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New Trailer for Arrival is Awesome, Reminiscent of Contact

New Trailer for Arrival is Awesome, Reminiscent of Contact

Speaking as a huge sci-fi geek, I’m really excited for the upcoming Arrival; a fresh trailer for the film was released today, and it looks quite impressive. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (who you may know for his work on the Oscar nominated Sicario) and starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner, the movie revolves around Dr. Louise Banks (Adams), a linguist who’s tasked with helping humanity to understand the intentions of the aliens whose craft have mysteriously appeared on Earth. We have the latest trailer embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Might I make a suggestion? Stop watching the trailer about two minutes... Read On

Indie Spotlight – Warren Smith

Indie Spotlight – Warren Smith

Warren is an indie developer from the U.S. who has been working on a project called ‘Dark Flame’. Unlike most of the other developers that I’ve covered (and yes I know it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these) Warren Smith has received quite a bit of recognition for his work thus far. One glance at the game in action, and it’s easy to see why. The design is phenomenal, and the sound is great as well. I had a lot of fun with the demo, and I’m excited to see what Warren Smith does with this... Read On

New Justice League Teaser from SDCC

New Justice League Teaser from SDCC

Warner Bros. has given this year’s Comic Con attendees quite a treat- in addition to a sweet first trailer for Wonder Woman, an introductory teaser for Justice League released. I’m not going to spoil any of what it contains up here. Just watch it embedded below. Alright, so now that you’ve seen it, what do you think? Personally I’m cautiously optimistic for this one- a bit more than for Wonder Woman since this reminds me a little more of Batman v. Superman in style and tone- what’s worse, it doesn’t seem that the characters are going to be written the way that they are in... Read On

Wonder Woman Trailer Debuts at SDCC 2016

Wonder Woman Trailer Debuts at SDCC 2016

Hot news everybody- the 2016 San Diego Comic Con has delivered a first trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman– starring Gal Gadot, this movie is coming out on June 2, 2017- we have the first trailer here for your viewing pleasure. I’m honestly not sure what to think of this. On the one hand? I’m tremendously excited for see the DC cinematic universe finally beginning to spread its wings, and at long last, we get a female led superhero movie (sorry, Elektra). On the other hand? I really hated Batman v. Superman largely because it failed to do its characters justice, and... Read On

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Announced – Coming 2018

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Announced – Coming 2018

During a Facebook livestream, Rich Moore, director at Disney, announced alongside screenwriter Phil Johnston that Wreck-It Ralph 2 is currently in production and set to be released March 9, 2018. The story’s got an interesting premise; Ralph leaves the arcade, gets himself onto the Internet and proceeds to Wreck-It. We don’t know much else, though it’s apparent that John C. Reilly will be returning to play the part of Ralph. In case you’re not familiar with it, Wreck-It Ralph is the story of a video game villain who’s sick of being a villain- it’s a funny film full of retro-gaming goodness... Read On

What Supergirl Got Right that Batman v. Superman Didn’t

What Supergirl Got Right that Batman v. Superman Didn’t

This article contains some pretty big spoilers for Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman as well as Supergirl (the CBS show)- you’ve been warned. I’ve come down pretty hard on Supergirl in the past, and for good reason: the show has some serious issues. It opened with a bunch of faux-feminist baggage that never went anywhere, it ruined The Man Who Has Everything story with stupid office hijinks and and pointless auxiliary drama which took away precious storytelling time from what was supposed to be the main plot, and it’s very guilty of ruining the character of Jimmy- excuse me, James Olsen. I would’ve much preferred... Read On

Why Ready Player One Can Work Better As a Movie

Why Ready Player One Can Work Better As a Movie

After much procrastination, I’ve finally gotten around to reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; it’s an adventure novel about a big quest that takes place in virtual reality. In the world of Ready Player One, the real world has been ruined- the economy’s in the toilet, megacorporations run everything, the environment has been wrecked, and you can purchase body armor from a vending machine. There is an escape, however- virtual reality. The simulated world of OASIS provides everybody with a new shot at life- a world in which you can escape the mundanity of your ordinary existence and be somebody... Read On

New Captain America: Civil War Trailer Brings Who We’ve Been Waiting For

New Captain America: Civil War Trailer Brings Who We’ve Been Waiting For

You don’t have to be a comic geek to know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a little bit divided since, before becoming mainly owned by Disney, the different Marvel properties were licensed out to other companies, such as Sony and Fox- hence why the X-Men haven’t appeared in The Avengers, and why nobody says “Mutants” in the MCU. Today, a new trailer was released for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War– and it looks like the MCU just became a little bit more united. Needless to say, minor (exciting) spoilers ensue. Excited? Personally, I’m glad that Spider-Man is finally getting... Read On

The 2016 Oscar Winners and Nominees – Where to Watch

The 2016 Oscar Winners and Nominees – Where to Watch

Well, Oscar Season has rolled around again; the sober version of the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards is the award show that everybody waits all year for- they’re the big show, and we’ve put together a handy guide to the movies which have been nominated as well as those that won. Additionally, we have handy links to purchase the films (and their source material, for those adapted from books) on Amazon. Those which is not available on Amazon (such as Netflix exclusives), we also link to. Full disclosure, we employ Amazon Affiliate links; it won’t cost you anything extra... Read On

World of Tomorrow is Adorable, Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi

World of Tomorrow is Adorable, Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi

  What happens when transhuman science fiction, time travel, an Emily Dickinson-esque sense of nihilism and a little girl’s commentary on it all collide? You get World of Tomorrow; directed by Don Hertzfeldt, this brief animated film is reminiscent of all sorts of great sci-fi- it’s about a little girl who receives a message from another version of herself deep in the future and takes a journey through a surreal dreamscape of memories. It’s a marvelous work of animation, and though the characters are stick figures- marginally more detailed than Munroe’s XKCD– the beauty of the film is in their surprisingly... Read On

Ghibli Film Only Yesterday Coming to Theaters, Stars Daisy Ridley

Ghibli Film Only Yesterday Coming to Theaters, Stars Daisy Ridley

Update: Release Date is February 26, 2016 for the United States. I’m a long time fan of Studio Ghibli, and I’ve long been disappointed that the 1991 animated film Only Yesterday never got an English dub; directed by Isao Takahata, it tells the story of Taeko, a single woman nearing thirty who takes some time to reflect on her life as a girl, teenager and young woman. Disney wouldn’t distribute the film for prudish reasons, and so there hasn’t been an English dub- at least, not until recently. Thanks to the magic of Gkids, an English dub has finally surfaced- the dub... Read On

First Trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings

First Trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings

Today, the first trailer was released for the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings; out August 19 2016, the film stars Art Parkinson as the titular Kubo, who lives as a storyteller in a little village in a fantastical version of feudal Japan; Kubo unwittingly sets an old rivalry ablaze, putting him at odds with ferocious monsters and ancient gods. In order to survive, he must find his late father’s samurai armor; it seems that his shamisen (the instrument he bears) plays an important part in the story- mind you, Laika is the same studio behind the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; they’re no... Read On

New Trailer and Posters for Captain America: Civil War

New Trailer and Posters for Captain America: Civil War

Fantastic news, folks: there’s a new trailer out for Captain America: Civil War– set to be released in theaters May 2016, it looks very, very exciting- if you’ve not seen The Winter Soldier, be forewarned that spoilers ensue. Alright, you don’t care about spoilers? Bucky’s back, Cap’s at odds with the authorities- doing the right thing doesn’t always mean following orders- and Black Panther makes an appearance in the trailer! Check it out below: Frankly, I don’t know where to begin gushing about this thing- the dramatic fight between Iron Man, Cap and Bucky?  and I’m hoping that there’s some sort... Read On

The Latest Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Latest Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars fans across the United States tuned in to Monday Night Football to see the latest trailer for the upcoming seventh instalment in the film franchise; I was occupied with Gotham and Minority Report and decided to just wait for the trailer to hit the web; it’s embedded below for your viewing pleasure. What do you think? Are you excited to see our leads in this latest trailer? Were you hoping for more Gungans? Sound off below or hit us up and follow @Blackmannrobin for all the latest movie and game news, reviews, previews and interviews; be sure to follow me for my... Read On

Five Freakishly Prophetic Films

Five Freakishly Prophetic Films

Science fiction has brought us much more than just great stories. The creators of some of the best sci-fi works based their depictions on real world tech and theories. As children, we couldn’t wait for video phones, teleporters, and gamma rays that will turn us into superheroes. Only smartphones have been developed but here are some films that predicted the technology we have today. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey is an introspective film about space exploration, human evolution, and the future (and past) of mankind as a whole. When it is discovered that human evolution... Read On

10 Video Game Movies Better than Pixels and Hitman

10 Video Game Movies Better than Pixels and Hitman

Video game movies have a long and awful history. Sometimes they’re mere advertisements, sometimes they’re mediocre whitewashed versions of classic games and sometimes, they’re just awful. During the summer of 2015 came the bad video game movie to rule them all and in the theatres blind them: Pixels. Starring Adam Sandler, who hasn’t had a good movie for as long as some people who are reading have been alive, Kevin James, who’s inexplicably cast as the President of the United States, and Peter Dinklage, who should know better than this, Pixels is an abomination of a video game movie. I’m... Read On

How Does Paper Towns Compare to the Book?

How Does Paper Towns Compare to the Book?

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had a video comparison as well, but due to an overzealous copyright claim, it’s no longer available on Youtube. I had the pleasure of watching the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns and, while I rather enjoyed it, some things were… Conspicuously absent. As a fan of the book, I have to say that while the movie was mostly a faithful adaptation in spirit, but some parts of the story were omitted for the sake of pacing. Unlike the beat-for-beat adaptation that was The Fault in Our Stars, the timescale of Paper Towns was shifted from its book... Read On

Big Hero 6 Coming to Kingdom Hearts III

Big Hero 6 Coming to Kingdom Hearts III

Great news for Kingdom Hearts fans who love underground robot fights: Big Hero 6 is coming to Kingdom Hearts III. During their D23 expo, Disney and Square Enix revealed that an area of the game based on San Fransokyo is being worked on; the story is set after the events of the film. In case you’re not familiar with Kingdom Hearts, what you need to know is that it’s a well-loved ARPG series that combines Disney characters and settings with Final Fantasy, and the third game in the series is very hotly anticipated- it’s coming to the Playstation 4 and Xbox One at some... Read On

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Coming to Blu-Ray

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Coming to Blu-Ray

UPDATE: It’s now available. If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan and you want to own all of Miyazaki’s works in one convenient collection, you’ll want to check out the Hayao Miyazaki Collection- it’s an Amazon Exclusive that’s now available for pre-order. Set to be released on November 17, 2015, it contains all eleven of his feature films, from Nausicaa to Howl’s Moving Castle to The Wind Rises. It also includes some nice bonuses, such as Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun), a 1972 TV pilot based on a manga by Tetsuya Chiba, episodes 26, 27 and 41 of Akado Suzunosuke (Little Samurai), and the uncut edition of... Read On

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition Coming to Theaters in Autumn

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition Coming to Theaters in Autumn

You may have fond memories of Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, and if you don’t, I’ll guess that you either missed it (a pity) when it came out in 1999, or perhaps you weren’t alive back then- or, maybe, you were one of the five heartless people who hated the film. Well, great news- The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is coming to select theaters this autumn- specifically Wednesday, September 30 and Sunday, October 4. There’s no trailer for this fancy new version of the movie, so enjoy this shiny art deco Iron Giant poster instead: If you’re looking for a bigger... Read On

Out on Blu-Ray: The Castle of Cagliostro

Out on Blu-Ray: The Castle of Cagliostro

If you’re fan of Studio Ghibli, you may have heard of The Castle of Cagliostro. Released in 1979, the film stars everybody’s favorite animated thief, Lupin the Third in an adventure that involves counterfeit money, a princess, and some treasure. While it’s not technically a Ghibli film, it’s the first feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and as such is a pretty important piece of animation history and a must-have for any fan of Studio Ghibli. The Lupin the Third franchise has been tremendously influential on other anime- for example, the design and personality of Spike Spiegel (of Cowboy Bebop fame)... Read On

Trailer for The Scorch Trials Out Now!

Trailer for The Scorch Trials Out Now!

Good news for fans of The Maze Runner– the first trailer for The Scorch Trials is now live. If you’ve not seen the first film (or read the first book) you may be a bit confused as to what’s going on. That said, the trailer does a surprisingly good job at not spoiling things- depending, I suppose, on how you define a spoiler. Personally, I have mixed feelings about The Scorch Trials– I thought the book was exciting but not quite as strong as The Maze Runner– it didn’t quite capture me in the same way that the first book did. Still, it... Read On

Animation Student Creates Beautiful Miyazaki Tribute

Animation Student Creates Beautiful Miyazaki Tribute

Gwenn Germain, an animation student at the Créapole art school created a beautiful tribute to the famed director Hayao Miyazaki entitled Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies). It’s clear to see the sources of inspiration, ranging from Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to Castle in the Sky to Princess Mononoke to Spirited Away– it’s really a lovely thing, and we’ve embedded it below for your viewing pleasure. It’s a short piece (not quite three minutes) and is absolutely worth your time. Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux from Gwenn GERMAIN on Vimeo. As a both... Read On

New Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

New Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Fantastic news, folks- the Star Wars Celebration has just kicked off in Anaheim, California, and as part of the festivities, all sorts of Star Wars related things are surfacing- we got a fresh look at the cute droid from the previous trailer that seemed to roll around on a soccer ball, and this time around, we get to see, well, I’m not going to spoil it up here for you! Watch the trailer, which is embedded below for your viewing pleasure. What do you think? Are you hyped? Should you be hyped? I’m hyped. Tweet us your hype @Blackmannrobin and follow us... Read On

New Ant-Man Trailer Released; Michael Douglas Might be Funny

New Ant-Man Trailer Released; Michael Douglas Might be Funny

There’s been quite the crop of Marvel offerings as of late, and they’ve been quite good- Agent Carter was awesome, I’ve heard good things about Daredevil on Netflix and it goes without saying that everybody’s excited for the next Avengers movie. On July 17, 2015, Marvel’s next hero, Ant-Man, will be unleashed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe- we’ve got the latest trailer embedded below for your viewing pleasure. I confess, I’m not much of a comic geek (we’re actually looking for more comic geeks to write for us at Blackman ‘N Robin; if you’d like to apply, shoot us a tweet)- I don’t really know much... Read On

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