Cool Stuff: Futuristic Movie Timeline

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Dan Meth has created a movie timeline for futuristic movies, proving that the future presented in sci-fi classics are rooted in alternatie parrellel universes. Check out the full timeline after the jump.

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The Terminator

During this week’s episode of the Totally Rad Show, Alex Albrecht theorized that one of the many reasons Terminator Salvation didn’t work for him was because he believes that the concept of machines or technology rising up against humanity has been done so many times before, that it is no longer valid (I’ve included an excerpt from the show after the jump).

How can a story work on the same level of the first Terminator film, when the machines and technology are no longer scary. Even in the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica television series, the Cylons weren’t even scary (It should be noted that the show worked on many other dramatic levels, but it never tried to be a thriller).

Or could it be that we’ve reached a place where both the animatronic and computer generated machines no longer look real? And maybe the same could be said about technology. We now live in a technology-infused world, and the evil tech in films like Eagle Eye just ring false.

Terminator Salvation aside, lets have a discussion. In this post-Matrix world, is the story of humans having to defend themselves against scary machines and evil technology a thing of the past?
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shoot the baddies

21-year old UK artist Olly Moss is probably best known for his popular t-shirt designs which have virally spread across the interwebs. He’s probably best known for the Spoilers t-shirt and a series of retro movie poster remakes (that we previously featured in Cool Stuff). His latest t-shirt design, “Shoot The Baddies” has a bunch of shooting-range targets featuring the lines of Godzilla, Agent Smith from The Matrix, a Goomba from Super Mario Brothers, Freddy Kruger from The Nightmare on Elm Street series, a Space Invader, Darth Vader from Star Wars, old school Megatron from Transformers, a zombie and a Terminator.

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Another new Threadless t-shirt design released today is Lucas de Alcantara’s “New Hairstyle” which features Princess Leia giving Chewie a perm. Also, one of our favorite Batman t-shirt designs, The Beginning by Alexandre Deviers. has just been reprinted.

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Let’s face it. As far as superpowers go, the ability to move things with your brain is pretty awesome. Sure, flying is cool, turning invisible would have fun benefits, and super-strength could always come in handy. Plus it’s a lot cooler than all the “problem” superpowers, like having your entire body burst into flame, turning into some disgusting creature, or having your power be that you’re just extremely fat, and bouncy, like the Blob.

It’s just not the first power that leaps into people’s minds when they get asked, “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Maybe because that other stuff is too sexy. However, it’s the real thinking man or woman who chooses telekinesis, because once you realize the full potential of that power, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. As the telekinetic Push opens up this weekend, read on for an ultra-brief history of telekinesis, and find out how it’s affected cinematic history.

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VOTD: The Matrix Runs on Windows

Muppets’ Mahna Mahna / Star Wars Mash-up

The Pitch: What if The Matrix ran on Microsoft Windows? “Take the red pill, get the blue screen.”

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LOL: Product Placement Movie Posters

What if movie posters were more honest? What if the theatrical one-sheet wasn’t filled with floating heads of the main stars, but instead featured all the brand tie-ins and product placements up-front?

The Antrepo Design team created a set of vancas posts which are just that. I somehow doubt Hollywood will pick up on this concept.

Now if only they would’ve created a poster for Michael Bay’s The Island… Although for that film, I have a feeling that all the product tie-ins wouldn’t be able to fit on one normal sized poster.

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Why is everything so much cooler in Japan? Warner Bros is releasing a Japan exclsuive Ultimate Matrix DVD giftset which includes a scale model of Nebuchadnezzar by Hot Toys. The model will house four Blu-ray discs and three bonus DVDs. The MSRP is 39,800 Yen, or about $380 US. Each of the three Matrix films come on their own Blu-ray discs, with the forth Blu-ray disc containing all nine of the Animatrix episodes in high definition. The bonus DVDs will include “The Roots of The Matrix”, “The Burly Man Chronicles”, “The Zion Archive”, and a digital copy of the The Matrix. The set is currently scheduled to hit stores in japan on December 17th 2008.

More photos after the jump.

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For those of you that missed the live show and didn’t hear the recently-released podcast episode with Stephen Tobolowsky (possibly our best show yet, according to film critic Peter Sciretta!), we thought we’d release this edited, 5-minute snippet for the benefit of those that don’t have time to listen to the whole /Filmcast:

In preparation for reviewing The Mummy, Stephen subjected himself to some unfortunate action movies, including The Matrix Reloaded. In our “What We’ve Been Watching” segment, Stephen laid waste to the Matrix sequel and its ilk, and does a spot-on re-enactment of virtually every single scene in the movie. This is a must-listen for anyone that has ever felt violated by The Matrix Reloaded.

You can hear this entire episode of the /Filmcast by clicking here.

Discuss: Is The Matrix Reloaded really “Negative Entertainment”?

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