What’s the silliest time your parents banned a piece of pop culture from you?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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The enduring appeal of Robocop for Game Boy’s sad, shimmering theme song

Rarely can a film’s video game adaptation say it improved upon the film from which it drew inspiration, but the 1989 Game Boy version of Robocop, Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent genre classic, has at least one thing on its source material: An unforgettable theme song. No shade to Basil Poledouris’ score, but the game’s…

World’s first robot cop begins duty in Dubai, is way less cool than you’d think

The world’s first robotic cop has joined the Dubai police. According to Reuters, the automated officer was built by a Barcelona-based robotics company and is part of a government program to supplement all its lazy, sleepy, illness-prone human cops with machines that look like a training dummy mounted to the top of a…

Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classics remind us how the media normalizes fascism

The word “normalize” has gotten a lot of mileage in the past couple months, thanks to the rise of a racist, sexist, xenophobic reality star to the presidency of the country. The media’s “gotta hear both sides” mentality toward his alt-right supporters has been called an agent of normalization for once-radical…

Supercut assembles the “100 greatest one-liners” in action movie history

“With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero!” That Simpsons line would appear to be the mantra for many of the tough guys (and gals) in this montage of great quips said before dispatching an enemy. Burger Fiction has assembled lines said by a character before felling a foe, many of which have become…

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Amazing stop motion music video honors John Carpenter, Robocop, and more

A loving tribute to VHS and ’80s aesthetics, the music video for Gunship’s “Tech Noir” is a stop-motion tale of a post-apocalyptic world where the video cassette reigns supreme. Opening with a narration by John Carpenter, the video was directed by Lee Hardcastle who gets to throw in his very best gruesome effects once…

Machinima announces web series from Clive Barker, Bruce Timm, RoboCop, and more

Flush with that sweet Warner Bros. cash, gaming website-turned-new media company Machinima presented its slate of upcoming web-series programming at the Digital Media NewFronts yesterday, and, in a word, it’s spooky. Stacked with cult-favorite creators like Bruce Timm and Clive Barker—and, uh, Roberto Orci—Machinima’s…