Talking Nerdy, Ep. 90: Game of Goats

Semi-Spoiler-Heavy episode with Game of Thrones and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (if you haven’t watched them). We talk politics, comics, sports, and ring in a new era of the possibilities of Chicken. Joe is convinced to watch Captain America and Dan explains #Supernatural Tweets by Girls on Twitter.

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Watson Reviews “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Studios: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson Release Date (UK): 26 March 2014 Certificate: 12A Runtime: 136 min

Though recently defrosted from his days as a WWII super-soldier and supposed to be readjusting to the ways of the modern world, Chris Evans’ star-spangled man with a plan has found himself slap-bang in the middle of a ‘70s paranoia thriller — featuring Robert Redford, no less. In Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” there are some shady goings-on over at S.H.I.E.L.D. — shadier than usual, anyway. The super-spy organisation at the centre of Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe is not to be trusted, if you’d believe such a thing: in an underground bunker, they’re building helicarriers worryingly capable of wiping out suspected threats before they’ve actually done anything; a covert mission to stop the hijacking of a ship turns out to be a cover for extracting top-secret data; hunted by mysterious foes, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury breaks into Cap’s apartment and advises him to “trust no one;” and Redford’s high-up official Alexander Pierce, along with the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D., is starting to look awfully sinister. If Joe Johnston’s 2011 predecessor “The First Avenger” was in the pulpy vein of the Indiana Jones adventures, the Russo Brothers’ sequel has the paranoid political charge of old conspiracy movies like “All the President’s Men,” “Three Days of the Condor” or “Marathon Man” — albeit with a little more computer-generated leaping and flying and kicking and punching, mind you. (CONTINUE READING…)

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Talking Nerdy, Ep 89: Box Your Pop

Roxborough trash talk featuring NASA, Game of Thrones spoilers, Instagram, Taco Bell, NCAA, and America’s favorite Talking Nerdy game, “Jose Can-Say-So”. We play the Rotten Tomatoes Game and Dan Explains Girls’ Tweets About Supernatural! All of this and more, with guest and friend of the show, Joe Zakrzewski! #CancelGrow

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Talking Nerdy, Ep. 88: How I Met Your Walking Dead

The finales of the Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother are upon us, as well as issues like #CancelColbert, Ninja Turtles, and the ever-important and significant Kids Choice Awards. You chose to listen, and we chose to give you a healthy dose of FUCK YEAH! #CancelGrow

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Watson Reviews “Divergent”

Director: Neil Burger Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor Studios: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate, Red Wagon Entertainment Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet Release Date (UK): 4 April 2014 Certificate: 12A Runtime: 139 min

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: in a future dystopia ruled by a twisted totalitarian government, one resilient teenage girl finds herself plunged into life-threatening danger; with the odds stacked against her, she soon becomes a symbol of resistance and bravely rises up against society’s cruel oppressors. For a film which so fervently promotes individualism over conformism, and for a film called flippin’ “Divergent,” it’s ironic how slavishly — and hypocritically — Neil Burger’s teen-oriented sci-fi blockbuster complies with proven Hollywood formula. The latest in a long line of big-screen YA adaptations, “Divergent” is, let’s be honest, filling the gap between the previous and upcoming “Hunger Games” movies, which would be fine if Burger had given the film a voice all for itself — as he hasn’t, it comes across as little more than a cheapo clone of the Suzanne Collins-adapted movie series. (CONTINUE READING)

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Talking Nerdy Episode 87: 2 Reasons to Watch the Kids Choice Awards

In this episode, we make our completely valid and non-creepy predictions for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. We also play a round of Jose Can-Say-So, check out our March Madness standings, and Dan tells us what he learned from Cosmos!

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Watson Reviews “300: Rise of an Empire”

Director: Noam Murro Writers: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad Studios: Legendary Pictures, Cruel and Unusual Films Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro Release Date (UK): 7 March 2014 Certificate: 15 Runtime: 102 min

Buff, baby-oiled beefcakes prance about in bulging leather underpants, letting out roars of pure testosterone and swinging their mighty swords as various bodily fluids spurt all around. As we journey for a second time through hyper-stylised, Zack Snyder-ified Ancient Greece in “300: Rise of an Empire,” it’s nigh impossible not to feel the flaming homoeroticism once again scorching the Athenian air. If anything, the homoeroticism has been knowingly amped up since Snyder’s 2006 comic-book hit: in an early scene of the Noam Murro-directed side-quel, one testy Athenian senator tells another to “shut [his] cock hole;” later, encountering General Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) watching tussling Spartan soldiers, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) wryly remarks, “You’ve come a long way to stroke your cock while watching real men train;” having emerged from a pool of liquid gold, the bejewelled Persian god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) walks away strutting his golden arse back and forth; and as if history had a sense of humour, the final clash is called the Battle of Salamis, for crying out loud. (CONTINUE READING…)

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Talking Nerdy, Ep. 86 “Madonna Madness!”

It’s time for March Madness and Charlie Lightning’s got everyone to fill out a bracket. Only time will tell as the NCAA series goes forward. In this episode, we talk about Walking Dead, Comics, Recent Movies and Games as well as which one of us would sleep with Madonna. We play Jose-Can-Say-So and the Rotten Tomatoes game! Enjoy!

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Watson Presents the 25 Best/Worst Movies of 2013

GRAVITYAm I too late to be posting this? Most people post their “best of the year” lists in late December, early January, right? And this is March. Bugger. Oh well, better late than never. And hey, the Oscars were on last night, so I can just seamlessly tie it into that. Yeah, that’ll work. So, 2013 was a great year for cinema and yadda yadda yadda, let the fawning commence! (CONTINUE READING THE 25 BEST MOVIES OF 2013)

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So, my unfashionably late “best of 2013” list was posted last night. Now it’s time for the opposite side of the spectrum: the worst of 2013. You know when I said 2013 was a great year for movies? Well, you wouldn’t know it from this sorry lot. Let the self-righteous hatred commence! (CONTINUE READING THE 25 WORST MOVIES OF 2013)

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Talking Nerdy, Episode 85: Where in the World in Carlos Lightning?

In this episode we discuss the feminist debate over Barbie dolls, create solutions for bullying, listen to Bill O’Reilly bitch about Beyonce and Chelsea Handler shut out Piers Morgan. It’s an action-packed episode that will have the world asking: Where in the World is Charlie Lightning?

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