All posts by Trae Dorn

Trae is the tallest of the hosts, and he is certain it’s because he is the oldest. This is (at the very least) why he is the baldest. Trae co-founded Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con and refuses to apologize for it. Which he probably should. Trae also writes the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell he has time to actually do anything anymore. He says he has time because he “does it all quite poorly.”

Netflix Officially Orders ‘Bright’ Sequel — Minus Max Landis

Bright was Netflix’s first foray into full blown blockbuster film making, and while critics have been harsh on the film, audiences seem to have liked it. I mean, it’s far from a perfect film, but with a solid cast and well directed action, it’s a pretty fun popcorn flick for a Saturday night. Streaming numbers seem to have been pretty high on the $90 million film too, topping out as the number one film on the service in 190 countries (with over 11 million streams in the US during the first three days alone).

So, needless to say, Netflix has ordered a sequel.

Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are set to return, as is director David Ayer. One person who won’t be back is Bright‘s screenwriter, Max Landis. Landis has had some serious Sexual Harassment allegations leveled against him, and the streaming service’s desire to distance themselves from him makes a lot of sense. Ayer will take over writing duties for the second film, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you’re thinking about Training Day or Suicide Squad.

Honestly, while the social commentary is more miss than hit in Bright, the cast and visuals are amazing. Maybe excising the first film’s writer is exactly what the sequel needed, even if he weren’t turning out to be a garbage person.

I guess we’ll find out.

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Episode 114 – The Best and Worst of 2017!

It’s time for our annual year in review episode! On this edition of Nerd & Tie we tackle the best and worst that 2017 brought us in Movies, Television, Video Games, Conventions, and more!

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Episode 113 – Screaming Porg Edition

The holidays have borked up our schedule a bit, but here we are with another episode of Nerd & Tie! On this go-round, we give you our spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, talk about Disney’s impending purchase of Fox, get freaked out by the Alita: Battle Angel trailer, and contemplate the ramifications of the San Diego Comic-Con v. Salt Lake Comic Con verdict.

It’s super fun.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Still Pretty Great

The long awaited eighth episode in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hit theaters this weekend. It’s Rian Johnson’s first foray into the “Galaxy far, far away,” and with him slated to create an entirely new trilogy on his own, there’s a lot on the line for this film.

If you can’t tell, I’m mostly just trying to create enough text before the “cut,” so people who haven’t seen the film yet can avoid plot details. So, without further delay and probably a crap-ton of spoilers, here are my thoughts on The Last Jedi. Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Still Pretty Great

Well Holy Crap, Apparently Disney HAS Bought 20th Century Fox

About a month ago, talks reportedly fell through in a deal in which Disney would purchase most of 21st Century Fox’s assets (including film studio 20th Century Fox). Well, after a few weeks of rumors that the two parties had gone back to the table, it’s now been officially announced that a $52 billion deal has been reached between the two companies.

Disney is purchasing movie studio 20th Century Fox, the FX cable networks, and Fox’s intellectual properties and rights. Fox’s terrestrial broadcast and news arms would of course remain a separate entity.

On the surface, this is exciting, as it reunites all the the Star Wars rights under Disney’s roof (so we might actually get an official, HD release of the unaltered trilogy), and brings most of Marvel’s properties (with the exception of Spider-Man) back under the same roof too. But there’s a more worrying set of repercussions, and it’s the ongoing consolidation of the entertainment industry. This means one less studio producing materials, and that Fox’s broadcast arm can no longer purchase programming from their own studio. This also means Disney will own two thirds of streaming service Hulu as well.

So yeah, this is a bit complicated.

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The New ‘Bright’ Trailer Continues to Weirdly Get Us Excited Over a David Ayer Movie

Look, we didn’t like Suicide Squad. Most people who enjoy “good movies” didn’t like it either. With that in mind, it’s kind of bizarre to get excited about Netflix’s Bright, which shares that film’s director and one of its stars. Okay, it probably helps that this movie was written by Max Landis, who is the showrunner of the brilliant television adaptation of Dirk Gently, but still.

We’ve had a handful of trailers for Bright, and the latest continues to look pretty solid. If you don’t recall, it’s a modern set fantasy movie where Will Smith plays a human cop partnered with an Orc (played by Joel Edgerton). It’s pretty different from most things we’ve seen, which is exciting on its own. This is the streaming service’s first attempt at a “blockbuster” movie, so it’ll be fun to see how it turns out

Bright hits Netflix on December 22nd.

Miles Morales Makes His Big Screen Debut With the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Trailer

Sony announced back in 2015 that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were directing an animated Spider-Man feature film. Now, over two years later (and a year before its expected release), we have the first trailer.

What we know is that the film will center on a version of Miles Morales, a character best known from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics (who takes over the mantle after the death of that universe’s Peter Parker). The character has since been merged into the mainstream Marvel universe, but this is going to be his first big-screen appearance. The film looks like it’s going to play with the multi-verse a bit, so it should be pretty interesting.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes out in December of 2018.

The First Trailer For ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is–OH MY GOD HER FACE

Well, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel has dropped, and we have lots of thoughts. We could talk about how the James Cameron produced and Robert Rodriguez directed live action adaptation of the manga and anime Battle Angel Alita seems to be devoid of Asian actors, but–OH MY GOD WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER FACE. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ROSA SALAZAR’S FACE.

DO NOT LOOK AT ME WITH THOSE EYES.

THOSE ARE THE EYES OF THE DAMNED. THEY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS. WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS. WHY GOD WHY. THERE IS NO POINT TO THIS. ANIME EYES SHOULD NEVER APPEAR AS FLESH, AND DAMN THE FOUL SOULS WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.

Alita: Battle Angel comes out July 20, 2018.

The New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer is Crammed With References

The new trailer for Ready Player One dropped this weekend, and it sure is a trailer for Ready Player One. Unlike the earlier trailer that was released at San Diego Comic-Con, this one actually gives some plot details too.

Honestly? The more I see of the film the less excited I get. I mean, with the number of references crammed in, I feel like it plans to rely more on nostalgia than bringing anything new to the table. I know that’s sort of the point of the book in many ways, but still.

In any case, Ready Player One comes out March 30, 2018.