2008: Remembering a Banner Year in Film

In a year where most of Hollywood was focused on escapism, 2008 was especially remarkable for its films that reflected the shifting tides of society in that year.

Hey folks, welcome back. Nerd Revolt is less than a year old, but it has seen some tumultuous times: protests all across the country, the Russia investigation, a potential Blue Wave, and more. But I can’t help remembering ten years ago, one of the most eventful years in our country’s history: the Great Recession, regarded as the worst global depression since the 1930s; the Iraq War entering its fifth year; and the 2008 election, which brought us Barack Obama, the first black president, and a moment promising Hope and Change.

That moment in history came with a bunch of movies, some that were critically-acclaimed and very successful, and others that were a little more obscure, that appeared to define the times. No, not define them – it articulated them. While much of Hollywood appeared to be set on escapism, such as with the first MCU movie Iron Man and with fantasy films like Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Hellboy II, here is a list of films that examined our society head-on, and which will one day be recognized for indicating the changes that were coming. Click through to check it out.

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Adventure Time Has Gone On Its Last Journey to Distant Lands in “Come Along With Me”

After eight years, ten seasons, and nearly three hundred episodes, the legendary animated children’s fantasy series, Adventure Time, has come to a close. Come on, grab your friends as we say goodbye to one of the most intriguing and successful cartoons of our time. But before we do that, let’s take a closer look at the cultural phenomenon that is Adventure Time.

WARNING: In case it wasn’t obvious, MAJOR spoilers ahoy. But really, if you haven’t watched the series up until this point, why are you even reading this?

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Eminem’s Kamikaze Coming At You Out of Nowhere

Wait, what!? I’m back!? And so is Eminem unexpectedly, after he dropped this full-length album without warning, without any promotions or any advance notice, at midnight last night. Let’s check it out.

Warning: The language in the album or my review is not for kids – viewer discretion is advised. That means you, kids who figured out mom and dad’s parental lock.

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The Avengers: Infinity War – The Strengths and Pitfalls of Comic Book Continuity on Film

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another movie review! For many of you, this is probably the movie event of the year. As is tradition:

WARNING: Spoilers ahead. If that’s a problem for you, do not click into this post.

Seen it already or don’t care about being spoiled? Well then go ahead on in.

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A Perfect Circle Eats the Elephant and Spills Its Guts

Hello all, been a while since we’ve done one of these. It’s also been about fifteen years since A Perfect Circle last put out an album worth of wholly original material, with their masterpiece The Thirteenth Step. Like a new Tool album, the expectations and hype are high. How does it sound, fifteen years later? Let’s jump right in.

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The Secretly Charming Master Teaser Takagi-san

Say, there sure have been a lot of reviews lately! In keeping with this pattern, today I wanted to discuss an anime series that kind of took me by surprise. As a matter of fact, I almost skipped it entirely.

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Ready Player One Proves Spielberg Still Has a Trick or Two Up His Sleeve

The moment the world seems to have been waiting for is finally upon us: Ready Player One has been adapted into a movie. And with Spielberg at the helm, it can’t fail, right? Click to read on.

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