Reading over the reviews for this film have gotten to me. The negative reviews, delivered by the brandy snifterin’ know-n-so’s of the blogerati could not be helped, but what has irritated me the most are the “man of the people” Joe “Bob” Briggs-types who, while still granting a positive review, feel the need to berate anyone who would enjoy a film like this as a “dumb teenage male.” I will have you know that I am somewhere between only one and two of those things (depending on which ex-professor/girlfriend you ask) and I enjoyed the hell out of this film.

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The great thing about posting a review like this on a nerdcentric blog is that I don’t have to waste time defending my beliefs or offering contexts from my youth.  If you are reading a review posted on such a poorly marketed site as the Nerdcore Comedy Tour the odds are you have sought us out because we have a shared history of blowing into NES cartridges and spending sixth period in our lockers. If you are reading this the odds are you will love Scott Pilgrim vs the World. For everyone else who got laid early in life and have had an experience with the game of football not provided by Tecmo®, fuck off. I don’t care if you don’t like this movie, it wasn’t made for you, and I hope all of your children are gay.

Where was I? Oh yes, Scott Pilgrim!

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Ohayou gozaimasu, bitches. We were joined this week by friend of the show and ninjaHELL’s own Christopher W. Reynolds (Kubu-kun) who took us on a trip through the wonderful world of Science Ninjas and tentacle pron known as “Anime(?)” What started out as fond ruminations on Fushigi Yûgi and Kimba the White Lion soon took that predictable detour through the gutters of Akihabara—loosen up those Naruto headbands, folks, ‘cause it’s gettin’ hot in here! Yaoi and Yuri and slash fiction, oh my! We then wrap things up with a heated argument that we all took far too seriously for far too long. “What is not as bad as you remember: “Super Mario Bros.: The Movie” or “Dragonballs: Evolution.” Then Mason fell asleep again… for FREE!

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It’s pretty tough to wander off the beaten trail when perusing the comic book selection at a major corporate conglomerate like Barnes and Noble. For the most part when I am jacking for reads at B&N, all I am really doing is keeping up with the infinite company-wide crossover mega-events being put out by the Big Two.

I am way above paying 2.99+ an issue to read a manufactured, transient property like Dark X-Men, but I am so not above popping a squat in one of the comfy chairs at B&N and diving into a stack of Dark Reign trades in order to remain in the loop.

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Hi, James Witley. We were down to two comedians for this week’s show and I really tried to make it work, but it turns out that Mason is a super jerk. Luckily that didn’t stop awesomes from happening! This is the very special news episode where we get to run down a half dozen of the hottest stories to cross our RSS feeds: keyboards in a Rockband game? Megan Fox replaced by attractive person? Free MacBook Pros available to the public? Shane yells at Mason for half an hour? Just when you think it couldn’t get any better we open up the vaults for a never-heard-before battle. “What is more awesomes: The Beatles’s ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand” or the PS2 phenomenon ICO.” I can’t wait. Can you? FREE!
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We met a lot of cool people at the Alamo Draft House. (I’m lookin’ at you, girl in the Captain America hoodie) We also made several strategic business relationships that run a high probability of ensuring our plans for world dominance. Between the two was the crew over at the ninjaHELL! blog who were nice enough to write individual reviews of our show on their site.
Tsuba-kun: General Rections
Kubu-kun: Comedian Rundown
Kogaku: Technical Review
Anzu-chan: A Female Perspective?

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I try not to leave the space station too often unless I get really desperate for an aguas frescas from the HEB in my ‘hood. Instead, I choose to sit locked in orbit reading more and more comics so that I may gather the wisdom necessary to pass judgment on the masses  scurrying about the blue marble below. Comics have the answers to every problem facing society today. Here are a few comics/nerd goings on that threaten to shatter the very fabric of reality and how they should be handled according to Nerd Revolutionary Doctrine:

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While no stranger to controversy, Rockstar Games (the developers of the popular Grand Theft Auto series) have once again found themselves in the cross-hairs.  Their latest release “Red Dead Redemption” is a truly beautiful and highly faceted open-world of wild west tropes which outshines its predecessor in every possible way. It is a thrilling period piece that owes as much to Sergio Leone’s thinly veiled Italian countryside as it does to the Houser brother’s thinly veiled Big Apple. It also features the following achievement:

Dastardly: Place a hogtied woman on the train tracks, and witness her death by train. (5G)

As you can imagine, this achievement has been heavily scrutinized as an example of misogyny.  As a feminist I share in these concerns and believe it is about time that we as gamers take an honest look at how the trend of polarized moral choices and reward systems do not so much as open the possibilities of immersion as they direct them through narrow corridors of dangerous subjectivity.

With my Stetson® thrown into that heavily populated ring I shall now move on to addressing the voiceless victim of this achievement: the train.

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We just got the photos from our Alamo Draft House show and damn we look good!

Now is your chance as the loyal fans of the premier nerd-centric comedy tour in Austin to hunt for yourselves in photos of the audience. Everybody wins!

<–Click here for the awesomes.

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Face front, true believers. The fail continues as we valiantly tried to make this one a focused movie nerd show. Then from out of nowhere Vanilla Ice popped into the fray and everything went crazy. Once again we startled the breadth of our shared history as we moved from the Violator to Terry Gilliam in less tangents than you would think.  We shared some stories from our home video purchasing pasts and spent a fair while shitting on a lot of people’s hard work. Heat is still awesome, btw. We then round out the show with the epic question that has led many of us to the drink. “What is more horrible: Matrix Reloaded or Metallica’s Reload.” Regardless of who wins, we lose. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE!
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