If you're a fan of Adult Swim in general or just someone who constantly wish for more adult-themed cartoons, damnit, then chances are you may have recently stumbled upon that network's newest large-scale does of high concept silliness, Rick and Morty. Springing from the minds of both cult animator Justin Roiland and cult Community godfather Dan Harmon, the show was double-stamped for nerd consumption from the beginning and already seems to have hit it off with viewers and critics alike. Most of them, anyway...More >>
Seriously, who would have thought the mind behind Family Guy could somehow Voltron up with Carl Sagan's widow and the man, the mustache, Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to make a big deal science show that might just get everyone in your household hyped about the universe, life, and the origins of both?
Fox and NatGeo invited Topless Robot out to Space Camp in Huntsville to view the premiere of the 13-episode series and have a chat with its co-creator and Carl Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan in advance of its March 9th premiere. And I have to say Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey is good - very good. So good, I would hazard to say that the reinvention of the classic '70s science series is actually important. And we're going to tell you the eight reasons why you shouldn't miss it.
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As one of two regular contributors to Topless Robot with a particular affinity for Japanese manga and anime, it might surprise some of you to know that, until last week, I had never - gasp! - visited the motherland. Yessir, I hadn't yet made the pilgrimage to Glorious Nippon!
And so, armed with a passport and a few thousand Yen, my girlfriend and I took the plunge and braved the twelve-hour international flight to the land of manga, robots, video games, and other things that make my nerd heart melt.
The dead of winter might not necessarily be the most optimal time to visit a northern continent, especially considering the fact that I live in Los Angeles where our concept of "cold" is anything below 70. Still, there are a lot of cool things you can only do in Japan in the winter, so here's 15 things to do, see, and check out in Japan!More >>
You know what show could make for a really good video game? Supernatural. You could play as Dean or Sam Winchester, driving around the country in a badass Impala, stopping off in various small towns to battle demons, werewolves, shape-shifters and other creepy-crawlies. The show has an elaborate, twisty mythology, epic fight scenes and nine seasons-worth of crazy-ass monsters to choose from. But there is no Supernatural game, and as of this writing there's been no word that anybody is working on one.
Or how about Babylon 5, the classic, complex, cheap-o sci-fi saga celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? (I know. We are old.) Can you believe there has never been an official Babylon 5 game? The series ran for 5 very busy seasons, spawned spin-offs, TV movies, dozens of books and comics, and won shelves full of Hugos and Emmys. There's never been a Babylon 5 video game, though.
But hey, we did get a Grey's Anatomy game. Because somebody somewhere wanted to play that, I guess. Here's our list of some of the most unlikely games based on movies and TV shows. As you explore these bizarre games, remember: somebody made these instead of ever making a console title based on the Stargate TV franchise. (Three live-action series and a Saturday morning cartoon, and the best you're gonna get is some rinky-dink mobile game.)More >>
Nowadays, movie trailers are APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES. Sometimes, the studios will get a little risque and toss a red band trailer with a few f-bombs at you. But back in the days of grindhouse horror, they didn't have to regulate a damn thing. (Which means that some of these contain nudity. They are clearly marked NSFW. This is your early warning.) This led to some of the most ridiculous trailers in cinema history.More >>
It's worth remembering that even those who have scaled such showbiz heights that their hot sweaty palms are within grabbing distance of the Little Golden Man have often paid their dues in the grungy trenches of exploitation, or made missteps even after they became stars. So on the occasion of the 86th annual Oscars this coming Sunday, let's pause to remind ourselves of the stinkers from earlier in the careers of this year's crop of nominees.
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 >>
If you're like me, and I'm going to assume you are, then you weren't excited when you heard about Hannibal. You wondered how many more properties from your youth would be plundered for profit and it made you unhappy. Why? Because how old are you getting if they're rebooting the Silence of the Lambs? Wasn't that out maybe ten years back? No. It came out a long time ago. In fact, that crappy sequel with Julianne Moore was actually more than ten years ago. You're getting old. Actually, as the kids say these days: PLOT TWIST! The show is actually good! Holy shit! You didn't see that coming, did you?
Don't believe me? I've got ten reasons why you should dig it...More >>
Russell Mulcahy's 1994 The Shadow was one of the many post-Batman superhero films that never quite clicked with the public, but for my money, it deserved to find an audience. Now available on a spiffy-looking Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, it's ripe for rediscovery. Here's why.More >>
With several "big" movies arriving in theaters this weekend, including Liam Neeson's Non-Stop and the religious epic Son of God, it remains to be seen how long The Lego Movie will hold onto the top spot at the box office. But long after its overall impact on moviegoers begins to wane, there is one part of the film that seems guaranteed to linger, if not move in, unpack its bags and gain 15 pounds of relationship weight in people's memories: "Everything Is Awesome," Tegan and Sara's unforgettably, irresistibly upbeat theme song.
As with just about everything else in the movie, "Everything Is Awesome" becomes more than just a fun addition to the story - it transforms from a mind-numbing, ubiquitous soundtrack for conformity into an empowerment anthem for Emmet the nerdy main character. But it follows an illustrious history of theme songs that have made 97-pound weaklings feel like Charles Atlas, and we've assembled a playlist of some of the best.More >>