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Sunday, June 22, 2014





I've been quite inspired by the color blue. Could be a nod to Kylie Minogue's single, or Jennifer Lawrence's performance as blue-skinned shape-shifter, Mystique. Or simply, I like blue. So I've gathered some of my hot items for the summer, in the coolest color of course.




1. Mr.Porter: Miansai Blue Woven Bracelet - Now I love arm candy as much as the next man, but finding arm-candy thats not capable of burning your arm after 20 mins in direct sunlight is definitely a gem. Miansai has a ton of wavy, cool pieces. So ditch the metal arm candy and throw this on for a change.





2. Ssense.com: Calvin Klein Collection Navy Trousers - The perfect way to avoid black in the wavering heat of a Manhattan summer day. Keep em cropped for a little breeze, and throw a graphic tee and some sneakers with it for a casual look. Remember kids, best part about being blue, is being cool.




3. MensUnderWearStore.com: Hugo Boss Mens Acava Trunks  - Hugo has always made a slimmer trunk, and as yours truly likes to show a tad bit of skin, this balances a perfect line of trim and slim without too much leg. Best feature? These guys have zippers!!







4. Solestruck: Romain Kremmer Sandals - Perhaps my biggest problem with summer footwear is the lack of imagination some people can have, but these Kremmer sandals are the perfect balance of color and utility a la The Burberry Gladiator sandal from the days of old.






5. JunkFoodTees: Knick Tee - To cement my citizenship in the big apple, I've been on a chase of the athletic sportsmanship kind. Now, lets be honest here, I'm no sports fan, but I love athletic inspired shirts, and one baring the Knicks (Or Bulls - still <3 appealing.="" at="" boys.="" but="" chi-town="" cup="" every="" graphic="" has="" have="" if="" it="" junkfood="" logo="" nbsp="" not="" of="" p="" s="" so="" sounds="" sun.="" super="" tea="" tee="" that="" the="" under="" you="" your="">






6. Topman: Acid Wash Backpack - Acid wash has its loud moments, so if you're a fan of the look but not sure how it fairs on you?-try it an accessory  like this backpack. Easy, lightweight and so summer appropriate that you'll be singing 'Summertime Sadness' once September nears.





7. Rayban: Round Flash Shades - Cool as cool can be, I really don't think an explanation is necessary here. Other than Iceman would wear these if he wore sunglasses.





I've been quite inspired by the color blue. Could be a nod to Kylie Minogue's single, or Jennifer Lawrence's performance as blue-skinned shape-shifter, Mystique. Or simply, I like blue. So I've gathered some of my hot items for the summer, in the coolest color of course.




1. Mr.Porter: Miansai Blue Woven Bracelet - Now I love arm candy as much as the next man, but finding arm-candy thats not capable of burning your arm after 20 mins in direct sunlight is definitely a gem. Miansai has a ton of wavy, cool pieces. So ditch the metal arm candy and throw this on for a change.





2. Ssense.com: Calvin Klein Collection Navy Trousers - The perfect way to avoid black in the wavering heat of a Manhattan summer day. Keep em cropped for a little breeze, and throw a graphic tee and some sneakers with it for a casual look. Remember kids, best part about being blue, is being cool.




3. MensUnderWearStore.com: Hugo Boss Mens Acava Trunks  - Hugo has always made a slimmer trunk, and as yours truly likes to show a tad bit of skin, this balances a perfect line of trim and slim without too much leg. Best feature? These guys have zippers!!







4. Solestruck: Romain Kremmer Sandals - Perhaps my biggest problem with summer footwear is the lack of imagination some people can have, but these Kremmer sandals are the perfect balance of color and utility a la The Burberry Gladiator sandal from the days of old.






5. JunkFoodTees: Knick Tee - To cement my citizenship in the big apple, I've been on a chase of the athletic sportsmanship kind. Now, lets be honest here, I'm no sports fan, but I love athletic inspired shirts, and one baring the Knicks (Or Bulls - still <3 appealing.="" at="" boys.="" but="" chi-town="" cup="" every="" graphic="" has="" have="" if="" it="" junkfood="" logo="" nbsp="" not="" of="" p="" s="" so="" sounds="" sun.="" super="" tea="" tee="" that="" the="" under="" you="" your="">






6. Topman: Acid Wash Backpack - Acid wash has its loud moments, so if you're a fan of the look but not sure how it fairs on you?-try it an accessory  like this backpack. Easy, lightweight and so summer appropriate that you'll be singing 'Summertime Sadness' once September nears.





7. Rayban: Round Flash Shades - Cool as cool can be, I really don't think an explanation is necessary here. Other than Iceman would wear these if he wore sunglasses.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no hygiene pro. Now that's not to say I'm a caveman (though my bedroom my tell a different story) but I've pretty much just used whatever tickled my fancy regarding grooming products. I'm either fiercely loyal (been using the same body wash since I was 16) or I'm a free spirit. So as I've been sorting my way through the men's hygiene product cycle, I've stumbled across Neutrogena. They're a household name right? I think that means I can trust em...mayhaps.



But aside from their pretty sturdy grooming regimen, Neutro (my nickname for them because we go waay back) has partnered up with soccer pro, Landon Donovan to present guys everywhere with a challenge: What can you do while using Neutrogena Mens products?  Well not all of us are fancy U.S. soccer pro's like Landon, but I'm always one for a challenge. Check out Landon get his juggle on below:

 

Well Neutro since you asked: What can The Ralphnerd do while using Neutrogena Men's. Well besides belting Florence + The Machine's Spectrum in my bathroom at the top of my lungs (please see ticketmaster for available seating), I'm one for not exerting much energy as Landon did above. And true to Ralphnerd form, I'm reading. Always. Whether it's a book - my current obsession Lev Grossman's The Magicians series, or comics, or binging on Teen Wolf episodes before the new season starts.Monday couldn't get here fast enough!


 

Sorry to burst Landon's bubble - but I'm kinda doing two things at once, while using Neutro's Triple Protect Face Lotion and their awesome Invigorating face wash. Now I know what you're thinking, why did YOU upload a video doing all this neat stuff. Well I reserve the right to....well whatever I'm camera shy ok...geez! I'm a big dork, so what I'm doing while using Neutrogena Men's isn't the most impressive, so I now I pass the torch to you. What can you gents do while using Neutrogena Men's? Cause if its reading and Teen Wolf binging, we'll be great friends. 

All giggles aside I've decided to be a tad more proactive on my face regimen, because 1.) it's the money-maker, and 2.) I'd like to age well. Checking out Neutro's #Respectyourface page was pretty helpful on keeping this skin in tip top Steve Rogers shape, so that I wake up like this every morning:



XO
-The Ralphnerd

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no hygiene pro. Now that's not to say I'm a caveman (though my bedroom my tell a different story) but I've pretty much just used whatever tickled my fancy regarding grooming products. I'm either fiercely loyal (been using the same body wash since I was 16) or I'm a free spirit. So as I've been sorting my way through the men's hygiene product cycle, I've stumbled across Neutrogena. They're a household name right? I think that means I can trust em...mayhaps.



But aside from their pretty sturdy grooming regimen, Neutro (my nickname for them because we go waay back) has partnered up with soccer pro, Landon Donovan to present guys everywhere with a challenge: What can you do while using Neutrogena Mens products?  Well not all of us are fancy U.S. soccer pro's like Landon, but I'm always one for a challenge. Check out Landon get his juggle on below:

 

Well Neutro since you asked: What can The Ralphnerd do while using Neutrogena Men's. Well besides belting Florence + The Machine's Spectrum in my bathroom at the top of my lungs (please see ticketmaster for available seating), I'm one for not exerting much energy as Landon did above. And true to Ralphnerd form, I'm reading. Always. Whether it's a book - my current obsession Lev Grossman's The Magicians series, or comics, or binging on Teen Wolf episodes before the new season starts.Monday couldn't get here fast enough!


 

Sorry to burst Landon's bubble - but I'm kinda doing two things at once, while using Neutro's Triple Protect Face Lotion and their awesome Invigorating face wash. Now I know what you're thinking, why did YOU upload a video doing all this neat stuff. Well I reserve the right to....well whatever I'm camera shy ok...geez! I'm a big dork, so what I'm doing while using Neutrogena Men's isn't the most impressive, so I now I pass the torch to you. What can you gents do while using Neutrogena Men's? Cause if its reading and Teen Wolf binging, we'll be great friends. 

All giggles aside I've decided to be a tad more proactive on my face regimen, because 1.) it's the money-maker, and 2.) I'd like to age well. Checking out Neutro's #Respectyourface page was pretty helpful on keeping this skin in tip top Steve Rogers shape, so that I wake up like this every morning:



XO
-The Ralphnerd

Saturday, May 24, 2014


X-MEN:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!!! WOAH!!! Though the latest in the X-franchise made its debut to the public yesterday, I had the honor of seeing an advance screening at the New York Global Premiere, and of course I followed up with a viewing last night. But lets talk about this.




So starting at the crack of a**, sorry...I mean dawn, I stood in line (being about the 300th person there thus far) at the Javits Center to await entry to the premiere. Now, two things to note here: you had to be one of the first 500 people to witness the redcarpet, and see the movie that night (2 weeks before the public) *groan*, and secondly you waited outside, and entry didn't start till 4pm. That is me pictured above giving you my best, "I'm here to see Michael Fassbender so we can get married, please don't f*ck with me" face. Oh, and did I mention it was 7:45 am.


Yea, 8 am to 4pm, just let that sink in. But make no mistake, we did indeed bring fold up chairs -  even at a completely geek-centric outing, the fabulousity must be maintained.





So I waited, and waited, snacked, slept and then waited some more. Thank god the bestie tagged along for "moral support." (Psssh, She really just wanted to see JLaw, peep her obsession.) Above is the line outside the Javits around 12 pm.

  

But in the midst of my waiting, something magical happened! *cue squeal* My husband-to-be responded to one of my questions for the #Xmenlive twitter take over.



            


But afterwhile time remained to be a lingering pain in my ass....and just when i thought I'd have to hurl a bolt of lightning to get the staff moving along (it was soo past 4), we were finally given two bits of good news: we got cute wristbands, aaaaand we were among the first 500. BAM!


So of course, this was absolutely necessary. No judging. At all. I mean it.  


So we've made it, we've reached the promiseland. Now normally I'd never call the Javits Center "the promiseland", but the winds decided to rebel against me, thus making it rain. Unfortunately there were no singles included in this downpour. But inside we go, and I see this.

 

Only to be followed by this:

 
So again, I stressed to myself and le bestie, we made it to the promiseland. And we up in here like:


There's more waiting. Let me be clear that 70% of this day was waiting, but at least this time there was seating (by the blue carpet), and some douche of a host asking obscure X-Men trivia questions for prizes. Case in Point: "Which X-Men character made their debut in an X-Men, or New Mutants title?" Yea....umm like all of them! But, I did bring home a poster signed by Hugh Jackman and a kick ass T-shirt. 


Alas! The celebs have arrived, starting with Hugh Jackman! 

 

And Ellen Page!!!


                           
 Completely lost my marbles when I saw Patsy. (Patrick Stewart to you normal folk.)


And you know that chick Katniss? She showed up too.




 #DEADIAMDEAD   Sidenote: I told him  (more like screamed till I ruptured my larynx) he looked like bacon. And for those of you that don't know, thats one hell of a compliment. Look at him waving at me and thangs.



Daniel Cudmore (Colossus, the gent on the left) is friggin 6'8, and they had to follow up with Peter Dinklage afterwards. The height difference is jarring to say the least. But umm Nicholas Hault's suit? Perfection.



After all of that, we were escorted off-site to see the movie that evening. I was a very, VERY happy nerd, an exhausted nerd, but happy nonetheless.


As ridiculously cheesy as it sounds, I should take a moment to acknowledge that this was something that I've always dreamed of. The X-Men have been a staple and an inspiration to me since I can remember. It was in the pages of these comics that I learned self love, and accepting the fact that I was different. So I'm ecstatic and still in an endless state of disbelief that this happened. And my thoughts on DoFP? My favorite movie in the canon thus far.



P.S. Sorry I've been away so long! I'm writing for Geek Magazine now (another dream come true, feel free to check out my work there), so my time's been spread pretty thin, but I'll make it up to you with a lifetime supply of Avengers fruit snacks and selfies. Ok, maybe just the latter.



XO
-The Ralphnerd


X-MEN:DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!!! WOAH!!! Though the latest in the X-franchise made its debut to the public yesterday, I had the honor of seeing an advance screening at the New York Global Premiere, and of course I followed up with a viewing last night. But lets talk about this.




So starting at the crack of a**, sorry...I mean dawn, I stood in line (being about the 300th person there thus far) at the Javits Center to await entry to the premiere. Now, two things to note here: you had to be one of the first 500 people to witness the redcarpet, and see the movie that night (2 weeks before the public) *groan*, and secondly you waited outside, and entry didn't start till 4pm. That is me pictured above giving you my best, "I'm here to see Michael Fassbender so we can get married, please don't f*ck with me" face. Oh, and did I mention it was 7:45 am.


Yea, 8 am to 4pm, just let that sink in. But make no mistake, we did indeed bring fold up chairs -  even at a completely geek-centric outing, the fabulousity must be maintained.





So I waited, and waited, snacked, slept and then waited some more. Thank god the bestie tagged along for "moral support." (Psssh, She really just wanted to see JLaw, peep her obsession.) Above is the line outside the Javits around 12 pm.

  

But in the midst of my waiting, something magical happened! *cue squeal* My husband-to-be responded to one of my questions for the #Xmenlive twitter take over.



            


But afterwhile time remained to be a lingering pain in my ass....and just when i thought I'd have to hurl a bolt of lightning to get the staff moving along (it was soo past 4), we were finally given two bits of good news: we got cute wristbands, aaaaand we were among the first 500. BAM!


So of course, this was absolutely necessary. No judging. At all. I mean it.  


So we've made it, we've reached the promiseland. Now normally I'd never call the Javits Center "the promiseland", but the winds decided to rebel against me, thus making it rain. Unfortunately there were no singles included in this downpour. But inside we go, and I see this.

 

Only to be followed by this:

 
So again, I stressed to myself and le bestie, we made it to the promiseland. And we up in here like:


There's more waiting. Let me be clear that 70% of this day was waiting, but at least this time there was seating (by the blue carpet), and some douche of a host asking obscure X-Men trivia questions for prizes. Case in Point: "Which X-Men character made their debut in an X-Men, or New Mutants title?" Yea....umm like all of them! But, I did bring home a poster signed by Hugh Jackman and a kick ass T-shirt. 


Alas! The celebs have arrived, starting with Hugh Jackman! 

 

And Ellen Page!!!


                           
 Completely lost my marbles when I saw Patsy. (Patrick Stewart to you normal folk.)


And you know that chick Katniss? She showed up too.




 #DEADIAMDEAD   Sidenote: I told him  (more like screamed till I ruptured my larynx) he looked like bacon. And for those of you that don't know, thats one hell of a compliment. Look at him waving at me and thangs.



Daniel Cudmore (Colossus, the gent on the left) is friggin 6'8, and they had to follow up with Peter Dinklage afterwards. The height difference is jarring to say the least. But umm Nicholas Hault's suit? Perfection.



After all of that, we were escorted off-site to see the movie that evening. I was a very, VERY happy nerd, an exhausted nerd, but happy nonetheless.


As ridiculously cheesy as it sounds, I should take a moment to acknowledge that this was something that I've always dreamed of. The X-Men have been a staple and an inspiration to me since I can remember. It was in the pages of these comics that I learned self love, and accepting the fact that I was different. So I'm ecstatic and still in an endless state of disbelief that this happened. And my thoughts on DoFP? My favorite movie in the canon thus far.



P.S. Sorry I've been away so long! I'm writing for Geek Magazine now (another dream come true, feel free to check out my work there), so my time's been spread pretty thin, but I'll make it up to you with a lifetime supply of Avengers fruit snacks and selfies. Ok, maybe just the latter.



XO
-The Ralphnerd

Thursday, April 17, 2014





When it comes to classic fighting flicks, I'm a fan of the old and faithful roundhouse kick. Well sweepkicks are pretty sick too. To help me celebrate my love for the classics, Old Spice and The Ralphnerd have teamed up once again for a pretty sweet giveaway.  Check out the details below for a chance to win!



Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo for Results
  • Three (3) bottles of Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo – plus two (2) to give to friends. That’s Five (5) total!
  • One (1) Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set

  • Winner receives a  6-month supply of Kickstart shampoo and Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set. With Kickstart shampoo, get powerfully clean hair. So powerful, your hair performed a roundhouse kick, fixed your busted DVD player and pressed play on “Way of the Dragon.”


  
 1.Follow and RT @ralph_nerd for a chance to win three bottles old Old Spice Kickstart shampoo and the Bruce Lee legacy collection DVD set from @OldSpice www.theralphnerd.com #kickstart

2. Like The Ralphnerd Facebook page and share this post! 
Don't forget to include the hashtag #kickstart


U.S. contestants only. Contest begins once post is published  (April 17th) and will end on May 1rst at 11:29 P.M. Winner will be announced May 5th via The Ralphnerd's facebook and twitter accounts. Contest sponsored by Old Spice.

















When it comes to classic fighting flicks, I'm a fan of the old and faithful roundhouse kick. Well sweepkicks are pretty sick too. To help me celebrate my love for the classics, Old Spice and The Ralphnerd have teamed up once again for a pretty sweet giveaway.  Check out the details below for a chance to win!



Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo for Results
  • Three (3) bottles of Old Spice Kickstart Shampoo – plus two (2) to give to friends. That’s Five (5) total!
  • One (1) Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set

  • Winner receives a  6-month supply of Kickstart shampoo and Bruce Lee Legacy Collection DVD Set. With Kickstart shampoo, get powerfully clean hair. So powerful, your hair performed a roundhouse kick, fixed your busted DVD player and pressed play on “Way of the Dragon.”


  
 1.Follow and RT @ralph_nerd for a chance to win three bottles old Old Spice Kickstart shampoo and the Bruce Lee legacy collection DVD set from @OldSpice www.theralphnerd.com #kickstart

2. Like The Ralphnerd Facebook page and share this post! 
Don't forget to include the hashtag #kickstart


U.S. contestants only. Contest begins once post is published  (April 17th) and will end on May 1rst at 11:29 P.M. Winner will be announced May 5th via The Ralphnerd's facebook and twitter accounts. Contest sponsored by Old Spice.













Tuesday, March 25, 2014






When you realize that the X-Men cinematic franchise is over 14 years old, it stirs up a series of groans, sighs and a plethora of emotions - at least for me. Some good, but a vast majority not so great. (Think Halle's wig, or simply anything Halle related.) The X-Men have been my absolute faves since I was 5. The bad ass 90's costumes, the quippy one-liners, the memorable story arcs and endless fainting spells (I'm looking at you Jean & Storm) all left a lasting impact on my childhood leaving me with three X-Men inspired tattoos and a cacophony of statues, comics and questionable bedroom memorabilia.



After Fox released the second official trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past this week,  I began experiencing multiple cases of the feels inevitably leaving me with a pretty big nerd-boner.
  But my excitement stemmed from FINALLY seeing what the X-Men is truly about in trailer form. Sentinels, a huge ensemble cast, Wolverine's claw's, Storm's lightning, Mystique's acrobatics all there wrapped tightly in the fight for mutant survival. Here are several reasons why you should be X-cited too!



1. A XXX sized cast! - So Fox has said repeatedly that this by far one of the largest movies that they've produced. This is also the largest cast in a comic book movie, ever. If you remember correctly, you'll know that DoFP director Brian Singer pretty much gave ensemble comic movies their start with 2000's X-men. Thus it only makes sense that the biggest film of this caliber comes full circle to him. Bridging together the X-Men:First Class and original X-Men trilogy cast, DoFP is finally bringing us that X-Men 90's cartoon fight chaos that we love so much!




2. Classic Villains- Villainy can be debatable in the X-cinematic universe, but one thing everyone can agree on, is that the legacy of X-villains definitely starts with Sentinels and then a roster  of greats including Magneto, Apocalypse and The Hellfire Club. So far we've only had Mags in the film (not there's anything wrong with the overly fabulous Ian McKellen), but we finally get a taste of some intense mutant hatred from Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask and the creation of the Sentinel Program.




3. Days of Future Past- By far one of the best story arcs Chris Claremont has cranked out for the X-Men, DoFP is a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of the decline of man and mutant due to the social and political injustice of the mutant race. The emotional core of the arc is visceral  and surprisingly relevant though being written and published in 1980.





4. Acting Chops- Mystique will have a paramount role in the film, so who better than Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to play our favorite grey-area shape-shifter? Take James Mcavoy's passionate professor, and Michael Fassbender's troubled Mags and you've got a film littered with strong actors. And lets not forget our faves Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprising their roles of super-powered bromancers Magneto and Professor X.




5. Time Heals All? - There's a ton of awful plot holes in the X-movie universe. The X-cellent thing about time travel (and this has been considered more of a sci-fi, time traveling film than superhero one) is that you get to go back and fix it. I'm not sure how much damage control Bryan Singer can do, but he has hinted at doing some - like growing Wolverine's adamantium claws back (From the events of the last Wolverine's Origin's film.)




6. Hope (not the red-haired mutant Messiah) - Singer had a pretty great franchise on his hands as X-men was great for it's time, and X-Men 2: X-Men United was a box office success and absolute fan favorite. (I watch it at least once a week.) Brett Ratner definitely tanked the last part in the trilogy and I guess many fans won't ever forgive Bryan Singer for that. All he can do is make it up to us in this next film. It's ok to be a hopeful fan. So many of us fanboys and gals are quick to destroy a movie before we've gotten the pleasure to enjoy or not enjoy it. So I remain hopeful, that of all the X-Men movies, this may be my new favorite. If you are an X-Men fan, I encourage you do the same. I love this universe with all of my heart, but I also understand that Hollywood is a machine that at the end of the day needs to make money. So a few changes here and there aren't bad. What's important is if the film at it's core, celebrates what being an X-Men is truly about.


 X-Men:Days of Future Past hits theatre's May 23rd 2014.











When you realize that the X-Men cinematic franchise is over 14 years old, it stirs up a series of groans, sighs and a plethora of emotions - at least for me. Some good, but a vast majority not so great. (Think Halle's wig, or simply anything Halle related.) The X-Men have been my absolute faves since I was 5. The bad ass 90's costumes, the quippy one-liners, the memorable story arcs and endless fainting spells (I'm looking at you Jean & Storm) all left a lasting impact on my childhood leaving me with three X-Men inspired tattoos and a cacophony of statues, comics and questionable bedroom memorabilia.



After Fox released the second official trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past this week,  I began experiencing multiple cases of the feels inevitably leaving me with a pretty big nerd-boner.
  But my excitement stemmed from FINALLY seeing what the X-Men is truly about in trailer form. Sentinels, a huge ensemble cast, Wolverine's claw's, Storm's lightning, Mystique's acrobatics all there wrapped tightly in the fight for mutant survival. Here are several reasons why you should be X-cited too!



1. A XXX sized cast! - So Fox has said repeatedly that this by far one of the largest movies that they've produced. This is also the largest cast in a comic book movie, ever. If you remember correctly, you'll know that DoFP director Brian Singer pretty much gave ensemble comic movies their start with 2000's X-men. Thus it only makes sense that the biggest film of this caliber comes full circle to him. Bridging together the X-Men:First Class and original X-Men trilogy cast, DoFP is finally bringing us that X-Men 90's cartoon fight chaos that we love so much!




2. Classic Villains- Villainy can be debatable in the X-cinematic universe, but one thing everyone can agree on, is that the legacy of X-villains definitely starts with Sentinels and then a roster  of greats including Magneto, Apocalypse and The Hellfire Club. So far we've only had Mags in the film (not there's anything wrong with the overly fabulous Ian McKellen), but we finally get a taste of some intense mutant hatred from Peter Dinklage's Bolivar Trask and the creation of the Sentinel Program.




3. Days of Future Past- By far one of the best story arcs Chris Claremont has cranked out for the X-Men, DoFP is a heartbreakingly accurate portrayal of the decline of man and mutant due to the social and political injustice of the mutant race. The emotional core of the arc is visceral  and surprisingly relevant though being written and published in 1980.





4. Acting Chops- Mystique will have a paramount role in the film, so who better than Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to play our favorite grey-area shape-shifter? Take James Mcavoy's passionate professor, and Michael Fassbender's troubled Mags and you've got a film littered with strong actors. And lets not forget our faves Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen reprising their roles of super-powered bromancers Magneto and Professor X.




5. Time Heals All? - There's a ton of awful plot holes in the X-movie universe. The X-cellent thing about time travel (and this has been considered more of a sci-fi, time traveling film than superhero one) is that you get to go back and fix it. I'm not sure how much damage control Bryan Singer can do, but he has hinted at doing some - like growing Wolverine's adamantium claws back (From the events of the last Wolverine's Origin's film.)




6. Hope (not the red-haired mutant Messiah) - Singer had a pretty great franchise on his hands as X-men was great for it's time, and X-Men 2: X-Men United was a box office success and absolute fan favorite. (I watch it at least once a week.) Brett Ratner definitely tanked the last part in the trilogy and I guess many fans won't ever forgive Bryan Singer for that. All he can do is make it up to us in this next film. It's ok to be a hopeful fan. So many of us fanboys and gals are quick to destroy a movie before we've gotten the pleasure to enjoy or not enjoy it. So I remain hopeful, that of all the X-Men movies, this may be my new favorite. If you are an X-Men fan, I encourage you do the same. I love this universe with all of my heart, but I also understand that Hollywood is a machine that at the end of the day needs to make money. So a few changes here and there aren't bad. What's important is if the film at it's core, celebrates what being an X-Men is truly about.


 X-Men:Days of Future Past hits theatre's May 23rd 2014.






Wednesday, March 12, 2014

 Werewolves, wolf packs and anything wolf related, I love (with the exception of Twilight, obviously.) So when the good guys at Old Spice sent over some of their newest hair products, I instantly went for the Wolfthorn 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner. To celebrate the spirit of the wild and the arrival of the wolf, I've created a list of must haves for channeling your inner wild thing. Now remember biting is bad, unless they ask for it.


1.Wolfthorn 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner-  Though I was under the impression that this would give me wolf like abilities (womp womp), the 2-in-1 works quite well. Like most gents with a tumultuous schedule, I appreciate an awesome product that cuts the grooming process in half. And whether it's the attention of man or she-wolf you seek, this should be a no-brainer addition to your pre-mating ritual. Whatever that entails for you. 


 


2.Vacant Embroidered Wolf Tee- Celebrate being a creature of the night in this number compliments of Vacant. For proper wild thing sightings be sure to wear this one on a full moon.



 

3.Mirror: A Calendar for Social Good- The lads from MTV's hit show Teen Wolf, have gotten together to produce a man-candy black & white calendar.  Shot by Doug English to showcase some of Hollywood's newest talent, the calendar takes nature appreciation to another level.  Colton Haynes, Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin and Max & Charlie Carver are just a few of the gents that make an appearance. If the wolf-pack calendar isn't your speed, you can still show some Teen Wolf love and buy Season 3 Part 1 on DVD.





4.Stark Beanie-   After the events of season 3 of Game of Thrones, there's plenty of us ready to avenge House Stark. So if you're a little rusty with a longsword, opt for this Stark Brewing Company beanie instead. You may not be the King of the North, but you'll be aptly prepared for winter's arrival.






Disclosure:Old Spice provided me with the Wolfthorn 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner for review. The opinions expressed herein are solely my own.  




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 Werewolves, wolf packs and anything wolf related, I love (with the exception of Twilight, obviously.) So when the good guys at Old Spice sent over some of their newest hair products, I instantly went for the Wolfthorn 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner. To celebrate the spirit of the wild and the arrival of the wolf, I've created a list of must haves for channeling your inner wild thing. Now remember biting is bad, unless they ask for it.


1.Wolfthorn 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner-  Though I was under the impression that this would give me wolf like abilities (womp womp), the 2-in-1 works quite well. Like most gents with a tumultuous schedule, I appreciate an awesome product that cuts the grooming process in half. And whether it's the attention of man or she-wolf you seek, this should be a no-brainer addition to your pre-mating ritual. Whatever that entails for you. 


 


2.Vacant Embroidered Wolf Tee- Celebrate being a creature of the night in this number compliments of Vacant. For proper wild thing sightings be sure to wear this one on a full moon.



 

3.Mirror: A Calendar for Social Good- The lads from MTV's hit show Teen Wolf, have gotten together to produce a man-candy black & white calendar.  Shot by Doug English to showcase some of Hollywood's newest talent, the calendar takes nature appreciation to another level.  Colton Haynes, Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin and Max & Charlie Carver are just a few of the gents that make an appearance. If the wolf-pack calendar isn't your speed, you can still show some Teen Wolf love and buy Season 3 Part 1 on DVD.





4.Stark Beanie-   After the events of season 3 of Game of Thrones, there's plenty of us ready to avenge House Stark. So if you're a little rusty with a longsword, opt for this Stark Brewing Company beanie instead. You may not be the King of the North, but you'll be aptly prepared for winter's arrival.






Disclosure:Old Spice provided me with the Wolfthorn 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner for review. The opinions expressed herein are solely my own.  




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Sunday, January 19, 2014

If there's one thing that stirs my inner geek, its fashion week. And despite my recent blog absence (I swear I'll make it up to you with baked cookies), I couldn't resist indulging in London and Paris' runway treasures, especially the looks that remind me of my current geek obsessions. Cuz if there's anything that The Ralphnerd celebrates, it's the union of chic and geek.



1. 3.1 Phillip Lim = My Little Pony Obsession - Aside from dinosaurs, comic books and hot guys - I'm absolutely smitten with horses. So that gorgeous leather sweatshirt above was my number one pick from the Phillip Lim show. The vibe of the show? Nothing short of the cool kids  (leather jackets, baggy pants and bomb accessories) table at your fashion high school. Because everyone went to fashion high school, right?

 





2. Alexander Wang Introduces Us to Decepticon Nation- Why be an Autobot when the Decepticons have all the fun?  If Wang didn't prove futuristic is the new black, then I'm not enthralled beyond words with this collection. Lies, clearly. Wang's collection demonstrates just how stylish world domination can be, not that I'd be interested in world domination or anything........








3. Thundercats & Balmain Are a Thing Now - Animal print has been a lasting trend in the world of menswear, and like a European lover, I'm hoping it sticks around - especially in the case of the usually Militant-inspired Balmain. Kudos to Olivier Rousteing (Balmain's creative director) for embracing the wild side and trying something unpredictable for the french design house.  




4. Saint Laurent Paris Are The New Men In Black - Black shades and black leather pants are a menswear blogger's sartorial dream, add the silver brogues and the high low open trench and you've got something extraterrestrial on your hands. Here's hoping Will Smith doesn't appear at your doorstep with a neuralyzer.






5. The Little Rascals Grew Up (via) McQ by Alexander McQueen - The 90's as told by the  It Girl is considerably one of the best decades for music, pop culture and at times fashion.  The McQ collection is fresh, bad ass and filled with a plethora of trouble-making pieces worth diving into. The only thing thats missing? A Boys Only clubhouse. Color me obsessed!



If there's one thing that stirs my inner geek, its fashion week. And despite my recent blog absence (I swear I'll make it up to you with baked cookies), I couldn't resist indulging in London and Paris' runway treasures, especially the looks that remind me of my current geek obsessions. Cuz if there's anything that The Ralphnerd celebrates, it's the union of chic and geek.



1. 3.1 Phillip Lim = My Little Pony Obsession - Aside from dinosaurs, comic books and hot guys - I'm absolutely smitten with horses. So that gorgeous leather sweatshirt above was my number one pick from the Phillip Lim show. The vibe of the show? Nothing short of the cool kids  (leather jackets, baggy pants and bomb accessories) table at your fashion high school. Because everyone went to fashion high school, right?

 





2. Alexander Wang Introduces Us to Decepticon Nation- Why be an Autobot when the Decepticons have all the fun?  If Wang didn't prove futuristic is the new black, then I'm not enthralled beyond words with this collection. Lies, clearly. Wang's collection demonstrates just how stylish world domination can be, not that I'd be interested in world domination or anything........








3. Thundercats & Balmain Are a Thing Now - Animal print has been a lasting trend in the world of menswear, and like a European lover, I'm hoping it sticks around - especially in the case of the usually Militant-inspired Balmain. Kudos to Olivier Rousteing (Balmain's creative director) for embracing the wild side and trying something unpredictable for the french design house.  




4. Saint Laurent Paris Are The New Men In Black - Black shades and black leather pants are a menswear blogger's sartorial dream, add the silver brogues and the high low open trench and you've got something extraterrestrial on your hands. Here's hoping Will Smith doesn't appear at your doorstep with a neuralyzer.






5. The Little Rascals Grew Up (via) McQ by Alexander McQueen - The 90's as told by the  It Girl is considerably one of the best decades for music, pop culture and at times fashion.  The McQ collection is fresh, bad ass and filled with a plethora of trouble-making pieces worth diving into. The only thing thats missing? A Boys Only clubhouse. Color me obsessed!