"Did you not think it was dangerous – playing god like that?" Quiver Dist. has released an official trailer for a peculiar, fascinating new sci-fi feature titled LX 2048, a new film from filmmaker Guy Moshe who hasn't made anything since Bunraku back in 2010 (remember that one?). The concept for this is very, very timely and a clear reference to what's going on these days. In the near future, the sun has become so toxic people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Everyone is so depressed they're prescribed a drug called 001LithiumX (which was the original title of the film). Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the well-being of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality. Starring James D'Arcy as Adam, along with Gina McKee, Delroy Lindo, Anna Brewster, and Juliet Aubrey. I love mega sci-fi concepts like this! And it looks like he got the world just right. This also looks scarily exactly like where out future is headed…
"Our next contract's a big one…" Neon has finally debuted a full-length official trailer for the uber-violent sci-fi horror film Possessor, the latest film from filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg (son of the iconic David Cronenberg). Everyone loved the teaser for this a few months ago. It first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to quite a bit of buzz, only allowing 18+ to watch it because of graphic sex, nudity, and violence. And it seems they'll be releasing an "Uncut" version - using that buzz as marketing. Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. The thriller stars Andrea Riseborough, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Tuppence Middleton, Christopher Abbott, Kaniehtiio Horn, Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Jacot, and Hanneke Talbot. I still think the first teaser trailer is better, but this full trailer will definitely get a lot of people's attention. Super gnarly.
"Every film you're trying to challenge yourself." Dive into an intense, mind-expanding 10-minute featurette for Christopher Nolan's Tenet, now playing in movie theaters around the world (but not yet in the US). This behind-the-scenes video originally played in front of the Inception re-release in theaters this month, before the world premiere of Tenet. Now it's available to watch online! The extensive (but mostly spoiler-free) behind-the-scenes look covers everything from production locations like Tallinn and Mumbai, to working with the actors, to working with cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema - one of the coolest. John David Washington stars in Tenet as "The Protagonist", with a big cast including Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, and Dimple Kapadia. This featurette may not change your mind if you're unsure about seeing this movie, but it'll definitely make you fascinated by the hard work that goes into making massive blockbusters with intricate action set pieces.
"They are false gods." This sounds like a must watch. An editor called "Job Willins" has put together a project titled Paradise, and it's now available to watch / download online. Paradise is a homemade editing project combining Prometheus and Alien: Covenant into a single, David-centric narrative. We all know that despite Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise for two movies, the results were a bit mixed. Some love them, some hate them. Some love one of the movies, but hate the other one… But the best part about them both - David, the android character played by Michael Fassbender. So that's why he wanted to craft something borrowing the storylines from both movies and condense everything into one movie. We've seen this before - Topher Grace once edited a single movie from the three Star Wars prequels, just for fun. This new cut features parallel (rather than chronological) narratives that come from both films. I want to watch.
"You have to start looking at the world in a new way." It's almost time! Or maybe it has already happened? Warner Bros has debuted one final trailer for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi thriller Tenet, released in conjunction with the new music track "The Plan" by Travis Scott which is in the movie. Tenet will open first in cinemas internationally, then arrive in US movie theaters (that are currently open) starting in September. Tenet is described as a sci-fi action movie on a global scale, involving time travel and the world of espionage. The making of book describes it as "Christopher Nolan's Quantum Cold War". John David Washington stars, with an amazing ensemble cast including Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, Dimple Kapadia, Yuri Kolokolnikov, and of course Michael Caine. I am so very excited for this and already have tickets for opening day in 70mm! I just can't miss it. This trailer shows a LOT of new footage - just a warning incase you want to go see this movie fresh.
Let the Awe and Mystery of a Journey Unlike Any Other Begin. Isolation can do strange things to human beings. But it can also spark creativity and imagination, as is the case with this cinematic lockdown creation. 2020: An Isolation Odyssey is a homemade "reenactment of the iconic finale of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Restaged in the context of home quarantine, the journey through time adapts to the mundane dramas of self-isolation–poking fun at the navel-gazing saga of life alone and indoors." This video project was made by Brooklyn-based designer Lydia Cambron, who shot this at her apartment over two months from March to May earlier this year. It's impressive in many ways - how meticulous and perfect every shot is compared to the original. But also how an entirely different space, with different "set dressing" and design, can still evoke the same feelings of intrigue and mysterious and loneliness from Kubrick's film. This lockdown update still feels exactly like the original scene, despite being looking so different. This video is definitely worth a watch.
"There were whispers coming from below." Dark Star Pictures has released an official US trailer for The Antenna, a Turkish sci-fi horror thriller which first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This Cronenberg-esque film also stopped by Sitges and Fantastic Fest last fall, and will be out on VOD this fall. The Antenna is a surreal thriller is about a dystopian Turkey, where the Government begins installing new networks throughout the country to monitor people. The installation goes wrong in a crumbling apartment complex and Mehmet, the building's super, will then have to confront the evil entity behind the inexplicable transmissions that threaten the residents. Starring Ihsan Önal as Mehmet, Gül Arici, Levent Ünsal, Isil Zeynep, Murat Saglam, Elif Çakman, Mert Toprak Yadigar, Eda Özel, and Enis Yildiz. I saw this last year and it's alright, but runs a bit too long without digging deep enough into the surveillance. Still cool.
"Fight me like a man! Come on!" 11:11 Ent. has released an official trailer for an epic new sci-fi action movie titled Monsters of Men, yet another robots-are-extremely-dangerous movie. This is also the feature debut of a very successful commercials director named Mark Toia, making the leap into narrative filmmaking. A robotics company teams up with a corrupt CIA agent dropping four prototype robots into a suspecting drug camp in the Golden triangle. Six doctors on a good cause mission witness the brutal slaughter of an innocent village and are forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse as they become the new targets. "In his stunning directorial debut, Toia combines non-stop action with powerful special effects to explore AI, corruption and the terrifying possibilities of future warfare." The movie stars Neal McDonough, Jose Rosete, Jessica Blackmore, and Kayli Tran. This looks like someone made a Neill Blomkamp movie without him, about gnarly humanoid police robots that don't care about pesky humans. As a big sci-fi geek, I just need to see it.
"The vampires from the sky. They're here for blood!" Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie action thriller sci-fi alien invasion movie called Attack of the Unknown. Not only are there some gnarly aliens in this, but the group gets trapped inside of a building with no way to communicate to the outside and no idea what is really going on anyway. A SWAT team transporting a vicious crime syndicate boss must fight their way out of a county detention center during a catastrophic alien invasion. Attack of the Unknown stars Richard Grieco, Tara Reid, Robert LaSardo, Tania Fox, Jolene Andersen, and Douglas Tait. This looks exactly like the kind of random sci-fi B-movie you'd find in the back of a rental shop, and watch over & over until the tape wears out. Either you'll hate it or think it looks ridiculously fun.
"Why do I have to do all the dangerous work?" Fellow space movie geeks, you don't want to miss this one! EonTalk has released an official trailer for a South Korean space epic sci-fi movie called Space Sweepers, being distributed by a studio called Merry Christmas Entertainment (yes, that's seriously the name). Set in 2092, Space Sweepers tells the story of a crew on board of a spaceship called "Victory" (or "The Victory"?) trying to escape the destruction of Earth - and make some money while at it. Regarded as the first Korean space blockbuster, it is set to be released in theaters in September this year in Korea (after a delay due to the pandemic). Starring Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-Ri, Jin Sun-Kyu, and Yoo Hae-Jin. This looks exciting! The robot is definitely a K-2SO rip-off, but that's fine with me. Because this still seems like a crazy fun, epic, space nerd adventure. And I'm all here for it! Hopefully it doesn't take too long for this to show in America.
It's time to meet Max Fist. Voltage Pictures has debuted a promo teaser trailer for a gritty new genre film titled Archenemy, set to arrive sometime in 2021. This film is the latest from Daniel Isn't Real director Adam Egypt Mortimer, an intriguing superhero sci-fi action adventure horror crime thriller of sorts (aka a genre mashup!). Joe Manganiello stars as Max Fist, and he claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth. But here he has no powers. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster, played by Skylan Brooks. This also stars Glenn Howerton, Zolee Griggs, Joseph D. Reitman, and Amy Seimetz. This is only a first look teaser, not too much footage, but dang it's gnarly. This looks brutal and badass. Oh they're definitely going to learn he's for real by the end of this.
What a bummer. Yet another delay. Disney, which now owns the company formerly known as 20th Century Fox, has officially announced updated release dates for James Cameron's Avatar sequels that have been in the works for a decade already. We have been playing this game for so many years before. Avatar 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Avatar (originally released in 2009), was initially scheduled for December of 2016. Every year, or every other year, Cameron re-appears and announces that they aren't quite ready and it gets delayed another few years. First they moved it into 2017, then until 2020, then until 2021, where it has been for a while. They officially started filming last year and have been deep into production ever since, with hopes that maybe they'll make that 2021 date. But with the pandemic screwing up everyone's schedules, that won't be the case – Avatar 2 has been rescheduled to open December 16th, 2022 instead. It's what it is.