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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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Robots on Film

Sexy Metropolis robot

This two and a half minute clip shows almost a hundred years’ worth of robots on film and is pretty damn cool. Everyone loves a robot and I’m gutted the nearest I am likely to get to owning one in the next five years is if I buy a robot vacuum cleaner. Personally I think the robots from Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet still hold up pretty well. But then I am a fan of all three films and may be a bit biased. Anyway, here are some robots on film. So many scifi classics… so little time… Enjoy!

Every Horror Reference in The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the WoodsIf you haven’t seen The Cabin in the Woods then this short video will be utterly meaningless to you. Which is a shame because you are now missing out on two great bits of video.

In this clip from the good people at www.goodbadflicks.com, you can see every horror reference in The Cabin in the Woods – and there are a ridiculous amount of them. I guess the title made that pretty self explanatory but I thought I would stress what you are in for. I am now feeling a need to watch the movie again. Enjoy.

 

Darth Vader before the voice over

Darth Vader before the voice over was David Prowse

Prowse is Vader

Darth Vader is played by a lot of actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse was actual Darth, while his voice was done by the brilliant vocal talent of James Earl Jones. There was also some other guy when the helmet came off and the actors in the newer trilogy – but they aren’t anything to do with what I am talking about today. Besides none of them really count as the Darth Vader we all know and admire.

What a lot of people may not know is that Prowse actually said all of Vader’s lines for acting purposes even though everyone was aware that he would eventually be voiced over. Well, the original recording is available thanks to the good old internet. As the video below shows, Darth Vader before the voice over was a hell of a lot less cool when he had a west country English accent.

This is the Day of Dredd

The Day of Dredd

The Day of Dredd

I just got an email reminding me that TODAY the 1st of October 2014 is THE DAY OF DREDD! This is a cause I truly believe in and fully support. I suggest you do too because the world needs more Dredd. (Quite literally in my opinion but that’s a separate issue.)

If you are similarly brilliant in your taste of film and comic then you too can help this magnificent cause. Buy the first Dredd film on DVD or Bluray or download or whatever, if you haven’t previously done so. You can also like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeADreddSequel

Furthermore, you can tweet about it using #DayofDredd and then pester all your friends to generally chat about Dredd related topics all day.

In the email I received, there are videos of Karl Urban (who plays Dredd) and Olivia Thirlby (who plays Judge Anderson) thanking the fans and supporting the sequel. The sequel is also supported by 2000AD. Basically Hollywood, make a drokking sequel.

You can buy the Dredd film here!

Here’s the Karl Urban video:

 

Jupiter Ascending trailer 3

Jupiter_Ascending-267973304-large-2The latest trailer for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending is here and, like the previous ones, it looks pretty damn spectacular. Also pretty damn pretty. You get a bit more of a glimpse into what it may be about but I don’t really care. Mila Kunis + spaceships is good enough to get me into the cinema.

I am no longer swayed by trailers and remain firmly in the camp that no matter how incredible Jupiter Ascending looks from these brief glimpses, there is still a huge possibility that it may turn out to be utter pants.

But it looks great so far. Enjoy.