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?
20 years to prepare. 20 years of anticipation. That's where we're starting at in 2016 with Independence Day: Resurgence, the long-awaited follow-up to the massive sci-fi hit released in 1996. Though film technology has advanced as much as the defense technology found within the movie, it's no substitute for fast-paced entertainment and human emotion. You know, the stuff that made Independence Day such a crowd-pleasing success back then. Instead we're left with overblown effects and seemingly bored actors delivering dull, meaningless dialogue. Independence Day: Resurgence isn't the worst blockbuster sequel to come down the road, but its mildly amped pace and predictability in story leaves even the most die hard of fans of the original squirming for something more. Maybe they'll get it right in another 20 years.
"You'll see now how happy we can be." Fox has posted the new full-length theatrical trailer online for Luke Scott's upcoming thriller Morgan, which was originally playing in front of Independence Day: Resurgence over the weekend. It's a sci-fi film about a "human" that is captured after an incident, though it has some very horrific aspects to it, too. Kate Mara stars and the description on IMDb reveals that she is called in to "determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being's life that was made in a laboratory environment." The full cast also includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti. This first teaser didn't reveal that much, but this one sheds some light on what's going on and it looks pretty cool. I'm definitely intrigued and will be seeing this.
Last week, Star Trek Beyond star Chris Pine was interviewed in SFX magazine promoting the latest space adventure in the sci-fi series. When asked why the most recent films in the Star Trek franchise have been more action-oriented than thought-provoking – something the series has been traditionally known for ever since its inception in 1966 – he responded: "You can't make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016”. Well, I'm here to say you can. Let's take a look at why that's still possible. Pine's intriguing quote encouraged me to write some of my own thoughts about the Star Trek franchise and how it can still be intelligent today.
"Hello, HAL. Do you read me?" This is awesome! Editor/filmmaker Luc Bergeron, also known as Zapatou, has released a mashup video featuring scenes from 25 space movies all edited together to tell one 5-minute story. It's actually quite amusing, especially once things get going. The video is titled Space Story: A Bad Day and includes footage from pretty much every great sci-fi/space movie ever made - from Star Wars to The Fifth Element to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Apollo 13 to Moon to Armageddon to Avatar to Guardians of the Galaxy and everything else. This reminds me of the Hell's Club mashup but with space movies. Enjoy!
"They're here." The teaser trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi psychological thriller called Shortwave, directed by Ryan Gregory Phillips, and produced by the same people who made the indie horror hit The Invitation. The film is based on a theory of the origins of shortwave radio frequencies, and the more they investigate, the more weird things start to happen. The cast includes Cristobal Tapia Montt, Juanita Ringeling, and Kyle Davis, along with music by the indie band Mantaraybryn. This teaser is visually appealing and quite thrilling, with so many crazy shots that will make you wonder what the heck is going on. I can't tell if this has aliens or monsters or something else (or none of the above) but they got my attention.