twenty-fourth to do so on screen; largely thanks to a tremendous parody called The Curse of Fatal Death - begins his journeys (well, technically continues – he first showed up to replace David Tennant at the conclusion of last year’s amazing The End of Time [And actually, he began his journeys two weeks ago in the U.K., we’re getting the premier two weeks later. This would be a record in getting episodes across the pond if not for the premier of The Five Doctors in the United States back in 1983. But we’ll get to that later. You should probably re-read this paragraph now.]) in what is being extremely confusingly referred to as Series 1. This is confusing because it is actually the sixth series of the revival of Doctor Who that began in 2005, but technically the fifth series since the specials of 2009 were coded as fourth series; but chronologically the thirty-third season of the show – unless you don’t count the eighth Doctor’s telemovie. In which case this is the thirty-second season. Or the thirty-first. 

Understand? No? Me either.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Top Ten Dorky Songs


Many dorks end up being musicians – most likely for the promise of sweet, sweet poontang. Even more dorks are big fans of music; to the point where some dorks’ sole obsession is music. As a result of these things there are an awful lot of songs out there about dorky and/or nerdy stuff.

From Star Wars to comic book characters to math and science; most things considered niche by the general population have been harmonized about. Here are a few songs from the Troublemaker Collection that best exemplify the infusion of nerd culture into music.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vintage Troublemaker - A Look Back: X-Men: Inferno

I first started reading Uncanny X-Men somewhere around issue 230. I don’t remember where I got the first issue I bought or what drew me to it, I just know that the Brood story is what hooked me. As a matter of fact, the cover depicting Wolverine infected with a Brood is one of my favorites of all time. I even bought a statue of it, and I’m not a big statue guy.
The next major story arc was a BIG one. It crossed over into the other X-titles – something that was much less common back then, therefore a much bigger deal – and even showed up in Amazing Spider-Man and a few other non-mutant books. It’s name was Inferno and it was a motherfucker. Inferno was probably the biggest factor in my decision to start collecting comic books regularly.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Toy Review: DC Universe Classics Justice In The Jungle: B’Wana Beast & Animal Man by Mattel

As soon as I saw this set, I knew I had to have it. Being a Grant Morrison fan, Animal Man has a special place in my nerd heart. I will admit, however, to being totally unfamiliar with B’Wana Beast at first. I just loved how goofy the figure looked.


Now, thanks to catching up on the Justice League animated series and Beast’s appearance in the Brave and the Bold cartoon; I know very well who B’Wana Beast is. And am super-fucking glad I ordered him, because he rules.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Movie Review: Bruno



Borat was kind of like a fucked-up, dirty Napoleon Dynamite in that I think pretty much everybody liked it that saw it, but eventually got tired of it and started disavowing it. Both movies featured strangely lovable losers that get into weird situations because they were essentially fucking idiots. Bruno’s title character is also a fucking idiot, but he is a homosexual fucking idiot and that, apparently, is where America draws the line. Bruno did not see a fraction of the success of its predecessor. Did this extremely controversial movie deserve it? Let’s find out…

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Easter Story, As Best As I Can Tell...

I have long been confused by Easter. I know all about the resurrection and whatnot, but I've never quite understood where the candy and eggs and rabbits and everything else came from. I had to know.
I'm not going to bore you with the international DaVinci Code-like adventure that led to my discovery of the truth about this Spring holiday - and believe me, those Catholics don't want you to know about this - instead, here are my findings.
This is all totally legit. Seriously.