12" Matt Smith Doctor Who Figure Is on the Way to Hurt Your Wallet

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Big Chief Studios, known for high-end, limited edition runs of Doctor Who and Sherlock figures, are finally acknowledging that fezzes are cool. But when can you own one to place atop the perfectly coiffed head of #11?

Well, WHO can say?

The Voice of That SPOILER Character in Guardians of the Galaxy Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm


This may belong in the spoiler thread below, but it's a big enough deal that it deserves its own post. Over at Nerdist, our shared contributor Charles Webb has discovered who it was that gave life to the character who appears in the post-credits scene.

Can you guess?

Guardians of the Galaxy SPOILER Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm


We've run our review - now it's your turn.

Was there a mid-credits bonus scene, or just the one at the very end?

Batman Memories: Homecoming, Heroes and Hype in the Summer of '89

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, TV, Toys
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm


In celebration of Batman's 75th, and the Tim Burton movie's 25th, many people have been writing about what Batman has meant to them. I thought I'd give it a go.

While I thought Chris Cummins did an excellent job summing up the significance of 1989's Batman on its official anniversary date of June 23, its significance to me is a little different. See, 1989 wasn't just the summer of Batman for me - it was my first summer in over 12 years as a U.S. resident. Yet when I first heard there was a Batman movie being made - a long overdue one given that there were already four Superman films - I had no idea that the year it would come out would be a year I'd live three different places. Nor that the hype surrounding a dark-toned comic-book movie would be the milieu that would come to define my career over a decade later. What did I know? I was 14, and had grown up in a country and culture (the Republic of Ireland) that neither my parents nor I fully understood, even though we all allegedly spoke the same language.

Marvel Studios Highlight Reel From Comic-Con...and Oh, That Ending

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am


Catch up on every Marvel Studios movie so far - in five and a half minutes. It's a hell of a highlight reel...and while it's mostly familiar stuff pieced together really well, the last shot is most likely something you have not seen before...


By Luke Y. Thompson in Books
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"


Logline: I have no goddamn idea. It starts with Harry Potter and Dobby skullfucking people with groinsaws, then moves on to hats being thrown into space and the history of America as told by insane people.

Acts Involved: Skullfucking, groinsaws, cannibalism, demon rape, vomit, disembowelment, menstruation, decapitation, space vaginas, murder of planets, vampirism, beastiality, sex with dragons, implied racism, incest, BDSM, cross-dressing, crying fetish, "rape ape," diaper fetish, castration...but in more innocent and weird ways than you'd think.

Participants: Harry Potter, Dobby, Ray Bradbury, various made-up characters whose names keep changing.

The Live Reading/Performance...

7 Movies to Watch out for From the 2014 Japan Film Festival, and How to See Them

By Sherilyn Connelly in Anime, Daily Lists, Movies, Music
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am


The second annual Japan Film Festival at the New People Cinema in San Francisco kicked off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival (which I covered here at some length), presenting 19 movies over the course of nine days. Here are seven that are relevant to the interests of the nerdy, and which you should check out if you can.

Some are commercially available, some are coming soon, and there's one you can watch for free right now. And really should.

New Birdman Trailer Has 75% More Michael Keaton Undies, 5% More Bird

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm


To figure out what the other percentages are, you'll have to watch it.

And no, he's not Harvey Birdman. No actor would ever quit that franchise if it existed. C'mon now.

Primus to Release Willy Wonka Covers Album; I Want It NOWWWW, Daddy!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Oompa Loompa, Doompa Dee Duck, Primus is back and Holy...cow.

Les Claypool's twangy vocals and bass-heavy pummelings might not seem like the most natural fit in the world with a number like "Pure Imagination" - Marilyn Manson covering this stuff would be more obvious - but this bizarrely unironic fusion of the two is just the golden ticket. You can even expect the entire album to be played live as the centerpiece of their new tour, which will also sell chocolate bars and feature a special matinee for kids of just the Wonka songs, so they won't come home asking you about Wynona's big brown beaver.

Check out the first track below. I can't wait to hear what they do with the nigh-insufferable "Cheer up, Charlie."

Why We Greedy, Spoiled Reviewers Should Get to See Post-Credits Bonus Scenes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Back when Freddy vs. Jason unexpectedly screened in advance for press, rumors were swirling that the last five minutes would be omitted, keeping it a secret who wins so that readers couldn't possibly be spoiled by condescending critics who wished to ruin it for them, and critics who really wanted to know would have to pay to see it. Thankfully the talk turned out to be cheap, and we all saw Jason emerging from the water with Freddy's severed head.

What if we hadn't? Would that have been fair?