Welcome to Land of The Nerds, where I, Douglas Laman, use my love of cinema to explore, review and talk about every genre of film imaginable!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween Is A Terrifying Movie About What Happens When Fear Intrudes On Normalcy
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Tom Hanks Inferno Falls Beneath Box Office Victor Boo! A Madea Halloween
Saturday, October 29, 2016
300 Is Sparta...And Also Pretty Middling
Friday, October 28, 2016
I Saw The Light Is An Abysmal Ode To A Country Music Legend
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Angels & Demons Is, At Best, Only Passable, But It's Got Way More Life In It Than Its Predeccesor
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Labels: Angels & Demons, Ayelet Zurer, Classic Write-Up, Hans Zimmer, May 2009, Movie Review, October 2016, Robert Langdon, Ron Howard, The Da Vinci Code, Vatican
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Uncompromising Nature Of 13TH Is A Key Facet Of Its Effectiveness
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Da Vinci Code Is The Worst Kind Of Nonsense...Boring Nonsense
Monday, October 24, 2016
I Spy, With My Little Eye, A Subpar Comedy Entitled Keeping Up With The Joneses
Madea Frightens Her Way To The Top Of The Box Office, Jack Reacher Does Alright, Oujia Underwhelms And Moonlight Gets Off To Bright Start
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Scariest Thing About Boo! A Madea Halloween Is Its Overlong Running Time
Friday, October 21, 2016
Five Days Of Crazy Good Music: West Covina
And now, for the last entry in this column, let's go all the way back to the very first musical number on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a little ditty entitled West Covina. Now, in my piece on The Sexy Getting Ready Song (which, like West Covina, also appeared in the first episode of the series), I mentioned how that song had a sort of confidence and assuredness that immediately gave Crazy Ex-Girlfriend its own unique vibe and the same can very much be said for West Covina, a tune that also reinforces the fresh spirit that flows throughout Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as well as helps illuminate who exactly lead character Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Five Days Of Crazy Good Music: Cold Shower and Flooded With Justice
Yes, this one's a tiny bit of a cheat since it covers two songs instead of the typical one, but whatever. Anywho, both of these musical numbers come during a storyline wherein Rebecca's (Rachel Bloom) newest way of garnering extended periods of time with Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) is to help spearhead a lawsuit against his apartment complex regarding the faulty plumbing system that is making showers a chilly nightmare for Josh and numerous other individuals. It's the kind of storyline that expertly combines numerous facets of Rebecca's complex personality, namely her infatuation with Josh, her desire to be seen as a good person who crusades for the little guy and the legitimate talent she carries in her profession.
The First Teaser Trailer For Logan Makes Hugh Jackman's Last Wolverine Movie Look Very Different And Emotional
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Five Days Of Crazy Good Music: Settle For Me
Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is very much the focus of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, hence why the show has its title. But one of the best aspects of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in its initial season is how fully fleshed-out its supporting cast felt from the get-go. Rebecca's best pal Paula is a great example of this trait and Greg (Santino Fontana) is another shining showcase for how well Crazy Ex-Girlfriend depicted that Rebecca was not the only person residing in West Covina (Californiiiiiaaaaa!!) that was a tad bit off-kilter.
I Cannot Stress Enough Just How Exceptionally Dumb The 5th Wave Is
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Labels: Alex Roe, Chloe Grace Moretz, January 2016, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Maria Bello, Movie Review, Nick Robinson, October 2016, The 5th Wave, Tony Revolori
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Space Jam Is Returning to Theaters Next Month Because You Couldn't Keep Your Nostalgia In Your Pants
Five Days Of Crazy Good Music: I Love My Daughter
While Crazy Ex-Girlfriend definitely has a foot firmly placed in the world of Broadway musicals (just look at West Covina, the very first tune of the whole show), the great thing about the program is how it explores a wide gamut of musical genres and differing artists. While this wouldn't be the first time country music showed up on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (we'd also have Valencia's Women Gotta Stick Together song coming our way eventually), the tune I Love My Daughter does perfectly encapsulate a side of country music that could exist as its own subgenre; songs about dads harmonizing about their obsession with their daughter.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Five Days Of Crazy Good Music: The Sexy Getting Ready Song
The practice of women taking elongated amounts of time to prepare for going out has been the butt of jokes for ages, typically in the form of shallow jabs consisting solely of dudes asking "Why are women so slow?!??! LOLZ!" Leave it to Rachel Bloom to add some humanity to this endeavor from the perspective of the gender that actually goes through the extended rituals to match societies narrow vision of what constitutes beauty. This is The Sexy Getting Ready Song, a tune that dropped in the middle of the first episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and established right off the bat that this would be program that explored concepts and ideas not frequently seen on American television.
The Accountant Is Plenty Watchable But Also Sort Of A Mess
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Accountant Adds Up To Solid Box Office, Kevin Hart: What Now? Does Record-Breaking Business And Bad Box Office (Not Jet Fuel) Melts Max Steel
Deepwater Horizon Has Peter Berg Finally Breaking Through As A Filmmaker
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Disturbing Nadir Of Humanity Is Seen In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A New Rogue One Trailer Has Mads Mikkelsen And Ben Mendelsohn Meeting And There's Also Some Star Wars Stuff
There's one movie coming out in December everyone around the world has been looking forward to for years now, especially given how the director of said movie recently directed a Warner Bros. summer blockbuster that debuted in May and was a major box office hit. This film revealed a trailer this past Spring and since then anticipation has mounted and mounted and such eagerness will likely only increase in the future. This movie is called Incarnate and is about Aaron Eckhart using Inception technology to fight a demon in a young boy's mind. Also coming out in December is something called Rogue One, which released a new trailer today you can watch below.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The First Trailers For The Iron Fist TV Show And The Power Rangers Movie Are Here To Make You Go "Meh"
Scares Are Minimal In The First Paranormal Activity, The One That Started It All
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Birth Of A Nation's Virtues Are Notably Hindered By A Lack Of Substance
Monday, October 10, 2016
Find A Better Cinematic Passenger Than The Girl On The Train
The First Weekend Of October Is A Quiet One At The Box Office As Girl On The Train Does Alright And Birth Of A Nation Misses The Mark
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Queen Of Katwe Has Absolutely No Trouble Lifting One's Spirit
Friday, October 7, 2016
Apocalypse Was An Unstoppable Foe For The Newest X-Men Movie, But For All The Wrong Reasons
Lots and lots of things went awry in this past summer's X-Men: Apocalypse, which just came out on Blu-Ray this past Tuesday and re-ignited my brain with memories of all of that features failings. Too many extraneous characters to count (Quicksilver, Psylocke and Rose Byrne's character had nothing to contribute) and tepid action scenes that looked so cheap and fake they wouldn't pass muster in a particularly poor episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Some movies that go off the rails feel like they could have been salvaged at one point or another, but honestly, X-Men: Apocalypse doomed itself the moment the current creative team behind these X-Men films decided to tackle the titular antagonist.
(Mean) Girls Got (Comedic) Rhythym
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Labels: Amanda Seyfried, Amy Poehler, April 2004, Classic Write-Up, High School, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Waters, Mean Girls, Movie Review, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Tina Fey
Thursday, October 6, 2016
O.J.: Made In America Is An Incredible Achievement, Simple As That
Your reach extends outward almost infinitely, not just to the way your friends and family are affected by your level of exposure, but also in the way your fame resonates with the public. A kid in Wyoming who could become the next great scientist could have gotten his passion for the world of beakers and measurements ignited by the presence of Neil DeGrasse Tyson or deceased figures like Albert Einstein who are leaving their mark on this planet even long after they've left this life. How could O.J. Simpson not be a similarly influential figure? In the late 60's, a time of upheaval for African-Americans, he claimed incredible sports accomplishments that made him one of the more notable African-American sports figures in recent memory.
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Next Pirates Of The Caribbean Movie Has A Trailer With A Javier Bardem Ghost...And No Johnny Depp
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Is Generic Even By Modern-Day Tim Burton Movie Standards
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Miss Peregrine And Deepwater Horizon End September And Begin October With Middle-Of-The-Road Box Office
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