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Load-Bearing Reference Material – Robots Root 22 Oct 2018

Geoff Darrow is abandoning THIS space in Chicago… and moving to France. HOT DAMN I want to go to there.

Meanwhile, science. Space science:

  • Ana de Armas, 99% of the non-Ryan Gosling sexiness in Blade Runner 2049, has hopped onto Knives Out. I’m telling you, this movie will be a thing.
  • Capture the Lab.
  • With the exception of the ongoing weirdness of the cape straps, the new all-black Superman costume from Supergirl is probably the best looking suit in the modern era yet. So little unnecessary texture…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Hot Christmas… well, despite using the script, I fear that this movie may be redubbed hot ass if they don’t figure something out. And not in a good way.
  • The millisecond after T’Challa ashed up in Avengers: Infinity War, my first thought was SHURI in the suit.
  • Miss Bala looks good to me. I like the setting and the way Gina Rodriguez is sucked in. Optimism is key. Plus, I liked her before, but really got into her after Annihilation.
  • Saddest thing about the momentary loss of Iron Fist is the lack of Jessica Henwick on screen as Colleen Wing. And now that Luke Cage has also been canceled, signs do continue to point to the Disney service: the contract renewal for the Marvel Netflix shows just so happened to be at the same time as the streaming service launch. Now, let’s just skip to the end and get a Daughters of the Dragon (and a Heroes for Hire, why not) series at Marvel properly.
  • The best thing about Grant Hurlburt’s project to draw one frame from each movie he sees is how he elevates some of the dogs.
  • A well-timed look back at when a Venom on screen was even worse.
  • SPOILER: Only follow if you’ve seen more than the first half of Daredevil S03. PS this season is AMAZING so far. Just next level. Two scenes so far have been legendary. This talks about one of them.

That’s all for today. Brought to you by the 33% Nation of Tumbler wheels.

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!

 

Mount The Curb – Robots Root 9 May 2018

This is what the internet is for. STOP LYING, BATMAN.

 

Meanwhile.

  • I cant make heads or tails of what’s going on with TJ Miller’s implosion, but he won’t be in Deadpool 3, apparently. I do miss his energy in Silicon Valley, though. Not talking about behind the scenes value, just the finished products…
  • I’d be down with an all female Knights of Ren. This is like the rumored post-Avengers all-female supers team-up. You don’t even have to market it that overtly. Just DO it. Such as with Annihilation.
  • Let me just day, for the 333th time: I want a Bucky Barnes Cap. I mean, i NEEDS it. It was great in the comics.
  • So here’s the magical photo full of unicorn sparkles that apparently convinced Snyder to cast Cavill as Superman. And it’s… yeah… well, maybe I’m biased by how bulked he was later, but this isn’t thrilling.
  • I didn’t watch this AD S05 trailer, as I’m just going to dive right in and watch the show directly… but here you go.
  • The amount of misdirection in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers was peak. It does beg the question of how are they going to market the 4th Avengers movie… I’m of the mind they have all the actors do promo and press anyway, because come on… just don’t tell us HOW they come back. It’s like that hot mess of Superman/no Superman in the JL ads.
  • Super into what I’m seeing of Luke Cage S02. TOO much charisma. “They have to know we tried.”
  • As if the Infinity War situation couldn’t get more brutal.
  • Black Widow has gone through some hyperbolic number of director interviews, according to the supernet, so it must be true. More important subtext is the concept that they are looking for the right voice, not JUST an indie, or female, or controversial, voice. Hopefully, though, all those things in the end.
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 is coming, and I’m delighted.
  • It will be interesting to see how the original Wasp suit looks in motion. That helmet and the coat design were always something that barely made sense even in the comics.
  • Good to hear that Artemis actually has some old-school bite to it. The trailers were cut so as to look like every other post-John Wick project. Neat to hear it’s more 80s action movie…
  • Beautiful Last Starfighter art…
  • GUISE: MUTATIONS! ALIENS! DEATH FROM DUST! I mean, not like we ever went to the moon, but still.

OK, go to itunes now and check out or latest podcast which was released yesterday: Black Panther, Jumanji, insouciance…

 

Isle of Take My Money Now – Robots Root 15 Mar 2018

Isle of Dogs, 8 days and counting. CANNOT. BREATHE.

  • Jon Hamm joined Pale Blue Dot with Natalie Portman. I love it!
  • Or… maybe Deadpool 2 reshoots are because people want MORE of all the THINGS!
  • this is Super Monster Wolf and its real. Because Japan.

  • “Beep Bloop Bloam… Goodbye to your home” Another great bad lip reading song for The Star War.
  • Fan reaction to Ghostbusters wasn’t awesome, but Paul Feig has doubled down with Powderkeg.
  • I loved the last round of posters, cribbed though they may have been, but on these, they maintain the great weirdly prescient retro colorscheme, and also the drawn aspect of it… very nice.
  • Perfect looks sufficiently beautiful and unnerving. I’m in.
  • This Mondo series celebrating Batman:the Animated Series is wonderful. My favorite was the Cat and the Claw…
  • Danny Boyle has been officially revealed as the director of the final Daniel Craig-based Bond film… by Danny Boyle.
  • I still crave more info about this Russo + Keannu Reeves superhero project.
  • Here’s some interesting (and awesome) casting on Luke Cage S02 with some direct referencing to the storylines of Punisher, at least in the comics.
  • I will always require more Angela Bassett… though really, I don’t think, in all seriousness, you can top Michael B Jordan.

Danger Netflix Streaming Bandwidth Caps – Robots Root 6 Mar 2018

The Lost in Space trailer is looking pretty fresh to this guy. I like how weird this version of the Doctor is, and that the robot appears to be xenobiological… maybe…

Dont Wear White After the Post-Apocalypse – Robots Root 5 Oct 2017

You know what these shots of Brolin as Cable doing some sort of shopping cart business remind me of? Took me all morning, but I figured it out:

My TRDL Commission for a character called Alpha. I’m dying…

Meanwhile, That Robot’s Root:

  • Hm. This throws everything we agreed upon on the podcast about Gal Gadot’s pronunciation out the window. Or through the wall.
  • BAD TIMING. So Punisher screenings have been postponed at NYCC and other venues for obvious reasons. Reminds me of how the theater shooting cored Dark Knight’s box office, but of course, in this case, the content of the movie is a bit close to home.
  • I don’t know if I like or dislike these ALL IN posters, but at least we’re seeing JL people running or moving without looking like a bad paste-up splash page… which the previous ones actually were. I just want all the Batmans.
  • I don’t have a problem with Iron Fist being in Luke Cage. This is a good thing. Heroes for Hire, but with Cage owning Rand all the time.
  • Here’s those Pacific Rim Uprising mechas that look too streamlined. MEH! Bring me more smokestacks covered in heat sinks!
  • I’m dying. “Do you enjoy the sensation of petting a cat or dog, but hate the unconditional love and the fact that they have heads and limbs?”
  • I follow HardTimes, an Onion-style site but for punk rock etc etc and sometimes random tertiary posts crack me up even more than the music stuff, like this one, which was ACCURATE.

 

Finally, as I head out to an extremely, EXTREMELY late showing of Blade Runner 2049, I thought I’d post this nice roundup on the production of the original, courtesy of Vanity Fair. I’ve got books on the topic at home, being a supernerdfan, but this was a good encapsulation.

When It’s Acceptable to get Hoffed – Robots Root 170712

Listen, I hate that David Hasselhoff song in the GOG2 soundtrack. It took a funny cultural nod in the film and sent it into pure kitsch territory. But I also acknowledge that Gunn comes from a Troma background, and this whole thing is post-modern to him. He can be incredibly emotionally invested in making the best possible film (and he is) and still feel enthusiastic about including 4th wall cheese in the closing credits (which he did)… so while I skip this track in the soundtrack (when my kids allow it) I WILL say I’m amused by how the cast is dolled up in this photo, and more generally, that they would engage in this sort of tomfoolery in the first place. Seems like a really fun set.

 

And now, from the void: Robot’s Root!

  • I don’t what to even think about all this Sonyverse business, but while many seem to be freaking out (in the negative) about the possible inclusion of Ann Weying in the Venom film (ex-wife of Eddy Brock) but it doesn’t mean she will be ‘She-Venom’ or that she’s even in any way the same relationship type as in the comics. The one positive point I can see here is that they suggest in the link that Venom isn’t a space symbiote, but a bioweapon. I like that much better.
  • Stranger Things 2: October 27 hell yes!
  • At this point I’m firmly convinced (unless I’m not) that Ridley Scott just free associates in these interviews. Now he’s roping in the (dreaded, at least to me) concept of introducing more Ripley family members. This is over-retconning to the nth degree, if so. I could sort of handle Ripley’s daughter in a video game I didn’t play, but otherwise, can’t a thing just be a thing? I guess when alien horror suddenly involves space jesuses, then maybe not.
  • Another round of slightly-better AI Paint Names. My favorite: SPICED ROPE.

  • I can’t get enough of Baby Driver. I haven’t even SEEN it yet. This was a little micro-video done for the Australian premiere, which I want as my neck tattoo. Not ‘tomorrow’ per se, but something sweet-as written into the speedo. Why not! Such as, perhaps, KURB RUSSELL, my new codename for action and adventure.
  • If you were on the fence regarding Luke Cage S02, fear no longer: Lucy Liu is involved. She directed the first episode. I mean, it’s not a high-heeled corporate efficiency expert or icy sword-swinging vengeance person, but still.
  • I’m digging on the photos from Black Panther. I’m REALLY digging this world building. Best detail, all the ritual scarring, especially on Michael P. Jordon’s character.
  • The trailer for the full season order of the Tick looks even better than the Pilot, which I quite liked. Toling you, it’s all about Jackie Earl Haley’s character… AGAIN.

I’ve Always Said Gin Cures All Infections – 15 May 2017

Here is the best Alien: Covenant promo material ever. Never to be topped. Ever.

Meanwhile:

LO, Robot’s Root for 15 May 2016 was born:

  • The words no one likes to hear, really: “You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surfline.”
  • New Mutants casting is now confirmed: Split and GoT are involved. Here’s Phil Noto sketching them up, for science.
  • Agents of SHIELD was just renewed for S05. I thought last season was a mixed bag: Ghost Rider LOOKED good but was boring, LMDs were fun, sort of a back door into the Skrull style storyline I enjoy, and the Framework alternate reality stuff involving Agents of Hydra… well I love that mirror universe type stuff. We’ll see what next season offers. I’m hoping some Marvel fandom entirely new.
  • Shades is back for Luke Cage S02. That’s great news, not only because he was the cool villain, at least after the King was lampshaded… but also because he’s like the only one left.
  • Here’s Joss Whedon’s WW script we’ve heard so much about over the years. You be the judge. If you have that sort of time.
  • I don’t want to dive into GOG2 spoilers just yet (we haven’t recorded our review for Robot-Kraken) but I’m enjoying this bullshit about young Kurt Russell being practical FX. Yeah.
  • Is Taika Waititi trolling the interwebs?
  • Jason Bateman just announced he’s signed on for AD S05. More importantly, his Twitter title is ‘friend of Will Arnett’.
  • Have you gotten enough Heroes? I mean Gifted? If not, here’s more.
  • Zuul makes me very happy. This is where young life and older life merge in pleasant ways, culturally.
  • Here’s that Han Solo hair. Looks pretty good.

And with that, I leave you to continue your anti-facehugger preparations. I’m well on my way…

This Just Happened – No Digileias and Other Things 170117

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Either those rumors of Disney swooping in to secure digital rights to Carrie Fisher’s likeness generated a hot storm of bad press and they backed off, or they were never true to begin with. Either way, I think I’m in the minority when I say it wouldn’t offend me if they made CGI General Organas in the future. But either way, the story has certainly changed.
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Meanwhile…

– Witness Chewie pull Unkar Plutt’s arm off. On repeat!
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-Witness John Boyega run around in unfortunately garish jaeger pilot gear with rubbery bits.
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– Witness evidence of alternate death scenes for K2SO and Cassian… I mean, we know they shot several, but I was amused just watching Tudyk act it out. He’s a champ.
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– Witness everyone involved in Defenders talk about Defenders. I’m excited!
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– Witness Inumans casting descriptions that are totally not the royal family u guise totally!

Miscellany:

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The Art of Ghost in the Shell… available for pre-order through Amazon. Yes, I pre-ordered it. HELL YES.

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Look at this targeted ad fail on FB. An article on the Bombshells product line and ‘feminist empowerment’ followed by an ad for Frank Cho’s FB Page… Frank Cho being the new poster boy for sexist and exploitative comic work after having overtaken Adam Hughes in the public consciousness (which is all overblown in my opinion)…

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Aha! Not that I know my Dr. Who. But still.

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I like the concept of stealth nerd attire. I don’t need a yellow liner on a blazer, but the bat symbol was a nice touch.

Art Awesomeness:

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Gillem Pongiluppi

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Keron Grant

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Shimaspoon

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James Harren

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Jenny Frison

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Stonehouse

That’s all for now. Back to being digitally scanned for perpetuity…


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Now THATS a Bell – 13 Oct 2016

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These guys apparently have the license from Dark Horse to make these wonderful things. LOOK AT THE BELL. WANT THE BELL.
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I actually pre-ordered this. I find myself at a point in my life where i have use for a rad bell.

Meanwhile, many things have happened since we went to the Alternative press Expo this past weekend. Here are some of them, for science…

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ITEM: Wasp has been confirmed for the next Avengers film after Infinity War. This coincides with the location of the Ant-Man and Wasp film in the production schedule.
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ITEM: This deep dive nerd research into the extent of Luke Cage’s invulnerability over the years in the books was pretty cool. I especially, of course, enjoyed watching him damage Iron Man’s chestplate.
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ITEM: Lots of Wolverine 3 buzz came out of NYCC. The poster with the long fingers was released late last week, then lots of speculation about who Boyd Holbrook would be playing, if Richard E. Grant has been assumed to be playing some version of Mister Sinister. According to this snap, he’s apparently going to be some (theoretically more interesting film version of) Donald Pierce, a cyborg Hellfire Club dude. Im just looking forward to an old, less resilient Wolvie pushing a senile Professer X around in a wheelchair.
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EDIT: You KNOW you always wanted a 12″ Snake-Eyes… in a properly upscaled blister pack, at an unfortunately upscaled price.
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EDIT: The John Wick 2 trailer was released, and it looks like John Wick, which is a good thing. The poster, however, is a GREAT thing.
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EDIT: The big buzz release for NYCC was the sizzle reel celebrating the primary film production wrap on Justice League. This was actually a pretty strategic attack intended to push how much everyone is having fun. I have no problem with that. Affleck looks really good as Batman leading the League, and I see no mullets. I see more women (maybe Mera) and there’s a GREAT Batman leap that is quite referential to the comics. Overall, what I appreciated most was that it wasn’t spoilery. Second most: Justice League in an elevator.

Best part for me: grinding away on those arm bands. Gal Gadot and grinding… I mean…
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EDIT: The news that Sigourney Weaver is going to be in Defenders was AWESOME. She hasn’t formerly been confirmed as the villain, but let’s hope.
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Somewhat more polarizing was the new Iron Fist full trailer. I thought it was on model with the tone and look of the other Marvel netflix shows, and I like what I’m seeing so far. For me, it’s all about the sick iron fist FX. When it glows from within, and when he takes the steel door down, I feel like I’m seeing them do comic book style powers justice in live action. It looks good. Still not thrilled about the hair. But I’m trusting. I trust.
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ITEM: So, Ellis is relaunching Wildstorm (I think) still within the DCU that absorbed the imprint prior, now called the Wild Storm… I have no feelings about this really, because I’m not thrilled with most of the post-DC-sale changes and vibe for those characters, but I DO like the design work I’m seeing, pushing them largely into street clothes.
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ITEM: Finally, here’s a shot of Mera from Justice League.
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That’s all for now… APE post-mortem forthcoming, though Kris is still traveling and I’m catching up with work, so it’ll be a spell before we have it ready, both in podcast and write-up form…


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