VaderFan at the Movies: The Summer of Nerds

ImageSummer has started, and that means it is time to see all the mega hit blockbusters with super awesome action scenes, big name stars, and hopefully a somewhat decent plot. However, this year is quite different from other years, being that there are a ton of movies that are mainly directed at the nerd/geek culture.

Hunger Games came out during April, and it is a nerd movie, being based on a novel set in an alternate reality with some sci-fi elements, and a cult following. But, I don’t really consider the summer of nerd really starting until The Avengers, which came out not too long ago. I’ll put it down and say this movie is freaking fantastic, and if you haven’t seen this movie, then stop reading this and go watch it RIGHT NOW! A mega blockbuster hit, made 200 million dollars over the weekend, and I had the ultimate nerdgasm just watching this movie. But, that is just the beginning of the nerdgasm I’ll be experiencing this summer.

The next movie to be mentioned would be Prometheus. Any nerd/geek will be watching it for only reasons a nerd/geek would know for at least two reasons: 1. It’s the prequel to Alien, and 2. Ridley Scott is returning to sci-fi. If that is not a good enough reason to see the movie, well the latest trailer that was showcased before The Avengers should be enough. Ridley Scott, as many should know, directed the mega-cult sci-fi film, Blade Runner, and Alien. Both films are what put him on the map as a director, which led him to direct Oscar worthy films. Now, having him coming back to sci-fi is a dream come true for any sci-fi fans, especially those who is a fan of the Alien series. This movie will solve all the questions that were left unanswered in Alien, such as the origin of the space jockey, and maybe where the xenomorphs came from. This’ll definately be another nergasm that’ll blow in people faces.

Of course, we can’t go talking about nerd movies this summer without mentioning The Dark Knight Rises. Many considered The Dark Knight to be the greatest comic book film ever made, except for The Avengers, but the thing is, it actually be argued that it is still the greatest comic book film ever made. It was dark, gritty, it had great character development not just from one, but all the characters, an overall theme, and nobody can’t argue with the exceptional performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. This is all due to the fact of the great directorial work that Cristopher Nolan brings to the table, combining his background in making artful movies to bringing realism and believability to the comic book film. And the trailers, the latest also being shown before The Avengers, shows nothing but promise. It’s going to be more dark, Bane may be a much bigger villain than the Joker was, explosions, people dying left and right, Catwoman, and the only thing I can think of just watching these trailers is Batman’s downfall.

The films I mentioned above are the three biggest this summer, and it already kicked off with the incredible showing of The Avengers. Now, we got some other honorable mentions such as Men In Black 3, Pixar’s Brave, GI Joe, and Total Recall. Believe me, by the end of summer I’ll be lipping for many months. I’m pretty sure I didn’t forget to mention any other nerd movie this year, but if I did, please comment.

Oh, screw Battleship!

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