Sorcerer - Through an accident of timing, this movie is most famous in the nerd-sphere for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with its content. Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood booked it to be their main attraction in June of 1977, forcing them to give Star Wars the boot after a month, a decision they were locked into because they counted on the William Friedkin action movie being a bigger deal.
Fans booed, and the Chinese ultimately brought back Star Wars as soon as they contractually could, but now, in the modern area of George Lucas-bashing, it seems like the perfect time to check out what everyone thought would be his stiff competition, and appreciate it for what it is - a tense thriller about four guys paid the big bucks to drive a truck full of nitroglycerin across the jungle. The Blu-ray conversion was supervised by Friedkin himself (something none of the DVD versions can claim), and features a 40-page booklet with pictures and excerpts from the director's autobiography.More >>
This last weekend, I attended WonderCon for the first time. In addition to general convention activities like observing cosplayers and wandering the Exhibit Hall, I was also con liaison for Steve Jackson Games.
WonderCon didn't particularly have gaming as a focus, but there was a sizable gaming area, part of which was reserved for the Steve Jackson Games demo team. It was an interesting and fun experience, so I'm sharing ten things I learned serving as a con liaison and miscellaneous convention attendee.More >>
The "white model" phase of this elaborate stage show features a miniature version of the set, vehicles and characters from the production, basically letting the creative team play with toys until they decide on the scenario that will entertain us as much as them. Plus they've come up with a way to create some new watch-like souvenir that interacts with the show somehow in order to make every kid in attendance have to have one.
Nice to see also - per the stunt team in action - that Roman Reigns' "Superman Punch" maneuver is indeed comic accurate, though perhaps to the wrong character set.More >>
Diligently combing through all the online clips frame by frame, Kotaku Japan has put together a decent look at Godzilla's newest foe, the MUTO. Keep reading for the rest of the weekend highlights, compiled with the help of Ky6le LeClair.
This week's tipsters include: Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, donnaryoko, skrag2112, andre_morello, Hawkeye_Pierce, rkwsuperstar, Anyone00More >>
Instead of a list today, I give you my video adventures at WonderCon, featuring special appearances from the likes of Tommy Wiseau, Will Poulter, a cat lady, a Jesusy protester and more.
Full footage of the Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Will Poulter interviews will go up tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best bits all at once.More >>
I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.
I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.
Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!
(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)
Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.
As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.
When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."
No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.
A few examples...
Using electromagnetics, lasers, and a sweet Spidey glove, German tech-head Patrick Priebe has made an actual web-shooter that can fire a barb on a line, and bring back whatever you hook. The potential uses for fishermen are limitless...perhaps less so for aspiring Spider-Men, who have to deal with the fact that "web fluid" is essentially magic and violates multiple laws of science.
Though if all you want to do is catch Mary Jane's lunch tray...well, this won't do that either. Really it's more like Scorpion's spear from Mortal Kombat, but that's just not as hot a property to tie into right now.More >>