10 Reasons Why VCRs Are Better Than What We Have Now

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am


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


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

Jim Dandeneau

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


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


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


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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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

NY Comic Con
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! The biggest, and traditionally most comics-focused convention on the endless con schedule, New York Comic Con, starts today, and we at Topless Robot are very proud to present this sober, scholarly look at the convention where you can get a free crazy taxi ride when the con is on, and an expensive crazy taxi ride after everyone's already home. We'll be on the con floor every day bringing you news, pictures and snide tweets about what we're seeing, so keep an eye out here and on Twitter for all the latest. We're also linking to every booth and panel listed so you can easily add them to your Show Planner App. And say hi if you see me on the floor, I'll be cosplaying as "Terrified Hypochondriac Man."

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9 Interesting Ways Edge of Tomorrow/Live. Die. Repeat. Differs from its Source Material

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00 am


Today is a day which I fondly refer to as All You Need is Kills-mas, the day that Edge of Tomorrow comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. You know: Edge of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise-Emily Blount science fiction spectacle that skidded hard at the box office, despite delighting both critics and the audiences who actually got out and saw it. Edge of Tomorrow, which plays like a sadistic Groundhog Day, as Cruise's character dies over and over again, caught in a time loop, trying to somehow win a seemingly impossible battle. Edge of Tomorrow, inexplicably retitled Live Die Repeat after already being inexplicably retitled from its original moniker, the fabulous, can't-forget-it-once-you've-heard-it All You Need is Kill. Edge of Tomorrow is notable for being an adaptation of a Japanese science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazawa - Japanese SF isn't something that's commonly been mined for Hollywood blockbusters.

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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am


If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.

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How Supernatural's 10 Seasons Represent Buddhist Stages of Reincarnation

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 am


Supernatural is a show that is entering its tenth year. This is a heady accomplishment, especially in a world where Firefly and Brisco County Jr. both only got one season. It's also unique in that it brings in the female fans despite the fact that the main characters are all males (albeit extremely dreamy ones). Thus, with season 10 approaching fast, how can we celebrate Supernatural?

Supernatural tends to be a little circular. Invincible enemies are introduced one season and two seasons later they're basically mooks. The brothers break up and reunite more times than Oasis, taking turns being the "Cynical Brother Who No Longer Cares". Sam goes from being a demonic host to the devil to an angel and Dean goes from being the Sword of Michael to being the new Cain. It's not easy to find a central meaning to Supernatural. You have to think a little outside the box after all these years and after so many tangled story lines. One idea that more or less works is reincarnation. Are the boys trapped in an eternity of living the same lives and making the same choices over and over again? I mean, they are, but what if there's a literal truth to it as well? Assuming there is, let's look at ten reasons Supernatural is all about the path of reincarnation.

(Extreme spoiler warning here. Just stop when you get to the season you haven't binge-watched yet.)

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