The Gate: Short Film

“…for the gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it.’
(Matthew 7:13-14)

The Gate – absolutely no idea why I decided to watch this short but it is mind rippingly awesome and is criminally hard to find. A simple premise on which a series of astonishing events are predicated regarding the Human Genome and the potential trapped inside it. It’s joyously creepy and disturbing example of British short film making and certainly something we aspire to here at Beyond the Bunker (particularly Dan who is currently showcasing his work here every Thursday – I made one film – it’s hidden somewhere on the site – like a terrifying perverse easter egg – if you find it be warned, unlike Dan’s work it’s not great but it is shocking).

Be warned before you watch this short – it’s one that lingers…..

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Still Can’t Sit Through It: Paranormal 4 Trailer

What happens when something makes loads of money in Hollywood? You do it again. 3 more times at least. So the Paranormal Activity saga continues unabated. While the plausibility of people continuously managing to film the events are getting increasingly unlikely, introducing a teenager with a webcam in a house already filled with CCTV is helpful. No.5 will most likely be pushing it but that in no way means it won’t happen if Saw and Final Destination are anything to go by.

Nevertheless, this trailer manages to give me (a 31 year old man) the eeby jeebies to the point where I haven’t actually seen the end of it. Please tell me what happens. Obviously there’ll be a figure at some point but the anticipation was killing me…

W…w…what’s that behind you?!

The Real Return to Oz: Oz Trailer

With the unfortunate John Carter still stinging the memory of Walt Disney, this magical follow up looks like much safer – even if much more fantastical – ground. Fun stuff from the looks of it, even if there are a dearth of silly creatures. Clearly made with an eye on the 3D market, the cinematography looks detailed and layered. Whether James Franco will pop on a pair of ruby slippers remains unknown.

Marvel Announce their “Phase 2” Movies

Marvel released details of their next round of movies at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. For a start they ended the rampant internet speculation and announced that the line up for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be the modern team rather than the classic one. That’s right, in 2013 we’ll be seeing a film about Star Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Goot and (of course) Rocket Raccoon. They also released this concept image which should be enough to get any Guardians fan salivating:

For the uninitiated, Guardians of the Galaxy (at least the version of it that we’re talking about here) is largely the brainchild of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Nova, Warhammer 40K etc) and tells the story of a team of “heroes” who are tasked with keeping the entire galaxy safe from harm. It’s basically Avengers meets the dirty dozen…in space…with a talking raccoon. Trust me, this property has everything you need to make a fantastic movie. Be excited.

In addition to this, Marvel announced the titles for the rest of their “phase 2” movies. The most for me is probably the Captain America sequel (I’m an unashamed Bucky fan) but it’s great to see Edgar Wright’s Ant Man Movie finally getting the official green light. Despite it’s poor box office performance, I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work on Scott Pilgrim. With a Marvel Marketing budget behind him, this could be the break into the mainstream that he deserves.

Obviously feeling bad for Tony Stark about the fact that his sequel doesn’t get a tagline, Marvel went ahead and revealed the new Iron Man armour that he will don in the film. It looks like this:

You can see more pictures of the armour on Marvel’s website.

Exciting times!

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Bizarro Classic Celebrates the Timelessness of Superman

I’m utterly in love with this little fan film from producer/director Robb Pratt. Utilizing hand drawn animation and an impressive voice cast, Robb and his team have created a beautiful homage to classic cartoons. The fact that the style still comes off as engaging and fun is a testament to both the skill with which it’s been produced and the utterly timeless nature of the Man of Steel. Somebody hire this man to make a series, I would be on that like a shot.

You can watch the first Superman Classic film HERE.

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First Trailer for Adorable-Larceny-Based-Old-Man-and-the-Droid Movie Robot and Frank

At the age of 31 (coming up 32) I’m already a little bemused by modern tech. I know how to operate my I-Phone pretty well but I’m too scared to put the RAM chips I bought with my current Mac in case I break it – meaning I’m using a potentially high end piece of kit like a neanderthal using an IPAD to beat a passing mammal over the head. I’m aware that there are 7 year olds who know how to use In Design better than I can. A bit of education should sort that out (keep an eye on future Diary of a Bum Artist blogs for further details) but I can appreciate that at some point technology is going to pass me by. Which is why newly released / sightly delayed film Robot and Frank kind of appeals.

Ol’ geriatric Frank (Frank Langella) is being left behind by all the crazy tinpot developments in the world in a fairly plausible future in Sundance success Robot and Frank. Of course old Frank is a thief and finds uses for Robot that we probably wouldn’t’ve thought of but certainly makes good movie plots as he attacks the twats that plague him in the world the only way he knows how. And tries it on with Susan Sarandon (well you would wouldn’t you…)

Here’s the blurb:

Frank (Frank Langella) a retired jewel thief gets a new lease on life when he is introduced to a surprising new companion. With the help of his new friend, he attempts to woo a local librarian (Susan Sarandon) and resume his criminal escapades. ROBOT & FRANK is directed by first time filmmaker Jake Schreier, written by Christopher Ford (TVs “Atom TV”), and produced by Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord.

Directed by Jake Schreier and penned by Christopher D. Ford, Robot and Frank will be in US theaters on August 24th – though if it’ll see a UK release is anyone’s guess….

Dredd vs Judge Dredd (2012 /1995)

Judge Dredd is back on the streets. Judge, Jury and Executioner on the streets of Megacity One. Back in 1995, Sylvester Stallone filled the oversized biker boots of the ultimate Judge – in 2012 it’s the slightly more svelte Karl Urban (LOTR and Star Trek). Obvious critical antipathy aside the problem back then was not Stallone, quite frankly the iconography, CGI, battle sequences and hard edged machismo on display matched what was taking place in the pages of 2000AD at the time very well though in the intervening years it’s aged inevitably, Roy Schneider, too many plot lines and a weird ending derailing a promising comic book adaptation.

The modern remake looks to be taking a less bombastic approach to Megacity One, with intermittent Megablocks between normal buildings, more of a sprawling metropolis than a monolithic tech city – reminiscent of District 9 and Predator 2 rather than Attack of the Clones and Blade Runner – which fits in with the sombre rethinks of other iconic comic book characters in recent years – though is just as likely to date it for future generations. It appears smarter and more universal perhaps than its predecessor on the whole though.

The problem in 1995 was flash-in-the-pan silly voiced ‘comedy actor’ Rob Schneider, dropped in to provide some misjudged light relief. Max Von Sydow and Diane Lane as Chief Justice Fargo and Judge Hershey were well placed but a retread of an old ‘clone’ story in which Dredd’s ‘brother’ Rico (played by Armand Assante) pushed the Sci-fi too far too quickly before Dredd was properly developed. Cramming ABC Warrior references, The Angel Gang (in particular JD strip regular Mean Machine Angel, a clone storyline and an intro that used elements of Wagner’s original Block War storyline into one short film caused a mess to ensue. By the denouement, set in an unexplained hideout in the head of the Statue of Liberty, apparently moved to the middle of Megacity One for no other reason than to have an exciting setting for the ending, things were confusing and a little overblown.

The new version has involved the creative teams that created Dredd in the first place, screenwriter Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later) has worked closely with Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to get the characters as close to the original concept as possible. Their plans seem to be very much more long term as well in this age of franchises, with the trailer suggesting only the utilisation of Wagner’s early Dredd storyline ‘Block Wars’ in which Dredd has to fight his way through one of the Megablocks (giant housing blocks) to take out Ma-Ma Madrigal, the dealer of Slo-Mo, a drug that causes the taker to slow their perception of time.

The other controversy back in 1995 was the decision to reveal Dredd’s face – as Sly – though really this could be a redundant concern as the world and his mates dog knew what Sylvester Stallone looked like and frankly Stallone filled the role very well, even down to the twisted lantern jaw.

This time it looks like the helmet is firmly stuck on, which is a shame in some respects as Karl Urban has a less interesting chin than Sylvester Stallone. This, in itself, might kick up it’s own controversy in film fans that are not so familiar with the source material. Never-the-less, hats off to anyone who wants to stick as resolutely as possible to any long standing character – made easier no doubt by Alex Garland’s position as Producer.

Never the less, both have moments of cleverness, the original’s section in the Cursed Earth and the depiction of the senior Judges (in particular Max Von Sydow’s Chief Judge Fargo) was well translated and the meaty, cartoon violence and tongue in cheek satire of rampant total martial law was imbedded nicely without becoming part of the plot, as in the books themselves. The action sequences were on the whole nicely put together (excluding the last) and Stallone was effectively born to play the Judge of Judges. Ultimately it’s flaws brought it down but it was a worthy attempt brought down through too much fiddling by the powers that be.

This version looks more careful and considered with a sharp eye on the future of the franchise as well as a neat look at the past that inspired it. Whether relying on Wagner and Ezquerra, geniuses though they are, to imbed ideas that have been developed since will prove a great idea is yet to be seen but the more I watch the trailer the more I think they’re on to something. However, in the cold, gritty realism they’ve claerly aimed at alla Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise is there room for Mean Machine Angel and more to the point, the snickering countenance of Judge Death…. probably not based on what we see here… but there’ll always be another franchise in another 17 years and franly I’m psyched to see what this one holds in store for us.

In the meantime, below is the 1995 trailer that inspired me to convince 50 mates to go see it – something I paid for dearly. I still blame Schneider. Pre-CGI Jar Jar that he was!! Compare and contrast – based on the trailer below you’d be a fool to miss it, sadly the end result wasn’t quite on par, but do note how irritating it gets the moment Schneider turns up. Fingers crossed for September 2012.

Star Trek 2 (Fan Made Trailer)

The Star Trek franchise continues with this follow-up to 2009’s reboot. J.J. Abrams returns to direct from a script by Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The cast and crew of the Enterprise come back for a second tour of duty along with acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch making his Trek debut as their most daunting threat yet.

While fans eagerly await any and every piece of content concerning J.J.’s frontier, the guys at MOVIECLIPS took it upon themselves to get their hands dirty in the excitement with this fan-made teaser trailer. They and we’ll be right on deck ready to bring you the official trailer when it debuts, until then, hope you enjoy!

Movieclips have made no secret that they think Cumberbatch is Khan – without a doubt the greatest nemesis of James T Kirk. Clearly taking a more cerebral route on this one (unsurprising for Abrams) if that turns out to be the case it is creating some theories online as to exactly what type of threat Cumberbatch will represent. Khan is very likely as Abrams is happily working back up through the original history (with some detours and re-envisioning).

Never mind what the plot is ; we here at BTB love a bit of the new Trek and will be posting up any new Trek news as and when.

Spider-man TV Spots: The Picks!!

And so it begins!! More Lizard, more swinging about!! Avengers had a rip roaring success with their TV Spots – though the suspicion is that it was successful because everyone wanted to go and see the Avengers. Never-the-less, in the competitive world of the movies, expect to see TV Spots all over the shop. Excluding the Dark Knight which knows how to run a media campaign. With that in mind however the TV Spots do give us some insight into what is about to hit us in the face.

Little moment of Gwen Stacy time. (Spoiler Alert to non-comic book readers) This is a slightly disconcerting character idea but never the less, everyone’s favourite ex-President Martin Sheen is good ol’ Uncle Ben just waiting to get blown away in the background and Pete’s parents are making an appearance so clearly one of them might make it (unlikely). Hard to believe that the trilogy of films will literally be the steady decimation of every side character in Spider-man’s world. Where’s Harry and MJ for christ’s sake? I know one goes nuts and the other one gets deleted by a continuity minded master of the Netherworlds but still – it’d be nice to see someone make it through a little further. Poor Ol’ Pete.

Still, maybe the Lizard’ll make it… Why have I never noticed how many people get wiped out when associated withePeter Parker. He’s like the Jessica Fletcher of comic books.

Shadow – A Short Film by Martin Conaghan

Probably need to reduce the number of vids being posted. We are raping Youtube right now. However, this is slightly different. Over at Copydesk.com, the online vestibule of Martin Conaghan (writer of Fallen Heroes and Burke and Hare) there is this short film, made for the BBC and based on a comic book short by Martin and Mike Perkins.

Very much fulfilling the title of short it’s a very succinct gem of a short film realising a lovely idea (if a little creepy).