Lest you forget or not realize in all the Dark Knight hoohah currently going on, there is another movie of note opening tomorrow?Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on a Cliff. Yes, it’s anime, and yes, it’s only opening in Japan, but since Miyazaki is called the Spielberg of Japan and his last three movies have all become the highest-grossing movies in Japan, as a good nerd, you should know that Ponyo is happening.
Of course, if you watch the trailer, which is about a little fish/girl/creature that befriends a little boy and wants to live on the surface with him, you realize that Ponyo is made for Japanese 5-year-olds, and watching the movie is kind of like injecting Hello Kitty-brand cocaine directly into your retinas. Still, now you know.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.