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Bat Vehicle Appreciation and other things 17 Feb 2016

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Still thinking about the latest Batman Movie Masquerading as a Superman Movie… I really like the Bat vehicles. I mean, they can’t hold a candle to the Nolanverse stuff, but for this world and what he’s doing with it, I’m digging it. The diving board action of the Bat plane… and the way these gull wing doors swoop open and give that familiar bat motif… but with cannons…

Anyway, other things happened:

1. Tim Miller moments mount: With all the Deadpool heat, a lot of film fans are seeing Miller like an unknown that came out of nowhere. I was aware of his FX background but didn’t have much of a sense of what he had done. Today, we’ve got some cool stuff floating around that broadens that background a bit.

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Remember this? The 6 minute mini-movie introducing the DC Universe game? I loved it so much when it came out, and rewatching it today, I’m very focused on how he uses scale and handicam style focus to make you feel like you are part of the action (especially with the giant)…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pg5moqGr04

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And speaking of those same tricks (including a giant) here’s a series of three animated shorts commissioned by Marvel prior to launching the MCU Phase 1, as a means of increasing awareness about Iron Man as a character. Too much! Love it… and how trippy is it that it seems to foreshadow a lot of the first Avengers film?
http://geektyrant.com/news/watch-marvel … tim-miller

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2. Here’s the first proper pic from Guardians of the Galaxy 2… or promo image… or what have you. Stoked to see lil’ Groot there. And Saldana’s wicked cyberheels…

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3. I remain optimistic about the new Ghostbusters… but Mayhem looks…OK (we saw him in the Lego stuff last week)… but Rowan? I mean…
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-main-gho … s-revealed

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4. Lung sent me this amazing short, Cthupid, by Giovanni Braggio. I’ve watched it thrice. The only thing better than her taking photos is the sound FX in general…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZWQqWm50e8

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5. Look, if money weren’t an issue, I’d happily drop cash for an electric resto of an old air-cooled Type II…
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/16/11006 … obus-video

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6. Read about this one right before we started recording last night, and we talked about it briefly…
it’s a very future is now moment. I’m not sure if pop culture ate itself or whatever, but I’m fascinated.
http://www.fox.com/article/homer-simpso … sf21025998

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7. A great think piece from Cracked* on how Us Vs. Them psychology explains a lot about how seemingly rational people get caught up in seemingly irrational causes and beliefs.
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-y … id-things/

*and how nuts is it that Cracked is now consistently thought-provoking?!

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Finally, I leave you with Funko Golden Girls, because reasons.

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8. http://mentalfloss.com/article/75489/go … -treatment


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Potato Cross-Promotions and other things 16 Feb 2016

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Here’s some great viral marketing…In other news:

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1. Surprising precisely zero people, first out of the gate, not one day after the holiday weekend and Deadpool’s record-busting haul, Wolverine 3 is now carrying an R-Rating as a goal. Because of course it is. At least it wasn’t TMNT 2.
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/6 … g#/slide/1

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2. Disney/Pixar’s legendary Dan Gerson passed away from brain cancer at age 49 last week. Sad event, and the ripple effect on these future films will be felt.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/rip-daniel-gerso … 1757784831

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3. Unapologetically adore this piece from Dan Luvisi. I’m in that irrational camp of people who choose to believe Boba Fett was a bad ass and DID NOT GO DOWN LIKE THAT.
http://geektyrant.com/news/boba-fett-ba … nluvisiart

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4. Idris Elba’s Bastille Day (delayed due to the Paris setting for obvious reasons) looks like a pretty average Bourne clone. HOWEVER. All spy thrillers are Bourne clones now, even Bond… so you say where I’m going with that statement. PLEASE.
http://geektyrant.com/news/bastille-day … esponsible

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5. Mike Winkelmann’s recent interview led me to his own page, where I lost track of time, and space, and timespace… it’s a great note, where they ask about his floating imagery… something I love in his work as well. He also notes daily projects, which i also think is critical, though sometimes challenging to be consistent.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/mike-winkelmann- … 1757532682

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6. This one’s for Lung: Aphonopelma johnnycashi
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/new_ … is_named_a

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7. GOD DAMN IOT. I need to buy ANOTHER BB-8?!?
http://toyland.gizmodo.com/the-best-bb- … 1758410074

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8. Here’s a new Lego set that sort of caught my eye: a Hoth vignette kit. Vignettes are actually pretty good for younger builders with shorter attention spans, though less fun for adults. I really like the white protocol droid.
http://lego.gizmodo.com/lego-star-wars- … 1758925938

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9. Anyway, if that’s not your bag, you could always apply to join the mothership:
http://www.simplemost.com/heres-newest- … -builders/

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10. There’s no here here, but I’m just stoked that filming has commenced, and that Johnson is behind the camera. Cameras. Something.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-episod … 1759177183

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11. I couldn’t resist, and watched the teaser for the GoT upcoming season. They certainly make a point of putting SOON TO BE REINCARNATED Jon Snow in the death ledger. Then again, great conceit putting everyone else in there too…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-new-trailer- … 1759120482

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12. Daniel Craig leaving Bond is not a new rumor, but it is heating up again after being dormant the last several months (after his interview comments)… he’s signed on to lead a scripted, unsold TV series called Purity. So, that could be a thing. Probably more about schedule and attempting to force the studio into giving him a break between Bond films, as they were talking about hammering through to the next one while he was still in shape and hadn’t punched anyone in craft services yet.
http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/daniel- … -tv-series

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13. Welp, here’s your full Pee Wee trailer…
http://peewee.com/2016/02/16/the-full-l … y-is-here/


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Dark Knight Art Awesomes and other things 12 Feb 2016

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Found a new collection of poster style art recently, and this one I adored. So much so that I’ve made it the film’s cover art in my collection.

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So, this was an assumed temporary exercise, given the materials involved, but I wanted to play with protecting the surface of these devices from light scuffing and scratches, but not in any way assuming to be true protection, really just that and a bit of an aesthetic change. These matte vinyl sheets are options from the manufacturer, where all the other options are of course various graphic designs. They are designed to cover a certain amount of the surface, but not completely conceal the aluminum casing. I like the one for the MBP because it stops short of the edges. The one for the iPad Pro wraps around and tries to fit the buttons and such, and it’s impossible to get lined up just so. As a result, I have one edge where the vinyl is juuuuuust close enough to the plane of the screen to allow it to lift up when you are holding it with your hand. So that’s impossibly aggravating, and I’m sure I will be Xacto’ing that down soon. The other annoyance on large sheets of vinyl, just like when applying screen protectors to phones, is that in some cases you cant get rid of the air bubbles. On vehicle vinyl wrap they use a heat wrap to ease fitment. Not ideal with electronics. Anyway, if nothing else, you have to appreciate my white vinyl appliques on top of these. I’m using this setting for the devices in my network at the moment. Everything is named after different vehicles, companies, etc from the Aliens universe. Because reasons.

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So SW8 has officially begun filming, which is exciting. I know we’re already seeng SW fatigue among some mainstream fan quarters, but not this guy. I especially appreciate the sequencing approach they took, inserting the side films in between the main ones so we don’t have such a wait between SW franchise films. Pretty great!

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This is a First Order TIE Fighter I’ve been building with the kids. It has been somewhat delayed because my son took the inner core of the ship and added a bunch of doodads and made it into a jetspeeder bike, so I’m waiting for him to lose interest so we can resume.

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I don’t have time to read. It’s killing me. I’m working, drawing, raising kids, doing house improvements, trying to get riding in, etc. and it’s been a thing. I made a point of setting some time aside each week to sit down and do some real, physical media reading, trying to put a dent in my tall stack of books in the queue… but as an aside, I’m still three years behind on my comics reading. This is untenable. It’s so bad that Marvel and DC have relaunched their universes, and then are relaunching them AGAIN, and I’m still two universes back.

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Best homegrown Lego build involving Taiwanese dudes and a Helicarrier!
http://www.brothers-brick.com/2016/02/0 … licarrier/

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I love the concept of sale pricing on wonky vegetables. Especially if they are called wonky vegetables. We tend to buy organic produce and that is invariably smaller, lumpier, less picture perfect than the engineered stuff. But I like the idea that they aren’t just tossing the three legged carrots and the like. Personally, I go AFTER the weird ones. I like heirloom tomatoes because they like Akira act 3 half the time…
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ … ox-on-sale

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BW Wong has been cast as Batman villain Hugo Strange. This is yet one more case where Gotham can’t wrap their head (the show’s head?) around a world without Batman… but anyway, it’s if nothing else an interesting casting decision. I loved him on Law and Order for years.
http://moviepilot.com/posts/3773872

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Betty White endorses Deadpool. Pretty funny. And accurate.
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2016 … ool-review

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The long-awaited “budget” Tesla is now on the schedule for a March ordering release date, starting at $35K with up to $10K in government rebates. I’m stoked it’s happening, even if I’m not yet in the market.
http://mashable.com/2016/02/09/tesla-mo … .YnmoQ5Sq6

That’s all for today, my Krakenites. Sink some ships this weekend!


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Half-Measures and other things 15 Feb 2016

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“You know you are one bad day away from being me.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5_A0Wx0jU4

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Also, I like the armor better when not dramatically lit.
Also, I see a frame where the armor parts of the cowl are smashed and open…
Also, I’m super stoked for Elodie Jung as Elektra
Also, everything else about it.

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Hasbro has made a big deal about their ‘second wave’ of SW stuff, but come on, this is just embarrassing. Here’s the relaunch of the Monopoly game with a Rey included instead of someone like Darth Vader who wasn’t even in the movie. I think the smarter play would have been to eat crow and then offer the figure as a free item shipped to anyone who bought the set. Come on.
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/14/10989 … rey-figure

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If you saw Chef, you probably had a mini seizure around one of two dishes (or both) lovingly filmed: the grilled cheese, and the cubano. Now Favreau has shared the recipe for the latter. Good lord, as birthday boy Go Dorito says, “WANT TO TOUCH THE HEINIE!”
http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/entert … ich/021016

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These were my thoughts exactly, after seeing Deadpool: get ready for a metric ton of irreverent, cursing, 4th wall busting bullshit clones of the film…
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/15/ja … n-deadpool

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I don’t know if any of you are watching Silicon Valley, but these teaser for the upcoming season was spot on.
http://geektyrant.com/news/hbo-shares-h … y-season-3

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Bryan Fuller being tapped to do a Star Trek series was interesting, but this concept for a new captain was orders of magnitude more exciting than that. I’d be so down.
http://blavity.com/angela-bassett-could … t-captain/

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Here’s a collection of ‘SW Inspired’ jackets by Matchless… the best one shown above, in my opinion. I’d wear it!
http://geektyrant.com/news/awesome-coll … ed-jackets

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“Amazon updated the terms of service for AWS accordingly, adding a section that says the Lumberyard platform can not be used for life-saving or safety-critical equipment like spacecraft or military arms.

But … there’s a zombie clause too.

“However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization,” section 57.10 of the terms document says.”
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/video-games … ?cid=sm_fb

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Great, short TED talk about trolling a spammer.
http://www.neatorama.com/neatogeek/2016 … -Trolling/

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Finally, as forwarded by Lung, witness this Lego paper airplane folder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yueP7V6Wddc

Happy Monday… we’re recording a new Robot-Kraken podcast tonight. Or we aren’t! Find out soon…


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Robot-Kraken Ep 004 – Spicy Sully Now Available

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The latest episode of the Robot-Kraken podcast has been released! Episode 004

On this thrilling Episode of Robot Kraken, Kris and Thom discuss their take on the new X-Files episodes, Action figures and the plight of buying female figures for Thom’s daughter, Face-Off and more!

 

Get it:

iTunes (subscribe away!): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/robot-kraken-comic-cons-geek/id1079681861

direct download: http://deeplydapper.squarespace.com/robot-kraken/2016/2/9/ep-004-spicy-sully

ROBOT KRAKEN is a semi regular 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

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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Kristopher McClanahan

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