7 Ways Alien: Isolation Helped Me Accept My Anxiety Disorder

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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My name is Daniel, and I suffer from a mental disorder. Specifically, I have severe anxiety, which often manifests and renders me useless in social situations and leaves me afraid of everything up to and including my shadow. It's more than a little ironic, then, that I love horror in all of its mediums: film, literature, comics, take your pick. While I might avoid anything remotely tense in everyday life, I enjoy the primal thrill of being scared by a movie or book. Consider it a form of exposure therapy.

With Alien being my all-time favourite film, I was extremely pumped for Creative Assembly's video game sequel, Alien: Isolation. Though overly long and - I should impress this - ridiculously stressful, Isolation is by far one of the best games I've ever played. Not simply for its mechanics or extreme faithfulness to the source material, but for how it allowed me to better understand the disorder that has plagued me for most of my adult life.

If you'll bear with me, consider...


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8 Reasons Why An All-Female Ghostbusters Reboot Is the Best Possible Direction

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Word dropped recently that Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, will direct the next Ghostbusters movie. He's gone on record stating that he doesn't intend to do a sequel or anything at all connected to the previous films. In addition to going with a straight up reboot, Feig's also expressed a desire to have the movie fronted by an all-female cast. Like a hornets nest kicked by a girl playing with fire while showing off her winged reptile body art, a huge chunk of the Internet is all astir about how awful this is. Like so many things, that chunk of the Internet is wrong about this topic.

I've gone on record here at TR before about this matter (item 8 on the linked list), and I'm doing so again. Simply put, another sequel in the Ghostbusters franchise would be doomed to suck. Feig's idea represents the best damn shot we'll ever have at a good or great movie carrying the Ghostbusters name.

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Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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10 Reasons Why VCRs Are Better Than What We Have Now

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I am often accused of being a Luddite. This is because I think I am. I have always been - even as a child - largely suspicious of new technologies, especially those that come trumpeted as the "next great thing." If everyone is using it, my prejudiced and backward-thinking mind immediately dismisses it. This is probably why I don't own a smart phone. It's also why I still own numerous VHS tapes and have two working VCRs in my home.


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The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.


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The 25 Best Cosplays at New York Comic Con 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

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New York Comic Con 2014 has come and gone, and this year's con was widely regarded as one of the best ever, and a huge part of that was the cosplay. Both in quality and in quantity, NYCC 2014 was a great con for cosplayers and cosplay fans. Here are 25 of our favorites.


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TR's 14 Biggest Highlights From New York Comic Con 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

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New York Comic Con has now officially closed, and I have to admit, it was my favorite one ever. This show has a reputation for being more comic-focused than San Diego, and that certainly held true this year, but the news wasn't entirely comic book related, as you might have seen if you were following TR's Twitter feed. Here are the 14 things that stood out the most from four days in New York.


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10 Things Showtime's New Twin Peaks Series Needs to Do

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Unless you've been living under a rock (or a log) this past week, you've probably heard that David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal television series Twin Peaks is coming back to television after nearly twenty-five years, with nine new episodes written by Frost and directed by Lynch, airing on Showtime in 2016. If you're a longtime fan like me, who watched when the series originally aired, and have been eagerly awaiting news of any kind of continuation for the past two decades, this was the kind of news you'd always hoped you'd get but never thought would actually ever happen.

But there are a lot of ways this could all go terribly wrong too; we all still have Phantom Menace shell shock all these years later after all. And while I have faith in both Lynch and Frost, here are ten things they really need to consider when returning to the mysteries of the Pacific Northwest once again. By the way, this list has massive SPOILERS in it for the original show, so if you haven't seen it yet, fair warning (seriously though, go watch it; it's on Netflix, so you have no excuse.)

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Six Things We Learned About Interstellar and Science From the Mobile Game (and Trailers)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Every few years, science fiction seems to bring us a more serious and realistic view of the future. The sixties had 2001: A Space Odyssey; the seventies gave us the ecological classic Silent Running. With the eighties and the advent of Star Wars-style sci-fi, some of that seriousness was lost in the hopes of entertaining the masses with epic space battles, lasers, robot and romance. Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece Gravity showed studios that serious, science based fiction could not only fill theater seats, but better yet get the masses to pay for such luxuries as IMAX and 3d. Christopher Nolan's foray into serious science fiction, Interstellar, is following in Gravity's footsteps, with it opening in a few weeks nationwide in traditional, 3d, IMAX, 70mm, and every other modern format imaginable.

The full marketing juggernaut of Paramount is behind the film. If you happen to miss one of the myriad trailer appearing before films, on TV or the Internet, the mobile and browser-based video games will whet your appetite for hardcore science fiction. In fact, we here at Topless Robot spent countless hours playing the games in the Interstellar universe, desperate to find clues into what will really happen in the film. Between the game and the trailers, we think we have a pretty good idea of the shape of things to come. We hope were right; if I have to spend another nanosecond playing that boring-ass video game, my face might melt Toht-style.


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