The film Automata seems to have come out of nowhere, and it appears to have just the sort of vibe that fans of Neill Blomkamp’s film District 9 will love. Antonio Banderas stars in and produces a story that bears a distinct conceptual influence from Isaac Asimov, but which looks a lot more like Blade Runner and the films from Blomkamp. It’s set in a gritty vision of the future in which robots are poised on the brink of evolution, and charts the intersection of the life of one man and a set of intelligent ‘bots. Watch the great Automata trailer below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
Read More »
The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.
Read More »