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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 23:45

It's been a long time coming. We've been talking about this film for several years now, and the book for even longer. We even went as far as to compile the Ready Player One Film Challenge which we attempted and failed not once, but twice. So, it's fair to say that we've been anticipating this one for quite some time. The book is a love letter to the 1980s and everything about being a nerd. Games, films, books, TV shows. All the things that I, and countless others, have immersed myself in over the last thirtysomething years.

Going into the film, I was nervous. Having seen the trailer and the posters, there were a few things that didn't sit quite right with what I knew of the source material, yet I wanted to remain open minded. 

The opening scenes do a good job of setting up the world as it exists in 2045 and giving us our first glimpses of the OASIS. It's a rich,...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 13:00

To say I was excited about seeing these films is perhaps somewhat of an understatement. I love the series and was more than intrigued to see how well it would translate on to the big screen.

To set the stage for the uninitiated: Attack on Titan is set 100 years after the remnants of humanity seal themselves behind a series of concentric walls to protect themselves from giant, man eating monsters called Titans. The denizens of the walled area have grown complacent and many question whether the Titans are actually real or merely a tale told to keep people in check. 

We are introduced to our main characters Eren, Mikasa and Armin three kids who were born and have grown up behind the wall. Eren questions the existence of the Titans and they set off to the wall to prove that it's all a great big fib. Perhaps unsurprisingly it is at exactly this point that a Colossal Titan appears and kicks a giant hole in the wall, unleashing an army of Titans onto the unsuspecting...

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 15:52

Given that this season seems to be comprised mostly of two-parters, we'll be releasing our reviews after both episodes have aired.

So, we're back again with a new series. We've done a fair bit of dissection and discussion around the trailers for this season on NerdVsWorld and I'm happy to say that it seems a lot of them haven't taken too long to be either proven correct or otherwise.

We're thrown straight in at the deep end with this episode and into the middle of a war. I absolutely love the concept of the Hand Mines and I really want to know more about the war. For now, however we're immediately presented with a dilemma for The Doctor. Does he leave the child that will grow up to become the inventor of the Daleks to die, or save him? I'll skirt over the possibility that it may have been a completely unrelated child who just so happens to have the same name and assume that The Doctor knows that it is, in fact, the Davros. To cut a long story short, he leaves...

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 13:24

The premise for NBC's new drama, Blindspot, seems on the surface to be a hybrid of ideas that falls somewhere between Memento and Prison Break. The series opens on a busy Times Square as a police man discovers an abandoned bag. Suspecting it may be an explosive, the bomb squad are called in and are shocked to discover that the contents are actually the very naked and very tattooed Jamie Alexander.

In a slightly similar fashion to NBC's other hit show, The Blacklist, FBI Agent Kurt Weller is called in to assist with the investigation into the woman's identity as he is named in one of Jane Doe's tattoos although he has never seen her before. The science blag around the reason for her amnesia consists of an experimental drug called ZIP that can be used to erase selective memories, although she has had a massive dose and has forgotten everything.

The show is wonderfully shot, with scenes that could well have just been gratuitous instead being artfully lit and beautifully...

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 21:43

Okay Ladies and Gents, It's the spin off we've all been waiting for...

Well... It's the spin off that I've been waiting for...

Well... It's the spin off that I heard about a few month's ago and then promptly forgot about until it was actually released.

After 5 very hit and miss seasons of The Walking Dead, it's time to see what's going on in the world outside of Atlanta in the Deadverse.

Opening in a church with a Johnny Depp-a-like stumbling about in a Shaun of the Dead / Fear and Loathing fashion we're thrown headlong into the Zombocalypse as it begins.

Initial thoughts: I really hope that Nick isn't a main character as my first impression is that he's pretty much a complete asshole. 

So, all the ingredients seem to be here. Jocks, nerds, a guidance counsellor, broken families and, of course, Zombies.

About 20 minutes in and we're suffering from a severe 28 Days Later vibe as the Atticus Ross soundtrack kicks things up a notch...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:59

Amanda Fucking Palmer.

Three words that are pretty much all you'll ever need to describe this seemingly unstoppable force of an artist.

You need more than that? Okay...

It was back in 2007 that I was first introduced to her music. I'm not quite sure how it came about, but I think it was the result of Googling 'Dark Cabaret' as a musical genre and discovering Projekt Records' A Dark Cabaret album. It was on this collection of songs on which the first track was a little ditty called Coin Operated Boy by a band I'd never heard of called The Dresden Dolls. It was an amusing tune, musing on the benefits and drawbacks of an artificial partner over a real relationship, but it was the the inventive piano arrangement and an edge of dark power in her voice that sent me immediately back to Google, frantically searching for more. I think I spent the best part of the next month listening to The Dresden Dolls' album on repeat, soaking up the raft of emotions, themes and...

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 21:34

Viruses that kill off people above a certain age are not a new idea in the realms of science fiction and genre television. You only have to look to long running series such as Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek and Deep Space Nine for examples of individual episodes and then there's full series such as The Tribe and Jeremiah that address the concept. But, with most of these series being at least over ten year's old, it was about time for someone to buff the dust off this trope and give it another try.

In Between, we are introduced to the small town of Pretty Lake, population somewhere around eight thousand and rapidly declining. The stage is set with a bunch of varied kids from differing backgrounds who are promptly faced with the reality of all the town residents aged twenty two and over dropping suddenly dead in front of them.

We've got computer hacker and geek extraordinaire, Adam, resplendent in his binary joke t-shirt, big hair and intriguing past (his dad was a...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 13:34

We pick up exactly where the previous episode left us, with Ser Jorah bundling a captive Tyrion into a boat.

Cut quickly to another boat. This one containing Jaime and Bronn. Jaime has a brief, whistful moment as they pass the kingdom of Tarth and he remembers his carefree days of frolicking in the woods with Lady Brienne. Bronn is tactful as always as he asks Jaime to pass on his regards to Tyrion next time he sees him, Jaime's response does not bode well for Tyrion's longevity.

Back in King's Landing and it's not looking good as The Iron Bank of Braavos is asking very nicely for it's money back. Cersei uses this as a way of trying to destabilise Margeary by sending her dad off to ask for better terms on the repayments. I know I say this pretty much every week, but, this can't end well. The other benefit of this, of course, is that it removes the Tyrell voice from the small coucil.

Cersei meets again with the High Sparrow, now High Septum, to outline her plans...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 12:21

And so, the 'Wax on, Wax off' begins: Arya learns how to sweep a floor.

Dear lord. Not another wedding. Hopefully it's third time lucky for Margaery as she and Tommen tie the knot. The prophecy from episode one starts to unfold as Margaery tries to package Cersei off to Casterley Rock through a not so subtle manipulation of Tommen.

Hello Theon. We've not seen you for a while. It seems he's still Reeking about in Winterfell with the Boltons, Ramsay is still skinning people and his dad is still plotting. It appears the plan is for Sansa to marry Ramsay rather than Cap'n Littlefinger (yarrr). I think that makes it third time lucky for Sansa then too.

The Brienne and Podrick show kicks up a notch as Brienne seems to be finally warming to her squire, telling him stories and promising to train him in how to become a knight.

Jon finally gets around to refusing Stannis' offer and plans what to do with the Knight's Watch now that he is Lord Commander. An...

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 22:33

A university may seem an odd choice of a venue for a convention but, on reflection, it has all the necessary facilities that a convention requires. There are large lecture theatres and stages for guest interviews, sports halls for trader zones and signings, large outdoor spaces for attendees to show off their meticulously crafted costumes, and innumerable other spaces that can be re-purposed for photo ops, workshops and all manner of other activities. So, congratulations on the choice of venue. Truly inspired.

As for the offering at the convention itself, there was an impressive array of options to while away the day. I was particularly impressed by the gaming area. Stocked to the gills with pretty much every retro console you could wish for, and a vast selection of titles to play on them. I could have spent literally hours there playing through all the classic games I've loved over the last thirty years. 

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