Robots React to the Morgan Trailer

Next weekend brings Morgan to theaters, a sci-fi thriller produced by Ridley Scott about a rapidly evolving, synthetically created person who has decided she’s done with being kept locked up like some kind of science experiment. Even though the movie is more about tampering with genetics rather than artificial intelligence, someone at 20th Century Fox thought it would be cool to see how two of the most advanced robots in existence today would react to the teaser trailer for Morgan. The results are simultaneously entertaining and a bit creepy.

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Don't Think Twice Viral Video

Playing in 100 locations around the country right now is the sophomore writing/directing effort of comedian turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia. He made a splash at Sundance a few years ago with the charming, semi-autobiographical Sleepwalk with Me, and now he’s back with a movie called Don’t Think Twice, focusing on a group of tight-knit friends in an improv troupe. The film is in the same vein as Broadcast News and other films from James L. Brooks, just set in the world of improv comedy, and it’s truly a must-see.

Now in an efforts to help promote the movie, producers forced Mike Birbiglia to create a viral video to make more people aware of the movie. Sadly, this resulted in cast members Gillian Jacobs (Community), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates), Chris Gethard (Broad City), and Tami Sagher (Inside Amy Schumer) all getting the viral video virus. Watch the Don’t Think Twice viral video after the jump. Read More »

Firefly Animated Series

Any fan of Joss Whedon‘s sci-fi series Firefly will tell you that it’s one of those shows that came to an end far too soon. It only lasted for a single 14-episode season, but that was enough for it to become a cult favorite TV series with a rabid following always hoping for the show to make some kind of comeback. Fans can take solace in the fact that they got a feature film to follow up the show in the form of Serenity, but of course, they still want more.

Sadly, we’re not likely to ever get any new episodes of Firefly or a sequel to Serenity, but maybe artist Stephen Byrne can help keep the fans at bay with his creation of a teaser for The Animated Adventures of Firefly. Watch the fanmade teaser for a Firefly animated series after the jump. Read More »

The Phantom Menace Ben-Hur - Chariot Race vs Podrace

George Lucas has been known to take inspiration for his movies from classic films, TV shows, comics and more. The original Star Wars in 1977 took cues from sci-fi serials like Flash Gordon and masterpieces such as Metropolis. Other influences include the films of Akira Kurosawa and much more, and this is a practice that George Lucas brought with him when he made the Star Wars prequels.

Many cinephiles know that the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was inspired by the famous chariot race in Ben-Hur. Just to be clear, we’re talking about the classic 1959 film not the remake that just bombed at the box office this past weekend. There’s even one sequence that is mimicked almost shot-for-shot in The Phantom Menace. Now you can see how these sequences compare thanks to a video comparison showing all the similarities.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off

Since the fall of 2014, there have been rumblings of Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own standalone spin-off. In fact, those rumors even expanded to mention that a trilogy focusing on one of the last remaining Jedi was in the works at Lucasfilm with Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the prequel trilogy. We’ve yet to get any confirmation on this development, but now a fanmade trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story makes the strong case for how interesting this kind of spin-off could be.

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Wes Anderson Visual Influiences

Wes Anderson is one of those filmmakers with a style that you know immediately. Symmetrical cinematography, period settings and colorful production design are just some of the common traits you’ll find in a Wes Anderson movie, and we haven’t even gotten to the recurring cast members. However, if you’re not well-versed in some classic films such as The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Citizen Kane or The 400 Blows, then you might not have noticed. Or maybe you’ve seen those movies and you just never realized Wes Anderson was paying referencing them with his visuals.

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It’s been 23 years since Jurassic Park trounced into theaters, giving audiences one of the most beloved and entertaining blockbusters of all time. Director Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen as nobody had before, and the result was a mesmerizing adventure that brought the creatures who lived 65 million years ago right in front of our eyes.

Steven Spielberg and his crew brought dinosaurs to life back in 1993, when digital effects and computer animation was still in its infancy. Somehow those visual effects still hold up to this very day, outshining some movies with state of the art visual effects from today. How is this possible? A new video essay explores why the Jurassic Park visual effects still hold up today when compared to the effects a a modern day blockbuster like, say, Jurassic World. Read More »

Kylo Ren Reacts to Rogue One

If there’s one thing we took away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s that Kylo Ren has some serious anger management problems. Who knows just how many credits have been spent to repair control consoles in First Order Star Destroyers after he tears them apart with his lightsaber? And knowing how easy it is for Kylo Ren to get worked up, one has to wonder just how he would react to something like the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.

Now we don’t have to wonder any longer because some clever fans have just created a perfect video where Kylo Ren reacts to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s new trailer that just debuted last week. That might sound silly (and believe me it is), but the fact that they have perfected the sound effects to replicate Kylo Ren’s voice makes it work extremely well. Or maybe they just have that Kylo Ren helmet with a voice emulator. Either way, just watch below! Read More »

Violence in Shane Black Movies

There’s no shortage of violence in movies today. Whether it’s superheroes fighting each other, spies being betrayed by their superiors, sentient foods being eaten by people or even frustrated fowl, almost every movie has a little bit of violence. But when it comes to the movies of writer/director Shane Black, there’s probably a little more than usual. However, as a new video essay points out, there’s something special about how the director of The Nice Guys and the writer of Lethal Weapon uses violence in his films.

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