Movie Review – Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

This is it, this is the pinnacle of nerdom and geekery.  San Diego Comic-Con is the be all, end all of your hopes and dreams wrapped up into one location.  It doesn’t matter if you are a card geek, toy geek, comic book nerd, pop culture junkie, cosplayer, artist, film fan, table top geek, video game aficionado, or just a big geek in general, there is a place for you to call home.  The documentary by Morgan Spurlock is a loving tribute to all things Comic-Con and for me, one of the funnest documentaries I saw at the True False Fest.  I made it my mission to get front row seating (check), partake in the spectacle of this film (check) and meet Morgan Spurlock (double check), but ultimately Comic-Con Episode IV is truly the nerds right of passage and solidifies that yes, Geeks will inherit the Earth.

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Movie of the Day – Nerdcore Rising

NERDS!  If you never feel like you have a voice that speaks about the troubles of living in suburbia, quoting endless movies, and interjecting tech speak in our daily conversations, fear not as the Nerdcore scene has got you back covered.  I was gonna throw out some fresh beats, keep a rythmic sound running in the  background and talk about the hard life nerds live.  Then I wised up and realized I have no skills when it comes to dropping rhymes, but there are much better people out there that act as the voice for our culture.  Hell it even sounds funky and fresh.  If you aren’t familiar with Nerdcore, it is essentially hip hop but with nerd influences.  It’s like talking about Bentley’s and ho’s, except the Bentley’s are comfortable Honda Civics and ho’s are merely comic convention cosplayers (still pretty sexy).  Nerdcore was something of a joke at first, until some enterprising men took it to the next level and brought the computer forum rap battles into a movement.

Nerdcore Rising is about the supposed Godfather of the scene, MC Frontalot.  We follow the band on their first nationwide tour of the states and see them bring their unique style of rapping and music to the masses.  At first it is a rough journey as their appeal is limited, but while on tour their music spreads through the online community and people recognize it as something that they can relate to.  To say that these men are jokes is a crime.  I dare anyone to find a way to drop Ralph Macchio into a rhyme and have it blend in beautifully.  They work just as hard as any other musician out there and sometimes have to work harder because of the subject matter and appeal they need to carry.  The documentary sheds a light on a culture that most didn’t know exist.  Only now has nerd culture seen a rise in popularity to the point where being nerdy is cool and accepted, instead of it being something that gets you shoved into a locker for.  While we have our language, games, culture, style and mannerisms, we never really had a music scene that we can get behind.  We have to relate to message of the music and frankly, Nerdcore fills that role.

Watch the documentary on Netflix, get a bit cultured and enjoy some new avenues of music.  Plus I even included some amazing youtube videos of other nerdcore artists.

Trailers of the Week – Red State & Knights of Badassdom

Two more trailers to get you excited for upcoming movies.  Decided to pull the Comic-Con trailer for Knights of Badassdom!  The other trailer is for Kevin Smith’s upcoming Red State, his independently financed, produced and distributed film which I got the pleasure of seeing when he came to Kansas City on his roadshow tour.  I will give a review on the movie when it comes out again and the final version is screened.  Let’s do this…

Red State:

The teaser above was the first glimpse into the latest Kevin Smith project, one that essentially unlike any of Smiths previous movies and really showcases that he can direct something other than two people talking about pussy.  I digress, the movie is, in short, incredible.  The cut I was able to see at the Midland showing was just so unique to what he has typically done that you aren’t sure if you are watching a Kevin Smith movie.  Dynamic camera angles, erratic tracking shots, and action and violence.  Nothing like his past movies, so this is why the movie just sticks out to us.

The movie is essentially a horror/action movie where the villains are a fanatical group of religious zealots, based on the Phelps family in Topeka, KS.  Red State follows three, young men who are trapped in this religious compound trying not to get killed by the church members and also not getting shot by the Federal Agents who just outside the compound gates.  I can’t wait to see if there were any changes done to the movie to make it a bit tighter, but given he has made some utterly outside his typical wheelhouse, I say keep it as is.   The newest trailer, instead of the teaser trailer, can be found here from Ropes of Silicon.

Knights of Badassdom:

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Movie of the Day – Role Models

I am deciding to take it easy today with the latest post.  After the long winded post about The Tree of Life, I needed a little something vulgar and funny as hell.  Role Models is a movie that kind of came out of nowhere in the midst of a lot of comedies.  What I took as just another movie that was riding the Superbad, Knocked Up, R-rated comedy train, is actually a very heartfelt comedy that isn’t afraid to be crude and use juvenile humor.

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