Robservations

A daily (or nearly daily) video blog from Robert Meyer Burnett sharing new ideas and work from some of the most exciting new creators in genre media.

What Disney’s upcoming MULAN seems to get so right!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, charges into the breech once again as the Imagination Connoisseurs of the Post-Geek Singularity talk about the pressing issues facing today’s world of genre entertainment on the July 8th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Today, RMB discusses Disney’s new MULAN, tokenism in comics and much more. Check it out!

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Falling in love with cinema in the Summer of ’86

Was the Summer of 1986 the best summer in movie history? Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the biggest blockbuster summer in recent memory, answers questions from viewers and reads letters from fans in this, the July 7th episode of ROBSERVATIONS.

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All kind of crazy love for THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deep dive of cool goodness that is the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the July 5th edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

Rob talks replica props, collectibles, movie news and, of course, the films of the Summer of 1989 with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs.

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Pride and prejudice and mermaids.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about surviving the recent earthquake in So-Cal as well as other vital items of interest to the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the Independence Day edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Is BOND 25 an endless, on-going nightmare with no end in sight?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, rolls into another discussion of genre entertainment with fans, viewers and letters from around the world in this, the July 3rd edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Today, Rob talks about one of his favorite subjects, James Bond and the 007 franchise as he shares what he knows about the current state of BOND 25, due for release in 2020.

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Criticism can be a very good thing.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about NETFLIX’s new SANDMAN series announcement, the kindness of strangers, classic “schlock” cinema and more on a free-range edition of ROBSERVATIONS.

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Extreme fandom, personal criticism, fan films and AXANAR.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a walk through the wild side of the Post-Geek Singularity in this, the June 30th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Join Rob and he talks about personal criticism, the nature of fandom and his experience on the failed Star Trek feature-length fan film, AXANAR.

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A heartfelt “thank you” from a next generation fan.

Robert Meyer Burnett takes a deep diver into the world of genre entertainment as he discusses whether CAPTAIN MARVEL benefited from an AVENGERS: ENDGAME bounce, how the movie-going experience has changed over the years and why deep conversations with friends matter.

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Amazon Studios discover making profitable movies is hard.

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, hosts another topical smorgasbord with his fellow Imagination Connoisseurs on this, the June 27th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. Rob talks about how difficult it is to make money in the film business – even when you’re Amazon.

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A combat veteran weighs in on THE LAST JEDI

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares stories from the Post-Geek Singularity on the June 25th edition of ROBSERVATIONS. In addition to the usual banter, Rob explores the Star Wars film, THE LAST JEDI, through the eyes of a combat vet and active service member who is also an Imagination Connoisseur.

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Can we survive living in the Post-Geek Singularity?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the status of fandom today and how fans react when their expectations of a beloved franchise are not met. How we, as fans, deal with toxic fandom will shape the future of the Post-Geek Singularity.

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The inclusive, unifying power of franchise and genre storytelling.

Producer-writer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares a story from a viewer about how a shared interest in movies and television (especially genre entertainment) helped bridge cultural and geographic divides between people. That’s a great example of how the power good storytelling can make a positive difference today.

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Giant space amoebas and more viewer mail.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares a scientist’s view of the giant space amoeba from STAR TREK, discusses Christopher Nolan’s relationship with Warner Bros., and covers more topics from viewers on today’s Robservation.

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Russian Troll Farms vs CAPTAIN MARVEL and bitter sadness

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a deep dive into fan questions and the challenges presented to creators, fans and studios by trolls and toxic fandom. Star Wars, The Vengence Trilogy, the origin of sci-fi and much more on today’s Robservation …

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Captain Marvel is your 4K fantasy.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, discusses a variety of subjects including the “Bad Old Days” of STAR WARS, the upcoming sequel to THE SHINING, why the Academy Awards are so popular and much, much more.

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Subversive cinema and our free society

On this edition of Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at the Stanley Kubrick classic, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and how subversive films helped drive social conversation.

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Fandom as a force for good in the world.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets a little political today and talks about the heartbreaking situation in New Zealand, the role political discourse plays in encouraging brutal acts of terrorism and what we, as members of the Post-Geek Singularity can do to help make this world a better and more tolerant place.

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Disney finally closes the Fox deal

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for … well, sorta. Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his thoughts on CAPTAIN MARVEL and the movie’s huge opening weekend.

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Talos IV and the making of meaning

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, gets on a roll about STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and its latest episode (If Memory Serves) as well as the regular hoo-hah!

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Happy “International Women’s Day”

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares information on a new comic project undertaken by comic creator Ashley Robinson, the challenges faced by women in entertainment as well as a variety of other topics and questions.

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Storytelling, STAR TREK and the culture of contempt

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about how we, as viewers, can be led to believe a story is real or not. RMB explains some of the storytelling tricks and film-making methods used to create a sense of realism in movies and television.

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Depression and the “tapestry” of Star Trek

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the “power” of Star Trek to address important social issues. To help make his point, Rob shares a great email from a viewer who explains the role the episode “Tapestry” (from ST:TNG) played in his life.

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The Picard Series – socially inept and immature?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, breaks down preliminary character profiles for the new Captain Picard series as reported by the website Dark Horizons. How accurate are these descriptions? We’re not sure, but RMB shares some concerns about where character development seems to be headed with new iterations of Star Trek.

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Religion, tolerance and indie film making

It’s been a hard day, and in this latest, late-night Robservations, writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett shares an update about some problems that have just cropped up with a post-production house whose owner has asked for some creative changes to TANGO SHALOM before agreeing to work on the project. 

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Fan boys and Rotten Tomatoes

It’s a late-night Robservations … and you know what that means! Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett waxes philisophique on all sorts of subjects, first among them being the fan-boy backlash against Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL movie on review site Rotten Tomatoes. RMB rambles around on other subjects, too.

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Live from the final mix for SKY FIGHTER

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes us behind the scenes of a live mixing session for the recently completed short film, SKY FIGHTER. There are a few technical difficulties with the stream, but the video is still a fascinating look at what it takes to put together a soudscape behind a film or television show.

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Public perception and a viewer’s email

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, explains what he loves about working as an independent filmmaker and shares a heart-felt viewer email that leads to a great Robservation.

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Pre-Oscar open mic night at Casa Burnett

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, shares his memories and opinions about the Academy Awards show scheduled to take place on Sunday. Plus more of the usual hijinks with the gang …

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The joys of actually finishing a film project

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, Gilbert and SkippyJon Jones (who’s still recovering from her injuries) co-host today’s Robservation podcast and help RMB celebrate the completion of the short film, SKY FIGHTER, by Lucas Kendall.

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A very special Robservations EXTRA!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett answers the missing Super Chat questions from earlier Robservation episodes. It’s a rollicking hour (plus) covering a wide variety of topics.

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Canon, Star Wars and THE LAST JEDI hatred

With apologies to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG), Writer-producer-director, “Notorious RMB” (Robert Meyer Burnett) discusses seismic cultural shifts in the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment.

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Does too much content exist?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the quantity of content available to consumers today through the media. Is media diversification a good thing? RMB and online viewers talk it over …

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The return of literary science fiction

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, is a voracious reader. So with today’s casting announcements for the upcoming DUNE re-boot, RMB felt compelled to launch into an interesting Robservations live-stream about literary sci-fi. Let your geek flag fly, folks. This is fun!

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Girls in da’ howse!

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes advantage of the fact a dozen women were in his house during his live chat and interviews them to find out what women want in their sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment.

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A premise, a story and STAR TREK: Discovery

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, is an authority on all-things STAR TREK. So, what did he think of the second episode of this season’s ST: Discovery? Watch and find out (it’s not pretty) …

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Working hard for your fandom?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, talks about the difference between the fan experience of today versus the fan experience of 30 years ago when he was a teenager. Did fans work harder to foster their fandom back then? Listen in …

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The responsibilities of dreaming

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, draws on current events in his own life at the moment to lead an engaging discussion about the responsibilities we have to others for the effects we create when we “pursue our dreams.” Heady stuff …

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Star Trek out of darkness.

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, takes a closer look at today’s announcement that access Michelle Yeoh has been tapped to lead a new Star Trek series set in the “Discovery” universe and available on the CBS streaming service.

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Are you not entertained?

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett uses a Twitter debate pitting The Mummy against Raiders of the Lost Ark to take a header into the deeper questions about the nature and quality of content. Is it all equal? Is it all relative? Find out.

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“The state of Star Trek.”

You know it’s going to be a good Robservations episode when writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, opens the show by explaining what kind of beer he’s going to drink while he opines on the state of Star Trek. So sit back and pop a cold one with RMB as he begins an epic, 40+ minute rant on the current state of his favorite sci-fi franchise.

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“My early career working at Warner Brothers”

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett discusses his early career when he worked for Warner Brothers’ SVP of Production, Bill Young, as one of three management trainees. Was it more WALL STREET or WEEKEND AT BERNIES? You decide …

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“Some of my favorite films – Part I”

Robert Meyer Burnett dives into his personal media collection to find ten great movies worth watching (or watching again). Unfortunately for Rob (but lucky for us), he only was able to make his way through the titles in his library beginning with the letter “A.” 

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“2019 and the year of Non-Toxic Fandom”

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett gives his take on DC’s latest offering, AQUAMAN along with his broader opinion about comic book movies and how we’re living in the “Golden Age” of this kind of cinematic entertainment.

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“I’m an AXANAR A-hole, too.”

Writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett delves into some of the accusations made about him by AXANAR producer, Alec Peters, and answers questions from online fans curious to know more about this troubled fan film production.

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“AXANAR and me”

Rob provides some long-awaited insights into the whole ordeal and answers questions from fans who want to know more about what happened to AXANAR and what the future might hold.

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“Is Black Mirror’s BANDERSNATCH any good?”

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett provides his spoiler-free post mortem of Netflix’s BANDERSNATCH and conducts a free-flowing, online discussion with fans about this latest attempt at creating an interactive, feature film.

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“Let’s talk BANDERSNATCH”

Netflix’s highly-anticipated, interactive movie experience, BANDERSNATCH, is slated to drop today, providing the perfect opportunity for writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett to speculate with his fans as to what they should expect.

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“My favorite home video releases of 2018”

It’s the day after Christmas and that’s the perfect time for writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett to walk through the biggest home video releases of 2018. Rob shares his favorites of the year.

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“Greetings from the Geek Singularity”

Writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett officially kicks off his “Robservations” podcast with this episode and talks about everything from Serial Killer Fiction and Starship Model kits and more!

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Robservations: The Pilot

In this pilot episode of Robservations, writer-producer-director Robert Meyer Burnett takes you to Olympia, WA to meet a husband, father, artist and Boba Fett cosplayer.

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