Well, specifically, he just blew up Montevideo, Uruquay, and he didn’t blow it up as much as make a little fan movie of giant robots blowing it up. This video has been circulating around the nettertubes after it was announced that Mandate Pictures was going to give him $1 million to direct a $30 million film, purely on the basis of this video… which cost $500. Now, I think the video looks cool; in fact, for $500, it’s unbelievable. But would I give this dude $30 million or a movie because of it? Fuck and no. That’s a terrible idea. He obviously knows his special effects and has a keen eye, but can he manage a professional shoot or actors? Can he deal with a script or even just actors reading lines? No one knows, because this little movie is neither professional nor does it have a story. Still, I guess it’s good that Hollywood gives the utterly untrained a chance once in a while. Hey, maybe this’ll be the dude that finally edges Uwe Boll out of a job.
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.