Tennessee groove metallers I Am The Law take over our first Nerd Talk of September with a look at their favorite movies, books, and video games… Read on!
“Favorite movie of all time, go!”
Brandon: Hackers (1995)
This movie is the one that stood out for me being a 10-year-old seeing these punk rock crazy hackers and their lingo, blew my mind — “ HACK THE PLANET” lol. I was really getting into computers you know that fast AF 56K modem….
Chris: Interview with the Vampire (1994)
It’s a fun cheeky movie, great for the family to watch.
Brian: Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hard to pick one favorite, so here is one of my favorites for sure. An FBI agent seeks assistance from one serial killer — Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins in one of his most notable roles — to help her catch another.
Nic: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Who doesn’t love Pulp Fiction? It a timeless movie that inspired so many memorable lines and iconic moments. Plus, Tarantino’s method of disjointed yet strangely connected is a nice change of pace from the normal style of storytelling.
Brandon: The Lesser Swamp Gods Of Little Dixie by Jonathan Raab
This is a recent book I’ve been reading; I’m not as much of a book reader as I should be. But this one is one crazy supernatural conspiracy redneck of a ride, and has some good material for lyrics. It keeps me reading and wanting more which is rare. Definitely worth the read.
Chris: The Subtle Arts of Not Giving a F@&$ by Mark Manson
It’s more of a alternative self help book. It’s kinda about finding your own ebb and flow of life, doing what truly makes you happy. It’s an interesting read but not for everyone.
Brian: The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
Renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins puts forth in Darwin-like exhaustive detail the theory of evolution by natural selection and why he believes the evidence supports the idea that the universe exists by natural means alone. Much of Dawkins’ book illustrates his own groundbreaking work in the field of evolution.
Nic: The D&D Player’s Handbook
This isn’t a normal story book but I can’t think of a book that literally inspires and brings more people together. D&D gives you the framework to create and make up your own stories and characters. The crazy part is if you’re recounting things that happened in your campaigns, it’s like you were there and actually lived it. If you haven’t played D&D yet, you should. If that answer doesn’t do, then I’ll go with Brave New World.
“All right what is or was your favorite game, all time?”
Brandon: Crash Bandicoot (1996)
I freaking loved this game and the ones after it, it was one of those games my family would play with me. The remakes are coming out ( may be out by now) and I’m stoked to play those.
Chris: Chrono Trigger (1995)
It’s only the best RPG ever made. It’s truly just an amazing concept for its time and truly original RPG.
Not much of a gamer in the last 20 years, but I really did enjoy Tekken 2 and 3. I would spend a lot of time with my friends battling each other.
Nic: Rust (2014)
I have the ultimate love-hate relationship with this game, but cannot tell you how many memorable moments I have had playing this game. I will warn you this game is not for the faint of heart. It is brutal, unforgiving, and unpredictable. This game starts you with a rock and a torch and says go figure it out. The magic comes in though when you can get your friends together and execute on a plan or raid your neighbors that have been harassing you awhile now while you were trying to farm for resources. Since failure or dying in this game is costly, everything you do has weight, and death actually has consequences. When you’re on your way back to your base with a valuable part that you need and you get ambushed by three guys, your adrenaline kicks in hard. Plus all of the interactions are player-driven; it doesn’t have a story so putting 200 people on a map and telling them to survive and do whatever you want leads to interesting interactions.
And that’s a wrap! Check out I Am The Law on bandcamp and stay tuned for their sophomore offering Hymn of the Vulture, to be independently released this fall.