Jake Scott short film

Sir Ridley Scott has quite the talented family. His three children have all directed feature films. The last feature Scott’s eldest son, Jake Scott, directed was Welcome to the Rileys, a compelling drama with memorable performances. The director made his feature filmmaking debut with the little-known Plunkett & Macleane, which, even in Jake Scott’s eyes, is a very rough around the edges first movie. He’s also directed some excellent music videos and short films throughout his career, including a new eight-minute short starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as an assassin.

Below, watch the new Jake Scott short film.

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Borrowed Time short film

Pixar has a well-earned reputation for a willingness to go dark. The first 20 minutes of Up can reduce even the most stoic men and women to tears, and Toy Story 3 gets scarier than most PG-13 blockbusters. Heck, the studio once released an entire film about the importance of feeling bad sometimes. But there’s territory so poignant even Pixar won’t go there. So Pixar animators do so in their downtime instead.

Borrowed Time is a short film from co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, who’ve been chipping away at this project on the side while spending their days on movies like Inside Out and Brave. Set in the Old West, it follows an aging sheriff filled with regret and guilt over one tragic memory from his youth. It’s meticulously designed and deeply emotional, like Pixar’s best work, but with a more mature vibe. Oh, and best of all, it’s available to watch for free for a limited time. Hit the jump to check it out right now.  Read More »

givertaker short film

My love for movies was born out of my love for horror movies and my love for horror movies was born out of a childhood obsession with monsters and ghosts and whatever else goes bump in the night. Because of that, I’m a strong believer that kids (and young adults or whatever we want to call them these days) deserve quality genre entertainment. You don’t necessarily want to subject an 11-year old to something truly grisly, but they also deserve access to horror stories that don’t talk down to them or pull their punches.

And that’s why the short film Givertaker scratches a very specific itch buried in the back of my brain. Here’s a horror short that speaks the same language as the various books and movies that I devoured when I was younger, while also functioning as a clever and entertaining genre tale. And it’s online and available to watch right now.

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LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape'

Universal Pictures has teamed up with LEGO to produce a 24-minute animated short film which acts as a prequel to Jurassic World. Titled LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape, the short film shows how the Indominus Rex came to be and what happened when it escaped.

That’s right, according to this new piece of Jurassic World canon, the movie wasn’t even the first time this genetically engineered dino escaped and apparently Chris Pratt‘s character rides the T-Rex. And of course, this being a LEGO production means we get all the fun, ridiculous and playful humor we’ve come to expect from the building block brand. Hit the jump to watch the Jurassic World short in its entirety.

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Pixar short Lou

Not many studios could get mainstream audiences excited about a new short film, but Pixar isn’t most studios. The company has just released a cute little teaser announcing their next new short: Lou, directed by longtime Pixar animator Dave Mullins. Check it out below.  Read More »

Alejandro G. Inarritu VR movie

Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman, Babel) has announced that he is partnering with Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada to create a virtual reality film. Hit the jump for the details on the Alejandro G. Inarritu VR movie.

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Star Wars Go Rogue Chapter 4 Released

Star Wars Go Rogue Chapter 4

Disney and Hasbro have released the fourth and final chapter from the #GoRogue series of stop-motion shorts created by Star Wars super fans to showcase the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys. Head on over to our previous coverage to learn more about the Go Rogue series, but the basic gist is that the short films feature several new figures and vehicles from Hasbro’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toy lineup. Chapter 4 was animated completely using LEGO. Watch all four chapters of Star Wars Go Rogue right now after the jump.
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Jisoo Kim Paperman print

Today we are excited to exclusively premiere Cyclops Print Works‘ 41st print, artist Jisoo Kim‘s take on the popular Disney animated short film Paperman. Find out more details about the Jisoo Kim Paperman print, see the details and learn when and where you’ll have a chance to get it, after the jump.

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Jakku First Wave Short Film

Throughout the original Star Wars trilogy, Stormtroopers were considered nothing but faceless henchman with poor aim who could be dispatched with quickly without a second thought. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens changed our thinking a bit by making one of our new heroes a defected Stormtrooper who just couldn’t bring himself to kill in the name of the First Order.  Now a new Star Wars short film goes the extra mile by actually making us feel for these white-armored soldiers.

Jakku: First Wave is a simple but affective short film put together by Benjamin Eck focusing on a small group of Stormtroopers who have a few moments to themselves inside an Imperial walker just before a door opens and sends them right into the battle of Jakku. It has the feel of a scene from any given war drama, and it packs a pretty powerful emotional punch.

Watch the Jakku First Wave short film after the jump. Read More »

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Clive Owen in BMW Films' The Escape (The Hire) directed by Neill Blomkamp

Before The Knick or Children of Men or Inside Man or even The Bourne Identity, Clive Owen was best known to U.S. audiences as The Driver, the nameless and unflappably cool hero of BMW’s short film series The Hire. The projects yielded eight installments in total, released from 2001 to 2002, and attracted a variety of high-profile filmmakers from Ang Lee to Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Now, fifteen years later, the Driver is getting ready to get back on the road. Owen has teamed up with director Neill Blomkamp for another BMW short film, The Escape. This one co-stars Dakota Fanning, Vera Farmiga, and Jon Bernthal, and looks positively jam-packed with big, shiny action. Check out a teaser — and revisit some of our favorite episodes from the past — below the jump.  Read More »