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

Disney and the LEGO Group Team Up For a New Animated-Shorts Series

Disney’s Frozen is having a big week!  Not only did the new Frozen Ever After ride make its debut at the Norway Pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, the entertainment giant recently announced that they’ve teamed up with the LEGO Group to create an entirely new four-part animated series of based on the upcoming book of the same name, titled Frozen Northern Lights. This new cross-media story will return fans to Arendele and follow the original characters on a... Read More

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Movie Review – The Final Cut

Twenty years ago a film came out that was a cheesy, action sci-fi film that captured many audiences. Find out how I feel about the sequel to ID4. There’s an added bonus drinking game for this review: Take a shot for every time I say the word “blast”. Check out the trailer, the delight viral media official site, and coveted IMDB info for this sci-fi summer blockbuster. ... Read More

Return to Arkham on Indefinite Hold

In what is sure to be a sad day for fans of the Rocksteady Arkham games, WB  Games has officially announced that Return to Arkham, which was announced this May, is now on indefinite hold.  While this doesn’t mean the project is scrapped, it certainly is disheartening to hear there is no actual time table for completion.  According to WB Games Staffer Steve Grayson (OMG perfect last name for this job!), “After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to... Read More

James Felice of the Felice Brothers Talks Life in the Dark

I am very pleased to be joined by James Felice of the Felice Brothers. They are one of my absolute favorite bands. Their new album, Life in the Dark, comes out today, June 24th. James, welcome to the program. James: Thanks for having me. For those who may not be familiar with you music, can you start off my introducing yourself and the group? James: Sure, yeah. I am James Felice of the Felice brothers, and the band is myself, my older brother Ian, and three of our really close friends, and... Read More

Everything We Know About Destiny’s Rise of Iron DLC

While countless leaks spoiled most of the surprises in the lead-up to the big announcement, Bungie finally unveiled the Rise of Iron DLC for Destiny a little over a week ago at E3 to mass fanfare. Rise of Iron will be the first and more than likely last major DLC release since The Taken King launched last September. As such, it’s going to be filled with tons of new content for players to explore. Bungie promised us a bevy of epic newness, and they’ve succeeded! In addition to... Read More

Penny Dreadful, S3 E7 – “Ebb Tide” Review

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Penny Dreadful. “Ebb Tide” opens with Lily (Billie Piper) at a graveyard, paying respect to a woman mourning the loss of her child–this token of gratitude only met with a declaration of an impending war. She then lays a wreath down on the grave and begins to cry, “Sara Croft,” presumably her own child. We then find Vanessa (Eva Green), laying in the museum post her romance with Dracula... Read More

CW Casts Superman: Makes Wrong Choice

  So the news broke yesterday that the CW  had found there new Superman.  That honor will go to Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin.  I will say it again, Tyler Hoechlin will be Superman.  I had to check multiple sources to make sure I was reading that correctly. I was. It is real. The CW has made a huge mistake and missed a big opportunity. There are plenty of people who wanted to see a fresh take on Superman, and I do not necessarily think that is a bad thing.  However, This is... Read More

James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 Sets a New Bar for Paranormal Horror Films

Warning: The following review contains some spoilers for The Conjuring 2. In the horror film realm there are, at this point, several relatively universal truths, the majority of which are best laid out in Wes Craven’s classic, Scream. If you have sex, you’re going to die. Should you hear a noise, never go inspect it by yourself. If you’re a black character, you probably aren’t going to make it to the end (with the exception of the House on the Haunted Hill remake, a... Read More