Trailer Park: LOGAN

Earlier today, the trailer for the 3rd and FINAL Wolverine movie dropped. Simply called LOGAN and if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:

Let me start out by saying, that if you take out ALL of the X-MEN elements out of this movie, this trailer still makes me want to see it. Logan AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) looks old and worn out and I like it. However, before I watched this trailer Tony T described it by saying that it looks like it could be the movie trailer for The Last of Us and fortunately/unfortunately, that is all I saw the first few viewings. Even down to the acoustic guitar music behind the entire trailer. For real, there are some shots from this that makes me think that Hugh Jackman could in fact be Joel. All we’re missing is Ellen Paige for Ellie and we got a stew goin’ baby.

But I digress.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable trailer and I’m assuming that they’re going for an Old Man Logan adaptation, which I am not mad at. I (sadly) confess that I’ve only read the first part of OML and from what little I’ve read it already seems like they are straying away from the story. Most of that has to do with the fact that there are Hulk elements in the story as well as a blind Hawkeye, both of which Fox doesn’t have the rights to. I’m not one of those people who are going to get up in arms about that, I just want a good story. So far, to me, that is what this trailer is presenting. It looks gritty, it looks emotional and the cinematography looks astounding. MOVIE NERD SIDE NOTE: This film is being shot John Mathieson, who was the cinematographer for X-Men First Class and Gladiator and that bodes well for me.

All in all, I’m excited for this movie. I’m not rushing to my local cinema and pre-ordering my seats, but I am heavily intrigued. The only part that worries me is the March release (Also my concern with POWER RANGERS but that’s a different discussion) seeing as movies released in February and March tend to not do so hot as it’s the “slow” time for movies as they pass from Oscar season to the summer blockbusters. I really want this movie to exceed my expectations and continue to push comic book movies to a new level, to make them great movies and not looked at as “just a good COMIC BOOK movie”. This movie looks like it can be different.

What do YOU guys think?

Face the Music

We are super excited to announce an upcoming episode based around the music in the games and movies you love. Soundtracks and scores are essential elements to story telling and to help us understand how what we hear influences what we feel we will be joined by Chris Horton from Los Angeles, CA and Keith Stacey from Nashville, TN, two of the most talented composers anywhere. Get ready to have your ears’ minds blown!

Coming this October, only to the Nerd of Godcast.

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Mastering the Details

Nerds get caught up in minutiae, because there is a tremendous and fulfilling sense of control in understanding every single detail of a thing more than any other living creature.” –Chris Hardwick

It’s kind of cool to be the expert on something. To have an intimate and exhaustive knowledge that is translated from your passion on a subject is one of the purest definitions of being a geek. I know that every time a Marvel movie comes out, I will have friends texting me or coming up to me at church saying “Please explain the post credits scene to me,” and I am always happy to oblige. I know a lot about comic books. People know that I know a lot about comic books. It’s just the information ecosystem I live in. I know video games… in fact, while I sit writing this my son came to me asking how to solve a puzzle in the Super Nintendo game A Link to the Past. My expertise on these things is a matter of record, and although occasionally I get more credit than I deserve, sometimes I even surprise myself on the amount of (worthless?) knowledge I have retained.

I would hope that as a believer, however, I demonstrate more than just nerdy knowledge, video game codes and Pokemon names. I want to know God’s Word and make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I want to know the person of Jesus so that I can emulate Him in my words and my deeds. I would hope that I also demonstrate my fair share of the fruits of the Spirit. My goal as an ambassador of Jesus Christ is that when those around me are perplexed, I might be an example of peace. When they feel frustrated, I might be an inspiration for patience. When people see in this world cruelty, they might see in my life and the lives of other believers love, kindness and goodness.

Our function as Christians is to master the details of Christ-like living. When those around us have questions I want to be prepared with an answer, gently given and faithfully lived. It’s easy to label yourself a Christ follower, but going to church once a week doesn’t make you an expert any more than those who saw Avengers once in the theater are comic book nerds. It takes time, effort, and application. It takes living it out. It takes being a true believer. When you do those things, those around you will see, and when they are in need of someone to show them the way, they’ll know who to call. It’s on us to be ready, in season and out of season.

Never Go THAT Way

I have to admit, this has been a very tough week. My wife and I have been staying at my mom’s house the past few days due to a broken AC in our home (during the hottest part of the summer, because why not?) We’ve also had other drama happening, the details of which I will spare you, but that cumulatively have resulted in a frustrating and discouraging season for us. Then this morning I opened the closet in my sister’s old room where we’ve been sleeping, and something fell on me.

It was a worm.

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To those in the know you will recognize this as the worm from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, one of my all time favorite movies, of which my sisters and I have fond memories. I bought this plush worm for my youngest sister Jamie for her birthday several years ago. As I picked him up from the closet floor, I replayed his scene in in my mind. If you have never seen the film, Sarah (Jennifer Connoly) is trying to rescue her kidnapped baby brother. To recover him, she must reach the castle of Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie) at the center of the titular labyrinth. Here is their interaction:

The worm, while trying to help Sarah on her way, unwittingly sent her on a far more arduous path than was necessary. While showing her a way our of his corridor, he failed to show her the easiest way, the way that would have led her “straight to that castle.” Had she realized the fullness of her options, the movie would have been much shorter, but Sarah would not have had the opportunity to grow as a character or to impact others along the way. Allow me to elaborate.

It was while on the more difficult path she rescued Ludo, the beast, who was being tortured by goblins. In her struggle she helped the Quixotic Sir Didymus, a fox-terrier with delusions of knighthood, find his inner hero. Finally it was in peril that she redeemed Hoggle, the dwarfen betrayer who saw in himself nothing of worth beyond a few plastic trinkets. Ultimately, the hard road finds Sarah transformed from self-centered to self-aware. It was the longer, more difficult version of the journey that impressed upon her to stop taking things for granted, not to be so consumed with material possessions, and to see value in others.

As I placed the plush worm back on his shelf, I began to relate this fairy tale to my own story. I was feeling overcome by self-pity due to unfavorable circumstances, and my attitude and actions were beginning to show it. While I wished things were going easier for me this week, that the right answers would be clearer, the resources more abundant, I still made a choice to let the resistance I was experiencing overshadow my hope. In walking by feelings and not by faith I allowed myself to be blinded to the God-given potential in my season of difficulty. The worm reminded me that adventure is never on the road that goes straight to the castle. [Tweet This] Sometimes there is an easy way that is good TO us and there is a difficult way that is good FOR us. If I am on that more trying path, I wonder what God will teach me on the way, who’s life I can impact before reaching the center of this labyrinth.

May we remember every day, especially in our struggle, that the treasure that comes without cost can never truly be more than a trinket. [Tweet This]

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