The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #28

What’s up, gang!?
Welcome back for the 28th straight Question Of The Week!
Let’s dive into it.

This week, we ask our final year in review type Question: What was your favorite movie and TV Show of 2018?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

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TNB Commentaries 028: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones

51tiln1vm3l._sy445_Please turn off your cellphones and join us in the time before whips cracked, webleys were shot, and fedoras were worn.

For our 28th commentary, we head all the way back to 1992…and 1996 for some educational pre-Harrison Ford globe trekking adventure starring Corey Carrier, Lloyd Owen, & Margaret Tyzack.

We catapult through the winder and talk about old hillbillies and ass blasted wolves while discussing child acting, why this is more edutainment than high adventure, compare Indy to Forrest Gump, and we thank good sir @flyinkdw of @Cod_Pod for making it all possible.

Give it a listen and watch along as Indy breaks free of the playpen!

URL: TNB Commentaries 028: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones
Direct Download:tnbc-028-young-indy.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

The Shining Review

After years of watching and loving countless adaptations of his work (including the Stanley Kubrick version of this very book), this is my 1st dive into the prose of Stephen King.
I think it’s been made obvious by this point that if I’m reviewing a book I dug it, so no suspense there.
But, at this point, after hearing for decades that King is one of the greatest writers around, this is my chance to finally find out the answer to a question that has kept me from reading his work: Can he possibly live up to that mountain of hype?

Consider this your 42 year old ***SPOILER ALERT***

The first thing I was struck by while reading this is how different the movie is from this book.
Which is something I knew going in, but was still a bit shocked by.
It feels like somebody sat 2 writers down, gave them the same thin description, and had them craft their own versions of the same story.
The book is the story of a man on a sad & slow descent into sorrowful madness, while the movie is balls out batshit crazy almost from the start.
It’s strange and makes them feel like two entirely separate entities that have to be judged as such.
It feels a lot like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actually, with all of the backstory being savagely ripped out of the movie versions of both.
As far as The Shining goes, I only saw the movie once and I loved it.
I feel mostly the same about this book.

I say mostly for two reasons.
1. Would be because there are a few places in this book (specifically in the middle three hundred pages or so) that I feel dragged a bit because they got a bit too monologue-esque in the way he focuses on one character for such a long period before shifting to another character for a long period.
I feel these chapters would benefit from a bit of crosscutting between characters/storylines the way the chapters in the latter fifth of the book do.
In that last one hundred or so pages, I found it incredibly difficult to put this down, in fact I read the last seventy five or so pages in just about two hours while it took me three weeks to read the middle bits.

2. Being closely related to 1, chapter length.
Nothing slows me down like bloated chapters.
Once it starts hitting seventeen pages or there abouts, my focus starts to drift and it takes far more effort to concentrate on what I’m reading.
Thankfully, that last seventy five pages had quick and snappy chapters as well.
From what long time King fans have told me, that’s something I’ll have to get used to if I continue reading his work.
And make no mistake, I plan to read more of his work eventually.

To answer the question I posed at the beginning of this review: Yes, he can!
Which is honestly shocking, because few things can live up to that much hype.
I mean, for fuck sake, the cover has a pull quote from the LA TIMES calling him a master storyteller.
But he damn well earns the moniker.
The slow burn to madness in Jack Torrance is gutwrenchingly inevitable, but still amazing to watch unfold.
Danny growing in both age and ability over the course of the story is also smooth as silk, deftly handling what could easily come off hamfisted.
His bond with fellow Shiner, Dick Hallorann, also comes through the page with ease.

The bottom line is this was more than worth the wait.
I’ve said many time that I’m more into the journey than the destination, and I’m happy to report Stephen King sure knows how to spin a hell of a journey.
Given the detail he wove into this, it almost seems like his work should strictly be adapted into TV miniseries rather than movies.
The dozens of little seeds that are planted along the way and grow into wonderfully paid off moments make it all come together, to quote the LA TIMES, Masterfully.
I may need some time to catch my breath before I tackle another tome from King, but I’m definitely looking forward to the trek.
Who wouldn’t want to know how little Danny turned out?

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

Episode 067: Insert Title Here

Star-Wars-The-Mandalorian-First-LookIn this episode, after last week’s short episode, the fellas are back to fulfill their contractual* obligations to pollute the internet airwaves with fun and filth!

Doom brings a Joke Corner that starts as a story of childhood innocence that quickly turns into a potential horror movie scenario, then they talk about the recent awesome Star Wars & Scooby news!

Fitz has more Battlefront II fun and frustration, which leads to some sweet video game talk in this short but stacked episode featuring your favorite unknown a-holes!

 

URL: Episode 067: Insert Title Here
Direct Download: tnb067.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #15

If it’s Tuesday, it’s Question Of The Week…time to start askin’!

In honor of Halloween, we decided to kick it old-school and get spooky.
So this week’s Question is: Settle The Age Old Debate, The Munsters Or The Addams Family, Which Was The Better Show?

Leave your answer in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #14

Tuesday is here, so time to get askin’!

This week’s Question ties into the bonus pod from last year’s smash hit audio drama The Laughing Bird: What’s Your Favorite Horror Franchise?

Leave your answer in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #11

It’s today, and today means we do the thing that we do today.
Time to do it!

This week’s Question is one listeners should recognize: You get to host an ep of Dinner For 5, who are you bringing to the table?

Post your answer in the comments below or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

Special thanks go to @SteBoost for our TNBQotW logo.