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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…

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.

Get this Man a Shield – Robots Root 29 Nov 2017

Well, the trailer may not have been the creepy, story-telling ‘preface’ style one I was hoping for, rather than a clip show, but what we got was pretty amazing. Highlights for me include Peter’s Spider-Sense, what I’m sure is Banner wearing the Hulkbuster armor (after Ragnorok, being initially reluctant to hulk out makes sense), a great look at Cap in the beard and blacked out Winter Soldier -era uniform but with Wakandan gloves, and Thanos’ smirks. Also, probably most of all, this Iron Man crumpling smackdown above. Watch it here, for the 33rd time. My first three were on an iphone, so it was nice to size up to 30″ at work. THATSWHATSHESAID

Other root:

  • This whole project confounds and delights me. More holiday T than we deserve. I give it a Kah and a Kiyah!
  • Cross-stiched Ultima screencap? Sure! Reminds me of those mandalas you wipe away when completed.
  • So, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Meno as the traitorous Kree informant Yon-Rogg. Effing SKRULLS in the first place. Time shunting. And now, Jude Law as Captain Mar-Vell? So good. Plus, if he is truly named that way, more logic gymnastics for the screenwriters to sort out.
  • The Hindenburg Explodes! is one of those fairly high-concept, stony exercises Adult Swim tends to greenlight. It’s a fake pilot by Robb Cordry, featuring many familiar faces and at least three jokes. I sought it out after seeing a soundless GIF of the last three seconds, precisely. I watched the whole thing, though, for science.

  • I loved loved LOVED Blade Runner 2049. I plan to see it, flaws and all, at least 3,333 more times. But this scathing review is my personal favorite review of anything ever. He actually describes birthing replicants as ‘DECANTING.’
  • Guillermo del Toro regrets not helming the Paramount ‘Dark Universe’ films that are now all canceled. So do I, man. Regret that he didn’t, not that I didn’t. I wouldn’t do it.
  • It is suggested that the presumed multi-verse angle of Avengers 4 and the next lifetime of films will be made to happen via quantum realm hopping, a la Ant-Man (and Wasp) which works for me.
  • The CB Cebulski pseudonym controversy is pretty fascinating, coming out at this precise time (him taking over at Marvel, him openly admitting he used a Japanese pseudonym to write comics for Marvel in the 90s, and the culturial appropriation and racism implied though not universally understood) and it’s an interesting zeitgeist for the discussion. At least to me. If he were writing those ninja stories under his real name, would the controversy be as great?
  • This isn’t even from Vivid Video. They already did one.*
  • Finally, LEGO LIGHTCYCLE TAKE MY MONEY that I don’t have.

*I initially mistyped VELMO which seems like something from an adult furry convention.

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,”

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!

PRAY TO ME! – Robots Root 21 July 2017

I’m running out of space on my neck for all the Mondo poster recreation tattoos I need to do.

Robot’s Root!

  • To hell with the Blu-Ray. I don’t do the medias! But give me that ARM. This is how it starts… at least at one point in one of the timelines…
  • The Shape of Water looks like a whimsical cross between Del Toto’s Hellboy work (I mean, Abe Sapien, COME ON) and some sort of Coen Brothers fever dream.
  • This Rick and Morty S03 trailer requires a psych evaluation before viewing.
  • I am, unfortunately, a product of the target market.
  • Unlocked is my kind of jam! However, this oversharing trailer is not.
  • NIGHTMARE FUEL for nightmares that nightmares themselves have.
  • Continuing my theme of being optimistic about ST: Discovery, I love this retro tech. LOVE IOT. The costuming and design work for the Klingons is excellent.
  • Walter Goggins in an undisclosed role in Ant-Man and Wasp? I’m so in… I’m like OVER IN.
  • I know it’s profound and everything… but just look at how gorgeous they are.
  • I lasted three hot minutes in my attempt to not watch the second Kingsman 2 trailer… man I cannot WAIT.
  • Star Wars, but with Owen Wilson’s ‘WOW’ as the light saber sound FX. Brilliant and mesmerizing.
  • The weirdest things from these SDCC views of the Justice League costumes: the fact that the mannequins are shaped, posed, and detailed about 3% as well as the Hot Toys stuff, and that Flash’s hodgepodge is held together with arbitrary flex cabling.
  • This move to shove Shazam out the door before Marvel’s Captain Marvel film is both a little bit ballsy and also pure DC/WB at this point. No script, just an awkward live statement in a Kevin Smith interview.
  • Best ad for GOG2 Blu-Ray ever. EVER.
  • This Defenders promo is composited strangely, hampered by misplaced nostalgia and awkward narration by Stan Lee that doesn’t fit the tone of the Netflix shows… but the core concept of damaged, human heroes IS a Stan Lee base concept, and we DO get a shot of the Punisher, admittedly with a bad haircut.
  • Inhumans is getting worse instead of better. I’m struggling to be optimistic.
  • A recurring theme with the non-Marvel supers films that always bothers me: scheduling them, attaching creators, generating hype… all before a script. Sure, a number of the Marvel films had poor or missing shooting scripts, but especially early on, and they weren’t presented as empty tins with zoomy labels like this. Here we have the Venom people talking about what they plan to do, not about a script in place. That’s just fundamentally wrong.

  • Best Batman Black and White statue ever, courtesy of Becky Clooney, who first got to see it in people’s snaps from the con.
  • And here’s something interesting: Doctor Doom solo film, developed by Crawley and involving Dan Stevens? WOW.

Lastly, Kris and I began our second annual weekly-ish Game of Toles commentary last night, and it’s available today. I’ll post a formal thing about it later tonight, but here’s the itunes link: http://bit.ly/RoboApple