Lucy: The Discussion Continues

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Movie Review: I Origins Is An Esoteric Take On Science And Spirituality

I OriginsIt’s been a big summer for science fiction movies, both in the sense of the number of options, as well as sheer size and spectacle. We’ve had giant robots (Transformers: Age of Extinction), giant prehistoric monsters (Godzilla), and giant movie stars like Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow). And this isn’t even taking into account a swarm of super smart monkeys (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) that recently arrived, or the gang of adolescent turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and the talking raccoon in deep space (Guardians of the Galaxy) that are yet to arrive.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the low-key side of things, something with way more ideas than explosions and animated creatures, you definitely need to check out Mike Cahill’s indie sci-fi feature I Origins. Building up to the movie, I had concerns. I’m not a fan of Cahill’s last esoteric take on the genre, Another Earth, and all of the trailers make this look like one of those stories where science and fact are brushed aside by airy, unfounded assertions and annoying hippie, but-how-can-you-really-know spiritual nonsense. While this is definitely a science versus faith movie, Cahill who both wrote and directed, strikes a solid, sensible balance between the two sides, letting you reach your own conclusions. The result is worth your time, and likely to inspire spirited, intelligent conversations long after you leave the theater.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Featurette Gets To Know Gamora And Nebula

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is preparing to take over the world in just over a week, and while they’ve done a good job up to this point of familiarizing wider audiences with the crew of lesser known characters, they show no signs of slowing down before the big day. This latest short featurette introduces you to two of the more interesting players: Zoe Saldana’s green-skinned assassin and Karen Gillan’s blue, bald-headed Nebula. I’ve said this many times, but Karen Gillan looks awesome with a shaved head.

To say these two have a unique, not to mention problematic, relationship may be the understatement of the year. These are the two adopted daughters of Thanos the Mad Titan (now played by Josh Brolin), the mystery man who shows up during the end credits of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Raised together, their bodies modified, trained to be killers, these are two of the most lethal and notorious individuals, male or female, in the entire galaxy. But as you gather from this video, there are troubles in their relationship, and as many of us know first hand, no one fights like siblings.


This Is The Greatest Back To The Future Action Figure Ever

back to the futureWe’re not trying to step on the tiny plastic toes of Lego Marty McFly and the rest of the official Lego Back to the Future toys, but a new challanger has arrived to take over the BTTF collectible throne. (Which, in this case, is just the driver’s seat of a DeLorean ripped out of the car and put on top of a nightstand.) Heading into neither the past nor the future, Hot Toys has stayed in the present and revealed their impeccable new 1/6-scale Marty McFly action figure. It’s so realistic, if you look at it while squinting, you might even think it’s breathing.

You can bet that Back to the Future fans the world over will be celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary next year, and what better way to do it than with a toy that looks almost too much like Michael J. Fox. As the Hot Toys Facebook page puts it, the figure was “specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly-developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories.” I mean, even the wrinkles on his pants are spectacular. And if your toy’s pants are top quality, you just know the rest of it is going to be good.


The Walking Dead Brings Terminus To San Diego Comic-Con

The Walking DeadThat massive spectacle that San Diego Comic-Con has become kicks off in earnest today with tons of high-profile upcoming movies and television shows stopping by to show off their wares. Being based on an actual comic book, AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead has always had a strong presence, and this year isn’t going to be any different. The show took over a portion of “America’s Finest City” to give fans a slice the post-apocalyptic zombie excitement.

We aren’t lucky, or driven enough to be at Comic-Con this year (we’re afraid of large crowds), but our fabulous older sibling Cinema Blend is all over the place, and they were able so snap these photos of the badass Walking Dead display. Fans who watched season four of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company trying to make their way through the zombie-filled world will recognize these big set pieces.


Norman Reedus Hangs Out Underground In Still From Robert Kirkman’s Air

air norman reedusWhile Robert Kirkman wasn’t directly responsible for actor Norman Reedus turning from a Boondock Saints cult fave into a worldwide Walking Dead phenom, he did write the comic book source material. (Okay, so Daryl Dixon was never in the comic, but still.) Kirkman also isn’t personally responsible for the Reedus-starring psychological thriller Air, but he’s largely the reason why Reedus got the part and why the film got made in the first place. So you’d think Reedus would look a little more pleased to be standing around in the second official Air image seen above. But then again, he’s probably worried about his life and the fate of the world and stuff, so his sour demeanor can be forgiven.

Reedus plays Bauer, who teams up with Djimon Hounsou’s (Guardians of the Galaxy) Cartwright inside of an underground bunker while the Earth above them has been almost completely evacuated due to the air becoming toxic (for reasons that may or may not be shared during the film). This bunker is one of many created to house humanity’s more worthy specimens, who are in deep sleep tanks, meant to be woken up when the world is safe and can be repopulated. Cartwright and Bauer are awakened for their twice-a-year duties, and that’s when the secrets come out and everything starts to unravel. Do underground bunker stories ever NOT go completely wrong?


Fox Unveils Comic-Con Blu-Rays For Alien, RoboCop, Young Frankenstein, And The Fly

ComicCon2014_Alien_BDOne of the best parts of Comic-Con is all the crazy exclusives that populate the dealer’s room floor, from action figures to posters to shirts and pretty much everything in between. Well, for any Blu-ray aficionados currently hunkering down in San Diego, you might want to swing by the 20th Century Fox booth, as they’ve announced a collection of exclusive Comic-Con Blu-ray editions of four movie classics any GFR reader should own: Alien, the original RoboCop, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, and the 1958 version of The Fly. The matching artwork should look pretty damn striking all in a row, so you might want to shelve these cover out.

Of course, these are all movies that have been released many, many times over the years, and if you’re a true Alien die-hard, chances are you already own the stellar Alien Anthology. But in addition to the snazzy cover art, each of these three Blu-ray sets is from a limited run of 500, and each comes with a matching numbered lithograph. Here’s what you’ll get on the Alien disc as far as bonus features: