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Bat Brass Knuckles and other things 11 Feb 2016

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I’m not on a Batman V Superman blackout, so I watched this, or well, 3s of it, even before Lung emailed me and warned me not to, and at the time of this writing, looking forward to some time away from bar din in order to finish it. If you have a blackout on, don’t watch. If not, SMASH MOUTH!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cle_rKBpZ28

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1. Pickle and Peanut. THIS. My son was watching it while we were home sick on Monday. I heard this intro from the other room, and I had to come investigate. I ended up watching the entire episode and blowing a conference call. It involved ‘Wizard Fest’, a parody of Renaissance Faire. it was awesome. Pickle had a mutton leg in his hand half the time, and they kept doing these strange moves where some attaboy lettering would flash on the screen with rad dudes yelling it, like some Insane Clown Posse thing. In one case, Pickle jumped from some high elevation, and landed upside down IN Peanut’s underwear (back to back, 180 degrees, basically) and it roared STUCK THE LANDING! with glitter graphics.
Watch this intro.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRlKrlB0Pq8

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2. Here’s a piece on DC/WB’s move to market the DC heroes to younger girls. I’m of two minds, of course. Make it three minds. Putting characters in school and having them navigate the activities and challenges of young girl relationships isn’t the only way to write for girls. Why can’t it be adventuring? I’ve seen many shows on the Disney channels that focuses on strong female characters but in other genre environments. So, I don’t know. On the other hand, it’s like Lego Friends. At least SOMETHING is being put out that isn’t aimed squarely at the boys.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/en … story.html

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3. Well, I did NOT see this one coming.
http://www.thewrap.com/danny-mcbride-to … exclusive/

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4. Nightmare fuel, old timey edition.
http://www.eatliver.com/nightmare-fuel-clowns/

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5. I can’t make heads or tails of this new film with Sam Rockwell and legit nerd Anna Kendrick. It could be awesome. It could be derivative. But given those involved, I’m holding out hope.
http://geektyrant.com/news/trailer-for- … a-kendrick

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6. For all your non-Valentines Valentines needs, here’s some homegrown force awakens cards.
http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=6450

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7. The Battlestar Galactica reboot is greenlit again, this time as a multi-film franchise. That’s the hope. Look, if they could do even a fraction of what they accomplished on the BSG series earlier this… well, century… that would rock. But as much as I liked the look and style of it, it was the tone, the scripts, the general urgency and dark emotional nature of it that worked for me. So, this could go either way. If it’s just another Hollywood blockbuster with giant alien ships and massive destruction and no emotional core… or script… than it’s going to be frustrating.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … ers-863838

And finally, that which has been seen, cannot be unseen:

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The Family Solo and other things 10 Feb 2016

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This is for what Photoshop was invented.

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1. A not so subtle reminder of the wildly uneven design choices in the MCU Cap uniforms. I prefer the original, and the Winter Soldier. The others bother me for various reasons. Coincidentally, or not, I’ve only drawn those two versions.

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2. These are the donuts I resisted a few weeks back when doing a donut hole run for my kids. Look at that bacon maple bar. JUST LOOK.

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3. This, from an IG account of a friend in Indonesia. I love the idea of Stormtroopers kissing the ring… of DEATH! I picture it like a little mini deathstar.

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4. Best shirt ever involving Lovecraft and piss beer.

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5. My kids have these sticky, stretchy, ‘wall crawler’ robots. Look what I spotted on the ceiling the other day, just randomly hanging out.

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6. Ironlung spotted this one. Pretty great, but I suspect my Ello Asty is not a good choice, which is a shame.
http://likecool.com/How_To_Make_Star_Wa … -Gear.html

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7. I wasn’t a superfan of Dan Stevens, either on Downton Abbey, or upon his abrupt exit from the show (a la David Caruso and HIS dreams of big breaks) so his return to TV in this series isn’t interesting to me. However, I WAS surprised that this was Aubrey Plaza’s next role…
http://geektyrant.com/news/dan-stevens- … ies-legion

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8. While there’s more to this than simply tying a rope to your iphone… it remains a surprisingly simple and awesome video hack. The footage is boring, but what a neat concept… I might try this on my bike, with a GoPro… for science. On a steep winding descent. Before I ghost.
http://gizmodo.com/swinging-an-iphone-a … 1757316759

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9. Great look at the new ECTO-1 released for the film… and a demon, the first bugaboo I’ve seen so far.
http://comicsalliance.com/lego-ghostbusters-ecto-1-set/

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10. Unnecessary, absolutely. But I smell future!
http://www.techinsider.io/watch-an-appl … sla-2016-2

Thats it, kids! Back to sticking quarters up your vintage SW figure crotches. FOR SCIENCE!


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Review: Hail, Caesar!

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Hail, Caesar!Hail Caesar is an interesting problem. The Coen Brothers are certainly no strangers to the disconnect between what THEY find interesting, and what the audience might be able to tolerate. In fact, I’ve always felt that their mainstream successes have seemed almost like the unseen machinations of some curiously sarcastic time traveler, engineering this material to be out in the world when, if unmolested, mainstream viewers shouldn’t, and wouldn’t, have the palate for it. The fact is, while I concede that Big Lebowski, Oh Brother and No Country each had good pacing and slightly less obtuse narrative flow than their normal fare, I’ve never looked at any of these films and thought ‘mainstream’… which is not to suggest I’m a coffeeshop film snob. I have just generally found myself the only one in the theater with whatever shooting out of my nose. I recall, during The Man Who Wasn’t There, losing my breath and gasping and wheezing from laughter, and coming to my senses and the theater was dark, still, and silent.

Caesar is a typical Coen Brothers project in that it is many things at once, and not afraid to play with dichotomy. It IS, as the critics declare, a love letter to Hollywood’s golden age. But it is also a biting satire of that same system. They slavishly recreated the look and feel of some incredible numbers from the song and dance era, and in typical fashion for them, built a world that is stylistically notional to true history: much like the Capitol Pictures of Barton Fink (again, featured in this film) the Hollywood of the Coen Brothers is sunny, perfect, and artificial. The characters breeze in and out of the affected narrative of the Coen Brothers script, equally parts of the madcap, almost frenetic interaction and at the same time, troubled observers of cracks in the dyke, the way many of the Coen’s creations are both critical of, and necessary to, the context of the story. This love letter paints some wonderful scenes, but the edge is there. Witness the initially perfunctory but quickly mind-numbing pre-meeting with various religious representatives, or the earnestness in which the Communists spout ideology while at the same time lust for revenge and a payout. Everything is a target here: the blacklist, celebrities who profess to be philosophical, the Studio System, actors as commodities, journalists, corporate types, the French… and as usual, the Coens make each character compelling, even when they’re fodder for the joke.

This was one of their best comedies, I think. It didn’t strike the same chord as Hudsucker or Lebowski, but it was a worthy addition to their ‘Period’ series of films, and felt like a Yin-Yang parallel to Barton Fink, which spoke to some of the same absurdities of the Hollywood system of the day, but from a depressed, lonely, screenwriter’s perspective with a nod to noir intrigue. However, this was their worst opening to date. Part of me wonders if its a product of the timing of its release: the box office is dominated by an earnest, fantastic piece of cinematic nostalgia, and the Oscars are being lampooned for their insular focus on white, safe industry darlings. Perhaps the viewing public was neither in the mood for this sort of film, or its subject matter. Perhaps its loose plot and slow pace was too droll for most people to enjoy. Not sure. But the film earned critical acclaim (surprising, in a way, given that the press, and film buffs, are notoriously sensitive about work critical of their world) and mediocre at best fan ratings. It will be interesting to see how it is viewed in the years to come. Recall many of the Coen Brothers’ most interesting works barely made a blip on the big screen.

A few additional notes:
– Clancy Brown and Christopher Lambert together again? Highlander flashbacks!
– Busby Berkeley is well represented here, with the flawless aquatic sequence, cut short by the actor (Scarlett Johansson) breaking character at the last minute
– Gene Kelly’s work was present here as well, in the imagery from Anchors Aweigh and the general cocksure confidence (and tight pants) of the actor’s work in general (as seen in Channing Tatum’s character)
– Donald O Conner is here too, as Channing Tatum’s bar table tap sequence owes much to Applied Mathematics:https://youtu.be/4pTxqb7nQEY
-While Manix is based on a real fixer from the Studio days (See Hollywoodland) I thought it was particularly interesting that the character was unnecessary. He fixed nothing. Clooney’s character, Baird Whitlock, was discovered by Hobie Doyle; Scarlett’s character, DeeAnna Moran, is ultimately married to the director, Laurence Laurentz (excellent wordplay in the script on this name) who knocked her up (Ralph Fiennes again killing it) as Manix had suggested, but without his involvement; The Thacker twins pursued their stories regardless of his excuses; the ransom paid for Clooney’s character’s return was lost; Hobie’s dialog problems were resolved through a screenwriting change… Manix, supposedly so pivotal to the studio’s security and branding that he hand-wrung over his headhunter recruitment temptations, in the end spun around in circles.

I’m looking forward to seeing this movie 333 times, as per the usual process with Coen Brothers films…

EDIT: I forgot to mention one critical point: Manix WAS important, and did accomplish something major: he saved the life of the film editor, who seemed to me to be a nod to Anne V. Coates… when he pulled the safety switch and turned off the rollers that were pulling her scarf and strangling her. What I found interesting here was that his value was towards a back of house, invisible employee, not the executives and celebs he was tasked with handling.

Image above from:
http://hcgart.com/collections/hail-caesar

here’s another…
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You Chose the Wrong Side and other things 8 Feb 2016

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WHY CANT THIS BE NOW.

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The latest Cap trailer came out for thesuperbowls, and we saw many good things. New Ant-man costume. Bucky in stasis. And my favorite part: Stark grabbing a bullet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xuiU0Z99wo

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1. Great piece by Andrew Robinson…

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2. I’m not a fan of this Super Bowl madness… but Danny Trejo is doing it right.

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3. SNAP, Wil Wheaton!

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4. These figures were well sculpted. I acted fast, to get the WW for my daughter before they disappeared.

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I got Batman for me, of course. I mean, my son.

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Wonder Woman’s kept mate, Steve Trevor, as per my daughter’s setup.

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5. These minimal designs are really great. And I love metal application. If I had any display space left…
https://displate.com/minimalistic-movie-posters

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6. Pandemic + EA = MEH; the story of the Dark Knight game that fell apart just before the film was released, costing WB about a million in related ticket revenue, and Pandemic their entire studio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTCayY8FDT0

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7. These comments from George Miller about the collapse of JLI Mortal have been going around, and aren’t very interesting. However, I DO like this fan art. Sharp nosed Batman!
http://geektyrant.com/news/george-mille … ll-through

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8. Bourne got its first official trailer during thesuperbowls, and I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Which is not to say I won’t love the film, just that, as a trailer, it did little for me other than annoy me with hyperbole ‘WE NEED THE PERFECT WEAPON!’….
http://geektyrant.com/news/bourne-5-sup … urne-title

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9. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates… I didn’t know anything about this until the trailer was force fed to me by Youtube this morning. Interestingly, what I liked most about it wasn’t the gratuitous Aubry Plaza undie ass shots… but rather, that she continues to take on roles that are different, and interesting diversions, from her Parks character, which is something I wasn’t sure would be possible. Last week it was casting confirmation on X-Men: Legion, and now this. But even better, I’m enjoying the conceit here that the douchey guys are getting out-douched by the girls. Not a bad premise, for this sort of film, if they can pull the tone off right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33MtR-g4Jcg

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10. The Ant-Man movie could have been funnier, maybe, though I quite liked it. But this simple commercial pulled off several things:
1. Reminder of how interesting playing off Ant-Man’s size against normal, or particularly larger, characters could be.
2. More Spider-Man vibe THAN Spider-Man
3. Dextrous way of dealing with a sponsor/ad/product placement integration problem. The desirability of the product is implied, the characters remain reasonably on-model for their personalities, and the commercial uses their powers to great effect in the story. The attention to character specific detail… the craters under Ant-Man when he lands… Hulk fumbling with the pull tab…
not bad!
http://geektyrant.com/news/hulk-vs-ant- … commercial

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11. TMNT 2… well, I’ve been vocal that I wasn’t pulled into the TMNT movie, though I didn’t particularly hate it either (except the noses… the noses)… it just felt like a generic Bay/Ratner style film… virtually visually indistinguishable from Transformers. That said, I like the cut of the sequel trailer’s jib quite a bit more. Feels more like the Turtles. I really like the curious proportions on Krang, I’ve seen the art for Bebop and Whomever (Kris mocks me about this on Robot-Kraken, that I can’t get the names right) and you know what, it works. Or it seems to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VpUTb3Ex_8

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12. Two Turkish Air spots from thesuperbowls feature fictional new route announcements to Gotham and Metropolis, which is fine. I wonder if there was one with Gal Gadot they pulled (recall they forced the takedown of those earlier photos of her on a TA flight) or if that’s from the film directly. Also, setting aside the fact that its jarring to see both characters pretending to fly commercial (and coach) what bugged me was the frequent and persistent presence of the ACE CHEMICAL neon sign. Yeah, yeah, we get it. What industrial chemical manufacturer needs a corporate tower int he heart of the business district?! Meh. Knowing movies, they even cook the chems there. On site. MEH! Ok, I’m done.
http://geektyrant.com/news/two-faux-bat … otham-city

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13. Daredevil S02 can’t come soon enough. However, the one weak link remains that armored costume. I keep saying: ‘just make it RED’. You’ve all heard me whine about. I whine about it frequently. But hey, here’s concept art showing how close they came to doing it right. GAH.
http://geektyrant.com/news/2-alternate- … r-season-2

That’s it for today! Go forth and Roll thy 20s….


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Review: The Monster Squad

RETRO ROUS REVIEW: Originally posted HERE
For the month of October, we’re going to be revisiting some classic and not so classic genre films as well as trying to catch up on all of the new stuff – lots of monsters, gore, suspense and horror coming our way! Instead of writing a full review of each, We’ll post five things we learned while watching the movies. 

Number seven – a childhood classic from the eighties…that would never have been made today without parental outrage.

 
5 Things I learned while watching….

MONSTER SQUAD

1- Wolfman does indeed have nards, and a silver bullet is the way to go.

2- When finding oneself under attack by monsters, wait until they are within a few feet shoot three times, then attack with the billy club!
3-  Dracula may not be the most refined demolitions expert, but he does love blowing shit up.
4- The late eighties were a pervy time – creepy pedophiles, voyeurism, little girl virgins, all sorts of inappropriate innuendo, blackmail, mummies lurking in small children’s closets…
5- No one cares if the black cop partner gets blown to smithereens by dracula.
3/5

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Celestial Walkmen and Other Things 3 Feb 2016

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Look, setting aside the cassette player built into the ship and the unlikely survival of the media… where is he getting these Walkmen?
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBS5tk-DHKN/

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On sale! But only inverted. At least boneless…
http://www.neatorama.com/neatolicious/2 … -inverted/

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This My Little Pony cosplay collection is pretty far out. When I saw the headline I assumed it was fap-fodder but they are pretty high quality executions and the project looks well organized. I’m sure there’s some sort of RuleWhatever: Anything combined with anything can be cosplayed.
http://geektyrant.com/news/super-specta … ss-cosplay

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A thoroughly unlikeable Punisher? That’s music to my ears…
http://geektyrant.com/news/jon-bernthal … -daredevil

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Somewhere, somehow, we all missed two flight attendants brawling in the aisle and forcing an emergency landing. Soon to be in a film near you.
http://avherald.com/h?article=492cfc53/

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From the Guy From a Show I Don’t Watch Visiting Another Show I Don’t Watch Department, Flash is indeed guesting on Supergirl. Which, you know, seemed a foregone conclusion when those photos surfaced of him doing precisely that…
http://www.tvinsider.com/article/70539/ … supergirl/

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Great article on how Agent Carter is largely free from being beholden to Marvel continuity, either comics or film. I do like this show so much. Period piece, adventure yarn, comedy and drama, female protagonist, and the like…
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio … ley-atwell

And now, this:

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http://boingboing.net/2016/02/03/kitten … on-in.html


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The STAR WARS and other things 2 Feb 2016

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THE STAR WARS!
This is an awesome grindhouse style recut of the New Hope trailer by Mashable.
DEFINITE ARTICLES!
ROBITTTTTS!
RATED R!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BauqXKewFXs

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Kris mentioned it last month, but hot damn, doesn’t Triple9 look awesome. Can’t wait!
http://triple9movie.com/#/home

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I don’t know what’s happening in Knights and Bikes, by Foam Sword (half of Little Big Planet’s creative team) but I’m all in on this Kickstarter. The logo ALONE.
http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/2/1089328 … ickstarter

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Lego Arkham? Holy cow. 18,000 bricks of pure enthusiasm went into this one.
http://firewireblog.com/2016/01/27/cust … am-asylum/

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More scuttlebutt today about another villain in Rogue One that ‘will rival the Sith Lord himself’ (which we know is horseshit) and wears a white cape with a slit in it. Sound smore and more like Thrawn, and I sure as hell hope not.
http://geektyrant.com/news/possible-det … wars-story

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A lot of stuff has been swirling about GoG Vol. 2 (great name, referencing the mix tapes)… will Ego the Living Planet be involved (seems plausible, knowing Gunn)… will Kurt Russell be Starlord’s daddy, and if so, as Starfox or Captain Mar-Vell or what? And of course, how will Gamora and her sister be on the same team, along with Vondu… but all i care about this point is seeing the mesmerizingly exotic looking Pom Klementieff in Mantis garb. I hope that’s what’s happening anyway…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-guardi … 1739295373

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Lastly, a lot is being made about Ike Permutter donating $1M to Trump’s faux-charity. People are calling for marvel boycotts. Let’s get real. It wasn’t a Marvel donation. Disney supports same sex rights and Marvel as a company have put out some great stuff with fairly diverse characters, in comics and film (even if Disney continues to fumble the toys+gender thing) so associating the company that makes product you enjoy, with the personal politics of their least popular yet crucial investor is pretty short-sighted. Boycott companies that produce products that kill children, or use profits to thwart civil rights and push hate agendas as corporate policy. Don’t use Perlmutter’s politics as an excuse to soapbox. He was already pretty vile. But he was a necessary evil to save that company, and frankly, there are worse offenders within a mile of you, I’d wager.
http://www.dailydot.com/politics/marvel … undraiser/

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That’s all for today, tentaclites… I leave you with this great photo of Bautista ‘acting’…

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Decapitation by Thrown Lightsaber and other things 2/1/16

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1. Rogue One Roundup: Three different “sources” have indicated Vader will be kicking ass in this film. My favorite was the reference to a stunt variant for the costume design, to allow functionally more aggressive movement. I want to see this using of stormtroopers as human shields as well. Awesome!
http://makingstarwars.net/2016/01/a-cla … ars-story/

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More details about Forest Whitaker, including a composite costume/armor, a cane, possibly an old cyberleg… I love everything I’m hearing about this film. EVERYTHING…
http://geektyrant.com/news/rogue-one-a- … ter-emerge

…except perhaps a persistent rumor that General Thrawn will be pursuing the Ghost crew. I didn’t follow the EU, so I have no interest in a fan-favorite character emerging.

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2. These samurai themed redesigns of the Force Awakens characters fit right in with the beautiful samurai figures of the original characters from Japan (of which I have Boba Fett) and all were nicely done, though turning BB-8 into a Shiba was brilliant. Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey did them all.
http://geektyrant.com/news/samurai-insp … characters

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3. Captain Phasma will be back in Episode 8 according to Gwendoline Christie, surprising precisely zero people.
http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/1/1088547 … isode-viii

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4. This series of ‘Burtonesque’ Disney reimaginings by Andrew Tarusov I feel miss the mark. There’s more to Burton’s design aesthetic than darkness and stick limbs and bug eyes. These don’t feel right to me. Except for Pinnochio up top. THAT worked.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dis … f?ir=Arts&

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5. EA claims the Battlefront game will stay within the Episode 4-6 range for ‘canon’ purposes… which smells wrong. I can understand purists don’t want to have Mace Windu and Captain Phasma fighting on Tattooine, but it’s a GAME. Story mode is one thing. Isolate characters based on certain maps or make context-specific maps and then free for all maps. Who is harmed? Not the franchise. I wonder if this is a bridge to them releasing an entirely different game around the new films. I can understand that I guess. But it’s interesting how arena gaming can be in conflict with the authenticity of story mode gaming. Also, I mean, I know the Jakku map they released was based on the unseen battle that occurred shortly after Endor, and not the Jakku of Force Awakens three decades later… but it’s an obvious marketing tie-in timed for the release of the film. So it’s something of an ingenuous statement, this canon business.
http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/29/108714 … t-ea-canon

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6. I just saw Revenant at the Alamo Drafthouse, and the pre-show curated content included a lot of this series, which I only discovered last week:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4T9CQ … e=youtu.be
It’s glorious.

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7. The quality level of these Star Wars tattoos and concepts is somewhat variable, but I love the Chewie quote.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/star … .csGv2GdP9

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8. This just in: Frank Miller is grouchy about Elektra in Daredevil S02, sight unseen. Look, he’s notoriously dismissive of adaptations of Elektra, much like Alan Moore is of adaptations of anything. And to his credit, Marvel promised to keep her dead and then promptly revived her. But still, man, stop being Mean Uncle at the holiday party.
http://www.themarysue.com/frank-miller- … w-elektra/

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9. Here’s another round of Disney Princess adaptations, this time inserting X-Men into classic images. My favorite was this jarring one.
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/20 … nic-x-men/

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10. Get out hundreds of hundreds of hundies… limited edition new DeLoreans are being built. Only about $100K!http://wtkr.com/2016/01/27/delorean-goi … -30-years/

That’s all for today, my perusing plankton…


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Review: The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans

THE MISENCHANTED SWORD
Legends Of Ethshar, Book One

By Lawrence Watt-Evans
1985, 228pgs, fantasy, Paperback

 

Re: Valder, a scout trapped behind enemy lines, stumbles across an old hermit living in the marshlands. The hermit, annoyed by his unexpected arrival, enchants his sword to get him safely back home. But the sword, though magical and valuable now, has a bit of a catch attached as well…

Outstanding: This book is a delight. There are a lot of original ideas, all taking place in a beautifully realized fantasy world with dragons, magicians, battle, castles, etc. The main character is very likeable and realistic and the misenchanted sword itself is totally clever. A great read.

Unacceptable: Nothing really.

Summary: Confession – this was one of the first “Adult” books I read in my youth, picking it up on a librarian’s recommendation when I was in second or third grade, so I may have an unusually high amount of love for this book, but I’ve given copies to many people over the years and they too fall in love. Watt-Evans has created a great world starting with this novel and it may be one of the best light fantasy novels around. Period.

5/5
by Salty Kris
For more archived reviews from ROUS visit: http://reviewsofunusualsize.blogspot.com/

Review: Mad Max – Fury Road

I am finally writing again and with this, my first review since 2012 on my blog – MAD MAX – Goddamn Awesome.

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Directed by George Miller
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron
2015 – [R] – Post-Apocalyptic Adventure

Re: Max, still wandering the post apocalyptic wasteland, gets mixed up in a plan to assist a cyborg in the escape of five winsome lasses from their mutant husband. There are two car chases.

Outstanding: Pretty much anything and everything. I wanted to enjoy this flick and ended up loving it. The world is fully realized, with unique little details I would never have expected. The chase scenes, which encompass the bulk of the movie are unrelenting, nearly all practical effects and stunning. I seriously can’t say enough good about this movie. There is enough eye candy amongst the various cars, tribes of mutants and set pieces that I could watch it a dozen times and still spot cool little details.

Unacceptable: If you are expecting the slow burn sax lounge scene from the first Mad Max, or the Feral Boomerang child that spoke in animal sound clips from Road Warrior, Or Tina Turner in a glam wig, or if you are just generally a curmudgeonly hipster that refuses to believe a sequel to a classic can ever be good, you may be disappointed.

Summary: Seriously one of the most enjoyably batshit insane and beautiful movies I have ever seen.

5/5

Notes: My brother and I saw this in 3D and I can honestly say it was one of the better 3D movies I’ve seen. In a lot of movies, the 3D effect comes off as a little fake – like there’s a 2D person here, a 2D person three feet beyond and a flat background, with some cool stuff floating between. The 3D in Fury Road was subtle and added a real sense of depth to the landscape and chases and during the more intense sequences, of which there were many, I actually found myself jumping as things came towards me.

The original review – http://reviewsofunusualsize.blogspot.co … -road.html


By Salty Kris

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Something Rises.