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Deep Fakes and Roguish Rakes – Robots Root 19 Oct 2018

Listen, I’ve been advocating for Han Solo loud and long, but I have to say, it’s surreal and delightful to see this deep fake amalgamation of a youngish Harrison Ford’s face onto this footage.

That said, somewhere in space, this may all be happening right NOW:

  • I wasn’t interested in the Kid Who Would be King until I realized Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is directing it. So there might be some interesting there there.
  • This piece on nostalgic memory vs reality in comics is a good one: like the writer, I too favored Dakota North at the time, despite not really understanding why. Or rather, for specific reasons beyond the character and story. Because unlike the writer, i DID read the books and still have them, and I hated the art and the story. But I liked the use of a non-supers character in an unusual environment (spy + fashion) for a genre, and also, I really liked the haircut in the banner image. I used her a number of times in the Marvel RPG.
  • Speaking of Marvel, here’s your first live-action view of that new Spidey Suit. Plus parkour. No pressure, dude.
  • What are the chances the Joker film is trolling snoops with this 60’s Batman era Batmobile?
  • I really dig this new Daredevil S03 poster. I LOT. It’s evocative on a number of levels.
  • I only read a few paragraphs of this Prospect review, as I plan to see it with as open mind as possible (already accidentally spoiled something for myself within, dammit tole) but here you go.
  • I’m not a follower of the DC CW stuff, but points for including the black costume for Superman that we should have had in Batman V Superman.
  • Anti-zombie tips you can follow along with at home. I mean, I hope you don’t have to. But still, can’t hurt.
  • I’m not sure what is more news news here: that Flash is delayed, or that WB confirmed they are dumping Cavill and Affleck. I mean, it’s not really news. But still, I’m disappointed. I liked both of those guys.
  • Honest Thief is already an interesting premise (sort of an anti-Heat) but that it comes from the producer’s of the excellent Ozark… even better!

  • Here’s a pretty aesthetically pleasing Battle Angel- Alita poster. I’m into it.
  • Legit fourth wall action here, Sean Bean being the target in the Hitman 2 game.
  • A brief history of Mandalorian representation in canon… it’s all over the place.

That’s all for tonight. Dream of jetpacks and young rogues…

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.

Be Brave – Robots Root 24 September 2018

How to Draw with Tenacious D is killing me. “a little yeller.” “I don’t know what thats called, but it sure does tell a story.” Dying. NSFW. As usual, their viral marketing may be even better than the product (post-Apocalypto)… I will forever feel a compulsion to paint using a Sharpie as a brush.

 

Meanwhile, THIS:

 

  • I do kinda like this anime trailer treatment for the Star War. The ship designs feel jarring because they are very…western… but the character models and Ben Kenobi’s look and voice particularly, really work. Plus I’ve always said Chewie needed a prominent mustache.
  • RIP Sgt. Apone.

  • I can’t, for whatever reason, stop mulling over the concept for a Jon Hamm Batman. I want it. A LOT. I’ve often struggled by how much I didn’t vibe the Bruce Wayne as Batman look. I loved Nolan’s stuff, but it wasn’t the best Batman look, and Bale wasn’t the most Wayne Wayne. The project worked regardless. But thinking of my younger self’s mental image of what it should be… Batfleck (in costume) was close, even without the eye slits… but Hamm works for me as Wayne. Wayne in the bat suit, if that makes sense.

  • I can’t wait for this. I want it to be awesome. Funny that it’s going to be one of those seasons where John C O’Reilly is in bowler hats TWICE (this and the Laurel and Hardy biofilm)… one of THOSE seasons.

  • This piece came from an artist in one of my FB groups, and I love it 33,000 times. You may have to have grown up near, or beyond, the border to understand.

  • I dig these Sideshow ‘reimaginings’ projects. This makes for a damn cool and less bipedal Alien, (so many joints)… but Jonesy remains the highlight.
  • Thats not just Soundwave… it’s the ORIGINAL Soundwave, looks like.
  • Rope hands! That’s a power I need to add to the Posthuman game…

  • I think this was a pretty nuanced argument in favor of Last Jedi… touching on some points I hadn’t really formalized in my own mind. I liked it a lot, so i’m not one of the detractors… but Pat notes ways in which the film delivers on things that I think, big picture, really benefit the franchise.
  • THIS. “By 2022, science says we will have achieved Joker singularity: a Joker movie that reboots itself during the movie”
  • Brie Larson continues to troll those people that told her to smile more. It isn’t old yet.
  • This is only interesting because Sofia Boutella as any supers anyone gets my vote.
  • Chloe Zhao has been tapped to direct Eternals… we were just talking about Ruin on the podcast…

Finally, a new K-hole I didn’t know existed until now, and I’m obsessed: Hot Wheels restoration!

Tears of a Robot-Kraken – Robots Root 21 September

So, the makeup test for Phoenix’s Joker is drawing from Pagliacci, not entirely unexpectedly. However, I’m still pretty disappointed. You have two major iconic looks to navigate that came before: the classic Joker look, and the smeared, hot mess Heath Ledger look. My hope was that he would start with this incredibly well meaning, intricate, finely done makeup, playing up his delusions of grandeur, and then as things go south, he never reapplies it so it gets messier and messier as he is deconstructed and descends into madness. Like, mime-level neatness in the makeup. The classic contemporary pagliacci look is what he’s sort of doing here, with the one tear (the crying clown, etc etc) but I would have preferred the much more vintage look, thus:

Anyway, onward with the stuff:

  • The TNG cast sounds disgruntled, and why wouldn’t they be, really.
  • One of the things I like most about Michael B. Jordan being cast as John Clark in this latest round of Clancy films is that it’s just one more pin to deflate the knee-jerk racist and ‘continuity purist’ arguments against casting people of color in roles that were originally written as white characters.
  • I thought i’d be annoyed by all the Catholic iconography in the new Daredevil series, but the fact that they’re going dark and corrupted makes for great imagery. Bloody christ poses and graves and such. Black costume! Run from the light!
  • All-female Marvel supers stuff: great! For TV: not so great.
  • We talk about this on a recent podcast session for the October release, but the fact that Danny Boyle walked from Bond 25 but they hired Cary Fukunaga to replace him is kind of a head-scratcher, as the latter has as much of a reputation for ditching projects as the former. However, I’m on record as being much more interested, given how much I loved True Detective S01.
  • That Disney would start reining in the SW franchise isn’t surprising, after Solo. But it’s also disappointing. I argue the problem isn’t too much of the Star War, but rather not enough focus on what makes a good Star War. My favorite of the lot is Rogue One, and many hated it. There’s no pleasing everyone. I also liked Solo fine. But anyway.
  • The only thing better than a cephalopod is a grab-assy one.
  • No interest in Titans, but it’s good to see they aren’t planning on dancing around the existence of Batman.
  • Feige taking over the FF and X-Men franchises is not surprising, and I like it. Scarlet Witch and Loki solo TV series? With the film casting? I’m incredulous on that story.

That’s all for today… if you haven’t already, check out our most recent episode of Robot-Kraken, and try not to get yourself deported or entangled in the South China Sea. Cheers!

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.

Does it Come in Black – Robot’s Root 30 Aug 2018

Here’s a great in-depth look at my favorite movie vehicle ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER! Having just rewatched Dark Knight on IMAX, I was geeking out over it anew.

 

  • Mahershala Ali is one of my favorite go-to actors right now. I’m super stoked to finally catch a glimpse at the first trailer for True Detective S03. I’m completely in.
  • As my french teacher used to sadly mumble: ‘Pauvre Thom, pauvre pauvre Thom.’
  • Approximately 0.00003% of the known world wonders what project Taika Waititi might be meeting Marvel about.
  • Oscar Isaacs in Batman? I hope he plays a conflicted detective. hahahahahahhahaha. He looks good in suits looking troubled. Alec Baldwin, however, is NOT playing Thomas Wayne in Joker, a mere two days after being reported as cast. I love when one of my queued tabs cancels the previous one out.
  • It’s a Monday, so Psylocke is back to being a pink haired anglo saxon
  • Hans Zimmer’s retirement from super hero movies is apparently over. Good.
  • I mean, with that much blood, how could it NOT.
  • Lung sent me this amazing pumpkin carving, straight out of R’Lyeh. Check it out. However, you may need to take advantage of this to get ready to try your hand at it.
  • Don’t tell me Matt Smith won’t be Thrawn. Look at that forehead. LOOK AT IT.
  • Roadrunner was the one cartoon growing up that made me laugh until I cried as a wee one. I’m pretty stoked on the idea of a new COYOTE VS ACME film. I’m sort of bemused they didn’t use COYOTE V ACME just to be cheeky.
  • Though this one-hour gameplay demo was met with at best lukewarm reviews from the gaming community, I thought it looked GREAT. I love old school cyberpunk RPG action. Really takes me back! It’s like Battle Angel Alita… hopefully. But while I’d never have time to play this game, I love that it exists.
  • I Think We’re Alone Now is one of the films I’m most looking forward to right now. Between the pedigree behind the camera (early Handsmaid’s Tale eps) and the wattage of Peter Dinklage’s understated acting, it’s going to be fierce.
  • Soon to be seen under an Xmas tree of a Lung near you.
  • I love watching Dwayne Johnson when he’s in his element but also playing it broad a bit (like Jumanji)… but this is straight out of the DONT DO THIS DEPT.

 

We are frantically preparing for Rose City Comic Con (and for Kris, multiple cons) so hopefully we’ll see some of you in a week!

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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What Star Wars Needs is a Memorable Villain, They All Said – Robots Root 6 Aug 2018

The rumor mill speculates that Richard E. Grant will play Thrawn in Star Wars Ep. VIII. I don’t have any emotional attachment to the character, not having read the books, and I always thought his blue skin looked weird with the white uniform… but I DO like the idea of bringing in a new big bad. It’s hard to imagine they’d waste such a big Extended Universe character on one film… and in the timeline of stories they talk about doing, I don’t see how they’d use him elsewhere. It made me think, awhile back, when Rian Johnson got that undefined new trilogy to play with, that Thrawn might be the big bad in THOSE films…

 

Meanwhile, in space, this could be happening:

  • Claire (Rosario Dawson) brings some real world logic and empathy to the Netflix Marvel series of series. That said, she’s not in IF 2.0, and I assumed it was because she’s got a career and other commitments happening… I read in a few places people are relieved because it’s irrational that she’s in all these stories but has no powers. WHAT? One of the strong points about all of the Marvel Netflix projects is the way the NPC’s, or regular folks, are written into the story in a meaningful way. It’s one of the things I love about them. It’s not just powered people tussling, but the interaction between them and the people they affect. SO while I DO often think ‘why aren’t they calling each other for help’ or ‘why isn’t claire calling in reinforcements’ I do like that they’ve tried to explain it in terms of unavailability or personal issues or ‘this is my fight’ type of stuff. We don’t need five different Defenders arcs, though admittedly those team-ups are what make some of the Marvel MCU films so interesting. But as is often noted about all of the TV projects… this isn’t the MCU.
  • Bryan Callen and Marc Maron are the latest to join this surreal Joker film… what is even.
  • Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson seem to have charisma together, so that’s a thing.
  • In a moment of pure marketing genius, Turkish Airlines have offered a safety video tie in to Lego Movie 2. This sure beats watching Wonder Woman not stow her shield and sword FFS on that other attempt.
  • Everyone’s still rah-rahing about Linda Hamilton in the Aviators, but I’m all about those lines on Mackenzie Davis’ skin. Did we already officially know she was a new Terminator model, or a Terminator period? I LOVE that look.
  • I understand why they deleted this scene between Gamora and Thanos in the final cut, as it drags and is tonally off from what we saw of him the rest of the film more concisely. However it IS cool to see Gamora dressed as his champion. CHAMPION BRAIDS.
  • This too can be yours, for a mere $1200. I’m so in. But not really in. But wish i was in.
  • Here’s a brilliant study on how Bottle Rocket DID set the stage for Wes Anderson’s later more obvious moves. I’m among the Andersonites that saw it, even as a raw version, of being consistent with his catalog, but I’ve heard the argument several times that it wasn’t. I would argue it is closer to his later vision than Blood Simple was for the Coen Brothers to their’s.

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Just Wingin It – Robots Root 25 July 2018

OHAI DAUGHTERS OF DRAGONS

Meanwhile, this:

  • I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Williamson is developing ANOTHER show for Hulu starring the ex husband of the star of his current show. But anyway. Space. I’m in.
  • I’m cool with Sivana not being a mad scientist, which was much more proto-Superman.
  • Dungeons and Doggos. You’re welcome.
  • The one GoT spin-off to make the cut to series is set in the very distant past of this continuity, which on the one hand makes the most sense (otherwise why not just keep telling THIS story; I don’t know how we’re supposed to end with a few final long eps, big winter and zombie army and death everywhere, whith any sort of closure at this point) but it DOES run the risk of feeling more Lord of the Ringsish/generic fantasy. We’ll see.
  • Expanse S04 I cannot wait I cannot FACKING WAIT.
  • I may have posted this before, but it’s a great article exploring how Always Sunny has become more and more progressive even as it remains raucous and offensive. I personally think these ‘progressive’ moves in the story are to piss off just another subset of viewers, which i love.
  • My first time seeing the SDCC poster for Godzilla. Pretty dope, and brand aware. Kris was stunned on the podcast the other night that Ghidora is not my favorite monster, for reasons.
  • I feel like this supposed possible casting interest for Batwoman is a bit on the nose. As I’ve babbled on the podcast several time: it must be Jane Levy.

  • I’m toling you. Well, Batgirl anyway. Batwoman, whose to say.
  • Oh come ON. I get the legacy behind this easily most-famous-giant-robot-anime but it’s just Star Wars, u guise. Not rocket science.
  • We spoke a bit about the James Gunn firing controversy on the podcast we recorded the other day, and referenced Bobcat Goldthwait. Here’s that story. Then yesterday, Dan Harmon is off twitter due to dredged up comedy material he wrote years ago.
  • Apparently Ryan Reynolds originally hoped to play Wally West. SUCH a better fit than Green Toleyou.
  • And now Frances Conroy is on board Joker?
  • yes please.

Thats all for today . Off to go measure my groffice for that new carpet…

Permission to Come Aboard – Robots Root 23 July 2018

Points to James Wan for having the stones to make Black Manta(s) a thing in this film.

 

In the vortex of post-SDCC space madness, these were the highlights for me this weekend:

  • I’m comfortable being the lone voice of optimism about Battle Angel Alita. I’m pretty sure they reduced the eyes since the last trailer 8 months ago or whatever it was. It just looks like a solid session of cyberpunk RPG. Optimism! Then again, they could have just cast . Christina Ricci and called it a day.
  • Deadly Class looks like alt-universe X-Men where everybody is being trained to be villains. I love it. Can’t wait!
  • Stan Against Evil looks really, really fun and weird. As the creator said about the initial premise: “My Dad as Buffy.”
  • I didn’t read Dark Knights: Metal, but I do love me some Jock. I have very little interest in this project overall, but I enjoy the pretty pictures. “Punisher is a broke guy in a van.”
  • Robert DeNiro joining the Joker film? What is even. I get the character he’s playing etc but still this whole project feels very much like we’re watching something from another reality.
  • I need to start watching Misfits & Monsters. With all of my free time.
  • Disenchantment looks pretty much exactly like what you’d expect if someone were to pitch to you: Groening + AD&D + no censors.
  • The Aquaman trailer had some really fun moments, no question.
  • Speaking of fun, or trying to be fun, Shazam is still intriguing, but I fear the neutered-Big situation isn’t going to work as well as they hoped.
  • Godzilla: King of the Toleyous looked dank, dark, and ominous… but I do love those other monsters. Especially Mothra. Those wings!
  • Finally, Glass‘ full trailer, along with Lung yelling at me, convinced me I need to go back and watch Split after all.

 

In other news, this review of MI: II cracked me up. It did not age well, no.

Cardi B crossed with Star Wars actually works very well. My favorite was the sound of her grunting as the Hoth turret.

The Ennis House is finally on sale, and its a good deal!

Jeff Goldblum can’t cook.

 

That is truly the limit.