Neill Blomkamp short film

In movies like Chappie, District 9, and Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp has explored the intersection of humanity and technology. It’s a topic he returns to again and again, and it’s something he’s obsessed with as a storyteller. So it’s no surprise that Blomkamp is exploring the same concept in a new way with Adam: The Mirror, a new short film from his experimental Oats Studios that was rendered in real time entirely in the Unity game engine.
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Star Wars Forces of Destiny trailer

Earlier this year, when we compiled the first eight Star Wars: Forces of Destiny short films for you to watch in one place, we heard there would be a new batch of shorts coming later in the year. That time is nearly upon us: a new trailer has been released and promises two 30-minute TV specials coming to the Disney Channel next month, complete with never-before-seen content. Watch the newest trailer below, and refresh your memory about what these shorts are all about.
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blade runner black out 2022

The third and last prequel short leading up to Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049 is out, and it’s a gorgeous testament to the boundless possibilities of anime.

Directed by Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, the short — in addition to the other two previously released shorts focusing on different time periods — helps fill in the gaps between Ridley Scott‘s original Blade Runner and its sequel which takes place 30 years later. While Watanabe’s anime short is the last to be released, it is set at the earliest time period, merely three years after the original film. Titled Blade Runner Black Out 2022, the short covers the events of a brief replicant rebellion that resulted in their production being banned for a decade before Jared Leto‘s Wallace Corp. steps in.

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paul thomas anderson short film

Haim still has Something to Tell You, and it’s in the form of a short film directed by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights).

The 14-minute short film is a relatively simple video, comprised of nothing more than steady tracking shots of the three sisters who make up the pop-rock trio as they perform a series of songs. But it’s miles better in quality than most music videos today, eschewing dazzling but distracting visuals in favor of a focus on the fantastic music.

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Good WIll Hunting - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay explores what Hollywood gets wrong about their portrayal of smart people, and it’s not as pretentious as it sounds. Plus, watch a short film sequel to American Beauty that is not what you would expect at all, and see how much cooler Game of Thrones can be edited in the style of the trailers for Baby Driver. Read More »

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zack snyder short film snow steam iron

Zack Snyder’s short film Snow Steam Iron is now available to stream on the social network Vero. The arrival of the short comes at dark moment in the filmmaker’s career and this could provide some interesting insight into what the director of Batman v Superman, Watchmen, and 300 is doing now that he’s stepped away from superhero movies for the time being. After all, sometimes an artist needs to get back to the basics and clear his head.

Of course, you have to download an app to watch it, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

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Blade Runner 2049 Short Film

Blade Runner 2049 doesn’t hit theaters until October, but Warner Bros. Pictures has a long marketing lead-up to the sci-fi sequel to Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi noir from 1982.

The original Blade Runner took place in 2019, which was then the distant future. Now that we’re just two years away from hitting that year ourselves, it only makes sense for the sequel to jump ahead 30 years. That leaves a big gap of time where we don’t know what happened in this sci-fi universe. Thankfully, a series of short films leading up to the release of Blade Runner 2049 will help fill in some of the gaps, and the first one, starring Jared Leto and Benedict Wong, has just been released. You can watch it below. Read More »

Rick and Morty - Pickle Rick - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, take a closer look at the visual effects work that went into Kong: Skull Island and the biggest version of King Kong that cinema has ever seen. Plus, watch a faux commercial for a Pickle Rick action figure inspired by a recent episode of Rick and Morty, and an impressive sci-fi short film called Seam directed by twin brothers who hope to turn it into a feature. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Guardians Inferno

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, on this day that a total eclipse of the heart sun will be seen in certain parts of the world, take a look at the history of eclipses in film and television. Plus, go behind the scenes of the disco music video for “Guardians Inferno” from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and watch a Game of Thrones trailer cut in the style of Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok. Read More »

The Nurse short film

Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring Cinematic Universe grew larger this month with the release of director David F. Sandberg‘s spin-off prequel Annabelle: CreationSandberg got his start making a short film called Lights Out that he then went on to adapt as a feature. Recently, he and Warner Bros. created a similar opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to get their names out there by holding a short film contest for stories that would fit well into the world of The Conjuring films.

The United States winner has been announced (other countries’ winners will be announced soon), and it’s a short called The Nurse from director Julian Terry. Check it out below.
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