Weekend Open Thread: Quitality!

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

via Rob Crossley

Allrighty folks, be good to each other - I'm taking a long-overdue four-day weekend, and leaving you in the guest-editing hands of Witney Seibold, a.k.a. "The VCR Guy." I'm sure he'll be both provocative and amusing.

Comic-Con hotel reservations open Tuesday morning, so I won't get to sleep in every day - but that's a sacrifice I can make, knowing that my press credentials were just - finally - approved for this year. TGIF!

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A New Podcast Star Is Born

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi, and hope you all had a great St Patrick's Day. I made a trip to Los Angeles last weekend, as Julia was performing with Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and the show was on Sunday so I was able to make it. After the show we went over to Hollywood and Highland for a great lunch, and while we were there the UCLA band was doing a pep rally for March Madness. They were good, but we would rather have had USC. We also did a little shopping at Hot Topic, then back to the apartment and I got wrangled into a podcast; my very first for Topless Robot, so I hope you all enjoy. It is about 1.5 hrs long and I am the only guest. Had fun doing it.

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It Follows That This Is the Weekend Open Thread

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm


I urge horror fans to see It Follows this weekend if it's playing near you. Good directing, good scares and an original creature that's creepy as hell. You may remember my festival review from November.

Anything else going on in the world?

Oh, besides the Tupper Adam/TR in-joke video I made last week, of course. In case you missed it, it's below.

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TOPLESS ROBOT LIVE! "Sexism or Slander?" Feat. Ariel Schudson and Scott Mendelson

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:30 am


On the latest podcast, we discuss:

-Scott's history as a writer and box-office analyst, and how Ariel came to be a film archivist and scholar.

-How movie marketing today differs - or not - from the deceptive sales tactics of the '30s.

-What we all think of Chappie.

-That controversial article from last week about nerd culture taking a long hard look at itself (if that made you mad, and agreeing to disagree ain't your thing, beware!)

-How a second Ghostbusters reboot announcement does or doesn't already undermine the first.

-How likely you are to ever watch a film print of unaltered Star Wars again.

-All this and your questions too! If you do iTunes, please be sure to subscribe and leave a good rating if you like it. If not, you can listen below.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: She's the Sheriff's Department

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello hello. Happy almost St. Patricks Day. I will be having some corned beef and cabbage next week for sure. I love boiled cabbage, potatoes and carrots in a good corned beef broth. Then served with lots of butter on the veg and a good mustard on the corned beef, yummy in the tummy. Followed up with a good Bailey's and coffee. We have no pubs out here so it will be served from my kitchen.

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Well, This Is Awkward

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

Hi, guys.

We're having technical difficulties this morning, and our publishing schedule is delayed a bit. Once we get everything sorted out, we'll be back later today with new articles. Thanks for your patience!

Weekend Open Thread - Now With Comment of the Week!

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm


Since day one of my time here, reader Canadian.Scott has been asking for a "Comment of the Week" feature. I finally told him that if he wants to pick the contenders, I will showcase the winner on the open thread.

So this week's winner, responding to the Jem movie image, is...


Congratulations! You have won a big, fat, invisible set of bragging rights for the next seven days!

Now talk about whatever you'd like, though I suggest that if you want to talk about Leonard Nimoy, it might be better placed in the Nimoy comment thread several posts below, where we've been collecting tributes in the comments.

PODCAST: The X-Files' Dean Haglund and Filmmaker Phil Leirness

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 am


On this week's Topless Robot Live!, we get Lone Gunman Dean Haglund to read erotic fan fiction about himself aloud. We also discuss the Oscars, trigger warnings, how to deal with haters, Dean's contrarian take on Disneyland, Phil's definition of "fictional documentary" versus "Mock-Doc," what's next for The X-Files, Dan Aykroyd's delusions and more! Phil and Dean host the Chillpak Hollywood Hour every week, and have had me on as a guest many times - I'm delighted to return the favor.

The embeddable version is below. It is also currently available on iTunes, which is another great reason to subscribe - I don't always know when the podcast will go live (it's out of my hands at a certain point) and iTunes subscribers will get it first.

I don't know yet who the next guest will be - there are several possibilities - but if you have questions for me and Julia that you'd like answered on the next one, post them below. Also, if we need to adjust the sound mix, or you have any other feedback on how to make this better - we're listening. Let us know if Julia's still too loud in the mix.

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Japanese Ad for Learning English Puts a Bald Black Man Inside a Kid's Mouth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm


That actually sounds pretty bad from a certain point of view, but it's more literal than you think. And according to RocketNews24, it's even freaking people out in Japan, which is no mean feat.

Just before the ad comes to a close, the kid, trying to snap his parent out of his stupor, asks, "Are you OK, dad?" It's quite telling that he doesn't make any attempt to say yes.

Neither did these online commenters in Japan.

"Too startling, too creepy."
"The heck kind of commercial did they make?"
"Stop, please. You're making my kids cry."

That last one lacks context, however - it could be that the kids are just crying because they don't want to have to learn another language with a new alphabet. I cry sometimes when I just have to learn a new html tag.

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Here's a Short Film About a Girl With an Anus for a Mouth

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:45 am


It's horrible. And yet I suspect that, just like me, you'll feel compelled to click on it anyway.

It's called "Eat My Shit," and here's what its director has to say:

Eat My Shit has become a viral success in Spain, France, the United Kingdom... The movie is going to do it. This makes me think that people understand a woman with an anus on her face more than I thought they would.

The video player takes a second or two to load, which gives you plenty of time to second-guess your choice to watch it.

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