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Scorched Earth

Someone made a film just for me. According to City on Fire, Scorched Earth stars former MMA champion in a post-apocalyptic thriller that will also give fans of spaghetti westerns plenty to enjoy.

The planet has suffered an environmental collapse; the air became dangerous to breathe, the water became toxic, and billions of people died. Generations later, mankind has finally re-established a rudimentary society, in an attempt to pick up the pieces that continue to blister in the sun. Attica Gage (Carano) is a bounty hunter with a chance at the bounty of a lifetime: to bring down the ruthless outlaw, Elijah Jackson. Gage infiltrates Jackson’s gang, and everything is going to plan until she meets a slave girl who reminds her of her dead sister.

The Trailer

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2018: The Movie

Just sit back and watch this.

Neevon M on YouTube has cut together a trailer comprised of clips from almost 70 films due to be released in 2018.

Some of the films I recognise already and some of them I definitely want to know more about. But what really impresses is that the clips have been cut together is such a consistent manner you could almost believe that 2018 will be one long popcorn-fueled blockbuster.

If only…

Coming Soon: 2018

Via The Movie Web

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Star Wars Episode IV.1.d: The Pentesters Strike Back

I was amused:

It is a period of cyber war. In an effort to sustain commerce during these challenging times, the Galactic Trade Federation has required the Empire retain the services of a consultancy on Kessel (a best-value provider, and only twelve parsecs away) to assess the state of their security before signing off on the newly-constructed DEATH STAR campus.

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First trailer for Peter Jackson produced Mortal Engines

I like the look of this:

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

There are seven books in the Mortal Engines series and it looks very much like Universal are setting this up as a series of films.

The Trailer

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Forgotten toys. Forgettable films?

I’m not convinced about this:

Having already had enormous global success with their Transformers franchise (G.I. Joe, not so much, but that’s stopping a new movie from getting made) Hasbro/Paramount are bringing another – although somewhat lesser known – toy franchise to the big screen with Micronauts.

I remember having Micronaut toys back when I was young… which almost certainly puts me in a very small minority, especially given that the toy line was quite short-lived.

The Den of Geek article notes that these are characters that aren’t deeply embedded in the pop culture landscape, which opens up the creative potential, but I suspect that this advantage — if any — will be minimal. Micronauts may have a minor nostalgia appeal to a minority of middle-aged adults, but for most it’s a long-forgotten brand and I find myself struggling to see why anyone would bother with it.

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Darth Maul: Apprentice

It’s that time of year again, when we eat, drink and celebrate the release of another Star Wars film. We shall be seeing The Last Jedi this afternoon, but in the meantime I stumbled across a rather good fan film from German company, T7 Production.

Darth Maul: Apprentice is a 17 minute film that speculates about where Darth Maul came from and how he became the character that we see in The Phantom Menace.

The first minute or so sets up the premise and, to be honest, this part felt a bit clunky. This is primarily because — for me — the technologies on display didn’t really feel sufficiently consistent with what I tend to expect from the Star Wars universe.

That said, though, when the film gets going it really is spectacular.

Obviously, because this film is set before The Phantom Menace, it isn’t hard to see how things will end, but watching Darth Maul reach that ending really is gripping. This is especially true of some of the scenes involving Svenja Ju as the Jedi Apprentice. She puts in a particularly strong performance which makes for a genuinely powerful ending.

But that’s enough waffle from me. Darth Maul: Apprentice is available on YouTube, or you can watch it below.

Darth Maul: Apprentice

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First trailer for Alita: Battle Angel

According to Den of Geek, Alita: Battle Angel

hails from Japan, where the successful manga spawned a 90s anime adaptation. It tells the story of a cyborg heroine, Gally, who’s rescued from a scrapheap by a kindly scientist. A confused innocent in a violent cyberpunk world, Battle Angel follows the athletic heroine as she searches for the secret of her own past.

The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, who also has a writing credit. The first trailer is out and it looks really stunning.

CGI heavy films often suffer from the Uncanny Valley effect, but if the trailer is anything to go by, it looks like Cameron and Rodriguez have solved that problem spectacularly.

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Pacific Rim

I watched the DVD of Pacific Rim with my eldest son last night and, at the end of the film, he turned to me and said “That was the worst film I’ve ever seen.”

“Really?” I asked. “The worst?”

He acknowledged, at this point, that I have made him watch worse films. His main objection to this one was that all of the battle scenes take place at night and in the rain, making it often difficult to see what exactly is going on. And for a film that is primarily — almost entirely — about the battle scenes, this is a bit of a problem.

I enjoyed it, though.

The film is Guillermo del Toro’s homage to the big Japanese monster movies of the past and involves a seemingly endless stream of monsters (Kaiju) coming through a rift in the ocean floor. Humanity responds by coming together to build ever more powerful Battle Mechs (Jaegers) to fight the Kaiju. These Jaegers are mind-controlled and too heavy a neural load for a single pilot, so a crew of two pilots must ‘drift’ of synchronise their minds with each other and the mech. This drives much of the human drama in the film.

In many ways, Pacific Rim is quite an old-fashioned film and this is a strength and a weakness. To those of us that grew up watching watching the likes of Godzilla stomping Tokyo, this film is a joyful reminder of the sheer fun you can have watching giant robots smashing into giant monsters. If, however, you don’t have the advantage of nostalgia, then it’s all a bit dark and a bit messy and you’re left wondering why your dad is having so much fun.

I still want to see the sequel, though

The Trailer

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