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Watch “Rakka,” a New Short by Neill Blomkamp

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It was just a month ago that Neil Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie, dropped a Twitter hint about his experimental film studio. Now we’ve got the product itself from Oats Studios: “Rakka,” a 22-minute exploration of life in the year 2020, when humans are under the slimy thumbs to some very nasty reptilian overlords. Watch it:

Here’s a shorter clip titled “What is Oats?” — it doesn’t really answer the question, although the word “Cormanesque” is dropped at one point, which means something to film cognoscenti.

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Dane DeHaan plays the title character in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

New Trailer for “Valerian” Is Everything You Want It to Be

March 29, 2017 • Films, News

How badass is the latest trailer—posted today—for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets?: Valerian is directed by Luc Besson, and based on the French comic-book adventures of Valerian and Laureline. The first Valerian story appeared in Pilote magazine in 1967, and the duo’s

The hero of John the Carpenter prepares to go to battle.

Watch the Short Horror Film “John the Carpenter”, an Homage That Isn’t a Ripoff

March 29, 2017 • Films, News

From its title, you know a lot about “John the Carpenter” before seeing a single frame. Yes, it’s an homage to director John Carpenter, and a very good one at that. The music is probably its strength; Jared Dymbort (who plays John) has completely nailed that ominous, insistent

Doctor Strange Special Effects

Behind the SFX of Doctor Strange and Rogue One

February 19, 2017 • Films, News

Industrial Light & Magic has slapped up some eye-popping videos on its YouTube channel for the lead-up to the 2017 Oscars. The firm has three nominations in the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects category, for its work on Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, and Deepwater Horizon. These

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Animated Film “The Planet of DOOM” Channels Spirit of “Heavy Metal” Movie

April 19, 2016 • Animation, Films, News

In the spirit of R-rated animated films of the 70s and 80s, Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for Conan’s “Throne of Fire”) are setting out to produce an EPIC feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film called The Planet of DOOM, created entirely

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It Is Useless to Resist the Star Wars Theme (Metal Version) by Galactic Empire

April 1, 2016 • Films, Music, News, Top News

We’d be pretty surprised if this were the first metal take on the Star Wars theme—but we’ll say without hesitation it’s the best. The sound is great, and you can’t beat the visuals: The full-regalia Darth Vader on lead guitar, with a Shadow Trooper and Imperial guard

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23 Movie Ads From Heavy Metal—How Many Have You Seen?

February 9, 2016 • Films, News

Hats off to R.M. Rhodes*, who is engaged on a massive and fascinating project all about Heavy Metal magazine. Rhodes inherited his father’s collection of Heavy Metals, which was complete through the mid-90s; add that to his own collection (the 2000s—present) and some issues from his cousin

Deadpool on Tinder

Deadpool Is on Tinder—Do You Swipe Left or Right?

February 2, 2016 • Films, News

The Deadpool marketing has been excellent thus far, as we mentioned in our 2015 wrap-up post, but as we enter the final two weeks before the movie’s Valentine’s Day release, 20th Century Fox is outdoing itself. Today, Deadpool arrived in the feeds of some lucky Tinder users: Also today,

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20 Speculative “Star Wars: Rogue One” Posters

January 8, 2016 • Artwork, Films, News

While Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hysteria still hasn’t died down, it’s fair to say that the conversation about the next Star Wars movie is heating up. Not Episode VIII—that won’t be out until 2017. But in December 2016, we’ll get Rogue One. Starring Felicity

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Here’s How Monty Python Responded to a Request to Cut a Famous Fart Joke

January 4, 2016 • Films, News

In August 1974, British comedy troupe Monty Python was gearing up to release its Arthurian parody, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, upon an unsuspecting public. The movie is one of the funniest and most endlessly quoted motion pictures of all time. But a few famous lines might have been lost for