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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!

Never Accept that High Hat – 2 Sept 2016

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RIP Jon Polito, who taught me to never accept that high hat. NEVER.

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ITEM: The old saw about Coke having… coke… is common knowledge as a history trivia element. Pretty funny that they found a ton of it at a Coca Cola plant in France, though. That’s inspired.
http://boingboing.net/2016/08/31/massiv … -foun.html

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ITEM: A brief study and rating set on insect stings. Piss poor comprehensiveness. He should have included arachnids. How am I supposed to know how a Brown Recluse bite compares to a Fierce black polybia wasp??
[ “A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it.”]
http://boingboing.net/2016/08/31/scient … inful.html

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ITEM: New droid alert: C2-B5, an Imperial astromech. Given its inclusion, I had a thought. Maybe in this film, the Rebellion learns they can access Imperial data terminals or WTF using an astromech where otherwise they couldn’t? Or maybe the data vault of this droid is what the rebels are carrying around in the trailer that looks like a giant Bornouli disc, which would be awesome, because I’ve been stymied by the idea that the data had to be in a physical media at all, let alone a large one, ever since we moved past the early 80s in filmmaking, but are stuck with sci-fi / tech incompatibilities like this.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-empire-h … wars-story

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PS guess which figure I’ll be first in line for? Ending in a preposition. Just guess.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-first-look-at- … 1785993174

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ITEM: Warhammer 40K + Disney Princesses? WHY YES THANK YOU. Bring the cosplay!
http://geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=7090

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ITEM: Look, it’s Jim Lee’s first rejection letter. I’m curious what he doodled on the back there. The comments section on this one is predictable and amusing.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/man-who-runs-dc- … 1786047127

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ITEM: This is so good. I don’t buy these anymore because fitment or materials always irritate me but I love the concept.
https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/63697 … emogorgons


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I Will Not Kill You – 11 Aug 2016

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Well, I’ve been waiting all day for this one. No disappointments, other than that they should have never revealed Vader, period. But hot damn.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY

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Watch carefully for this scene!

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this is happening:

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ITEM: Brad Kremer just released a digital animated homage to the opening sequence in Akira, and it burns, IT BURNS. With white hot rage that i cannot see a digital or live action version of this film that is this faithful to the imagery and tone that made the original OAV so good.

“This project started many years ago when both Dean and I lived on Tybee Island. I came to Dean with the idea to do a tribute “trailer” to Akira. As a long time fan of the original film he of course loved the idea! As we brainstormed the story that we wanted to explore from the film we settled on focusing primarily on the bike. The Akira bike is one of those iconic symbols that still remains relevant today similar to the Millennium Falcon or Marty McFly’s beat up DeLorean.
Since that first day when Dean and I began this journey we have both moved a number of times. But we always kept the project alive with a lot of late nights (mostly from Dean), re-edits and re-renders, and a lot of discussions about how to improve it. And so, after countless hours of modeling and rendering we are ready to share with you this short tribute to the masterpiece that Katsuhiro Otomo created and shared with us so many years ago. We hope you enjoy!”
https://vimeo.com/178071267

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ITEM: Die Antwoord have taken to IG to accuse David Ayers and his design team of apeing their steez. I think it’s mostly a stretch. But three watches, hey!
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter … ebook-post

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ITEM: Meanwhile, Ayers describes SS as an ‘anarchic punk rock art film’ and states it was never envisioned as an R-rated film, which we know. I can’t help but think he is protesting long and hard that there wasn’t a hellstorm of studio interference after BVS in the editing room, but I also think he’s been savvy ie. anti Trank, and resisting the defensive urge to bite the studio hands that fed him. Which actually isn’t very punk rock… but look, I think when they sign on to these big tentpoles they go in knowing the final product will be a mutation beyond their original vision, and some directors, like Ayers, takes it as part of the game, and considers it behind the curtain business not to be vented about, and others are less prepared, and complain. And I say all this, prior to writing or recording my review of the film, as someone who saw many flaws, or particularly missed opportunities, and especially noticed signs of heavy editing… but still REALLY had fun, so haters gon’ hate, and I appreciate Ayers for standing up for the commercial product he created. Additionally, I like his connections between choice and addiction, though it wasn’t as apparent in the film. PS, he indicated Joker killed Robin, not Harley.
http://geektyrant.com/news/david-ayer-d … -art-movie

Also, also, laughably these dudes are trying to sue because of not enough Joker, etc. I love it. Good luck, kids. It is QUITE apparent they cut a lot of Joker out of it, and not just from Leto’s running commentary, either. The trailer material alone, the narrative… and in fact, as an aside I’ll talk more about later, I LIKE that what they DID leave in paints the Joker/Harley romance as a love affair rather than a perpetual mindfuck of domestic violence.
https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comment … ng_to_sue/

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ITEM: William Gibson was online in this post the other day, answering reader’s questions about T H E F U T U R E. As usual, he amazes me.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/ask-sci-fi-legen … 1784987666

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ITEM: According to scuttlebutt being copied and pasted everywhere, Aquaman’s main villain will be Black Manta. I mean, OF COURSE. Does he HAVE any other villains? I love that head. (thatswhatshe)
http://io9.gizmodo.com/black-manta-will … 1785102267

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ITEM: Speaking of Aquaman, Momoa is apparently finalizing negotiations on the Crow, over Guinness. Or something. I see self0indulgent hashtags and I stop reading.
http://mashable.com/2016/08/10/aquaman- … w87c0CekqY

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ITEM: This just in, if you have a 3D TV (as I do) and you want every last bonus item (which I don’t) then you have to go get the Blu-Rays AGAIN. Dodge! I haven’t used the true 3D feature in my TV forever…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/sorry-you-have-t … 1785105334

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ITEM: Good news re: Captain Marvel… they are tweaking the backstory to be less like Green Lantern. Bad news re: Captain marvel… there is an origin story PERIOD.
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvel-is-ch … en-lantern

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ITEM: As was reported last week, the Tinkerer is apparently in Spidey: Homecoming, and being played by Michael Cherrus. Now, what just started floating around is that the Shocker makes an appearance. Awkward contemporary name references aside, if true, I do hope it is, as we talked about on the Robot-Kraken Podcast, a matter of multiple villains employed to decoy or work together ehind someone else’s agenda, and not just a pile-on. (“PAWNS jump Queen!”)
http://geektyrant.com/news/michael-cher … homecoming

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New costume alert: spidey deeper in disguise, courtesy of my son.

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ITEM: Your Mignola moment for today: Grim Death, a prose novel coming later this year…

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ITEM: I LOVE what they did with Vader’s cape in this cover art.

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This, on the other hand…

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ITEM: Finally, I’m still obsessed with No Man’s Sky, even though I have no intention of playing it. I don’t have that kind of time! I don’t have ANY time. But I love the idea of an open world space exploration game where the planets and their denizens are fractally-generated. So next level.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games … ExploreCTA

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Lots to know in advance if you plan to dive right in…
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/ … 77ed482b7f

Because it can get ugly…
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/11/12429 … ree-ps4-pc

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But hey, good luck looking for that Giant Snake seen in the promo material a few years ago, but yet to have been discovered and documented among all the early release and current users…
http://kotaku.com/the-hunt-for-no-mans- … 1785157062


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SWEAR TO ME – 22 July 2016

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I present to you, the best Batman anything ever for the day. I love it. It’s every possible screen of my iphone right now.

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ITEM: This segment from Conan was pretty good. Also fun just to see the costume shop.
https://www.facebook.com/edgeey/posts/10154391029082427

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ITEM: The official WW poster came out. Definitely brighter colors, which we need to accept at this point. Looks sharp, though. They look (and sound, by the byline) to be going the regal, godly, larger than life route for that aspect of her ‘deity walks among us’ mode.
https://twitter.com/GalGadot/status/756520524935602176

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ITEM: I LOVE Kevin Tong’s Rocketeer poster for Mondo. I’m hot to see a remake of this film adaptation. Granted, I’d fear they’d cast the non-BettiePage-but-BettiePage character wrong like they’ve done with Lois Lane a few times.
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-rocketee … ndo-poster

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ITEM: Stealth mode Batman? Among all these statues and figures at SDCC, what struck my eye was that Batman’s costume is black on black. I love it.
http://geektyrant.com/news/photos-of-th … -comic-con

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ITEM: Diego Luna has been confirmed as appearing as Ghost Rider in the next season of Agents of SHIELD. I’m down with that! I like the current version of the character, and never liked the previous ones.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/artic … host-rider

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ITEM: Welcome to the best graffiti anything ever:
http://designyoutrust.com/2016/07/guy-p … 20o0Ot2.01

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If you happen to be anywhere near Montana this weekend, go see Kris (Deeplydapper) at Nagucon!
https://www.facebook.com/DeeplyDapper/? … &ref=br_tf

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You Think Her Current Costume was Cold – 18 July 2016

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ITEM: These are just a few of the alternate looks for Harley, based on Robbie’s earlier comments, but so far, you can see they made the right choice.
http://movieweb.com/suicide-squad-harle … ncept-art/

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ITEM: Annabelle Wallis is in the Mummy reboot alongside spry Tom Cruise*; I’m only in Peaky Blinders S01 right now, and I know she doesn’t last long… but when her character appeared, I was convinced I recognized her from something else… and yet, nothing in her IMDB bio suggests so. Regardless, she’s a peach. And say what you will about Cruise (please do) but he’s still fit as a fiddle for 54.

*One of the great early gags in Preacher is the death of Tom Cruise.That info might sway some of you to start watching, I’d wager.

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ITEM: First look at Galen Erso. Why is it not December already?
http://epicstream.com/news/First-Look-A … Galen-Erso

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ITEM: Great collection of 70’s pics, specifically of people proudly posing in front of their sweet rides. Kind of a strange deja vu thing going on. At least for me. I’ve posed in front of several beloved coches.
http://www.vintag.es/2016/01/50-snapsho … E.facebook

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ITEM: Also, why is it not late September already?
http://www.tvinsider.com/article/93259/ … on-poster/

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ITEM: This feels sort of like the answer to the unasked question, and s interestingly timed just after that huge Battle of the Bastards sequence in GoT, but you can sign up for the alpha on an app that will model ridiculous medieval infantry scenarios. I find this fascinating. I’m the target market though. Would have been interesting (and sobering) to have been able to use this selectively back in the AD&D days.
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/this-totally- … 1783608840

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ITEM: Awesome! Another action-focused, rather than girlfriend-oriented, female figure for my kids to play with!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-closer-look-at … 1783788044

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Mo Money Mo Problems – 13 July 2016

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Welp. I was a fan before, but Sam Jackson doing a GoT primer is the new best GoT anything ever.
http://likecool.com/Samuel_L_Jackson_Hi … -Gear.html

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ITEM: “I’m gonna get you, don’t you run away, don’t you get on that elevator, don’t you speed away”
-Best comment ever, from this article on the supposed attack and mauling of a child by this security bot in Mountain View that is totally safe but also happens to have a Cylon face.
http://gizmodo.com/security-robot-pwns- … 1783519433

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ITEM: Surprising precisely zero people, Fox pre-canceled Hellfire, because you know, a show about an S&M sex club filled with Victorian styled mutant supervillains doesn’t sell Proctor & Gamble products well. However, they greenlit a different, undefined, family-of-mutants-on-the-run series, from Nix, who created both Burn Notice and Good Guys, so that’s a pedigree that actually interests me.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/fox-cancels-hell … 1783544738

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ITEM: I’m at peak whelm.
File under: How to do Apocalypse correctly
File under: How to do Ronan correctly
File under: How to do any FX anything ever correctly
Bonus points for amazing design.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0l3yqBrA
There’s no plot here, and it’s actually a demo for a real-time rendering engine called Unity. But it blows Hollywood out of the water.

Take 5 minutes, use good headphones and screen…

Then:
Concept art: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/16nv8
BTS: http://blogs.unity3d.com/2016/07/07/ada … hort-film/
And check out youtube or Unity’s site for more shorts. The humans are just as good.

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ITEM: Setting aside all the obvious copyright violations, this is sort of the end result of everything I fantasized about in junior high.
http://geektyrant.com/news/take-your-co … ero-armory

The site itself:
http://do3d.com/

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ITEM: That one time McTiernan ranted about superhero fascism and corporate product in modern action cinema, while being a hypocrite. His life story, later years in particular, could be a film in an of themselves. Not a good one, mind you.
http://screenrant.com/john-mctiernan-ca … d-fascist/

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Scene of the Season So Far, Preacher Edition: Cassiday gurgling ‘Say Ello to ma Lil FRENNN!’ before fucking shit up with a big gun, while drenched in blood and half burned.
Just saying…

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On the other hand… come ON. The last thing killer clowns need to be scary is a dastardly evil expression. Real horror clowns are emphatically gleeful and batshit freaky. Bad new Pennywise, bad.

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ITEM: The thing I like best about this much-shared article on comics having their best month in two decades, despite being elbowed out by all other forms of media for the consumers of today? That mainstream press is posting such things in the first place.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mor … o-decades/

That’s all for today. Go watch that Adam short film. I know you didn’t. Go do it. I never watch video when i’m told to. But do it.


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ONE PUNCH and other things 21 April 2016

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The Bourne trailer that was teased last night is out today, and it’s 100% awesome of course. My favorites are always the quick little actions he does. In this trailer, it’s the snatch of the Molotov Cocktail. My blurry screencap attempts to show this. Anyway, yeeee.
I love Alicia Vikander and this time is no exception… though I didn’t see Cassell anywhere… or I missed it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4gJsKZvqE4

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I really like Denzel’s character hopping behind his horse for cover… poor horse…
That music though, so much right and so much wrong. This is the problem with early trailers or teasers, where they just hijack other music. The woup-woup-woup-wouuuuup wind-down sound is so out of place. Then again, the second half has a great musical selection.
Anyway, I knew I’d want to see this, being a westersn and given the cast and director. I just can’t shake the disappointment that once again it’s another remake. Of a remake.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deSRpSn8Pyk

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Meanwhile, in a strange inversion, Ken Watanabe will star in a Japanese remake of Unforgiven.
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“Allright, Jorge, rookie mistake…”
I wasn’t planning on watching this on Netflix, as I’m not generally AS’ target market. But I read it’s pretty Grosse Point-esque, and from the trailer, I saw a few things of interest, so what the hell.
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When I first saw these photos, I was mostly unnerved by that scalp he’s holding in one of them (SAVAGE EMPIRISTS!) but as this pointed out, also of note is that the cockpit Harry is sitting in is an A-Wing. Cool! Love that ship. And all other ships.
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I don’t even… Hershey’s sales are down, so they are moving to meat snacks as an emerging market. YET. No bacon infused chocolates? It’s RIGHT THERE.
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This isn’t going to sit well with all the rabid haters of the non-asian lead in the film, but Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodnasha, has indicated being impressed after visiting the NZ production lots (well, so did Gibson after seeing Mnemonic sets) and the company has clarified they are in favor of the casting (because cashmoney) so…
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And in the best news I’ve heard in YEARS, there are whispers and hints and such that Goldblum will join a supers film in the near future. I don’t give a SHIT what it is. Have him play Stilt Man. WHATEVER. Take my money.
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I’m really looking forward to the Night Manager. Everything I see of Tom Hiddleston impresses me.
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Apparently they are still retooling the Terminator franchise, but without Emilia Clarke. Let’s be fair, here: she wasn’t the problem with Gensys… and Genesys itself on the whole was a much better movie than people like to make it out to be, I think. We podcasted about that.
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Supposedly Sherlock 3 is cooking… now, I love these films and that they exist, so I’m happy to hear about a continuation.
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That’s all for now. Go stroke your scalps…


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