Moon / posters + Duncan Jones’ next film, Mute

A bunch of posters for “Moon“, one of the best sci-fi debuts ever.

The original poster is still my favourite though:

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Duncan Jones’ 4th film, sci-fi noir set in 2052 Berlin “Mute“, will be released next year, and he describes it as a spiritual sequel to his debut, hinting that both movies share the same universe. He has been planning it since 2003 and it seems this time the visuals will not be prevailing over the content, like it happened with “Warcraft“, Jones’ 3rd film (an nice flick for any “Warcraft” videogame fan, but less so for everybody else). “Mute” is distributed by Netflix and stars Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgård and Justin Theroux.

Really looking forward to it.

Arrival / posters

Just as the eponymous album of Public Image Ltd., “This Is What You Want…

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…This Is What You Get”.

As much as I loved the film and consider it the one of the best science fiction movies of last years, the official poster was a little… in-your-face? I didn’t feel like that before watching the film as it intrigued me (and it still does), but now I have doubts that this poster will become iconic.

This one is my favourite so far:

“Arrival” didn’t spawn a big amount of fan art or fan posters either (which isn’t a good sign). All other posters just are a rehash of three elements – the banana-shaped spaceship, Amy Adams with an open mouth and the signs of the alien language. These are the only nice designs I found:

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There was also a small curious controversy I must’ve missed with the posters before the film’s release:

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On the left pic you can see Hong Kong’s background with artificially added Shanghai’s Pearl Tower. The error was fixed in 24h.

Robots get bullied!

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Found via Sam’s article on “Ex Machina” and “Westworld”.

Stephen Hawking said: “The short-term impact of A.I. depends on who controls it; the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.”

Atlas Robot by Boston dynamics is learning how not to fall when being bullied:

This is how desperate it looked several years ago, when the robot wasn’t able to pick itself back up:

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Alphabet Inc. (read “Google”) sold Boston Dynamics several months ago though, after owning it for 4 years.

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BFI London Film Festival 2017

While I am incredibly happy to see a Russian movie (of the same name as My Bloody Valentine’s epic work!) to win The Best Film Award at BFI London Film Festival 2017, Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ (“The Lobster“) “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” really make me wanna strain at the leash.

Both have awesome posters, by the way.

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Yesterday was the last day of the BFI London Film Festival 2017, which ran between 4-15 October 2017, and I thought I would comment on the Best Film Award winner, on some other nominees, as well as on some of the films that took part in various special galas. The films of the Festival reflected today’s global challenges, while also emphasising various nations’ peculiar traditions and highlighting truly personal stories behind broader themes.

I. Official Competition – Best Film Award: 

Winner – “Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Coming from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the man behind such critically-acclaimed films as “Leviathan” (2014) and “The Return” (2003), “Loveless” is another well-made film about a couple who lose their son during difficult time of divorce. “Loveless” has already made commotion (in a very positive sense) at the Cannes Film Festival, and all points to a…

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High-Rise / posters

4 bloody lovely posters for “High-Rise” that I must have missed when reviewing Ben Wheatley’s surreal film. The last one has some very curious details.

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High-Rise” a bloody mess of a dystopian movie based on a novel by J. G. Ballard, but it had its moments. And it also had Tom Hiddleston, Siena Miller, Jeremy Irons and absolutely beautiful although rather lifeless visuals.

 

A Trip to Mars (Himmelskibet) / posters

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This is not a Soviet film as you might have thought, but a Soviet poster for “A Trip to Mars” (“Himmelskibet“), a silent 1918 Danish film, one of the earliest productions in space travel sub-genre of science fiction. It’s interesting to note that Denmark didn’t make another science fiction film until the 60-s.

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This original poster was cool, but not as the Soviet one.

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Pay attention to the writings.

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I won’t review it since this oldie is mostly interesting for cultural reasons and cinephiles (I’ve already covered “Aelita“, a silent Soviet movie about, guess what, also a trip to Mars! It seems like people really preferred Mars to the Moon), but moviessilently.com did a terrific film analysis, here are some highlights:

  • “The spaceship is called the Excelsior but it looks more like a fat little airplane.”
  • “It seems that Mars was once warlike but then some guy showed up and said, “Hey, what if we make love and not war!”
  • “The performances are very… European, especially among the human characters. There was a tendency in European silent cinema to treat film acting as a series of poses, which leads to a choppy set of movements as the performers check items off the list. “Let’s see, I need to be excited then determined then indignant…”
  • “The first key problem with the film is that modern science fiction fans have seen this scenario before but always with a twist.”

Cinematic archives / Terminator / posters

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My cinematic archive is small, but what can be better than a photo of a Robert Patrick’s metal sculpture.

He won’t be present in the forthcoming “Terminator” sequel, produced by James Cameron and directed by Tim Miller (“Deadpool”), but Arnold and Linda Hamilton will. Details are unknown, but it seems that the new film will be the first in a new trilogy and will continue the events of “T2”.

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I still cannot believe that James Cameron is so busy with all these Avatar sequels, 4 of them are planned currently… couldn’t he do just 1 sequel and 3 films about something else? I was just thinking about how much I loved “Avatar” upon its release, but it rarely comed to my mind now (and I heard similar thoughts from other movie lovers too). I got a bad feeling that if the first sequel won’t be too successful commercially, the other will be simply cancelled. Here is a very good insight into why it didn’t have a long-lasting influence.

Two weird posters to compensate the sadness.

Silent Running / posters

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Some of you may rightfully wonder why the name of Mark Kemrode, the film critic, is floating on the poster. The answer is simple – he likes to float, too this is a cover of his book, “Silent Running“. He often said that the film is one of his all-time personal favourites, citing his preference for it over “sterile and emotionless” “2001: A Space Odyssey“.

Now I start to doubt even more in the sanity of top-notch movie critics as calling “Silent Running” the best sci-fi film is just insane – for a serious cinema critic, not fanboy like me. But that does not make the book cover any less beautiful. It was designed by Olly Moss and he did a bunch of awesome movie posters, including very original “Star Wars” posters (and it must be very difficult to make an original SW poster!). Amazing work.

…and just for the record, the other most recent time I ranted about insane movie critics was when ebert.com rated “Alien: Covenant” 4/4.

Here is another poster oldschool poster.

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And a wonderful photo from the shooting.

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I reviewed the film before, so check here my GIFs about the film and the amazing special effects of the flight through the Saturn rings here. That was something incredible.

Plus, here’s some interesting info about “Silent Running” that I didn’t cover in my review. “After the success of Easy Rider (1969), directed by Dennis Hopper, Universal Studios hit upon the idea to let young filmmakers make “semi-independent” films for low budgets in hopes of generating similar profits. The idea was to make five of these movies each for $1 million dollars or less, not interfere in the filmmaking process, and give the directors final cut, a level of control seldom allotted to even the most successful directors. The movies produced were The Hired Hand (1971) directed by Peter Fonda, The Last Movie (1971) by Dennis Hopper, Taking Off (1971) by Milos Forman, American Graffiti (1973) by a young and impressionable George Lucas, and lastly Silent Running. Released in 1972 (5 years prior to the release of the first Star Wars film), Silent Running is an environmentally themed American sci-fi film written, produced, and directed by the legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull.” Thanks to Supercult Show blog that did a very comprehensive write-up about the film.

Now… Suntory time, as Bill-motherfucking-ghostbuster-Murray once said.

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ТRON / posters

While the sequel rumours with Jared Leto involved keep on circulating, here is an awesome double retrofuturistic poster by Eric Tan for “TRON” / “TRON: Legacy”.

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Plus some supercalifragilisticexpialidocious unofficial artwork.

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TRON artwork by Sam Hetherington.

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Here I made a comparison of various TRON designs and here I talked about the lesser-known but absolutely brilliant 2003 installment of this fascinating universe.