So the Nerdist channel has premiered and there is a lot of great content to be seen, with even more to come, but there is one show in particular that I feel is hands down the best offering from the Nerdist and that is Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles. Over the past couple weeks I’ve seen Harry tweeting about all the work he’s putting into the show and I was looking forward to seeing the final product. I was expecting more of a straight up movie news/reviews show but what we get instead is entirely inspired and downright awesome.
Ain’t It Cool is like a mash up of Mystery Science Theater, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a dash of Tales from the Crypt and even a little Bill Nye the Science Guy. The set is incredible to look at and makes me wish my basement looked just like this one, I’d probably spend more time there. The lighting and cinematography help give the show some character and makes for some nice looking visuals. Harry is really great as the host and his passion for the things he discusses is evident and he relishes his role with geek-like abandon. It’s easy to imagine Harry and this show existing back in the age of character TV hosts presenting classic or cheesy genre films with a sense of showmanship. I enjoy the fact that the show isn’t a straight up news show and is more about geekdom in general. I also enjoyed the Boiler character bit that seems to represent the voice of the angry geek. With that segment, it looks like Harry will be tackling movie news that gets us boiling (pun intended) and examines it to see if it is something we really should really be upset about. I also really liked Harry’s explanation of why he owns the Kong bomb. I know I have movie collectibles/memorabilia that some people don’t understand why I own such things and his explanation of it being a connection to the film and owning a piece of film history is exactly how I feel about the subject.
Ain’t It Cool feels like a show designed to celebrate being a geek or nerd or whatever you want to label it as. What it all boils down to is sharing the passion and love we have for movies and doing it in a really fun way. The only downside I can see in regards to the show is that it is only five minutes in length and I wanted it to go longer! I’d like to see them expand it to a ten minute show but regardless of its length, I will be tuning in every week to see Harry bring us more geeky awesomeness!