May 7, 2012
Mr. Burns Reflects - Does the “Nerd/Geek” Movement Have the Greatest Movie Fanbase?

If you haven’t been to a movie theater at some point this weekend, then shame on you. Marvel’s The Avengers released this weekend and it was not a movie to be missed. Now on to my blog.

Chances are, once you begin reading this you’ll shout out, “Hey, I’m not a nerd/geek and I like some of these things.” But the truth is, in pop-culture’s eyes, we (I’m in included in this category for sure) are considered as such. Here are a few definitions from Urban Dictionary before I begin explaining the meat of the post: 

There are four types of people based solely on technical AND social skills, they are as follows:

1. Normie - someone who possesses no technical skills, but a lot of social skills.

2. Geek - someone who possesses a large amount of technical and social skills.

3. Nerd - someone who possesses a large amount of technical skills, but no social.

4. Dork - someone who lacks both technical skills and social skills both.

Geeks are actually considered the best combination of technical and social skills in this case, so we’re a lot better off than one may think!

Now on to the real point of this blog. The Avengers, Marvel’s newest movie that brings together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, opened this weekend. The movie has been on a very large advertising campaign over the past little while, hyping the movie for comic book geeks and movie fans alike. If you’ve been following the pre-movie hype or the hype of the last few days you may have heard that The Avengers has “smashed” the box-office. According to E! Online, it jumped into first place today with $200.8 million, setting the record for largest opening weekend of a movie EVER. It topped each of the individual Marvel films’ opening weekends and the film that previously held the #1 position, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.’s list of the top 10 grossing movies on opening weekend are as follows:

1. The Avengers - $200.8 million

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 - $169.2 million

3. The Dark Knight - $158.4 million

4. The Hunger Games - $152.5 million

5. Spider-Man 3 - $151.1 million

6. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142.8 million

7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 - $138.1 million

8. Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest - $135.6 million

9. Iron Man 2$128.1 million

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - $125 million

The interesting thing here is that 4 of the top 10 are directly based on comic books and 5 of the remaining 6 are based on novels of the Potter-verse, Twilight, and The Hunger Games.

What does this show us? What I believe it shows is that not only does the “nerd/geek” fanbase of comic books and novels play a large part in the culture of today’s youth, but ultimately owns the the movie industry. So next time you get picked on for being a nerd/geek or someone tries to tell you it’s not cool, just remember that we have one of the largest fanbases of today’s culture. Be proud!

March 30, 2012
Mr. Burns Reflects - 5 Shows Netflix Needs for 90’s Kids

When it comes to 90’s kids, one thing we know is television shows. Back in the day we would sit in front of the t.v. set most weekday nights and EVERY Saturday morning. And if you asked us to name all of the shows we watched, we’d be sitting here listing them for hours. 

While Netflix has been losing a lot of its movie library lately, one thing it has stocked up on is t.v. shows, a lot of which are a little bit older. It’s a wise move on their part, knowing that a large part of their audience is in the young adult/college age category.

If you go and look now, you’ll find Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, Angry Beavers, Saved by the Bell, and more. But there are a few more shows that I could spend countless hours re-watching if given the chance.

1. Boy Meets World

If you grew up in the 90’s, or even before then, there’s one relationship that you’ve probably wanted yours to be like, Cory and Topanga. You’ve also probably had a teacher who tried, but failed miserably, to be like Mr. Feeny. And you know you have that one friend like Shawn who always gets you in trouble, but you can’t help but love him/her. 

Boy Meets World is one of the most memorable shows of my childhood, and most kids of the 90’s as well. It ran for a full 7 years and an equal 7 seasons, and had plenty of memorable episodes. If Netflix would add this show, I’d re-watch all 158 episodes.

2. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Here’s an experiment, if you’re in a room full of people say these words: “Now this is a story all about…” Money will rain from the sky, a genie will pop up, and much more. Ok, so maybe I can’t promise that, but I can guarantee that at least one person, if not the whole room, will begin singing in tune with you.

Another of the most popular shows of our era was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This iconic family comedy featured one of the most versatile entertainers of this lifetime, Will Smith. Along side Will, we had Uncle Phil, Carlton (and his crazy dance), Vivian, and more. If you were ever at home on a weeknight as a kid, there’s almost a guarantee you saw an episode of this at some point.

3. Legends of the Hidden Temple

Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes. I’m hoping that at some point as a kid, you wanted to be on one of those teams! In the wake of American Gladiator, Legends of the Hidden Temple pit kids on teams against each other to compete in physical games. It was a premiere show and ran for 2 years, from 1993 to 1995. 

And for the record, the shrine of the silver monkey WAS NOT THAT HARD!! How could those kids not put THREE pieces together?

If you’re as nostalgic as most of us college kids are, you can stop by Temple Shirts and order exact replicas of the original shirts. Talk about awesome! 

4. Kenan and Kel

"Awwww, here it goes!!" and "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. I do, I do, I doo-ooo" are two of the most memorable lines from Nickelodeon’s Kenan and Kel. The show ran for 4 years from 1996-2000 and even featured Coolio in it’s memorable theme song. 

Following in the foot steps of Saturday Night Live duos like David Spade and Chris Farley, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell hailed from Nick’s All That. The show followed the two as they always got into crazy situations usually involving Kenan’s job at Rigby’s, his little sister, or his family in general. They made the classic type duo, Kenan being smart and conniving while Kel was dumb-witted and innocent. The two even did a movie based on an All That skit, Goodburger, while they were at the height of their career during this show.

5. Batman: the Animated Series

While there were many different versions of the Batman cartoon, none compared to Batman: the Animated Series. This show even featured Mark Hamill (yes, Luke Skywalker) as the Joker, providing the voice and evil laugh that will forever be remembered by Batman fans. 

This version of Batman had one of the best opening and theme songs, ending with the epic lighting strike with the caped crusader standing watch over Gotham City. It was also slightly darker than some of the other versions, leaning more towards the psychotic renditions of Christopher Nolan. Needless to say, I could see myself re-watching every episode of this show if it were on Netflix. 

These are 5 of my favorites from the top of my head and according to my taste, but what are some that you would prefer? Let me know in a message or comment!

March 28, 2012
Another funny Star Wars related picture that gave me a laugh! 

Another funny Star Wars related picture that gave me a laugh! 

(Source: meme-meme, via smashurbox)

March 28, 2012
Movie Challenge #4

And here goes movie challenge number 4! Be sure to find it via my Facebook page or my twitter page (@maburns635).

March 28, 2012
Previous Movie Challenge Answers

I realized when looking over my blog this morning that I never officially put the answers out to the previous challenges. I’m going to start up another challenge in the next few minutes, so here are the old answers:

1. Silence of the Lambs

2. Top Gun

3. Free Willy

4. As Good As It Gets

5. Friday the 13th

6. 12 Monkeys

1. Back to Future (Part 1)

2. Almost Famous

3. Hancock

4. Goodfellas

5. Apocalypse Now

6. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

March 23, 2012
This gave me a good laugh for the day! Enjoy!

This gave me a good laugh for the day! Enjoy!

March 23, 2012
Mr. Burns Reflects - Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ Explodes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past decade or two, you’ve probably heard of big name director Michael Bay. If you’ve been under a similar rock, you’ve also passed up the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. However, if you’re lucky enough to be out from under those rocks, you’re going to be getting a taste of these two legends mixed together next year.

The news of the live-action film about the turtle heroes has been know for quite some time now, but recently the Internet has gone up in arms when new information was released: the heroes will not be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just Ninja Turtles. Why, you may ask? Because Bay has decided to change the origin story for his reboot, they are going to be aliens instead of mutants(Yes, we all know TANT is more funny than TMNT).

While you can hear the fanboys screaming and crying about the defamation of their childhood, Bay has definitely proven he is willing to take leaps and bounds to try out his artistic hand. On his Shoot for the Edit forum, Bay posted:

"Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world." 

TMZ has reported that former Michaelangelo voice, Robbie Rist, is highly upset, calling it “sodomizing” the classic story. However, while there is plenty of opposition to Bay’s installment, there is also some support. Peter Laird, co-creator of TMNT, is showing his support for Bay on his blog  as he called it a “genius notion” and said, “I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the ‘chill pill’ Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come of the seemingly ill-conceived plan.” He goes on to say, “However, as I have pondered this further, I have realized that in one way it IS truly a genius notion.”

Along with Laird, former Leonardo voice, Brian Tochi, has come out supporting the reboot, stating: “If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles’ origin story, Mazel Tov!”

So I leave you with the question of how do you feel about the reboot? Do you support it or condemn it? I also leave a parting gift since we all know that if there is Bay, there will be explosions!

(Images courtesy of iMac Wallpapers and Nerdum.)

Update: Saturday March 24th

An update on Peter Laird’s blog, in the comments section, has shown that his support isn’t exactly what people had thought. While he said that he supported the move (and he still does), he finds it a crazy assumption that it can EASILY work.

"Did you really get out of what I wrote that I in any way, shape or form LIKE the idea of a planet of Turtles? If so, I guess I need to re-think how I express myself. 

Just so it’s absolutely clear — I think a planet of Turtles is not, in and of itself, a bad idea for some kind of science fiction/fantasy story. But as a way to explain any aspect of the backstory of TMNT, I think it is awful and unnecessary.

Of course, we have no idea at this point if the plan is to have a planet of Turtles. It’s probably a good idea to wait and see.”

At this point, only time will tell if Bay can accomplish the task, but I can’t wait to see it for myself!

March 17, 2012
Mr. Burns Reflects - Sync Web Series

If you frequent my posts, you’ve probably noticed that I love to talk about small web series and independent artists. When small people break through the barrier it’s an awesome thing to see, especially when they have a lot of talent.

One I’ve mentioned in passing before is Corridor Digital. If you follow these guys then you know that they have quite a large repertoire of special effects under their belt, and they know how to use them for an action show. Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer, the minds behind Corridor Digital, finally have their sights set a little higher. 

Finally, after years of hard work they’re putting together a high-budget web series to hopefully pave their way to theaters. With a combination of weaponry, special effects, and over-the-top action, Sync looks to be one for action flick fans. The series follows a computerized human, Charlie, as he “shuts down a super-virus before it can infect his systems.”

I won’t give any spoilers on the first episode since it pacts a nice twist and good show, but the sci-fi scene in the first episode promises to be interesting later on. There is going to be one episode released per month on Bammo’s YouTube channel, along with many behind-the-scenes features. Be sure to check out and follow both channels here: Corridor Digital and Bammo

Be warned that there is plenty of blood and violence, as well as a large amount of foul language. The first episode is below, watch and enjoy!

March 13, 2012
Movie Challenge #3

Here we go guys, this is going to be movie challenge #3. Once again I’m going with 6 movies (they have no exact theme), and I need the movie title along with the release year. Have at it and hope you have fun! Good luck!

March 9, 2012
Movie Challenge #2

Here we go everyone! I’ve changed it to be a little more fun, this time there are going to be 6 clips. I need the name of each 6, along with the year they were released. I picked some easy and popular ones for this go round. Leave your answers on a reply here, or on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

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