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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!

Shes a Good Secretary – 3 November 2016

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ITEM: This new trailer is really good. It lays out the structure of the film and the nature of the Amazonians and their relationship, at least somewhat, to the outside world, and established WW’s conflict with both the world and her own people. Also more amazing up and over leg kicks and knee scrapers and sword swipeys and that great bullet deflection in the alley and Pam doing her kung fu and…Image
well, of course, for me the highlight was this shot of the villain. SYMBOLISM!
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ITEM: I think it’s positively criminal that it’s taken this long for Talia Al Ghul to appear in some sort of live action continuity. I’m not discounting Marion Cotillard’s Miranda… that was a great element to the story, but I mean the Talia from the comics, a trained fighter, eventual mother of Damian Wayne…
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ITEM: I sure like the idea that we can go for smaller films after Infinity Tole. I don’t know that that’s exactly what he means, but I do believe the group films can stand to not be global extinction events every time.
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ITEM: Christian reviewer warns Doctor Strange is, like Dungeons & Dragons, a gateway to satanism. I love it. IM THERE! Monday night in fact.
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ITEM: I don’t know the book series, but I liked some of what I saw. Supposedly it’s just a delay based on the post-production schedule, but hopefully that’s ALL it is.
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ITEM: I’m pre-sold, but still!
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ITEM: Lung turned me onto this one. Simply brilliant. Haw did it take this long?? Reminds me of my old Nixon watch. But rad.
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ITEM: Titanfall 2 is another game I bought on concept alone, even though I don’t have time to play generally. I haven’t unwrapped it. But they added single player story mode to mech combat both in and out of the mech, AND it’s now on PS4 so I had to. This concept art spread is delightful.
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ITEM: I may or may not have shuttered the bike news for TLTC these days, but check this out:
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ITEM: This.
Predator…”plunks the deadly alien hunter, who audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets, in the harsh environment of … suburbia.”
Also, as if the film needed the extra juice, Olivia Munn was cast as a ‘scientist’. That’s why I show her in glasses, you see.
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Also, speaking of the MUNN EFFECT, I was also pre-sold on Office Party, as we talked about when the first trailer came out, but since I laugh EVERY TIME Vance plummets to his probable death, I take it that’s a good sign that ALL THE REST OF THE AWESOME is good. Yet, the best part is once again Kate McKinnon.
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ITEM: David Leitch is a rumored replacement for Tim Miller on Deadpool. I love John Wick. It’s interesting though, that it’s equally hard to envision his style applied to Deadpool farce as it was Tim Miller going ‘stylized’ and abandoning the fun parts. Dunno. This article Lung sent me, about Junkie XL leaving the project in solidarity, which I can respect if nothing else.
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ITEM: Lastly, I love the concept of an FPS maker FINALLY having the cojones to put a no-respawn mode into one of these games. THAT’s a challenge.
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