Way back in February, I ran the teaser trailer for Filler!, a short fan flick about a mad scientist and his food teleporter — a very specific invention with no other possible uses, thank you very much. Now the full 10-minute movie is out, and it’s just as good as it’s trailer promised — although I might be biased because it uses the Law & Order DUNH-DUNH! sound effects. One warning — please, please don’t spoil the incredible twist ending of Filler! for others.
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.