Friday, March 28, 2014

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Theatrical Trailer

The first Purge film was so-so.  It had an interesting premise, but I wanted to see more of what this anarchist world was like.  Well, THE PURGE: ANARCHY seems like it will deliver more of that world from several points of view.
As you'll see in the trailer, this is not an annual event you want to be a part of.  Even you that think this would be your kind of night would have a hard time dealing with what might be around the corner.  From the looks, I think this sequel will be better than the first one.  Look for it this summer in July.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Second Trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

This second trailer leave me with a better feeling than the first.  Not that I hated the first one, but there was something about it that didn't give me that "Oh, Cool" feeling.  I'm still only 80% convinced that Bryan Singer is bringing the magic.  His first two X-Men films were great, but Singer can make some boo boos too (Superman Returns, ahem). 

To tell the truth, I'm more concerned about Fox having stuck their non-geek hands into the production.  By far, this trailer is something to enjoy more than be doubtful about.  I see that they definitely took some things directly from the comic - Uncanny X-Men 141-142.  I'm talking about the 1 second clip with Storm at the beginning.  Check the pic below.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST comes out May 22nd of this year.  I'll be there.  And I'll be pissed if they don't include an After-Credit scene that gives a clue about Apocalypse.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trailer Jive: THE SIGNAL (2014)

So what I got from the trailer is that there is a signal. No, THE SIGNAL.  And a kid can hear it. He's one of the few people that can. And Fishburne doesn't exactly know what it means. But he knows enough to be in an environmental suit while interviewing the kid.  Also, there maybe some dragonball type psionics involved.

Actually, I like this kind of ambiguous type of science fiction sometimes.  But they aren't for everyone.  Look for it in theaters this June 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014

French Animated Scifi feature - THE CONGRESS

There's a serious science fiction message in this trailer / film that could be science fact in a few decades.  Will we have to copyright our own brain patterns in the future to stop companies from 'owning' a digital copy of us?  Think about it.  But the trailer also looks like it's going to be an interesting film.

THE CONGRESS gets a limited release this June, but it originally opened in Europe last year.  It's based on a book by Stanislaw Lem - The Futurological Congress. He also wrote Solaris. What do you think? Does this Live Action / Animated film look interesting to you?

BIG HERO 6 - Disney's Animated Marvel based Feature

Everybody (that's a nerd) is talking about the upcoming Marvel / Disney films - CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: THE WINTER SOLDER and the even more interesting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.  But there's a third Marvel based property coming out this year that nobody is really talking about.  It also took me by surprise when I found the ambiguous teaser trailer.  This third film in the 2014 Marvel big screen collective is called BIG HERO 6.  The difference between the previously mentioned films and this stealthy contender is that it's a CG animation.

Big Hero 6 was a Marvel comic starring Sun-Fire, Silver Samurai and several other unique heroes.  I don't know if those two characters are going to be included in this story, but one character from the comic will be the lead with his giant robot.  From Disney's site:
Big Hero 6 - an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. 
I really hope they include SunFire in the animation.  It would be nice to see another one of the few notable Asian male characters in Marvel make it to the big screen.  THE WOLVERINE actually did a great job of doing that.  BIG HERO 6 hits theaters wide November 7, 2014.

Concept Art from BIG HERO 6

Sunday, March 16, 2014


I was always a fan of the magazine HEAVY METAL, although it did fall off in the nineties for me.  Still it had great adult science fiction stories and the animated motion picture was crazy.  The magazine started in France as Metal Hurlant before it came to the states.  Now Syfy is bringing the modern French TV series to the states. METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES will be premiering April 14th at 8pm est.  But there is already a first season out there somewhere.  And I'm always glad to see Michael Jai White starring in a film or TV show. Check the trailer...

And there is a season two being developed in France.  Hope the first season is a hit over here in the USA.  When I ask people if they have ever read the magazine they usually look at me crazy. And these are Science Fiction and Comic fans. What can you do. lol

Friday, March 14, 2014



From a twitter discussion between my tweeps @thick_designer and @adjpants, I featured a topic that I wanted to hear more about in detail - Women and the Pressures by Society to Reproduce.  The Five Nerdy Venoms and I were joined by Hatori Hudson and our new friend JD.  We had an interesting talk with many thoughts and viewpoints.  Of course as always the show devolved to a drinking game by the end. I love my Nerdy Venoms. Here were some of the highpoints:

  • How much is put on a woman’s worth for being fertile versus her worth of being a person?
  • Is there a part of society that doesn’t want women to have kids? Inda Lauryn brought up a great point in the chat.    
  • Is it seen as selfish for women to Not have kids?  Is it selfish to have children?

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Game of Thrones Mixtape! Not big on HBO's Intentions, but great Artists!

Any time you want to get an 'urban' audience to sink money into your product, and the first idea you come up with is a hip-hop rap, my Afro-Antenna start to sense radio signals in the form of profiling and stereotyping. To me it's suspect that your first goto for marketing to people-of-color, and your idea of an urban environment, is rap.  I'm not saying that strategy is insulting in itself.  If your product is geared to a city lifestyle, then it makes sense to include culture in your advertising.

But what if your product doesn't have anything to do with hip-hop, or urban culture, or even people of color for the most part?  What if your product doesn't have anything to do with this time period, or even reality?  What if your product is simply one of the best fantasy TV shows that is currently on air?  It has great storytelling, and characters that everybody can connect with.  It even has a dude on the short side that people are rooting for when it comes to winning the - GAME OF THRONES.

The Wall Street Journal posted an article last week about HBO hiring rappers, both promanint and underground talents, to make a CATCH THE THRONE mixtape based on the hit TV show.  On the surface, I have no problem with this.  I think it was an interesting and unique creative endeavor.  But from the tone of the article, HBO intentions weren't only to do something different, but to hopefully use the mixtape to attract 'Urban / Multicultural' audiences.  In marketing speak, that mostly translates to African American and Latino people, mostly.  According to the article, the Mixtape was HBO's way trying to bring up their numbers for the show, where the Black and Latino percentage of viewers are lower than the network's general viewership.  The logic was that since rap has influenced the buying habits of urban audiences, why not use that power to spread the reach of GoT.  But to be fair, I'm still not sure if it was the sentiments of the article's author, or actually the network.  I'm going with network.

So here's what bothers me.  First of all, just because a rap mentions something, doesn't mean Black people will automatically buy it. I'm not going to say it doesn't happen.  But despite what other people think, Black people, and Latino people, don't all act the same.  Nor do they act like economic automatons, hypnotically following what the media says.  I mean, not more than anybody else.

Second, if you want more Black and Latino audiences to watch a show, maybe you should just traditionally market the show to them. Or even better, include some Black heroes in that joint.  And please white brothers and sisters of geekdom, don't start listing how many Black characters are in the show or books.  I already know.   Don't be one of those people that can't distinguish between a side character and a hero.  Or did you think T-Dawg in Walking Dead was on the same storytelling level as most all of the other major characters?  Thank you for bring in Tyrese and Michonne and the others to balance things out.

But you know what? I'm not even hating on the fact that the major players in Game of Thrones are white.  Not a problem.  Because like many Black people, I just like quality shows.  So HBO, don't hit me with what you think an Urban audience will respond to.   Hit them with what you think 'People' will respond to.  Unless you plan on doing another Mixtape for your other series GIRLS.  Definitely not watching that.


Needless to say, I actually like the Mixtape a lot.  It has Big Boy and Common and other well known artist giving up all kinds of nerdalicious lyrics about the show.  I don't listen to rap for the most part.  Nothing against it at all, I'm just more of a jazz and instrumental type person. That being said, I can't get enough of ARYA'S PRAYER by Dominik Omega. And I'm feelin' several other tracks as well.  If all rap was spittin' about Science Fiction and Fantasy like this I would be listening 24/7.  Understand, I'm not posting it to spread the word for HBO, but to shine light on these artists and give my fellow nerds something they might enjoy. Odds are you're already watching GoT if your reading this.

Here's a clip from Vibe about the production of the mix:


So yeah, I gave HBO the side-eye for a minute about their intentions of this project, but I think they produced a cool mix with some awesome artists that really appreciate the show. My thinking is the mixtape may not bring a lot of people to watch the show.  But a lot of Game of Thrones nerds are going to be asking for more lyricists to rap about Khaleesi and the Starks.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Here's the new Transformers trailer that came out a few days ago.  Mark Wahlberg is probably a welcomed change of pace. As you'll see, they introduce the Dinobots.  But I don't know if that's a good thing in this franchise.

Friday, March 7, 2014


(Explicit Language)

STREET HARASSMENT happens everyday to pretty much every woman on the planet that just walks outside.  It's an issue of human rights and respect.  In this episode I ask the Nerdy Venoms and our guests @Alia_Shi from twitter, and JP from Nerdgasm Noire Network what is their perspective on Street Harassment.  There was some understanding on both sides of the gender table. And of course Geek Soul Brother had to end the show on a totally different topic out of no where.  Hope you enjoy.

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Here is a film from France that flips the gender rolls of Street Harassment - 

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