The news broke earlier this week that director J.J. Abrams had another secret trailer attached to Iron Man 2, and here it is in surprisingly good bootleg form. Although Cloverfield-like — in that the movie is about some kids who are filming the events as they happen, although it happens in the ’70s with a Super 8 camera, hence the title Super 8 — it has nothing to do with Cloverfield. Instead, this about an alien that apparently gets loose in Ohio, and it’s supposedly an homage to ’70s Steven Spielberg movies. I like the ’70s conceit and the Spielbergianness, but for some reason, strong aliens don’t creep me out. Strong aliens are just monsters, and it’s regular aliens I find creepy — E.T., the critters from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, etc. A strong alien will punch you until you die, which sucks, but is quick and normal. A regular alien is assumably smart, and will capture for god-knows-what for god-knows-how-long — that’s what kept me up at night worrying about alien abduction as a kid.
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.