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And Thats Why You Always Leave a Note – Robots Root 03 May 2018

This was pretty inspired Han Solo marketing.

 

Meanwhile, this happened:

  • This was ALSO pretty good, for different reasons. A CAPE ROOM.
  • I cannot EVEN with this film.
  • WELP (Avengers: Infinity War spoilerish)
  • “John Wick uses the service industry to stay alive.”  … I’m picturing him eating for free before his shifts and being super down with the daily special objective opinions…
  • SJ Clarkson is directing the next ST film: notable for being a breach of the white male club, and also because, directly related, she’s not QT.
  • It’s getting to the point that the virals are as interesting as the films. I love that Jackman was on board. Now, Celine Dion was a bit much…
  • How dope nerd is Winston Duke that he misidentifies Whiplash as the more obscure X-Men villain Omega Red?
  • If you want to see Samuel L Jackson look slightly younger and with two eyes and a tight curl, well, you’re in luck. No need to get the DVDs out.
  • This could be one of the more tweaky easter eggs in Avengers. I mean, for the AD fan… even knowing about something being in the film, in advance, I still didnt spot it.
  • Unnecessary Avengers bleeps and blips. Pretty savvy.
  • Anyone interested in a Ghostbusters sequel?
  • New Ant-Man trailer… still looking forward to this one… though I’m struggling with the ant at the drum set.
  • This was pretty classy. Watching Disney hand the opening weekend record back and forth to its own self.
  • Interesting deviation from the events of Avengers: Infinity War… either misdirection directly pushed into the merchandising, or a deleted scene that completely changes the film thematically.
  • Josh Halloway as Gambit? The movie was a dog, but thats a great casting choice in my view.
  • Misgivings about choices made in the Snyder/Whedonverse over at DC/WB, I would still have liked to see this whole arc pan out as originally intended.
  • Supposedly the Shazam movie may show us the whole family of related heroes. Only important because I may have drawn Mary Marvel 4 or 5 times for no particular reason. Also, suspected casting for the character in question appears to be Michelle Borth, from Hawaii 5-0 and the Forgotten…
  • Well, this headline was sufficient to not need to read the article, but also to get blocked by cybernanny. “allison-mack-was-trying-super-hard-to-get-emma-watson-in-her-sex-cult”
  • Joe Mang, not letting go (on a yacht)…
  • We talked about this on the podcast, but James Cameron, I mean, srsly.
  • Mean Tweets, Avengers Edition. Lovely as usual. I enjoy when they don’t deny it.

 

That’s all for now. I’ve been on radio silence for several days in a surprisingly successful attempt to avoid Avengers spoilers. I saw it unspoiled!

Kellys Got My Number – Robots Root 16 January 2018

Look, I haven’t seen ANY of the Ash vs. Evil Dead series, but this photo of a character called Kelly, played by Dana DeLorenzo, sold me.

Meanwhile, some Robot’s Root… as we prepare to prepare for Heroes and Villains Fanfest / Walker Stalker Con…

  • Surprising precisely no one, Krypton looks like garbage.
  • More Altered Carbon, this time a full trailer. I did not expect the man out of time situation.
  • Another day, another Director defection from Gambit. This, just as Fox released the schedule for the upcoming supers films in active development. It’s still pretty strange that Fox is putting Deadpool 2 within two weeks of Han Solo. Even if the negotiations for final contract on the merger/sale are going to take years, you’d think they’d already be moving these projects a bit farther apart…
  • Natalie Portman just hopped onto Pale Blue Dot, replacing Reese Witherspoon who remains producer. I love ‘affected-astronaut’ stories. They sort of remind me of the ‘haunted sailor’ thing from the 1700s-1800s…
  • Duncan Jones’ Mute hits Netflix next month, along with Altered Carbon. I’m never leaving the house. Except for when I leave the house.
  • It’s early yet, so I’ll be convinced when it’s officially greenlit, but the Black Widow film has been assigned a screenwriter, which is 100% more than they’ve done on this project so far. And, while I would prefer an espionage film similar in tone to Winter Soldier, it sounds like it might be a Lady Liberators situation.
  • I watched the entire thing with Maisie Williams on the show, and it was delightful.
  • They Were Never Here looks AAAAAMAZING
  • I missed the window on this, but be advised:
  • A Shane Black Avengers (60s version?) YES PLEASE.
  • More optimistic talk about the Deadwood film… which I’ll totally accept as fact at this point, because I NEED it.
  • I sold a few prints of Superman: Red Son this weekend, probably a little bit driven by this news
  • Ridley Scott’s The Terror series on AMC feels tailor-made for me. 1800s arctic naval suspense thriller with monster stalkery? YES.
  • These are amazing: Desktop dumpsters, sized for magazines and thereabouts. Ready for your graffiti skills. Or skillz, if you are young (or too old)… and while we’re at it, I also need a Vestaboard, THANKS.

We’re recovering from Heroes and Villains Fanfest/ Walker Stalker Con, but more to follow, including a show roundup…

That Will Buff Out – Robot’s Root 28 Nov 2017

I am definitely the target market for a 1:1 scale mutilated and torched Vader helmet. Thanks!

That root, that sweet, sweet root (very minor JL spoilers below)

  • The interesting thing about this casting for Daredevil S03 isn’t the actor, who I’m sure is fine, but the idea that the role sheet alludes to Sin-Eater, which i would vastly prefer to Nuke being involved in a Born Again storyline.
  • I honestly feel like the superhero film mainstream acceptance has allowed smarter people than me to start slipping in solid cyberpunk projects without the snarky types noticing. Altered Carbon at Netflix??? Awesome.

  • What is even.
  • This video of Daisy Ridley being interviewed supposedly building a Lego Millennium Falcon is peak linkbait. It’s everywhere. Unfortunately, it fils for me in several ways.
    • Her mouth freaks me out
    • She laughs at herself a lot, but not in an endearing way
    • I like her in her roles more than as a human being interviewed, which isn’t often the case
    • She has a curious, if admirable in this oversexualized culture, obsession with stodgy, heavily-patterned clothing
    • And most importantly: she neither builds the Lego herself nor appears to really respect it. RESPECT THE LEGOS.
  • Do you know how much I approve of the concept of a Mendo Doctor Doom? 100% MINIMUM.
  • Lots of hyperbole over what does and doesn’t work in Justice League, and I’m saving my comments for the podcast overall. But one thing I thought I’d note here: some fans have clamored for a Zack Snyder cut to be released (which does not exist) and since he apparently ‘liked’ the petition, it has been taken to mean that it does, and should. I think he just liked the sentiment. Who wouldn’t? His son made comments about how the film was ruined by WB meddling and comedy, and I think that’s a valid position. It’s also a valid position to say that the original likely direction in Snydervision would be a disaster without the lighter tone pulled in by Whedon. The biggest legitimate criticism to be leveled against the finished project is that it feels, as you watch it, uneven enough that you detect when the hands change, like you’re watching two different films smashed together. For the record, I think the Whedon adjustments were a good idea. It is a messy landing, but it still lands as a more ‘superheroic’ film and frankly a lot of people were unhappy with the dark tone of the DCEU and wanted more of what they call the ‘Marvel’ vibe, but mean a more traditional, inspirational comic adventure experience. This is of course ironic as hell given that DC comics was traditionally about vanilla comic adventuring and marvel was borne from real-world, serious civic issues and told stories about relatable humans. That all said, a lot of what doesn’t work in the film is because of schedule, not an overarching ideological divide. They just needed more time. More time for finished FX, more time to properly pace and blend the two tones. Marvel movies can be both dark and comedic at the same time, both heroic and troubling. I’m looking at you, Russo Brothers. So, anyway, when I see all this Snyder vs. Whedon blamery over the film, it amuses me, because both voices are valid. And BTW I still like the darker DCEU tone just fine.
  • PS I also believe Joss Whedon is still actively working on a Batgirl film, and that the rumors of his dismissal are about as legit as the rumors of WB canceling the DCEU after JL… propaganda that came out over the weekend that didn’t do anyone any favors.
  • I like the look of some of the new designs, but the photoshoppery is killing me. Interns aren’t the answer to every chore. I do think we’re going to see alternate universe or post-reality manipulated versions of characters in A3 and A4 but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Looking at these pics of a test suit unused in the final film (featuring a Kingdom Come style red-S) reminds me that I wish we saw a black suit in JL. Cavill teased it months back, and Zod’s look when he still had the cape was just B A D A S S S S S S S S.
  • Supposedly Gambit starts production in early 2018 after years of delays. Listen, I still think Channing Tatum is far better as a comedian than as a dramatic/action actor, though if they pull off the same sort of tone as he had in Logan Lucky, it could work. He’s risen in my book over the last year or so, and I’d LIKE to see this film happen, especially as a heist story, despite hating the character.

  • Now, Lizzy Caplan being involved is of course 99% why it could succeed. But hey. Bias.
  • I have a perverse love for seeing the voice actors recording dialog from cheesy animation.
  • Here’s some great cosplay (with all that fancy post work) of Ventress from the Clone Wars cartoon, a character on my to-draw list and one I’d love to have seen make it to film.

OK, that’s enough for today. Until next time, crush your darlings, and by darlings, I mean granpappy’s helmet!

Legend Still Has It – 19 October 2017

That Black Panther trailer… oh MYYYY

  • We have already enjoyed Jeff Goldblum randomizing during Q&A sessions… here’s a stupendous summary for Ragnarok (7 seconds over the limit)
  • While I still have no time to play video games, I’m super into Star Wars Battlefront II. Even more so, every new trailer
  • Welp, not sure what choice they had at this point that wasn’t going to feel right, but Netflix is releasing Punisher on Nov. 17. So we still have pain over mass shootings, but now passing Halloween and slipping into the holiday season. It is what it is. Some argue there’s never a good time for this project.
  • Here’s a breakdown of that Black Panther trailer… so many great details, from the vanes on the Talon ship, to the way they resolved Klaw’s arm.
  • If you love Gremlins, and have OCD, have at it!
  • I don’t read many DC books these days, but wow Sean Murphy’s Batman book White Knight looks amazing.
  • Lung reminded me recently that Del Toro is doing a biopic of Michael Mann. That might frustrate Del Toro fans who want big gothic horror fantasy films, but you know how I feel about the subject, I reckon.
  • Interesting nods from Jason Momoa about Aquaman’s situation in JL, somewhat ringing true with what we’ve seen in the trailers, if not the imagery in Luthor’s handy powerpoint presentation.
  • So, uh, now New Mutants is a trilogy. A horror sampler trilogy. Set in the modern day, BTW, for you X-Men film continuity students. If you saw the first trailer the other day, you know what they’re going after.
  • Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix have wrapped, but all that matters are those swords.
  • Kevin Fiege is working pretty hard to convince us that after Avengers 4 the MCU will be reset. I mean, it might. But also, it might not. Nod, shrug, wink!
  • Meanwhile, he also corroborated a story that the female actors in the MCU cornered him and asked for a female-driven Marvel film, and he agreed. Because what are you going to say at that point, even if it wasn’t already in the works…
  • Here’s a trailer for Stranger Things 2, coming ver soon to Netflix. Don’t watch it! I’m not. Trying not to, anyway.
  • Gambit is really, REALLY, honestly, truly, super-really going forward, to be released on V-Day 2019. In other words, Lung’s favorite non-holiday.
  • A study of the intricacy of the synth atmospherics in the original Blade Runner…
  • Every Radiohead album via Spongebob. Originally forwarded, with delight, by Johnny Greenwood his own self…
  • In case you ever find yourself in need of tips for Henson puppet repair…sorry, marionette.
  • Look I’ve only just started Rick and Morty S02, but this article analyzing the vehicles on the show cracked me up. I too am impressed by the monster truck Karmann Ghia with no dented nose cone.
  • Its unpermitted and surreal, but here’s an Argentinian Moe’s Tavern.

A long one, but I’ve been swamped. Please enjoy hell yes!

More Than Meets the Industrial Designer – Robots Root 9 October 2017

Emerson Tung is an illustrator I’ve been following for years, and I’ve posted his work here before. I was struck by how he casually solves the modern Transformers movie problem: let the tech in the transforming bits be complicated if you need to to make it parse, but leave the body panels and such along, and anachronistic enough that you look at it and think ‘car robot’…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root:

  • I’m super down with the new Mondo art book… I love their poster work and this looks to be a nice collection.
  • The New Justice league trailer as a bit of plot in it, which is nice. I’m not sure I’d want to be the one to cover Bowie, but they tried. My buddy Ryan pointed out last night how confusing it is that Aquaman has a good ole boy slash surfer situation going on. I like it. But when he makes me THINK about it, it’s an interesting choice. I think they just let Momoa be Momoa just Momaing about. Here’s an international version with more ‘yee-a-UH!’ in it. Actually, no, less of it. But I like the theme music in the second trailer, and I wonder (optimistically) if it’s real.
  • I’m not convinced on the Mosaic project on HBO. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure film by Soderbergh… eh. Feels like a video game.
  • You may recall that awesome short, Adam, done on the Unity engine backbone, by Neil Blomkamp? Here’s a sequel.
  • New X-Files S11 trailer has me shrugging. I realize, the last season was so random and disjointed (released in wrong broadcast order etc) and I had sort of forgotten about the hot mess they left it in. Anyway, all the ballyhoo from S10 was basically that their return to creature of the week format was the high point, and the serialized conspiracy eps the lowest. Now, I happen to love the conspiracy stuff… but I can’t imagine they targeted me specifically for S11… so huh.
  • The early reviews of Thor look very promising. Of course, that’s just about whether it will be good, not whether it will do well at the box office. I mean, Thor will. Blade Runner scores extremely high on Rotten Tomatoes and will be tanking (understandably) but I think Thor will have legs. They are very different animals. Speaking of, this is gorgeous.
  • I’m not sure that these photos are indicative of anything (other than that the poster doesn’t know the difference between an arm sleeve and a tattoo sleeve) but I do like the idea that for one reason or another Hawkeye will become Ronin. If that happens.
  • Ridley Scott says the next Alien film will be more about AI action than xenomorphs. I welcome it entirely. “I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
  • Gore Verbinski MAY be on board for directing Gambit. That could be good or bad, depending on what you think of the director, and what he thinks of the material, because he’s pretty uneven in my opinion. I was so MEH on this project until I saw the synopsis. Now I want it to succeed.
  • Super bad luck on the Punisher release timing. I mean, the BAD LUCK is the horrible tragedy in Vegas, but I mean, tough time to release this project. Last time I posted about it they were delaying the screeners, but now the whole project may be pushed back. And probably should.
  • I’m a nerd, so I loved this: Hot Toys released a version of Boba Fett from the X-Mas Special. Believe it or not (believe it) I have this on my to-draw queue. HAHAHA. Now the ref material got 1,000x better.
  • If you liked Crank, you may be the target market for Happy on the Sy-Fy channel… I’m not sure where I stand on it. I like that it exists…
  • I wasn’t initially particularly interested in the Phillip K Dick anthology being cooked up. I don’t much like anthologies (though I make them out of necessity)… but having seen the promo, I’m intrigued…
  • Lastly, the Runaways full trailer still smacks of teen soap and doesn’t have the vibe I’m hoping for. EXCEPT. All the word of mouth is positive. So, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised…

That’s all for today. Just sitting here pounding refresh on my alamo drafthouse page waiting for those Star Wars tickets…

Murder, Melody, and Minced Pies – Robots Root 25 Sept 2017

Anna and the Apocalypse is easily my most-anticipated holiday film ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER.

Robot’s Root!

  • According to the Exgovernator, Robert Patrick won’t be back for T6, which is a bummer. Also, Genesys is wiped from continuity, which suggests that Salvation is not (?). Also, here’s a reasonable roundup on dos and donts regarding saving the franchise.
  • Surprising precisely zero people, Willis and Jackson will be back for the Glass film. I mean.
  • I haven’t seen Kingsman yet, but srsly, the reveal that Colin Firth’s character was somehow still alive was quite a blunder in the previews, and the director is now speaking out about it. Good on him. What a fuck up.
  • A new Murder on the Orient Express trailer for you. SO STOKED.
  • Evangeline Lily in costume is somehow less whelming than I expected, but then again, they probably plan on CGI-ing in the visor lensing, and her wings too…Goggins, of course, owns everything.
  • Best worst knife blocks ever.
  • This article posits that Punisher doesn’t belong in the Marvel Netflix Universe. I think, rather, what they are referring to is that he’s an unrepentant domestic terrorist. He’s an anti-hero at best, in the way we root for guys who got a raw deal getting revenge in some contexts… but he’s mostly a villain. I’ve always seen him that way, despite the ways Marvel tried to sugar-coat him. As presented in DD S02, he was a psychopathic vigilante and while yes, he restrained himself from killing Daredevil, and does seem to have a moral code that prevents him from wiping out innocent civilians, I think the problem is less that he doesn’t belong in this universe, and more that he doesn’t belong in some fan-fever future Defenders team. Let him be a villain.
  • So Avatar 2 began production… and Cameron spent a fair amount of quoted effort talking up how “badass” it will be to have Stephen Lang back as the villain for four speculative films… specifically because the character died… I just can’t muster my usual optimism here: how is he going to maintain interest in this franchise over four films… how is he even going to DO four films, when only the LOTR/Hobbit stuff seemed to be willing to go apeshit pre-scheduling a million films, while every other hopeful franchise talks the talk but then caves after a weekend in global release… and how is any of this going to happen in tandem with Terminator, unless he produces on that franchise and directs these… EH! I feel like we’re seeing some of these guys just being barkers these days: Cameron, Scott, etc. “I’m making THREE awesome movies!” “No, mine is a SEVEN movie ARC OF POWER!”
  • Possibly related, here’s Doug Liman ranting about how amazing his inexplicable All You Need is Tole sequel prequel would be.
  • In a surprising plot twist, I actually LIKE this supposed brief on the Gambit project. Help me.

 

That’s all for today. No, I haven’t seen ST: Discovery just yet. I was catching up on Preacher. More to follow!