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Clark Kenpo Karate – Robots Root 18 May 2018

I’m stoked on the new M:I trailer. I really want to see mustachio’d Caville wrecking a bathroom. And not in the way I usually wreck it.

This is happening IN THE FUTURE (because I’m in Jakarta) but also in the past (because I’ve been out of network for 2 days):

  • “Journey to Wakanda: a cross between the Jetsons and a 90s JET Magazine” Honest Trailer for Black Panther. Dead on. I just rewatched it on the plane. One thing that was more aggravating the second time around was the rubbery CGI. This BTS video of that aspect of production is really interesting. I just cant shake though how much the rubbery physics took me out of the immersion of those scenes. He never looked real doing his super movements. And frankly, I prefer the look of the practical work. Check this side by side:

 

  • I’d be so down with a USGrant biopic from Spielberg and DiCaprio. It seems tailor-made for them.
  • Someone, somewhere, greenlit a Pennyworth series, featuring Alfred and Thomas Wayne in the 60s. I mean.
  • Look, I don’t know if these sneaky snaps of S01 style black costume Daredevil are to be flashbacks or a return to the old school I loved so much, but either way, 10:1 that’s Bullseye he’s sparring with.
  • Interesting comments from Simon Pegg, that Tarantino’s ST script won’t be madcap, but more respectful of the franchise. That’s refreshing actually. I’d like it either way, probably, just as I loved Waititi’s good-natured abuse of the MCU. But I’m more interested in seeing what Tarantino would do when trying to play nicely with someone else’s toys, rather than just Warren Ellising the hell out of it, so to speak. Not to be confused with THIS project, also discussed this week…
  • While Agents of SHIELD’s relationship with the MCU has been controversial and one sided at best, I do like what I’m seeing: the final season is being delayed until after Avengers 4 comes out. No accident there…
  • It’s not entirely the first time I’ve read fan theories about The Dark Knight’s Joker having a military background, but FFS it’s Patton Oswalt so of course it’s such a well defined and executed theory I can’t even. I’m in! I also love, tangentially, the idea that some have proposed: that the SS’ Joker is a former Robin. Unrelated really, but there it is.
  • Zombieland 2 with the original cast??? It’s like a fever dream made real.
  • I was thinking on the plane, watching a film with a lot of scenes with little or no dialog (The Hostiles) how much I’d be interested in an action movie with no dialogue. There have been more than a few contemporary films over the years with no script, though I’ve wondered if and how there are screenwriter credits for such projects. Anyway, I was imagining a John Wick with no dialog. Damn. Anyway, they greenlit a Snake Eyes solo film. Maybe thats an opportunity. I mean, there’s no way Paramount would screw this up right?
  • Feige kinda sorta confirmed there’s a plan for Kamala Khan’s teen, Muslim Ms. Marvel in the MCU. Which is a good thing, because if Marvel doesnt use the whole Phase 4 thing to bring a younger, more diverse and interesting view of the marvel world to screen, then they are dumb as rocks. Space rocks.
  • holy crap, Villaneuve’s Dune is actually moving forward. STOKE!
  • This supposed plot-summary for Obi-Wan is yawnerrific. Can’t we just have space Lone Wolf and Cub already?
  • The coolest thing I’ve ever seen, Mayan pop culture monsters specific.
  • How dope is it that Nolan released a restored ‘original’ cut of 2001 complete with grain? I mean, what a project.

Hokay… back to watching the world burn…

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.

Haileys and Bumblebees – Robots Root 3 Jan 2018

 

The only three things I can find to be positive about Bumblebee: The Damn Movie are, in no particular order:

  1. No Michael Bay
  2. Bumblebee is a Bug FFS
  3. Hailey Steinfeld

Maybe that WAS the right order.

Robot’s Root!

  • This comparison between Force Awakens and the Knights of the Old Republic storyline was pretty good. Had I any knowledge of the latter, maybe I would have detected some of this. Or not.
  • Every time Neil Blomkamp posts concept art from his axe-murdered Alien 5 treatment, I get frustrated.
  • I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I for one would want to see those extra hours of Blade Runner 2049… speaking of which, Ridley Scott’s elder man ego is spinning out… these comments are nuts.
  • This quote from Guillermo del Toro was amusing mostly because he criticized the design. I feel him.
  • Rian Johnson is supposedly set to begin filming scenes for the new trilogy in 2018… without a script, or even a stated concept… so at most, I hope it’s establishing shot set pieces… I mean, a road is nice. I like roads.
  • The most obvious conclusion reached from the linkbait comments that ‘Thor will undergo a dramatic transformation in Infinity Tole’ is a loss of an arm, as per the comics some years back… I’d like to see Thanos rip a Thor arm off…
  • new octopus alert. ALERT!
  • Hailey Steinfeld wants to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, if these misleading interview comments are to be believed. I would not mind. She’s fit, athletic, has a great expressive face, and has been acting since she was a wee one (remember True Grit? Long before the pop singer phase)… I had a different fantasy casting for this role, but maybe we’ll get to that sometime in 2018 on the podcast if a couple of other rubes get their shit together…
  • On the heels of the failed Dark Universe, Paramount is hurtling forward with the Hasbroverse, announcing dates for GI Joe, Micronauts and others… despite not having scripts or a plan. Sounds about right. Dungeons and Dragons AGAIN. Guh.
  • Here’s an interview with Neal Scanlan about creature work on TLJ… if you are into that sort of thing, which I am…
  • I still can’t even with this fever dream. It might be great. Mortal Engines…
  • I have an intense need to clean up and sort this mess… while eating THIS, of course.
  • Lung and I traded finds in this vein… this was my favorite of the Star Wars ones. Still looking for the perfect Deckard one.
  • Mark L Smith has been tasked as writer for Tarantino’s Star Trek film… I mean… someone rubbed a lamp somewhere right?
  • I enjoy radical fan theories where the main character is dead. Works with almost any movie.
  • Would Darkseid have helped or hurt Justice League? I think, as Kevin Smith described it, it would have made an effective tether for the next film.
  • Great honest trailer about Return of the Toleyou… except for the grating mispronunciation of Maori…
  • The new Annihilation trailer is already showing too much. I’m on blackout. But I can’t wait.
  • They do look pretty New Mutanty… love the Lockheed puppet…
  • Cloverfield 3 comes out in April… but with no name yet and no promos. Which is fine. They played it fast and loose with the last “sequel”… I’m still on board, ESPECIALLY if it is indeed space based as rumored. The cast alone!
  • True Detective S03 is shaping up to be pretty exciting to this guy: three time periods, the Ozarks, now Dorff joins Ali? Damn

That’s all for today. Back to cooking them Porgs…

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Need My Fuchikoma – 13 Feb 2017

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This all looks gangbusters to me, and I’m standing behind my optimism on this project. However, I choose to believe we haven’t seem my beloved FUCHIKOMAs yet because they are keeping something to surprise us in the theatre, not that they aren’t appearing. Because I need them. I NEED THEM. Here’s the new trailer, Kuze and all: link!
Also, note that’s a papercraft up there. You can find it on the supernets. If you are into that sort of thing. With a five year old boy in the house, I am no longer.

Meanwhile:

– This Logan viral is pretty sobering… in one meaning of the term, not the other. link!

– There are now two people on record approving of Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor: me, and Lawrence Fishburne. And before you say anything, his crack habit was 30 years ago. link!

– The New Mutants film seems to be slinking along in development. More social media notes seemingly to strengthen the rumor that GoT’s Maisie Williams is on board as Wolfsbane… link!

– I don’t know if these are pre-wig Klingons or a new design, but I like it the best of anything we’ve seen before. That external spiny row up the neck and skull is rad. I love the armor too. I still think it’s weird that every species in Star Trek* use such homogeneity in uniform and dress, though. link! *Or NOT STAR TREK, according to Lung

– Everyone except some room of stuffy Disney executives is certain a Black Widow film needs to happen. Come ON u guise. Srsly. link!

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– Ahsoka… I believe Rosario Dawson said she would love to be in SW, or someone made that assertion, or who knows… but it took Bosslogic approximately 0.0003s to get started on a manip. ENDORSED! link!

– Katie Sackhoff is on board for Unknown Origin, a Mars mission disaster recovery story where she is working with a field team of AIs… WHAT COULD GO WRONG… but here you go. Nice pic, too. link!

– Vincent D’Onofrio claims Kingpin won’t be in Defender, Punishers, anything. Depends on if you BELIEVE him, but still. link!

– The Runaways parents have been cast, the only known quantity being Buffy/ANgel alum James Marsters. link!

– Thandie Newton may have joined Han Solo… playing…. Sana Starros? I hope not. Hate that character and plotline thoroughly. Actually, at last blush, I thought Emilia Clarke was rumored to play some variant of that character (cue the protests) but who knows. link!

– The Batman movie rumors keeping flying around like crazed, well, bats, in a well-illuminated space, bashing into each other and howling. First Affleck dropped out of directing (good call) and then there was a supposed page one rewrite happening, sort of corroborated by Affleck’s persistent quotes about script issues being the one reason he would leave) but Terrios wrote the latest draft, who Affleck himself brought on board, and who not only did Argo with him, but did some sort of something on the last few DC movies. Now the new rumor is that WB execs are happy with the script, and that Cloverfield/Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is in the director’s chair. All in like 5 days of rumor flinging and bat injuring. link!

– My man Denis Villaneuve continues to insist he is relying on practical effects for Blade Runner 2049. Keep saying that and we’ll let you live, man. link!

– Finally, I say this only with the caveat that I don’t believe we need a Scarface remake AT ALL… but I read this morning that the Coen Brothers tweaked the script, which makes it 100% more likely to be bearable. Also, I like Diego Luna. But still. Why. link!


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