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Oblivion’s Many Plotholes Are Brought Down To The Surface In This Video

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For the second time in two years, Tom Cruise is going into the sci-fi future (and then the past, over and over again), this time for Doug Liman’s action thriller Edge of Tomorrow. So what better time than now to look back on his last movie, Joseph Kosinski’s visually splendid but brick-dumb Oblivion, and laugh at it for all of its trite, glaring faults? We are nothing if not impishly immature here at GFR. But hey, we don’t make these videos. (That’s jealousy talking.)

The lively CinemaSins crew are back with another extended installment of their always humorous series highlighting the faults of popular movies. After I watched Oblivion for the first time, I couldn’t wait to see it skewered by these guys, but it took an entire year for them to get to it. Which is perfectly fine, since CinemaSins no longer hold themselves to short time limits. This movie needs all the time in the world to get to its problems.

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Cross The Streams With Oblivion, Loving Zombies, And Mad Max

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For whatever reason, I’ve gone this long into Cross the Streams without really branching out from my core group of featured sites to incorporate some of the other legal outlets that aren’t solely for public domain movies and don’t have extremely short windows of availability. So I’ll try to start throwing a few other ones in the mix as I find them. And I’d appreciate any suggestions on other quality sites whose catalogs deserve attention. This week, HBO Go gets the top honors. Let’s kick things right off the planet with everyone’s favorite space cowboy, Tom Cruise.

oblivionOblivion (HBO Go)
On paper, but not necessarily screenplay software, Oblivion sounded like it could have been an extremely interesting sci-fi mystery without a lot of fluff. Unfortunately, the screenplay from Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and playwright Karl Gajdusek (Trespass) just didn’t take the mysteries deep enough, and director Joseph Kosinski was comfortable handling himself when it came to striking visuals and images that look really great as posters. But that doesn’t mean it was a feat in direction, or that he drew the best performances from his talented cast, including Cruise as a memory-wiped repairman who works with power stations on an Earth that’d been uninhabitable for many decades following a war with aliens. Then he starts remembering things and uncovering things and it all amounts to a movie that’s certainly worth watching, but which fails to live up to its planet-orbiting potential. It also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

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Science Fiction’s Most Memorable Moments Of 2013 – Brent’s Picks

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With 2013 in its final hours, we decided to look back on the year that was, and remember the moments from science fiction TV and television that really stuck with us, that we’ll still be thinking of years from now. Needless to say…

SPOILERS BELOW!

FrostNick Frost’s berserker rage (The World’s End)
On its own, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End is a fantastic movie, and one of my favorites of the 2013. Doing for science fiction what he did for zombie movies and testosterone-fueled cop films in his previous flicks, Wright manages, yet again, to defy expectations. Even knowing what you know about his work and approach, especially when teaming up with co-conspirator Simon Pegg, The World’s End is not the movie most people anticipated. Nowhere is this more apparent in Nick Frost’s character, Andy Knightly.

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Oblivion Deleted Scenes Feature An Alternate Stadium Opening

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Tom Cruise thinking...Although Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion was a big disappointment for many genre fans, the science fiction movie was a big step up from Kosinski’s debut film, Tron: Legacy, in 2010. Oblivion lacked personality and life, but it still managed to deliver top-notch special effects and photography. Kosinski has a great talent for capturing scenery and movement, but he has to learn how to tell an engaging story that doesn’t feel contrived and well worn. Now that Oblivion is readily available to watch at home and on the go, perhaps genre fans will look at the film in a more favorable light. Oblivion‘s Blu-ray/DVD release is packed with a good number of bonus features, including featurettes, commentary tracks, an isolated score track featuring the music of M83, and a few deleted scenes.

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Oblivion Comic-Con Tote Bag Destroys The San Diego Convention Center

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Post-Apocalyptic San Diego Convention CenterJoseph Kosinski’s Oblivion was one of the most disappointing science fiction movies of the year so far. While the film had fantastic design and imagination, it felt like it was exploring very familiar territory without bringing anything new to the table. As a follow-up to the equally disappointing Tron: Legacy, however, Oblivion is a step up for director Joseph Kosinski, and both films are visually stunning. As a way to promote Oblivion‘s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release, Universal is handing out a very nice collectible tote bag for gathering goodies at San Diego Comic-Con this week.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has partnered with GEEK Magazine to offer the limited-edition Comic-Con tote bags, which feature the San Diego Convention Center lying in ruins. (In Oblivion‘s backstory, aliens attacked the Earth in 2017.) Artist Andree Wallin created the look for the tote.

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How Oblivion Should Have Ended

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Just a heads up, you shouldn’t watch this if you haven’t seen Oblivion, or it’ll spoil the ending for you. That should really be obvious to most of you. So without further ado, how Oblivion should have ended.

How It Should Have Ended is a national treasure. Okay, that might be putting it a touch too dramatically, but it is a pretty good time. The latest big-budget Hollywood film to feel the sharp sting of them pointing out the absurdity of its ending, is the Tom Cruise/Joseph Kosinski sci-fi joint Oblivion.