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Denis Villeneuve’s new philosophical thriller Arrival derives much of its power and mystery from the design of its aliens and their inexplicable, sliver-shaped starships. Squid-like, elephantine, and usually seen only in deftly rationed glimpses, the Heptapods and their ships were the work of artist Carlos Huante, expanding on notes from the original source story, Ted Chiang’s “Story Of Your Life”. But Huante wasn’t the only designer consulted on the project: artist Peter Konig, who’s lent designs to movies like Jurassic Park, Cloverfield, and Splice, also submitted several ideas for the alien’s ultimate designs.
(Image: Peter Konig)
Konig’s Heptapods tend toward the ethereal, reinforcing the idea of the aliens as inherently aquatic beasts. According to an interview the artist recently gave to CinemaBlend, he was also influenced by the alien warmth of horses’ eyes, a choice reflected in the second of these designs:
(Image: Peter »
- William Hughes
In today’s edition of Westworld Bits: Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses William’s backstory. Is The Man in Black a terrible gamer? Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) talks about making the most recent episode of Westworld. Westworld Tech cake. And more. William is a host with more sympathy than the average Westworld attendee. The character is clearly at a crossroads in his life, […]
- Jack Giroux
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As expected, Fede Alvarez’s thriller Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems), starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang, won the weekend, but it did way more than we predicted, doing better than most movies released in the last weekend of August, winning the weekend with $26.4 million, pretty much double what I predicted. That’s a pretty great testament to the power of Screen Gems’ marketing campaign and that’s more than double what the movie cost to make. Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection (Summit/Lionsgate) didn’t fare as well as it opened in fifth place with $7.5 million in 2,258 theaters, about where I predicted. Of the more moderate releases, the Obama date movie Southside with You (Roadside Attractions) took in $3 million in around 800 theaters, »
- Edward Douglas
Along with offering hope for fans of "Hannibal" earlier today, producer Bryan Fuller has also spoken a bunch about his "Star Trek" TV series currently in the works ahead of an early 2017 launch on CBS' All Access streaming service.
Fuller, who got his start on TV working on episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," is returning to the fold and this time has the keys to the kingdom. Obviously enthusiastic about the material, he spoke with Collider at the Saturn Awards this week and offered a ton of updates about the show's current status.
He confirmed the first season will be thirteen episodes with production aiming to run from September through to March. He confirmed it will be serialised with one story over thirteen episodes. At the moment the arc of the first season is all mapped out and the first six episode scripts have been 'broken' (ie. »
- Garth Franklin
John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...
John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?
Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as »
Time to finally see an impressive short film I've been waiting years to feature here on Fs. This short is called Eve and is made by a French concept artist turned filmmaker named Eric Gandois, making a strong first impression with this work. I originally got see the short in full two years ago, but it has been kept off the internet until now. The film stars Delphine Chaneac, seen in Vincenzo Natali's Splice, as a woman living in a future where there's barely any oxygen left and most of life on our planet has died off. It's entirely dialogue free and uses visuals and her performance to tell the story. I love discovering great work like this and featuring it, as this could be the beginning of an exciting filmmaking career for Gandois. Watch below. Found on Vimeo. Description: A 3D movie set in a futuristic & poetic universe without any dialog. »
- Alex Billington
Eve is a 3D movie set in a futuristic & poetic universe without any dialog that captures the last moments of humanity on earth before nature resumes his duties."
According to First showing, The short film was shot and imagined by a large team of French professionals which included Joséphine Derobe as the 3D stereographer, who worked on Pina by Wim Wenders. It's both written and directed by French filmmaker and concept artist Eric Gandois, who did storyboards for Lucy and From Paris with Love.
They say that April showers bring May flowers, but this month is bringing a veritable downpour of excellent things to stream. The eagerly anticipated second seasons of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Amazon's Catastrophe top the list of new arrivals; on the film front, we've got a high-school thriller for the ages and a gangster saga worthy of The Godfather. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to queue from your couch this month.
Breathe (Netflix, 4/1)
American viewers might know her best as the girl who burned down the »
8 items from 2016
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