Westworld TV Series Debuts Season 2 Set Design Featurette

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Since I know most of the people on Sleuth News are adamant about the upcoming second season of Westworld, you might enjoy a cool featurette released today that delves into the production design of the fantastical science fiction show. The featurette is told from the perspective of acclaimed set decorator Julie Ochipinti. Check it out below:

Season 2 of Westworld is set to premiere on HBO on April 22nd.

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Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers” is way more subtle that may seem during the first viewing. I’ve watched it multiple times… the first time was at the tender age of 7, and I am still under its spell. Wonderful analysis, Jaime Rebanal.

”….it only ends up reinforcing its own cleverness here because if this is all that one sees, then a viewer has indeed bought into the propaganda that Starship Troopers has designed itself to “sell.” It sells a shallow idea that humans are good and aliens are bad, but because of the glamor present within the image, the exciting nature of the action sequences even becomes deceiving in the most clever manner.”

Works like a propaganda film, reflecting another sort of truth.  (✯✯✯✯✯)

Full post here: Starship Troopers – Review — Jaime Rebanal’s Film Thoughts

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Update.  Love this comment by The Celtic Predator of Express Elevator to Hell Blog:

”Something I discussed ad nauseum in my review of this film is how much flack it gets from fans of the Robert Heinlein novel it’s supposedly adapting. While Verhoeven’s nth hyper-violent social satire was undercut upon release by critics who ironically swallowed its fascist propaganda at face value, as you noted above, most of the ensuing criticism of this film I’ve encountered in the 20+ years *since* it’s release has been from bibliophiles, not cinephiles. You know how book-lovers are — they treat their source material like Scripture.

Look up Robert Heinlein if you haven’t already. He had the opposite life experiences of Paul Verhoeven, and most of his military predictions have come true in Western democracies, e.g. all volunteer service, male and female combat personnel, etc. He also had a rather privileged upbringing, served as an officer in the US Navy, and to my knowledge never saw combat in a foreign war — a stark contrast from Verhoeven’s childhood under Nazi occupation.”

My favourite ‘Alien’ stills, pt. 1

It may sound strange, but what I love most in this film is not the creature itself, but the atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong – the xenomorph’s design, the editing in the scenes it appears and their pacing are iconic, but for me it’s always been the atmoshere, the photography and the production designs that make this movie something sooo remarkable. It’s a believable world, full of details. A deadly one. With each view there are more of them to find. Here’s the first part of my favourite stills.

The awakening…

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Obscure corridors…

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The helmets…

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The crew…

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The giant and menacing spaceships…

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Details…

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To be continued.

Peter Jackson vs Alien

A curious excerpt from an old Peter Jackson’s interview.

– If 20th Century Fox asked you to direct the next ALIEN movie, would you jump at the chance? I think you would do a great job.

– I was asked to direct Alien Resurrection but I passed. I just can’t get excited about doing an Alien film.

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Some sources say the man owns an huge Alien Queen model in his collection though. That gives him some extra points.

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Attack The Block

Director: Joe Cornish. Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost, Luke Treadaway. UK, 2011. Budget: $13 mln. Box office: $5.8 mln. IMDb: 6.6. RT: 90%. My rating: 3.5/4. A fucked up version of E.T.

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– No idea. Not a bloody clue. Maybe there was a party at the zoo, and a monkey fucked a fish.
(Nick Frost’s character about the alien the boys found)

– You’re quite fit you know? Have you got a boyfriend?
– Yeah.
– You sure about him? Where is he? Cos he ain’t exactly lookin’ out for you tonight.
– He’s in Ghana.
– You going out with an African then?
– No… he… he’s helping children. Volunteers for the Red Cross.
– Oh… is it? Why can’t he help children in Britain? Not exotic enough is it? Don’t get a nice suntan. Tsst.
(conversation between two teens)

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This one is a true gem with a distinctive British flavour. A lovely movie indeed and it’s much more than it seems. It’s kind of a bad street teenager with rough manners, but with a good heart buried deep inside, sentimental and ready for the next adventure. The story starts with a teenage street gang of mixed race in South London suburbia – they find themselves right in a middle of an alien invasion. So i20170205_210824magine mixing the life and language of street teenagers who try to seem cool and control, as they believe, through fear and minor crimes, with the sudden attack of the monsters. Hilarious, scary, atmospheric and sentimental. And all that wrapped in a social context.

Dedicated to all fans of Cornetto trilogy (the director Joe Cornish is a long-time collaborator and friend of Frost, Pegg and Wright).

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”Maybe there was a party at the zoo, and a monkey fucked a fish.”

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Like in most good sci-fi, the aliens are just a premise for something bigger. The gang members, who l20170205_210726ook rather unpretty in the beginning of the movie when mugging a nurse (and most of them are barely 15 years old), start to gain our sympathy and trust. They learn how to find their own voice and character, to surpass their previous social and ethnic prejudice. I would even dare to say that it makes the film pretty unique. There are plenty of movies where some bad guys are locked up in a place and are forced to protect it and then finally we start to like them more and more (Hi, John Carpenter!). But these kids are not just some c20170205_212226onvicted murderers in prison. They are real teenagers who live in that way, for one reason or another. And you have a chance to see them in a unique environment with aliens and stuff. Even leaving aside all the social context, this is a wonderful and entertaining sci-fi movie.

Surprisingly great acting by mainly unknown to me actors (except of Nick Frost… plus I wrote this review around January 2017, when John Boyega wasn’t fighting one more time against the Dark Side!). If you enjoyed such movies as ”Shaun of the Dead” and ”Hot Fuzz”, then for sure don’t miss this one (by the way, Nick Frost starred in all of them). The effects look great and the monsters’ design is awesome. Minimal, but extremely effective. Here it is:
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Interestingly, this is a debut for both director Joe Cornish and (now famous) John Boyega. Jodie Whittaker has made since then a great appearance in one of my favourite ”Black Mirror” episodes – ”The Entire History of you”. It had a great reception on festivals and from critics. $13 million budget with $5.8 million box office.

By the way, Cornish 20170205_212135describes ”Attack the Block” as “a fucked-up version of E.T.” (one of movies that influenced him most). He is right, it’s pretty fucked up, and it gets quite bloody and violent at times as well. But like I said, remember that street boy. He might be not what he seems, just give him time.

 

Acting:  3.5/4
Spectacularity: 3/4
Originality: 4/4
Pathos level: very low
Final vote: 3.5/4

Some cool fan-made posters:

 

The 10 most popular photos of aliens (before digital era)

Found here.

”Photos of supposed UFOs abound. Most of the time they show dark stains or bright dots in the sky, of varying dimension and quality, which could be due to a lot of things: military aircrafts, weather balloons, birds, meteors, etc. Sometimes the UFO is well focused, but the flying saucer always looks suspiciously similar to a pan lid suspended from a thread or a lamp holder or a wheel cap thrown in the air. And of course today the possibilities for digitally retouching an image are endless.

What are lacking, however, are credible photos of the creatures that should be flying these UFOs—the actual aliens or extraterrestrials. It appears there are no more than fifty such photos shot in the past eighty years, but once you take out those plainly fake and the more suspicious looking ones all you are left with are about ten photos. These are, essentially, “mug shots” of wanted extraterrestrials. Here is my personal list of the best (or worst) photos of aliens.”

All of them are absolutely ridiculous, however, it’s curious that each of these stories got some notable popularity.

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Terminator 6 Start Date Confirmed for Summer

After all those loosy sequels… I am really looking forward to it.

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I want to see this. It’s haunted me for years. What would have happened if James Cameron’s original Terminator films got a third installment? What would Cameron’s T3 look like? And now, the film is indeed moving forward, with Arnold Schwarzenegger confirming shooting to start this summer. This was after previous belief it would start in May (See the original announcement here). Schwarzenegger confirmed it though himself today with the following quote:

We are starting to shoot Terminator 6 in June to the middle of October, so I am in that. I am looking forward to coming back as the T-800 model. It’s gonna be great with Tim Miller as the director and Jim Cameron is kind of supervising the whole thing.

Untitled Terminator Reboot co-stars Linda Hamilton. It is directed by Tim Miller and is set to hit theaters July 26, 2019.

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