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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For the past few days, we’ve been drawing (pun intended) your attention to ton awesome exclusive art that’ll be available at San Diego Comic-Con. We’re shown you Mondo, Marvel, some movies, and if you read Page 2 or Superhero Bits, there have been several peppered in there too. With Comic-Con officially kicking off Wednesday night, we figured it was a good time to do show you a bunch more. This should, hopefully, help fans who are heading to San Diego find some cool pieces to target, and also give fans outside San Diego lots of variety to click through.
Gallery 1988 has a booth with some very cool exclusives including some official Sharknado posters and The Shining by Mark Englert. Olly Moss will be sharing a booth with Mike Mitchell and Scott Campbell, and each will be selling exclusive video game, movie and comic book art. Kevin Tong will debut some new work including Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis. Acme Archives has a ton of exclusives include some great Simpsons and Power Rangers stuff and Nerd HQ will debut their insane, star-studded Nerds Versus Aliens art work which will be available for charity.
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Think of all the ridiculous, crazy things you’ve ever seen in science fiction movies: X-Wing Fighters flying through trenches, aliens bleeding acid blood, giant robots that transform into cars. Take all of those things into consideration and then realize this. NASA has named Roland Emmerich‘s film 2012 the least plausible science fiction movie ever made. They also made an inverse list, naming Andrew Niccol‘s Gattaca as the most plausible science fiction movie ever made. Want to know what else is on each list? You’ve gotta hit the jump. Read More »
In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate whether or not Michael Bay is the right person to take over Ninja Turtles, discuss the artistic ethics of “fixing” an older film, and remember the passing of Dennis Hopper.
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One of the big movie events of this year was the premiere of a restored version of Metropolis at the Berlin Film Festival. The outdoor screening drew large crowds despite cold and snow, and was watched via webcast by many film fans who couldn’t make the fest. (Despite the fact that you could barely see the film in the webcast.)
Now there’s a trailer for the restoration, which is being released in US theaters via roadshow started in May by Kino International. Read More »
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Finally, after over a year of me holding my breath and wishing big chunks of my life away, the restoration has been completed and the full, original cut of Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis is nearing it’s re-premiere. Of course, I won’t be there to see it, and chances are you won’t be either, but at least we know that widespread distribution is approaching fast.
The re-premiere is to take place during the 2010 Berlinale. The gala screening on February 12 next year is to take place at the Friedrichstadtspalast while a parallel event will see the film screened at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, both with live performances of the original score.
This long-lost version of the film was discovered in Buenos Aires last year. After the break is a step-by-step of the amazing chain of events that led to it being found again.
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The Alamo Drafthouse is holding a special SXSW screening of the sci-fi classic Metropolis with live, original score on March 18th at 2:30pm (click here for more information). To celebrate/promote the event, they have commissioned Uruguayan illustrator Martin Ansin to create a movie poster. Screenprinted 24? x 36?. The regular version (seen above) includes two metallic silver, glow in the dark inks, and is available on MondoTees for $30. A special gold variant edition (pictured after the jump) is printed with two metallic gold inks, limited to only 30 prints, and is being sold for $50 on MondoTees.
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