Scott Pilgrim: 5 Years Later

When it comes to relatable characters for young adults, no other name rings true like Scott Pilgrim! Created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Scott Pilgrim series took the pop culture world by storm, with relatable dialogue, nods to gaming, movies, and other comics, a realistic group of people in humorous situations, and an emotional overtone that made even the most minuscule of accomplishments seem glorious. While O’Malley recently released the standalone Seconds, Scott Pilgrim has also been updated in full-color deluxe versions, with sketches, deleted pages, notes from the film and comic creation, and plenty more to fully round out the world that is fictional Toronto, Canada. So with the sixth book finally being released, how does Scott Pilgrim stand up so long after the initial run?

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When the book was originally released, we only saw Scott Pilgrim with color in promotional material and in covers. Like The Walking Dead and other manga, the decision to stick with black and white is an artistic choice as much as it is a cost-effective one. And while the narrative is still intact, I have to say the overall addition of color is also a showcase for O’Malley’s evolution as an artist. Not only do we see colors, we see uses of shadow and shading where the was none, characters keeping a similar sense of style, and bold blacks being substituted for color accents. Just in this splash page alone, we see the sound’s bold black outlines being switched out for bright yellow-orange, which connects the sound more to the bordering panels.

“Why Don’t You Just Watch the Movie?”

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It may not have received a beautiful theatrical release, but the sales of Scott Pilgrim VS The World DVD/Blu-Ray went through the roof! So with many people loving the movie, there’s actually more reason to check out the source material. Many panels were used as direct storyboards and inspirations for scenes in the movie.

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There is also plenty of storylines that didn’t make it to film. Fans miss out on stories such as Lisa’s relationship with Scott, Lynette’s role in The Clash at Demonhead, and Joseph’s role as producer of the Sex Bob-omb album. Some fights were changed or not featured in the movie, such as Ramona fighting Envy, more of the band helping Scott, and Knives fighting Ramona very early on.SPV3PG131

Bonus Round!

Another huge bonus for fans of both the movie and the book are the backs on the books. After the story, we are treated to O’Malley’s notes on character creation, sketches, and scripts. There’s a good amount of photos used for sets in the story that were actually used in the filming as well, such as Scott and Wallace’s home, the library, and the rail that Lucas Lee is challenged to grind on. There are also deleted pages that give some minor characters bigger highlights and featured comics from previous promotional books.

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With Scott Pilgrim having an incredible movie and a fully fleshed out beat-em-up game to enjoy, it is incredibly rewarding to enjoy the source material that set the series off for greatness. It may have been a long time since the series debuted, but the stories, the heart, and the comical action never fail to put a smile to this reader’s face. The book is a pure delight to reread and the colors along with the additional content, are well worth the price.

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TV Runback – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Soooo we have those days where we catch up on a show. We missed the buzz. We become busy and forget an episode. Some of us are just plain old lazy. Thanks to the wonders of DVD box sets, Netflix, and the internet, more people are watching television shows than ever. This is what I’ve been catching up on.

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Brooklyn 99 is another comedy hot on the heels of success of Parks and Recreation and The Office. With its documentary style, quick paced jokes, and quirky cast, it’s easy to write this one-off as another knock off. However, Brooklyn Nine-Nine works in the realm of police work, detective cases, and an ongoing job that doesn’t start at 9 and end at 5.. Let’s break down the precinct and see what makes the team so great.

Detective Jake Peralta

Lead Andy Samberg takes charge of most cases as a go-getter detective who’s intelligence, unorthodox thinking, and almost whimsical sense of curiosity leads him to success. As a young but successful detective, he follows in the footsteps of career-minded newbies such as Scrubs’s Dr. John Dorian (J.D.) and Men At Work’s Milo Foster. While success means everything to Jake, he’s slowly learning to let people in on his cases and work in a team in a professional manner, not simply doing anything he wants to solve a case.

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Maybe one day he’ll grow up.

Detective Amy Santiago

The straight shooting, high achieving, good girl in the group, Amy is always striving to prove herself. Often times, she over-works herself and ends up embarrassed due to excess “foot-in-mouth” scenarios. She works just as hard as Jake, but is more career minded, looking for opportunities to put her on good terms with the captain.

She'll do just about anything to be the best.
She’ll do just about anything to be the best.

Detective Charles Boyle

The best friend to Jake, Charlie Boyle is a food connoisseur, upbeat optimist, injury prone detective who always plays second fiddle to most of his peers. While most find his fixation on trends, absurd fashions, and TMI stories annoying, Boyle makes a great detective and friend because of his attention to detail. He is also willing to take the bullet for the precinct and is known as the hardest working detective in the precinct.

He's also knows his way around a high five.
He’s also knows his way around a high five.

Detective Rosa Diaz

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Like every dark and gritty character in every cop film, Detective Diaz keeps an aura of mystery and violence at her fingertips. No one dares ask about her personal life, for she is a fortress of death stares and pure blunt force. Every cool guy you’ve seen in a movie (Snake Pliskin, Rambo, Han Solo) is all Rosa embodies and then some. Behind her cold demeanor is a heart of gold that cares about friends and more importantly, trust and honor above everything else. However, like Hulk, she just wants to be left alone.

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Gina Linetti

Gina works in the precinct but is one of the few main characters that simply does clerical work as the captain’s personal assistant. She’s goofy, has a (terrible) sense of the world and herself, and seems to be the most out of the loop even when she basically has nothing to worry about.

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Scully & Hitchcock

These two have been around longer than the Die Hard movies and their incompetence can be summed up better with pictures than words.

Here’s Hitchcock.

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Here’s Scully.

 

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Sargeant Terry Jeffords

First of all, what’s not to love about Terry Crews?

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Well, we see the Sergeant is a desk dweller who helps guide his detectives to success. While Terry seems a bit rash sometimes, he also is the biggest family man, with a wife and kids to think about every time he’s on the job. Temper flares, excessive muscles, and above all, caring for his team like a mother hen, Terry is a standout character that shows compassion amidst his goofiness.

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Captain Ray Holt

The straight man, the captain is a fantastic cop who rose up through the ranks, even when being black and openly gay hurts his hopes of success early in his career. So, in now running his own precinct, Captain Holt is a no-nonsense man who does whatever needs to be done, even if he pushes his detectives a bit far. From making Jake wear a tie to teaming up unconventional pairs. He also may be a numbers man, seeing his love for Moneyball is a bit much.tumblr_n0e7hefYZE1sikfv8o2_250

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Why is this show great?

Have I not mentioned team enough? While the humor,mockumentary style, and life lesson are all classic sitcom faire, the group ensemble is used to its fullest. While it’s easy to write off Jake as the easy lead in, everyone develops slowly but surely, with many story arcs being addressed in a natural fashion. The cutaway flashbacks are short enough to develop the character without dwelling on jokes too long. It’s a continually fresh show that continues to be over the top while keeping cases closed and letting the characters open up.

Luckily the show is very early, so what’s the last thing to do now? Go watch the series!

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Explaining Epic Moments In Gaming To Non-Gamers 101: Fighting Game Perfects

Have you ever been watching a stream and a friend peeks over your shoulder when something really awesome happens and you get super hype and they just give you a crazy look because they say it’s just a video game? Or maybe someone is watching you play games and something incredible just happened and they think you’re just way too excited because of how happy you are. It’s probably because they don’t understand the epicness of what just happened, and I’m going to help you explain that. Here is how to explain epic moments in gaming to non-gamers.

Today, we’re talking about beating your opponent without taking a mark on your own life bar, in other words a………..

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This is a compilation of perfects from Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

Now that we know what a perfect is, let’s get to explaining it to non-gamers!

You just got a perfect on someone who isn’t very good. Level of satisfaction? Minimal.

You just got a perfect on someone who is at least on your level. Level of satisfaction? You dropped your phone but caught it before it hit the ground. Your phone has a good case so it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but you’re still impressed with yourself.

You just got a perfect on someone who isn’t very good, but they were talking smack because they thought they were good. Level of satisfaction? Throwing and hitting someone you dislike in the face with a Nokia brick phone.

You just got a perfect on someone who is at least on your level or better. Level of satisfaction? You dropped your phone and caught it an inch off the ground. You have a smart phone with no case and it definitely would have downloaded the spider-web app (a broken screen) the second it touched the ground.

You just got a perfect on someone who is at least on your level or better who has been talking trash the whole time. Level of satisfaction? Your crush drops his/her phone and you catch it before it hits the ground, and they compliment you about your ninja reflexes while giving you the physical embrace you’ve been daydreaming about. 

You just got a perfect to win a tournament set. Level of satisfaction?

Yup.

If you’ve got a suggestion for something you’d like to explain, let me know! I’d love to hear it and will definitely consider it.

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GIVEAWAY: Superman: For Tomorrow

It’s the last month of the year, but thanks to the reception we’ve had for the last two giveaways, we’re having another giveaway. Each one will be a separate article so we can better track the contestants to put into our random hat to pull out a winner! To win, check out the terms below.

The Rules:

-You have to like our facebook page, this is so we can keep track of who shares the post and put down a name.

-SHARE Nerd Swole’s facebook post! It has to be ours, or we won’t be able to know who has shared and hasn’t shared the link to track the name! You can also enter by retweeting this tweet with the hashtag #NerdSwoleGiveaway.

-That’s it! You’re entered and at 11:59PM,  December 5th we will close the entry and pick a winner on December 6th!

In honor of the recently ended Superman: Unchained, I decided we all need a bit more Jim Lee and Superman in our lives. Today’s freebie is….

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The book is not wrapped in plastic but this trade paperback is in great shape, no problem

Here’s the official description:
“The complete 12-part saga from SUPERMAN #204-215 written by Brian Azzarello with sensational art by Jim Lee!
A cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected; not even Superman! But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it’s torture. And, just as the action heats up and the stakes are raised, one huge question emerges: Just how far is Superman willing to go ‘For Tomorrow?'”

 

5 Shows Cancelled Too Quickly.

Now I know we’ve all got our own ideas, and I’m sure readers will see familiar names and say they got movies or whatever. Movies are great, they tell stories and generally wrap up a story that was started in the movie fairly well. However, this should really only happen after a TV show has had its full run, and if it hasn’t, a movie will just leave fans wanting more, either in between the series and the movie or after the movie. That being said, let’s get started. Here are 5 shows cancelled too quickly.

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5. Almost Human, 2013

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In a lot of ways, this isn’t just about the show Almost Human, it is also about how much FOX seems to hate sci-fi shows. The show Terra Nova also got the boot after a half season, and even though Fringe got 5 seasons, people still say it was too early for that show as well. I personally just enjoyed Almost Human the most among the shows FOX has recently put out and cancelled. The show was easy to follow and didn’t require you to necessarily tune in every week which is under-appreciated in a lot of television today.

The show follows a loose cannon detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) who dislikes androids but partners with one, Dorian (Michael Ealy). Yes, it is essentially the plot of I, Robot but there is a lot to flesh out in a story like that. There will always be racial undertones to address when creating a race of some kind, and in this case androids. There is always the buddy cop story, and whatever back story Kennex had. On top of this, the show had a build up to something called The Wall, and we really never get the pay off for that.

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4. Arrested Development, 2003-2006

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I’m well aware that it had a 4th season on Netflix, but did that really feel like Arrested Development? I would say no, I know the actors are all doing their own thing right now and that is why the season is made and shot the way it was. That is why I think the show was cancelled too early, and it is easy to say it would have been preferable for the show to have continued opposed to it being revived some years later. It isn’t bad by any means now, it just isn’t the Arrested Development fans fell in love with years back. Season 5 is also supposed to be happening at some point according to the creator of the show, and hopefully that’ll be more aligned with what we’re used to from Arrested Development.

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3. Freaks and Geeks, 1999-2000

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I’m currently watching this show for the first time, and am dreading the fact that it will only last for one season. Even though it is set in the 80’s, there was a lot to learn about life and growing up in that series. The series follows a group of geeks Sam Weir (John Francis Daley), Neil Schweiber (Sam Levine), and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr). While it also followed a group of freaks (which in this case means slackers and burnouts) and the main character that was becoming friends with them, Lindsey Weir (Linda Cardellini), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), Daniel Desario (James Franco), Ken Miller (Seth Rogen), and Kim Kelly(Busy Philipps).

That’s quite the cast, and it is no coincidence that those are actors of numerous Judd Apatow films as he was the executive producer of Freaks. The show had a great balance of comedy and drama, while teaching characters and viewers about life, what it meant to recognize who you are and growing up.

That’s a pretty important life lesson. The show became a cult classic and obviously all of those actors went on to be pretty successful Hollywood actors, and since it has been gone for 14 years now, it’s unlikely to make any kind of return, but fans of the show will know that these actors constantly find screen time with each other in other shows and movies.

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2. Young Justice, 2010-2013

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Ah, the curve ball of the group. Young Justice was an animated series on Cartoon Network that followed the adventures of former sidekicks (don’t call them that though) as they formed their own team to take care of the business that the Justice League couldn’t, or wasn’t able to. It had a great voice cast led by Nolan North, Jesse McCartney (Yes, that Jesse McCartney), and Danica McKellar.

Essentially Young Justice was just another victim of Cartoon Network’s need to sell toys. The show had incredibly mature themes and very dark undertones, and apparently did not appeal to kids enough for them to purchase toys. However, the show had a great following from an older crowd and that crowd has tried numerous things to try and get the show back on the air. Including change.org petitions and crowdfunding. Both to no avail.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened with CN, they also cancelled Teen Titans on a cliffhanger as well. However, they did bring the titans back in a much more goofy manor with their current show Teen Titans! GO! Needless to say though, fans aren’t satisfied and are extremely upset with Cartoon Network still.

There are plenty of things running around the rumor mill about this show. It could possibly return as a live action show on the CW, a DC animated movie could always be in the works, and maybe CN finally grows a goddamn heart and brings back a show to at least tie up its loose ends.

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1. Firefly, 2002-2003

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There is a reason that the largest Comic-Con in the world still has a panel every single year for Brown Coats(fans of the show). There is a reason that when Joss Whedon was asked “what cast would you most like to reunite for a passion project, given infinite resources” during his Dark Horse q&a panel 2 years ago, he would pick the crew of the Serenity to bring back together. There is a reason that this show is referenced to in numerous forms of pop culture, ranging from The Big Bang Theory to Futurama. There is a reason that Nathan Fillion’s current show Castle has a crap ton of references and callbacks to Firefly.

For those that don’t know, Firefly was a sci-fi western about a rag tag group travelling the universe trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs. They have various run-ins with authorities and the scum of the underworld, while also dealing with dangers that are far more scary and terrifying in Reavers. Firefly included numerous clever and new twists on sci-fi, such as Mandarin being the popular language.

The crew was littered with groundbreaking and interested characters. You had a companion(some would say whore), a mechanic that was the sweetest girl in the world, the over-the-top macho guy with a name more common for girls, the wisecracking badass captain, the super cool pilot who was married to this girl that was the captain’s right hand woman, a doctor who cared deeply for his sister and did everything to protect her, and the sister who had the craziest of secrets. How could you not already be in love?

Yes, I’m also well aware of Serenity, and I loved it, but the universe had so much more to find and offer that couldn’t have been fit in one single movie. The cast have all gone on to new projects including voice acting, new shows, movies, and video games. However, that doesn’t stop them from popping up in each other’s show here and there which makes every brown coat cry a single tear every time.

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19 Gifs For Moments of Everyday Gamers.

Sometimes gamers have trouble expressing emotion. Who needs emotions when you’ve got gifs?

For when you and one buddy win an against all odds situation.

For when you school a younger kid at his own game.

Don’t reach, youngblood.

For when your teammates are arguing and you don’t know what to do.

For when you wreck someone who has been talking smack all game.

 For when you’re a girl playing an online game (or so I’ve been told).

For when you and your team execute a plan perfectly.

For when you and the rest of the team are dead and watch one player make an epic play.

For when you guess the opponent’s next move and you’re exactly right.

For when your team tells you to be be careful because the other guy is supposed to be really good.

For when you start playing for real.

This isn’t even my final form.

For when you get an amazing item in a randomized box.

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For when noobs complain about you using a “cheap tactic”.

 

For when you get wrecked after talking a bunch of smack.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Had an Alternate Ending.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2  was a pretty polarizing movie around NerdSwole. One of us liked it, another one of us liked some of it, and the very last of us just sat there shaking his head. You can read 2/3 of our thoughts on this review here. However, there is an alternate ending that has made its way to the web(ha, I’m funny). I watched it, but have struggled to find another working link as Sony is now working double time to delete all of them. I’ll tell you what happened, but first….

Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the movie and plan to.

Peter is going through his mourning at the Gwen’s grave at the end of the film. And then Richard Parker appears. Yes, the one who supposedly died, but pulled a Michelle Rodriguez on us. He looks kind of messed up but you can tell its him. Peter is upset, but warms up a tiny bit after talking. They go to a bench and share a hug, and continue talking. Richard Parker goes on to explain he did everything he did to protect the family, and that he thought he was going to save the world. However, he realizes that responsibility has actually fallen to Peter. He then says “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

Details of his real-fake death are left untold. This isn’t an early script cut either, the scene is shot, which suggests that pretty late in the process they decided this scene did not work and they would cut it.

Here’s the thing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 simply had too much story for me. Yet not enough story for some characters. What I mean by that is that they gave all the characters half a story rather than give half the characters a full story. What I’m saying is some characters are just unnecessary.

That being said, I completely agree with them cutting this scene, simply because it was just way too much to handle. However, does this mean that we are still dealing with the possibility of Richard Parker being alive in whatever film comes next? I don’t know, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts. Would you have preferred this ending? Did you like the movie? Sound off!

UPDATE: 

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Nerdswole is at San Diego Comic Con!

You heard it right! Brian, Alex, and Erin will be at the swolest nerd event of the year: San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Of course, we’ll be on the show floor, waiting for panels, and hauling all sorts of swag. However, we’re also here to witness the big events. Keep checking up on the Nerd Swole homepage for live updates and articles about the breaking news and releases that will be unveiled here at San Diego Comic-Con! Starting Thursday, all three of us will be posting as often as possible up until Sunday to cover the convention and make it like you came here yourself!

Now, to add to the SDCC hype train, here’s a list our must-see panels and booths!

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Every year I’ve been going to the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels because they always have good footage and bring out the entire cast to talk and answer questions. Both panels are always a fun time, the creators and cast seem to love the environment. Apart from that, I think everyone should be watching the Image Comics panels to see all the best of the best in the comics industry and to hear what’s new creative ideas are releasing soon.

The Walking Dead Panel 2013
The Walking Dead Panel 2013


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I’m super excited about Saturday’s Hall H presentations. Hall H will have Marvel and Warner Brothers. I’m also extremely excited to test play Super Smash Bros 4 in the Nintendo lounge. However, my favorite activity is always looking at all of the amazing cosplay people do. Here are some examples from last year:

Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Otacon from the Metal Gear Solid franchise.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
Warriors of Asgard protecting Mjolnr.
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Brian will be cosplaying this year, look out for his costume!

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While the con itself was jam-packed with every fandom in existence, events and locales around the area were just as incredible. From the Nintendo Lounge (aka the mini-E3), the DC Charity Booth featuring custom KIA vehicles and auctioned off artwork, and even the Walking Dead obstacle course at Padres stadium, the whole city was alive with passion and excitement. Within the con, I can hardly wait for the Marvel and Warner Bros panels on Saturday, along with the premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham!

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Auctioned off Batman artwork.
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Please feel free to contact me/us if you want to meet up at SDCC 2014!

Brian: @theTwentyTwo
Erin: @GuyNamedErin
Alex: @Bumsteezy

 

This is NerdSwole’s 101st Post.

Hey there everyone,

As the title says this is the 101st published post of NerdSwole. And that is worth celebrating! I’m hoping me and the other writers will write our personal thoughts on this accomplishment, but the point of this post is not the NerdSwole team. It is you guys and gals, the readers. You might ask why that is worth noting and telling you guys about. You might claim that it is an accomplishment on our part and not your part, but that is simply not true. It is you guys and gals that visit our page that got us to 100 posts. It would be easy for me to claim that I’m really passionate about writing and being nerdy, but that really isn’t the case. I like writing, I do, but what keeps me going is when I engage with others and discuss the topics that I wrote about. Holding a top view count against Alex and Erin (shots fired), doesn’t hurt my competitive ego either.

I also recognize the fact that we’re not the easiest website to be a fan of, whether it be inconsistent posting, us not writing about the stuff you want to hear more about, or your favorite writer going on a break. So that’s why with the 101st post I want to thank everyone who visits our page, reads the things that we put out, and shares our articles.

I mentioned it earlier, but the readers are what keeps this thing alive. As small as it may be, we’ve carved out a tiny community and I’m glad to be a part of it. So while we continue this journey to post thoughts about nerdy things, life happenings, and creating a space where you can flex your geeky awesomeness, I just want to say that each and every view/subscribe/facebook like means a lot to us at NerdSwole. Essentially what this all adds up to is to a big thank you. And what better way to do that then a steam of gifs.

–Brian

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Why “The Lego Movie” is gonna rock your world

First off:

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I truly don’t.

I plan on seeing the movie’s midnight premiere but I know the general gist of the plot. The character above, Emmet, ventures from his simple life to vast worlds to save the Lego universe. But here’s why I’m ready for this movie to take home all the Oscars.

1. The Animation

This isn’t your Disney animated movie with visuals that came right out of your dreams and then strikes at your very soul with poise, grace, and beauty.

It's the details that count. My gosh that cape.
It’s the details that count. My gosh that cape.

It’s also not a Dreamworks animated feature, with enough eyebrow raising characters and more simple designs to keep kids interested, the action more slapstick, and the faces more comedic.

Just look at all those different faces.
Just look at all those different faces.

The Lego Movie is a Warner Brothers movie. But with that, we see the movie take on more of a mix between stop motion and a more cinematic tone.

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You’d think it wouldn’t be that easy to blow up, but you know…..Lego logic?

The animation works within the limitations of LEGO to create a world that we have thought about since LEGO came into existence. Many people work with LEGO to produce stop animation, and while the movie is computer animated, it understands the nature of the toys and do not portray animation (other than facial expressions) that isn’t possible with LEGO. The explosion above, the pieces coming off, even the lasers are all LEGO pieces.

2. The Comedic Cast

Missing: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, Will Forte, & Jorma Taccone.
Missing: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Liam Neeson, Will Forte, & Jorma Taccone.

It’s an interesting blend of comedic actors that mesh really well together, considering where they’re known best. They all bring life to the characters, whether’s it’s Will Arnett’s simple-minded Batman, Will Ferrell’s egotistical Lord Business that uncanny resembles his Zoolander character Mugatu, or even Liam Neeson, playing a schizophrenic cop with rotating faces. LEGO has also been portraying comedy through their various video game/franchise tie ins and now the actors have the full range to interact with an incredibly vast LEGO world.

While the DC heroes will resemble their comic book counterparts, it’s the original characters that I’m most excited for. They will be bringing to life everyday people in the LEGO world and these driving forces will bring together the movie’s central theme…

3. The film captures the essence of LEGO

Emmet is your everyday LEGO worker. He gets up, gets ready for the day, works within his confines, and enjoys his simple life as it’s been portrayed in the instructions. There’s not much more to that life until his incredible journey begins and he sees people from all over the LEGO world, from Abraham Lincoln in a rocket chair, to a pirate robot.

People who enjoy LEGO enjoy the building and then the ability for all these things to be changeable and exist in one realm. You can build what you want and they can serve any purpose. Superman can ride a pony and a spaceman can captain a pirate ship. All of these toys fit together so that anything is possible.

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Flying helpless in the air, but all he’s noticing is that his hair fell off. Classic Lego.

The film is a love letter to us who grew up with LEGO and let our imaginations run wild with our wide casts of characters, multi-function parts, colorful designs, and endless possibilities. The movie will be bringing to life what normally happens in children’s imaginations and that single fact may be worth the admission ticket alone.

With that, I’ll leave it up to you to check out the movie. Feel free to let Nerdswole know what you think of the movie by writing in the comments below.