There is one small thing in this trailer that stretches my suspension of disbelief a little further than it ought.
No, it's not the desperate dad finding a clown costume, then realizing he can't take it off and it's become part of his body, like a super-festive Venom symbiote. Nor is it the now-standard horror trope that modern clowns are somehow based upon ancient demons.
The thing I don't quite buy is that any normal kid wants a freakin' clown at their birthday party any more. Don't you youngsters prefer to play new video games to watching some sad-sack in greasepaint make a balloon doggie? Well, I think this movie will be a cautionary tale in that direction - make your dad get a clown, and he'll turn evil and kill you. Present him with that argument, and watch a nice new video game show up to your party instead. That's logical, right?
Eli Roth produced. But of course.More >>
Your weekly highlight reel of newsbites, bits and blobs from the Weekend Open Thread.
This week's tipsters included: Anyone00, SlyDante777, rkwsuperstar, Timely-Tardis-Lego, Gallen_Dugall, troi, James.k.Polk, OneMinuteGalactica, skrag2112, donnaryoko.More >>
So, what the hell is a "nerd movie" anyway?
Is Revenge of the Nerds a nerd movie? In some ways, yes - in the way we do things here, not so much, ironically. Last year, I used the term "genre film" as it is commonly used, to mean horror/sci-fi/action/fantasy, but it was pointed out by many of you, correctly, that every film has a genre, and I should err in favor of using words more accurately. So this year I'm going with "nerd movie," in large part because it's a completely subjective opinion as to what does or doesn't count. Nebraska, for example, is one of my favorite films of the year, but does not count - the fact that Will Forte is in just isn't enough to justify a black and white dramedy about an old man thinking he's won a million dollars. The Act of Killing, I'm still not sure about...I erred on the side of omission, yet included it in yesterdays Blu-ray column. Split difference.
The rules for inclusion are the same as my rules for Fanboy Flick Picks. A movie is eligible if it is (1) sci-fi/fantasy/horror/animation/comic-book-based, (2) about any of the preceding (i.e. Jodorowsky's Dune or Saving Mr. Banks), (3) a comedy with surreal or fantastical elements, (4) set in an unreal world but not necessarily "fantasy" (most David Lynch movies count), or (5) an over-the-top action movie (James Bond, Fast & Furious, etc.). I reserve the right to occasionally bend my own rules - these lists are all a bit arbitrary anyway.More >>
When the first issue of Afterlife with Archie hit store shelves last October, it introduced readers to the dark side of the Archieverse. Sure, there have been strange happenings in Riverdale before (such as those chronicled in the past and present iterations of the Life with Archie book), but never before have "America's Typical Teenager" and his pals been forced to deal with life-or-death issues on a constant basis. In Afterlife with Archie, the stakes are as high as the body count, resulting in the most surprising and compelling book in Archie history.
Collecting highlights from all the all the tidbits you might have missed over the weekend.
Everyone LOVES to bash The Simpsons on the weekend thread. But I dare you try and bash this.
This week's contributors include Anyone00, Timely-Tardis-Lego, rkwsuperstar, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, troi, skrag2112, andre_morello, troi.More >>
Kickstarter 2013 - The year Kickstarter became the most important RPG website
RPGs have had a small resurgence lately. Local RPG stores have always been the main distribution network for most RPG companies, but during the last decade or so, this network has become increasingly small. When I was in my early teens, Orange County had close to twenty game stores that I can think of, but these days I know of only one dedicated game store and three comic shop/game store hybrids - keeping in mind that hybrid stores may only have a single bookcase of RPG product at most. The good news is that with the help of the web, Kickstarter in particular, I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That being said, not all lights are good, and as such, the following is separated into highlights, mixed-lights, and lowlights. This being year's end, we are going to take a look at some of the events that made it an interesting 2013 for RPG companies and players alike.
Technically, I know, this isn't officially sold as a toy. It's a collectible case for the Season 3 Blu-ray.
It is. nonetheless, the coolest toy I got for Christmas so far. (Admittedly, I haven't opened the NECA Keaton Batman yet. Personal circumstances being what they were, opening the gifts wasn't our #1 priority.) It is also the most McFarlane-y McFarlane Toy in a long time, if you count it as one. And if you ever bought any of his toys back in the glory days, you should definitely count it.More >>
Rounding up highlights from reader-submitted tips in the Weekend Open Thread. This week's tips are from SlyDante777, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, troi, James.k.Polk, rkwsuperstar, 10glfan59, Dr.Gonzo82, skrag2112, Timely-Tardis-Lego, FakeAssName, andre_morello.
How could I not lead with Angelina Jolie as Slave Leia?More >>
Hannukah may be over, but there are still nine days until Christmas and ten to Kwanzaa, and if you don't have all of your gift items picked out by now, you should probably wrap it up soon. Luckily, in this competitive retail world we live in, rapid one-day processing and two day shipping is the norm, which means you still have time to place an order for that perfect item you've been searching for to finish up your holiday shopping. We scoured the Internet and found some items for everyone on your list, assuming that everyone on your list is some kind of geek, or has slightly geeky interests. Who knows, this may be the year you get them to go full geek - sometimes a little push is all they need!
[Editor's Note: Keep your eyes peeled, folks - we're giving away some of the items in this list! Look out for the ones that tell you to post a comment below to win. As with previous contests, you must be a registered commenter with email on your profile to win, and you get one comment, stating which item you want. Sharing the gift guide on Facebook and Twitter gets you one additional comment each. Giveaway ends Sunday at 11:59 pm.]More >>
Highlights of the nerdy news bites you may have missed over the course of the weekend open thread...
-That one time (German-accented) Santa and Rambo teamed up (SlyDante777).