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Rakka – Neill Blomkamp’s short starring Sigourney Weaver

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) has started something called Oat Studios, which is a creative venture focusing on monsters, aliens, and general weirdness. Which sounds bloody great to me. His idea is to create short experimental films and be funded by people online rather than go through the studio system or crowdfunding. The first such offering is called Rakka and it stars the always superb Sigourney Weaver. I won’t give too much away as you can watch the 20-minute film below. Basically, aliens invade and they are really, really mean. Sigourney is trying to kick their alien asses and let’s face it, she has a history of success in this kind of endeavour. Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is officially not going to happen, so this is a great way to fill that Sigourney/Alien shaped hole.

I am a big fan of Blomkamp, especially District 9, and Rakka has a similar feel to that film. I also think it is an interesting experiment that he is trying with his Oats studio creation and want to support in my own minor way. Rather than simply do a Kickstarter or go to a Hollywood studio, he is hoping people will be interested enough to fund further work. Have a look at what is happening and a way to contribute yourself on Steam by clicking on this link.

Without further ado, here is Rakka. (Warning: it is a tad violent and not for kids.)

Blade Runner 2049

I wasn’t going to post the Blade Runner 2049 official trailer as it has been out for almost a day and is all over the internet. But then I thought that someone may have missed it and that would be a shame because it looks incredible.

It is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has proved he can do thoughtful and evocative sci-fi with the superb Arrival (go and watch that if you haven’t seen it yet). Plus Gosling and Ford are generally pretty reliable and I am a sucker for cyberpunk.

Check it out the official trailer. Ideally on a big screen:

The Dark Tower official trailer

I wrote relatively recently about the Dark Tower book and how good it was. As I said in my review, the Gunslinger was damned enjoyable and I wanted to read it before the film came out. I’ll be honest though, I thought it was going to be a series of films but now it just looks like a one-off movie. Which is a shame but what are you going to do? The casting is great though –  I am a big fan of both Elba and McConaughey and can easily imagine them in the roles. I seriously doubt that I will read the next six books in the Dark Tower series before this comes out in August, so the film had better be good.

I think the Dark Tower official trailer looks great but then trailers nearly always do these days. See what you think…

Thor Ragnarok looks like a Guardians of the Galaxy crossover

The last two Thor movies have been ok. Not great but entertaining none the less. Ragnarok seems like it is going in a very different direction and looks like it could be a shitload of fun. Fewer plotlines about people being tricked by Loki the Trickster and more space adventure goodness. In fact, as the trailer went on I was fully expecting one of the Guardians of the Galaxy to pop in and say something witty. I will be surprised if that doesn’t happen in the Ragnarok at some point.

I think this looks great but that could just be I have been in a long excitement build up to Guardians 2 and this feels like a crossover. Plus – Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin rule. Enjoy.

 

 

Justice League official trailer

I’m a very forgiving soul so I am allowing myself to get fairly excited about both a DC film and a Zack Snyder film. I enjoyed Watchmen and I waited till the extended BluRay version of Batman vs Superman came out and enjoyed the hell out of that too. So bollocks, I am looking forward to Justice League.

Suicide Squad was crap, so I won’t go full on “Star Wars” excited yet. DC have yet to find their feet. I know trailers mean bugger all these days, so for what it is worth, here is the Justice League official trailer. I think it looks great! Woohoo DC!

Geostorm trailer looks like lots of other trailers

I grew up watching disaster movies in the late 70s and early 80s and they were great. The Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and so on. Then there was a lull before they got popular again in the mid to late 90s – Independence Day, Armageddon, Deep Impact. Since then, there has been the occasional one like 2012, ID2, and San Andreas. Now there is Geostorm.

The first batch was great as they told personal stories and didn’t rely too heavily on special effects. The second ones were ok purely because of the special effects which were amazing for the time and they thankfully overshadowed the cliched and crap story telling. The more recent ones are ok but we have seen everything before so, you know, meh. Geostorm definitely seems like it will fit in the latter category.

The modern master of the disaster film is Roland Emmerich, a frequent collaborator with co-producer/writer Dean Devlin. Geostorm was directed by Dean Devlin who, for his directorial debut, is clearly sticking with what he knows.

Except Geostorm is slightly different in that it is set in the future where satellites control the weather. (I said slightly.) So when the satellites go wrong and tons of storms hit the Earth, it is up to top scientist Gerard Butler to fly into space and save the day. Oh, and there is some kind of threat to the president. Unbelievably Ed Harris and Andy Garcia are in it too.

Maybe I am being mean to Geostorm but I watched the trailer and felt like I have seen everything in it already. Like 2012 and San Andreas, I suspect it will have great special effects and I will watch it when it comes on TV and I have a hangover and can’t be bothered to change channels. I’ll probably enjoy it too. It comes out in October.

Here is the trailer:

Kong: Skull Island trailer is great!

My favorite trailer of all time was Mad Max but this new Kong: Skull Island trailer is definitely up there. It starts off pretty standard lay for a great trailer but then just keeps going in what almost feels like an overload of fun. I was going to post the new Alien Covenant trailer today but I think it would be sad indeed if anyone missed this one, so I might as well post it. There is also quite an enjoyable Kong 360 video out there if you are lucky enough to have VR.  Kong has to be pretty big if the much rumored Godzilla crossover is going to happen and this doesn’t disappoint. He’s huge predictably angry.

I am suddenly quite excited to see this now. Check it out:

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword trailer 2

I was fairly curious about this film as the first trailer seemed quite fun and King Arthur is generally an enjoyable legend. As a science fiction fan I am also obviously into fantasy, swords and magic etc, because that is just the way the universe works.

The best film about Arthur is Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Special Edition), followed by John Boorman’s Excalibur, but there is certainly room for more. I even enjoyed Clive Owen as Arthur. Some of Guy Ritchie’s films are better than others but they are all pretty watchable.

So this is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s second trailer and this one uses Led Zeppelin’s music. Zeppelin rule, so it is a better trailer than the first. I remember reading a couple of years ago that this film was the first of a series but I guess the studio is hedging its bets on that front. Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) stars and it comes out 12th May 2017. Here’s the trailer:

The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger

I am a bit late to the party with Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. So late in fact, that he finished the series and then went back and rewrote book one – The Gunslinger – to make it fit in better.

The Gunslinger and the whole Dark Tower series is set in a post apocalyptic world. It is also, as you may have guessed from the title, the cover, and everything ever mentioned about it, a Western. But with magic and weird shit going on. The setting is pretty unique and with a lot of scope for adventure and shenanigans.

The first book is basically the story of the eponymous Gunslinger as he chases a magic man across a desert and through some hills. In fact the story can be summed up by the awesome opening line:

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Obviously more happens than this or it would be a tad dull. Which It most definitely is not. The characters, especially Roland Deschain (the gunslinger), are pretty cool. I did find they lacked a bit of depth but this is possibly to create mystery and allow for revelation later on. King described the series as a mixture of Sergio Leone’s ‘Man with no name’ trilogy mixed with Lord of the Rings and Arthurian legends. Which is a damn fine mix.

As you can see from the picture above and may have read in the news, this is soon going to be a movie with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey – which is a superb bit of casting although I had Clint Eastwood in my head when I read it, for obvious reasons. Elba will be great in the role though.

I have waffled enough! I liked the Gunslinger a lot and have already bought the next one in the series. Stephen King has finished the series and they all got good reviews, so there is none of the concern you may get when launching into an epic series that is still underway (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones). Enjoy.

You can get it on Amazon here:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Super Bowl and full trailer

Recently there was an event in America where they have the year’s most expensive adverts and a show by a celebrity. I think some kind of sport happens too, I missed it. But I didn’t miss the obvious highlight, which was some new footage and a one minute trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I haven’t been this excited since Star Wars Rogue One and that was totally justified.

The first film immediately became one of my all time favourite movies, so this has a lot to live up to. This clip has the new one minute trailer and, in case you haven’t repeatedly watched it recently, the full length trailer. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 looks awesome and I am almost as excited about the soundtrack. Enjoy.