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You Wouldnt Like Me When I’m Angry – 28 Sept 2018

My first three reactions, from my first three viewings, of Dark Phoenix’s trailer were not great. But there’s more optimism out there in the fan reaction world than i anticipated. Plenty of doubt, too. I suspect, and frankly hope, that the males talking about Jean instead of showing much of anything about her manifestation is because they’re trying to keep as much of her actual vibe secret as long as possible. I hold out faint hope for a proper Dark Phoenix costume, too. It’s one of the best in the comics. Anyway, the trailer was mild. I do appreciate them showing us very little of the external antagonist, who I suspect is a hybrid of the Sh’iar and Mastermind. They kept the focus as a guilty family secret type situation. The best part was the most subtle: the faint Phoenix Fire image in the logo animation at the end, thus:

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening right now:

  • I’m well into Marvel. I’m a legit zombie. But I could never get behind Eternals. I mean, I could get behind Selene maybe. But that aside, I mainly used them as post-Celestial cannon fodder in the Marvel RPG. But hey, Kirby is Kirby, and if it makes for a good movie, I’ll be there.
  • I can’t speak for the actress playing Black Canary, as I do not have any familiarity with her, but I’m enjoying the idea of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress in Birds of Prey. Where’s the photomanips?!

  • Also, I would LOVE Sharlto Copley as a Black Mask, if that happened.
  • An interesting point here about Han Solo’s cinematic failings, one that we were aware of in general, but it’s easy to overlook in the wake of fanboy raging: Disney dumped it into theaters two weeks after INFINITY WAR, and gave it minuscule marketing breathing room by Star Wars standards. Imagine if Han Solo came out in the December slot… not buried under the biggest Marvel film ever and still too hot to touch after the Last Jedi debates. And there’s this. And also this. But anyway, I’m a fan, and I’m looking forward to these deleted scenes
  • Do what you have to do. Make the best Hellboy that can ever be?

  • Finally, the first pic from The Boys. I’m down! It’s neat how much most of the cast looks like their comics versions and then Urban is just grizzly.
  • Nic Pizzolatto? Ben Foster? Noir grime? SO DOWN.
  • I know I’m the target age for this movie audience, but this was great.
  • I dunno. The classic comics colors on Aquaman are OK, but the gold armor is even better… hey, I’m just there for the vomiting.

  • I present: the Hybridizer. I mean, I did it for the old timey. But you do you.
  • Well, this is dope. Do the tapes fly out and attack you in Whole Foods?
  • The thing about the Venom movie is… I mean… just do THIS. Quit with the dancing around it.
  • This is beautiful and terrible. Boom!

 

And with that, I’m off into the redwoods to camp for the weekend, doing THIS pretty much non stop.

Your Next Blockbuster – Robots Root 18 September 2018

So WHOOOOOP! The Captain Marvel trailer is almost 100% what I wanted and expected, in all the right ways. The only thing that gave me pause was that she didn’t affect a deeper vocal pitch. But then I realized that’s a sexist concept anyway, mostly carried over from what i liked about how Gal Gadot sounds as Wonder Woman. THOUGHTS after the requisite three viewings, as Lung and I are wont to do:

  • I love the 10 in the Marvel Studios logo. Great subtlety and knowing nod to their legacy.
  • I love the focus on HER in Hero in the text work
  • I love the tallness of this poster, implying space, flight, potential, even the hanger imagery works with the logo on it. LOVE this poster so much it hurts
  • I love the invasion claxon in the music. I hope this is the final score. I follow the composer on IG and she’s great. This effect works SO well, and it’s one of the first Marvel scores that immediately stuck with me. That’s huge.
  • Punching out Skrull gramma
  • De-aged Fury and Poulson, though they’ve kept Hill from us for now
  • Focus on her, not the Skrulls, other than one glimpse
  • What a clever thing: ‘this isn’t an origin story’… I never expected that she would land on earth and unlock memories of her past. It’s a subversion of the trope
  • KREE HELMETS seen

Bonus: WHAT IS THIS CAT OR SOMETHING DOING IN THE CORNER

So yay, that was a treat for this week…Plus, you know who her fellow Air Force pilot is, right?

Meanwhile, also in space, this might be happening:

  • I like these Auto-Complete Interviews usually. I like watching them improvise. Sometimes they really surprise you. Frequently, less so. That said, something’s up with Olivia Munn’s mouth. She grew extra teeth, or a Tom Cruise tooth, or she’s wearing Invisalign, or she was always a poor annunciator and was well rehearsed on G4. Dunno. This part was good though: “Football players always lie about their height. (They lie about a lot of things.)”; By contrast, watching one like Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux reinforced my minor obsession with the former, and opened my eyes further to the humble charm of the latter, whim I’ve always liked but never really seen casually speaking.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates bees or bee-like things.
  • I am not a Hawkeye hater. I quite like him in the films. And his (and her) solo book over the last some odd years has been a high mark. This video suggests that Hawkeye’s success rate in the films is one of the most potent on the team. Love it.
  • Prospect continues to be high on my anticipation list. I didn’t watch this trailer, because I’m now on lockdown, but here.
  • What cracked me up about this, as it always does, was ‘Killmonger, WHO WAS RIGHT, …’ in the header. Because he was.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates spiders or spider-like things.
  • I like the idea of multiple Angels and multiple Bosleys.
  • The new movie may be imploding, but here’s a great video on the Winston folks trying to make the first suit work back in the day. I only recently saw the concept work and the early prototype, which i liked apparently much more than any other human whose seen it, and I’ve been vocal about what I see as the mediocrity in the Predator design (which causes Lung to generally want to smack a bitch up) but there’s no question it was interesting and technically challenging work. (I just wanted less rubbery hands and feet)…
  • Look, I don’t even drink tea, particularly, but now I’m hellbent on one for a coffee mug. This is amazing.
  • I’m only half way through this list, but as Lung recently saw and, like me, liked Solo, I thought I’d post it. You can hear me defend this film against two haters on the current episode of Robot-Kraken Pod in fact.
  • An interesting treatise on why Bryan Singer should not be doing Red Sonja, or anything else really… that goes beyond the post-#metoo entitlement.
  • Something ironic here: this peak Venom poster is zzzzzzzz inspiring like everything about this hot mess, except for the tongue, which is the only thing i like about the design. So many deep, pulsating purple taste buds going on. I loved, in the link, the reference to the ‘impossible accent’ as well.
  • I’m enjoying how Todd Phillips is trolling fans. I hope he trolls all the way to the film’s launch. ‘here’s a Joker film that is nothing like anything you asked for. You’re welcome.’ although Coppola backing out of producing isn’t a super great sign. For the record, I’m 100% behind this film, because I’m not a big continuity baby.
  • 22 things learned about one of the Punisher films I didn’t see.

Mount the Curb To Scale – Robots Root 14 September 2018

I HAVE SO MANY DESIRES FOR THIS R/C TUMBLER I CANT EVEN. Only second to my desires for a fully functional 1:1 scale version. HA.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I remain on the fence regarding all this Henry Cavill business. I like him, and I’m not convinced that this isn’t all just some contract negotiation or something. His tweet last night was WEIRD. Anyway, the internet is rumbling forward, like those Mortal Engines… here’s some good thoughts about a fresh take on Superman… and here’s the current (apparently) Vegas odds… along with another set of ideas, with some overlap…  of course Bosslogic is already at it, as well, pissing off some people who can’t grasp a non-anglo Supes….
  • Han Solo in carbonite costume! SWEET! Lung was mortified…
  • This actually took me by surprise: Jason Todd and Dick Grayson face to face in Titans. Lots of fans will be into that.
  • I have seen virtually nothing with Aaron Paul, though I’m well aware of him and his pedigree. Sounds like a great add to Westworld!
  • This series of arts featuring warrior versions of Disney Princesses was controversial in my home. It was first seen by my lovely wife, who had a very negative reaction to the weapons “That’s the answer? Arm them?” and I realized that I saw it, positively, coming from the young adult/adult RPG/cosplay perspective, not the viewpoint of young girls. Interesting!
  • I saw this Lego KITT and cracked up, imagining a stop motion thing where you move a red brick left to right along the front to make the light bar. HA. I amuse me.
  • Venom as PG-13? All hope is lost.
  • Oh boy, what have they done. Robot Man was looking cool in profile… but check out his smashed together eyes and jangy mouth. GUH.
  • This fan theory about Iron Man I agree with. I felt similar. Like any good time travel/time revert story, the pivotal character must be faced with losing something. Think that incredible end of Fringe. That it would be Iron Man makes the most sense.
  • I’ve been begging for a Jon Hamm Bruce Wayne since forever. So YES.
  • Accurate.
  • A new Coen Brothers trailer is a reason to celebrate. Break out the frontier whiskey!
  • Finally, Rupert’s new Captive State seems never more relevant, doesn’t it?

Bye Felicia – Robots Root 12 September 2018

All signs point to Cavill abandoning the cape… or the cape abandoning Cavill… truth be told, it would make it a lot easier for the WB to reboot both Superman AND Batman together (while somehow keeping the rest of the JL I guess)… however, I’m somewhat in the minority as one who likes him in the role… I liked him RELOADING in Fallout better, though.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Thanks to Robert Zemeckis, and the apparently insatiable teen appetite for those CW shows, you can expect a ton of sexy pirate costumes at upcoming comic conventions…
  • Rumor has it Guy Ritchie may be developing a Captain Britain film for Marvel. I suppose that works. I can see him doing Excalibur as well. It’s on the nose, but honestly keeping him working in the London street-level environment would be the most interesting for a Marvel property.
  • It’s potentially optimistic news that New Mutants reshoots *supposedly* are to push the horror we were promised.
  • This whole thing with Mendho just Mendho-ing about while supposedly talking about ‘Skrullin’ felt very Mendho. If you follow.
  • SOLO SPOILER: What struck me most about these Maul pics was that the robotic legs appear to have been practical, when I assumed it was all CGI. That’s cool.

  • Some sweet callbacks here! I can’t wait to rewatch Infinity War and suck up all the cool tangential crumbs…
  • Lovecraftian gaming is ramping up: The Sinking City over here, Cthulhu over there…
  • While this thing here is about Jude Law being Mar-Vell, which we assumed, I’m just super into seeing Ronan as a Kree Enforcer prior to the later film.
  • Deadly Class, Deadly Class, Deadly Class!
  • Rebecca Ferguson from Mission Impossitole just joined Villaneuve’s Dune project. I can see it!
  • I know its just a teaser, but I’d take the year one black suit on DD any day…
  • If you like stunt choreography, check this out. Great perspective from the female side of things.
  • I appreciate the production’s honesty that the Shazam suit is still in evolutionary development. Especially today, where so much of the detail is tweaked in post, it’s quite reasonable. But it might surprise some… I just hope they edit down the Jersey Shore hair…
  • Lana ‘Jubilee’ Condor is joining an interesting looking film project… I wish there was more of her in X-Men…
  • So many Han Solo deleted scenes!

The Future (and Past) is Female – Robots Root 5 Sept 2018

Well, we finally have a good look at Captain Marvel, and have learned about the clearly-doomed Kree Spaceforce.

 

Who? Oh. Was this what the White House was droning on about?

Meanwhile, personally? I’ve been waiting for Skrulls since I was a youngling, and they’re finally here and I LOVE THEY.

Meanwhile, in space. Or elsewhere in space:

  • I never read Doom Patrol, but the project is shaping up quickly. Robot Man looks comics-correct, and everyone else seems glammed up. We’ll see. Plus, Timothy Dalton was just added, for flavor.
  • Best Batman script? RLY? Well, I mean, to be fair, I would argue the Nolan films weren’t really “batman” films so much as Bruce Wayne / Hollow Man / Batman films, but I’m being a pedant. The dialogue Batman was spewing at Joker was pretty weak, I know. But the overall stories were so awesome. How DARE you, sir.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to be collecting bad guys. Not generally a good sign, but let’s be optimistic.
  • Jennifer Esposito has joined The Boys, which is awesome, because so is she. Thus.
  • Welcome to all of my new neck tattoos. The Alien Queen is currently headed to my wall, as well. As my neck.
  • This is the first time I’ve seen ANYTHING Grand Theft Auto related that interested me. Ha
  • Trip out: the facial markings (not scars! alien bits) change according to temperature on this figure.
  • Do you haz too many funds and need an awkward R/C velociraptor?
  • “I don’t know what’s real anymore.”
  • Director’s Cut vs. Extended Cut vs. Fan Fantasy Vs. Studio Cashgrabs: you decide.

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That’s all for the week. Tomorrow I drive up to Portland for Rose City Comic Con, Sept. 7 – 9, 2018. If you’re around, come visit table D5 for some good stuff. 60+ new prints debuting at the show, plus 500+ others, dozens of posters, three books (of course) and a ton of original art! Kris will also be at the show in the maker’s section, so come get the good stuffs!

 

 

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 45 Now Available – When in Doubt, Goggins Out!

Robot-Kraken Episode 045 – July 2018 “When in Doubt, Goggins Out!“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Deadpool 2, Solo, Ant-Man and Wasp, current events and more!

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Show notes, for SCIENCE:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Chardonnay
  • Thom: Margarita

News:

  • Steve Ditko and Stan Lee
  • So Many Jokers
  • Neil Blomkamp and Robocop
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Sofia Boutella
  • Cara Gee
  • The Snapture
  • Doctor Doom on film

Monkey-Jacket Musing: What Characters Should Have a Solo Film Set Directly After the Snapture?

  • Blake: Jessica Jones and other street level heroes, Agents of Shield
  • Thom: Fantastic Four as a science-based alternative to supers

 

Review: Deadpool 2

Review: Solo

Review: Ant-Man and Wasp

(Red Tentacles and Black Octopuses… seem to have been lost to the cyber-seas)

 

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Cold souls
  • Thom: Luke cage

 

Planned plundering:

  • Blake: Annihilation
  • Thom: Night flyer

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Download this episode directly if you like!

 

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Where Are You Now? – Robots Root 8 Aug 2018

Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was of the most interest to me in the recent news cycle. I alternate between liking her and being cool on her… but I think she has chops and edge, and I like the LGBTQ element, even if it’s pandering to some. I guess it goes both ways though: casting a straight actor in a hugely prominent non-straight role is equally controversial, as we have seen before many, many times. I’m all for it. My one concern, and this is somewhat like how I felt when Gal Gadot was first cast as Wonder Woman: Rose is very, very wiry. They’ll make it work, but it’s going to be interesting. I just hope it’s not about burying her in armor. Bury her in a good wig!

 

Beyond the deepest of deeps, something emerges:

  • Endlessly pairing Star Wars characters together to rationalize a lineage for Rey is pretty boring stuff, and while I get the symmetry in having Rey’s folks be Q’ira and Han, MEH I says. What about Bossk? Lobot? Give me something more interesting, if they have to be anyone at all. Fuck it. IG-88!
  • When I first read possible news of Jon Favreau’s Star Wars series being set on Mandalore, I was B O R E D… but then I read that it would be post-Empire Mandalore, which becomes much more interesting. Maybe? $100M interesting, anyway.
  • In the ongoing fiction that Infinity War’s stakes mean something, Maria Hill and Nick Fury will appear in the next Spder-Man film. Sure, it could be flashbacks. Or whatever. Just show me a good film!
  • Well, Bruce Willis, man of a million low budget projects, WAS to star in a Moviepass feature film. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. uh.
  • I was never convinced by this project. However, I held out slim hope that they’d somehow make it batshit crazy and therefore entertaining. Hiatus doesn’t mean dead, but they JUST cast the female lead and had a director on board. I smell a script problem.
  • This isn’t quite the LEGO BATMAN R/C car I was envisioning, but I’m still in favor. Go to hell, doggo!
  • My daughter will be interested in this.

Cackling in 3 Frames Per Second – Robots Root 30 June 2018

Now you too can have a laughing Prince Adam figure of your very own. Memetic!

I’m done with my Spring conventions, and now in Washington on a short vacation with the younglings. Here’s a blast of interesting somethings over the last few weeks!

  • Wonder Woman + George Orwell? You decide!
  • Everyone’s talking about that Black Manta helmet, but I’m all about Orm’s sweet hairstyle.
  • Apologists and recontextualists aside, these comments nauseated me.
  • If nothing else, Red Notice sure has an eye-catching cast.
  • You too can build an Alexa-enabled L3-37. But… should you?
  • Preacher 3 is only a week away!
  • Incredibles 2 was a hoot… and the weekend box office sure seems to indicate people realized it. It does look decidedly familiar… by design.
  • Here’s a great video of Andy Serkis discussing mocap’s evolution
  • Here’s an interesting article positing that Shazam should be the path to the future of the DCEU.
  • As someone who works in a small, pressure-cooker environment without HR and with unconventional, lets say, communication from time to time, I’ve been following the discussion on workplace abuse in Hollywood (a mechanism for talking about it not in Hollywood, of course. ie. the real world)… the sexual abuse and sexual politics are very obviously evil, but the verbal abuse has been something that creators in the entertainment industry have been forgiven for (as long as they are ‘successful’ and ‘auteurs’, my emphasis… on the one hand, some people need to be more prepared and clear about the hostile environments they are getting into, and on the other hand, people should be respectful, or there should be consequences. Interesting debate.
  • Everyone’s laughing about how they isolated Iron Fist knowingly. I just loved that they included Colleen Wing!

 

More to come!

 

Save it for Comic Con – Robot’s Root 12 June 2018

This Spider-Verse movie may be the best comic-related anything ever, film specific. I’m astonished at how good it FEELS. Also, i’m in it for the cop dad.

 

  • Doctor Doom looks less likely, meaning even more likely a wholesale transition to Marvel’s stable.
  • For this guy, the Hit-Girl and related properties have lost their luster, but Millar and Vaughn have plans for more. Meanwhile, there’s another Kingsman movie in the works (I’m OK with it I suppose) and a turn of last century prequel (that’s what caught my eye, obviously)…
  • How about a GoT prequel set millennia earlier? You got it. Add it to the flaming pile…
  • I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more Predators in my Predator. I guess.
  • Geoff Johns is out, but is he down? He’s still writing Green Lantern Corps, and now rumor has it Jim lee is stepping up to try and right the DCEU ship.
  • Kidding looks A M A Z I N G.
  • Bad Times at the What i TOLE!
  • Here’s a summary of all the supposed DCEU films in development. It’s stir crazy.
  • I admit I kind of want to draw all these heroes killed in Incredibles 1… or already dead… or what have you. Capes, bots, etc.
  • A well-reasoned and thoughtful consideration to the question: Is is disrespectful to drive around a dead Autobot as a car?
  • Tran leaving social media was probably good for her mental health, but sucks for all of us. She was an awesome celeb to follow, and really loved Star Wars fandom, the same crew that ate her alive and then complained about the taste.
  • I don’t know why, but I like when supers costumes are damaged or modified, as if purpose built and then evolved as circumstances change. Like Captain America’s main suit transitioning to a ‘covert ops’ version, in turn basically debadged and worn down by the time Infinity War happens. Or, as we see in this pic of Janet Van Dyne, layered.
  • So stoked on the new Hellboy film. Mignola nails it.
  • These games continue to fascinate me, even as I have no time to play them. The societal evolution in the worlds and the mechanics that allow for it is good reading.
  • I haven’t even CRACKED Star Wars: Battlefront 2 yet, but the Han Solo packs look good.

Thats all for today… still decompressing from SFCC and preparing for Fandemic!

Cheesesteak Cheese Sauce Gumming up My Bricks – Root 5 June 2018

 

  • BRICSBURGH. That’s inspired.
  • I was expecting to dislike the VANS X MARVEL collaboration, because I was a Vision kid, basically, so how could we not have the synchronicity of Vision Visions?! But anyway, the Black Panther ones are cool, and I’ve seen the Captain Marvel hi tops (apparently for women but you could size them up if you are not one) and those are probably my favorites, with the star symbol wrapping around the heel.
  • It’s astonishing how good a Transformers movie looks when stripped down and non-Bay’d. Lots of wonder here. Also, Starscream (or whichever) steals it for me.
  • This new Jurassic World poster is some of the worst Photoshop Disaster material in recent memory. That Stegasaurus with flailing legs and an expression like it sat on a spear is killing me. Also that mutated goat dino or whatever at 2:00. I mean, wait, maybe this is the best poster ever.
  • This is designed for the smaller GoPro Sessions model, but at $1.09 for the car chassis itself, it’s a no-brainer. I’M ON IT. And by on it, I mean I’m taking an existing car from the bin, pulling the body, and mounting my own Go Pro 4 onto it, as this one is designed for the Session (discontinued) and looks, and I care about neither. Still on it.
  • I’m stoked about the Wreck-it Ralph sequel, especially the Disney Princess situation. I can’t help but wish that disastrous Emoji movie hadn’t come along and burned through these concepts like a really rough trade shitty pr0n to this film’s high budget ladyerotica. If that makes sense.
  • I’m very interested in Widows, from the cast to the director. And of course, the subject matter… in three years we’re going to see Disney/Marvel production artists trying desperately to come up with a sufficiently interesting logotype for the Widow movie of course…
  • This is old, but I still go back to it. We’re a BB-9E household (BB-H8) so the kids love this video. I personally adore pissy robots.
  • This is a GREAT concept for a Boba Fett film. Legacy, not the man. Especially given how lackluster the man actually was. Focusing on the armor passing from guy to guy with different roles is a neat nod to the fact that all any of us of the ESB generation really care about is how the figure looked, anyway.
  • Great treatise on what makes a good action movie. It’s heavy on the DCU criticism, but the points are sound.

Apropos of nothing, I spotted this really bad CGI WW face in that video. Makes the mustache-removal look great!

 

Miscellaneous Bits and Pieces:

  • Before Expanse was saved by Amazon, someone sent up a model of the Roci into the upper atmosphere. I MEAN.

 

 

  • This remains my favorite Mondo poster EBAHHHHH. The skull, guise.

 

 

  • On the Robot-Kraken Podcast I referenced the quote that Wakanda looked like Jet Magazine from the 90s (Honest Trailers) … evidence!

 

 

  • When writing the TRDL character origins, i do a lot of research. I stumbled across this very interesting Aztec deity. My new neck tattoo!

 

THOM OUT!