My Favorite of 2013 Part 2- Movie and Heroclix Set

January 5, 2014

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but my favorite movie in 2013 was Thor The Dark World.

 

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As a long time fan of Marvel comics’ Thor character this was the Thor movie I was always hoping for. There were dark elves, weird science, awesome battle scenes and just the right amount of romance and comedy.  Plus Natalie Portman…’nuff said.

Favorite Heroclix set of 2013: Amazing Spider-Man

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This set had the Legion of Monsters, Spider-Man 2099, and other bits of awesomeness.  I loved the characters with “Wild Dials”. It was my favorite “new mechanic” that was introduced to the game last year.

All in all 2013 was a great year for nerds everywhere!

Next time I will unveil the third and final part of my favorites of 2013. It will have my top 5 albums of 2013 and my favorite RPG book of last year.


My Favorites From 2011

December 30, 2011

On a personal level 2011 was a another tumultuous and hellish year for me.  However it was a great year for the various “geeks” trapped in my head.

Comic book Geek:

DC comics decided to relaunch their entire universe. The event mini series “Flashpoint” put an end to the previous DCU and jump started the new DCU or DCNU.   This was a ballsy move for DC and so far it has worked. At least as far as sales are concerned.  I will admit that as a whole I prefer the pre-flashpoint DCU to the new one. However, the wingnut in me was thrilled with the relaunched Nightwing book.  So far it has contained the best Nightwing stories I have read since the good old days when Chuck Dixon wrote the book back in the 90’s.  Another stand out book for me was Frankenstein Agent of SHADE.  It is just a fun comic book to read.  Frankenstein leads a team of monsters against crazy threats from other dimensions.  If you haven’t tried that book yet then you are missing out.

 

Marvel’s Ultimate line was on fire this year. Not only did Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe die but a new Spider-Man emerged. Jonathan Hickman has written some great stuff in the Ultimates while Nick Spencer has scripted some amazing stories in X-Men.   In the main Marvel Universe Wolverine’s black ops team Uncanny X-force has also been a great read.

The only indie comic I got into this year was IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons comic. It translated everything I enjoyed about the game into a highly entertaining and well written comic.

Gaming Geek:

This year I drifted away from miniature gaming and back to tabletop role-playing.  The Heroes of Shadow book for 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons offered some great options for players.  It added several interesting classes like the Assassin, Vampire and Black Guard.  It also added some new races and some interesting options for the existing classes. Nethermancy anyone?

Movie Geek:

This was a great year to be a comic book fan as many of this past years best movies were pulled  from the pages of the funny books.  Thor is my “movie of the year”. I also loved Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.

The movie Immortals made my greek mythology nerd happy and it also demonstrated how awesome over the top CGI gore can be.

Music Geek:

Some of my favorite bands released great albums this year. Opeth’s “Heritage” is amazing.  Evanescence rocks it on their new album. Amy Lee once again makes me wish that I had a vagina so that I could fully emote with her…Don’t tell anyone I said that.  On the Christian front Sleeping Giant put out a metalcore record with some crushing rifts and non seeker friendly lyrics. “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” crushes compromise.   Becoming the Archetype’s “Celestial Completion”  proved once again that Christians can make excellent Proggessive death metal!

 

TV Geek A.K.A I can’t get a date so I watch:

To be honest it has been a while since I found a TV show that I get excited about watching. Like most people i’ll watch the occasional episode of one of the CSIs or NCISes to pass the time.  I don’t go out of my way to catch them though.  The show Person of Interest caught my interest. It has everything I love in it: drama, action, mystery and a compelling back story that is slowly unfolding throughout the series.  It helps that it stars two of my favorite actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. I have noticed a few other LOST alums popping up throughout the course of this show.

Now all of the geeks that are trapped inside of my brain have had their voice.   What have you guys enjoyed most this year?


Halloween Goodness: Vampires

October 26, 2010
Today seemed like a good day to discuss the Vampire. Now when I was young Vampires only came out at night and they weren’t glittery.  In fact if a Vampire glowed it meant that he was about to explode. Times may have changed thanks to the horrible Twilight series but my favorite Vampire stuff will always have a special place in my heart. At least until it gets run through with a stake..
My favorite Vampire movie is Francis Ford Coppola’s  Dracula!  Gary Oldman plays a magnificent Dracula in this film.  This was THE vampire movie when I was a teenager.  I’ll also admit that my virginal teenage self also enjoyed the hot naked Vampire chicks in this movie. Hey..At least I admit it!
My favorite TV show about a bloodsucker was Angel. It was a spin off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it followed the misadventures of Angel who was a vampire with a soul…most of the time anyway.
When I was a lonely nerdy teen with no life my favorite pen and paper RPG was called Vampire The Masquerade. Finally I could live out my Vampire fantasies and get some use out of my D10s.
My favorite Vampire novel is Vampire of the Mist which is set in the gothic horror fantasy world of Ravenloft. The main character is a gold elf vampire that doesn’t  want to be evil. He ends up in the cursed land of Barovia and has a fun time with the notorious Strahd!
Finally the most terrifying  Vampire I have ever seen is this lady:
Haha! I thought it was funny!

Halloween Goodness: Zombies

October 25, 2010

In celebration of Halloween I am going to do daily posts that highlight my favorite movies, comics and whatever else I can think of based on the creature I pick.  Today’s Halloween monster is the zombie. If  glittery Vampires populate pop cultures wet dreams than surely Zombies are in its worst nightmares. After all it is difficult to romanticize a lumbering creature that just wants to eat you and not copulate with you.  So without further ado here are my favorite pieces of zombie goodness.

By far my favorite zombie movie is 28 Days Later. The movie has a great cast and some truly terrifying zombies. Although in the movie we find out that sometimes human nature can be worse than zombies when it is pushed to the limits.

As far as Zombie comedies go “Zombieland” is my favorite.  The Bill Murray scenes alone make this movie worth seeing.  Honorable mention goes to “Shaun of the Dead”.

My favorite piece of music inspired by Zombies is the “Zombie EP” that was put out by The Devil Wears Prada earlier this year.  There aren’t enough Zombie concept albums in music.  This record is good and heavy. It is the heaviest thing that i’ve ever heard out of these guys. They should write this way more often.

My favorite Zombie board game is “Last Night on Earth” . This game is a regular zombie hootananny!

Finally my favorite Zombie comic book event is Blackest Night. That story line was awesome and it put to shame Marvel’s lame attempts at zombie stories.

What are some of your favorite zombie items/movies/whatever?

 

 


Sam Jackson Is Writing a Comic book! AWESOME!

January 28, 2010

In my mind the actor Samuel L. Jackson is one of the coolest people on the planet.  He is so cool that his presence alone made the movie “Snakes on a Plane” watchable and even enjoyable.  He also played my favorite jedi of the Star Wars Prequels: Mace Windu:

Multiple comic book news sites have been reporting that Samuel is writing a comic book for BOOM studios called “Cold Space” It’s going to be a four issue limited series that will begin in April. The main character is of course based off of Sam’s appearance. Check it out:

How freaking cool is that!  Yes I am a hopeless nerd and proud of it.


TV and Movies I’m looking Forward To in 2010

January 7, 2010

So here we are! A new year with some changes in TV shows and a new movie that have my inner geek excited.

David Tennant masterfully exited the role of the Doctor on January second when his incarnation of the Doctor died. I must say that David is MY Doctor.  He is an awesome screen actor and he was truly able to make the role of “The Doctor” his own.  While I was sad to see him go I think that his final episodes were some of the best of his run. He definatly went out with a “bang”.

With that said I am looking forward to the newly regenerated Doctor played by Matt Smith making his mark in the new series that starts sometime this spring. It will be different but that is the bueaty of Doctor Who isn’t it? This larger than life immortal being who changes faces, shapes and bodies every couple of years. It will be interesting what new personality quirks Matt gives to his version of the Doctor:

This year I am also looking forward to Lost finally ending. I know that sounds bad but let’s face it. This is THE season Lost fans have been waiting for.

Finally I am so pumped for Iron Man 2. The first one was awesome and i’m sure the second will be even better. If it sucks I will be a sad man.

So that is some of what I am looking forward to in TV and movies this year. What are you guys looking forward to?