8 items from 2015
Especially when it comes to big-budget genre blockbusters, hype has become an inseparable part of movie culture. Trailers, teasers and teasers for trailers, along with a steady drip-feed of news, rumors and inside reports, all these are well-handled tools in Hollywood’s ever-increasing mastery of getting you primed and ready to slap down your money. Add the fact that more and more Hollywood blockbusters are based off beloved properties or tied to ongoing series and yearly top-ten lists of the most anticipated blockbusters or summer movies of the year can tend to look a bit samey. Oh really, you’re excited for Star Wars Episode 7? Well of course you are, it’s Star Wars Episode 7. Saying you’re excited to see it is like saying you enjoy oxygen or puppydog kisses.
Most of the most anticipated movies of the year, quite frankly, don’t need any more hype than they already have. »
- Thomas O'Connor
Ex Machina, 2015
Written and directed by Alex Garland
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
28 Days Later and Sunshine‘s Alex Garland moves from the writer’s desk to the director’s chair with his debut effort Ex Machina. Garland shows his ability to pen a believable science fiction tale, while still showing off directorial flair with a beautiful and claustrophobic style. Sadly though, outside of one or two moments, Ex Machina‘s whole isn’t as good as the sum of its parts. Like Ava herself, Ex Machina doesn’t feel complete.
Garland has made a smart play by taking on a small production for his first endeavour. Rather than hire a cast of a dozen characters with multiple locations, Ex Machina »
- Luke Owen
The year is 1989 and Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson finally have their screenplay. The two men – established purveyors of family-friendly science-fiction with 1986’s Short Circuit and 1987’s *batteries not included – have been kicking around a script based on Wilson’s idea of land sharks; during one desert hike, he suddenly became obsessed with the idea that he couldn’t leave the rock he stood on, and jotted that idea down for future development. A few years go by and Maddock and Wilson have put everything on paper and are determined to produce the film themselves. In a brief introduction to the shooting script for Tremors, Maddock wrote about his goals for Tremors: Our crafty little plan was to fashion a low- enough-budget idea that a studio would actually allow us to produce and, even less likely to happen, allow Ron Underwood, our old filmmaking partner from our educational film days, to »
- Matthew Monagle
As director Neill Blomkamp is wont to do, details about Chappie have been scarce up until now. However, with the film fast approaching we are starting to see a flurry of trailers and articles with fresh insights.In addition to the new UK trailer below (via Yahoo), which stresses emotion over action and sheds further light on the film's protagonists (and Hugh Jackman's inner asshole), an article has appeared over at Hero Complex with some new interesting tidbits. Blomkamp apparently wrote the script in just two weeks, after striking upon an idea for the film during the making of Elysium. Chappie, like District 9, is based on one of Blomkamp's short films, Tetra Vaal, which you can see here. Interestingly, similarities to Short Circuit not withstanding, he reveals that...
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Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp stirred things up earlier in the week by publishing unseen concept art from his previously-unheard-of Alien project. With xenomorph devotees the world over mourning the loss of a movie we’ll likely never see, you can’t deny the fact that when Blomkamp’s interested, he throws himself all in. With that in mind, we can turn to a movie that is on its way – Chappie. While it doesn’t include any acid-blooded extraterrestrials, it does bear more than a passing resemblance to several schlocky 80s flicks.
Ahead of its arrival into cinemas, Sony has dropped a new trailer. This time permitting us a better glimpse at the film’s human component, there’s still no mistaking who’s the central figure: Chappie, the robot. Equipped with artificial intelligence, Chappie believes himself to be unique as he begins to question his life’s purpose. His job as »
- Gem Seddon
There are a few overlaps of scenes from the first Chappie trailer to the latest, including a bit where the title robot watches and mimics the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. You’d think this was from the same studio putting together a new Masters of the Universe movie. Oh right, they’re both Sony. Synergy! Interestingly, Sony is also one of the studios behind last year’s RoboCop remake and they own the company that made Short Circuit (but not the rights to its planned remake), and those are two movies that are very much felt in this new feature from Neill Blomkamp. That’s not a complaint, because this looks much better than both of those things. Sure, the line “I am consciousness. I am alive. I am Chappie!” doesn’t have the same ring as the rhyming “Johnny Five is Alive!” but then Short Circuit doesn’t have Die Antwoord. Nor »
- Christopher Campbell
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with t [Continued ...] »
Director Neill Blomkamp is best known for directing District 9 and Elysium. His upcoming film is Chappie, which looks like a remake of the 1986 classic, Short Circuit. After that, what comes next? Well, it might have been a film set in the Ridley Scott/James Cameron Alien/Aliens universe. A few hours ago, Blomkamp posted messages along with five pieces of concept art from an Alien/Aliens project that would've included Signourney Weaver's 'Ripley.' Blomkamp wrote, "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though." That message was attached to an image of a Xenomorph/Alien (last image). Below, you can view all of the concept art he posted and underneath each of those is the messages he posted with them. "Oh shit" "#weyland corp" "#ripley #hicks" "Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created." "Wtf?" "Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. »
8 items from 2015
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