Hello 2017!

Luke wasn’t the only one who has had a hard year.

We just had our first week in 2017 and I am thankful.

I apologize as the Blerdwords.com website has been down due to our hosting site was hacked. We’re still working out a few bugs so please bear with us. Thank you!

Besides 2016 taking some of our most iconic and all around awesome folks away (Alan Rickman, Prince, Carrie Fisher, John Glenn, Muhammad Ali, Denise “Vanity” Matthews, Gene Wilder, among others), last year seemed to be hard on many of us.

So from Blerdwords.com to all of you…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May your year be prosperous and awesome!

 

Rowdy Roddy Piper dies at 61

Rowdy Roddy Piper died July 31, 2015. It was reported that he passed on in his sleep from a heart attack.

Born  Roderick George Toombs in Canada, he begain his professional wrestling career at 15. Throughout the 80s, although Piper was a “villain/heel” he had always managed to be a fan favorite. It has been said that Piper made a bigger impact on wrestling and WWE outside the ring with his colorful commentary Piper’s Pit. WWE named Piper the greastest villain in wrestling history and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Piper not only dealt with injuries as all professional wrestlers do, he also had a bout with cancer.  Roddy was involved in wrestlling on and off again just about until his death. 


While most will remember the professional wrestling WWE Hall of Famer as ‘Hot Rod’, he also acted in a slew of films and TV shows. My favorite and cult classic being the John Carpenter film THEY LIVE which Piper was the lead. 

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LATE TO THE PARTY – Movie Review Terminator: Genisys


WARNING – SPOILER ALERT –

It’s been a few weeks since the release of Terminator: Genisys and I just had the chance to see it. I’ve seen several reviews and caught a comment or two online that mentioned boycotting Terminator. Either way, I was determined to see this film. I guess I felt I owed something to the memories I had growing up with the first two Terminator films. Besides, I figured no matter what happens in this reboot of the Terminator franchise; it couldn’t be any worse than the third Terminator film. Terminator: Rise of the Machines left such a bad taste in my mouth compared to two prior films that I hadn’t even thought about seeing the fourth installment of the franchise until I decided to write this article.

The premise of the film deals with an alternate timeline that begins the moment that Kyle Reese was sent back in time to save Sarah Connor. Skynet intercepts John Connor afterwards and causes the alternate timeline; thus justifying to us nerds a reason for the reboot, different actors and such. Still, you can’t have a good Terminator film without Arnold. And he was true to his word; for Genisys, he came back. 

Honestly, I was more satisfied with Genisys than I thought I’d be. Still, I wouldn’t rank Genisys over T2 if I was making a list. I warn anyone who is a fan of the Terminator franchise and is planning to see Genisys not to fall into the trap of comparing the Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese characters from the first two films and the current one. While the characters managed to have similarities, I believe Genisys did a decent job of NOT trying to modernize or imitate the original characters.

The special effects were done well, especially the new big bad, the T-3000. It was nerdtastic to see the nods that were put in to the former films; such as the police chase with Reese after his arrival, the T-1000, even the classic “come with me if you want to live” line.

Seeing “the mother of dragons” Emilia Clarke play Sarah Connor was cool. Emilia was not the scared waitress running for her life that we’d seen before. She had this hard to describe cuteness while still being able to kick arse. I lost some nerd cred though as my buddy had to tell me after the movie that Daenerys Targaryen was the mother of John Conner.  I liked Arnold as “Pops”, the guardian cyborg. He had enough “unintentional sarcasm” as the father figure without emotions and that made him work. We get more character development I’d say from Reese in Genisys, Jai Courtney did a fair job in his portrayal. I did have an issue with John Conner played by Jason Clarke. While the effects surrounding Clarke as the T-3000 were awesome, it was the character of John Conner that left me wanting.

While I know it’s a nitpick, his battle scarred face seemed a bit over the top and unnecessary. While I can’t put my finger on it, something was lacking with his performance whether it was his dialog or his body language. And if we didn’t get enough nerdgasms from the film, Matt Smith, that’s right Whovians, The Doctor makes an appearance. In all, Terminator: Genisys was a decent film. I would suggest any Terminator fan should give it a chance. The effects, the nods, and performances were good as a whole. 

I did have issues with a few things in the plot. The heroes go back to the day before Genisys aka Skynet was about to be “born”. If you have a time machine, why not a week or a month? If it’s that important, the life or death of the planet, why put it to chance for a single day, like Pops said, “traffic”Speaking of “Pops”, he had been preparing for the day for years and all he had was a room full of guns and explosives. Seems like he could’ve done something else.  John Conner kills a security guard after saying he can’t have any witnesses… witnesses for what? You’re about to nuke the planet…who cares if this guy lives for a few more minutes, he would’ve died later anyway. After the detonator is destroyed, our heroes activate the non-functional time machine and it just happens to explode and detonate the planted explosives. It wasn’t clear by any stretch that in the last few minutes before Skynet’s awakening that the machine would explode and solve their no detonator issue.

While I don’t want to compare the films, over 10 years ago when I walked out of the theatre after seeing T2; I was excited and in awe. I still have vivid memories of the film to this day. Unfortunately even with nitpicks aside, I don’t see that happening for Terminator: Genisys. It was a good film that missed the mark on being a great one.

I give Terminator: Genisys a solid B! Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think…

I’m back and so is Spider-Man

Howdee!
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything and I can’t think of a better topic to start with than Spider-Man appearing in Captain America 3: Civil War. I’m almost proud of Disney and Sony getting together to make this happen. Ten or fifteen years ago, I wouldn’t have seen a collaboration like this. It’s too bad that Disney couldn’t do something similar with Fox and get some use out of Wolvie and the X-men. Speaking of missed opportunities though, casting Tom Holland as Spider-Man just seems like such a waste. I’m sure the guy is going to do a fine job, but there was a chance to go with the Miles Morales Spider-Man instead of the same ol’ Peter Parker Webhead. As Marvel and Sony are two different entities, the chance to deal with characters from an alternate universe was as ripe as Georgia peach for the picking. I can understand why it didn’t happen.  With all the risks that Marvel took beginning with Iron-Man back in 2008 and then with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, am I wrong to have expected a little more?  When the rumors of a possible Miles Morales appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe started, I nearly went crazy with excitement and anticipation. It wasn’t the “oohh we get a Black Spidey now” kind of excitement as some might expect from a BLERD. I’m one of the first guys to agree that I’d rather have quality new characters instead of minority rehashes of established ones. I’ll take a good Night Thrasher over a ‘Black’ Batman. It was more so the “WOW! Here we are going into uncharted waters again with Marvel” They made a talking raccoon playing nice with a walking stick work well…now this? I can’t help but be a little disappointed.

Civil War is going to be awesome nonetheless. All I need do is look at The Winter Soldier film. That was arguably the best follow up flick that Marvel has done…I shudder to say that Disney has done as well.

Its a good time to be a comic geek (TV)

As a nerd dad that loves comics… specifically superheroes, I love sitting back after a long day and putting the kids to bed to watch a little of the tele. Now more than ever the  small screen has been bursting with programming to make a nerd guy like myself swoon.

We have the CW aka DC network that had Arrow and The Flash. Both shows are in the same continuity and they’ve already had the first show to show crossover. I think I heard nerdgasms from the neighborhood during the commercials. Decent characters, stunts, and special effects make both these show a must. I’ve always loved The Flash’s ROGUES gallery…specifically the group “The Rogues” Captain Cold has already been introduced and in the episodes to come in the next week or so, we’re going to get Heat Wave as well. Even Firestorm paid the Flash a visit. OH JOY! Arrow has had to deal with Deathstroke, the (Ray Palmer) Atom, Soloman Grundy, Ras al Ghul, and the Suicide Squad. While some of the direction has been OK..for the most part the show is impressive.

Next we have ABC and the Agents of SHIELD. This show has continuity with the Marvel movies. So it was awesome seeing the show deal with the aftermath of Thor 2 and Captain America 2. We haven’t had a Avenger cameo on the show, but we did get ol’ one eye himself Nick Fury. A few other cameos include Sif, Absorbing Man, Blackout, and Deathlok, The focus of the show is Agent Coulson, a fan favorite from the Marvel movies. Recently Agent Carter debuted. This is a pre-Shield 1940s show that features our favorite femme fatale from the Captain America movie Peggy Carter dealing with bad guys while also dealing with sexism from her coworkers. The show isn’t bad on the visuals and Peggy plays off of Jarvis (Howard Stark’s butler) pretty well.

NBC has Constantine. The show is based more off the comic Hellblazer than the movie with Keanu Reeves. I’ve never read the comic, but I like the show. The characters are interesting and the monster of the week model works for it. Still there are a few serial threats and reoccurring characters. There is a lot of talk about cancellation due to ratings. If you haven’t seen it, its worth at least one view.

Fox has had a hit with Gotham. A prequelesque version of Batman that focuses on Jim Gordon’s life as a Gotham city cop. The show is peppered with cameos of Bat villains the biggest to date being the Penguin. The show is interesting but it has often left me feeling that Gordon’s fight against the corrupt Gotham system is all but futile. Still I like Gordon and Bullock enough to stay along for the ride.

AMC still has The Walking Dead going strong for another season. Not a superhero show, but who doesn’t love the zombie apocalypse? The characters from the pages of Robert Kirkman’s comic have become real to many people. Plus we get the Nerdist Chris Hardwick’s snappy commentary on the after-show the Talking Dead.

If this wasn’t enough there are a host of shows on the horizon. Netflix will be hosting a few Marvel properties. We have Daredevil coming soon. And following that we have Luke Cage and Iron Fist as well. After these shows, we’ll get a show called Defenders that will unite them all. This is a push for some more street level super heroes. I am definitely looking forward to it.

There are a Super-girl, Teen Titans, Powers, and Walking Dead spin off in the works. In addition to a possible  Xmen show.

There are also other show that are sci-fi or fantasy based going strong on several different networks.

Its a good time to be a TV loving comic nerd…

Alliance Game Distributors Open House 2014

Its that time again. Time for the Alliance Game Distributors Open House… I was there Sunday and Monday and had a fun time. Tried some new games, talked to some of my gamer peers as well as game designers and sales reps. I took as many pics with my phone as I could, but this year my phone constantly needed to be recharged. Also most of the picture I have are from Wizkids. I was a little disappointed that Cryptozoic didn’t have a PowerPoint this year.  Here’s what I got…enjoy