Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Geddy's Breaking Bad Tributes

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with a quick little post. In my spare time, I dabble a bit in video editing/making music videos. Obviously, I also loves me some Breaking Bad, so I've made a handful of Breaking Bad tributes. I figured I would post them here for your enjoyment.

 I was having issues with posting the vids directly to Blogger, so each title is a link to the video on Youtube. Sorry about that.

Obviously both videos are very spoiler-heavy, so hit the jump with that warning in mind!

NOTE: These aren't the greatest visual quality at times. I was working with low level footage and crappy software. I like to think I made the best of a bad situation with these.

NWC Figure Fraction TURTLEMANIA: TMNT 2012 Raphael

By Geddy Cahoon

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with another edition of NWC Turtlemania. There's not much else to say here other than the fact that if you haven't been reading my stuff recently, all of my reviews for the next X weeks are going to be Ninja Turtles related.

Now that you're familiarized with the concept, let's dive right into the TMNT 2012 figure iteration of Raphael.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Breaking Bad Review - Season Five, Episode Seven: Say My Name

By Geddy Cahoon

Well everybody, I'm currently holding back tears over my keyboard. Vince Gilligan has done it - At this point I pretty much hate Walter White.

There isn't much else to say here. Let's dive right into my review of the most recent, heartbreaking episode of Breaking Bad - Say My Name.

NOTE: I'm going to try not to inject too much humor into this. My previous reviews have had a somewhat humorous air about them at times, but it doesn't feel right to do that with this episode.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NWC Figure Fraction TURTLEMANIA: TMNT 2012 Leonardo

By Geddy Cahoon

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with another edition of the NWC Figure Fraction. Today will be the first in a gimmick-y spin I'm putting on NWC for the time being: TURTLEMANIA.

If you read NWC on a consistent basis of any kind (There's gotta be at least one of you), then you know I've recently jumped on the TMNT bandwagon. I wrote about TMNT a few times already (Check out the pieces here and here) due to my lack of a camera. But now, with a camera in my possession, it's time to go hardcore with TMNT-centric reviews.

Since getting into TMNT, I've purchased quite a few figures. How many? Check back each week until Turtlemania is over to find out!

Today I'm kicking Turtlemania off with a review of the TMNT 2012 Leonardo, so hit the jump to read on!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Breaking Bad Review - Season Five, Episode Six: Buyout

By Geddy Cahoon

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here once again to prattle on for an obscene length of time about the most recent episode of AMC's drug drama Breaking Bad.

Today I'll be looking at season five, episode six - Buyout. It was what I like to call a "stepping stone" episode - It basically consisted of characters talking. There were no big scenes or fantastic set pieces. An episode like this exists pretty much to set up a new storyline. Breaking Bad often has multiple episodes similar to this per season. It's a show that paces itself.

However, this classification is by no means a bad thing. Buyout ended up being a really fantastic episode, featuring some haunting, effective, and meaningful scenes as well as furthering Vince Gilligan's quest to make the viewer loathe Walter White.

Hit the jump to hear my extended thoughts on Buyout!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NWC Figure Fraction - Venture Bros. 3 & 3/4 Inch Brock Samson

By Geddy Cahoon

Yes everyone, your eyes do not deceive you - After a 9 month hiatus due to a broken camera, the NWC Figure Fraction is back! I was kindly lent a camera, and have been taking photos of tons of things over the course of the past few days - I'll be set with reviews for the next few months.

I decided to start this new pool of reviews with probably the most recently released figure I own - Bif Bang Pow's 3 & 3/4 inch scale Brock Samson. 

Hit the jump to here my thoughts on Bif Bang Pow's first offering from the sporadically released Venture Bros. line!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Figure Fraction is Back!

Hey everybody, Geddy here with some great news - I've temporarily gotten my hands on a camera!

Figure Fraction is back! Expect a fresh review tomorrow, and regular reviews each Tuesday for the foreseeable future!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Breaking Bad Review - Season Five, Episode Five: Dead Freight

By Geddy Cahoon

Wow. That's all I have to say coming off of last night's episode of Breaking Bad, Dead Freight. Going into it, I didn't know what to think because the previews indicated that it would primarily involve the three main guys robbing a train. Any part of me that was worried was countered with a part of me that reassured myself, "If any show can do this right, it's BB."

What we ended up getting was a fairly decent episode, with it's share of great scenes, a handful of flaws, and an amazing final fifteen minutes, ending with one of the most surprising and sickening things I've ever seen on any television show, ever.

Hit the jump to hear my in-depth thoughts on this week's episode of Breaking Bad, Dead Freight.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Figure Fraction: NECA Ninja Turtles - The Greatest Toy Line That Never Was?

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with my second Ninja Turtles related post in as many days. So I guess at this point, it's no secret that I'm going on a bit of a Ninja Turtles kick these days. And why shouldn't I be? What with the new cartoon coming out, the figures being cheaply available at all major retailers, and the sheer amount of love these guys receive from collectors and kids across the board, the TMNT one isn't a bad bandwagon to jump on.

Today however, I don't want to talk about Playmates' Ninja Turtles, or the new cartoon, or any of the new stuff. Instead, I want to talk about 2008. I want to talk about NECA, and Mirage Comics, and a fantastic toy line that died due to, effectively, corporate greed. Of course, I'm by no means an action figure authority. Me calling this the "Greatest toy line that never was" is obviously just a highly subjective opinion. And almost all serious action figure collectors have lamented about the failure of this line at one time or another. But in my current TMNT-Centric state, I felt compelled to write about it anyway.

Hit the jump to hear my extended thoughts on NECA's failed attempt at bringing collector-grade Ninja Turtles to the mass market.

Monday, August 6, 2012

NWC Figure Fraction: The New Villain Designs for TMNT - Too Retro?

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon with my second post of the day (I've been feeling extra-efficient). I figured I would update the Figure Fraction page with some concerns I have over the toyline I'm currently obsessing over.

Basically: There's a new Ninja Turtles cartoon debuting on Nickelodeon in September. The cartoon doesn't look fantastic, but I'll definitely be giving it a shot before I renounce it or anything. The toyline on the other hand? It's freaking awesome. I've already gotten Leonardo, Raphael, and Kraang, and I'll be snagging the rest of the turtles, April, Shredder and Splinter soon enough. That should really be a testament to the greatness of these things: I'm by no means a huge turtle fan, but I feel totally compelled to own the whole line. Mini-review real quick: They're awesome and cheap. Buy them.

However, as awesome as the figures are, there are some distinct issues with all of the figures in this line who are A. Villains and B. Not Turtles. The articulation on the Kraang figure sucks, as cool as the design is, and the Shredder is lacking in both aesthetic and articulation. The trend seemingly continues with these two newly announced villains (Two newly announced because the uncolored robot thing-y is a revamp of a retro character) that are coming up in September.

Hit the jump to here my detailed thoughts on the two newest members of the TMNT family, Dog Pound and Fish Face!

NOTE: I won't be talking about Metal Head at all in this post. The final figure may look wildly different than the one shown, and the one shown isn't even that bad and fits quite nicely into the new series' aesthetic.

Breaking Bad Review: Season 5, Episode 4 - "Fifty One"

By Geddy Cahoon

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with the first installment of what I hope will be a weekly feature here on Nerd World Country - A review of this week's episode of Breaking Bad. It's no secret that we love Breaking Bad here at NWC. It's a fantastic series, arguably the greatest ever, and it's something pretty much everyone should be watching. We discussed it in the first podcast, and I've been tossing around the idea of reviewing episodes on a weekly basis for a while now. I've finally decided to pull the trigger on after viewing last night's episode, Fifty One. It might seem a little dumb to start reviewing halfway through the season, but whatever. Sue me.

Hit the jump to read my thoughts on the most recent episode of Breaking Bad.

*NOTE: This review is obviously spoiler-heavy, and is of course written with the assumption that the reader is familiar with BB's characters, plot threads, and etc.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Amazing Scott's Amazing Review of The... Not Terrible Spider-Man

by Scott Speegle

         I'm feeling pretty awesome these days. I'm drawing a lot, writing a lot, and the other day I revisited Chris Hardwick's book The Nerdist Way. In that book one of the sections that resonated most with me was the notion that, as human beings, our emotional responses to pretty much everything we encounter usually follow pretty predictable patterns based on our previous responses. In other words we feel the way we feel about things favorably if we feel favorable about things frequently and vice versa for negative feelings. 
Since my review of The Dark Knight Rises (which you can read in full here) I've been trying to make a concerted effort to 'see the good in things' as it were. The thing is, it's been working. The reason I'm choosing to precede my review with this anecdote is because it might have some degree of affect on the review itself, either way here's a picture of Spider-Man in swishy pants.

This has nothing to do with the review, I just think it's funny.

-hit the jump to read the full review! Note: This review contains spoilers and is written on the assumption that the reader has seen the film and is familiar with the characters involved.-