Review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Evolves to New Heights

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

"We're such little creatures. Poor humanity's so fragile, so weak. Little, little animals." So said Edward Chapman at the end of H.G. Wells' 1936 sci-fi, war, epic, Things to Come. Wells' animal reference in regards to human beings falls under both fact and metaphor. We are all animals, but something darker, more vicious, seems to always be growing at the heart of this humanity we call ourselves. It wouldn't be until 1968 that the animals or, in this case, apes would really take over the world. Planet of the Apes was a cultural phenomenon that I really don't need to tell you about, a shock-wave of a franchise that would only need a little time before it sprung into action once more. We never expected the franchise would return like this.

 Posted July 11 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Terry Gilliam's Wild 'The Zero Theorem' Gets One More US Trailer

The Zero Theorem

"Everything adds up to nothing." It feels like we've been seeing trailers for Terry Gilliam's latest sci-fi venture The Zero Theorem for years, but that's just because the film has been hitting tons of international territories before arriving in the United States. The film is poised to hit VOD next month with a theatrical release following in September, and so we have one more domestic trailer showing off this wild world that Gilliam has created. Christoph Waltz plays a computer genius tasked with proving that our existence has no meaning. It's exactly the kind of original and visual stimulating film you'd expect from Gilliam. Watch!

 Posted July 8 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Christopher Nolan Goes Bold on the Future of Cinema in the WSJ

Christopher Nolan

Whoa. Time to geek out. So, Christopher Nolan just wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal, about the future of cinema. And it's kind of brilliant, but of course we all expected that. The title online explains: "Christopher Nolan: Films of the Future Will Still Draw People to Theaters", with the subtitle "When Movies Can Look or Sound Like Anything, Says the 'Dark Knight' Director, Extraordinary Work Will Emerge". Now, Nolan is in the midst of finishing work on Interstellar, his sci-fi epic which will arrive in theaters this November. He makes rather some bold comments about the state of the industry. "We moan about intrusive moviegoers, but most of us feel a pang of disappointment when we find ourselves in an empty theater." Yep.

 Posted July 8 in Discuss, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

Indie Trailer Sunday: Director Jake Paltrow's New Sci-Fi 'Young Ones'

Young Ones Trailer

"Let us say a prayer that this piece of land, small as it may be, can be more than a symbol." Today's trailer is for an indie sci-fi/post apocalyptic film that premiered at Sundance to rather dismal buzz. It's the second feature from Jake Paltrow, younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow, whose debut was The Good Night from 2007. This one, titled the Young Ones, is another genre-mixer set in the future, but with the tone and style of a Dust Bowl western. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as the nomad son of Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult actually plays a villain, with Elle Fanning his girlfriend. These first trailers are early promos that may not stay online, but as a first glimpse I'm intrigued to see how this looks. If you're curious, take a look.

 Posted July 6 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look Photos: Another Toy Heads to the Big Screen in 'Max Steel'

Max Steel

If The LEGO Movie, Transformers and G.I. Joe just isn't enough toy based movies for your kids to enjoy, then you're probably in the mood for Max Steel. The first photos from the film based on the toy and animated series of the same name have arrived showing off Ben Winchell as Max McGrath, a teenage boy who learns he has hidden powers that when combined with an extraterrestrial friend named Steel, (see, it's the title!) produce the universe's most powerful energy. Andy Garcia and Maria Bello also star in the film, because everyone needs a paycheck. This looks pretty cheesy, and likely just for kids, but they don't really make films like this just for the young ones anymore, so maybe it'll be fun for them. Photos below!

 Posted July 3 in First Look, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Marvel Launches 'Galaxy Getaways' Travel Viral Site for 'Guardians'

Galaxy Getaways

Something good, something bad, a little of both? Whatever you're looking for, we've got it! With under a month left until Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters, the studio has started pulling out all the stops on their marketing (including an IMAX preview event and all the usual marketing tricks). The latest launch is an interactive travel website title The Galaxy Getaways, featuring destinations all across this universe that put our home planet to shame. The site doesn't do much besides provide information on the universe in which this movie takes place, showing various places like Knowhere, Morag and Xandar. There are a few interactive web games and some other nifty features, but it's just a cool site for the movie.

 Posted July 3 in Marvel, SciFi, Viral | Comments

Review: Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' is a Masterpiece of Epic Sci-Fi


The saying goes that if you aim for the stars, you just might end up on the moon. Every so often, though, you hit those damn stars, and South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is no stranger to that level of achievement. He's never done it quite like this, though. His sci-fi epic Snowpiercer is a cinematic accomplishment that barrels its way down the rails of success through intelligent and exciting storytelling, an execution in set and atmosphere that surpasses even the most epic of Hollywood blockbusters, and a slew of top-notch, talent delivering wholly unforgettable performances. Snowpiercer is a masterpiece, rivalling even the best sci-fi in terms of scope and story, and that's saying nothing of its highly inventive conceit.

 Posted July 2 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Five 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Art Posters + Vice Prequel Shorts

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Hail Ceasar! With the release of Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just a few weeks away, Fox is letting loose all of its marketing, and that includes a bevy of beautiful artistic posters for the sci-fi sequel. A number of different websites have recently unveiled posters for Dawn of the Apes, and along with it their rave reviews. I've seen the movie already and it's outstanding, the best summer movie (so far) and an astonishing achievement, with powerful emotion and incredible action. These posters, by artists Mainger, Janee Meadows, Zombie Yeti, Matt Needle and Orlando Arocena, just hint at the complexities below the surface of this excellent sequel. I'm glad we have some cool art to go along with this stellar movie.

 Posted July 1 in Hype, Posters, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Interview: 'Snowpiercer' Director Bong Joon-ho on Mastering Sci-Fi

Bong Joon-ho

"F*!k the system." Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has been one of my favorite filmmakers since the very early days of FirstShowing. I fought hard to secure an interview with him four years ago during the release of his fourth film Mother, and had a wonderful time talking in person in Los Angeles. At the end of our interview we discussed plans for his next project, Snowpiercer, a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic adaptation of a graphic novel set entirely on a train. Now, four years later, here we are again and Snowpiercer has finally arrived. I met up with Bong Joon-ho again in New York City this time, as he's touring the US to promote the release, and we chatted about crafting this sci-fi masterpiece. It's a fun discussion, focused on the film itself.

 Posted July 1 in Feat, Interview, SciFi | Comments

Sound Off: Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' - So What Did You Think?

Snowpiercer Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "We control the engine, we control the world." It is finally in theaters - uncut, brutal, brilliant! Radius-TWC has starting showing Bong Joon-ho's long-awaited sci-fi movie Snowpiercer, set entirely on a train traveling around a frozen world, in select theaters around the US (full list here). Chris Evans leads an eclectic but enriching ensemble cast including Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-sung, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill and Ed Harris. So how is it? Does it live up to the hype? Is it truly a masterpiece? Are other characters given enough time? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer.

 Posted June 30 in Discuss, SciFi, Sound Off | Comments

Trippy Unused Poster Art for Terry Gilliam's Sci-Fi 'The Zero Theorem'

The Zero Theorem

This poster is cool. Or maybe I should say, this is cooooool. At this point, I feel like we've been waiting ages (and ages) to finally see Terry Gilliam's long lost new sci-fi film The Zero Theorem, which we've been following since before Transcendence came together, but it's delayed until August before being available on VOD. Christoph Waltz stars in the film as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence. We've teased this film before with a few trailers and some other poster art, however The Playlist has stumbled upon what they're calling an "alternate version" of The Zero Theorem poster featuring a floating, nude Waltz and some floating heads in space. Like, whoa. Check this out below.

 Posted June 30 in Indies, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Sound Off: Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' - Thoughts?

Transformers: Age of Extinction Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Prepare for extinction. Now playing everywhere is Michael Bay's next robot action sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, giving him a fresh start after Pain & Gain. There's no Shia, instead it stars Mark Wahlberg, who is the father of a dashing young teen played by Nicola Peltz, who has a boyfriend played by Jack Reynor. Yea, it's all a bit complicated, and there's tons of big robots, plus wacky Stanley Tucci, no Turturro but T.J. Miller as comic relief, plus Kelsey Grammer in there and John Goodman as the Autobot Hound. Of course, Optimus is back. Is it fun at all? Good/bad? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Bay's TF4: Age of Extinction.

 Posted June 27 in Discuss, SciFi, Sound Off | Comments

'Snowpiercer' by Train - Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Recap

Snowpiercer Train

It was a humid, mid-80 degree night in Burnet, Texas this past Saturday. Crickets and mosquitos were out in full force as were the fair vendors who were set up in the small town's square. But they weren't alone this evening. The Alamo Drafthouse's inflatable, Rolling Roadshow was erected. The movie screening was Snowpiercer, South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's American debut, and the few hundred film lovers who spilled out of the steam train that pulled into the town from Austin were in for more than an exciting two hours of escapism. Like past Rolling Roadshows, the fine people at Drafthouse had an entire evening planned out: the train ride itself, the film, plenty of food and drink, a Q&A with the film's director, and even a surprise and unplanned intro. In a nutshell, it was like all Rolling Roadshow events, an absolute blast.

 Posted June 27 in Events, Feat, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is an Epic, Lazy Shit-Storm

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Pardon the pun, but Michael Bay is on cruise control now. At least that's the case with the Transformers franchise. The series of mega-budgeted, summer blockbusters were never going to win awards for excellence in storytelling. Beyond the explosions, mayhem, and people shouting "No" in machine-gun rapidity, there have hardly been stories to gel all the action together. That's what makes Bay's movies so up the alley of anyone looking for escapist fun. Unfortunately, not even the computer graphic carnage and epic scale destruction on display in the latest Transformers sequel, Age of Extinction, can keep the sloppy and lazy attitude into which this franchise has shifted from rearing its ugly, mechanized head.

 Posted June 27 in Review, SciFi | Comments



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