Headsup: Team Nolan’s “Rises” Blu-Ray is Worthy

Dark Knight Rises Blu-Ray Cover

So The Dark Knight Rises. As I may have mentioned in my Wayhomer on the topic (I can’t recall exactly, the whole thing’s rather hazy), I don’t envy the task set before Team Nolan on this one. After basically punching the superhero genre in the throat while at the same time arguably giving us the superhero movie equivalent of Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns, how in the hell do you follow that up?

Instead of taking the obvious (and stupid) choice of trying to outdo themselves and simply follow the “That But More Of It” formula, they didn’t expand just upwards–they went out in all directions. I didn’t really think of it at the time, but Christopher Nolan describes the various genres that they infiltrated with this film (wonder what Irwin Allen would have made of the football scene)–and thus the scope completely blew up.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:56+00:00 December 7th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know: Marvel Cinematic Universe Boxed Set to Come With Light-Up Soul of Marsellus Wallace

A primer for these posts: they’re to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the world of pop culture. Just the highlights and such, because the market on paraphrasing press releases is more than taken. Enjoy.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Blu-Ray Limited Edition

  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One boxed set just got a great deal sexier. On September 25th, it’s coming in a briefcase with a replica of the Cosmic Cube that actually glows. I mean…Jesus Christ, people. It also comes with an exclusive bonus disc. You can pre-order it here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:49+00:00 July 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    What I Want From “The Dark Knight Rises”

    Dark Knight Rises Poster

    So, in case you hadn’t heard, the full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises went live, and it is oh so very much yes. But, in addition to just showing you this brand new hotness and asking you “Christopher Nolan: Great Director? Or GREATEST Director?” I want to take a moment of your time to engage in some wild and nearly baseless speculation.

    Now, some of you may not know it but, within the past three years or so, there’s been a thing in comics called “Batman, Inc.” The gist is this: Bruce Wayne has finally realised the extent of what he can do with all of his money and resources, and has started sending himself and other members of the Batman Family out into the world to recruit local candidates to be Batman in that city/part of the world.

    Each new recruit has their own codename, but they all wear an easily recognisable version of the Symbol of the Bat. This says, “You know who Batman is. Look at me. I’m Batman. I have all of the Batman’s resources and the full weight of his network of support.” This is really just the logical extension of what had already been happening in an organic way with the rest of the Batman Family.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:25+00:00 December 21st, 2011|Stimuli|7 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #98: Upton Sinclair Wept

    It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that don’t need no steekin’ batches. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Agenda:

    • ScottC vs. students
    • Vampiric beer
    • Jaffa cake ice cream
    • Alcohol report!
    • Leigh’s Canadian report
    • Curling hall of fame?
    • Cubano-Style!
    • Bra fest!
    • Leigh’s Toronto report
    • Running in the snow
    • Leigh’s Led Zeppelin education
    • The King’s Speech/Doctor Who crossover?
    • Nicolas Cage
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:44:28+00:00 January 21st, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|2 Comments

    Four Things I Learned From Christopher Nolan

    Christopher Nolan

    It’s dangerous to say things around me sometimes. Because I get ideas. For example, since Inception came out on Blu-Ray last week, Thespia had occasion to say: “That Christopher Nolan sure can think big.” And I agreed. And thought that Mr. Nolan might have some lessons for us. Besides, you know, how to get revenge for your dead wife and strike fear into criminals and whatnot. So, thinking along those lines, here’s what I came up with.

    1. Think Big. No, Seriously. Bigger Than That.

    So take a look at Nolan’s career and get to Batman Begins. Consider this: you’re a guy who had previously done a critically-acclaimed feature film and then a thriller with Pacino and Williams…and you then go to Warner Brothers and say, in essence, “Yeah, that superhero franchise you completely screwed up. No, no…not the one with the red and blue spandex, the other one. Yes, that one. Give me that.” That takes a wheelbarrow for your balls right there, friends. But Nolan did it–with some help–and as a result, gave us one of the best superhero films to date. And then along comes the sequel which is not only one of the best superhero flicks ever, but proves that comic book characters–done well–can make craploads of money. So Nolan basically changed the game for everybody. You can’t do a superhero movie now without bringing up Dark Knight in the same way that you can’t do a fantasy film without bringing up Lord of the Rings.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:45:28+00:00 December 15th, 2010|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Stuff: Catholic League On Board With ‘Angels and Demons’ Marketing Strategy

    Angels and Demons book cover art

    Some sites spend all their time and energy making you think everything pop culture-related is important. And if you’ve got nothing but time on your hands, then that’s fine. Some of us, though, have lives. Not us at the site, you understand. We mean you guys out there. We take what they need an entire site to cover and do it in one post. Have some of your day back. Enjoy.

  • Furthering evidence for my theory that the Catholic Church and Dan Brown are in cahoots, The Catholic League has announced it’s going to fight Angels and Demons, ensuring that everybody and his pet squirrel named Fred will see it. You’d think if anybody could appreciate the notion of a self-fulfilling prophecy… Source.
  • Amazon has Wiis back in stock, for those interested. Find Wii-ness here.
  • Anybody wanting Coke with real sugar, eyes forward. It’s coming up on Passover. If you live in a big city, keep your eyes open and buy whatever you want because I guarantee you that stuff will be gone the next time you walk in the store. Last year I couldn’t find a single bottle. Coke’s price hikes and my desire to cut back on sugar finally broke my Coke addiction, but I still maintain that Coke is missing a trick. Reminder via The Consumerist.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:05:16+00:00 March 4th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments