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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!

Kellys Got My Number – Robots Root 16 January 2018

Look, I haven’t seen ANY of the Ash vs. Evil Dead series, but this photo of a character called Kelly, played by Dana DeLorenzo, sold me.

Meanwhile, some Robot’s Root… as we prepare to prepare for Heroes and Villains Fanfest / Walker Stalker Con…

  • Surprising precisely no one, Krypton looks like garbage.
  • More Altered Carbon, this time a full trailer. I did not expect the man out of time situation.
  • Another day, another Director defection from Gambit. This, just as Fox released the schedule for the upcoming supers films in active development. It’s still pretty strange that Fox is putting Deadpool 2 within two weeks of Han Solo. Even if the negotiations for final contract on the merger/sale are going to take years, you’d think they’d already be moving these projects a bit farther apart…
  • Natalie Portman just hopped onto Pale Blue Dot, replacing Reese Witherspoon who remains producer. I love ‘affected-astronaut’ stories. They sort of remind me of the ‘haunted sailor’ thing from the 1700s-1800s…
  • Duncan Jones’ Mute hits Netflix next month, along with Altered Carbon. I’m never leaving the house. Except for when I leave the house.
  • It’s early yet, so I’ll be convinced when it’s officially greenlit, but the Black Widow film has been assigned a screenwriter, which is 100% more than they’ve done on this project so far. And, while I would prefer an espionage film similar in tone to Winter Soldier, it sounds like it might be a Lady Liberators situation.
  • I watched the entire thing with Maisie Williams on the show, and it was delightful.
  • They Were Never Here looks AAAAAMAZING
  • I missed the window on this, but be advised:
  • A Shane Black Avengers (60s version?) YES PLEASE.
  • More optimistic talk about the Deadwood film… which I’ll totally accept as fact at this point, because I NEED it.
  • I sold a few prints of Superman: Red Son this weekend, probably a little bit driven by this news
  • Ridley Scott’s The Terror series on AMC feels tailor-made for me. 1800s arctic naval suspense thriller with monster stalkery? YES.
  • These are amazing: Desktop dumpsters, sized for magazines and thereabouts. Ready for your graffiti skills. Or skillz, if you are young (or too old)… and while we’re at it, I also need a Vestaboard, THANKS.

We’re recovering from Heroes and Villains Fanfest/ Walker Stalker Con, but more to follow, including a show roundup…

multiPost 002 – 9 Jan 2017

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Well, this concept art proves that Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange would have been the wrong choice. Sometimes I felt like Benedict Cumberbatch felt a little too egotistically knowing as Stephen Strange, and not passive enough (meaning that my read of the character from the comics has always been that he has one foot in the other dimensions, one here, and was very formal and polite in his responses to people; the movie version is RDJR lite) but as much as I love watching Gosling, and I DO, the brows don’t have it. I WOULD love him as another character though.
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Meanwhile:

– Eagle-eyed fans believe that this shot from Jyn Erso’s flashbacks suggest she was in Padme’s apartment on Coruscant. I think it was just a re-use of a matte painting FFS. In the post Lostian world, not every thing is a thing. link!

– Spider-Man suit upgrades formally detailed here! I hope they don’t go overboard.

– I don’t know what to make of this photo. Cyborg looks like a Michael Bay Transformer cluttered mess, Flash looks bendy, Bats looks massive and WW frail. It’s just a screenshot. link!

– Look! Actress had orange hair once, references old animated property, internets go WILD! link!

– Oddly, there was more rejiggering than usual on DC’s Powerless. It’s now Better Off Ted apparently. link!

– I’m so down with MUTE I can’t even. link!

– Jeremy Renner wants a Black Widow/ Hawkeye film, because of course he does. But we all do. The team ups are what make the Marvel films so great, and these two are a good fit for a spin-off film, thematically. I’d be on board. Also, paychecks! link!

– Behold the plushy Beholder! link!

– I waited a few days on this one, to see if it would be debunked, but nothing yet: Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor? link!

That’s all for today! As a reminder, the current TRDL Art Jam is The Wolverine [X-23] and the latest podcast for Robot-Kraken, the first for 2017, is now available!


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Screaming into the Void – 29 Sept 2016

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Midnight last night… can’t wait! Really well reviewed so far…
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ITEM: This was admittedly a bit sensational. I mean, it’s a kingdom of women. THAT SAID, headline grabbing or no, if I were a young bisexual person I’d be pretty thrilled to see some more representation, and in such an amazing, inspirational character, particularly for women.
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ITEM: WHOA Textless movie posters. SO MANY desktops…
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ITEM: This video is popular with my kids. It will become increasingly obvious as to WHY.
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We didn’t see our local Drafthouse participate in this, i don’t think. But the Kybercasm sounds good. I’ll be sure to try, uh, ALL OF THEM, this December though.
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ITEM: Hot Toys once again makes a better guy THAN the guy. That stubble.
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ITEM: I didn’t catch this before, but Duncan Jones’ MUTE will be released on Netflix the same day it hits theaters. I guess I knew Netflix funded it, but wow.
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ITEM: Oddly enough, reading the articles lately that the team behind No Man’s Sky are being investigated on claims of false advertising, and even after reading all the reviews, and EVEN after frequently noting I have no time for games right now… I still went out and bought it. I just want space creatures.
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ITEM: At this point, just make a 1:1 scale version, OK? I’m ready.
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ITEM: This treasure trove of concept work Mike Mignola did for a Kirby-based New Gods film is fascinating.
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ITEM: Once again, I haven’t seen these DC/WB shows, but it’s like sometimes I can imagine my young self looking at this and just seeing the characters from the page leaping onto the screen. For every heavily modified, leathery adaptation of a costume, there’s a Star here that just looks on model.
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And you know, watching this clip, it seems like they have a lot of personality and fun in the shows. I don’t know, I can’t get into them when i try to watch them, but I kind of like that they exist. Benoist as Supergirl and whatsisface as Flash are standouts in that regard.
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That’s all for tonight… on heavy production cycle making prints for next week’s APE convention appearance. Long night ahead!

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I leave you with my latest t-shirt acquisition…


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Just My Ghost – 23 September 2016

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I know there’s a ton of resistance to the live action GITS production, but everything I’m seeing from these little sneak clips looks on-model to me. I remain 100% enthused and have 100% confidence it will be perfect in every way. Or it won’t!
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Bernthal’s attendance at NYCC was shortened due to Netflix production commitments. Since iron Fist is the only show currently in production, math was done.

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ITEM: ALL THE DROIDS!!!
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ITEM: This $100 cable minder and shit storer is a bit much… but I get the appeal. And that one bit IS pretty clever.via

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ITEM: This fan film was REALLY well crafted. Worth the watch. Poor Stormies. I love the ‘view from the enemy’ stories. via

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ITEM: Duncan Jones has begun production on MUTE, and he’s indicated it does tie into Moon. Prepare for your new favorite movie!
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ITEM: Iger is being cagey with investors regarding his projections for how well Rogue One, the ‘experiment’, will do. People seem to be taking this as a vote of no confidence. I think he’s just being conservative about a very different kind of SW movie.
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ITEM: Generic non-present villain player Ed Skein has joined Battle Angel Alita and will carry the Sword of Damascus. If it’s anything like the version in my TRDL Universe, that’s dangerous.
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ITEM: Despite loving Charlie Day and most of the cast, I wasn’t initially sold on this film. I don’t know if its coming off of Vice Principals, or just a well-crafted trailer, but I’m into it now.
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ITEM: Here’s another trailer for Gattaca! I mean Elysium! I mean Incorporated! Ha, I’m still down.
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Finally, I leave you with the best news of the week. A storm is coming…


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