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Lff 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

3 hours ago

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker, »

- Guest

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Trailer for TNT’s psychological thriller ‘The Alienist’

4 hours ago

TNT have released the first trailer for their eagerly anticipated series The Alienist, which is based on the Anthony Award-winning international bestseller by Caleb Carr. Set in 1896 amidst a backdrop of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation, this psychological thriller stars Daniel Brühl (Rush), Luke Evans (The Girl on The Train), Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker).

The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend »

- Phil Wheat

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I Spit on Your Grave’s Jamie Bernadette joins ‘N.C.I.S : New Orleans’

4 hours ago

Actress Jamie Bernadette (All Girls Weekend, The 6th Friend, Sinbad and the War of the Furies) has made the move from indie cinema to TV, guest starring in NCIS : New Orleans – the NCIS spin-off that chronicles the cases worked in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence.

Bernadette made her debut as Callie Tillford, a Russian sleeper agent sent to take out one of her own, in last night’s episode ‘The Asset’. It is expected that CBS will bring the character back, if even to answer all of the questions posed during her debut episode, for an extended arc.

N.C.I.S : New Orleans marks Bernadette’s first prime time network TV credit though she has starred in numerous independent films. Her leading role in the horror film The 6th Friend, which she also produced and co-wrote, has garnered her many »

- Phil Wheat

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‘American Horror Story – Cult 7×06: Mid-Western Assassin’ Review

5 hours ago

What exactly is horror? There seems to be a lot of discussion on that at the moment. This week’s American Horror Story: Cult is an interesting look at a show that built up a fan-base based on horror themes. With all fear removed from the “cult” for the audience though, where is the horror in Mid-Western Assassin?

Starting with an assassination attempt, American Horror Story: Cult takes us into another flashback to events where we see Ally (Sarah Paulson) save Meadow (Leslie Grossman). Seemingly finding her a safe place to stay, Ally then looks for proof of the cult and Ivy’s (Alison Pill) involvement. When her fears are confirmed though, will she be the one holding the gun?

This week’s episode follows the usual theme of being good, and having an interesting plot. The problem is that holes are starting to appear, and that includes spaces where the horror used to be. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Play Expo Manchester 2017: ‘Raging Justice’ Hands-On

6 hours ago

I’ve been playing games for over 30 years, from my very first home computer back in the mid-80, the ZX81, to my current consoles, the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, and in all that time, like may other gamers, I’ve come to know what games I’m good at and what games I’m not. And more importantly, what games I love and what games I hate. If all those years of gaming have taught me anything, its that I absolutely Adore platform games, fighting games, shmups and side-scrolling beat ‘em-ups. I have a vast collection of games from those particular genres ranging across a wide variety of consoles old and new…

And, despite the growing catalogue of new games I have to play, and often to review, I still constantly revisit those titles that shaped my love of those genres. And when it comes to side-scrolling beat ‘em-ups that includes games like Final Fight, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Wolfenstein #2′ Review (Titan Comics)

7 hours ago

Written by Dan Watters | Art by Piotr Kowalski, Ronilson Freire | Published by Titan Comics

I think it’s fair to say last issue was a bit of a mixed bag. We had three separate but interlocking stories, all with both relevance to each other and to the upcoming Wolfenstein II game that will be hitting the shelves soon. Though not a cheap cash in by any means, last issue still had to tick a few boxes for the corporate brief I suspect, and Dan Watters did it well. Holding back main character Bj Blazkowicz until the final story was a clever touch too, keeping the anticipation going for most of the book.

So, as you may or not know, Wolfenstein takes place in an alternate world where the Nazis won the war. Bj leads the resistance against The Regime, as the Nazis are now called, but a resistance that is scattered widely. »

- Dean Fuller

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Teaser trailer & poster for Netflix Western ‘Godless’

8 hours ago

A seven-part epic western from Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter and director Scott Frank, and Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh, Godless – starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, and Jack O’Connell – comes to Netflix in November.

Notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town of La Belle, Nm – governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.

The Godless cast also includes: Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie, The Walking Dead), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Love Actually), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), Scoot McNairy (Batman vs. Superman: »

- Phil Wheat

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Human Centipede’s Ashley Williams to attend Horror-Rama IV

8 hours ago

Horror-Rama Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its 4th year in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons –including actress Ashley C. Williams in her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six’s notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist’s insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown’s psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Tales from the Darkside, Dune); Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Star Trek: Discovery 1×05 – Choose Your Pain’ Review

9 hours ago

Star Trek: Discovery is a show that may be connected to a long legacy, but it also has to pave way for its own future. With Choose Your Pain, we see a harsher side of the Federation and the crew of Discovery that at moments had me thinking “Not my Star Trek”.

When Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is captured by the Klingons, Saru (Doug Jones) becomes acting captain. With Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) worried about the effects of the spore drive on the Tardigrade, this causes tension between the two.

Last week’s episode showed the pain that the Tardigrade went through every time it was forced to be navigator for the spore drive, and this week we see not only Michael, but Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman) fight to protect it. Saru, wanting to show his power as captain forces them to use it, leading to unforeseen consequences. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Culture Dump #13: Is humour the Superhero genres saving grace?

10 hours ago

With Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel has once again flipped the tempo of their long-running superhero saga by recruiting someone not known for world-saving action epics. It’s yet-another smart move from the studio giant, especially if all those glowing early reactions are anything to go by. Asgard’s family drama may have reached Jeremy Kyle-like proportions but through the lens of Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi and his kitchen-sink adlib comedic style, the whole thing feels fresher than ever. It’s a small tweak to the formula and undeniably a bit of a gamble but looking back at the ups and downs of the superhero movie perhaps it’s a sign of something far more important. Could comedy be the secret ingredient behind the longevity of the entire genre?

It’s far from an unbelievable thought. Laughs certainly have had their place within the world of capes and tights, providing a »

- Simon Bland

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Pop Addled: Movie Special – Blade Runner 2049

11 hours ago

Another week, another episode of the Pop Addled podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly!

Pop Addled is a pop culture podcast with nerd tendencies. Join Keenan, Sam and Timmy as they discuss movies, music, video games, sports, TV, comics, and any intersection thereof. Their brains have been thoroughly addled by pop culture and they’re here to share their twisted thoughts with you!

If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out old episode on Libsyn and iTunes; and we’ll be bringing you the latest episodes each and every week (and sometimes more than that!)…

Pop Addled: Movie Special – Blade Runner 2049

In 1982 Blade Runner was released in the theaters, 35 years later Ridley Scott and Director Denis Villeneuve released it’s sequel. Keenan, Tim and fan favorite Morgan discuss Blade Runner 2049. Please rate, review, and enjoy!

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Uprising #8′ Review

16 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

Written by Alex Paknadel, Dan Watters | Art by Jose Holder | Published by Titan Comics

With all the great stuff out there on the shelves at the moment, even the great stuff being put out by Titan Comics alone, this title has fallen a little under the radar. Although I wouldn’t put it at the very top of my reading pile, it is consistently a solid, entertaining read. Paknadel and Watters take the best elements of the games and mythology, fuse them with their own ideas, and create a book that while being wholly true to the Assassin’s Creed brand is definitely its own creature.

So to date we now know that the followers of Juno, known as The Instruments of the First Will, are trying to bring about a New World Order by destroying everything. That means destroying both the Templars and the Assassins, and both groups have »

- Dean Fuller

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‘Catch the Moon’ Board Game Review

16 October 2017 9:01 AM, PDT

Essentially a skill game of stacking ladders – think Kerplunk or Jenga in reverse, adding pieces rather than taking them away – Catch the Moon sees players stack ladders on top of each other in order to build the ladders into the sky and literally… catch the moon. Only these ladders aren’t as sturdy as you think, and the rickety wooden objects sometimes just don’t want to play the way you intend; and the tower of ladders can topple over at any time.

Of course it doesn’t help that how you stack those ladders is not only determined by skill and dexterity but also the roll of a dice, which determines how ladders are placed: touching another ladder, touching Two ladders or, and this was surprisingly the most difficult, reaching the highest point possible above the rest of the construction. All of which sounds easy. But its not. The »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams 1×05: Real Life’ Review

16 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

When will Virtual Reality go too far, becoming a little too comfortable for us to want to leave it? That is the question raised in Real Life, the latest installment in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Sarah (Anna Paquin) is a policewoman who shares so-called “headspace” with George (Terrence Howard) a brilliant game designer. Both are pursuing violent killers whose plans have shattering consequences for their worlds. With the connection between the two realities merging closer and closer, the question has to be…what happens when one reality takes too much control?

Real Life is interesting because we’ve seen this type of scenario replicated in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The idea that another reality can feel much more comfortable than the one we live in always raises the same question. If we had the choice, which one would we stay in? In this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Black Panther’ – New Trailer and Poster

16 October 2017 7:04 AM, PDT

Black Panther - directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) – follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…

Set for release on February 16th 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War, Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, All Eyez on Me), Martin Freeman (Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, London Has Fallen), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lee Daniels »

- Phil Wheat

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Competition: Win horror ‘Nails’ on DVD

16 October 2017 7:01 AM, PDT

To celebrate the release of Nails, out now on Digital Download and available on DVD 16th October, we have a DVD available to giveaway courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A nerve-stretching horror thriller from the executive producer of Assault on Precinct 13 and producers of Let Us Prey and The Hallow, that sees your worst nightmare brought to terrifying life in the form of new horror icon ‘Nails’, starring genre favourite Shauna Macdonald (The Descent 1 & 2) and Stitches star Ross Noble.

Blending elements of Paranormal Activity, and the hospital-set Halloween 2, with a ghoulish creature that wouldn’t look out of place in The Descent (the horror classic starring Macdonald) debut director Dennis Bartok delivers an ingenious, throat-grabbing chiller that provides so many jolts it should come with a general anaesthetic.

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Ninja Shodown’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

16 October 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Not to be confused with the legendarily terrible Flash game Ninja Showdown, Ninja Shodown is an appealing, super-fast-paced hack ‘n’ slash party game from UK-based developer Bitmap Bureau.

The controls are simple: jump, sword-swipe, shuriken and special. The shoulder buttons also give you access to a virtually useless block move, as well as an amusingly reckless dodge manoeuvre, which sees your ninja flip hurriedly across the screen, usually to his death… Death is common in Ninja Shodown. Indeed, in terms of its crisp pixel graphics and hilariously oversensitive controls, it’s reminiscent of Super House of Dead Ninjas, which was equally over the top in its splatter violence and high challenge.

It goes like this: Select your ninja and give him a name; drop into a single-screen room with various platforms and doors; slaughter anything that enters the room. Bigger rooms might zoom in and out, and have different arrangements of platforms, »

- Rupert Harvey

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Trailer, poster & images will make sure you ‘Keep Watching’

16 October 2017 5:21 AM, PDT

Sean Carter, editor of the excellent, if underrated thriller, The Killing Room, makes his directorial feature debut with Keep Watching, which is unleashed in cinemas this Halloween.

A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game. As the night unfolds, the game’s mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to Keep Watching…not knowing if what they’re seeing is real, or staged…

Starring Bella Thorne, Natalie Martinez, Chandler Riggs, Leigh Whannell and Ioan Gruffudd, Keep Watching is released in the Us on Halloween, October 31st – for one night only!

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- Phil Wheat

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First Look: ‘Spider-Man/Deadpool #23′

16 October 2017 4:41 AM, PDT

The tables have turned. No longer an Avenger, Deadpool is living a life of crime. There’s only one super hero who can guide him to the right path and that’s… Spider-Man?! That’s the Marvel Legacy story that will begin in November, when Robbie Thompson (Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer’s Supreme) teams with artist Chris Bachalo for Spider-Man/Deadpool #23.

The Merc with the Mouth and the webslinger may have their differences, but they’ve got one thing in common: they’re both at odds with each other. And despite Spider-Man’s best efforts, Deadpool is back to his old ways – he’s become an arms dealer in the absence of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But Spider-Man determined to bring his frenemy back to the right side of the law. And when a familiar villain from Spider-Man’s past makes an appearance, the two super heroes »

- Phil Wheat

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Lff 2017: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99′ Review

16 October 2017 4:01 AM, PDT

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Tom Guiry, Udo Kier, Rob Morgan, Geno Segers, Fred Melamed | Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler

The second feature from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler, stylishly executed, ultra-violent prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 features a revelatory performance from Vince Vaughn that will make you see the actor in a whole new light.

Vaughn plays Bradley Thomas, a scary-looking recovering alcoholic with a shaved head and a big old crucifix tattooed onto the back of it. When Bradley winds up in prison after a spot of drug-running goes south, he’s visited by a sleazy henchman (Udo Kier) and given an ultimatum: he has to get himself transferred to a nearby maximum security prison and murder an inmate there or horrible things will happen to his kidnapped wife (Jennifer Carpenter) and unborn child. »

- Guest

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