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Last Jedi Far From Least Jedi

Posted December 12, 2017 by Rodney Brown

I have one serious issue after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson won’t be back to write and direct the next one. I am going to find it challenging to keep my review below spoiler-free, because so much is different in this movie from previous movies in the franchise that saying anything about it […]

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The Shape of Water Will Fill Your Hearts and Minds

Posted December 9, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

The tagline for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is “A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times.” It’s a clever phrase whose double meaning is quite apt. Set in the incredibly troubled Cold War era of 1962, its depiction of racism, sexual harassment and xenophobia is every bit as relevant in 2017. It’s at once […]

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See Ep. 1 of the New Series Knightfall at a Boston Theater – FREE!

Posted November 24, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Riding the success of its original scripted historical drama Vikings, the History Channel is introducing a series about the Knights Templar and the search for the lost Holy Grail. You can see the first episode on the big screen … for free! That’s right, you can attend a special advance screening of the first episode […]

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Whedon Saves the DCEU With Justice league

Posted November 15, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The latest movie in the DC Warner Bros canon is better by an unmeasurable stretch than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s even better than Wonder Woman, the high-water mark for DC films in the new Extended Universe. Credit for the quality of Justice League as a superhero movie can be laid at the […]

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The Orville’s Ninth Episode Just an Extended Rape Joke

Posted November 13, 2017 by Kels

(Ed. Note: The following opinion piece contains both a description of fictional non-consensual sexual acts, and spoilers for the ninth episode of The Orville, “Cupid’s Dagger.”) First, let me state that I absolutely adore The Orville starring Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki. The writing is on point (most of the time) and the cast is […]

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Cliches Keep Coco in Pixar’s Small Pile of Missteps

Posted November 8, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

Pixar has bestowed the world with its latest work; Coco, a story about the meaning of family, love, and identity. It’s always good to see a new Pixar production, so how does this one stand up? Coco tells the story of Miguel who despite his family’s generation-old ban on music, dreams of becoming an accomplished […]

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Fall 2017 Super Megafest Cosplay Gallery, Sunday Part 2

Posted November 6, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We’ve reached the last gallery from Super Megafest‘s most recent event. You’ll notice a plethora of Gotham villains, and good luck keeping the Scarecrows straight. Man, that was a lot of burlap. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Everyone’s Hero Cosplay, Cares O-Lot Cosplay, Planet Ruby, makeupmermaid22, ladycorvid.cosplay, Thatch Cosplay, Sir Cosplays Alot, Timberwolf Cosplay, Deadlysymmetry, Closet Geekery, Lady Jay Cosplay, The Queen of Kadr, and many more. […]

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Fall 2017 Super Megafest Cosplay Gallery, Sunday Part 1

Posted November 5, 2017 by Rodney Brown

I will have just two galleries from Sunday of the Fall 2017 Super Megafest, but they are loaded with creativity. Although I think some people were still in their drinking costumes from the parties the night before (I’m looking at you, Hugh Hefner). In this gallery are cosplayers Zebra_Cosplay, Mysty Riddler’s Piratanical Cosplays, Wolfryk Manwolf, Zombie Leader, T Wylie’s Misfit Toys, Impostor […]

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Fall 2017 Super Megafest Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Part 4

Posted November 4, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We’re at the final Saturday gallery from the Fall edition of Super Megafest. The weekend saw some of the best weather in years and I was able to shoot in my favorite spot in the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough. Cosplayers in this gallery include Khepera Cosplay, AE Cosplay, Random Raul, Everyone’s Hero Cosplay, Olivia Kitt […]

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Frightfully Good Halloween Featured Sets from The Portrait Dude!

Posted October 31, 2017 by Rodney Brown

It’s All Hallows Eve, and the veil between this world and the next is at it’s thinnest. So what better a time to bring you two cosplays of characters that pierce that veil with ease: Beetlejuice and Freddy Krueger! Once again, our man in the Rust Belt, Wes, The Portrait Dude, offer us a featured set, […]

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Flapper Korra by MakeupMermaid22 at AAC 2017!

Posted October 31, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Although her series has been off the air for a couple of years, the avatar Korra is still a popular character for people to cosplay at conventions, and Another Anime Convention was no exception. This flapper-era version by makeupmermaid22, however, was certainly unique. Not only did Sarah mix the traditional look of Korra with a […]

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Jayme Lee as Eleven from Stranger Things by The Portrait Dude!

Posted October 27, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The second season of the Netflix hit show Stranger Things debuted today, and we will have a review of it coming up soon. But in the meantime, we were lucky enough to have Wes, The Portrait Dude, offer us a first look at this featured set he shot of Jayme Lee as Eleven from the first […]

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Happy Death Day Delivers Light Horror Fun

Posted October 16, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

I have fallen out of love with modern horror for some time now, as I find it following trends established by one flagship title and then having it being done to death with slight variations, similar to how comedic parody films of the early 2000s would mock whatever was popular at the time. Be it […]

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Fans Say Not Cool Over Bungled Szechuan Sauce Event

Posted October 9, 2017 by Luis Correa

At the beginning of Season Three of Rick and Morty, Rick goes on a dark rant about his obsession with a minor sauce known as Szechuan that McDonald’s produced as a promotional tool for the 1998 release of Mulan. The sauce itself was a plum flavored little thing that by all accounts had been mediocre in […]

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Blade Runner 2049 : Sequel Almost Perfectly Replicates the Original Feel

Posted October 3, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Los Angeles, 2049. Deep in the neon canyons, it’s still raining, still gritty, and people are still dealing with a replicant problem. In the 30 years since the events in Blade Runner, LA has become a densely packed urban dystopia, enclosed behind massive walls to keep out the raging ocean, city-sized garbage dumps, and neighboring […]

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Puerto Rico Relief Effort Launched By Keanu Reeves and NYCC

Posted October 3, 2017 by E. Ortiz

A powerhouse group made up of ReedPOP, Keanu Reaves, other filmmakers and more have launched an initiative to help give Puerto Rico immediate relief from the damage they sustained from Hurricane Irma and Maria. Please take the opportunity to read this and see how you can be a hero to someone today. ReedPOP is calling upon New […]

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Star Trek: Discovery Returns to TV Timeline With Bold Moves

Posted September 25, 2017 by Rodney Brown

It boldly goes where no one has gone before at times, but that may be both good and bad for the new show Star Trek: Discovery. The bold moves include focusing on a main character that is not only not a ship captain, but a very complex, conflicted individual (Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green […]

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Latest Kingsman Flick Continues to Kick Butt

Posted September 22, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

When Kingsman: The Secret Service hit theaters in 2014, it was a sharp, funny, action-packed breath of fresh air in a field full of dour, grim spy thrillers. It pulled off an impressive high-wire act: it was simultaneously a loving homage to old-school James Bond movies, a hyperkinetic action-thriller, and a brilliant send-up of, well, […]

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IT Isn’t Clowning Around With The Scares

Posted September 8, 2017 by E. Ortiz

Readers, understand that I have read Stephen King’s IT and saw the two-part television special many moons ago. I tried reading Stephen King novels and his books start out well, full of great moments of horror. But the seem to stumble midway through the plot and always end poorly. IT, the novel, follows the same […]

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Death Note Movie Writes Its Own Obituary

Posted August 31, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

Adaptations are a fickle force to dabble with; you take an established idea and try to see how you can make it your own. Sometimes you get lucky and give a successful idea your own flavor, like with the Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow which is an adaptation of the manga All You Need […]

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Iron Fist’s Issues Infect The Defenders

Posted August 19, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Netflix and Marvel have finally this week brought together the heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in the long-anticipated team show The Defenders. Is it right up there with The Avengers or is it a bit more like X-Men: Apocalypse? Below is my mostly spoiler free review. I say mostly because there […]

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DuckTales Delivers Fun Familiar And New

Posted August 18, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

Life has been like a hurricane since Disney announced the reboot of DuckTales last year on Disney XD. With announcements, speculations, and rumors for days, it’s been a Duckblur! With all this hype, the production team and cast has some pretty big spats to fill. Does it fit the bill? Let’s find out as we […]

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The Dark Tower Collapses Under Weight of Confusion

Posted August 4, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

Book-to-movie fantasy adaptations are a time-honored tradition. In the past two decades with the success of franchises like The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, it’s only natural that other studios would want some of that action. However it has created a very popular subgenre of stories geared at the 25-and-under crowd, which as […]

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Atomic Blonde Drops Kilotons of Action and Style

Posted July 27, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

I consider myself to be something of a connoisseur when it comes to action films, having grown up in the Commando/Rambo era. And along comes a film that manages to titillate my palette for all the things that I love about the action genre, Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and directed by David Leitch. Based […]

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Take a Shot At Two Tickets To See The Dark Tower in Boston

Posted July 24, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Stephen King’s massive epic tale of good versus evil spanning multiple realities gets the movie treatment with the upcoming film The Dark Tower. You can get a pair of passes to see it two days before it opens, in Boston! Click here to go to the form and get a shot (what pun?) at two […]

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Valerian Shows Besson Is Missing An Element Or Two

Posted July 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is full of amazing space opera science fiction concepts, all beautifully realized in gorgeous imagery and dazzling color —  wrapped around a weak script, lame dialogue and two leads that have less chemistry than the 12-and-up science set I got as a kid. I really wanted this […]

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Your Chance To See ‘Valerian’ In Boston For Free!

Posted July 12, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Do you want tickets to go to an early screening of Valerian And The City of a Thousand Planets, director Luc Besson’s spiritual successor to The Fifth Element? Click on the link at the bottom to get a chance at a pair of free tickets to a showing in Boston at 7 p.m. on July 19! […]

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Despicable Me 3 Delivers Too Familiar Fun

Posted June 30, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Despicable Me 3 is one of those movies that is both really easy and really challenging to review. Easy, because it doesn’t require any deep, insightful analysis or tiptoeing around spoilers; challenging, because how much new is there to say about the third installment (fourth, if you include 2015’s Minions) in a franchise that relies […]

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Transformers: The Last Knight Needs to Be a Prophetic Title

Posted June 21, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

Michael Bay is back, and he brought his bag of tricks with him for the fifth installment of the (seemingly never ending) saga of the robots in disguise. Does Transformers: The Last Knight bring anything new to the table? Short answer is no, but here’s my analysis. The Last Knight takes place not too long […]

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The Mummy: Universal’s Dark Universe Starts With No Big Bang

Posted June 8, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

One of the first entries of the summer blockbuster season of 2017, The Mummy offers us a tale lacking in inspiration in a multitude of facets. Directed by Alex Kurtzman (in only his second time filling the chair), this is Universal’s first attempt to cash in on the popularity of an extended cinematic universe (because […]

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Guardians Sequel: Rare Improvement To A Great Movie

Posted May 3, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

In the MCU’s first foray of 2017, we are given a sequel to one of the cinematic powerhouse’s biggest sleeper hits, Guardians of the Galaxy. Following in the tradition of (at least most) Marvel Cinematic Universe sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 builds off significantly from its predecessors, with a stronger story, lots of […]

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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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