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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.

Its the Little Things – 4 July 2018

This is an old poster from a few weeks ago, but I still love it: the swagger, and the use of the popcorn and more importantly the dust or salt, really works for me. Early reviews are very complimentary, so I look forward to seeing it soon.

Meanwhile:

Still on the move, after San Francisco Comic Con and Fandemic Con… I’ve started putting photos up from both shows on our IG (find it at robotkraken_podcast ) but there’s still a lot to catch up on.

  • I do wish it talked to you in a mollifyingly calm voice or locked you out of your own house… but as a low-capacity, overpriced flash drive, it’ll do.
  • First pics of Linda Hamilton in the new Terminator filming sneaks, and no surprise, she looks RAD. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Davis just looks like a dirty Robin Wright, but with cyber-stitches.
  • Here’s some prosthetic limb experiments with ‘pain’ sensory input. At the least, tactile feedback is crucial.
  • According to some that have seen it, the upcoming Dark Phoenix trailer is ‘better than expected’ which is high praise. ha.
  • TMNT is headed for yet another reboot. I’m ok with it. There were a few concepts from the Bayification I liked OK, from what i saw, but I’d really like to see something more like the Incredibles style, where the stylization is more creative and animated.
  • The Disney acquisition plan is off and then on and then off and now looks greenlit by both investors and the SEC. I’m stoked. I want those toys played with in those hands.
  • Sylvia Hoeks is NOT who I imagined to take the Tara role in Queen and Country. However, she IS cool and I just love that the film is proceeding.
  • Silk has apparently been greenlit at Sony… look, this is the first one with half a chance. It’s the modern Spider-Woman that the younger set relates to, and while it will still feel like a Spider-Man knock-off, at least it has a female, and Asian, in the lead role. And if they run with Tiffany Espenson from the Spider-Man: Homecoming casting, I’m even more into it.
  • The fact that the news sites are running with this story that Ultron could have had a bigger, badder, better final act shows how blah the original was in the public consciousness… because a giant Ultron-globbed giant giant Ultron is lame as shit.
  • I mean, kids are dumb… but in this modern world we are descending into, I can actually SEE this being an issue.
  • If you are near Alamo Drafthouse (or one in particular) they are getting into the subscription game.
  • Not sure how I feel about Patrick Stewart supposedly getting close to signing on for another Trek series. I hope it’s the type of thing where he’s an elder Commander or something. I like seeing the passage of time and evolution of characters. I do NOT want to see the Good Ole Crew together on an old timey adventure again, though.
  • How would you feel about a V for Vendetta sequel? The unasked question, I think.
  • This Iron Man/ TRON mashup is A M A Z E. I love it 10,000 x 3 times.

Speaking of catching up, we are a bit behind in the podcast as we were unable to record during the shows and are now all scrambling in different parts of the world for a few weeks. We have a few films to review, as well as the finales of Westworld and Expanse to wrap up… so stay tuned!

Seppuku by Saarlac – Robots Root 17 April 2018

I’m ALL about this samurai/Mandalorian situation back there. Just give me THAT movie, thanks.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I’ll be in my bunker.
  • With Gabriel Luna’s casting as the new Terminator, and the most recent casting of other actors of Hispanic culture, I’m suddenly much more intrigued about what they’re up to… this could be interesting, or a garbage fire, or an interesting garbage fire.
  • I love Michael Mann, and how he can turn any subject matter into Heat, which suits me fine. This time, he’s going after Paul le Croix. I smell some Black Hat vibes.
  • I don’t get the sense this is a very serious effort, but a heist film set in the world of comic conventions, released the same day as Avengers? That’s pretty brilliant strategy.
  • Hotel Artemis, because Jeff Goldblum, that’s why.
  • Neuromancer and chemistry, as explained by one who knows, about one who used.
  • Ten years from now, we’ll have chemical attack weapons that obliterate the plastics in enemy armor, weapons and gear. Marked.
  • Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct Birds of Prey… which apparently is not the same movie as Gotham City Sirens. More females behind the pen and the camera, thats a good thing!
  • Things aren’t looking good for the (near) future of the Mad Max franchise… the lawsuit continues.
  • Domhnall Gleeson may take the lead roll in the adaptation of Kitchen, which stokes me. Also, I saw the 4th Harry Potter film for the first time, and kept yelling at my family that Mad Eye Moody was General Hux’s daddy. No one seemed interested.

The Cavalcade of Helmetless Heroes – Robots Root 9 Mar 2018

 

Herewith, witness the Calvacade of Helmetless Heroes FFS!

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening:

  • Honest Trailers does He-Man
  • My favorite How to Dad video yet.
  • I kinda like this promo pic for Daredevil S03… done by Joe Q, even. I’ ve always been a fan of lettering pushed into the environment of the piece.
  • I have to agree: if we couldn’t have an actually FORMIDABLE foes in Phasma, at least give her this scene to show her ruthlessness…
  • Now here’s the full trailer for Prospect, which still adorns my desktop as a background screen…
  • Killmonger concept art shows that the final version was the best choice. I still wish he kept the mask on the whole time… it was awesome.
  • More neural net fun, this time with sentence gradients.
  • Again, not a horror fan, but Endless looks pretty interesting. Lovecraftian doomsday cult business. Sure!
  • Dafne Keen is on board the new big budget take on His Dark Materials… I think they are abandoning the Golden Compass released prior…
  • Krysten Ritter says no Defenders S02 was planned, nor does one look likely. Depending on how you felt about S01, your mileage varies on this news…

  • Official confirmation direct from Patty Jenkins of Kristin Wiig joining WW2 as Cheetah. I’m intrigued!
  • Karl Urban confirmed that, as suspected, Alex Garland not only wrote Dredd, but stepped in and directed it once the director was canned.

  • Welp, pre-FX aside, Shazam’s costume does indeed appear to be the classic one, with the ubiquitous fine texture weave I hate so much. The fake muscles are weird, but I like the way they handled the lightning bolt, and the cool nod to the golden age books with those Talky Tawny symbols at the cape. The cape design itself, with the stiff hood, is creating a weird massing to his upper half, something I’ve worried about when designing a similar vibe on some TRDL characters with hoods…
  • Rumors are afoot that Jessica Drew may be brought into Spider-Man 2 as a female lead. I’d be down with it. Super down!
  • Neat: Jon Favreau has been announced as helming a Star Wars live action show, presumably for the new streaming service.
  • Mackenzie Davis from Halt and Catch Fire (and more recently, Blade Runner 2049) may have been tapped for Terminator 6… which bodes well for Terminator 6…
  • Elseworlds may be dead… but Black Label is new, and is basically the same thing. I like that Wonder Woman, if nothing else.
  • I love that Westworld not only embraces their obsessive fan community of conspiracy theorists and plot hypothesizers (like this guy) they are actively involving them/us in S02.
  • Reshoots on Deadpool 2… after bad test screenings… thats not good. As nice as the current pedigree technically is (re: our recent podcast about Atomic Blonde and John Wick 2) I wonder what we lost when Tim Miller left.
  • NEED
  • I remain uninterested in Superman comics, but I think BMB is right: optimism is what sets him apart from other characters, and needs to be the focus. All Star Superman was successful in this way.
  • I am SO DOWN with the Morrison/Quitely New X-Men costumes happening here. FINALLY.
  • Lastly, Lego Pacific Rim sweding! Excellent. I’d rather watch that.

 

Doug Jones is a National Treasure – Robots Root 5 March 2018

Not that this was necessarily the BEST choice (I’ve long given up on what’s right or wrong in these award shows) but what an interesting and cool surprise that Shape of Water took Best Picture and Best Director! A bit of nerd broke through…

Meanwhile, this:

  • What a random poster. Photoshop is sometimes your friend! Sometimes… not. So much dodgy dirt flying around them. HA!
  • Cheetah miiiiiiiiiiight be played by… Kristin Wiig? She can do anything. But SHOULD she?
  • April 22 can’t come soon enough!
  • Prospect looks really cool and retro styled for a sci fi horror project or whatever it is.
  • Cloak and Dagger has a new trailer… looks better than I expected, though still not my bag, maybe.
  • Here’s a Spotify playlist James Gunn put together as shooting music for the first film. Very interesting choices.
  • Here’s some peak Cage, looks like…
  • Looks like Flash has directors signed on officially. That’s a good step forward. Or hyperstep. Something.
  • All this talk about Captain Marvel being an action comedy… my first blush was that they are trying to apply the GoG/Ant-Man/Ragnorok concept to projects that don’t want it… but then again, the emphasis on her being ‘a sassy smartass’ suggest to me more that they wrote her to give zero fucks, which is something I could get behind.
  • “Set during the Italian Shirt Shortage…” Honest Trailers honest trailers about. In an honest trailery way.
  • Good Cthulu, Maya Thurman-Hawke looks like Uma Thurman. Soon she’ll be looking like Uma Thurman in the scary 80s.
  • That one time Schwartzenegger insisted they are preparing to film T6. Oh, I mean, every time.

OK, thanks for reading, my 33% Nation of Fish Banging!

Blacked Out Black Out – Robots Root 27 Sept 2017

Infuriating! The third and final prequel to the sequel Blade Runner 2049 is out, from an extremely accomplished anime pedigree, but stuck behind the crunchyroll firewall. I’m already being strong-armed into paying for CBS All Access for the Star Treks, so I’m not giving CR any money for this. Outrage! I mean, it isn’t… but it is. Right? Right. Here, for those that have a subscription to that site.

 

Meanwhile, Robots Root!

  • Annhilation looks A M A Z I N G…. everything I want in a film: mystery, tension, minor key urgent soundtrack, aliens, horror, Natalie Portman. I’m so in. And I lurrrrved Alex Garland’s previous, Ex Machina, so.
  • Unsettling politics in the continuing cultural war against tattoos in Japan (or re-war, I guess)…
  • James Cameron and Tim Miller seem to think they invented the concept of a Terminator’s skin aging… can’t explain the shrunken spine and saggy muscles though ey! EY! Still… and also, what’s with that old saw about body odor and bad breath? I get the former… but where would halitosis be happening on a Terminator? Oh, there I go thinking again. Next film: 2019. Better get crackin! Not getting any younger, the lot of em.
  • I’ve seen two or three of the character posters for Pacific Rim 2, and while I don’t like how humanoid the mecha became, I DO like the graphic design on these posters. A lot.
  • So, fresh off of being booted from Han Solo, Lord and Miller are now developing a film adaptation from the writer of Martian, about a heist on the Moon. Because cyberpunk! I’m in.
  • First look at the female Ghost in Ant-Man and Wasp. Looking ghostly! And female.
  • I’ve yet to comment on ST: Discovery, but I did watch it. My favorite thing so far has been the diversity in design and affect on the new Klingons. Here’s a peek behind the curtain from Face Off’s Glen Hetrick’s production house.
  • Hayley Atwell doing mocap for Avengers 4 perhaps? I’m saying, time travel fuckery!
  • And finally, Lego Grand Theft Auto. You’re welcome!

 

Thats all for today! Who’s ready for inktober? THIS GUY! Hope to see some sweet art from the rest of you next month, on IG or FB or the like!

Murder, Melody, and Minced Pies – Robots Root 25 Sept 2017

Anna and the Apocalypse is easily my most-anticipated holiday film ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER.

Robot’s Root!

  • According to the Exgovernator, Robert Patrick won’t be back for T6, which is a bummer. Also, Genesys is wiped from continuity, which suggests that Salvation is not (?). Also, here’s a reasonable roundup on dos and donts regarding saving the franchise.
  • Surprising precisely zero people, Willis and Jackson will be back for the Glass film. I mean.
  • I haven’t seen Kingsman yet, but srsly, the reveal that Colin Firth’s character was somehow still alive was quite a blunder in the previews, and the director is now speaking out about it. Good on him. What a fuck up.
  • A new Murder on the Orient Express trailer for you. SO STOKED.
  • Evangeline Lily in costume is somehow less whelming than I expected, but then again, they probably plan on CGI-ing in the visor lensing, and her wings too…Goggins, of course, owns everything.
  • Best worst knife blocks ever.
  • This article posits that Punisher doesn’t belong in the Marvel Netflix Universe. I think, rather, what they are referring to is that he’s an unrepentant domestic terrorist. He’s an anti-hero at best, in the way we root for guys who got a raw deal getting revenge in some contexts… but he’s mostly a villain. I’ve always seen him that way, despite the ways Marvel tried to sugar-coat him. As presented in DD S02, he was a psychopathic vigilante and while yes, he restrained himself from killing Daredevil, and does seem to have a moral code that prevents him from wiping out innocent civilians, I think the problem is less that he doesn’t belong in this universe, and more that he doesn’t belong in some fan-fever future Defenders team. Let him be a villain.
  • So Avatar 2 began production… and Cameron spent a fair amount of quoted effort talking up how “badass” it will be to have Stephen Lang back as the villain for four speculative films… specifically because the character died… I just can’t muster my usual optimism here: how is he going to maintain interest in this franchise over four films… how is he even going to DO four films, when only the LOTR/Hobbit stuff seemed to be willing to go apeshit pre-scheduling a million films, while every other hopeful franchise talks the talk but then caves after a weekend in global release… and how is any of this going to happen in tandem with Terminator, unless he produces on that franchise and directs these… EH! I feel like we’re seeing some of these guys just being barkers these days: Cameron, Scott, etc. “I’m making THREE awesome movies!” “No, mine is a SEVEN movie ARC OF POWER!”
  • Possibly related, here’s Doug Liman ranting about how amazing his inexplicable All You Need is Tole sequel prequel would be.
  • In a surprising plot twist, I actually LIKE this supposed brief on the Gambit project. Help me.

 

That’s all for today. No, I haven’t seen ST: Discovery just yet. I was catching up on Preacher. More to follow!