David Firth shows us the dangerous wonders of “Cream”

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Mixed-media artist David Firth (@DAVID_FIRTH) perhaps most well known for his bizarre, unsettling yet endearing “Salad Fingers” series is still at it and taking the strange to new, chilling heights. His latest released project, a short animated film entitled “Cream”.

The short is animated in a style that will be familiar to fans of Firth’s previous works, but it has taken on a starkly realistic quality, utilizing actual faces, natural textures and drab yet shocking color to truly drive home an atmosphere of strange normalcy. We are first introduced to a new miracle product, a cream, branded as Cream, that appears to be limitless in it’s uses. Cream cures acne, it can cure all ailments major and minor, it can regrow your lawn, it can even (when injected directly into the brain) increase your I.Q.

Our main character, Dr. Bellifer, has struck gold and watches as his invention soars in popularity and cosmic power. There is no stopping Cream. Cream becomes so much more than was originally intended, much to the chagrin of the good doctor. Go on and see for yourself what horrible wonders Cream can commit.

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David Firth is a master of his craft, distorting reality with enough finesse to disturb yet equally draw one into his underlying message. Though the meaning may seem as clear as the blemish on one’s face (there’s a Cream for that.), we are privy to a multi-layered commentary on consumption, medicine, advertising, the ever present menace that can be the media and even our own personal connection to the world outside. Whether intended or not, Firth has command of imagery and dialogue, that when married together generates the reflective surface we so often forget to peer into when making purchases, large and small decisions and most importantly what we put our trust and faith into. Who can we truly say has our best interest at heart?

There is much to be gleaned from this twelve minute meditation on the human condition and how each of us can be manipulated into any reaction given the right circumstance, only to be led back into the fold for another go around.

I can only hope we will see more from Mr. Firth in the very near future, as he continues to terrify, sicken and delight me in good measure.

You can watch ‘Cream’ and many of his other polarizing projects on David’s YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/2rVrnRQ

Cosplay Saturday: Meagan Marie

So here at Nerd Hall, we’re all about supporting all aspects of nerd culture. We feel it’s as good a time as ever to celebrate one of the greatest parts of nerd culture in 2017: cosplayers. Every other Saturday will be dedicated to celebrating some of our favorite cosplayers throughout the world.

Today we’re starting with cosplay phenom, Meagan Marie. The first time I discovered Meagan was through my obsession with the Portal series. This was a couple of years ago, and I’m sure I was searching the internet for anything and everything Portal and happened upon this image of Meagan which I thought was absolutely fantastic:

Meagan has a seemingly endless gallery of fantastic cosplays from Amy Pond (Doctor Who) to Laura Croft (Tomb Raider) to Black Canary (Green Arrow) and so, so many others. Meagan, while also being an outstanding cosplayer, is also a writer and the senior community manager at Crystal Dynamics (developer of Tomb Raider.)

Another #LaraCroft shot from #Faiyum in #Egypt! Thank you @arian_shiri_arts! ❤

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To see more of Meagan Marie’s cosplay follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Marvel’s The Defenders: A Good Defense Is A Great Offense

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). This foursome is out to save New York City from the evils of Sigourney Weaver. As their lives cross intersect thanks in part to Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). They realize with a good amount of persuading that they just might be stronger when teamed up together.

When watching the trailer I have got to say my grin was from ear to ear. Daredevil pops in interrupting Misty Knight’s interrogation of Jessica and tells Jessica to “stop talking”. Good luck with that Matt.

Then we transition to Luke Cage trying to figure out what a hero really means with good ole Clair guiding him along the way. He then meets up with Iron Fist who tries to smack Luke down with some fancy kungfu (which I hope is a little better in this show then the Iron Fists own). Then we see the glowing hand of the Iron Fist pop Luke Cage’s top right off. In the end Luke doesn’t understand what being an Immortal Iron Fist means and neither do I really.

Then we’re introduced to the big bad Sigourney Weaver, who with the few lines she has seems to steal the show away for me as the main villain. We get to see an, “unhatched” back from the dead, Elektra (Elodie Yung) fighting with Daredevil, which is going to be fun to watch.

Finally cut to one of my favorite scenes, and a fight which takes place in a hallway. These guys sure do seem to love to fight in hallways. But watching all four of them work with their own unique skills of ass-kickery makes it for some amazing Netflix TV.

I’m excited guys. I want this show to be amazing, especially after all the negatives from Iron Fist. Fortunately, I see a lot of good humor and a great chance for this show to ramp up the danger to our heroes. I’m happy to see these guys together, and see all the chemistry at work. I hope Iron Fist gets some good lines in, but only time will tell if it’s just the writing or maybe Finn Jones just wasn’t the best call. Prove me wrong Defenders, prove me wrong.

Marvel’s The Defenders is a Netflix original series which will launch globally on August 18, 2017.

Did Iron Fist let you down? Are you disappointed it’ll only be an 8 episode run for the series? Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below.

Roseanne Was One Of The Best Family Shows Of All Time

Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert are ready to go with the revival of the popular sitcom Roseanne. It may or may not end up on either broadcast networks or streaming services, they’re currently shopping around. I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix or Amazon snatch it up. The original Roseanne ran for nine seasons on ABC, so another possible home is it coming back to where it all started.

The show was widely praised for shining a light on the working class American families of the time.

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The series saw the Conner family try to eek out a living in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. You might know one of the cast member since they’re on the popular TV show Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki who played David on Roseanne. Sara Chalke also starred in an immensely popular comedy sitcom by the name of Scrubs. The show and cast received numerous awards ranging from Emmys to Golden Globes. Roseanne herself won a Golden Globe and an Emmy from this long running sitcom.

The trend of reviving old shows is on the rise. We’ve had Prison Break start airing on Fox in April. Last year Netflix debuted the continuation of Gilmore Girls to give the fans some closure, with more episodes possibly on the way. X-Files, Fuller House, and Twin Peaks are all on the way to either starting or continuing on with more episodes. And if you’re interested in Twin Peaks, we have some new set photos up!

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I for one am excited for Roseanne to be back in some form. The family dynamic was one of the most real-to-life adaptations in my book. I just miss Dan and Roseanne most of all.

What was your favorite sitcom of the 90’s? Do you think this trend in revivals is a good thing, or a bad one? Let me know in the comments below!

Introducing New? Nintendo 2DS XL… Oh Boy.

Nintendo has given up on the 3D ideals that launched their original Nintendo 3DS. The New Nintendo 2DS XL features all the glitz and the glam of their previous NEW Nintendo 3DS XL except for one major component, the 3D.

Although I must say this new sleek design does appeal a lot to me. It practically looks like they slapped an iPhone to the top of this thing. They’ve done away with making it more “little kid friendly”. The first 2DS was built like a brick that could withstand a couple of late night tosses to the ground when things didn’t go your way, like when you you lost a character in Fire Emblem: Awakening.

If I were to run a poll right now on how many of you actually use the 3D functions of your 3DS, most of you would probably say “never use it”. The 2Ds was up for a new iteration since the original didn’t have the c-nibblet for enhanced control of your camera in games like Monster Hunter: Generations

I feel like this revision to the hardware is a last breath for the line of 3DS/2DS consoles. We have the Nintendo Switch going forward, so as to not eat their own tail Nintendo might want to make a few more quick bucks before bucking this aging system.

The 3DS has some of the best games in Nintendo’s combined library to date. I still love playing Lugi’s Mansion Dark Moon and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Although, I’m looking forward to playing on my Nintendo Switch far more.

I will say this, the console market could keep this system going due to it being smaller than the Nintendo Switch, but I’m hoping for new innovation in the handheld space which I believe the Nintendo Switch provides at this point.

Who’s interested in buying the New Nintendo 2DS XL? Who bought the old one just recently and now regrets it? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’ve enjoyed this article then you should have a gander at my Severed review!  And see why I believe Nintendo’s Arms is a game changer for the Nintendo Switch.

American Gods Premiering April 30th

The televised adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods premieres this Sunday on Starz. The best-selling novel follows the story of Shadow Moon, a former convict that’s fallen into the role of bodyguard to the suspicious, and mysterious Mr. Wednesday.

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The upcoming television series was helmed and adapted by by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green with Gaiman as an executive producer. The series is definitely one of the years most hyped. Gaiman is bringing his enthusiastic, loyal fanbase to Starz where the show will premiere April 30th.

The first season will only contain 8 episodes, but Gaiman has planed for two more if the show succeeds. The first season will follow the first third of the novel where as the second will follow the Lakeside section of the novel. Which, for those who have read American Gods knows is a very large, eventful piece of the novel.

The first season episode names are as follows:

  1. The Bone Orchard
  2. The Secret of Spoons
  3. Head Full of Snow
  4. Git Gone
  5. Lemon Scented You
  6. A Murder of Gods
  7. A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
  8. Come to Jesus

Stay tuned to Nerd Hall after the premiere for a complete review, and analysis of the first episode.

Alien: Covenant – Prologue What Happened After Prometheus?

Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) from the first film Prometheus made the decision to head off into the unknown to continue the search for answers, specifically, what humanities purpose is and who created us. In Prometheus the search for the truth goes awry when the entire crew of the Prometheus is killed with the introduction to the Xenomorph race created by the Engineers. The sole survivors are her and the synthetic named David (Michael Fassbender).

In Alien: Covenant – Prologue: The Crossing, we see a few highly suspect scenes of what happened between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. David hates humans and yet we see in this short that he has grown to respect Elizabeth for her ability to adapted to challenging circumstances, like I don’t know a squid-like human Xenomorph hybrid that’s forcibly removed from her belly. Or just rolling the the right side as the Prometheus ship is downed after crashing into the escaping Engineers ship.

She puts David back together after lugging him around in a gym bag. They travel the stars until she needs to be put under into cryosleep since it’s a long journey to meet her makers.

It seems that things didn’t go so well with her post-Prometheus mission and David looks to be bombarding the settlement below with the Engineer ship with when the words are uttered in the trailer, “Look on my works ye mighty, and despair.” I’m going to assume he’s got a nest of Xenomorphs he unleashes unto the populous. Either the Engineers had the ship filled with the deadly creations or as we know by now David enjoys experimenting. We do see glimmers of emotions in David’s eyes before he sends down the torrent of destruction. Those Synths have always had emotional issues.

I’m thinking Elizabeth is probably kept none the wiser while this happens. So, when he wakes her up she’ll be devastated to find out the Engineers are no more due to their own creations destroying them. Only to then later find out David was behind the havoc. As to why David might do this? It might be a way of protecting Elizabeth since he does seem to draw some sort of connection to her. She has been the only one who has been kind to him even though he did kill her boyfriend in the first movie.

It’s difficult to say what leads David to his decision at this moment. What I will say however is that the short looks absolutely stunning and I am most definitely looking forward to seeing Alien: Covenant May 18. I wish we could get more of just Elizabeth and David traveling the universe, but I’ll just have to settle for this 2 minute wonder fest.

Alien: Covenant will have Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise. Alien: Covenant will center around a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. The crew of the Covenant will discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but in true Alien fashion they find a dark twisted world filled with threats beyond their imagining. They must escape before they end up like the Prometheus.

Would you watch a full length film of David and Elizabeth exploring new worlds and civilizations ala Star Trek? Does this Prologue give you any renewed hope for the continuation of the Alien franchise? Learn more about Jeff Goldblum’s role in Jurassic World 2. And get ready for a live-action Teen Titans movie coming in 2018.

 

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