Weekend Open Thread: Iron Kitty Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Features That Aren't Lists
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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Samkwok Custom Workshop

Also...Facebook is rolling out animated gifs!

Not in comments yet...but let's take this as a good sign.

Batman v Superman: Porn of Justice Parody Trailer

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm

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So far, the acting is better in this movie than what we've seen from Zack Snyder's film. Though Axel Braun's cheating a bit by continuing to have a Heath Ledger-style Joker - he's playing on our nostalgia in the way a new tattooed Joker might not.

And it's thanks to Mr. J that this trailer has one of the most out-of-left field dark, twisted endings I've ever seen in any superhero movie of any kind. Hey, since the DVD also includes a "non-sex" version, maybe the actual story could be...not awful?

Now There's a Kung Fury Tie-In Video Game, Too

By Luke Y. Thompson in Video Games
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

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This trailer could easily have been a fake, but the game exists, for $2 on Steam. Unlike the movie, it has pretty clearly modern animation as opposed to pretending to be retro 8-bit - but then, so many other movies have had "fake retro game" videos made of them, maybe this is just a way to buck the trend.

It's basically One Finger Death Punch, with more Nazis.

Here's Just Enough of an Ash vs. Evil Dead Tease to Get You Hard

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:03 am

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Pardon the crudeness, but Bruce Campbell fandom is like a cornerstone in the foundation of sleazy, ill-conceived nerd-boner references. And the clip below is something some of us have wanted to see for literally decades now. So cross your fingers that Sam Raimi's revisitation of his signature character is more George Miller than George Lucas...

'80s-Style Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road Scores With Awesome Synth

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

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Here's a look at how the Fury Road trailer might have looked if the movie came out in the '80s (minus Mel Gibson, natch). And it makes me long for the music used here to be the actual score. Alas, no.

Still, the Blu-ray will apparently feature George Miller's preferred black-and-white version, so there's that. Now, this...

City Council in Richmond, CA, Bans Attacks on Individuals by Space Weapons

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, Tech
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

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We're not talking about, say, a Russian orbiting missile platform attacking a city here, people. We're talking a city council that has specifically banned space-based attacks on individuals.

Councilmember Jovanka Beckles, a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), introduced the resolution, saying it begins to address concerns of a Richmond resident who claims she's been targeted by "remote transmission" from space-based weaponry.
Way to fight that stereotype that California progressives are flaky and weird.

12 Inches of Mortal Kombat, Now From Mezco

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I don't know about you, but when I hear the phrase "Finish him!" cried out, I can only imagine that it took at least a full 12 inches to bring about that level of climax.

Mezco's Mortal Kombat figures have been available in 4" and 6" scale. But now it's time for the full footlong, and I don't know about you, but in that realm I will "GET OVER THERE" to show every player in the arena that I'm out, world...as a collector of larger toys.

Scorpion and Sub-Zero are starting off the line - and at $36 each, they're only $6 more than the Comic-Con exclusive 6" Sub-Zero who's totally transparent.

Seriously, $36 for a 12" figure is insane. Even for Mezco. Rip them off before they think better of it.

Goonies 30th Anniversary Plushes Are Good Enough For Me, A-Yai-Yai-Yai-Yeah

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Have you ever longed to do the Truffle Shuffle...IN BED? Or devour a Ruth, Baby...IN BED? Okay, maybe you've never played the fortune cookie game. But Gordos Plush is delivering a licensed Goonies tie-in to join you at sleepytime, set to debut at the June 4th Goonies 30th Anniversary celebration in Astoria, Oregon.

Yeah, I know, ya pervs, it's shocking they didn't go with Martha Plimpton first. But they're looking to do Anne Ramsey down the line, for those of you who'd love a throw Momma from a trained (pro).

If you'd rather snuggle up to a skeleton pirate or an Asian tech-geek, however, you'll have to help out on Kickstarter. Ready for that pitch? Hold on to your potatoes...

6 Reasons Nintendo Should Make More Games Like Splatoon

By Kyle LeClair in Daily Lists, Video Games
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Well, today marks the launch of Splatoon, a quirky third-person shooter involving young humanoid squid folk in paintball-esque combat with each other that's quite possibly Nintendo's biggest game of the year for now (what with the new Legend of Zelda game having been delayed until next year). And seeing as how this is their first internally-developed game in fourteen years to feature an entirely new universe and characters in a brand-new idea for a Nintendo game, and an incredibly rare new IP from the company in general, I'd say this is an even bigger deal than usual. I mean, this could be Nintendo's trump card of 2015, and they're gambling with an entirely new franchise. And that alone deserves our respect.

So ever since Splatoon was first revealed at E3 last year, I've been championing it as the type of game Nintendo should make more of based on it just simply being a new idea alone. But now actually having played the whole game (with a digital review copy provided to the press played on separate servers with other journalists and Nintendo employees, I should add as a disclaimer), I now praise Splatoon even more. This game is the kind of stuff I want from Nintendo these days (or any days), so let's just take a look at why they need to emulate the success seen here even further...

Kung Fury Is Online NOW! Watch It Here!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Vikings, Nazis, kung fu, Hasselhoff song, Nintendo Power Glove, the dino-human hybrid Tricera-cop...it's all here. And even better - word out of Cannes is that an all-new feature film is coming next.

Meanwhile, enjoy, and maybe liveblog together?