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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A week before the release of Real Steel, DreamWorks signed director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman to return for the sequel. The film did okay with critics, but audiences seemed to really respond to the film (the studio signed contracts for a sequel purely based on the extremely positive reactions from test screenings), the movie earned almost $300 million worldwide, and did some good money in toy sales. But now its three years later and we haven’t heard much about Real Steel 2. Whats going on with the sequel? Find out after the jump.
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Last year, Quentin Tarantino released a list of what he called the best films of 2011. This year he has repeated the list-making effort, and Tarantino’s list of the best eleven films of 2011 is out now. (Or best twelve films, really, since there is a tie in one position.) Along with that comes a collection of associated lists, from his estimation of the best directors of the year, to a set of ‘nice try’ picks, which includes some peoples’ fave film, Drive.
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The process of doling out Oscars is a lot more transparent in some than in others. While the core categories like Best Picture, and writing, directing and acting are all the subject of great speculation for months before the nominations are even announced, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is much more open about what specific films are in contention for some technical awards.
For instance, there is the Visual Effects Oscar, for which the Academy today announced that ten films are in the running. They include most of the options one might expect, from Hugo to Mission: Impossible to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The full list is below. Read More »
In the 1980s, Kenny Loggins was the king of the movie soundtrack. The soft rocker did the theme songs to Top Gun (Danger Zone), Caddyshack (I’m Alright), Footloose (Footloose) and more over a few short years in addition to being a very successful solo and group artist. To this day, those songs both help and hinder the career of Loggins and in a two new Funny or Die videos, he embraces their legacy.
After the jump, watch Loggins and his new band Blue Sky Riders performing theme songs to The Help, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Hunger Games and two for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. With a little help from Paul Scheer of course. Read More »
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Crowds cheering, people screaming, metal crunching and pistons pumping. Sounds in Shawn Levy‘s new film Real Steel are incredibly intricate. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly, is set in a near future where the most popular sport in the world is robot boxing. If you think about normal boxing, the sounds are already complicated: heavy breathing, feet shuffling on the mat, leather pounding skin. Putting mechanical robots into the ring then creates a whole new set of problems. What do electronics sound like when they’re fighting? After the jump, check out the latest video from the Soundworks Collection about how the sounds of Real Steel were captured. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
Robot boxing drama Real Steel will be out in about another week, but just in case your love for Hugh Jackman and/or Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is such that you simply can’t stand to wait that long, DreamWorks has released five new clips (totaling a little under four minutes) and a featurette from the movie.
Directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel unfolds in a future in which human boxing has been rendered obsolete by the rise of robot boxing. Charlie (Jackman) is a former fighter and current small-time promoter who gets one last chance to prove himself when he works with his son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a robot for a championship match. Watch the videos after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
Real Steel 2, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Riddick are in completely different stages of development at this point, but they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to return for them. (Well, that and the fact that they all start with the letter R.) After the jump, read about the following:
- Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman are confirmed for Real Steel 2 — a week and a half before Real Steel 1 has even hit theaters.
- Michelle Rodriguez becomes the latest former Resident Evil star to board the upcoming fifth installment.
- Karl Urban agrees to reprise his role for the long-gestating Riddick.
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Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
The release date for Real Steel is still a few weeks away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a sequel, right? Director Shawn Levy has revealed a few ideas he’s playing with for the potential follow-up, which John Gatins, who scripted the first film, has already been tapped to write.
Set in a future where human boxing has been rendered obsolete by the advent of robot boxing, the first Real Steel follows fighter-turned-promoter Charlie (Hugh Jackman) as he builds and trains a droid for a championship match that may just be Charlie’s last chance to prove himself. So, where do we go from there? Read Levy’s (non-spoiler-y) thoughts on a possible sequel after the jump.
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