5 Reasons Why The Lego Movie Is More Feminist Than You Think

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


I used to label myself a feminist.

I was a teenager, and inspired by Kurt Cobain, who did the same. I agreed then, as I do now, with the original meaning of the word - one who believes in treating both genders equally, and is opposed to discrimination against women.

It only became a problem when others who embraced that f-word - my mother among them - started telling me what, based on that word, I was and was not supposed to think beyond the basic definition. Action movies were to be bad. Porn was flat out. Gangsta rap and heavy metal, forget about it. I decided then that I would keep the beliefs but ditch the label.

I still believe that we need more great female characters in movies. I don't pretend that we're at a level playing field on that score yet. But when I see feminist critiques of something like The Lego Movie, I find them counter-productive. Let me take a moment now to strap a gigantic bullseye to my face, as I write about pro-feminist themes from the point of view of a guy who possibly has no right to.

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Voicing Yoda Again, Frank Oz Will Be

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:39 am


Correct is that headline. On Star Wars Rebels, Yoda will be a cameo making. A disembodied voice he will be, from the planet Dagobah reaching out. To young Ezra, counsel will he be providing.

"I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less," says executive producer Dave Filoni, who also directed the installment. "I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet."
When 70 years old you reach, sound as good you will not. Looking forward to this, are you?

She-Ra's Bust Will Make Your Rocks Explode

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00 am


What? I'm just literally describing the product - a high-end, 9-inch bust of He-Man's sister atop the standard Masters of the Universe logo's exploding meteorites. If you have issues staring at She-Ra's bust, or wishing it were just her on the version you order and you could get your rocks off, that's your problem.

They should make one of her horse as a companion piece. Though I fear that shortly thereafter, somebody would break swift wind.

Next Wave of 6" Super-Posable Animated Batman Figures Revealed!

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5:47 pm


With the first of these hitting stores now, mostly to popular acclaim (though there has been talk of brittle ankles that need hairdryer treatment first), MTV News just revealed the next series, due out in July. It includes perhaps the most iconic version of Batman from the animated shows, plus Riddler, Penguin and Batgirl.

I've never been one for the animated style, but even I kinda want that Batman. So they must have done a pretty good job.

Check out the other figures over at MTV.com.

h/t Justo Fajardo

In French Comic-Book Adaptation, Semi-Nude Goggle Girl Rides Centaur, Transparent Space Whale

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am


French bandes desinee aren't always as accessible to the rest of us as they should be - for example, how many of you have read the original comic that Snowpiercer is based on? - but they are frequently intriguing. As best I can glean, Lou! Journal Infime is a comic about a precocious adolescent girl whose immature mother writes sci-fi novel and imagines herself as a sexy superheroine.

It's getting a live-action movie adaptation soon, and here is one of the animated fantasy sequences from it, featuring a human/My Little Pony hybrid, a sexy space siren and colorful whale guts. How could I not share?

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7 Terrible Lightsaber Designs From the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Jedi Academy Training Manual

On November 28, the entire world waited with bated breath for the new Star Wars trailer to give us our first glimpse into a Lucas-free galaxy far, far away. Despite the lack of story or character information, the trailer showed that they at least got the aesthetic of the film right, although they didn't really have to: even if the film were just two hours of C3-P0 lost in a Walmart shouting "R2-D2, where are you?", it would still make a billion dollars at the box office. But with all of the good will that the trailer has gathered, there is one annoying thing that is causing fans on the Internet to complain...

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You Need This Toy of a Penguin Dressed as Judge Dredd

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00 am


Sorry, Penguins of Madagascar...smiling and waving won't cut it with this guy. He's cute, but don't mistake those fearsome flippers for happy feet. This peng-wing (TM Cumberbatch) may not be able to take to the air, but he can fly your ass to the slammer, because in Antarctica City One, he is the law. The very, very cute law.

Oh, and since he's not articulated, he can't actually point the gun at you. Unless he's lying down, looking up at the stars. Don't count on them distracting him.

Viral Video du Jour: The 70-Second Saga of a Rock Monster

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm


it's like an unofficial sequel to Darren Aronofsky's Noah, with observant, rock-caked "watchers" being regarded by humanity with somewhat mixed feelings.

And no, "A Tale of Momentum and Inertia" is not about this site's comments section. Rock monster!

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Top-Down Smackdown: Punks, Flintstones and Genderswaps

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm


Hmmm...what to talk about in wrestling today? Anything happening?

Oh yeah...CM Punk went on his pal Colt Cabana's podcast, and finally revealed why he's no longer in WWE. I haven't had two free hours to listen to the whole thing, but have read some synopses. The key take-home is that he did not quit, but was suspended after he took time off due to untreated injuries...and then fired on his wedding day.

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TR Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping for the Grown-Ass Toy Collector, Made Easier in 5 Steps

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


Buying toys as presents for a toy collector is hard. Believe me, I know, because I'm the recipient very often - and the truth is that unless the buyer is a fellow collector and we communicate often about what we like, it is tough to get me something I don't already have. (Admittedly, it was tougher when toys were cheaper.)

I don't know how many casual readers we have who might check in on this site just to get a sense of what toy li'l Gallen or Cousin Poe might like to find under his tree, but this list is in large part for them. Parents, friends, lovers, wealthy benefactors - if your knowledge of collectible toys falls somewhere between "fuck" and "all," yet you wish to please the plastic addict close to your heart...we have some tips.

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