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Robot-Kraken Episode 47 Available Now! “A Predog’s Lunch”

Ep 47: A Predog’s Lunch – October 2018
Kris McClanahan and Thom Chiaramonte

Robot-Kraken Episode 047 – October 2018 “A Predog’s Lunch“

Your regular hosts Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and Kris ‘Deeply Dapper’ McClanahan are joined by guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons to review and discuss Predator, Predators, Baby Driver, Kingsman 2, plus we talk art and process as we head into fall.

Here’s your dossier of delightful details:

Part 01 – Your Art and Convention Roundup, waxed poetic by Thom and Kris!

Sucking the Monkey:

  • Kris: n/a
  • Thom: Modelo Chulada Espáciale

Art Process/Convention Roundup for late summer and early fall, 2018. Juan Snow nowhere to be found…

Planned Plundering:

  • Kris: Saga; Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Thom: Annihilation (second viewing); Deadly Class; Maniac

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Kris: Three Billboards
  • Thom: Clone Wars Series (gets better in S02)

Part 02 – A Predogs Lunch: Discussing Predator (and Predators), Baby Driver and Kingsman 2, for science! Thom, Kris, and Blake!

Sucking the Monkey:

  • Kris: Again, a whole lot of nothing
  • Thom: Gin and Squirt, then Silver City Brewery’s Fat Woody Scotch Ale
  • Blake- Whiskey of some form and in great quantities

Red Sky Roundup – News of the Moment:

  • The Mandalorian
  • Holmes and Watson
  • Venom
  • Dark phoenix
  • Isobella Rossellini’s surreal bedbug videos (!)
  • John Wick vs Rambo

Robot Reviews!

  • Predator vs. Predators
  • Baby Driver vs. Kingsman 2
  • Plus Robocop 2 and 3 and Drive

Monkey Jacket Musings: Fantasy Recasting for Jean Grey 

  • Blake: Anya Taylor Joy
  • Kris:  Anya Taylor Joy
  • Thom: Kate Mara

Planned Plundering:

  • Blake: The Expanse (bit of a reach), Captain Marvel, A Star is Born
  • Kris: Bad Times at the El Royale, Prospect
  • Thom: Bad Times at the El Royale, Prospect, Daredevil S03, Preacher, Legion

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Manifest, AHS: Apocalypse
  • Kris: Brutal by James Alderdice, Better Call Saul
  • Thom: Reamde, Iron Fist (maybe)

Plus: Waco Taco! Pascalmnanally! And: Who is Forrest Fishbone

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ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com

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No Good To Us Dead – Robots Root 4 Oct 2018

My favorite news of the moment is the confirmation that Jon Favreau’s SW TV series will be called The Mandalorian, and have a lone gunslinger vibe. I’ve only scratched the surface of Mandalore in the Clone Wars series thus far, but I’ll be interested to see if it’s another species wearing Mandalorian armor, as with the Fetts, or if it’s a true Mandalorian, who eppear to have a pretty interesting story of their own. Either way, exploring the Outer Reach, shooting to kill, best helmet design in the series, I’m on board…bonus: Pedro Pascal in the live action SW series? YES PLS

 

Meanwhile, this may be happening RIGHT now:

  • I haven’t watched this, being in back to back meetings all day, but I’m optimistic. Ferrell’s haircut alone! DAPPER. Update: Welp, yep, I AM THE TARGET MARKET.
  • Despite my doubts, they just sold me on the Kingsman prequel. I mean, I didn’t have doubts about it being a prequel… or even about the speculative film’s value… I just figured that Millar was spouting without anything to back it up, given that Kingsman 2 didn’t do very well. But I like the concept of the series and I’m on board. But whoa: Ralph Fiennes?!? Yes please.
  • Want some candy? Yes, of course they do.
  • Bad Birds of Prey news, following on the heels, so to speak, of very good news earlier this week… Rosie Perez appears to have been cast as the Question. Why for the love of R’yleh… I held out this morning for awhile hoping it was a hoax.
  • I don’t know why they keep referring to the uniforms in Dark Phoenix as ‘classic’… I mean, I guess compared to others in the franchise they are, but these are Frank Quitely’s excellent designs from New X-Men thanks. Love it!
  • I don’t need a lot of Luke in my Star Wars IX, but I do dig the concept of a flashback showing him pulling Star Destroyers into orbit. What a great image. Well, THROUGH orbit.
  • Here’s a trailer for Runaways S02. I’m stoked!
  • Hey look: at least Venom is compared (fairly) favorably to Catwoman. But look, here’s a reasonably, contextually, positive review about what’s in the tin.
  • Entourage played the Aquaman movie concept as a riff on big budget supers films with no artistic merit, ie. the ultimate low-brow sellout move with devastating financial and professional risk. But as this look back shows, it mirrored the future reality pretty accurately.
  • Though it’s pretty likely Amazon will pull it once they figure it out, they are allowing Verhooven’s original X-rated cut of Robocop to stream on Prime right now. I need to get on that myself!
  • Disney just greenlit a Lilo and Stitch live action adaptation. I’m on board: great 3d alien and a more powerful non-traditional body image situation for young girls than the more famous Moana. Excellent!
  • This is a cool Millennium Falcom triptych, but I’d like it more if there was NO there there between them. Imply it, don’t show it!
  • Surprisingly, at least one review claims there’s MORE there there to the Titans series, in a way that JUST might be interesting enough to try out. Despite that Starfire.

Thats all for today. We are recording another episode of Robot-Kraken tonight, so if you feel a tingling, happy sensation, it’s probably your collective awareness of our enthusiasms. All hail the TRDL hive mind!

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 45 Now Available – When in Doubt, Goggins Out!

Robot-Kraken Episode 045 – July 2018 “When in Doubt, Goggins Out!“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Deadpool 2, Solo, Ant-Man and Wasp, current events and more!

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Show notes, for SCIENCE:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:

  • Blake: Chardonnay
  • Thom: Margarita

News:

  • Steve Ditko and Stan Lee
  • So Many Jokers
  • Neil Blomkamp and Robocop
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Sofia Boutella
  • Cara Gee
  • The Snapture
  • Doctor Doom on film

Monkey-Jacket Musing: What Characters Should Have a Solo Film Set Directly After the Snapture?

  • Blake: Jessica Jones and other street level heroes, Agents of Shield
  • Thom: Fantastic Four as a science-based alternative to supers

 

Review: Deadpool 2

Review: Solo

Review: Ant-Man and Wasp

(Red Tentacles and Black Octopuses… seem to have been lost to the cyber-seas)

 

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Blake: Cold souls
  • Thom: Luke cage

 

Planned plundering:

  • Blake: Annihilation
  • Thom: Night flyer

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Download this episode directly if you like!

 

ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple

Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

Stay Frosty and Alert – Robots Root 16 July 2018

Zombieland 2 is finally happening, with the whole cast returning, and I’m stoked. In an era of unnecessary sequels, this is one I’m actually excited about. MIGHT have something to do with Emma Stone, admittedly.

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Meanwhile, in space:

  • Wait, WHUT. A new Robocop is coming… but not a follow-up to the film from a few years ago… but as a sequel or connected film to the original Robocop. I *think* they plan on bypassing Robocop 2 as well. Look, I don’t care, just imagine: Neil Blomkamp doing the patented cavalcade of failing ED-209 designs malfunctioning?! I’m down with that sort of business.
  • Shazam doesn’t look bad at all, visually. The muscles look 3% less plastic, and Zachary Levi’s whimsy is definitely showing here. The choice of this as the first official photo is deliberate, and it reads strongly of the ‘Big’ reference, which I think is a good direction to diversify from other supers films, particularly the DCEU’s current slate.
  • Y the Last Man has been cast, and while I haven’t read the series, I’ve followed the production of this for years now, and I think it sounds like an interesting story. Good casting thus far.
  • I’m only interested if there is curb mounting.
  • I’ve talked about this a lot over the last few months with mainstream folks, but I just can’t get over how tickled I am that 3 years ago, Kristin Wiig (and everyone else) would never have imagined she would be the star villain in a major Wonder Woman film with female leadership. SO cool.

  • Now, I haven’t seen the latest film, but I’m into the development of Glass. The early images are rad… supers therapy!
  • The only thing of interest here is that its the new best manip of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.
  • More on the Joaquin Phoenix Joker situation. I mean, the takeaway here is the reminder that Phoenix goes after weird and interesting projects, seems interested in this one, and of course, side-eye at Marvel over the Dr Strange project. We were just talking about this on the podcast last night, but I forgot about his aborted Strange…
  • Joss Whedon is not without his controversy these days, over his infidelity and weird heeby-jeebs about his female characters and how he treats the actresses who play them… however I will say the concept of Victotorian-era supers femmes as an HBO project sounds GREAT!
  • Cate Shortland has beat out apparently 70+ other directors to helm the Black Widow film. I like that it’s a female director with some unique vision in the indie scene, and I like that the project is moving forward, even as the rumored script moves backwards (which is also good to me)…
  • YUSSS William Gibson’s Aliens 3 script has been adapted to comics form, and I cannot wait. It was D O P E and sad that they never went that direction. I saw a treatment years and years ago, and it featured themes we take for granted in SF today, very much like something out of Expanse: dueling governments, space station panic, etc.
  • Titan Comics has apparently been granted a license to tell in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner 2049 universe. I’m not familiar with them, or their pedigree, and no samples have yet been made available, but I hear there’s a big convention this weekend, so…

Thats all for now. STAY FROSTY I says.

You Have 3 Seconds to Comply: Robots Root 11 April 2018

 

Dig this new Mondo poster: ROBOCOP by Josan Gonzalez

Meanwhile, in space, all of this is happening right now!

  • Taika Waititi confirmed that he’s not adapting the Akira film, but rather going after the voluminous book series. I find that interesting. There’s so much more THERE there, and also gives him more to do than just a remake.
  • Speaking of ambitious, Apple is adapting the I, Robot series of works from Isaac Asimov.
  • Woody Harrelson may or may not be playing Carnage in the Venom film. I say DO IT.
  • Transformers cartoon opening credits, shot with the toys in stop-motion WINNNNNNS.
  • The Deadwood film production just got a tax credit. This gives them a timetable, which is a good thing.
  • Christina Hodson has been named as the new Batgirl writer. This is also a good thing.
  • Boss Level sounds really neat or really terrible.
  • If you want to know secret stuff that isn’t surprising stuff, regarding Iron Spidey in Avengers: Infinity War, read on. In other Marvel news, I think this poster shot shows that Evangeline Lily should have been a Marvel heroine years and years ago. She looks really motivated.
  • Eric Bana is set to star in the first season of Dirty John, some sort of anthology-based true crime show on Bravo that isn’t True Detective on HBO, and inexplicably features a character name as the title, which begs questions about it’s anthology nature.
  • This is pissing all the right people off: Westworld creators said they’d let Reddit superfans in on the active development of S02, which starts later this month… they announced a few days ago that their plan was to circumvent the huge hunt for answers and easter eggs and spoilers by actually giving the subreddit access to a video that explains the S02 plot, so they can opt-in if desired, as long as they keep it to themselves and don’t leak it to mainstream press. Then last night they released a video, which ended up being an elaborate Rick-Roll… LITERALLY… I love it. Speaking of, you know I’m down with S02’s Shogunworld.
  • The Shazam costume may or may not be objectively bad… but I liked Zachari Levi’s comments about the intrinsic insecurity of pre-haters.
  • I was totally into it, until I realized the pilot’s legs are fake and its just a stilt construct. I mean, not JUST, but you know.
  • Moviepass users (aka Deeply Dapper) rejoice: AMC theaters were just unlocked. That’s pretty huge.
  • The BBC is launching a big budget early 20s adaptation of War of the Worlds. I’m 300% on board…
  • I initially dismissed Bosslogic’s manip of Krasinski and Blunt as Reed and Sue of the FF as being too current, given the obsession with their current film… but looking at it more closely, I’d be down with all of these casting ideas. I still think Richards needs to be older, greying and aloof… but even more than that, they need to be a believable couple… and this pair have proven they can be, on screen…
  • More featurette film stuff from Isle of Dogs, this time about the real on-set canine crew….
  • Finally, trailer roundup:
    • The Meg, which I always assumed would be terrible, actually amused me. So much reminding me of Jaws 3 in 3D… but also Deep Blue Sea, which I actually never saw. I do love 4th wall characters like Rainn Wilson’s one here, just saying it like it is.
    • Similarly, I dismissed Upgrade when the teaser came out awhile back as being a B-movie… but it does have some interesting elements in it. Logan Marshall-Green affects an unusual stance when the AI is doing the fighting for him, almost a hangjawed expression and slouched neck against a rigid posture, but he was Shocker #1 in Homecoming and soldier X in Prometheus, so let’s give it a shot.
    • Terminal appears to be based on a pitch like: “Imagine Atomic Blonde but with Margot Robbie and made to look like Lock Stock plus we’ll include one of those actors even, for authenticity“… but I’m still on board.

The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

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:

    

Come With Me If You Want to Save the Franchise – 170126

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So, what do you think? Tim Miller on Terminator? Any chance of bailing this ship out? We talk about this one on the podcast in February… link!

Meanwhile, this:

– Look, I gave up on Gotham a long time ago. It was never great, but at least had some atmospheric style. It went from soapy cheese to a garbage fire in record time. That said, I will give them this and only this: I’ve been pining for someone to do the Joker thing from the New 52 where his face has been cut off and then haphazardly sewn back on. It’s so unnervingly icky (and infected, presumably)… so, at least they tried it. link!

– From now on, as far as cosplay goes, I will accept NO LESS than a full scale ED-209. link!

– Thomas Jane in Predator? Before seeing Expanse I’d have been against it. Now… link!

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

– I’ve been using these as desktop screens of late: focus on the retro-future GUI in Rogue One: link!

– GIJoe + Transformers… would you have been in? I would not have been in. I would have been more out than I already am. link!

– So, uh, according to this, DC/WB will give the obscure antihero villain of their obscure supers film his OWN film… yet still can’t figure out how to make the DC pantheon work? link!

– I liked the admittedly uneven Amazon Tick pilot… interesting to imagine Warburton back in the costume, though. link!


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