When Michael Bay is in charge of both the Transformers and the TMNT movie franchises, it can be hard — practically impossible — to remember that once in a while, through sheer chance, Hollywood can get a movie completely, totally right. Obviously, I won’t know for sure until I see it, but this new trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World looks on track — to me — to be perfect. I’ve said it before, but Edgar Wright was such the right director for this film that I’m still shocked, and Michael Cera seems to have abandoned his normal awkwardness for Scott’s amiable doofishness — I’m sure some of you Cera haters will disagree, but to me he’s nailed Scott perfectly. I can’t wait. Although with so much goodness, I’m sure some disaster is coming down the pike: maybe the studio will realize the film is too good and hire Brett Ratner to do a few reshoots; maybe the movie will tank, and we’ll only get some bare-bones DVD like (the unjustly maligned) Speed Racer; maybe Edgar Wright will be so crushed he quits directing. I don’t know. It’s just when I see a trailer this good, this promising, I can’t help but wait for the other show to drop.
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.