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Serenity Web Comic FTW

If you love Firefly and the movie Serenity, this comic is for you.  If you’re not initiated to that series, you most likely will not get this at all.

Written by Mark Bourne, with artwork by Mike Russell (@culturepulp) and Bill Mudron, this will give you Serenity fans plenty of LOLs.  Enjoy after the jump (click each panel to enlarge):

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Iron Sky in Pre-Production, Space Nazis Revealed!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about the upcoming film Iron Sky. An “alt-history” high concept comedy about Nazi’s living on the moon. The last time we heard anything there were only concept pictures and a concept teaser trailer.

The geek in me leaped for joy when I learned that Pre-Production has started on the film, and we can all glimpse the first look at the Nazi Moon Troopers.  Iron Sky is set to be released some time in 2011.  For more information, check out the Official Iron Sky Website.

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2009 Reaper Award Winners Announced

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DreadCentral and Home Media Magazine teamed up for the first annual Reaper Awards last night.  A handful of judges from the Horror Community chose nominees from 13 categories based on two qualities: The film itself and the Home Video presentation.  The winners were decided by votes from the public via the Reaper Awards website.

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Movie Review: District 9

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District 9

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Nathalie Boltt, William Allen Young

Plot Synopsis:

N/A.  Go in fresh on this one.

Review:

District 9 is the kick in the pants that this summer needed.  I absolutely loved it.  Finally an event film/special effects extravaganza that is entertaining, stunning to look at, action packed, and thought provoking.  In fact, District 9 makes all the other “Summer Event” movies look like a total joke.

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Movie Review: Timecrimes

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Timecrimes

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Directed By: Nacho Vigalondo

Starring: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Nacho Vigalondo

Plot Synopsis:

Lauded short film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry.

Hector (Karra Elejalde) is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new country home, surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage.

Fleeing in terror, he takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, where a lone attendant (director Nacho Vigalondo) ushers him in to a peculiar scientific contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events. [Trailer Addict]

Review:

Timecrimes is one of those films that is best viewed when you don’t know anything about the film.  Avoid the trailer on this one! All I knew was that it was a mystery, thriller involving some sort of time travel.  If you go into the film like this, you’ll have a blast with this mind bending puzzle of a thriller.

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iPod Drives the Plot of yet ANOTHER Post-Apocalyptic Film

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“Eli’s iPod has run out of juice and to the right is the road that leads into Carnagie’s (Oldman) town. Eli makes the decision to go in to town, power up his iPod and refill his canteen.”

According to one of the Director’s (Allen Hughes) of the upcoming post-apocalyptic film The Book of Eli, the catalyst for the plot of the movie hinges on Denzel Washington’s characters need to recharge his iPod and refill his canteen.  That’s what brings him to Gary Oldman’s town and where the plot thickens. [USA Today]

Is it just me or is that just stupid.  The world has pretty much ended.  We’re in post-apocalyptic Earth.  And someone’s iPod is still relevant? Worth risking one’s life for?

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There are Nazis on the Moon. Movie Trailer: Iron Sky

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There are Nazis on the Moon. This is the teaser trailer for the still-in-production Nazi Space Invasion Opus: Iron Sky.  When I found out about this project, I was immediately hooked.

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Movie Trailer: The Road

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FINALLY. We have the first trailer for John Hillcoat’s The Road. They’re playing up the action and intensity here. Don’t be fooled by the tone on display here, I’m sure this still is going to be faithful to Cormac McCarthy’s bleak and deliberately paced novel.

Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. [Excerpt from Cormac McCarthy's Novel, The Road]

Plot Synopsis:

The Road tells the story of a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit McPhee) traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world. The film co-stars Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. The Road will hit theaters on October 16th, 2009.

[Source: First Showing, SlashFilm]

Movie Review: Star Trek

Star Trek

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy

Plot Synopsis:

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before! [Paramount]

Review:

Star Trek has been something I’ve known my whole life.  At a very young age, I used to watch the original episodes with my grandpa whenever I visited (which was often since we lived next door).  In 1987, when I was 9 years old, my Dad and I got hooked on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  This was a fond Dad/Son time we’d share, staying up late to catch the new TNG episode after the late night news (since it began in syndication).  I’ve seen/own every Star Trek film (the good and the bad) and while I’ve never considered myself a Trekkie/Trekker (or whatever), I’ve always considered myself a fan of the Star Trek Universe (with the exception of the spin-off shows: Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise).

With all that said, J. J. Abrams Star Trek is the shot of Romulan Ale the Star Trek Universe needed after 2 lack luster feature films in the Star Trek franchise.

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Early Reviews Gush over J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek

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Over the weekend I was monitoring the Twitter-verse and many of the critics and filmmakers I follow were bragging about seeing/or were on their way to seeing Star Trek.  Unlike another tent-pole release (ahem) Paramount is letting critics and the press see the film a week (even 2 weeks) before the release this weekend (May 8, 2009).

Early reviews are geek-tastic, gushing, somersaulting, drooling and geek-gasming.  And these reviews are from professional critics.

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