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16 items from 2015


Daily | Garland, Assayas, Varda

10 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the robot Maria in Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the female replicants in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, the bodiless AI/Os in Spike Jonze's Her and the sisterhood of the traveling clones in Orphan Black are all up for discussion as the New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books address Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Also in today's roundup: Mark Lukenbill on Olivier Assayas, a Palme d’honneur for Agnès Varda, an interview with Juliette Binoche, revisiting Ruggles of Red Gap, The Sopranos creator David Chase on Twin Peaks, Wes Anderson's bar in Milan, Al Pacino in Los Angeles—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #355: Arrow’S Fighting A Custody Battle

8 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

See, now this is when you need a good lawyer.

For the first half of the third season in the CW series Arrow, the good guys were doing what they were supposed to do; catching bad guys in Starling City http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Starling_City and turning them over to the police for trial As this column’s about Arrow, the good guys in question are Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and Roy Harper. Or, if you prefer, Arrow, yada, yada, and Arsenal.

(By the way, what kind of name is Starling City? God knows what bullies like Metropolis or Gotham City are doing to it, because with a wimpy name like Starling even Smallville’s giving it a wedgie.)

Now, you might think what I was talking about, when I said someone needed a good lawyer were those aforementioned bad guys. After all captured bad guys »

- Bob Ingersoll

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Beauty vs Beast: Full Metal Maria

20 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tis I, Jason from Mnpp, here, with another week's new edition of our "Beauty vs Beast" series. So over the next several days The Film Experience is going to be diving into the cinematic realm of Artificial Intelligence (known as "A.I." to people in a hurry and Haley Joel Osment fans), and to get the ball rolling I figured we'd make ourselves like science-fiction and hop in the way-back machine to the year 1927, when a little chap who went by the name Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, known to his friends as Fritz, made a little movie called Metropolis. In case you don't know the story, it goes like this: Boy meets Girl, Girl Gets Clones Into Evil Robot, Dystopian Nightmare Explodes, and a Kiss, The End. Somewhere in there dancing happens, and it is crazy awesome.

But thanks to a ferocious performance from actress Brigitte Helm you really couldn't get »

- JA

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What happens when a TV show outgrows its premise?

17 April 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

TV shows either have to evolve or die when they outlive their original premise, argues Caroline. Change is vital to survival...

Television shows, network Us television shows especially, tend to start off with an obvious hook. The ability to describe a premise in a single word or sentence is a valuable part of getting something on the air in the first place, and so it’s no wonder we get a slew of pilots every year with silly one-word descriptors and obvious, over-the-top characterisations.

But what happens when a show outlives that part, and evolves into something that doesn’t even really resemble that original premise at all?

It happens more often than we may immediately realise, and it comes down to a number of factors. There are network notes soon after a show has premiered, but there's also audience reaction, sometimes so strong that it demands change for series »

- louisamellor

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The Rise of A.I. in Sci-Fi

31 March 2015 7:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every decade has their cinematic science fiction obsessions which speak to its concerns of the age; in the 1950s films such as Earth vs. The Flying Saucers and Them! capitalised on fears of alien invasion and nuclear proliferation. In the 1960s films like Barbarella and Ikarie Xb-1 captured the hopes and dangers of space exploration while in the 1970s Silent Running and A Boy and His Dog showed a growing concern for the environment and a mistrust of governments resulting in dystopian futures. Then in the 1980s it was the exploration of inner space with the boundaries of the human mind and body being crossed and redrawn with films like Altered States and the cinema of David Cronenberg. The 1990s ushered in an obsession with apocalyptic imagery and alternate realities with Dark City and The Thirteenth Floor amongst many others.

Through these decades of cinematic science fiction, the concept of »

- Liam Dunn

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Technophobia Is Alive and Real: A Primer for Adapting and Accepting Artificial Intelligence (AI)

23 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“For our policemen, we created a race of robots,” the Alien Klaatu tells a crowd of fear-stricken earthlings in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Robots like “Gort,” we are told, were made to patrol the galaxy to preserve civility. “Your choice is simple,” Klaatu tells us. “Join us, and live in peace…or pursue your present course, and face obliteration.”

Perhaps some readers would be quick to dismiss this as ham-fisted Cold War genre pulp. The reality, though, is that paranoia surrounding the misuse of technology is at all an time high, and popular fiction reflects this today as much as it did in 1951. Robots have been around for a while now. Movies like Ex Machina confirm that they’re just as creepy as ever. Movies like Chappie also help confirm that the robots still provide a useful foil for exposing what makes people creepy.

It’s interesting to »

- Brandon Engel

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Throwback Thursday – Go Back In Time With These Eight Essential Sci-fi Films

12 March 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Beth Kelly

Science fiction, by its very nature, seeks to innovate in storytelling. Restricted only by the boundaries of their imaginations and the limits inherent to their craft, filmmakers of this genre use complex cinematic effects and fantastical plotlines to create worlds outside time. These films are notable for their craftsmanship as well as their embedded social and political messages, which later serve as reflections of the time periods during which they were produced. For enthusiasts of film, culture, and recent American history, classic science fiction movies provide a window into the past while predicting the course of society’s future

1. Metropolis (1927)

At date of its release this was the most expensive silent film ever made. Unfortunately, in the time since its initial debut in Weimar Germany, nearly a quarter of the original film has been lost. Legendary German director Fritz Lang, a notorious control freak, used inventive »

- Movie Geeks

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Go Back In Time With Eight Essential Sci-fi Films

11 March 2015 7:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Beth Kelly

Science fiction, by its very nature, seeks to innovate in storytelling. Restricted only by the boundaries of their imaginations and the limits inherent to their craft, filmmakers of this genre use complex cinematic effects and fantastical plotlines to create worlds outside time. These films are notable for their craftsmanship as well as their embedded social and political messages, which later serve as reflections of the time periods during which they were produced. For enthusiasts of film, culture, and recent American history, classic science fiction movies provide a window into the past while predicting the course of society’s future

1. Metropolis (1927)

At date of its release this was the most expensive silent film ever made. Unfortunately, in the time since its initial debut in Weimar Germany, nearly a quarter of the original film has been lost. Legendary German director Fritz Lang, a notorious control freak, used inventive »

- Movie Geeks

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Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos head into Secret Wars

9 March 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel Comics has announced that the strangest super-team of all is heading into Battleworld this June for Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, a new Secret Wars tie-in series from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salvador Espin.

Monster Metropolis – an underground city buried deep below Manhattan. Brimming with monsters, creeps and spooks – Monster Metropolis is home to any and all things that go bump in the night. And it’s undisputed ruler is Shiklah, Queen of all monsters! In her world, she ruled over Monster Metropolis and was married to Deadpool, the Merc With a Mouth. But on Battleworld, nothing is what it once was. With her husband deceased and her city now residing beneath an entirely new planet, Shiklah now leads a super team unlike any you’ve seen before!

Enter the Howling Commandos – the most monstrous team of them all! Werewolf-by-Night! Frankenstein’s Monster! The Living Mummy! Man-Thing! »

- Gary Collinson

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How Supergirl can avoid its predecessors’ pitfalls

9 March 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From tone to costume to powers to sidekicks to villains to love interests, here are a few tips for CBS' forthcoming Supergirl series...

It's official – Supergirl is coming to television next season.

We have an actress, a costume and an ever-growing list of characters being brought in from the comics and, at a time when female superheroes are still suspiciously absent from the slate of big film releases, executive producer Greg Berlanti and his team are expanding their television empire to include Kara Zor-El in addition to the already-successful Arrow and The Flash series.

But this show will be on a different network – CBS rather than The CW – and that’s not the only detail to suggest this will be a completely different series with new rules and, quite possibly, a new universe not connected to Oliver Queen and Barry Allen’s.

In so many ways, this is completely fresh territory, »

- louisamellor

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Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains

8 March 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.

Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes

It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.

Robo-Heroes

9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Played by: Jude Law

This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »

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Remembering Cat People Star Simon on 10th Anniversary of Her Death (Fully Revised/Updated Part I)

19 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Simone Simon: Remembering the 'Cat People' and 'La Bête Humaine' star (photo: Simone Simon 'Cat People' publicity) Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22, 2005 – is best known for her starring role in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic Cat People (1942). Those aware of the existence of film industries outside Hollywood will also remember Simon for her button-nosed femme fatale in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938).[1] In fact, long before Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, Mamie Van Doren, Tuesday Weld, Ann-Margret, and Barbarella's Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm – with a tad of puppy dog wistfulness – in a film career that spanned two continents and a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both »

- Andre Soares

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Get 'Up' on Low City: Watch the exclusive premiere of 'Race Up Race Down'

18 February 2015 12:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Low City is the combination of producer Abe Seiferth and composer/musician Jeremy Turner and their very talented friends. This may not mean much up front, until you consider Seiferth has been behind the decks for bands like Yeasayer and Reggie Watts; Turner has performed with Arcade Fire, New York's Metropolitan Opera and David Byrne; and their pals are in Bon Iver and Dirty Projectors. I'm in love with Low City's energizing song "Race Up Race Down" and today we premiere the  music video by director Dean Winkler (Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Nam June Paik), who describes it as "a visual meditation on global warming." The band's aesthetic "is inspired by the retro-futurism of films like 'Blade Runner,' and Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'"so maybe that's why I feel like I've been on a trip to space. »

- Katie Hasty

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Indie Spotlight: Exclusive Q&A with Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale Director Tate Steinsiek

4 February 2015 4:16 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“You’re carrying around some old man on your shoulders. Some demon’s got you deep in its clutches. He’ll follow you to the end.” For Max Bornstein, the end could come prematurely, as his heroin addiction, withholding of secrets from his family, and illegal dealings within the pornography industry take a terrible toll on his body and mind in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale.

Set in 1970’s-era New York City, Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale is based on a true story. With production successfully wrapped on the film, and an Indiegogo campaign recently launched to aid in the post-production process, we caught up with director Tate Steinsiek to discuss being drawn to Max’s real life story, shooting a period piece during the winter in New York City, transitioning from makeup effects work to the director’s chair, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! »

- Christopher Sloma

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Cinematographers pick the best-shot films of all time

4 February 2015 12:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Blu-ray Review: 'Metropolis'

20 January 2015 12:38 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ During the making of Metropolis (1927) Germany was caught in a tundra of political restructure and cinematic prosperity. Beneath the cindered waste cast aside by the First World War was a fatherland set for reform by the Weimar Republic and a film industry set to take the world stage. The so-called 'ethic of change' was in the air and the country's cultural isolation was dwindling. With the realities of war being all too real, the Expressionist movement was en vogue and German auteurs were at the forefront of an artistic uprising. The likes of Robert Weine and Fritz Lang were paving a macabre, fantastical path that would reshape the forms of storytelling. Deep in metaphor, heaped in rhetoric.

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- CineVue UK

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