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Nerd Lunch Episode 138: Drill Down: Star Trek the Motion Picture

Posted in movies, podcast, pop culture, Star Trek with tags , , , , on July 2, 2014 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

For this episode of Nerd Lunch we return to our Drill Downs on the Star Trek movie franchise.  Back in episode 06 we looked at Generations and First Contact.  Then in episode 46 we looked at Insurrection and Nemesis.  Today, we go back to the beginning and watch the very first Star Trek movie, The Motion Picture.

ST: TMP poster

We talk about our first experiences with this movie, we talked about what we liked and didn’t like. We discuss the endless naval gazing, giant sphincters and terrycloth uniforms.  And we ponder the place this movie has in the pantheon of other Star Trek films.  It’s a good discussion on the first movie.  Come join us.

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Making 7 Literary Classics More AWESOME

Posted in books, Classic literature with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by Paxton

Bad Ass Book Report

I’m a reader. I love to read. And I sometimes enjoy reading classic literature. However, some of the old stuff is just flat out boring as balls.  I mean, have you actually read Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Frank Norris’ McTeague or anything by James Joyce?  Snoozeville.  Population…YOU.  I had to read those in high school and I needed to drink a case of Jolt Cola to get through just one chapter.

So, being the helpful guy that I am, I thought I’d take some boring classics you may have had to read in high school and college and make them better.  More AWESOME.  And easier to read.

So now, here are seven ways to make classic literature a lot more AWESOME. You are welcome, literature.

Don Corleone Quixote
Don Corleone Quixote – Old guard crime boss Don Corleone Quixote sets up shop in an old windmill with trusty right hand man Pancha.

Little Haunted House on the Prairie
Little Haunted House on the Prairie – A family is brutally murdered in their secluded old farm house.  Twenty years later, an unsuspecting couple purchases the old farm house looking for a serene retreat from their hectic lives only to find skin crawling terror and wheelbarrows of blood.

Grapes of Wrath of Khan
The Grapes of Wrath of Khan – The Joad family pick up a hitchhiker on their way to California.  Little do they know their new addition is a genetically enhanced super being from the future looking to overthrow and rule the human race.  Wackiness ensues.

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Spending my kid’s college tuition on Hake’s Auction #209

Posted in Batman, comic books, movies, nostalgia, pop culture, Superman, TV shows with tags , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2013 by Paxton

LEB This week’s assignment for The League is to browse Hake’s Auction #209 and find all the cool stuff we’d buy if we were rolling in dough like P-Diddy. So I spent my fair share of time at work this week perusing the enormous auction catalog and came up with some stuff that I would like to buy.  Assuming, of course, that money is no object.

hakes_star_wars There were several awesome Star Wars items I found interesting. Firstly, the C3POs cereal lot featuring a full size C3PO standee and three box flats. I have always had a fascination with this particular cereal and the ephemera it created. These are particularly good examples of that. The seven Star Wars Coca-Cola promotional posters are also pretty awesome. Four of them are from Burger Chef/Burger King giveaways in 1977 and feature Del Nichols artwork. Three of them feature Boris Vallejo artwork and were to promote the release of Empire Strikes Back. Finally, I am in wet, sloppy love with the full size Return of the Jedi Burger King glasses Darth Vader standee (1983).

There were lots of comic book and super hero related items that I want. Tops on that list would probably be The Great Comic Book Heroes book from 1965. hakes_great_comic_heroes_book It’s signed by several comic luminaries like Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Shelly Moldoff and Will Eisner. Yes, the creators of both Superman AND Batman signed this thing. Plus, I’ve looked at this book before and it’s pretty awesome.

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Speaking of Superman and Batman, I found several items featuring those heroes that rock my Casbah. The boxed Mego Superman doll from 1977 is particularly awesome because I’m kind of in love with the packaging art. And the art on the 1954 Superman metal lunchbox is pretty close to melting my eyeballs out of my head and that’s only the picture. And these Mego Comic Action Heroes figures from 1975 (in package!) are also incredible. And speaking of incredible, check out the awesomely weird and bizarre cover to issue #33 of the comic World’s Finest. Why the hell is Superman spinning Batman and Robin in the air WITH HIS FEET?!  I love the Golden Age. I also would buy Flash #147 featuring the second appearance of Reverse Flash with a great cover homage to Flash #123.  I actually already own Reverse Flash’s first appearance in Flash #139.  And what will I put all of these comics in when I own them?  That’s right, my very own g***amn comic spinner rack from the late 70s.  I’ve wanted one of those retail spinner racks ever since I started collecting comics in the early 80s. Continue reading

Nerd Lunch Episode 86: Give That Guy Some Work 3 + Extra Helpings of Iron Man

Posted in movies, podcast, pop culture, Star Trek with tags , , , on May 21, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to the next exciting episode of the Nerd Lunch Podcast. This week we are joined by Matt Young from the awesome Improvised Star Trek live show and podcast.  We brought Matt on to discuss a little bit about Improvised Star Trek, but also we get him to join us in our third installment of Give That Guy Some Work!

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We all pick two actors we feel aren’t getting enough face time in Hollywood and present them to the group for inclusion in a joint movie project sure to be box office GOLD. Gold, I tell ya!

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NERD LUNCH EXTRA HELPINGS!

You’ll also notice that we’ve snuck in a special Extra Helpings episode of Nerd Lunch into our feed.  CT, Jeeg and I have all watched Iron Man 3 and we wanted to get together and just talk about it.  So we did.  Check out the Nerd Lunch Extra Helpings episode for Iron Man 3.

It’s available in iTunes, Feedburner or right damn here.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 71: Re-do of Star Trek Voyager

Posted in podcast, pop culture, Star Trek, TV shows with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

For this episode of Nerd Lunch CT and I are still missing our comrade-in-arms Jeeg as he moves all of his junk North for a new job. To replace Jeeg, we brought back Rob Graham and we take this opportunity to talk about one of the more maligned Star Trek franchises, Voyager.

ST Voyager

We start with a ground level reconstruction of the concept of the show and we talk about the things in the show that worked, and the many plethora of things that did not work. We recast many of the roles and play around with the concept of Star Trek: Lost in Space. I honestly think we made it better.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 46: Drilldown Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis

Posted in movies, podcast, pop culture, Star Trek with tags , , , , , on July 18, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Episode 46 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast is on the transporter pad ready to be beamed directly to your ears.  This week we are joined by a good friend of mine, Dr Mike.  Dr Mike joins us for a sequel to Nerd Lunch Episode 6 in which we discussed the first two Star Trek Next Generation movies.  That’s right, this time we are discussing two of the most maligned Star Trek movies of all time; Insurrection and Nemesis.

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We discuss our thoughts about the movies, what we think they did right (a few) and what we think they did wrong (A LOT). There’s a lot to talk about, so prepare for a fun discussion on two movies that are potentially the worst movies in the Star Trek canon. And as we did on Episode 6, we rank all of the Star Trek movies in order of preference.

So sit back and enjoy our dissection of the final two Star Trek Next Generation movies.

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My top 10 movies featuring time travel

Posted in Back to the Future, Harry Potter, movies, pop culture, time travel with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by Paxton

Time Travelogues

New League assignment this week.  We apparently were off last week, but Brian has thrown a very good subject for this week.  He wants us to create a list of 10 favorite movies.  We can pick the category.  There are so many ways to slice-and-dice a list of 10 movies.  It took me a while to really think about it but I think I came up with an appropriate angle for me.

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m an aficionado of time travel in pop culture.  Some say I would be an “Internet authority” on said topic (I won’t argue that). I see the movies and TV shows, I read the books.  I study it.  I enjoy it.  Check out the numerous time travel articles I’ve written on this blog as well as Episode 3 of the Nerd Lunch podcast in which we discussed time travel (and our third most downloaded episode, btw).  You can see I have something invested in this subject.  So, I thought I’d list out my 10 favorite movies that feature time travel.

I realize there are going to be ones you’ll want on, but I’m giving you my list of favorite time travel movies.  I’ll also include some honorable mentions at the bottom.

So, let’s get started going back…..to the future….and past.  Whatever. Oh, and I don’t normally do this, but I’m actually ranking these 10 – 1. Much like time itself, the order matters.

Galaxy Quest(Via jovisala47)
10. Galaxy Quest – Time travel is really only used in this movie as a small plot device at the very end, but it’s used very well.  The Omega 13 is a nebulous and strange device, but it worked and both spoofed the original Star Trek’s version of time travel as well as created a fun version of time travel for the movie.  Plus, I love the s**t out of this movie. The perfect spoof of classic Star Trek while simultaneously being a really good stand along sci-fi movie.
HP time turner(Via Harry Potter Wikia)
9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – This is another kind of a cheat. The movie doesn’t feature time travel, but uses it as a plot device towards the end. However, it’s used very well and the Time Turner itself is a fascinating little gadget.  This third movie in the HP franchise is so good and having time travel at the end and also realizing Hermione has been using it from the beginning of the story, just makes it that much better.

Time Crimes(Via best-horror-movies.com)
8. Time Crimes – This is a pretty great little suspense movie that has a plot that not only features time travel, but revolves around it.  It gets a little crazy at the end, and a little confusing as well, but I really enjoy the hell out of this movie.  It’s about a guy named Hector who stumbles upon a time machine and gets himself into several hairy situations when he’s sent back 30min into the past.

Groundhog Day(Via movieslist2010)
7. Groundhog Day – Not generally thought of by people as a time travel movie, but it is. Murray is trapped in what we call a “time loop” and has to live the last 24 hours over and over and over. Such a great movie even if the “time loop” is never really explained.

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