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Tie X Fighters are the new Hotness – Robots Root 20 Oct 2017

 

Isn’t it glorious! Meanwhile, that root:

  • old-timey ‘radiated’ rings? WANT
  • No spiders in here.
  • 100% real dragon remains discovered. Stop asking questions.
  • Now you TOO can make Deckard’s monocular from Blade Runner 2049… assuming you have a sweet 3D printer. If not, why don’t you. Meanwhile, Adam Savage tours the Blade Runner 2049 set and I want to go to there.
  • Some great ideas for Halloween themed treats here. Short answer: everything is possible with skull shaped molds.
  • This is an odd duck but I liked it. This Steam game produces highly realistic physics and destruction in this car simulator builder app. Think Burnout but crossed with those web apps where you launch a body at things. Anyway, of course the internet got involved, and there’s a whole culture of players posting themed youtube videos, like ‘vehicles chained together’ and ‘spectacular heavy semi truck crashes’… anyway, I was enjoying this one, featuring the results of a track of 100 closely spaced speed bumps taken at speed. Really pretty fascinating. There are some amazing crashes in it.

  • Plus, bonus, I’d like to note that the 4Runner only wiped out in the last 10′ or so. My link above is specifically pointing at the 4Runner run, which, by the way, is at approximately 3:33 into the video DAMN!
  • Aquaman is wearing some cool armor in these pics from the solo film production. Mera’s green is greener. AND she’s holding what looks like a gauntlet. HOOKS are happening.
  • All the hoopla about the Robot Wars thing is silly. They’re just tractors with shit welded to them. I will say this: no overturning moment resistance? That’s just silly.
  • Jason Battersby’s concept for a Tie Fighter redesign (above) is honestly the sort of thing I wish we were getting in the new films. We’ve been seeing designs that admittedly do like they play in the SW universe, design wise, but they are strangely angular and crushed looking, not really feeling like three decade later evolutions of these concepts. But check THESE out. Witness all my desktop screens after I rotate through my Blade Runner stuff. Amaze.
  • Speaking of which, here’s some somber Blade Runner concept work for yet MORE desktoppery!
  • Lastly, something I REALLY like, seen in both the second Last jedi trailer (below) and then later in the trailer for SW: Battlefront II: something I’ve demanded since I was a wee lad, a glance at the manufacturing and delivery of the AT-ATs. The former, Last Jedi, and the latter, in the game footage, as ships are seen carrying AT-ATs into orbit the way my kids carry one of our cats. YUSS

Legend Still Has It – 19 October 2017

That Black Panther trailer… oh MYYYY

  • We have already enjoyed Jeff Goldblum randomizing during Q&A sessions… here’s a stupendous summary for Ragnarok (7 seconds over the limit)
  • While I still have no time to play video games, I’m super into Star Wars Battlefront II. Even more so, every new trailer
  • Welp, not sure what choice they had at this point that wasn’t going to feel right, but Netflix is releasing Punisher on Nov. 17. So we still have pain over mass shootings, but now passing Halloween and slipping into the holiday season. It is what it is. Some argue there’s never a good time for this project.
  • Here’s a breakdown of that Black Panther trailer… so many great details, from the vanes on the Talon ship, to the way they resolved Klaw’s arm.
  • If you love Gremlins, and have OCD, have at it!
  • I don’t read many DC books these days, but wow Sean Murphy’s Batman book White Knight looks amazing.
  • Lung reminded me recently that Del Toro is doing a biopic of Michael Mann. That might frustrate Del Toro fans who want big gothic horror fantasy films, but you know how I feel about the subject, I reckon.
  • Interesting nods from Jason Momoa about Aquaman’s situation in JL, somewhat ringing true with what we’ve seen in the trailers, if not the imagery in Luthor’s handy powerpoint presentation.
  • So, uh, now New Mutants is a trilogy. A horror sampler trilogy. Set in the modern day, BTW, for you X-Men film continuity students. If you saw the first trailer the other day, you know what they’re going after.
  • Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix have wrapped, but all that matters are those swords.
  • Kevin Fiege is working pretty hard to convince us that after Avengers 4 the MCU will be reset. I mean, it might. But also, it might not. Nod, shrug, wink!
  • Meanwhile, he also corroborated a story that the female actors in the MCU cornered him and asked for a female-driven Marvel film, and he agreed. Because what are you going to say at that point, even if it wasn’t already in the works…
  • Here’s a trailer for Stranger Things 2, coming ver soon to Netflix. Don’t watch it! I’m not. Trying not to, anyway.
  • Gambit is really, REALLY, honestly, truly, super-really going forward, to be released on V-Day 2019. In other words, Lung’s favorite non-holiday.
  • A study of the intricacy of the synth atmospherics in the original Blade Runner…
  • Every Radiohead album via Spongebob. Originally forwarded, with delight, by Johnny Greenwood his own self…
  • In case you ever find yourself in need of tips for Henson puppet repair…sorry, marionette.
  • Look I’ve only just started Rick and Morty S02, but this article analyzing the vehicles on the show cracked me up. I too am impressed by the monster truck Karmann Ghia with no dented nose cone.
  • Its unpermitted and surreal, but here’s an Argentinian Moe’s Tavern.

A long one, but I’ve been swamped. Please enjoy hell yes!

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Robots Root 11 October 2017

I lasted 12 hours before caving (under pressure from One Lung) and watching the new trailer. Yes, spoilery bits are involved… but only if you BELIEVE what you are seeing.

One hell of a poster, tho…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root!

  • Infinity War Iron Man armor upgrades include vanes off the back and transforming cannons etc etc the former of which I love in concept and the latter of which I don’t. But there you go. Don’t get me started on that Spidey suit.
  • Supposedly Hulk has a major arc through the next three films, which I like to hear. Especially if its, you know, not involving Maestro, Banner/Hulk separation, Skarr, or any of that other stuff. I wouldn’t mind him going gray though. For science.
  • I love jeff Goldblum but what is even.
  • Check out this crazy Batman: Year One concept figure. It’s like some amalgamation of purple glove Batman and DC 1,000,000.
  • This might be more entertaining than Kong: Skull Island was. Theoretically. Haven’t seen it yet.
  • My new favorite Lego anything ever: Star Destroyer Collision!
  • Word Processor error messages from 1977. These own me.
  • These speculative Star Wars scenes from a recent Artstation challenge are pretty excellent. My favorite is lurkin’ up on SLAVE 1, close second being the Rebel soldier captured with the lightsabered head in the foreground.

 

That’s all for today. I’m heading out, hoping not to see 33 posts about Porgs tonight. GAH TOO LATE.

 

More Than Meets the Industrial Designer – Robots Root 9 October 2017

Emerson Tung is an illustrator I’ve been following for years, and I’ve posted his work here before. I was struck by how he casually solves the modern Transformers movie problem: let the tech in the transforming bits be complicated if you need to to make it parse, but leave the body panels and such along, and anachronistic enough that you look at it and think ‘car robot’…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root:

  • I’m super down with the new Mondo art book… I love their poster work and this looks to be a nice collection.
  • The New Justice league trailer as a bit of plot in it, which is nice. I’m not sure I’d want to be the one to cover Bowie, but they tried. My buddy Ryan pointed out last night how confusing it is that Aquaman has a good ole boy slash surfer situation going on. I like it. But when he makes me THINK about it, it’s an interesting choice. I think they just let Momoa be Momoa just Momaing about. Here’s an international version with more ‘yee-a-UH!’ in it. Actually, no, less of it. But I like the theme music in the second trailer, and I wonder (optimistically) if it’s real.
  • I’m not convinced on the Mosaic project on HBO. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure film by Soderbergh… eh. Feels like a video game.
  • You may recall that awesome short, Adam, done on the Unity engine backbone, by Neil Blomkamp? Here’s a sequel.
  • New X-Files S11 trailer has me shrugging. I realize, the last season was so random and disjointed (released in wrong broadcast order etc) and I had sort of forgotten about the hot mess they left it in. Anyway, all the ballyhoo from S10 was basically that their return to creature of the week format was the high point, and the serialized conspiracy eps the lowest. Now, I happen to love the conspiracy stuff… but I can’t imagine they targeted me specifically for S11… so huh.
  • The early reviews of Thor look very promising. Of course, that’s just about whether it will be good, not whether it will do well at the box office. I mean, Thor will. Blade Runner scores extremely high on Rotten Tomatoes and will be tanking (understandably) but I think Thor will have legs. They are very different animals. Speaking of, this is gorgeous.
  • I’m not sure that these photos are indicative of anything (other than that the poster doesn’t know the difference between an arm sleeve and a tattoo sleeve) but I do like the idea that for one reason or another Hawkeye will become Ronin. If that happens.
  • Ridley Scott says the next Alien film will be more about AI action than xenomorphs. I welcome it entirely. “I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
  • Gore Verbinski MAY be on board for directing Gambit. That could be good or bad, depending on what you think of the director, and what he thinks of the material, because he’s pretty uneven in my opinion. I was so MEH on this project until I saw the synopsis. Now I want it to succeed.
  • Super bad luck on the Punisher release timing. I mean, the BAD LUCK is the horrible tragedy in Vegas, but I mean, tough time to release this project. Last time I posted about it they were delaying the screeners, but now the whole project may be pushed back. And probably should.
  • I’m a nerd, so I loved this: Hot Toys released a version of Boba Fett from the X-Mas Special. Believe it or not (believe it) I have this on my to-draw queue. HAHAHA. Now the ref material got 1,000x better.
  • If you liked Crank, you may be the target market for Happy on the Sy-Fy channel… I’m not sure where I stand on it. I like that it exists…
  • I wasn’t initially particularly interested in the Phillip K Dick anthology being cooked up. I don’t much like anthologies (though I make them out of necessity)… but having seen the promo, I’m intrigued…
  • Lastly, the Runaways full trailer still smacks of teen soap and doesn’t have the vibe I’m hoping for. EXCEPT. All the word of mouth is positive. So, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised…

That’s all for today. Just sitting here pounding refresh on my alamo drafthouse page waiting for those Star Wars tickets…

Dont Wear White After the Post-Apocalypse – Robots Root 5 Oct 2017

You know what these shots of Brolin as Cable doing some sort of shopping cart business remind me of? Took me all morning, but I figured it out:

My TRDL Commission for a character called Alpha. I’m dying…

Meanwhile, That Robot’s Root:

  • Hm. This throws everything we agreed upon on the podcast about Gal Gadot’s pronunciation out the window. Or through the wall.
  • BAD TIMING. So Punisher screenings have been postponed at NYCC and other venues for obvious reasons. Reminds me of how the theater shooting cored Dark Knight’s box office, but of course, in this case, the content of the movie is a bit close to home.
  • I don’t know if I like or dislike these ALL IN posters, but at least we’re seeing JL people running or moving without looking like a bad paste-up splash page… which the previous ones actually were. I just want all the Batmans.
  • I don’t have a problem with Iron Fist being in Luke Cage. This is a good thing. Heroes for Hire, but with Cage owning Rand all the time.
  • Here’s those Pacific Rim Uprising mechas that look too streamlined. MEH! Bring me more smokestacks covered in heat sinks!
  • I’m dying. “Do you enjoy the sensation of petting a cat or dog, but hate the unconditional love and the fact that they have heads and limbs?”
  • I follow HardTimes, an Onion-style site but for punk rock etc etc and sometimes random tertiary posts crack me up even more than the music stuff, like this one, which was ACCURATE.

 

Finally, as I head out to an extremely, EXTREMELY late showing of Blade Runner 2049, I thought I’d post this nice roundup on the production of the original, courtesy of Vanity Fair. I’ve got books on the topic at home, being a supernerdfan, but this was a good encapsulation.

Shatter Glass and Officer Sass – Robots Root 4 Oct 2017

This might be my favorite Mondo poster of anything ever. OMG

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Lung turned me onto the Honest Trailer for Blade Runner, which cracked me up quite a bit. As usual, the names of the actors are the best. Also: ENHANCE!
  • Also, this is purportedly the moment Ford accidentally connected with Gosling while filming the one scene.
  • I enjoyed Lucy. For all of it’s logic faults, it was a return to form for what Besson does best. Sequel still in the works, according to a recent shareholders meeting. Interesting though that the budget is being compressed after Valerian tanked. Which I still need to see.
  • Even though american audiences are unlikely to be familiar with most of these properties, some part of me loves the idea of these (maybe) out of continuity mashups of the different characters in a given company’s catalog. Reminds me of the Capcom fighting games, or some of those weird cartoons from the 70s where everyone is in the same cannonball run style derby. Plus, Gatchaman!
  • And so it follows: a few days after WB/DC insisted in interviews that their movies weren’t necessarily part of a cohesive universe after all, now Universal is taking the same approach, after the collapse of the Mummy, insisting that Bride of Frankenstein will be a standalone film. Huh.
  • Mako Mori is back in Pacific Rim Uprising, which is good news, since I always planned on drawing Rinko Kikuchi in that Jaeger piloting gear… for reasons.
  • I’m so down for DARK is isn’t even funny. I mean, it really isn’t. At all. It’s scary as hell. But I loves me some time horror.

 

I’ve been posting con cosplay type photos to our IG account and whoa I just got to SFCC day 02. HAHAHAHAHAHHAH sob

Load “Robot-Kraken” comma 8 comma 1 – PRESS PLAY ON TAPE! 29 Sept 2017

To hell with the Twitch whatever… I’ll take a mini C64, thanks! I mean, I won’t. But I WOULD.

Meanwhile…

’tis Robot’s Root:

  • Michelle Williams has reportedly joined the cast of Venom, opposite Tom Hardy. Say what you will about the garbage level of Sony’s productions, that’s good wattage.
  • Man, if only I had time to play them video games! Red Dead 2!
  • Sneak peeks at Runaways are thoroughly CW style meh. I refuse to abandon hope. But I worry when a teaser image bores me. More pics, showing the different kids…
  • Kind of neat to see how much the new Tomb Raider is pulling from the game.
  • Isle of Dogs is pre-suffering from sort of appropriation backlash which feels pretty beyond the pale to me. Again, I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but Anderson always uses whatever voice actors he likes, in any role. And there are plenty of Japanese voice actors on this project. Reaching…
  • When this kind of thing is still happening in the US, it’s easy to imagine True Detective having traction for more gritty, urban stories. Bring on Mahershala Ali already!
  • It slays me that BB-9E was called ‘BB-H8’ on set. I’ll never not hear that in my inner monologue.
  • Oh look: Nice Guys TV adaptation, but with women! UGH. Actually, I loved the Nice Guys, and I’d love an all female retro buddy cop show. But adaptations…
  • THERES NO PROBLEM IN THE DCEU STOP ASKING.
  • SW: Battlefront II will feature the Emporer’s posthumous kill-em-all plans… I’m intrigued in that alone, let alone the whole game which i will love, buy, and rarely have a chance to play.
  • Skinless Rocket Raccoon. Have fun tonight…
  • What’s this! Snow Crash adapted for Amazon? Now we’re talking…
  • this, wonderful thing, this amazing, wonderful thing, for one lung
  • And now, more desktop imagery for you: retro power station control rooms. AWESOME.

With that, I leave you to your theoretical leisure.

Blacked Out Black Out – Robots Root 27 Sept 2017

Infuriating! The third and final prequel to the sequel Blade Runner 2049 is out, from an extremely accomplished anime pedigree, but stuck behind the crunchyroll firewall. I’m already being strong-armed into paying for CBS All Access for the Star Treks, so I’m not giving CR any money for this. Outrage! I mean, it isn’t… but it is. Right? Right. Here, for those that have a subscription to that site.

 

Meanwhile, Robots Root!

  • Annhilation looks A M A Z I N G…. everything I want in a film: mystery, tension, minor key urgent soundtrack, aliens, horror, Natalie Portman. I’m so in. And I lurrrrved Alex Garland’s previous, Ex Machina, so.
  • Unsettling politics in the continuing cultural war against tattoos in Japan (or re-war, I guess)…
  • James Cameron and Tim Miller seem to think they invented the concept of a Terminator’s skin aging… can’t explain the shrunken spine and saggy muscles though ey! EY! Still… and also, what’s with that old saw about body odor and bad breath? I get the former… but where would halitosis be happening on a Terminator? Oh, there I go thinking again. Next film: 2019. Better get crackin! Not getting any younger, the lot of em.
  • I’ve seen two or three of the character posters for Pacific Rim 2, and while I don’t like how humanoid the mecha became, I DO like the graphic design on these posters. A lot.
  • So, fresh off of being booted from Han Solo, Lord and Miller are now developing a film adaptation from the writer of Martian, about a heist on the Moon. Because cyberpunk! I’m in.
  • First look at the female Ghost in Ant-Man and Wasp. Looking ghostly! And female.
  • I’ve yet to comment on ST: Discovery, but I did watch it. My favorite thing so far has been the diversity in design and affect on the new Klingons. Here’s a peek behind the curtain from Face Off’s Glen Hetrick’s production house.
  • Hayley Atwell doing mocap for Avengers 4 perhaps? I’m saying, time travel fuckery!
  • And finally, Lego Grand Theft Auto. You’re welcome!

 

Thats all for today! Who’s ready for inktober? THIS GUY! Hope to see some sweet art from the rest of you next month, on IG or FB or the like!

Murder, Melody, and Minced Pies – Robots Root 25 Sept 2017

Anna and the Apocalypse is easily my most-anticipated holiday film ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER.

Robot’s Root!

  • According to the Exgovernator, Robert Patrick won’t be back for T6, which is a bummer. Also, Genesys is wiped from continuity, which suggests that Salvation is not (?). Also, here’s a reasonable roundup on dos and donts regarding saving the franchise.
  • Surprising precisely zero people, Willis and Jackson will be back for the Glass film. I mean.
  • I haven’t seen Kingsman yet, but srsly, the reveal that Colin Firth’s character was somehow still alive was quite a blunder in the previews, and the director is now speaking out about it. Good on him. What a fuck up.
  • A new Murder on the Orient Express trailer for you. SO STOKED.
  • Evangeline Lily in costume is somehow less whelming than I expected, but then again, they probably plan on CGI-ing in the visor lensing, and her wings too…Goggins, of course, owns everything.
  • Best worst knife blocks ever.
  • This article posits that Punisher doesn’t belong in the Marvel Netflix Universe. I think, rather, what they are referring to is that he’s an unrepentant domestic terrorist. He’s an anti-hero at best, in the way we root for guys who got a raw deal getting revenge in some contexts… but he’s mostly a villain. I’ve always seen him that way, despite the ways Marvel tried to sugar-coat him. As presented in DD S02, he was a psychopathic vigilante and while yes, he restrained himself from killing Daredevil, and does seem to have a moral code that prevents him from wiping out innocent civilians, I think the problem is less that he doesn’t belong in this universe, and more that he doesn’t belong in some fan-fever future Defenders team. Let him be a villain.
  • So Avatar 2 began production… and Cameron spent a fair amount of quoted effort talking up how “badass” it will be to have Stephen Lang back as the villain for four speculative films… specifically because the character died… I just can’t muster my usual optimism here: how is he going to maintain interest in this franchise over four films… how is he even going to DO four films, when only the LOTR/Hobbit stuff seemed to be willing to go apeshit pre-scheduling a million films, while every other hopeful franchise talks the talk but then caves after a weekend in global release… and how is any of this going to happen in tandem with Terminator, unless he produces on that franchise and directs these… EH! I feel like we’re seeing some of these guys just being barkers these days: Cameron, Scott, etc. “I’m making THREE awesome movies!” “No, mine is a SEVEN movie ARC OF POWER!”
  • Possibly related, here’s Doug Liman ranting about how amazing his inexplicable All You Need is Tole sequel prequel would be.
  • In a surprising plot twist, I actually LIKE this supposed brief on the Gambit project. Help me.

 

That’s all for today. No, I haven’t seen ST: Discovery just yet. I was catching up on Preacher. More to follow!

Im Arresting You Thats What Im Doing – Robots Root 20 September 2017

I’m somewhat alarmed to tell you that I feel strongly compelled to buy this bottle even though I fear soul crushing debt.

Welp, in other news, here’s some Robot Rootery:

  • How Wonder Woman should have ended? Right here. And a hankering for an Honest Trailer, perhaps? HERE.
  • This Sideshow speculative Nomadic Obi Wan is all sorts of amazing and I want this movie now. This right here. All of it.
  • You may have heard that Richard Donner’s original goal for Superman was to have the majority of Superman I and II as a single film. This isn’t that, quite, but here is a Blu-Ray release of the longform version of Superman I that was originally broadcast over two nights. I can’t wait. How interesting! It’s like an alternate reality version of the film.
  • A brief history of the famously awkward Star Trek ‘double punch’ maneuver.
  • I’m kind of enjoying this examination of Tragic Photoshop on Alicia Vikander’s spine. I mean, I enjoy examining her spine in general. But also, bad photoshop. Speaking of, here’s the whole trailer.
  • So I’m thinking about Avengers 3 and 4. Loose theory: Avengers 3 (Infinity War) will involve Thanos cleaning up, brutally killing everyone. Cap gets ahold of the time gem, travels back… then we have Captain Marvel movie, set in 90s. Perhaps time travel events in Avengers 3 lead to environment where Cap Marvel now exists. Reset MCU. Then forward to Avengers 4 where we have traveled through different timelines, and are now defeating Thanos with a new hybrid team of multidimensional Avengers? This would explain why Crossbones may be back (alternate universe or time travel) and would trade heavily on the Avengers Forever stuff from years ago, swapping out Thanos for Kang.
  • Trailer round-up; This collection of trailers includes the following: gratuitous overuse of the choppy percussion coinciding with cut scenes, mini-teaser trailers preceding the actual trailers, oversharing, and surprisingly, two uses of big gun 80’s metal that I hope make it into the respective projects and not just the trailers.
    • New Jumanji stuff, which I told myself I wouldn’t watch, but did, and still loved.
    • New full Punisher trailer. At this point his chestplate looks less bustier-like, which is good, but I still struggle with his douche haircut. Release date remains randomly obscured, because Netflix.
    • Donnie Yen’s HK 70s epic, Chasing the Dragon
    • Full Tomb Raider trailer (I really enjoy a female, modern take on Indiana Jones, but it’s a bit heavy on the daddy stuff)
  • MA.K is being adapted by the producer of IT. Giant robots, so I’m in.
  • This is awesome: Tweedie Waititi has commissioned and produced a Maori-language version of Moana and held free screenings, to encourage the dwindling native-tongue speaking Maori population to re-engage with their culture in NZ.
  • And speaking of the Waititis, Taika is apparently looking at taking on Akira. I mean, CAN YOU IMAGINE. So rad.
  • I don’t know why this took me by surprise, given Schwarzenegger and Cameron have been talking up another Terminator project, but now apparently Linda Hamilton is in on it. Surprising to me, I guess, given her relationship collapse with Cameron…
  • Watchmen has begun production for HBO… given how much room that story wants to breathe, and HBO’s track record for genre projects the last several years, I’m optimistic.

One more thing:

I don’t know of this is legit…. but it is definitely L E G I T if you feel me.

 

Also: Dig on Bosslogic’s speculative Joker via Jackie Earl Haley..

 

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Finally, an update on the TRDL Art Jam:

 

Our man Tulio will be taking on the duties of posting the TRDL Art Jam subjects each month, to our FB and dA groups… starting in October. I needed to focus on the TRDL Sourcebook production, so this is a huge help.