I totally forgot Battle: Los Angeles was a movie that was getting made until this morning, when a pretty good-looking trailer came out for it. Yes, it’s another aliens attack movie, but here’s the difference — instead of a plucky group of unqualified humans who thwart an entire extraterrestrial species, or a drunken Randy Quaid on a suicide mission, the goddamn Marines are called in to kick ass, as would probably actually happen in an alien invasion. Seriously, when the aliens come, I hope to hell the government sends in our armed forces, as opposed to Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith with the hope that the spaceships run on Mac.
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.