Anime Tribute to Gene Kelly and Singin' in the Rain

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11:30 am


Not exactly the mash-up you'd expect, perhaps - but speaking as a long-time cinephile who has also been an advocate for anime for many years, I have to say it warms my heart.

A ghost princess comes upon Gene Kelly's possessed dancing shoes, and the two get together for a little dance routine. It's adorable, and if you're into film history and the concept of geeks from vastly different generations recognizing each other, life-affirming.

That probably makes this sound overly important - but if the Doctor could bring fans together across time periods, I'd like to imagine he'd get them to make this.

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Bizarre French Animation Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Gets English Dub, U.S. Release

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm


I posted a French-language clip from this film back in January, not knowing if we'd ever get it over here. The tale of a boy with a clockwork ticker in his, well, ticker looks like a Cirque du Soleil adventure that could be enacted with those creepy ball-jointed dolls some people like to collect.

It's tempting to say that it looks strongly Tim Burton influenced, except I think it's unfair to every writer who has ever devised a creepy circus scenario to make Tim Burton the epitome of it all. Certainly there are plenty of French comics we haven't even heard of that are weird and twisted - like, how many of you knew about Snowpiercer before it was made into a movie? Primarily, though, this film is based on a concept album by French band Dionysos. Which means the idea is probably the result of some serious drugs.

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Weekend Hangover: Anne Rice Rebooted, Milli Vanilli and Mario, Rubber Duck and Bondage

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 6:00 am


What stories might you (and we) have missed over the weekend? Fear not, dear readers, for many of them have been gathered here for your perusal via reader submissions, and the assistance of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, NebulaJack, troi, DrAbraxas, Gallen_Dugall, Dr.Gonzo82, rkwsupserstar, donnaryoko, Timely-Tardis-Lego

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Thriller"

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

IDW "The Other Dead"

If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Thriller" by Saiyura.

Logline: Expecting a night of incestuous gay sex with Leonardo, Raphael is shocked to find his fellow TMNT have become dancing zombies, in the vein of a certain Michael Jackson video. Rapey dancing zombies.

Acts Involved: vomit-eating, crying fetish, masturbation, incest, necrophilia, attempted gang rape, putrification, fondling, making out. Still better than Bay's?

Participants: Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, [indirectly] Michael Jackson.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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Chris Pratt Continues to Prove He's Pretty Much the Greatest Guy Ever

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:30 am


It's not enough for the guy to star in TWO of the very best nerd movies of the year, while being handsome and in great shape. Oh no. Chris Pratt has to make us feel even more inadequate by doing a word-perfect Eminem cover on a radio show. And he's the star of the next Jurassic Park.

What have you done with your life lately? Certainly nothing on the level of Star Lord. But on the plus side, he does have to listen to that terrible "Hooked on a Feeling" song more than you do (which makes it interesting that he brings up David Hasselhoff, who does an infamously bad cover version).

You can't hate him, though, because he's awesome. Check out the mad karaoke skillz below...

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7 Movies to Watch out for From the 2014 Japan Film Festival, and How to See Them

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am


The second annual Japan Film Festival at the New People Cinema in San Francisco kicked off during the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival (which I covered here at some length), presenting 19 movies over the course of nine days. Here are seven that are relevant to the interests of the nerdy, and which you should check out if you can.

Some are commercially available, some are coming soon, and there's one you can watch for free right now. And really should.

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Primus to Release Willy Wonka Covers Album; I Want It NOWWWW, Daddy!

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Oompa Loompa, Doompa Dee Duck, Primus is back and Holy...cow.

Les Claypool's twangy vocals and bass-heavy pummelings might not seem like the most natural fit in the world with a number like "Pure Imagination" - Marilyn Manson covering this stuff would be more obvious - but this bizarrely unironic fusion of the two is just the golden ticket. You can even expect the entire album to be played live as the centerpiece of their new tour, which will also sell chocolate bars and feature a special matinee for kids of just the Wonka songs, so they won't come home asking you about Wynona's big brown beaver.

Check out the first track below. I can't wait to hear what they do with the nigh-insufferable "Cheer up, Charlie."

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Good Trailer, Meh Trailer: SpongeBob 2 and Into the Woods

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:34 am


I know it's not cool to like the TV show any more - to be honest, I haven't seen it in a while - but Antonio Banderas as an insane pirate, gratuitous Slash cameo and those superhero outfits make this one work for me. Though I do question why being on dry land is both (a) weird and (b) safe for SpongeBob and Patrick if we're going to consider the first movie canon in any way, wherein they dehydrated on the surface and got saved by David Hasselhoff.

Into the Woods is doing that weird thing where its using buzzwords for people who know musicals, but hiding all the singing from people who don't. It's not really meant for me to begin with, but the trailer confirms it.

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An Editor Looking for Work Made This Guild Wars 2 Trailer. Time to Hire Him

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm


I don't know much about Guild Wars 2, but this fan trailer makes me want to look into both it and the band whose music he uses, Charli XCX. I can't think of a better salute to the guy's work than that.

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The 11 Coolest Things at the 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival in San Francisco

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6:00 am


The sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival was held in San Francisco's Japantown over the weekend of July 19-20, 2014. It was fun and exhilarating and loud and crowded (a serious crowd of humanity in the space of a few blocks) and full of unexpected and wonderful things. Here are some of those things - and it's not even all Hatsune Miku, but there's a lot of her, too.

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