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 tremendous Thursday? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets an inevitable mashup with The Social Network, one fangirl makes the case for too many Marvel movies and James Franco does his best Jon Snow impersonation (no, he doesn't die). If that wasn't enough, we have a memorable Star Wars mashup with the iconic Western The Good the Bad and the Ugly and yet another Super Mario Bros. take-down. But first, we share with you some true Pixels hate. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
A Brutal Video Review of Pixels *NSFW Language*
Sony Pictures' Pixels hits theaters for preview screenings tonight, but for those who rely on reviews from critics, it may not be worth seeing. The action-comedy currently has a paltry 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and one YouTube critic dubbed MovieBob has delivered an epic video review, chocked full of adult language, where he calls Pixels an "unmitigated piece of god-awful f---ing dogs--t." That's just in the first minute of this 10-minute review, which includes footage from the movie and much more.
James Franco is Jon Snow!
The AOL web series Making a Scene with James Franco returns for its second season later this year. To help promote the show's return, a new poster has debuted, featuring star/creator James Franco doing his best Jon Snow impersonation from Game of Thrones, sitting on the Iron Throne. While fans continue to speculate about whether or not Kit Harington's character is really dead, they will at least get to see James Franco portray this iconic character in Making a Scene. While the web series' first season focused on re-creating iconic movie scenes, this new season will focus on TV shows, so perhaps there will be even a Freaks and Geeks scene this season!
How J.J. Abrams' Style Will Affect Star Wars 7
Hello Film Guy has put together a comprehensive 16-minute video essay that examines the visual style of director J.J. Abrams, and how that may translate into his work on the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those wary of spoilers, this video doesn't delve into the plot, but uses footage from the first two trailers, examining the filmmaker's visual aesthetic, shown in his previous work. And yes, the lens flares are addressed as well in this thorough and unique video. Speaking of Star Wars...
Star Wars Gets The Good the Bad and the Ugly Mashup
Sad Hill Productions and director Calvin Evans have put together a fantastic six-minute short film that combines Star Wars characters with the iconic Western The Good the Bad and the Ugly. The short features Han Solo, Greedo and Boba Fett, who square off over buried gold. There is even a reference to "who shot first," regarding Han and Greedo's iconic showdown in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in this wonderful short.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Social Network Trailer Mashup
A mashup of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Social Network probably would have happened a lot sooner, had Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor been featured in the first trailer. On the heels of the second trailer's release, David Elmaleh has delivered a wonderful mashup featuring footage of Jesse Eisenberg and others from both movies in a mashup he calls Mark vs. The Winklevii. While there is still very little we know about Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's interesting to see how this character compares to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Fangirls Reveals Why You Can't Quit the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Only Leigh has put together a humorous animated video that takes place during a fan group meeting, where some of its members want to distance themselves from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron are currently playing in theaters, with some of these fangirls arguing there are just too many MCU movies. Their "headmaster" quickly puts them in their place, though, revealing why they just won't be able to stay away from these superhero movies.
Everything Wrong With Super Mario Bros.
While this may seem like overkill, following the Honest Trailer for Super Mario Bros. that debuted earlier this week, Cinema Sins is back with a 21-minute take-down of the 1993 video game adaptation. For a video this long, you know there has to be a ton of "sins," and given how this is the movie that caused Nintendo to stop licensing their games to movie studios, the high sin count shouldn't be surprising. If you have 21 minutes to kill, it's an entertaining look at what many consider the worst video game movie ever.
Chipmunks Play With Star Wars Lightsabers
For a look at the lighter side of "The Force," VidGeo has compiled footage of chipmunks fighting, while digitally adding in Star Wars lightsabers and sound effects. Two of these furry creatures even unwillingly re-enact the famous Annakin/Obi-Wan scene at the end of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. At any rate, this two-minute video is more entertaining than any of those movies from that other chipmunks franchise...
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