5 items from 2015
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
The competition between nerds is now in its third season, and you should be tuning in every Friday. Why? Super-nerdy and fun challenges A giant game of Angry Birds. A giant game of Battleship. A giant Rubik's Cube. Quidditch, complete with flying. Robots playing dodge ball. A real-life version of Tron. Nerf guns shooting down drones. Lots of quizzes on nerd-ish trivia. The show's challenges--two each episode, one team challenge and one individual challenge--play on nostalgia and pop culture. They always have a sense of humor, and they're also visually interesting, fair competitions that rival those on bigger shows. Great hosts having fun "King of the Nerds" offers a big portion of wackiness and ridiculousness with a side of self-deprecation, and it's all served on a bed of a serious competition. Hosts and executive producers Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine, who starred in "Revenge of the Nerds," set that tone. »
- Andy Dehnart
It’s hard to argue that Pixar not only revolutionized the world of animation by creating the first feature completely generated by computers, they also dominated their field during the entirety of the last decade. In terms of technical achievement and original, heartfelt storytelling, they raised the bar so high with their hat trick of three back-to-back-to-back masterpieces, “Ratatouille”, “Wall-e,” and “Up”, that even when they release perfectly fine and entertaining films that fall short of being greatness, we make ourselves believe that they’re in a slump. “Toy Story 3” was arguably the best in the series, “Brave” was underwhelming but fun, “Monsters University” was an excellent remake of “Revenge of the Nerds” for kids, and “Cars 2”, well, it wasn’t that bad, was it? Apart from their revolutionary technical prowess, one of the most important reasons Pixar’s work is so beloved across cultures and generations is »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Revenge of the Nerds meets Boyz N the Hood in the first trailer for Dope. This comedic hood thriller mash-up is set to make it's World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Giving it a leg above the competition are appearances by rapper A$AP Rocky and Workaholics star Blake Anderson.
In Dope, Malcolm is an anomaly, a "geek living in the Bottoms," the drug-infested, gang-run ghetto part of Inglewood. A victim of circumstance, but with admirable ambition, Malcolm gets caught in the crossfires of a drug buy gone bad. Using his wits and considerable smarts, he manages to take a dicey situation and make it work in his favor.
Dope features an amazing ensemble of stars including Shameik Moore (Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Amazon's Transparent, MTV's Eye Candy), Kimberly Elise (VH1's Hit the Floor, »
Videogame webcaster Twitch will stage its first-ever live TV viewing event in partnership with TBS, as part of a promotion for the upcoming season of the cabler’s geek-competition series “King of the Nerds.”
The event, to be held at Twitch’s San Francisco headquarters on Friday, Jan. 16, will feature a preview screening of the first episode of “King of the Nerds” season three, slated to debut the following week. Popular Twitch gamecasters Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham and Jon Carnage are set to moderate the event, to be streamed live on twitch.tv/twitch on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Pt.
Amazon acquired Twitch last summer for around $1 billion, as the e-commerce giant expands its online-video business; Twitch had also been in talks with YouTube. »
- Todd Spangler
5 items from 2015
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