Looking back at the history of board games, it’s no surprise why the most successful ones remain so, even if their concepts must have seemed weird at the time. A game based on a person’s life choices? Well, okay. A game where you try to solve a murder? Makes sense, I guess. What about a game where you buy up property in New Jersey? Nah, that’s too three-dimensional, right? Of course not. And the dimensional aspect of board games is about to get a major boost with the upcoming projects based on the acclaimed Portal video games and Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception. That’s right, two iconic pieces of pop culture are getting board games that could potentially be as complicated as trying to maneuver yourself through global politics. Damn you, Risk!
Once again, the internet has reached deep into its depths and gifted to me something I didn’t know I always needed. We’ve seen no end of clever creativity devoted to the shows and movies and books we love, but this is one that puts a big silly grin on my face because it’s an idea that seems obvious in retrospect, and it’s executed really well. A big GFR tip o’ the hat goes to graphic artist Mr. Whaite, who has created animated gifs that pay homage to many beloved pop culture classics in the form of “neon signs.”
Honestly, I’m slapping myself for not coming up with this idea myself. I’m probably being a little hard on myself though, since I haven’t the foggiest how to go about creating an animated gif. I’d probably end up accidentally decapitating myself if I even tried.
Inception Mashup Theater: Christopher Nolan’s Dream Heist Merged With ‘50s Flicks, Fringe, And Serenity
I remember in high school when a cinephile friend of mine spent days creating Star Trek and Babylon 5 music videos via linked VHS players. His results were damned impressive, but it’s a project that would have been so much easier these days. YouTube and ever-advancing home computer technology have created an explosion of so-called mashup videos, merging two unrelated movies or shows in a way that — hopefully — creates something uniquely cool in itself. We recently ran across the above video, created by YouTuber Krishna Shenoi, which reimagines Christopher Nolan’s Inception as a black-and-white ‘50s-style release, complete with over-enthusiastic text blurbs and a narrator that sounds like every bombastic trailer released prior to 1960. It’s a clever idea, but it’s also interesting to see modern, more naturalistic acting contrasted with the hyperbolic narration.
VFX Artists’ Favorite Effects Shots Include The Abyss’ Water Tentacle, Blade Runner’s Cityscape, And More
Science fiction on the big screen has always hugged the curve of advancing technology, serving up ever-more-convincing creatures and starships and alien worlds (even when the effects are more convincing than the story or characters). So when Empire Magazine decided to ask some of the industry’s top visual effects artists about their favorite effects sequences in movie history, it’s no surprise that many of them cited moments from science fiction classics such as Blade Runner and The Abyss.
Given how large a wake Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has cast, it was pretty much a gimme for a list like this. Hell, there are even conspiracy theorists who use Kubrick’s convincing renderings of space travel as fodder to claim the director helped fake the Moon landings. Thankfully, ILM visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett doesn’t delve down that dark alley, instead singling out the film’s trippy climactic sequence.
I’m just amazed at the technical precision and finesse that they were able to bring to that work: it’s pretty flawless, even by today’s standards. They did all these amazing miniatures of the ships flying through space, but they also had all these esoteric aspects to the design, too. Doug Trumbull’s slit scan stuff is pretty awesome – the way he exposed through a narrow slot and created all these visual ideas of light and time travel – and Kubrick’s personality really shines through in the effects.
Fan art, taken as a whole, is a hit or miss proposition most days. There are some pieces that you look at and know immediately why this person is not making art for movies in a professional capacity. But then there are the ones you look at and ask yourself, “why the hell doesn’t the movie studio just use this instead of paying some hack to make a poster where the main character stands with his back to you?” There are a lot of terrible movie posters out there for great, great movies, and for every one of those, someone invariably seems to have made of something incredibly beautiful, as if to say, “see, you poster didn’t have to suck.” Such is the case with this new gallery of fan made posters for a grip of wonderful science fiction films, classic, recent, and otherwise.
Erupting from the mind of Adam Rabalais, these posters are absolutely freaking gorgeous. (Follow the link to check out even more fantastic attempts for non-sci-fi movies, if you’re into that sort of thing.) His choice of pictures are subtle and understated, but totally capture the feel of the films in a way that you rarely, if ever, get from the cluttered, tech heavy offerings you see from most movie studios. He actually makes you feel like this is an art form rather than manufacturing throwaway chunks of movie marketing. These make me want to see movies, most posters don’t.
We’ve featured some of the most mind-numbingly awesome Lego creations on this site in the past, because Legos remain cool while other toys go the way of the dinosaurs. (But not, incidentally, the way of dinosaur-inspired Minecraft creations.)
And since building-block creations are always more fun with movie tie-ins, here are a handful of Lego-tized theatrical posters for your viewing pleasure. Though there are a bunch more, these are the ones concerning themselves with the science fiction genre. Sadly, no creators are named, so it’s unclear whether this is the work of one person or an entire community. (Or even one miniature figure with Photoshop.) Take a look at more below and contemplate how much better Cowboys and Aliens would have been as a Lego movie.