Here’s an interesting, weird and well-done short film by Mikey Please.
Here’s an imaginative short film that pits our video game hero against the Evil Boss that wants to shed his 8-bit life. Can our hero restore the 8-bit nature of the world? Watch this cool video and find out.
Salesman Pete is not your run-of-the-mill clumsy salesman. Thanks to the super-advanced microprocessor implanted into his brain by mad scientists from the government, he’s also a deadly super secret agent. Good thing, too, because what the world needs is someone to stop the danger unleashed when bad guys steal a magic stone that turns can change anything into seafood.
I hate when that happens. But I love this short film.
This comes to us via GeekyTyrant – a very well done short film from director K-Michel Parandi about privatized police forces in New York City, 2095. Don’t have the right coverage plan? Better upgrade, or the police might not be able to help you. The production value on this film makes it look slick and solid, on par with what we’ve seen from Hollywood these days. The concept reminds me (a little) of Judge Dredd.
From the Vimeo description: “Michael is a broken man with a gun. He is surrounded by armed police. A robot with medical training is dispatched to negotiate – but can it save him?”
I look back on my childhood viewings of the Godzilla movies with mixed emotions. I always used to look forward to these films because, well, to my young eyes they were cool. “Monsters! How could it be any better?”
Apparently the producers thought the answer to my questions was simple: a robotic Godzilla. And look! It even had a friendly Godzilla, who teams up with humans to protect the planet from their common foe: aliens.
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Here’s the synopsis of the film:
A bookshop renowned for its rare works is mysteriously and completely filled with copies of a book entitled 1, which doesn’t appear to have a publisher or author. The strange almanac describes what happens to the whole of humanity in the space of a minute. A police investigation begins and the bookshop staff are placed in solitary confinement by the Bureau for Paranormal Research (RDI Reality Defense Institute). As the investigation progresses, the situation becomes more complex and the book increasingly well known, raising numerous controversies (political, scientific, religious and artistic). Plagued by doubts, the protagonist has to face facts: reality only exists in the imagination of individuals.
‘Enigmatic in form, encyclopedic in scope, and leaving room between its lines for many different readings, Sparrow’s truly singular film encapsulates the whole of human experience in eccentric, elliptical cross-section. It is all at once science fiction, political allegory, transcendental mystery and free-form documentary, recalling the early works of Peter Greenaway in its vast referential breadth, its mannered blurring of fact and fiction, and the beauty of its tableau-like images.’
Watch the film after the jump.
When you want a high-concept science fiction film, you watch Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. When you want cheese, you turn to Roger Corman flicks… like Starcrash which doles the cheese with Marjoe Gortner.
Prepare yourself for a vintage science fiction adventure film you will never forget, as the sultry Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her alien sidekick Akton (Marjoe Gortner) team up with robot lawman Elle (Judd Hamilton) on a high adventure to save the universe. It is a cosmic mash-up of daring escapes, wild special effects, beautiful women in sexy space bikinis and nonstop action on a dozen alien worlds. Roger Corman presents the ultimate European space opera, a colorful and dazzling chase through the galaxy that will blast you through the blackness of a hundred million nights!
Kicked into hyperspace by a maelstrom of ingenious low-budget special effects and the talents of Academy Award winning composer John Barry, the film was a smash hit in 1979 when the wild and humorous sci-fi adventure hit theatres. For over 30 years the film has gained a massive cult following, inspiring devoted legions of Crashers fan clubs and more. Now, for the first time on DVD, the film is presented in a deluxe two-disc special edition.
I think scientists use this to measure the level of pain a person can withstand…
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Now is your chance. Here is the restored version of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 film.
But first, the synopsis:
Metropolis takes place in the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers, who must live in the dark underground, and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets, heart-pounding action and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of classic science fiction cinema.
Enjoy the show!
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Peggy at Biology in Science Fiction found that Duncan Jones’ 2009 SciFi film Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) is available on YouTube via Crackle. That means there are some ads, and you may have to log in to your YouTube account to see this R-Rated film, but if you haven’t seen this film yet — now’s the perfect time. From Wikipedia:
The film is about a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Earth’s moon.
I have oddly fond memories of this animated treatment of Tolkien’s classic. Ralph Bakshi’s presentation may be a truncation of the trilogy, but for its day, the animation was fantastic. Watch and see for yourself…
[via Kevin Maher]
An animated short from Russia (adapted from a novel by Kir Bulychev) about space travelers surviving on a strange planet and the journey back to their abandoned ship through a dangerous mountain pass.
[via Candlelight Stories]
1954′s Gog, directed by Herbert L. Strock, is notable for having been shot in color, widescreen and 3-D. It stars Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, and Herbert Marshall and incorporates sabotage at a secret government facility, robots, a supercomputer and a nuclear threat.
[via Divers and Sundry]
The film follows on immediately from the events of the first film, and is rooted in a subplot of the original novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a chastened Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and finally coerced by the Monster, encouraged by Henry’s old mentor Dr Pretorius, into constructing a mate for him.
[via Cinemated Man]
This is a King Kong/Godzilla mashup of a plot if I ever heard one:
Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction variation on Godzilla (with hints of King Kong). Directed by Eugène Lourié, it tells the story of an underwater monster’s capture off the coast of Ireland. The monster is taken to London to be featured as a circus attraction.
As per Divers and Sundry, “The Phantom Planet is a 1961 science fiction film about tiny people battling aliens in outer space.” Sold!
Synopsis: Radioactive mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950′s.
Need I say more?
The Wikipedia synopsis:
The story concerns the sighting of a UFO which appears to have crashed in the San Fernando Valley, after which massive interference with teleradio transmission brings FCC investigators into action. They, in turn, begin encountering reports from people of seeing what appears to be a man dressed in a bizarre outfit. Their investigation uncovers that this is a being from outer space who, to escape capture, removes his spacesuit and proves to be invisible. The invisible being running loose sets off a massive manhunt and public panic.
A motorcyclist rides his bike through a time warp right into the Wild West. The bad news: apparently it’s when bad SciFi was invented. Stars Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, and Richard Masur.
Oh noes! Aliens try to take over the world by seizing control of Gamera’s brain!
Pass the popcorn, please…