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The Man in the High Castle, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by David Semel
Released January 15th, 2015 by Amazon
For fans of Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle will have undoubtedly already been on their radar for quite some time. Dick’s fiction has been adapted into several acclaimed films, including Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. In this recent batch of Amazon pilots, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) adapts The Man in the High Castle with the vision of turning the source material into a full television series. Those unfamiliar with Dick’s written work need only know that his interest is in science-fiction and that the worlds he creates are generally immersive, vast, and intricately planned-out.
In that regard, The Man in the High Castle is a success. I’ve always thought »
- Sean Colletti
Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…
I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As the digital age continues, we as viewers and watchers, tend to come across various forms or artwork that catch us off guard. Sometimes it’s as simple as discovering the trailer to a film you weren’t familiar with, and other times, like this one, something a bit more profound happens. The world is full of artists and their hard work, long hours, and creativity can go unnoticed for the most part. If we at Icons of Fright can help spread the work of a Very talented artist, and the phenomenal work that said artist is creating even just a little bit, then it makes us happy as hell to do so.
“Lopan” by Jeff Delgado
This week, we came across the work of digital artist Jeff Delgado, whose pieces of art not only capture the very essence and soul of the films he’s »
- Jerry Smith
Every time a new cast member signs up to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, fans speculate on whether they'll turn out to be a character we know from the Marvel Comics universe or not. You can't really blame them; after all Mike Peterson became Deathlok, "the Doctor" became Mister Hyde, and Skye turned out to be his daughter, Quake -- and that may just be the tip of the iceberg. We recently found out that fan-favourite actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner, Dexter) is the latest addition to the cast, playing someone named Robert Gonzalez. Will he turn out to be an established Marvel character? Olmos didn't comment on that during his interview with Cbr but he definitely suggested there's a lot more to this mysterious fellow than we're currently aware. Apparently his casting came "out of the blue", but already being a big Marvel »
In the science-fiction non-thriller “Vice,” Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients’ deepest, darkest desires — none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. Reminiscent of any number of haunting, visionary sources — from Ridley Scott’s seminal “Blade Runner” to Mamoru Oshii’s sex-dolls-with-souls anime “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” — this disposable Lionsgate cheapie should pass through theaters as swiftly as it fades from the memory.
Should audiences require some lighthearted relief from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s serious-minded portrait of the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, they could probably do worse than “Vice,” which boasts some of the most astoundingly incompetent assassins in the action-pic annals: Fleeing from her pursuers in one hail of machine-gun fire after another, Kelly (Amber Childyrs) never fails to emerge miraculously unscathed. »
- Justin Chang
If picked up, Amazon Pilot The Man In The High Castle could become as compulsive to watch as The Americans meets Lost...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Man In The High Castle (Pilot)
Adapting the worlds of Philip K. Dick to visual media is always a tricky proposition. For whatever reason, the person who has done Dick's work the most justice is Ridley Scott in his production of Blade Runner. Even that was different from the source material, but it works brilliantly as a film thanks to Scott's pruning and shaping, and that's one of the reasons why Amazon Studios' adaptation of The Man In The High Castle has been greeted with such interest from fans of all things weird. After all, when you have Ridley Scott and The X-Files guru Frank Spotnitz attached to the same project, it seems like only good things can result.
Control, alt, repeat! It's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz! This week, in honor of Blackhat, we're celebrating our favorite cyber-savvy flicks. We've uploaded cropped posters from 10 films that each involve computer hackers. See if you can decode the images, leaving your guesses in the comment section below. The first person to correctly name all 10 posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It won't give you the power to hack the planet, but it's still pretty rad. While some may argue the movie is primarily about dinosaurs or whatever, Jurassic Park will, to me, forever be the movie that made the Unix system a household name. Last week's answers: Aliens, Road Warrior, Blade Runner, Reign of Fire, Brazil, Planet of the Apes, Dredd...
- Brian Salisbury
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: In case you think Disney's not laying on the synergy enough with its Pinocchio music in Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers, here's a mash-up of the two movies, clips from the former and audio from the latter (via Reddit): Check out Matt Ferguson's new posters for the Lord of the Rings trilogy (via Slashfilm): I thought of George Costanza the whole time while watching Force Majeure, so I agree this mash-up of the Oscar-snubbed foreign film and Seinfeld is perfect (via Reddit): This is a shot of a real building in Beijing, not a still from Blade Runner (via Puño on Twitter): This...
- Christopher Campbell
Directed by Brian A. Mills
At this point of his career, Bruce Willis’ choices in parts are a crap shoot. While 50% of the films he makes are legitimately great (Looper and Moonrise Kingdom), the other half go straight to video and die. This latest project is a reminder that along with half-baked horror, the death knell of January is filled to the brim with bad actioners seeking a home.
With a decent cast in Willis and Thomas Jane, Vice might have been able to salvage something worth watching out of this mess, but there is no effort on the screen at all. The blame lays entirely at the feet of writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore and director Brian A. Miller, who worked with Willis previously on The Prince and shouldn’t have been given the chance to work again. The »
- Colin Biggs
The fact that “Vice” is a straight-to-video rip-off of “Westworld” should become painfully obvious from reading the film’s IMDb logline alone. However, the real tragedy is that this B-movie, sci-fi/action schlockfest, which also shamelessly steals ideas, and sometimes entire sequences, from “Blade Runner,” “Robocop,” “Groundhog's Day,” “The Matrix,” and “Total Recall” to name just a few, actually contains a couple of semi-interesting hard science-fiction ideas. Unfortunately, the screenplay by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, who wrote the upcoming Dwayne Johnson disaster pic “San Andreas,” have no clue how to exploit them beyond serving as clunky placeholders before kickstarting a dumb chase picture. The story takes place in and around an entertainment complex called Vice, where people can satisfy their most depraved violent and/or sexual urges via robots made up mostly of organic tissue, making them almost indistinguishable from humans. During an expository sequence so »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Get ready to watch, rate and review Amazon’s just-released pilots — a slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings now available on Amazon Instant Video.
The pilots come from a talented creative roster that includes both newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios as well as highly-acclaimed veterans such as Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Lemony Snickets…), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Academy and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie), Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues), and Carol Greenwald (Arthur).
Over the course of the next four weeks, viewer feedback will ultimately help to decide which of them get picked up to full series. So your opinions matter! You could help choose the next Golden Globe-winning series, after all.
Check out the synopsis of each of them below, and start watching them here today. »
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. »
If Ridley Scott's Blade Runner had instead been produced by 1980s B-film sweatshop the Cannon Group with Chuck Norris as Rick Deckard and directed by Menahem Golan, it might have been a lot like Brian A. Miller's Vice. The film unspools with a momentum that mitigates its artless brutality, kinda, but it's a high-pressure firehose of stupid. Ambyr Childers plays Kelly, an "artificial" who works at a future resort called Vice, where psychopathic patrons indulge in drugs, rape, and murder. After each of her deaths, her memory is wiped and her body repaired for the next client. The parallels to Scott's masterpiece are hilarious and nonstop: After escaping from the resort, Kelly is found by the sad, doomed bioengineer who designed her; she decides to break int »
Rutger Hauer can do no wrong in my opinion, the man is great in everything. Everything from Blade Runner, all the way to Hobo With A Shotgun, he always adds a lot to every single film he’s in, so his upcoming return to Sci-Fi in RPG (out February 10th via Arc Entertainment) sounds like something to get on board with. Judging from the trailer, the visual fx are quite impressive, and the plot of the film seems like an interesting one, with Hauer’s character dying from a terminal disease and desperate to continue living. What do you fright fanatics think?
“In a future world not too far away, multimillionaire Steve Battier (Rutger Hauer) is dying from a terminal disease. He accepts an offer from a biotechnological company that provides a very select group of clients the opportunity to be young again and free from disease… but there is a catch. »
- Jerry Smith
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: This Exquisite Wooden X-wing […]
- Peter Sciretta
"38 days ago your beacon disappeared from radar." Wow. Here's a fantastic space adventure sci-fi short to kick off the new year. From director Eli Sasich & writer Clay Tolbert comes a 9-min short called Atropa, about an "off-world detective" who investigates a missing research vessel adrift in deep space. It's described as a concept short, for a feature or series, inspired by "'70s and '80s sci-fi classics like Alien and Blade Runner." There's some excellent VFX work in this, and some great sci-fi concepts that do really show the potential of these filmmakers. I would definitely like to see more, it almost ends too short, right when I was really getting into it and things were getting interesting. But I will still say - this is one short not to miss. Found on Vimeo as a Staff Pick, though it says it was uploaded a year ago. Plot description: »
- Alex Billington
The future can be a dark and scary place, full of unknowns and the consequences of our present actions. Who will we be? What will society look like? Will we even know ourselves? Science Fiction does its best to predict what’s coming next so we can make decisions that lead us there or prevent impending catastrophe. Join us as we discuss which aspects of Blade Runner have come true and which ones have not.
So it’s not quite 2019 yet, but we’re getting awfully close. If detectives are going to be hunting down rogue replicants four years from now, there should probably be some signs. In Blade Runner, 2019 looks pretty grim, and Ridley Scott and his team did their best to create a world where the trends of 1982 played out and led to some pretty scary results. Predicting what’s going to happen in 37 years is no easy feat though, »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
During its fraught production, Alien 3 went through dozens of drafts. We look at some of the story ideas that never made it to the screen...
For 20th Century Fox, and writer-producers David Giler and Walter Hill, it took nearly six years to figure out an answer to that question. Certainly, when Aliens was in production, director James Cameron had some ideas about a sequel; he once spoke about the prospect of Ripley, Hicks and young Newt - a makeshift family thrown together by that film's events - meeting up again for a second sequel to Alien.
A year after Aliens came out, Cameron was unequivocal »
The great Scorpion King and a disloyal rival race against time to find a treasure that possesses the power to rule the world in The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, debuting on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The epic next chapter in the billion-dollar The Mummy franchise, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power propels the enormously successful series to new heights with a cast of renowned veterans and icons from the mixed martial arts and professional wrestling worlds as well as the intrigue and pulse-pounding action than fans have come to embrace.
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King: The Battle for Redemption) stars as the heroic warrior Mathayus and is joined by Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Ellen Holman (“Spartacus”), Barry Bostwick (“Cougar Town”), Michael Biehn (The Terminator) and Rutger Hauer (“True Blood,” Blade Runner »
- Movie Geeks
If your idea of 'classic' scifi embraces films like Alien and Blade Runner - films that perfectly balance technology, character and grit - then director Eli Sasich has got a little something special for you with his short film Atropa.Anthony Bonaventura stars as a solitary off world detective investigating a drifting research vessel and Sasich's film absolutely nails the look and feel of his favored era. This is something pretty special to sit down and settle into ... check it out below....
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