Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
So much of Stranger Things‘ irresistible pull stems from its uncanny ability to push all your nostalgia buttons. It feels like classic Steven Spielberg and vintage Stephen King, referencing pop culture touchstones and reminding Gen Xers and older Millennials of a time when middle school kids were allowed to roam freely. But what if Stranger Things went even further? What if it doubled down on its nostalgic appeal by transforming itself into another childhood favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas?
A Stranger Things Christmas imagines Will Byers struck by a downright Charlie Brown-esque sense of ennui right around the holiday, and going around getting advice from his old D&D buddies. And yes, they get a good Barb-related jab in there. Watch the Stranger Things Peanuts mashup below (but be warned there are major spoilers if you haven’t finished Stranger Things season one). Read More »
We’ve seen plenty of movies about romantic affairs happening behind the backs of significant others. However, in Mark Slutsky‘s short film Never Happened, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s a world where those cheating on their husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends don’t have to worry about lying. That’s because there’s a sci-fi twist that changes the way people keep their adulterous behavior from each other.
Watch the Never Happened short film after the jump. Read More »
During the course of a romantic relationship, plenty of little, adorable gifts are given between lovers. The most typical gifts are usually flowers, candy or in some cases a teddy bear. Most of these little gifts end up being disposable, especially if the relationship goes sour. But what if when the relationship went bad, so did these little gifts?
A new short film called Teddy Bears Are For Lovers, crafted in the same vein as Gremlins or Child’s Play, imagines what might happen if the teddy bears given to ex-lovers were just as heartbroken as those who were broken up with. Just what would they do in order to get revenge for being scarred emotionally, and even physically? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seems like everything’s getting a sequel nowadays, and apparently that even includes popular marketing campaigns from the early 2000s. Last month we showed you the first sneak peek at The Escape, the latest installment in BMW’s short film series The Hire. The original project consisted of eight episodes released between 2001 and 2002 and directed by all manner of high-profile filmmakers like Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, Wong Kar-wai, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, each one starring Clive Owen as the mysterious hero known only as The Driver.
Owen is back behind the wheel of the new short as well, this one directed by Neill Blomkamp and surrounded by top-notch co-stars like Dakota Fanning, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga. Today we’ve got the brand-new The Escape short film to share with you, and you can watch it below. Read More »
This week sees the release of Doctor Strange in many international markets while here in the United States we’ll be waiting until November 4th to see the movie (though the reviews paint a mostly promising picture). To coincide with the release, Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill has a new short film that just debuted online which is currently being pitched around Hollywood for a possible feature adaptation.
As They Continue to Fall follows a drifter who hunts fallen angels that only he can see, and this short gives us a taste of what life is like for this man who continues to see the world around him become more corrupt. There’s definitely potential here for a feature length story, and the style and tone feels in line with what we’ve see Cargill write before with films like Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil, but with a story that feels like it came straight from a graphic novel. Read More »
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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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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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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Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »