We’ve been getting a few glimpses of Sam Mendes’ new Bond film, Skyfall, but now we get a full-blown trailer. This trailer gives us a good sense of the story. The identities of undercover MI6 agents has been stolen under M’s watchful eyes. 007 is benched as only a secret agent can: shot off a moving train. A very intense threat is bubbling toward the surface in the form of Javier Bardem’s slightly effeminate but extremely dangerous Silva. We also get a glimpse of Ben Whishaw as a brand new Q. Have a look for yourself.
This week we got back to the show’s roots and I must say I was quite pleased. Last week seemed like they were laying some much needed foundation for Mike’s character and now we are exploring the new team dynamic. So click for a complete episode 3 recap… Read More…
Another week, another CYaN podcast. On this week’s episode; Danny and Ricky cover a few new movie trailers, a couple rumored TV shows, censorship in the wake of Aurora, and a few other tidbits. Hope you enjoy this one and check back next week for another excited episode the Call Yourself A Nerd Podcast.
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I’m very particular when it comes to YouTube. There are basically 4 categories of video that I’ll watch. I love educational videos that will teach me something new. I enjoy videos that are intentionally funny (save for failblog). I must watch videos which are of particular interest to me, i.e. video games, movies, TV and comics. And finally, I truly love, enjoy, and must watch videos that feature incredible feats and abilities that I cannot match. I marvel at the talents and abilities of people all over the world through YouTube. This video was suggested via YouTube and advertises for metheone.com, a new social network (currently in beta) based on users’ talents. Talents featured in the video range from dancers to drivers, wind surfers to flair bartenders.
It also features one of the most amazing covers of one of the most overplayed songs, “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotiye. The cover is performed by Walk Off The Earth. Wait until the end of the video to see what makes that cover so special.
Danny and I have been enjoying Minecraft on the XBox 360. I think Conan O’Brien has managed to encapsulate the feelings of both of our respective girlfriends. Enjoy!
I am a huge fan of what Christopher Nolan did with the Batman franchise. What was once thought impossible to salvage following the travesty of 1997′s Batman & Robin, Nolan took and breathed new and sustainable life. Along with co-conspirator David S. Goyer, Nolan crafted a world of the Batman that was real and interesting. With The Dark Knight Rises in theaters, Christopher Nolan is bidding farewell to a franchise that he has overseen through nearly a decade. In the book, The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy (available on Amazon), Nolan provided a foreword that caps off his run at the helm of the Batman franchise and brought a genuine tear to my eye. Just one though. Check it out here.
Alfred. Gordon. Lucius. Bruce . . . Wayne. Names that have come to mean so much to me. Today, I’m three weeks from saying a final good-bye to these characters and their world. It’s my son’s ninth birthday. He was born as the Tumbler was being glued together in my garage from random parts of model kits. Much time, many changes. A shift from sets where some gunplay or a helicopter were extraordinary events to working days where crowds of extras, building demolitions, or mayhem thousands of feet in the air have become familiar.
People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. I told David and Jonah to put everything they knew into each film as we made it. The entire cast and crew put all they had into the first film. Nothing held back. Nothing saved for next time. They built an entire city. Then Christian and Michael and Gary and Morgan and Liam and Cillian started living in it. Christian bit off a big chunk of Bruce Wayne’s life and made it utterly compelling. He took us into a pop icon’s mind and never let us notice for an instant the fanciful nature of Bruce’s methods.
I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. We re-assembled the team and went back to Gotham. It had changed in three years. Bigger. More real. More modern. And a new force of chaos was coming to the fore. The ultimate scary clown, as brought to terrifying life by Heath. We’d held nothing back, but there were things we hadn’t been able to do the first time out—a Batsuit with a flexible neck, shooting on Imax. And things we’d chickened out on—destroying the Batmobile, burning up the villain’s blood money to show a complete disregard for conventional motivation. We took the supposed security of a sequel as license to throw caution to the wind and headed for the darkest corners of Gotham.
I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself. We had come back to what we had barely dared whisper about in those first days in my garage. We had been making a trilogy. I called everyone back together for another tour of Gotham. Four years later, it was still there. It even seemed a little cleaner, a little more polished. Wayne Manor had been rebuilt. Familiar faces were back—a little older, a little wiser . . . but not all was as it seemed.
Gotham was rotting away at its foundations. A new evil bubbling up from beneath. Bruce had thought Batman was not needed anymore, but Bruce was wrong, just as I had been wrong. The Batman had to come back. I suppose he always will.
Michael, Morgan, Gary, Cillian, Liam, Heath, Christian . . . Bale. Names that have come to mean so much to me. My time in Gotham, looking after one of the greatest and most enduring figures in pop culture, has been the most challenging and rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope for. I will miss the Batman. I like to think that he’ll miss me, but he’s never been particularly sentimental.
Both summer hits The Amazing Spiderman and Dark Knight Rises had soundtracks with impressive scores, but for those of us who enjoy lyrics and melody over ambiance this post is for you.
I have been going through my library to seek out the perfect Superhero Soundtrack and I came across this album from a few years back, circa 2006. There are a few stand out Superhero songs that were left out, like 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite and SuperHero by Jane’s Addiction. Though I think this compilation is pretty good on its own. The tracklist is made up of some original songs and others that are covered by some notable new bands.
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I am a big constituent for traditional media. I prefer practical effects in movies and love to death hand-drawn 2D animation. But I will admit that there are times when the CG work that goes into some movies are on par with traditional media, especially from certain studios.
One of those studios happens to be DreamWorks, who have done some fantastic work which include How to Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me.
They seem to trying to outdo themselves, as well as any other studio. Slated to come out in 2014, Me and My Shadow looks to combine hand-drawn and CG animation. This has been done before, especially in the early days of CG animation. The thing that really set this off for me is the style. It looks absolutely beautiful. The shadows will be hand-drawn, while the characters will be CG. Besides the improper use of grammar, I will be looking forward to this with much fervor.
Here, take a look at their first promotional poster.
Woohoo, another CYaN podcast for you to listen to. Ricky and Danny talk about a few different things, but to be honest we will really just be talking about the Dark Knight Rises and what we thought about it.
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This past weekend, the finale to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise screened around the world. Three movies from one of today’s best directors; and to top it off the movies were about a superhero. Join me as a review not only the finale, Dark Knight Rises, but also the first two movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. If you want to read the review for just the third film then you should check out Ricky’s The Dark Knight Review. Hit the jump to see what I thought of this trilogy.
It should go without saying, but SPOILERS for all three of the Nolan Batman movies.