Supanova Sydney 2012 – Sunday

Sunday far surpassed Saturday, a large part of this likely being due to the rain keeping away today, so not everyone was confined to the interior of The Dome.   Once again, there was a lot of fantastic cosplay, some of which will be shown here, and some in our contributor Fourth Verse’s post, which we expect to be posted tomorrow night.   After the cosplay pics, we have a video of an interview with our friends at Culture Shock Events, whom had a stall at this year’s Supanova.    I urge you to check it out, as we have been given 4 double passes to next weekend’s OzTrek 8, featuring Jeri “7 of 9” Ryan.   Following the video will be the competition details for your chance to win one of these prizes!

Anyway, without further preamble, on to the cosplay!

Cosplay Pics

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Supanova Sydney 2012 – Preview Night

Tonight was the biggest preview night I have attended for Supanova, with the lines far exceeding anything I have already seen in my experience of the two years previous to this.   I wandered the line, taking some great cosplay shots.   Upon entry, I attended the opening ceremony and a panel with the M aster to Paul McGann’s Doctor… Eric Roberts.   I will comment on these later in this post, but first lets look at the cosplay.   There were some fantastic costumes tonight, and I look forward to viewing many more tomorrow!!

The Doctor (Film Nerd) reunites with Donna Noble

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Welcome SchmandaRose

SchmandaRose joined the ranks of Revenge of the Film Nerds yesterday with her very first post reviewing The Lord of the Rings on BluRay.   She comes to the team after Bride of Film Nerd and I met SchmandaRose and her husband at the Supanova Postnova party.   Clearly, we were similarly punctual pairs of geeks and we hit it off immediately.

So I wish to extend a warm welcome to our new contributor, and I look forward to seeing what she has to add to the blog!!

Supanova “Lost Girl” preview – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: M.A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland

Synopsis: Bo lives a life of secrecy due to the fact that she hungers for sexual contact, yet consumes the life-force of any sexual favour.   The first two episodes of the series, shown at the preview night of Sydnova in the main theatre and at the SciFi stall throughout the weekend, is the story of Bo learning she is one of the Fae, more specifically, a succubus.   Yet she remains alone, refusing to choose whether to join the light or the dark faction.

A review by Film Nerd.

As mentioned in my Summary for Supanova, I was one of the lucky few to catch this special screening in the JB Hi Fi theatre on the preview night.   I feel sorry for those that missed it, as I found it a really entertaining experience.   I would summarise the feel of the show as a Buffy style show for fairies.   Bo is a kick arse leading lady, very independent, facing up against other supernatural beings, while maintaining a friendship with a quirky side-kick.   All of this has the capacity to travel too far down the path of pandering to an audience, but there is enough darkness to give the episodes seen some gravitas.

The first episode was a little full of exposition, but what pilot of a series ever escapes this fate.   Relationships are established, inner conflicts are hinted at, and settings and themes established.   This type of stuff can be a bit overloading, but thankfully at the same time, it remains interesting throughout.   Having a cool action set piece towards the end of the first episode also helped though to show something of what the show hopes to achieve with time.

The second episode settles into the story much more quickly, and though the story at first appears slight (Bo is helping a Fae recover his stolen treasure), it is told with a good mix of humour and drama.   It was not without faults, with pacing being one issue, but there is a lot to like, and hopefully when the writers have settled in a little bit more than they can pull together something spectacular.   The first episode hinted at some season-long, and potentially series long, story arcs, so when this juicy stuff happens, these early episodes make me want to see it.

One problem, I don’t have Foxtel in this house.   My parents may see me a little more often come July….

3 stars out of 5

Lost Girl on IMDB

Lost Girl promo

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What we wasted our money on at Supanova 2011…….

1. Spiderman Snuggie (Gifts for the Geek):

Its dorky, in questionable taste, and probably the only thing that we can say makes us both warm and cool at the same time (hehe). And it was the last one so of course I had to grab it!!! There was also an elmo version of this for sale too.

2. William Shatner “Shat Happens” Tee (Gifts for the Geek):

Probably sums up Shatner’s attitude to the fate of his latest television venture “$h*! My Dad Says

3. Dr Who sonic screwdrivers (Popcultcha):

Ok I think I know what film nerd is planning for his next costume……..

4. Potty paper rolls (Global Gear):

Ok my main reason for buying this is to keep guests occupied while they are…umm..occupied, therefore preventing the inevitable peek through our bathroom cabinets. Ok I’m kidding, really I thought they was funny.

5. Pop tarts in cherry flavour (Kings Comics [we think]):

(no picture available…. long since consumed)

Mmm artificial goodness……..ok still too sweet for me, but like an addict, I can’t help buying some whenever I see them on sale. Maybe a psychological response to my mother denying these to me as a child? Who knows?

6. 4 pack of Tru Blood (Popcultcha):

This stuff just tastes goods, bought before, will buy again.

7. Batman – Year One:

A graphic novel Film Nerd has wanted for some time… was sold out by Sunday morning!

Ok, that is it (aside from photos)!!  Time to start saving for next year!

Film Nerd’s Sydnova review

I promised a post of my Sydnova review by today, and though there are only 40 minutes left to this day, I have delivered.   Bride of Film Nerd will be posting soon (she has been a little busy helping me improve this blog), but until then, please read and see pics of my Sydney Supanova experience!!

Film Nerd’s Summary

Geek Pride Day

It has been brought to my attention that May 25 marks Geek Pride Day.   This tradition is more authentic than “May the Fourth Be With You”, with even a whole Wikipedia page on the event.   I have copied below the rights and responsibilities of geeks that Geek Pride Day seeks to promote;

Rights:

  1. The right to be even geekier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  4. The right to associate with other nerds.
  5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  6. The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
  7. The right to be out of style.
  8. The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
  9. The right to show off your geekiness.
  10. The right to take over the world.

Responsibilities:

  1. Be a geek, no matter what.
  2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
  4. To save and protect all geeky material.
  5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
  6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
  8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
  9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
  10. Try to take over the world!

Clearly, Geek Pride Day was almost designed for me.    I may not observe all of the Geek rights, being fond of a large and varied social circle, yet there is no question I live up to all of my Geek responsibilities;

1. Anyone who knows me would agree I am a geek no matter whatever anyone does to try to dissuade me from my path.

2. When I do come across a fellow Nerd, I do tend to try to outclass their knowledge on key areas, funnily enough particularly in film!!

3. I think also anyone that knows me also knows I am not shy about putting forward what I think.    Once again, take a good look at a handful of my ROTFN posts.

4.   Bride of Film Nerd and I have claimed and protected many classic movie posters, including a poster for every Star Trek and James Bond Film.   By protection we of couese mean preserving them by linen-backing and framing.

5.  My museum of geekiness is all at my parents place right now, so I cannot take images to show it all off in this post.   However, I own 650 DVDs, another 60 Blu-Rays, the afore-mentioned posters, I collect the James Bond Car Collection, and an assortment of action figures, some of which are at our current abode:

6.   I have my fair share of geeky friends… just take a look at any of our posts about Supanova or Armageddon!!

7.  I attend every movie I can on opening night, and if they are films from Marvel studios or LOTR related, my ticket is bought months in advance

8. Waiting in line in costume;

9.   I write a film blog and dress up, am I not showing off geekiness??

10. Try to take over the world??   Why else take a career working with bacteria, viruses, and parasites……

Supanova Brisbane 2011

To say my experience at Supernova Brisbane was disappointing would be a slight exaggeration – quite frankly, I wasn’t there long enough to experience anything other than pressing crowds, sweaty nerd-boys with no concept of personal space and moronic Americans.

We got to the venue about two hours after the doors were supposed to open and proceeded to stand in line for half an hour while we waited for our chance to get in. We thought we were being smart by pre-paying. If we had paid at the door, we would have got in much sooner, not that it would have made any difference.

Once in the door, the crowding of the venue was felt in full force. There was nowhere to stand out of the way just to check out the program and see what was on, or even the map to see what was where. So, I relied on my fellow geek, J., to try to direct me through the hordes of people. Considering he has about 8 inches over me in height, I didn’t that was too unreasonable, but apparently nerd boys have got taller when I wasn’t looking and we were both navigating blind.

I know there were booths around me, I could see their tops, but what they were selling remained a mystery. We would have had to commit ourselves to standing by each booth for ages just to see what wares were on display. So we attempted to just see what companies were on show and they were pretty much the same as there was at Armageddon. It was a shame I couldn’t spend more time at the alley for the local artists, but to stop was to feel like you would never move again.

There wasn’t a whole lot of air circulation with all those bodies and as a result, everyone got a bit sweaty and, in order to win some kind of pissing contest only they knew about, some chaps took it upon themselves to just push past anyone who stood in their way, completely heedless of the children that were in our midst (I’m talking toddlers here), the fact there was no where for anyone to go really, or that no one’s sweat is that amazing that we want it rubbed all over us. As I told one guy, seriously dude, not cool.

One kid had the best idea though – he sat atop his dad’s shoulders and fired a plastic gun at people’s heads. I told his dad that he had the right idea, but I think he thought I was talking about the shoulder thing and not the gun thing. I’ve never wanted a gun so much in my whole life.

Being the costuming guru I am (HA!), I’d love to be able to tell you how good or bad the costumes were. Sure, there were some truly bad ones I saw while we were in line (and confirmed my theory as to why they have to be ‘family friendly’) and the best one I saw on the convention floor was a Predator, but the rest passed by in a blur of humanity.

The press of people got so much that, after thinking about checking out the Madmen booth then giving up, we had to leave, but there was no going out the in door. So it was once more into the breech where we proceeded to stand for a good three or four minutes while many people tried to either come back in or leave via the side doors.

 

Picture taken at Supanova Brisbane 2009. Not unlike what we experienced, but the pedestrian flow went both up and down.

 

And this is where the American came in. She tried to go down the up stairs. Was told repeatedly by the volunteer at the door that she couldn’t go down those stairs, she would have to go down the other stairs. Still, she couldn’t grasp the idea that she couldn’t go down the up stairs. Her friends tapped her on the shoulder and tried to steer her away but she didn’t want to have to join the rest of us sorry sods waiting to go downstairs.

“They’re all stopped. Are all those people just standing there of their own volition?” I kid you not, those were her words.

I won’t repeat what my response was, but it was unfortunate that she was probably too far away by that point to actually hear what I said, more’s the pity.

We were finally free of the coral of humans and gleefully made our escape to an awaiting Mr. Whippy van where I proceeded to mostly wear severely watered down ice cream. It was then I looked at my watch and realised that we had been inside the venue for as long as we were in line to actually see it – about half an hour. We didn’t see any seminars, glimpse any stars or take any photos. I missed Tahmoh Penikett, Katie Sackhoff, Tom Felton and Clare Cramer, my main reasons for going. Strangely, I wasn’t sorry to be leaving.

I did strike up a conversation with a lass on the flight home who cosplayed as some anime character I’ll never remember the name of. She said she had a great time, that the whole thing was fantastic. And J read some forums where the crowd apparently thinned after 2pm, but there was no way either of us could have persevered for an extra hour. Too many humans in not enough space. I’m still convinced they broke fire safety laws by allowing so many people in, but other than to vow never to go there again, there’s not a whole lot I can do about it.

Supanova in Sydney last year was much better and Armageddon (again in Sydney) could be even better, once it gains popularity and pulls in bigger stars.

100th post!!

This blog is not yet a year old, and here I am able to celebrate 100 posts (keep in mind, this only includes blog entries, and not separate pages dedicated to special events).   As such, I am reflecting back on what has been written and what has been achieved.   It is very clear that our most popular entries are reports on conventions, such as Armageddon and Supanova.   These reports will keep coming, with Urban Fantasist visiting Brisbane Supanova right now, and Fourth Verse attending the Melbourne equivalent next week.   I will kick their butts to make sure they get their reports up in good time.   I imagine both those contributors will also attend Sydney Supanova, which will also be attended by myself and Bride of Film Nerd.

Less viewed have been the film reviews to date, except for really niche films and TV films such as the Hornblower.   New releases also tend to get a higher rate of hits.   This is not surprising given the sheer multitude of movie reviewers there are out there.   I am not deterred, having a real passion for film review, and this is an element that will never be absent from this blog.   However I will start reviewing seasons of television series (I am currently marathoning both Doctor Who and Smallville), to increase the amount of output of stuff that it is harder to find reviewed elsewhere.   I am also considering adding a few other elements (action figures, video game reviews), so keep tuned.

While I get my act together though, I notice a few franchises in which only one film has been reviewed to date (Toy Story, Narnia, Iron Man, and the Millennium trilogy all spring to mind).   So while I am unable to afford much cinema going at the moment, these films will also be a short-term focus.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome, and I look forward to Revenge of the Film Nerds celebrating 200 posts!!

Cheers,

Film Nerd.