2.31 – Returning shows and technical difficulties

Send comments or questions to SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have them read on the show! On today’s show Pete, Sarah and Matt welcome back Amy and Lauren from The Flash Podcast and Assembly of Geeks and Jon G from Friday Night Fandom. Pete makes HUGE announcement then runs down what’s new in theaters and on Blu ray. Lauren does her best Casey impression for the “Entertainment Whatever” and the gang tackles RETURNING fall shows. It’s crazy, a bit laggy, but still somewhat entertaining. It’s Scene N Nerd!

 

New Fall Tv 2015: The Alternates

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 September 27th, ABC

In the present, Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) along with her fellow new FBI recruits enter the Quantico training base. Flash-forward to the future where a terrorist attack on America has just taken place and Alex Parrish is the primary suspect. The only way to prove her innocence is by finding evidence to prove that the real terrorist mole was someone else from her FBI recruit class. The series will employ a very similar timeline thread to tie a Quantico recruit story with Alex Parrish determining if they are the mole, or not; very similar to the plot device used in How to Get Away with Murder.

Hopefully, Priyanka Chopra can deliver this fall and her character Alex Parrish can join the ABC leading lady character ranks alongside, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Earlier this summer Varitey reported that CW alum Rick Cosnet has joineimgres-4d the show as a recurring character. He will play Elias Harper, a defense attorney recruited by Alex Parrish in the future. The first season will air its thirteen-episode run on ABC this fall and the producers promise to reveal the terrorist’s identity in the finale.

To watch the Quantico trailer click here

The Man in the High Castle

imgres-2November 20th, Amazon

Based on Philip K. Dick’s alternate history novel, about America in the 1960s, if the Axis powers had won World War II. We are introduced to Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), as a twenty-seven year old New Yorker, who wants to join the resistance. He receives instructions from a resistance leader and begins to make his way to the “neutral zone.” In this version of America the Nazis govern over the land east of the Rockies, while the Japanese rule the over the Pacific states. In the pilot episode we are also introduced to Juliana Crain (Aleximages-2a Davalos), who peacefully resides in the Pacific states. Her resolve to remain quietly living in the shadows ends after her sister Trudy gives her a messenger bag and then moments later is killed by Japanese officers. Juliana is so disturbed by the injustice done to her sister that she finds herself on a mission to the man in the high castle. By the end of the episode both Juliana Crain and Joe Blake cross paths on their way to join the resistance, but do they both have the same intentions?

The pilot plays like an extended Twilight Zone episode. The set designers do a great job including disconcerting reminders about the series’ premise, within each set piece. On the surface level it’s a spy thriller set during the 1960s, but the historical imgres-1fiction twist causes a disturbing ripple effect that resonates with the viewer across the screen.

To watch The Man in the High Castle pilot click here

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January 2016, CW 

Executive Producer Julie Plec, known for mainly the supernatural genre (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), attempts science fiction with her latest project titled, Containment. The series chronicles a deadly virus outbreak in Atlanta that leads to federal officials setting up a quarantine section of the state.  Families are torn apart as they find themselves on opposite sides of the containment section.   As the virus grows within the Atlanta quarantine section, viewers will observe a decline of society, as these ordinary people become survivalists.

imagesThe series features a predominately young cast with David Gyasi (Interstellar), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), KristenGutoskie (Rookie Blue), Christina Marie Moses (Nikita), and newcomer George Young.  During the first season the show will flash back and forth from the present Atlanta quarantine situation with how the outbreak first started.  In true Julie Plec fashion the emphasis will be placed on who these characters become when placed in this situation of duress.

To watch Containment trailer click here

By Sarah Belmont
Featured Writer
@sjbelmont

2.25 – Mr. Reboot

Email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com to have your comments or questions featured on the show! On today’s show, Pete, Matt, and Casey are reunited. First they recap last week’s show and Comic Con, then Pete brings us the latest movies out in theaters and DVD, Casey is called an idiot while giving the weekly Entertainment news (Hulk Hogan, Jurassic World sequal, Chris Brown), the boys have a heated discussion about the ethics of remakes and reboots, and Matt tells us what he thought of Ant-Man. In the second hour for TV Talk, the boys breakdown The 100, Mr. Robot, and Halt and Catch Fire. Dem classic picks doe, it’s an all new Scene N’ Nerd!

 

2.19 – That’s Our Bad

Send us your comments or questions on Twitter @SceneNNerd or email us at SceneNNerd@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in our new “Comments Corner” segment. On today’s show, the boys take over. Pete, Matt, and Casey bro out as they cover the new movies coming out in theaters, Casey decimates the entertainment news of the week, and Matt tries his best not to spoil Game of Thrones. In TV Talk they discuss Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, the first episode of House of Cards season 3, and finally The 100. They’re looking forward to a summer of laughs, merriment, and inappropriate euphemisms, and they’re only on Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.17 – ENERGYYYY?

Be on the show! Tweet us @SceneNNerd, email SceneNNerd@gmail.com, or review us on iTunes! Today, the gang tries to record four shows in a single day and loses their collective minds. Join Pete, Matt, Casey, Andy, and Amy as they discuss The Flash and make finale predictions, are joined by Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio to discuss the new Supergirl trailer, and breakdown what they’d like to see most in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Pete tells you what’s coming out in theaters and on DVD, Casey barely survives this week’s entertainment news, and everyone else tries to stay sane. Back from the future, it’s an all new Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.16 – Four Nerds and a Baby

Want to be on the show?? Tweet @SceneNNerd or shoot us an email at SceneNNerd@gmail.com! On this week’s show, Pete and Casey are joined by Amy to discuss Game Of Thrones, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Pete lets us know what’s coming out on Blu Ray, DVD, and in theaters. Casey makes up the entertainment news on the spot. Amy speaks the truth and speaks it fast. Andy may or may not crash the show. There is also a baby. One more awkward pause than you’re probably used to……. It’s Scene ‘N Nerd!

 

2.11 – Hawtgirl and Screamin’ Andy

On today’s super-sized Scene N’ Nerd: Pete, Matt, and Casey are joined by Lauren and Andy to discuss the Arrow/Flash Spinoff, 12 Monkeys, Arrow, The Flash and their respective and upcoming finales. Matt redacts last weeks mistakes. Pete gives you the latest comic book movie news. Casey rambles through the week’s top entertainment news (Tidal, Trevor Noah, Star Wars, Deadpool). Lauren drops a bombshell and Andy goes insane. It’s the same old insanity on an all new Scene N’ Nerd.

 

“Man of Steel” soars into the summer movie season!

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Henry Cavill as Superman

By Pete Benavides

Let me just start off by saying this, Richard Donner did a great job with Superman way back in 1978. Christopher Reeve did a great job of portraying Superman/Clark Kent and made us believe that a man could fly. They were fun stories to enjoy when we were all kids. But times have changed and sadly those films don’t hold up over time. So we need a new Superman, one that relates to our current generation and one that will be fun to watch. Bryan Singer attempted this back in 2006 but to little success. He held true to the Donner vision, but sadly just took crucial plots, altered them, added a few twists and gave us an unsuccessful Superman movie.

Enter, Zack Snyder (Director), David Goyer (Writer) and Christopher Nolan (Producer) and their new take on Superman. It’s gritty, action packed, emotional and beautiful. In my opinion, it’s the Superman we’ve always wanted to see on screen and a fully realized and successful reboot.

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Russell Crowe as Jor-El

I really enjoyed how the filmmakers explored Krypton more in this movie and the way it’s portrayed. Russell Crowe does an amazing job as Kal-El’s father, Jor-El. He almost steals the show every time he’s in a scene. His interactions with Michael Shannon’s Zod are some of the best in the movie. They were once on the same side, and you feel that not only in the dialogue but in the way they aggressively respond to each other. This all leads to Jor-el and his wife Lara (played by Ayelet Zurer) launching their son off to Earth and away from the doomed planet. What makes these scenes so strong are the emotions of these characters and it’s all executed extremely well.

Watching the film go straight to Clark as an adult helped push the story and his character. There’s no need to rehash his story of growing up on a farm in Smallville. This is where I really like what they did with the story. As Clark journeys in search of who he is he flashes back to certain points in his childhood when he was an outcast, learning and getting advice from Pa Kent (Kevin Costner) or, as a child, being set as ease by Ma Kent (Diane Lane). It helps the audience get a sense of where he came from, the life lessons he received and why he must learn about where he came from.

The scene in which Clark learns about himself is quite moving. When Clark learns of his name and says “Kal, that’s my name”, in response, we’re pulled in that moment in such an emotional way. Here’s someone who didn’t know if he’d ever learn about where he came from and you feel the joy in the discovery that he’s made. It’s after learning about his family and planet that we see him dawn his Kryptonian suit. The next scene, which is my personal favorite, is done to almost perfection. man-of-steel-poster-bannerHe begins jumping and pushing himself to the point where he is flying, for the very first time. Cavill’s reaction to this is what really sells this scene. We watch Kal-El fly over oceans, through mountains and out to space. Powered by an extremely strong Hans Zimmer track the scene is a thing of beauty.

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Michael Shannon as Zod

The final hour of the film bleeds action, in a good way. Not in any past Superman film have we seen him dish out as much punishment as he takes. The fight scenes are done well all starting with Supes taking on Faora, Zod’s second in command. While many expected the Supes/Zod showdown to own the movie, his fight with Faora was a very close second. I like that Superman faces some heavy adversity in the form of other powerful beings. Quite simply, these fights put the icing on the cake.

A lot of negative reviews on Man of Steel have been very nitpicky. As far as story goes, I felt as though the setup of Zod going after Superman for a particular reason, and not just to kill him, was clearly stated. He’s doing everything he can to serve and protect his people, finding and dealing with Kal-el just becomes a big speed bump during his quest. Character development, this was probably my only gripe with the film. I would have liked to of seen a few more scenes help establish the relationship between Lois and Clark.

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Superman (Cavill) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams)

But one reason I gave this issue a pass was because the chemistry between Cavill and Amy Adams, Lois, was solid. I bought it and I think the audience did too. With the strong chemistry now built between the two it sets up for them to build upon this in future Superman movies and I have no doubt that it will only get better.

All the performances were very well done. Amy Adams is terrific as Lois Lane and portrays, perhaps, the strongest performance of the character we’ve ever seen. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were great choices as Ma and Pa Kent and Lawrence Fishburn was a good new take on Perry White.

It took a long time for Warner Bros. and DC comics to get here but I feel like they finally got it right and in the process a new legacy of Superman has been born. In the process of this successful reboot a whole new, comic book, cinematic universe has been opened. We can only be excited to see what comes next.

Rating: 9/10

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X-Men:First Class Review(Some Spoliers ahead)

  Yeah, yeah, I know. I tweeted that my first official blog would consist of an article about “The Best Sports Movies ever” but after watching “X-Men: First Class” I felt compelled to get up and go. Now, I know I’m a bit late in doing a review of X-Men, considering it’s been out since June 3rd. Hey, I couldn’t help it. I was busy with the final preparations for my wedding, which was the next day. Anyway, I finally got around to it.

I have to admit, I didn’t realize X-Men would consist of so much story. I knew there would be some story with lots of action sprinkled throughout but story seemed to be about sixty to seventy percent of the film with action being a presence but just enough not to take way from the sharp writing. Then again when you think about it, “First Class” is the beginning, therefore a lot of story was needed to be told. Not to just satisfy the comic book viewer but also for the casual movie watcher as well. Not everyone knows the backstory of how Eric Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier or Magneto and Professor X came to be enemies who were once very good friends.

“X-Men: First Class” is a good prequel that helps set up future films that take place before the first X-Men movie. What I really enjoyed about it were the relationships, which really carried the film. The strongest being Charles, played by James McAvoy and Erik, played by Michael Fassbender. These two guys really help you understand their conflict with each other. It’s an issue that slightly pokes its head in throughout the film before rearing its full head in by the climax. Charles wants peace, Erik wants war. It’s as simple as that. However, their first conflict is with not each other. It’s with another mutant who wants to put an end to the entire human race altogether.

Introduce Sebastian Shaw, played very well by Kevin Bacon. He is the main villain of the story and on a couple different levels. His main goal is to eliminate the human race by having them go to war against each other. Nuclear war style. Enter the cuban missile crisis. A very important event in our world’s history. It was here where we almost blew the hell out of each other before cooler heads prevailed. In this X-Men story however, Shaw is the orchestrator of this whole thing. It’s his idea for russia to move missiles to cuba thereby instigating america into some sort of action. But he’s not alone, Emma Frost, Azazel and Riptide round out his gang of mutan who have things well in order before Charles, Erik and their newest group of young mutants intervene. However, his connection to Erik is a very strong and sad one. When Erik was younger he met Shaw who tried to force Erik to use his powers. When this did not happen Shaw killed Erik’s mother. Thereby causing a pain in Erik so large that the only way he would be satisfied was by killing Shaw.

This conflict comes to a head when Magneto and Shaw face-off at the end. It’s very dramatic and gripping because what Erik does goes against everything that Charles had been preaching to him throughout the entire movie. “Killing Shaw will not bring you peace” says Charles. “Peace was never an option” replies Erik. Good writing and great chemistry amongst these two actors.

Even though I mentioned action didn’t play the biggest role in the movie, when there was action it was very intense. Scenes such as when Shaw and his group infiltrate the compound where the young mutants are being kept. Watching Azazel teleport and take out every security guard reminded me a bit of Nightcrawler in “X2”. Not as intense but still kept you glued to the screen. The climax of the film, where the mutant war really begins, is just awesome. Watching Magneto pick up a sub and throw it on land, that pretty much blew my mind. Well done there and watching the mutants duke it out was very very cool as well.

I especially loved the little cameos in the movie. For example when Hank(Beast) is showing Charles cerebro and explaining what it can do(I did get a bit geeked  out seeing a just built cerebro). By “jacking in” to cerebro, Charles can locate any mutant in any place at any time. This is how they seek out and build their team. Seeing cerebro through Charles eyes is very cool, we first see a young Storm followed by other mutants. But what stands out here is probably the biggest cameo of the movie. Wolverine. Now I have to admit, I read a spoiler confirming his cameo I just didn’t know to what extent. But here its short, sweet and keeps Logan…I mean Wolverine true to who he is. When Charles and Erik approach Wolverine they are greeted with a typical opening line from Weapon X. “Go F*** yourselves.” To which they look at each other and walk away. Pretty damn funny and very cool. Another thing I noticed was a small bunker which Charles has one of the young mutants use to practice his ability in. I think we can all agree its the future site of the “danger room”. A very important part of the X-Men mythos. Lets not forget about one other cameo which definitely caught me by surprise. While morphing into different people Mystique also morphed into her future self who we all know is Rebecca Romijn. Very short and surprising cameo. But nonetheless cool.

Now not all was great with this movie. I had some minor concerns with the acting. Specifically January Jones. She was a decent at best Emma Frost. I just didn’t buy some of her lines which happened to be at key moments in the movie. Another thing and this was probably my biggest gripe, the cheesiness of this movie. I could not believe how thick the cheese was laid on. It’s like my friend @JERM_EL said, “it’s like they used cheesy one-liners from Smallville.” Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE Smallville. But this is in no way a compliment. Cheesiness can be tolerated for a network TV show but NOT for a big screen big budgeted movie. It should not happen. Sadly a lot of scenes and lines left me cringing and waiting for the awkwardness to end.

Despite the cheesiness of this movie I found it overall entertaining and fun. Great performances from McAvoy and Fassbender, very good writing and a setup that should help future X-Men prequel movies. I’m very intrigued to see what Matthew Vaughn(if he stays on for the sequel)has in store for the “prequel-sequel”. Hey, I had to call it something.

FINAL GRADE: B

I hope you all enjoyed my first blog/movie review. Let me know what ya think, thanks.

AND IM OUT

PacingPete

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