The Worst Costume Gimmicks in Pro Wrestling

Triple H in strange Terminator costume

This past weekend was Wrestlemania, the biggest event of the year for pro wrestling. When wrestler Triple H came out, he wore the costume seen above during his entrance. Ostensibly, it was a poor idea to promote the upcoming movie Terminator: Genisys. So I guess he’s supposed to look like some sort of Terminator robot. Instead, he looks like some grade school kids got to have an arts & crafts day and this is what they came up with. It made me think about some of the dumb costumes that wrestlers have been saddled with over the years. The following list isn’t about the worst overall character ideas or wrestling abilities. It’s purely about the worst costumes. The worst looks that a professional entertainment company came up with, thinking it could catch on with any audience.

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Out of Context Comics: Volume 19

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Archie gets honest

This week’s batch of strange comic book panels starts with Archie, then has some Batman, Superman and Flash weirdness before ending with Captain America. It really makes you wonder how much thought the writers put into this stuff.

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Ten Best Episodes of The X-Files

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With the news that The X-Files is coming back for a six-episode event series to Fox next year, it’s as good a time as any to look back at the show that hit the zeitgeist and become an important part of pop culture. X-Files was a weird sci-fi show that should not really have caught on with the mainstream if you were to look at it on paper but it did because it had two amazing leads with fantastic chemistry and some of the best writers and directors around. Vince Gilligan, Glen Morgan, James Wong, Frank Spotnitz, Darin Morgan and of course creator Chris Carter gave us not only amazing “mythology” episodes about a coming alien invasion but stand-alone “monster of the week” episodes that ranged from horrific to hilarious. Directors like Rob Bowman, Kim Manners and David Nutter elevated the show to essentially mini-movies every week.

But what were the best episodes? The most memorable? The good news is that they feature a mix of humor and suspense and aliens and monsters. Focus on different aspects of the characters. The bad news? While there were certainly good episodes throughout the 9-season run the vast majority of any Top 20 list would mostly feature seasons 1 through 5 (which led up to a feature film, prior to season 6). And I’m doing a Top 10 list. That brings it closer to seasons 1 through 4, primarily. Why? Maybe some of it was creative fatigue, but a lot of critics and fans will agree that the main problem was that they overarching story about the alien invasion never seemed to be planned out with a definitive ending. So it got more confusing and unwieldy as more elements were introduced. But initially? It was tight and intense and absolutely reflected the public’s growing fear and distrust of our own government.

I couldn’t include a lot of episodes that I and many others adore. So I’ll quickly say that there are at least honorable mentions to episodes like Beyond the Sea, Bad Blood, Small Potatoes, Ice, Paper Clip, the pilot, X-Cops, Triangle, and many more. That said, if you strongly disagree with this top ten list, please reply with your thoughts on what belonged that was not included.

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10 Most Memorable Deaths in Video Games

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One of the most memorable parts of any video game can be either dying (and thus, losing the game) or witnessing a supporting character die that you’ve gotten to know well. As games and the stories they tell get more complex, there have been more memorable deaths than ever before. The thing that’s different about playing a game from reading a book or watching a movie is that you imbue yourself in the character you control. It becomes an avatar and you place yourself in the story. So when a game is well executed, you will remember a death. Here is our entirely unscientific list of the ten most memorable deaths in video games. There are spoilers for the following games, in case you don’t want to know anything about them: Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy VII, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Red Dead Redemption, Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead, Bioshock Infinite, and The Last of Us. The reasons they are memorable vary. And there are many fantastic games we did not include. My friend Jeff was furious with me, for instance, for not using Halo 4 and thought I was nuts for including a Call of Duty game. Them’s the breaks.

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Movie Review: It Follows

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It Follows is a new indie horror movie that’s got something new to say in a very engaging and eerie way. It came out in limited release on March 13th and spread to more theaters on the 20th. Usually a small movie like this ($2 million budget) will go to Video On Demand pretty quickly but this one is doing so well and has such overwhelming critical support (94% approval on Rotten Tomatoes based on 101 reviews as of the time of this review) that the distributor plans to give it a wide release soon. My advice? See it. In fact, see it at night and see it alone, if you can. It can only add to the experience. So what makes it so special? Read our spoiler-free review below to find out.

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Out of Context Comics: Volume 18

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This week’s column primarily features superheroes making bad decisions. Lots of bad decisions.

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Easter Eggs in the Daredevil Motion Poster

Daredevil debuts on Netflix on April 10th and they released a “motion poster” to promote it. I don’t quite get the point of it, but there’s actually a lot of interesting references to the comic book world Daredevil comes from:

  1. Avengers Tower can be seen in the middle right, towards the top, when the video begins
  2. By 0:03, Karen Page is mentioning the city is really changing and if you listen, you can hear Iron Man’s repulsor ray charging up
  3. There’s a bar on the right, in the shadows, called Josie’s – in the comics, Daredevil frequently finds the lower dregs of the underworld, like Turk, hanging out there
  4. If you look above the diner on the left, you can glimpse a sign for Murdock and Nelson, Daredevil’s legal practice
  5. Matt Murdock’s reflection becomes the classic Daredevil costume, with horns, so he’ll probably evolve past the black ninja suit seen in trailers
  6. Supporting characters (from left to right) that show up include Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Ben Urich, Claire “Night Nurse” Temple, Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk, Wesley, and Vanessa

Friday Round Up: Funagrette!

Marvel released a tv spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron and it’s a lot more fun and exciting than the previous trailers, in my opinion. There’s no real spoilers, it just shows each major superhero and villain in the movie roll-call style. Best bits? Captain America throwing his motorcycle and Thor bashing Cap’s shield through robots. Worst bit? Maybe Quicksilver’s weird accent. Or maybe that’ll be fun. Okay, we have news about weird comics, bad food ideas, cool movies and toys and a lot more. Read on for Friday Round Up!

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Top 5 Customer Service Fails in the Nerd World

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Nothing tanks a company’s reputation faster than bad customer service. Here are five of our favorite stories of dumb dumbs not knowing what do do for their business. We hope you enjoy.

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Ranking Marvel’s Superhero TV Movies

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Before Marvel become an unstoppable force at the movies, they had a lot of failures. Low budget movies that were direct to video and project that fell apart. The one thing they did have going, mostly in the 70s and 90s, was TV movies. Almost all of these were attempts to start live action tv shows and less than half were successful. But does that mean all of them are bad? Not necessarily although many are. So let’s rank the 13 live action TV movies that Marvel created based on their superheroes!

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