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‘Review 2×01: Bare-Knuckled Brawl, Blackmail, Glory Holes’ Review

20 hours ago

“The destruction of my life was anything but pointless.”

With those words from ever-optimistic host Forrest MacNeil, the exquisite train wreck that is season 2 of 2014′s surprise hit, Review, gets underway. Forrest is back and as full of bluster and forced good cheer as ever, convinced that his having shredded his personal life on broadcast television has inspired viewers to truly live. Any Daily sells Forrest as a robot constantly forcing itself to smile through the accumulated misery of a hundred miserable, avoidable mistakes made in full knowledge of the fallout. Seeing that Forrest has lapsed back into his manic belief in his show’s mission rather than pursuing the moment of clarity he had at the end of season 1 is truly and hilariously crushing.

Forrest’s attempts to insulate himself from further harm somehow make the whole mess even sadder. He begins his return to television by showcasing the veto button, »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ Review

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Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, Tamara Taylor, Paget Brewster, C. Thomas Howell, Jason Isaacs, Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Larry Cedar, Richard Chamberlain, Trevor Devall, Dan Gilvezan, Grey Griffin, Daniel Hagen, Penny Johnson Jerald | Written by Alan Burnett, Bruce Timm | Directed by Sam Liu

Plot:

In an alternate reality, the Justice League is a brutal force that the World fears and distrusts. So when the Jl are framed for a series of murders, no-one is exactly jumping to their defence and it is up to Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to figure this out for themselves and ultimately save the day.

Verdict:

Now this is more like it.

After efforts like Justice League:War, Son of Batman and Batman vs Robin. Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a real breath of fresh air and a sign that DC Animation can be as good as they used to be, which was a long while ago. »

- ApolloXL5

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Competition: Win ‘Good Kill’ on Blu-ray

21 hours ago

To celebrate the release of Good Kill – on DVD & Blu-ray from 3rd August 2015 – we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway courtesy of Arrow Films.

From the creator of Gattaca and The Truman Show comes a tense and psychological journey into the morality of drone warfare. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister) stars as a fighter pilot who now battles with Taliban using just a joystick – but is he saving the world or making it worse?

Good Kill is out on DVD and Blu-ray from 3rd August 2015, and stars: Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister, Gattaca); January Jones (X-Men: First Class, TV’s Mad Men); Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent, X-Men: First Class); and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, TV’s Mad Men). It is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, In Time)

Buy here – http://amzn.to/1KmJSz8

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- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win horror film ‘Cub’ on DVD

21 hours ago

Sam, an imaginative but vulnerable twelve year-old, heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts troupe. Mistrusted by the pack leader Peter and isolated by the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them in the forest after he discovers a mysterious lair. When Sam tries to warn them, they ignore him and his darkest fears soon come to life as one by one his fellow scouts are hunted down leaving him to fight back to survive.

Cub (Altitude Film Distribution) is unleashed in cinemas and on demand 31st July. Own it on DVD from 3rd August.

To support the release we have a copy on DVD to give away! To win, just answer the following question:

What is the female equivalent of cub scouts? Is it:

a) Girl Guides

b) Brownies

c) Girls Brigade

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. »

- Phil Wheat

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The Scream Cast – Episode 69: It Follows Sexxxy Time!

31 July 2015 11:37 AM, PDT

Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson review a Scream Factory release, however this week the gang are getting a little sexy, with a look at It Follows and their favourite sex-focused flicks!

This week we get straight up raw dog sexy with episode 69! We discuss David Robert Mitchell’s newest film It Follows and list off our favorite “sex focused” flicks. Also, things get intimate when we discuss our top movie crushes as well as the one actor/actress we’d “switch hit” for.

Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!

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- Phil Wheat

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‘The Gift’ Review

31 July 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Busy Philipps, David Denman, Allison Tolman, Katie Aselton, Susan May Pratt, Wendell Pierce, Beau Knapp, Tim Griffin, Nash Edgerton, P.J. Byrne, Mirrah Foulkes, Adam Lazarre-White | Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton

The Gift sees Jason Bateman play tech salesman Simon, who returns to his home town in California with his wife Robyn, played by Rebecca Hall. The couple soon encounter Joel Edgerton’s Gordo, an acquaintance of Simon’s from school. Gordo at first seems generous and helpful, leaving gifts for the couple and making himself useful around the house, but there’s an intensity to him and inconsistencies in his actions that begin to disturb. Pretty soon, Robyn becomes convinced that Gordo’s intentions are not entirely wholesome and paranoia sets in. But why exactly would Gordo have anything against the couple?

The Gift doesn’t really stand out as a particularly intriguing or exciting sounding film, »

- Jack Kirby

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‘The Blacklist #1′ Review

31 July 2015 6:21 AM, PDT

Written by Nicole Philips | Art by Beni Lobel | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

I approached The Blacklist #1 with some nervousness, being both not a watcher of the television series on which it is based (though I hear good things, and who doesn’t love James Spader?) and not in general a fan of comic book adaptations of films/ TV shows (or as I like to call them, cheap cash-ins). On the positive front, I noticed it was being developed by the team who oversee the actual show, not farmed out to cheap and cheerful third parties, and that it had art by Beni Lobel, who I am familiar with from his good work on DC Comics books.

Before launching into the main review, first a big thumbs up for the text introduction at the beginning, something too many books do not bother with. It gives a quick bio »

- Dean Fuller

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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 82: Please Mr. and Mrs. Morris, Don’t Listen

30 July 2015 6:25 AM, PDT

Here’s episode 82 of geek podcast The History of Bad Ideas. If you haven’t caught the it yet (why not?) you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumors of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

Episode 82: Please Mr. and Mrs. Morris, Don’t Listen

The Hobi Gang welcome film critic Jeff Morris back into the studio and number one fan Doug ends his three week »

- Phil Wheat

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Xmas brings terrifying ‘Good Tidings’

30 July 2015 6:20 AM, PDT

Two-Headed Snake Entertainment have announced that pre-production is underway on the upcoming Christmas themed horror/thriller Good Tidings, which is set to shoot on a location in a disused courthouse (the first time ever the location hs been used for such purposes) in Southport, Merseyside; and is due for release Christmas 2016.

Written and conceived by horror enthusiasts Stu Jopia, Stuart W. Bedford and Giovanni Gentile, who recently penned this years zombie action thriller Apocalypse and next year’s monster fuelled H.P Lovecraft inspired horror anthology Dark Continents; Good Tidings draws inspiration from genre classics, taking influence from Black Christmas, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silent Night Deadly Night, Assault on Precinct 13, whilst still harkening to the new breed of horror thrillers like You’re Next, The Devils Rejects and The Purge.

Director/Writer Stuart W. Bedford tells us:

We’ve always been fascinated by Exploitation movies. Good Tidings is »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Life is Strange – Episode 4: Dark Room’ Review (PC)

29 July 2015 3:14 PM, PDT

When Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room was downloading I knew that it would be a tough one to get through. I made certain choices that pushed my game a certain way, and now I had to face them. Without giving away spoilers, I’d saw we were taught that messing with time has consequences, and this  was going to be the episode where we were going to have to face them.

Upon starting the game, dealing with the emotions is the first thing that you and Max, the main character, have to face. Surprisingly (or not) we have to deal with an even more impactful kick to the gut with a choice that is one of the most poignant you’ll ever face in a game. Dontnod Entertainment, the developers of the game, have to be applauded for the fact that they’ve managed to get you so »

- Paul Metcalf

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Talking In Circles: Episode 78 – Three Men and a Baby

29 July 2015 2:58 PM, PDT

Talking in Circles is a pop culture talk show/podcast where hosts Dan, Greg, and Chuck wax poetic about comic books, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else in geek culture. Come for the witty banter stay for the exciting games, hilarious skits, and “crazy but true” news stories.

This week’s theme: Phase 2. With Marvel’s Cinematic Phase 2 coming to an end we take a look to see how well it fared compared to Phase 1, including a review of Marvel’s latest film Ant-Man. Before we get to that though Dan talks about DC’s latest animated feature Justice League: Gods and Monsters and explains why its a return to form for DC, Chuck doesn’t get why Terminator: Genisys is getting so much hate, and Greg has finally caught up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2.

Check out previous editions of Talking in Circles right here »

- Phil Wheat

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‘WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015′ Blu-ray Review

29 July 2015 2:08 PM, PDT

There are plenty of rumours about why the Elimination Chamber has been removed from the normal pay-per-view list, but it did not stay away long. WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015 became a WWE Network special but here in the UK we also get a DVD release. Read on for my thoughts…

The timing of the Elimination chamber event was interesting. It is important to look at where this came in the evolution of WWE, and that is when things were starting to change for the better. Nxt is paying off as a place of development and integration of new Superstars and some impressive talent coming through; this showed a lot in WWE: Elimination Chamber 2015. Just looking at John Cena vs. Kevin Owens proved this.

The Nxt Champion (at that time) proved he could stand tall in the WWE ring, and he could fight against the so-called Superman of the squared circle, »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Play It! Manchester’ – Launch Day Gallery

29 July 2015 6:23 AM, PDT

Running from Saturday 25th July to Sunday 9th August, Play it! Manchester – in partnership with leading gaming specialists Replay Events (the guys behind Play Blackpool and Play Expo Manchester) – is a hands-on celebration and immersive gaming experience for fun-loving visitors young and old alike. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Halo there is a game to suit beginners and experts, dads and daughters, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between. Over 120 games and consoles are available to play during each 90 minute pre-bookable gaming session, which run at set times throughout this family friendly 16 day event.

The event launched last Friday with a special press-preview, here’s a few photos from the event to whet your appetite for this awesome celebration of videogaming:

Whether you’re a family dropping in for a 90 minute session, a seasoned gamer making the most of Play it! Manchester’s full-day pass, or a »

- Phil Wheat

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Syfy and Universal team up for grindhouse show ‘Blood Drive’

29 July 2015 6:16 AM, PDT

Syfy and Universal have today announced they have greenlit Blood Drive, a high-octane, over-the-top scripted series in the classic grindhouse movie tradition. Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the 13-episode series centers around La’s last good cop who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race – with cars powered by blood (Blood Car anyone?) and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel. Sounds a lot like Blood Drive the video game (pictured above) – but apparently this is no relation.

Blood Drive is from executive producers John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening, The Shield) and David Straiton (Bates Motel, Hemlock Grove), who will also direct. Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:

This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series. »

- Phil Wheat

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Awesome new images from ‘Deadpool’

28 July 2015 2:51 PM, PDT

Deadpool. My favouroite character in all the Marvel universe. A character I honestly never thought would ever get a 18-rated action movie in a million years. But it is; and I couldn’t be more excited! Forget the abomination that was the Deadpool of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (also played by Ryan Reynolds), This is the Deadpool that audiences deserve, the comics fans want…

For those unaware of the character, here’s his bio:

Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor. He is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to humorous effect. Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, but has since evolved into the role of an antihero. »

- Phil Wheat

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More images from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

28 July 2015 2:18 PM, PDT

Following on from the images released two weeks ago, here’s another batch of stills from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice… Check them out below after the official synopsis:

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released in cinemas March 2016.

(Source: Empire Online) »

- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win tentacle horror ‘Dead Shadows’ on DVD

28 July 2015 12:08 PM, PDT

To celebrate the release of the must-see sci-fi horror Dead Shadows (reviewed here) -  out on DVD 27th July 2015 – we are giving away a copy. Exciting debut director David Cholewa delivers one of the most inventive and atmospheric sci-fi horrors in recent years, where the people of Paris undergo an monstrous transformation after a mysterious comet passes through the sky.

Available to order on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1JbWo5T

To win a copy of Dead Shadows on DVD, just answer the following question:

Dead Shadows hails from France, a country with a growing reputation for making hard-hitting horror. But which of the following is Not a French horror movie? Is it:

a) Excision

b) Martyrs

c) High Tension

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, just make sure to like us »

- Phil Wheat

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First trailer and art for horror anthology ‘The Horror Network’

28 July 2015 6:03 AM, PDT

Wild Eye Releasing has debuted a new trailer and key art for their anthology film – set for release this Halloween – The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as “a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see”.

Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Five of horror’s most promising new directing talents join forces to pay homage to classic horror like Creepshow, Tales From the Crypt, V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, and weave an unforgettable, disturbing tapestry of terror.

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- Phil Wheat

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Brand new images from ‘The Transporter: Refuelled’

28 July 2015 5:57 AM, PDT

Es Skrein (Game of Thrones) takes the wheel in The Transporter: Refuelled, the latest chapter in Luc Besson’s explosive thrill-ride series. A relentless, high octane ride that takes the Transporter franchise to explosive new heights, The Transporter: Refuelled is set to hit UK and Irish cinemas, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution, on September 4th.

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is The Transporter; the best driver and mercenary money can buy. Frank will deliver anything for a price and abides by 3 simple rules: never change the deal, no names, never open the package… Shot on location throughout the South of France, The Transporter Refuelled also stars Radivoje Bukvic (Run All Night), Ray Stevenson (Thor), Anatole Tubman (Captain America: The First Avenger), Gabriella Wright, Loan Chabanol and Tatiana Pajkovic.

The Transporter: Refuelled was conceived by action master Luc Besson (Leon, Taken, Lucy) and is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions »

- Phil Wheat

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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 15: Comic Con

28 July 2015 5:48 AM, PDT

We’d like to welcome the awesome podcast – 365Flicks – to the ever-growing podcast roster here one Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Podomatic, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast – Episode 15: Comic Con

The Lads are back in the studio for Episode 15 with some Comic Con News to talk about, Mostly the Batman Vs Superman trailer and the Suicide Squad trailer. We decided to do a Top 5 tailored to our good friends over at the Jock And Nerd Podcast… A little bit of Emmmy Nominations Talk and round that off with a review of the Movie Stand-Alone (Whole Lotta Sole).

Intro And News Round-Up

00.00 – 1.18.00

Hobi and Snake Oil Comics Promos

1.18.00 – 1.19.30

Top 5 Jock/Nerd Movies Plus J&N Promo

1.19.30 – 1.44.48

Emmy Talk

1.44.48 – 1.58.00

Review of Stand-Off

1.58.00 – 2.20.00

Outro

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- Phil Wheat

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