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Flare Wars

Flare Wars

Enjoyed the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser? Tom Barker thought it didn’t have enough of J.J. Abrams’ trademark lens flare, so he enhanced the footage for us. We can already imagine the lights floating off the screen in 3D.

Ambition (Teaser)

Ambition (Teaser)

Ambition is a mysterious sci-fi film starring Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones) and directed by Platige Image’s Tomek Bagiński, the man behind the awesome teaser for Cyberpunk 2077. It will premiere at the 2014 BFI sci-fi event.

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ENVOY

ENVOY

David Weinstein’s short science fiction film explores the relationship between a boy and a powerful, but misunderstood alien. It’s kind of a live-action homage to The Iron Giant., but it also stands on its own. (Thanks David!)

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut

Like Star Wars Uncut, hundreds of fans created their own scenes from The Empire Strikes Back for them to be edited into a complete scene-for-scene remake of the original. A hilarious and charming mix of animation and live-action schtick.

The Shift

The Shift

It’s 1964. Joe comes home after a hard day’s work, but his wife doesn’t greet him at the door, and dinner isn’t ready yet. Francesco Calabrese makes great use of color and props in this dark subversion of domestic life.

Jupiter Ascending (Trailer 3)

Jupiter Ascending (Trailer 3)

The latest trailer for Jupiter Ascending elaborates on the movie’s plot: Earth is but one of countless planets that have been given life by an ancient alien race, who eventually come back to harvest that life to sustain their own.

2001 in 60 Seconds

2001 in 60 Seconds

(NSFW: Language) 1A4STUDIO sums up Kubrick’s masterful, if at times bewildering classic science fiction film. If you don’t have the attention span to watch the 2.5+ hour original, this one’s for you. Needs more HAL 9000.

Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper

Kai Zammit’s sci-fi film envisions a not-too-distant future London in which police officers are now “Peacekeepers” – who deal out justice in the streets. While it owes a debt to Dredd, Robocop, and Almost Human, it stands on its own.

Blade Runner: Effects Pedal Cover

Blade Runner: Effects Pedal Cover

Musician Bill Ruppert demonstrates how to reproduce Vangelis’ epic theme music from Blade Runner using nothing more than an electric guitar and Electro-Harmonix‘ effect pedals. It’s the kettledrum part that really gets us.

Abiogenesis

Abiogenesis

A team of robotic beings land on a desolate planet to use its scant resources, but not before leaving a wonderful gift.  Richard Mans’ Abiogenesis is a unique and beautiful short film.

Coherence (Trailer)

Coherence (Trailer)

In the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Coherence, a group of people are at their friend’s house when the power goes out after a comet sighting. They look around for help, only to find an exact replica of their friend’s house down the road.

Autómata (Trailer)

Autómata (Trailer)

Autómata is set in a bleak future where humans are relying increasingly on robots to survive. Antonio Banderas plays an insurance investigator for a robot company who finds out that their “products” might soon become their masters.

NF7

NF7

Marcus Alqueres‘ short sci-fi film envisions a world in which pro football players have been replaced with robots, amid concerns about player safety. The pre-order link on the NF7 website has us hoping there’s a video game in store.

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The Trail’s End

The Trail’s End

(NSFW, Gore) A day before his scheduled death, destiny intervenes with an android’s fate. Old timers should be able to recognize the film’s inspiration, but in case you don’t, go ahead and watch the film anyway. Then read this.

Predestination (Trailer)

Predestination (Trailer)

Ethan Hawke plays a time traveling law enforcer in Predestination. Adapted from Robert Heinlein’s short story All You Zombies, the film sees the hero hunting down the one criminal that always manages to elude him.

Thug Notes: Dune

Thug Notes: Dune

The spice is life. Thug Notes latest book lesson does its best to explain Frank Hebert’s science fiction epic, providing a short attention-span summary of the sometimes convoluted read. We love how he calls the Bene Gesserit “fine bitties.”

Retrograde

Retrograde

Director George Metaxas proves a good story and creativity trump slick production values in this amusing paper-cut stop-motion film about two passengers trapped on a doomed space station after they miss the chance to evacuate.

Time Travel Lover

Time Travel Lover

(NSFW: Language) A man is just about to get lucky when his future self pops in, warning him to stay away from his date. Bo Mirosseni and Elisha Yaffe’s short slightly overextends itself, but it’s still fun to watch.

Dawn of the Apes (Trailer 2)

Dawn of the Apes (Trailer 2)

Four years after a viral drug nearly eradicated humans and increased the intelligence of apes, the surviving men want revenge. Gun-wielding primates riding horses? It’s not a Skyrim mod, it’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The Giver (Trailer 2)

The Giver (Trailer 2)

“When people are given the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” A young man learns that the utopia he lives in is actually a regulated purgatory, thanks to Father Comstock the Human Exposition the Giver.

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Everything Wrong with Gravity

Everything Wrong with Gravity

While Gravity was widely praised for its accurate depiction of space, and despite enjoying the movie, Neil deGrasse Tyson has identified many flaws. Cinema Sins cataloged them with the help of the celebrity astrophysicist himself.

Mis-drop

Mis-drop

(NSFW: Language) A mercenary company’s accountant looks at the video log of a missing rookie. Ferand Peek’s riveting short plays like a series pilot. More please! Pay what you want for a 1080p stream or download here.

The AKIRA Project

The AKIRA Project

Almost two years in the making, this live-action fan tribute trailer for AKIRA does a great job capturing the spirit of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic anime film. And if you’re in the mood for AKIRA fan trailers, you must watch this.

Snowpiercer (Red Band Trailer)

Snowpiercer (Red Band Trailer)

(Gore) Set in a new Ice Age, Snowpiercer sees an elite few ruling over the mass of surviving humans aboard a massive train. Even in our last hours, humanity will find a way to be a bunch of a-holes. U.S. premiere on 6/27.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Despite attempts to reach a peaceful end to the conflict with Caesar and his brethren, balance between man and primate is not to be, and two species are brought to the brink of war. And the apes have been working on their vocabulary.

Exit Log

Exit Log

Another short film made for Bombay Sapphire. A spaceship has an emergency time travel setting that lets its passengers go back three minutes and send a message to their past selves, so they can change the future. It works. Kind of.

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