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You Wouldnt Like Me When I’m Angry – 28 Sept 2018

My first three reactions, from my first three viewings, of Dark Phoenix’s trailer were not great. But there’s more optimism out there in the fan reaction world than i anticipated. Plenty of doubt, too. I suspect, and frankly hope, that the males talking about Jean instead of showing much of anything about her manifestation is because they’re trying to keep as much of her actual vibe secret as long as possible. I hold out faint hope for a proper Dark Phoenix costume, too. It’s one of the best in the comics. Anyway, the trailer was mild. I do appreciate them showing us very little of the external antagonist, who I suspect is a hybrid of the Sh’iar and Mastermind. They kept the focus as a guilty family secret type situation. The best part was the most subtle: the faint Phoenix Fire image in the logo animation at the end, thus:

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening right now:

  • I’m well into Marvel. I’m a legit zombie. But I could never get behind Eternals. I mean, I could get behind Selene maybe. But that aside, I mainly used them as post-Celestial cannon fodder in the Marvel RPG. But hey, Kirby is Kirby, and if it makes for a good movie, I’ll be there.
  • I can’t speak for the actress playing Black Canary, as I do not have any familiarity with her, but I’m enjoying the idea of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress in Birds of Prey. Where’s the photomanips?!

  • Also, I would LOVE Sharlto Copley as a Black Mask, if that happened.
  • An interesting point here about Han Solo’s cinematic failings, one that we were aware of in general, but it’s easy to overlook in the wake of fanboy raging: Disney dumped it into theaters two weeks after INFINITY WAR, and gave it minuscule marketing breathing room by Star Wars standards. Imagine if Han Solo came out in the December slot… not buried under the biggest Marvel film ever and still too hot to touch after the Last Jedi debates. And there’s this. And also this. But anyway, I’m a fan, and I’m looking forward to these deleted scenes
  • Do what you have to do. Make the best Hellboy that can ever be?

  • Finally, the first pic from The Boys. I’m down! It’s neat how much most of the cast looks like their comics versions and then Urban is just grizzly.
  • Nic Pizzolatto? Ben Foster? Noir grime? SO DOWN.
  • I know I’m the target age for this movie audience, but this was great.
  • I dunno. The classic comics colors on Aquaman are OK, but the gold armor is even better… hey, I’m just there for the vomiting.

  • I present: the Hybridizer. I mean, I did it for the old timey. But you do you.
  • Well, this is dope. Do the tapes fly out and attack you in Whole Foods?
  • The thing about the Venom movie is… I mean… just do THIS. Quit with the dancing around it.
  • This is beautiful and terrible. Boom!

 

And with that, I’m off into the redwoods to camp for the weekend, doing THIS pretty much non stop.

Be Brave – Robots Root 24 September 2018

How to Draw with Tenacious D is killing me. “a little yeller.” “I don’t know what thats called, but it sure does tell a story.” Dying. NSFW. As usual, their viral marketing may be even better than the product (post-Apocalypto)… I will forever feel a compulsion to paint using a Sharpie as a brush.

 

Meanwhile, THIS:

 

  • I do kinda like this anime trailer treatment for the Star War. The ship designs feel jarring because they are very…western… but the character models and Ben Kenobi’s look and voice particularly, really work. Plus I’ve always said Chewie needed a prominent mustache.
  • RIP Sgt. Apone.

  • I can’t, for whatever reason, stop mulling over the concept for a Jon Hamm Batman. I want it. A LOT. I’ve often struggled by how much I didn’t vibe the Bruce Wayne as Batman look. I loved Nolan’s stuff, but it wasn’t the best Batman look, and Bale wasn’t the most Wayne Wayne. The project worked regardless. But thinking of my younger self’s mental image of what it should be… Batfleck (in costume) was close, even without the eye slits… but Hamm works for me as Wayne. Wayne in the bat suit, if that makes sense.

  • I can’t wait for this. I want it to be awesome. Funny that it’s going to be one of those seasons where John C O’Reilly is in bowler hats TWICE (this and the Laurel and Hardy biofilm)… one of THOSE seasons.

  • This piece came from an artist in one of my FB groups, and I love it 33,000 times. You may have to have grown up near, or beyond, the border to understand.

  • I dig these Sideshow ‘reimaginings’ projects. This makes for a damn cool and less bipedal Alien, (so many joints)… but Jonesy remains the highlight.
  • Thats not just Soundwave… it’s the ORIGINAL Soundwave, looks like.
  • Rope hands! That’s a power I need to add to the Posthuman game…

  • I think this was a pretty nuanced argument in favor of Last Jedi… touching on some points I hadn’t really formalized in my own mind. I liked it a lot, so i’m not one of the detractors… but Pat notes ways in which the film delivers on things that I think, big picture, really benefit the franchise.
  • THIS. “By 2022, science says we will have achieved Joker singularity: a Joker movie that reboots itself during the movie”
  • Brie Larson continues to troll those people that told her to smile more. It isn’t old yet.
  • This is only interesting because Sofia Boutella as any supers anyone gets my vote.
  • Chloe Zhao has been tapped to direct Eternals… we were just talking about Ruin on the podcast…

Finally, a new K-hole I didn’t know existed until now, and I’m obsessed: Hot Wheels restoration!

Decepticon Battles Rule Everything Around Me – 13 April 2016

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Since it’s been awhile since I shared it, and it was so popular in my home last night, here’s another look at the Soundwave breakdancing video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af8s5XIgY_c&sns=em

In OTHER news, far less interesting:

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The black diving iguana on the Galapagos Islands is pretty rad. It wasn’t a new discovery (Darwin despised them, nicely biased) but once someone posted to rediit or wherever that a godzilla baby was nomming on things underwater it took off.
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-an … gos-island

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We’ve seen a lot of cool concept industrial design, since 3D viz tools became so accessible… this Batmobile is no exception. While the numbering is misleading and distracts from seeing the design as a Batmobile and not a race car, it WAS pretty clever as a means of numbering the views. Anyway, I love the red-backed fins and the sweep past the wheels.
http://geektyrant.com/news/badass-futur … ept-design

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David Wenham has been cast as Harold Meachum in Iron Fist, a corporate foe of Rand’s.
http://www.slashfilm.com/iron-fist-davi … d-meachum/

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Lung has already posted separately, savaging the way the new Dr. Strange trailer looks like a ripoff of Inception, though as is often the case, I’m optimistic. I like, in the poster, how you see his eye through his fingers and the way his hands are prominent.

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Meanwhile, Marvel got thirty designers together in one of those Death Star trash compactors, crushing them while they frantically sketched, and then picked the paper out of the gore and taped all the pieces together to come up with this ransom note of a trade dress. Guh.
http://geektyrant.com/news/spider-man-h … r-man-film

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Apparently it has been confirmed at the highly reliable executive level that Ben Affleck is not only co-writing the Batman film but will be directing, as has been long rumored. Take that as you will.
http://geektyrant.com/news/ben-affleck- … atman-film

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I’m not sure why Kinberg and Co. aren’t just admitting Wolverine 3 is the Old Man Logan storyline. It’s in the future… time marches on, Jackman I’m sure isn’t immortal…
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Wolverin … 24307.html

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This slipped under the radar but TRDL fave Franka Potente has joined Tom Hardy’s Taboo series, making it, at last count, 3,376 awesome things about this show still agonizingly like a year away.
http://deadline.com/2016/03/taboo-frank … 201723856/

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I’m a superfan of highly organized, compact live/work spaces, and i’ve always fantasized about a rad VW bus rig… but wow, this concept for a scooter version just blows me away. I’d have all my drawers numbered “3” but otherwise.
http://boingboing.net/2016/03/29/the-bu … ooter.html

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This may be a major spoiler of Rogue One…

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As expected, the new Harley design from SS is yielding some, er, pleasantly convincing cosplay…

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I make improvised LEGO robots from time to time. Photograph them, then surrender them to the kids. Latest evidence:
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Also, since when has Siri been tasting the Lovecraftian ether?

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Finally, I was saving this screencap for my upcoming Civil War review (I mean, presumably upcoming… never know when one’s ticket might be punched) but I just couldn’t wait.

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VISION IN A COMFORTABLE SWEATER. THAT IS ALL.


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