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Explore H.R. Giger’s Twisted World In This Trailer For The Documentary Dark Star

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Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger is best known to the majority of us for creating one of the most harrowing, terrifying movie monsters of all time, the xenomorphs from Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year, back in May, but a new documentary seeks to examine his life and work, which is every bit as strange and interesting as you might expect. The first trailer for Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World has arrived, and you can check it out for yourself here.

Directed by Belinda Sallin, Dark World looks at the man behind the macabre, sexually charged artwork. The film peeks into the self-contained world he lived in, where he placed himself at the center, leaving everyone and everything else to revolve around him, which is where the Dark Star portion of the title originates. Only a few of his closest friends and underlings were allowed into this shadowy world he created for himself, and even then it wasn’t easy to navigate, but whereas he was once considered fringe, he has become recognized for his genius and contribution to the art world.

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This Is What Darth Vader Originally Sounded Like, It’s Weird

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The word iconic is thrown around a little too liberally, but when it comes to Darth Vader, perhaps the greatest villain in all of film, that’s the most appropriate description we can come up with, nothing else fits. Everything about the Star Wars baddie is emblematic, from his sleek, black look all the way down to his lightsaber and the way he moves. And his voice, oh that voice. It’s damn near impossible to think of Vader and hear the deep, raspy rumble of James Earl Jones. His is one of the most recognizable vocal performances of all time, but it wasn’t always the case. Check out this video to hear what Darth Vader, the man with the most authoritative vocal chords in the whole galaxy, originally sounded like. It’s not what you expect.

When George Lucas was filming Star Wars, what Vader sounded like was still up in the air. For such an important character, hitting on just the right voice was both a necessity and a challenge, and one the production didn’t have a handle on right away. During shooting, David Prowse, the bodybuilder who wore the distinctive suit, was the one delivering the lines from the script and working with the other actors.

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5 Black And White Movies To Watch After Interstellar

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InterstellarChristopher Nolan is widely known as a student of film and cinema. His movies are full of references and influences from earlier works, and his latest, Interstellar, is no exception. Watching the epic space adventure slash family drama unfold, you can’t help but notice nods to the work of other filmmakers. While there is obvious inspiration taken from films like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff, there are many more that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Just for the hell of it, we’ve compiled a handful of classic black and white films (and one that is, admittedly, cheating) whose presence can be felt, to varying degrees, in Nolan’s latest offering.

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Watch The Walking Dead Finally Give These Oft-Ignored Characters Something To Do

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Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Slabtown,” was a bit of a disappointment. Still better than many installments of previous seasons, it’s by far the biggest misstep in the last ten or eleven episodes dating back to the middle of last season. Hopefully season 5 of AMC’s hit zombie drama will get back on track this week with “Self Help,” and this new promo from New Zealand gives you an idea of what to expect.

Since returning from its midseason hiatus last year, The Walking Dead has taken a different narrative approach than it had before. The core group was broken up into factions, which allowed the writers to spend entire episodes with these various splinters, really digging into each story arc and providing room for much more character development. It also adds a layer of tension, just as the characters don’t know what is happening with everyone else, even if they’re alive, neither do you. It is an effective way to drive story forward and create a stronger connection between viewer and show. And it looks like that’s a strategy they’re employing again.

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Big Hero 6 Is Gorgeous And Science-Filled, But Too Half-Cooked For Superhero Cinema

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big hero 6Though Marvel has been building its cinematic universe beneath the Disney umbrella, Big Hero 6 is the first time that Disney Animation has poked around the comic company’s catalog for subject matter. Obviously they steered clear of Marvel’s elite super squads, as Big Hero 6 is an obscure title. And though I kind of feel like a dick for saying so, I wouldn’t mind if this movie reached the same level of obscurity at some point. At times it’s one of the most gorgeous animated films I’ve ever seen, but it’s also (within reason) one of the most forgettable superhero movies I’ve ever seen.

Big Hero 6 takes place in the megalopolis hybrid city of San Fransoyko, where 14-year-old high school graduate Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is making money in underground robot fights. See, he’s working with these microbots, guided by a neural transmitter, that work as individual pieces but also come together to do anything the transmitter-wearer wants. Hiro’s brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), wants to set Hiro on a path to greatness by introducing him to mentor Dr. Callaghan (James Cromwell) and getting him enrolled in Callaghan’s specialized robotics university. This is where we meet the gang, who are far better at making quips than they are at actually doing anything superheroic. More on them in a sec.

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This Supercut Of Movie Space Travel Makes You Want To Blast Off For The Stars

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is finally here, and though many in the audience are finding it wanting in certain areas, there’s no denying that the portions in space are truly, utterly breathtaking. But his film is not the only movie to ever take audiences beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and into the depths of space, far from it. The journey to the stars and beyond is a well-worn, time-honored tradition in film, as you can see in this awesome supercut of cinematic space travel.

Called “Reach for the Stars,” which admittedly sounds like a motivational video or a mid-1980s Star Search knock off, this compilation comes from over at Fandango. It collects space footage from 20 movies, some you expect—it’s a bit Interstellar heavy, and the Star Trek franchise is well represented—and others that you would never guess. I had no idea that they went to space in The Nutty Professor 2.