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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The story is legendary. In the mid 1970s, George Lucas sat down to write a space opera called Star Wars. He wrote a 12 (or 9, depending on who you ask) chapter story that he soon realized was way too ambitious for one film. So he chopped the saga of the Skywalkers story down to its most exciting, and tightest chapter. Chapter 4, eventually called “A New Hope.” Later, those other ideas would become sequels, prequels and soon, a sequel trilogy.
But who knew James Cameron did the same thing with The Terminator?
At the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival last weekend, Cameron told the story of writing his original 1984 hit The Terminator. He said the story he wrote included the liquid metal warrior who would eventually become the T-1000 in Terminator 2, but he couldn’t afford to make the effect imagined in his head. So he lopped off the second half of the story and the rest is history.
Read Cameron’s story of the film’s origin below. Read More »
These days action figures look too good. They’re all 3D scanned with multiple points of articulation, tons of accessories and beautiful packaging. That wasn’t always the case. In the Eighties, you got a basic likeness that barely looked like the character, four points of articulation and a simple card with plastic bubble. That was it. Kenner style.
ReAction Figures is bringing that back. They’ll soon release classic Eighties carded figures from properties that never got that treatment. Movies and shows like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, Firefly, The Terminator, Friday the 13th, Predator, The Rocketeer, Escape from New York and many more. They’re available for pre-order now on Entertainment Earth and you can check out some images below. Read More »
Briefly: The title of the Terminator reboot is, reportedly Terminator: Genesis. That’s one of those wildly uninspiring subtitles that can join words such as “retribution,” “origins,” and “retaliation” in the set of outlawed terms that offer some vague idea of the tone of a film without really saying much at all. Since this is the first film in a planned trilogy, maybe we can look forward to two more well-worn biblical subtitles.
Production Weekly reports the title, and it could be a placeholder production name.
Beyond that, we don’t have much hard and fast info on the project. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Productions and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions are behind the project, and Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing, and there will be a TV series that is connected to the new film in some way. Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly return, but we don’t know in exactly what capacity, and there’s no other cast. Even Alan Taylor, who is reported as the director, will only call it a rumor (due probably to unfinished contracts).
Regardless, Terminator: Genesis is set to open on July 2, 2015.
Let’s set aside the line of thought that suggests the Terminator storyline may have been strip-mined of good ideas at this point and examine this new wrinkle in the reboot process, because it is kind of perfect for the series.
We know that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, with her brother’s Skydance Productions, is working on a new Terminator film reboot, with Alan Taylor possibly directing and Arnold Schwarzenegger set to return in some manner. Now there is the announcement of a companion TV series, which will be directly related in an unexpected way to the new film, and the series as a whole. Read More »
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In addition to a fifth Terminator movie coming in the year 2015, a new officially-licensed video game is on the way. Reef Entertainment has acquired the rights to make console games based on James Cameron‘s 1984 film The Terminator as well as his 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Read More »
Every time you see a piece of art by Jason Edmiston, it takes a second to process. You have to look closely and ask, “Am I looking at a photo or is this a painting?” The next question is whether or not you have enough money to buy it.
Edmiston is the man behind the next solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. It’s called A Rogues Gallery. The Toronto-based artist has done several brand new acrylic paintings immortalizing some of the biggest and baddest villains in cinema history. Characters from films like Ghostbusters, RoboCop, Predator, Terminator, Aliens, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and they’ll all be on display starting Friday August 23. Check out a sampling below. Read More »
Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were born out of a basin of movie history. Each film is drenched in movie reference, be it visual or a line of dialogue, which adds a whole other layer of enjoyment on top of the individual stories. For the third film in The Cornetto Trilogy, writer/director Edgar Wright gets away from that. The World’s End is a movie obviously influenced by the history of film, but in a much less overt way. If anything, it’s overtly referencing Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, making it a great end to the trilogy.
The World’s End has plenty of influence though and, for his third screening series at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, CA, Wright has picked 14 films, on seven double features, that all had some inspiration in his latest work. The screening series is called The World’s End Is Nigh and it takes place August 9 through August 22, the eve of The World’s End. Check out the full line up below. Read More »
Here’s an interesting note about The Terminator. We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back to the series in a full capacity, and that he’s thinking the film is going to shoot early next year. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures is the driving force, having picked up the Terminator rights last year. This makes a real break from her outfit’s other films, which range from Lawless to The Master to Spring Breakers.
Turns out Megan Ellison is financing 33% of the new Terminator, and her brother David, of Skydance Productions, is providing another 33%. Paramount is picking up the remaining third, which is part of what got Schwarzenegger back on board for good. (Skydance and Paramount have partnered on films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher.)
In all the data about this new Terminator installment, there’s one glaring bit: the Ellisons may only have the franchise rights until 2019, when they’ll revert back to series creator James Cameron. Read More »