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Vin Diesel is back. And if that doesn’t scare you, maybe the new trailer for Riddick will. It seems like it has more in common with Pitch Black than it does with The Chronicles of Riddick.
Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles of Riddick.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.
The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
If IMDB is to be believed, Gravity is Alfonso Cuaron’s first film on the big screen since 2006′s excellent Children of Men. The teaser for Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, came out a few days ago and I’ve watched it a couple of times since then. I’m not sure what to think. Here’s the synopsis:
Academy award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
What do you get when you combine documentary style film making with hard science and an assist by NASA? If you read the title to this post, you know it’s Europa Report, a movie about an expedition to the eponymous moon of Jupiter. Here’s the synopsis:
A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.
After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
The trailer for Ender’s Game is finally here.
Based on the worldwide bestseller by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war. An unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
The film starts Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin) and Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham). It opens November 1st.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The official WonderCon trailer for Pacific Rim has dropped and oh boy, talk about monster mashing goodness, this has Kaiju bashing in spades (and oil tankers). You’re either going to love giant robots vs. monster or not, I’m pretty sure there’s no middle ground. Maybe Guillermo del Toro can add a bit of depth to what otherwise looks like a giant summer blockbuster. We’ll see, but really, when you have Godzilla mixed with Neon Genesis Evangelion, do we really care? Wait, was that GLaDOS? It’s official, I don’t care if there’s any more to the story or not…
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Marvel’s Phase 2 domination of filmdom kicks off with Iron Man 3, but we’ll also get to see a bunch more superhero movies. Like this one, Thor: The Dark World, which takes place some time after the first movie. I’m not sure what exactly is going on, but it somehow involves Christopher Eccleston, Loki and his not sudden-and-inevitable betrayal. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the fist movie and I can’t say this one does a whole lot for me either.
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With the world gearing up for the Summer Blockbusters…it’s easy for the smaller films to get lost in the shuffle.
Check out this trailer for Errors Of The Human Bodym which opened in select theaters on April 19th.
Canadian scientist Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at a new institute in wintry Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most important project – a human regeneration gene-has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years.
Errors of the Human Body is about one man´s quest for redemption from his own disturbing past, set within the mysterious world of genetic engineering.
Those of you familiar with the children’s book Goodnight Moon will love seeing the telltale clues in this trailer for a horror movies version of the book. Everybody else, no so much.
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Now here’s a film I can look forward to. Sure, it’s a buddy/cop flick…but it also has a supernatural element that looks plain fun. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star in R.I.P.D., a film based on the Dark Horse comic. I haven’t read the comic, but this looks fun anyway, in a campy sort of way. Did I mention Jeff Bridges?
Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side.
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth.
Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance…or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
Here’s the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s Siperman reboot, Man of Steel. As we know from the recent General Zod teaser, it looks like this reboot skips right to a General Zod story line. There also looks like some “boy coping with powers” thread that attempts to lend some weight to the character. Time will tell.
Lots more scenery and special effects appear in this new trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness. And — gasp! — is that a federation ship facing off against our beloved Enterprise…?
I wasn’t planning on watching The Hunger Games, but since I have a daughter, it was kinda required. I was pleasantly surprised. The following trailer for the sequel looks decent, though it probably doesn’t matter much as I will be required to watch this one as well.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Release: November 22, 2013
Three recent genre films caught my attention this week. Pull up a chair and check out these trailers…
This trailer for Manborg, winner of Best of Fest at The 2012 Boston Underground Film Festival, looks like it’s just the right mix of green screen, calyamation and campiness. The story is about a dead soldier who finds himself reanimated as a cyborg killing machine.
The official description:
Half-man, half-cyborg: Manborg. Killed while battling the forces of hell, a supersoldier is brought back from the dead in order to fight an army of Nazi vampires and demons led by the nefarious Count Draculon. Cue kung-fu killing, stop-motion monster battles, hoverbikes, robots, demons and a character named Doctor Scorpius
Here’s the (NSFW) red-band trailer for Kick-Ass 2, which hits theaters August 16, 2013.
The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
The film stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Jim Carrey, Lyndsy Fonseca, Yancy Butler, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Olga Kurkulina. And…wait for it…Nicolas Cage apparently makes a cameo. My guess is he plays someone crazy.
The new feature trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth is a lot meatier than the previous teaser trailers. This one plays up the father/son relationship between the characters played by Wil and Jaden Smith. Looks like it could be a solid action/adventure flick…
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
Read more at http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/after-earth/feature-trailer#cHcVCRY5qBHPD1eQ.99
Continuing their push into original programming, Netflix announced a new original horror/mystery series called Hemlock Grove. The show stars Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), Penelope Mitchell (6 Plots), Freya Tingley (X), and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II). It was directed by Eli Roth. All 13 episodes will be avilable instantly on April 19.
Here’s the synopsis:
From executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, Hemlock Grove is a riveting one-hour murder mystery that revolves around the residents of a former Pennsylvania steel town. When 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell is brutally murdered, any of Hemlock’s peculiar inhabitants – or killer creatures – could be suspects. Through the investigation, the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing nothing is what it seems. Beautiful, terrifying and graphic, Hemlock Grove is unlike anything else in its genre.
Check out the spooky trailer after the jump…
The new trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise/Morgan Freeman film, Oblivion is out. The film is described like this:
On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind
More special effects in this trailer, and a better sense of what the film holds in store. One question: If humanity decided to leave Earth…isn’t Tom Cruise too pretty to leave behind?
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Some info about the newest BBC America SciFi show, Orphan Black”
Orphan Black features rising star Tatiana Maslany (The Vow, Picture Day) in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.
Orphan Black premieres Saturday, March 30, 9:00pm ET/PT, as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday.
Here’s the trailer:
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