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Mount the Curb To Scale – Robots Root 14 September 2018

I HAVE SO MANY DESIRES FOR THIS R/C TUMBLER I CANT EVEN. Only second to my desires for a fully functional 1:1 scale version. HA.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I remain on the fence regarding all this Henry Cavill business. I like him, and I’m not convinced that this isn’t all just some contract negotiation or something. His tweet last night was WEIRD. Anyway, the internet is rumbling forward, like those Mortal Engines… here’s some good thoughts about a fresh take on Superman… and here’s the current (apparently) Vegas odds… along with another set of ideas, with some overlap…  of course Bosslogic is already at it, as well, pissing off some people who can’t grasp a non-anglo Supes….
  • Han Solo in carbonite costume! SWEET! Lung was mortified…
  • This actually took me by surprise: Jason Todd and Dick Grayson face to face in Titans. Lots of fans will be into that.
  • I have seen virtually nothing with Aaron Paul, though I’m well aware of him and his pedigree. Sounds like a great add to Westworld!
  • This series of arts featuring warrior versions of Disney Princesses was controversial in my home. It was first seen by my lovely wife, who had a very negative reaction to the weapons “That’s the answer? Arm them?” and I realized that I saw it, positively, coming from the young adult/adult RPG/cosplay perspective, not the viewpoint of young girls. Interesting!
  • I saw this Lego KITT and cracked up, imagining a stop motion thing where you move a red brick left to right along the front to make the light bar. HA. I amuse me.
  • Venom as PG-13? All hope is lost.
  • Oh boy, what have they done. Robot Man was looking cool in profile… but check out his smashed together eyes and jangy mouth. GUH.
  • This fan theory about Iron Man I agree with. I felt similar. Like any good time travel/time revert story, the pivotal character must be faced with losing something. Think that incredible end of Fringe. That it would be Iron Man makes the most sense.
  • I’ve been begging for a Jon Hamm Bruce Wayne since forever. So YES.
  • Accurate.
  • A new Coen Brothers trailer is a reason to celebrate. Break out the frontier whiskey!
  • Finally, Rupert’s new Captive State seems never more relevant, doesn’t it?

Bye Felicia – Robots Root 12 September 2018

All signs point to Cavill abandoning the cape… or the cape abandoning Cavill… truth be told, it would make it a lot easier for the WB to reboot both Superman AND Batman together (while somehow keeping the rest of the JL I guess)… however, I’m somewhat in the minority as one who likes him in the role… I liked him RELOADING in Fallout better, though.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Thanks to Robert Zemeckis, and the apparently insatiable teen appetite for those CW shows, you can expect a ton of sexy pirate costumes at upcoming comic conventions…
  • Rumor has it Guy Ritchie may be developing a Captain Britain film for Marvel. I suppose that works. I can see him doing Excalibur as well. It’s on the nose, but honestly keeping him working in the London street-level environment would be the most interesting for a Marvel property.
  • It’s potentially optimistic news that New Mutants reshoots *supposedly* are to push the horror we were promised.
  • This whole thing with Mendho just Mendho-ing about while supposedly talking about ‘Skrullin’ felt very Mendho. If you follow.
  • SOLO SPOILER: What struck me most about these Maul pics was that the robotic legs appear to have been practical, when I assumed it was all CGI. That’s cool.

  • Some sweet callbacks here! I can’t wait to rewatch Infinity War and suck up all the cool tangential crumbs…
  • Lovecraftian gaming is ramping up: The Sinking City over here, Cthulhu over there…
  • While this thing here is about Jude Law being Mar-Vell, which we assumed, I’m just super into seeing Ronan as a Kree Enforcer prior to the later film.
  • Deadly Class, Deadly Class, Deadly Class!
  • Rebecca Ferguson from Mission Impossitole just joined Villaneuve’s Dune project. I can see it!
  • I know its just a teaser, but I’d take the year one black suit on DD any day…
  • If you like stunt choreography, check this out. Great perspective from the female side of things.
  • I appreciate the production’s honesty that the Shazam suit is still in evolutionary development. Especially today, where so much of the detail is tweaked in post, it’s quite reasonable. But it might surprise some… I just hope they edit down the Jersey Shore hair…
  • Lana ‘Jubilee’ Condor is joining an interesting looking film project… I wish there was more of her in X-Men…
  • So many Han Solo deleted scenes!

Thats Like Your Opinion Man – Robots Root 21 August 2018

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

Meanwhile, in space:

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

An Event! – Robots Root 17 August 2018

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

Meanwhile, this happened:

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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Show notes, for SCIENCE:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Chardonnay
  • Thom: Margarita

News:

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

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

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

 

Review: Deadpool 2

Review: Solo

Review: Ant-Man and Wasp

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

 

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Cold souls
  • Thom: Luke cage

 

Planned plundering:

  • Blake: Annihilation
  • Thom: Night flyer

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Download this episode directly if you like!

 

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

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple

Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

Where Are You Now? – Robots Root 8 Aug 2018

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

 

Beyond the deepest of deeps, something emerges:

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

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

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

 

Meanwhile, in space, this could be happening:

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

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Arm Reloading Since 2018 – Robot’s Root 31 July 2018

All anyone’s talking about (other than that it’s really good and will make a lot of money) regarding Mission: Impossible – Fallout is Henry Cavill’s arm reloads. That was my favorite part of the trailer as well. It cracks me up so much.

 

Meanwhile:

 

  • Tessa Thompson can simply do no wrong. I mean, when I can’t even SEE Chris Hemsworth?  That’s a thing.
  • It’s pretty impressive that the cast of GOG issued a support letter re: James Gunn. That’s a lot of political risk for them, and I like that they committed to it. They avoided outright calling out Disney on the hypocrisy, but the letter was well constructed to be positive rather than reactive.
  • You don’t often see a creator get the rights back to the work made from their original material. Controversies on all sides, but still…
  • I defer further comment until I actually finish Altered Carbon S01, but Anthony Mackie is on board as the lead for S02 and I do like him muchly.

  • Well, uh, I guess that counts.
  • Carrie Fisher’s unused footage being in SW Ep VIII is both kind of a nice touch AND indicative that whatever her original arc was to be, it will still nonetheless be radically reduced, and I think that makes sense, all things considering. I was also intrigued that Gwendoline Christie’s name wasn’t included in the returning cast… I smell a maguffin.
  • This is why the Interwebs were invented.
  • This does not look good, but is trying to be indie-weird-heisty, and this does not look good, and is trying to be edgy-die hardie-actioney. Maybe they should have- wait, I have it. Switch CASTS!
  • Look, I’m in, but also, I just LOVE checking out where all the Jonah Hill went. He’s an example to me of a person whose weight loss fundamentally changed how they look. He doesn’t look like a thinner version of himself, like with John Goodman. He looks like his own cousin or something.
  • From Lung: a horde of Thor related tweets that are glorious.
  • OH MG GOD I NEED ALL OF THESE WHY . THE . FACE!
  • This is NOT what I was expecting for Pedro Pascal’s look in WW 1984…
  • More Venom, less enthusiasms. I already had maybe 3% enthusiasms. And this accent? “Ohh, I havah paower saite.” what is even. And look, Phase 1 era fighting your clone. I just. I mean, even putting Michelle Williams in a plaid miniskirt feels desperate.

 

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 44 – ‘Things Got Strange’ Bonus Episode Now Available

 

Robot-Kraken Episode 044 – Late May 2018 “Things Got Strange“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Avengers: Infinity War, current events and more! This is a special bonus episode, because science.

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

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple
Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

Details:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Belgian Blue Moon + Gold and Gold, Nikka Whisky
  • Thom: Cafe Latte, then Monkey Shoulder blended malt scotch whisky

Current Events: Han Solo, The Expanse, Streaming Content/Comcast, Eternals, Thundercats, Mission: Impossible

Planned Plundering Segment:

  • Blake: Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and Wasp, Legion
  • Thom: Westworld, Expanse, Legion

Rum-Fueled Recommendations Segment:

  • Blake: Barry, Killing Eve, Isle of Dogs
  • Thom: Deadpool 2, Han Solo

Run-Through Reconsideration: Black Panther 2

Mount The Curb – Robots Root 9 May 2018

This is what the internet is for. STOP LYING, BATMAN.

 

Meanwhile.

  • I cant make heads or tails of what’s going on with TJ Miller’s implosion, but he won’t be in Deadpool 3, apparently. I do miss his energy in Silicon Valley, though. Not talking about behind the scenes value, just the finished products…
  • I’d be down with an all female Knights of Ren. This is like the rumored post-Avengers all-female supers team-up. You don’t even have to market it that overtly. Just DO it. Such as with Annihilation.
  • Let me just day, for the 333th time: I want a Bucky Barnes Cap. I mean, i NEEDS it. It was great in the comics.
  • So here’s the magical photo full of unicorn sparkles that apparently convinced Snyder to cast Cavill as Superman. And it’s… yeah… well, maybe I’m biased by how bulked he was later, but this isn’t thrilling.
  • I didn’t watch this AD S05 trailer, as I’m just going to dive right in and watch the show directly… but here you go.
  • The amount of misdirection in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers was peak. It does beg the question of how are they going to market the 4th Avengers movie… I’m of the mind they have all the actors do promo and press anyway, because come on… just don’t tell us HOW they come back. It’s like that hot mess of Superman/no Superman in the JL ads.
  • Super into what I’m seeing of Luke Cage S02. TOO much charisma. “They have to know we tried.”
  • As if the Infinity War situation couldn’t get more brutal.
  • Black Widow has gone through some hyperbolic number of director interviews, according to the supernet, so it must be true. More important subtext is the concept that they are looking for the right voice, not JUST an indie, or female, or controversial, voice. Hopefully, though, all those things in the end.
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 is coming, and I’m delighted.
  • It will be interesting to see how the original Wasp suit looks in motion. That helmet and the coat design were always something that barely made sense even in the comics.
  • Good to hear that Artemis actually has some old-school bite to it. The trailers were cut so as to look like every other post-John Wick project. Neat to hear it’s more 80s action movie…
  • Beautiful Last Starfighter art…
  • GUISE: MUTATIONS! ALIENS! DEATH FROM DUST! I mean, not like we ever went to the moon, but still.

OK, go to itunes now and check out or latest podcast which was released yesterday: Black Panther, Jumanji, insouciance…