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Somebody Spiked the Sucker Punch

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There’s a new TV spot for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch (actually, there are two spots, but I’m running the better one [the other one’s here]) with a touch of new footage/insanity. I think I’ve figured out my problem with the movie. It’s not Snyder, because unlike a lot of you, I dig him — I loved 300 and Watchmen. Yes, Sucker Punch seems like it’s all-style-no-substance, but that’s fine; so was 300, and everyone enjoyed the shit out of that. I think my problem is that 300 worked because it had some decent performances in it from Gerard Butler and Lena Headey and the Deadliest Warrior guy — not Oscar worthy, but enough to carry the movie in-between awesome action scenes. What does Sucker Punch have? The girl from High School Musical? A former Real World “star”? And maybe I’m just being critical (heavens forbid!) but the girl who plays the main character doesn’t seem like she can act at all, which is not a good thing when she’s only been in teasers and trailers. Maybe I’m wrong — I hope I am — but I’m not nearly as excited for this as I was for 300, and this movie actually has chicks in it.

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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.