Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 by random nerdling

So Felicia Day and the guys over at Geek and Sundry have posted a video containing their Geekalutions.

After watching it I decided to come up with a bit of my own. I figured they’d be easier to do than my normal eat better/go to gym. So mine are as follows.

1.) Write more! If you are a “follower” of my blog you’ll notice how little I’ve been updating lately. I’m thinking of starting a different blog that will be more of a personal type than a media type.

2.) Play a D&D style game.  I’ve wanted to play D&D for awhile now. Now that I have a steady game group I’m hoping that we can at least get one campaign going.

3.) A 24 hour gaming event. This just came in to play the other day when Tom and the guys at the dice tower announced that they are doing one. My buddy Aaron and i just started talking about it. Hopefully in the summer.

4.) Watch Battlestar Galactica and 2 other shows on my list.  I have a huge list of TV shows I want need to watch. Battlestar Galactica, The Wire, The X-Files, Smallvile, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, Bored to Death, Nip/Tuck and Californication are all on my list.
Plus I have to finish Torchwood, Chuck, Burn Notice, Rescue Me, Private Practice, Greys Anatomy, House, Dexter, and The West Wing.

5.) Read more. I have a ton of comics that I haven’t even touched. Y: The Last Man, The Question, Transmetropolitian, Starman, Sandman, The Flash, Teen Titans, just to name a few.

6.) And finally I need to FINISH A VIDEO GAME. I am the worst at finishing video games. The only games I have finished in the past 5 years or so I’ve only finished Injustice and the Arkham video games.

So what are your Geekalutions?

Need help finding a new game?

Posted in Board Games, Websites with tags , on March 9, 2013 by random nerdling

*I meant to post this before March 30 for #tabletopday but forgot to set it up, so here it is.

So this last week I was looking for a couple new games to pick up. I did the usual stuff I asked a few of my friends who have similar taste in games what they thought I’d like, but I still wasn’t comfortable buying the games suggested. $40-$70 is a lot for a game that will get played once and then just sit at the bottom of my closet. I signed up at Board Game Geek and compared games and read opinions but the things that helped me the most were on YouTube. I’m going to talk about the three that helped the most, these are not in any type of order.

Watch it Played is an extremely good show. The main host is Rodney every week or so he sits down, usually with his two co-hosts his daughter Andrea and his son Luke, and plays game or a part of a game. This is a great channel, it’s easy to watch and extremely informative. The first episode is him explaining the rules and gameplay, which is then followed by videos of them playing the game. He usually breaks up the game play in to at least two episodes and than lets viewers vote on what to do next, or when possible he has a player on the board that the viewers can control. This is a great way to see how to play the game and if it is something that you would like to play. Downside to this channel is time because of the way it’s film it does take a commitment at times. That’s really the only downside and its not that big of a deal. This really is a good show to get behind and watch, plus it’s great to see a family playing games together.

Dice Tower is a great review show. They have 100’s of reviews, with multiple people doing the reviews, and top 10 lists. The main review is Tom he is occasionally joined by his daughters or friends. Sam and Zee, Ryan is also main reviewer although I haven’t watched many of his reviews. This show is really really informative and vast, it really is hard to find a game that they haven’t reviewed. They have a website which is extremely user friendly and the show is entertaining, easy to watch and with the exception of the top 10 list the review videos are only 10-15 min long. The downside to this show is something that REALLY REALLY bothers me, when Tom introduces a game he dumps ALL the game pieces on the table. Every time he does it I get a tiny bit anxious thinking about the dinged corners and how long it’s gonna take to pick it all up and organize it neatly again. I’m a big fan of the top ten list that they’ve put out recently. My favorites are games NOT to play with an angry person and games that look stupid but aren’t.

Tabletop is a show similar to Watch it Played but it is edited down for time(they have recently started uploading the full game), viewers don’t vote for what happens, and it has famous people. It’s hosted by Wil Wheaton and is on Felicia Days Youtube channel Geek and Sundry, for each game Wil brings in different guest to spice it up some. Its a really fun and they pick interesting games to play. I actually found out about one of my favorite board games(Pandemic) on this show. It has been mentioned that (at least in the edited versions) it seems like they have ignored certain rules or changed them, Wil usually does mention any house rules.

When looking for a new game I can not suggest these channels enough, also check out everyone there is very helpful and nice.

1313 Mockingbird Lane

Posted in TV with tags on November 4, 2012 by random nerdling

A week or two ago NBC aired their pilot for Mockingbird Lane as a tv movie/special. Originally I wrote it off as a horrible idea, why remake a show like the The Munsters? It seems like it’s an idea that would only work on the campy level of the original from the 60’s.

I’m not sure why or how but after I originally wrote off the show it popped back up on my radar, but after a little while I started to get interested in the show. Eddie Izzard (Dressed to Kill, The Riches) as Grandpa Munster, Jerry O’Connell (Joe’s Apartment, Sliders) as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) directed by Bryan Singer (dir. X-men, House, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies).

Really the two that made me want to try this show were of course Eddie Izzard and Bryan Fuller. Izzard is in my top 3 comics and I really enjoyed The Riches. Fuller wrote one of my favorite shows Pushing Daisies.I was still hesitant going in to the show , the Munsters that we know and loved are campy.

But by the end of the episode I’m hooked. I love this show, there are things that can be fixed, but what pilot episode has been perfect? It is a fun and witty show that keeps some of the campiness of the original but doesn’t over do it. It’s a fresh take on the characters that works well.

You can watch the pilot on Hulu for free or just click here. I’ll be genuinely disappointed if NBC doesn’t pick this up, they’re still moving around the premier date for Community’s 4th season.

Does Tough Guys hold up?

Posted in Movies on June 28, 2012 by random nerdling

Tough Guys came out in 1986, it stars Burt Lancaster(Harry), Kirk Douglas(Archie), and Dana Carvey (Richie their parole officer). It’s about 2 gangsters who get out of prison after 30 years for robbing a train. Not only do they have to deal with how the world has changed in 30 years and being forced to retire but as soon as they get out of the prison gates a guy tries to kill them.

It was nice to see that my favorite parts of the film still held up stopping the bank robbery and fighting the gang in the ally. One thing that forces me out is the same thing that brought me out as a kid. When Archie goes to that weird ass store before his date. It seems like every movie from the 80s and 90s when somebody goes to LA or travels forward in time they pick the weirdest most fucked up store they can think of. Things start to sink when when Harry is forced into a nursing home, Archie has to work at a crappy ice cream place, and their old bar is now a gay bar. They fake a heart attack to steal an armored truck only to find out it’s basically empty, they get away with a roll of quarters. After this they decide to get the gang back together, only to find out that most of them are dead or unable to do anything without a nurse.  So they decided to rob the same train that ended up putting them in jail the first time, since it’s going on its final run before the train is retired.

I still love this movie, it reminds me of my grandmother and it’s a good watch. Ultimately I don’t know why this isn’t out on DVD yet. It’s a fun movie from the 80s and holds up.

Christmas Episodes

Posted in TV with tags on December 18, 2011 by random nerdling

Every tv show from Spongbob to The X-files at some time does a Christmas themed episode. Personally I prefer Christmas tv episodes and specials more than Christmas movie. Here are some of my favorite episodes.

We’ll start with a really messed up one but after this this will get more jolly.

Tales From The Crypt
1.2 All through the house
A women kills her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa breaks in to her house. It’s one of the first Tales from the Crypt episodes I remember watching. So it’s always held a special creepy space in my heart.

2.11 Abeds Uncontrollable Christmas
Community has only been on for 3 seasons but have a Christmas episode for each season. My favorite of these is in the second season Abed goes crazy and thinks everyone is in a claymation Christmas special and they gang try’s to snap him out of it. It’s a lot of fun and possibly my favorite Christmas themed episode.

1.11 My Own Personal Jesus
I’m a huge Scrubs fan, I even enjoyed the last 2 seasons, to an extent. This episode is great JD compares Jesus to a Monopoly player token he keeps in his pocket and Elliot saves a girl in labor. I wish they did more Christmas episodes later on when they started to use Nurse Laverne more.

I just finished Glees Christmas episode from season 3, and it was great. Artie directs a Christmas special for a local channel which obviously stars the New Directions. The acting was great. You really believed they were high school students acting on tv for the first time. Rachel and Kurt were over acting, everyone (especially Finn) looked right in to the camera, and Puck tripped. It was a fun episode.

When through with these be sure to check out It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphias Christmas Special and any christmas episode of The Office.

I’m to old for this shit.

Posted in Movies on December 11, 2011 by random nerdling

Unfortunately I was busy during the month of my favorite holiday, Halloween. Even though Christmas is my least favorite holiday there are some great Christmas movies out there. And everyone of course knows the basics (Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, ect.) but my list is for people who hate Christmas and Christmas movies. So throw away all that useless cheer and pour yourself a cup of cynicism and enjoy…. Lethal Weapon!

Reasons it’s a Christmas movie?
The movie opens with Jingle Bell Rock. It is littered with Christmas decorations and Christmas specials are constantly on the tv. Riggs even goes “tree shopping”

This was one of my favorite movies growing up. It is THE cop movie, it starts a great series, but number one is by far the best, it’s full of action and laughs.

There are two scenes that have always gotten me and both involve Mel Gibson. In the first one Gibbs loads one bullet in to his gun and contemplates killing himself. It’s so stressful, even though it’s obvious that Riggs isn’t going to kill himself, since he is a main character. The other scene is when they have Riggs strung up and are electrocuting him. It just looks painful.

It’s such a great buddy cop movie and builds a great foundation for their partnership in the movies to come. My favorite part of the movie is when Riggs and Mr. Joshua fight at the end of the movie. They finally bring the movie to an end with Riggs joining the Murtaughs for a family Christmas.

Be sure to check back for more Christmas movies for people who hate Christmas and Christmas movies.

New tv

Posted in TV on November 26, 2011 by random nerdling

I hope everyone had a good thanksgiving and no one got injured during black Friday. Speaking of black friday if you’ve been eyeing some of the great prints at Wonder Bros be sure to pick it up during their buy 1 get 1 sale.

I’ll start by saying I am the reason Whitney is still on tv. I’m a big fan of her standup which may be the reason I like the show. Don’t get me wrong I don’t love the show but I do enjoy watching it. I think she’s funny and do is the show to a lesser extent. It’s just your basic show about a boyfriend and girlfriend.

Whitney Cummings is a good writer though. I love her other show 2 Broke Girls. It’s about a girl who use to be rich but lost it all when he dad went to jail for running a Ponzi scheme. She then moves in with Kat Dennings character who as always been paycheck to paycheck. It took the first couple of episodes to get on to it, but once I did I fell in love. I’m a big fan of Kat Dennings and she is great in this show. The best way to describe it is a 90’s TGIF show with dick jokes. I really love Kats character and her cynicism. It also co-stars the amazing funny Garrett Morris.

Zooey Deschanels show New Girl is about a girl who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in to an apartment with 3 guys. Although the show is good, every episode ends with the same “Aww shucks” feeling.

Last Man Standing stars Tim Allen and Nancy Travis from So I Married An Axe Murderer. Allen plays a right wing conservative who works at a outdoors men magazine/store. It’s basically about his life at home and dealing with his 3 daughters one of which got pregnant in high school. It is better than I thought it was going to be and very funny.

Grimm is a pretty basic show. It’s basically the first couple seasons of Supernatural just without the brotherly connection. It’s 1 guy hunting down fairy tale creatures and urban legends. Like I said its good but nothing we haven’t seen.

Now Once Upon A Time is something new. Its about a town of fairy tale characters unaware of a spell that was placed on them, and a child trying to help them. The first half of the first episode is really bad. But every episode after that has been pretty good. It kind of reminds me of this comic series Fables. Except in the comic they are in hiding and know their past.

All of these, except for 2 Broke Girls, are on Hulu.

I’m baaaack!

Posted in Art with tags on November 14, 2011 by random nerdling

So I’ve been away awhile. I got a little busy with work but in a week or two things should get back on track.

So Mike from WonderBros did it again. He did this amazing painting of one of the DVD sleeves for Army of Darkness. And it turned out amazing.


And if you notice in the lower right hand corner he got it autographed by Bruce Campbell! Mike truly went out of his way to make this even cooler.

His brother is working on prints of The Road Warrior and of Escape from New York. He has done some great work with The Lost Boys, Donnie Darko, Sharkapuss, and The Thing just to name a few. You can go to their site or store.. To check out and buy their work.

Next week will be about this seasons new shows.

Top 10 Tv shows pt 2

Posted in List, TV on September 16, 2011 by random nerdling

A quick reminder 10-6 were in order Scrubs, Daria, Firefly, Supernatural, and Six Feet Under. The following 5 took a lot of thought in how I should place them, but I think I finally got it. I also wanted to watch the latest seasons so I could be as up to date as possible.

5.) Grey Anatomy

Greys Anatomy. Now at first I wasn’t a big fan of the show and I’m still not a big fan of the lead character Meredith, but the side characters are amazing. I just finished season seven and it is honestly one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen. In season seven the team at Seattle Grace is dealing with the shooting that took place at the end of season six. This is a really great show, once you get past the Mcdreamy faze. I can’t pick a favorite episode because a single one hasn’t stuck with me but I can not say enough good things about season 7 as a whole.

4.) Doctor Who (the new series)

As much as I love this show. The first season was extremely hard to get through and it does have some ok episodes. But once you get past season one and get to the David Tennant years it gets much better. David Tennant and Matt Smith are great Doctors. The show has some amazingly creepy and touching moments. I went in to the show much deeper in a previous post. My favorite episodes are Blink, Flesh and Stone, and The End of Time(Tennants last episode)

3.) Dexter

Who doesn’t love a serial killer you can cheer for. Michael C. Hall is amazing as Dexter and Jennifer Carpenter is great as Deb. Its a really great brother and sister team up. The writing and character development is some of the best. I also really like the fact that they have an end for the show. They just aren’t going to keep going until the viewers get bored of it. Season 1 started out really strong with the Ice Truck killer and also followed the books pretty close but after that they both went their own way. The show also has been able to pull some pretty big names including John Lithgow, Juilia Stiles, Peter Weller, and Colin Hanks in this upcoming season. It’s great to see Daddy Dexter too now that Rita is gone. Again this is a hard one to pick just one episode because the episodes aren’t singular. But the episode where Dexter head butts Doakes (That Night, a Forest Grew), and the episode where Dexter proves he’s a dad (Teenage Wasteland) are probably two of the best.

2.) Sons of Anarchy

I love this show. It’s more about family than anything else. The acting is great, Ron Perlmen is just bad ass. The writing is great it’s very Shakespearean. It starts out strong and stays that way, which is a nice change of pace. So far each season arc has been well done. In season 1 they really get in to Jaxs character, in season 2 it’s more of Clays story, and season 3 really gets in to Chibs, who is a great B list character. Piney is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I hope that they do a back story on the original 9. Once again I went much deeper in to this show in a previous post. My favorite episode has to be the Knife or Fire episode, as hard as it is to watch it’s a pretty great episode.

1.) Buffy/Angel

The only tie on my list and it’s because I consider them the same show. I take place in the same universe and they are, in my opinion, equally good. I can never decide which one I like better. This is Joss Whedon at his finest. The writing is brilliant, the actors are amazing. Even the season of Buffy that take place in comic books are really good. Buffy went on for 7 years and Angel was on for 5. Between the 2 of the shows the was probably a dozen ok to bad episodes, but even the worst episode of Buffy or Angel is better then half the stuff on tv now. I almost didn’t watch this show because an ex of mine made me watch every episode of Charmed and I thought it was going to be the same shitty show, but i was extremely wrong. The dark willow arc was probably my favorite of the arcs, and a tie for least favorite was Dawn being the Key and the arc after Angel took over Wolfram and Hart, it was weird seeing Angel Investigations in a law firm. And in Buffy I wish that they would have done more with Adam. They really didn’t use him for much. My favorite characters tho are definitely Anya, Xander (both Buffy) and Lorne (from Angel). As for episodes Hush(silent episode) and Once more with Feeling(musical episode) are both amazing, and I personally loved The Body(episode where buffys mom dies). As far as Angel Smile Time is amazing (puppet episode), and even tho it ends with a huge cliff hanger the last episode is great. Lorne has such an amazing speech in it. Really you can’t go wrong when Lorne is in the scene. These two shows have a lot of heart and are both very emotional at times. But in my opinion you can’t do better then Buffy and Angel.

Honorable Mentions

I watch a lot of TV shows on DVD or Netflix instant so breaking this down to 10 shows was really hard to do. So here is a short list of what got kicked off and why.

Glee ~ Season 1 was great and fun. Season 2 felt over done and preachy.

Boston Legal ~ Its a good show and fun to watch but it doesn’t have much meat. It’s just a funny show about court cases.

Rescue Me ~ I love Denis Leary and this show but it’s hard to re-watch. It is a good show with great writing tho.

Burn Notice ~ It’s a good show and probably my number 11. I just had to cut something.

Community ~ Is a great show just again not enough room.

The Walking Dead ~ Its to new, with only one season it can go either way.

Weeds ~ The last few seasons have been really hard to watch. Ever since she left Agrestic it’s been downhill for her and the show. Seasons 1-3 are amazing tho.

Chuck ~ It’s a fun geeky spy show but ultimately at times you don’t really care about the characters.

30 Rock ~ Tracy Morgan is hit or miss with me so I have to be in a certain mood to watch it, but I do love Alec Baldwin and of course Tina Fey.

And then the first cuts were

It’s always Sunny in Philly, The Office, House, My Name is Earl and Nurse Jackie.

All of these shows are good shows and you should check them out but I could only do 10 as much as I wanted to double it.

You better believe I fear god.

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 2, 2011 by random nerdling

I know I said that part 2 of my top ten tv shows would be my next post but I forgot that Red State hit VOD today. I’ll try to keep it fairly spoiler free. I’m watching it for the 3rd time as I write this. You can get all the information on where to watch it here.

Red State is about 3 kids going in to the woods to get laid by someone they met online, who are then kidnaped by a small religious group.

One thing that really stood out to me was the cast. Everyone is insanely believable and no one feels like they were just dropped in.

Michael Parks plays Abin Cooper the pastor of the church and he is amazing. During the sermon he honestly creeps me out. It is such an amazing performance, if he doesn’t at least get an Oscar nomination something is wrong. I am not over exaggerating or kidding when I say that there isn’t a bad performance in the film.

It is shot beautifully. Kevin really knows how to make you feel like you are in this movie. The sermon has a true church feel to it. You really feel like your people watching in the back of the church.

There isn’t any real music in the film. With the exception of a car ride every song is sung by Michael Parks, and he has such an amazing voice. It’s haunting and relaxing at the same time. In fact since all of the songs are religious I’m thinking about picking up the sound track for my grandma.

In the end Red State is a fast paced film that is full of twist and turns that everyone should see. The best way to describe it is a thriller but really it’s just a genre stew. It really is my favorite movie of the year. Again if you wanna watch it you can go here for all the information.

In slightly related news congratulations to Kevin and the guys from Tell ’em Steve Dave! AMC greenlit their reality show based out of Jay and Silent Bobs Secret Stash. Check out the promo art below, with zombie paintings of the TESD crew by the wonder bros.