? From Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Wanted and those Russian cult-hit Nightwatch films, comes this Russian flick about a kid with a flying car who eventually fights evil or something. I saw both Nightwatch and Daywatch and found them simultaneously kind of awesome and kind of terrible, although I don’t know if I can articulate why. Still, weird.
? Goemon is a samurai flick from Kaz Kiriya, who did the live-action Casshern movie a few years back. I was super-excited about the Casshern movie, because its trailer looked unbelievably stylish, action-packed, and awesome. I was disappointed to find out that all the good scenes were in the trailer, meaning that there were 135 minutes of incredibly boring bullshit left in the film. Suffice to say, although this looks cool, I’m very worried about getting screwed again.
? Baton is an anime movie from Ryuhei Kitamura, better known for Versus and Godzilla Final Wars. People give Kitamura a lot of shit, but I really, really dig his movies, and the fact that this anime looks almost nothing like regular anime also has me excited. I also have no fucking clue what it’s about, which is probably helping.
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.