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Friday, February 27, 2015

This Week's Mercury Movie Reviews, and a Few Netflix Recommendations

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:54 PM

MAPS TO THE STARS God bless you, Julianne Moore.
  • MAPS TO THE STARS God bless you, Julianne Moore.

MAPS TO THE STARS—Courtney Ferguson found Cronenberg's Hollywood-set latest to be "a haze of toxicity, backstabbing, and finagling for advantage in the good ol' dream factory."

THE LAZARUS EFFECT—Court was rather less enthused by this PG-13 horror flick, in which Olivia Wilde gets brought back to life and MURDER. But mostly, Wilde's bloodthirsty zombie "just wants to talk about her feelings all the time. 'Why did you bring me back?' 'Why do I feel this way?' 'Do you still love me, even though I'm a levitating telekinetic?'" UGH. WOMEN, RIGHT?

FOCUS—"1998 called," Elinor Jones writes. "It said Will Smith is dope, and it's right. Suck it, Jaden."

RED ARMY—Pinko commie Ben Coleman found a lot to like in this doc about the Soviet national ice hockey team. "Thankfully," he writes, the other side of America's "Miracle on Ice" myth is remarkably good fodder for Red Army: The popular perception of invincible Russian ice-robots masks a far more compelling story about five men who were the best in the world at something for an entire goddamn decade."

There's more, as ever, in Film Shorts, including Ben take on the VOD release of My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Marjorie Skinner's review of Childhood Machine, a movie that's "one part charming, two parts tedious, and 10 parts stoned in the student center." Here are your Movie Times.

HOWEVER. Before you make weekend moviegoing plans, allow me to suggest something, in light of this morning's shitty, depressing news. There are a few films on Netflix right now that are worth staying home and watching—particularly The Voyage Home and The Search for Spock, both of which Nimoy directed. But there's great Spock stuff—some of the best—in all three of these. Myself, I'll probably put on Search for Spock later tonight; maybe follow it up with "This Side of Paradise." LLAP.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Only Thing I Care About on the Internet This Morning

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I didn't watch Hollywood's Prom last night, so I have no idea what happened! Did Wolf of Wall Street and Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha and The Act of Killing win everything? If not, I don't care! I'll look up who won later. (I'm guessing Her got the token we-can't-give-you-Best-Picture-because-you-don't-appeal-to-mainstream-audiences-enough-so-here's-Best-Original-Screenplay, and I'm guessing 12 Years a Slave won everything else. Am I right? Hey, maybe instead of watching a four-hour-long infomercial about it, people should have watched 12 Years a Slave.)

ANYWAY, none of that even matters because look! It's the best thing that has happened to the internet so far today, AND it's Wolf of Wall Street -related! That makes me want to hazard another guess, actually: Wolf of Wall Street didn't win anything, because Americans don't like comedies about how gullible and powerless they are? I know I'm right about that one.

Okay! Enough shit-talking! Time for Star Trek!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Showtunes and Star Trek: The Brent Spiner Musical Experience

Posted by Joe Streckert on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

In 2004’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman made the case for Billy Joel. “Unlike 99 percent of pop artists,” wrote Klosterman, “there is absolutely no relationship between Joel’s greatness and Joel’s coolness.” Klosterman went on to compare Billy Joel to an interesting senior citizen or historical event, and stressed that certain forms of pop entertainment can be excellent, even though they're divorced from the types of coolness that we implicitly expect most culture to buy into. I happen to think that Billy Joel is about as useful to our overall culture as the Olive Garden, and I often find Klosterman to be a bit too shrill and contrarian, but I was thinking a lot about that essay on Saturday night at the Roseland. I was at a Brent Spiner show. Seeing Lieutenant Commander Data tell stories and sing showtunes was, most assuredly, not cool. It was, however, great. Really, weirdly great.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Denis Theriault is Without Honor. Banish His Name from the Hall of Heroes.

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

We run a helpful little bit called "My, What a Busy Week" in the paper. Every week. Probably you've seen it. It's a list of things you should do during the week. It's helpful!

Except for next week's. You should not read it. I was assigned to write about Kronos Quartet (because I wasn't at the meeting where such things are decided; I don't actually like them—they do not sing songs about victory) and I shamefully neglected to make a single reference to the mighty Klingon Empire in the 70 or words I was allotted.

Kronos, you see, is an accepted spelling and pronunciation of the Klingon homeworld, whose rich, fierce soil has been made pure over many centuries thanks to the blood of countless fallen warriors. But I did not point that out, when I submitted my piece to Copy Chief Courtney Ferguson. I did not celebrate the many feats of the ancestors.

And now I am without honor.

I am of no more regard than an empty bottle of blood wine.

My name shall be no more.

And, like certain shameful others at this soft-bellied publication, I shall submit to discommendation and a life of recrimination and emptiness for myself and all my descendants for seven generations to come.

After the jump, why I don't like Klingons anymore! In no particular order.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

And Now An Important Update on What Deanna Troi Should Be Wearing

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

In what is clearly the best thing currently on the internet, Redditor deadfraggle photoshopped the Next Generation crew into original series uniforms. Here they are in a single glorious image, via io9:

While I was delighted by these—indeed, one of them seems to have reignited a decades-old crush on a certain Enterprise doctor—Mercury News Editor Denis C. Theriault, who has very strong feelings about Star Trek, naturally decided to complain.


I started to try to find that one episode where Troi took command of the Enterprise so I could point out that Troi has some command experience and thus red isn't totally out of the question but you know what's easier than that? Nerd-shaming Denis. Also, it belatedly occurs to me that in doing so, I may have inadvertently nerd-shamed myself. I appear to have wandered into a self-sprung nerd trap.

I am going to end this post.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Captain Sisko Is Coming to Portland!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

BENJAMIN SISKO The best captain on the best Star Trek? VERY POSSIBLY!!!
  • BENJAMIN SISKO The best captain on the best Star Trek? VERY POSSIBLY!!!

Guess who's coming to Rose City Comic Con in September?! Wait. Shit. Okay. Pretend you didn't read my headline. Or see the image above. And then guess who's coming to Rose City Comic Con in September?! To the press release! You're going to be so surprised!

Actor and star of the hit sci-fi television show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, is the sixth celebrity guest announced for the upcoming Rose City Comic Con taking place on September 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Avery Brooks is best known for his role as Commander/Captain/Admiral Benjamin Sisko in the sci-fi series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hawk in the mystery series, Spenser: For Hire, the spinoff series, A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Robert Sweeney in American History X.

Avery was the first African American in US history to receive an MFA in acting and directing in 1976. Since then he’s appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, video games, and films including American Playhouse, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Roots: The Gift, Gargoyles, The Big Hit, and 15 Minutes. Avery has also taught acting at many universities.

Oh man oh man oh man oh man oh man. I AM VERY EXCITED.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

This is William Shatner reading Where the Wild Things Are to a group of small children. It is as magical as you want it to be.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Captain Picard Day Is Coming. DO NOT DISAPPOINT ME

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

CAPTAIN PICARD DAY The best day that ever was will be.
  • CAPTAIN PICARD DAY The best day that ever was will be.

We're a mere week away from Captain Picard Day, the most amazing holiday there is. And, true to form, Floating World Comics (400 NW Couch) is hosting an annual art show/contest for works celebrating Jean-Luc Picard, a man infinitely wiser and stronger and more daring and handsome than anyone, even including me, and certainly including you. Once again, I've demanded that I be allowed to be one of the judges for this event, presiding over who will get to win all the prizes and stuff that'll be given out. Last year it was a harder job than I imagined—there was everything from Lego portraits of Picard, to sweaters featuring knitted Picards, to some sort of sculpture thing, to painted things! Paintings! Yes. I am not an art expert. But I am a Picard expert, and I do not like to be disappointed. Anyway, they were all really impressive, except for a couple of crappy ones.

I think the event's pretty great—even if you aren't entering any art in it, or even if you aren't a Trekkie, it's still definitely worth swinging by. (This year's festivities take place on Thurs June 6, from 6-10 pm.) For those who want to enter (I remind you, I do not like to be disappointed), keep in mind you've only got a week left to get started on/finish up/hastily throw together something that's jaw-droppingly amazing, so get on it. Hit the jump for the official rules of entry, via Floating World Comics; in the meantime, I leave you with one of my favorite entries from last year, by Cat Farris.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

And Now an American Review of Star Trek Into Darkness: Two Pointy Ears Up!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM


In this week's printed paper, thanks to Paramount Pictures' peculiar decision to skip over Portland's army of critics until after our deadline, you'll find an odd artifact standing in for our regular review of Star Trek Into Darkness. It's a review written from Britain, where the movie opened days ago, by old Mercury hand Matt Davis.

Matt didn't like it much, and he got on to talking about his recent divorce before wrapping up. (That will make it sound like you shouldn't read it. But you really should. The whole thing is quite funny and a great bit of writing.)

HOWEVER! Paramount finally decided to let us at the thing last night. And I drove to befuddling Bridgeport Village to watch it. And then Senior Editor Erik Henriksen let me write a review. And then he posted it. SPOILER ALERT: I kind of really, really liked it. With some reasonable quibbles.

For all the gloom at its heart, Star Trek Into Darkness is a harmony joyride. And it's brilliantly funny—funnier than the franchise's actual stab at comedy, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof nail pitch-perfect renderings of well-known characters, and then a group of actors who are proving increasingly comfortable in those roles make them their own.

Pine's Kirk, unleashed in bedrooms and bars and everywhere else he goes, is the tempestuous, rakish flirt everyone only thought William Shatner was. Karl Urban's McCoy finally, gloriously lets fly with a full complement of curmudgeonly one-liners. And Simon Pegg, as a frantic, flapping Scotty, may be the very best thing about this entire movie (he wrote, while pouring out a glass of Seagram's for Jimmy Doohan).

That isn't to say this movie is perfect. Far from it. In some ways, despite all its winks and nods and Easter eggs, it was unfortunate Abrams decided this second movie, just like the original crew's, had to revolve around the same villain. Fuck an alternate universe with unlimited possibilities!

Earlier, I even typed the following potentially blasphemous statement:

It's among the best entries the franchise has ever produced—maybe even better than Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the vaunted 1982 movie it's clearly designed to parallel (and not always for the best).

Read the whole thing here.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Captain Picard Day: 2013 EDITION

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM


Captain Picard Day, AS WE ALL KNOW, is the best starday of the year, even if Captain Picard doesn't like it. Hey, Captain Picard! You get to spend every day as a captain! And we all love you! So shut up and stop whining just because one dumb starday doesn't go exactly as you'd like!

Yet again, Floating World Comics (400 NW Couch) will host Portland's Captain Picard Day celebrations, and said celebrations are coming up soon: Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 10 pm. As ever, it's centered around art that honors Captain Jean-Luc Picard—last year there was a massive Lego portrait (when you pushed its Lego communicator, it spoke!), an elaborate ball gown painted with scenes of Picard's greatest accomplishments (the woman who made it was modeling it), a knit sweater, paintings, sketches, sculptures, you name it. Pretty sure one of the pieces of art had Picard and Q boning, fairly explicitly? (Or maybe it was Riker. Either way!) Anyway, Floating World gets packed, everybody has a good time, and seeing all the art that people come up with is a blast. Especially for me—since once again, I will, due to my incredible popularity last year, be serving as one of the event's judges. IMPRESS ME.

The flyer's below; more info can be found on the event's Facebook page.


Here are Two Star Trek Clips That I Have Not Seen!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

So I hope they don't have, like, Kirk being really racist to Chekov or anything in them. That seems unlikely? I don't know. Young Kirk is kind of a dick, it could happen. Anyway, Star Trek Into Darkness is coming out soon, and I'm very excited, and I'm going to be seeing it regardless—which means at this point, I'm not particularly inclined to watch little snippets taken out of the movie ahead of time. But you might be inclined to do so, and thus I present them to you, sight unseen and hoping that they're good! Enjoy your possibly racist Star Trek clips, racists.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hurry Up and Die, Roddenberry Cultists

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

One of the sad little ironies about Star Trek is that the further it gets away from creator Gene Roddenberry, the better it becomes: From Wrath of Khan to Deep Space Nine to "The Best of Both Worlds" to J.J. Abrams' reboot, the best Trek is frequently the stuff that's the least like Roddenberry's original vision. The "hired hands" who come in to guide Trek are frequently the ones who manage to find the nebulous core where the best Trek stories happen—ones that embrace Roddenberry's humanist idealism and iconic characters without getting dragged down in blandness, fan service, or self-satisfaction.

Naturally, this means there's no small number of stubborn Trekkies who staunchly refuse to accept Abrams' action-packed version of Star Trek; this is fine, as they'll eventually either die off due to old age or due to being crushed under their stacks of Enterprise DVDs. As they make their preparations to go to their eternal rest in photon torpedo coffins, however, the rest of us can look at the new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness and be like yes! Okay! Let's watch that! This looks exciting and fun and cool! I like Kirk! I love Bones! Hey, it's Spock! What! Benedict Cumberbatch! The future will be hard but we can handle it! Let's do it! Let's go get this son of a bitch!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Reminder: Wrath of Khan in 35mm!

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM


We mentioned it in My, What a Busy Week! and Film Shorts, but hey, reminder: The Hollywood's got a 35mm print of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan playing through Thursday, and you should go! It's a fantastic movie—even if you don't like Star Trek, you will like this movie—and seeing it on the big screen not only makes the end battle about 4,000 times cooler, it also reveals all kinds of cool little details—like how my Signet Classic paperback of Moby Dick somehow made it to the 23rd Century and now sits on Khan's "Books About Revenge To Read While I Consider How I Will Get My Vengeance Against James T. Kirk" bookshelf, or how Vaseline somehow manages to get smeared all over the lens anytime the clearly aging William Shatner has a closeup. (Plus, geek bonus: It's looking a lot like J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness is going to have more than a few Khan connections, so if you watch Wrath of Khan now, you can impress your date at Into Darkness with all sorts of super-cool Star Trek trivia! You'll get laid for sure!)

Showtimes for Wrath of Khan (and some other movies too, I guess) are here.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Netflix Sure Is Giving People A Lot of Bad Ideas

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM


Thanks to things like the Veronica Mars Kickstarter and Netflix's resurrection of Arrested Development, people are getting a whole lot of ideas about how to make a whole lot of terrible things. STOP IT, PEOPLE. YOUR TERRIBLE THINGS DIED FOR A REASON. Netflix is not your Etsy.

Case in point: Here's Brannon Braga, co-creator of Star Trek: Enterprise, valiantly trying to bring back a show that no one liked in the first place and has been canceled for eight years.

"The best possible thing the fans could do is, if they want to see another season of Enterprise, is watch it on Netflix…. My neighbor produces Arrested Development, and they’re making a new season of Arrested Development. I recall him telling me that it’s because for that show, they know they’re gonna get… they have data! They know a certain number of people are going to watch that show. I’ve heard rumors in town that the CBS show Jericho might get another season, because the numbers on Netflix are big! Watch Enterprise!" (Via.)

I'll be the first to admit that Enterprise's fourth and final season actually showed some promise—and I'll also be the first to admit that absolutely no one on ever needs to watch another episode of Enterprise again. Because... because. WHY CAN'T NERDS EVER LET ANYTHING DIE?

There's a silver lining to this, though: Netflix is actually going to make a sci-fi show that sounds interesting and original and is not boring and awful—and even if it doesn't work out, it'll still be a far more worthwhile investment and experiment than bringing back Stargate: Farscape or whatever. It's a TV show from the Wachowskis, whose work has only gotten more daring and interesting since those Matrix sequels no one likes to talk about.

The streaming giant has announced a 10-episode pickup for Sense8, a sci-fi drama produced by Georgeville Television in association with Studio JMS. It's a first for the Wachowskis, whose film efforts include the Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas, and partners them with veteran showrunner J. Michael Straczynski.... Though there isn't a glut of details on the project, Sense8 is described as a global story of "minds linked and souls hunted." (Via.)

"A global story of 'minds linked and souls hunted.'" What the fuck does that mean? Nothing! It means nothing! It's gibberish! And I will put $100 on the table right now and bet that Sense8 will be much, much better and much, much more daring than anything that would've happened in season five of Star Trek: Enterprise.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Headline of the Day: "IRS Regrets Making Star Trek Video"

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Of the five-minute video, which cost $60,000 to produce:

The Star Trek video was shot at the IRS’s in-house studio in Maryland on a set faithfully depicting the command bridge of the starship “Enterprise.” IRS employees in the roles of Mr. Spock and the show’s other familiar characters, declare themselves on route to the planet Notax, to combat identity theft. (Via.)

"It was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference," the AP reports, "but does not appear to have any training value."

I love everything about this so much. I love how poorly the costumes fit, and that they're costumes from The Next Generation. I love Spock and Spock's weird rubber wig. I love the woman who pops up on the viewscreen at 1:46 and says each of her lines as if there's a loaded .45 pointed at her. I love any and all references to "alien identity theft." I love the fist bump and I love the captain's reaction to it even more. I love that they edited in quiet moments after their punchlines so that the audience could laugh. I love Scotty's accent. I love everything about this so much.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There's a New Star Trek Trailer, So That's What I'll Be Watching for the Entirety of This Morning

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

The new Star Trek trailer features a whole lot of Sherlock being grumpy, Kirk being badass, RoboCop, Alice Eve being mostly naked, Sherlock being grumpy some more, and so much srs bsns, heavy-duty gravitas that one suspects J.J. Abrams might've forgotten that what made his first Star Trek so much fun was that it was, you know, fun. Still. I am stupidly excited for this.

Also, c'mon, Sulu. It's been like five years but you're still terrible at driving the Enterprise? Steer around the water, man. Seriously. Get it together.

Monday, February 18, 2013

ALERT: Do Not Buy Your Next Bat'leth from This Man

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM

To say nothing of the Sword of Valen.

WANTED Not pictured: a flute
  • WANTED Not pictured: a flute

Spotted last night at a bar in SE Portland. Thanks to Mark for the heads up.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Nerd to Rule Them All: J.J. Abrams "Closing the Deal" to Direct Star Wars

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM


News coming in from around the nerdternets: J.J. Abrams is closing in on a deal to direct the next Star Wars movie. (WHAAAAA???!!!?!1) Disney isn't confirming anything yet, but hey, the Hollywood Reporter is pretty reliable, right?

Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that the Star Trek director is negotiating to direct Episode VII, the next installment in the fabled franchise.

And Variety!

The Mouse House is closing the deal with the prolific producer and director, who is currently finishing Star Trek Into Darkness for Paramount.

And that's, like, all there is so far. But by all means, let us do what nerds do and and pick this news to death before we know anything else about it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Via io9.




Monday, December 17, 2012

More of J.J. Abrams Continues to Taunt Nerds, Still Won't Let Anybody Know Who Benedict Cumberbatch Is Really Playing for Some Annoying Reason

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I have it on reputable authority that the nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness that were shown before certain IMAX screenings of The Hobbit this weekend—and which were supposed to be available only before certain IMAX screenings of The Hobbitmight have found their way online, and might be awesome. I leave you to it, nerds.

There's also a new trailer for the film, which (1) ensures us that Alka Seltzer will still exists in the future, and (2) makes it look pretty awesome. The movie, not Alka Seltzer. Alka Seltzer is fucking awful. Is this trailer as good as those nine minutes which might be available online for those who wish to look for them? No. Is it still a pretty great trailer, at least for nerds such as myself? Yes. Can I use italics at least once more in this post? Maybe.

[UPDATE: Looks like the trailer got pulled. Good thinking, Paramount! After all, you certainly wouldn't want people to, you know, actually watch the ad you made for your movie.]

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Here's Your Trailer for Star Trek: The Wrath of Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Last night I came home from the Mercury's annual drunken holiday karaoke party to find (1) humiliation and shame and (2) the first trailer for the new Star Trek movie! Let's not analyze the preceding sentence too closely, and instead just move on to the trailer, shall we? Much like its title, and its poster, the trailer takes a whole lot from the Christopher Nolan school of doing things, which is saying incredibly little but punctuating it with incredibly loud sound effects.

As soon as the trailer launched, my dweeb-filled Twitter feed was crammed full of nerds saying that this preview finally PROVES that the beloved Benedict Cumberbatch is FOR SURE playing Khan, which I don't see—but maybe that's because I so desperately want Cumberbatch's character not to be Khan that I'm going to cling to hope until the very last minute that he won't be. For all the trouble J.J. Abrams & Co. went to in their first (and great) Star Trek to build a whole new universe to play around in, going right back to Trek's default villain for the sequel would seem profoundly unambitious and unimaginative. So here's hoping he's not Khan, maybe! Maybe he's a human suit worn by a bunch of tribbles! That could be neat! I guess what I'm saying is wow, that sure was a lot of drunken karaoke, and I do not feel super great about myself this morning.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oh Yeah, Get Your Star Trek Right Up There In My Hobbit

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM


And lo, there came an excuse to affix both "The Third Age" and "United Federation of Planets" tags upon a single post:

Paramount Pictures will release the first nine minutes from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness on 500 IMAX 3D screens beginning December 14 on runs of the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit. That’s way before the film’s release next May. It is the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX. (Via.)

Doubling down on the nerds—this is like a two-fer to ensnare both fantasy and sci-fi geeks!—is pretty clever. Well done, Hollywood marketing machine! ALSO. Am I the only one hoping that the reels somehow get mixed up by a bumbling-but-loveable IMAX projectionist and Star Trek starts happening in the middle of The Hobbit? Why, that would be the second-best Lord of the Rings crossover ever!

Friday, October 19, 2012

More New Music from the Memories

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Golly, I sure do like the Memories. The Portland band's junkpop seems so simple and guileless, but those tunes have a way of creeping into your head, laying some eggs, and generating little larvae that takes over your entire brain. Here's their sloppy new video, shot on the Springwater Corridor and the Willamette River. Like most Memories songs, it's about a minute long. Short songs are great! Especially for busy folks like us on the go—in, out, done.

"Squeeze Me" is from a cassette called Love Is the Law that just came out on Burger Records. It follows up their great self-titled record, and while I haven't heard all of Love Is the Law yet, there are a couple more songs from it to share with you. After the jump, a stream of the song "You Need a Big Man" (bound to be a future wedding classic), plus the crappy homemade video for the brilliantly titled "Like Riker" that will have TNG fans sighing in delight. And if that's not enough Memories for you, there's a non-album track streaming over on the Kickstarter page for Brian Echon's Chill Leisure Lifestyle Catalogue Summer MMXII book. Check it out.

The Memories play Halloween night at Bunk Bar, and will probably ask you for weed after the show. Twerps and Dignan Porch also play. It will be dumb.

More Memories after the jump!

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Trust Me, I Feel As Bad About Posting This As You Will Feel About Watching It

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

So J.J. Abrams showed the first footage from Star Trek: The Wrath of Benedict Cumberbatch last night.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

I Am Excited. Breasts, Midnight Snack, Starfleet, Buttocks. I Love You. Yes.

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM


That's a whole lot of hard work from a whole lot of nerds. Time well spent? Questionable.

Elevator Guinan freaks my shit out.

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