Sci-Fi Movies, Science Fiction

Return of the Jedi: Buttercup Valley, 1982

With my month long hiatus almost up, I thought I’d share something with you all. Now, I know movie spoilers aren’t exactly super hard to come by anymore. But imagine how exciting it would have been back in 1982 to come across the filming of one of my all time favorites, Return of the Jedi. There is a photo below, but click the link after the photo to see the rest – there’s a bunch! Thanks to Geek-Art.net for the tip.

The Prop Store First Look On Location: Buttercup Valley, 1982.

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Movie Monday! Trailers for “Dark Knight Rises”, “Fringe”, and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

I’ve decided to have a recurring post every week called “Movie Monday”, where I will feature one or more trailers and clips from new/upcoming movies and TV shows and/or classics that I feel are worth sharing. This week, I have three trailers to share, and all are new.

The first is a teaser for season 4 of Fringe, coming to Fox on Fridays in September. It’s only 10 seconds long, and features footage from season 1. Still, it gives us Fringe fans something to be excited about as we await the fate of Peter Bishop. Watch it below.


 
The second is the OFFICIAL teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, released over the weekend with showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. This morning, the official Facebook page of The Dark Knight Rises released the trailer for the public. You can view it here.

Finally, also shown in theaters with Deathly Hallows: Part 2, I have the newest trailer from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the original, though I did find it mildly entertaining, and I didn’t enjoy the remake at all, so I really had no desire to follow any news nor see any trailers for this movie. However, this newest trailer has finally sparked my interest. The special effects look flawless, and the story seems rich. Plus, chimps are just creepy to me. Andy Serkis of Lord of the Rings fame is the CGI-inspiration of the main chimpanzee, Caesar. View the official trailer below.

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“The Thing” Remake Trailer (Or, An Ode to John Carpenter)

Fandango’s blog had a trailer for the new The Thing, scheduled to be released in October 2011. Initially, I was pretty excited about this movie, having just recently watched John Carpenter’s The Thing just a couple of months ago, thanks to Netflix. I’m a big fan of the original, and instead of a Kurt-Russell-type, director Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. cast Mary Elizabeth Windstead in the main role. Yay for female leads in the science fiction/horror genre! Unfortunately, rather than the brilliance of John Carpenter’s movie, the newest trailer showcased a movie that was utterly underwhelming, heavy on CGI, and overly dramatic.

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How to Make a Terminator Film Without Arnold – io9

First, let me just say that I am a huge fan of the Terminator storyline and timeline. I am kind of a sucker for time travel, and if you throw in some robots and a potential apocalypse, I’m hooked. While T3 was not exactly great, and certainly does not do justice to the original James Cameron film released in 1984, it did have some useful information about the potential timelines generated from time travel and changing history, and at least gave us Judgement Day, finally. Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles was also extremely enjoyable. The creators chose a different timeline and made it their own. The show didn’t have a chance to bloom, in storyline or viewership, because it was cancelled after one and a half seasons (thank you, Fox).

Terminator: Salvation was an amazing disappointment. My hopes were perhaps too high, but I simply can’t get past the whole John-Conner-gets-a-robot-heart plot line. While T3‘s mistake was that the movie was focused entirely on Arnold which caused the story to take a backseat, Salvation‘s mistake was everything. The cast, the director (sorry, McG), the story, the acting – and that lame Batman voice that apparently Christian Bale feels he needs to use when he plays an action hero. The only good thing I have to say about Salvation is its filming location – my home state, New Mexico. Oh, and the part at the beginning where the VLA blows up was awesome. Other than that, Salvation is a joke to the Terminator canon. (For more info on the New Mexico film industry, check out The New Mexico Film Office.)

The folks at io9.com have some great suggestions for how to reboot – no, REVIVE the mythology and give us Terminator fans the film we’ve been waiting for. Some ideas in the comments are pretty great as well.

How to Make a Terminator Film Without Arnold – io9.

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Random and Miscellaneous, Sci-Fi Movies, Science Fiction

May the 4th Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! Looking for some entertainment as you sit at your desk, or in class, or at home? Head over to Twitter and check out the trending topic: #replaceawordinastarwarslinewithpants. If you’re a fan of the movies, this is definitely some fun entertainment. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Sure, it might get old after about 20 minutes, but you’re definitely dead inside if you don’t find at least some humor in most of these. May the 4th Be With You!

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Art Is Awesome. Geek Art Is AWESOME.

Art is awesome. I love graphic design – I do a bit of it as part of my job and for fun. I love being inspired, especially when that inspiration comes in the form of amazing original works based on some of my favorite movies, comics, and video games. This is exactly what I stumbled on today while surfing the interwebs. My first stop was ReasonInMadness at Tumblr, who posted these amazing Super Mario Bros. inspired prints. I followed the trail of many webpages, and one of them was GeekArt.Net, a showcase for any kind of art inspired by anything and everything “geek”. Slideshow below!

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