"I hunt Terminators. You metal motherf*&ker!" Paramount has launched a badass new behind-the-scenes featurette for Terminator: Dark Fate, the big bad new Terminator movie taking us all the way back to James Cameron's original two movies. This promo is all about showing off how R-rated, intense, and action-packed this movie will be - it's relentless, they keep saying. It's a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but with all kinds of different characters including more Terminators. Linda Hamilton returns as the first Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back again, along with Edward Furlong as the original John Connor. James Cameron is producing and is credited on the story - speaking in this video. The cast includes Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna as another Terminator, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Alicia Borrachero, Steven Cree, Tábata Cerezo, Brett Azar, & Claudia Trujillo. Lock & load folks. "It's R-rated, it's grim, it's gritty, it's fast, it's intense." I hope this is as good as they're promising us here.
"Are you truly sure that you're ready to go on this voyage?" 20th Century Fox has released a second official trailer for the epic sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, from filmmaker James Gray (of We Own the Night, The Lost City of Z). The first trailer debuted just last month and it was a spectacular reveal. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. Twenty years after his dad left on a one-way mission to Neptune to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride travels throughout our solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. He uncovers extraordinary secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. This also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, John Finn, Kimberly Elise, Bobby Nish, LisaGay Hamilton, and John Ortiz. Featuring a new score by Max Richter. So incredibly excited to see this. Looks better and better the more they show us. So many jaw-dropping shots in this new trailer.
"Never, ever leave the house." Get ready for another impressive sci-fi short film from the Brothers Lynch - filmmaker brothers from the UK. Their latest is tilted Zero, which they filmed last year and it's available now. Zero is set in a post-apocalyptic time after a mysterious EMP pulse. It follows a girl who is left behind by her father - with the instructions to never leave the house she's safe staying at. Zero stars Bella Ramsey (who played Lyanna Mormont on "Game of Thrones") along with Nigel O'Neill. There's some very effective atmosphere and world-building in this, with the first half setting up the story. But it's all about the final shot at the end - it's an exhilarating reveal. And yes, of course, they're developing a feature film set in this world.
"Look what you've done!" "I saved us!" Well Go USA has debuted the second official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller called Freaks, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and played at the Sitges Film Festival. This indie superpowers film is very similar in concept to Room, but if the kid trapped inside actually had special superpowers - which she doesn't really know about. Chloe is locked in her home by her protective father, but when Mr. Snowcone lures her out, she discovers a whole new world and learns more about her special powers and how they can be used. Lexy Kolker plays Chloe, with a small cast including Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Amanda Crew, and Grace Park. I saw this film at Sitges last year and it's solid, a well-made indie thriller about superpowers. This trailer is much better than the first one - giving a better taste of the action and the mystery surrounding who she is and what's going on in the world. Dive in.
"Are we going to do this… or what?" Don't mess with artificial intelligence! Watch Room is a sci-fi short film premiered by the sci-fi channel Dust, directed by Noah Wagner, written by Michael Koehler. The short is about an A.I. program being developed by three friends in a garage. They name the program "Kate", developing it safely within virtual reality, hoping it will help talk a suicidal person to step back from a ledge. When the A.I. fails to work they decide to shut her down, but Kate has other plans… Of course! Watch Room stars Jacob Batalon (best known as Ned from the current Spider-Man movies), Mamoudou Athie, and Alice Kremelberg, with Natalie Paul as Kate, plus Gary Teitelbaum. The filmmaking team "consulted with AI scientists to try and properly represent the nature of conversations… focusing on the relationship between human and machine, and what happens when those lines are blurred." This is cool - worth a watch.
"Clones are people, too, sir!" Here's a very entertaining, thought-provoking sci-fi short film that we highly recommend watching. The Replacement is a short film written & directed by Sean Miller, now available to watch on Dust. This premiered at the Chicago Film Festival last year, won Best Short at Sci-Fi London, and has played at numerous other film festivals all over the world. The Replacement takes us into a future where clones are common, used as surrogates and as a way to help people improve their lives. But of course it gets out of hand. Mike McNamara stars as Abe, one of the few "originals" out there, who tries to fight back against the system and the clone-filled society. This is a cautionary tale about how we only think about progress, not the implications of new ideas, and how "the best of intentions can get us into places we didn't expect." This has a smart script and it gets very bleak. And don't forget: "If your clone can do, you can too!"
"Let's make Earth great again!" Vertical Entertainment has released a new official US trailer and a poster for the long-awaited, delayed-for-years sci-fi sequel Iron Sky: The Coming Race, which has been in the works since 2014. This film was released in Europe earlier in the year, and we posted two trailers back then for its initial debut. It's now opening in the US in July, for those who still want to catch up with it. The plot is just as absurd as the first Iron Sky - the Nazis are back after lying dormant in a secret base on the Moon, now they're attacking with an army of ancient shapeshifting reptilians riding dinosaurs. Madness. Starring Julia Dietze, Götz Otto, Christopher Kirby, Tilo Brückner, Peta Sergeant, Stephanie Paul, and Udo Kier. This is one of those films that you know is going to be terrible, but you also just have to see it for yourself. I really don't know if anyone still cares about this film anymore - but you can still enjoy the trailer.
"We're counting on you to find out what's happening out there." To the stars! 20th Century Fox has finally debuted an official trailer for the epic sci-fi thriller Ad Astra, the latest movie made by filmmaker James Gray (We Own the Night, The Immigrant, The Lost City of Z). This one has been in the works for a while, with release dates being pushed back - but it's now set for September. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. Twenty years after his dad left on a one-way mission to Neptune to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, Roy McBride travels through our solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Kennedy, John Finn, Kimberly Elise, Bobby Nish, LisaGay Hamilton, and John Ortiz. Well, this looks as stunning and as breathtaking as I'd hoped it might. Enjoy.
In the aftermath of World War II, Japan's Toho Co., Ltd. assembled a team of filmmakers – co-writer and director Ishirō Honda, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, co-writer Takeo Murata, and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya – to create a new kind of movie monster. Originally conceived as a walking metaphor for nuclear annihilation, Godzilla roared onto screens in Honda's genre-defining 1954 masterpiece, Gojira. The film captured the imagination – and embodied the fears – of an entire nation. Now 65 years later, the Godzilla series is fully recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest running film franchise in history with a whopping 35 films starring the titular beast. The latest entry, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is the next chapter in Warner Bros Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic "MonsterVerse", following in the massive footsteps of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014) and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island (2017).
With Legendary Pictures' Godzilla: King of the Monsters set to stomp its way into theaters on May 31st, I took it upon myself to put together a fun introductory guide for anyone looking to learn more about the long-running kaiju movie franchise. While I have enjoyed seeing superhero epics and other genre property hit the mainstream, I grew up a big fan of Godzilla, and have spent this past year going from enthusiast to pro on the famed monster and all that comes with it (follow me @AaronsPS4). Plenty of others may have a handle on some of the Godzilla basics: his main adversaries, and even some favorite entries from the 32-film Toho-produced series. Others may, unfortunately, only know Godzilla from his disastrous 1998 American feature (directed by Roland Emmerich), or purely the camp value associated with the series. So, I'm here to provide a crash course on the atomic beast, some of the more notable Godzilla films, and other related fun.
"I've never seen one like you before - almost human." Paramount has released the first teaser trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate, the sixth Terminator movie that takes us all the way back to the first two James Cameron movies. This one throws away the other movies and gives us an actual direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, starting up the day after Judgement Day. As for the rest of the story, we don't know much about where it's headed but this trailer does give us a few hints. Badass actress Linda Hamilton returns as the first Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back as the original Terminator. James Cameron is producing and is credited on the story, some good news. The cast includes Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna as another Terminator, with Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, Alicia Borrachero, Steven Cree, Tábata Cerezo, Brett Azar, and Claudia Trujillo. Get your first look at Dark Fate below.
There's no rules, no limits, to the kind of stories that can be told in the sci-fi genre. They can be big or small, space operas or intimate dramas or even noir thrillers, commenting on and critiquing society, politics, and culture through smart storytelling. Vivarium is another terrific indie sci-fi feature, a twisted thriller set in only one location. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Critics' Week sidebar, and was barely finished just a week before they brought it here. It's also yet another new sci-fi film borrowing from "Black Mirror" and "Twilight Zone" as a contained concept that doesn't provide all the answers, but it's clever and captivating enough to keep us wondering what's next. I dug this film. It's my kind of twisted, minimal sci-fi.