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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…

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.

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!

How are Your Holes? – Robots Root 24 Oct 2017

Why does BRIGHT look like it’s working? It shouldn’t work. No one asked for a Shadowrun buddy cop drama. No one asked for Shadowrun, period. And yet.

 

meanwhile, GET THAT ROOT:

  • Surprising precisely no one, Captain Marvel will be in Avengers 4. I’m really intrigued about all this. Time travel? Skrullery? Also coming back: Ty Kimpson or similar, the kid from IM3… I’m again smelling time-travel rewriting of history. And good lors, Ben Mendelsohn being courted for the leader of the Skrulls ARE YOU KIDDING ME TAKE MY MONEY.
  • Termocop? Robominator? WHAT?!?
  • Well, writing an X-23 script despite not having a production order beats a world where that doesn’t happen.
  • Best enamel pin ever for today. Relevant for artists everywhere.
  • If the Robot Wars thing was staged… why was it so lame?
  • The legend of Bidlo Kwerve, most important person in the Star Wars universe…
  • Predator is still happening. With lighting! And Olivia Munn. What more do you need.
  • Yes please giant AT-AT no trick or treaters needed.
  • Geez. I haven’t seen War of the Planet of the Tole yet, but want to. Probably on the plane next week to Singapore. Anyway, apparently poor Malcolm from the previous film (Jason ‘John Connor’ Clarke) met an unseemly end off camera.
  • Braun vs. Olivetti?: Then and now… why choose? Love them both.
  • Yep, that’s certainly a Ronin look for Hawkeye, or alt -universe Hawkeye, or timey-wimey changed Hawkeye…
  • I’m a weirdo Monopoly guy. I’m not great at the game or anything like those super-committed players, I just like the boards and the mechanics of it, easy to start and stop thegame with the kids, and I love to collect the genre franchise editions. I’m not allowed to buy any more. Lucky for me this handmade Harry Potter set was a one-off and not for sale. ha!
  • HMMM. Boba Fett DID escape the Sarlaac! Lego proves it. I mean, that’s iron-clad amirite…

That’s all for today. WUBBA WUBBA DUB DUBBB!

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Robots Root 11 October 2017

I lasted 12 hours before caving (under pressure from One Lung) and watching the new trailer. Yes, spoilery bits are involved… but only if you BELIEVE what you are seeing.

One hell of a poster, tho…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root!

  • Infinity War Iron Man armor upgrades include vanes off the back and transforming cannons etc etc the former of which I love in concept and the latter of which I don’t. But there you go. Don’t get me started on that Spidey suit.
  • Supposedly Hulk has a major arc through the next three films, which I like to hear. Especially if its, you know, not involving Maestro, Banner/Hulk separation, Skarr, or any of that other stuff. I wouldn’t mind him going gray though. For science.
  • I love jeff Goldblum but what is even.
  • Check out this crazy Batman: Year One concept figure. It’s like some amalgamation of purple glove Batman and DC 1,000,000.
  • This might be more entertaining than Kong: Skull Island was. Theoretically. Haven’t seen it yet.
  • My new favorite Lego anything ever: Star Destroyer Collision!
  • Word Processor error messages from 1977. These own me.
  • These speculative Star Wars scenes from a recent Artstation challenge are pretty excellent. My favorite is lurkin’ up on SLAVE 1, close second being the Rebel soldier captured with the lightsabered head in the foreground.

 

That’s all for today. I’m heading out, hoping not to see 33 posts about Porgs tonight. GAH TOO LATE.

 

Blacked Out Black Out – Robots Root 27 Sept 2017

Infuriating! The third and final prequel to the sequel Blade Runner 2049 is out, from an extremely accomplished anime pedigree, but stuck behind the crunchyroll firewall. I’m already being strong-armed into paying for CBS All Access for the Star Treks, so I’m not giving CR any money for this. Outrage! I mean, it isn’t… but it is. Right? Right. Here, for those that have a subscription to that site.

 

Meanwhile, Robots Root!

  • Annhilation looks A M A Z I N G…. everything I want in a film: mystery, tension, minor key urgent soundtrack, aliens, horror, Natalie Portman. I’m so in. And I lurrrrved Alex Garland’s previous, Ex Machina, so.
  • Unsettling politics in the continuing cultural war against tattoos in Japan (or re-war, I guess)…
  • James Cameron and Tim Miller seem to think they invented the concept of a Terminator’s skin aging… can’t explain the shrunken spine and saggy muscles though ey! EY! Still… and also, what’s with that old saw about body odor and bad breath? I get the former… but where would halitosis be happening on a Terminator? Oh, there I go thinking again. Next film: 2019. Better get crackin! Not getting any younger, the lot of em.
  • I’ve seen two or three of the character posters for Pacific Rim 2, and while I don’t like how humanoid the mecha became, I DO like the graphic design on these posters. A lot.
  • So, fresh off of being booted from Han Solo, Lord and Miller are now developing a film adaptation from the writer of Martian, about a heist on the Moon. Because cyberpunk! I’m in.
  • First look at the female Ghost in Ant-Man and Wasp. Looking ghostly! And female.
  • I’ve yet to comment on ST: Discovery, but I did watch it. My favorite thing so far has been the diversity in design and affect on the new Klingons. Here’s a peek behind the curtain from Face Off’s Glen Hetrick’s production house.
  • Hayley Atwell doing mocap for Avengers 4 perhaps? I’m saying, time travel fuckery!
  • And finally, Lego Grand Theft Auto. You’re welcome!

 

Thats all for today! Who’s ready for inktober? THIS GUY! Hope to see some sweet art from the rest of you next month, on IG or FB or the like!

FACE OFF – Robots Root 25 August 2017

With all the hubbub about the proposed non-continuity Joker project, Bosslogic and others have been rapidly generating manips of different Joker visions from the comics and other sources. This was my favorite. I said, years ago, that what i wanted to see in the films was the version of this guy with his own face sewn back on. Here we go!

Meanwhile…

Robot’s Root:

  • But…but what I MEANT was, Batman’s not in continuity, but also, he’s totally in continuity!
  • In the wake of yesterday’s apparent greenlighting of a Joker and Harley film, Ayers’ Gotham City Sirens appears to have been chopped.
  • James Cameron. I mean, yeah, some strong women in some of his films… and what he pulled off with Sarah Connor was visionary… but then again, you read stuff like this, and think about how tone deaf he comes across as, ending with a preposition, and you might be reminded of True Lies, which was not exactly the feminist opus he thought it was.
  • So, Anna Diop has been cast as Starfire in the live action Teen Titans. This will be interesting, culturally: will they go orange and play it safe, or acknowledge more of the actress’ true skin color and tweak the character design, to the outrage of a rabid (I suspect less diverse) fan base…
  • I’m having trouble with these designs. More derivative reworks of the old stuff, and less successful. At least this time they didn’t name the Super Mega Super Star Destroyer as badly. But… gorilla hands?
  • Big Trouble in Little Comics! Again!
  • You have to admit: those are dope spacesuits. Probably have 11 pt. surround sound.
  • No tracks never found evermore.
  • I’ll be in my bunker.

  • See this is my central issue with Inhumans: how is that the cast looks more interesting dressed for a photo shoot as themselves, rather than in costume?

  • That one time…

Lastly, here are some other pics from legoland you might enjoy. The Star Wars exhibit was not rides and such but actually just a bunch of diorama work, much like their Miniland stuff… I admit something in me gets really aggravated at the odd scaling up they do by building miniatures from Legls rather than working in the actual Lego scale… but anyway:

    

A Lego Assembly Sneak Peek For Science

 

I was at Legoland last week with the younglings. There was a building with a little tour of the Lego manufacturing and assembly automations… took some photos for the interested parties I know.

    

 

Also, true love:

 

Plus, bonus David sighting. Or is that Walter… I mean, it’s not Fassbender… but he was CLOSE.

A Cherry Blossom Urban Moment and Other Things – 29 June 2017

I’m really chuffed about my current iOS background. This too can be yours.

 

Meanwhile, I present: Robot’s Root!

  • Wow, so, I’m not sure the better takeaway on this one: inspect undercarriage for ticks on the regular, or have a full size water tank on hand for red ant attacks. Either way.
  • I think i see some cues from the Iron man Bleeding Edge armor in these Infinity War drone snaps. All the LEDS! Love it.
  • Lucas’ museum has been approved to go forward in LA, which is generally good news, because i’m in LA all the time, and I want to get up IN there.
  • Bloody, practical FX, Hellboy… these are all on my X-mas list…
  • I’m not going to Game of Toles night at the Giants stadium, but the GOT intro sequence is still one of my favorites, so this was a treat. Thanks, Lung!
  • I think it’s WAYYYY too early to get excited about the new The Batman… but I will say that all this noir Hitchcockian referencing works for me.
  • I really want to see Lord and Miller rejoin the Flash film. Think about it: DC desperately wants to ‘lighten up’ the DCU. Lord and Miller were fired for, among many issues, an overly-comical, improvisational tone to the footage shot and the script deviations taken (raging Kasdan into rage) … and finally, these solo films from DC struggle under the weight of their own imagery and nostalgia… Ezra Miller’s Flash thus far has been witty… how interesting would it be if Lord and Miller SUCCEEDED and made a good film for DC?
  • I can’t even with all this Sony business. Kraven and Mysterio solo films? Really? And Carnage is the big bad of a Venom film? SO MANY TENDRILS.
  • Watchmen as an ongoing on HBO was all anyone wanted in the first place, though I’m no hater of the film by any stretch.
  • You like Legos? And Fuchikomas? HERE
  • I want to like Inhumans. Despite everything. The trailer launched… and it’s devoid of tension. I don’t even. At least Lockjaw has a tuning fork, albeit a surface branded one… the way I like things in general, I guess. Glowy tattoos FTW. More breakdown here.
  • On the other hand, the Jumanji trailer launched and I LOVED IT. ‘you don’t go in the water with a backpack everyone knows that.’
  • I’m surprised by my own self, liking what I’m seeing from the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. It’s all about Willem Defoe + Death God as he’s always looked. Wow.
  • Valerian is getting better early buzz than I anticipated. If nothing else, not surprisingly, it needs to be seen on the big screen…
  • Hey cool, noirish trippy Alan Moore project that he actually wrote for live action so maybe 3% chance he won’t distance himself from it with vitriol. Looks great! On Shudder.
  • Spidey’s early buzz is REALLY good, which is also promising… meanwhile, Tom Holland is apparently an unintentional enthusiastic leaker who hasn’t been given the Infinity War script out of caution. He supposedly got the OK to tell folks it’s Peter parker (retconned) into IM 2… I like that nod. The connection of Stark to Parker was important in the comics, and I think it’s a big part of how the new phase of Marvel movies goes… speaking of, THIS is finally available…
  • So for those of you who’ve seen WW, you know that cool moment where she meets Chief, and speaks with him in Blackhawk? Apparently he introduces himself as Napi, a trickster god, and it was in the script. Also the first time she actually shakes someone’s hand. Interesting! Apparently in canon.
  • You may have read this (quickly debunked) interpretation of the story of Andy’s father in Toy Story… Im not convinced it’s NOT true, given the circumstances. I actually REALLY like it. It’s chilling.
  • Also, this happened: my new spirit animal

Thus and therefore, I leave you to your e-musings.

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So Many Thrusters – Robots Root 23 May 2017

Feast your eyes on the largest, and possibly the most awesome, Ideas set to date. I was sold on the lunar modules alone, but the whole thing is glorious (I don’t like the micro figures, but I understand them) and nothing is hotter, so to speak, than the thrusters. GET IT!

And with that, we unleash Robot’s Root for 22 May 2017!

  • Schwarzenegger announced he’s back in on the Terminator franchise with Cameron’s involvement. Now, he’s big on hyperbole and hype, and Cameron would be at best producing, and my patience for elder terminator wanes… but it’s new Terminator SOMETHING anyway. That said as someone who enjoyed Genesys despite its flaws.
  • Fun with AIs: watch a neural network learn GTA through violence. It’s like the pre-opening credits scene for a post-apocalyptic rise of the robots movie. WHAT COULD GO WRONG.
  • I agree with the consensus view: Amber Heard’s Mera costume for Aquaman is refreshingly comic-compliant, colorful, and not particularly overwrought. That said, rumors abound that Momoa will be in some version of the green and gold as well.
  • Tom Hardy as ________ is always a win in my book. I hope it’s Agent Venom, not 90s venom (regardless of the character’s name, Brock, not being Flash Thompson) and I hope it’s just a good film on its own, but I can’t help but bring in my skepticism since this is a) Fox, b) intended to not be part of the MCU, d) not part of Spider-Man at all, but 4) part of a new Spider-Universe that again, will not include Spider-Man. Lets be positive. and do shots. We may need them. I’d rather live in a world with this film done well than one without it.
  • I love the ‘how character x should have looked!’ listicles… sometimes they are hot garbage click bait, but I enjoy when they employ really shifty photomanips designed to make classic costumes look terrible.
  • Surprising news over the weekend was that Zack Snyder and his wife are stepping down from Justice league; the reported reasoning being recovery after his daughter’s suicide which had been kept from the press until now. Joss Whedon to pick up the reigns. This will be interesting.
  • These are nice photos. Everyone’s hot for Leia’s, understandably, but I found it interesting that Luke is the only one with that faraway gaze.
  • I really want Paramount’s Monsterverse, sorry, DARK UNIVERSE, to succeed. I like the cast they’ve gathered. Hot photo ops don’t hurt.
  • Speaking of Paramount, new very spoilery image from Mummy revealed:
  • Roger Moore has merged with the infinite. I had lost track of him. 89!
  • What a horrific scene. Part of me is pretty glad it is implied without being shown, because that would be hard to watch. Like most things, the horror is most effective when you have to imagine it. Logan was fine as is.
  • Here’s why ‘The Defenders’ is like the Wu-Tang Clan and Luke Cage is Ghostface
  • New villain for Hellboy reboot revealed

And with that, I leave you to imagining the rad Lego bots I could make with those thrusters. My word.