Star Trek Beyond

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Star Trek Beyond

It has been rumoured for months but the third Star Trek film of the reboot is going to be called “Star Trek Beyond”. Justin Lin, who is now the director, confirmed it on Twitter along with a new picture. It’s not the most exciting picture, but filming doesn’t start until next week, so I guess they don’t have a lot to share.

The script is by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg and will apparently hark back to the sense of adventure found in the original Star Trek series. I hope so. I suspect it won’t be one of the ones where they visit a planet that has evolved to be exactly like Rome or 1930s Chicago though. Also, Spock’s brain will probably remain in his head. Hopefully it will be something original. Or somewhere in between, like a being that is much more powerful and hard to understand or even better – a fight with a Gorn.

Star Trek Beyond is produced J.J. Abrams and is scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release.

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The Martian

The Martian
The Martian

The Martian is a new film starring Matt Damon. It’s based on the best-selling book The Martian by Andy Weir and the trailer looks pretty damn good. I have to admit, I haven’t read the book but the movie trailer has made me want to. Which reminds me – I need to read more. The Martian – add to basket.

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Fallout 4

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Bethesda has finally released a Fallout 4 trailer and I am officially very excited. There have been rumours circulating the interweb for years. Fallout 3 came out in 2008 and Fallout: New Vegas in 2010, so we were due something new any decade now.

Although there is no release date at the moment, the world premiere of Fallout 4 will be broadcast live on both Youtube and Twitch on the 14th June at 7pm PST. This is 3am UK time on the 15th. Or 9am in Thailand were I am writing this.

I loved Fallout 3 and New Vegas, (and Oblivion and Skyrim,) and have full faith in Bethesda. I suspect this will be very similar except it will be much bigger, have better graphics, and be set in Boston. Without further ado, here is the Fallout 4 trailer:

 

 

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Minority Report TV show

Minority report TV show
Minority report TV show

I don’t care what you think of me, I quite enjoyed the Minority Report movie. Right up until most of the ending when it all turned to treacle and was all ‘Spielberg-nice-and-huggy-and-happy’ and shite. I hated the end of that film. I would like to have seen Tom Cruise successfully do his thing, but the pre-cogs get caught and go back under into that pool thing, trapped with no freedom but stopping murders and helping society. This way you have a bit of a moral dilemma. Obviously someone like Spock would just say, ‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. So fuck’em.’ And I guess he’d be right.

I digress, but only a bit. As the title suggests, there is going to be a Minority Report TV show where one of the pre-cogs is roaming around and  gets a bit of a vision but not enough to solve much. Society is going back to being all “murdery” as the pre-cogs had escaped. It seems he will team up with police woman and they will solve crimes. So quirky guy and no-nonense, hot, kickass female cop form an unlikely bond. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, Castle, The Mentalist, Sleepy Hollow, etc. I actually enjoy most of the times this pairing happens in TV shows, so I’ll allow it.

This post was originally twice the length as it descended into a rant about big budget scifi being cancelled after a series or two but I will save that treat for another time. Hopefully this will be good and will last. To be fair, it actually looks alright. Here is the Minority Report TV trailer:

 

 

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Syfy and Amblin to make Brave New World TV show

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Syfy channel and Spielberg’s Amblin Television have just announced that they are going to make a TV show based on Aldous Huxley’s superb Brave New World. I have to admit, I have mixed emotions about this – and most of those emotions are negative.

On the one hand, I can’t help but get excited when a novel I like is being turned into a film or TV show. On the other hand, I have been disappointed the vast majority of the time. I know I recently got fairly excited by the prospect of The Expanse coming to TV, but the books are written so visually that I can almost see the TV show in my head. On the third hand, Brave New World is pretty much a novella and short stories can make great TV/films as they can go with the idea and not be too beholden to the source material. On the fourth – alright, bollocks to the whole ‘hand’ thing – another point is the fact that the best novellas are the length they are because they have a precise story in mind that is longer than a short story but has a definite end. A Brave New World has a definite end.

I’m a huge Orwell fan. Animal Farm and 1984  were perfectly complete stories that were far too long for a short story, but not quite book length.  They were the length they needed to be for the finite tale they told. The same goes for the perfectly written The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. (All of these have actually translated quite well into films as the novella is perfect film length.)

I just don’t think a Brave New World will translate into great TV. They should make it a movie or fixed-length mini-series. I guess we shall see.

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New Star Wars Trailer

starwarsThere’s a new Star Wars trailer! Actually it’s a teaser trailer, but it’s quite long so… Ah, who cares. The more Star Wars I see the better. I think this will be the best Star Wars since Empire Strikes Back and have decided to pin all my hopes on it. Like I did with Phantom Menace, which didn’t work out well, but life is all about risk. Plus this also has a couple of characters that… well you’ll see. Without further ado, here is the new Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer (to give it the full catchy title). Enjoy.

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New Ant-Man trailer

New Ant-Man trailer
New Ant-Man trailer

I know it sounds like a bizarre comic book hero to choose but Ant-Man will soon be on our screens and the trailer actually looks quite fun. I knew Ant-Man existed but have never read any of the comics because, well it sounded a bit daft. Although I was certainly more aware of Ant-Man than I was of Guardians of the Galaxy and GOTG is now one of my favourite films of all time, and that had a raccoon and a tree as two of its main characters. Marvel’s taking slightly out there comic material and having fun with it.

So take the new Ant-Man trailer with a pinch of salt because that is the tone in which it is meant to be taken. Paul Rudd is generally a pretty funny guy and I think this has potential. Here is the new Ant-Man trailer. Enjoy:

 

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TIE fighter wars short film

TiefighterThis has been all over the internet already but in case you missed it, here is the much discussed TIE fighter wars short film by Paul Johnson. Basically, the premise is to show a Star Wars space battle from the point of view of the Empire and TIE fighter pilots, done in the style of 80s anime. It is superbly animated.

To be honest I am not a 100% keen on the music but given it’s harking back to a Gundam-esque style of animation, I guess it fits.Anyway, who cares. This is great. Go TIE fighters! Go Empire!

 

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Chrononauts optical illusion

First off, take a look at the cover of this new Mark Millar and Sean Murphy comic called Chrononauts. Look at the watch on the left. What do you see? 1 in 15 people will see something different. More on the Chrononauts optical illusion later…

What do you see in the watch face?
What do you see in the watch face?

As I am a bit of a nerd, I still get excited on ‘new comic day’. When I was younger, this meant a trip to the local comic book shop where you would meet all the other cool froods who were similarly into such exciting literature. Now, it just means an email from Comixology letting me know what’s new and then me going online to buy digital copies. But you can still chat to the cool froods in forums and on sites like twitter, which is also where you can find out cool things about the comics and related topics. What’s even better is that the comic artists and writers join in, raising the tone and generally being quite interesting. Which brings me, long-windedly, to the Chrononauts optical illusion.

In the watch face you will see one of the following:

1/ A broken watch face. (What I saw.)

2/ A green hourglass.

Apparently only one person in fifteen will see the hourglass. It’s the comic book fan version of the stupid ‘colour of the dress’ debate. The artist, Sean Gordon Murphy, chimed in on Twitter to explain:

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 7.27.20 pmI don’t know if this is a cunning bit of marketing and there is no optical illusion but I thought I would share just in case it true. If it is an evil marketing trick then kudos Mr Murphy, I like your style.

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Tomorrowland trailer looks intriguing

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland

I saw an earlier Tomorrowland trailer and thought it looked ok. George Clooney is nearly always good value and the science fiction element looked intriguing, but it didn’t seem all that special. Well the new Tomorrowland trailer looks even more interesting and my intrigued-o-meter has risen.

The premise of there being a world that runs parallel to our own has been done before – I was immediately reminded of Baxter/Pratchett’s (slightly disappointing) The Long Earth series or The Talisman by King/Straub. But Tomorrowland seems really cool, with an almost retro scifi feel to it. This feeling is enhanced by a couple of clips that were released separately – more on that in a second. The film also has Hugh Laurie, who is worth a watch. I don’t know his role in Tomorrowland but if he speaks with an American accent, he’s a good guy; with his natural English accent, he’s a baddie. Sorry if that turns out to be a spoiler, I’m just guessing. Anyway, here is the Tomorrowland trailer:

I think it looks pretty damn good.
The idea is that a secret society called Plus Ultra was founded by Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Gustave Eiffel, and H.G. Wells in 1889. They then went to live in a hidden city. On Youtube and Twitter there is a great conspiracy type account called Stop Plus Ultra that has already released a couple of videos. There’s also a website. The Youtube channel is here. The first video is great:

The second one is interesting but a bit long. For some reason, it reminds me of a recruitment drive for the underwater city of Rapture in the Bioshock games.

I’m a sucker for these kind of viral marketing techniques and have been ever seen the internet excitement that surrounded The Blair Witch Project. It remains to be seen whether the film is any good, but until then check out the STOP PLUS ULTRA website. Like most conspiracy theories it is untrue but I so want it to be real: STOP PLUS ULTRA blog.
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