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    Review: Colossal

    Colossal is a profoundly weird fucking movie, and not even in the ways you might expect. When the buzz about an “Anne Hathaway turns into a giant monster” flick started making the rounds it initially called to mind pulpy, tongue in cheek visions of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, but Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo(VHS Viral)’s finished product is much more complex than that, blending the social hurdles of displaced, maladjusted 30-somethings into the usually mindless Pacific Rim-style monster mash. Hathaway plays a despondent woman who exiles herself to...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Hello Shark and Alex Lahey at World Cafe Live 3/23

    Love, responsibilities, taking care of yourself, heartbreak, not being as cool as your mother….and meat sweats. Serious and hilarious topics covered during the show of Philly indie band Hello Shark and Australian singer/songwriter Alex Lahey at World Cafe Live on March 23. Starting off the night was Hello Shark. Singer Lincoln’s voice is soft and lethargic which fits with the band’s emotional lyrics. The chorus of “Jackson Browne” is “Baby, I’m delicate”. To “ Drake Night” about nostalgia and heartbreak from a past relationship. The band did break into a more...
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    Review: Tickling Giants

    No matter what ideology you identify with or what theory you subscribe to regarding why humans are here and where we come from, there is really no denying that we are all connected in some way or another.  The human race is so rich in diversity that we often get so hung up on our differences, we forget about the many fundamentals that bond us as people. There is a common goal that we, especially many “‘Muricans”, tend to forget and that is, that every person on this planet...
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    Review: Song to Song

    A little more than midway through Terrence Malick’s intermittently beautiful, mostly dire new film Song to Song, there is a glimpse of a much more interesting film that could have been. Rooney Mara’s presumably execrable indie band is playing at an Austin music festival when suddenly their performance is hijacked by a disheveled, inebriated Val Kilmer. Kilmer proceeds to throw uranium, that he claims to have received from his mother, at the crowd of insufferable of Austin hipsters. Distressingly, this is the only scene that Kilmer (who was uncredited...
  • Music

    Review: Pallbearer – Heartless

    Put Rush and My Bloody Valentine in a blender, add a pinch of 80’s Metallica and garnish liberally with 90’s Tool and you’d have something approaching the aural transmutation of Pallbearer, the most cerebrally technical and gloriously prog leaning of all the bands currently swept up in the current retro doom revival. Pallbearer’s songwriting chops, vocal aptitude and penchant for lush compositions have gained them a following akin to a more ethereal, psychadelic version of hard rock gods Mastodon and Baroness, something they do well not to shy away...
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    Review: Wilson

    Adapting a graphic novel into a film is a tricky business. Great dialogue and a premade screenplay are a great starting point, but the transcendence into a new art medium requires an ambassador that knows how to compromise without scorning the fandom that brought it to this point. Daniel Clowes has been around creating underground comics since the 1980s. Two of those ventures turned into film collaborations with Terry Zwigoff. Clowes’ most recent comic turned film is Wilson, which he also wrote the screenplay for. It feels that way...
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    Review: The Discovery

    For its constant stranglehold on almost everything that some of us do, the concept of the afterlife has received very little attention as the basis for compelling fiction, and when it is addressed, often times rather clumsily (Lost, anybody?) it’s usually executed poorly. A somewhat unlikely team to tackle this material, with a sci fi bent of all things, would be rookie director Charlie McDowell and Apatow vet Jason Segel, but perhaps the black humor at the heart of the subject matter is what affords the minds behind The...
  • Toys

    Review: Star Lord (Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2)

    Every studio wants a surprise hit. The issue then, though, comes with when said surprise hit includes massive marketing opportunities and there’s nothing on shelves to quench that thirst. Though not as much of a debacle as the original Star Wars (the success of which toy companies of the day were so unprepared for that they sold order forms to action figure hungry children that Christmas), the collectible spread for the first Guardians of the Galaxy was still rather anemic considering that anyone who saw the film came out...
  • Games

    Review: ADK Damashii (PS4)

    In the early 90’s silver age of video gaming the most outlier-est of outliers would have to be a second party developer for the Neo Geo, of all things, but Alpha DenshiKabushiki gaisha, better known as ADK, still managed to carve themselves a respectable legacy on SNK’s 100 Mega Shock Holy Grail, crafting well regarded classics like Magician Lord and the World Heroes series. ADK’s output on the system wasn’t close to being limited to just that though, and the compilation ADK Damashii, originally released only in Japan for...
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    Review: T2 Trainspotting

    In times of transition it’s often necessary to return to our watershed moments. Those moments that originally set us on a course to the people we became. In this way, time is cyclical, often repeating itself. Such is the case with Renton (Ewan McGregor). When we saw him last in 1996 he ended up choosing life over heroin and over his friends. It’s over twenty years later now and he finds himself on his way out of a job and out of a marriage. Now he will tell you...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Amorphis and Swallow The Sun at Underground Arts 3/12/17

    Melodic doom metal certainly has an interesting following. We are an older and weathered group of metalheads who have grown to appreciative the creativity of the complex. The mood was calm and collective, and not the normal rabble rousing fervor of a metal show. Swallow the Sun was steady, powerful, and mellow. Their brand of doom metal allows you to close your eyes and feel the somber melodies. Their set was solid, playing songs from nearly all their albums, for a great mix of the discography. Underground Arts seemed...
  • Local

    Our New Event Calendar and Two New Riot Nerd Events!

        We are very excited to announce our new event calendar! The purpose of the calendar is to support local bands, entertainers, artists, and event organizers/promoters. If you’d like your event added feel free to email info@riot-nerd.com       Speaking of events, we have two new ones that we are extremely excited to share with you!  We are branching out from local shows, movie screenings, and burlesque events and trying our hand at dance parties. Come party with us!     Riot Nerd & Atomic City Comics...
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    Review: Kong Skull Island

    “Critic Proof” is a phrase that people like to throw around a lot, usually in defense of something godawful that mainstream consumers rightly eviscerate that was supposedly made “for the fans”. The recent DC films immediately come to mind when it comes to this kind of apologist behavior. I have almost a half sleeve of Batman tattoos and trust me, Batman V Superman and especially Suicide Squad were definitely not made for me or anyone else who actually cares about those characters beyond how much Hot Topic merch Jared...
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    Strangeways Here We Come: A History of Marvel’s Doctor Strange on Film

    As technologically innovative and visually stunning as it was, Doctor Strange has to be the most polarizing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. Cultural appropriation and truncated and rote, well-worn origin territory aside, we found ourselves in the nerd minority on this one, amazed that a big budget feature based on such “Strange” source material ever got made, and made so competently at all. After all, as with most superheroes, it took a long time to get the Sorcerer Supreme even close to “right” in live action, as...
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    Trail Mix: Monkeys at the Movies

    Trail Mix takes a look at classic movie trailers from years past to explore their relationship (however sometimes tenuous) to the films themselves and to the movie promotion of today. With fresh installments in both the King Kong and Planet of the Apes canon on their way to theaters, the Ape is truly the pop culture king once again. Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005) and the last two films in the POTA reboot series, Rise (2011) and Dawn (2014) respectively, were triumphs both critically and commercially, but the simian...
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    Review: Table 19

    Table 19 presents an interesting dichotomy for movie-goers, particularly those whose enjoyment of films is linked most powerfully to their ability to root for the individual characters. Over the first half of Table 19, you will be hard-pressed to find a single character that you genuinely like. Virtually everyone in the movie takes turns trading obnoxious barbs and blatant (and mostly unfunny) insults, which is particularly strange because essentially all of the characters just met each other that afternoon. The second half of the movie, on the other hand,...
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