Just in case you didn’t get online yesterday and see the (literally) MILLIONS of posts about it all over social media, news media, and well, just about everywhere else on the web, Nintendo is back!  No, this is not a drill, yes, this is 100% legitmate, and in fact, let me repeat this for dramatic effect:  NINTENDO. IS. BACK.

Yesterday, Nintendo officially announced its newest system – the Nintendo Switch (formerly known in little more than rumors as “Project NX”). Before we go any further with this, have a look at the OFFICIAL trailer released by Nintendo themselves yesterday (that by the way, is already at over TEN MILLION views in less than 24hrs as of the time of this writing)…

We’ll give you a moment to breathe and let that sink in.
You good? Okay! Let’s continue!

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Welcome to another edition of Nerd History with Tom Elmore!

Many of us celebrate the arrival of Halloween by watching horror films. And whether or not you prefer the classics monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster, or the newer ones such as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Kruger, almost all of them can trace their origins to three German films of the silent era.


From 1911 until 1933 Germany enjoyed its first taste of democracy during the Weimar Republic. This gave German artists freedoms of which modern artists would be jealous. Consequently every area of German culture enjoyed an unprecedented wave of creativity. The German film industry flourished during this period, producing about 250 films a year. In Berlin alone there was over 230 film studios. Though filmmakers had unprecedented artistic freedom, they had to overcome obstacles created by a broken infrastructure, shortages caused by World War I and one of the worst economies in the history of Europe.

Yet thanks to their fertile imaginations and remarkable talents, it was German filmmakers, and not Hollywood, producing the most ambitious and technically advanced films in the world. However, many of the films (these three included) showed the conscious and sub-conscious fears of the German people, in particular, fear of authority figures.

NOTE: Synopses contain spoilers. Yes, these films were made almost 100 years ago, but still, a spoiler alert is a spoiler alert! 

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Marvel’s Luke Cage premiered on September 28th, 2016, the third in a series of shows that began with Jessica Jones (check out our latest review of that here) and Daredevil (and our latest review of that one here) and will conclude with Iron Fist prior to the Marvel’s Defenders miniseries. The show, created by Cheo Hodari Coker, takes place in the ever expanding MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and shares continuity with all of the Marvel Studios movies and shows contained within.


(image courtesy of Netflix)

Mike Coulter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict on the run from the law. Fans first got a taste of this character in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, where he featured as a guest star, and was deemed popular enough for his own show.

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Friday, September 30, 2016 marks the official US theatrical release of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the highly-anticipated film from director Tim Burton, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by author Ransom Riggs. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the advance press screening Thursday, September 22, 2016 courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.


(image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

But with such anticipation for its release, how did the film measure up?
Read on to find out for yourselves!
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It is past time for a new Comics Corner, it is around the 77th anniversary celebration of Batman’s first appearance, and I have writer’s block. That means a listicle! A while back (February of 2015, to be exact) I offered you all my thoughts on the Top-Ten Most Underrated Batman Stories (click that link and go read it, hopefully again!).


Since I know there are many who are fans of Batman, but maybe aren’t too familiar with some of his comic book shenanigans, I thought I’d offer you ten more often overlooked and underrated Batman stories. These are in no particular order, but especially if you enjoyed the issues from the prior list, hopefully here are some new entries to add to your pull list.

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This is not a drill! It’s 2016 and there’s a new Harry Potter book!
For those of you fellow Potter-ites waiting hopefully for the next installment in the Potterverse, wait and hope no longer. This book, based on a play, which was based on an original story by none other than J.K. Rowling, herself, is the next step forward in the series.


Yes, I know she said she was done with Harry Potter, and, for the most part, this book isn’t really about him. Don’t worry, though, the beloved survivors of the seventh and final book do make appearances in this new story. Mostly, though, this newest tale revolves around Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus Potter and his unexpected friend, Scorpius Malfoy. That’s right, Malfoy’s only son.

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The final frontier returns for further exploration May 2017 with the debut of Star Trek Discovery, the newest Star Trek television series and the first since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, it will premiere on CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service with Fuller, Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts acting as showrunners.


(image courtesy of CBS Networks)

Star Trek Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series takes place, following the crew of the USS Discovery as they explore an event from the history of the franchise that has been mentioned but never shown. Little is yet known about the characters or cast except for the protagonist, a female character known so far only by the name “Number One” in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original Star Trek Pilot episode, “The Cage.”

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Seventeen years ago, The Blair Witch Project was all that anyone was talking about. When the quintessential “found-footage” film hit theatres in the summer of 1999, filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez struck cinematic gold, broke box office records, and effectively caught lightning in a bottle in this story of would-be documentarians heading out into the Black Hills forest near Burkittsville, Maryland to investigate the legends of the Blair Witch that supposedly haunted the area. This film was so successful for a few reasons, but most notably because of its insanely high level of believability. This was during the early days of the internet, long before social media was really a thing, where having waves of information hurled at you on a daily basis wasn’t commonplace, and going online wasn’t even really part of the daily routine for most people. The truth was there, but was easy to not see back then, and a huge number of people absolutely didn’t.
Even bigger than that was the fact that The Blair Witch Project didn’t look like any other films anyone had seen. It was all shot on home video cameras, looked extremely amatuer, and its relatively unknown actors looked like average, regular, everyday people rather than Hollywood types. Absolutely everything about this film made suspension of disbelief very, very easy.


(image courtesy of Lionsgate)

Fast forward to 2016, and Blair Witch – the third installment, and first true sequel (we won’t even get into the meta-sequel Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, beyond merely mentioning that it happened) in the series, is almost exactly the opposite of everything that made the original such a success.

WARNING: this review may contain minor spoilers, as it’s nearly impossible to properly review this film without mentioning some of them. We are fairly confident that you dear readers already basically know what’s going to happen here anyway, but just in case you’re worried for some reason, here’s your spoiler warning as a kindness.

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