We’re going to talk about Prometheus, but first lets talk about Ridley Scott. In the beginning of his career he crafted two of the most influential science fiction films of all time, Alien and Blade Runner. Everything about those movies continues to influence filmmakers to this day. They were masterworks of the genre and yet…it would be 30 years before he returned to science fiction.
I ramble on for some time in this fashion, so we’ve supplied a link below with which you can continue reading. Wow! What convenience!
Science Fiction has always played a pivotal role in cinema. It is a means by which we can look into the future and speculate as to what “could be”. Our only limit is our imaginations, and our imaginations provide an infinite number of possibilities. With that being said there have been some incredible films that allow us to look forward and wonder, “what if?”. Whether it is the existence of extra terrestrials or humankind’s self destructive nature – these possibilities are fascinating.
While it is easy to point to the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises because they are so iconic, we decided that would be too easy. Below are our favorite Science Fiction films that do not begin with the word “Star”. Did we miss something? Share your favorite with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Girl Meets World is officially a go! The highly anticipated (by Internet standards) Boy Meets World spin-off has been picked up to series by the Disney Channel. The comedy reunites Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel with BMW executive producer Michael Jacobs, it will debut in 2014. That’s a long wait right?
The New York City-set Girl Meets World will follow 7th grader Riley and her best friend Maya as they navigate through middle school. Their plans for a carefree year will be adjusted under the watch of Riley’s parents Cory, who works as a history teacher at the school, and Topanga, who owns an afterschool hangout known for its pudding.
I laughed at the pudding hangout. Wasn’t she going to be a lawyer? The fears of Disney watering this down for the new dumb generation might be real. The show will follow their tween daughter Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard. William Daniels, will be returning — at least for the first episode – as Mr. Feeny. Other cast members from Boy Meets World were on the set and is still up in the air on who will be a regular on the new show.
Paramount has sent over a new clip from the movie World War Z. The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who is in a race to stop a growing zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity. The film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse, and Daniella Kertesz. World War Z opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on Friday.
Watch the clip below Via Paramount:
Here is the first trailer for director Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama The Wolf of Wall Street based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort. The great looking film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch. It looks like one big party in the trailer, just check out Jonah Hill’s teeth – out of control!
The film also stars Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner.
The Wolf of Wall Street opens on November 15th, watch the trailer below:
Imagine I, Robot – but set in Russia. Robots are there to tend to the whims of their human masters and the cybernetic lifeforms strangely resemble those of I, Robot. These ones do tend to have a bit more in regards to facial expressions, but a very close facsimile. The similarities end there, as the plot is not as cut and dry as the Will Smith blockbuster. In this 4 minute film nothing is really cleared up. The gift itself reminds me of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. A metaphor of sorts that is left up the viewers imagination.
It is directed by Carl E. Rinsch, whose name may be familiar as he was in the running to direct the Alien prequel. Upon it’s release, The Gift sparked a bidding war in which many believed it was for the rights to expand the short into a full length feature film. It turns out it was over the rights to make a film titled Small, whereas The Gift served as a prequel. This news is over 3 years old, and I have no idea on the future of this project. If you have any knowledge yourself, please feel free to respond in the comments below.
For those who haven’t seen the The Gift, check it out after the jump!
Robert De Niro as an American war veteran. John Travolta as a Serbian war veteran with a funny beard. Both alone in the woods as they try to kill each other and settle old scores. Sold, or so you’d think. This trailer for Killing Season unfortunately doesn’t do much to sell the film. In fact if it weren’t for the cast, I’d be convinced that this was a direct-to-DVD affair. It doesn’t really offer up much reason as to why these actors even signed on. Who knows though, this could end up being a fun flick. Oh who am I kidding, it won’t.
Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump!
A second trailer for Elysium has been released and I just have to say…WOW! This film is looking fantastic so far. Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9, was one of the more original science fiction films to come around in years and Elysium is looking like it’s going to blow it out of the water. This trailer successfully sells something epic, intelligent, and most of all…something that looks like a heck of a lot of fun.
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This is the best Superman movie ever made, take that however you please. The Christopher Reeve Superman movies are classics for one reason or another. It was the first time Superman graced the big screen blending humor and then “special” effects, crafting a tribute to an American pop culture icon. It’s been done again, but with a far more serious tone. This Superman doesn’t smile, nor does he have much reason to.
Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns wasn’t his own; I felt he just made a checklist of things to include in the film to remind people of the original Superman. Here Zack Snyder nearly puts it all away for a reboot that works, and was very necessary. Zack Snyder has updated Superman for the 21st Century; the action scenes are incredible to watch. Henry Cavill brings charisma and character to Superman; you can feel his agonizing thought process throughout the film. He has to actually think about whether to save the humans who don’t even believe in him. That’s what I loved about this movie, it makes you ask yourself what this ultimate hero should do or could do. It’s not as easy as swooping in and flying off into the sun winking anymore. The movie shows that Superman has a moral compass, and it’s sometimes scary to consider this man has options.
With every Superman movie to date, this one is no exception when it comes to calling back to Superman mythos whether we like it or not (I don’t). The movie is still entertaining, inspiring, heartfelt, and beautiful to look at. The cast is incredible, and should be getting more attention. You can breathe a sigh of relief: we don’t have to start this over again anytime soon – this Superman works.
+ The cast: Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon are in top form.
+ Intense action on an epic sci-fi scale.
+ You will wish Krypton was a real place.
- Panders to Superman of yesteryear.
- It’s enough with Jesus already.
The first teaser trailer is out for HBO’s new crime series titled True Detective. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as 2 detectives investigating a murder. The story covers a large amount of time from 1995-2012 in what looks like the south judging from the trailer. Season one will consist of eight episode. If the reception is positive and additional episodes are ordered – subsequent seasons will cover completely different crimes with different characters.
I know we can’t tell much from the trailer, but HBO has a track record of quality programming with their crime drama (The Sopranos and The Wire immediately come to mind). Does anyone else thing that Matthew McConaughey doesn’t even look like himself in this trailer?
We don’t have a release date, all we know is it is coming in 2014.