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My Spoileriffic Review of “Man of Steel”

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on 06/25/2013 by Papa Nerd

Good lord.  It has been a long time since I posted a new blog.  I actually have time to sit and write again.

So I’ve got that going for me.  Which is nice.

The last time I posted anything new was around Thanksgiving, if memory serves me correctly.  That’s too long.  I’m gonna try to post more often now, with my now-famous (yeah, right) musings on all things involving nerdy pop culture crap.  And what better place to start than the superhero icon who started it all, and to whom all credit for the proliferation of superheroes in modern culture is due?

Superman.  Or, more specifically, his latest big screen outing, Man of Steel, not to be confused with 1997’s smash hit, Academy Award worthy, yet somehow totally snubbed, Steel, starring Shaquille O’Neal, the greatest actor of the 20th century.

“How can I ever measure up to Shaquille O’Neal’s legendary performance? IT CANNOT BE DONE!”

Now, I will be talking specifics about Man of Steel, so if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now.  I mean it.  Stop.  Now.

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A Lesson Learned

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , on 08/07/2012 by Papa Nerd

I blame Tim Burton and his damn Batman movie.

It’s all his fault.  It’s because of him that I picked up a pencil and taught myself to draw.  I used to draw these crude pictures of Michael Keaton’s Batman.  They were pretty horrible, but to a nine-year-old kid, they were freaking awesome.  There was no depiction of any discernible action.  It was just Batman, standing there, with his head either turned to the side, or looking straight ahead.  No background, nothing else.  Just Batman.

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I’m a Failure as a Nerd

Posted in Life, Movies, Toys and Stuff with tags , , , on 05/21/2012 by Papa Nerd

Yes.  Yes I am.  Why?

I have yet to see The Avengers.

You did read that correctly.  This movie has made almost $500,000,000.  Not one of those dollars was mine.  You may be asking yourself, “Why?” You try to go see a movie with a three-year-old who will not sit still for all the money in the world.  I had a lot of bad experiences with babysitters when I was a kid, so I can’t just leave him with someone so my wife and I can go see it.  It looks like I will be waiting for it to come to Blu-Ray.

On another topic, I am also a failure as a nerd because I own a Wii.  Only a Wii.  No X-Box.  No PS3.  Just a lonely Wii.  Well, that is about to change, because, ladies and gentlemen, I will finally be joining 2006 tonight when I purchase an X-Box 360.  Yay for me!  I’ll finally get to play all of the hot new games, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dead Rising.  Maybe even WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010!

Leave me alone.  I love my wrestling games.  I love creating characters in my wrestling games.  So na na, boo boo.

On a totally non-failure topic, I finally got my family out of the spider infested dump we lived in for over two years, and our new place is like heaven.  We are all so much happier here, and thankful we no longer have slumlords for managers.  If we ask them to fix something, we’re treated like, well, people, no as nuisances.  And, no brown recluses!  We can sleep at night without wondering when our son will be bitten by one of those nasty buggers.

Speaking of our son, if you remember, a few months back, I posted a video about how smart he is.  It’s here, if you want to see it.  Anyway, in the last few months, my little super-villain has taught himself to read and write.

He won’t perform for the camera, so I have a hard time getting video of him reading his Curious George book or his Avengers Little Golden book.  But, I did happen to catch this on his Magna-Doodle before he could erase it:

The little man's writing

The word “Batman” doesn’t appear anywhere on his Magna-Doodle.  And to think, kids his age are supposed to be recognizing their letters, not writing them.

Oh, and he can count to 50 by himself.  He can count to 100 with help.  He may just grow up to take over the world.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 03/17/2012 by Papa Nerd

Go get drunk! I won’t be joining you, since I am a tee-totaling pansy, but have some fun, wear the green, and in the greatest of Irish traditions, start a fight with a random stranger!

Good times, man. Good times.

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything, but my job has been keeping me out until around 3 o’clock every morning, and my son has been waking up at, oh, 5 or 5:30. In short, this papa has been sleep deprived, and I haven’t had the energy to do anything but go back to bed and sleep while my son plays and watches Thomas the Tank Engine.

One of these days, I’ll be back to posting regularly.

On a bit of a brighter (and decidedly non-nerd related) side, my family and I will finally be moving out of our current brown recluse infested, air conditioner and toilets don’t work right, the lazy-ass maintenance man won’t fix a damn thing, dump of an apartment, and into a better, hopefully non-brown recluse infested, non-lazy maintenance man, apartment. Yay for us!

That’s it for now, but…

Lego DC Universe Super Heroes Are Here!

Posted in Toys and Stuff with tags , , , , , , on 02/19/2012 by Papa Nerd

Remember when Legos used to just come as a bunch of overpriced bricks in a box and you could build what you wanted?  Without directions?

I know, I’m old.  They haven’t been packaged like that in a long time.

Anyway, last summer, Lego announced that they will be making sets based on DC and Marvel Super Heroes.  I have to say that the only time in my life I have been excited about Legos was when Mom would buy some for my brother and me, when we were, like, 8 and 5, respectively.  You know, when they were just overpriced little bricks in a box.  We were… well, poor, so we didn’t get Legos very often.  Hell, most of my He-Man figures were second-hand.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not bitching.  I was very happy with my stuff, but Mom and Dad couldn’t afford to buy us a lot of toys.

So when Lego made their announcement about the Super Heroes sets (and Lord of the Rings sets, honestly), I became excited.  As a Superman junkie, I would finally be able to get my hands on some Lego Superman goodness.  And Lego Avengers.  So, a few weeks ago, my family and I were strolling through our local Target, looking for some Hot Wheels for my son, when I happened to see this on a shelf:

Lego Superman

I grabbed one and took it to my wife.  She rolled her eyes and let me get it anyway.  You know, for my son.  Yeah… that’s the ticket.

Actually, she understands and embraces my overall nerdiness, and she was happy I was able to find it, since it appears this is the only Superman set that will be made.  Damn Batman.  Always hogging the spotlight.

I didn’t think it would be fun to put this together.  I mean, there’s no imagination to it.  But, it was fun.  I don’t know why, but I felt like a five-year-old again.  The finished product is very nice.

Lego Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor

Lego Superman set

Lego Superman set

Yeah, I’m a nerd.  I know.  Would it surprise you if I said I’m trying to talk my wife into getting the following set for my birthday?

Lego Two-Face Chase set

Extended Avengers Super Bowl Spot Revealed

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on 02/06/2012 by Papa Nerd

After seeing this extended spot for Avengers, which was released on the Avengers Facebook page, I can only use one word to sum up my feelings:

nerdgasmNerdgasm.

I’ve had a feeling this movie was going to be pretty much a badass piece of cinema, but holy crap…

I don’t care if it is all action and no substance.  It still looks amazing, and in Joss we trust.  Anyway, here is the extended trailer:

May 4th can’t come fast enough.  Now all we need is some more Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man trailers… on second thought, no.  I can only handle so many nerdgasms.

Preacher: A Retrospective

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/29/2012 by Papa Nerd

The library where I live is awesome.  Why?

They loan out comic books.  And not just kiddie comics that fit into a certain religious perspective (you hear me, Salem, MO, library?).  They have graphic novels, complete with violence and foul language.

I love me some graphic novels with gratuitous violence and language.  Anyway, I had heard a lot about a series called Preacher, which came out in the mid to late nineties.  I didn’t know anything about it, other than the fact it was called Preacher.  I was looking at the graphic novels one day, and I saw the first volume in the Preacher trade paperbacks, subtitled Gone to Texas.  The first thing that caught my attention about it was the creative team behind it: Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.  Ennis and Dillon had a good run on Punisher for Marvel a few years back, so I figured Preacher couldn’t be too bad.  I mean, all of the other nerds like it and are wanting a movie made of Preacher.  I picked it up, and was instantly hooked.

The story revolves around Jesse Custer (his name is an anagram of Secret Jesus), who comes from a crappy background and a home life that is beyond dysfunctional.  He was born out of wedlock, then his family was captured and taken to his grandmother’s plantation in Louisiana, where they could be watched at all times and instructed in the ways of God.  His father and mother tried to escape, and as a result, his father was murdered before his eyes.  His mother taught him, while one of his grandmother’s thugs taught him how to fight and about mechanics.  After his friend Billy Bob, a one-eyed, inbred swamp dweller was murdered for seeing another thug screw a chicken, Jesse escaped the plantation, and led a life of pure debauchery.  He met a woman, Tulip O’Hare, fell in love, and was ready to propose to her.  Unfortunately, his Grandma sent her thugs, Jody and T.C. to get him back.  They found him in Arizona, and threatened to kill Tulip if he didn’t go back with them.  He did, and his Grandma forced him into preaching.

He ended up preaching in a hick Texas town, where he wanted nothing more than to expose his congregation’s hypocrisies, and then crawl inside a whiskey bottle.  One night, he goes to the local watering hole and begins announcing the misdeeds of his congregation, and gets beaten unconscious for his troubles.  The next morning, while he is preaching, Jesse was suddenly struck by a supernatural force later identified as Genesis, grafting itself to Jesse’s soul and releasing an explosion of energy that destroyed the church and the town, killing the whole population. By a well-timed coincidence, Tulip had hitched a lift with an Irishman named Cassidy after having just bungled her first job as an assassin. The two discovered Jesse among the rubble of the church and, after some discussion, agreed to help him to safety, although Tulip was still furious with Jesse over his sudden abandonment of her five years before. The death of the townsfolk and the rumored appearance of a stone-faced, dual-pistol wielding cowboy brought the involvement of both local law enforcement and the FBI.

By the way, Cassidy is a vampire.  Just throwin’ that out there.

Genesis gives Jesse an ability known as “The Word of God.”  Basically, he can command people to do anything.

So, after this, Jesse decides he is going to find God, who has quit His job, and kick His ass.  Hilarity ensues.

As someone who was raised as a fundamental Baptist, I should be offended by what could be extreme sacrilege, right?  Nope.  I don’t really care.  I am no longer a religious or spiritual person, and I am now more open minded about things.  Otherwise, the thought of a drunken, debaucherous, cuss-like-a-sailor preacher, hanging out with a vampire, on a quest to kick God’s ass, would be offensive.  But, Jesse wasn’t a real preacher to begin with.  He was just going through the motions.

Preacher is overly violent, drops more f-bombs than Samuel L. Jackson, is filled with drug use and sexual innuendo.  Not to mention a fun story, with well written characters.

In other words,

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