If you think about it, Prometheus and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have quite a lot in common. Both concern a hunt for ancient, mysterious beings who seem to have left clues behind as an invitation for us to follow. Both involve a legendary filmmaker returning to a fictional universe they helped create. Both were disappointments to many of their devout fans. And both made me want to stick a broken bottle in Shia LeBeouf’s neck. (He doesn’t have anything to do with Prometheus, so that urge may just be about me.)
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.
Years before Paul W.S. Anderson jumped the proverbial shark with his mostly stellar second feature, Event Horizon, Disney did the whole “we found a possibly empty ship floating around a black hole in the middle of space” story when they released the aptly titled The Black Hole in 1979, cashing in on the cinematic space adventure craze that Star Wars revolutionized. Well, even though one good turn does not, in fact, always deserve another, one is coming anyway.
Walt Disney Pictures is planning a reboot/remake of The Black Hole, and have signed screenwriter Jon Spaihts to rewrite a screenplay that was first worked on by Travis Beacham, who co-wrote the highly anticipated Pacific Rim with Guillermo Del Toro. Spaihts was also partially responsible for another sci-fi film with ridiculously lofty expectations attached to it: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Luckily, we know that Damon Lindelof had a lot to do with fucking that up, so perhaps Spaihts’ talent will shine just a little brighter for this project.
Speaking of bright, however, Spaihts was also responsible for the “these bright lights are actually aliens” thriller The Darkest Hour, so we’re keeping our reservations stockpiled on this one.
Now that 2012 is firmly over, we can see that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was the movie everyone seemed to love to hate. The expectations were high when it was revealed that Prometheus would be a (somewhat) prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien and a solid entry into the Alien franchise. But most were greatly disappointed when they finally got a chance to watch the movie.
There have been numerous potshots against Prometheus so one more won’t sway anyone’s judgment on the film. Movie nitpickers CinemaSins took the opportunity to bash Prometheus for having “some dumb stuff in it,” in their series “Everything Wrong With…” Check out the video below.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was one of the most polarizing movies of the summer, disappointing many fans who were eager to see the director’s return to the genre of science fiction. As it turns out, iconic film director Quentin Tarantino agrees with the film’s naysayers, and as the Pulp Fiction director puts it, the movie “had some dumb stuff in it.”
While doing promotion for his latest film, Django Unchained, Tarantino appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to talk about movies. Tarantino told Ferguson that, while making Django Unchained, he didn’t have enough time to watch new movies in the theater, but he did have an opportunity to watch Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Watch the video below (jump to the 4:45 mark to hear the sci-fi talk).
Now that 2012 is coming to a close, we can all appreciate the good and bad of the year’s science fiction crop. From the poor plotting of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus to Len Wiseman’s inept remake of Total Recall, audiences and genre fans were painfully annoyed with some of Hollywood’s 2012 offerings. And just as a good movie will make audiences willing to suspend some disbelief or forgive the odd plot hole, in the bad movies they stand out that much more.
The people at Popular Science have put together a list of the year’s most egregious scientific mistakes in movies. Although there are some glaring errors, please keep in mind that ultimately these are all movies. Just imagine how exciting Prometheus would be if it were a depiction of a 100% accurate scientific and archaeological exploration. It wouldn’t be as exhilarating as what we got in Ridley Scott’s movie. But Hollywood theatrics are no excuse for some of these boneheaded mistakes:
We witness some of ‘the most irresponsible, inept archaeologists ever to don spacesuits, take off their helmets just minutes after leaving the spacecraft. Advanced atmospheric sensors or not, this is a terrible idea. What if there’s an unknown, undetectable, and highly toxic compound in the air? Or a virulent strain of life? No matter: Soon enough the movie’s characters are touching creepy-looking aliens (and, of course, dying horrible deaths).