ex machina

My level of anticipation for Ex Machina wasn’t to The Force Awakens levels–nothing is–but it was still pretty high. It stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, all three of whom I really like. The marketing materials (Svedka vodka-esque robot butt pose poster aside), made it look like innovative, intelligent sci-fi. And, most impressively, it’s the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who wrote the excellent 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd in addition to one of my favorite sci-fi films ever, 2007’s Sunshine.

That’s a hell of a lot to live up to. But did it deliver? Yes. And no. But mostly yes. Spoilers follow.

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star wars mural

This crazy cool mural is the work of artist Robert Burden who created it as a tribute to the classic Kenner toys. The images represent both action figures and vehicles from the vintage toy collection (click to enlarge).

It took him 2,000 hours and 18 months to create the 15′ x 8′ mural as an oil painting. There are a few symbolic images that are a nod to the influences that helped create Star Wars (like Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven) as well as some newer toys, but it’s mostly old-school.

You’ll be able to see it live at Star Wars Celebration next month and even pick up a 36″ x 24″ print from Burden’s online store. If you’ve got deep pockets and a lot of wall space, then buy the original for $200,000.

See another picture after the break.

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If you’ve ever left your spaceship in a sunbaked parking lot, you know that the cockpit can get unbearably hot. Not to worry! Back on Earth, we use these high-tech “sunshades” to protect the dashboards of our cars from being roasted by the sun.

Think Geek has a few different Star Wars-themed sunshades to choose from, including a Boba Fett sunshade (check out Solo’s reflection in Fett’s helmet!) and a Battle of Hoth sunshade, which you can check out after the break.

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We’ve seen an RC Millennium Falcon, a TIE Interceptor and even a Speeder Bike recently, so the inclusion of an Imperial Star Destroyer version was inevitable.

It’s a great build, but watching it chase after the Falcon along with a few special effect lasers in the third video is amazing.

See the videos after the break.

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avengers age of ultron

Every year summer movie season gets pushed earlier and earlier. Last year it kicked off on April 4th with Captain America: The Winter Soldier; this year it roars into theatres with Furious 7 on April 3rd. Eventually studios will lap themselves, effectively leading to a year-long summer movie season, and 20th Century Fox will have an entire marketing team devoted to putting out teasers of trailers of teasers of trailers for whatever the next Wolverine X-Men movie is every 12 hours. But, thank God, we are not there yet. Instead, here’s (some of) what we have to look forward to over the next few months…

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Paul Johnson’s TIE Fighter is a short animated film that looks at the events of a Star Wars space battle through the eyes of the Empire. The style and music are heavily reminiscent of anime from the ’80s, and all of the dog-fighting action is truly top-notch. It’s really a must-watch.

Check out the video and another pic after the break…

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This fantastic video recreates the lobby scene from The Matrix using Lego minifig versions of Neo and Trinity. There’s also a fascinating behind-the-scenes video that shows how a six-second segment of the video took an hour and a half to create.

See the videos after the break.

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hp friends

You Tuber Jeremiah Rivera likes making Friends-style mash ups with movies and the world is a better place for it.

His take on Harry Potter actually works really well, especially Neville and Luna. The most recent is an Avengers version which made me realize just how cranky much of the cast can look upon occasion (Chris Hemsworth smiling is awesome).

Something tells me he’s not going to stop at just two.

Check out the videos after the break.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star in and produce a Fraggle Rock movie in cooperation with The Henson Company. The project has been in the works for some time, but according to THR, Levitt’s hire also brings with it new writers and a new director.

JGL and Henson? I’m looking forward to Red and Levitt dancing together (so long as it doesn’t affect that Sandman adaptation we’ve been waiting so patiently for).

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This is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious LEGO stop-motion videos of all time.

Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizard Studios and his daughter Haley used over $100,000 in LEGO pieces to re-create all the best scenes from Jurassic Park in one epic stop-motion video. With the help of their friends, they built sets and characters that really come to life with the use of motion control camera rigs and after effects compositing.

Talk about a cool Dad and daughter project! Go watch the video right now.

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