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Another 'Return at Pandora' Featurette for 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

Return to Pandora Featurette

"It takes years to make these movies, but there's nothing like this." 20th Century has unveiled another featurette for James Cameron's highly anticipated sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water - opening in theaters next week after a 13 year wait. Finally!! This plays like another trailer, with more never-seen-before footage along with a few random interview bits - but no behind-the-scenes footage. Following the events of the first movie, Jake Sully now lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was started, Jake must work with Neytiri and another new army of the Na'vi race to protect their planet. They take to the waters, where even more fascinating creatures are found. The Way of Water ensemble cast features Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Bailey Bass, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore. I'm still thinking this is going to be awesome. And I like Winslet's quote in this about it being "Avatar x 100!" Bring it on, Cameron.

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 Posted on December 6 in Featurette, Sci-Fi, To Watch | Comments

First Look at Bong Joon-ho's Movie 'Mickey 17' with Robert Pattinson

Mickey 17 Teaser

The new film from Bong Joon ho… In theaters in 2024! Warner Bros has revealed a very quick first look video for their upcoming Bong Joon-ho movie titled Mickey 17, a sci-fi thriller about a clone. This promo is also tied with the release date announcement - Mickey 17 will be in theaters starting March 29th, 2024 more than a year from now. Filming is still underway on the project, which has been in production for a few months already. Robert Pattinson stars as Mickey Barnes, an "Expendable": a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. There can't be more than two of them at the same time, but after he goes missing he comes back to discover another. Based on a novel by Edward Ashton. The cast also includes Naomi Ackie, Steven Yeun, Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo, and Holliday Grainger. It's a very quick first look with one intriguing shot. More than enough for me! Can't wait to see this already.

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 Posted on December 5 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Fun Trailer for The Asylum's 'Avatar' Spoof Movie 'Battle for Pandora'

Battle for Pandora Trailer

"Do not evac!!" The Asylum has revealed their official trailer for a spoof movie called Battle for Pandora, arriving in theaters today. The Asylum is known for making incredibly cheap, hilariously bad knock offs of major Hollywood blockbusters, and they're still going strong even nowadays (they also made the Sharknado franchise). This time they're riffing on James Cameron's Avatar movies (with Avatar: The Way of Water in theaters in two weeks) with this one, which uses the "Pandora" planet and lots of blue-tinged footage. But everything else is about different. After a help signal from a research vessel makes it back to Earth, the U.S. Space Force sends a rescue ship to Saturn's moon Pandora. But when they try to land, they discover that it's inhabited by a highly evolved humanoid species. Starring Tom Sizemore, Kristos Andrews, and Mark Andrew Ricketson. Yes, this looks as terrible as you're expecting, but at least with The Asylum that is the entire point. They mashed up Avatar with The Abyss in this. I won't rent it, but the trailer is fun to laugh at.

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 Posted on December 2 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Watch: Clever Sci-Fi Short Film 'Black Hole' Starring Aaron Moorhead

Black Hole Short Film

"After a while, as it had eaten my cat, and eaten my friend, it too began to eat at me…" Have you wondered what it would be like if you were sucked into a black hole? Maybe we shouldn't wonder too much, it might just break our brains. This fantastic short film titled Black Hole is now available to watch online thanks to Dust featuring it on YouTube, after it first premiered at film festivals last year. When a miniature black hole shows up in a man's house, he must learn to deal with it. But as time passes, his obsession with the anomaly grows, and he begins to dance with danger as he utilizes it in his every day life. This super clever 7-minute short film is written & directed by Jamie Parslow, starring fellow filmmaker Aaron Moorhead (of The Endless, Synchronic, Something in the Dirt) as Eddie. Also with Leo Camacho and Alexa Cappiello. The writing in this is extra sharp, and it has such a cute little black hole in it. I want one, too! Or maybe I don't?

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 Posted on December 1 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Superb Final Trailer for James Cameron's 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

Avatar: The Way of Water Trailer

"If you want to live here, you have to ride." "Let's do it!" 20th Century Studios has released the final official trailer for James Cameron's highly anticipated sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, also known as just Avatar 2. Less than a month until this is in theaters worldwide!! Who's ready?? Following the events of the first movie, Jake Sully now lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was started, Jake must work with Neytiri and another new army of the Na'vi race to protect their planet. They take to the waters, where even more fascinating creatures are found. We finally get a better glimpse at this water world in here. The Way of Water ensemble cast features Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Bailey Bass, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore. Oh my goodness, this is one phenomenal trailer!! Breathtaking footage. I'm sure this plays amazingly in theaters. I can't wait to watch!! Don't know what else to add - it looks glorious.

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 Posted on November 21 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Watch: Important 'Keep Our Oceans Amazing' Featurette for 'Avatar 2'

Keep Our Oceans Amazing

"Without significant change, more than half of the word's marine species may face extinction…" Save the oceans! 20th Century Studios has revealed a conservation featurette for the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, opening in theaters worldwide this December. This one is called "Keep Our Oceans Amazing" and it connects with a new website launched at the same time. Since most of the movie is set underwater and deals with taking care of all animals (on Pandora), the studio is doing a promotion where they will donate money to The Nature Conservancy non-profit group. All you have to do is visit the website, design a new fish (or ocean creature) and it will become a part of the virtual "Pandora Ocean". Apparently there are actual in-person locations you can visit and do this (as seen in this video) or you can do it online. The Way of Water ensemble cast features Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Bailey Bass, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore. I'm glad they are making an effort here, and I'm happy to support the fight against climate change and to save our oceans.

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 Posted on November 17 in Featurette, Sci-Fi, To Watch | Comments

Gorgeous Full Trailer for Epic Sci-Fi Sequel 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

Avatar: The Way of Water Trailer

"We cannot let you bring your war here." 20th Century Studios has unveiled the full-length official trailer for James Cameron's long-awaited, highly anticipated sci-fi sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, formerly known as just Avatar 2. As expected, this is jaw-dropping gorgeous, another dripping and invigorating tale of fighting back against colonizers who return to this blue planet looking for revenge. Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their planet. They take to the waters, where even more fascinating creatures are found. The Way of Water ensemble cast features Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Oona Chaplin, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, CCH Pounder, and Joel David Moore (returning from the first movie). I can't wait to watch this!! It looks spectacular. I've got a good feeling it might actually be better than the first. I'll be in theaters on opening night for Avatar 2.

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 Posted on November 2 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 17 Comments

Official Trailer for '1899' Series - Mystery Sci-Fi About a Ghost Ship

1899 Series Trailer

"None of this makes any sense…" Netflix has revealed an official trailer for 1899, a mysterious new sci-fi supernatural thriller series from the creators of the very popular "Dark" German sci-fi series on Netflix. Full of hope for a better future, passengers aboard a ship to the New World sail into a nightmare when they find a second vessel adrift on the open sea. On their journey across the vast and treacherous Atlantic Ocean, the passengers of the Kerberos encounter the biggest mystery of their lives. Welcome to 1899, an immersive new series from the creators of Dark. This seems like a story about the Bermuda Triangle, but they wouldn't pass through that region going to New York from Europe. Then again, triangles plays a big part in this, appearing everywhere including on tattoos and hidden messages and this weird switch board. Hmm. What is going on in this?! The massive international cast includes Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musiał, Anton Lesser, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Rosalie Craig. I'm more than curious, always love a good sci-fi mystery. Nice use of "All Along the Watchtower" in this trailer, too. Enjoy.

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 Posted on October 24 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments

Full Trailer for Benson & Moorhead's Indie Sci-Fi 'Something in the Dirt'

Something in the Dirt Trailer

"Maybe these gateways to other dimensions are actually all around us?" XYZ has debuted a full trailer for the mysterious little indie sci-fi film titled Something in the Dirt, the latest from the very talented indie filmmakers Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. This premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and just played at the Sitges Film Festival, where it won the Critics Award. When neighbors John & Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city and each other. The film also stars Benson & Moorhead in the lead roles, as it was a pandemic project they made in Los Angeles quietly in an apartment block. Also featuring Sarah Adina Smith, Wanjiru Njendu, Issa Lopez, and Vinny Curran. We've been fans of these two for years & years, raving about their films including Spring, The Endless, and Synchronic. Best to watch this new one without knowing anything before going in, but this is also a fantastic trailer for the film.

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 Posted on October 17 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Second Trailer for Intriguing 'The Peripheral' Simulation Sci-Fi Series

The Peripheral Sci-Fi Series

"I thought I was playing a sim." "It turns out if you prick us, we bleed." If you love sci-fi, this is a must watch. Prime Video has revealed an second official trailer for a sneaky sci-fi series streaming this fall titled The Peripheral, an adaptation of sci-fi master author William Gibson's 2014 novel of the same name. Set in the future when technology has subtly altered society, a young woman discovers a secret connection to an alternate reality as well as a dark future. The Peripheral centers on Flynne Fisher, who's also trying to hold together the pieces of her own broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow's America. The Peripheral is master storyteller Gibson's dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond. Also with Jack Reynor, Gary Carr, Eli Goree, Louis Herthum, JJ Feild, T’Nia Miller, Charlotte Riley, Alexandra Billings, Adelind Horan, Alex Hernandez, Katie Leung, Chris Coy, and Austin Rising. This looks quite dark and scary, but also quite mesmerizing and fascinating. Which world is real - the future or the past? Does she have some kind of influence in both? I'm very curious to watch & find out.

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 Posted on October 10 in Sci-Fi, Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments

Partying with a Dead Extraterrestrial Friend - 'I'm Totally Fine' Trailer

I'm Totally Fine Trailer

"Do you consent to testing?" Decal Releasing has revealed an official trailer for a funky sci-fi indie comedy titled I'm Totally Fine, made by filmmaker Brandon Dermer. It will be available to watch on VOD starting in November. Jillian Bell stars as Vanessa, a young woman who embarks on a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her best friend Jennifer. Her self-care vacation takes a detour when she finds the recently departed Jennifer standing in her kitchen, claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Together they spend the next 48 hours partying and reminiscing on better days in a comedy that's out of this world. The film also stars Natalie Morales, Blake Anderson, Harvey Guillén, and Kyle Newacheck. The filmmakers explain the idea behind it: "the metaphor of it is 2020 and being powerless – all of a sudden everything got taken away from us as we knew it, everything changed." That doesn't seem like an exciting idea for this. Have fun.

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 Posted on October 6 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Inuit Teen Girls Fight Aliens in Badass Indie Film 'Slash/Back' Trailer

Slash/Back Trailer

"What they don't know, is that we're the best hunters there is." RLJE Films + Shudder have revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Slash/Back, which first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. This radical little indie sci-fi is about a group of teenage Inuit girls from Pangnirtung, Nunavut (see Google Maps) - a town way, way up on the North East coast of Canada - closer to Greenland than anywhere else. When Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny arctic hamlet, it's up to them to save the day. Utilizing their makeshift weapons and horror movie knowledge, the aliens realize you don't mess with girls from Pang. Starring Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Vincent-Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth, and Chelsea Prusky. It was co-written with Ryan Cavan with Nyla Innuksuk, making her feature screenwriting and directorial debut. It's landing in theaters in October! This is pretty much The Thing meets Attack the Block meets the arctic town of Pang. I heartily recommend it! You'll have a blast watching this one. Enjoy.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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