Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Apr 10 2014

Not Sure How I Feel About Adult Baby Avengers

Published by under Images,Movies


(click to enlarge)

I’m normally a fan of babies. They’re cute and cuddly and sometimes loud and smelly but that’s forgivable. As you may guess, I do not have one, but someday that’s bound to happen.

But these babies? I’m not quite as enthused. They’re Avengers, baby-fied, but in a way that’s not quite cute, since many of them have facial hair. They’re closer to dwarves than babies most of the time, and the effect is a bit off-putting.

Good work Ben Oliver. You are talented and have made me uncomfortable.

[via Geek Tyrant]


No responses yet

Apr 10 2014

You Should Netflix This Now: Blue Is The Warmest Color

Published by under Movies,Reviews


Right off the bat, let me just say that you should NOT Netflix this now.  At least not “now” in the literal sense.  Blue Is The Warmest Color is a film you have to gear up for.  Not so much in the emotional sense where you’re strapping in to watch 12 Years A Slave and feel absolutely awful for the next 24 to 48 hours.  No, this is more in the practical sense.  There are four things you should know before you go into this one:

1. Weighing in at a hefty 179 minutes, it’s just a hair under 3 hours long.

2. It’s in French.

3. It contains the most graphic, explicit, long sex scenes I’ve ever personally seen in a film.

4. It’s a pretty fantastic movie.

Continue Reading »

3 responses so far

Apr 10 2014

Realistic Movie Toys Make for Very Cool Live Action Posters

Published by under Images,Movies


I’m sure any collector would get angry for me mixing up “toys” and “figurines,” but I grew up with a tub full of superhero action figures, so it’s a hard habit to break. In reality, many action figures have become just “figures” now, and as such, have a level of realism to them that’s simply unprecedented.

One collector, Romain Vendrell, is also a great photographer, and decided to light and pose his figures in such a way where they could be edited into movie posters. The figures are so realistic, the effect is pretty eerie, and you should check out the rest from Wolverine to Captain America to Batman below: Continue Reading »

One response so far

Apr 10 2014

Winnie the Pooh Reads Darth Vader’s Lines

Published by under Movies,Videos

Jim Cummings has been the voice of Winnie the Pooh for eons now, in addition to his enormous catalog of other voice acting work. While at a recent panel, someone asked him to read Darth Vader’s lines from Star Wars in his iconic Pooh voice. The results? Predictably hilarious, and someone immediately must edit a video inserting his lines into the film itself.

As an added bonus, he also does the same with his Darkwing Duck voice (guy seriously is responsible for a lot of voices). Don’t miss that as well.

No responses yet

Apr 09 2014

Too Much Nerdbait: Disney Princesses Play Dungeons and Dragons

Published by under Images,Movies


(click to enlarge)

Is there such a thing as too much nerdbait? Disney Princesses playing D&D may be close, if so.

But it’s a great piece from artist Madam Marla, and for some reason I’m laughing at Snow White as the Dungeon Master. Every time I see a Disney Princess collage a Merida is there, I think that she’d probably rather be anywhere else than hanging out with a bunch of girly girl princesses. She really doesn’t fit the mold of the others, yet she’s always included.

[via Nerd Approved]

One response so far

Apr 09 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: Stoker

Published by under Columns,Editorials,Movies


Stoker was easily one of my favorite movies of 2013. While I do not normally recommend movies this new, I had to shout-out Stoker, because the more and more people I ask about it, the more I realize. For some inexplicable reason, there are a great many film and horror fans who are not even aware this film exists. This is Chan-Wook Park’s first American language film (known for his classic Oldboy) and while it may not keep the pacing that film does, it carries itself in a way that makes it just as enthralling and intriguing as that amazing film. Stoker is a slow burn at first, but once the flame catches, as Hell breaks loose. At the end of the day, it is nice to peer into a family dynamic that is even more f*cked up than my own.

Continue Reading »

4 responses so far

Apr 09 2014

A History of Live Action DC Costumes

Published by under Comics,Images,Movies


Hitokirivader had a rather cool idea to show the evolution of the live action costumes of the most iconic DC comics characters over the years. Both Batman and Superman have appeared onscreen for over half a century now, and as a result, have undergone a whole lot of transformations.

And then…he only thought it was fair to do the same for Wonder Woman as well. There we have Lynda Carter’s iconic one-piece annnnnd that’s it. Outside of some fantastic cosplay by amateurs, Wonder Woman has yet to grace the screen in any meaningful capacity. That will change with Batman vs. Superman, but even then I doubt Diana Prince will have a full costume yet when that film rolls around. It’ll take another few years for her spin-off to finally get off the ground, and I’d say best case scenario, we see a Wonder Woman film by 2018.

I suppose he could have included this WW costume from the never-aired-for-good-reason NBC pilot, but I don’t think that actually counts.

No responses yet

Apr 08 2014

The Jackie Brown Effect: How Do You Follow the Unfollowable? – Volume 3

Published by under Editorials,Movies


It’s that time again, Unrealtors. Dial up, Pam Grier, we’re experimenting once again with “The Jackie Brown Effect”. If you missed any of the previous entries, the Jackie Brown Effect takes a look at various pop culture creations considered by many to be perfect, and whether or not their follow up efforts either equaled, exceeded, or failed their predecessors. Got it? Go to.



Calm down, Hylians. Yes, I know, technically Majora’s Mask is the follow-up effort to Ocarina, but to me MM always felt like the second half of Ocarina. Or, at least, a really killer (literally, according to some theories) epilogue. Either way, there are a good amount of similarities, and you definitely get a much stronger sense of an all-new Zelda game with Wind Waker. So, we’re sailing those seas.

Not much can really be said about Ocarina. Some folks call it the greatest video game of all time. Some say it changed the landscape of gaming completely. And some will compare every game they ever play, and especially those in the Zelda series, to it for the rest of their lives. And the justification for all of these is quite obvious.

When I first played it, Ocarina felt like the future of gaming come to life. It was truly difficult to imagine gaming getting any better. It was immersive, haunting, and epic before epic became epically misused. This was playing in your backyard with sticks as swords come to life. It taught many of us about music for the first time. It evolved a franchise further and faster than anything before.

It was everything we ever wanted. With fishing.

How the hell do you top that?

There’s only one way. Make like the Pythons, and do something completely different.

Despite fans clamoring for a grim and gritty next-gen Link and Co. outing, Nintendo washed Hyrule clean…and then left the sink running overnight. The Wind Waker was a cel-shaded, nautically-minded absolute phase shift of a game. While most Nintendudes and Lady Links were expecting something more in line with Ocarina’s more mature second half or the doom and gloom of Majora’s Mask. Instead, they got sunshine and high seas. And most fans had not yet found their sea legs.

Wind Waker was long considered the King of Red-headed Lions stepchild of the Zelda franchise. Many skipped it outright due to its more cartoony artstyle and kiddie feel. And that’s a shame. While the tunic may seemed foreign, the heart of this game was Zelda through and through. Liked exploring? Epona only wishes she had as much room to stretch her hooves as we had in WW. Love your weird Zelda minor characters? We got all the Tingle you can eat! And dude! NO WATER TEMPLES!

I love the Wind Waker. Power gloves down my favorite Zelda game. I love the setting, the shading, the unbelievably metal way that you (spoilers, but, come on) defeat Ganondorf at the end, all of it. I honestly believe it’s the best of all the Zelda games. All of them. Even you, Link’s Crossbow Training.


The Jackie Brown Effect means more than just craftsmanship. When you follow the best, if you don’t leave as heavy a footprint, you have not reached their level. And while Wind Waker literally improved upon every aspect from story to swordplay, it simply didn’t live up to the worshiped status that Ocarina has. Again, remember, I think Wind Waker is superior, but in the annals of gaming history When we look back at what once was, Wind Waker will always be The Third Man to Ocarina’s Citizen Kane.

I’m not saying it’s fair. But I do realize it’s true.




The Cornetto trilogy is a familiar name to most cinephiles. They refer to the three movies directed by rising film auteur Edgar Wright, co-written by Wright and main engineer of the Enterprise Simon Pegg. Commonalities run rampant throughout the flicks: casting, genre-bending, and, of course, ice cream.

Shaun of the Dead was Wright and Pegg’s follow-up to their successful BBC sitcom Spaced. Inspired by a brief sequence of zombieing in the show, the pair decided to go full-length with the undead and gave us an incredibly off-kilter take on the walked dead. How? They turned it into…a romantic comedy?

Well, kind of. Rather, a romantic comedy that hangs out with a buddy comedy during a horror-con. Shaun of the Dead was a multi-leveled, surprisingly human take on inhuman creatures. A movie that had no right being as deep as it was, it wound up transcending most zombie flicks and landing its way to the top of many horror fans favorite flicks.

Shaun of the Dead was a critical and fan favorite and helped bridge the gap between the UK and USA for Edgar Wright, and we all couldn’t wait to see what the man perennially confused with the guy who sang “Frankenstein” would film next.

The sci-fi/horror fans out there were expecting another take on their favorite style, but instead Wright decided to stay more within the letter of cinematic law and give us a cop flick. The subject? A tough-as-nails London cop with more arrests than most entire police departments. The location? The quiet, sleepy English countryside. The result? A bubbling bucket of Hot Fuzz.

Hot Fuzz continued in the tradition of trope-mangling and expectation annihilating that film fans had witnessed and celebrated with Shaun and the gang. They even took it to the next meta-level by openly commentating on the various similarities between cop movies through Wright staple Nick Frost’s character. Shaun certainly had some winks to the camera. Hot Fuzz outright showed clips from Bad Boys 2.

Some fans didn’t embrace Hot Fuzz as much as they did Shaun of the Dead. There’s a pretty heavy community of horror junkies in the world of film entertainment, and when Wright decided to make a film commenting on a more “typical” Hollywood genre, some fans tuned out.

But in making Hot Fuzz, Wright brilliantly freed himself from being labeled as the guy who makes funny horror flicks. Instead, he cemented himself as the sharp, subtle satirist making incredibly polished flicks that both poke fun at and celebrate everything we love about various genre flicks.

Sure, I liked the White Lines sing along in Shaun of the Dead, but I loved when they argued about the “zed” word. Yup, the indecipherable old man in Hot Fuzz was hilarious, but the Godzillaesque smashing up of the model city proved that Wright doesn’t just know cinema, he understands it. Humor takes intelligence, and these might be the most well-made comedies of the last decade.

So then what?

Well, end the freaking world.

 After some time off, Wright, Pegg, and Frost teamed up one last time for a final round with The Worlds End. This time, Pegg put on his silly pants leaving the usually funnyguy Frost to don the suit of the straight man. This time the genre to be skewed dipped a toe back in the waters of geek-chic with a sci-fi infused, apolalytpic robot extraterrestrial extravaganza.

On the surface, at least. While we were sold on alien action and robot rampaging, what we were given was a stunningly insightful, deeply moving commentary on what exactly dreams can be and how growing up is never simple, rarely comfortable, but always inevitable. Were there laughs? You bet, and plenty of them.

But there were also tears. Really. The Worlds End is that movie to watch ten years after you graduate high school. Then ten years after that. And so on. For my theatre geeks out there, this is the closest I’ve gotten to Our Town on film. Yeah, it’s that deep. I expected to love this movie, and I did. I never expected it to be one of the best movies not only of 2013, but that I’ve ever seen.

And it all felt so natural. From Shaun to Worlds End. While I’m sure there wasn’t really a plan for all this, you can tell that these films were crafted to compliment each other in ways beyond genre and comedy style. There’s a harmony within the Cornetto Trilogy that most filmmakers try, but almost always come up short. This is the type of movie making that should be seen by any student of cinema, or any true fan of the arts.

But since they’re comedies, they’ll never get their true due and proper. Sigh.

The team of Wright, Pegg, and Frost continue to make good moves individually and the world of entertainment is a richer place for it. But it’s when they come together that, for me, the Jackie Brown Effect takes on entirely new dimensions. And that’s no easy feat. On their own, each of these films is a masterpiece. To know that this team didn’t rest their laurels on that and continued to outdo themselves? Well…


And that’s the effect for this week, Unrealtors. Agree? Disagree? Sound off.

Adam Esquenazi Douglas is a playwright who was born in Texas, grew up in Arkansas, was raised by a Jewish man and a Cuban woman, and, somehow, he doesn’t have an accent. His plays have been produced across the United States, as well as in Canada and Japan.

He is co-host of two podcasts, The JimmyJew Podcast Extravaganza and Schmame Over, which can be found at and respectively, as well as on iTunes. He is a contributing writer to

He currently lives in Brooklyn where he drinks far too much coffee.

No responses yet

Apr 07 2014

Get Your Couch-Shaped Ass in Shape With TV/Movie/Video Game Themed Workouts

Published by under Images,Movies,Television,Video Games


Fitness blogger Neila Rey has crafted a series of “visual” workouts meant to get the attention of the (often overweight) geek community. He’s gone through and made a huge number of workouts based on various staples of geek pop culture, from superheroes to video games to movies. Often they don’t seem like they make all that much sense, but on his site he has more detailed descriptions about each one, and explains the tie-ins.

For example, the “Aquaman” workout works muscles that have to do with swimming (which is like, all of them). The Hunger Games workout focuses on agility, being able to bound through a forest in fear of your life. 300′s is pretty ab-centric, obvious to anyone who has seen the film.

It’s a neat idea, and if you do any of this shit enough, it’s going to be pretty hard. Check out the HUGE number of workouts below, and head to his site if you want to actually understand the “lore” behind them. Continue Reading »

2 responses so far

Apr 07 2014

Some Well-Crafted Vinyl Record Art

Published by under Images,Movies


Why let good records go to waste? Instead of filling up a landfill somewhere, these vinyls have been carved into pieces of art by Tamas Kanya. He’s a practitioner of “recycled art” using old stuff to make new stuff, and his record designs are rather fantastic.

You can see Batman above, but there’s Star Wars, Blade Runner and more below: Continue Reading »

No responses yet

Apr 04 2014

Superman Makes Gravity a Hell of a Lot Shorter

Published by under Movies,Videos

I loved Gravity, and I don’t think I ever got around to making a top ten movie list for 2014, but if I did it would have been at the top. It was one of the only movies I’ve seen recently that truly felt like it was worth not only going to the theater for, but even paying for IMAX and 3D to boot.

Welllll, it could have gone differently, particularly if it had this alternate ending which would have shaved about 100 minutes or more off the movie. The movie is all about fighting back against nature and space itself, but who needs to do that when you have Superman? Just watch.

[via Slashfilm]

No responses yet


Celebrity Toob

Celebrity Gossip, Pictures, Videos, Net Worth & Bios