It seems there is an insatiable thirst for Star Wars. The latest to the epic space opera has had 34 million views. Impressive…most impressive. The film has also notched up 6.5 million US dollars in IMAX tickets sales.
There’s been an awakening, and I’m sure you felt it. But if you hunger for more, sound editor Jacob Smyth has seamlessly blended together all the recent teasers and trailers for the film into a fantastic fan edit. Check it out below.
Agricultural simulation programs don’t get much love from the mainstream market. Giant Software’s Farming Simulator 2011, for example, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not popular. Indeed, with the liberal application of recreational drugs, many a fun time can be had in the beautiful countryside. YouTube user SsethTzeentach gives us an example of this in an absurd and hilarious fan-made trailer set to the tune of “Bangarang” by Skrillex. Check out Farming Simulator Mad Skill below.
Being an avid movie watcher, I use the term “movie” to includes both blockbusters and those busters that are somewhat less than blocky. I am constantly waiting on new reels of escapism. Unfortunately, with the film industry going gaga (not of the Lady variety) for 3D and apeshit for reboots and remakes, the offerings are few and far between.
Even though I’m a movie fan and not a film connoisseur, it’s very hard to look forward to anything that doesn’t fit into one of the aforementioned categories. So when prawn1 asked me to make a note of five—yes, Five!—movies that I have been looking forward to seeing this year, it was difficult to list to compile. Who does he think I am? Barry Ronge? However, I have done better than the five he originally asked, and I’ve found not seven, not nine, but a whole ten movies that I would (whether willingly or grudgingly) pay the ridiculous ticket fee to see. Find out what my fantastic choices are—in no particular order—after the jump.
Some films are all talk, and no action. The Raid isn’t one of those films, not according to the trailer at least. In this Indonesian action film directed by Welsh director Gareth Evans, it seems a rundown apartment block in Jakarta is home to a ruthless drug lord and his vicious cronies. The beat cops are too scared to even ring the doorbell, so it is up to a 20-man squad of elite cops to raid the apartment and take down the boss.
The plot may be paper-thin but it certainly sets up the throat-slitting, face-shooting, ass-kicking action that is about to assault you. Take a look at the action-packed red band trailer to The Raid.
The movie showcases the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to much acclaim. Sony Pictures Worldwide have acquired the distribution rights but IMDB tells us that there are currently no release dates for any of the territories aside from Indonesia.
Humanity has been battling the living dead for decades, it seems like bloody forever. These fetid corpses have invaded many facets of our lives including the novels and comics that we read and TV series and movies that we watch. The games that we play aren’t safe either. Frank West beat them off with practically anything he could find, while Isaac Clarke dispatched zombies in space using his considerable talents in dismemberment. Jill Valentine fought off the freakish mutants of the Umbrella Corporation, and the average homeowner even had to repel a zombie attack through the strategic use of potted plants.
And now it seems we humans may have yet another champion against the zombie horde. From the completely off-kilter mind of Suda51 (see our Shadows of the Damned review) comes a tale of 18-year-old Juliet Starling who must rid her high school of a nasty case of the zombies. This is a task that she seems to relish, thanks to her wickedly awesome chainsaw. Also, she has bizarrely chosen wear her rather revealing cheerleading uniform, one would assume that is to minimize the amount of blood splashed on her clothes. Did I mention that the disembodied head of her boyfriend serves as a sidekick? There is bound to many a gratuitous upskirt shot, sexual innuendo by the metric ton, and outrageous amounts of blood and guts, so nothing that should come as a surprise from a Suda51 game. Have a look at the debut trailer to Lollipop Chainsaw below.
I’ve been looking forward to today for quite some time. Why? Because Bethesda Game Studios has released a brand new trailer for the latest in their line of Elder Scrolls of games, that of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
As a long-time fan of Elder Scrolls, this news came as a very pleasant surprise. I’ve waited for what seems like an eternity for the next game in this engrossing series to be released, and finally, it was announced that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would be released on 11.11.11. To add to the excitement, Bethesda has released the first ever gameplay footage of Skyrim. Words cannot do this video justice, so I will leave you to watch it below.
In this fake trailer created by The Country Club, the famous brothers return to the Mushroom Kingdom for an altogether darker adventure. Shot in the style of Grand Theft Auto IV, it is a more grittier and violent look at life in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Mario and Luigi have fucked with the wrong person, they’ve stolen stolen coins from Bowser, the baddest gangster around. Taking umbrage, Bowser holds Peach hostage and it’s up to the brothers and the only allies they can trust, Toad and Yoshi, to get her back. It’s an explosive action-fest with some witty dialogue to match. Check out The Brothers Mario below.
In February 2004 the Internet was irreparably changed, and depending on which side of the fence you sit, it was either a good thing or the ruin of basic human interaction. I fall squarely in the latter group, as I feel Facebook has skewed the basic principles of what defines a friend and how we communicate. It is a phenomenon which has taken the most ardent critic by surprise, me included. Although it would be foolish to ignore the 500 million odd users that would instantly vaporise should anything happen to their lives profiles.
So like all things popular and fashionable, a movie just had to be made about Facebook. My initial reaction was one of trepidation, as the idea of watching some varsity student plugging away at his code holed up in a dingy dorm room isn’t appealing. Guns, explosions, and gratuitous nudity are always surefire winners. The Social Network, by the looks of the trailer, will actually be a good watch despite it’s lack of mindless douchebaggery.
The Social Network is a movie which follows the birth of Facebook and the trials and tribulations that moulded it to what it presently is. The protagonist Mark Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has lent his talents to off-beat movies such as Adventureland, Zombieland, and The Village. Justin Timberlake also appears in the movie as Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, which I must admit I am curious that he was cast in such a role. He is not exactly the first typecast that comes to mind in context of all things webbified. As long as he doesn’t sing or dance, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Some interesting and some not-so-interesting facts about Facebook after the jump.
People spend over 700 billion minutes a month on Facebook.
Of the 500 million users, 150 million access it via their mobile device.
Mobile Facebook users are twice as active as their desktop counterparts.
50% of Facebookers are logged onto their accounts in any given day.
The average user has 130 friends.
100% of Facebook users waste 2 gazillion man hours a year (Ok, I made that one up).
On a side note, Mark Zuckerberg was involved in some dubious shenanigans, which does make me question Facebook’s privacy policies. Wikipedia gives the low-down.
Whether one likes it or not, Facebook has changed the way people interact digitally, and probably for generations to come. Whatever happened to plain old email correspondence?
The Social Network releases in South African cinemas on November 5th.
Christopher Nolan’s existential heist-film Inception is doing fabulously at the American box office grossing over USD 140 million thus far. It’s certainly our most anticipated movie of the year and is finally showing in South Africa this weekend.
Pixar’s best film to date, Toy Story 3, is being hailed as an almost perfect film, ranking 99% at Rotten Tomatoes.
So we have two fantastic films and as it so happens awesome things have a habit of attracting each other. From the peeps over at Screen Rant comes a brilliant little mashup that blends the colourful visuals of Toy Story 3 with the eerie sounds of Inception. Check out their re-cut trailer below.
BONUS: YouTube user ColbyCornish has created another related trailer mashup, this time with the two most bodacious dudes – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Inception. No…way. Yes way. See it after the jump.
I always reserve my opinion on a comic book-to-film transfer only after I have seen the trailer, and FINALLY, Thor is here.
Kenneth Branagh, a strange choice, has brought the Asgaardian god to the screen and from the looks of the trailer, he has stuck to the source material. I honestly didn’t see the thespian actor and director making the cross from Shakespeare to Marvel, but hey if meant Anthony Hopkins playing Odin, so be it. Other notables are Natalie Portman as Jane Foster the love interest and Rene Russo playing Odin’s wife, Frigga.
Small note, this teaser shows a hell of a lot and if you don’t want it spoiled for you, I suggest not clicking play.
THOR stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, and Colm Feore & most importantly Mjolnir.