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Alamo Drafthouse celebrates premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

It was only 40 years ago when a galaxy far, far away used the force and impacted pop culture for years to come. It finally comes to an end with the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 pm. 

To celebrate the end of an era, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will be throwing what they’re calling the ‘biggest Star Wars party ever in the universe.’

“Find out if director and co-writer, J.J. Abrams answers all of your questions. Can the decimated forces of the Resistance, led by Rey, Finn, Poe, and General Leia, finally defeat the First Order? Is Kylo Ren – the former Ben Solo – truly irredeemable? What’s scoundrel king Lando Calrissian up to? And how is Emperor Palpatine involved in the events of the sequel trilogy?” Alamo officials shared.

Aside from the premiere, Alamo Drafthouse has several Star Wars-themed events planned.

If you want to find out if you’re a true Star Wars fan, join Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo for Let the Wookie Win: A Star Wars Quiz On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.

Geeks Who Drink take over the Glass Half Full Taproom and quiz all you young padawans on Episodes IV through VIII and Rogue One for prizes. Fans can recruit up to six teammates, dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters and use the force to earn bragging rights and win a prize.

To register for Let the Wookie Win: A Star Wars Quiz – click here.

Forget the original Loteria and Millennial Loteria, it’s all about Estar Guars Loteria! Local artist, Roman Martinez’s Estar Guars Loteria includes a lightsaber as “la machete,” BB8­­­ as “el melon,” Princess Leia as “la dama” and many, many more STAR WARS characters with Mexican titles.

Play Estar Guars Loteria in the Glass Half Full Taproom on:

  • Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Painting Party and Cosplayers

For those who can’t make it to the Estar Guars Loteria or the Let the Wookie Win: A Star Wars Quiz, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo is also hosting a Star Wars Painting Party on Friday, December 20, at 6:00 p.m. and Cosplayers on Thursday, December 20 through Saturday, December 21, at 6:00 p.m.

When Alamo Drafthouse says they are going to throw the ultimate Star Wars party that doesn’t just mean themed events, that also means a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, available on the opening week.

The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker menu includes:

  • Trash Compactor Pizza: Gochujang mustard fried chicken wings, cucumber sticks and wasabi ranch
  • Soba Noodle Salad: Buckwheat noodles, avocado, brussel sprouts, baby spinach, cucumber, sesame and tofu
  • Chewy Cookies: Oatmeal Chocolate chip cookies, toasted pecans and bacons
  • Blue Milk Shake: Blended Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka, blue Curacao, coconut cream and vanilla soft serve. Topped with whip cream.
  • The Rye-sistance: Wild Turkey 101 Rye,  Averna Amaro, Liber & Co,  Orgeat and grapefruit
  • Do or Do Not, There Is No Rye: Skyy Infusions Watermelon Vodka, Midori Melon liqueur, lime and a splash of gingerbeer topped with grenadine
  • Powerful Dark Force: Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Kahlua, Liber & Co. Orgeat and Alamo Cold Brew
  • Big Swamp: Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka, green tea, matcha powder, Liber & Co. and ginger syrup

For those fans looking to have your own Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker goodies, they can purchase a Mondo x Drafthouse Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker glass when they buy a ticket for the movie.

Fans can choose between artist Cesar Moreno’s Light Side or Dark Side designs or if you can’t choose, grab both!

Tickets for the opening week of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are on sale now and can be purchased via this link.

VLog: TNTM review of The Mandalorian – Episode 4 (w/spoilers)

Episode 4 was a little slower than the previous 3 episodes, but it did fill in a lot about the Mandalorian. It was verified that he does in fact remove his helmet, but only when alone. That means no one has seen his face since he was a child taken in by the Mandos.

The Mandalorian finds a very backwater planet that doesn’t even have a spaceport to hide out. He runs into Cara Dune (Gina Carano), an ex Rebel shock trooper who is also hiding out on the planet.

They get into a bit of a tussle (Cara Dune appeared to be winning) before they join forces to help a small local group of farmers to defeat a raiding clan of Klatooinians. Those Klatooinians have some big firepower in the form of an up-armored AT-ST. They took a somewhat goofy looking vehicle that the Ewoks made short work of, and turned it into a really evil looking killing machine.

Long story short, the farmers win and The Mandalorian is thinking about staying in the village with Baby Yoda. That is, until a bounty hunter tries to sniper Baby Yoda (He deserves his own name, so let’s call him Little Yodes). The Mando then realizes he has to stay on the run and take Little Yodes with him to keep him safe.

If you watch the credits you’ll notice Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron Howard aka Opie aka Richie Cunningham) directed this episode. She did a pretty decent job of capturing the human emotions side of the Mandalorian.

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VLog: TNTM review of The Mandalorian – Episode 3 (w/spoilers)

Episode 3 of the Mandalorian had such a Nerdtastic moment that it almost brought tears to our eyes. The Mando delivered the asset and collected his payment of a buttload of Beskar steel.

BTW, pay attention to that scene, the camtono is a throwback reference to Willrow Hood running through Bespin carrying that same type of safe.

The Mando takes the Beskar to their hideaway. Some of the Mandos don’t like the fact he worked with some remnants of the Empire since they are the ones responsible for them having to hide. There is a little scuffle, but they decide they are on the same side and make peace. The blacksmith/armorer agrees to make the Mando a new breastplate to replace the one that was thrashed by the mudhorn. He wears his new Beskar armor to get his new bounty target. All the other bounty hunters are jealous of his big payday.

long story short, he has second thoughts about turning over the baby Yoda. He goes all John Wick on the stormtroopers guarding the location. He grabs baby Yoda and heads back to his ship.
Unfortunately that sets off all the bounty hunters tracking fobs and they head him off in the street. He does a pretty good job of holding them off for a while. Just when it looks like he is penned down with no hope… The rest of the Mandos show up to rescue him. You see jetpack Mandos, heavy artillery Mandos, and every other conceivable type of Mando. They clear the way for him to get to his ship.

Greef Carga gets the drop on the Mando in his ship, but is quickly shot out of the back hatch. As the Mando is flying away one of the jetpack Mandos flies next to him like the Rocketeer, salutes him, and leaves.

This episode, while short, was packed with great storytelling and awesome action. When the jetpack Mandos made an appearance I had a Clone Wars flashback. The story should really start picking up on action now since EVERY bounty hunter in the universe should be coming after him. Maybe we will start to see some of the big name bounty hunters make appearances.
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VLog: TNTM review of The Mandalorian – Episode 2 (with spoilers!)

Episode 2 of the Mandalorian picked right up from where the first episode ended. The bounty must be in high demand as a group of mercenaries try to get the target from the Mandalorian.

Not everyone wants the bounty alive. IG-11 had instructions to kill the target and the mercenaries from this episode were trying to take out the target as well.

In true Mandalorian fashion, he disperses all the attackers. After a quick patch job on himself and his armor, he proceeds to his ship, the Razorcrest. Once he rises over the last hill he notices a clan of Jawas stripping his ship of any sell-able parts.

A kerfuffle ensues as he tries to stop the Jawas and get his parts back. He quickly finds the Jawas Sandcrawler is like a tank and is unable to get inside. He returns to our Ugnaught friend from the first episode who helps him negotiate a barter with the Jawas for the return of his parts.

They come to an agreement that the Jawas will return the parts if the Mandalorian gets them a particular egg. The problem is the big hairy rhino-like creature doesn’t want to give it up.

Long story short, the Mandalorian gets the egg after being beat up pretty bad. We also learn the little Yoda baby has some pretty strong force powers. The Mando gets his parts back, rebuilds the ship with the Ugnaughts help, and leaves the planet… end scene.

This episode was a bit shorter than the first (39 minutes versus 30 minutes). I for one am okay with this. I would rather have a solid 30 minute episode than an hour long episode with useless filler that detracts from the story.

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VLog: TNTM review of The Mandalorian Episode 1

Disney Plus launched November 12th on the back of their exclusive Star Wars based show “The Mandalorian”. With about 10 million subscribers in the first day, I would say it was a good move.

This review is chock full of spoilers. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, do that first. Then come back here and fanboy out with us.

The first episode has lots of references to the other Star Wars properties. It also has some big name cameos. Pedro Pascal plays the title character. At least we think that is him. He never removes his helmet. There is even a little joke about it in the episode.

Carl Weathers portrays a bounty guild admin. He collects the targets from bounty hunters and pays them for their haul. Nick Nolte lent his voice to an Ugnaught that helps the Mandalorian out. Werner Herzog plays someone with a special high price bounty. Taika Waititi gives a great voice performance as IG-11, the bounty hunting droid. There are lots more big names in future episodes.

This first episode really captured the feel of the original trilogy while also developing a new seedy underworld to the Star Wars Universe. The movies have only shown us the big heroes and villains. The Mandalorian is introducing us to all the important players on the fringe of the overarching Star Wars story. We can’t wait for the second episode to be available for streaming so we can geek out some more.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of November 9

This week we talk about the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service.

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VLog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of October 26, 2019

This week we talk about the Star Wars Rise of Skywalker trailer, The Boys season 2 teaser, the Bloodshot trailer, and so much more.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of October 12, 2019

This week we talk about He-man on Netflix, The Joker box office, DC Comics Sinestro as Limbo Lantern, John Cleese at Planet Comicon, Batwoman premiere, Birds of Prey movie, South Park episode banned in China, Jungle Cruise movie, Freddie Prinze Jr Star Wars rant, NBC Peacock streaming service, and so much more.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of September 28, 2019

This week we talk about a third Spider-man movie co-produced by Sony and Marvel, Madame Web movie, Spider-man and Black Cat getting married, Ghostrider cancelled on Hulu, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park, and the El Camino movie, and so much more.

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This week we talk about Tom Welling in the Arrowverse, Birds of Prey comic book moving to DC Comics Black Label, New York Comic Con (NYCC) Marvel merchandise, JJ Abrams Spider-man, Boondocks on HBO Max, Robert Downey Jr in Black Widow, Batman Day, Superman reveals his identity, Rambo Last Blood, Battle at Big Rock, Venom Hulk, Star Wars comic book ending, and so much more.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of August 31.

This week we talk about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge bottles, Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary, Terminator Dark Fate, Marvel 1000, Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan in Disney plus streaming, Ming Na Wen in Mandalorian, Lebowski Thor action figure, Cobra Kai free on Youtube, Blair Witch game, World of Warcraft Classic and so much more.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of August 17, 2019

This week we talk about Batman #77, Sony keeping Spider-man, Matrix 4, Spidey & Black Cat marriage, Keaton Batman suit auction, Hellboy wrestling in Japan, Spawn #300, Krypton cancellation, Superman 14 & Supergirl 33 recall, Marc Maron hating superhero movies, Breaking Bad movie, Bloodshot movie, Star Wars #75, Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, Rambo Last Blood, and so much more.

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TNTM Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the week of July 13, 2019

This week we talk about the Sith Troopers, Rip Torn’s passing, Batman Who Laughs, Flintstones, Axe Body Spray superheroes, Lion King live action movie, and so much more.

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TNTM: Disney Plus streaming service to debut The Mandalorian

Disney’s streaming service, named Disney Plus, is set to go live November 12, 2019.  The streaming service will be the online hub to watch all of Disney’s family-friendly and much of its mass-audience entertainment.

There will be content from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and National Geographic. Disney has already started to pull their existing content away from Netflix to make it only available through Disney Plus.

An added bonus is 30 seasons of The Simpsons thanks to the recent Fox takeover.

Not only will you get to watch all the already released movies and shows, but they are developing brand new series that will be exclusive to Disney Plus.  The series that is grabbing a lot of attention from Star Wars fans is “The Mandalorian“.

The series is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi.  It will follow a lone Mandalorian beyond the reaches of the New Republic. It is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau.  Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, and Werner Herzog have all been cast to star in the series.

The first season will be eight episodes.

Mandalorian warriors are recognized by their iconic armor.  They are often characterized as a multi-species warrior people who often work as mercenaries and bounty hunters.

Mandalore is an independent planet  located in the Outer Rim in the sector and system of the same name.  The Mandalorian people are characterized as wary of and reluctant to aid the Empire.  Mandalore is an important planet due to it’s large deposits of beskar, a lightsaber resistant metal.

The term Mandalorian is not uttered once in the movies.  Mandalorians are used extensively in other Star Wars books and series.  They are so popular that a sanctioned costume club, The Mandalorian Mercs, was formed.

The Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club set the standards of Mandalorian costuming based on canon movie references (Boba and Jango Fett) as well as canonical comic-book references, book references, television shows, and computer games.  I figure this is a good time to delve into the history of one of the most popular Mandalorians, Boba Fett.

Boba Fett is universally called a Mandalorian bounty hunter.  Interesting fact, he is not of Mandalorian lineage.  Boba’s father, Jango, was born to a family of farmers on the world of Concord Dawn located in the Mandalore sector.  His parents were killed by the Death Watch during a civil war.

Due to Jango’s displays of bravery, he was taken in and raised by the Mandalorians.   Jango would rise up the ranks and eventually became Mand’alor, leader of the Mandalorians.

Thanks to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones we know Jango was selected as the source material for the cloners on Kamino to reproduce what would would become the first Stormtroopers.  Part of Jango’s payment for this was he received an unaltered clone to raise as his son.

That clone was Boba Fett.

Boba Fett’s first real appearance was September 24, 1978 in the San Anselmo Country Fair parade.  If you’re wondering why Star Wars characters were marching in a parade 20 miles north of San Francisco, well… 52 Park Way just happened to be the epicenter of Lucasfilm at the time.

When he marched in that parade he was still an unknown character to the general public.  An assistant film editor for the Star Wars films named Duwayne Dunham was picked to wear the Boba Fett outfit because he was the right size.

The first appearance of Boba Fett in moving pictures was in the animated section of Star Wars Holiday Special. The story-line is set after the events of the original film.  Chewbacca and Han Solo are trying to get back to the Wookiee home world of Kashyyk to celebrate “Life Day”.

The Empire is searching for members of the Rebel Alliance making it difficult for Han and Chewie to make it back.  Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C3-PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), and James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) all reprised their roles for this special.

It also starred Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and the band Jefferson Starship.  (Little trivia for ya Bea Arthur’s character, Ackmena, is one of the first LGBTQ Star Wars characters recognized as canon).

The Holiday Special is widely recognized for it’s extremely negative reception.  It has never been rebroadcast or officially released on home video.  The animated short featuring the appearance of Boba Fett is the only part of this video that is not atrocious.  Boba Fett went on to appear in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

Even though he only had a handful of lines in those movies, he achieved cult status.

Hopefully this little bit of backstory will help you appreciate The Mandalorian more when it debuts in a few months.  It’s hard to tell a story about Mandalorians without at least mentioning Jango and Boba.

They are the two names that pop into your mind when someone mentions Mandalorians or Star Wars bounty hunters.  They are by no means the only prominent Mandalrians.  If you read any of the Expanded Universe books or watch the Star Wars cartoons, most notably Clone Wars and Rebels, you will discover so many more interesting Mandalorians.

Disney Plus will be adding to that list with their new series.  Cross your fingers that we see a Boba Fett cameo or reference!

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TNTM: Star Wars unveils new Sith Troopers

Lucasfilm just gave you another reason to get hyped about the upcoming Star Wars movie Rise of Skywalker.  They have unveiled a new character that will be appearing in the film, the Sith Trooper.

These aren’t the same Sith Troopers from the Old Republic times.  These new Sith Troopers are described by the studio as “the next evolution of Imperial/First Order soldiers.” Lucasfilm announced they will be celebrating the history and future of stormtrooper design at San Diego Comic Con 2019.

They will display no less than nine different screen used costumes in the Lucasfilm Pavilion (Booth 2913).  The costumes on display will be Imperial Stormtrooper, TIE pilot, Death Trooper, Shoretrooper, Biker Scout, First Order Stormtrooper, First Order TIE pilot, Captain Phasma, and last but not least… the Sith Trooper.

The original Sith Troopers were foot soldiers of the Sith Empire during the Jedi Civil War. Sith Troopers were the primary infantry units for the Sith Triumvirate during the Dark Wars. Their armor design and their aggressive combat tactics instilled fear in their enemies.

The standard armor of an Old Republic era Sith trooper was either reflective silver/white with black under armor padding. Their helmets completely covered their face and had a one way visor. They did not display indication of rank or division.  Sith Elite Troops and Sith Commandos wore red and/or copper armor for distinction.

The Elite Praetorian Guard was a First Order unit that consisted of eight warriors divided into four pairs.  This unit served as the elite personal bodyguards of Supreme Leader Snoke (Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi).  They were trained to protect the Supreme Leader by meeting any threat with a ferocious response. Their outfit was red armor and robes.

The Praetorian Guards were excellent fighters and specialized in several forms of martial arts.  They also employed various high-tech/saber resistant melee weapons.  A quick body count during the fight on Snoke’s cruiser shows Kylo and Rey killed all eight Praetorian Guards.

These new Sith Troopers look more like an updated version of the First Order Stormtroopers.  There are some minor differences in the armor, but the biggest change is the armor is red.  Lucasfilm is keeping a lot of the details on this new character under wraps.  I predict you will see a lot of Sith Troopers this Halloween.  I’m pretty sure the Star Wars costumers have already started working on making their own set of Sith Trooper armor.  You will probably see a few of them at comic cons real soon.

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We will likely have to wait until Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters before we fully know what these new Sith Troopers are all about.  I will be there opening night because I am a die-hard fanboy and I must have the answers.  We have a Google Voice number where you can call and leave us your thoughts. If they are good, we will use them on the show. The number is (575) 323-1332.

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