Two names that instantly gain my interest are “Nintendo” and “Star Wars.” Mix the two together and you have something potentially exciting.
Director James Farr has just created a web short called Super Smash Wars: A Link To The Hope, which he touts as a “Star Wars / Nintendo-verse Mashup.” It blends music, characters and tropes from popular Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., and adapts them to the classic story of Star Wars. If it’s possible, the results are more awesome than you’re imagining right now. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
(Note: Spoilers for Gravity follow.)
Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity doesn’t really need extra frills to make it better, but a companion short film directed by Cuarón’s son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón could enhance the experience all the same. “Aningaaq” revisits a key scene from the feature in which Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) happens to make contact with someone on Earth — only from the perspective of the Inuit fisherman (played by Orto Ignatiussen) on the other side.
The short didn’t play in front of U.S. screenings of Gravity, unfortunately, but it could get some added attention as the Oscar race heats up for both it and Gravity. In a recent interview, the Cuaróns took the time to explain “Aningaaq,” and how it came about. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
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Here’s a new sci-fi short that features some solid world-building. Lunar, by Tyson Wade Johnson, jumps off from modern concerns about an intrusive surveillance state and reliance on drones to create a future America in which a faceless police force holds civilians under its thumb. It’s a place where walking down the street with your face covered is illegal; even wearing a hood is enough to have the robo-cops on your ass.
All that is just setup for a story about a man convicted for basically nothing, after which he’s sent to a lunar prison that turns out to be not quite what the public thinks it is. So add the privatization of prisons and some Judge Dredd-style paranoia to the mix of influences.
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Last week, Ben Kingsley got the attention of Marvel fans everywhere when he revealed he’d filmed a “secret project” for the studio. Kingsley had seemingly finished his role as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, but this new information brought up a plethora of possibilities regarding the character. Studio President Kevin Feige wouldn’t comment on the quote, but basically acknowledged Kingsley had filmed something.
Well now, the Marvel masters at Latino-Review claim to have information on the “secret project.” First of all, it’s a One-Shot. That’s the non-spoiler. For more spoiler-filled information that’ll make your head spin, read below. Read More »
Lee Hardcastle does some great things with clay, and has used the pliable stuff to animate some great movie homages (his remakes of The Raid and The Thing quickly come to mind) and some memorable comedy as well as a few gross-out gags.
His most notable bit of nastiness might be T Is for Toilet, which was Hardcastle’s submission in the ABCs of Death director contest, and which won the open spot in the film. Now the animator has released a longer piece, called Ghost Burger. This is a sequel to T Is for Toilet, which shows that the kid from the short didn’t die, but that he is certainly damaged both physically and mentally. But while things haven’t gone well for the kid, he is able to see ghosts, and that turns out to be an ability with a surprising side benefit.
Ghost Burger feels like the sort of film you’d discover on a dusty VHS shelf — it’s got the appeal of some of the stranger horror produced in the ’80s, with a collision of action, supernatural weirdness, and plain old strange stuff.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
George Lucas basically wipes his butt with money these days (or could if he wanted to), but as a newly surfaced payroll memo from 1968 shows, even this gazillionaire had relatively humble beginnings. Also after the jump:
- The long lost Black Angel will get a digital release in 2014
- Harrison Ford is still ducking questions about Episode VII
- Asa Butterfield would love to play Han Solo’s son, ICYWW
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Earlier this month, we wrote about Matt Zoller Seitz‘s new book The Wes Anderson Collection, a book examining the work of writer/director Wes Anderson. Pulitzer Prize finalist Zokker Seitz had been following Anderson’s career since the very beginning, which begins with the short film that spawned Wes’ first feature Bottle Rocket. Matt has teamed up with editor Steven Santos to bring the book to the web in a documentary/video essay format. The first two chapters, on Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, are online and available to view after the jump.
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DC Comics is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, and the summer release of the film called Man of Steel is just part of the big plan.
A while back we told you that director Zack Snyder was working with Bruce Timm on a two-minute animated short that would cover the comic and motion picture history of Superman, and now that short is online. It runs through the big moments in the character’s history, more in the sense of how he’s depicted in media than on a personal level.
Which is to say, this doesn’t start with Krypton; it starts with Action Comics #1, and works its way through all the major projects that have brought Superman to life, right up to and through this summer’s film. Read More »