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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.

Short Tunic and a Loooooooooong Cape – Robots Root 31 Oct 2017

Robots Root, 64 oz size!

  • Kind of obvious, but I was stoked to see D’Onofrio officially on board in DD S03, especially given the kind of underwhelming, if classic, Born Again plotline. It gives me at LEAST a Kingpin to enjoy.
  • If Gareth Evans does indeed sign on to Deathstroke, that means if nothing else a kick ass fight film. Which seems appropriate.
  • The full Runaways trailer shows some powers, familiar looks, and at least do far isn’t ruining any major surprises comic fans would know.
  • The new Justice League trailer shows Steppenwolf more fully. I wasn’t going to watch, then I realized I’d be overseas when it comes out so things will be spoiled anyway…
  • Um. I mean, I’d still buy one. I love that stuff. But hey, bonuses I guess.
  • Zachary Levi has been confirmed as playing Captain Marvel, I mean SHAZAM I guess at this point, which I’m enjoying. I like the actor, and I think he can bulk up to where it needs to be, as John Krasinski and Chris Prat did. It will be interesting to see if we get a young Billy Batson, or an older one in keeping with the apparent continuity of the DCEU. My favorite of the fan art that came out early this week is above.
  • I don’t watch Supergirl or any of the CW super shows… but wow… check out the costume for new villain ‘Reign’… that’s realllllly badly envisioned. A chattering skull in a super sigil logo on a black version of Supergirl’s costume, plus a Hot Topic mask? GUH.
  • Paramount has been auctioning off costumes and props from the recent Star Trek film. I haven’t talked mush about ST: Discovery yet, as I’m waiting for my cohorts to watch it so we can discuss on the podcast, but one positive, at least in part, has been the overhaul of the Klingon designs. Seeing these Klingon armors, especially the helms, makes me even happier with the show.
  • Best bike-based Star Wars styled Halloween costume anything EVER.
  • This R/C Batmobile is BAD ASS. I still prefer the Tumbler, but hot damn, rotating turrets (for murderdeathkill DCEU Batman!) 24″ of pure powah.
  • He was answering more broadly about his willingness to return to Marvel for another film, not specifically a Black Widow film, but Taika Waititi noted he’d like to see a funny Black Widow. I don’t doubt he’d pull it off, one of those ‘she’s the straight face with lots of eye rolling and groaning at the incompetence of everyone else’ type projects… but I still just want my urgent spy thriller.
  • Speaking of, Olivia Munn has been cast in Hummingbird, which is, you know, that.
  • And here’s the opposite of Olivia Munn, Mads Mikkelsen in Polar. Also awesome. WANT!
  • I forgot to mention this after retweeting it on Twitter… because thats what the cool kids do… but Preacher has been greenlit for S03, which is great news.
  • Our review and discussion (and befuddlement at trying to map out the plotline after seeing it in the middle of the night) of Blade Runner 2049 is forthcoming on the podcast, but this was interesting: they considered making it a two part 4 hour film. There is a definite divide in the narrative, indeed each half begins with the eye, etc. I’m glad they took it the direction they did, though.
  • This is the stuff of superhero or paranormal or alien film prologues…
  • Finally, here’s a Stranger Things candle that I love highly.

 

Happy Halloween y’all! Enjoy your syringes and bath salts and Charleston Chews!

But Who Will Play Old Lace I Ask You – 8 Feb 2017

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After needling Deeply Dapper with this fantasy casting challenge for six straight months, we finally threw in the towel in our recent recording of the Robot-Kraken Podcast, and I gave him my fantasy casting choices, which were all extremely on point and profound (no bias)… however, now that they have released the official casting for the Runaways series, one thing I’ll say I really like: complete unknowns. link!

Plus, all these things:

– Witness Will Arnett suffer the Lego Walk of Fire for marketings. Good work! link!

– The new Iron Fist trailer continues to work with me, more or less… too much Batman, but I’m still down. link! ; Especially, down with Colleen Wing, thus: link!; but not all are convinced, as Lung forwarded to me: link! . While I think the majority of interhaters don’t understand the source material was always a white dude deep diving in asian culture (hello, again, so many similar stories) and are right to snort at the appropriation, I won’t have any patience with whining about the reaction on the production’s side. Such as when they whined that people were pissed about Tilda Swindon as the Ancient One. I quite liked that change, and feel like if they had gone with the comics’ fu-manchu’ trope, there would have been outcries about THAT… but they knew what they were doing. Same again with Iron Fist. They knew people would react this way. And let’s remember, it’s hard to find a more inclusive supers franchise than the Marvel Netflix stuff. So many characters of different ethnicities and backgrounds, plus an entire SHOW steeped in unapologetic Harlem awesomeness… so, you know, complain away that Danny Rand is white, if you want. Me, I’ll just complain about his fro. HA!

– Richard Hatch RIP/ Not the Survivor/tax dodger, but the original Apollo. link!

– Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Battle Angel Alita, and joins an excellent cast, filling me with the enthusiasms. link!

– Meanwhile, in the Phillipines, the best burger ever has been created. Trademarks be damned, this is flavor country! link!

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– Haley Bennett is hinting through her IG or whatever that she’s the next Catwoman. Who? You ask? Best I could do, she’s the girl who met a bitter end in the Equalizer. But more importantly, she took a photo with a mod sense of color blocking and pattern which I appreciated. Let’s giver her that. Or the director of that shoot. Something. Anyway. link!

– This kind of cracked me up: Feige described Thanos as ‘the main character of Infinity War’ which is kind of a dubious manip of saying otherwise ‘there are 333 supers in this film and one big bad’ but also a way of saying ‘we won’t hide Thanos until the third act, after two hours of heroes hand-wringing’ which I can get behind. link!

– ALicia Vikander has been spotted on the set of Tomb Raider. Tell you what I like: here’s an action heroine who isn’t an emaciated stick figure with breast implants on wire work. That’s not a jab at anyone. But I like that she looks like a human. That all said, still, HAWT. link!

– But also, erm, Eleven’s hair. link! DISCUSS.

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– I’ve been meaning to bring up the yellow and brown suit, not directly related to Logan, but rather lamenting that we never saw him in it specifically as designed in the stinger for Wolverine, in which it looks SWEET AS. So now, who knows, perhaps? link!


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WE HAVE TO GO BACK! – 1 Nov 2016

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Only two people, excluding my lovely wife, to date, have understood my costume. When did LOST become vintage television?

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ITEM: So they confirmed Eleven for Season 02. I mean, if they DIDN’T, given how much this character broke into the mainstream consciousness, I’d be stunned.
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ITEM: This was kind of an interesting, short video of an ex-military type analyzing and describing why the alley scene in Collateral is possibly the best (ie. most realistic for weapon experts) gun combat scene in a film, period.
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ITEM: All of the hubbub has been about whether Hemsworth was effectively apologetic about a party costume a year ago, or about these guys publicly supporting the Dakota Pipeline protesters. I’m just digging on the details of the tunic. I love the simple layering and giving the chest ‘orbs’ purpose. I know how that sounds.
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ITEM: I find this project surreal, not being by the Coens. On the other hand, Turturro is an accomplished director AND he created the character, prior to the filming of Lebowski, or so I recently read.
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ITEM: I loved this film and the cast within. I generally like Liman. He can be full of shiot sometimes, and I don’t see how he’s going to revolutionize the sequel concept (any more than he’ll “turn the superhero genre on its head” with Dark Justice Whatever) but I’l STILL pre-sold.
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ITEM: After the overly-long Luke Cage, maybe a shorter season isn’t a bad thing. I tend to react negatively when I hear about small seasons, but if it’s quality, then cool.
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ITEM: Some hoopla has been made about the casting listing of a Klingon Captain, given that this takes place supposedly prior to the original series. But I suspect it’s simply the captain of a Klingon vessel.
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Thus and therefore, that’s all for today! Minder OUT.


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SUPEESU. MADDONISSU.

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