Don’t believe the Critics: Suicide Squad is Awesome

The most hyped movie of the summer,  Suicide Squad hit theatres on August 5th.   Since then, there has been nothing but harsh critical reviews, much like DC’s last big movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  A lot of the complaints are similar: choppy editing, lack of a plot, and bad character development.  While I do not think Suicide Squad is nearly as good as I was hoping,  it is still a solid film, definitely worth the obscene cost of movie tickets, as is exhibited by... Read More

Kevin Smith Finds Success in Canada

Warning: Spoilers for Yoga Hosers ahead. When one of my editors texted me to ask if I’d like to go to a screening of Kevin Smith’s new film Yoga Hosers with a Q&A session to follow, I politely said, “No, that is quite alright, I have no desire to see my childhood hero’s movie and listen to him speak.”  Actually, it went more like, “Hell yeah! Let me just tell my boss I am leaving early.” Let me tell you, the two plus hours it took me to get... Read More

Time’s Running Out on the Groovy Official Evil Dead 2 Board Game Kickstarter!

Ever wanted to play the grooviest tabletop game on the planet with two-to-six players? Well, Space Goat Productions, Inc. has made your nightmares come true with Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game! The Kickstarter campaign offers to editions for you to choose from based on your donation level–the standard and the deluxe–but they essentially function as the same game. As far as the premise goes, it’s pretty simple (and gleefully reminiscent of Evil Dead 2): Two-to-six... Read More

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Movie Review – The Final Cut

We once again cut a late night review just for you. Tonight it’s the newest DC Comics animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke. Tune in to find out what we thought of this gritty adaptation featuring  Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. reprising their Batman: The Animated Series voice acting roles. Find out whether this film’s worth the price of admission or if it’s the filmmakers who get the last laugh. Catch the cackling trailer here  and all the IMDB info any true Detective... Read More

Thunderbolt Fantasy Begins With a Crack of Lightning!

Back in 2006 I jumped onto the ball-jointed doll train with my friends. Ball-jointed dolls (or BJD) are an acquired taste for many.  Most of the time when people see my dolls, their first reaction is, “Thats creepy’.” To be fair, I can understand why–what with all the horror films out there portraying dolls as minions of evil, if not evil themselves–but for doll owners they were more. We learned new art skills through BJD. Photography, sewing, arts ‘n... Read More

The Purge: Election Year (2016) Review: When Art Cleverly Imitates Life

Warning: The following review contains some spoilers for The Purge: Election Year. The first chapter of The Purge series (released in 2013) introduced us to an intriguing idea, which took place in the near future (2022 to be exact) when once a year for 12 hours, all crime, including murder, would be legal, and emergency medical services would be disabled for the duration of the night. While it started out promising, the Ethan Hawke-starring thriller/horror film fell victim to the clichés of... Read More

Siren’s Call: A Song of the Deep Review

Ever played a video game that you couldn’t really think anything bad about? You’re going to end up adding Song of the Deep by Insomniac Games to that list. This 3D/2D side scrolling Metroidvania-style game is a work of art; from the entrancing music of the sea to the  underwater world visuals, it felt like I was playing a game and reading a storybook at the same time. If you’re fortunate enough to snag the collectors edition, you’ll receive a copy of the Song of the... Read More

Pokémon Sun and Moon Mini-Site Premiers 9 New Pokémon; Names, Abilities and Mechanics Announced

On July 1, nine new Pokémon from the upcoming Generation VII games, Pokémon Sun and Moon versions, were revealed, complete with English names, typing, Abilities and other details. In keeping with previous entries in the series, the Alola region has its own “starter Bug” line, equivalent to the Caterpie and Weedle families of Generation I’s Kanto region.  These are typically obtainable at the very early portions of the game, and evolve quickly to their later forms.  Starting with the... Read More

What’s Your Video Game Spirit Animal?: A nerdslant Staff Exercise in Nerdy Self-Reflection

Video Games: They’ve been around since 1947 with the Catherode ray tube Amusment Device and have been entertaining the young and old alike ever since, growing into an industrial powerhouse that drives everything from popular culture to way we examine society, and also how we examine ourselves. With E3 behind us for this year, the staff at nerdslant decided to do a bit of that self-examining through the lens of the video games that have shaped our lives by asking one seemingly simple... Read More

Alice Holleman: “Cute-Creepy” and the Art of Illustration

I am very pleased today to be joined by illustrator Alice Holleman at the Howling Music Festival in Abingdon, VA. She’s done some wonderful art ranging from material for bands and concert flyers to webcomics and all kinds of interesting pieces that we’ll be talking about today. Alice, for those who aren’t familiar with your work, could you start off my introducing yourself and what you do? Alice: I am an illustrator and I like to consider my work “cute-creepy”, but in a more... Read More