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SHORT FILM: Streamline

In this short film by Dan Marcus, a man haunted by traumatic memories must confront his past while eluding mysterious pursuers…

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Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay are a husband and wife writing team who agree on almost everything except whether or not 28 Days Later should be considered a zombie movie. Though their career has been focused primarily on nonfiction work with the Deseret News and the website Bloody Good Horror, they have also been recognized for their fiction and poetry. After years devoted to books (like The Anatomy of Fear) and articles in which they championed the idea that the horror film genre should be taken seriously, they hope the idea is finally catching on. You can follow them at their blog, www.inthemargin.net.

We Need a Halloween for Science Fiction!

by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay

In writing and marketing our book The Anatomy of Fear: Conversations with Cult Horror and Science-Fiction Filmmakers, we discovered that there’s little to be done about the niche popularity of the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. Occasionally, something like Lord of the Rings or The Walking Dead connects with the zeitgeist, but more often than not it is the individual project that benefits rather than the subgenre overall. Luckily for the horror genre, however, there is a time of year when people embrace it. From the second week of October until Halloween night, people are a little more friendly towards the creepy and macabre, and even normally uptight friends and family are willing to watch and read and go to Halloween Horror Nights and haunted houses.

But what about science fiction? There is no time of the year when people’s thoughts turn naturally to malevolent robots or genetic manipulation; there is no color that the leaves can turn that reminds us of time travel or spaceships. Halloween gets a full three weeks of scariness, so what about sci-fi?
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In this short film by James Cooper…

A time traveler meets with a journalist in a hotel room under the guise of sharing their story for an article, but what the journalist doesn’t know is that the time traveler has an ulterior motive for inviting him that will change his life forever.

A bit overly dramatic in places…and the time traveler seems a little too intent on mimicking Agent Smith from The Matrix, but nonetheless an interesting short film.

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Pretty much what the title says…
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SHORT FILM: Hout

Here’s an interesting animated short about a retired woodcrafter living his remaining days in a snow coated forest, fulfilling his passion: constructing wooden animals. Except, that the ones he creates are living.

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From the outside, it may appear as if the Death Star is a mighty military force. But a closer look inside reveals that things are not all that rosy…particularly for a leader like Grand Moff Tarkin, who has quite a lot to deal with as you can see in this vide titled Star Wars: Grand Moff Mix-Up.

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Short Film: Abiogenesis

Here’s an imaginative short film. It’s Abiogenesis by Richard Mans, in which a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

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Sunday Cinema: The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim is a 1965 film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. It’s based on Robert Sheckley’s 1953 short story “Seventh Victim”. Sheckley later published a novelization of the film (The 10th Victim) as well as two sequels Victim Prime (1987) and Hunter/Victim (1988).

The premise is that war has been replaced by legalized murder games called The Big Hunt, which provide sport and entertainment for the masses.
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Honest Trailers – Ghostbusters

That young upstart Honest Trailers takes on the 30 year-old Ghostbusters? Sure…why not…

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SHORT FILM: Time Travel Lover

Time Travel Lover by Bo Mirosseni & Elisha Yaffe is a clever short film that plays fast and loose with the time travel trope to comedic effect.

Warning: NSFW for language.

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TRAILER: Automata

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

Well, I would if they the were the ones shown in the new trailer for Automata, an upcoming film starring Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster. (And especially if any of them were voiced by Javier Bardem, like one is in the film.)

The trailer indicates that the film’s robots adhere to their own version of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics. Hopefully this makes for a more interesting story. Even so, this is a movie I’d like to see.

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As epic terrors imperil the cosmos, Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson, and the newly cyberneticized John E. O. Stevens blaze across the heavens wielding wit, fortitude, and implausibly potent weapons of dubious origin to discuss the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Hoarsemen share their opinions on the movie (SPOILER ALERT), then turn their attentions to the comics which spawned it. Fred wrestles with the convoluted continuity of Marvel’s cosmic playground, while life-long readers John and Jeff endure the dual threats of retcon and reboot. Why was the first iteration of Jason Quill such a jackass? Will we ever see Mantis on the big screen? And can anyone defeat Taserface!

As usual, the chaotic cosmic conversation concludes with the customary captivating chronicles of Culture Consumed. (Long-time Marvel fans, see what I did there?)

The celestial vastness awaits! Quickly! Before the spacetime continuum is torn asunder!

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes.

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I love a good time travel story, and if it’s funny, all the better. Future Hero presses all the right buttons.

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Short Film: Standby

Leave it to Geek Art Gallery to find the cool short films. That’s where I found Standby, a short-but-cool SciFi film by Trey Drysdale that plays with the portal concept…

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Deadline is reporting that Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles has been optioned by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Brian Grazer. The deal includes not only the existing 10 novels in The Vampire Chronicles, but also the upcoming 11th novel, the 2 books in the related series New Tales of the Vampires, and any future novels. It also includes the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Christopher Rice, Anne’s son.

Two of Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books have been previously adapted: 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; and 2002’s Queen of the Damned starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah. This new deal means those films will be remade.

Rice’s series revolves around French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt, who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century. The entire series spans centuries and includes several vampires characters. Rice’s vampires are considered unique in that they are not subject to the “traditional” vampire weaknesses like garlic and crosses. Although the most recent book in The Vampire Chronicles was published back in 2003, Rice recently announced a new 11th book in that series, Prince Lestat, due out October 28th.

Not caught up on the series? Time to start reading!

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Before going into battle, Cap and Team discuss their options and realize they’ve had something very useful in their possession all along.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Lego Movie

Emmet Brickowski is just a regular guy, a Lego construction worker in Bricksburg who is at his best when he has a set of instructions to follow. He does everything exactly the way that he’s supposed to, but never gets much notice from anyone. Everything changes when he stays for just a moment at the construction site after everyone has left and he meets a mysterious woman named WyldStyle. Emmet falls into a hole and discovers a strange artifact. He passes out, and wakes up in the custody of Good Cop/Bad Cop a dual personality policeman in the employ of the supreme ruler President Business. The artifact, called the Piece of Resistance, is stuck to Emmett’s back. Wyldstyle rescues him, and they escape Bricksburg together into the Wild West.

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To…celebrate, I guess…the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie — because we apparently needed another one — here’s an honest look at 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the movie that dares to say, “Oh yeah? What are you gonna do about it?”

…which is all talk and no action until they played the Vanilla Ice card.

Well played, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…well played…

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Cool News of the Day: SyFy is developing a drama series based on John Scalzi’s novel The Ghost Brigades, one of the books set in the author’s Old Man’s War universe.

Two time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In The Line of Fire, Air Force One, The NeverEnding Story) and Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted) are developing it, with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig signed on to write the screenplay.

SyFy’s Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, a seventy five year old man who enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man’s expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies that are outfitted to endure the harsher rigors of war in space. However, soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman, and at the same time, at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving an elite fighting force known as The Ghost Brigades. Oh, and did we mention the BrainPal, a computer that’s located in your brain?

We couldn’t be happier for John Scalzi. We loved the Old Man’s War books and look forward to seeing it on screen.

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: The newest entry of in the Marvel umbrella is a breezy and deliberately cheesy space opera that uses its cast and soundtrack music to exceptional effect despite being perhaps too slight and uneven in its pacing during the final third.

MY REVIEW:

SYNOPSIS: A group of outlaws and ne’er-do-wells, led by earthling Peter Quill, become the targets of a manhunt by both the Nova Corps and Ronan the Accuser after stealing a powerful artifact.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Strong characters and well-constructed action; clever script; knowing direction; exceptional soundtrack.
CONS: Occasionally too glib, which hampers potential depth; muddled pacing between the second and third acts; one or two elements that strain credulity even for comic book movies.

It’s hard to know when exactly Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest entry in Marvel’s infinite pantheon of comic book properties coming soon to a theater near you, wins over its audience fairly early—the precredit sequence, in which a spaceship abducts a young Peter Quill shortly after his mother’s death, perhaps jars when considered with the rest of the movie—but, for this particular critic, comes when the Kree bounty hunter Korath (Djimon Hounson) confronts the 30-year-old Quill (Chris Pratt) as he attempts to steal an artifact from ruins on the planet Morag. When Quill identifies himself as “Star-Lord,” Korath stares in puzzlement. “Star-Lord, man,” Quill says, his voice filled with petulance. “Legendary outlaw? Ah, forget it.” Then he attempts an escape that, as the movie progresses, makes him the most wanted legendary outlaw in the galaxy.
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