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13 Reasons Meh – Robots Root 29 October 2018

Reading this, I wondered if it’s part of that atrocious event Marvel had in the books not too long ago, that rationalized the creation of Evil Hydra Cap… though, I’ll tell you what, I’d be down with any Avengers 4 storyline that led us to a Hydra Cap and ‘ha tricked you idiots!’ reveal of Chris Evans returning as a villain. Alternate theories include a Stark/Potts daughter that would be negated from existence in the undoing of Thanos’ snappery in A4 (a la Fringe, who will always have done it better), or even Kate Bishop/Hawkeye. Not super into this actress. Consult this fan manip. Ugh.

 

Meanwhile, from the deepest depths:

  • Last time I mentioned Big Kill, and how it looked like a video game. I mean… LOOK at it. It’s amazing.

  • Here are a few pics of that Black Costume Superman again from the WB Elseworlds thing. Other than the eternally weird cape brackets… it looks really good. Possibly the best a Superman costume has looked in forever. I really like it, even if Cavill has trained me to demand muscular bulk in my Supermen…
  • If there’s one thing I love, it’s OPTIONS, buddy.
  • The best part of this ‘private eye weighs in on hollywood private eyes’ video is the Arrested Development component.
  • I’m intrigued by this ScreenX business. Seems like it could really backfire.
  • DAMMIT TOLE That’s what i WANTED.
  • So, imagine if you didn’t know what your property used to be, opened up a wall, and hundreds of thousands of teeth poured out. Nightmare fuel.
  • The petition to put Sauron’s Eye on Salesforce Tower continues. Makes me laugh. It’s appropriate.
  • I saw this three times before I realized it was an Avengers: Infinity War reference. Amazing.
  • Avatar 23 to be released in 2134. Kidding. I mean not really tho.

That’s it, that’s all, that’s all there is

Boba Fett? WHERE?! – Robots Root 26 October 2018

When the Mandalorian was announced, I thought I could just make out the distant din of the death drums for the Boba Fett film. And so!

 

ROOT!

  • The latest in the list of films that should not be remade… has an apparent script
  • Brad Pitt as Rasputin? Rachel Weisz as anyone? This Kingsman prequel sounds better than I had ever imagined possible. Which was a low bar, admittedly.
  • This Jimmy Kimmel/Avengers comic took me back to reading those from my youth, like Letterman (the homage) and similar ones. Trippy to see it in a contemporary setting, as it looks so tacky today. I mean, it coasts on the homage, which is at least something, I guess. I’m not one who likes the dips into reality in comics. The Presidents that are obvious references to the real world, or even the 9-11 tie-ins…(grouchy, I know)
  • This Mulan art show has some pretty great projects. Check em out!
  • Alexander Skarsgard has joined Godzilla vs. King Kong, so thats a thing. I’ve lost track. Is this AFTER Planet Kong or Deathmatch of Monsters 3000 or whatever it is? Millie Bobby Brown is in the cast, so that’s what threw me. Same film? Different film?  Who knows. How could we possibly ever know.
  • I can’t believe it took THIS long, but here’s a Gundam kit with a robotics pack. Love it. Where was S.T.E.M. when I was a kid dammit tole.
  • This was kind of a surprise: they found more material from Ray Harryhausen, and are parlaying that into a new film. Of course, it appears to be all of his Grade Echhh material.
  • Cool article on ‘the Monsters of Climate Change‘… I never noticed that Annihilation’s Mimic Bear had a human skull fused up in there! (More on that in our latest Robot-Kraken Podcast!)
  • I’m intrigued by the Big Kill… I mean, it looks like a multiplayer RPG set in the Old West. Hilarious.
  • The Big Lebowski will never not exist. We at least have THAT.

 

That’s all for tonight. It’s not too early to get your HAL 9000 Xmas Ornament. I’m already on it, cousins.

Deep Fakes and Roguish Rakes – Robots Root 19 Oct 2018

Listen, I’ve been advocating for Han Solo loud and long, but I have to say, it’s surreal and delightful to see this deep fake amalgamation of a youngish Harrison Ford’s face onto this footage.

That said, somewhere in space, this may all be happening right NOW:

  • I wasn’t interested in the Kid Who Would be King until I realized Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is directing it. So there might be some interesting there there.
  • This piece on nostalgic memory vs reality in comics is a good one: like the writer, I too favored Dakota North at the time, despite not really understanding why. Or rather, for specific reasons beyond the character and story. Because unlike the writer, i DID read the books and still have them, and I hated the art and the story. But I liked the use of a non-supers character in an unusual environment (spy + fashion) for a genre, and also, I really liked the haircut in the banner image. I used her a number of times in the Marvel RPG.
  • Speaking of Marvel, here’s your first live-action view of that new Spidey Suit. Plus parkour. No pressure, dude.
  • What are the chances the Joker film is trolling snoops with this 60’s Batman era Batmobile?
  • I really dig this new Daredevil S03 poster. I LOT. It’s evocative on a number of levels.
  • I only read a few paragraphs of this Prospect review, as I plan to see it with as open mind as possible (already accidentally spoiled something for myself within, dammit tole) but here you go.
  • I’m not a follower of the DC CW stuff, but points for including the black costume for Superman that we should have had in Batman V Superman.
  • Anti-zombie tips you can follow along with at home. I mean, I hope you don’t have to. But still, can’t hurt.
  • I’m not sure what is more news news here: that Flash is delayed, or that WB confirmed they are dumping Cavill and Affleck. I mean, it’s not really news. But still, I’m disappointed. I liked both of those guys.
  • Honest Thief is already an interesting premise (sort of an anti-Heat) but that it comes from the producer’s of the excellent Ozark… even better!

  • Here’s a pretty aesthetically pleasing Battle Angel- Alita poster. I’m into it.
  • Legit fourth wall action here, Sean Bean being the target in the Hitman 2 game.
  • A brief history of Mandalorian representation in canon… it’s all over the place.

That’s all for tonight. Dream of jetpacks and young rogues…

Stay Frosty and Alert – Robots Root 16 July 2018

Zombieland 2 is finally happening, with the whole cast returning, and I’m stoked. In an era of unnecessary sequels, this is one I’m actually excited about. MIGHT have something to do with Emma Stone, admittedly.

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Meanwhile, in space:

  • Wait, WHUT. A new Robocop is coming… but not a follow-up to the film from a few years ago… but as a sequel or connected film to the original Robocop. I *think* they plan on bypassing Robocop 2 as well. Look, I don’t care, just imagine: Neil Blomkamp doing the patented cavalcade of failing ED-209 designs malfunctioning?! I’m down with that sort of business.
  • Shazam doesn’t look bad at all, visually. The muscles look 3% less plastic, and Zachary Levi’s whimsy is definitely showing here. The choice of this as the first official photo is deliberate, and it reads strongly of the ‘Big’ reference, which I think is a good direction to diversify from other supers films, particularly the DCEU’s current slate.
  • Y the Last Man has been cast, and while I haven’t read the series, I’ve followed the production of this for years now, and I think it sounds like an interesting story. Good casting thus far.
  • I’m only interested if there is curb mounting.
  • I’ve talked about this a lot over the last few months with mainstream folks, but I just can’t get over how tickled I am that 3 years ago, Kristin Wiig (and everyone else) would never have imagined she would be the star villain in a major Wonder Woman film with female leadership. SO cool.

  • Now, I haven’t seen the latest film, but I’m into the development of Glass. The early images are rad… supers therapy!
  • The only thing of interest here is that its the new best manip of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.
  • More on the Joaquin Phoenix Joker situation. I mean, the takeaway here is the reminder that Phoenix goes after weird and interesting projects, seems interested in this one, and of course, side-eye at Marvel over the Dr Strange project. We were just talking about this on the podcast last night, but I forgot about his aborted Strange…
  • Joss Whedon is not without his controversy these days, over his infidelity and weird heeby-jeebs about his female characters and how he treats the actresses who play them… however I will say the concept of Victotorian-era supers femmes as an HBO project sounds GREAT!
  • Cate Shortland has beat out apparently 70+ other directors to helm the Black Widow film. I like that it’s a female director with some unique vision in the indie scene, and I like that the project is moving forward, even as the rumored script moves backwards (which is also good to me)…
  • YUSSS William Gibson’s Aliens 3 script has been adapted to comics form, and I cannot wait. It was D O P E and sad that they never went that direction. I saw a treatment years and years ago, and it featured themes we take for granted in SF today, very much like something out of Expanse: dueling governments, space station panic, etc.
  • Titan Comics has apparently been granted a license to tell in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner 2049 universe. I’m not familiar with them, or their pedigree, and no samples have yet been made available, but I hear there’s a big convention this weekend, so…

Thats all for now. STAY FROSTY I says.

None More Black Cap Rules Everything Around Me – Robots Root 10 July 2018

This Hot Toys variant of an unused concept costume for Civil War makes me sweat. I WANT THIS DESIGN.

Meanwhile, in space:

I thought Avengers: Infinity War looked VERY good. But I’m struck by some of these concept settings. Most of all, the Vision surgery room in Wakanda. The concept art for it is majestic to say the least!

I’m not the type of youngin’ that would use the term clap-back, but Brad Bird is hitting back hard at whiners whining about Incredibles 2 being unsuitable for toddlers.

Ross Maquand has thrown his white not silver cowl into the ring for the Moon Knight role that doesn’t exist. I’m OK with it.

Keri Russell has been cast in the new Star Wars film. Forget Resistance or First Order, WHAT WILL HER HAIR BE LIKE u guise. In case you don’t remember what Keri Russell looks like, or more importantly, what she looks like twenty years after her popular Felicity series, allow me to provide this helpful visual aid:

Meanwhile, Billy Dee Williams appears a lock for Star Wars IX. What will be weird is him playing General Leia, but hey. I’m willing to give it a go.

This rumored source material for a Boba Fett film couldn’t make me more exhausted. BLECH.

I’m looking forward to more shootey shootey John Wick action, but srsly, I can’t complain enough about Halle Berry being involved. I do like those assassin names though. The Tic Tock Man?! YASSSSSARRRRR

I’m going to go ahead and make a likely-unpopular statement: I’ve always thought the Predator looked stupid. The fishnets, the GIANT awkwardly scaled head, the awkward, less articulate fingers/claws… I enjoy the movies despite this, like I enjoy Batman movies despite the Batman design generally being less interesting. Just saying. Seeing all the pics of the new Predators (and hearing about the Super Mega Predator or whatever) just reminds me.

Heaps of features on the Infinity War Blu-Rays, all 3,000 versions of them. Even more extras in the Deadpool 2 discs.  And speaking of Infinity War, that Thanos stunt on Reddit finally actually happened and I love it. In the sub-Reddit, they just wiped out 50% of the posts. Brilliant.

Also, this exchange:

Speaking with Birth Movies Death, Kevin Feige confirmed Thanos eliminated half of the universe’s animal and plant life, too. What about those precious natural resources you wanted to preserve so much, Thanos???

“Yes! Yes. All life.”

 

 

 

Its the Little Things – 4 July 2018

This is an old poster from a few weeks ago, but I still love it: the swagger, and the use of the popcorn and more importantly the dust or salt, really works for me. Early reviews are very complimentary, so I look forward to seeing it soon.

Meanwhile:

Still on the move, after San Francisco Comic Con and Fandemic Con… I’ve started putting photos up from both shows on our IG (find it at robotkraken_podcast ) but there’s still a lot to catch up on.

  • I do wish it talked to you in a mollifyingly calm voice or locked you out of your own house… but as a low-capacity, overpriced flash drive, it’ll do.
  • First pics of Linda Hamilton in the new Terminator filming sneaks, and no surprise, she looks RAD. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Davis just looks like a dirty Robin Wright, but with cyber-stitches.
  • Here’s some prosthetic limb experiments with ‘pain’ sensory input. At the least, tactile feedback is crucial.
  • According to some that have seen it, the upcoming Dark Phoenix trailer is ‘better than expected’ which is high praise. ha.
  • TMNT is headed for yet another reboot. I’m ok with it. There were a few concepts from the Bayification I liked OK, from what i saw, but I’d really like to see something more like the Incredibles style, where the stylization is more creative and animated.
  • The Disney acquisition plan is off and then on and then off and now looks greenlit by both investors and the SEC. I’m stoked. I want those toys played with in those hands.
  • Sylvia Hoeks is NOT who I imagined to take the Tara role in Queen and Country. However, she IS cool and I just love that the film is proceeding.
  • Silk has apparently been greenlit at Sony… look, this is the first one with half a chance. It’s the modern Spider-Woman that the younger set relates to, and while it will still feel like a Spider-Man knock-off, at least it has a female, and Asian, in the lead role. And if they run with Tiffany Espenson from the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting, I’m even more into it.
  • The fact that the news sites are running with this story that Ultron could have had a bigger, badder, better final act shows how blah the original was in the public consciousness… because a giant Ultron-globbed giant giant Ultron is lame as shit.
  • I mean, kids are dumb… but in this modern world we are descending into, I can actually SEE this being an issue.
  • If you are near Alamo Drafthouse (or one in particular) they are getting into the subscription game.
  • Not sure how I feel about Patrick Stewart supposedly getting close to signing on for another Trek series. I hope it’s the type of thing where he’s an elder Commander or something. I like seeing the passage of time and evolution of characters. I do NOT want to see the Good Ole Crew together on an old timey adventure again, though.
  • How would you feel about a V for Vendetta sequel? The unasked question, I think.
  • This Iron Man/ TRON mashup is A M A Z E. I love it 10,000 x 3 times.

Speaking of catching up, we are a bit behind in the podcast as we were unable to record during the shows and are now all scrambling in different parts of the world for a few weeks. We have a few films to review, as well as the finales of Westworld and Expanse to wrap up… so stay tuned!

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.

We Are All Flipping Down Jones, One Way or Another – Robots Root 12 September 2017

The news of the morning is that JJ Abrams is looking to be the selection to write and direct Star Wars IX. Good news to some, less so for others worried about the cyclical and nostalgic nature of Force Awakens, or who wanted a female director etc. I for one feel that this is at least a known, accomplished choice, not only in their resume but in the SW film world, and loved Force Awakens despite issues. So I’m in.

Rose City Comic Con was super fun, and the report on that will be forthcoming here on the site, though available on the Robot-Kraken podcast on itunes in the next few days…

Meanwhile, this is happening. It’s robot’s Root!

  • Ant-Man and Wasp are flipping SUVs in our old hood (flipping down Jones St). One Lung was passing by, and yelled for them to watch out for ‘dirty dishes and cheeseburger meat!’ No word on if it makes it into the film.
  • Here’s the incredibly labyrinthine and overwrought way in which Phasma escaped Starkiller Base, apparently. Guh.
  • Daniel Dae Kim replacing Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot is the BEST kind of fan-casting made real. I love it.
  • One never knows with these “news” items, as there must be as much propaganda and misinformation leaking as any actual accidental leak, but now ‘creative difference’ in the firing of Colin Trevorrow to ‘difficult’ with anecdotal reports of raging ego and editiorializing on set. I find these stories interesting only because of the let’s say translucency of the modern era: Oscar bait films love to show stories about famous filmmakers struggling to complete their projects amidst personal faults, often  ciphers for true stories or biographies accepted as behind the scenes fact where the press of the day did not have access to this information, or studios more carefully managed the image of the productions. Josh Trank’s reported meltdowns on FF follow the same archetypes. My sense is that Hollywood has always been rife with imploding egos and set drama, both in front of and behind the camera, but we hear about it now because of that spoiler/gossip penetration. Similarly, the lack of studio management of the image of these productions these days baffles me. Sure, we read about scripts in non-photo and unique ID code paper, extensive onset security, decoy sets to trick drones, etc, but aside from those efforts, sometimes I can’t fathom what they are thinking. For example, after Jared Leto’s antics being described in press junkets backfired, going from ‘edgy’ to ‘pathetic’ in the public consciousness, why on earth was Villaneuve quoted as ‘tearing up’ over how Leto wandered around Blade Runner in opaque contacts FFS. This DOES NOT HELP THE UPHILL BATTLE OF SELLING A MOVIE LIKE THIS.
  • At least good news came in the form of Patty Jenkins signing on to write and direct WW2. Smart move in the DC house, for the second time, overall.
  • Lastly, Len Wein passed away this weekend, which was somewhat melancholy news while tabling a comic convention.

More to come! I’m still decompressing and Kris is still driving…

That Sci Fi Rigamarole – Robots Root 170707

I’m starting over with Rick and Morty and going ep by ep. One night in, and my brainstem smells like death. I love it!

Somewhere, in space, this could all be happening RIGHT NOW. It’s Robot’s Root!

  • Nighthawk and Bushmaster are new characters from the comics to be included in Luke Cage S02. Expect updates from their comics-canon versions, no doubt.
  • Not that I saw Wolfcop… but here’s a trailer for Another Wolfcop… which includes 100% footage for Wolfcop. Plus liquor donuts.
  • Happytime Murders has been given a tentative release date, which is awesome. Can’t wait for this.
  • According to this, Ragnarok directly sets up Infinity War… here’s my theory, which they alluded to here and elsewhere, so it’s not a particularly unique approach: Thanos is courting Hela.
  • Leave it to Jeremy Renner to eff up both of his arms in stunt work for Infinity War. Makes me quite curious. Too many severe thumbs up?
  • New Warriors for Freeform, Marvel’s first proper comedy series, has already been cast, and I’m pleasantly surprised that Squirrel Girl will be played by a personal favorite of mine, Vanessa Vayntrub. Very cool.
  • Evidence that Han Solo continues to film, and that people are going to be divided over the young Han Solo they’ll be getting.
  • This hypothetical, in an interview with Chris Nolan, has been of course taken out of context and spun into hyperbole… but yes, thank you, I WOULD like a Nolan Bond film or three.
  • These dilapidated, post-apocalyptic images based on games and animation from the last several decades are phenomenal.
  • Do you need skull dice? I haz some skull dice for you, real nice!

That’s all for now. Don’t give your dog advanced cognitive skills. That’s what I’ve learned from Rick & Morty.

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.