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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…

 

 

He Even Paid for That Suit – Robots Root 30 July 2018

As rumors of the Batman solo film increasingly draw comparisons to Batman: Year One, I grow more and more cautiously optimistic. I want facking dark gray under-armor, combat boots, hand stitched cowl and cape, an army/navy surplus belt, flash bangs and sharpened steel knives. And I want failure. [Art by the One Dave Johnson ]

 

Meanwhile…

  • Honest Trailer for Ready Player One is honest.
  • Captain America’s proposed cameo in Ant-Man and Wasp would have actually been pretty good. Though I agree with the choice to exclude it. Not necessary.
  • The logic here is pretty screwy. Them lost all sense.
  • Reading the creators wax optimistic about future Venom films, I’m reminded of a logical but problematic detail: in reports from SDCC it was noted that Venom doesn’t have the chest symbol. Makes sense, in an origin without a Spider-Man connection. Yet, without that white spider across the chest, this will just be a big rubbery black blob with teeth and googly eyes.
  • The latest on again, off again rumors are that New Mutants shit the bed and X-Men is a hot mess, and that both may be scrapped by Disney. Its both premature and hazy, and I don’t yet take them seriously.
  • Henry Cavill says he’d be down to play Bond, because of course he’s a tall white European and he wears a suit well. I’m OK with it.
  • Against all odds, Deadwood as a film has finally been greenlit, and actor schedules have been sorted out.
  • Stoned Alone. This is like that grocery store animated film from a few years ago. The concept is more stoney than the end result could even be, and I love them both for being things.

  • Iron Fist’s twitter has been posting episode names as battered storefront signage. .I’m really in love with this marketing concept.
  • In an interesting development, AMC and their legal representation have vetted Chris Hardwick and are bringing him back. They don’t outright state the claims against him by his ex are unfounded, but they are taking the risk of reinstating him. This not being the certain political world where gross people are doing gross things with impunity, but rather the world of sensitive entertainment business where creators have been sacked in recent days for old tweets.
  • I’m delighted that Denis Villeneuve is planning to shoot Dune as only the first half of the first book, rather than cramming everything in. More room to breathe and build the world with some elegance.
  • The moment the actress was cast, I knew there’d be a racist dust-up over Starfire. After the trailer, it was certain. Some pitiful trolls are on the attack, surprising precisely no one.

  • August 24th, AMC… let’s not let this one slip past us, pals.

 

Finally, I know it’s an important film in culture, etc etc but I’m just so in love with this shot of Tessa Thompson.

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.

Just a Flesh Wound – 25 April 2017

I didn’t watch the first bridging minifilm for Alien: Covenant, but I did watch this one. I think it’s relevant.

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Meanwhile, in space, this Robot’s Root is happening…

  • Best comment ever, regarding that trident there. Yes, I know the 5 point weapon has been in the comics before. Your argument is invalid.
  • I’m stoked at the Robotech resurgence. And an artist I follow, Marco Turini, was tapped to handle art chores on the new comic by Brian Wood. What a cool team-up! My concern is that they will mimic the tone and style of the anime, rather than do a grittier take that suits their own styles. If left to their own devices it would look a lot more like what Paul Pope did with Batman 100. Turini has a detailed, inky thing going on.
  • These 16th c. redesign cosplays are OUT OF CONTROL

  • The highlight of Iron Fist continues to be Jessica Henwick, who I’ve tried to fantasy-cast as pretty much anyone and everyone on the podcast.
  • Great prohibition era photos, feeling right out of the Coen Brothers playbook… but you can tell, as you go through them, that they were staged, even at the time. Still cool.
  • Spoilers if you didn’t listen to our Robot Kraken podcast review of Powerless, or watch it your own self: no longer an option.
  • Is Once Upon a Time in Venice a good bad movie, a bad bad movie, or just the worst example of trailer editing in the history of the form? I want it to be good.
  • DC just announced a Teen Titans live-action series launch. Which is great for DC fans. However they are using it to launch a streaming service, showing they learned nothing from Paramount.
  • I love James Bond. Which is Kingsman, these days. Just look at it. LOOK AT IT.
  • I also didnt watch Split, but I did learn about the stunt ending, tying it to Unbreakable (sorry, common knowledge now) and saw the awesome film recap here from Earthling Cinema. Anyway, M. Knight Toleyou announced Glass, the third film, will bring them all together. I look forward to it.
  • When Zoe Saldana says she wants to be in Dune, LET HER.
  • Shane Black confirms Predator will use practical FX. Music to my ears. And by eyes. Or something.

That’s all for now! Wipe your eyeballs down and find your center.

I’m All About that Batou – 2 Feb 2017

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Here’s the GitS trailer you’ve been waiting for. Not entirely positive responses from some quarters, including our own one lung… but overall, this is still happening and I have hopes. I mean, actually there’s only a few new scenes here, but I like that just fine. I don’t want to SEE any more…
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Meanwhile:

– This is an incredibly impressive figure. I love how poseable it is without looking gangly and disjointed. It has really confident, realistic posture. Well done! link!

– Black Manta has been cast in Aquaman: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Apparently he was a runner-up for Lando… I haven’t seen The Get Down, but I guess he’s watchable? In a giant helmet, even? link!

– Yay: Battlefront II will finally have a single player campaign (of some sort) which I crave, despite having no time to play video games… but I have to wonder how single-player campaigning works in a game built around map combat. link!

– Well, Denis Villeneuve is the latest to be tapped for Dune. For the moment, anyway!link!

– I’m quite curious about Ben Affleck’s stepping down from the director’s chair on Batman. Fallout from his latest effort tanking? Ongoing frustrations about the script (even after bringing in his Argo screenwriter for a pass?) or something else? Lots of what I’ve been reading has been focusing on Affleck, like DC/WB applied pressure on him to step away from the job, but I have to wonder of Affleck is giving himself a little bit of a buffer from the ongoing garbage fire of corporate mishandling of this franchise. link!

– I enjoyed reading Mark Hamill take the high road on the prequels, Jake Lloyd, the press, and Lucas-bashing. But even more, I enjoyed ‘hornswoggled’. link!

– Here’s a teaser clip video for ST: Discovery. I’ll always wish the best for the ST franchise, and will tune in with optimism. But I will admit two things: while I like a lot of what I’m reading about characters, setting, and casting, two things I dislike are the clunky edges to the McQuarrie-based Discovery design, and the use of a predominantly blue uniform. Ah well, they didn’t ask me. link!

– Cloak and Dagger continues production on a weird channel with a weird spin on the characters with weird actors cast. But hey, that’s what they said about Netflix… link!

– Big Trouble in Little China concept art and costume design! link!

– Millie Bobby Brown has been cast in Godzilla. That might be one reason to see it. Might. Keep in mind I really liked the Gareth Edwards (?) film personally… but not really a consensus view.link!


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Hell Hathaway No Fury – 22 Dec 2016

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As people are rabidly circling the concept of Megan Fox as Poison Ivy (which doesn’t thrill me) this article makes a good case for bringing Anne Hathaway back and introducing her into the DCCU. Normally I’d say keep the Nolanverse separate and leave it all alone. But frankly: she was great, she WANTS to return to the character, and she could offset some of the vampiness off Harley and the presumed oversexualization of Ivy. It’s a thought.
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Meanwhile, on earth:

– This early material for the unfortunately titled Lost City of Z is a welcome respite from most of what has come out in 2016: straight up old school retro period adventure movie. I’m in!
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– This life-sized articulated and self-automated Iron Man armor fits the bill… or so you’d thing… HOWEVER they are careful to note it is apparently not wearable. And why the… I mean… you went THIS far…link!

– But all hope is not lost: here’s a mech proof of concept actually doing what we always wanted them to do… right before the earth dies.link!

– Denis Villaneuve may actually get his dream project: DUNE. link!

– From yesterday, I thought i’d offer up the Twitter link to the Man That Is You Know Definitely Not a Wolf: link!

– Random news of the day: R. L. Stine (Goosebumps) is apparently writing a Man-Thing series for Marvel. I mean… link!

– NASA Gifs ftw link!

And with that, I may or may not leave you with the last post before the Xmas holiday, during which I may or may not change my mind and post again.

Also, listeners of the Robot-Kraken podcast: fear not! We have something cooking to finish off the year and some exciting stuff planned starting in January. We’ve been burdened by realLife commitments over the last month but we plan on getting back on schedule after the new year.


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