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Watch: Zacarias & Macgregor's Sci-Fi Short 'Similo' Years in the Making

Similo Sci-fi Short Film

"I remember you." This may be worth your time, even though it's 21 minutes long, it's a good one. There's a short that has been in the works for at least seven years, filming back in 2007 through 2009. And it's finally done and ready for public consumption. The short is titled Similo from Spanish filmmakers Zacarias & Macgregor, set in the distant future about a man and a woman and what each one desires. Explained on their website: "Similo started as a simple yet ambitious idea: to make a realistic science fiction love story. The combination of these two aspects,' science fiction' and 'realism', was quite an exciting challenge for us." The results are something to behold, and it looks gorgeous on top of everything, so fire this up and dive in.

 Posted September 19 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

'Interstellar' Gets New Poster + Solar System Creation & Travel Game

Interstellar

Just after two new posters for Christopher Nolan's space travel drama Interstellar debuted, one more gorgeous one is here, this one with a bit more hope and inspiration in the tagline "Go further." And now, if you just can't wait to see Matthew McConaughey trek across space in November, you can do some space exploration of your own. Along with the new poster, Paramount Pictures unveiled a new game app that allows you to create your own solar system and also travel through other player-created systems in the ship Endurance from the movie. There's even real science applications with how you use gravity and fuel. Look!

 Posted September 18 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Matthew McConaughey Gazes at the Cosmos on 'Interstellar' Poster

Interstellar

Following the recent poster for Christopher Nolan's promising sci-fi drama Interstellar that shows Matthew McConaughey on another planet glimpsed in the powerful trailer from not too long ago, another poster has popped up. This one features McConaughey standing alongside Mackenzie Foy, who plays his daughter in the film as their farmhouse, staring up at the starry sky. Forget the fact that it seems to be dusk on Earth and the sky wouldn't look like that, it's still a great contrast of imagery for a poster. We're wondering if the debut of these posters means there's another trailer on the horizon before November. Look!

 Posted September 17 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Mondo Releasing 'Shaun of the Dead,' 'Looper' & '2001' Vinyl Scores

Shaun of the Dead

The first ever MondoCon is right around the corner on September 20th & 21st, and the line-up of artists and goodies that will be there is incredible. Now even more awesome stuff from Mondo has been unveiled. The collectible arthouse (which is now venturing into collectible toys) has also dabbled in special edition releases of film scores on vinyl like Jurassic Park, Gravity, Oblivion & Halloween. Now they've announced three additions to their vinyl selections with the score for Shaun of the Dead available for the first time ever in any format, the lost original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the score for Looper. Look!

 Posted September 16 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Much Cheaper 'Back to the Future Part II' Shoes Now Available to Buy

Back to the Future Part II

Just over three years ago, Nike made the dreams of Back to the Future fans come true by announcing limited edition Nike MAGs, inspired by the futuristic shoes worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. However, they were exorbitantly expensive since they were very rare and part of a charity auction to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. But the good news is that while we wait for Nike's power laces to become a reality in 2015, you can get ahold of a much cheaper set of official licensed shoes inspired by the time traveling sequel. They're not Nike shoes, but they're likely the best option for us common folk. Look!

 Posted September 16 in Cool Stuff, Feat, SciFi | Comments

Review: Wes Ball Delivers with Engaging 'The Maze Runner' Adaptation

Wes Ball's The Maze Runner

What do we do? How do we get out? Sometimes I love going into a film without knowing anything about it, without knowing about or having read the book, without knowing the plot aside from whatever glimpses have appeared in trailers. Usually, if the film is compelling, and everything is laid out in a coherent way that builds properly, this can lead to an incredible experience involving suspense wrapped around mystery. The Maze Runner is an awesome, suspenseful movie that shows how easily a director can step up and compare to other "big" adaptations by focusing on telling a good story. I must admit that I haven't read the book and went into this fresh, but it was still a fully entertaining and engaging experience. Wes Ball is the real deal.

 Posted September 16 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Matthew McConaughey on Another World in New 'Interstellar' Poster

Interstellar

Following yesterday's awesome Poster Posse collection from Blurppy for this fall's release of Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan, an official poster from Paramount Pictures has debuted online. This one is a little more conventional as it merely shows Matthew McConaughey on another world, which we've seen glimpsed in the most recent trailer for the film as well. Some think that the most recent trailer showed too much, but considering it's all out of context and a Nolan movie has never been spoiled by trailers, it shouldn't be anything to worry about. Could we get one more trailer before the release? We'll see.

 Posted September 16 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Get Even More Excited for 'Interstellar' with Blurppy's Latest Artwork

Interstellar Artwork

Our Destiny Lies Above Us. If you can believe it, we're only 53 days from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Meaning it's almost time...! To keep the nearly unbearable hype going, while not revealing anything big before release, there's a fantastic set of artwork for the film released from Blurppy as part of their Poster Posse series. This month they're highlight Interstellar meaning we get a bunch of new posters and digital art for the movie, created by great artists from all over. The first batch has arrived and it's quite wonderful, showcasing Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, and the space exploration theme with a rocket ship. Doaly even made a few stamps and mission patches, different from the one given out at Comic-Con.

 Posted September 15 in Artwork, Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull's New Sci-Fi 'Sync'

Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull's Sync

"I will find you." How about a bit of homemade sci-fi to start off the week. Today we're featuring the brand new teaser trailer for a project called Sync, the latest from VFX artist/filmmaker Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull. You may recognize that name as we've featured his space exploration "documentary" Project Kronos, which gave him a big boost in the industry and now he's off working on more. Sync is one of those other projects and it looks... just okay. To be totally honest, I'm not that impressed by this trailer at all. The footage looks very cheesy, blatantly dull and the CGI looks like glossy embellishment that doesn't add much. Take a look.

 Posted September 15 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Gag Reel Full of Cast Flubs & Dancing

Star Trek Into Darkness

For some reason, with only two films in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, someone at Paramount Pictures decided it was a good time to release Star Trek: The Compendium. Since it only has Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-Ray along with a whole slew of extras for each film, we're not sure that we'd call that a compendium, but whatever. The good thing to come out of it are some unseen extras from the sci-fi sequel from J.J. Abrams, including a hilarious gag reel featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and even Benedict Cumberbatch making the most of their movie mistakes. Watch below!

 Posted September 11 in Humor, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Chinese Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Short 'The Sand Storm' with Ai Weiwei

The Sand Storm

This morning's must watch short film comes from China, but also comes straight from the Telluride Film Festival. It's called The Sand Storm from filmmaker Jason Wishnow, who returns to narrative filmmaking after working on the TEDTalks web series. The short film just premiered at Telluride and is about a water smuggler, played by Ai Weiwei, in future where water is limited. It's not too long to watch and provides some insight on the struggles of our modern world, with some intuitive commentary. It's not my favorite short but I do recommend watching it if you're looking for something thought-provoking. Fire it up below.

 Posted September 8 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: James Cooper's 'Interview With a Time Traveler' Sci-Fi Short

Interview With a Time Traveler

"Why must everything that is broken be fixed?" This might just be a must watch, but I don't want to get too excited. While we often feature sci-fi short films that have extravagant CG visuals, this one is all about the dialogue. Titled simply Interview With a Time Traveler, from director James Cooper, it is exactly that — an interview with a time traveler, and it's very mysterious and compelling. With all the discussion and build up in this, it has to have a good pay off at the end, and it does have a good one. I like how much they achieve and how captivating this is for something so simple - an interview. Check out the short in full below.

 Posted September 4 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Roger Ebert & Arthur C. Clarke Talk '2001: A Space Odyssey' & More

Roger Ebert

For anyone who was a fan of Roger Ebert, it was clear that the legendary film critic was a lover of the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The critic put the film on his Top 10 Films of All-Time, and when you consider the thousands of films Ebert saw throughout his long career, that's about the highest praise the iconic sci-fi opus can get. And if you need more evidence of Ebert's love of the film, then you should watch this nearly 30-minute chat the critic had with author Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote the book on which the film is based. Funnily enough, it takes place in 1997, the same year that HAL-9000 was "born."

 Posted August 26 in SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Ridley Scott Updates 'Blade Runner' & 'Prometheus' Sequels' Status

Ridley Scott

This December, we'll see if Ridley Scott can finally deliver another great film by returning to the sword and sandal tale of Exodus: Gods and Kings (the trailer had impressive visuals, but felt a bit artificial otherwise). But he's got plenty of other projects on his future slate to keep him busy. The director's next film has been confirmed to be the sci-fi drama The Martian starring Matt Damon, but many are wondering when he'll get around to directing the developing sequels to his classic Blade Runner and the Alien prequel Prometheus. Well, Scott gave a brief update on the status of both sequels, giving us a vague timetable.

 Posted August 26 in Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

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