We're fourteen years now into the superhero movie trend that rules Hollywood, restarted in earnest by Bryan Singer's first X-Men movie. Since that humble beginning, we've seen comic book tropes I never thought we'd see make it into the live-action arena, stuff like the way the entire Marvel Cinematic universe has been handled, and soon time-travel in an X-Men film, a part of the mutant mythos I thought they'd never touch.
However, there are still some tried and true classic superhero concepts from the pages of comic books that haven't made it to the big and small screen, mostly because the studios would no doubt be afraid to even try to attempt them, for fear of being "too much" for mainstream audiences. Here are eight classic comic book/superhero tropes Hollywood has avoided as being just one step too far... and how to do them anyway, and make them work.More >>
Like most people who went to see The LEGO Movie, I walked out of the theater shocked at how far the movie surpassed my expectations. I think most people would have been okay with a quick, disposable romp full of toy blocks. Instead Phil Lord and Christopher Miller delivered a twistedly brilliant, mind bending burst of awesomeness that will be talked about for the rest of 2014 and beyond. It's hard to think about everything that this film got right and not immediately think of half a dozen other movies that could benefit from similar good decisions. Anyone familiar with the current state of bottom line oriented studio mentality will have such optimistic hopes dashed rather quickly.
To talk about the lessons that can be learned from this movie, I will of course have to talk about the plot of the movie. So BEWARE OF SPOILERS AHEAD! Seriously, if you haven't seen The LEGO Movie, stop reading this, step away from your computer and get your ass to a theater pronto.More >>
The nexus of all that is molded, sculpted or stitched - Toy Fair - has descended upon collectors once again. With enough wonderful toys to send Jack Nicholson's Joker into cardiac arrest, crowning this year's most exceptional collectibles is no easier than a buying Hot Toys product on a budget. But tough choices must be, and were, made. From sickeningly cute plush dolls to monolithic statues, here are the 2014 Toy Fair items worthy of even Valhalla's display cases.
The PONIES: The Anthology trilogy is a series of feature-length compilations of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan videos, largely comprised of short, Robot Chicken-style blackout gags (complete with static bumpers), typically running anywhere from a few seconds to half a minute. The Anthology series are really the only Pony fan videos that I make a point of watching, since they're curated, meaning they're somebody's idea of the best ones out there. Here are my personal favorites of those bests, running about 32 minutes total. Or 22 minutes if you skip 2012: A Pony Odyssey, as I suspect most do.
So if you're familiar with recent gaming news, you should probably know by now that Nintendo is kind of in some deep crap at the moment. After stating that they planned to sell about 9 million Wii Us this year, they later found themselves sadly having to reduce that number to 2.8 million consoles sold in a year. So yeah, finding even fewer people interested in the Wii U, Nintendo held an investor meeting a short while back to outline a battle plan. And the company widely criticized these days for focusing too much on gimmicks and not enough on games delivered a plan that was...mostly vague and basically focused too much on gimmicks and not enough on games.
Hoo boy. Methinks we might need an intervention of sorts here.
Look Nintendo, you're basically turning into the gaming equivalent of DC Comics these days: A once-mighty champion of their medium that's now seemingly content to just sort of dick around and hope that an act of said dickery will somehow stumble upon a ritual that summons a magic imp who can summon free money for you, probably in exchange for your first born child or something. And while we do enjoy mocking you quite a bit at times, we do still respect and love you enough to not let you destroy yourself. So while I don't claim to be a master strategist in the area of business, and while just saying "MAKE MOAR F***ING GAMES" nine times in a row would probably be easier, let's still take a look at some better plans you can use to get things going in your favor again...
The original RoboCop is a blood-spattered masterpiece: a scathing look at looming social decay, rampant corporatism, and things we might end up buying for a dollar.
So when MGM and Sony announced that the José Padilha-directed remake would be PG-13, fans were up in arms. "How dare they try to make Detroit's finest family-friendly?! Who's going to want that?"
Well, my excitable friend, Hollywood already tried its damnedest to make a RoboCop you could take home to grandma. Let's look back at 7 significantly less-than-R-rated takes on our favorite splatter cop.
When he's not being blown up, disassembled, or rebooted, Avengers robotic mainstay Vision is probably doing what he does best: trying to kill his teammates. Whether it's being controlled by his creator, Ultron (okay, usually it's that), magic, or some glitch in his advanced wiring, Vision is what happens when an emotionally unstable scientist (that would be Hank Pym) creates a murderous android (that would be Ultron), which in turn, makes its own robotic "son."
With last week's announcement that Marvel's answer to what would happen if Red Tornado and Martian Manhunter had a baby would be coming to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the many ways that the see-through synthezoid is the worst of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.More >>
Every few years, a game developer tries to take a shot at the MMO market, ever so dominated by Blizzard and their juggernaut, World of Warcraft. Many have faced this electronic Gom Jabbar, trying and failing, or worse, trying and dying in the best of Bene Gesserit traditions. While nothing has been successful in knocking Warcraft off the top of the MMO charts, RPG masterminds Bethesda have locked and loaded a large caliber shell aimed at dethroning Blizzard: Elder Scrolls Online. It's a well calculated strategy; previous entries Morrowwind, Oblivion and most recently Skyrim all won immense amounts of acclaim. With Skyrim alone selling over 20 million copies, it's safe to say the series has a fanbase that could take on WoW.
We here at Topless Robot got to spend a long, caffeine and Cheetos filled weekend with the latest entry, Elder Scrolls Online. Here's your first look at what you can expect when you step into the online world of Tamriel. Is Elder Scrolls Online worth $60, $14.99 a month, and everyone you've ever loved? Let's find out, starting with the good...More >>
If one of the great virtues of horror movies is its essential peanut-butter-and-chocolate combination of sex and violence, Doug Aarniokoski's Nurse 3D, opening today, must have been blessed by Saint Reese's. Paz de la Huerta, whose distinguishing characteristic as an actress is her aversion to clothing, plays Abby Russell, a skillful physician's assistant who moonlights as a vigilante sexpot preying upon philanderers and sleazeballs.
Suffice it to say that the premise alone promises plentiful nudity and shamelessly gory violence. But rather than bothering with the prosaic challenge of reviewing Nurse 3D, we decided instead to catalogue the movie's odd sexual proclivities, which seem destined to prompt a little roleplaying between kinkier cinemagoers, if not generally inspire audience members to integrate a few new tricks into their slap-and-tickle repertoire.More >>
Hayao Miyazaki's (supposedly) final film, The Wind Rises, should be available for you to see very soon. Such an occasion would typically invite yet another fawning retrospective, or ten, on the man's body of work, and for good reason. There's no arguing that Miyazaki is a master of his craft, a cinematic storyteller among the best that have ever been. And Ghibli, his animation studio, has revolutionized the animation industry and consistently set the bar for the rest of the world.
However... sometimes.... the good men and women at Studio Ghibli can get a bit TOO MUCH praise and adoration.
Hey, don't forget where you are, right now. That's right - the Internet. The playground of the devil's advocate. So roll your sleeves up for the inconceivable - a list that pays tribute to Miyazaki by enumerating some supposedly classic Ghibli films that are actually really over-rated misfires with AWFUL morals.More >>