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Much has been said regarding the imminent age of video game movies that constantly seems to be on the horizon. last year, we were treated to such films as Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, and despite the promise both movies seemed to have, they didn’t accomplish what they thought they could. Meanwhile, Paramount has been hard at work on their adaptation of the manga Ghost in the Shell. While this has been on our radar for sometime, the prospect of entering an age of anime adaptations seemed to be further out of reach.
However, between the trailers we’ve gotten so far and the marketing, Ghost in the Shell has slowly risen to prominence as a movie to take seriously. We may be closer to an age of anime adaptations than an age of video game adaptations, if you can believe that. While there is still the potential for the movie to be bad, »
- Joseph Medina
"I would know if I was a replicant!" We're always on the lookout for good sci-fi short films. Tears In The Rain is an intriguing little short from South Africa that is clearly directly inspired by Blade Runner, set in the world of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This short was made on a budget of only $1500 which is crazy impressive, and it looks great. I wish there was more taking place outside on the streets, but it's still cool to see a well-made short film set in this world, and I can always appreciate some fascinating dialogue. This gets deep into the themes from the original novel about free will and whether or not our memories are real, and if we would know that we're a robot, or are just designed to think we're real. Original synopsis for the short: "In a dystopian Los Angeles future, »
- Alex Billington
The original 1996 movie, based on Irvine Welch's 1993 novel, defined a drug generation in the UK. With an electrifying soundtrack, a memorable group of characters and filled with moments that contributed to the pop culture of the cinema world, Trainspotting was definitely one of a kind. Not to mention a talent of a cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremne and Kelly Macdonald.
Well, 20 years later... the original crew is back as Renton (McGregor) returns to his home town after "choosing life" and abandoning his misfit friends. In honour of T2: Trainspotting, we have compiled our own little list of long awaited sequels.
Read the list below and check out »
- Scott Goodyer
Now that’s a loaded title! Perfectly designed to stand out amongst all the glowing Logan reviews in your MySpace timeline. Some will call it ‘clickbait’. Those people probably don’t understand what ‘clickbait’ is.
I write the title with a heavy heart, though. I wanted to love Logan. Everybody else seemed to. It’s a superhero Western with blood and swearing and Jean-Luc Picard. It’s like James Mangold looked up my Netflix viewing history, saw High Noon, Star Trek: The Next Generation and RuPaul’s Drag Race and thought, ‘let’s make a Wolverine solo movie specifically for this guy!’
Actually, ignore that whole RuPaul’s Drag Race part.
My reasons for not enjoying Logan are coming, but before we get there, I need to devote at least 500 words to over-establishing context. »
- Oli Davis
A sequel to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, especially one coming in over thirty years after the original, would normally be enough to make one roll their eyes, but damn if I don't have the utmost faith in Denis Villeneuve's ability to pull this off. At the very least, we know that Blade Runner 2049 will look absolutely exceptional as cinematographer Roger Deakins rarely... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Next month, Kurt Sutter will direct the pilot for the Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans Mc (a working title). Sutter was interested in pursuing a prequel and a spinoff, but the latter became a reality first. Sutter’s latest FX drama, which Elgin James (Little Birds) is the showrunner of, follows the Samcro’s rival gang, Mayans. Edward James Olmos, known for Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, […]
- Jack Giroux
Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.
Blu-ray + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99
Cinematography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: Joe Walker
Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years »
- Glenn Erickson
The rights to a new anthology series titled Electric Dreams has been picked up by Amazon Studios. The series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Bryan Cranston, will feature adaptations of the famed sci-fi work of iconic writer Philip K. Dick.
Dick’s work has been adapted many times for the screen, perhaps most famously with Blade Runner, an adaptation of his story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – the work which this new series gets its title inspiration.
There is no »
- Samuel Brace
Bryan Cranston and Amazon are partnering on another series.
From Sony Television and British broadcast Channel 4, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is based on the award-winning short stories by the sci-fi author. Each episode is set to be a standalone segment, adapted and modernized for global audiences by British and American writers. Dick's work includes The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which became Ridley Scott's hit Blade Runner.
- Kate Stanhope
The series was set up last May by Sony TV with the U.K.’s Channel 4. The 10-episode drama will feature adaptations of works by the revered science fiction author, who penned the story that inspired 1982’s “Blade Runner.”
Dee Rees, writer-director of HBO’s “Bessie” and this year’s Sundance favorite “Mudbound,” has been recruited to write one of the episodes. Other scribes on board include Tony Grisoni (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”), Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars”), David Farr (“The Night Manager”) and Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim”). Moore and fellow executive producer Michael Dinner (“Justified”) are also set to write.
“Electric Dreams” hails from Cranston’s Sony-based Moon Shot Entertainment banner. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
The bad news for fans of the DC Extended Universe is that Ben Affleck is no longer going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. The good news is, the studio is not messing around when it comes to filling the director's chair, as they are going after some truly top-notch talent. Recently, it was reported that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is the studio's top choice for the job and they are just waiting on the deal to get done, since he has already committed to directing the movie. Should things fall apart, apparently Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott is hanging out on the sidelines to direct.
Following last year’s acclaimed Arrival, director Denis Villeneuve is sticking with the sci-fi genre for his next offering, stepping into Ridley Scott’s shoes to helm the highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049. Villeneuve has been chatting to Variety about the film, and in particular, his emphasis on using practical effects over CGI.
“I’m very old school,” said Villeneuve. “I wish I had the chance to do my aliens as animatronics. That was my dream at the beginning [of Arrival]. We were dreaming to put them in a gigantic aquarium with gigantic beasts that would be moved by puppeteers. But sadly, it would have been too expensive. I hate green screens. It sucks out all my energy. I get depressed. I have an admiration for directors who can work with that on a daily basis. For Blade Runner, we tried our best to do as much as possible in-camera, building everything. »
- Gary Collinson
Denis Villeneuve has been slowly rising the ranks in Hollywood with acclaimed and profitable dramas like “Prisoners,” “Sicario” and this year’s eight-time Oscar nominee “Arrival,” for which he’s earned his first nomination for Best Director, but he’s about to become an even bigger household. On October 6, he’s bringing Ridley Scott’s iconic science-fiction drama “Blade Runner” back to the big screen for a sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, and he recently was confirmed to be taking the reigns on Legendary Pictures’ “Dune” reboot. If we had to name a master of science-fiction right now, it would definitely be Denis Villeneuve.
The director recently joined Variety’s Playback Podcast, hosted by Awards Editor Kristopher Tapley, to discuss the making of “Arrival,” but the duo couldn’t help but get into Villeneuve’s exciting cinematic future. »
- Zack Sharf
Variety caught up with the Oscar-nominated writer-director soon after news broke that he’ll be taking the reins on Dune for Legendary. It marks yet another high-profile piece of science fiction for Villeneuve to sink his teeth into following last year’s Arrival, and those concerned that the filmmaker will indulge in cutting-edge CGI when crafting Blade Runner 2049 needn’t worry; he fully intends to “do as much as possible in-camera.”
After addressing the inherent pressures of tackling such a revered property, here’s what Denis Villeneuve had to say on the sequel’s use of CGI – or lack thereof.
“I think I can count on one hand how many times I saw a green screen in all of those months of shooting. There will be CG enhancements, of course, but as »
- Michael Briers
A couple of readers on our Facebook page pointed out something that I should've mentioned in the original report.
One of the reasons that this is all so shocking is because only a month ago, Scott said this to Digital Spy:
"Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one. [I’ve been asked] several times, but I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.I’ve done that kind of movie — Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it’s a dark story told in an unreal world. You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a fucking good story, as opposed to no story!"
These quotes are part of what makes this report such a fascinating turn of events. The »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It’s been a long time coming, but the second full-length trailer for Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell movie has finally arrived online, guns glazing – and it’s a doozy.
Following up on last week’s super-stylish TV spot, the footage above is essentially designed to flesh out the world of Rupert Sanders’ live-action blockbuster, as we see Scarlett Johansson’s no-nonsense Major Motoko Kusanagi – or The Major for short – hunt down the villainous Kuze and, perhaps most important of all, the truth. Engineered to be the flagship product of Hanka Robotics, ScarJo’s elite agent is one of the many ‘Ghosts’ populating Mamoru Oshii and Masamune Shirow’s lush, cyberpunk world, and it’s these souls that can be transferred into different cyborg bodies. Cue the inevitable identity crisis.
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For The Major, though, she’ll spearhead an elite task force known as Section »
- Michael Briers
They did not save her life. They stole it. If Paramount’s Super Bowl trailer for Ghost in the Shell wasn’t cool enough, this full trailer is going to blow your mind. The new footage for Rupert Sanders’ adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson, looks like a mix between Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, Jupiter Ascending, and even Michael Jackson’s “Captain […] »
- Brad Miska
Author: Zehra Phelan
The start of a brand new week and a brand new action-packed, futuristic kick-ass trailer for the iconic Japanese anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell has dropped, giving us a lot more of an insight into what to expect than its previous teaser during the Superbowl.
Related: Ghost in the Shell Superbowl Spot
Die-hard fans of the original anime story, who have been up in arms over the ‘white-washing’ of this guaranteed Hollywood blockbuster, may just throw out the boycotting ideas once they have indulged in Director Rupert Sanders visually spectacular and ambitious world. In the new trailer we get our first look at villain Kuze in a futuristic haze of imagery which could have dropped right out of a computer game – neon lighting in the backdrop almost gives a Tron: Legacy/Blade Runner-esque feel to the movie.
Scarlett Johannson, who plays the lead Motoko Kusanagi, »
- Zehra Phelan
Caroline Preece Feb 13, 2017
The Big Bang Theory offers up a by-the-numbers episodes that's nevertheless charming in its own way...
This review contains spoilers.
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10.15 The Locomotion Reverberation
What happens when you introduce a big storyline in a show like The Big Bang Theory only to forget it exists after the first couple of episodes of the next season? You get an episode like The Locomotion Reverberation, which conveniently reminds us that Leonard, Howard and Sheldon are still working on that guidance system, and the project’s nearing completion.
We start the episode with Leonard and Howard getting increasingly frustrated with their team’s third member wanting to, you know, do a good job by making »
Mincing words is the last thing Pope Pius Xiii would want us to do here, so we'll say it plain: Tonight's episode of The Young Pope is absolutely magnificent. It juggles the climaxes of two major storylines, either of which could command an entire hour on their own, as effortlessly as the Holy Father juggles oranges. Whether it's Cardinal Gutierrez trying to bring down the abusive Archbishop Kurtwell or Pius making peace with the dying Cardinal Spencer, every image feels deeply considered. Every character is full and fleshed out. Not a moment is wasted. »
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