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That Will Buff Out – Robot’s Root 28 Nov 2017

I am definitely the target market for a 1:1 scale mutilated and torched Vader helmet. Thanks!

That root, that sweet, sweet root (very minor JL spoilers below)

  • The interesting thing about this casting for Daredevil S03 isn’t the actor, who I’m sure is fine, but the idea that the role sheet alludes to Sin-Eater, which i would vastly prefer to Nuke being involved in a Born Again storyline.
  • I honestly feel like the superhero film mainstream acceptance has allowed smarter people than me to start slipping in solid cyberpunk projects without the snarky types noticing. Altered Carbon at Netflix??? Awesome.

  • What is even.
  • This video of Daisy Ridley being interviewed supposedly building a Lego Millennium Falcon is peak linkbait. It’s everywhere. Unfortunately, it fils for me in several ways.
    • Her mouth freaks me out
    • She laughs at herself a lot, but not in an endearing way
    • I like her in her roles more than as a human being interviewed, which isn’t often the case
    • She has a curious, if admirable in this oversexualized culture, obsession with stodgy, heavily-patterned clothing
    • And most importantly: she neither builds the Lego herself nor appears to really respect it. RESPECT THE LEGOS.
  • Do you know how much I approve of the concept of a Mendo Doctor Doom? 100% MINIMUM.
  • Lots of hyperbole over what does and doesn’t work in Justice League, and I’m saving my comments for the podcast overall. But one thing I thought I’d note here: some fans have clamored for a Zack Snyder cut to be released (which does not exist) and since he apparently ‘liked’ the petition, it has been taken to mean that it does, and should. I think he just liked the sentiment. Who wouldn’t? His son made comments about how the film was ruined by WB meddling and comedy, and I think that’s a valid position. It’s also a valid position to say that the original likely direction in Snydervision would be a disaster without the lighter tone pulled in by Whedon. The biggest legitimate criticism to be leveled against the finished project is that it feels, as you watch it, uneven enough that you detect when the hands change, like you’re watching two different films smashed together. For the record, I think the Whedon adjustments were a good idea. It is a messy landing, but it still lands as a more ‘superheroic’ film and frankly a lot of people were unhappy with the dark tone of the DCEU and wanted more of what they call the ‘Marvel’ vibe, but mean a more traditional, inspirational comic adventure experience. This is of course ironic as hell given that DC comics was traditionally about vanilla comic adventuring and marvel was borne from real-world, serious civic issues and told stories about relatable humans. That all said, a lot of what doesn’t work in the film is because of schedule, not an overarching ideological divide. They just needed more time. More time for finished FX, more time to properly pace and blend the two tones. Marvel movies can be both dark and comedic at the same time, both heroic and troubling. I’m looking at you, Russo Brothers. So, anyway, when I see all this Snyder vs. Whedon blamery over the film, it amuses me, because both voices are valid. And BTW I still like the darker DCEU tone just fine.
  • PS I also believe Joss Whedon is still actively working on a Batgirl film, and that the rumors of his dismissal are about as legit as the rumors of WB canceling the DCEU after JL… propaganda that came out over the weekend that didn’t do anyone any favors.
  • I like the look of some of the new designs, but the photoshoppery is killing me. Interns aren’t the answer to every chore. I do think we’re going to see alternate universe or post-reality manipulated versions of characters in A3 and A4 but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Looking at these pics of a test suit unused in the final film (featuring a Kingdom Come style red-S) reminds me that I wish we saw a black suit in JL. Cavill teased it months back, and Zod’s look when he still had the cape was just B A D A S S S S S S S S.
  • Supposedly Gambit starts production in early 2018 after years of delays. Listen, I still think Channing Tatum is far better as a comedian than as a dramatic/action actor, though if they pull off the same sort of tone as he had in Logan Lucky, it could work. He’s risen in my book over the last year or so, and I’d LIKE to see this film happen, especially as a heist story, despite hating the character.

  • Now, Lizzy Caplan being involved is of course 99% why it could succeed. But hey. Bias.
  • I have a perverse love for seeing the voice actors recording dialog from cheesy animation.
  • Here’s some great cosplay (with all that fancy post work) of Ventress from the Clone Wars cartoon, a character on my to-draw list and one I’d love to have seen make it to film.

OK, that’s enough for today. Until next time, crush your darlings, and by darlings, I mean granpappy’s helmet!

Tie X Fighters are the new Hotness – Robots Root 20 Oct 2017

 

Isn’t it glorious! Meanwhile, that root:

  • old-timey ‘radiated’ rings? WANT
  • No spiders in here.
  • 100% real dragon remains discovered. Stop asking questions.
  • Now you TOO can make Deckard’s monocular from Blade Runner 2049… assuming you have a sweet 3D printer. If not, why don’t you. Meanwhile, Adam Savage tours the Blade Runner 2049 set and I want to go to there.
  • Some great ideas for Halloween themed treats here. Short answer: everything is possible with skull shaped molds.
  • This is an odd duck but I liked it. This Steam game produces highly realistic physics and destruction in this car simulator builder app. Think Burnout but crossed with those web apps where you launch a body at things. Anyway, of course the internet got involved, and there’s a whole culture of players posting themed youtube videos, like ‘vehicles chained together’ and ‘spectacular heavy semi truck crashes’… anyway, I was enjoying this one, featuring the results of a track of 100 closely spaced speed bumps taken at speed. Really pretty fascinating. There are some amazing crashes in it.

  • Plus, bonus, I’d like to note that the 4Runner only wiped out in the last 10′ or so. My link above is specifically pointing at the 4Runner run, which, by the way, is at approximately 3:33 into the video DAMN!
  • Aquaman is wearing some cool armor in these pics from the solo film production. Mera’s green is greener. AND she’s holding what looks like a gauntlet. HOOKS are happening.
  • All the hoopla about the Robot Wars thing is silly. They’re just tractors with shit welded to them. I will say this: no overturning moment resistance? That’s just silly.
  • Jason Battersby’s concept for a Tie Fighter redesign (above) is honestly the sort of thing I wish we were getting in the new films. We’ve been seeing designs that admittedly do like they play in the SW universe, design wise, but they are strangely angular and crushed looking, not really feeling like three decade later evolutions of these concepts. But check THESE out. Witness all my desktop screens after I rotate through my Blade Runner stuff. Amaze.
  • Speaking of which, here’s some somber Blade Runner concept work for yet MORE desktoppery!
  • Lastly, something I REALLY like, seen in both the second Last jedi trailer (below) and then later in the trailer for SW: Battlefront II: something I’ve demanded since I was a wee lad, a glance at the manufacturing and delivery of the AT-ATs. The former, Last Jedi, and the latter, in the game footage, as ships are seen carrying AT-ATs into orbit the way my kids carry one of our cats. YUSS

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Robots Root 11 October 2017

I lasted 12 hours before caving (under pressure from One Lung) and watching the new trailer. Yes, spoilery bits are involved… but only if you BELIEVE what you are seeing.

One hell of a poster, tho…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root!

  • Infinity War Iron Man armor upgrades include vanes off the back and transforming cannons etc etc the former of which I love in concept and the latter of which I don’t. But there you go. Don’t get me started on that Spidey suit.
  • Supposedly Hulk has a major arc through the next three films, which I like to hear. Especially if its, you know, not involving Maestro, Banner/Hulk separation, Skarr, or any of that other stuff. I wouldn’t mind him going gray though. For science.
  • I love jeff Goldblum but what is even.
  • Check out this crazy Batman: Year One concept figure. It’s like some amalgamation of purple glove Batman and DC 1,000,000.
  • This might be more entertaining than Kong: Skull Island was. Theoretically. Haven’t seen it yet.
  • My new favorite Lego anything ever: Star Destroyer Collision!
  • Word Processor error messages from 1977. These own me.
  • These speculative Star Wars scenes from a recent Artstation challenge are pretty excellent. My favorite is lurkin’ up on SLAVE 1, close second being the Rebel soldier captured with the lightsabered head in the foreground.

 

That’s all for today. I’m heading out, hoping not to see 33 posts about Porgs tonight. GAH TOO LATE.

 

Load “Robot-Kraken” comma 8 comma 1 – PRESS PLAY ON TAPE! 29 Sept 2017

To hell with the Twitch whatever… I’ll take a mini C64, thanks! I mean, I won’t. But I WOULD.

Meanwhile…

’tis Robot’s Root:

  • Michelle Williams has reportedly joined the cast of Venom, opposite Tom Hardy. Say what you will about the garbage level of Sony’s productions, that’s good wattage.
  • Man, if only I had time to play them video games! Red Dead 2!
  • Sneak peeks at Runaways are thoroughly CW style meh. I refuse to abandon hope. But I worry when a teaser image bores me. More pics, showing the different kids…
  • Kind of neat to see how much the new Tomb Raider is pulling from the game.
  • Isle of Dogs is pre-suffering from sort of appropriation backlash which feels pretty beyond the pale to me. Again, I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but Anderson always uses whatever voice actors he likes, in any role. And there are plenty of Japanese voice actors on this project. Reaching…
  • When this kind of thing is still happening in the US, it’s easy to imagine True Detective having traction for more gritty, urban stories. Bring on Mahershala Ali already!
  • It slays me that BB-9E was called ‘BB-H8’ on set. I’ll never not hear that in my inner monologue.
  • Oh look: Nice Guys TV adaptation, but with women! UGH. Actually, I loved the Nice Guys, and I’d love an all female retro buddy cop show. But adaptations…
  • THERES NO PROBLEM IN THE DCEU STOP ASKING.
  • SW: Battlefront II will feature the Emporer’s posthumous kill-em-all plans… I’m intrigued in that alone, let alone the whole game which i will love, buy, and rarely have a chance to play.
  • Skinless Rocket Raccoon. Have fun tonight…
  • What’s this! Snow Crash adapted for Amazon? Now we’re talking…
  • this, wonderful thing, this amazing, wonderful thing, for one lung
  • And now, more desktop imagery for you: retro power station control rooms. AWESOME.

With that, I leave you to your theoretical leisure.

Rose City Comic Con This Weekend, pLus Robots Root 6 September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con is done, and tomorrow we head to Portland for Rose City Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there! Photos from both shows will start rolling out starting next week…keep your eyes peeled for sneaky shots of Friend of TRDL Lung at the table…

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root for 6 September 2017!

  • Lung turned me onto this last week but I never posted it. The Honest Trailer for Face/Off is one of their best yet.
  • You might think, from these comments, that Inhumans is a technical and visionary opus. I’ve heard the contrary. I’m not sure at this point if I’m even going to watch it at all. Your mileage may vary.
  • 2.5 Hours of Blade Runner 2049 goodness? I CANT WAIT I TOLE YOU.
  • Preview roundup, genre edition: Damnation on Netflix; Tin Star on Amazon; Hostiles, a feature film (yay Wes Studi); Brawl in Cell Block Whichever, a feature film; Mindhunter, on Netflix.
  • The ships, and their names, for these new SW films are really nuts. Same things but bigger and also bigger, sometimes bigger. I will give the Supremacy this, though: it says they have a shipworks on board, which could help rationalize the scale and span in the massing, if it can build Destroyers, for example. Huh. Meanehile, Poe’s new X-Wing gets a turbo boost to get past big lasers. BIG LASERS!
  • And speaking of the Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow being out for SW VIII has been spurring on some interesting speculation, in front of and behind the curtain. Calls for a female director, calls for Rian Johnson again, given his apparently smooth sailing on Last Jedi, calls for LUCAS FFS, and on and on.
  • Finally in SW news, Mark Hamill’s comments about wanting to play his own evil twin (actually a cool idea) reference a plotline in the Extended Universe books about which I was not familiar. Thrawn stuff. I’m always down with things referencing that hand.
  • Whedon apparently rewrote enough of JL to get a writing credit. Meanwhile, looking at all these photos used in the Alex Ross style poster composite, I keep laughing at how high Aquaman looks, and how appropriate that is, in a meta sort of way.
  • “That guy’s wife” saved the Star Trek franchise. Nice, Shatner.
  • There is apparently some controversy among rigid hetero fanboys or whomever about this commercial. I loved it. Start to finish.
  • Here’s your ubiquitous bosslogic manips of Leo DiCaprio as a Joker. For science. I prefer L E T O!
  • John Cena in the running for Shazam?, this was all over the con floor at SFCC this weekend. I’m not convinced this is real. However, on Sunday it occurred to me who he COULD play well, given his enthusiasm, size, and charisma: Guy Gardner!

  • This Hellboy summary, recently leaked, is sufficiently general and I like what I hear. LUNDUN ENGULUND!
  • Finally, I leave you with Key & Peele’s Sexy Vampires. Cracked me up, a little. Not out loud. But inside.

Back to the packing and the fire dodging! See you maybe in Portland!

So Many Hubcaps – Robots Root 30 August 2017

 

Mondo is once again killing it. KILLING IT like fantasy San Francisco kills hubcaps, and the consistent quantity thereof…

 

Thus, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • Someone helpfully ran George RR Martin’s work through a neural network, and wrote Winds of Winter for him. It’s A M A Z I N G.
  • Blade of the Immortal excites me. Greatly.
  • Terry Pratchett requested that his unpublished work be destroyed upon his demise. Boy was it.
  • This title cracked me up, and click through and see that they are in fact 100% correct.
  • We haven’t recorded any commentary about Defenders for the podcast just yet, but it shouldn’t be a spoiler for you to see this photo of Misty Knight going forward. I’m pleased with the design resolution.
  • Simon Kinberg “doesn’t want Dark Phoenix to be too intergalactic” according to Total Film… which may or may not be true, but sounds right. Superfans are outraged, but where has Fox shown they could handle a spontaneously revealed sprawling space story? Just because James Gunn pulled it off doesn’t mean we would suddenly have anything that would make ANY sense in the context of the X-Men films…
  • New dark-look Luke looks rad. Buckles and straps have buckles and straps!
  • Supposedly SS2 is delayed until; a production date at least 2 years out, due to ‘schedule conflicts with Will Smith’ which is probably code for ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ since WB/DC have been looking at multiple concepts for films in this corner of their semi-universe, some believe as a means to have these ideas leaked and see what fan response would be to them and letting the people sort it out.
  • Normally I sort of breeze through these listicles, but there were a few items in this one about Terminator films that interested me. Notably that Arnie gained weight and muscle to return to the exact dims, in T3, as he had 12 years earlier in T2; and that Loken, again in T3, had to lose weight for her role as the weird black metal Terminator NXTVCBDG or whatever it was.
  • Reading up on the post-GoT interwebs in all their sobbery, I was reminded of Dragonlance from my youth… and possibly yours.
  • I’m kind of interested in Johnny Depp’s produced adaptation of The Secret World. It doesn’t hurt that the key art looks like TRDL costuming a little bit.

Thats’ all for today. practice your trick muscle-car management until next time…

Its a Wrap – Robots Root 18 July 2017

The making-of teaser released for the Last Jedi the other day was really fun. Of course, my favorite moment was at the end…

Well that’s just, like, your opinion, man… it’s Robot’s Root!

  • This is EVERYTHING.
  • I continue to hold out hope for this project, for nostalgic, formative childhood reasons: James Wan may be out, but Robotech landed a new director, of Stephen King’s IT fame (fame is a strong word)…Andy Muschietti.

  • The ST: Discovery producers continue to fumble into their own Burmese Man Traps, metaphorically. How hard can this be?! Just say it’s the Pineverse. Or say it’s a new vision. Or come up with some sort of timeline mutation explanation. Or introduce more than one species of Klingon. I want to enjoy this pretty awesome design work without hearing them wind themselves up trying to rationalize to the ST superfans why the Klingons look this different (yes, they look different from production to production, but this is a different order of magnitude)… I mean, if I can gloss over the fact that this supposedly takes place closer to both the ST:TOS and Pike’s first appearance than the age of my CATS… I can overlook design changes that aren’t consistent with the continuity they are supposedly locked into. Ending with a preposition. But hey, let’s keep them honest, right.
  • Justice League continues to have viral buzz, but as usual, for all the wrong, surreal reasons. This time, Zack Snyder deleted all the JL material from his Twitter feed. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, they cried.
  • According to inferences made in the panel line-up for the con, Punisher may be in the Defenders. I mean, he SHOULD be in the Defenders. But anyway. That’s a thing.
  • Weapon H is the kind of hot mess that drove me away from comics in the 90s. I can’t even.
  • Thinking about the new Last Jedi posters… is it simply rad design work, or is their some meaning behind the eyes being cropped out of every shot?
  • Two excellent posters for the Revenant. Probably need to have SEEN the Revenant, but…  I did, and I love them. The tone is perfect.

Lastly, I want to note one thing that isn’t being talked about on Preacher: set design. I love most of the sets we’ve seen, and how evocative some of these environments have been, particularly with their use of color. Last night’s ep was impressing me for the huge long shelved wall of tchotchkes Jesse and Tulip had as the background at their dinner table. Amazing.

Ah Said No Peekin – Robots Root 30 May 2017

Last night we completed another session of the Robot-Kraken Podcast recordings for inclusion in the June episode. Special guests! Special liquors! Hot messes!

In the meantime, however, this is Robot’s Root for 30 May 2017:

  • I was talking with One Lung this morning (or typing) about films we’re looking forward to, beyond all the obvious marquee stuff coming out, and that led me back to trailers. So here, have some, for science:  Trailer 1: Baby Driver
  • Trailer 2: Logan Lucky. “ah said no PEEKIN!”
  • Trailer 3: Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • BONUS: Shimmer Lake on Netflix. IN!
  • This supposed brief on the new Silver and Black disaster-in-waiting Sony is cooking up for their Spider-Man Universe Without Marvel or Spider-Man or Something sounds sketchy. Like fanfic stuff.
  • Surprising precisely no one, SW VIII has been postponed while they violently rewrite the entire thing.
  • First look at Lockjaw from Inhumans: yep, giant bulldog. Missing the signature tuning fork and collar though, which is weird. So many weird choices on this project. I still haven’t recovered from the wig.
  • A little less than a month to go and we’ll have new Preacher. YASS.
  • In another (rather odd) example of studios remaking instead of building anew, Amazon just bought a series based on the film Hannah which (I haven’t seen, actually) I hear is based on every other young teen orphan assassin trope. Not that I don’t want to see the film. But I’d rather see original content greenlit.
  • The thicken plots… possibly… now they are admitting Joss Whedon has been quietly working on JL for awhile. This could be a sign that they knew and were planning to transition Snyder stepping down on a schedule, OR that he was already on board for script/shooting corrections. I do think it’s no coincidence that he was randomly announced as the writer/director of Batgirl this spring…
  • I’m half-way through the current glorious season of Silicon Valley, and I can’t conceive of the next season moving forward without TJ Miller. Dammit.
  • Really odd one here: Rosario Dawson is supposedly being courted for the role of Dr. Ceclia Reyes in the New Mutants film. It feels… fan speculationish… given that she’s already in the Marvel Universe (one of them) as a nurse… but hey, +1 always works for me.

And with that, I’m off to see if I can scrape some of this rum off of the inside of my cranial cavity…

Storm of Toleyous – Robot’s Root 25 May 2017

A trailer for Game of Thrones seems superfluous at this point: everyone will be watching, unless they won’t, and those who won’t won’t be persuaded to watch. However, my personal resolve to not watch this trailer lasted precisely three brand-aware hours. And here’s a breakdown of details I’m not reading.

 

Lo, Robot’s Root!

  • Wait. WHUT. Barry Pepper forges his own weapons?
  • And there goes Doug Liman for Justlice League Dark…
  • Matt Reeves wants ALL THE VILLAINS. Hoenestly I do think this is the direction the new standalone Batman film should take: trapped in Arkham, with all of your enemies therein, now armed for bear. I’d love to see Joker pitting them all against Batman as he struggles to fight his way out and contain the threat.
  • Black Tom Cassidy could be the main villain in Deadpool2. He’s been cast, at any rate.
  • A Kris Anka illustrated Runaways reboot? I’m interested.
  • Josh Boon describes the New Mutants film as straight-up horror.
  • I know I’m not the only one that first thought (hope springs eternal) that Elizabeth Moss was cast as Typhoid Mary… from DAREDEVIL…
  • These Leibovitz photos of the Last Jedi stuff really fired me up. I love the baroque early 1900s gambling planet business. With space goats! But also Laura Linney has all the color!
  • Everything you wanted picked apart from the latest Homecoming trailer here. And here’s that trailer. But we have a Spanish quiz!
  • Finally, a TMNT pizza cookbook happened.

That’s all for now. Go grab your dragon eggs. It’s only fire.

So Many Thrusters – Robots Root 23 May 2017

Feast your eyes on the largest, and possibly the most awesome, Ideas set to date. I was sold on the lunar modules alone, but the whole thing is glorious (I don’t like the micro figures, but I understand them) and nothing is hotter, so to speak, than the thrusters. GET IT!

And with that, we unleash Robot’s Root for 22 May 2017!

  • Schwarzenegger announced he’s back in on the Terminator franchise with Cameron’s involvement. Now, he’s big on hyperbole and hype, and Cameron would be at best producing, and my patience for elder terminator wanes… but it’s new Terminator SOMETHING anyway. That said as someone who enjoyed Genesys despite its flaws.
  • Fun with AIs: watch a neural network learn GTA through violence. It’s like the pre-opening credits scene for a post-apocalyptic rise of the robots movie. WHAT COULD GO WRONG.
  • I agree with the consensus view: Amber Heard’s Mera costume for Aquaman is refreshingly comic-compliant, colorful, and not particularly overwrought. That said, rumors abound that Momoa will be in some version of the green and gold as well.
  • Tom Hardy as ________ is always a win in my book. I hope it’s Agent Venom, not 90s venom (regardless of the character’s name, Brock, not being Flash Thompson) and I hope it’s just a good film on its own, but I can’t help but bring in my skepticism since this is a) Fox, b) intended to not be part of the MCU, d) not part of Spider-Man at all, but 4) part of a new Spider-Universe that again, will not include Spider-Man. Lets be positive. and do shots. We may need them. I’d rather live in a world with this film done well than one without it.
  • I love the ‘how character x should have looked!’ listicles… sometimes they are hot garbage click bait, but I enjoy when they employ really shifty photomanips designed to make classic costumes look terrible.
  • Surprising news over the weekend was that Zack Snyder and his wife are stepping down from Justice league; the reported reasoning being recovery after his daughter’s suicide which had been kept from the press until now. Joss Whedon to pick up the reigns. This will be interesting.
  • These are nice photos. Everyone’s hot for Leia’s, understandably, but I found it interesting that Luke is the only one with that faraway gaze.
  • I really want Paramount’s Monsterverse, sorry, DARK UNIVERSE, to succeed. I like the cast they’ve gathered. Hot photo ops don’t hurt.
  • Speaking of Paramount, new very spoilery image from Mummy revealed:
  • Roger Moore has merged with the infinite. I had lost track of him. 89!
  • What a horrific scene. Part of me is pretty glad it is implied without being shown, because that would be hard to watch. Like most things, the horror is most effective when you have to imagine it. Logan was fine as is.
  • Here’s why ‘The Defenders’ is like the Wu-Tang Clan and Luke Cage is Ghostface
  • New villain for Hellboy reboot revealed

And with that, I leave you to imagining the rad Lego bots I could make with those thrusters. My word.