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GOG2 is Pushing my Technicolor Buttons – Robots Root 29 April 2017

It’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 weekend (somewhere) and the reviews look good. I’m drawn back to this comparison, above, of the marketing and how well those firms understood both the material and the target market. Not because I want to see JL fail, but because I want to see GOG2, and all the supers films possible, succeed.

 

Meanwhile, a Robot’s Root weekend edition for 4/29/17!

  • “That’s not MY Superman!” they all said.
  • Tyler Labine just joined Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Excuse me while I add that to my sizable queue. Netflix/BBC
  • Great second look at that Kingsman 2 trailer. I LOOOOOOVE all the cheesy americana details. The BASEBALLS.
  • Sobering encapsulation of everything clouding ST: Discovery’s production progress. Doesn’t look gooooood.
  • My lovely wife worked full time, took night classes, and did final presentations (twice) within a week of giving birth. She did not, however, table hop battlements.
  • SMASHY MOUTHY! I’m so down.
  • I kind of like the idea of a purple Gamora. There’s so much blue skin in the MCU space stuff with the Kree and other races… having the purple almost feels like it makes more sense.
  • I’m not in the sport camera market. I have a GoPro but it is mostly for documenting my deaths in the event I am flattened on the bike. But if I were, IF I WERE, this camera
  • BRB, have to go install Nightingale flooring. Because ninjas.
  • Is WALL-E Satan? Maybe.
  • Is this rad marketing or curious desperation or a meltdown? Who’s to say.

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Finally, I wanted to mention an add to our most recent few Robot-Kraken Podcasts, where we’ve been discussing our art process and how it has changed over the years: I talked a bit about my father’s experiences as a graphic artist when I was a kid, and how many of the early (and current) tools in the digital realm were approximations of physical actions from real paste-up work. Here’s a great video on how the industry evolved, if you’re interested in the details.

Just a Flesh Wound – 25 April 2017

I didn’t watch the first bridging minifilm for Alien: Covenant, but I did watch this one. I think it’s relevant.

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Meanwhile, in space, this Robot’s Root is happening…

  • Best comment ever, regarding that trident there. Yes, I know the 5 point weapon has been in the comics before. Your argument is invalid.
  • I’m stoked at the Robotech resurgence. And an artist I follow, Marco Turini, was tapped to handle art chores on the new comic by Brian Wood. What a cool team-up! My concern is that they will mimic the tone and style of the anime, rather than do a grittier take that suits their own styles. If left to their own devices it would look a lot more like what Paul Pope did with Batman 100. Turini has a detailed, inky thing going on.
  • These 16th c. redesign cosplays are OUT OF CONTROL

  • The highlight of Iron Fist continues to be Jessica Henwick, who I’ve tried to fantasy-cast as pretty much anyone and everyone on the podcast.
  • Great prohibition era photos, feeling right out of the Coen Brothers playbook… but you can tell, as you go through them, that they were staged, even at the time. Still cool.
  • Spoilers if you didn’t listen to our Robot Kraken podcast review of Powerless, or watch it your own self: no longer an option.
  • Is Once Upon a Time in Venice a good bad movie, a bad bad movie, or just the worst example of trailer editing in the history of the form? I want it to be good.
  • DC just announced a Teen Titans live-action series launch. Which is great for DC fans. However they are using it to launch a streaming service, showing they learned nothing from Paramount.
  • I love James Bond. Which is Kingsman, these days. Just look at it. LOOK AT IT.
  • I also didnt watch Split, but I did learn about the stunt ending, tying it to Unbreakable (sorry, common knowledge now) and saw the awesome film recap here from Earthling Cinema. Anyway, M. Knight Toleyou announced Glass, the third film, will bring them all together. I look forward to it.
  • When Zoe Saldana says she wants to be in Dune, LET HER.
  • Shane Black confirms Predator will use practical FX. Music to my ears. And by eyes. Or something.

That’s all for now! Wipe your eyeballs down and find your center.

Them Krakens be Robots – 24 April 2017

I was at the Monterey bay Aquarium with the kids last week, and was surprised to discover some Robot Kraken action!

 

Meanwhile…

I bring you: Robot’s Root, 24 April 2017

  • This one floored me. Three days later, I can’t wrap my head completely around it. Apparently, setting aside all the rounds of auditioning that landed Chris Pratt the role of Star-Lord.. the consistent second choice? Always Sunny’s Glenn Howerton. WHUT.
  • Shots from Defenders filming, at least so far, confirm DD is continuing with the muddy Ultimates style mostly black look. I keep hoping he’ll just suddenly show up in the same armor but the color of arterial spray.

  • Every time I look at the Thor: Ragnatole trailer, I’m reminded of that old Incredible Hulk telefilm series I loves as a kid. I was super into the cheesy, brown leather and fur Thor. So much so that in our Marvel RPG games I made him that way for science. But not cheesy. I mean, sort of cheesy. Lots of ‘I see thee NAY!’ business. But not four -color.

Also, that long gap in the couch? In the gladiator arena? It would fit precisely one lounging bronzed Jeff Goldblum. Meaning we need two, I guess.

  • I’ve always loved the concept of Xenomorph eggsacs being used as other things. I want to like this cookie jar, except I think it should have been something you actually unpeel, something softer. I don’t like the lid. Also, I don’t understand cookie jars.
  • The Batman and Bill documentary is finally arriving on Hulu. I’m really looking forward to it. Bill Finger has always been a trivia point, but I don’t know much about him.
  • Claire Temple won’t be in Punisher, breaking a tradition. Now, I love her and I like that she’s the narrative glue in these stories, but Iron Fist showed that when you have someone who knows all the other characters and DOESN’T call them for help, it becomes a distraction. I don’t hate this news.
  • This reminds me about recurring old amusing arguments with Lung about air travel: statistically, though more Red Shirts die on screen than other classes in ST, they represent a much smaller percentage of that class, meaning it is, as we’ve always said, much worse an idea to send those officers on the Away Team missions all the time.
  • Here’s the movie which will always be remembered as the project on which Jon Bernthals and Tom Holland worked on their respective Marvel audition tapes with each other.
  • I found this Samurai Iron Man online very late at night in my international travels going stir-crazy in my hotel, so I bought it. It hasn’t arrived, so common sense may prevail and I may return it like a reasonable person. But I MAY NOT.

Three Mix Tapes Are the Proper Quantity of Mix Tapes – 21 April 2017

Well, good news if you are a Guardians fan… James Gunn is writing and directing the third film. That’s the longest contiguous production in Marvel’s history. I love it.

Robot’s Root, 21 April 2017:

  • ‘Those people who said this was as good as Empire must really be into file formats’ cue Saw throwing stink eye at his thumb drive. Pretty Honest. THEIR WEAKNESS TO STICKS.
  • Great study on ‘What Makes Always Sunny Still Funny’… I mean, YEAH, but I never really thought about how well defined the family lives of the characters were in forming their individual character traits.
  • Earthling Cinema explains The Arrival, I movie I loved, but not as much as this explanation of it.
  • Ian McShane threw HBO under the bus, saying they already have a Deadwood shooting script. GOD DAMN IOT!
  • If you enjoy Game of Thrones, and if you enjoy generating fan theories about WTF, then you may enjoy this Fan Theory Generator. I tried it out. Legit:

Petyr Baelish is secretly dead

Who wants Sansa dead? Cersei, who believes that she had a part in Joffrey’s murder. Who has been spending a lot of time with Sansa lately? Petyr Baelish. It’s possible that Cersei has sent a Faceless Man after Sansa, and this Faceless Man has killed Petyr and taken his face. He fed Sansa to the Boltons because he was dead certain (spot the pun!) that she wouldn’t survive them. She did, so now he’s hatched Plan B of being right next to her in Winterfell so that he can finally eliminate her.

  • No gusto, but I’m not the target market for a teen soap Cloak and Dagger show.
  • Best quote about why it’s better Jeff Goldblum isn’t in blueface in Thor: Ragnatole:
Goldblum has transcended acting to that place where he’s invited to films to basically be himself. Making him blue, while comics accurate, would have just put an artificial barrier between us and what is surely going to be an epic performance.
  • From Lung: The Kraken Piescraper. YUSSSS
  • You may not be the target market, but as someone who routinely plays Hans Zimmer soundtracks nearly every day, I’m disappointed to find out he actually brought the orchestra to SF when I wasn’t looking. Previously when the tour was announced it was only select cities. Anyway, I’d have definitely sprung for it. Check out the Inception performance at Coachella, otherwise known as the Burning Man for Rich Hollywood Types Who Dont Realize The Organizer Funds Anti LGBT Organization and Is Linked to the Kochs.
  • 10 more X-Files will be X-Filing away in the near future. Let’s hope they’re the good kind.
  • A rejiggered Passengers that may solve some plot points. Did I post this? Anyway I liked the film anyway. But here.
  • Much is being made of Joss Whedon saying he’s obsessed with Barbara Gordon’s ‘damage’ that led her to becoming so hardcore as Batgirl, which I think is a misnomer. He was saying it in the context of: what drives a young woman without a tragic past to enter this life, in the absence of the default everyone’s-a-superhero comics world? Not damage so much as drive. But since Gordon is linked to Killing Joke (which, at least temporarily, ENDED her Batgirl role) it immediately means everyone assumes Whedon will make Gordon a survivor of something. On the other hand, one of the best things about the Batgirl Year One series several years ago was that it effectively showed Barbara setting out as Batgirl because she wanted the thrill and the freedom. It was FUN. I’d love to see that on film.
  • The pedigree for Captain marvel is getting interesting. One writer from GoG, one from Inside Out, and co-indie directors from Mississippi Grind.
  • Mireille Enos, Greg Kinnear and Steve Buscemi have joined ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ which adds some heft to the anthology series…

  • Lastly, I leave you with this. See you in the bunker.

Whooop Whooop Whooop Trailer plus Other Things – 18 April 2017

Well, I’ve only watched the Last jedi teaser about 33,000 times so far. Finally spotted mysteriously-alive Phasma, and today, I see those new whatever-they-are Pound-Note-Wings are hurtling towards the rumored Even-Bigger-AT-ATs… anyway, awesome of course.

 

Robot’s Root for 18 April 2017:

  • My feed was all about a Man From UNCLE sequel until I looked into it and saw that Armie Hammer just #yeahdude’d it into being. Which means nothing. But still, hey, I’d prefer a world with a Man from UNCLE sequel to one without.
  • Check out how cool Leia looks in this…
  • I like covert action/ spy/ assassin type thrillers, so I choose to be optimistic, though the production pedigree is questionable. See for yourself.  Michael Keaton is being all Michael Keatoney.
  • Would you be down for an animated Watchmen with a hard R? I don’t see why this is happening, but according to this survey, SOMEONE must…
  • what do you think about Josh Brolin as Cable? The bullshit fan manips so far haven’t been helpful. But I almost feel like just Brolin walking around scowling is ENOUGH.
  • Nothing will turn your own cult fanbase against you than spurious trademark moves…especially with the cyberpunk genre.
  • Ottoman-style arts of excellent movies. MUST SEE.

As the World Turns, So Does Robots Root – 12 April 2017

Thus and therefore, I bring your: Robot’s Root! 12 April 2017. And unless you are reading this from Southeast Asia, this is a time traveling post! Because very likely, it is not the 12th for you just yet. I pity you and your mortal limitations!

 

  • MI:6 has officially begun production. Here’s what made me laugh about this: I thought it already was. Because I was thinking about the Mummy airplane business. And since the Mummy appears to be Bourne Identity… and MI wants to be Bourne Identity… it just. Well. Ah.
  • Following the previously released Thor 3 trailer, here’s Mr Sunday Movies’ reliably awesome recap and speculation video. Pretty good stuff, right here.
  • Hyper-real Ren and Stimpy masks, which I love, because that was a critical early innovation of the cartoon, the use of creepy painted scenes cut into the animation. Always with stink!
  • I loved this: computer viruses reimagined as cyberpunk characters. Sort of. Great color choices anyway!
  • This is tolly random, but I just found the DVD-released final mini-episode that came out after LOST ended that acts as sort of a tie-up-loose-ends deal. It’s not magic or anything, but reminded me how much I missed the show. Worth a watch if you were a lost fan, and you can even sort of pretend S06 didn’t even happen (I mean, happen to you) and still enjoy this.
  • Lots of Scuttlebutt that Man of Steel 2 might involve Black Adam as the villain. I mean… I don’t buy it. But possible. Possible? Who knows.
  • The Justice League turn right. Because, justice.
  • Exciting news! Jurassic World 2 will feature an Apatosaurus wielding a cordless drill!
  • Part of me sort of didn’t need to see Frank Castle in the overt skull wearing that floppy hair, but hey.
  • How Josh Brolin rolled in and landed Cable I can’t even. This was the best…
  • Finally, Friday at 12:30pm the Last Jedi trailer will apparently be released. Brace yourselves. MEGA STAR DESTROYERS because bigger!

Because M-16s – Robots Root 11 April 2017

Here’s Kurse using M-16s for no reason, straight out of Williamson’s Thor run… wow!

Listen, if this is a TEASER trailer, I don’t want to see any trailer trailers. I’m already sold on this film just on the pedigree of the director, the Thor roomate shorts, and the punchline in this above. And that’s saying something, as the Kirby-meets-80s-Galleria-Mall aesthetic is not my personal favorite.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Much knee-jerk hullabaloo has been made of Disney’s patent filings for a soft interactive robot. Westworld! They cry. However, this is basically an R/C airbag concept, so not only would I suggest we consider Baymax from Big Hero 6, which was the best thing ever, but in fact that’s the first intended application of this design: a Baymax toy. So. I’m on board!
  • Terminator is done. NO ITS NOT he says. It’s sleeping.
  • Lung teased me with the Robot Soldier toy coming out, and how, as tenuous landed gentry, we have no disposable income for such things. To hell with that, I’ve seen heist films (and none of their endings) what could go wrong.
  • According to two reference links I cannot access in Indonesia, apparently Captain Marvel will be the ‘most powerful character in the MCU’ which I certainly hope is hyperbole. I mean, I’m hot to see Brie Larson kick ass as much as the next nerd, but let’s settle down.
  • I haven’t been following ANY content-related stuff related to GitS, though I’ve certainly read about the disastrous box office, and the general criticisms. I reserve judgment for when Lung and I see it later this month. In the meantime: hilarious rework of the trailer mixed with review blips (the BAD ones)…
  • King Conan appears to be DOA. I’m disappointed. It was the best, most rational use of older Schwartzenegger (sp) in any of these films he’s doing. Aged, broken down Conan. COME ON. It would have been awesome. Oh well oh well oh well.
  • Listen, I may be the only long-time follower of the Weekly Planet podcast, but I mentioned earlier that Mr. Sunday Movies (James Clement) finally revealed himself as part of the Movember fundraiser/ podcasting network lunch event a few weeks ago. The video is up now, in addition to the early photos. The 360 camera footage is pretty amazing, BTW. I need to look into these devices. I’ve never seen a pan-style wide angle video shot and released on youtube before. It’s worth checking out for that if nothing else. I knew all that VRML work I did in 1996 would pay off… sort of…
  • Josh Boone’s New Mutants film has entered pre-production. Anyone over 40 will probably be thrilled.

Robots Root – Because Vespas Amirite 8 April 2017

In this edition of Robot’s Root, many things happen. But none are as interesting or profound as Deadpool riding the Rainbow Bridge on a Vespa.

But we’ll give it a go…

  • Here’s a wonderful collection of pickup lines generated by AI. It’s glorious. My personal favorite: “I have a cenver? Because I just stowe must your worms.”
  • Another great interview discussing America Chavez and her new ongoing from Marvel. Gay, Latina, aggressive, modern. Very cool.
  • This, on Inhumans: it will be an entirely revolutionary supers series never seen before on TV (unlikely); also, the Royal Family have been deposed and are in hiding in Hawaii (OK) the one bright spot is that this means Maximus on the throne and lots of scenery chewing by Iwan Rheon.
  • Mignola has a new book coming out from Dark Horse; it’s a vampire story and should be sufficiently surreal. Art will be by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Check out his blog: another wacked-out style for the Mignolaverse and I approve.
  • You have probably heard before that Henry Cavill wore the original Reeves Superman kit in his audition for Man of Steel. I always wondered how that would look. Not great, as it happens. Granted that was 100lbs of steroid meat early and it was a dated 70s nylon material or whatever.
  • I’m still attempting a media blackout on Ghost in the Shell (and by the way, I know one person who said they LOVED it… and they are even Asian… completely going off script) but here’s an interesting look (in the hero image) of early concepts with Margot Robbie in the title role. Interesting. Looks super hot. But then again, obviously.

 

That’s all for today. As a reminder, Kris of Deeplydapper is at Cherry Con in Salem, Oregon this weekend. If you are in the neighborhood, go buy stuff or bring him booze or both!

Robots Root – 6 April 2017

Above, let’s take a moment to relish Keron Grant’s Gotham City Garage design as executed in this statue. The badass pose, the ink, the translucent bike farings… I mean… I look at this often for inspiration. Gorgeous.

On to Robot’s Root for 6 April 2017 

Meanwhile, out there, these:

  • Trip out: One of Ridley Scott’s proposed endings for Alien involved Ripley being facepunched and then the xenomorph, via tentacle(?) using her com panel perfectly mimicking a human voice. I mean. I love it.
  • I know it’s not super cool to be buzzing about the Defenders right now, but that’s how the backlash works. This weird viral teaser involves the team looking wiped out in an elevator… there’s a URL that gets you into interesting territory involved, and it reveals the launch date for the series… but all i can focus on is Matt Murdock’s headpiece. I get it: no one else has a secret identity, but this is the Netflix equivalent of the old ‘spare FF costume’ thing in the 80s when Peter Parker, after ditching the symbiote costume at the Baxter Building (maybe? It’s hazy) left the building in a spare FF jumpsuit minus gloves and boots, and wearing a paper bag on his head. It was surreal. He couldn’t just leave the building in some of Johnny Storm’s spare clothes as Parker?? Like through the lobby? I remember thinking: TOO MUCH DRUG U GUISE. Anyway, there you go. No one would recognize Murdock’s suit I guess. Or rather, ask the basic questions. But whatever, still into it. See you in August.
  • Welp, Rainn Wilson has signed onto the new ST series as… Mudd… so that’s a thing that’s happening.
  • Uh, Marvel’s VP is stepping into it… and then, maybe 24 hours later, two ‘diversity’ titles got Hugos. Nice.
  • Justin Theroux and Tom Hardy supposedly in SW VIII works for me. Entirely works.
  • Give that Mouse laptop company from Japan some due credit: good ad agency. Number one good.
  • Um WHUT. But Yeah Preacher S02, can’t come soon enough.

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 30 Released – Logan, Kong, Iron Fist and More

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 30 Released – Logan, Kong, Iron Fist and More

Stolen from Deeplydapper.com, here’s the details on our latest podcast:

April was a month of mixed feelings about movies and TV and possibly some drunken antics! We also discuss multiple projects we are working on, art techniques and more!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  •  00:00 – Introduction
    •  I also apologize for the racket I make during the first segment as I prepped for a con
  •  00:01 – REVIEW – LOGAN
    •  A thorough talk about the newest Huge Jackman movie
      •  CAUTION: Here There Be Spoilers!
  •  01:38 – SUCKING THE MONKEY!
    •  Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
      •  Kris drinks a 90 Shilling Beer and Thom drinks a “Dolche Vaminos”
      •  We also recap a few things. Buzzfeed Famous!
  •  01:55 – REVIEW – IRON FIST
    •  A discussion of the first three episodes of the new Netflix series.
  •  02:59 – REVIEW – Kong: Skull Island
    •  Kris briefly reviews the new Giant Ape movie he saw.
  •  03:20 – THE SHIPYARD – Art Technique, Talk and WIPs
    • This month we discuss Wacom tablets, brush pens, sourcebooks, FanX and more!
  •  04:21 – Drunken Closing!
    •  There is an excised segment here, featuring both of us getting a bit silly while discussing John Wick – you can find it on our PATREON PAGE!

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