"This is unnatural, we gotta tell someone." "No, we can't!" "Why not…?" "Because they'll take it away from us!!" Time to catch up with this clever sci-fi short film titled Burnt Grass, which originally premiered in 2014 at the Toronto Film Festival. Thanks to a bump from Short of the Week, it's now available to watch on YouTube. Alex Paxton-Beesley and Christopher Jacot star as Sally & Jack, a young couple in the city, discover a strange phenomenon in their backyard that duplicates organic life. Sally quickly envisions its wild possibilities, while Jack suffers its consequences. This almost reminds me of the duplication machine in The Prestige, but with entirely different consequences. If you're intrigued by cloning, this is a must watch short.
"There can't be two alpha titans." Everyone's favorite big cuddlelizard is back with another smash & tumble adventure around the world. Godzilla vs. Kong is finally here! You're Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard picks up where Mike Dougherty left off with Godzilla: King of the Monsters just a few years ago. And Wingard also picks up where Jordan Vogt-Roberts left off with his Kong: Skull Island movie. This is a very American franchise now, focusing more on the epic destruction and CGI-filled fights than any humans, because that's what we want! Let them fight! And ohhh, do they fight. And tons of humans get squished, but that's what happens when these two titans battle. This is nature vs nature and we just need to get far enough back so we can watch without getting caught up in all the destruction. Does it pack a punch? YES IT DOES.
"You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier." Hollywood screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed a special pitch trailer "sizzle reel" that they created for The Last Starfigher sequel already in development (tentatively) called The Last Starfighters. This trailer features concept art with a score and a tiny bit of dialogue from the original shown at the end. Whitta originally dropped some of the concept on Twitter back in 2018, so we've seen most of this stuff before, but there are a few new images added in this trailer. Plus it's just thrilling to see all the art (by Matt Allsopp) with the music (by Chris Tilton & Craig Safan). Whitta was developing this project with Jonathan Betuel, the same screenwriter on the original cult classic 1984 sci-fi film. The concept for this sequel is said to involve Alex returning again, but no exact plot details have ever been revealed. Still, if you've been excited to one day see this sequel - then have a look.
"There is no way for all of us to survive…" Netflix has revealed the official trailer for a sci-fi thriller titled Stowaway, an intriguing concept similar to Gravity or Europa Report or Ad Astra. The latest film from Arctic director Joe Penna. On a mission to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes damage to the spaceship's life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision. The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, and Toni Collette. This looks gorgeous!! Not only are all the spaceship shots stunning, buut even the cscore in this trailer is ravishing. I love space travel sci-fi like this!! Bring it on. And as a big fan of Arctic, I've got a good feeling Penna has been cookin' up something very tasty to enjoy on Netflix this spring.
"Our minds will be one!… Why not improve the way we love?" HBO Max has released the full trailer for an intriguing new sci-fi series called Made for Love, a freaky contemporary take on controlling men and their obsession with technology used to control. This looks like it's quite a bit about Elon Musk, or some other eccentric billionaire like that. A young woman, on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire, suddenly realizes that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track her every move. Cristin Milioti stars as Hazel, joined by Billy Magnussen as her crazy husband. The cast includes Augusto Aguilera, Noma Dumezweni, Ray Romano, Caleb Foote, Dutch Johnson, and Raymond Lee. We're breaking our no-TV rule to post this trailer just because it's such a fascinating concept that looks super wacky and daring at the same time. Check out the footage below.
"You realize… you can't make her whole again, right?" Freestyle Digital Media has released a trailer for an indie sci-fi drama titled Making Sense, made by filmmaker Gregory Bayne. This recently premiered at the Boston's Sci-Fi Film Festival this year, and arrives on VOD next month. Making Sense is the story of an aging neuroscientist, who teams up with a group of young graduate students to prove his hypothesis that individuals with disabilities hold the key to unlocking a sixth sense, before his past catches up with him. In an effort to prove his decades-old hypothesis that people with disabilities – those he describes as "sensory enlightened" – hold the key to unlocking a sixth sense, the aging neuroscientist Dr. Frederik Amberger seeks out a promising graduate student but runs into more troubles. Richard Klautsch and Jessi Melton star, along with five newcomers representing the five physical senses: Mike Barnett (sight), Taylor Gonzalez (hearing), Miguel Ayala (taste), Makenzie Ellsworth (touch), and Nyk Fry (smell). Take a look below.
"You're not feeling what I'm feeling." Lionsgate has debuted a full-length official trailer for Voyagers, the latest from director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). This is such a kinky and wild premise - a bunch of perfect teens born on a spaceship go crazy with sensation once they realize they're being drugged to not have any feelings. A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not. The cast features Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Madison Hu, and Colin Farrell. "Get ready to have your ship rocked." From this trailer, this could turn out either awesome or terrible; and I'm hoping there's more to this than just kids going wild. Go for launch.
"What does it feel like to feel something?" Lionsgate has finally revealed the first teaser trailer for a new sci-fi space adventure movie called Voyagers, the latest from director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist). This was originally set for last year, but has been delayed and is now set to open in April this spring. A crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is real or not. The ensemble features Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Viveik Kalra, Archie Madekwe, Quintessa Swindell, Madison Hu, and Colin Farrell. At first glance, this looks like the Hollywood remake of Claire Denis' High Life, addressing issues of desire and pleasure and destruction while traveling on long space voyages. Here's hoping it's good.
"You will do as told from now on." Take a trip back to the vibrant 1960s and white picket fence suburbia, when everything was alright, and no one was complaining? The Shift is a smart little sci-fi short film made by Italian filmmaker Francesco Calabrese that feels a lot like "Black Mirror" meets The Stepford Wives. This short originally premiered back in 2015, but Short of the Week has dug it up and re-posted it and since we're only catching up with it now - it's worth featuring and worth a quick watch (only 9 mins). An ordinary day in the suburbs turns out to be anything but when Joe comes home to find out that his wife Betty hasn't been cooking dinner. And there's a good reason for that. The Shift stars Ryan Welsh as Joe, and Molly C. Quinn as Betty, who looks a lot like Bryce Dallas Howard (at least in this film). Give this short a look below.
Love is hard. While it seems like it should be easy, once that feeling overtakes us and embraces us, the act of loving is not as easy as it seems. We all know this, at least we've heard it said before, yet we all long for love and wish we'll find someone to make us less lonely. But how can we achieve that if we've lived for so long on our own, establishing an entirely independent life. Is there even an answer to that question? One of my all-time favorite romances, Spike Jonze's Her, digs into this question and the fabric of love and how it works. I'm Your Man is another new sci-fi romance film that also digs into this question, and presents us with a peculiar yet fascinating story of love and its impossibly complex dynamics. It's a sweet, low key story about a robot lover created to be the "perfect" partner and how he changes one woman in ways she wasn't expecting.
"You won't be able to see it until it's about to hit." It's the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine! How about some apocalyptic cinema to relax you? This short film Red Rover originally premiered in 2015, but is just now being featured online thanks to a feature from Short of the Week. It's written & directed by Australian filmmaker Brooke Goldfinch, who was inspired by the news of a cult predicting the end of the world, so she started asking her friends "how they would spend their final hours." It follows two teenagers from a remote religious community who head to town looking for others after their Evangelical parents tell them an asteroid will soon destroy the Earth. Starring Natalie Racoosin and Christopher M. Gray as Lauren and Conrad. This film is especially melancholic, but has a beautifully tragic ending that makes it all worth it. Low key filmmaking that is meant to make you think about what matters, rather than how it ends.
"Maybe it takes us somewhere?" Epic Pics has unveiled the official trailer for an indie sci-fi feature titled Doors, an anthology film about the doors. Without warning, millions of mysterious alien "doors" suddenly appear around the globe. In a rush to determine the reason for their arrival, mankind must work together to understand the purpose of these cosmic anomalies. Bizarre incidences occurring around the sentient doors leads humanity to question their own existence and an altered reality as they attempt to enter them. The film is directed by three filmmakers, each with a different perspective: a ragtag band of high school students discover a door for the first time, volunteers explore the parallel reality beyond the threshold, a lonesome hermit manages the seemingly impossible: establishing communication with a door. The full cast includes Josh Peck, with Lina Esco, Wilson Bethel, Kyp Malone, Dugan O’Neal, Kathy Khanh, Julianne Collins, Aric Generette Floyd, Rory Anne Dahl, Kristina Lear, Bira Vanara, Bailee Cowperthwaite, Darius Levanté, and David Hemphill. This looks really cool - I'm digging all the different stories and all the footage in this trailer.