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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

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Looks Awesome and Different

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer Looks Awesome and Different

For the next few years, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Star Wars… Everything. Disney owns the franchise and, as is tradition, they’re going to milk it for everything it’s worth. In between the main films in the franchise, expect to see an assortment of spinoffs- coming out this December is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is a significantly worse title than Star Wars Rogue One, but I have to say that I’m excited for it based on the latest trailer. Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso; she’s part... 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

Jesse Eisenberg: The Everynerd Rises

Jesse Eisenberg: The Everynerd Rises

Jesse Eisenberg is in the middle of a nerd’s dream career. This unassuming actor will next be seen in the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Superman in 2016 as evildoer extraordinaire Lex Luthor, rewritten for the millennial generation to be more recognizable as an online startup guru instead of an 80s corporate fat cat. The casting is pitch perfect for this tone. Eisenberg even starred as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network, gaining critical acclaim and notice beyond that of the arthouse and slacker crowd. In anticipation of his turn as Lex Luthor, here’s a few more... 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

Satellites, Cell Phones, and Internet, oh my! Today’s Tech in Old Movies

Today’s blockbusters are filled to the brim with jaw-dropping action sequences and dramatic cinematic effects, but sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy a classic movie that relies on witty dialogue and a well-constructed plot instead of Hollywood’s latest bag of technological tricks. And while tech tools make the movies in modern megaplexs possible, if our old favorites were infiltrated by the latest innovations we might not have a story at all. The Internet age is different than anything that ever came before – how would classic film characters react to the arrival of the smartphone? What about Snapchat, or Siri?... 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

A Planet in Peril! – Energy Consumption and Pollution in Film

A Planet in Peril! – Energy Consumption and Pollution in Film

As far back as the Industrial Revolution, mankind has been making its mark on the Earth – and it’s not as positive as you may think. With the threat of climate change caused by constant human activity, it’s no wonder nature is starting to fight back. According to Direct Energy, 87 percent of carbon dioxide produced from humans come from the burning of fossil fuels which, in turn, directly affect the wellbeing of our planet. Fears of mankind’s effects on the environment have long been reflected on movie screens, including the consequences of melting polar ice caps, the improper... Read On

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Coming Out in March – First Trailer!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Coming Out in March – First Trailer!

One of my family’s favorite movies is My Big Fat Greek Wedding– it’s something that we whip out at least once every two years, and with good reason: it’s one of the best romantic comedies ever. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a sequel is underway and will be coming out on March 25, 2016- and it looks like everybody’s back. The official trailer is embedded below! Nothing could be more right with the world. At least, nothing could be more right with my little world right now. As mentioned before, the cast from the original film is returning, including... Read On

First Finding Dory Trailer Unveiled!

First Finding Dory Trailer Unveiled!

I’ve been waiting a long time for a first glimpse of this movie, and I’m happy to report that it’s finally here- Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003 film Finding Nemo, now has a trailer courtesy of The Ellen Show, which we’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Finding Dory is set to come out June 2016 and stars Ellen DeGeneres as everybody’s favorite forgetful fish- the film’s story is that she has begun to remember things- things that will lead her on a quest to find her family. Albert Brooks is returning as Marlin; Idris Elba has a part in the film... Read On

Inside Out Now on Blu-Ray/DVD, Comes with New Short

Inside Out Now on Blu-Ray/DVD, Comes with New Short

Inside Out, Pixar’s fantastic animated film about emotions is out now on Blu-Ray and DVD; the movie is set inside the head of eleven year old Riley, a girl whogoes through a bit of emotional turmoil when she’s moved across the country and away from everything she knows and loves. Her emotions are personified- Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Sadness are all represented as having their own lives within her mind- if you’re on the fence about seeing the movie, check out our review here. Additionally, included on the Blu-Ray is a four minute short, Riley’s First Date, in which- you guessed... Read On

Bad Organization is Killing Comic Con

Bad Organization is Killing Comic Con

In 2011, I received an email from a certain librarian friend of mine, informing me that the New York Comic Con was was happening that very weekend- I was quite new to video game journalism and had never attended any sort of Con or Expo before. Somehow, I managed to obtain passes at the show, and I did my best to cover NYCC 2011 with my equipment and limited experience; the footage from that event is embedded below- I’d say it’s for your viewing pleasure, but some of my camera work might make you nauseous. In between the absurd... Read On

The Coolest Stuff from NYCC 2015

The Coolest Stuff from NYCC 2015

At the 2015 New York Comic Con, there were some awesome things out on the floor- there was cosplay, comic book creators, Street Fighter V… You could lose yourself out there on the floor just gawking at all the awesome things out on display. This year, we got to go to the show and we took plenty of photos, footage, played neat games and interviewed some cool folks. If you’d like to watch the whole thing as one long show we’ve embedded it below for your viewing pleasure. This page will continue to be updated as we keep editing and posting new videos,... 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

How the Minority Report Television Show Compares to the Film

How the Minority Report Television Show Compares to the Film

In 2002, the film Minority Report was released- staring Tom Cruise, it was an adaptation of the 1956 short story The Minority Report by cyberpunk founding father Philip K. Dick, and the film garnered much critical acclaim. It told the story of Chief John Anderton, a police officer working in the Precrime department alongside the Precogs- a group of people who constantly foresee murders- and is working to stop them. One day, Chief Anderton finds himself on the wrong side of the process, and is pursued for supposedly planning to kill somebody. Unfortunately for Anderton, he doesn’t know who his victim is supposed to be, or... 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

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