Reviews

Tomorrowland George Clooney

It took about two seconds for Tomorrowland to fall flat on its face. The movie opens with Old Man Clooney (his character’s name is Frank Walker, but he’s Old Man Clooney to me) bickering with young ‘n’ peppy Casey (Britt Robertson) about the best way to tell their story to a yet-unspecified audience. Old Man C-Dawg is gloom and doom. Casey is an optimist and a dreamer. Which worldview will reign supreme?

Minor spoilers follow.

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The Nerd Block Classic Box for May arrived on our doorstep yesterday and this month it’s all about anime.

Check out what’s inside after the break…

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I spent the hour before I saw Mad Max: Fury Road trying to convince myself that it would suck. Not because I actually thought it would suck, but because every review I’d seen up to that point treated it like Jesus himself had come down from heaven to make the world’s most perfect movie. The hype machine was on full blast, and I didn’t want to inflate my expectations beyond what was reasonable for fear that, even if Fury Road was good, I would be disappointed by it. Because it couldn’t possibly be that good. Right?

Add my voice to the chorus: Mad Max: Fury Road is a bonkers masterpiece.

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I’m going to be honest with you: when I first saw the Star-Lord Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys on the Sideshow Collectibles site, I wasn’t bowled over. Maybe it was the fact that he was helmeted in most of them, or the lighting in the pictures, but I sort of went “hunh, cool” and went upon my merry way.

Then I saw some pictures of the figure without the helmet and rocking the Walkman. Bam, I was in love. They even took pictures of him dancing and it was like looking at a mini Chris Pratt! So, when Sideshow sent me one of the figures for review, I knew I was going to have fun with the unboxing.

This figure is gorgeous. The detail in the sculpt, the insane perfection of the outfit—the jacket alone is a frickin’ masterpiece. I’m seriously blown away by the workmanship. This figure is definitely my personal favorite of any of the figures I own and he’s already got a very special spot in my collection.

I had a blast taking the pictures and went completely overboard, as you’ll see after the break.

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You’re probably already familiar with the Loot Crate and Nerd Block subscription box services, but a new challenger has entered the ring. The folks at Power Up Box sent us their first Premium box for review, and I have to say that we were pleased with what was inside.

Take a look for yourself after the break…

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Another month, another awesome subscription box from Nerd Block. This month’s classic box had an ’80s vibe to it, and you can check out all of the goodies that were inside after the break…

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The Loot Crate “Fantasy”-themed box arrived on our doorstep yesterday, and I have to say that it’s our favorite crate thus far.

See what’s inside after the break…

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When I had the chance to take a look at play around with three brand new figures from DC Collectibles’ Batman: The Animated Series line, you’d best believe I jumped on it. I mean, look at these suckers. Robin, The Joker, and Man-Bat, out this month. They’re rad as hell. But there was one thing I wasn’t quite sure on…

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The folks at Nerd Block teamed up with the great Simon Pegg to choose the items that would be available in their latest round of subscription boxes. See what they came up with for the Classic box after the break…

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My level of anticipation for Ex Machina wasn’t to The Force Awakens levels–nothing is–but it was still pretty high. It stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, all three of whom I really like. The marketing materials (Svedka vodka-esque robot butt pose poster aside), made it look like innovative, intelligent sci-fi. And, most impressively, it’s the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who wrote the excellent 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd in addition to one of my favorite sci-fi films ever, 2007’s Sunshine.

That’s a hell of a lot to live up to. But did it deliver? Yes. And no. But mostly yes. Spoilers follow.

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