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Kin Dza Dza
Arguably, it's the best sci fi comedy ever made and yet it's also the most famous film that nobody has ever heard of! Kin Dza Dza is a giant of science fiction and near the top of all good sci fi movie lists. If you like good, unusual cult sci fi -you need to see this film! Checkout the SadCAST review of Kin Dza Dza or click the links below to see the film on the Mosfilm Youtube channel.
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The completely terrifying and absolutely gorgeous dragon Smaug, voiced by the excellent Benedict Cumberbatch, kicks off the latest TV spot for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which also includes several nice long looks at some equally terrifying and maybe less gorgeous giant spiders. Here’s an even better look at them in the latest Facebook banner:
Now for that TV spot:
TV Spot: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – #6
That’s right, kids, don’t forget to pick up your opening night tickets this Friday!
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Ken Stott, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries and Benedict Cumberbatch is scheduled to hit the theaters on December 13.
It’s difficult to tell from this 4+ minute clip of the next Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode whether you really need to have seen the new Thor movie to get a full appreciation of what’s going on. At least at the beginning, it looks like you only need to have seen the numerous TV spots we’ve been posting here at SciFiMafia.com.
Remember, as we told you earlier this month, this episode is described as follows: “In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”
So sink right into this clip, which is probably from the very beginning of the episode. You might take particular delight, as I have, in Agent Coulson’s quips about “Thor and his people”:
Clip: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 108 Sneak Peek for Thor Crossover Episode
I adore Elizabeth Henstridge narrating the beginning. Well done, writers, tapping into our not-so-secret love of British accents, especially when narrating tales and legends.
And yes, that’s the petite Erin Way, formerly of Syfy’s Alphas, looking about as ferocious as a spitting-mad kitten, but hey, they can be scary too. She’s terrific, and I’m looking forward to seeing her in the rest of the episode, which was directed by Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and which also features guest star Peter MacNicol (Dragonslayer, Numbers).
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Ming-na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Chloe Bennet, airs Tuesdays at 8/7c, on ABC.
Here’s a great clip from the upcoming Keanu Reeves flick, 47 Ronin. He isn’t featured in this clip. I’d say the show is stolen by the spider in the end, so beware if you have a fear of these things. I mean you see her pull the spider directly out of that man’s arm, BUT STILL. Gross.
Clip: 47 Ronin
47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, and Hiroyuki Sanada is slated to hit theaters December 25, 2013.
Did you watch last night’s series premiere of the new Fox series Almost Human? If you recorded it, watch it quick, since tonight the show from J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman takes over its regular timeslot of Mondays at 8/7c, and you’ll probably get more out of it if you watch the set-up episode.
I considered tiptoeing around the reason why tonight’s new episode might not be the one to watch with your middle-school-or-younger child, but “sexbots” has that pretty well covered. It doesn’t look particularly explicit, I just wanted to give you fair warning. We have a TV spot, a featurette, and clips for your perusal:
TV Spot: Almost Human – Skin
Clip: Almost Human – Skin: Dorian’s Discovery
Featurette: Almost Human – Skin
Clip: Almost Human – Skin: Kennex’s Negative Energy
Almost Human, starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lilli Taylor, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, and Mackenzie Crook airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.
Directors: Sebastián Cordero
Writer: Philip Gelatt (screenplay)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 90 minutes
When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
I’m always a little bit timid around space thrillers like Europa Report, because I find the idea of space and its lack of gravity and replenish-able sustenance thrilling (in a scary way) enough. When you take all that stress of having to make sure you can breathe and survive and add to it an unknown, I’m just fit to whimper in the corner.
Europa Report prides itself on being really scientifically conscious in creating a science fiction scenario (think 2001: A Space Odyssey) while being low budget. This movie is shot documentary style with multiple stable cameras fixed around the ship and a few hand held cameras that the crew uses. Cut into it are interviews with Earth team members.
It’s really easy to say that the direction, cinematography and acting were great in a movie like this, but you can’t really fully appreciate how great it is until you watch the special feature, a behind the scenes featurette on the visual effects. To see the actors hoisted up on wires surrounded by green, grasping “floating” objects that are handed to them by people in head-to-toe green, that is amazing acting. That is also amazing directing, to capture the shot and know where all of the post work will go. These are amazing talents.
Speaking of special features, it has become apparent to me that this is one of my main critiques of Blu-ray or DVD releases. If I’m going to shell out the money to own it at home it’s important to me to get a little more than just the movie. Not only does it have the great featurette that I mentioned above, but it also have a collection of still shots of the production as well as an in depth interview with composer Bear McCreary.
We’ve already posted a review of the soundtrack as a standalone experience and you can read that here, but in this featurette interview Bear McCreary goes really into what the music had to bring to the story as its own character. And then he dives into how you have to interpret the music as a product of a corporate produced documentary, which is how this movie is meant to feel. It’s really very fascinating.
No doubt what they’ve done with Europa Report in a low budget scenario is great, and the tension of space is real, but something is missing from this movie. The closest I can get to putting my finger on it, is that the missing piece is lacking from somewhere in the story. Somewhere in between the basic plot and the ultimate payoff there is something major that is missing that keeps this movie from being fantastically awesome.
While not fantastically awesome, it is still great and definitely worth getting especially for the added benefit of the special features.
Europa Report is available from Amazon! Here’s a link!
See larger image Europa Report [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Director: Sebastián Cordero
Starring: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Sharlto Copley
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined. List Price: $29.98 USD New From: $14.69 USD In Stock Used from: $11.69 USD In Stock Release date October 8, 2013.
Five more days until Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor. Who would’ve thought? Get it? WHO? Yes we’re all getting a little giddy with all of the wonderful Whovian-ness this week has to offer on BBC America, bless ‘em. I ought to just change my “tv on” channel to BBC America for the week.
Maybe like me you’re even watching the Doctors Revisited marathon on BBC America at this very moment. Remember, if you want to see the schedule you can check it on the SciFiMafia.com calendar, and if you want descriptions, look here.
Today’s dose of Doctor Who pictures and more includes, of course, the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) 5 Days countdown pic, a graphic of the Top 11 Kisses With the Doctor, a new screen shot from the upcoming episode, and a few fun Happy Anniversary featurettes with some quite recognizable faces:
Looks like Karen Gillan‘s hair is growing out, after she had shaved her head for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy:
Featurette: Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Wishes from Darvill, Gillan, Kingston, Sheppard
This featurette was apparently recorded during a Hobbit interview, as Ian McKellen is sitting with Peter Jackson and Orlando Bloom:
Featurette: Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Wishes from Ian McKellen
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, Joanna Page, Jemma Redgrave and John Hurt will air November 23rd at 2:50pm Eastern on BBC America. BBC AMERICA will encore the special in primetime at 7:00pm ET with exclusive Inside Looks with Matt Smith and David Tennant.
So they’ve captured the Headless Horseman! They’ve captured Death! Now what? Looks like we’ll be finding out on tonight’s new Sleepy Hollow. It’ll be interesting to see if he ends up being one of those villains who always gets away somehow, or if they’ll actually neutralize him and continue on with the other riders to come.
To get a head start – sorry, it was irresistible – we have a TV spot and some clips from tonight’s new episode, along with a “making of” featurette about last week’s episode, and a nice featurette from “Corbin’s Notebook” – remember Sheriff Corbin, the one who had been doing all the research about the strange goings-on in Sleepy Hollow, before he got his head chopped off? This one is about the Masons.
Featurette: Sleepy Hollow – Behind the Scenes: Midnight Ride
Featurette: Sleepy Hollow – The Corbin Files: The Masons
By the way, in case you hadn’t picked up on this bit of trivia, when they refer to the Masons’ symbol as a compass and a square, the “square” they mean is the tool, not the shape.
TV Spot: Sleepy Hollow – Necromancer
Apologies in advance, there’s no way to know for certain the broadcast order of these clips. We shall see tonight!
Clip: Sleepy Hollow – Necromancer: How to Interrogate Headless
Clip: Sleepy Hollow – Necromancer: Katrina’s Necklace
Clip: Sleepy Hollow – Necromancer: Katrina’s Conundrum
Clip: Sleepy Hollow – Necromancer: Captive Headless
Sleepy Hollow, starring Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, and John Noble, airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.
Fresh off his father-son flick, After Earth, Will Smith is newly attached to another picture that will show off his fatherly chops, this time with a daughter, and yes, I’m sure there’s more than a possibility that his own daughter could play his costar in City That Sailed.
We reported that Will Smith was attached to the project as far back as March 2010. 20th Century Fox is producing the movie that follows a father in New York on an adventure to see his daughter in London after her desire to see him literally breaks the island of Manhattan off and allows it to sail to her.
According to Deadline, Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) is writing the script and Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is set to direct.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest.