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Have You Ever Danced With Shermin-Williams in the Pale Moonlight? – Robot’s Root 11 Feb 2018

I don’t know what to make of this Todd Phillips 80s Pre-Joker movie with Jaoquin Phoenix. I mean, I like when they experiment. But DCEU has such a low track record as far as experimenting with VISION. On the other hand, a film about that whole Vision Family in Suburbia book would be legendary. The image above, though, from a set of fan arts, really appeals to me… or peels… I love the flaking paint situation happening.

 

Meanwhile, these things:

  • When your director backs out of He-Man because they’re too busy with… Krypton… then you KNOW its serious.
  • Even deleted scenes are hilarious. Ragnarok still owns me.
  • This deleted scene from JL is actually pretty good, from a world-building standpoint. It shows a newly revived Kal-El wandering the halls of his old ship, and as he approaches, it automatically offers various resources for him, including the all-black supersuit and the Kryptonian battle armor… internally consistent-ish with Man of Steel. I appreciate that.
  • The winner of that huge 10-year Class Photo MCU situation is clearly Benedict Wong, because player brought a pocket watch on a vest chain.
  • More stuff showing consistency with the McQuarrie front end on the Falcon. Even if it is all part of the longer front end ‘docking module’ which works fine for me, I just don’t know what to make of images like this, below, where it’s longer but there’s a slot. Maybe the central spine is also a modular element than can be removed, separately from the longer vice clamp bits. Maybe, though, these other images are just earlier in the production design… or possibly fake. These days, who knows. This example below, which has been around for months, is the most mystifying. It looks too consistent to be a total fake, so I wonder if it was just earlier in the production. Because it deviates too much from what we’ve seen now. Wrong dish antenna, different front end, no blue and white paint… it does have the turret.

That’s enough for today. Back to rolling housepaint over my face to appear edgy.

Make Mine McQuarrie: Robots Root 22 Dec 2017

This lovely fan film features the original Mcquarrie designs for Star Wars, and it’s glorious. I love it. I have some of these figures from a series that was released some years back.

Meanwhile, an accidentally delayed Robot’s Root! The scheduling module on the site failed… sorry for the radio silence…

  • Surprising precisely no one, Simon Stålenhag’s Electric State has been optioned, to be adapted/written by the crew from the Russos’ Cap films and helmed by the director of IT. This is all very good. I slavishly adore that book. I don’t even own it, thanks to a shipping mishap. But I will.
  • The new Hawk and Dove designs are OK I guess. Seem pretty consistent with the look of the earlier Robin designed that we saw. I’m nonplussed by the image distortion and filtering in this pic that makes Minka Kelly look like she has a hairy chin, but to be fair, I’m nonplussed by any iteration of a superhero Minka Kelly that covers up this much of her beautiful complexion. Too bad about that wig.
  • Donnie Yen’s Chasing the Dragon was already out when I was in Indonesia last month. It looked really good. I go back in January, and may catch it there, then. Because. Donnie Yen. Wide collars.
  • Of course, the news of the week was that the Disney yard sale collection of Fox’s film properties went through. ‘RAG AN’ BONNNNNE!’ “We can use em!” Sorry. Anyway, everyone’s fixated on X-Men and FF coming to the MCU, but hey, look at all the other properties… Family Guy? Simpsons? Serenity? And what about the fate of streaming services like Hulu, as Disney prepares their own streaming service… it’s an exciting and sobering time for fans and creators alike.
  • I don’t remember if I said it in the podcast, but I certainly have yelled it into abandoned alleys as I staggered around the city… they should have given reincarnated Superman a full beard. That would have solved everything.
  • Ronald D Moore, who revitalized BSG before famously having no plan to resolve the series after the writer’s strike, has been hired to do a space race series for Apple. He also looks different, but hey, so say we all.
  • Brubaker’s Kill or be Killed has been greenlit, to be helmed by the director of John Wick. That’s a good fit!
  • Punisher S02 is greenlit. That may have seemed like a foregone conclusion a year ago, but with all the controversy this year, it’s welcome news. I really enjoyed the bulk of the series.
  • Woody Harrelson has joined the Venom film production. In my book, that generally improves a thing.
  • Two new noir projects are in development by Guillermo del Toro’s production company, one of which being a carnival thriller. Stoked!
  • You’ve seen this by now, but this is the Harry Potter chapter written by predictive type. It’s amazing.
  • You may be able to hear my children squee from here.

The Podcast That Forgot What it’s Like to Fear Death – Robots Root 6 Dec 2017

I WANT ALTERED CARBON IN MY FACE ASAP

Meanwhile…

Somewhere in space… it’s Robot’s Root:

  • Once again, Disney and Fox are “thisclose” to the deal… so, what do you think? Will Disney fold in the X-Men and FF properties as part of the likely multiverse thing coming after Infinity War?

  • Free Deadpool tattoos. What could go wrong? I’ll take free Negasonic tattoos though. And by free Negasonic tattoos, I mean applying tattoos onto what is already a peak hawt package. ZING!
  • I’d like all these Star Wars jackets a lot more if they didn’t have rebel logos or whatever on them. Less literal. Also, half this price.
  • Watch this GIF… do you hear it? I do.
  • It’s true: Nolan benefitted from a less compressed time of supers film production. He had a film in between each Batman film, and he told a story he cared about, largely or entirely without studio interference. However, he also benefitted from being Christopher Nolan in the first place. There’s a vision.
  • Interesting Stranger Things theory: is the demogorgon part of Eleven’s manifestation? I doubt it, given the events of S02… but still, good effort.
  • Here’s some cool concept art for Valkyrie from Andy park!
  • For Aeon-Flux fans, you can now watch the entire Liquid Television series streamed to your eyeballs like an errant fly.
  • As I’ve said on the pod, an AI vs AI vs AI direction in the Alien franchise sounds good to me. It just doesn’t make much more sense as a PREQUEL.
  • Batman almost had a shitty speeder bike in Justice League. Just look. Plus, somewhere, out there, there’s footage of the black Superman costume. I can’t wait until it surfaces.
  • Some potential Iron Fist S02 villain hints here in the casting notes… I mean, I could go either way, now that the showrunner has changed. Alice Eve was just cast as well…
  • NINJA TREE CLAWS
  • Margot Robbie is doing some sort of Harley Quinn something or other. I mean, who’s to say.
  • This Batman ninja business is the BUSINESS.
  • ADAM part 3 is no online. Hot damn.
  • Hellboy has a release date, and it’s too far away. Maybe, given what happened when they rushed JL, that’s OK.
  • Disney cast Mulan, and didn’t cock it up, even.
  • Historical nightmare fuel.
  • In an era of perpetual reboots, this plea from Alex Proyas against the Crow remake was pretty profound. Of course I’m of the age to have an emotional connection to that first film, too.
  • I haven’t watched any Black Mirror so far, but I might start

  • New images from next year’s Dark Phoenix surprise the hell out of me. My expectations were so low. This early look of Jean Grey transforming, even if its just stylized for these images… they’re really great. I like the cracking apart of her flesh. Not strictly consumed by fire, but also separating into component atoms. Wow. I also like the apparent change in concept for the Phoenix Force, and that the X-Men are popular, with Xavier being reckless in his deployment of the team beyond their capability, the hubris and overconfidence implied.
  • Finally, I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been watching, and enjoying, Runaways. We’ll be talking about that soon, but in the meantime, a good article about how the Hulu production makes good use of their established budget to put together FX for the deinonychus, Old Lace, featured in the show. It’s a good example of a production not overreaching beyond their budget, and spending the money wisely.

The State of the State – 13 Nov 2017 From the Future

 

Before we get into that SWEET, SWEET ROOT, a quick update: I’ve been in Indonesia for 10 days, and while the days themselves have been long, I’ve made great progress on my fall TRDL mission: them TRDL Sourcebooks! I’ll be editing Book One on the 30+ hour trip home (that begins in a few hours) along with working on Books Two and Three (of four) but man, progress! Look, above, evidence!

 

Meanwhile, the Root continues…

 

  • There is a lot of Stranger Things fanart out there. I’ve done some! And a lot of Rick and Morty fanart out there. I’ve worked on some! But this cracked me up, mostly because of the Freddy Kreuger ballsack-chin dude, can’t remember his name, done up as the Sheriff. Dying.

Then again, I’m pretty easy to entertain…

  • You have to give Agents of SHIELD some credit: they re-invent the show each season and generally pull it off. Looks like this time it’s going to be Alien by way of Kree. The tropes about the black guy getting killed first, splitting up, etc are in full effect. Pretty funny.  Also, interesting that they’re using a non-Brood Brood, the Marvel rip-off/homage to the xenomorph in the first place, because I believe the Brood falls into Fox’s rights wheelhouse.
  • Despite being overseas, upside-down, and working with, I kid you not, 1-kbps download and less that 1kbps upload most of the time (and thats the heavier duty hotel network) we managed to do some recording for the Robot-Kraken Podcast. You might remember such a thing! We’re getting an episode pulled together that covers September and some of October, and then we’re also cooking up the following one, which will cover through November. So many things being discussed, just wring your hands and IMAGINE how awesome it will be to listen to them.

 

Speaking of awesome, here’s a screencap of my face reflected in the JW Black Bladerunner bottle Blake got me…

 

  • The TL;DR version of the Rian Johnson SW trilogy speculation is, of course: ALL THE EXTENDED UNIVERSE STUFF, plus all the other stuff. Still, fun to contemplate. What do YOU want out of a new trilogy? I know what I don’t want: Skywalkers. Just give me some action on the other side of the galaxy.
  • The Disney/Marvel + Fox discussions are apparently still on, unless they aren’t, but they might be. Surely they are.
  • Now while I admit I haven’t been keeping up with the animated side of the business, how stoked am I that they’ve done a Gotham by Gaslight cartoon? Give me a live action movie now, I says.
  • I think one Lung sent me this after my last post, so: this alphanumeric set based on the the industrial design of each brand is VISIONARY. I was floored by it.
  • In ‘whats in the tin is on the label’ news, read this headline:

    Man fakes his death to help police catch wife in murder-for-hire plot

    And the article, if you want the long version.

  • And in ‘is this REALLY a thing, or just faking being a thing? Or a fake thing?’ news, this.
  • Here’s a neat overview of Mondo designs that were rejected, if you can even imagine such a thing. The whole deal with War for the Planet of the Toles is awesome.
  • The limited edition Lovecraft tiki mug here is to die for. I mean, sort of literally, I guess.
  • Let’s dance around Thor: Ragnaok a bit for a moment. I saw the film, and loved it, which you will see below. But look, Cate Blanchett’s Hela just stole it from a design perspective, in a film already chockablock with great design. And she’s so smoulderingly, saunteringly gorgeous in this. I couldn’t even. BUT NOW YOU CAN, thanks to another Sideshow Collectibles figure that kills it.
  • So, I saw The Thor. We’re recording a thing on it soon, so I’ll hold off on deep-diving on the actual film, but I thought I’d share a bit about how surreal the experience was. I saw it in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is a Muslim country which is very pleasant and features a hub of international business in southeast asia. There are horrible, horrible things on the side of the road. But also, nice folks and such. It’s like any third world country with a slab of international commerce in the middle of it. Anyway, I quite like it. So, on previous trips I never had time to go do anything really, other than job site, client office, hotel, etc. This time, I took a break on Saturday night, and went to see a film. It was at a cinema buried in the core of a megamall, one of these multi-tiered structures that webs between and under multiple office towers. Took about 35 minutes to find the theater, and I had even done my homework. OK, Thor! But in Jakarta!

 

Like most of the world, you step in the cinema and it’s quite familiar. Ticketing, concessions, pre-show something or other, then seats and trailers. In this case, the concessions ran the gamut from little popcorn purses to slabs of roast beast, and the pre-show entertainment was actually a sub-theater/lounge space showing Katy Perry concert footage while people sipped mocktails.

 

This show, not even an IMAX or 3D version, cost roughly $7USD. And, assigned seating. You select it yourself. Thus!

I may not have been in row 3 (because crazy) or 33 (because full; Jakartans seem to need some distance from the hollywood vomiting of technicolor indulgence, even when it is intentional, as with the design work on this film) but…

 

 

Studio 3, cousins…

 

 

 

So it was mostly interesting and slightly distracting to watch with subtitles. I kept wanting to read them, and catch glimpses of interesting Bahasa for stuff like ‘You. Me. The others. We have to get ready.’ “The others, Bruce.’ etc etc but once the actual film started, it almost synced up with the film’s liberal use of alien script and wild Kirbyesque design. It FIT. So anyway, I may have been the loudest LOLer (I was) but it was a super fun time. The woman in the burka in front of me (see the red) didn’t make any noises, but I saw her smile on the way out. That Chris Hemsworth, amirite.

 

OK, heading to board my first leg on the long trip back. Until next time, have fun with your friend from work…

 

 

Dinner is Served and it is Star Wars Forever – Robots Root 11 Nov 2017

This promo art for Deadpool slayed me utterly. I admit I was looking for grenades in the bird, and the perspective is a bit wonky up front, but the whole thing is a magical gem.

Meanwhile, so much Root in so little time!

  • Great news for Bossk lovers like me who have grand fantasies about finding time to play Star Wars: Battlefront II: BOSSK!!!!
  • As we watch Blade Runner fail to make its money back, as it was never expected to do (it is an 11/10 I’m telling you.) consider the previous ‘failure’ in cyberpunk adaptation/continuation: Ghost in the Shell. Mr. Oshii notes once again he approves of Scarjo, and so do I. So there.
  • Nacho Vigalondo is planning to bring Comeback to film, which is super fun and I’m down with it. Time travel rocks, as does running from the bad guys. I’m so envious of the concept for that title.
  • Hey, speaking of Star Wars, you mayyyyyyyyy have heard that Rian Johnson is doing a new trilogy, featuring different characters than the whole Skywalker situation. Just, you know, a little bon mot dropped into an investor update at Disney. I’m stoked! So much room for stories in this universe, and I love his vision, as far as I can tell, anyway. Yes!
  • By the way, you’ll be able to see those new films once they leave the theater, along with the current stuff, one way or another, on a new (and anticipated) Disney streaming service, including a fresh live action Star Wars something something, AND both current Marvel Netflix series AND a fresh one to be announced! Welp, they’ve got MY money.
  • Man, Shape of Water looks bonkers good. Can’t wait!
  • This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about zombies/vampires/whatever trying to exist after the epidemic is cured. I was dancing around a concept for that after seeing Shaun of the Dead… but this short film is wonderful.
  • Universal’s weird Monster Movie shared universe is now officially ‘on hold’… thats kind of a drag, to be honest. I know Universal made WB seem organized in terms of universe planning, but if Tom Cruise can’t keep a franchise, what can you do. I was kind of stoked by that extended cast they so beautifully photographed, as they are wont to do.
  • As if Black Panther didn’t already look amazing, Chadwick Bozeman dropped some anthropological science that made my mind reel. It’s so obvious, after you read it, but damn. So good.
  • Yay! SF in SF! Yay! Not that I’m biased. How could I be? I’m tolly bridge and tunnel now.
  • One Lung sent me this link to wake up to, and it made my very difficult day. I mean, it’s not over. But now I just want to watch this movie.
  • Speaking of the above hero image, this whole thing with Deadpool taking over Good Housekeeping is surreal. It’s not even bad advice.

By now your turkey’s torso should resemble “middle-of-the-movie” Lieutenant Dan,”

Put Away That Bat-Shaver – Robots Root 9 Nov 2017

Look, I’d rather just watch a movie about THESE characters than what I see from JL.

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Care for a spot of Root?

  • WTF Bendis just jumped ship wholesale for DC. That’s either a terrible or wonderful thing for Marvel depending on your POV. Unexpected, at minimum.
  • Honest Trailer for Stranger Things… which is, as usual, amazing.
  • $440M opening weekend, globally, for Thor: Ragnarok. WELP!
  • For a hot minute, Twitter was losing collective shit about Disney contemplating buying Fox. So many Avengers Vs. X-men images! Anyway, the whole thing fizzled back into reality pretty quickly, but still. You can imagine Hugh Jackman somewhere on a yacht reading this and throwing his champagne flute over the bow.
  • This treatise on the physics of Star Wars is quite excellent, sent to me by one Lung. Dive in!
  • The Art of 20 Years of Ghost in the Shell is a B I B L E. And, yes, I bought it, and it will be arriving at my house before I land in SF again…
  • The rumors now swirl that Black Adam will first appear in Suicide Squad 2. I’m not as opposed as some, though it begs the question why that film and not Shazam, unless he appears in both. The Rock sneezes money, so I can see why.
  • I’m just stoked Glass is actually happening.
  • This Back to the Future themed VW Type II bus project missed the mark for me. Why make a bus into a Delorean when the terrorist van as it was was COOLER than the Delorean in the first place?
  • wunderkammmmmmmmmmer!
  • I’ve been drawing AD&D characters all wrong
  • I don’t like this at all, not because of cultural appropriation (I’ve drawn Dias de los Muertos art before) but because it’s so LAZY.

OK, that’s all for now. Sent from the future…

Ive Been Drinking With Skeletons – Robots Root 18 Sept 2017

 

As far as I’m concerned, the best news of last week was the reveal of two pics of David Harbour as Hellboy. Other than some initial concerns about their approach to the Right Hand of Doom, he looks 100% minimum awesome and I have much stoke. Also, here’s the first photo they released, in color and with more wet metal look for the Hand. The above shot was the second, submitted by Harbour himself.

Before we dive in, a note about con photos and cosplay radness: we are posting con photos from San Francisco Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con on our Instagram account for Robot-Kraken: @robotkraken_redtentacle so take a peek to see some of the awesome stuff we saw at the shows…

OK, on to Robot’s Root:

  • Batman Type Stuff!
    • Aronofsky compares the rumors of the Joker film to his abandoned Batman Year One. I’m not down with some of the stuff he was cooking up, though I LOVES ME SOME YEAR ONE… but hey, a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines strapped to it sounds amazing. AMAZING.
    • I really enjoyed Fincher’s The Game back in the day, not merely because of it’s epic level of fantasy-stitching-of-SF-neighborhoods-together… apparently that story was the inspiration for Affleck’s now aborted Batman script. I can imagine a very interesting film coming out of that.
    • Lastly, Aronofsky intended to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman. Could have worked.
  • Blade Runner 2049 Type Stuff!
    • Witness these quotes, about Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, with punching and scotch and blunt honesty, that cracked me up immensely. I mean, you can’t witness the quoted material, but you can witness the quote on paper. I’m sticking with it.
    • Here’s the second (and less interesting) short prequel film for Blade Runner 2049, set in 2048, and directed by Jake Scott. Dave Bautista Bautistaing about
  • Star Trek Type Stuff!
    • Interesting article here on how the Discovery series, at least from production and marketing components, seems unable to decide what its audience is supposed to be.
    • Now director Jonathan Frakes has slipped that Discovery will be exploring the famous ‘Mirror Universe’ thing. I wonder if that’s how they will bridge the apparent disconnect between timelines, aesthetics, and characters.
    • Quentin Tarantino posits that good ST film approaches would involve paring down to focus on a few characters instead of the ensemble each time, expand on good TV episodes and do film adaptations of them, and embrace time travel. I mean, yeah I guess, but that was surprising ranting coming from a filmmaker who understands how things work. The ensemble nature of those films, while it is certainly true is less enjoyable as a narrative than more intimate character stories, is easier to pull off in episodic TV than in film, and when they DO focus on a few members of a beloved larger cast, the backlash can be swift.
  • Robotech Type Stuff!
    • If you liked IT and you like Robotech, well you’re in luck: Andy and Barbara Muschietti are tapped to do the adaptation, after they wrap IT 2.
    • Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs is tapped as the writer for the project, as well. I wonder if they’ll change the eponymous ‘U.N. SPACY’ which always was a dumb fiddling with english in the Macross material. That said, I adore it.
  • Zach Snyder released a teaser short for a small film he apparently put together while being home after exiting JL. I quite like the look of it. Of course, the look of things was never the problem with Snyder’s projects. I’ll give it a shot, though! Snow Steam Iron… he’s maybe going back to some of the imagery that made Suckerpunch initially so inviting, but with more of an emphasis on burning man friendly steampunk stuffs.
  • Semi-related, Snyder isn’t going to be doing any press for JL, which is interesting, adding to the feeling that maybe he pulled back from the project for more than just his family strife. I wonder. The reason I bring it up, though, is actually to enjoy the photo in the article, here, which I’ve seen a million times, and every single time I see it as Batman shooting some sort of heavy artillery weapon, two handed. HA. That would be controversial.
  • Witness test footage for the aborted War of the Worlds project from Ray Harryhausen. Pretty impressive for the time, as you would expect.
  • PS regarding Hellboy, I know what I’m doing January 11, 2019
  • Adam Strange has been added to the upcoming Krypton TV series. I’m still uninterested but I think it’s a good move. The central conceit to these sorts of prequel expansions is that we need to be invested in the characters, despite knowing how it ends. With Rogue One, they were successful in making us care about characters we knew were going to bite it, which is hard. Here, I saw very little enthusiasm on the interwebs about studying the world of Krypton with Supes’ granddad as the central POV. The whole planet’s going to blow up, etc anyway. And the Snyderverse version was so glum. Anyway, adding a time traveling human space adventurer might give it a bit of pop. Also, unless the Green Lantern thing manifests out of JL, he would be the first human space type in the DCEU.
  • Red Sparrow is being described as the Black Widow movie Marvel forgot to make. I think it will be much more about sex, manipulation, and murder, and less about fighting proficiency. At least thats how it sounded in pre-production. Still, I love how it looks. The ballet-as-assassin-training thing is certainly peak Widow.
  • An interest concept: AD&D where players, or rather their characters, have to cook and eat their kills. Very, very specific interest there.
  • I love the NAME of Club 33, though I have no interest in going to one. I’m not that kind of wealthy adult Disney person.
  • I’m continually fascinated by the deep economic culture of MMPRPGs or whatever they’re called. Check out this story about a huge double cross with significant real world economic impact, in the EVE community.
  • Similarly, Blizzard is saying that policing the toxic behavior of players in Overwatch is slowing game development. So that’s a thing.
  • I REALLY like the logotype for Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft film. That arrow motif  cutting the lettering in half feels very evocative of both adventure and weird tropical death trappery.

I hope you enjoyed that data dump!

Manilla Folder Time – Robots Root 17 June 28

Preacher S02 started this past weekend, but I won’t see it until a few nights from now, after settling down from the last two week’s of cons. But man, I’m stoked. STOKED.

I’m back from Portland and the Heroes and Villains Fanfest/Walker Stalker Con, but it will take a few days to decompress all that and talk about it. In the meantime, I present:

Robot’s Root!

•  In my mind, the biggest news of the weekend was about the Han Solo firing. First, it was that Kennedy didn’t like Lord and Miller’s choices. Then it was about improvisation. Then we learned, after a brief speculative period, that Ron Howard had stepped forward to complete the film. This late in the production, it raises questions. I thought this article offered some insight. I choose to be optimistic. I know the talk of ‘acting coaches’ is alarming, but this is often employed, not simply to bolster a performance, but to tweak it to a specific vision; when you are essentially doing an impression of a well known actor in a famous role, this could be expected, I’d wager.

• This may not be thrilling news for some, or most, but both Brad Pitt and David Fincher are confirmed for WWZ 2. Now, the original strayed far from the book, and I’d be interested to see what direction they take for the sequel, which I really liked, particularly seeing it at midnight in a coffin hotel in Singapore, which makes everything weirder. Meanwhile, Pitt has signed on opposite Rickie Lee Jones in an interesting project about a near-spectrum engineer heading into space to find his astronaut father, which I am 10% into.

• Here’s the best [Hot Toys] look at the Iron Man armor featured in Spidey. I’m of two minds. Make it three minds, for brand awareness. For one, I’m struggling as much with the silver +red/yellow motif nose as I was in Ultimate Iron Man, from a design logic standpoint. I can understand if the gravity of things have led Stark to focus on the tech and less on the ‘hot rod’-ain’t job. But why any red/yellow at all? Two, I want a rational explanation in the script for why he’s wearing this after supposedly dumping the gear after IM 3. Third, science! No, but here’s my thing: I was thinking about an armor post-Civil War. I imagined something black and tactical. I imagined Stark going purpose-built, not the way all of his gallery of disposable armors was in IM3, but a no-nonsense, complete weapon armor. Anyway, there’s that. Meanwhile, here’s Stark on the set of Infinity War wearing curious, deliberate cammo gear with orange striping and what looks like another chest reactor.

• I’m choosing, I mean REALLY choosing, to be optimistic about ST: Discovery. So. Here’s a photo of the proto-transporter and a diagram explaining the uniform delineation, the latter of which being a critical resource for arts. I can’t yet get over the choice to make this the Shatnerverse and not the Pineverse, and how this supposedly takes place AFTER Pike and a few years before Enterprise, but hey. You know I have that strange ability to ignore visual continuity. But I WANT it to be different, anyway.

• Great story of JCVD getting fired from Predator for all the awesomest reasons. Amazing.

• The word of Dazzler’s inclusion in the next X-Men brouhaha appears to have been confirmed, along with quite a bit of vitriol aimed at suggestions that Taylor Swift be cast. I was really on the fence about the 80s X-Men stuff and the setting in the 90’s for the next film. However, I saw some pretty amazing period cosplay this weekend at Fanfest that warmed me to the idea. Well, Izzy was Jubilee, but same point of reference.

• I remain skeptical of the non-dubious application of such a product: Dubious Product.

• I like the casting… well, 99% of that like is on a certain mad brother, but why, WHY, did they release that first image with Medusa’s plastic weird hair to sour everyone on this? Posters, thus.

• I haven’t been able to watch a Bayformers film past the first one, but the 3% hope I have for this Bumblebeee spinoff is the hint that he might have the Bug chassis. Maybe? I mean, guys, U GUISE, all you have to do is exactly what the cartoons did in adapting the toy design language, but dump the mysterious planor sections of gray ‘robot’in the transformed limbs, and just… do… THAT. Anyway, who knows.

Robotech is the first physical comic I’ve committed to in about 10 years. I love what Marco Turini dove into here, after following him on IG for a few years. Really looking forward to the series, and hope it works.

Because M-16s – Robots Root 11 April 2017

Here’s Kurse using M-16s for no reason, straight out of Williamson’s Thor run… wow!

Listen, if this is a TEASER trailer, I don’t want to see any trailer trailers. I’m already sold on this film just on the pedigree of the director, the Thor roomate shorts, and the punchline in this above. And that’s saying something, as the Kirby-meets-80s-Galleria-Mall aesthetic is not my personal favorite.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Much knee-jerk hullabaloo has been made of Disney’s patent filings for a soft interactive robot. Westworld! They cry. However, this is basically an R/C airbag concept, so not only would I suggest we consider Baymax from Big Hero 6, which was the best thing ever, but in fact that’s the first intended application of this design: a Baymax toy. So. I’m on board!
  • Terminator is done. NO ITS NOT he says. It’s sleeping.
  • Lung teased me with the Robot Soldier toy coming out, and how, as tenuous landed gentry, we have no disposable income for such things. To hell with that, I’ve seen heist films (and none of their endings) what could go wrong.
  • According to two reference links I cannot access in Indonesia, apparently Captain Marvel will be the ‘most powerful character in the MCU’ which I certainly hope is hyperbole. I mean, I’m hot to see Brie Larson kick ass as much as the next nerd, but let’s settle down.
  • I haven’t been following ANY content-related stuff related to GitS, though I’ve certainly read about the disastrous box office, and the general criticisms. I reserve judgment for when Lung and I see it later this month. In the meantime: hilarious rework of the trailer mixed with review blips (the BAD ones)…
  • King Conan appears to be DOA. I’m disappointed. It was the best, most rational use of older Schwartzenegger (sp) in any of these films he’s doing. Aged, broken down Conan. COME ON. It would have been awesome. Oh well oh well oh well.
  • Listen, I may be the only long-time follower of the Weekly Planet podcast, but I mentioned earlier that Mr. Sunday Movies (James Clement) finally revealed himself as part of the Movember fundraiser/ podcasting network lunch event a few weeks ago. The video is up now, in addition to the early photos. The 360 camera footage is pretty amazing, BTW. I need to look into these devices. I’ve never seen a pan-style wide angle video shot and released on youtube before. It’s worth checking out for that if nothing else. I knew all that VRML work I did in 1996 would pay off… sort of…
  • Josh Boone’s New Mutants film has entered pre-production. Anyone over 40 will probably be thrilled.

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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