This weekend, director Neill Blomkamp adds a new member to an exclusive club: movies with really cool robots. It’s a cross-section of movies big and small that drive the story forward with characters made of metal and wire. Sometimes they’re menacing, sometimes they’re hilarious, but the best movie robots are always unforgettable.
In honor of Blomkamp’s movie, Chappie, I’ve ranked my 25 favorite movie robots of all time. It wasn’t an easy task. There are so many subtle differences you have to consider. Is a cyborg a robot? Is an alien a robot? For example, Darth Vader is “more machine than man,” just like RoboCop. Are they both robots? In the end I went with my gut. If the character felt like a robot, or its robotic nature added something to the movie, it made the list. Also, this is (once again) a personal list. I didn’t grow up on Westworld or The Day the Earth Stood Still. I never really felt like Blade Runner‘s replicants were robots. So it’s a little weird and surprising but hopefully that’s why you want to check it out. Hit the jump to find out the 25 Best Movie Robots of All Time.
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“Space Heroes” is such a simple and clean, yet massive idea for an art show. The possibilities are almost as large as the galaxy itself. From classic sci-fi films, to cult classics, kids cartoons, hit TV shows, and video games, Space Heroes works. iam8bit agrees, and made that it the subject of their latest exhibit, which is currently on display at their Los Angeles location as well as online. Below, see our favorite pieces from the iam8bit Space Heroes show. Read More »
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Yesterday we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between their successful 21 Jump Street franchise and their evergreen Men in Black series. This is obviously the next evolution of the Marvel-style universe trend that all of Hollywood is chasing. I know we’re supposed to hate this sort of thing but I couldn’t stop thinking about which modern movie properties could be combined into mega crossover movie events that (however ridiculous) I’d actually want to see. After the jump I list the best opportunities for big screen movie crossovers.
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Dark Horse Comics have released the Prometheus Fire and Stone trailer, promoting the upcoming comic book sequel to Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus which is part of a blockbuster crossover event which will also involve the Predator, Aliens and AVP series. Thats right, the new series will connect all three franchises through four different comic book lines. Here is the official pitch:
When the Prometheus never returned from her fateful journey to LV-223, the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered. Now a new team of explorers seeks to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation.
Hit the jump to watch the Prometheus: Fire and Stone trailer now.
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Every once in a while, Mondo will surprise fans with the announcement that they’re bringing a whole bunch of new posters to a regional convention. In the past, Texas Frightmare Weekend has had that honor. This year, it’s happening again. Mondo is showing up at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, which runs May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Fort Worth. The crew is bringing all new posters for Gremlins, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and Creepshow. Check them all out below, as well as a George Romero action figure. Read More »
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Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.
Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.
Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.
Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27. Read More »
Most artists have a style. A unique, original look for their art that distinguishes it from the rest. Most artists, however, aren’t Kevin Tong or Martin Ansin. Just when you think either artist is best at one thing, they’ll change it up and do something totally different. Realistic, exaggerated, mechanical, lyrical, Tong and Ansin are unique for being so diverse. And now, the pair are teaming up for a Mondo Gallery show based on fantasy and sci-fi.
Ansin and Tong’s show opens at 7 p.m. March 14 and remains on display through April 12 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Below, check out some of the work including new posters for Alien, Aliens, The Wizard of Oz, Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Psycho. Plus, find some info on the latest Mondo vinyl: the score for Gravity. Read More »
There hasn’t been a universally loved Alien movie in almost thirty years. After Ridley Scott’s original and James Cameron’s sequel, most fans have found something to dislike about the three films that followed. Even the video games that take place in the universe have failed to capture the xenomorphic magic of the 1979 and 1986 films.
Now, Titan Books is trying to buck that trend that by publishing a brand new trilogy of novels, officially licensed and set in the Alien universe. These in-canon stories place between the first two films and dovetail with the movies in interesting ways. The first novel in the series, Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, hits bookshelves Tuesday January 28. You can read an exclusive excerpt from the book below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Alien movies are creepy and terrifying, and no sane person would actually want to live through (or, as often as not, die from) the characters’ terrifying ordeals. But the characters designed by H.R. Giger are fascinating ones, and it’s tough to imagine any sci-fi fan not wanting to get a closer look. If cocktails are also involved, all the better.
The creature designer has already opened up two bars based on his creations, both in Switzerland, and according to a new report may now open a third in the U.S. as part of the Sci-Fi Hotel. Details like “when” and “where” are still being worked out, but it’ll be an “immersive” experience like the other ones. Hit the jump for more details.
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