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Review: Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' is a Miscalculated Sci-Fi Misfire

Alien: Covenant

In 1977, director Ridley Scott made his feature debut with The Duelist, which won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, 1979's Alien, catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and would go on to be considered one of the best sci-fi films of all time. A thriller about an extraterrestrial organism that stalks the crew of a spaceship, Alien launched a mega-franchise of movies, novels, comic books, video games, and collectibles that remains a pop culture mainstay nearly 40 years later. In 2010, Scott decided to return to the universe he helped create with Prometheus, a prequel to Alien that would explore the origins of the franchise's iconic Xenomorph creature, as well as the "space jockey"—the giant, elephantine extraterrestrial that briefly appears in the film as the deceased pilot of a derelict spaceship.

 Posted May 16 in Review, SciFi | Comments

A Fight For Freedom - Final Trailer for 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

"I refuse to accept the end of man." 20th Century Fox has revealed one final trailer for the new War for the Planet of the Apes movie, directed again by Matt Reeves, continuing (and likely ending) this latest trilogy of Apes movies. The last trailer for this is one of my favorite trailers this year so far, and this movie is most #1 most anticipated of the year (followed by Blade Runner 2049, The Last Jedi, and Dunkirk). Andy Serkis returns to play Caesar, and the cast includes Woody Harrelson as his adversary, the Colonel. Also starring Judy Greer as Cornelia, Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes, plus Steve Zahn, Chad Rook, Ty Olsson, Aleks Paunovic and Sara Canning. I'm completely sold on this movie already, so I don't need to see any more. But this is an superb trailer that plays up the epic feeling of this man vs ape war. Must watch.

 Posted May 16 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Teaser Trailer for 'It Came From the Desert' Movie About Giant Ants

It Came From the Desert Trailer

"We're trapped by this giant ant!" File this one under "Wait, this film really exists?!" Roger! Pictures out of Finland has launched the first trailer for a movie called It Came From the Desert, adapted from a video game in the 1980s about giant ants. The game is obviously inspired by the sci-fi classic Them! (also about giant ants) and thus this is clearly an updated version of the giant ant sci-fi story. Sadly, it looks more like a SyFy movie than anything I'm excited to see, but maybe I should've expected that. This film stars Mark Arnold, Harry Lister Smith, Vanessa Grasse, Alex Mills, James Alper, Claudia Trujillo, Callum McGowan, and Aino Sirje. The coolest part in this is the first reveal of someone being impaled through the chest, but the ants themselves look terrible. Hopefully they're much better in the final version. Have fun.

 Posted May 15 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

POV Sci-Fi Mayhem in Full Trailer for 'Kill Switch' Starring Dan Stevens

Kill Switch Movie Trailer

"It's something that could change the world." What IS this movie?! Saban Films has unveiled a full-length trailer for the unique sci-fi feature Kill Switch (not related to the Steven Seagal action film Kill Switch). This is based on a POV concept short film called What's in the Box?, which a visual effects supervisor has turned into a feature film. Dan Stevens stars as a pilot who heads into another dimension (created by an energy experiment gone wrong) to save Earth. Also starring Charity Wakefield and Bérénice Marlohe. I really don't know what's going on, but it does seem very cool. This looks like it's half video game, and half movie combined into one, and I'm not sure it's going to work. But I'm definitely curious anyway. Get ready.

 Posted May 15 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: Second Trailer for Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049'

Blade Runner 2049 Trailer

"There is an order to things. That's what we do here - we keep order." Warner Bros has unveiled the second trailer for the new Blade Runner 2049 movie, a sequel to the original seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner, first released in 1982. Directed by one of my favorite working filmmakers, Denis Villeneuve, with Ridley Scott consulting as well, the more we see from this movie, the better it looks. This direct sequel takes place 30 years after the original story, and stars Ryan Gosling as the new LAPD Officer who must find Deckard, who has been missing all this time. Harrison Ford returns to play Deckard, and the new cast of 2049 also includes Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James as well as David Dastmalchian. This looks absolutely spectacular, with stunning cinematography thanks to Roger Deakins, and the same grittiness as the first one. I so can't wait to see this.

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

Badass New Trailer for 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' in 3D Re-Release

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

"The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day." He's back! Distrib Films US has unveiled a brand new trailer for the upcoming re-release of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D. Yes, we've been reporting since last year that T2 was going to be released in 3D later this year. The 3D upgrade was overseen by Cameron as well as DMG Entertainment and StudioCanal, so rest assured it will be top quality. This trailer packs in some of the best lines and the coolest moments, and I'm sure it looks much better in 3D, but it's only in 2D online for now. This sci-fi action classic stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, and Joe Morton. Fire it up below.

 Posted May 4 in 3D, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for POV Sci-Fi 'Kill Switch' Starring Dan Stevens

Kill Switch Trailer

"This is the opportunity to explore impossible frontiers." What the heck is this? Saban Films has released a very weird teaser trailer for a sci-fi film titled Kill Switch (not related to the Steven Seagal action film Kill Switch). This one is actually based on a POV concept short film called What's in the Box?, which a visual effects supervisor has turned into a feature-length film. And it still has some video game-esque POV shots in it. Dan Stevens stars, with Charity Wakefield, and Bérénice Marlohe. I don't even know what is going on in this trailer, only that Dan Stevens plays a pilot, and there's very weird sci-fi stuff happening. Fire it up.

 Posted May 3 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch: First Trailer for Nikolaj Arcel's 'The Dark Tower' Movie

The Dark Tower Trailer

"The tower protects both our worlds. If it falls, hell will be unleashed." Sony Pictures has finally released the first trailer for the adaptation of Stephen King's book series, The Dark Tower. Directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, this cinematic version of the story is more sci-fi than fantasy, about a Gunslinger roaming an Old West-like landscape in pursuit of the man in black. Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. The cast includes Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Alex McGregor, Nicholas Hamilton, Claudia Kim, and Michael Barbieri. This actually looks pretty damn cool, but it also looks a bit messy, with almost too much going on. The story framed around the young kid is quite interesting. I'll definitely be seeing this film.

 Posted May 3 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Recall' Featuring Wesley Snipes

The Recall Trailer

"The last 60 years they've been conducting test runs…" Minds Eye Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for a sci-fi thriller titled The Recall, from Italian concept artist/filmmaker Mauro Borrelli. The film is about a group of friends vacationing at a remote cabin lake house when aliens attack Earth. Soon they meet a mysterious "hunter" who has been predicting the alien's arrival, helping them escape safely. Wesley Snipes plays that hunter and the cast includes RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Vicellous Shannon, Niko Pepaj, Elisha Kriis, Hannah Rose May, Laura Bilgeri, and Guy Griffithe. This looks like a wacky, terrible, straight-to-VHS flick you'd find in the back of the video rental store. But oddly it's going to play in the special ultra-wide-screen Barco Escape cinemas. At least there's some creepy aliens. So, anyone?

 Posted May 2 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Adam Savage Visits the Set of Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'

Alien: Covenant Set Visit

"This is all in service of allowing the actors… to enter into the 'universe'." If you haven't realized, Adam Savage is a huge movie geek. Not only has he worked on movies, but he loves to be a part of them and learn about all the behind-the-scenes trickery that makes them so magical. The latest video from his web series Tested goes behind-the-scenes of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Savage goes on set and examines some of the impressive set pieces, including the Engineer's chair inside the main Dreadnought ship. This is cool to see, but obviously they're working hard to make sure nothing is spoiled. I wish we could see more, but alas we have to wait (just a few more weeks) until the movie is in theaters to learn all the secrets. For now, enjoy.

 Posted April 28 in Hype, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'The Crossing' - An Official Prologue Short for 'Alien: Covenant'

The Crossing Prologue Short

"I was badly injured on our mission. She put me back together. I never experienced such compassion…" Whoa. This is very cool. 20th Century Fox has debuted a new short film titled The Crossing, an "official prologue short" connecting Alien: Covenant with Prometheus (finally they admit this is all the same universe!). Don't freak out just yet, this doesn't exactly answer any big questions, it just ends up asking even more questions. What's that thing? What is going on? Where are they? Will we see what happens in Alien: Covenant? Hopefully where this ends is right where the next movie picks up. This short features Michael Fassbender as David (or Walter), as well as Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus. This promo was released today in celebration of Alien Day, with plenty of other reveals/events all day. Enjoy.

 Posted April 26 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Cameron's Next Set of 'Avatar' Sequels Rescheduled Again Until 2020

Avatar

The wait continues! Over the weekend, 20th Century Fox updated a few release dates for upcoming projects, and also announced a new set of release dates for the Avatar sequels. We've been waiting years, and years, for these sequels and we're not sure when exactly they will show up… But maybe this time it's official? Only Cameron knows. Fox has announced the first Avatar sequel (Avatar 2) will open December 18th, 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th, 2021, continuing three years later with 4 on December 20th, 2024, and finally concluding with 5 on December 19th, 2025. It starts three years from now, and goes for 5 years to see it all play out. Oh boy. This is worse than waiting a few years for Lord of the Rings! But this is expected from James Cameron, and at least they've announced something - we'll see if it holds up this time.

 Posted April 24 in Movie News, Release Dates, SciFi | Comments

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