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Does it Come in Black – Robot’s Root 30 Aug 2018

Here’s a great in-depth look at my favorite movie vehicle ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER! Having just rewatched Dark Knight on IMAX, I was geeking out over it anew.

 

  • Mahershala Ali is one of my favorite go-to actors right now. I’m super stoked to finally catch a glimpse at the first trailer for True Detective S03. I’m completely in.
  • As my french teacher used to sadly mumble: ‘Pauvre Thom, pauvre pauvre Thom.’
  • Approximately 0.00003% of the known world wonders what project Taika Waititi might be meeting Marvel about.
  • Oscar Isaacs in Batman? I hope he plays a conflicted detective. hahahahahahhahaha. He looks good in suits looking troubled. Alec Baldwin, however, is NOT playing Thomas Wayne in Joker, a mere two days after being reported as cast. I love when one of my queued tabs cancels the previous one out.
  • It’s a Monday, so Psylocke is back to being a pink haired anglo saxon
  • Hans Zimmer’s retirement from super hero movies is apparently over. Good.
  • I mean, with that much blood, how could it NOT.
  • Lung sent me this amazing pumpkin carving, straight out of R’Lyeh. Check it out. However, you may need to take advantage of this to get ready to try your hand at it.
  • Don’t tell me Matt Smith won’t be Thrawn. Look at that forehead. LOOK AT IT.
  • Roadrunner was the one cartoon growing up that made me laugh until I cried as a wee one. I’m pretty stoked on the idea of a new COYOTE VS ACME film. I’m sort of bemused they didn’t use COYOTE V ACME just to be cheeky.
  • Though this one-hour gameplay demo was met with at best lukewarm reviews from the gaming community, I thought it looked GREAT. I love old school cyberpunk RPG action. Really takes me back! It’s like Battle Angel Alita… hopefully. But while I’d never have time to play this game, I love that it exists.
  • I Think We’re Alone Now is one of the films I’m most looking forward to right now. Between the pedigree behind the camera (early Handsmaid’s Tale eps) and the wattage of Peter Dinklage’s understated acting, it’s going to be fierce.
  • Soon to be seen under an Xmas tree of a Lung near you.
  • I love watching Dwayne Johnson when he’s in his element but also playing it broad a bit (like Jumanji)… but this is straight out of the DONT DO THIS DEPT.

 

We are frantically preparing for Rose City Comic Con (and for Kris, multiple cons) so hopefully we’ll see some of you in a week!

Freaky Tikis and Other Things – Robots Root 22 Aug 2018

First up: Check out Deeply Dapper’s latest Kickstarter, for all of your Tiki Halloween needs! Pretty awesome goodies!

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Meanwhile, under the sea:

  • Well, that’s unfortunate to hear: Happytime Murders may not live up to its potential.
  • Seems legit. Nice move, Kalishnikov! Very Cyberpunk 2012 of you.
  • The blurb for an upcoming comic tie-in raises more question than it answers, regarding the timeline of Captain Marvel and other Phase IV films.
  • Danny Boyle is out on Bond 25. I’m kind of disappointed. I’m not SURPRISED, but disappointed.

  • So, uh, I don’t watch the Arrowverse shows… and I know the takeaway here is supposed to be the ‘oh look, Batwoman red symbol in the sky!’ but didn’t Flash’s new helmet enlarge and become weirdly proportioned?

  • Oh look: Punisher finally looking more Punisher-like.
  • What happened with Tran after The Last Jedi was deplorable, but damn, I love how she’s come back roarin‘.
  • Galaxy Quest 2 is on hold, (the show) but not for the obvious reasons plaguing productions… political ones regarding leadership shuffles in the wake of some toxic behavior at the executive level. Here’s hoping…

 

Thats Like Your Opinion Man – Robots Root 21 August 2018

That thing you need that you didn’t know you needed but now can’t haz because it’s sold out. But WANT.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • That Unity engine robot design used for Adam and the NB short film work was leaked walking around in a driveway… it was a lighting study, but still, people got sufficiently triggered. TO THE BUNKERS!
  • It seems like an eternity ago (but not an Eternity, or Ego) that Mark Ruffalo spoiled Infinity War. Ha.
  • When Miller was still attached to Deadpool 2, he planned a post-credits scene with the cast of the collapsed FF movie. As a person who actually liked some of that project, I wouldn’t have minded this, thought it would have played for laughs mocking them, which I get. Anyway, about the costume redesigns. Not bad, actually. Better than in their own film! I don’t like how lumpy and meaty the neck parts are, but otherwise.
  • Here we have a scene with Daredevil stalking a copycat… meanwhile, on the same day, Gotham pics surfaced showing the stupid roided out punks from the Dark Knight comic. Coincidence? I THINK NOT! Everything is Dark Knight, and Dark Knight is everything.
  • John August has created a list for people to populate, of movies not available digitally… he’s hoping to spin this into a mechanism to get some of these released. Great idea.
  • I really want to see a trailer for I Am Mother. It IS an odd observation that Swank appears to be wearing the same outfit as Winstead in 10 Cloverfield Lane… anyway, the titular bot was seen at SDCC and looked amazing. WETArrific.
  • About time Ironheart got a different look. Really didn’t like that she was just wearing an Iron Man armor around.
  • I love how much Idris Elba has been trolling fans about the James Bond thing. He wins either way.
  • Finally, a great primer on what is, and isn’t true kung-fu in film, and how it doesn’t really pay to value one over another.

An Event! – Robots Root 17 August 2018

I don’t know what you plan on doing for the next two months, but I plan to hold my breath until this is out. Good lord, am I the target market.

Meanwhile, this happened:

  • From the Thanos of Hollywood… “using Rocket Raccoon as a side-arm”… oh man. The dinosaur… THE DUSTICE LEAGUE?!??! I can’t.
  • I hadn’t seen Predators, so I didn’t know these were already sorta a thing. But now they are another thing. And a further example of how Predator is just creep-sliding into being Aliens.
  • Here’s a Dune tabletop game, in which you could never afford scale Spiceworms so whatever.
  • I love these digests of director commentaries, since I barely have time for movies, let alone commentary tracks. I haven’t seen Manhunter in years, but you know I love me some Michael Mann.
  • Look, I’m holding out a bit of hope for Iron Fist S02… even though at this point the bar is so low that the new season aspiring to basically be a Marvel Phase I plot is an accomplishment.
  • Good news, Watchmen fans: the HBO series was greenlit and is in production. I’m optimistic.
  • I was already in because Danny McBride, but the timeliness of this plot line is prescient, given how close we are to the same goddamn mistakes as the housing crisis of 2008.
  • If I had cold hard cash (and loved Disneyland more, as apparently all the adult friends of mine in LA do) this would be the auction to see.
  • Interesting observation about the Ruby Rose as Batwoman ‘controversy’… didn’t consider, or wasn’t aware of, how much the character’s heritage was a part of her identity in the books.
  • I think the cell shading feels a little soft here, like Slugterra looks, rather than how Tron looks, but hey, I’m still down with more of the Star War.
  • The premise of Joel Kinneman’s next series is interesting, in so much as we know very little about it but it sounds promising.
  • Netflix continues to kill it. The Angel is bad ass historical spy drama that I’m going to eat RIGHT up.
  • Treadstone as a series was greenlit, proving once again that Hollywood is afraid to tell a story unless it has the name of another story glued to it. I mean, come on. Couldn’t it have just been ‘Cool Spy Assassination Team’…?
  • Interesting tidbits about a Catwoman solo film that didn’t happen, from John August, a screenwriter I quite like and whose podcast I follow…
  • Lego Voltron. That is all.

And in closing, here’s ANOTHER one for which I am the target market, in the opposite direction, spectrum-wise…

 

 

Paupers Graves and Saber Waves – 14 Aug 2018

 

This Mondo poster is by Mark Aspinol. I’m not fond of how the ships are flying off of Kylo Ren’s shoulder, but there’s other compositional choices I really like: for example, the symbolic imagery of the figure placement (Kylo’s back, the fact that they are back to back as per the big scene in Snoke’s throne room) is rad, and it allows the glow of each lightsaber to shine on the opposing character, expressing their instability in the light/dark choice and the concept of balance. I loved the ships in Kylo Ren’s cloak’s negative space. I like that his lightsaber breaks the frame, which I feel expresses his surprise Act 2 choice… Anyway, fun with arts.

From the Shimmer:

  • By the end of S01, Hulu’s Runaways started to follow the beats of the comic, which is exciting. Of course, they haven’t dipped into the big gut-punch of the comic’s first series, but I don’t know yet if they will. That gives it some refreshing urgency. Anyway, S02 synopsis is out, and it looks like it’s diving into the titular on-the-run period we’ve been waiting for.
  • I don’t know what Tax Collector is going to be about (no one does) but I like Ayers overall, and I don’t mind Shia Lebouf the way others generally do. This was an intriguing image for me. I’m into it.
  • The other week I was saying I never really liked the Predator design, and of course there was pity and outrage. Anyway, not like I didn’t watch the movies. I’m a generational dudebro. But anyway, I remember even as a kid wondering how that mouth works. This article is pretty entertaining: no tongue? What the hell? How does it eat, let alone eat sushi
  • New Wes Anderson film is in production! What about? Don’t know, don’t care, take my money.
  • This is the first Venom image I’ve actually liked, in terms of the design. I like that he’s big, and the eyes and grin look better in profile (the eyes want to be farther apart like an animal to me, not straight ahead in the simian manner) and I like that the white sinewy veins are taking the place of the spider symbol. I said this on the podcast though: sometimes Brock’s head is in the head, and other times (like when Riot takes his head off) he’s down in the core of the torso like a mecha pilot. I wonder if this is just sloppiness, or f it’s by design, like he’s being shifted around in an egg sac to protect him. Late night, a couple of cocktails, and I was amused that it was like the same sort of mystery pilot jenga that puts Batman face down when he wants to shoot something in the Tumbler. HA. Meanwhile, Sony shoots itself in every foot it can find: now it is going for a PG-13 rating so they can better ‘integrate’ into the MCU if that ever becomes a possibility. GUH.
  • Ongoing highly speculative theories about what Disney will do in dismantling Fox are ongoing. Mostly about two key points: bringing X-Men and FF into the Marvel fold (let alone all those other properties ready to be strip-mined), and the status of the raunchy R-rated stuff. At least the ‘months of reshoots’ story seems to be hyperbole.
  • Josh Trank’s Fonzo: Al Capone by Tom Hardy who, when faced with perpetual criticism for his weird vocal choices, triple-downed and based Capone on Bugs Bunny with vocal fry. I’m actually into it. I hate his accent and slur as Eddie Brock, but I loved his Bane, loved his Peaky Blinders stuff, and I’m all for this. Capone DID have a weird nasally, highly regional accent. Hardy give precisely zero shits.
  • I don’t think anyone believes Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth really walked away from ST4… here’s hoping the producers do, so they get their money. I’m not saying any of these actors deserve or necessarily NEED huge salaries that have so outpaced the scale of their work, but I do think the studios are generally stupid about these negotiations. They went to stars of major franchise work and just when you expect the battle will be about them wanting even MORE money (especially Hemsworth)… the studio scales the budget back and asks for pay cuts in violation of their contracts. I get this is how it works, on both sides, fighting to modify contracts… but seriously.
  • On the Robot-Kraken Podcast we talked about how it felt like a missed opportunity to not let Goliath grow in the third act of Ant-Man and Wasp… apparently there was a scene planned… but it was a flashback. I agree, though, that would have been narratively redundant.
  • Shane Black is all for a Nice Guys sequel… I don’t feel it is necessary. It’s a perfect standalone film. But I’d also 100% endorse it if he kept the vibe. Their charisma was electric. I guess neon, given the time period. Lazy incandescent?

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 45 Now Available – When in Doubt, Goggins Out!

Robot-Kraken Episode 045 – July 2018 “When in Doubt, Goggins Out!“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Deadpool 2, Solo, Ant-Man and Wasp, current events and more!

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Show notes, for SCIENCE:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Chardonnay
  • Thom: Margarita

News:

  • Steve Ditko and Stan Lee
  • So Many Jokers
  • Neil Blomkamp and Robocop
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Sofia Boutella
  • Cara Gee
  • The Snapture
  • Doctor Doom on film

Monkey-Jacket Musing: What Characters Should Have a Solo Film Set Directly After the Snapture?

  • Blake: Jessica Jones and other street level heroes, Agents of Shield
  • Thom: Fantastic Four as a science-based alternative to supers

 

Review: Deadpool 2

Review: Solo

Review: Ant-Man and Wasp

(Red Tentacles and Black Octopuses… seem to have been lost to the cyber-seas)

 

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Cold souls
  • Thom: Luke cage

 

Planned plundering:

  • Blake: Annihilation
  • Thom: Night flyer

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Download this episode directly if you like!

 

ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com

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Science isn’t Real! – Robot’s Root 9 Aug 2018

 

As a lover of both the old Aquateen Hunger Force series, and of surrealism, this made my day yesterday. Several times. [Shaking fries in there]…though this was sobering, indeed. Sadly, tangentially related.

 

Meanwhile, within the collider, something emerges:

 

 

  • Super down with Slaughterhouse Rulez. Pegg and  do great stuff and I like the tone of this. Casting is spot on, too.
  • As an old C64 user (previous, and aged, both) I love it. I’m surprised it isn’t some Raspberry Pi machine at this point…
  • I mean, they could do worse

  • I appreciate what they are trying to do here, goring each other and having the symbiotes reform quickly… but I’d like to never see the hero vs. themselves design ever ever ever again. Thanxxx. At least Topher is graceful about it.

  • I DO quite like The Black Mask. I need to finish some art for this character, in fact.
  • Posted about my enthusiasm for Maniac the other day after the teaser… but hot damn now that the full trailer is out I’m going to just sit here and hold my breath and wait for the release of the series. And drink coffee. I mean. But DAMN.
  • This just makes me want to see The Zazie Beetz Show again. Which is of course the point of blooper reels.

 

Finally, these are sage rules. SAGE rules.

Where Are You Now? – Robots Root 8 Aug 2018

Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was of the most interest to me in the recent news cycle. I alternate between liking her and being cool on her… but I think she has chops and edge, and I like the LGBTQ element, even if it’s pandering to some. I guess it goes both ways though: casting a straight actor in a hugely prominent non-straight role is equally controversial, as we have seen before many, many times. I’m all for it. My one concern, and this is somewhat like how I felt when Gal Gadot was first cast as Wonder Woman: Rose is very, very wiry. They’ll make it work, but it’s going to be interesting. I just hope it’s not about burying her in armor. Bury her in a good wig!

 

Beyond the deepest of deeps, something emerges:

  • Endlessly pairing Star Wars characters together to rationalize a lineage for Rey is pretty boring stuff, and while I get the symmetry in having Rey’s folks be Q’ira and Han, MEH I says. What about Bossk? Lobot? Give me something more interesting, if they have to be anyone at all. Fuck it. IG-88!
  • When I first read possible news of Jon Favreau’s Star Wars series being set on Mandalore, I was B O R E D… but then I read that it would be post-Empire Mandalore, which becomes much more interesting. Maybe? $100M interesting, anyway.
  • In the ongoing fiction that Infinity War’s stakes mean something, Maria Hill and Nick Fury will appear in the next Spder-Man film. Sure, it could be flashbacks. Or whatever. Just show me a good film!
  • Well, Bruce Willis, man of a million low budget projects, WAS to star in a Moviepass feature film. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. uh.
  • I was never convinced by this project. However, I held out slim hope that they’d somehow make it batshit crazy and therefore entertaining. Hiatus doesn’t mean dead, but they JUST cast the female lead and had a director on board. I smell a script problem.
  • This isn’t quite the LEGO BATMAN R/C car I was envisioning, but I’m still in favor. Go to hell, doggo!
  • My daughter will be interested in this.

Speaking of Sticky Strands – Robots Root 7 Aug 2018

I like the Japanese poster Venom more than the trailer Venom. All those sticky strands holding the jaw together…

Speaking of sticky strands, THE NEWS:

  • Vantablack rules everything around me…
  • Good buzz coming out regarding Daredevil S03 coming this fall. I’m into it.
  • In the last year I’ve read three or four articles talking about the business of maintaining old CRT arcade machines. Pretty interesting. Outrun was definitely my jam.
  • Disney doesn’t appear to be responding to calls for Gunn’s return. I’m liking that Dave Bautista has taken a career-risking step further and thrown serious shade at Disney about it.
  • The John Wick and 300 folks are working on an Alcatraz movie. I THINK I’m into it. I don’t enjoy prison films, but I do like pressure cookers with some trickery.
  • What I find most interesting about Alex Garland’s new project is the casting. Sonoya made quite an impression on him… and me, of course. Plus, RON!
  • Shogun is coming back, and I’m all for that.
  • Lots of Birds of Prey casting rumors… which all sound fine. I did like Bosslogic’s Black Canary. I mean, I think I do?
  • UGH UGH UGH with prequels that make no sense. Die Hard prequel??? The events of the first film created the character (and it should have been a done in one)… we don’t need a prequel. And 24?? I mean, come on. Of course, I make an exception for Batman. But only if we never see any MAH PARENTS ARE DEADDDDD moments.
  • CBS is gunning for all Trek, all the time. The fact that Patrick Stewart confirmed at the con that he’s coming back for the new show, featuring an older Picard, struck me as both interesting and exhausting shows to me that they really need to strike a new tone and perspective for this show to make it carry weight. Same producers and writers as the current crop of stuff, though. I don’t mind the idea of an older senior command Picard torn with difficult, ore realistic political problems… I’d like to see him weather gray area military issues (or non-military, depending on what version of Starfleet we’re even talking about) in a way TNG never did. Just no more ‘once more unto the breach! bullshit like the films. Let everyone be dead or older and retired. No away teaming. PLEASE.
  • Well, here’s Todd McFarlane critiquing the new Venom for you. Happy Tuesday.
  • Edward james Olmos cut from Predator? HOW DARE YOU SIR.
  • I’m down with Jessica Chastain’s new spy project. MOAR PLS!
  • Lung sent me this: the best papercraft Darth Vader bust ever. Not that I have time or inclination to make it, but I COULD.

What Star Wars Needs is a Memorable Villain, They All Said – Robots Root 6 Aug 2018

The rumor mill speculates that Richard E. Grant will play Thrawn in Star Wars Ep. VIII. I don’t have any emotional attachment to the character, not having read the books, and I always thought his blue skin looked weird with the white uniform… but I DO like the idea of bringing in a new big bad. It’s hard to imagine they’d waste such a big Extended Universe character on one film… and in the timeline of stories they talk about doing, I don’t see how they’d use him elsewhere. It made me think, awhile back, when Rian Johnson got that undefined new trilogy to play with, that Thrawn might be the big bad in THOSE films…

 

Meanwhile, in space, this could be happening:

  • Claire (Rosario Dawson) brings some real world logic and empathy to the Netflix Marvel series of series. That said, she’s not in IF 2.0, and I assumed it was because she’s got a career and other commitments happening… I read in a few places people are relieved because it’s irrational that she’s in all these stories but has no powers. WHAT? One of the strong points about all of the Marvel Netflix projects is the way the NPC’s, or regular folks, are written into the story in a meaningful way. It’s one of the things I love about them. It’s not just powered people tussling, but the interaction between them and the people they affect. SO while I DO often think ‘why aren’t they calling each other for help’ or ‘why isn’t claire calling in reinforcements’ I do like that they’ve tried to explain it in terms of unavailability or personal issues or ‘this is my fight’ type of stuff. We don’t need five different Defenders arcs, though admittedly those team-ups are what make some of the Marvel MCU films so interesting. But as is often noted about all of the TV projects… this isn’t the MCU.
  • Bryan Callen and Marc Maron are the latest to join this surreal Joker film… what is even.
  • Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson seem to have charisma together, so that’s a thing.
  • In a moment of pure marketing genius, Turkish Airlines have offered a safety video tie in to Lego Movie 2. This sure beats watching Wonder Woman not stow her shield and sword FFS on that other attempt.
  • Everyone’s still rah-rahing about Linda Hamilton in the Aviators, but I’m all about those lines on Mackenzie Davis’ skin. Did we already officially know she was a new Terminator model, or a Terminator period? I LOVE that look.
  • I understand why they deleted this scene between Gamora and Thanos in the final cut, as it drags and is tonally off from what we saw of him the rest of the film more concisely. However it IS cool to see Gamora dressed as his champion. CHAMPION BRAIDS.
  • This too can be yours, for a mere $1200. I’m so in. But not really in. But wish i was in.
  • Here’s a brilliant study on how Bottle Rocket DID set the stage for Wes Anderson’s later more obvious moves. I’m among the Andersonites that saw it, even as a raw version, of being consistent with his catalog, but I’ve heard the argument several times that it wasn’t. I would argue it is closer to his later vision than Blood Simple was for the Coen Brothers to their’s.

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