"We have to be cautious, we have to stay out of sight…" 4Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie sci-fi film Canada called 2149: The Aftermath, formerly known as Confinement. The premise is similar to Ready Player One - in the future, everyone lives in tiny pods and everyone connects online - no one ever goes outside. One night, lightning strikes the computer of a young man named Darwin (of course), and he is forced to venture into the dangerous "outside". He is surprised to come across a beautiful young woman, living with her family in the woods, who teach him how to speak and show him the value of human contact. Meanwhile, the security forces have sent drones to search for and to recapture him. Nick Krause stars, with Molly Parker, Juliette Gosselin, Jordyn Negri, and Daniel DiVenere. Unfortunately this looks quite cheesy and derivative, borrowing too many ideas from other films without anything new to say.
"It's like a kind of door opens up out there… I figure it leads to some other world…" OH YES! Netflix has dropped the first official trailer for Love Death + Robots: Volume 2, the second collection of animated sci-fi short films created by Blur Studios and Tim Miller / David Fincher. The first volume with 18 shorts arrived in March of 2019 and they're all amazing. The NSFW animated anthology returns with a vengeance. Naked giants, Christmas demons, and robots-gone-wild… Consume irresponsibly. Volume 2 (with eight new shorts) drops on Netflix starting May 14th, and they've already announced Volume 3 (with another eight new shorts) coming in 2022. Presented by Tim Miller, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Joshua Donen. "From wild adventures on far-flung planets to unsettling encounters close to home: The Emmy-winning anthology returns with a crop of provocative tales." I am a HUGE fan of the first collection of Love Death + Robots shorts and cannot wait for more. Bring it on! Unleash the mayhem, the robots, the space adventures.
"Only 20 of your crew were ever found. What happened to the other 100 men you were sworn to protect?" An intriguing, low key sci-fi short film that is built entirely around dialogue. Mimic is a short film made by LA-based filmmaker Scott Jeschke, who has been cooking up shorts for years while working to establish himself in the industry. In Mimic, a lone investigator seeks out answers from a reclusive Navy veteran to uncover what happened to a submarine that mysteriously vanished into the atmosphere one day. This stars Luke Persiani and Brian Jackson. The short works better as a scene or two in a feature film, but maybe that's the point - this is a pitch for something bigger. The final reveal is expected, but it's still eerie to see it.
"There will never be another time like it. Ever." More 80s sci-fi!! A second promo trailer has launched for the nostalgia documentary In Search of Tomorrow, journalist / filmmaker David A. Weiner's follow-up to his doc about 80s horror called In Search of Darkness. In Search of Tomorrow focuses on the treasure trove of science fiction films made in the 80s. "A four-hour-plus retrospective of '80s sci-fi movies featuring interviews with actors, directors, writers, SFX experts, and composers." We featured a trailer last year, but now they've got over 75+ interviews taped, and tons of stories / revelations. This trailer features just a taste of the interviews spliced with footage from all of your favorites including Star Trek, The Last Starfighter, Bill & Ted, Flight of the Navigator, Tron, Earth Girls Are Easy, Weird Science, Starman, Innerspace, and many others. They're running one last Indiegogo campaign with final plans to release in December this year.
"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.