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First Teaser Trailer for HaZ's New Wormhole Sci-Fi Film 'The Beyond'

The Beyond Teaser Trailer

"What is on the other side of the void?" You might want to check this out, especially if you're big into sci-fi. We've been following (and featuring) filmmaker Hasraf "HaZ" Dulull's work for years. His short film Project Kronos (made with mostly NASA stock footage) helped him get a foot in the door in Hollywood, and he has already directed another sci-fi feature called Origin Unknown (though the release date is also unknown). One of HaZ's other projects is a sci-fi thriller titled The Beyond, a low-budget sci-fi somewhat based on the idea first introduced in Project Kronos - first contact. The plot involves astronauts going through a wormhole to another part of the universe, only to return early, and now everyone wants to know what they found on the other side. This teaser doesn't give away anything, but does introduce lots of big ideas. Dive in.

 Posted March 28 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

One Final Trailer for 'Ghost in the Shell' Invites Us into Another World

Ghost in the Shell Movie Trailer

"It won't stop until they control everyone." Opening in theaters everywhere worldwide this weekend is the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, based on the popular manga/anime, starring Scarlett Johansson as the human-cyborg Major. To give the movie one final push, Paramount has released this final trailer, featuring tons of VFX-polished futuristic footage. The sci-fi action movie also stars Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Rila Fukushima, Chin Han, plus Takeshi Kitano, Joseph Naufahu, with Pilou Asbæk as Batou. I'm glad to hear the original music in this trailer, and see new footage of her fighting the tank robot. I'm planning to watch this movie this week, still hopeful it's actually good after all.

 Posted March 27 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

For the Kids - Second Trailer for Bay's 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer

"You think I'm afraid of you?!" Paramount has launched a new full-length trailer for Michael Bay's latest Transformers sequel, titled Transformers: The Last Knight. This new trailer is totally focused on the kids in the movie, a cast of youngsters who have to deal with the Decepticons coming back for revenge. Why the focus on the kids? Because this trailer was created exclusively to run in theaters with Beauty and the Beast, of course. The full cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. This is a very odd trailer, I don't think I like it much, but points for doing something different.

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

Rebooting 'The Matrix' Furthers Hollywood's Obsession with Nostalgia

The Matrix

Everything old is new again. It was revealed this week that Warner Bros is currently considering rebooting The Matrix and making a new series of movies. Keanu Reeves had hinted at the possibility of returning for a fourth Matrix for some time. However, WB appears to be interested in forging a new path. In a world full of endless remakes, sequels and reinterpretations, a Matrix re-imagining seems wholly unnecessary. So let's explore why The Matrix needs to be revisited, but not rebooted. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a film as revered and respected as The Matrix would get a reboot. Even a film as treasured as The Lion King is getting a live-action do-over. So let's explore why The Matrix needs to be revisited, but not rebooted.

 Posted March 16 in Discuss, Editorial, SciFi | Comments

Watch: Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Narrow World' About a Giant Kaiju Alien

The Narrow World Short Film

Whoa. This short film from filmmaker Brent Bonacorso features a giant kaiju alien creature that arrives on Earth, but it's actually a story about finding ourselves. The Narrow World is a film about an alien visitor that settles in Los Angeles, but it's completely passive and silent in response to any interaction. "The best monsters are always metaphors, either for an outside force, or for an aspect of the human condition," Brent explains. "The latter is what inspired me here. The subconscious mind that drives our actions by brute force, but that we're most often completely unaware of. Something that feels alien to us, an incredibly powerful outsider that lives within us." I dig the visuals, and admire the message in this, it's definitely worth a watch.

 Posted March 14 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Review: Jordan Vogt-Roberts' 'Kong: Skull Island' is Awesomely Weird

Kong: Skull Island

Kong is back, and the beast has never been this vicious. Since the 1933 classic, King Kong, the cinematic variations on the creature have been as varied as they are impressively crafted by the film world's latest technology. The stories surrounding humans trekking to his home, Skull Island, have twirled about similar predicaments, though: they venture to the island, encounter the impressive Kong, kidnap him for display in the world of man. The giant ape deserves a shot of adrenaline, and it's director Jordan Vogt-Roberts who has come in to deliver that shot. Kong: Skull Island is a thrilling entry into the storied franchise and not only in expected ways. With energetic pacing and breathtaking visuals the film satisfies on the typical levels, but Skull Island also drops in a bit of weirdness that easily sets it apart from modern monster movies.

 Posted March 10 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Watch: 'Meet Walter' Video Introducing New 'Alien: Covenant' Android

Meet Walter Video

"The all-new Walter. Created to serve." 20th Century Fox has revealed a brand new promo video for Alien: Covenant, introducing the newest version of the android made by Weyland-Yutani. The term used by the company is "synthetic", and the character is again played by Michael Fassbender. In Prometheus, he was called David, but in this movie he's known as Walter - so this video is all about meeting Walter. "Walter is the world's most advanced synthetic companion, designed to help you achieve a better human experience. Each model is individually calibrated to serve its owner's unique set of needs and preferences." There's a new website as well to custom build your own Walter. I like this marketing - it connects back to Prometheus and the marketing for David (and the TED Talk) and it's a a very clever world-building concept. See below.

 Posted March 10 in Featurette, Hype, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Review: Jordan Vogt-Roberts' New 'Kong: Skull Island' Reigns Supreme

Kong: Skull Island

In the entire history of cinema, only a few select films are so influential, so ingrained in our popular culture, that they become a modern myth. 1933's King Kong, directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, is one of those films. As the original effects-driven blockbuster and monster movie milestone, Kong has been re-imagined, parodied, and referenced countless times since first being unleashed more than eight decades ago. Each one of us has, at some point in our lives, encountered The Eighth Wonder of the World. Whether it's a remake, like John Guillermin's 1976 film, or Peter Jackson's in 2005, or a reference made in The Simpsons, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Jurassic Park, the legend of the colossal ape endures.

 Posted March 8 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Cameron's 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' in 3D Hits Theaters in August

Terminator 2 in 3D

Briefly: The release date has been announced for the 3D conversion re-release of James Cameron's seminal sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Distrib Films US will release T2 in 3D in theaters starting on August 25th, 2017 later this summer. No exact theater list or additional info has been released yet (via Deadline), but we'll keep an eye out for any updates released. Last August we first reported the news that Cameron's acclaimed sci-fi action classic would be getting the 3D re-release treatment (following Titanic in 3D in 2012), but didn't know when it would be arriving. Now we know - so mark August 25th down in your calendar, if you're interested in seeing this. There is another new Terminator movie in development (with Deadpool's Tim Miller set to direct for now), but Cameron will regain certain rights to Terminator in 2019.

 Posted March 3 in Hype, Movie News, Release Dates, SciFi | Comments

Freaky New Xenomorph Revealed in Second Trailer for 'Alien: Covenant'

Alien: Covenant Trailer

"Where is it?!?" Holy crap! You have to see this! Fox has dropped the second official trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, the latest movie in the Alien franchise. This spooky trailer is all about the big reveal of the new xenomorph (or the neomorph?) from the movie, which looks totally gnarly. Seriously! This looks so damn good, much better than the first trailer. The huge cast includes: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. Now this is what I'm talking about! Totally an exciting trailer, the perfect little glimpses of soon-to-be iconic moments. I hope we don't see anything more than this before the movie hits theaters, because what a great tease! Wow.

 Posted February 28 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Bong Joon-ho's 'Okja' Featuring Tilda Swinton

Okja Teaser Trailer

"I took nature, and science - and I synthesized." Ooooh this looks good. Netflix has debuted a teaser trailer for the new film from Bong Joon-ho, titled Okja, another movie (like The Host) about a young girl and her monster/creature friend. I'm a huge fan of Bong Joon-ho, and I've been waiting to see some footage from this new film and I'm pretty damn excited. Tilda Swinton is back (from Snowpiercer) in the cast, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, Giancarlo Esposito, Devon Bostick, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, and Choi Woo-shik. The main girl, named Mija, is played by Ahn Seo-hyun. She's trying to keep a "multi-national company" from kidnapping her friend - the creature known as Okja. This is a nice tease, an intriguing introduction that makes me extra curious to see more.

 Posted February 28 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Adam Savage Visits Weta to Show Us 'Ghost in the Shell' Props

Ghost in the Shell

"This may not look like a great deal of complexity to your viewers…" Weta Workshop is one of the coolest places, along with ILM. As a preview for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, Tested host Adam Savage went down to New Zealand for a personal tour of the Weta Workshop to get a closer look at the various props and practical effects and other toys used to make the movie. This video focuses entirely on the robot geisha seen in the trailers, with the face that opens up. Savage talks with Weta's Richard Taylor about creating the robot geisha and the various development processes. I wish there was more in this video about other props and pieces from the movie, but hopefully we'll see more of them later. Take a look below.

 Posted February 28 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

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