Category Archives: Movies
The Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League had a “McDonald’s Night” earlier this month, where they played wearing McDonalds-themed jerseys to be auctioned off for charity. I know, “so what,” but here’s what; Ronald McDonald provides his best Herb Brooks impression (sidebar: Brooks coached the USA Olympic Hockey Team in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid) to deliver the Miracle speech from the movie, well, Miracle, starring S.D. Bob “Snake” Plissken himself, Kurt Russell. It should also go without saying that just like Team USA did in 1980 against the Russians, the Americans won in a 4-0 shutout. CHECK THE VIDEO AFTER THE BREAK. Read the rest of this entry
Wow, what is it with me and fan films? I’ve gushed before of fan films based on Tetris, Sonic, and Street Fighter – along with brief mentions of Metal Gear Solid, Mega Man & Portal — and after hearing of this fan film based on the recent Tomb Raider reboot game (which has gotten VERY favorable reviews), I just had to talk briefly about it! Sorry guys, no Angelina Jolie, though; but this will do. Read the rest of this entry
The name’s McCrary. Montez McCrary. The PractitioNERD. Today I showcase my James Bond 007 movies, as well as perform an unboxing of more DVDs to complete my 007 collection. Also, “Never Say Never Again” doesn’t REALLY count, and I explain why.
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If someone says the name “Torgo” do you think about the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate, or the awesome Mr. Glenn Percival of PSNation fame? While the correct answer is actually both, but for the purpose of this blog, we’ll save the exploits of Mr. Percival for another time. Thanks to Valve’s Steam Greenlight initiative, it seems that the game MANOS (based on the cult film) will have an opportunity to reach a wider audience, especially if that same audience is not familiar with that legendary 1993 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) that paid homage to the 1966 sci-fi film Manos: The Hands of Fate. Now MORE people will become familiar with Torgo’s (not Glenn’s) oddly-voiced predictions of the Master’s unfavorable nature. Read the rest of this entry
I realize that if my readers see a Sonic-related post on “The PractitioNERD” they think I’m ready to fanboy-out on the gaming mascot (and they have proof of that here, here, here, here, here, and here), but if you’ve never heard of Eddie Lebron, let me quickly introduce him to you. He is the independent filmmaker who is responsible for that awesome full-length Mega Man fan film, and today he has released a brand, new short film depicting a more realistic take on the classic Sega mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. But what makes this project even more awesome is that Lebron brought back Sonic’s cartoon voice actor (Steven Q. Urkel himself) Jaleel White for the title role, and combines a computer-generated Sonic with live actors, including a live-action Dr. Robotnik. Check out the film after the break! Read the rest of this entry
I love the Evil Dead movies, and I am really hyped for the remake of the 1981 cult classic that is coming out this Spring (especially because a lot of the people involved in the original film are ALSO involved in the remake). For the uninitiated, Evil Dead (and this remake) is about a group of five friends who essentially barricade themselves inside a remote cabin, when they discover a mysterious book and unwittingly summon up an assortment of dormant, demonic spirits. I really loved the first trailer released, but this second trailer is …well…it’s…WOW…just check it out after the break. Fair warning though: it’s the red band trailer, so it’s REALLY gory and graphic. Like the title of this post states: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Read the rest of this entry
Paul Jay’s Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows is a 1998 documentary film which follows then-World Wrestling Federation Champion and superstar Bret “Hitman” Hart during his final year in the WWF, starting from his WWF Championship victory over The Undertaker at SummerSlam to his last match with the company versus “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels at the Survivor Series on November 9, 1997. This documentary is lauded and infamous for its access and rare look behind-the-scenes of the professional wrestling industry, including Hart discussing with The Undertaker and Pat Patterson about the course of their SummerSlam match, Triple H being accused by Bret’s wife, Julie, of his involvement in the “Montreal Screwjob” incident, and outside-of-the-ring endeavors of Vader, who had just acquired his real estate license and career plans after wrestling. Wrestling with Shadows also takes a rare look at the life of the extensive, wrestling-oriented Hart family and household.
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This week on WIRed, Iron Man 3 trailer **squealing** MIT tries to solve the case or missing black architects, can the Simple.TV give the TiVo a run for it’s money, you can finally get a Portal gun from ThinkGeek- it’s cheaper, but it’s smaller – and now EVERYONE can get some of the that Mid-South Wrestling ACTION! Read the rest of this entry
Click below to the first official trailer for Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ coming to theaters in the U-S-of-A on May 3rd 2013, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley. Read the rest of this entry
So apparently edible carbonite-frozen Han Solo’s aren’t nerdy enough; plus based upon Lucasfilm amending (or ruining to some) the Star Wars franchise, it’s strange that the marketing machine behind it hasn’t gotten into this part of the school supply market. Of course, you can almost leave it all to Etsy to rectify this wrong, and in that case, thank you to Etsy seller extramoneyformommy for creating this set of crayons shaped like Han Solo in all his carbonite-frozen glory. Read the rest of this entry
This week, this house is brought to you by the letter “Y,” you can soon talk to the hand (literally), behind the scenes on indie game development, and how to be a pro wrestling art snob.
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Sure, we gamers enjoy the triple-A, million dollars games that big-name, big-time developers and publishers with large employee numbers churn out to us in retail stores every year. However, how about the games that aren’t big budget titles, made by a small team of people (if not just one person), and don’t get the same mainstream attention? Here’s a secret: some of those independently-developed video games are just as fun (if not MORE fun) than their big-budget counterparts. For the real stories behind some the most recently acclaimed games of this type, look no further than the documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. Read the rest of this entry
I remember when I first saw My Architect: A Son’s Journey, the 2003 documentary film about American architect Louis I. Kahn. The College of Architecture at Texas A&M has sponsoring a viewing of the film at Rudder Auditorium on-campus in 2004, and it was the first architecture-related film I can recall watching, and I really enjoyed it. Kahn led an extraordinary career as an architect when he died bankrupt and alone due to a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom in 1974. When Kahn died, he had been deemed by many as the greatest living American architect. However, his body remained unidentified for two whole days and he was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. His son, Nathaniel Kahn, was 11-years-old then, and this personal documentary he made serves as a record of his quest to finally put the pieces of his father’s compartmentalized life together. Read the rest of this entry
In the Joystiq.com feature “Stiq Flicks,” film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly, examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. This past week’s release of Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs, an open world, action-crime drama game opened itself to comparisons to popular –and plentiful — Asian crime action films. In the most recent edition of “Stiq Films,” Kelly examines the similarities between the game, and the classic 1992 action movie Hard Boiled, directed by John Woo. Read the rest of this entry