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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“Legendary Battle” by Sean Sumagaysay
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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Starting next week, the Prop Store is letting fans own a piece of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. On August 25, an online auction will begin that includes over 300 original props, costumes and set decoration pieces used in the summer blockbuster. We’re talking full on Jaeger pilot suits all the way down to the smallest little background details.
Most of this stuff can get pretty expensive, though, which is where /Film comes in. We’re proud to offer you the ability to win one of two authentic props from the film for free. We have a Kaiju Organ Jar and Loccent shirt, which are the men behind the Jaegar program.
All you have to do is send us an e-mail with the name and brief description of either the Kaiju or Jaeger of your dreams and you’re automatically entered. The contest will run for one week. Below, find out more details and see photos of the prizes for the Pacific Rim auction. Read More »
The show floor at San Diego Comic-Con is an obstacle course crossed with a puzzle. You’ll traverse masses of people and giant booths to find cool things of interest that could be hidden anywhere. For movie fans, one of the best (and best-hidden) booths was for Legendary Pictures. Though it was extremely tiny, it had very cool things from three movies: Warcraft, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak. We covered all of them during our Comic Con coverage but the Legendary folks have provided a video tour of their own, featuring director Guillermo del Toro explaining some of the secrets behind Crimson Peak and the amazing Pacific Rim Oculus Rift experience. See the Guillermo del Toro Comic Con videos below Read More »
Like we said, the Legendary Pictures booth at San Diego Comic-Con is very Guillermo del Toro. On one side, Crimson Peak (Read about that here). On the other side is a unique, virtual reality experience called Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot. Attendees will sit down in one of three Oculus Rift stations and immediately be transported into the head of a towering Jaeger, ready for battle with an evil Kaiju.
Having never tried Oculus Rift before in my life, this was quite the transformative experience. It’s one you can check out on the Comic-Con floor in booth 3920 and maybe even at home as the experience teased something in 2017 at the end (though the new film is coming out that year too). Below, read about the whole Pacific Rim: Jaegar Pilot experience.
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The news of a Pacific Rim sequel came with good and bad details. That it’s happening at all is the biggest bit of good news. Guillermo del Toro‘s film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States but did well enough internationally to warrant a sequel. The downside is that fans will have to wait about three years to see the film. Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for release April 7, 2017.
In the meantime we’ll get two other del Toro movies as well as a nice, sizable appetizer in the Pacific Rim world. A Pacific Rim animated series is in the works. In a new interview, the producer/writer/director explained what the animated series might entail. He exampled how the story would be told and where it might air. Development is still in very early days, but the idea is to bridge the gap between the first and second movie in serialized form. The show is currently being shopped around. Read more about the Pacific Rim animated series below. Read More »
Legendary Pictures is the production company behind last year’s Pacific Rim and this year’s Godzilla. They’re two very different movies featuring building-sized monsters battling other massively-scaled creatures. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is a huge Godzilla fan and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull obviously loves the idea of big monsters fighting. Since both films were produced by the same people, and released by the same studio, a crossover seems possible, right? Well, the filmmakers have jokingly toyed with fan notions of a possible crossover, and both films have sequels in development, but it’s very unlikely to happen.
On the Internet, though, anything and everything is possible. A really good trailer mashup of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, called Paczilla, is now online. Check out the Godzilla Pacific Rim crossover you’ve been waiting for below. Read More »
Pacific Rim 2 might still happen, according to Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull. In a new interview, the film’s producer pointed out despite a general malaise surrounding the film in the United States, it did incredibly well internationally and has been a bigger-than-expected hit on home video and with merchandise. Tull says talks with director Guillermo del Toro will happen soon to figure out the fate of the film.
Below, read Tull’s quote about Pacific Rim 2 which includes an incredible list of films the original outgrossed. Read More »
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The summer of 2013 has come and gone. We’ve reached that moment where movies we were so excited for only six months ago can begin to collect dust on our DVD shelves. If you know what’s good for you though, don’t let that happen. The filmmakers behind some of the summer’s biggest hits have gone to great care to infuse each release with plenty of behind the scenes extras to help enrich your enjoyment of each film. Extras like the three videos you’ll find below.
Below you can watch brand new visual effects breakdowns from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me. Read More »
As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.
How right, or wrong, was I about my most anticipated films of 2013? Find out below. Read More »