"So what do we do?" "We fight!" Paramount has released a trailer for the young adult sci-fi adaptation titled Maximum Ride, directed by Jay Martin, about six orphan kids who are genetically cross-bred with avian DNA. This gives them the ability to fly, and they band together to figure out the "diabolical, scientific secrets of how they came to exist". Yep, it's as bad as it sounds. Starring Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Lyliana Wray, Luke Gregory Crosby, Gavin Lewis, Tetona Jackson, Zayne Emory, Peter O'Brien & Carrie Wampler. As expected, this looks very cheesy and designed specifically for the "young adult" audience, so tread carefully. The effects don't even look good and the villain seems pretty awful, too.
"Those of you who continue to meet targets will be safe." After all the new trailers this week, why not take a look at a dystopian sci-fi short from an up-and-coming filmmaker named Michael Gilhooly. The short is titled The Listener and stars actor Amit Shah as a "Listener" named Jeremy in a dystopian future where everyone is constantly under surveillance (not so far off from modern reality as is anyway). His loyalty to the Directorate is challenged when a charming new coworker arrives. This is a longer short than usual, running at about 22 minutes, but it's worth it to get fully invested in this story. And for those complaining about the short films we post not having much of a story, this one should be more than satisfactory. Take a look below.
Good news, Godzilla fans! The new Godzilla movie from Toho Company in Japan will actually be hitting US theaters this year as well. Godzilla Resurgence, or Shin Gojira as its known in Japan, opens in theaters over there starting July 29th - this month. Announced during Comic-Con, anime distributor Funimation has revealed that they will be releasing Shin Gojira in US theaters sometime in "late 2016". The announcement was made on Funimation's Twitter, but no exact date has been set yet, though we expect to see it sometime late in the fall around November or December. We just posted the latest full trailer for Godzilla Resurgence this week and I think it looks badass, hearkening back to the original man-in-suit films from the 1950s-60s.
After six complete series on television and twelve (!) feature films so far, it seems a rather difficult task for the Star Trek franchise to go where no one has gone before, boldly or not. There are only so many worlds in which the crew of the USS Enterprise can venture and only so many adventures they can undertake before it all starts to bleed together into a big, sci-fi mess. That's not entirely the case with their latest excursion, though you certainly wouldn't notice on paper. It plays like a one-off, run-of-the-mill story centering on Captain James T. Kirk and his crew, but Star Trek Beyond has something of an ace up its sleeve in the form of director Justin Lin (of Fast 5 and Furious 6 most recently). He keeps the mood light and the action consistent, and, though it's nothing new, the film finds its way to boldly go towards goodhearted adventure.
I am a huge, huge fan of Futurama - it is perhaps my favorite animated series ever made. I never get to talk about it on FS because we don't cover TV at all, but finally I get a chance to gush about it. Timed perfectly with Comic-Con this week is the release of a trailer for a live-action fan film version of Futurama, titled Fan-O-Rama. To save themselves from getting in trouble, this is a completely independently made fan film, made by fans for fans, with quite a small budget. As much as I want to love this, there's something that just feels off about - I'm not sure if it's the make-up or the cardboard robots or what, but it's almost too awkward to seriously enjoy. And I'm saying this as a huge fan of Futurama. Maybe it's just best as a cartoon. That said, this trailer is still worth watching anyway, just to get a sense of what they are going for. Have fun.
Holy crap this looks awesome! The third official full-length trailer has debuted for Godzilla: Resurgence, the new Godzilla movie from Toho Company in Japan, co-directed by Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi. We've been posting teasers for this before, but with the film opening in Japanese theaters in just a few weeks, they're finally unleashing the full trailer and it's kind of incredible. There are some seriously badass shots in this, and it looks impressive to see Godzilla standing so tall in the middle of the city. I can't tell if it's actually man-in-suit or CGI or a mix of both, and you know what, it doesn't even matter because it just looks freakin' cool as all hell. The cast includes Jun Kunimura, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Satomi Ishihara and Hiroki Hasegawa. Whether you're a Godzilla fan or not, you do not want to miss this! Watch below.
"Sometimes to work out what is beautiful about life it can only be solved by someone who exists to work." Another outstanding must-see short film debuted online this week. This one is titled Tergo, directed by Charles Willcocks, founder of the London filmmaking collective known as Pallas Pictures. They've made an impressive little film about a robot named Tergo that cleans up "after you and me." It's set in London and is about how a robot that cleans up the garbage everyone leaves seems to have more humanity than anyone else. It's simple and effective, and I like the rickety robot character, though I wish we got to see more of him working around the city. This could've been much longer and I would've kept watching and still enjoyed it.
The original Ghostbusters from 1984 captured the imagination of a generation in a way few films do. As a kid, I was obsessed with the spooky-but-silly world director Ivan Reitman and writers Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis created. I watched The Real Ghostbusters cartoon religiously, had Ghostbusters-themed birthdays, and experienced a memorable Christmas in which Santa left Slimer, The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, the Fire House Headquarters, and Ecto-1 under the tree. I idolized Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler and spent entire days busting ghosts with my proton pack, ghost trap, Ecto-Goggles, and PKE meter. For "Ghostheads" — diehard fans of the franchise — Ghostbusters was their childhood. But even though I have many fond memories of my time with the boys in gray, I would never consider myself among them.
There's always time to fit some sci-fi into your day. This short film is actually a demo of a new live rendering engine for video games, but it's pretty damn cool and worth watching anyway. The short is called Adam, directed by Veselin Efremov, and is set in the distant future. The plot seems to involve a robot (named Adam) waking up and discovering he is being released with many others just like him but is considered to be a criminal - the screen on his chest reads "Adam M. Thomas - Felony Code 227900". Upon release, they encounter two mysterious bounty hunter-like characters that remove the felony code and let them be free. I like the visual storytelling in this, and it seems like there's much more to this world worth exploring. Enjoy.
"You maniacs! You blew it up!" This is one film definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Fathom Events is hosting a special event screening of the original Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, starring Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall as Cornelius. The event is part of Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, and they will be showing this classic sci-fi movie in cinemas only two nights this month - on July 24th and on July 27th. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide exclusive commentary before and after the film. It will be screening in more than 650 select movie theaters nationwide at 2:00PM & 7:00PM local time each day - Sunday & Wednesday. Don't miss it!
"There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man." Who has time to bleed when there's a predator lurking around? Everything is getting re-released these days! Why not? France is preparing for a re-release coming up this August of a newly restored (apparently only in 2K, not full 4K though) version of John McTiernan's original sci-fi action film Predator. Originally released in 1987, Predator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham and Richard Chaves. Years after release it has become known as one of the best action movies made, and this trailer lives up to that claim with plenty of explosions. Of course this will make you want to see it again.
"We are risking everything in this match!" Always love stumbling across work like this. Thanks to a tip from Quiet Earth, there's a short film worth watching if you haven't seen it yet. Titled Virtual, or Pixel Theory: La Caja de Pandora, the film is set in the future where virtual reality has become so advance that most people spend most of their lives in a VR world. Juno is a professional player of a video game called "Laserball", but when he is killed in-game he must spend a few hours in the real world where he is reunited with this father. The video game has outstanding VFX, and it opens with some badass action before delving into the story. There is a Kickstarter for a full feature but they won't make their goal. Take a look anyway.
"Can you imagine what we'll find?" "Aliens hell bent on killing us?" In addition to the recent final trailer, Paramount has unveiled three excellent TV spots for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond sequel - arriving in theaters in late July. Thankfully there's no Rihanna song distracting from the movie, instead we get some impressive footage from this upcoming space adventure that looks like it may actually be much better than Into Darkness. The full cast includes all the returning Enterprise crew members: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin. Newcomers this time are Joe Taslim, Idris Elba, and Sofia Boutella as Jaylah. I'm really digging the epic feel of this one, bring it.
"We were overwhelmed by something, something we've never seen before…" Paramount has launched the third and final trailer for Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond, which hits theaters in late July. The final trailer features plenty of action-packed sci-fi footage as well as the Rihanna song "Sledgehammer", which seems a bit unnecessary but they really need to sell this movie this summer so why not. The full cast includes all the returning Enterprise crew: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin. Newcomers this time are Joe Taslim, Sofia Boutella, and Idris Elba. The more we see, the better this looks, I'm actually kind of excited to see how this turns out. Who else is ready?