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#1082 – Nerdy Summer Movie Preview: Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by scotthiga

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of April. This year is flying by and the summer is upon us. As schools wind down and the temperature heats up, we need to get ready for the summer movie season. This year there are plenty of nerdy options coming to the big screen. Check out previews of the movies you might want to see in May and June.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 01, 2015

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#1051 – Review: Cinderella

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 16, 2015 by scotthiga

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When I first saw the trailer for Cinderella I shook my head. The trailer basically told the entire story of the movie, a story that has already been told countless times before. The cynic in me took over and I thought that Disney was falling into its old patterns of making substandard movies that should have gone direct to DVD.

But then I started reading some reviews of Cinderella. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, which piqued my interest. I gave into that interest and saw Cinderella this weekend. It was great.

Kenneth Branagh is best known at The Christian Nerd for directing the original Thor. I really liked Thor and how it was a smaller and more intimate super hero movie. Branagh, who had mostly directed Shakespeare movies, brought the intimacy of a stage play to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Cinderella Branagh captured the magic of the 1950 animated classic while adequately updating and expanding the story. Branagh’s hit all of the beats of the animated movie and hit them so well. Cate Blanchet was extremely wicked as the wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter was magical as the Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden was captivatingly charming as Prince Charming.

Cinderella did well with what was expected and created different layers with the plotlines it added. Adding Cinderella’s mother to the story provided a lot more depth to Cinderella’s character. Also, adding the relationship between the prince and his father to the story made the prince more than just a pretty face.

Here are some other thoughts I had while watching the movie. Continue reading

#1050 – Disney News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 13, 2015 by scotthiga

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Disney is dominating nerdy entertainment at this point. Not only does Disney produce Marvel and Star Wars movies, but it also produces its own movies, which have as many fans as Iron Man and Darth Vader. Disney has almost cornered the nerdy entertainment market, so much so that its shareholders’ meeting has more breaking news than Comic-Con.

Yesterday Disney held its annual meeting for shareholders and dropped some major news concerning the first Star Wars spinoff, Episode VIII and the return of Elsa and Anna. Check out the news below. Continue reading

#1049 – Nerdy Senior Citizens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2015 by scotthiga

The games have always been one of my favorite parts about youth group.

When I was a student I loved playing the games and now as a pastor I love running the games (and playing the games). Unfortunately I’m not as young as I once was and I can’t mix it up like I used to.

On Tuesday night at youth group we played Earth Ball Four Square. It was basically a giant version of four square with a massive ball. I jumped to hit the ball and came down wrong, spraining my foot, which immediately started to swell. I’ve definitely had worse sprains in my life, but this one still hurts.

Hobbling around on my bum foot definitely makes me feel old. So, in honor of my geriatric feelings, here are some of my favorite nerdy senior citizens.

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#1048 – Journey to the Force Awakens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 11, 2015 by scotthiga

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Disney wants to take all of my money.

I already faithfully watch all of Disney’s movies and then buy them on Blu-ray.

I have a Hulu Plus account which, since Parks and Recreation’s finale, will really only be used for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I have purchased the first two issues of the new Star Wars comic, the first two issues of Darth Vader and the first issue of Princess Leia.

I am lining Mickey Mouse’s money bin, so much so that he’s now swimming like Scrooge McDuck.

However, it’s not enough; Disney wants to take more of my money.

Yesterday Disney announced its “Journey to The Force Awakens.” Between now and the release of The Force Awakens on December 18, Disney will release at least 20 new books. According to EW.com, the books will range “from novels for adults and teens to storybooks and stickerbooks for younger kids.” Continue reading

#1046 – Review: Big Hero 6

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 9, 2015 by scotthiga

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I finally got around to watching Big Hero 6 this weekend. I wanted to see it in the theater last year but didn’t have the opportunity. The movie was definitely worth the wait, though; it was great.

Big Hero 6 was much more than just an animated super hero movie. The movie has a tremendous amount of heart and that heart is shaped like a big marshmallow. Baymax is amazing; he should join the annals of Disney’s greatest heroes.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching Big Hero 6. Continue reading

2014 Top 5 – #5: #890 – Big Hero 6 Trailer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 29, 2014 by scotthiga

The fifth most popular post on The Christian Nerd this year was about the first trailer for Big Hero 6Big Hero 6 came out almost a month ago and I’ve yet to see it. My inability to see it, though, didn’t seem to impact the popularity of this post.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has been on a tear recently. Three of its most recent projects have been pretty spectacular.

Tangled didn’t have the best music, but the story was great and Rapunzel was more than just a damsel in distress.

Wreck-It Ralph was extremely creative as it perfectly melded the worlds of movies and video games.

Frozen is a smash hit. I love Frozen and so did everyone else, as its $1.2 billion box office has made it the highest grossing animated movie of all time and the fifth highest grossing movie of all time.

This November, Walt Disney Animation Studios is hoping to keep its current run going with Big Hero 6, the trailer for which you can see below. Continue reading