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Haileys and Bumblebees – Robots Root 3 Jan 2018

 

The only three things I can find to be positive about Bumblebee: The Damn Movie are, in no particular order:

  1. No Michael Bay
  2. Bumblebee is a Bug FFS
  3. Hailey Steinfeld

Maybe that WAS the right order.

Robot’s Root!

  • This comparison between Force Awakens and the Knights of the Old Republic storyline was pretty good. Had I any knowledge of the latter, maybe I would have detected some of this. Or not.
  • Every time Neil Blomkamp posts concept art from his axe-murdered Alien 5 treatment, I get frustrated.
  • I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I for one would want to see those extra hours of Blade Runner 2049… speaking of which, Ridley Scott’s elder man ego is spinning out… these comments are nuts.
  • This quote from Guillermo del Toro was amusing mostly because he criticized the design. I feel him.
  • Rian Johnson is supposedly set to begin filming scenes for the new trilogy in 2018… without a script, or even a stated concept… so at most, I hope it’s establishing shot set pieces… I mean, a road is nice. I like roads.
  • The most obvious conclusion reached from the linkbait comments that ‘Thor will undergo a dramatic transformation in Infinity Tole’ is a loss of an arm, as per the comics some years back… I’d like to see Thanos rip a Thor arm off…
  • new octopus alert. ALERT!
  • Hailey Steinfeld wants to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, if these misleading interview comments are to be believed. I would not mind. She’s fit, athletic, has a great expressive face, and has been acting since she was a wee one (remember True Grit? Long before the pop singer phase)… I had a different fantasy casting for this role, but maybe we’ll get to that sometime in 2018 on the podcast if a couple of other rubes get their shit together…
  • On the heels of the failed Dark Universe, Paramount is hurtling forward with the Hasbroverse, announcing dates for GI Joe, Micronauts and others… despite not having scripts or a plan. Sounds about right. Dungeons and Dragons AGAIN. Guh.
  • Here’s an interview with Neal Scanlan about creature work on TLJ… if you are into that sort of thing, which I am…
  • I still can’t even with this fever dream. It might be great. Mortal Engines…
  • I have an intense need to clean up and sort this mess… while eating THIS, of course.
  • Lung and I traded finds in this vein… this was my favorite of the Star Wars ones. Still looking for the perfect Deckard one.
  • Mark L Smith has been tasked as writer for Tarantino’s Star Trek film… I mean… someone rubbed a lamp somewhere right?
  • I enjoy radical fan theories where the main character is dead. Works with almost any movie.
  • Would Darkseid have helped or hurt Justice League? I think, as Kevin Smith described it, it would have made an effective tether for the next film.
  • Great honest trailer about Return of the Toleyou… except for the grating mispronunciation of Maori…
  • The new Annihilation trailer is already showing too much. I’m on blackout. But I can’t wait.
  • They do look pretty New Mutanty… love the Lockheed puppet…
  • Cloverfield 3 comes out in April… but with no name yet and no promos. Which is fine. They played it fast and loose with the last “sequel”… I’m still on board, ESPECIALLY if it is indeed space based as rumored. The cast alone!
  • True Detective S03 is shaping up to be pretty exciting to this guy: three time periods, the Ozarks, now Dorff joins Ali? Damn

That’s all for today. Back to cooking them Porgs…

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!

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.

Sick Sled, Thor – 15 Feb 2017

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I’ve waited all my life to see Thor tool around on an IMLA*
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Too bad he wasn’t wearing yhis.

*Indoor Mountain Bike Lounging Apparatus

Meanwhile:

1. Planet Hulk appears to include Jarnbjorn, the giant axe Thor’s been carrying around after he lost the virtue juice to wield Mjolnir in the comics (where Jane Foster is the current female Thor)… I wonder of he will lose it in the film and switch to the axe. I like that idea. The concept art for Infinity War has him using the axe. I’m disappointed Hela doesn’t have that cool black facemask thing though otherwise it looks like a a great adaptation of her look.
link! and link!

2. First significant female droid? Since when did they have gender?!? link!

3. Kerry Washington is rumored to be in the mix for Domino in Deadpool 2, which is quite a deviation from the previous scoop. Seems like an odd fit. I like her enough, and can see her in a supers role, but I’m not sure about this kind of farcical deal? link!

4. Do you KNOW how much I want a well-done Moon Knight film? Or Netflix series? I have so many ideas. So does James Gunn, apparently. link! Note, astute and current listeners of the Robot-Kraken Podcast have by now heard that we did a Fantasy Casting for a Moon Knight project. You can check it out here: http://robot-kraken.com/robot-kraken-po … lable-now/

5. “Power. Greed. Devious. Needs. High stakes. Cash money. Dope boy. Rap money. Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun.” Wow. Suicide Squad EP Stephen Mnuchin is now in line for the Presidency. link! WHAT IS EVEN.

6. Apparently the new Jaegers in PR 2 look like generic post-anime Taiwanese knockoff figures. The interesting designs for some of the previous film’s mecha were its selling point. link!

7. Check out WETA’s Labyrinth board game. It’s amazing. I’m nerding out. And I don’t even LIKE that film. link!

8. One of my favorite games in High School was BATTLECHESS, combining chess with, well, battle animations. Warhammer 40K: Regicide is taking that to the Nth degree, looks like. Available on Steam. link!

9. How about a VR model of Deckard’s apartment? link!. Note no early 80’s Sean Young going all Gibson Girl in there. Bummer.


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Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 28 (February 2017) Available Now!

The Robot-Kraken Podcast – Episode 28: The Future is Now! (February 2017)

February is here and Kris and Thom sit down to chat about the ten projects coming up in 2017 that we are most excited about! (Or 2017-ish, since George RR Martin is on the list….) We talk about the EXPANSE, reveal our dream casting for a MOON KNIGHT movie and in the Shipyard talk about kickstarter, brush pens and upcoming art jams!

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking the button above or HERE and subscribe, listen and rate us on iTunes too!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 – Introduction & Sucking The Monkey:
    • Thom – The Loose Parsec
    • Kris – Eddyline Brewery Jolly Roger Stout
      • Segment Name Origin: Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
  • 0:07 – The Shipyard
    • We talk about brush pen inking, Kris’ current projects for the official THE THING art book and kickstarter and Thom reveals his works in progress and the Weekly Jam Subjects for the month!
      • Weekly Jam Subjects:
      • DCs Starfire
      • DC’s Katana
      • DC’s The Enchantress
      • Disney’s Moana
    • Want to participate in the TRDL Art Jam? The TRDL Jam runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. The complete list of jam topics by date can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QM5XfE
      You will find associate links for the platforms of your choice: the R3 Forum, DeviantArt, and FB.
  • 0:19 – Thom discusses a fan theory about Robin and the Joker
  • 0:24 – A Tim Miller/James Cameron reboot of the Terminator?
  • 0:31 – Top Ten 2017 Projects!
    • 0:31 – Winds Of Winter
    • 0:41 – Star Wars VIII
    • 0:44 – Wonder Woman
    • 0:47 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    • 0:53 – Upcoming Neil Gaiman Projects
      • American Gods, Good Omens and Norse Tales
    • 1:00 – Logan
    • 1:10 – Spiderman: Homecoming
    • 1:18 – Ghost In The Shell
    • 1:25 – Murder On The Orient Express
    • 1:33 – Blade Runner
    • 1:38 – Our Runner-Ups
  • 1:45 – Dream Casting!
    • Thom reveals his long held plans for a RUNAWAYS Movie
    • 1:55 – We both cast a MOON KNIGHT television series or movie – our choices might surprise you!
  • 2:28 – THE EXPANSE Discussion and initial thoughts
  • 2:51 – Baywatch and Contact Info – That’s right – Baywatch!

That was our show! And now – videos and trailers. for science!

Speaking of videos and science, you can also catch the Robot-Kraken Podcast on Youtube. This month’s episode:

https://youtu.be/0Ous5u64MuM
Plus trailers: