My Top Five Films of the Decade (Brandon)…

I would be doing the decade an injustice if I did just my top 5 video games of the decade. Since I am the one who runs our movie segment on TNC Live (Report From the Back Row), it would only be fitting for me to do a Top 5 Movie list as well for the decade. After a lot of deliberating, I finally have my top 5 movies of the decade (also an honorable mention or two). There have been some fantastic movies over the last decade, but here are my top 5 that meant the most to me.

     I will start with my honorable mention for the decade, and that has to be Wolf of Wallstreet. I have always been someone who never really enjoys movies about real-life scenarios. Wolf of Wallstreet finally changed my way of thinking. I could not express how much this movie blew me away. It took such a realistic concept of money driving someone off the ledge and made it so intense going through this roller coaster. It is so disheartening that Lionardo Dicaprio did not win an Oscar for his performance in this film. Thanks to this film, I have opened up my variety of movies into realistic movies.

     Now to start the real list. Starting my top 5 is Ted. Ted was the first time I have ever seen everyone in a theatre laughing hysterically. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis killed their roles with Seth McFarlane. The film not only kept you laughing, but it had a great bond between two friends. It shows the two best friends dealing with one of the two finding a love interest. The movie starts strong and honestly never stops with the humor. It has some of the most vulgar and obscene jokes I have seen in a comedy, but it honestly does such a good job. Thanks to Seth McFarlane, he brings the world of Family Guy to life in Ted.

    Kingsman Secret Service is the next film on my list. I have never enjoyed spy movies, but Kingsman gave it a new flavor. It took a juvenile delinquent and made him a hero. The film did such an immeasurable job of turning a criminal into someone you root for in his campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Eggsy and Harry. The duo had a father-son dynamic that made it a heartwarming plot. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the action sequences were. I wasn’t expecting much from this film when I first went to see it, but it has to be one of my favorite of the decade. 

     I have spent hours trying to figure out how to order these final films. After a lot of deliberating, I finally have them in proper order. The third movie to crack my list is Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass took superhero movies to a brand new light. It wasn’t afraid to be ridiculously over the top. Watching a child murder villains, badass Nicholas Cage, and a nerdy teenager becoming a hero was astounding. The soundtrack to this film was one of the first times I have ever thought about the music in a movie. It was incredible to see such a raunchy superhero movie during the rise of the MCU.

     Speaking of the MCU, Infinity War comes in at number 2. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been transcendent, but overly predictable. Every single expansion to the franchise, you always had an idea where it would go. There was certainly never a time where there was fear the hero would not make it. That is why the Infinity War is incredible. SPOILER ALERT for Avengers Infinity War! ************************************************

They did such a good job surprising all fans. Most people who went into Infinity War were expecting to see characters like Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America to perish. That is not the case for Infinity War. There were so many unexpected deaths. This film took so many new characters away from us Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Dr. Strange. It was a brilliant move by Marvel. They are going to keep us on our toes for further installments. 

     Now it is time to talk about some Deadpool. Growing up, Deadpool was one of my favorite Marvel characters, next to Spider-Man. I would continually hear reports that there was a Deadpool project that was floating around with a script. Even better, it had Ryan Reynolds linked to the rumors. It was outrageous to have my favorite actor set to play my favorite anti-hero. It was one of the biggest days in media for me when the test footage was “leaked.” When the world got wind of Deadpool, everyone freaked out, and people were begging to see this movie hit theaters. I have never had my hype set to a record high. To be honest, I have always been disappointed when I get this excited about anything. Deadpool is the first to ever match my hype for anything. After seeing Deadpool 7 times in theatres, I can easily say it is my favorite movie of the decade. 

     I have not had so much fun deciding a top list for anything until this article. I had to reach out to friends and family for their help with this one. I needed people to tell me how excited I was after leaving these movies. I had to narrow down my choices from my original 20 films down to 5 and an honorable mention. What do you think of my list? Am I insane for putting these films on my list? What are your picks of the decade? Let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article, please leave us a like!

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Which Star Wars Spin-Off Should Be Next?

As we all know the current Star Wars trilogy is coming to an end with (Untitled) Episode IX coming out December 20th… This begs a big question, what is next for the Star Wars franchise? There are hundreds of different theories out there with what is to come for the Star Wars universe. Disney can take several different routes for the franchise, and the main focus seems to be a NEW standalone trilogy directed by Rian Johnson (Director of The Last Jedi). Outside of a new trilogy there are a bunch of rumors of upcoming solo spin off films such as Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, and some other films!

This is where we step in to play… At the Nerd Chambers we have a hunch it HAS to be one of two options… DARTH FREAKIN MAUL or the man, the myth, the legend… Obi-Wan Kenobi. I, myself (Brandon), would really love to see an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie! Disney could do a lot with the film to really fill the gap between episode three and four, and on top of that Ewan McGregor is in his prime to play a seasoned Obi-Wan Kenobi! For some people the entire prequel trilogy was a disaster, but Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi performance was the superior portion of the franchise.

SPOILER ALERT TO HAN SOLO MOVIE!!!

 

 

Another intriguing single character based story would be Darth Maul… Darth Maul has always been a fan favorite for his menacing red and black face paint, horns, and bad ass dual sided light saber. We were all very sad to see him fall to his death in Episode I Phantom Menace, or did we…? Well thanks to the newest installment to the Star Wars franchise Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals that Darth Maul was not actually dead. Hardcore Star Wars fans would know though that Darth Maul still had a presence throughout the Clone Wars in the comics and The Clone Wars TV series. Personally I never thought that they would make this cannon (relevant to the movie franchise) since he was sliced in half and underwent a some-what Darth Vader transformation becoming part machine. Well, thanks to the newest installment to the Star Wars franchise Solo: A Star Wars Story, we now know that Darth Maul is in fact alive. This revelation opens up a huge door of opportunities for the Star Wars universe to dive into a beloved Star Wars character.

There are endless possibilities that Disney could proceed with the Star Wars franchise… We at the Nerd Chambers believe that the best plan of attack would either be a Darth Maul or Obi-Wan Kenobi spin off. It would be great to get the fan service we have all been waiting for! Until next time…

-Brandon Maj

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer!

That’s right ladies and germs, the reveal trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here thanks to the reveal at Star Wars Celebration. This December Star War’s fans will get see where Rey’s adventure leads us. This trailer does a great job of peeking interest in the movie without really giving too much away besides a couple action sequences and Luke Skywalker saying the Jedis need to end.

Wait a minute… WHAT? Check it out for yourself let us know what you guys think in the comments below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as well!

Star Wars Episode VIII First Showing…

Today was a very lucky day for the shaeholders at Disney. The footage was a very minimal look at the upcoming film, but it did bring excitement for the shareholders at Disney! As we mentioned last week at The Nerd Chambers, the Star Wars Celebration is coming up very shortly. That being said we will most likely get our first public look at Star Wars Episode VII The Last Jedi during the celebration.

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There was a little insight posted on IGN by Alex Gilyadov about what happened during the shareholders event for Episode VII…

Disney held its annual shareholders meeting in Denver where it showed off footage from The Last Jedi, previewing what happens immediately after the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller, the new clips shows Rey handing Luke his lightsaber while he asks Rey, “Who are you?”

Other characters also appeared in the screened footage, including Chewbacca, Finn, and General Leia, but Miller did not offer specific context for how they appear. Miller also said the footage jumped to a number of settings, from oceans to forests, deserts, and mountain ranges.”

It will be a very exciting time next month during the Star Wars celebration! Go tweet us @TheNerdChambers, and let us know what your expectations are for Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi are!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon).

Star Wars Celebration!

On of the most exciting events in April is the ever so exciting Star Wars Celebration thanks to Lucas Films and Electronic Arts! This year I’m sure everyone is awaiting a trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi to possibly drop and fulfill all of our nerdy needs, but… Not only are we excited for the movie news there is also some rumored news about other upcoming projects like our passion at The Nerd Chambers video games! As we all may have heard there is an upcoming Star Wars battlefront game thanks to the ever so dominating companies DICE and Motive Studios are combining their excellent creativity to bring us Star Wars Battlefront 2.

As stated before we are excited to see how Battlefront 2 will come out since the most recent Battlefront was slightly underwhelming, but it still brought joy to the lovers of Star Wars. If you aren’t hopping aboard the hype train for Battlefront 2 maybe you can be excited for 1 of the other 2??? Star Wars projects! Oh yes I did… I said 2 other upcoming games! As stated by talented writer  Eddie Makuch in his article “Dead Space Dev’s Star Wars Game Is Not “Star Wars Uncharted,” Coming in 2018″

Uncharted veteran Amy Hennig is heading up development on the new Star Wars game that is currently in production at Dead Space and Battlefield Hardline studio Visceral Games. In a new interview with Glixel, Hennig stressed that the game will not be “Star Wars Uncharted.” The report says the game may be “spiritually similar” to Uncharted, but it will also be its own thing.” (Click the above text to visit Eddie Makuch’s article at GameSpot.com!)
This definitely brings a very interesting spin on the Star Wars gaming world! Other than this Uncharted inspired Star Wars game we are also going to see a third person style action game set in the vast Star Wars universe. Thanks to the innovating game studio Respawn who brought us Titanfall we will have another way to invest our life into the amazing Star Wars universe that we all know and love!

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-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)