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Recently, there’s been a good deal of talk surrounding the new Batman vs. Superman movie. Much of this chatter has to do with the casting of Ben Affleck as the Bat. People are legitimately worried that we won’t be able to get the job done. I on the other hand, am worried for a different reason. I’ve never particularly been a fan of Batman vs. Superman director, Zach Snyder. I wasn’t too impressed by Man of Steel and I’m scared his new crossover will be a dud. Saying this, I thought of a fun way to express my misgivings via a short story involving characters from across the Batman film franchises. It’s random, pretty ridiculous, funny, and somewhat along the lines of A Christmas Carol. If you’re a fan of the Batman movies, this is for you. I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and single-handedly make me a millionaire. Just don’t let Zack Snyder read it, he might be ticked! Continue Reading…


Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have experienced a great run with their director pal Edgar Wright. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are intertwined into our movie conscious and there’s no getting them out. This is quite surprising given that the plot to either one of these films could also double as the synopsis to a low-budget movie on Redbox. Both features are pretty much ridiculousness. High end ridiculousness I might add. The World’s End, the last installment in the Cornetto trilogy, is no different. Continue Reading…

Mud Shows Us What’s Clean

Wade —  August 12, 2013 —  Comments

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I don’t know if I can trust Matthew McConaughey. He’ll star in a movie like Amistad and I’m ready to join the fan club. Then Failure to Launch will come along and I’m on the verge of throwing him overboard. When I heard rave reviews about his performance in Mud, I quietly wondered if this would be the film that finally gets the romantic comedy virus out of his system. In the end, it just might. Continue Reading…


“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” – Andy Stanley


Superhero movies and mass destruction are dancing partners that no one can seem to breakup. Man of Steel, The Avengers, and X-Men: First Class are all films that cling tightly to the idea of worldwide dissolution. For a hero to be super, they must have something super to save, right? But what if that something is just a someone? A single life. A life that the world, safe and sound, doesn’t even care to notice. Is that enough to break up the waltz? I think it might be, because Wolverine just asked if he could cut in. Continue Reading…


“It’s like Godzilla versus Transformers.” These were the words I overheard a stranger use to describe Guillermo del Toro’s new movie Pacific Rim yesterday. In one sense, that statement is pretty accurate. I mean, the film does involve a bunch of machines duking it out with prehistoric looking monsters. In another sense, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Continue Reading…

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m about to be a father or what, but there’s one scene from Man of Steel that gets me every time.

Young Clark Kent is standing in a rickety Kansas barn speaking with the man he just found out is not his biological father.

Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner): You’re the answer, son. You’re the answer to “are we alone in the universe.”

Clark Kent: Can’t I just… keep pretending I’m your son?

Jonathan Kent: You ARE my son.

(embrace) Continue Reading…

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Over the years, my wife has tried really hard to make me cool. Clothes. Hair styles. Gift cards to the Gap. It’s not that she doesn’t think I’m cool now, it’s just that I can be lazy when it comes to the latest fashion trends. After all is said and done though, I am and always will be a nerd. I don’t even care anymore. I’m married and have a child on the way, all that’s left to do now is build a replica of the Millennium Falcon in my garage.

Nerd heaven descended on the Bearden household recently with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness. Continue Reading…


Star Trek Into Darkness—a film Star Wars fans have been looking forward to for a long time. J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the critical and financial hit Star Trek, has been generating more anticipation from pseudo-Jedi Warriors than Trekkies these days. This doesn’t come as a surprise… Click to read full article

Becoming a Trekkie in One Week

Wade —  May 14, 2013 —  Comments

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This is an edited version of a piece I did four years ago. Since Star Trek Into Darkness is hitting theaters this week, I figured it would be beneficial to those of you who haven’t yet taken the plunge.

Call me sheltered, secluded, or out of touch with reality, but the truth is that up until a couple of days ago I hadn’t watched any Star Trek movies or television episodes. It might seem inconceivable for some to fathom. I even find this difficult to believe, if only for the fact that I am a huge Star Wars fan and contemplated naming my first child Luke Skywalker. Continue Reading…

Harry Potter Reminds Me of Jesus

Wade —  March 24, 2013 —  Comments

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Disclaimer: this post contains spoilers for those who haven’t seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

actually enjoyed going to the orthodontist as a teenager. Not only did I get out of school early, but the office I visited had television sets installed into… Click to read full article