Nerd Swole Roundtable: Valentines Day

Whether you celebrate Galentine’s, Singles Awareness, or Valentine’s day, February 14th is a time to display some kind of love, so we decided to talk about some things Nerd Swole appreciates about the day, love, and other nerdy things.

Who is your favorite couple across games, movies, TV, anime?

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Brian: 
I think I’d have to go with Elliot and JD from Scrubs. Something about the way they were written, how at some points I legitimately saw them not being together, and then I couldn’t imagine them not together. They went through so much as friends, colleagues, and lovers that it just felt right when everything finally fell in place for them.

Erin: So many to pick from, but I’m gonna go with Jim and Pam from The Office. The jokes and pranks in that show really enhance their relationship and make it so charming that you root for them the entire time.

Yeksson: I’m going with Bulma and Vegeta.  It’s just not your typical romance.  Out of nowhere, their future child arrives to tell Goku about incoming danger and the fact that his parents are Bulma and Vegeta.  Then there’s the point in the Majin Buu Saga where Vegeta blows himself up, but first admitting to the love he has for his family.

Alex: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From employee to boss and friend to friend to inappropriateness to being in love to being dysfunctional together. Perfectly rational relationship in a world with Norse gods, superheroes, alien invasions, and madness every summer.

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What couple do you wish ended up together, but never did?

Brian: Mal and Inara from Firefly. This type of thing is to be expected from a show that was cancelled too soon. And while there were some exceptionally rude things said between them, they obviously cared very deeply for one another.

Erin: Barney and Nora from How I Met Your Mother. Finale aside, I loved Nora and I think there was so much potential for character growth in Barney while they were together. She really complemented his lifestyle and attitude, and she was a great addition to the overall dynamic of the crew.

Yeksson: Meryl and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.  You as a player have to mash a button to survive electrifying torture, twice, just to spare her life.  Sure, they snowmobile off into the sunset together.  However, in MGS4, she ends up marrying her follow comrade Johnny Sasaki.

Alex: James Bond and Vesper Lynd. Casino Royale revamped Bond for a newer generation, taking him to the beginning of earning the “00” license. His arrogance gets him into trouble and Vesper brings him back down to Earth, and Bond’s strength allows him to support Vesper as she comes into a world filled with darkness. Her death truly destroyed James and he became the cold Bond we all know.

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What couple DID end up together that you didn’t want together?

Brian: I’m going to go ahead and pick the low hanging fruit here and say Ted and Robin from How I Met Your Mother. The finale doesn’t bother me as much as it used to, but I’ll just always dislike that ending, because it’s a twist that should be reserved for movies or shorter series, not 9 seasons of buildup.

Erin: I’m gonna take a turn here and go with Bruce Wayne/Batman and Talia al Ghul. Very disruptive relationship for obvious reasons, she stabbed him in the back, pretty much broke his heart, and gave birth to Damian, who is, in his best moments, slightly tolerable.

Yeksson: I’m not too caught up on Arrow but I’m going with Felicity and Oliver.  Mainly because I’ve been on Team Laurel since day one.

Alex: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man 2. It just felt like the actor’s had great chemistry and weren’t really playing Peter and Gwen. A rushed relationship that ultimately aimed to play fan service and shock value, instead of develop the characters naturally.

What’s a good movie or episode of TV to watch on Valentine’s day?

Brian: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a movie I love very much, and in my opinion has very appropriate themes for the holiday whether you’re single, dating someone, or married.

Erin: Any episode of New Girl. The show is just ripe with comedic romantic situations and friendships, and makes it such a great watch for people our age. Great to watch with friends, “sig oths”, or even alone chillin. Specifically, “Valentine’s Day” – Season 1, “Thanksgiving IV” – Season 4, and “Cruise” – Season 3.

Yeksson: Friends, the One with the Prom Video.  Yes, it’s about Ross and Rachel and there is an intense feels moment.

Alex: All of the above are great choices, but for me, either Hitch or Crazy, Stupid Love are great romantic comedies that find both sexes at odds and take a lighthearted but honest jab at dating, recovering from heartbreak, and relationships.

What’s the best pickup line?

Brian:

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You must execute exactly like this.

Erin:

Yeksson:

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Alex:

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This is all I got.

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Thoughts About Stuff: Ryan Coogler Directing Black Panther

One of my previous articles was that I didn’t think being black was a requirement for directing Black Panther. And while I still think that, I think Ryan Coogler is a creative and talented director and couldn’t be happier he will be at the helm of Black Panther.

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Ryan Coogler, director of Creed and Fruitvale Station

Despite this being just his third film, I think there is a lot to like about Coogler’s style and body of work. His previous two movies starred Michael B. Jordan, whom I think is a fantastic actor, but Jordan isn’t solely responsible for how powerful and impactful Fruitvale Station was, and he alone didn’t provide all the energy and resilience in Creed. After making those two movies, it was clear Coogler has a style, and makes very loveable characters, despite them also being very clearly flawed people.

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Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz from Fruitvale Station

Which is exactly the type of character you need in superhero movies. As many of them will have stunning action sequences, incredible CGI, and just a lot of popcorn moments. Make no mistake though, the movies that are often more critically acclaimed are the deeper character pieces.

Guardians of the Galaxy was getting to know a bunch of crazy misfits that somehow fit together. Iron Man was a story of redemption after incredible amounts of hubris destroyed Tony Stark’s world. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a Steve Rogers questioning his place in the world after having always believed in structure and order, and having that structure betray him. Ant-Man shows how far a father’s love really goes.

If you’ve seen Creed and Fruitvale Station, those two are plenty of reason enough to be excited about Ryan Coogler. However, consider the fact that the first time this was offered, Coogler turned it down. To me, this signifies that he probably wanted more creative control than Marvel was willing to give, and after having Creed be such a success, maybe Marvel was willing to give him a little more rope. I would hope this means we get to see a product that Coogler himself builds from the ground up and is proud of. So count me in as someone who is excited to see where Coogler goes with T’Challa.

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News Roundup: Star Wars, Deadpool, Arrow, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

Judging by the fact that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken the box office, I’ll assume you’ve seen the movie and have some questions. /Film has answers to 26 questions.

 

Deadpool has a pretty entertaining Christmas list.

Vixen appears to be on her way to live action, she’ll be joining the cast of Arrow. She’ll be played by the same actress that voiced her, Megalyn Echikunwoke.

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This Halo/Legend of Zelda mashup cosplay is incredible, Kotaku has a small blurb on it.

Project X Zone 2 just looks crazier and crazier.

And CBR thinks there is a possibility that Assassin’s Creed will have a trailer attached to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE WATCHING STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

We’re all just waiting for Friday, aren’t we?

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres this Friday and if you haven’t already been psyched for the film, here’s a few things that you can squeeze in this week to get you excited for the latest movie!

1. Play Star Wars games

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The release of Star Wars Battlefront could not have come at a better time. Easily one of the most graphically impressive games right now, the latest from the Battlefront series does not disappoint. However, there’s also a rich history of games from LucasArts that have been in the works as long as the movies have.

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2. Read the new Star Wars Comics
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While the revival of Marvel’s comic line came at the cost of the rest of the extended universe, it’s hard to ignore how well done all of new Star Wars comics are. Alongside a main Star Wars title, there’s ongoing series for Darth Vader and Kanaan, while there’s plenty of limited series for Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Lando. There’s also upcoming titles like Obi-Wan & Anakin and a C-3PO special! It’s a good jumping on point for people looking to get more out of the original trilogy.

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3. Geek Out With Toys

Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the excessive volume of merchandise that Star Wars has encompassed. Among the hordes of toys, the BB-8 Sphero Droid, the awesome LEGO sets, and the Kotobukiya Black Collection Figures.

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4. Check Out The Clone Wars

The Clone Wars TV series bridges Episodes II & III. Both Cartoon Network series work to fill in the gaps and show the struggles of what’s going on in the extended prequel universe. From beautiful animation to excellent storytelling, the series does a great job at capturing the spirit of the movies.

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5. Rewatch The Entire Series

There’s still plenty of time to sit down and watch everything that has led up to this moment. You could watch them in release order or in chronological order, or even just watch the ones you want. It’s never too late to see what all the hype is about when you think about how much this one franchise has done for pop culture, touching the lives of millions.

Bonus! Check out our Star Wars Content on Nerdswole!

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Roundtable: Star Wars Franchise

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Marvel’s Star Wars – 3 months Later…

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3 Things That Still Bother Me About The Star Wars Franchise

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Movie Scores to Love

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If you’re just as excited as we are about Star Wars, let us know your ways of coping until the weekend in the comments below, or via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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ICYMI – Thor and Vision Fight in this Age of Ultron Deleted Scene

I’m aware that not everyone is a fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron but by and large at Nerd Swole, we enjoyed it. That’s not to say it’s not without its kinks, and there are things left out that leave us wondering. For example, this deleted scene would have been a very interesting addition to the film that I think could always use more rifts between superheroes. Anyway, let’s watch Thor and Vision fight in this Age of Ultron deleted scene before we discuss it.

Firstly, it’s always a good bit of fun to see how much things change with special effects put in, and this clip is delightfully cheesy with its unfinished CGI.

It is also interesting to think how much this fight would have changed the way the audience would have seen the Vision. Would people consider him a character that was a legitimate threat and aiding Ultron? Or would have the Vision been seen as a character who went through an character development, because he was born in chaos and became the docile and calm hero he ends the movie as?

This scene could have changed a lot about the movie; for better or worse, I’m not sure, but it is definitely fun to think about. On top of this, the clip also features a power of Vision’s (phasing, when Cap throws the shield at him) we don’t see otherwise in the film, and shows that he can take fights even with the God of Thunder and have no scratches. We obviously find out that Vision is an incredibly powerful being throughout the movie, but this would have simply added to it.

On another note, this is a really good lesson on editing. Check out how the fight is cut out by watching the original and see the transition.

Ah, it is always fun to think how different a movie would be with its deleted scenes.

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ICYMI: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR TEASER

Here it is, the first look at Captain America: Civil War. This is the teaser that premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

So much to digest! Look at the teams! First look at Black Panther! Bucky and Steve side by side! Tony Stark’s Bleeding Edge armor and he’s working with the government? And where is Spider-Man?

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Does Black Panther Need a Black Director?

Does Luke Cage need a black director or showrunner? Did Jessica Jones absolutely have to have a female showrunner? Does Wonder Woman need a female director? All fair questions, but with all due respect I agree with Anthony Mackie(The Falcon) in saying no. Could a black director come along and knock it out of the park? Absolutely, I have no problem with that at all. Diversity is great for appealing to broader audiences, cultural perspective, and understanding different nuances and themes that people of other races might not be as familiar with, but I don’t know that pegging it absolutely necessary to have a black director for an iconic black character is the right way to go.

For example, Cary Fukunaga, one of the driving forces behind the first season of True Detective and the writer/director of Beasts of no Nation did a fantastic job on both properties, and he’s the son of a third generation Japanese-American father. It’s hard for me to imagine that Fukunaga had a whole lot of firsthand experience in regards to war drama in Africa. He does however possess emotional IQ and the ability to tell a story in a compelling and engrossing fashion.

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Cary Fukunaga

To add to that though, Fukunaga had a book, the author, and probably a number of other consultants to discuss what is necessary to properly convey the difficulties involved with being African and living in a war torn country. The point here is that while he isn’t African, he did a damn fine job of writing, directing, shooting, and producing an art piece that is about being an African. Directors deserve a lot of the credit when a film comes together, but quite often people forget how collaborative the effort on any given film is, and thus Cary was fully able to create a great film about a culture I’m fairly certain he has no personal experience with.

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Beasts of No Nation has been critically acclaimed by many boasting a 90% on RottenTomatoes, and many positive reviews on other websites.

So why is it absolutely necessary to pigeonhole Black Panther into needing a black director? I simply don’t agree that it’s a necessity, a bonus sure, but not an absolute requirement in my opinion when there are fully capable consultants and producers. I do certainly think that being able to convey black cultural perspective is a talent though.

And thus if a black director is able to do that based on the fact that they can draw from their own experiences, more power to them. But it should be understood as a skill that they have, not the entire reason to get the job. Conveying culture from experience is a skill (and a very important one), and should be treated as such, but not as a qualifier to be a candidate for the job. The qualifier for being a director should be storytelling ability. For example, Aquaman has been handed over to James Wan, and I somehow doubt Wan has any insight about what it might be to be an Atlantean. However, Wan does have talent, and has made some pretty enjoyable films and proved he has the skills to make an action film and could possibly take on a superhero property.

At the end of the day, it should be about talent and skill for the director chosen. Should they happen to be Black, that’s fantastic, but if they end up Hispanic, Asian, a Woman, Gay, Trans, or Alien, they need to have gotten the job based on the fact that Marvel believes that this director has the talent to pull off a very important movie. Provided the director has great consultants to give the cultural perspective necessary, there is no reason to believe that someone who isn’t Black couldn’t pull off a fantastic Black Panther movie. And it should always be about putting out a fantastic movie.

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News Roundup: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Ant-Man, Gotham, and More!

Sometimes there are just too many awesome and interesting things going on during the week, and we can’t comment on all of them. This is one of those times, and we have to hit you with a barrage of links to get ourselves and you all caught up.

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CBR has a preview of the new Avatar: The Last Airbender Smoke and Shadow book coming.

 

Daredevil has a great little teaser for either Jessica Jones or Luke Cage’s appearance in Daredevil season 2. Apparently True Detective still has a shot at season 3, despite season 2 being so polarizing, and largely disliked.

The Ant-Man gag reel is mainly Paul Rudd dancing, but what’s wrong with that?

I wouldn’t recommend watching this if you’re a big fan of episodes I, II, and III or the special editions.

BD Wong does a little bit of Hugo Strange teasing.

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James Bond: Shaken Up Too Much?

With the release of Spectre, Daniel Craig has been playing James Bond for a decade and things have just taken a weird road bump. Spectre was a film that connected all the escapades of Craig’s Bond, and it cemented the new type of super-spy, which many, even Pierce Brosnan, claim has transitioned to action heroes like Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt. So what can be expected when the movies stray away from the legacy that shaped generations?

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One thing that separates Daniel Craig’s 007 from all the other is that the mercenary is more brutal, stunt-driven, and is a cold-blooded killer. Bond starts off in Casino Royale as a newly appointed 00 agent and is as ruthless as a wolverine. Four movies in, and while Bond has become more classy and distinguished, his rage-induced violence and lack of subtlety take him further and further from the name he’s grown into.

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How does Bond comes back?

It’s a bit more if than how, but for Bond to become the Bond we all know and love, he’ll have to pay more tribute than simply driving a vintage Rolls Royce, rocking a gadget watch, and ordering the right drink.

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A movie released earlier this year called Kingsman: Secret Service was a film based off a comic that parodies the world of espionage, bringing the genre back to crazy maniacs as villains, absurd plots, and wickedly inventive machines. The movie was well-received for a fresh take on super spies. Now this isn’t to say that Bond needs to be goofy and fun to bring him away from the Bourne life, but it would help to keep the tone of the series a bit more lighthearted it Bond cracked a smile and stay away from the AK-47.

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The standard formula for Bond involved making love to beautiful women for information, bashing heads in, destroying expensive cars, and uncovering plots that have been supposedly been in the works for years. The latest entry promised a larger plot, but ended up dragging too long and adding a small wrinkle into the Ian Flemming series. There is a team of familiar faces, but Bond doesn’t sleuth, doesn’t research but interrogates, and rarely has any fun as a man with his power can. The plots of the series could shift to something from the 70s where villains strive for world domination while implementing a ridiculous device to control people. With Daniel Craig currently on the fence on continuing his duty as a 00 agent, the series could easily shift into a new direction.

What do you think about the current 007? Is it too rough on movie goers or is action and violence the way to go? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest what your favorite announcements were!

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ICYMI – Lightsaber Duel at the World Fencing Championship

I don’t know much about fencing aside from what I’ve seen in video games (shoutouts to Soul Calibur) and television/movies. However, it’s easy to see that it takes a very high level of mastery to get to the top level as with many other sports and crafts. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when two high level fencers work with a choreographer to make a light saber fight you know you’re going to probably see something pretty awesome. You can watch the original here. However, I much prefer the “fixed” version of the lightsaber duel at the World Fencing Championship.

If you ended up watching both versions you definitely know how much more special the version with light saber effects and John Williams’ score was. There isn’t much to say other than I’m impressed and loved the work put into this. Kudos to the fencing school that put this together and I hope they do more, I’m sure it only helps to get the school noticed and up enrollment.

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