Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer and Breakdown of Each Shot

The trailer for Age of Ultron aka Avengers 2 leaked online (followed by Marvel releasing it) and we saw it! And since we’re nerds with opinions we needed to share them!

Vincent: All I can say is that my boner got a boner for watching the Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer.

Chris: I liked it but didn’t get quite as amped because there were no hints of character arcs or clever dialog. It’s quite dark. I get it. It’s establishing the stakes. I just hope the next trailer gives us an idea of what the story is.

Vincent: You know, the funny thing is while I liked the first Avengers, I did have some issues with it. It’s really just 1/2 set up and 1/2 big fight. It’s great for what it is. This movie looks like it might have a little more substance.

Chris: Possibly. Ultron is a really interesting villain and I think it’s cleverly tied in with Tony Stark, which gives Robert Downey, Jr. something to sink his teeth into. He’s the lynchpin so that’s smart. Let’s take a look at some screencaps and see what we can figure out and what looks most interesting.



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Horror Month Day 18: The Descent

Today’s guest reviewer is professional blogger Allison Boyer. You can read her food blog at The PinterTest Kitchen or follow her on Twitter. She has decided to write about The Descent.

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Okay, I usually blog about cupcakes and cookies, but nothing will make me geek out more than a good horror movie. And my pick is a little off the beaten path: The Descent.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a good zombie flick, with Dawn of the Dead being an all-time favorite of mine, but I really don’t find zombies all that scary. When the escape plan is, “walk away at a brisk pace,” my blood doesn’t really get pumping.

The Descent is in a whole other category for me because there is no escape. There’s no running to the next abandoned farm over for help. There’s no going to the police. There’s no killing the baddie and getting away. The main characters are trapped, with two options: starve to death wandering father and farther into a labyrinth cave system or be ripped apart by sub-human cave creatures with a craving for girl-kabobs.

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Horror Month Day 17: Quarantine

Today’s guest review is about Quarantine, a favorite of guest writer Jerry Whitworth, writer for Comic Art Community. You can find more of his work on Facebook and Twitter.

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In the growing field of Horror, a number of niche markets have arisen. The zombie sub-genre is an entry popularized by George A. Romero and raised to be a dominant force today due in no small part to The Walking Dead franchise. This type of monster draws on a number of fears most people share, be it a horde of creatures, infectious condition (and the paranoia it sows), and a nigh-unstoppable force (one that doesn’t rest with a hunger that can never be satisfied). In the past, zombies were slow-moving that trekked with a stumbled walk. Today, they’re often depicted able to move unhindered (sometimes even superhuman, lacking the limits the human mind naturally places on the body). Certainly all of these elements were in play with the 2008 film Quarantine, directed by John Erick Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Devil) and starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and Jay Hernandez (Hostel). Based on the hit 2007 Spanish Horror film [?REC], Quarantine follows Los Angeles reporter Angela Vidal (Carpenter) and her cameraman on a ride along with firefighters who are called to an apartment building for a suspected medical emergency. Subsequently, Vidal, her cameraman, the firefighters, on-scene police, and the building’s residents are unexpectedly quarantined as some sort of fast-acting form of rabies (drawing parallels to the Rage virus in 28 Days Later) spreads throughout those trapped leading the unaffected to desperately seek escape.

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Horror Month Day 16: Creature from the Black Lagoon

Today’s guest review comes from Tom, who runs the Lupine Book Club, a site for everyone who likes Lego, toys, and assorted nostalgia. He has elected to discuss the classic Universal monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon, from 1954, starring Julie Adams, Richard Carlson, and Richard Denning and directed by Jack Arnold.

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Gill-man has become one of the classic Universal Monsters – so today we journey back to the where the legend began with the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON!

Opening with a quotation from the book of Genesis, the film provides a brief overview of earth’s evolutionary history – which cuts to the present day in the Amazon, where Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) has discovered a fossilized amphibian hand.

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Checking Out The Aliens Minimates

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Aliens is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time and for a good reason, it’s awesome! Any time there’s new Aliens merchandise available I take notice. When the Aliens Minimates were announced I was really excited, because the Aliens creatures looked really cool. Now that I got the assortment, I can finally give them an up close look.

I’ve never been all that into Minimates, because the block figure format for figures really isn’t my thing. However, I’ve admired the wide diversity of figures that Diamond Select has been able to produce in their Minimate line. Furthermore, the Minimate vehicles like their take on Diamond Select KITT are fantastic. Here’s to hoping they’ll get to an Aliens vehicle or two!



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Horror Month Day 15: Jacob’s Ladder

Guest writer Ryan McSwain is here to gush about his favorite horror movie. Check out his new horror-thriller novel, Monsters All the Way Down, available in softcover and on Kindle. You can follow Ryan McSwain on his blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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I’ve loved horror movies since I was a little kid, watching the old Universal Monsters with my dad. As I got older, it became harder to find movies that provided a genuine scare. I’m not talking about cat-jumping-out-of-closets scares, I’m talking about slithering-under-your-skin, festering-in-your-subconscious scares. The kind you find when going down Jacob’s Ladder.

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The Nerdy Show’s Ghostbusters RPG Ghost Die and Equipment Cards

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I love the Ghostbuster’s RPG and I’ve recently found that the Nerdy Show Podcast crew has a podcast called Ghostbusters Resurrection that features a group of nerds playing the Ghostbusters RPG. It’s really well done and enjoyable, but the most important thing they’ve done is become a resource of the original game books in their Ghostbusters roleplaying hub that have long been out of print. But even better than that, they’ve gone ahead and created a couple of sets that I’d say are a must have for Ghostbusters RPG players and just plain fun items for a Ghostbusters fan.



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2014’s Worst Halloween Costumes: The Sequel!

2014’s Worst Costumes gets a sequel because the fan’s demanded it. Actually, Chris and I had so much fun putting together the last one that it was inevitable. Enjoy some of the worst costumes we could find on the internet this year.

ALS Bucket Challenge Costume

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Chris: Great. I’m completely dumbfounded right off the bat. Why is this costume full of condom wrappers?

Vincent: Maybe it’s the AIDs bucket challenge and they screwed up.

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Horror Month Day 14: Communion

Today’s review comes to us from guest writer Jason Rodriguez, editor of Colonial Comics, an anthology telling interesting stories about the colonization of North America in comic book form. Available in bookstores and amazon now.

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I was 11 years old when I started working in a video store part-time. This was a very bad thing for my developmental years. Imagine having unlimited access to raunchy comedies, pornography, and horror movies at the age of eleven and then imagine how that would shape your perception of the world around you and stay with you for years and even decades to come. That should set the scene for my impressionable 11-year-old self.

I watched a lot of horror movies at 11, and even before I was 11. It was different times back in the 80s. PG-13 was still relatively new and I saw Gremlins and Temple of Doom in the movie theater at the age of 6, two terrifying movies. Poltergeist was rated PG and I saw it at the age of five at my uncle’s house because my older cousin was watching it and it was made by “that Spielberg guy” so how bad could it be? My family thought it was funny that the movie terrified me and would jump out from behind dark corners to scare me afterwards. Different times, man.

So by the time I turned 11 I was essentially desensitized to horror. I managed to sneak in all of the Friday the 13ths and Nightmare on Elm Streets and Halloweens by then and horror became akin to comedy.

And then I saw Communion.

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Contest: Win Aliens Minimates!

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It’s contest time again! Just in time for Halloween we got some Aliens Minimates that we want to give away. Two lucky winners can get their hands on some of these sweet figures.

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Prize Pack #1

First place will get Carter Burke, Pvt. Spunkmeyer, Pvt. Wierzbowski, a battle damaged Alien, an Alien Warrior, and an attacking Alien Warrior.

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Prize Pack #2

A second place winner is going to get two Alien Warriors and an Attacking Alien Warrior.

How to Win:

There are two ways to enter.

1. Like The Robot’s Pajamas Facebook page and comment on this thread right here and tell us why you like Aliens.

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2. Follow The Robot’s Pajams on Twitter and tweet, “I wanna win some Minimates Aliens #RobotsPJs”

Two lucky random follower/likers will be picked.

Fine Print:

Contest ends 10/31/14. Shipping will be free in the continental U.S. If you live outside of the Continental U.S. you’re going to have to pony up the cost of shipping. Winners have 3 days to get back to us with their shipping address or the prize(s) will be awarded to someone else.