rebels press day

With season 2 of Star Wars Rebels coming up on October 14th, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Dave Filoni and Freddie Prinze, Jr. about what’s coming up for Season 2 and to ask a few other questions that have been percolating in my mind.

Not only were both of them were amazing to talk to and incredibly nice, but they shared some really cool tidbits about things like Sabine’s backstory (we’re going to get a deeper look at Mandalore) to Kanan’s strength and weaknesses as a Jedi, to the specific look of Star Wars Rebels and just how it’s connected to the Original Trilogy.

Between Freddie’s ability to connect Kanan Jarrus to Bruce Lee and Dave’s take on just what being a “director” means, there’s a lot here for fans of both Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars to enjoy.

Taker a listen after the break.
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the martian

The Martian is the best nerd movie of 2015. I know, I know, there’s a Star Wars movie coming out two and a half months from now. (Holy crap guys there is a new Star Wars coming out two and a half months from now.) God, Mickey Mouse, and J.J. Abrams willing, it will be worthy of the legacy of the original trilogy… or at least it won’t have any floppy earned, intelligence-insulting racial caricatures designed for the sole purpose of selling toys.

But I’ve hopped into my DeLorean, stopped off at October 21st for some sweet hoverboard action, moved ahead to December, watched The Force Awakens (that Howard the Duck cameo was insane), and returned to the good ol’ present day to tell you: The Martian is nerd supreme.

Read more after the break…

nerdy fall

We’ve collected 10 nerdy things to cozy up your home this fall. I’m guessing you won’t see many of these on HGTV. Check them out after the break…

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Force Friday is here and Star Wars fans all over the world are clamoring for new The Force Awakens merchandise. Midnight kicked off Geek Christmas as more and more online sites went live with all their new wares.

We’re going to keep track of the breakout releases on on Nerd Approved and Fashionably Geek through the weekend, but we’ve also compiled a list of places you can find some of the best collections of new Star Wars products, and they’re available after the break with pictures. We will be updating with new stuff as it becomes available.

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Spoiler alert: Fantastic 4 is a bad movie. I know, I know. You’re shocked. Perhaps the worst thing about it is that its particular variety of suckitude trends towards the bland and boring; Jupiter Ascending may have been a hot mess, but at least it kept one’s interest with royalty-sniffy bees and whatever the hell Eddie Redmayne was doing.

Everyone in Fantastic 4 reads their lines like they’re about to fall asleep, which was quite a coincidence, because that’s exactly how I felt while watching it. I don’t know what possible reason there can be for making a young adult superhero movie (Reed Richards and Ben Grimm are just out of high school in it, and one assumes Sue and Johnny Storm are roughly the same ages) that’s absolutely devoid of fun. Someone at 20th Century Fox needs to have their Christopher Nolan Batman DVDs confiscated.

If you’ve already wasted your money on a Fantastic 4 ticket, there’s nothing I can do to help you. But if you haven’t yet, here are 10 things I recommend that are more worthy of your time:

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lego brickumentary

LEGOholics have another film to check out–if you’d rather not spend your time with a 584th viewing of The LEGO Movie, that is. A LEGO Brickumentary, a documentary (as its title would indicate) by directors Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge and narrated by minifig Jason Bateman, hit theaters and VOD (including iTunes) over the weekend. For a little amuse brick bouche, here are 15 facts you (yes, you) can learn from the film.

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mi rogue nation

A new Mission: Impossible movie came out this weekend, and you know what that means: It’s time to put aside (most) negative feelings about Tom Cruise and admit that there’s a damn good reason he’s been a movie star for so long. It may not have the snazz of the MCU, but Mission: Impossible has been one of the most reliably solid franchises of the past 20 years.

So how is Rogue Nation? The phrase “damn good” applies. Plot-wise, it has about what you’d expect from an M:I movie: Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force crew get disavowed, have to unravel a baddie’s evil plot, then get reavowed. (Er… spoiler? C’mon, you knew they had to get re-avowed, so they could get re-disavowed in the next movie.) Rebecca Ferguson stuns as a new addition to the mix, a British agent named Ilsa who spends half the movie’s running time showing Ethan Hunt up. She’s the Furiosa to his Mad Max. It’s glorious.

Really, though, it’s more of the same: Car chases, disguises, daring infiltrations of top-secret hideaways. Which is not at all a criticism, because damn, director Christopher McQuarrie pulls it off. Rogue Nation is fun. I’d rank it among the top action movies of the top five years, in fact.

But how does it compare to its fellow recent action champions? Let’s take a look…

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pixels movie featured

Given Adam Sandler’s recent track record–Grown Ups 2, Blended, The Cobbler, Jack and Jill–do I really need to tell you that Pixels is bad? Fine. It’s bad. Really, really bad.

Don’t be lured in, fellow nerds, by the Pac-Man or the Dinklage. Granted, the effects are neat, and Dinklage is by the far best actor here because he out and out commits to being a mulleted weirdo. But none of it is worth sitting through 105 minutes of Sandler testing how uninterested he can be before director Chris Columbus pulls him aside and says something about it. Lines like “I got this. If I don’t, the world ends. Can’t let that happen” (screenwriters Tim Herlily and Timothy Dowling, folks!) are bad enough, but when they’re spoken by someone who sounds like he’s halfway to a coma, it’s just insulting.

I would re-watch any of these five terrible movies before giving Pixels a second shot.

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crazy cat products

Buckle up, because we’re about to go on a journey into the deepest depths of cat obsession. After the break you’ll find 14 products and concepts for cats that range from extravagant and bizarre to just plain awesome.

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dinosaur stuff

Dinosaur mania is in full swing thanks to Jurassic World, so we’ve rounded up 11 ridiculous dino-themed items that you can buy, wear and build.

Check them out after the break…

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