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Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) gets behind the wheel in the movie adaptation of EA’s wildly popular driving game Need for Speed.

If I had to choose three words to describe the movie it would be; revenge, fast and cars. You might be able to predict what happens in this movie but is it still worth your time and hard earned money? I was able to see an advanced screening, so I’ll tell you.  *there is a mini rant at the end with spoilers.*

The Plot: Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a street racer and owner of his family’s car garage which is about to be foreclosed on. To save the shop he takes a job fixing a rare mustang (valued at $3 million) from his long time racing nemesis Dino (Dominic Cooper). After the car is sold, a street race ensues resulting in the death of Tobey’s close friend for which he is framed and jailed. After 2 years Tobey is released and is bent on avenging his friend’s death in an underground street race called “DeLeon” a winner take all pink slip race. The value of cars in the race $7 million.

The Good:

-Aaron Paul; Great actor and does a good job with his character. Tobey is cool and collected and doesn’t let his emotions go wild and get the best of him. Aaron, isn’t over the top which in my opinion is a good thing. He is top billed for the movie and for good reason. Aaron seems like a great person and im glad he is getting more major roles.

-Scott Mescudi aka. Kid Cudi; His character code name “Maverick” or “Liar 1” was one of my favorites in the film. I’m not a big fan of his music and I honestly didn’t know he was in it until I looked on IMDB. His character provides a lot of the comedic relief for the film and I think he did a great job.

-The cars; This is the main link between the video game and the movie. I probably will never drive, let alone, own any of the cars in the film, but it was cool to see the exotic supercars like the Bugatti, Lamborghini, Agera and it was a little sad to see some destroyed.

-Detroit; Living in the Detroit area it was great to see buildings I recognized that were filmed downtown. Scenes were filmed downtown right outside of my wife’s building and she sent me this (it’s a bit grainy) video of one of the scenes being filmed.

The Bad:

-The DeLeon; Spoiler alert…Im going to write about this at the end.  Don’t read it if you don’t want things spoiled.

-Michael Keaton’s video podcast; In the movie Michael Keaton’s character (I’m going to call him Mr. D) hosts the DeLeon and has a video podcast on racing.  It’s not the podcast I have problems with, it was that his podcast could be viewed on any portable device (ipad, computer, car touch screen) in real time and be perfectly streamed with no video or sound quality issues. AND you can upload videos back to Michael Keaton almost instantaneously.  Cell service must be amazing in their alternate universe.

-Cast selection; I was hoping for 1 or 2 more recognizable actors in the film. For instance I think Emma Stone would have made a great Julia…although Imogen Poots did a fine job. I also heard Justin Bieber likes street racing too…idiot.

Final Words:

If you are looking for a Fast and Furious knock off or something similar, you could be disappointed. Although the movie is a bit predictable, Need for Speed is not as comical or over the top as F&F. If you are an Aaron Paul or exotic car fan, I think you will appreciate this film. It doesn’t delve deep into character backstories but as the movie goes on you don’t mind or care. If you are into fast cars and cool driving go check it out.

7 out of 10

Need for Speed opens officially on March 14, 2014. Rated PG-13.

*****WARNING: GOING ON A RANT. STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ SPOILERS*****

Ok, the main issue I have with the movie is the DeLeon race itself.

  1. You have to be invited to be in this secret race. At one point people aren’t sure who actually runs it or how someone is invited. But Tobey easily gets invited by uploading a video to Mr. D’s  podcast and SURPRISE he gets in very easily.
  2. The DeLeon is a huge underground race. But why? The winner gets the other racers cars. Why would racers care about THIS particular race? Mr. D doesn’t appear to have any financial risk, so how did he get people to risk their million dollar cars for his enjoyment? Maybe if I had millions of dollars I would understand…anyone want to donate some cash to me?
  3. Why would anyone be in this race if the prizes are cars?! Why does this bother me? Six of the seven cars in the race get totaled. It might have been different in years past, but in this race the cops are involved and most of the cars are smashed or explode. So the winner gets a pile of car parts that were worth $7 million dollars and now just scrap? Does insurance cover that? Wouldn’t all the cars be seized by police since they were involved in illegal street racing and probably police manslaughter? That was my biggest frustration.

But it’s a movie so everything works out.

Got any questions or answers for me?  Make a comment or Hit me up on twitter @n3rdlink and I’ll answer your questions about Need for Speed.

Another Vince Vaugh & Owen Wilson movie is upon.  This one called Wedding Cra….sorry, The Internship.  I was able to see an advance screening so if you would like to know if you should spend your money on it here are my thoughts.

The Plot:

Two middle aged, long-time friends and sales partners find out that the watch company they work for goes out of business and they are out of jobs, have no money and their significant other leave them for not being mature.  So they decide to take their talents and move to Palo Alto to work as interns (or Noogler as they referred to themselves) for Google.  The interns are told they will be split into teams and a competition will take place to determine who will receive permanent jobs at the tech company…Guess what, Owen and Vince’s team is comprised of the “misfits” that no one wanted on their team including Tiya Sircar (I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want her character on their team…a girl in a tech company I’d assume guys would flock to her.)

So here are my two cents:

The Good:

-The comedy;  It’s not amazing but I was laughing at a good chunk of the movie.

-A look into the Googleplex;  it was cool to see a little bit of what the campus looks like and what is available to its employees.  I don’t know exactly how accurate it is but from what I have heard it’s not a far stretch.

The Bad:

-Character development; As with any group projects you work on you introduce yourself to each other.  During this scene that’s about all the real development for the characters

-The Plot; It’s a very run of the mill underdog competition story.  If you are looking for something that’s going to surprise you…look somewhere else

-The Comedy; I put this here as well because it seemed the movie relied too much of Owen and Vince’s “chemistry” too much and tried to force things.  Think Wedding Crashers x2-3

-The “My noogle” joke.  I get what they were trying to do with it but I mostly just rolled my eyes at it.

Final Words:

The movie was entertaining.  A good portion of the jokes were funny and the movie didn’t seem to drag on.  I doubt it will win any awards, but I enjoyed it for what it was…a subpar Wedding Crashers.  So should you see it?  If you like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson or  If you get free passes or matinée pricing go for it.  If you would rather wait for it to come to Netflix or be able to watch it at home, I wouldn’t blame you.

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The original cast comes back for Fast & Furious 6, out this Friday.  Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez (wait didn’t she die in #4?!), Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang as well as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson return to drive fast and blow up cars.

The Plot:

Mastermind Shaw (Luke Evans), is working  to collect parts to build a weapon that can cut off electricity.  Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) finds Dom (Vin Diesel) and encourages him to get the crew back together to take down shaw and his cronies.  Their prize if they help?  Everyone gets their records wiped clean and they can return to the United States.  Oh yea Letty (Michelle Rodrizguez) is alive too…and works for Shaw. Say Whaaaaaaat?!  *For those that may not remember she supposedly died in Fast & Furious (forth released movie.)

The Good:

-The driving.  It’s crazy the different action shots that are created for this movie.  Supposedly they wrecked 239 cars for this movie and most of the scenes are actual drivers and not CG.

-I will say that I do enjoy Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris and Sung Kang’s characters in the movie.

The Bad:

-Paul Walker’s acting.  He is not the best actor but after multiple installments it’s hard to see anyone else playing his character Bryan.

-The whole Letty plot line.  Seems like a stretch to bring her back into the fold of the movie.

-The Franchise’s time line.  Though Tokyo Drift was the third released movie, it takes place after Fast & Furious 6.

The Conclusion:

It’s exactly what you would expect from the Fast & the Furious franchise.  Fast cars, explosions, fight scenes, and this time a tank.  If you have seen any other in the series movies and are expecting a well thought out, well acted movie you are going to have a bad time.  It’s not going to win Oscars but take it for face value and enjoy it.

And remember don’t try the stunts out in real life.  After seeing the original movie some kid decided to test out some of his moves while leaving the movie parking lot and ran his car over a curb tossing the people inside his car around and doing a ton of damage to his ride.  It was quite funny.

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Monday  night I was able to see an advance screening of A Haunted House, Marlon Wayans’ (Requiem for a Dream, Scary Movie 1 & 2, Wayans Bros. Show) and his first big movie project with his Baby Way production company.  The movie is scheduled to be officially released on January 11, 2013.  Not only did the audience get to see the movie but Marlon was in attendance to answer questions after the screening.

A Haunted house, is a found film comedy that resolves around Malcolm and Keisha (played by Marlon and Essence Atkins) a couple who have decided to move in together but a demon decides to move in as well.  Malcolm’s new found love of his video camera and security system allows him to document their lives and the “Paranormal Activity” that takes place in their home.

I would classify this movie as a spoof comedy.  There are already a plethora of them that have been created; Not Another Teen Movie, Scary Movie 1-3, Date Movie, Epic Movie etc.  This one is a found film style movie that has many elements taken from Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project and The Exorcist.  In sea of spoof movies that have come out in the recent years, I believe A Haunted House sets itself apart from some of its predecessors.  The main reason for that is that the characters are a small recognizable cast.  Not only are Marlon and Essence part of the ensemble but Nick Swardson (psychic), David Koechner (Surveillance/Ghost hunter expert) and course Cedric the Entertainer (Convicted felon/priest) help to round out the main set of players in the movie.  The other main reason in my opinion is that there wasn’t a new movie reference every 2 seconds which can get overwhelming and boring

Overall the movie was pretty entertaining.  There are plenty of funny as well as startling scenes throughout the movie that can keep you laughing.  Many of the scenes involve sex either with a ghost, stuffed animal(s), or a group of black men.  One reason I liked the movie was because of the Q&A Marlon had after the screening.  He seemed like a very down to earth person that wanted to create a movie that made people laugh and kept them entertained.  He wasn’t trying to make the “next big thing” or “groundbreaking” or anything like that but he found a genre of film that hasn’t really had a comedy made of it and decided to make one.

If you are headed to the movies in January I suggest to give A Haunted House a try.  You may leave the theater asking people if they have “ever been with a man.”

*I recorded part of the Q&A and uploaded it below.  Feel free to take a listen (recording was from the Birmingham, Michigan show) My Apologies for the poor recordings.  I had to split this into 3 parts.  It is unedited

Feel free to leave some comments below or hit us up on twitter @n3rdlink if you are excited to see the movie or what you thought of it if you saw it too!

 

Episode 11 of the N3rd Link Podcast is up for your listening pleasure.

Due to some vacation plans we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to record last week but we did and here it is.

Links of what you heard on the show will be posted tomorrow. Follow us on twitter for more info!

In its debut, Morgan Spurlock brings his newest film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope to a limited number of movie screens and accessible on video on demand through most cable providers.

Filmed during the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, Spurlock tries to explain the magnitude the Con has on the geek/nerd population.  Along with following the fans journey to the Con there are a lot of interviews and perspectives from celebrities like Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and others. 

A main point of the movie is that there are different types of people that attend Comic-Con and the documentary follows the trials and tribulations of fans that are attending the con. 

Here are the types of people that were covered:

The Cosplayer: This type of person walks around the Convention floor (and/or in the Masquerade) dressed as their favorite comic/video game/anime character.  Costumes at SDCC range from horrible to elaborate professional grade, that can take hundreds of hours to create.  It is amazing the lengths some fans will go to create costumes.  For the movie Jessica and her cosplay crew created some pretty crazy Mass Effect costumes.

The Comic Artist: This type of fan brings his art portfolio, in hopes of becoming a professional and breaking into the comic industry.  Many companies will hold portfolio reviews to critique artist’s skills.  It’s a tough industry to break into, but if you have the talent Comic-Con is a great placed to get noticed.  The movie shows the highs and lows of 2 artists as they try to break into the scene.

 The Comic Vendor: This fan runs one of the many thousands of booths on the convention floor.  The vendor featured in the movies is the owner of Mile High Comics.  The proclaimed largest comic vendor in the world.  The focus is on the decline of interest of actual comics at the Con which the vendor feels has been taken over by the huge production companies.  He is trying to sell a Red Raven #1 with a price tag of $500,000 to help pay off his debt.  (From experience Mile High has one of the largest booths for selling comics. I purchased some comics from this vendor at last year’s Con.) 

The Panel Camper:  “Panel Camping” refers to fans that go to Comic-Con and sit in a specific Hall and stay there the entire day.  This happens with the rooms that host the most popular panels (usually Hall H or Ballroom 20).  Due to limited space and since they do not remove people from the halls, if you want to see a specific panel you need to be in line hours beforehand which can take up the majority of your day.  This can be annoying especially if there is other stuff you would like to do at the Con.  Some people begin to camp right after the con closes for that day.  The couple in the movie started dating at Comic-Con and the guy is planning to propose to her during a Kevin Smith panel.

The Collector:  This type of fan spends most of his time on the convention floor at different vendor booths standing in line and purchasing the different Comic-Con exclusives to add to their collections.  The movie follows one such collector in his quest to purchase his exclusive toys (We at N3rd Link fall into this category.) 

So here are my thoughts on the movie and if it’s worth your hard earned $6-8 to rent.

The Good:

The movie does a good job of giving an overview of the convention, and how the convention has evolved from a “comic-centered” convention visited by a couple hundred people to a pop-culture mecca with over 140,000 visitors and now sells out almost instantly.  I also believe it did a good job portraying the different types of people that attend the Con.  There are so many different types of fans that attend Comic-Con and I was glad to see that Morgan Spurlock made that known.  One important theme the movie shared was, that  although it is called the San Diego “Comic-Con” comics definitely take a back seat to the movies and TV production companies.  If you have attended Comic-Con recently you probably know that if you want a break from all the pushing and crowds you walk over to the comic section.  There you won’t find people shoving each other to get whatever free thing that is being passed out.  It’s a little sad that comics get overshadowed at the Con even though the many of the blockbusters that have been coming out lately are comic related.

The Bad:

Understanding that this movie is more about getting understanding what the San Diego Comic-Con is…the love of pop culture and the newly accepted celebration of your inner nerd/geek, there isn’t a ton I would change.  I wish they had gone a little more in depth with the process.  Whether it’s the behind the scenes of putting on the Con or a more realistic perspective of the steps fans go through to get to the con and what they put up with to attend (Although if that happened half the movie would be standing in lines.)

The Verdict:  If you are a fan of Comic-Con or interested in what the big fuss is about then it’s definitely something to check out.  If you have been to Comic-Con you probably won’t learn a lot of new information much but you will recognize a lot of what you see in it and it can help tide you over for the 3 month wait for SDCC 2012 to start.  Go check it out! 

It’s available now on your VOD cable provider, itunes.  Morgan Spurlock is taking his movie on tour to select cities with a Q&A after the screening.  Click here for more information.

An exclusive trailer just popped up this morning on the Apple trailer website for the new Avenger movie!

Can’t wait for the movie to come out.  It better live up to it’s expectations!

Check it out here!

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/marvel/avengers/