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Power Rangers Go, Go To A Bad Place

Posted March 25, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

In the last decade and a half it seems like Hollywood had wasted no time making big budgets versions of precious childhood memories, to varying effect. So it was only a matter of time before Mighty Morphin Power Rangers received the cinematic reboot treatment. This is a project that I have been following closely for 2 […]

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Cosplay Melee Is A Heroic Change Of Pace

Posted March 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

If you are a fan of cosplay as I am, you will be impressed at the skill and creativity demonstrated by the contestants on the first episode of Syfy’s new show Cosplay Melee. If you are fan of timed competition reality shows, like History Channel’s blade-making show Forged in Fire or The Food Network’s Chopped, […]

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Iron Fist Is The Weak Link in Marvel’s Chain, But Not A Break

Posted March 18, 2017 by Rodney Brown

First, let’s answer a couple of questions. Is Iron Fist as bad as many critics say? No, it isn’t. Are the critics correct about the problems? Yes, but those problems don’t affect the overall quality of the show nearly as much as many critics contend. Below is my spoiler-free review. I will talk in generalities […]

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Beauty and the Beast is Faithful and Formulaic

Posted March 17, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

In every sense of the word, Disney’s 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, is magical. It features one of the earliest strong female Disney characters. The ballroom dance scene is gorgeous, setting the bar high for visual style and romantic appeal as well as being one of the first fully computer-animated sequences in a […]

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Kong: Skull Island Is Just Monkeying Around

Posted March 9, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

I saw the two big-budget franchise properties hitting theaters this week: Logan and Kong: Skull Island. Both feature rage-fueled, hairy characters protecting their adopted families from a world that hates them. One is daring, original, and brilliantly acted; the other has a giant CGI gorilla. The latest remake of the 85-year-old Kong saga brings the […]

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Black Cosplay Showcase Video from Katsucon 2017

Posted March 1, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Is it OK to extend #28daysofblackcosplay into a 29th day? Unfortunately for us, post-Katsucon con crud and colds delayed this video into March. But under the theory it is never too late to celebrate awesomeness, we present this video showing off some of the outstanding black cosplayers we filmed at Katsucon. Among the cosplayers in […]

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Logan Is The X-Universe Movie We Need AND Deserve

Posted February 18, 2017 by Alec Bellante

It’s sad to see Hugh Jackman leave us as Wolverine (he has confirmed this is his last movie in the role) but he does so behind the best-written and best-produced of any of the X-Men or Wolverine movies to date — and featuring the best action. Below is my spoiler-free review of Logan, telling you […]

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The Great Wall Is Less Great, More ‘Meh’

Posted February 17, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

The early 21st Century in the film industry has had a very strong ongoing debate about the whitewashing of various aspects of Asian culture, from the cancelled potential train wreck that was Hollywood’s attempt at Akira, to The Last Samurai which was heavily reliant upon the infamous “White Savior” trope. With an outcry for diversity […]

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Inside Cosplay With ‘Behind The Seams’ Series!

Posted February 14, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Are you interested in the process of crafting costumes and props? Curious about how different cosplayers approach their hobby? Well, you can of course come to our Cosplay And Photography Expo this August in New Hampshire. But you should also check out Behind the Seams! Behind the Seams is the new YouTube series we are […]

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Anime LA 2017 QotD: What to Know Before Dating a Cosplayer

Posted February 13, 2017 by Chantal Eyong

Anime Los Angeles is a smaller but active anime convention on the West Coast. It is based in the Ontario Convention Center and Radisson Ontario Airport. That’s Ontario, Calif., not the one north of the US border. This was Nerd Caliber‘s first time at Anime LA. According to the site AnimeCons, attendance at Anime LA for 2016 was […]

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Anime Los Angeles 2017 Cosplay Showcase Video

Posted February 13, 2017 by Chantal Eyong

This was the first year we were able to get a team to Anime Los Angeles, a smaller but active anime convention on the West Coast. Out of that I got two videos, this cosplay showcase and a second one with a Question of the Day, asked by Nerd Caliber team member Brianne Glover. Anime LA […]

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Get Free Passes To ‘The Space Between Us’!

Posted January 26, 2017 by Rodney Brown

If you like character-driven science fiction like Moon or Arrival, you’ll probably like the upcoming movie The Space Between Us. And you have a chance to get your free passes to showings in either Boston or the Hartford area! The movie stars sci-fi stalwarts Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and as the lead character, Ender himself, […]

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Poll: What Movies Do You Want to See in 2017?

Posted January 1, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The nerd audience is clearly the biggest target demographic for the movie industry now, and has been for a few years. The roster of such movies scheduled for 2017 is lengthy and wonderful. Are you eager to see Will Arnett reprise his role as the Dark Knight in The LEGO Batman Movie? Is your cassette […]

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Rogue One Will Steal The Plans To Your Rebel Heart

Posted December 13, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Let’s get this clear at the outset: Rogue One is the best written, best acted, and with apologies to Irvin Kershner and J.J. Abrams, best directed Star Wars movie ever made. In fact, it is so good that its occasional failures — while very rare — seem all the worse by comparison. So below you […]

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Sing! Hits Plenty Of High Notes

Posted December 8, 2016 by Byron D. Zero

Over the summer I saw a trailer for an animated movie about singing animals, and I scratched my head over the concept. I was very dismissive at first — what with American Idol just ending back in April, I was under the impression that it was just trying to ride on the coattails of the […]

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Warner Bros Buys Gamer-Focused Video Maker Machinima

Posted November 17, 2016 by Chantal Eyong

Warner Bros. Entertainment announced in a press release today that it was buying Machinima Inc., the company best known as a YouTube channel focused on creating original scripted content using in-game video game animation. The amount paid for Machinima was not disclosed, but various online reports including Variety.com put the valuation of Machinima at about […]

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Is The CW Prepping A Live-Action Young Justice Show?

Posted October 28, 2016 by Frida Gurewitz

I hate spoilers, but there is no way to keep from dropping a huge hint about what happened in recent Berlanti Productions shows on The CW network and still use the right headline. So, fair warning, there will be plenty of spoilers below and rampant wild speculation based on the appearance of characters in recent […]

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No Magic Needed To Explain Success of Doctor Strange

Posted October 27, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first that focuses on the mystical side of the story. And the thing that makes Doctor Strange a very good movie is also its one biggest problem. Below you can read my review, as always with no more spoilers than you would get from having […]

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Don’t Get Weird Now, People Of Earth Is Wonderful

Posted October 21, 2016 by Ashley Rogers

The new TBS show People of Earth does a fantastic job of balancing sci-fi weirdness, conspiracy theories, and taking a hard stance early on about whether aliens exist while still staying grounded in reality. As weird as that might sound. The show also deals with the subject of support incredibly well, with characters who are […]

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Wasteland Weekend 2016 Is A Wonderland Of Fun

Posted October 4, 2016 by Luis Correa

I can honestly say that it’s been exceptionally difficult to compile all of my thoughts and experiences concerning Wasteland Weekend 2016 into one coherent article. Seeing so many articles talking about the event, I seldom saw one that touched on its large social aspect. It seemed that the easy direction would be to write about the […]

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Luke Cage On Netflix Has New England Roots

Posted October 2, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The new Netflix series Luke Cage debuted Friday, Sept. 30, and it continues the tradition of the streaming network knocking it out of the park with Marvel characters. But this article isn’t a review — that spoiler-free opinion piece will come later. No, in this article I will point out how I came to realize […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home Has Some Structural Damage

Posted September 30, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Movies based on widely-read books can be tricky. Will it be true to the story? Will the characters look and sound like they do in your mind? Will the movie be good on its own merits? In the case of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton’s adaptation of the wildly popular series by […]

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2016 Movie Season Close-Out, Part One

Posted September 26, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Summer 2016 gave us some big hits and some very big misses. For every Captain America: Civil War and Kubo and the Two Strings, we got (insert bad movie of choice here). Fall and Winter 2016 promises to give us some major blockbusters — a gorgeous new Disney animated adventure, a Harry Potter prequel, and another […]

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Five Things The CW Has To Do To Fix The Show Supergirl

Posted September 13, 2016 by Rodney Brown

The headline clearly states that I think the TV show Supergirl needs to be fixed. While it was a popular show during its first season on CBS, it wasn’t popular enough to keep it from being shuffled to CW, the network CBS shares with Warner Bros. Television. That is where Supergirl‘s second season will debut […]

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Completely Captured by ‘Stranger Things’

Posted September 4, 2016 by Kristen Hunn

I was apprehensive about watching Stranger Things. Although my social network was beginning to buzz about how great it was, the whispers I was hearing didn’t seem like it would be my thing. I’m not a Goonies fan (sorry!) and I don’t have the love of 80’s culture that some of my peers do. But […]

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Scarlet Witch Cosplay by Yaya Han in Video And Photos

Posted August 31, 2016 by E. Ortiz

At Otakon 2016, we had one of Nerd Caliber’s popular interviewers Lauren Grant talk to popular cosplayer Yaya Han about the details of her Scarlet Witch cosplay, what Pokemon team she is in and why she feels Pokemon Go is bringing people together. This was Otakon’s final convention in Baltimore before moving to Washington, DC., next […]

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Pokemon Gijinka Cosplay by HanniBanani Cosplay

Posted August 18, 2016 by E. Ortiz

At Boston Comic Con 2016, interviewer (and fantastic Deadshot cosplayer) KIA Cosplay and myself met up with a wonderful group of Pokemon/gijinka/Playboy bunny cosplayers led by HanniBanani Cosplay, who were gracious enough to spend sometime with us and talk about their costumes and their love for Pokemon. Check out below for some fantastic shots by FirstPerson […]

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Who’s A Better Boyfriend For Harley; Joker or Deadpool?

Posted August 14, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Ever heard of Harleypool? Harleypool is a fandom that explores alternate scenarios of Deadpool and Harley Quinn together. Some of the stories are adventerous, some comedic, some romantic or a combination of the three. At MASSsive Comic Con, a comic book convention in Worcester, Mass., we asked cosplayers who they thought would make a better pair, […]

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Kubo Will Tug At More Than Two of Your Heartstrings

Posted August 12, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Whenever I screen a new movie, I do my best to a write balanced, objective review. Sometimes, though, objectivity and analysis can’t compete with the sheer joy and delight on screen. Kubo and the Two Strings is one of those rare films that reminds me how wonderful, magical, and transporting a movie can be, of […]

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Take A Shot At A Free Screening of Mechanic: Resurrection!

Posted August 10, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Hey, do you remember that 2011 movie The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster? You know, the one that was kind of a remake of the Charles Bronson classic The Mechanic from 1972? Well, it has a sequel coming out soon, Mechanic: Resurrection, and we have a chance for you to get passes to […]

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Flashback Friday: Harley Invades GraniteCon

Posted July 29, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Today we start the first of an irregular series that takes advantage of the six years (OK, two weeks from six years) of content on Nerd Caliber. Occasionally on a Memory Lane Monday, a Time Travel Tuesday, a Wayback Wednesday, a Throwback Thursday or like today a Flashback Friday we will take a look back […]

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Changes Hurt, Don’t Kill Batman: The Killing Joke

Posted July 28, 2016 by Alex Valderana

(Ed. note: This review has spoilers, necessary to describe how the movie differs from the decades-old graphic novel.) Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Bruce Timm and Sam Liu and based on the famous 1980’s graphic novel of the same name which was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by the great Brian Boland. Bruce […]

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Netflix Kills It At SDCC With Luke Cage, Iron Fist Trailers

Posted July 22, 2016 by Rodney Brown

There doesn’t need to be a lot of explanation here, folks. Netflix dropped some serious trailer bombs at San Diego Comic-Con last night, with our first real looks at both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and a teaser of The Defenders. That last show will combine the four Netflix characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — […]

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Star Trek Beyond Is Fun, Full Of Problems

Posted July 22, 2016 by Carley Winn

My parents were Trekkies. Not “We’re going to a con dressed up as Vulcans” Trekkies but taping every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as they were airing kind of Trekkies. I was born in the early 1980s and a lot of what was on the TV for Star Trek went over my head […]

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New Ghostbusters Needs Less Of The Original

Posted July 14, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Has any movie in the past 10-15 years hit theaters as loaded with expectation as Ghostbusters? Is it possible to watch Ghostbusters with an unbiased eye? Or to watch it without making comparisons to the original movies? No; mostly; not a chance. More important, is it as awful as the internet predicted based on the […]

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Get Tickets To a Ghostbusters Screening!

Posted July 11, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Are you ready to prove you are not afraid of no ghost — or internet drama? Are you within commuting distance to Boston? Do you want to see a movie before you decide if it is good or not — and see it for free? We have the opportunity to provide you with a chance […]

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Thunderbolt Fantasy Is Pure Anime Puppet Pleasure

Posted July 9, 2016 by Rodney Brown

I have a confession to make — I’m old. In fact I’m old enough to remember watching the now classic puppet sci-fi adventure series Thunderbirds when it first aired here in the U.S. in 1968. That show, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in the U.K. in 1964, influenced everything from Ultraman in Japan to […]

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No Need To Binge On The Purge: Election Year

Posted July 1, 2016 by Luis Correa

My friend Rob and I were escorted into our reserved seats for The Purge: Election Year by semi-armed security officers and then everyone there was told that using any cell phones, tablets or recording devices would be cause for our removal from the cinema. Already this was an ominous start to a movie that revolved around […]

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How Ruthless Is The New Sansa?

Posted June 21, 2016 by Rodney Brown

In the most recent episode of Game of Thrones on HBO there were so many major plot and character advancements that the mind reels contemplating them all. Many, many posts have been made about the implications of these changes, but one seems to be missing in most readings — the real implications the new Sansa Bolton […]

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Finding Dory Dives Right Back Into Nemo’s World

Posted June 16, 2016 by Microkitty

Before you skim through this review of Finding Dory to see the rating and if you should watch it, please visit The Humane Society to read about why you should not buy a fish like Dory. After Finding Nemo was released, the desire for clownfish skyrocketed and many pet stores and sellers foresee the same desire for […]

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Legend of Tarzan Ticket Giveaway!

Posted June 16, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Hey, do you want to see what happened to Tarzan after he left the jungle for a comfy life as Lord Greystoke? Do you want to see Margot Robie go from the insane Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad to the genteel but strong Jane? Do you want to see Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz […]

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Can It Really Be Too Good?

Posted May 3, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Let’s get this out of the way — Captain America: Civil War may have raised the bar for superhero movies over the previous record holder, it’s predecessor Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Below I will explain why I think that, in my usual spoiler-free review, assuming you have seen the commercials and trailers, and know […]

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‘Jungle Book’ Does Justice To Disney Animated Classic

Posted April 15, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Disney pulls off several neat tricks in the most recent adaptation of The Jungle Book. It combines several parts of Rudyard Kipling’s original stories into a cohesive story. It pays homage to the feel of the classic 1967 animated movie, while updating it for a 2016 audience. It’s fun, emotional, and absolutely gorgeous. Violence is […]

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Bonnie The Bunny Explains Our New Patreon Presence!

Posted April 14, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you expect them — and sometimes they work out better. Case in point: When our fearless founder E. Ortiz was making a video explaining our new status as a member of the Patreon contribution community, it seems Bonnie the Bunny hacked the signal. Luckily for us, Bonnie explained […]

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Five Spring 2016 Anime Shows Worth Watching

Posted April 4, 2016 by Thomas Riccardi

When people think of springtime, thoughts usually turn to baseball, warmer weather and the Easter holiday. In Japan, however, it is the beginning of the new anime season as there are a lot of titles that are being released in this month of April. But out of all the series being released what are the […]

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‘Midnight Special’ Is A Special Sci-Fi Movie

Posted April 1, 2016 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Going into the screening of the new Jeff Nichols sci-fi drama, Midnight Special, I knew it starred several big names from some massive sci-fi franchises: Adam Driver, Kylo Ren of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Michael Shannon, General Zod of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman; and Kirsten Dunst, Mary Jane Watson of Spider-Man. […]

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Bonnie The Bunny Asks About Easter At Anime Boston!

Posted March 31, 2016 by E. Ortiz

KIA Cosplay is Bonnie The Bunny of Five Nights at Freddy’s, talking to cosplayers at Anime Boston 2016 about how they would spend Easter at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. The answers range from the frightened (Armin Alert), the aggressive (Alex Mercer), the inspirational (Bernie Sanders) and everywhere in between.    

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‘Hardcore Henry’ Ticket Giveaway!

Posted March 30, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Russia seems to be on the cutting edge of innovative film making in science fiction, fantasy and action movies, going at least back to Night Watch in 2004. Now we have Hardcore Henry, the first film that looks to actually capture the experience of a first-person shooter action sci-fi game. And we have free passes! […]

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‘Batman V Superman:’ Who Really Won?

Posted March 29, 2016 by John Dulak

A year ago I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to see a screening of the Batman V Superman trailer in IMAX. In addition to an additional 5 second scene of Batman and Superman charging at each other, we were given 2 posters, and tickets for a free pre-screening. Making the drive […]

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Win ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Digital Download!

Posted March 29, 2016 by Rodney Brown

Our latest giveaway is a doozy, courtesy of Disney and Lucasfilm — five copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens via digital download! In addition we have five posters that will go to five lucky (OK, less lucky) winners as consolation prizes. The contest is again being handled on our Facebook page for our upcoming convention, the Cosplay […]

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