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New Official Trailer for Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull's Space Sci-Fi 'The Beyond'

The Beyond Trailer

"To find our place in the universe, we must venture beyond our boundaries." Gravitas Ventures debuted this full trailer for the space sci-fi The Beyond, one of the first features from Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull, who got his start making cool sci-fi short films on Vimeo. We featured a teaser trailer for this earlier in the year, but the film has undergone extensive reshoots and re-edits, and this new trailer is a better look at what HaZ has cooked up. The Beyond is a low-budget sci-fi somewhat based on the idea first introduced in his short Project Kronos - first contact. It's about astronauts going through a wormhole ("The Void") to another part of the universe, who return early, and now everyone wants to know what they found on the other side. The cast includes Nigel Barber, Jane Perry, Brian Deacon, and David Bailie. Sci-fi geeks need to see this.

 Posted October 25 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

How 'Blade Runner 2049' is Both a Perfect Sequel & Singular Creation

Blade Runner 2049

"Sometimes to love someone… you have to be a stranger." Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is a unique creation. It comes 35 years after Ridley Scott's original masterpiece, which is a cult classic that was almost unanimously rejected at its original release by both audiences and critics. It's a sequel to a moody, atmospheric science fiction film being advertised as an event blockbuster. While Blade Runner 2049 is not an action film, it definitely should be viewed as an event. While mainstream audiences may not be swarming in large masses to see the film, there is no question to the film's majesty and beauty. Let's take a closer look at why Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is the perfect sequel and a singular creation in its own right.

 Posted October 20 in Discuss, Editorial, Sci-Fi | Comments

Watch: Sci-Fi Short 'Others Will Follow' Based on Apollo Contingency

Others Will Follow Short Film

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to Mars to explore in peace will stay on Mars to rest in peace…" This new sci-fi short film is pretty damn cool, and worth a watch if you love space exploration as much as I do. Others Will Follow is a sci-fi short made by Andrew Finch, based on the Apollo 11 contingency speech written for Nixon in the case that the astronauts ended up on stuck on the Moon, unable to return home. The short film is about a failed mission to Mars and the value of human space flight. Featuring the voice of Bruce Greenwood, and starring Winston Tao, Erica Sabol, and Damian Chey. There's actually some seriously outstanding VFX in this, along with a fascinating story of brave explorers. Watch below and enjoy.

 Posted October 17 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Frank Grillo in New US Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi Sequel 'Beyond Skyline'

Beyond Skyline Trailer

"The whole world… is under attack!" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official US trailer for the sci-fi spin-off sequel Beyond Skyline, which is indeed a sort-of sequel to the sci-fi disaster Skyline from a few years back. And from the looks of it, this one is going to be just as much of a disaster. The directors of the original film have produced this, though they've let Liam O'Donnell direct this time. Beyond Skyline tells the story of a detective who goes into one of the alien spaceships to rescue his son. Frank Grillo stars, with Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Valentine Payen, Betty Gabriel, Jack Chausse, and Kevin O'Donnell. I've heard this film is a big mess, but still has some badass action in it. Take a look.

 Posted October 9 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sitges Review: 'The Osiris Child' is Ultra Ambitious Sci-Fi Storytelling

The Osiris Child Review

Where did this film come from?! I finally caught up with a sci-fi feature called The Osiris Child, originally titled Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child in full. This film is way, way, way better than it should be, and left me totally blown away. It's not perfect by any means, but it is extremely impressive storytelling, with some cool ideas I have never seen before in any film. I can't speak for others who don't like it, but I can say this is exactly the kind of sci-fi I love. It's remarkably ambitious storytelling on a galactic scale, created on a minimal budget, utilizing some sleek filmmaking tricks that actually make this successful. The world building (or rather, universe building) in this rivals Luc Besson's Valerian, and in all honesty, upon first viewing I actually like this more than Valerian. I really, really enjoyed it - but I do not think everyone will.

 Posted October 6 in Review, Sci-Fi | Comments

Official UK Trailer for Cult Sci-Fi Film 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

How to Talk to Girls at Parties Trailer

"Welcome to the revolution!" Studiocanal has debuted the official UK trailer for John Cameron Mitchell's cinematic adaptation of Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties, following up the Japanese trailer a few months ago. This trailer does a better job at capturing the weird, but heartfelt vibe of this film. HtTtGaP is totally wacky cult sci-fi film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer to mixed reviews (I wasn't a big fan of it). The film stars Tony-winner Alex Sharp as Enn, a boy from the dreary London suburb of Croydon. Set in the late 70s, it's a punk rock-infused, horny-adventure about a group of punk kids who discover a secret convent of aliens visiting planet Earth. The cast includes Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas, and Tom Brooke. Have a look, this just might be your jam.

 Posted October 6 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

John Boyega Suits Up in First Trailer for 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Sequel

Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer

"The war we thought we finished is just beginning…" Universal has unleashed the first full trailer for the sci-fi sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs robots movie from a few years back. Guillermo del Toro produced and help write the story, but hands over the directing reigns to Steven S. DeKnight. This sequel continues after the first one, following John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba's character Stacker Pentecost from the original movie. The ensemble cast includes Adria Arjona, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, Dustin Clare, Levi Meaden, Daniel Feuerriegel, Karan Brar, & Jin Zhang. There's actually some very cool footage in this trailer, shows some promise as a crazy epic, super fun sci-fi action film. Strap in! And enjoy.

 Posted October 6 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Keanu Reeves

Replicas Trailer

"I'm on the verge of a breakthrough… I am this close." Entertainment Studios has debuted an official trailer for a sci-fi thriller titled Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves as a mad scientists who tries to figure out how to bring back his family after they are killed in a car accident. There's some kind of weird robot and lots of cool headgear that Reeves wears, but really is is about a synthetic biologist who attempts to clone his family members. The cast includes Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, and Nyasha Hatendi. As much as I love sci-fi, and as much as I love Keanu Reeves, this looks pretty bad. The song is weird, and the whole film seems like an odd sci-fi mash-up that probably won't work.

 Posted October 6 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049' is Emotionally Affecting, Artificially Intelligent

Blade Runner 2049

Based on the Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction thriller, Blade Runner, introduced audiences to a dystopian future where synthetic humans, known as Replicants, are bio-engineered for use in off-world colonization. When these Replicants go rogue, special police units called Blade Runners hunt down and "retire" them. Despite its initial lukewarm critical and commercial reception, Blade Runner has become one of the most influential movies of the last 40 years, pioneering what became an entirely new genre: neo-noir cyberpunk. 35 years later, thanks to subsequent releases like the 1992 Director's Cut and the definitive 2007 Final Cut, Scott's film is now heralded as a groundbreaking visionary masterpiece and one of the most important motion pictures ever made.

 Posted October 5 in Review, Sci-Fi | Comments

Interview: Denis Villeneuve on the Task of Crafting 'Blade Runner 2049'

Denis Villeneuve

"It's the multiplication of brains and [all] the people that you have to tune to make sure that they are all dreaming in the same direction." He's a master filmmaker and continues to deliver some of the best films of this decade - Denis Villeneuve. Born in Quebec, Villeneuve has been an acclaimed filmmaker for many years but finally got his foot into Hollywood's door after making Incendies in 2010. He followed that up with Prisoners, as well as Enemy released the same year, before making Sicario and Arrival. His latest is Blade Runner 2049, a highly anticipated, long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi cult hit from 1982 starring Harrison Ford as a cop named Deckard. I didn't get to chat with Villeneuve for Arrival last year (it was one of my favorite films), so I chased him this time for Blade Runner and got to spend a few minutes talking with him.

 Posted October 5 in Feat, Interview, Sci-Fi | Comments

Rutger Hauer in First Full Trailer for Weird Sci-Fi Film 'The Broken Key'

The Broken Key Trailer

"Is man ready to re-constitute it?" What the heck is this? A full trailer has debuted for a film titled The Broken Key, some sort of weird sci-fi mashup involving historical artifacts and modern technology and all kinds of wacky things. It's set in the near future, at a time when paper has become a rare item, "a luxury possession", and printing is now a crime. The main character is a British scholar of ancient Italian origins, who gets caught up in a series of murders taking him "on the path traced, so many centuries before, by Dante Alighieri and by the painter Hieronymus Bosch." This stars Rutger Hauer, Michael Madsen, Christopher Lambert, Geraldine Chaplin, Franco Nero, William Baldwin, Maria de Medeiros, Kabir Bedi, and Marc Fiorini. This really looks way too weird for my tastes, another film straight from the 90s destined to find its way into VHS bargain bins. How these films are still getting made is beyond me.

 Posted October 2 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Teaser Trailer for Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' with Natalie Portman

Annihilation Teaser Trailer

"I need to know what's inside…" Yes! Finally! Paramount has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the latest sci-fi film from Alex Garland (of Ex Machina), who is adapting from Jeff VanderMeer's series of novels. Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who travels with a group into a special place known as "Area X" where the laws of nature don't apply. As you'll see in this teaser, there are some very weird, wacky, WTF things in this mysterious place. And I can't wait to find out what it all means. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. This looks totally awesome, twisted, weird, and potentially mind-blowing (like Arrival). It's even more exciting coming from Alex Garland, because he's going to push these sci-fi concepts are far as they can go. I'm so in for this movie.

 Posted September 27 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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