The Best Movies and TV Shows for Car Geeks

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We can all agree that cars are awesome. Some of the best movies are those that make use of car chases, luxury cars, and daring stunts. It is with this in mind that we present a handful of the best films and shows that are notable for their automotive decadence.

Top Gear

This is the pinnacle of what all car shows should be about; a combination of interesting individuals with fun chemistry who mix it up with races, comparisons of vehicles, some shenanigans, and even the occasional celebrity to share their thoughts on cars. While the original British series will never be replaced, the transition over to streaming media platforms in the form of “The Grand Tour” still provides quality car-centered entertainment.

The “The Fast and the Furious” Franchise

This movie franchise has become a staple of all car and action junkies. While the genre of these films has evolved from drift racing to action films that happen to have a high number of stunts involving cars, they never cease to entertain. One feature that these films offer over the other films on this list is the sheer quantity of films in their library.

The “Mad Max” Franchise

This quartet of films is not only an ode to the Pursuit Special, last of the V8 Interceptors but, at least regarding the subsequent films that have gone completely post-apocalyptic, to the culture of car modifications. There’s also something to savor in a setting that gives people the freedom of going off-road at high speeds, just so long as they have the “guzzoline” to keep them moving.

Back to the Future I-III

While Max Max’s Pursuit Special is certainly a well-regarded vehicle, the Back to the Future franchise is arguably the single-greatest source of promotion for the gullwing-doored DeLorean DMC-12. Sure, this franchise is a film classic for fans of the 1980s and time travel theorizing, but the DeLorean is what most people think of when these movies come up in conversation.

 

While there are countless other offerings you may have thought of, this list is sure to provide a great viewing experience for anyone with a remote interest in cars, action or scifi. For more nerdy musings on films, comics, and more check out any one of my podcasts by clicking here.

 

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A Nerdy Family Kinda Thing

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Having fun with the family doesn’t have to mean kids movies on repeat and endless trips to the community pool. Getting outdoors and having fun with your family is essential of course, but if you belong to a family of nerds, you may not always prefer stereotypical family-fun activities. Mix it up and with these fun, nerdy activity ideas.

Bake a Nerdy Treat Together

What is your favorite video game, nerdy movie, or book character? Try searching YouTube for a dessert tutorial inspired by your favorite series. There are quite a few creative, fun, and delicious baking idea videos on YouTube that will get your family excited to try a new recipe modeled after their favorite fandom character. Search for a Minecraft Creeper cake, Pikachu-inspired macarons, or Hufflepuff-themed cupcakes and make a list of recipes to bake with your family. You could even plan a themed party together with multiple recipes.

PC Gaming

Find a few age-appropriate games to play together as a family and reserve some time each week or month for playing a family-friendly game together. You can have a game account created for each family member and play together on separate computers, or you can choose to share one or more accounts as a family and take turns playing. Console games generally allow only two players to play together. With PC gaming, the entire family can log in and have fun together in-game simultaneously.

Tabletop Gaming

Games like Settlers of Catan and Dungeons and Dragons will quickly become weekly rituals if you have older children who are interested in role-playing games. Tabletop gaming is a creative alternative to video games and gamers tend to enjoy them, even if they are hesitant to start playing. Role-playing tabletop games allow players to take on the role of a hero they create and play in an imaginary, fantasy world. Props can be used, including models, cards, and objects. These kind of games are more verbally interactive than most video games are, so they make a great family bonding experience.

Nerf War

Grab some Nerf guns and have an epic battle! You can try this activity indoors or outdoors, with or without water involved. It’s nowhere near as messy as paintball and not even close to as painful as airsoft gun fights can be. Best of all, Nerf gun wars can include kids of all ages.
If your family is getting bored with the same old family activities, adding a few new ones into the routine can help re-create excitement around family nights. Each of these ideas will spark lengthy family conversations and foster stronger connections with your crew. For example, starting a tabletop gaming campaign with your family involves often involves creating characters, quests, and worlds with a lot of detail, which requires collaboration and a lot of talking. PC gaming will introduce your family to a new game world, full of challenges and objects that your family will be eager to discuss. Keep an open mind and encourage the rest of your family to come up with more suggestions for other nerdy things to do together.

Random Thoughts

I found myself thinking about my Father today, while I was on my way to my son’s Boy Scouts meeting. I think what started it was when I realized that Father’s Day is coming up. For a split second I thought about calling him.. Then the sad cold truth set in again…

I know it’s been it’s been almost three years since my Father passed away. But it really hasn’t felt like it, I still want to call him and telling him things. In that time there have been so many events that have changed everything about me as a person, as well as my life as a whole. Somethings have been hard to deal with, other’s needed to be done for the better. Good or bad, the choices I made are mine and I don’t regret them for one bit. It’s odd tho.. At this point in life things are going rather well, not perfect and that is fine. I don’t want perfect, I just want to live my life and have it drama free as possible. So far I think I’ve done a rather good job of that. Lilly (my oldest) is coming into her own. Finished ballet, reads all the time and over all super nerd. She has so much personality and a strong mind, it blows me away at times. I forgot she is 10 from time to time.

Jackson’s (my youngest) got into Boy Scouts earlier this year and is moving those the ranks fast. He loves it and draws all the time, he himself has become a mid-manner nerd as well. Everything from comics, Star Wars and Trek, Doctor Who, the list goes on and on. I took them both to Comic Con this year and I have to say that they were in their element. Even my personal life has been going rather well, I’ve been dating someone for almost a year now. Words are at a loss for me to explain to you on how happy I am. She is everything to me, and I’ve still in shock that she said yes to a date hahaha. Always thought that she might be out of my league. That is something else I wish I can share with my Dad.

I just wish my Father was still around, I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it really. I know it’s effective a lot of things I do, This blog for example, my art.. I just stand there and look blankly at the board, even the book I started writing. A lot of it has stop or just become rather lackluster. It’s not that I don’t want to do these things, I have the ideas and drive to do it. But once I start, I drift off and lose focus on everything. I know I want to change these things, but getting there is the hard part. Maybe I need to find another challenge like the Star Trek Book Challenge. I know I have a few Comic Con stories I need to finish. Plus a few updates on some pasted stories I’ve written.

Who know what the future will bring. I know I am looking forward to it.

Happy Father’s Day to the Dads out there!! Keep up the good work and keep everyone safe.

~Jason Roberts

Motorcycling Superheroes

Superheroes have taken the world by storm through comics, TV, and film. Most recently, fans everywhere have been enthralled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Cinematic Universe, and a variety of TV shows based on both Marvel and DC. Often viewed as American mythology, superheroes both demonstrate an entertaining hyper-reality of action and superhuman feats while simultaneously teaching viewers about ideas of morality and community. Heroes such as Superman and Spider-Man thrill audiences as they defeat the super-villain, while pushing forth ideas such as selflessness and virtue. When it comes to motorcycles, some heroes can also teach us a thing or two about motorcycle safety.

The Rebels

Some might scoff at the idea of a superhero utilizing safety while riding a motorcycle, citing such characters as Wolverine and Ghost Rider. It is true that neither character usually wears a helmet while riding their famous motorcycles. In such case can be seen in seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where the rough and tough mutant does battle with an element of black ops soldiers while riding a motorcycle. Not only does Wolverine not wear a helmet but he also engages in deliberately dangerous behavior, such as driving through a forest and playing chicken with Humvees.
However, Wolverine also has an incredible healing factor that allows him to survive virtually anything and Ghost Rider is literally a supernatural being who doesn’t have to concern himself with the injuries of everyday people. If they get in a crash, they are going to walk away, regardless of how fatal their injuries are. If you get in a motorcycle accident, your injuries will impact your life for a long time, if you are lucky enough to survive.

The Smart Ones

If someone were to look at the most popular motorcycle-riding superheroes today, it would have to be Captain America and Batman. Neither have supernatural powers or a rapid healing factor and thus must protect themselves from injury. In The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader rides motorcycles both as Batman and Bruce Wayne and never forgets to wear protective gear (either his armored Batsuit with Kevlar mask or an average motorcycle helmet.)
Likewise, Captain America spends much of his time in Marvel movies fighting HYDRA from a motorcycle. Cap almost always is wearing his costume as he does which consists of a Kevlar helmet and armor which protects him from harm. That being said, it’s doubtful Cap would approve of anyone else using their motorcycle as a projectile.

Conclusion

Batman, Captain America, and even Bane know the importance of protective equipment and defensive driving when riding a motorcycle. Even when fighting against crazed clowns or world domination wannabes, having a good understanding of motorcycle safety can save a life, particularly yours.