That Time MLK Was on The Boondocks

Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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There's probably something to offend everybody in this outspoken animated episode...and I reckon that's as it should be. Rather than complacently ushering someone into sainthood without thought, we should still be discussing their ideas, and if they were truly revolutionary, those thoughts should not necessarily be safe all the time.

Funnily enough, this episode was psychic - Oliver Stone did just try to do an MLK biopic. Can't imagine why his family would object to such a thing.

Apologies if this strikes anybody as overly political. I ask only that we all be respectful to those with whom we disagree...and that you imagine what could have ensued if I had instead posted the New World Order/X-Men/MLK videos I just watched on YouTube. Good Cthulhu, that shit was nuts.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Extinction, Blockages and Batman

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello all.

Well, we survived the first round of your questions and now I am back to tackle more. A bit more about myself so you can get a feel for questions you may wish to ask in the future.

I'm a mom who is not afraid to tell my age - 57. As many of you know, I am Luke's mother-in-law. You can all feel sorry for him now as I have lots of opinions to give and am not afraid to lecture when he or my daughter need correction, even at their ages.

I like all kinds of music. I grew up on folk, country, rock and bubblegum. Love TV - especially cooking shows, reruns of anything Star Trek, sitcoms, dramas etc. The TV in my house is on almost all of the time.

It is fun getting to know you all.

So now let's see what the mail bag has coughed up this week.

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Weird Al Yankovic's My Little Pony Cameo Revealed

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Remember how we said Al would be playing a party planner named Cheese Sandwich?

Well, thanks to USA Today, we finally have a look, in still and video form, at his surprisingly Clint Eastwood-like appearance on the show. Do you find him good, bad or ugly?

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Unauthorized Filmation He-Man Game Gives Me the Power of Boners

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I grant you, Filmation cartoons are not my favorite incarnation of Masters of the Universe. Adam West's 1966 Batman isn't my favorite version of Batman either, but that's not to say I didn't order the Surfing Batman action figure in a heartbeat once he became available.

Fact is, there has yet to be a decent MOTU game - and if it takes a fan-made version where I embody the pageboy haircut hero of Grayskull in a side-scrolling beat-em-up, then Green Goddesss-dammit, I'll take that. I wish the download instructions weren't so complicated. Or maybe they're not. If Orko can figure out how to wield a sword, as this game shows he can, such rules will not defeat me. Now excuse me while I use my powers to brew a latte.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! Katara and Sokka in 'A Bad Fic' by Abraxas, Part 2

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Continuing the fan fiction Rob refused to read, and my wife refused to participate in the filming of. If you thought M. Night Shyamalan was the worst thing to happen to The Last Airbender, think again. And realize that the longer this goes, the drunker I get - once you've started, I say hang in there. My thanks again to RegularStormy for his help.

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: Katara and Sokka in 'A Bad Fic' by Abraxas

Logline: Characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender commit incest, and must deal with the consequences of pregnancy in the worst way

Acts Involved: Vaginal sex, oral sex, handjobs, father-daughter incest, brother-sister incest, menstruation talk, abortion, abortion fetish, infantiality, cannibalism, pedophilia.

Participants: Hakoda, Katara, Sokka, Gran-Gran.

The live reading:

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The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, New Luc Besson-Produced Animation

Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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The title is no metaphor - this is literally the story of a boy whose heart is replaced with a cuckoo clock. He is a fragile boy, and is told he may never fall in love, as the stress on his frail, clockwork ticker could kill him.

The movie is based on a concept album by the French band Dionysos - yes, a French band named after the god of wine; who'd have imagined such a thing? - who often feature heavy Roald Dahl and Tim Burton influences. And while I can see a little James and the Giant Peach in there, this stylization has its own very definite look somewhere between cute and creepy.

French pop music is notorious for being terrible, but I quite like the song in the first clip revealed from the movie. I don't understand much of it, but I'm not sure I need to; ignoring the actual words lets me keep an eye out for all the little details, like the fountain that flows backwards. My heart may not be clockwork, but this winds up my nerd senses in all the right ways.

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Watch The Simpsons' Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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In honor of the anime master's retirement, this week's episode of The Simpsons will pay tribute to his most famous films, in a sequence where Homer apparently gets drunk in Little Tokyo and starts to see the world in Miyazaki-vision, which includes Apu's Moving Kwik-E-Mart.

We love to bash the recycled plotlines of the show, but when they do tributes like this, they do them very well indeed. See if you can count the references before somebody on YouTube does, and makes a video of it.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! Katara and Sokka in 'A Bad Fic' by Abraxas, Part 1

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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This week, it's the fan fiction Rob refused to read, and my wife refused to participate in the filming of. And it's only part one. If you thought M. Night Shyamalan was the worst thing to happen to The Last Airbender, think again.

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: Katara and Sokka in 'A Bad Fic' by Abraxas

Logline: Characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender commit incest, and must deal with the consequences of pregnancy in the worst way

Acts Involved (so far): Vaginal sex, oral sex, handjobs, father-daughter incest, brother-sister incest, menstruation talk.

Participants: Hakoda, Katara, Sokka.

The live reading:

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TR's 10 Best Nerd Movies of 2013

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

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So, what the hell is a "nerd movie" anyway?

Is Revenge of the Nerds a nerd movie? In some ways, yes - in the way we do things here, not so much, ironically. Last year, I used the term "genre film" as it is commonly used, to mean horror/sci-fi/action/fantasy, but it was pointed out by many of you, correctly, that every film has a genre, and I should err in favor of using words more accurately. So this year I'm going with "nerd movie," in large part because it's a completely subjective opinion as to what does or doesn't count. Nebraska, for example, is one of my favorite films of the year, but does not count - the fact that Will Forte is in just isn't enough to justify a black and white dramedy about an old man thinking he's won a million dollars. The Act of Killing, I'm still not sure about...I erred on the side of omission, yet included it in yesterdays Blu-ray column. Split difference.

The rules for inclusion are the same as my rules for Fanboy Flick Picks. A movie is eligible if it is (1) sci-fi/fantasy/horror/animation/comic-book-based, (2) about any of the preceding (i.e. Jodorowsky's Dune or Saving Mr. Banks), (3) a comedy with surreal or fantastical elements, (4) set in an unreal world but not necessarily "fantasy" (most David Lynch movies count), or (5) an over-the-top action movie (James Bond, Fast & Furious, etc.). I reserve the right to occasionally bend my own rules - these lists are all a bit arbitrary anyway.

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The Best Popeye Tattoo of All Time

Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Your hand is no failure when stuck to a sailor, sez Popeye the tattoo man!

source: Bits & Pieces via Nat Berman