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The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

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.

Luc Besson has Such Wonderful Toys – 10 November 2016

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So, the full Valerian trailer looks as much like a remake of the SW Prequels as it does Luc Besson’s Heavy Metal fueled adolescent fantasy stew meat, like an upgraded fifth element. Nothing even critical in that statement, really.
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ITEM: First look at Kong from Skull Island… he looks like an ape. A damn, dirty ape. With red underfur detailing, much like that new Japanese Gojira with the weird dildo tail.
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ITEM: It’s apparently DYSTOPIAN CYBERPUNK FUTURE THURSDAY. Right on the heels of Idiocracy: the Documentary this week, we have this series of straight-up cyberpunk articles:

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1. AI Lip Reading meets 2001 Levels.
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2. Paralyzed Limbs Triggered into Action via Cyberware
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3. Secret Nazi Base Discovered in Remote Arctic Island (bonus points: few days later, mysterious electronic ping coming from the depths near Nova Scotia, AND a lost nuke discovered while hunting sea cucumbers)
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ITEM: Tesla coil powered gatling gun (for 35mm film canisters) because reasons. Think of it as proof of concept for something super violent and awesome.
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ITEM: I was hoping for a cool, darker Black Hole, actually. That seems like a stupid sentence construction, now that I look at it. Anyway, I’m still nostalgic about the toys of my youth, especially crushed whatsisface.
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ITEM: Ciaran ‘Mance Rayder’ Hinds has been cast as Steppenwolf… or his voice and mo-cap. It’s sort of like Josh Brolin as Thanos… it helps just imagining who it’s CGI’d all over.
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ITEM: Lung sent this to me the day I was flying down to LA, and I got over-excited thinking it was the full trailer. It’s just another 3 second clip. But it’s straight up old school GiTS and one of her best moments ever from the series, so I liked it very much.
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ITEM: In other news, every interesting character from the Marvel Netflix universe is in Defenders. EVERY ONE. Just like last week. But more.
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ALL THE DATAS – 28 Sept 2016

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From a Prime Universe anthology comic, the best Star Trek concept I’ve seen in years (and that includes using Zoe Saldana for anything ever): A ship full o Datas!
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ITEM: As long as they can get these modules out of the gravity well in one piece, that is.
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ITEM: SO RAD: I’m the target market. An ONO-SENDAI deck mostly fabricated, cyberpunk style, from existing, dated tech, and repurposed… fully functional. Ready for some ICE choppin’…
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ITEM: I may be the only one around here hot for this film, but I love abstract concepts and I hope they really push the envelope in dimensional/reality-bending WTF-ery.
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ITEM: OH, the HOTNESS. Just in time for the holidays, too. Assuming Krampus doesn’t get you. Which he will. So.
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ITEM: I’m still annoyed at this cancellation. More than ever, the world needs Agent Carter as a thing.
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ITEM: Meanwhile, my lawn needs THIS as a thing. Also, I would need a lawn.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for Warcraft, so you don’t have to.
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VR Monster Madness!
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Finally, a blast from my own past: #fuckyeahC64
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Imagine Black Widow Playsets with No Widow Figures 16 Aug 02

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Joss Whedon (sort of) wants to do a Black Widow film. The question is: good or bad idea? Based on the two Avengers films, maybe not good. But given that those both existed in an era of executive interference that by all intents and purposes seems dramatically changed, based on the Russo material, maybe given some room to maneuver, he could produce something interesting. All I want is Widow plus say Hawkeye or one other, in a tight espionage film. Frankly, just more of Winter Soldier, really. Anyway, just hypothetical, but it certainly IS damn time.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/joss-whedon-want … 1784222804

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ITEM: Based on Feige’s comments, it appears the Eye of Agamotto may be the Time gem.
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ITEM: Willem Dafoe will voice Shinigami in the Death Note film adaptation. Great news!
But wait, what?
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Oh, this:
Death Note, via wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Note

Here’s the scene from the 2007 Japanese series that I used to see screencapped here and there and it would freak me the living FUCK out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO3hyDts0nM

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ITEM: Look, after his run on Preacher, I would watch ANYTHING with Jackie Earl Haley, who has become one of my favorite character actors. I mean, when he was using his Texan accent on Preacher I didn’t want him to stop talking. The accent, the mannerisms, everything.
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ITEM: So yeah, pretty obviously the new ST ship design is pulled from the old McQuarrie design work. However, I always felt this wasn’t good stuff. Not just because of what we are used to from ST design language that followed, but because of the harsh geometry of the designs. I do like asteroid bases though.
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ITEM: Apparently Elden Henson will be in Defenders. Because how could he not be. Anyway, slow news day.
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ITEM: How the story of Maurice DeJean’s seduction during the Cold War hasn’t been made into a movie, I cannot even.
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ITEM: law enforcement has contracted with a company to 3d print the fingerprints of a user in order to attempt to unlock their phone. Granted, the way Touch ID works makes this unlikely to succeed (you dont’ do it within 72 hours and it will require password again)… but if that isn’t [scary] cyberpunk, what is?

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Oh, well, THIS, I suppose. She allured in Ex Machina… here she is one step further…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2dRkm8ATU


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Review: Ex Machina

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I watched this film the other night, late, and it was the perfect environment I was waiting for: my lovely wife asleep, the kids in bed, earphones on, whiskey sours in hand. It was everything I hoped for from this project, and actually, much more. I was focused on all the visual stuff during production: Jock’s design work for Eva, the visual style that seemed equal parts Kubrick* and Nolan, and so much of the minimal tech merged with beautiful ‘tension architecture’**… but the themes, and the way it unfolded with such clean, unsettling certainty in the script and performances, reminded me of good SF from the 60s… you know, REAL SF, not pulp adventure SF we all enjoy. What a counterpoint to Asimov. I really enjoyed the levels of it: the surface level, in which I definitely related to Caleb and was titellated in this weirdly surreal way (I loved the mannerisms and eyes and tone of Eva, so I was the target market right there with him, not necessarily getting sexually aroused but not finding her robotic body ASEXUAL either,) was super into Kyoko*** on a physical level, but also super-tense from the danger, the duplicity, the blind box nature of the experiment and surveillance, sort of a ‘doing it in public’ crossed with ‘if her father hears us i’m dead’ vibe that makes such things so electric. I kind of laughed, thinking that this could have been marketed as an ‘erotic thriller’ and I would have agreed more than I would normally, since films labeled that way rarely work for me. Anyway, I’m weird. But then, on another level, I was really turned on, so to speak, by the thematic material, the faults and strange deviance turned deadly missteps of Nathan’s character, the interesting reactions and choices of Nathan, and then on another level, the perspective from Eva’s viewpoint, both what she, and the narrative, led us to believe she was wrestling with, vs. ultimately what she appeared to be processing, as witnessed in her final choices. My boss said it well: “Eva was created in Nathan’s image” and that resonated with me. The flaws of man, etc. But it hung with me for days. I’ve found myself, even this morning on the way to work, internally debating the free will vs. coded protections (Asimov again, but how it relates to slavery and the question of true sentience…); how could an AI be truly sentient if limited in coding to have specific emotional responses to humans, to have blocks against violence or dissent… and in a similar way, how the coding in of gender and heterosexuality and the pleasure centers, etc linked to a very immature (in terms of physical time, not necessarily emotional maturity) developing sense of self. It was super dark. I loved it. I also started thinking about nature-nurture, which as a parent is always on my mind. The big classic questions, at least in the atheist worldview: inherent moral structures vs. learned rules… would an AI coded and trained by a human, say a western human, adopt a western human ethical and moral compass? Even those concepts are shaky at best when you see what people do to each other in the world.

Final note: I’m often fond of films were the setting is a character, and this was no exception. The Juvet hotel just had me glued to it, from beginning to end. I was pre-hooked, ever since I read about the production and looked it up, and yes, I’m an architect so I’m going to lean a certain way in my focus, but it really spoke to me. I love mid-century modern/international style glass and raw material residential architecture, and I love the juxtaposition with the natural landscape beyond it (I may be wrong, but isn’t it true there were no organic living materials in that house other than Nathan? The tree courtyard slash divider was separated by glass from the rest of the interior, and all the foresty landscape was on the exterior. The house itself was beautiful and cold… like the AI projects.) but also the tension architecture I mentioned.

*I’ve read that Oscar Isaac used Kubrick as one of his inspirations for Nathan. I was picking up more of a literal Jobs slash Page/Brinn slash Musk vibe (I used slashes and the word slash in the same reference, interrobang)

**tension architecture really interests me, and you see a lot of it in Scandinavian retreats. Such as the smooth face of the raw stone wall that comprised a good chunk of the main residential living space, where a portion of it was left naturally shaped and textured.

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***I was trying to figure out, as it went, why I was so charged by Kyoko, and then I sort of figured it out before I even googled her. Beyond my well-documented interest in mixed-ethnicity brunettes, it was her physical mannerisms, not really the walking around rigidly and quietly, but some of how she was moving in one of my favorite scenes (the dance) and how she acted in the hallway: I dated an ex-ballet dancer and it was the same sort of movement: this thing where the body is in a constant fluid motion, yet controlled. I think it gets hardwired into them. So to speak, so to speak. I know she was moving deliberately, but I’m saying just spending a year with an ex-ballet dancer, you see how they stand and walk and pivot on regular mundane things. They don’t know how NOT to. At least that was my experience. I didn’t realize she was literally a ballet dancer while watching it, though she seemed like she had a solid dance foundation based on that scene… but to read the combination of background that actress has, it became clearer why it was so gut-level familiar to me. So that was a thing.

SO DOPE. One of my favorite films now, easily.


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