That last one which focused on the puppet-makers while playing "They've Got the Whole World in Their Hands" really started to piss me off after a while, by being both inappropriately religious (from BOTH sides of the spiritual aisle) and not focusing on the actual film. Mercifully, this new trailer for the stop-motion adventure about a boy adopted by trolls emphasizes madcap action, and features Cee-Lo Green covering Elvis. All of which makes up for a multitude of sins.
Though if we're pilfering the pop past, there is a more obvious and awesome choice they've overlooked...More >>
Why talk about Jeff Dunham at all? Well, because despite the fact that he appeals to a more redneck crowd, he is profoundly a nerd - ventriloquism has always required a specifically dorky talent, not to mention an affinity for playing with dolls. And with the money he's made from branching it out into more bizarre, action-figure-ish characters like Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Dunham bought a Michael Keaton Batmobile and had it made drivable (his wedding cake was also styled like the 1989 Batcave).
So now he gets to make a movie...and it's animated. Meaning that the one thing he's really good at (ventriloquism) is a completely irrelevant skill. And dear god, does this look like the worst thing ever. Blending "what a country" tropes with terrorism shtick that Peter Griffin would find overly juvenile, it also looks to try to redeeem a character who is meant to be a comedic villain. I know from my late father-in-law that troops in Afghanistan really enjoyed the Achmed character...and I think they deserve way better than what this looks to be. If Dunham's this desperate for attention, he should start pretending to be Lena's dad.More >>
This is what it looks and feels like in Los Angeles right now:
My apartment complex is elevated significantly off the ground, but because of the open courtyard, the drains not being able to handle volume, and the uneven floor, parts of my building are flooding anyway. Thankfully, our place has an apartment above ours (so the ceiling is unlikely to leak) and a post-earthquake angling of the floor leaves us slightly on the higher ground.
But before I get all wet, here are a few amusements:
-Sea urchin cocktails give a new meaning to spiking your drink.
-Space X is hiring engineers and coders to help them get to Mars. They don't seem to realize that calling themselves "The Borg" might be perceived as a negative.
-Remembering the first Lego figures that predated the minifigs.
-If the movie Her were set in 1995.
-A Batman Vs. Terminator animation that nearly everybody sent me, but I didn't care for all that much.
-Wear an arcade game on your wrist.
-Chips Ahoy pays attention to the fact that weird Oreo flavors do well, and is fighting back.
-Remake of The Birds to be directed by a guy named Diederik Van Rooijen, whose name will never not be fun to say no matter how bad the movie is.
-Dammit, how can we let the Japanese fast-food chains beat us on this level of excess?
-Johnny Depp, fond of pale-face roles, set to play a real mobster named Whitey, presumably just because of his name.
-Totally the wrong season for this, but how about some amazing pumpkin carvings?
And yes, I am planning a separate Oscars thread.
For me growing up in the '80s as a (black) fan of comics, video games and anime, it was rare to come across anyone who looked like me and had the same interests. The only model for the black nerd was Jaleel White's character on Family Matters, which, you know, is kind of terrible.
He wears a pair of bulky glasses, speaks in a high-pitched voice, refuses to use contractions, and probably made out with his evil clone. Probably? Definitely. Seriously, forget Steve Urkel.
Which is why I think the current generation has it made. And with Black History Month drawing to a close, we're going to focus our eye lasers on some of the creators, innovators, and otherwise excellent types who get us hyped about the universe, science fiction, gaming and pop culture as a whole.More >>
A nightmarish little bit of steampunk animation with hints of Metropolis and Micmacs, "Monsieur COK" may be a bit obvious in its politics (the rebellious worker crushed by the machines literally uses a hammer and sickle as weapons), but the visual style is striking and horribly beautiful.
And the moral of the story, I think, is never work for the Kinder Surprise company. Their CEO is a little off.More >>
When last we left Fluttershy, a magical gift from Twilight Sparkle had conjured a tentacle demon that began violating her every orifice. This reading continues that violation in detail. You have been warned.
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!"
Title: "Momma Fluttershy" by SoulHook
Logline: My Little Pony's Fluttershy is pregnant, and gets sexually assaulted by tentacles from a dark dimension.
Acts Involved (Part 2 Only): Tentacle rape. Vaginal, anal and oral sex (of sorts). Abortion. Horse fetus eating. Puke fetish. Vomit. Non-consensual impregnation. Murder. Crying fetish.
Participants: Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle, an evil demon.
The Live Reading...More >>
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Such a pragmatist, was Owen Lars. Always telling his nephew to worry about a practical career rather than damn fool idealistic crusades, or academy pipedreams.
But, er.. mightn't there have been an earlier time to raise such objections? Dorkly.com thinks so, and has imagined exactly how it played out...More >>