Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Step Up Retrospective: Step Up 3D (2010)

Step Up 3D
Director: Jon M. Chu
Starring:  Adam G Sevani, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner 
Rated: PG-13

Hell yes!
   ~Brandon Peters

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Step Up Retrospective: Step Up 2 - The Streets (2008)

Step Up 2: The Streets
Director: Jon M. Chu
Starring: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G Sevani, Cassie Ventura, Black Thomas, Will Kemp, Sonja Sohn and Channing Tatum
Rated: PG-13

Yo, why my crib smell like Funyuns, broccoli and ball sweat?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Step Up Retrospective: Step Up (2006)

Step Up
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mario, Rachel Griffiths, Alyson Stoner, Heavy D
Rated: PG-13

Figaro! Figaro! Figaaaro!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Half-Shell Retrospective: TMNT (2007)

Director: Kevin Munroe
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chris Evans, Patrick Stewart, Ziyi Zhang, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kevin Smith and narration by Laurence Fishburne

This night just keeps getting better.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Half-Shell Retrospective: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Director: Stuart Gilliard
Starring: Paige Turco, Elias Koteas, Corey Feldman, Stuart Wilson, Sab Shimono, Vivian Wu, Eidan Hansei
Rated: PG-13

Who were you expecting? The Addams Family?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Half-Shell Retrospective: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret Of The Ooze (1991)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret Of The Ooze
Director: Michael Pressman
Starring: Paige Turco, David Warner, Ernie Reyes Jr, Francois Chau (aka Pierre Chang from Lost)
Rated: PG-13

The rat is the cleanest one.
         ~April O'Neil

Monday, July 21, 2014

Half-Shell Retrospective: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Director: Steve Barron
Starring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, James Saito, Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Skeet Ulrich, Rick Gomez
Rated: PG

Uhhh...maybe all that hardware's for making coleslaw?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ranking Of The Planet Of The Apes

Ah, the final touches on the Planet Of The Apes franchise retrospective.  This is and has always been one of my favorite franchises.  While it predates me by 13 years, we've been together a long time.  And its really exciting to see this new life and rebirth with a prestigious new franchise that is also pretty popular.  There's so much to get from these films old and new (well, maybe not one of them, but its batting a higher average).  If you're a person that just has a hard time with older films, I feel bad for you because there's some really rich stuff here you're missing out on.  I find something great about almost each one of these (sans 1) that I may have never picked up on before with each new viewing.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Naptown Nerd Goes Ape: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman
Rated: PG-13

I need to speak to Caesar!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Naptown Nerd Goes Ape: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: Andy Serkis, James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine
Rated: PG-13

Caesar is home.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Naptown Nerd STILL Going Ape: Planet Of The Apes (2001)

Planet Of The Apes
Director: Tim Burton
Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonhman Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Estella Warren...and Charlton Heston for a second.
Rated: PG-13

Never send a monkey to do a man's job!
                    ~Leo Davidson

*So, yeah, I'm behind on this.  But, I've been physically unable to type since last Thursday and today is the first day I feel "okay" to give it a go.  I finish what I start.  And dammit, we're gonna finish Apes even if it is a week later!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Extra: Apes On TV

Before we move on to the next film in the series, I wanted to touch upon the original Apes phenomenon wasn't quite over.  In 1974 and 1975, the series took to the small screen.  A live action television show and a cartoon were created, both ultimately having the plug pulled on them before they even were able to finish a proper full first season.  The films may have been done, but the Apes were implanted on pop culture, and Fox wanted to keep riding that train to Ape-town.

Monday, July 7, 2014

COMMENTARY - Planet Of The Apes

You know the how this works.  Aaron had Jim Dietz and myself on to discuss all things planet of the Apes.  Of course the discussion couldn't be JUST that.  We talk about the franchise and science fiction of the era Planet of the Apes came out as well.  Its another dynamite commentary discussion and it really could have gone well on through Beneath easily (we go past the credits a bit too).  We'll save that for another day.  But, for this day, here's the the commentary for the original.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Naptown Nerd Goes Ape: Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul Williams, John Huston
Rated:  They went back to G again

All knowledge is for good.  Only the use to which you put it can be good or evil

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pre-Order Issue #3 Of THE BLOOD QUEEN!

I'm taking Naptown Nerd a bit locally to its Naptown name.  My good friend Troy Brownfield, a great writer of many things and notably comics.  Currently he's pushing letting your local comic book shop know about pre-orders of his series The Blood Queen, in order to make sure the stores are properly stocked and meet demands.  I'll let Troy explain after the jump: