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LATEST ANGRY NERD RANT: Superhero movies are so busy setting up the next installment in the franchise that they forget to tell a compelling story. F'rinsance, the recent (extremely lousy) Amazing Spider-Man 2 was completely uninvolving and barely coherent because it spent so much time laying the ground works for Amazing Spider-Man 3 and spinoffs about Venom and the Sinister Six. 

That's why I'm optimistic about this new Guardians of the Galaxy movie--it takes place in a distant corner of the Marvel universe, and is not as intertwined with the other parts of the franchise...yet. (I'm sure Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be required to tee up Thor IV and Iron Man VI and the Hawkeye event miniseries on the CW.) http://youtu.be/k6sxU4cILEw
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In 1977, Creative Computing magazine published a board game called Computer Rage. Here's a snippet from the hilariously complex instructions:

"Moves in the game are controlled by rolling of the three 'binary dice.' These dice are different from ordinary dice in that they contain only the numbers 0 and 1. Each die represents a power of two, the red die representing four, the blue two, and the green one. Numbers are interpreted by reading the three dice in red-blue-green sequence as a binary (base two) number. Thus the red-blue-green of 1-0-1 equals 4+0+1, or 5. A roll of three binary dice may result in any number from 0 to 7 according to the following table."
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9572/computer-rage
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ANGRY NERD RANT [EN FRANCAIS, AVEC DES BAGUETTES] Bonjour! Apres moi, le deluge idee fixe “Hollywood” grand guignol, frere jacques dormez vous j’accuse... eh, 'ow you say? “Underwear perverts.” Oui oui! Ca plane pour moi denouement zut alors cul de sac...Jean Giraud band dessinee je ne sais quois laissez faire “Snowpiercer” pas de duex!

TRANSLATION: I’m just going to say it: I don’t need any more Marvel or DC comic book movies. In the last decade alone, there have been FORTY of them. It’s too much! I need a Steve Ditko detox, a Frank MIller moratorium, and a Jack Kirby cleanse!

But wait! I don’t want THOSE comic book movies. But I still want comic book movies. The solution? The rich tradition of bande dessinée, French graphic novels.

WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE: http://youtu.be/UdG3Sd19E0A
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Priceless. QE2 gazes longingly at the Iron Throne during a set visit. Via @RadioTimes 
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Why the hell was THIS still in my wallet? Now i need to check for a Circuit City rewards card in there too...
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Texas Monthly has a terrific in-depth longread on the making of the bizarre and amazing Texas Chainsaw Massacre--still the most profitable film in the state's history. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin has a Chainsaw Massacre archive, including the dried brittle Leatherface mask and all of the raw footage. I worked at the HRC for a few years, and I spent some time logging the footage--mostly from the hitchhiker in the van sequence. I remember that it was rare for them to have more than one or two takes of each shot. http://www.texasmonthly.com/content/they-came-they-sawed?fullpage=1
And they most definitely conquered. The inside story of how a ragtag bunch of hippies made the wildest Texas movie ever (and spilled no more fake blood than was absolutely necessary).
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ANGRY NERD RANT:  Rise of the Planet of the Apes is further proof that Andy Serkis is the greatest actor of his generation. Gollum, Captain Haddock, King Kong, Ceasar...he's created an incredible [virtual] body of work. If the Academy refuses to honor him, I will be forced create a new award for mocap acting. http://youtu.be/sdk6BXnduTE
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This poor dog shot me a look that said, "Look at what they've done to me. I beg you--end me. Rescue me from the ceaseless indignities and the degradation."

Then it looked away, and it refused to meet my gaze again.
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Chuck Berry reviews classic punk albums in the 1980 zine Jet Lag.

ON THE RAMONES:"When I first started, I only knew three chords too."

ON THE CLASH: "Did this guy have a sore throat when he sang the vocals?"

ON THE TALKING HEADS: "I like the bass a lot. Good mixture and a real good flow. The singer sounds like he has a bad case of stage fright."
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Was this the intended statement, or was the artiste interrupted?
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LATEST ANGRY NERD RANT: It’s finally happened: Dirty Harry’s gone Broadway. Which would be incredible if it meant that I could buy tickets to something called The Magnum Force Follies, but in fact what’s happening is Clint Eastwood has directed a JUKEBOX MUSICAL.Ugh. 
http://youtu.be/KteoVg-3who
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Screw Google Maps--I now navigate by 8bitcity.com. It turns urban spaces into Legend of Zelda overworlds. 
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