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And Blasters – Robot’s Root 31 Jan 2018

I’m really down with the new Ant-Man and Wasp trailer. Items that make thus:

  • Finally, a score that is definitive. One of the disappointing things about the MCU is the lack of striking scores. Thor: Ragnarok got close, with the Grandmaster theme, which I totally associate with the film; but it begins with the same lukewarm MCU banner theme. This one has that crunchy vibe, like the Wonder Woman theme. I dig it. I hope it makes it past the trailers.
  • Evangeline Lilly looks completely invested and believable in the role. I’m delighted with the execution
  • Lots of playing around with Pym Particles. That’s the lynchpin to this series. The more the better. I’m not sure where Pym’s rolling suitcase bits go when the building is full scale (and my architect brain reels at impossibillium used to maintain structural integrity in all these things) but that Hello Kitty moment is the BEST
  • G H O S T. While the comics version from Thunderbolts was a completely hollywood-ready design, this adaption looks pretty clean
  • Going on the run. Thats always an engaging narrative.
  • Multiverse action has big consequences

See the trailer here.

Meanwhile, more root from the future:

  • Apparently the Badrobot produced WWII feature from last year is actually another stealth Cloverfield project. Sounds very Hellboy.
  • WTF Mute looks even better than I anticipated. Plus, Paul Rudd as CACTUS BILL ffs. Check out the full trailer, and hold your breath for 23 days.
  • HG Wells, the father of… tabletop wargaming?
  • Welp, DC’s latest streamer sounds like hot garbage. I mean, if the premise bores me, we’re in trouble. Like Krypton. Like Lois and Clark before it. Like Gotham turned out to be. Superheroes without the superheroes done wrong.
  • While Chris Claremont’s work in my youth was both influential and nauseating, depending on where, when and what, I agree that at the time, the Dark Phoenix saga, along with Alpha Flight #12, cemented in my mind the value in ramifications and permanence in comics storytelling. Admittedly, a Phoenix by definition reincarnates, but her rebirth was the slippery slope into the devlauation of these sorts of events that had real meaning. Comics always ate themselves and rewrote their own stories, and that’s fine for the medium, but the Phoenix story tried to tell a pretty mature story of change and loss and impossible decisions, which I appreciated. Interesting timing, this documentary, coming out before the Dark Phoenix film. Also, nice to see the nod to Louise Simonson.
  • The Watchmen TV series for HBO has no official cast or imagery, but it does have a director, which is a thing.
  • I still don’t know how I feel about Jack Ryan. I want it to be good. John Krazinski went to the gym, and is a pretty good actor. But he still has a comedic face. I don’t know. I’m not saying it’s fair. He just looks KIND.
  • OK, at this point I’m just getting pissed off. I want this Dundee business to be REAL, not a tourism ad. Come ON. Plus, you know, Lil’ Donk.

 

OK, that’s all for now. There’s a storm coming. Typhoon style. And me without my speedo!

Curly Kicks and Hair Flips 2 May 2016

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At this point, though I am the Designated Optimist, Olivia Munn doing Hair Flips and Curly Kicks as Psylocke is the one remaining thing I’m optimistic about with X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Fox was certainly hoping the last second Wolvie reveal in the new trailer would generate Spidey type buzz. It did not.

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Frankly, I’m more interested in Blob being in the film. HA!

Trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jer8XjMrUB4

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Also of note, the sort-of 80’s X-Men costumes make an appearance. Sort of. I think if they just replicated the comics it would be even MORE believably 80s. But points for trying and using, you know, colors and stuff. Sophie turner looks weird in costume for some reason. Stance?
http://io9.gizmodo.com/check-out-x-men- … 1773592025

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Lastly, Bryan Singer is once again over-explaining and protesting about his choices in this film, from the fishy excuses about Apocalypse’s voice, to technology allowing for ‘performance editing’ while at the same time defending Oscar Isaacs’ performance. Hm.
http://geektyrant.com/news/bryan-singer … featurette

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But hey, at least we get sweet 80’s shoulder pads and easter eggs!

In other news…

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Welp, on the one hand, I still love what they did with the main cast. On the other hand, the baddies continue to alarm me, from the two we saw in toy fair promos, to now learning they messed with a good thing, and gave Slimer 2.0 TEXTURE.
http://geektyrant.com/news/ghostbusters … featurette

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I didn’t think I’d be interested, since Stone, for all of his mad scientist skills, tends to throw me off with his conspiracy theory stuff. But JGL is owning this once again. That voice!
http://geektyrant.com/news/trailer-for- … don-levitt

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Hmmm… a few weeks before CW comes out, suddenly RDJR s hinting at being up for another film. Negotiation strategy? Plan all along? Decoy over bad things happening to Stark in the upcoming film? Hmmm again.
http://geektyrant.com/news/robert-downe … -solo-film

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Star Wars characters my 6 year ld daughter created that I intend to draw as well…

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So this is happening. I’m super stoked to see more of Bernthal’s Punisher, though I wonder how it will feel, tonally, with him on his own…
http://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/68176 … x#/slide/1

Now, I’m inspired to share Punisher artwork, because reasons!

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Acuna!

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Cloonan!

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Another Honest Trailers video for the previous two seasons of GoT. I’m still watching this, but I loved ‘heavy metal album art’…
http://geektyrant.com/news/honest-trail … ns-4-and-5

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Alicia Vikander as the new Tomb Raider? I’ll show YOU a Womb Raider! Wait, that’s not right…I’ve said too much.
http://geektyrant.com/news/alicia-vikan … der-reboot

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According to this, Affleck and Johns pretty much have carte blanche freedom on the Batman solo film. Personally, I think that’s great news.
http://heroichollywood.com/full-creativ … ks-batman/

However…

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According to THIS, they want to use every character ever.
http://geektyrant.com/news/ben-afflecks … h-villains

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John Krasinski as Jack Ryan on Amazon TV? New stories, not the same continuity of any of the others? Sure, I’ll take it.
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/john-kr … 201763802/

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Sethe Grame-Smith just bailed on Flash, while Wan is apparently considering dumping Aquaman. And the interwebs are rife with rumors of clashes between Snyder and WB. Could mean nothing, could mean PANIC ON THE STREETS OF LONDON
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … tor-888994

That is all. New podcast being recorded tonight, so get ready!
Last week’s Game of Thrones review is up on the site and itunes now.


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