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Air New Zealand seems to have a fantastic PR campaign going. Their latest Middle Earth-themed safety video is nicely done and features a few apropos cameos…

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Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…
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Teaser Trailer: Avengers: Age of Ultron

I got a text from a friend yesterday that the teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was leaked online. I was already on the computer and browsed immediately only to find it was already taken down. But, the Internet being what it is — beyond a repository for cat videos, I mean — the low-quality video has leaked to a bajillion other sites. So Marvel did the only thing it could do…it officially released the trailer video, which we bring to you now in all it’s special effects glory and plot line vagueness.

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Maria Alexander is a fiction writer who lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse named Trog. Her debut urban fantasy novel, Mr. Wicker, was just released in September 2014 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Publishers Weekly calls it, “(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood.” Follow Maria on her webiste or on Twitter as @LaMaupin.

Four of the Dumbest Things Done with Swords in Film and Fiction

by Maria Alexander

Everybody loves swords. Writers and readers alike enjoy a bladed tale because of the mystique this ancient weapon wields. I’m a big sword lover myself. Last year, I wrote a blog post that went viral called, “Why I Hate (Most) Photos and Drawings of Women with Swords.” In the post, I outline my qualifications to speak on the subject, which include many years of studying stage combat with top Hollywood fight masters and four years in the art of Shinkendo. I’m also a veteran author and screenwriter, so I understand the challenge of balancing fantasy and fact when creating an entertaining story both for both fiction and film.

But too many writers and filmmakers are unaware of the realities surrounding bladed weapons. Most of what they know about swords they learned from the movie Highlander and in turn they propagate those fallacies in their work. That’s like learning about planes from the movie Flight. Here are a few facts about swords that, if heeded, could actually create better stories.
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Yes! Another Honest Trailer to remind us that suspension of disbelief is a relative thing.

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From wikipedia:

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (originally La momia azteca contra el robot humano) is a 1958 Mexican film directed by Rafael Portillo, starring Ramón Gay and Rosa Arenas. It blends elements of science fiction and horror. The film is the sequel to The Aztec Mummy and The Curse of the Aztec Mummy, both released earlier that year, and a large portion of the film consists of an extended recap of the first two entries in the series.

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Short Film: Crash Course

As usual, Geek Art Gallery found a cool video — this one a fun one about a driving test in the future.

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Short Post-Apocalyptic SciFi Film: Merv

In this post-apocalyptic sci-fi short film of another color (mostly green and orange), a survivor named Merv, who leads a comfortably boring existence, detects an unexpected signal that heralds the coming of a dangerous stranger…

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Creature of Destruction is a 1967 made-for-television film directed by Larry Buchanan that’s an uncredited color remake of the 1956 film The She Creature directed by Edward L. Cahn. It concerns an oily hypnotist, murder, and a prehistoric humanoid form of sea-life.

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“Hell has just been relocated!”

So says the tag line for Galaxy of Terror, a 1981 SciFi suspense thriller in which the crew of a rescue ship meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. It was produced by Roger Corman, directed by Bruce D. Clark, and stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O’Connell.

Enjoy!
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SHORT FILM: The Escape

A fun short film for a lazy Sunday…

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Definitely not the way it was meant to be voiced…

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Several new trailers dropped last week, let’s take a look!
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From the description: “ENVOY is a science fiction, action adventure, short film to be used as a proof of concept for a larger full-length motion picture. A love-letter to many of the classic action-adventure and science fiction films of the ’80s & ’90s, Envoy is a passion-project created by Director David Weinstein and Visual Effects Supervisor Adam Coggin.”

And a fine job they did, too…

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8-Bit Cinema: The Matrix

Re-experience The Matrix in glorious 8-bit (and sometimes 16-bit) resolution…
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The good folks at How It Should Have Ended have some ideas about the latest Spider-Man incarnation.

Spoiler warning!

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In this Lego mash-up, Peter Quill, Han Solo, and Malcolm Reynolds discuss the age-old question of “Who shot first?”

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The Warp is reporting that Vince Gerardis (co-executive producer of HBO’s Game of Thrones) is bringing an adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy to Spike TV.

Robinson’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars series — consisting of Red Mars (1993) , Green Mars (1994) and Blue Mars (1996) — details the story of the colonization of Mars and all of the political and ecological challenges that go along with it. The trilogy also examines the effects that advanced technology has on the society that develops it.

Robinson will be on hand to consult on the series.

No movie is perfect…and just in case anyone needed to be reminded of that, there’s the “Everything Wrong With” series of videos. Like this one for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spoiler warning!

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Short Film: Orbitas

Orbitas is the story of an impossible love that takes place above a warring planet.

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