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Get this Man a Facet Tool – Robots Root 11 May 2018

Disappointed at the lack of attribution, but this is my current desktop, and I used it in our latest Robot-Kraken Podcast. So good.

  • Looking forward to American Animals, as one does.
  • I’m 100% on board with whatever regarding Birds of Prey, honestly.
  • Thinking about the future of the franchise, what ‘big event’ could replace Avengers movies? I think this is a maguffin, because the narrative had bled into other films already, such as the last two most amazing Captain America films. I was thinking about this last night. Maybe ‘Secret Wars’? Not the stitched-together battle planet, but rather the idea that the heroes and villains would be shunted into an environment forcing them to organize and fight their way out. I can see this fusing concepts from the original Secret Wars, Champions, and frankly, a good dose of what we got from Thunderbolts and Exiles: versions of characters pulled from the multiverse. Makes sense to this guy!
  • This is HIGH TREASON.
  • Donald Glover got wonderfully weird on SNL. But this novelization of the backstory of Lando is even weirder.
  • Captain Marvel already has a very intriguing cast… but they just added Annette Bening, and I’m even more intrigued.
  • Look: I’m horrified by the project, but I LOOOOVE her honesty. Legit.
  • Ron Howard + Arrested Development + Star Wars. Gold! Marketing at its best.
  • Listen, I have too much stuff, and I’m trying to get less stuff. But I’m really having trouble resisting this.
  • TAKE MY MONEY (that I don’t have)
  • I haven’t finished Clone Wars and haven’t started Rebels (kids too young) but this is very interesting to me, stylistically.
  • Everything about this. EVERYTHING. Thanks to C Ferrren for finding it…
  • Jon Favreau’s new SW series will take place during the first years of peace in the New Republic. Interesting territory for the show, I think.
  • While I understand WHY Syfy is dropping the Expanse (bad deal they made) I will just say that this better get picked up by Netflix, fast.
  • Here’s that teaser for Predator that came out yesterday. Optimism abounds, more on Kris’ side than mine. But still, love the cast. Here’s a snap of the current Predator design, in all of it’s sizzlechest, tall headed glory.
  • All the behind the scenes business is done, and Rick and Morty will be back for… 70 EPISODES… FFS that’s good news.
  • 355 is an all-female spy thriller, which is 100% better news than whatever was happening the day before it was revealed to be happening. The cast.
  • LEGO car building factory awesomeness…

And with that, a reminder to listen to our latest episode of Robot-Kraken, and in general, you know, fear not and be just…

The Kree to Success – Robots Root 20 Mar 2018

Lots of photos of Brie Larson filming Captain Marvel in her first Kree-based suit, this time with far less bunching and ill-fitment, still pre-CGI enhancement. But man, as it is, pretty neat. Have a go.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • More Cloak and Dagger business from the I’m Not Interested in That department.
  • WHOA. Ridley Scott is in talks to take on my favorite espionage comic, Queen and Country.
  • Scuttlebutt abounds that Tom Cruise is being courted for an elder Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, which is interesting on three levels: a) he’s Tom Cruise and generally very entertaining, 2) Hal Jordon was basically Top Gun, and d) he’s being cast in the older, wiser guy roles despite his efforts to pretend he’s 20.
  • Justice League made less gross than any other DCEU movie. I wouldn’t say that makes it the worst DCEU movie, however. Though I’m not sure how I feel about any of them related to each other.
  • Where the hell is Rick and Morty, you ask?
  • DeWanda Wise is being replaced on Captain Marvel, due to scheduling problems, with Lashana Lynch. Talk about a Win Win!
  • Bosslogic has created an all-Hawkeye Avengers poster. Hilarious.
  • Tag offers a pretty incredible cast. I’m down!

THAT IS ALL. If my plane is consumed by a late-90’s disaster movie style typhoon tonight, let me go out simply with this: peace and bike grease, and I remain Team: Iron Man.

The State of the State – 13 Nov 2017 From the Future

 

Before we get into that SWEET, SWEET ROOT, a quick update: I’ve been in Indonesia for 10 days, and while the days themselves have been long, I’ve made great progress on my fall TRDL mission: them TRDL Sourcebooks! I’ll be editing Book One on the 30+ hour trip home (that begins in a few hours) along with working on Books Two and Three (of four) but man, progress! Look, above, evidence!

 

Meanwhile, the Root continues…

 

  • There is a lot of Stranger Things fanart out there. I’ve done some! And a lot of Rick and Morty fanart out there. I’ve worked on some! But this cracked me up, mostly because of the Freddy Kreuger ballsack-chin dude, can’t remember his name, done up as the Sheriff. Dying.

Then again, I’m pretty easy to entertain…

  • You have to give Agents of SHIELD some credit: they re-invent the show each season and generally pull it off. Looks like this time it’s going to be Alien by way of Kree. The tropes about the black guy getting killed first, splitting up, etc are in full effect. Pretty funny.  Also, interesting that they’re using a non-Brood Brood, the Marvel rip-off/homage to the xenomorph in the first place, because I believe the Brood falls into Fox’s rights wheelhouse.
  • Despite being overseas, upside-down, and working with, I kid you not, 1-kbps download and less that 1kbps upload most of the time (and thats the heavier duty hotel network) we managed to do some recording for the Robot-Kraken Podcast. You might remember such a thing! We’re getting an episode pulled together that covers September and some of October, and then we’re also cooking up the following one, which will cover through November. So many things being discussed, just wring your hands and IMAGINE how awesome it will be to listen to them.

 

Speaking of awesome, here’s a screencap of my face reflected in the JW Black Bladerunner bottle Blake got me…

 

  • The TL;DR version of the Rian Johnson SW trilogy speculation is, of course: ALL THE EXTENDED UNIVERSE STUFF, plus all the other stuff. Still, fun to contemplate. What do YOU want out of a new trilogy? I know what I don’t want: Skywalkers. Just give me some action on the other side of the galaxy.
  • The Disney/Marvel + Fox discussions are apparently still on, unless they aren’t, but they might be. Surely they are.
  • Now while I admit I haven’t been keeping up with the animated side of the business, how stoked am I that they’ve done a Gotham by Gaslight cartoon? Give me a live action movie now, I says.
  • I think one Lung sent me this after my last post, so: this alphanumeric set based on the the industrial design of each brand is VISIONARY. I was floored by it.
  • In ‘whats in the tin is on the label’ news, read this headline:

    Man fakes his death to help police catch wife in murder-for-hire plot

    And the article, if you want the long version.

  • And in ‘is this REALLY a thing, or just faking being a thing? Or a fake thing?’ news, this.
  • Here’s a neat overview of Mondo designs that were rejected, if you can even imagine such a thing. The whole deal with War for the Planet of the Toles is awesome.
  • The limited edition Lovecraft tiki mug here is to die for. I mean, sort of literally, I guess.
  • Let’s dance around Thor: Ragnaok a bit for a moment. I saw the film, and loved it, which you will see below. But look, Cate Blanchett’s Hela just stole it from a design perspective, in a film already chockablock with great design. And she’s so smoulderingly, saunteringly gorgeous in this. I couldn’t even. BUT NOW YOU CAN, thanks to another Sideshow Collectibles figure that kills it.
  • So, I saw The Thor. We’re recording a thing on it soon, so I’ll hold off on deep-diving on the actual film, but I thought I’d share a bit about how surreal the experience was. I saw it in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is a Muslim country which is very pleasant and features a hub of international business in southeast asia. There are horrible, horrible things on the side of the road. But also, nice folks and such. It’s like any third world country with a slab of international commerce in the middle of it. Anyway, I quite like it. So, on previous trips I never had time to go do anything really, other than job site, client office, hotel, etc. This time, I took a break on Saturday night, and went to see a film. It was at a cinema buried in the core of a megamall, one of these multi-tiered structures that webs between and under multiple office towers. Took about 35 minutes to find the theater, and I had even done my homework. OK, Thor! But in Jakarta!

 

Like most of the world, you step in the cinema and it’s quite familiar. Ticketing, concessions, pre-show something or other, then seats and trailers. In this case, the concessions ran the gamut from little popcorn purses to slabs of roast beast, and the pre-show entertainment was actually a sub-theater/lounge space showing Katy Perry concert footage while people sipped mocktails.

 

This show, not even an IMAX or 3D version, cost roughly $7USD. And, assigned seating. You select it yourself. Thus!

I may not have been in row 3 (because crazy) or 33 (because full; Jakartans seem to need some distance from the hollywood vomiting of technicolor indulgence, even when it is intentional, as with the design work on this film) but…

 

 

Studio 3, cousins…

 

 

 

So it was mostly interesting and slightly distracting to watch with subtitles. I kept wanting to read them, and catch glimpses of interesting Bahasa for stuff like ‘You. Me. The others. We have to get ready.’ “The others, Bruce.’ etc etc but once the actual film started, it almost synced up with the film’s liberal use of alien script and wild Kirbyesque design. It FIT. So anyway, I may have been the loudest LOLer (I was) but it was a super fun time. The woman in the burka in front of me (see the red) didn’t make any noises, but I saw her smile on the way out. That Chris Hemsworth, amirite.

 

OK, heading to board my first leg on the long trip back. Until next time, have fun with your friend from work…

 

 

Legend Still Has It – 19 October 2017

That Black Panther trailer… oh MYYYY

  • We have already enjoyed Jeff Goldblum randomizing during Q&A sessions… here’s a stupendous summary for Ragnarok (7 seconds over the limit)
  • While I still have no time to play video games, I’m super into Star Wars Battlefront II. Even more so, every new trailer
  • Welp, not sure what choice they had at this point that wasn’t going to feel right, but Netflix is releasing Punisher on Nov. 17. So we still have pain over mass shootings, but now passing Halloween and slipping into the holiday season. It is what it is. Some argue there’s never a good time for this project.
  • Here’s a breakdown of that Black Panther trailer… so many great details, from the vanes on the Talon ship, to the way they resolved Klaw’s arm.
  • If you love Gremlins, and have OCD, have at it!
  • I don’t read many DC books these days, but wow Sean Murphy’s Batman book White Knight looks amazing.
  • Lung reminded me recently that Del Toro is doing a biopic of Michael Mann. That might frustrate Del Toro fans who want big gothic horror fantasy films, but you know how I feel about the subject, I reckon.
  • Interesting nods from Jason Momoa about Aquaman’s situation in JL, somewhat ringing true with what we’ve seen in the trailers, if not the imagery in Luthor’s handy powerpoint presentation.
  • So, uh, now New Mutants is a trilogy. A horror sampler trilogy. Set in the modern day, BTW, for you X-Men film continuity students. If you saw the first trailer the other day, you know what they’re going after.
  • Deadpool 2 and Dark Phoenix have wrapped, but all that matters are those swords.
  • Kevin Fiege is working pretty hard to convince us that after Avengers 4 the MCU will be reset. I mean, it might. But also, it might not. Nod, shrug, wink!
  • Meanwhile, he also corroborated a story that the female actors in the MCU cornered him and asked for a female-driven Marvel film, and he agreed. Because what are you going to say at that point, even if it wasn’t already in the works…
  • Here’s a trailer for Stranger Things 2, coming ver soon to Netflix. Don’t watch it! I’m not. Trying not to, anyway.
  • Gambit is really, REALLY, honestly, truly, super-really going forward, to be released on V-Day 2019. In other words, Lung’s favorite non-holiday.
  • A study of the intricacy of the synth atmospherics in the original Blade Runner…
  • Every Radiohead album via Spongebob. Originally forwarded, with delight, by Johnny Greenwood his own self…
  • In case you ever find yourself in need of tips for Henson puppet repair…sorry, marionette.
  • Look I’ve only just started Rick and Morty S02, but this article analyzing the vehicles on the show cracked me up. I too am impressed by the monster truck Karmann Ghia with no dented nose cone.
  • Its unpermitted and surreal, but here’s an Argentinian Moe’s Tavern.

A long one, but I’ve been swamped. Please enjoy hell yes!

PRAY TO ME! – Robots Root 21 July 2017

I’m running out of space on my neck for all the Mondo poster recreation tattoos I need to do.

Robot’s Root!

  • To hell with the Blu-Ray. I don’t do the medias! But give me that ARM. This is how it starts… at least at one point in one of the timelines…
  • The Shape of Water looks like a whimsical cross between Del Toto’s Hellboy work (I mean, Abe Sapien, COME ON) and some sort of Coen Brothers fever dream.
  • This Rick and Morty S03 trailer requires a psych evaluation before viewing.
  • I am, unfortunately, a product of the target market.
  • Unlocked is my kind of jam! However, this oversharing trailer is not.
  • NIGHTMARE FUEL for nightmares that nightmares themselves have.
  • Continuing my theme of being optimistic about ST: Discovery, I love this retro tech. LOVE IOT. The costuming and design work for the Klingons is excellent.
  • Walter Goggins in an undisclosed role in Ant-Man and Wasp? I’m so in… I’m like OVER IN.
  • I know it’s profound and everything… but just look at how gorgeous they are.
  • I lasted three hot minutes in my attempt to not watch the second Kingsman 2 trailer… man I cannot WAIT.
  • Star Wars, but with Owen Wilson’s ‘WOW’ as the light saber sound FX. Brilliant and mesmerizing.
  • The weirdest things from these SDCC views of the Justice League costumes: the fact that the mannequins are shaped, posed, and detailed about 3% as well as the Hot Toys stuff, and that Flash’s hodgepodge is held together with arbitrary flex cabling.
  • This move to shove Shazam out the door before Marvel’s Captain Marvel film is both a little bit ballsy and also pure DC/WB at this point. No script, just an awkward live statement in a Kevin Smith interview.
  • Best ad for GOG2 Blu-Ray ever. EVER.
  • This Defenders promo is composited strangely, hampered by misplaced nostalgia and awkward narration by Stan Lee that doesn’t fit the tone of the Netflix shows… but the core concept of damaged, human heroes IS a Stan Lee base concept, and we DO get a shot of the Punisher, admittedly with a bad haircut.
  • Inhumans is getting worse instead of better. I’m struggling to be optimistic.
  • A recurring theme with the non-Marvel supers films that always bothers me: scheduling them, attaching creators, generating hype… all before a script. Sure, a number of the Marvel films had poor or missing shooting scripts, but especially early on, and they weren’t presented as empty tins with zoomy labels like this. Here we have the Venom people talking about what they plan to do, not about a script in place. That’s just fundamentally wrong.

  • Best Batman Black and White statue ever, courtesy of Becky Clooney, who first got to see it in people’s snaps from the con.
  • And here’s something interesting: Doctor Doom solo film, developed by Crawley and involving Dan Stevens? WOW.

Lastly, Kris and I began our second annual weekly-ish Game of Toles commentary last night, and it’s available today. I’ll post a formal thing about it later tonight, but here’s the itunes link: http://bit.ly/RoboApple

 

Needs More Tuning Fork – Robots Root 14 July 2017

Look, I try to be optimistic. I like Maximus the Mad and the actor playing him (the most interesting component of the Inhumans storyline in the comics) and I like the Ken Jeung KARNAK probably the most of all of the adapted designs… but the hair. THE HAIR. This header image, though, presents the Inhumans as seen in the show, but as drawn by the artist best associated with the modern Inhumans comic: Jae Lee. Just like Dillon did with Preacher and Jock did with Losers, when the comic artists redraw the characters for adapted continuity, I really enjoy it. So, now you can too!

Thus and therefore, Robot’s Root!

  • This is the best advertising for this sex club… in fact, for all of Australia, I’ve ever seen…
  • Gary Oldman is amazing. That is all.
  • Umbrella Academy is greenlit for a Netflix series. Stoked! I know of the creators, well, tangentially, from over a decade ago, through Terra Major Press.
  • Speaking of Inhumans: Who’s this mystery woman, and does she hold the secrets to somehow saving this show from itself… and that medusa wig?
  • Surprising precisely zero people, Matt Reeves is writing his own Batman script. I had optimism about the last one, but I have more now.
  • Rick and Morty awesome claymation is awesome.
  • Gang of Bad Photoshop Compositing!
  • What’s this? Typhoid Mary (maybe) in Jessica Jones S02? YES PLEASE. I like the crazy girls!*
  • Blade Runner photos. GIMME THIS NOWS
  • Well, Blake Lively has been cast in a female-driven spy vehicle. Time to learn acting…
  • More Black Panther costume radness.
  • A bunch of Gifted minivids featuring the characters. I’m always interested in how they nod to comics imagery while not doing so overtly. Such as the latest Defenders poster, with Danny Rand’s collar being flipped up, evoking his crazy 70s flare collar in the comics, or here, how Jamie Chung’s Blink turns pinking/purple only when using her power.
  • Lastly, something we’ve talked about on the Robot-Kraken Podcast before: the enticing possibility of turning Stark into a supervillain in the MCU. This post goes into a fair amount of detail positing that he will be the MCU’s Doctor Doom, which is a flawed premise, given licensing and other issues, but I still like the idea. I have trouble imagining they would flip their cash cow, but hey. From a narrative standpoint I’d be down.

*apparently, according to dating history, possibly accurate. I know people SAY that. But srs.

 

OK, back to working on the TRDL Sourcebooks…

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…

Too Bad he Won’t Live! – Robots Root 8 May 2017

Oh hai, new favorite film ever for today:

 

Thus, Robot’s Root for 8 may 2017:

  • More undefined, unscheduled planning for a sequel to All You Need is Tole. Everyone is psyched, they all said! It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat, they all said. Random extension of a title that was itself a lesser rename of a better original title, and which was later abandoned for an even more mundane title. But look, whatever. As long as we get more powered armored Emily Blunt, I’m in.
  • Existential Pokemon crisis of some kind.
  • Drunk Rick from Rick and Morty… drunk.
  • Insidious racial slur or just myopic graphic design? The latter, srsly. But again, srsly, you had ONE JOB.
  • Uh-oh. I don’t care I already have incredibly expensive tickets and I’m going to love it FFS one way or another.
  • epic used car ad. E P I C.
  • What a trip. I remember most of it. Star Tours!
  • When stars act like we imagine they should, instead of how they usually do.
  • Who want’s a megaton of weird Akira production stuff? I do.
  • What I liked about this segment was how honestly overstimulated Adam Scott was. That was no set-up gag. He’s shaking.

And with that, I leave you to investigate your incept date.