I know I’ve pimped many, many — many — things on Topless Robot so far in 2009, but please, if you buy only one thing this year that I tell you, make it this: the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Rifftrax. I have been waiting for this moment since I first suffered through the film in theaters, and certainly, it is the only way I would subject myself to ROTF‘s excruciating agony one more time. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett sobbing hysterically during the interminable Shia the Beef’s-mother-inexplicably-on-pot-brownies scene; I will sob along with them, and hopefully, just maybe, I will be cleansed.
The Rifftrax can be ordered for a mere $4 here; obviously, you should avoid buying the actual Transformers 2 DVD if at all possible, instead ordering it via Netflix or borrowing it from any of the millions of horrible people who bought it this week. Truly, this is the only way I can recommend watching Transformers 2. It won’t make the movie any less awful, but the Rifftrax guys will be a small beacon of sanity in a dog-humping, robot-testicle-having, Turturro-buttocks-exposing world, and that, my friends, is priceless.
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.