There hasn't been much news regarding the upcoming Star Trek movie prequel directed by Lost creator J.J. Abrams lately, apart from what we've reported previously, but four new Star Trek posters can now be downloaded from the official Star Trek movie website and E! News has a couple of interesting quotes from Abrams.
A trailer for the fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, is now online. You can watch it here. In this new instalment, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, and if all goes well, it will be the first part of a new trilogy. The teaser shows glimpses of Christian Bale in a series of explosions as he tells us in a sombre voice-over that "this is not the future my mother warned me about" and "I don't know whether we can win this war".
Hancock proves two things beyond a shadow of doubt: any attempt to do something different in Hollywood is a risky business, but it’s a damn sight less risky if you can convince Will Smith to come along for the ride!
If this first trailer is anything to go by, Keanu Reeves’ big budget remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, will be superb. The trailer left me with the impression that we're looking at a complete revamp of the original story, rather than a simple modernisation. The brief glimpses of the alien ship, the stunning special effects, and watching Keanu Reeves being subjected to a lie detector test by the military are enough to make me start counting the days until the movie's 12 December release date.
Take a look at this spectacular special effects video. While it may look like a science fiction special effects sequence, it's actually a sequence of audio recordings of magnetic fields animated. British filmmakers Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, part of a film group called Semiconductor, filmed the Magnetic Movie at NASA's Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley, and used recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries.
It's a well known and widely accepted fact that in the entire span of Ancient Greek history and mythology there are only about three stories worth telling and bringing to the big screen.
Proxima is the second feature length movie by independent Spanish film maker Carlos Atanes. Both Proxima and his first film, FAQ (2004), have done the rounds of the independent film festivals and garnered much praise and many awards. Filmed in digital video HDV these are small-budget movies, but don't be put off by that: Atanes’ writing more than makes up for the limitations and constraints imposed by a small budget.
For those of us who think of Philip K. Dick as the most important and influential writer of science fiction in the twentieth century, one of the more exciting movie projects announced last year was The Owl in Daylight, a biopic that promises to interweave an account of Dick’s life with elements of his fiction. Starring Paul Giamatti in the role of Phil Dick and with a screenplay by Tony Grisoni this project has a lot of credibility. Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) would seem to be a good choice to capture Dick’s complex life and ideas.
The Happening is awful. The writer and director of the science fiction and fantasy classics Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, along with the enjoyable Signs and The Village, has hit rock bottom. With plot holes as wide as the Grand Canyon, acting that is disturbingly bad, miscast actors and scenes of supposed horror that are incredibly funny rather than disturbing, M. Night Shyamalan’s touch appears to have deserted him entirely.
Forget Reepicheep, the swashbuckling mouse: if anyone put in a valiant effort during The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, it was me. Director Andrew Adamson's first attempt at bringing Narnia to the big screen, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005), was good fun. Many of the elements that worked in the first movie are present in Prince Caspian and there’s more than enough novelty in the sequel to justify its existence (which is more than can be said for many sequels), so I’ve been puzzling over why enjoyment eluded me despite my best effort.