Zombie Ninjas vs. Black Ops Is Your New Favorite Movie

I recently got the opportunity to watch the new film, Zombie Ninjas vs. Black Ops–yes, that’s really the title–and I also got to chat with the film’s co-writer and co-producer, Kylie Claude. You guys, this movie is completely out of control. Take a look at the film’s trailer:

Here’s the basic plot of the movie:

In the clandestine research tower of a ruthless Japanese security and arms company, Saisei Security, scientist MALI awakens employed mercenaries killed in combat, their death giving rise to a new, vicious breed of zombie… ZOMBIE NINJAS. Trapped amongst unsuspecting civilians, including former tactical operative DILLON (Adam T Perkins), the ZOMBIE NINJAS commanded by a ferocious leader (Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei) are unleashed in the inner city high-rise. They soon face off with the covert response mission deployed to fight back. This elite black ops team underestimates the brutality of their encounter, which ultimately tests their loyalty and friendship, resulting in a frightful assault between these two highly skilled lethal forces and DILLON thrust in the middle fighting for survival.

I’ll be honest, I had no clue what to expect from this movie, but it is a fun, action-packed ride from start to finish. If you’re looking for a heavy, serious zombie drama, you should probably look somewhere else. This movie is all about completely uncorked, ridiculous, out of control action, zombie fun. It’s available now, so head over to the website to pick yourself up a copy–you won’t be sorry you did.

Like I said, I got the opportunity to chat with one of the film’s writers and producers, Kylie, and it gave me even more of an appreciation for the film, the world they’re trying to develop, and life as an indie filmmaker. Here’s our conversation!

Kendall: You and your husband both wrote and produced this, correct?
Kylie: Yes. My husband and I developed the concept together and we kind of wrote it together, but primarily I guess I was the “chief writer” on it, juggling that with producing it. It was definitely fun.
Kendall: Which role did you find more challenging?
Kylie: That’s a really tough question! They’re both really challenging. I’d have to say that the most challenging part for me was the writing because so much rests on the writing, the concept, the idea, and with a movie like Zombie Ninjas vs. Black Ops, you’re not going to be winning any literary awards, it’s more about having lots of action and excitement. So trying to balance that into a script was the most challenging, but also the most fun.
Kendall: Where did the idea come from? That has been my biggest question!
Kylie: Well that in itself is a quite convulted story, but basically we’re action geeks and movie geeks, first and foremost. We love action movies, and being indie filmmakers we’ve got to have ideas that can be feasibly shot without buckets of money, and so my husband always wanted to see two very sort of capable combat forces go at each other. So he initially thought Ninjas vs. SWAT, but Ninjas being more restricted to knives and swords up against SWAT’s full tactical artillery, we thought it would be a bit of a no-brainer. So we thought how could we soup up the ninjas so they could be a mroe tactical opponent and so we loved the idea of the Bourne Legacy where the assets are all genetically enhanced, and we thought that was a cool concept. So we thought why don’t we do that with our ninjas, making them harder to kill, so we developed the zombie idea. And the interesting part is that they’re not really zombies. You being a zombie fan know they’re not your traditional zombies, they’re not actually even zombies, but it’s the most plausible answer that our characters in our movie can come up with, because they were once dead. Now they’re alive. I mean, what else do you call them? So at the loss of a better term, it kind of fit. So we really liked that part of it.
Kendall: Zombies are kind of all over the place, especially with shows like Walking Dead. And you said your zombies are different from what we normall see. Where did that inspiration come from to have zombies, but zombies that were a bit different?
Kylie: Well we love zombie movies, but I wouldn’t say we’re hardcore zombie fans, so we’re very conscious of not delving into an area that we couldn’t necessarily do justice to. WE’re action fans, so we tried to apply it to something that we knew. So our zombies, we wanted to come up with something different because zombie movies are everywhere–it’s very saturated. And for obvious reasons because they’re very entertaining. We wanted to come up with something a little bit unique, and we wanted our zombies to be a little bit more ferocious. So rather than something that’s easy to run away from, we wanted our zombies to feel more like a physical threat. So unless you have heavy artillery or something like that you don’t really stand a chance. So from an action standpoint, that was the most significant catalyst to turn them into something more ferocious. I don’t know if you recall the movie I Am Legend?
Kendall: Yeah!
Kylie: The creatures, the zombie creatures in I Am Legend, we really dug those. They were really ferocious, they were ruthless and very scary, so we really loved that element and hoped we could inject a little bit of that into our creatures.
Kendall: Yeah, that first action sequence was when I decided I was in love with the film, because it’s so out of control and oh gosh, it was fantastic. Now there’s a web series tied into this, right?
Kylie: Yes! We’re really excited about it. It’s an animated comic webseries, so the comic itself is a little bit different. So a lot of animated series have that traditional voiceover, but we really wanted to tie in that animation with a traditional comic feel, so we’ve got things like speech bubbles and stuff like that. And the comic series is very wondeful opportunity to really explore and expand the Zombie Ninjas world, so things that we can’t necessarily put into a film production, we can achieve with a comic webseries. SO we wanted to start it initially as a bit of a prelude to the movie, but the story does continue after the movie story line. And we’ve got big plans for quite a big world, and quite a ferocious world. So we’re really looking forward to bringing in new installments as well.
Kendall: Can you talk about what you’re envisioning for your world for this?
Kylie: Well it’s, the sorts of things we can incorporate into the web series is a lot more of the action brutality. A lot more of the gore. A lot more is revealed about what these creatures are as well. We know they’re zombie ninjas, but as we’ve talked about that’s a title given to them by the characters for want of a better term so we find out more about how they’ve come about, what their plans are and how far across the globe they’ve spread, so we’re very excited about it.
Kendall: As an indie filmmaker, what challenges have you experienced as you’ve tried to make this movie a reality?
Kylie: Like any indie filmmaker, there’s a raft of challenges, and entering into making a movie is obviously a massive, massive undertaking. So aside from things like virtually no money and limited resources, having such a small crew and having to do so much of it yourself from the lighting to shooting on location to even doing all of that production stuff to even post production. My husband edited the movie, did all the music, sound design, so doing everything is exhausting so exhaustion and energy is a challenge. But I’d say probably the biggest one that we’d love to improve for next time is to allow for more time. Because you can’t afford to pay cast for so many rehearsals, time on set, you get limitations for how long you can access the set, so having more time allows us to prepare a lot more to do more takes so that we can perfect the shooting as well as the performances and storyline. So I’d say time. Time is the biggest advantage and it was the biggest challenge.
Kendall: I’m sure there’s lots of memorable moments from a movie like this, but what would you say was your most memorable moment from the set?
Kylie: You’re right, there’s lots! One that stood out to me where we realized, “Oh my god, we’re having so much fun,” and you can only do this as guerilla indie filmmakers. We have one of our shots at the end of the movie where Soa who plays our zombie ninja boss escapes the building and it is the first time out of the building. Shooting that scene with him running in the street was so memorable because we really literally had to wing it. There were no road closures, we just went at 3am in the morning, we were like, “Okay, let’s just have a look.” The city was, at that time, deserted thankfully because it was during a weeknight as well so we found the intersection that we wanted and put a person on each corner to watch traffic and we just were running around with a camera and shooting it and we just had so much fun. It felt real free, guerilla filmmaking stuff. There were a couple of times where we’d notice the CCTV would turn to see what we were doing, so we’d have to get in and get out again. I’m not sure what would have happened if someone would have come up to us. They probably would have been freaked out. Sola, in life, is this huge, imposing figure of a person, and dressed as a zombie, yelling and screaming in the middle of the road? It was just a lot of fun because we just had to wing it.
Kendall: When you were writing the script, what kind of challenges did you encounter? I feel like this would be an interesting writing process all the way around.
Kylie: Trying to balance enough action with enough revelation of the story. Because as I said, first and foremost it’s an action movie. We weren’t wanting to really compromise divulging the story through writing forsaking the action. Action was our priority, and we wanted our audience to feel like they were on an adrenaline rush from start to finish. Writing for a story where it’s just that particular snapshot in time where you don’t have the luxury of going back in time to describe things with this overarching timeline, keeping things condensed in a challenge. Keeping that hour and a half as action-packed as possible while telling the audience what they need to follow along with the story and the characters. Short answer is writing in enough exciting action.
Kendall: You’ve mentioned the webseries, and you’re really just creating a huge universe with this Zombie Ninjas and Black Ops story. How long have you been playing with this idea? Was this sort of a passion project for you?
Kylie: We’ve definitely been working on this project for the past few years. We initially wanted to shoot it at an exterior location that we had in mind, so we had a different timeline in mind, then we got access to a building. We were really fortunate to get that opportunity. As indie filmmakers you don’t get that all that often, so we decided to take advantage of that, rework the script and shoot it in that context. So that was a real advantage for us and was really exciting to take advantage of. Since then the world has really expanded. Shooting some of the characters we’ve thought, “Oh, yeah, this would be a really great video game,” and we’d really love to see it and explore it. So it definitely is a passion project, but we put that passion into everything we do, so it’s not necessarily more than other scripts that we have in the works that we’d love to develop as well. But yeah, it’s definitely been been a great couple of years.
Kendall: Who are some of your film making role models?
Kylie: That’s a great question! From a director’s standpoint there’s a number of them. Tony Scott for me personally, I really hold him in really, really high regard. I just find his movies, he’s action beautiful, the cinematography was, I feel, very ahead of his time. Very dynamic, very visually spectacular, so definitely Tony Scott. Quentin Tarantino is like a genius to me. He’s like my hero. I think that he’s incredible and I love that he takes inspiration from filmmakers that have stepped before him. He honors them in his films by being inspired and using some of their techniques. But in terms of mastering characters, he’s just phenomenal. And then I also love all movies and can be a bit of a romantic at times, so Nancy Myers and Nora Ephron, back in the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan kind of days on the romantic side of things. So you know, very well rounded. But I would say JCVD? Jean Claude Van Damme? He’s like, so great. I know it’s very ecclectic group, but off the top of my head they’re the ones that make me want to make movies and get into the business more seriously.
Kendall: How long have you been making movies?
Kylie: I’ve always been a movie geek. It’s always been a dream, but in terms of actually going for it, probably the past seven or so years we’ve been exploring how we can actually do it, honing our skills and playing around with it. But certainly more seriously in the last sort of 4 or 5 years we made our first movie called Dead Time a few years back, and that was a great sort of learning experience to really explore what it’s like to take movies from a short sort of inter to feature length to feature film. At the same time with Zombie Ninjas we’re still learning as we go. So for me, movies have always been a passion. So finding our fit in where we fit with movies has kind of been what we’re trying to explore.
Kendall: What is it like working with your husband?
Kylie: Well we’re really lucky. It sounds really cheesy, but we really gel together. Anyone on set would know that. It’s not always perfect harmony, but we really compliment where we’re so fortunate that we have a collective goal, that one dream that we share together, so we can help each other. If we’re feeling challenged or down at times, the other person can go and help the other person up, and vice-versa. It really does help. It’s a massive undertaking, you get beaten around, people have opinions, so sometimes emotionally it can be difficult. So it can be really great to have each other and to have each other’s backs. I don’t think it would be possible without him. I really believe that we’re such a great unit together, and because we’ve found each other we’re able to pursue our dreams. It sounds cheesy, but.
Kendall: I totally get it! What are you working on next?
Kylie: Certainly further exploration of the comic series, and we haven’t made any hard and fast decisions yet on a feature direction, but we have a number of cool scripts that we’re wanting to develop. Maybe we’ll go in a bit of a different direction, we’re not sure, but for now we’re really focusing on developing the Zombie Ninjas world. Also with distributing we want to spend as much time as we can getting it out there, globally, so that’s really going to take a lot of our time. No real hard and fast decisions made just yet, but we’ll definitely be looking at doing a new feature as soon as we can.
Kendall: Where can we find you online?
Kylie: ZombieNinjasMovie.com, ZombieNinjasComic.com, Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks so much to Kylie for chatting with us! Don’t forget to head to the website to get yourself a copy of the movie, and let me know your favorite quirky horror or action movie is! 

First Poster and Trailer for Victor Frankenstein

I’m always dubious when Hollywood takes a classic work of literature and turns it into a movie. They don’t often get it right, and they often straight-up ruin it. No story has suffered more from Hollywood’s mistreatment than Mary Shelley’s classic horror story, Frankenstein. Sometimes, Frankenstein adaptations are good, but when they’re bad. Oh, they’re really bad. So when I first heard that James MacAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe would be starring in a new adaptation of Frankenstein called Victor Frankenstein, I wasn’t sure what to think. I love both of those actors, but I didn’t know what to expect from this new movie. Even more, I didn’t know what to think of Radcliffe as Igor. Would he be scary looking? Would he be awkward and creepy? Would he have the signature Igor hump?

igor hump

Mostly, I was curious how they would take the well-told story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster (say it with me–the monster’s name isn’t Frankenstein) and make it fresh without totally straying from the source material. After checking out the trailer, I think they have managed to do something pretty fun with the Frankenstein story. Take a peek for yourself:

From the looks of things, they’re trying to stick pretty close to Shelley’s actual story. And while it looks like Igor will not be the deformed creeper we’re used to seeing in Frankenstein stories…

Igor Creeper

…I think they are going to capture the general heart of the story–while adding a bit of fun chemistry between MacAvoy’s Frankenstein and Radcliffe’s Igor. Of course, this is only the first trailer, so only time will tell if this is truly going to be the exciting, fairly true to the source material, life-after-death adventure the first teaser makes it appear to be. But with a cast of Charles Xavier, Harry Potter, and Moriarty himself, I can’t imagine that this movie will be anything but a totally fun ride. I was pretty unsure what to think of this movie before, but after seeing the trailer, I’m officially stoked for Victor Frankenstein to hit theaters!

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be seeing Victor Frankenstein when it hits theaters on November 25? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Victor Frankenstein

The Cast from Deadpool at SDCC

Friends, I’m not gonna be at San Diego Comic Con this year, which is a bummer. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want all of you lovely readers to not get the latest news about the fun stuff happening at the con. Well kids, it appears that the cast of Deadpool is going to be in attendance.

Because they’re great, the cast let everyone know about their appearance the only way they knew how: through song. The cast tweet-sang along with the theme of the Merc’s favorite TV show: Golden Girls. Take a peek:

I cannot WAIT for this movie to hit theaters, you guys, especially since Ryan Reynolds has proven time and time again on Twitter that he is actually Deadpool.

The 20th Century Fox panel is on Saturday at 5:45, so be sure to catch the Deadpool cast there (and be sure to tell them I love them), and then get ready to see everybody’s favorite anti-hero in theaters on February 12!

What do you think about this new Deadpool movie? Are you going to be be at the 20th Century Fox panel on Saturday? Let me know what you think of Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool, and the whole Deadpool film in the comments! 

STAND WITH THE MOCKINGJAY

Citizens of Panem! We’ve got something awesome stuff coming soon on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II front. Check out this video that I just received: 

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OH MY GOSH, you guys! I cannot WAIT!!! Chances are good that this “message from District 13” will be delivered during the Hunger Games panel at noon tomorrow during SDCC. It’s unclear what exactly the message is, and what we can expect to be revealed, but all I can think is:

freaking excited

Earlier in the week, posters of each major cast member sporting war paint were released…

Panem Unite Collage

…so I wasn’t sure if we’d get any more sneak previews as we headed into SDCC. I’m so glad we did though. In addition to the cast posters released a couple days ago and the “incoming message” alert, they also released a completely AWESOME new poster for the film, featuring The Mockingjay herself. Check it out:

Katniss Poster

Can I just say how much I am loving Katniss’ red outfit? I highly doubt she’ll actually wear something as loud and gaudy as a bright red Mockingjay outfit in the actual film, but even still, I love it so much. I mean, the red setting off Snow’s white throne, and the tagline “the fire will burn forever”? Come on! IS IT NOVEMBER YET?!? If you’re having as hard of a time waiting for November (or even for the District 13 announcement we’re expecting tomorrow), you can check out the Pillars of Panem interactive display wall honoring the Panem revolutionaries. Until then…

Unite

Are you excited for Mockingjay Part II? What do you think of the new posters? Are you as excited for the District 13 message as I am? Let’s talk Hunger Games in the comments! 

Jurassic World: Re-Opening a Deadly Dinosaur Park and Other Marvelous Ridiculousness

I love movies, even crazy ones. I’ve even talked about my love of craptastic movies here on the blog. So when I first heard that they were making another Jurassic Park movie, I’ll be honest, the first thing I thought of was this kernel of Jeff Goldblum wisdom:

You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn’t stop to think if you should.

But then I started to get excited. I, like everyone else, saw the picture of Chris Pratt on the motorcycle, and I was intrigued. After all, if there was anyone that I was certain could properly handle a bunch of scientifically created dinosaurs, it’s this guy:

loose animal in the studio

Image credit: NBC

So I saw the movie over the weekend, like many of you. I’ve got to be honest. I loved it. The movie was, in a word, ridiculous–but in the best possible way.

Now, if you’ve been on the internet for two seconds since the movie hit theaters, you’ve seen a lot of chatter about Bryce Dallas Howard and her character’s wardrobe choices. Mainly, those damn nude pumps she wore throughout the ENTIRE film.

Howard wore these sensible, nude pumps for literally the entire movie. She never kicks them off, she never grabs boots from one of the many workers she comes across, she never does anything to swap to a more comfy shoe, and even more shocking, she never acts like heels are the slightest problem for her. Even in one of her biggest action sequences in the movie like when she’s running at FULL SPEED from a giant dinosaur, she’s still hauling ass in heels. I’ll be honest. I found that ridiculous. If I’m being chased through the jungle by dinosaurs, the first thing that’s going would be my heels.

Of course, I’m not the best judge of heel usage. When I’m in heels, I get whiny after about thirty minutes. Plus, it seems like Howard really worked hard to make sure she could keep up with Chris Pratt–and outrun a dino or two–in those suckers.

#respect

#respect

So after hearing her side of things–and after seeing Chris Pratt try to run in heels on the Late, Late Show with James Corden–I’m over the high heel thing. It’s a weird choice, and it’s one I would literally NEVER make, but Howard owned it. Besides, there is so much more awesome stuff to talk about apart from what shoes Bryce Dallas Howard wore. So let’s move on and talk about some of the wonderfully ridiculous stuff I saw in Jurassic World, spoiler-free:

Chris Pratt is a Raptor Whisperer, because of course he is. 

chris pratt raptor wrangler

Chris Pratt is fantastic. He won our hearts as the goofy Andy Dwyer, and he guarded our galaxy as Peter Quill. It’s no wonder that his next cinematic adventure would be in controlling actual raptors.

chris pratt raptorlationship

Not controlling, it’s a relationship. Pardon me.

Pratt’s character, Owen, is an ex-Navy guy who decides to get a job on Isla Nublar as a raptor wrangler. Owen gains the trust of the raptors, asserts himself as the Alpha, and does a pretty fair job of training a bunch of scientifically engineered raptors. Sure. Why not?

The Movie’s Big Bad–the Indominus Rex

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The movie’s antagonist–apart from science that’s gone too far–is the Indominus Rex. Don’t remember studying this pretty lady in school? There’s a good reason for that–this particular dino is not only made in a lab like the other dinosaurs, but this particular type of dinosaur is also completely dreamed up by scientists.

bigger than the T Rex

I’m sure that won’t become a problem…

While I won’t reveal all of the details we learn of the Indominus Rex’s genetic makeup–part of it is supposed to be a big reveal in the latter portion of the film–the dino is unique for a great number of reasons. As you can see from the gif above, the dinosaur is white, bigger than a T-Rex, and has TONS of other genetic traits that make it incredibly deadly, dangerously intelligent, and very hard to track. The I-Rex was born with a sibling, which the one featured in the movie ate. Totally sounds like a nice dinosaur to have around families, right?

The Park Itself

The biggest point of ridiculousness is that there is even a park to begin with. From the beginning of our Jurassic journey, way back in the Goldblum days, we’ve heard people talk about how dangerous it is to have a theme park with actual, live dinosaurs.

jeff goldlum wisdom

Even better, there are throwbacks to the original movies–and more specifically, the original park–all over the film. Jake Johnson’s character spends the entire movie wearing a Jurassic Park shirt he bought online.

jurassic world wtaf

He even spends some time gushing over the original park–even though people died. So basically, everyone involved in the Jurassic World park is very aware of how dangerous these parks are, and how catastrophic they become should things go awry. How they were able to find the funding and legal ability to make this park is beyond me, but even still, deciding to not only continue to feature carnivorous dinosaurs AND THEN create a rage-filled dinosaur monster of science–whose genetic makeup is classified, so the park attendants, trainers, and management are literally unable to fully understand and care for the creature–as the park’s latest attraction?

probably not a good idea

You can say that again, Raptor Whisperer.

Perhaps the pull of monetary gain and scientific advancement if often too strong for us humans to resist. Maybe the hubris and greed of humanity is too much to stop us from making deadly, dinosaur-infested theme parks. I suppose that’s an underlying theme of each movie, and I get that.

…but…

When your scientifically engineered killing monster of a dinosaur starts wreaking havoc, when you lose control of it and other dinosaurs on your property, when your life, the life of your team members, and your paying customers are at high risk, I feel like step 1 is to clear the area. Right? I mean, right?

Well, what’s obvious to us and the Raptor Whisperer isn’t always as obvious to others.

evacuate the island

That look Claire gives Owen isn’t so much of a “holy crap, what have we done, let’s get outta here” kind of look. No, it’s more of a “Crap, if we close now there is no way we’ll ever open our doors again and I’m out of a job. How am I gonna justify all of these eccentric, vintage, white suits and nude pumps if I don’t have an eccentric, mad-scientist sort of job?”

First of all, Claire, if history tells us anything, it’s that the park will most certainly re-open. It won’t make sense, it will still be hella dangerous, people will die EVERY TIME the park turns on the welcome sign, the park will ultimately close because of a dinosaur-related incident, time will pass, and then it will reopen again to repeat the cycle. So chill.

Most importantly, your bf can only do so much to save a crowded theme park full of tourists from the biggest, scariest, meanest, and most dangerous dinosaur ever. I mean, he’s got skills and is the head of a pretty rad gang of raptors…

raptor gang

This *might* not be actual movie footage…

…but the Indominus Rex is one mean dino lady. Why Claire thinks clearing portions of the park and keeping people essentially trapped on an island with the most intense predator in all of time is a good way to keep your business running (and keep your patrons alive) is beyond me.

I should’ve known the park didn’t have its patrons’ best interests at heart when they failed to warn park-goers of the inevitable and irrevocable damage that was about to be done to their cell phones and other electronics at the Mosasaurus exhibit.

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Look at all those destroyed cell phones…

Basically, this movie is completely ridiculous, but it is ridiculous in the best possible way. The story line feels a bit recycled (as it kinda does in every Jurassic Park sequel, let’s be honest), but it still manages to capture the crazy fun that made us fall in love with the franchise in the first place–the science, the dinosaurs, and the slightly ridiculous characters. It’s the best kind of movie out there–ridiculous, maybe even a bit craptastic, but the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a really long time.

Have you seen Jurassic World? What did you think of it? Tell me your thoughts about the movie in the comments! 

First Teaser Trailer for Mockingjay Part II

Get excited, nerds! Here’s our first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II!

This looks AMAZING, and right now I’m still riding so high on the excitement of a new Hunger Games movie that I’m not even thinking about the heart-crushing stuff that will be in the final film (like those freaking silver parachutes…).

But let’s not think about that now! Let’s focus on this AWESOME trailer, and how it looks like this franchise is continuing to get better with age. Did you catch that glimpse of Gwendoline Christie as well? I can’t WAIT to see more of her!

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments!

Fandom Nails: Avengers!

It’s Ultron week, so I’ve been focusing pretty heavily on getting you ready for the premiere with tips on throwing an awesome watch party and some everyday cosplay suggestions. Of course I couldn’t let this week go by without doing some Avengers-inspired fandom nails, right?

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Weeellll, Avengers nails weren’t as easy as I thought they’d be. I began with these grand plans of putting very elaborate designs on my nails that would clearly and perfectly represent each Avenger. However, after the zillionth failed attempt at painting a tiny mjolnir on my nails…

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Still, I wasn’t ready to give up entirely. I packed up my nail polish for the night, and came back the next day to give it another try. Only this time I opted for some less-obvious tributes to my favorite group of superheroes. Here’s what I used (spoiler alert: I used a crapton of nail polish):

Nail Polish

OPI, Yoga-ta Get This BlueSalon Perfect, Black DiamondSalon Perfect, White OutNicole by OPI High Shine Top CoatPetites, Passion OrangeNYC, White Lights GlitterPure Ice, BewareSally Hansen, Slick SlateSally Hansen, Black HeartSally Hansen, Purple CrazeOrly, Teal Unreal

I got my inspiration from other nail designs I found online. However, most designs I found were super colorful. I decided that I didn’t want to have so many contrasting colors happening on my nails, so I opted for blue on my ring fingers, and then I alternated between the slate and the black on my other nails. I work in an office, y’all. I can’t go around work with bright red, green, purple, AND blue nails, yafeelme?

After picking base colors that would both serve my purposes and keep my bosses happy, I tackled the designs. For Thor, I opted for a lightning bolt rather than the mjolnir–way easier. I went for red (okay, dark orange–it was all I had), white, and blue stripes for Cap (I’ve seen several Captain America nails with stars, too, but I am so bad at drawing stars on paper, so I didn’t want to even attempt them on my nails). I created a arc reactor-esque design for Iron Man, and I drew a basic arrow for Hawkeye. Since I was quickly running out of fingers, I tossed symmetry to the wind and used my thumbs to rep Black Widow and Hulk. On one thumb, I drew purple and green (okay, teal–again, all I had) stripes for Hulk–I wasn’t even going to attempt to draw a DNA strand, radioactive symbol, or Hulk-face on my nails–and a red hourglass for Black Widow.

I added a green glitter to my Hulk nail to bring out the green, and on the other nails I added a silver glitter. I felt like a bit of glitter gave the nails a bit of superhero magnificence. Also, I just love glitter. Here’s how the nails turned out:

Avengers NailsWhat do you think? Have you tried any Avengers nail designs? Are you doing anything special for the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Let me know your premiere plans–be they watch parties, everyday cosplay, fandom nails, or something completely different–in the comments! 

Cinema Blend Post: Is 28 Months Later Really Happening?

28DaysTeaser1-610x406I love zombie movies, and one of my favorite is without a doubt 28 Days LaterThat film and its sequel, 28 Weeks Later are just amazing. Seriously. Alex Garland, the screenwriter for the first film, is absolutely a brilliant writer (if you haven’t read any of his books, go do that NOW). The rumor has been brewing for some time now that a third film in the franchise was going to happen. While nothing is confirmed, it seems like it is more likely than ever. I’m over at Cinema Blend talking about it. I hope you’ll join me over there!

Here’s a sneak peek at the article:

It looks like we may have not seen the last of the Rage Virus after all! It has been quite a while since we were last treated to one of Alex Garland’s viral/zombie thrillers, but according to Garland, he is actually in the middle of serious negotiations with Danny Boyle and Andrew Macdonald regarding a third installation in the series, to be called 28 Months Later. Yes, please!

Garland himself penned the original script to 28 Days Later, and while he passed the script-writing torch for the film’s sequel, 28 Weeks Later, he did executive produce. As he tell IGN, if 28 Months Later becomes a reality, he will likely pass off the script-writing duties again and take up the helm as executive producer. But from what Garland says, an idea is in place:

“We’ve just started talking about it seriously. We’ve got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility.”

Read the rest over at Cinema Blend!

Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer Released

UPDATE: In addition to the teaser trailer, Marvel has also released a trailer poster. Check it out!

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Despite Marvel’s plans to release the first official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron during next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the trailer was leaked yesterday. While Marvel promptly pulled it down and made this official statement in regard to the leak…

…Marvel ultimately decided to give in to Hydra’s bullying and release the trailer earlier than planned. I’ll be honest, I’m not really complaining. Take a peek:

For those wondering, here is my official review of the Age of Ultron trailer:

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What do you think of the trailer? Are you as excited as I am for Age of Ultron? Let me know in the comments!

Project-Nerd Post: Posthuman Project

I had the opportunity to review the film The Posthuman Project over at Project-Nerd. The Posthuman Project is an independent movie about teenagers who gain super powers, so of course I couldn’t wait to watch this film. I hope you’ll join me over at Project-Nerd to talk about the film!

With Marvel eating up the box office, and DC invading television, we’re not experiencing any sort of a shortage of superhero stories. FromThe Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, to Gotham and Arrow, there are a lot of costumed heroes guarding our cities. If you don’t look too closely, they can all start to look a bit alike.

Enter The Posthuman Project, a movie described as a film with the heart of a John Hughes movie, and the flare of one by J.J. Abrams. I will be honest, I would have never put those two things together myself, so I felt like I had to see this film–if only to slate my curiosity…

Read the rest over at Project-Nerd!