Words From a NerdWords From a Nerd: A new series for 'Unfortunate Events'

Netflix version gives source material more room to breathe
01/17/2017 02:44 PM MST
Doom, gloom and flexing lexicons abound for the Baudelaire orphans in "A Series of Unfortunate Events," Netflix's latest original series release. 
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Words From a Nerd: No top 10 for you
01/10/2017 02:54 PM MST - "Year In Remembrance" slide shows, man. I can't stop with them, even if I'm pretty sure I can by now recount every celebrity claimed by 2016 by reverse chronological order, age, occupation, social movement generally associated with and favorite color. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Flicks we missed: 'The Alchemist Cookbook' and 'Too Late'
01/03/2017 03:44 PM MST - 2016 is finally fading in the rearview mirror, but like many of you, I can't help but dwell a bit longer on that dumpster fire of a year. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Rogue One' plays it too safe
12/20/2016 03:39 PM MST - The Star Wars expanded universe is thoroughly gargantuan. For every minute that Han, Luke and Leia spend on screen in the original trilogy, there are countless books, comics and video games explaining and expanding on the stories of characters that blip in and out of the corner of the screen, barely brushing shoulders with the characters at the forefront of the conflict between the Empire and the Alliance. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Befriend an AI beast in 'The Last Guardian'
12/13/2016 04:07 PM MST - Artificial intelligence in games has made vast improvements over the last few console cycles, but these gains tend to manifest themselves in relatively routine ways. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Finally, a new 'Final Fantasy'
12/06/2016 08:40 PM MST - It's been 10 long years in development, but "Final Fantasy XV" has now finally been released to the raving masses. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: The smut calls to you
11/29/2016 05:03 PM MST - What does the pursuit of bad taste mean in the internet age? It's a question that I've been pondering over the last week after watching master of schlock John Waters' 2006 one-man show "This Filthy World" on Netflix. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Pokemon has given me 20 years of throwing spheres at wounded animals
11/22/2016 05:49 PM MST - Pokemon is one of those things I keep waiting to outgrow. Not that I'm looking forward to leaving those adorable little pocket monsters behind. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Arrival' opts for subtlety over 'splosions
11/15/2016 04:42 PM MST - As much as I love it, science fiction can have a tendency to drift toward the gratuitous when aliens and Earth intermingle. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Marvel enters ball-tripping territory with 'Doctor Strange'
11/08/2016 02:10 PM MST - The heroes of Earth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have all gone through their fair share of world-altering perception checks. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: More confusion than mystery in 'Dark Souls' expansion
11/01/2016 02:26 PM MDT - Between alternating bouts of struggling to recognize costumes (and the sinking feeling that accompanies being so far removed from pop culture as to misidentify a sexy Chewbacca outfit three times in a row) and time spent watching Werner Herzog documentaries just to hear him say "catastrophe" in that wonderful accent of his, I wiggled in some video game time over the weekend. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Quality cruelty in 'Black Mirror'
10/25/2016 02:52 PM MDT - U.K. sci-fi series "Black Mirror" has become a bit of a cult favorite in recent years. For the uninitiated, the show takes a "Twilight Zone"-esque format of a single contained story with a different cast of characters from episode to episode. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Hold the schmaltz
10/18/2016 03:53 PM MDT - Schmaltz and the dysfunctional family too often go hand in hand on the screen. An estranged member makes a homecoming to find things not quite right, tension filling the air of the house they grew up in, but a few good cries later (and probably after the death of a kooky grandparent lacking a verbal filter or something), a rickety catharsis is reached and much hugs are had. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: The cycle of spookiness
10/11/2016 03:24 PM MDT - Candy's in the aisle and the sparkle of early onset diabetes is in the air, so that must mean Halloween is almost upon us and hauling with it another batch of seasonal horror movies. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Race is front and center in 'Luke Cage'
10/04/2016 04:24 PM MDT - "You know, there's something powerful about seeing a black man as bulletproof and unafraid." Method Man of the Wu Tang himself lays down the appeal of "Luke Cage," Netflix's latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the closing leg of the first season. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Gaming's threat to young, male gamers
09/27/2016 04:15 PM MDT - An interesting (and sorta depressing) article came out of the Washington Post last week on the effect that increasingly advanced video games are having on today's youth (and young men in particular). Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Amazon's 'Fleabag' #awkwardFTW
09/20/2016 09:30 PM MDT - Fall TV is a concept that sort of stops applying once you ditch the cable service for streaming alternatives and their more scattershot release schedules, but new streamable shows do still tend to arrive in batches. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Read this column in one breath
09/13/2016 09:13 PM MDT - I took a break from the standard forms of nerding out these last two weeks and did some reading instead. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'World of Warcraft' talons sink deep
08/30/2016 04:22 PM MDT - Pop culture juggernaut that it is, "World of Warcraft" continues its steady lurch forward. Despite a dwindling number of subscribers and some fan dissatisfaction with the way the last two major updates to the game were handled (with months of no new content creating a stagnant experience for many), as the game nears its 12th birthday and this week's launch of the "Legion" expansion set, I find myself willingly catching up on trailers and info for a game that I haven't played in years and whose Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Get your flicks fix
08/23/2016 04:06 PM MDT - I've been abruptly reminded of both my advancing age and inability to longboard several times in the last week, so I guess that means the students must be back. Full Story

Know your columnist: Nixon stars in 'Words From a Nerd'
08/21/2016 09:38 PM MDT - Sam Nixon is the man behind "Words From a Nerd," which runs every Wednesday in the Colorado Daily. He'll keep you apprised on the best and bizzare when it comes to movies, TV, video games, conventions and cultural phenomena. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Death threats for game hype
08/16/2016 03:57 PM MDT - Hype is a hard thing to manage in the gaming sphere. Too little word of mouth surrounding a title's release can mean a game arrives dead in the water — much like what happened to the recent "Ghostbusters" game meant to tie-in with the new movie that wriggled into theaters last month. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Edgy supervillainy
08/09/2016 03:51 PM MDT - For all the lengths "Suicide Squad" goes to make itself appear edgy and different enough to stand out from the crowded superhero movie field, there's a lot of imitation going on. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: It's all fun and games until someone gets tortured
08/02/2016 07:44 PM MDT - Violence in video games has generated its fair share of controversy over the past few decades as the pastime has grown in prominence, popularity and technical ability. Full Story

Word From a Nerd: City kid meets wilderpeople
07/26/2016 01:59 PM MDT - New Zealand writer and director Taika Waititi has been on quite the roll recently, starting with 2013's vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows" and continuing on with a full-fledged entrance into the big time. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Nostalgia without a remake
07/19/2016 02:58 PM MDT - The 1980s have been quite the pop culture gold mine in the last few years, with a string of reboots and remakes aimed at capturing all the shiniest (and most revenue-generating) franchises the decade had to offer. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Pokemon Go' app rockets to the fore
07/12/2016 03:43 PM MDT - If you've had some level of functioning brain activity during the past 20 years, you probably know what Pokemon are. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Swiss Army Man' is sweet and strange
07/05/2016 04:32 PM MDT - Life after death takes on a new and incredibly flatulent meaning in "Swiss Army Man," an unrepentantly weird and endearingly sweet buddy comedy/love story/drama/musical in which one half of the duo happens to be an all-purpose utility corpse. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Can't commit to the cinema
06/28/2016 02:48 PM MDT - Kind of a dogshit weekend for new movie releases, wasn't it? "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's new fashion-world horror flick "The Neon Demon" looks appealing only from a "I feel like gratuitous violence" stance, a state I find hard to wriggle into on a hot summer afternoon. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: The consummate fan/fame interaction
06/21/2016 04:07 PM MDT - I've never quite been able to fully grasp the nature of celebrity — I doubt anyone lacking in firsthand experience truly does. Full Story

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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(Matt York / Associated Press)
College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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Second Story Garage: Bandits

Boulder is pretty good at producing rock bands, and by "rock," we mean the in-your-face, guitar-heavy, leather-clad variety — you know, the good kind. For a prime example, look no farther than BANDITS. Full Story

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