Shazam! Movie Review…

This is the first DC movie that I have been genuinely excited about for about a decade now, and I have to say it wasn’t what i was expecting. The reviews for this film were through the rough 90%+ on Rotten Tomatoes, and that was really surprising me because the lead up to the movie was low expectations because of the very cheesy trailers that we received. This movie really surpassed a lot of expectations for many, and for myself it was much more focused on the character development of Shazam and the theme of family much more than action and CGI pieces.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

I did enjoy Shazam for the most part. We sill start with the bad before the good because there was not much to dislike with the film. My main issue with Shazam was the CGI of the seven deadly sins. The main villain of the film Doctor Sivana had demons that he could summon on command to help him in battle, and I must say… the CGI for those characters was hideous. It felt like a 2005 Nickelodeon movie CGI job. The monsters from Scooby-Doo Skull Island looked better. That being said Doctor Sivana as a villain had some good development that started the movie off with him as a young child given the chance to become the all powerful Shazam, and he showed he had too much darkness in his heart to take the mantle. This drives him mad with revenge to take the power of Shazam which gives a very solid plot point for the villain. Then the only other negative I had with the movie was some of the jokes were very lame and didn’t land at all. Which was a little cringy, but not terrible by any means.

This movie really replicated what Marvel did with Ant Man. A much more light hearted film that revolved more around the theme of family and the development of the main character rather then big budget action scenes. Shazam does an amazing show with the coming of age story of Billy Batson to mature over such a short period of time so he can become the hero the world needs at this given time. Growing up Billy had no interest in family running from foster home after foster home, but after meeting Freddie and becoming Shazam he starts to realize how important family can be. Which was a really nice change of pace of a lot of current superhero films being love interest/power development. The movie also did a very good job in the marketing by not spoiling a very huge plot twist at the end with the whole Shazam family getting abilities. This is something I knew we would see eventually in the movie arch, but I did not expect it in the first film of Shazam which was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.

All in all Shazam was a very enjoyable superhero film that did a very good job at breaking the current mold of introduction superhero films. It definitely is getting the DCEU in the right direction after Wonder Woman and Aquaman’s success. Hopefully DC will continue on this track. I will give Shazam an 84%. It is very fun, family oriented superhero movie, with some very rough CGI at moments, but after that it is a great coming of age story for Billy Batson.

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Captain Marvel Full Spoiler Review…

There have been many concerns revoling around this film for the last couple months now with different statements that have been floating around the internet on what this movie’s real goal was. Some people felt this movie was for political propaganda, and other felt it was purely for a the love of film. As someone who was worried about this bringing in too much politics into a genere of film that we use to escape the tropes of real life I felt the movie did a very good job veering away from politics and kept this to a very modest enjoyable super hero film.

To jump into the problems with the film so we can focus on what was enjoyable with Captain Marvel there werent many issues I had just a couple minor ones. The pacing felt very odd. Not that it was poorly paced, but being very used to slow starts to marvel films with a large lead up and a great pay off. This movie kept a very moderate pace all film that made the pay off not feel as big which was good and bad because I never felt bored, but again the payoff didnt feel as rewarding as other Marvel films. The only other real problem I had with the movie was the action scenes all used a lot of shaky cam, and that didnt allow you to appreciate how beautiful the CGI was for Captain Marvel’s powers. It would have been nice to see a little bit of slow mo ot just clean no cut sction scenes like from Civil War.

This movie did a very good job at suprising me with many different aspects of the film. First off as I mentioned before the pacing of the film was very fresh and different and I never got bored with the slow introduction story of most other super hero movies. I also really enjoyed what they did with piecing together her back story throughout the movie with snippets of her memories since she had amnesia.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

It was a very interesting way they melded her back story into the films plot without making it seem like a big deal untill the end. The entire movie we are told that the Skrulls are an evil race who just want to wipe out all life on earth and are pretty much a terrorist organization of space, and Vers(Captain Marvel) and the Kree are here to keep peace in the galaxy by taking out the Skrulls There is a part in the movie where Captain Marvel is taken in by the Skrulls after a mission went side ways and they were attempting the extract information from her memories, and this gave us a look into who Carol Danvers was before becoming Vers. She thought this was the Skrulls putting false memories into her mind, but we find out later in the film that the Kree wiped her memory when they found her on Earth 6 years ago. Marvel did a fantastic job throwing us for a loopz something I feel we havent really seen throughout the decade of the Marvel Universe. This really though the audience for a drastic change when we find out that the Skrulls are the good guys trying to just find a place to find a home planet. While the Kree are just looking to wipe out the Skrulls. The pay off od the film as I mentioned before didnt feel as rewarding because of the constant steady pace of the film, however it was still exciting. Captain Marvel unlocked her full potential, and we got to see the absolute bad assery that her and her side kick Goose (the cat) did a great job to wrap up the film. The last thing I want to touch on that was really an over arching plot point was the good cop/bad cop theme we had with Captain Marvel and Nick Fury worked extremely well, and it’s something we might see more of kn upcoming Marvel movies since we had it in Thor Ragnarok (Thor/Hulk) Ant Man and Wasp (AntMan/Wasp), and not Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel/Nick Fury).

If you stated for the end credit scenes you might have some questions as well. The first end credit scene brings up to present day with Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, and War Machine in a lab talking about the pager they found on Nick Fury’s ashes and how the pager just went off. Then the last frame we see Captain Marvel appear and say “Where is Fury?”. I’m sure this will be right where Avengers End Game begins, and now we will see Captain Marvel join what is left of the Avengers to team up to beat Thanos. Then there is one last end credit scene where we see Goose puke up the Teseract, so it was great to have Marvel Studios give us both sides of the story where it all began with the Tesseract, and where we will pick up from with Captain Marvel and the Avengers.

All in all it was an enjoyable movie with not many issues, so I would give Captain Marvel an 7.8 out of 10. Enjoyable film all together. Other then the twist at the end there isnt anything else that I’ll be really thinking about weeks from now. The buddy cop theme really kept me going throughout the movie. It is definatly worth a match. Average introduction movie to the franchise for a character, and I’m sure there will be much more to come of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

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-Brandon Maj

Shaggy’s Fate With Mortal Kombat 11…

It has been a great time over the last month with some amazing Shaggy memes hitting social media out of no where. The memes have been taking the beloved character of Scooby Doo, and they have been turning him into an all mighty demi-god character that is Shaggy. Through the time of the memes it has been noticed by higher ups at Nether Realm thanks to a petition to introduce Shaggy into the Mortal Kombat Universe as a DLC for MK11. At first it seemed like all fun and games just some jokes with the community that was a distant dream to happen in the game… Then Ed Boon started making tweets about Shaggy…

Hi? Lo? Mid? Grab? I will mix your shit up in fighting games! – Ed Boon

This started to pick up some traction by the community and people started to hope that this might become a real thing, such as myself. There were many fans of the genre starting to draw up concept art, think of names for combos, and voice lines for the character’s fatalities and intros. This was going so far at one point this is what exploded the internet…

Hack and Slash Shaggy variation 😂

-Ed Boon
When Ed Boon dropped this photo on twitter everyone took a second to think.. wait did we do it? Is this going to happen. Even myself I told everyone I’m going to dedicate my life to become the best Shaggy one trick in MK11… People started to think if they could have the rights to Shaggy which it did seem possible with Nether Realm and Scooby Doo being owned by Warner Bros. there is a possibility…Sadly it was finally confirmed that we would not be seeing the lovable mystery solving goon that is Shaggy with a tweet of #RIPShaggy. It was fun while it lasted but it is defiantly crazy to see how far a petition can go in the gaming industry.
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-Brandon Maj

Who is Adam Kovak?

Lovely lords and ladies of the nerdom, it’s about time I introduce myself to you all. My name is Adam Kovak and I am a new addition to “TheNerdChambers”. I am 22 years old and was solely raised by my mother. Throughout my life I was moved a multitude of times from school to school because my mom needed to find cheaper places to live when rent was raised. Thankfully that came to an end once high school started and I began a new adventure at Crystal Lake South High School. I graduated from CLS in 2014 which was quite the accomplishment, but I’m honestly more thankful that I met my good friend, Brandon Maj, my sophomore year there. From that point on he was my best friend and quickly became a brother to me. After high school I went on to study Spanish education at Northern Illinois University where I graduated from in May of 2018 with a degree in Spanish.

On the show, I am very opinionated if you couldn’t tell and definitely have specific tastes in video games and movies/shows. When it comes to video games I typically like first person shooters. I started playing Call of Duty when Modern Warfare was first released and I played it on the Xbox 360. Don’t worry Halo fans! I was absolutely in love with Halo 3 at the time as well. Those two franchises were my go to games for the most part, but I did enjoy plenty of other games such as Runescape, which I still play here and there to this day, as well as Pokémon which I started playing when I was really young and my first game was Pokémon Yellow. Currently in my gaming life, I have still been playing Call of Duty, but not as much as I used to. I primarily play League of Legends and soon I shall be playing Mortal Kombat 11. Mortal Kombat was another video game franchise that I have loved since I was probably about 8 years old and I have bought every single console game since then.

As for movies, my taste broadens and I am much more open to practically anything. My go to stuff tends to pertain to comics such as Marvel and DC based movies/shows. My favorite comic book character has been Wolverine from X-Men ever since I was young and watched the first X-Men movie. It doesn’t help that I love Hugh Jackman as an actor. I am definitely more of a fan of Marvel stuff over DC. Besides comic book related movies/shows, I love tv shows such as Lost, Shameless, Supernatural, My Hero Academia, and plenty more!

Madden 19 First Thoughts…

We are getting close to the start of the NFL season, and that means madden is here! Myself and Manny got our hands on the Hall of Fame edition of the game nearly a week ago, and so far we have had a very good time. I have always been a huge fan of the madden franchise where on the other hand Manny hasn’t purchased a current Madden since Madden 13 and hasn’t played one since Madden 16.

I have to say, this is the most fun I’ve had in Madden in almost 3 years now. Last year really fell short for me and I quit playing after only about two months of being released. Where most Maddens I continue to play until after Christmas. I have always been a huge fan of Madden Ultimate Team (MUT) for the excitement of pack openings and the grind to make your team better throughout the season and different holiday events that pop up through the year. So, I will admit ALL of my time spent on the current Madden has been all in MUT over the past week of the game. I really enjoy the different aspects this year to make it much easier to figure out what you want to do and the game is much more straight forward for MUT. This is my first time ever playing MUT Squads (a new game mode that was implemented in last years Madden to allow you to play MUT with your friends.) Manny and myself have played a few matches so far and overall it has been really fun to play with your friends in this game mode. We did a huge pack opening the first day of launch and it was incredibly fun we got some amazing cards in our packs. Manny even pulled a 90 overall Legend card which blew my mind. There is a new addition to MUT this year that I’m sort of having a bit of a love-hate relationship with currently. That is the new upgrade progression system. Now there are cards in the game that you can upgrade with new tokens. Which yeah is really cool and all but at the same time I feel like it makes it so much easier now to get a really good team, which is something I always loved about the grind it meant a lot when your team’s overall was around an 85. Well, after the first week my team overall is already a 79… which usually took me about a month to achieve, and I know if I spent more of my tokens I could probably break the 80 overall threshold. Which scares me because the grind is what always kept me around playing Madden to get my team as close to a 90+ as possible, and I have a feeling I may hit that in the first month if I keep grinding like I am. All in all the Madden Ultimate Team is very fun again this year like most. Now for the gameplay.

This years Madden has the smoothest gameplay I have ever felt in a sports game. Most of you are probably thinking “shouldn’t the newest game always feel smoother then the last?” Well yes it should but honestly Madden 18 felt clunkier then 17, and others have felt worse then previous years. This one has it all so far. The passing and running are very fluent while the new player movement system is fantastic and really allows you to combo different special movements with the ball carrier. Also hit sticks on defense seem to make a much bigger impact, but are also way harder to land now. You pretty much either force a fumble, or you are giving up a huge play. I really love that they have fixed a lot of the gameplay issues from last year. The only thing that is bothering me when it comes to actual gameplay is when you begin running on a play the ball carrier or defender doesn’t accelerate like old maddens. It’s very slow, and feels kind of weird. The two best parts about the new player movement system in Madden 19 has to be the celebrations and the fact that different players are slower then other players. To touch on this first, in most Maddens my 90+ speed running back would get caught by a 67 speed Defensive lineman running down the sideline, which was super unrealistic to me. They have finally fixed this problem! The second portion the statement previously… touchdown celebrations are in the game and they are so fun and exciting! Everytime you score now you just get so excited to see which celebration your character will go with after you choose. It really makes scoring feel even better now in Madden 19!

I am going to give Madden 19 an 8.8 out of 10. The MUT is extremely enjoyable, and from what Manny has told me about franchise you have so much more control this year as a player with bonus rewards mid game and different goals throughout the season. The only things so far holding me back to give the game a higher rating is the MUT progression system, MUT Squads not allowing you to play with just 2 players, and the acceleration aspect of the game. That being said the game has some amazing new additions with player movement, and prior to Madden 19, the highest I would have scored another Madden would be around a 8.2, so this game takes the cake with the new motion system! Let us know why you thought of the article and your options of Madden 19 in the comments! Make sure to hit the star so we know you enjoy the article! Untill next time.

-Brandon Maj

Black Ops 4 Beta First Thoughts…

It’s that time of year again… our annual Call of Duty is coming in just over two months. Some of got our hands on the beta this last weekend, and it was good to see what the latest installment has to offer. Personally i enjoyed the beta, but I am also a hard core Call of Duty fan boy, but I also did have my issues with the beta as well.

Pros: All in all the game felt very smooth. If you would have told me this is the full game I would not have been upset for the fact the game ran very well. I didn’t run into any sort of bugs or ridiculous problems. Graphically the game was gorgeous. This Call of Duty felt like a major step in the graphics department from last year. The game has its very vibrant maps and locations that really make you want to take a second and inspect the surroundings. The guns already had a pretty decent balance, so there wont be a whole lot of tweaking into the second weekend of the beta, most likely a small nerf to SMGs if anything. The pace of the game was very solid. I was pretty nervous when they announced that standard game modes were going to be 5v5 instead of the original 6v6, but it really worked out for the better. The game still felt very fast paced, and it honestly was probably for the better that the changed it to 5 player, or the matches would have felt way to cluttered. Three of the maps in the beta were genuinely spectacular, those maps being Frequency, Seaside, and Payload. The maps all played super well, had a very good layout, and were very stunning maps. I was very surprised how  much I enjoyed the new healing system in the game. It brought for many different ways for gun fights to play out, from attack your healing opponent or run and heal to fight another day. So it really did give a little new flavor to the combat of Call of Duty which was extremely refreshing. Another very interesting implement to the game was the fact that there are different attachments per weapon class. Not only did different classes have different attachments, but even some weapons in the categories had different attachments. This really made the guns unique which has always been a pretty big complaint in the COD community.

Cons: Something that I genuinely enjoyed from Black Ops 3 was the specialists that they decided to include in the previous game. I have been a pretty big fan of special characters having their own ability or weapon ever since I got into Overwatch. I really enjoy the fact they brought them back for Black Ops 4, but I feel it is SOOOOOOO lazy that they gave us so many of the same specialists, but with a tiny change to the character (Firebreak, Ruin, Seraph, Tempest, Battery) they also brought back the Nomad, but I will give them that they did completely rework him. It just seemed lazy to keep 6 of the 10 characters to be the same person same abilities, and a 7th character has the vision pulse of an old character from Blops3. One of the maps was absolutely horrifying to play on (Contraband) where half of the map was just water where people had high ground on you, so it was absolutely pointless to go anywhere near that side of the map. A very annoying addition to the specialists is Torgue a specialist that promotes camping. Not only does this man get a huge barricade, but he also gets a very strong set of barbed wire. Any time someone was running this specialist in the beta you bet you could find them in some building with the barricade in front of them for extra cover and the barbed wire covering any sort of way in for enemies. The most adventurous aspect that you might see from them is finding a main corridor to put the barricade in front of and camp the main objective or entry way for enemies. This was extremely sad to see them add this to the game especially after years of games finding ways to fight campers. Something that I really hated from the past call of duties is back in a new way… Juggernaut is back just in a fake name… body armor. It was pretty annoying to have something in the game that you pretty much had to run. If you didn’t have body armor on most of the time you were going to lose the gun fight even if you had the jump on them. I hope to see them either remove this from the game or nerf it a good bit before launch.

Thankfully we will get a little bit more of a look into Black Ops 4 with the second week. Let us know what you thought of the first weekend of the beta! if you enjoyed the article make sure to hit the star to let us know!

-Brandon Maj in collaboration with Adam Kovak

Venom Trailer #2…

After having a few hours to collect myself and watch the trailer numerous times… It’s time to give my thoughts on the upcoming horror/anti-hero movie trailer that dropped this morning… It was absolutely exhilarating. I feel as if I was one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed the first trailer, with basically no complaints. This trailer though… blew my frickin’ mind. I have always been one to get pretty hyped for anything Marvel or DC, but this is such a new taste for the superhero genere.

The trailer starts out with Eddie Brock giving a little idea of who he is. He is a reporter who believes the goverment is missing some very important/dangerous events in the world, and that he has found “something really bad.” Following that introduces the beginning of the tear between Eddie and Venom. The trailer then cuts to the main antagonist of the film Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) stating why he is trying to learn more about the symbiotes which is for finding a way to combine man and symbiote to start a new evolution of man-kind. This trailer does an extremely good job of giving a glance into the intentions of the two main characters of the film.

Then… we get some action of Venom…
Eddie and Venom have some back and forth showing the difficult time Eddie is having controlling the symbiote to use it for only good. I’m sure this will be a struggle we will see at the beginning of the film when they are converged into one-being: the malicious intent of venom and the good guy of Eddie Brock. This will give us a fun roller coaster to keep our eyes on throughout the film. We get some more direct dialogue from Venom when he has captured the enemy from the first trailer, where he begins to describe the human body, “Eyes, lungs, pancreas so many snacks so little time.” This line gave me a rush of chills down my spine. This is where the R rating is going to come from. They seem to be wanting to portray the very maniacle/cannibal side of Venom which is going to give an extremely interesting characteristic for a character we are rooting for.

To touch on the special effects of the trailer we got an amazing look at the full standing Venom! This was something I was petrified about because in the first trailer Venom didnt seem to be THAT big… Well Sony has eased our hearts revealing a monstrosity that is Venom, a solid 7/8 foot or so standing creature that will terrify all oncoming foes. Speaking of foes of within the film, we got a more improved look at the enemy symbiotes in the film mainly Scream/Donna Diego (Michelle Lee) and what looked like Toxin/Patrick Mulligan (Reid Scott). It is really exciting to see what Venom will be potentially up against in the upcoming film!

All in all the trailer was super satisfying to have a peak at the story, giving some light to the villains of the film, and the amazing special effects. What did you think about the trailer? Please let us know in the comments below! Are you excited to see Venom? What do you think about a horror/super hero film? If you enjoyed the article hit the little star to let us know you enjoy our work!

-Brandon Maj