Happy New Year!

2013 was a big year, which saw Revenge of the Film Nerds evolve from website to predominantly podcast format.   Updates have been sporadic on both fronts of late, but we have big plans for continuing on in 2014.   Keep posted for Scott and I sharing our thoughts in a 2013 year in review special episode of the podcast, available on podbean and iTunes.   Should hopefully be up in the next few days!!

Also, keep posted as I finish my review of all Doctors, with some giant posts expected for the era of Tennant and Smith.

Thanks for our regular followers, and here’s to moving on strongly this year.   Lets pop that champagne!!

DuckTales: Remastered

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Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Console: WiiU, PS3, Xbox360 & PC

Players: 1

Genre: Action Platformer

Australian Release Date: August 13th, 2013

Australian Rating: G

Score: 7/10

 

DuckTales: Remastered is a high-definition remake of the original DuckTales game released in 1990. Play as Scrooge McDuck and traverse exotic levels to find rare treasures for the vault, or should I say “Money Bin”? Continue reading

Diablo III Taste Test

72851491UK_DIABLO3_SE_BOX.inddIf you follow my Facebook or Twitter you would have noticed that I was fortunate enough to win the chance to be one of the lucky few to be invited to the Sydney IGN Head Quarters for an exclusive pre-launch taste test of the console version of Diablo III. Here is the story of that adventure down memory lane. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 11: Pacific Kombat

Scott and I have been at it again, discussing films with an occasional tangent here and there, with an episode filled with both humour and gravitas (Drink!!).

In this week’s episode, we begin looking at the history of Mortal Kombat on film.   We discuss what we both adore and (Mortal Kombat, 1995) and what we find distasteful (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) about this film franchise.   Next we investigate Scott’s deep-seated love of kaiju films by exploring the wonders of Pacific Rim, Guilermo del Toro’s own love letter to that genre of film.   We end by discussing recently released trailers for 47 Ronin, and Gravity.

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Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor

Played by: Christopher Ecclestone

When: 2005

Significant contributions to the Whoniverse:  The most obvious contribution to the Whoniverse with the start of Ecclestone’s reign as the Doctor is that he started the second, more successful, attempt to reboot the franchise.   More successful in that this is the reboot which is still running today and that has us all excited for the 50th anniversary coming in November.   Ecclestone only stayed for one season, citing his displeasure with the team behind the cameras as a major reason why.   So it was already a known fact to the audience part way through the season that he was not sticking around.

That said, he helped establish what Doctor Who has become from then until now.   The serial structure of the show was dropped for a more episodic structure with a single story normally lasting only one or two episodes.   The idea of an overarching story for the season was also established though, despite the fact that not every episode may speak directly to this overarching theme.   For instance, in this series, the repeated use of the term Bad Wolf in a number of episode ended up feeding directly into the season conclusion.   This type of structure and theme has remained until today.

It is also made evident that some time has passed since we last saw the Doctor.   Many references are made to a Time War, in which all Daleks and Timelords aside from the Doctor himself were obliterated.   It is clear that the Doctor had to act to cause this genocide of one race and personal isolation as a result of the near genocide of the other. In some episodes it is made very clear is suffering from having had to make that choice.

Finally, there are a few other firsts for the Doctor in Ecclestone’s sole season.   Eve Myles and Naoko Mori both appear in episodes, both of whom go on to become cast regulars in Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.   Their appearances in these episodes even get written into the plot of the latter show.   John Barrowman also gets introduced as Captain Jack Harkness, whom will later go on to lead the Torchwood team.   [SPOILERS] It is indeed as a result of events at the end of this season that lead to Captain Jack’s immortality, which makes a very important plot point of the Torchwood series.

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Podcast episodes 9 and 10

I have been lazy on updates!   As the podcast is now the main focus of the site, recording has been the order of the day.   Since my last post, we have recorded two episodes for Revenge of the Film Nerds, and I have guest hosted on partner podcast Rustles my Jimmies.   Look up the RMJ Podcast for a good listen.

As for our most recent episodes, we delved into everything Superman in episode 9, looking at the history of Superman on-screen from George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain and Tom Welling.   Then of course we both caught Man of Steel and share our thoughts.   We end the episode talking about the recent trailer for our most anticipated film this year, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

Man-of-Steel-Superman-Logo-HDIn episode 10 we delve a very different path, this time on an Evil Dead theme.   We discuss the original Sam Raimi trilogy before heading into a discussion for the 2013 version of the film.   Our future films for discussion are 12 years a Slave and The Fifth Estate, to historical dramas with some stellar casts.

logo-remake-evil-deadSo go take a listen, and enjoy posts here on the website too.   They will be less regular, but they will be coming!!

 

Supanova Shenanigans

Another year, another ‘Nova.

Our upload here is a bit delayed, but we did upload all our pics on the Revenge of the Film Nerds facebook page, and Scott and I shared our thoughts of the event on the podcast.   You can find all episodes of the podcast at filmnerd.podbean.com

As promised in the most recent episode, we had a chat with Robbie from Culture Shock Events, who shared with s some upcoming events that they will be holding over the next few watch.   Robbie is passionate about his cons, and they are a very different, more intimate event than Supanova, giving fans more face time with the stars.

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Enjoy the video, go check out the pictures, and download the podcast episode Supa-Dupa-Nova.   We are recording another episode tonight, during which I will be making an announcement I am very excited about concerning the future of RotFN.

 

 

World War Z review

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AS FAR as zombie apocalypses go, the latest entry into the genre – World War Z – hits the ground running and doesn’t let up for breath until the finale.

Brad Pitt stars as retired UN investigator Gerry Lane who is brought back into the fold to stop the zombie pandemic from wiping out the human race.

The film opens with Lane preparing breakfast for his wife, Karin (Mireille Enos), and their two kids.

This domestic bliss ends abruptly on a morning drive through Philadelphia when traffic is brought to a halt as zombies start attacking everyone in sight.

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) getting his family to safety after the zombie outbreak occurs.

Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) getting his family to safety after the zombie outbreak occurs.

After getting his family to safety, Lane is called upon by his former employers to discover the origins of the outbreak.

Based on a novel by Max Brooks and coming in at a budget of about $200 million, it is by far the most expensive zombie film created for the screen and it shows as Pitt’s character traverses the globe from South Korea to Israel in some jaw-dropping scenes.

Director Marc Forster (Monsters Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) shows he is adept at controlling these large action sequences, as well as the more stealth orientated scenes and the result is that audiences never feel lost amid all the zombie chomping carnage.

The film, to its credit, eschews any long tedious explanation of how this zombie outbreak occurred, though there are hints to its cause at the beginning.

Instead it relies simply on throwing Pitt’s character straight into one high tension set piece after another with enough diversity in each as to avoid any repetition.

Pitt is suitably heroic as the everyman who must put to use all his skills in order to save the world and in turn his family but there is a serious lack of character development.

This may have something to do with the fact that Pitt’s character doesn’t actually exist in the original source material but that is no excuse considering the experience of the  screenwriters involved.

Mireille Enos, fantastic in the TV show The Killing, is left making teary phone calls to her husband in a largely thankless role that doesn’t make use of her proven acting ability.

The zombies themselves are a combination of CGI for the large en masse attacks and great make-up for the close-ups with actors.

The writers also come up with a clever plot device so that we get the traditional slow moving zombies along with the more recent fast moving variety.

The much reported troubled shoot, with screenwriters Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof brought in for rewrites, becomes noticeable in the third act which seems rushed when compared with everything that precedes it.

This is a shame because the film, until that point, balances the fast paced frenetic scenes with some quieter moments quite well without ever letting the tension slip away.

Don’t go looking for any deep existential theories on the human condition with this film though.

Unlike some of the classic zombie movies of the genre such as George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead or even Edgar Wright’s horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead, there is no socio-political commentary here.

Although one could could interpret the scenes in Israel – where zombies swarm over a fictitious wall erected to stop the zombies – as a comment on the country’s real life wall built in the West Bank

Instead sit back and enjoy what is largely an entertaining and tense zombie film, that while not reinventing the genre, is a worthy addition to the field.

World War Z is in cinemas now.

Supanova gallery

Another Supanova has come and gone.   I intend to review the event in full, including some detailed coverage of the panels I attended (Eve Myles, Karl Urban, Margot Kidder).   However I am tired now, after a full weekend, and that can wait for another night!!   Also keep your eyes and ears peeled given that Scott and I will be podcasting about the event in the next few days.

In the intervening period, who doesn’t enjoy a good bit of cosplay.   I saw many wonderful costumers this weekend, and could have taken many more photos if my feet could carry me that fast.   I got quite a few though, and the gallery is on the Film Nerds Facebook page;

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