Yes! Time to jump back into The Matrix with a fantastic fan-film made in Colombia by filmmaker Felix Joleanes titled Trickster. The short stars Brigitte Hernández and a sentinel, which was the idea behind the project. Joleanes wanted to test his skills in visual effects, so he was challenged to create a video with a 3D Sentinel model he built on his own. This short is the result of that suggestion, and it's actually kind of awesome, I must admit. Even though the Sentinel isn't always spot on, the action and suspense is there, and it's just a perfect little throwback to one of my favorite sci-fi films that I'm happy to be reminded of any day.
You are your own worst enemy. We often feature short films and other unique indie/do-it-yourself projects that are often the very beginning of a successful filmmaker's career. The latest project worth featuring is a sci-fi movie called Chrononaut, which is a feature project about a father and his daughter, involving time travel and giant robot mech suits and all kinds of crazy stuff. This video is short animatic (meaning none of the footage is actually animated) pitch to show any interested parties how cool this will look. I love the voiceover, there are a few cool shots, overall it's a strong pitch for a project I hope we one day do get to see.
Briefly: Not to be confused with the other indie Sundance '07 horror thriller The Signal, a triptych set of stories, this is one full-length sci-fi indie feature that just premiered at Sundance 2014. Another one of our favorite Sundance films (my review) this year finally gets a release date, as Focus Features has announced that William Eubank's The Signal will hit limited theaters starting June 13th, 2014 this summer, with wider expansions June 20th and June 27th. In The Signal, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour; the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. More soon.
Briefly: We're still waiting for the exact release date to be confirmed, however the good news is that Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have partnered to distribute the new Terry Gilliam sci-fi film, The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz. Deadline is reporting that they'll be releasing Zero Theorem later this summer, likely July/August, as the two distributors are aiming for "theatrical distribution late summer." The film already premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and will open in the UK this March, but hasn't had any US release set yet despite making a Comic-Con appearance in Hall H last year. The first full trailer + TV spot for this latest Gilliam sci-fi mind-bender debuted a few months ago. Stay tuned for an exact date.
When was the last time you touched someone? Very probing question to ask someone blatantly online, but that's what this page asks as part of a viral for Under the Skin. Described as "entrancing" and "terrifying", the Jonathan Glazer sci-fi film stars Scarlett Johansson as some kind of alien on Earth, and it does indeed bring up themes of sensuality and touch, feeling and sensation. Once answering the question asked, the site fills up with a list of all the entries so far, from the mundane to the extravagant. If you click the little face at the bottom, it goes to the other Under the Skin viral site with an ant: 1 of Many. That's about it. Interesting.
Yes - Transformers are indeed dangerous. Didn't we learn that in the first movie? There's something hidden in the new trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg. During the shooting of the film, various die-hard fans noticed some propaganda billboards around the set (see a photo here). Another one showed up early on in the first full teaser trailer for Age of Extinction (at 0:13 in) that says "Remember Chicago" and features a phone number. If you call, it plays a message about reporting alien activity and eventually points to the new site, where a poster spouting the Transformers Are Dangerous note can be seen. More to come in an upcoming TF viral? Very likely.
"The age of the Transformers is over..." Paramount has unleashed the first full trailer for Michael Bay's fourth movie in the action-packed Transformers series this one titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg (seen in Bay's Pain & Gain) instead of Shia LaBeouf. Bay gave us our first tease during the Super Bowl with a 30-second TV spot that showed the Dinobots making an appearance. Now we finally get to learn a bit more about the story and characters in this sequel, but mostly see more explosions and awesome robot action. The cast includes Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Peter Cullen back voicing Optimus. Fire up the first TF4 trailer below and enjoy.
"What is so unique about him?" Magnolia has debuted a full theatrical trailer for Richard Ayoade's latest, the sci-fi Dostoyevsky mind-bender The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg - twice! Eisenberg plays both James and Simon, the latter of which goes crazy when his exact copy/doppelganger suddenly shows up. We've seen plenty of trailers for this indie already, but another one won't hurt, especially when it's a trailer as magical as this one. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor and appearances by Craig Roberts & Yasmin Paige of Ayoade's Submarine. This was one of my favorites out of TIFF last year and can't recommend it enough. "So, that's it?" "That's it."
"You've been searching for one thing your whole life... and she's down there." I cannot wait for this. But maybe that's just me. Another trailer for the Wachowskis' new sci-fi movie, Jupiter Ascending, has just debuted. This Japanese version of the original trailer doesn't feature too many changes aside from being a shorter, more condensed version of that first trailer with more of a focus on Mila Kunis, including maybe one or two new shots of her barely spliced in. I think this looks absolutely crazy and wacky, in all the best ways possible, with sci-fi extravagance galore and such a unique visual splendor to it all. Yes, Channing Tatum looks a bit odd, but I don't think that will matter in the end. Fire it up if you want to see this version.
"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster... You're lying! You're hiding something out there!" Warner Bros & Legendary have unleashed the second theatrical trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and it is epic, massively epic, in every possible way. We've seen one teaser trailer before but this time they up the ante and give us another exhilarating early glimpse without showing too much. The international cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, plus Juliette Binoche who we have yet to see. This looks phenomenal, the return of the King of Monsters we've been waiting for. Bring it on, cannot wait. "In 1954, we awakened something..."
"You have no idea what's coming." Oh shit. Get ready. There's a big reveal happening tomorrow, February 25th, at 10AM PST. Warner Bros/Legendary has launched a few teases for Godzilla featuring the monster's roar. It was first revealed in full via a clip (hear it below) and eventually complimented by an animated sound wave video, which lead to this website. In Bryan Cranston's voice, we hear this eerie but amazing speech: "You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster. You're lying! You're hiding something out there! It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon. This is what caused everything in the first place. Don't you see that! And it is going to send us back to the stone age..."
By now we hope you've seen the Best Picture nominee Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. If not, you'll have another chance when the film hits Blu-Ray and DVD on February 25th. But for those of us who have already seen the amazing sci-fi flick, we know how mesmerizing of a visual feast director Alfonso Cuaron put together, especially with how the film was shot. Some average moviegoers may not know this, but pretty much every single shot in the film is a special effects shot, and most of what you see isn't real. Now a visual effects reel breaks down how some of the big sequences were put together.
Now that we're a few months into 2014, it's time for our first reminder that later this year we'll be getting Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will likely feature yet another phenomenal performance from the it man, Matthew McConaughey. The actor, receiving acclaim and Oscar nominations for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, Magic Mike even Killer Joe, spoke to Variety about his career comeback and recent highlights, and talked briefly about working on Nolan's Interstellar, his next science fiction project that was quietly filmed last year. It's the most ambitious thing he's ever done," he states.