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The Future According to Films

The famous physicist Albert Einstein once said, “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” Another scientist of sorts, Dr. Emmett Brown, told a pair of teenagers that the future is not written yet, and their is “whatever you make it”.

If you’ve ever wondered what the future would be like if we left it up to the movies, then you’re not alone. London-based designer Michael Hobson has created an infographic timeline that shows the pivotal events in our future, according to films. Unsurprisingly it is a bleak outlook where the sun starts to die off in 2057, we try to ruthlessly pillage unobtanium on Pandora in 2154, and all glory goes to the Hypnotoad in the year 3000. Have a look at Hobson’s lengthy infographic after the jump, but beware, some of Hobson’s plot summaries may contains spoilers.

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We Review: Green Lantern

The Green Lantern movie has just popped up on our cinema screens, so I went along to go and see if it was worth any fuss. You might know his mantra of “in brightest day, in blackest night”, but is the movie any GOOD? Hit the jump to read my review (no additives, no fats, no spoilers. Lots of greens).

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We Review: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class launches today country-wide across cinema screens, and I was invited to the preview screening courtesy of Nu-Metro. I also asked a good friend, the owner of Reader’s Den comic shop, to tag along and give me his professional opinion of the film. This, the fifth film in the X-Men movie canon, is set in the 1970s and tells the story of the genesis of the X-Men. Usually, the more sequels there are in a film series, the worse the quality becomes, until it is a writhing, painful mess that is eventually left to rot in a dank, fetid corner, tossed aside with yesteryear’s garbage. However, X-Men is a highly beloved franchise, and First Class is less a sequel than a prequel. How does it stack up to its elders? Read the spoiler-free (as much as is reasonable, anyhow) review after the jump.

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We Review: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Ahoy, lubbers! Th’ latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides wa’ just recently let out o’ th’ shipyards and onto yonder movie screens and, as almost always be happenin’, there be a video game offering as well. The game tha’ we be getting be Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, which sails us through not only th’ most recent swashbuckling film, but also th’ three priors, savvy? The Lego series of games ha’ been ken for their high quality gaming an’ excellent humor, but does Lego Pirates follow this most excellent legacy in a like-minded, sword swinging manner? Onward, scurvy dogs, if ye be wantin’ to know more.

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Pictogram Movie Posters

You may have seen Wayne Dorrington’s re-telling of Star Wars Episode IV in iconoscope and loved how simple pictograms could be used to such great effect. In his on-going project, Swedish graphic designer, Viktor Hertz, also makes good use of pictograms to capture the basic plot of popular movies such as TRON, Sunshine, and Shaun of the Dead. Have a look at some of his minimalist pictogram movie posters after the jump.

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150 Famous Movie Catch-Phrases

From loving the smell of napalm in the morning to knowing kung fu, and from being Bond…James Bond to infinity and beyond, YouTube user MoPapparani has created a great mashup that packs in 150 lines and catch-phrases from famous movies of the past and present.

For the full list of the catch-phrases used in this clip, click here. Where there any one-liners that you particularly love but didn’t see in the clip? I’m a little disappointed there weren’t any motherfucking snakes to be seen anywhere.

[via Ufunk]

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Epic Orchestral Melodies By “Two Steps From Hell”

There’s a great little thread going on over at the PS3ZA forums where the original poster wonders what the theme tune to life would it be. The replies have included a rather comical Benny Hill tribute, the smell of Napalm in the morning, and even the desire for surprise buttseks. It’s clearly a diverse crowd.

Another member posted a song by Two Steps from Hell, an outfit that creates music for the trailers to movies and video games like The Dark Knight, Star Trek, Inception, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Mass Effect 2. It’s all very epic, beautiful, and optimistic. If this kind of music dictated what I did in life, I wouldn’t be stuck in the cubicle that time forgot. No, I’d be flying with dragons. Have a listen to some of the beautiful pieces created by Two Steps from Hell. They’re all from the Invincible studio album with the exception of Love & Loss.

Velocitron (used in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood)

Freedom Fighters (used in Star Trek)

Heart of Courage

Love & Loss

Stirring, no? If you had to choose a theme tune to life, what would it be?

[via PS3ZA]

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Top Five Movies to Avoid in 2011

Hollywood. It’s been hit and miss over the last few years and it just seems to be releasing more and more poorly thought out or underachieving movies.

In recent years, quite a few movies come to mind that definitely triggered my own gag reflex. Amongst which were titles like Max Payne, Uwe Bol’s Bloodrayne, Far Cry, and Postal, and who can of course forget the original Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat movies.

Then there were the non-game related movies, such as, Gigli (Yes you remember the box-office flop which “starred” Ben Affleck and J-Lo.), Batman & Robin (Or more aptly titled, how Batman came out of the closet.), and then of course the Scary Movie franchise and its spinoffs (Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, etc.)

Now if you’re like me, and you like watching movies in your free time, then you obviously want to watch the best possible quality movies that are out there, and sometimes you are so hyped up by the preview trailers, that these over-hyped movies don’t always deliver in the expected way. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the potential flops of 2011 after the jump.

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The 200 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time

In June 2010, released a hilarous video created by their British video editor, Harry Hanrahan. “The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time” turned out to be their best post of the year, getting over five million views thus far.

Just the other day, Pajiba released a follow-up to that video including the zingers that didn’t make it into the original video and other omissions pointed out by their readers and other netizens. If you haven’t seen them, the enjoy a double dose of the greatest movie insults of all time. I don’t think I need to warn you about the strong language used in the compilations. Check out both clips below.

[via Gorilla Mask]

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Day Jobs: Fantastically Fictional Business Cards

I used to have business cards until the austerity measures hit. But if I ever were to get them again, I’d certainly like designer Fernando Reza to design mine. In a similar vein to Mikko Vartio’s mock websites, Reza creates fantastic business cards for employees of fictional businesses from popular movies, TV series, and video games. There are business cards for the discerning guy selling Quentin Tarantino’s preferred brand of cigarettes, a memory retrieval expert from Massive Dynamic, and even one for a Dharma Initiative account exec, although I’d be worried about his job security.

See Reza’s “Day Jobs” series of business cards after the jump.