Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? A parody of video essays targets The Dark Knight, a supercut of every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown on camera and Straight Outta Compton gets a hilarious Batman-themed mashup. But first, Mad Max: Fury Road gets an honest trailer that you surely won't want to miss. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies crew is back with yet another Honest Trailer, this week turning their snarky gaze to Mad Max: Fury Road. While this video is far less critical than most of the others in this long-running series, they do take director George Miller to task for essentially turning the title character into a supporting cameo, who grunts more than he speaks, describing the movie as a two-hour version of Mario Kart. Even if you love Mad Max: Fury Road, you'll most likely find this video entertaining.
Every Punch Jason Statham Has Thrown On Screen
Burger Fiction has put together a wonderful supercut that shows every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown on the big screen. Out of the 41 movies the actor has appeared in since his 1998 debut in Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels, the actor has thrown punches in 27 of them. The most surprising of these exclusions is Snatch, which has more than its fair share of violence, but none of it is from Jason Statham's Turkish. Can you guess how many punches Jason Statham has thrown throughout the years on the big screen?
Straight Outta Compton Gets a Batman Villain Remix *NSFW Language
Castanet Creative has put together a fantastic parody of the original Straight Outta Compton music video, but with a unique twist: N.W.A is replaced by Batman villains. This video, dubbed, of course, Straight Outta Gotham, features Bane, Two-Face, The Riddler and The Joker, who are seen egging on both Batman and Robin in the same way N.W.A handled the police in their iconic music video. The first video does feature explicit, NSFW language, but if that's not your style, you can check out the clean, extended version below that.
The Dark Knight Video Essay
Video essays that break down popular movies are becoming more popular than ever these days, but earlier this week, the hilarious team at ClickHole took this format down a few pegs, in a parody essay for The Dark Knight. They offer "trivia tidbits" like the gruesome half of Two-Face's face was actually played by Andy Serkis through motion capture along with a brilliantly hilarious theory that posits Batman is actually every character in the movie.
Why Women Don't Direct Blockbusters
A recent San Diego State University study found that only 7% of the 250 top-grossing movies in 2014 were directed by women, and gender equality has long been a hot-button issue in Hollywood. Funny or Die decided to bring some levity to the situation, with a new short film that features a number of prominent female directors such as Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Anne Fletcher (Hot Pursuit), Shira Piven (Welcome to Me), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Nisha Ganatra (Transparent) pitching their take for a fake movie called Space Cops 4. New Girl star Max Greenfield plays one of the studio executives who repeatedly asks if these female filmmakers can handle the intense action of this franchise. It is a very funny video, but it also highlights a big problem that Hollywood is facing.
DIY Back to The Future DeLorean Made From Pepsi Cans
In honor of Back to The Future celebrating its 30th Anniversary this summer, DaveHax has put together a five-minute video that shows you how to create your very own miniature DeLorean with just three Pepsi cans and some ingenuity. The result is pretty impressive, and will provide DIY types with a new project that won't cost much time or money.
Superhero Infographic Damage Break Down
Have you ever wondered whether the heroes or villains cause the most damage in your favorite superhero movie? Then Home Advisor has you covered, with a nifty infographic that breaks down the damage caused by good guys and bad guys in 10 recent superhero movies such as Man of Steel, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The results may surprise you, but regardless, it's still very informative, and I'd be interested to see how the superhero/villain damage evolves in the slew of Marvel and DC movies coming out over the next few years.
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