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There are a lot of movies out there that don’t get the credit they deserve for being badass. The one that’s been bouncing around my head today is Lucky Number Slevin. This movie is amazing. 

Not only is it a well written script, but the cast is awesome too: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci. Hell, it’s even got Bubba from Forrest Gump in there (Yes, I realize he has a real name, but if I put Mykelti Williamson, how many of you would really know who I was talking about?).

Anyways,  if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s on Netflix. You should really check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 

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Looking Back: Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds, an 80s comedy set on a college campus. It was filled with everything you’d expect from an 80s movie: horrible clothes, horrible hair, and horrible synthesizer music. It’s a movie that I haven’t watched in probably 15-20 years. Every once in a while, I’ll be reminded of it and it’ll get me thinking.

Back then: Raunchy college comedy about the little guys sticking it to the man.

Now: A bunch of college kids, that should’ve been thrown in jail, get away with multiple crimes.

To be honest, while there were some funny parts in this movie, I was a teenager when I used to watch this movie. That means that I didn’t really care much about the plot, or what happened in it. Why, you ask? Because I was a teenager and there were many boobies shown in this movie.

As an adult….well… I still like looking at boobies,  but they aren’t the sole reason I have for watching something anymore . I actually care about  plots, characters, and stories now. And, looking back on it, the nerds were horrible, horrible people.

While I agree that the jocks and their girlfriends  were complete jackasses for making fun of the nerds, what the nerds did was not only worse, it was illegal. Let’s look at the list: they broke into a sorority house, they stole the girls’ personal property  (their panties), and they set up video cameras in the sorority house’s  showers and bedrooms so they could record the girls naked without their knowledge or consent. Then, they sell these illegally obtained nude images to every horny man on campus.

And these are the heroes of the story?

Let’s also not forget the complete ridiculousness of the head nerd getting the girl. He steals her boyfriend’s mask at a costume event and wears it just long enough to trick her into sex (I’m not sure if that technically qualifies as rape but it’s close enough, if you ask me). What does this girl do when she finds out? Does she beat the crap out of him like she should? Nope. She compliments him. Apparently, in this  girl’s mind, it’s ok to sell her naked image all over campus and trick her into bed, but only if you go down on her.

Ridiculous!

I would wonder why I never noticed this when I watched this back then, but the answer is quite obvious. I was blinded by the boobies… and I still am.

The Wrong Bad Guy

I’m sure some of you may have seen the video that someone put out arguing that Daniel-san is actually the bad guy in The Karate Kid and Johnny is the good guy. It is an interesting theory, and the guy had a couple of good points, but I don’t buy that one.It did make me think about various movie villains and if there was an argument to be made for them being the good guy. I came up blank for a while, but I finally got one.

I think the reason it took me so long to find this one is because it’s a movie that I don’t like. In fact, if it was up to me, I’d never have watched this movie in the first place. Both Mrs. Revis and Baby E like it, however, so I’ve been forced to watch it more times than I’m comfortable admitting to. Of course, there’s a chance that someone else has made this argument before me, but since I’ve never seen it, I’m going to say that I’m the one who came up with it.

What’s the movie, you ask? It’s right on the other side of the “Continue Reading” button.

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I’m A Little Confused

Instead of a new episode of Agents of SHIELD this past week, they showed a special called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. In it, they chronicle all of the Avengers movies/shows, starting with Iron Man. They ended the show with previews of the upcoming movies: Captain America 2 (which releases in a couple of weeks) and the second Avengers (which I think releases next summer).

Now, when they talked about some of what happens in the new Cap, I understood it. It all made sense: both as a continuation of the Avengers storyline, plus as just a Captain America story. The part I’m confused about has to do with what they said to expect with The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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5 Comic Book/Superhero Movies They Need To Make/Remake

Since there have been many of these movies lately, and more on the way, I decided to give my opinion on which ones should be done next. Some of these I want to see done because of my comic book geekery. Some of them I want to see done because…. well, it’d just be awesome.

I’d like to start off by saying that I don’t pay enough attention to movie news to know if any of these are actually in  production or not. For all I know, all 5 of them are filming right now (which would be 33 grams of kick ass). Of course, a couple of these will never be made unless I win the lottery or something. Let’s start off with the first one on my list. Continue reading

Most Quoted Movie

My workplace is filled with a bunch of guys who like to quote movies. We’re all also a bunch of comic book nerds. So, you’d think that the movie we’d quote the most is either one of the Batman movies, or one of the new Marvel movies, or even other geek classics like Star Wars or Star Trek.

If you thought that, you’d be wrong.

The most quoted movie at my work is The Replacements. That’s right. The Replacements.

The reason for that is simple: When we close boxes, we do so with tape from our tape dispenser. The tape comes in large, dry rolls. As it is fed through the dispenser, it runs across a damp area, which makes it wet and activates the glue on it. The glue then gets all over your hand as you’re boxing things up. After a few minutes of this, it makes your hands look like Orlando Jones’ hands in this scene.

So, whenever one of us makes a bunch of boxes (which is an every day thing), we always say “You know this don’t look natural. You know it don’t.”

“Don’t talk.”

“Coach, I look like I just jacked off an elephant.”

That’s my workplace’s most quoted movie. What’s yours?

Versus: Episode 7

I’d like to welcome everyone to the latest episode of Versus. Last time, I asked you all for suggestions for somebody that Cloud or Sephiroth (from Final Fantasy VII) could go up against. A couple of you had the same idea. You said that Cloud should fight Link (from the Zelda games). Normally, I’m a believer in “giving the people what they want”. This time, however, I won’t be doing it.

When I do these matchups, I try to make them as equal as possible. While both Cloud and Link both come from worlds of sword and sorcery, Cloud’s world also has modern technology. There are cars, helicopters, guns, missiles, and cell phones. If Link somehow ended up in Midgar, he’d probably be overwhelmed by everything going on around him.

Not only that, but I don’t think this would even be a contest. I think Cloud would wipe the floor with him. No offense to Link, but Cloud is way more badass than he is.

So, that left me with still needing to come up with an opponent for Cloud. Then, it came to me as I was watching Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Specifically, it was the final battle between Cloud and Sephiroth that gave me the inspiration. There’s another character out there that fights just like that…. Continue reading