As many of you have figured out by now I am a big fan of YouTube duo Sam and Niko and their YouTube channel CorridorDigital. Earlier today they released a new video that I loved more than usual and that I thought you guys out there would find some enjoyment out of. The video looks at some of our favorite franchises and the little head-centric aliens that accompany them. Check out the video below!
Ridley Scott has recently been approached by Collider and asked about the visuals we could expect to see in his upcoming sequel to the much beloved Blade Runner. Rather than go into design specifics he instead just describes the beginning of a particular scene from the film. From what I gather I believe it is the opening scene but whether it is or not has yet to be disclosed.
Scott says that the scene takes place in the middle of nowhere and“there’ll be a vast farmland where there are no hedges or anything in sight and it’s flat like the plains of – where’s the Great Plains in America? Kansas, where you can see for miles. And it’s dirt, but it’s being raked. On the horizon is a combine harvester which is futuristic with klieg lights, because it’s dawn.”
He continues to describe how “the harvester is as big as six houses. In the foreground is a small white clapboard hut with a porch as if it was from Grapes Of Wrath. From the right comes a car, coming in about six feet off the ground being chased by a dog. And that’s the end of it, I’m not gonna tell you anything else.”
Regardless of how you felt about Prometheus, it demonstrated that Scott can make an absolutely beautiful film so it can be safe to assume that our jaws are going to be dropping for the Blade Runner sequel. I am curious as to see how to new movie will relate to the original 1982 film. In Prometheus we saw a rather large number of kick-backs to Alien (perhaps an excessive amount) which leads me to wonder what to expect from this new movie as far as references to the original. At this point not a whole lot is known about the film though so it is a little difficult to speculate. One way or another I am incredibly excited about this bad-boy!
So what do you think about the scene he described? What do you think is going to take place in the movie? Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comments below! One way or another I am incredibly excited about this movie.
So as I have mentioned several times over the past few weeks that a top ten sci-fi movies list was in the works and as you can see it is finally here. For this list the entirety of the Power Cords crew came together to hammer out and discuss some of the most innovative, creative, thought-provoking, and breath taking movies of the genre. The following ten films are what we as a group settled on as what we believe are the ten best science fiction movies of all time.
10. Predator (1987)
Nick, Associate Editor -1987′s Predator has made the list and I couldn’t be more pleased. A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. What more could you ask for? Arnold Schwarzenegger did what he did best and lit up the forest with bullets and was just an overall badass, but what makes this movie stick out from the others is that the CGI and prosthetics used on the predator itself still keeps your eyes glued to the screen. Nothing like hearing the *click click click* noise of the predator or Arnold’s “What the hell are you?” line. It truly is a classic.
9. Planet of the Apes (2001)
Kyle, Associate Editor - Alright so Planet of the Apes was bound to be on our top 10 Sci Fi list. There was some dispute between what version of the movie should be voted into the top 10 slot. I (Kyle) and Nick both wanted the 2001 edition staring Mark Wahlberg and Brendan and Marshal wanted the original 1968 version so appear on the list. Either way it was making the list. The story is about an astronaut that crash lands on another planet where evolved apes are the dominate species and humans are mere slaves. They are both great movies. If you have the extra time you should watch both versions of the film and let us know at email@example.com
8. The Fountain (2006)
Marshal, Senior Editor - The Fountain, while being a beautifully crafted science fiction venture is also simultaneously a heart-breaking love story as well as a glorious, fantasy adventure. The movie is comprised of three different time lines; one of a conquistador venturing to the New World on a voyage for his queen, one of a modern day scientist trying to discover a cure for his dying wife, and one of a space traveler on a long trek to a dying star to return to his love. All of these stories may make the film seem jumbled and confusing but as the film progresses the connections between them become more clear and the three different plots become perfectly intertwined ultimately building upon the story and making it that much better. While the story is powerful, it is also incredibly thought provoking and emotionally evoking thanks to the amazing performances from Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman. The fantastic content is topped off with a perfectly composed score and is visually one of the most stunning movies made to date making it appealing to the ears, eyes, heart, and mind (forgive the cheesiness of that last statement but it’s just so damn true!). The film does an incredible job blending three stories together while simultaneously exploring themes of love, life and death in one of the most breath-taking and all around beautiful movies ever made.
7. Serenity (2005)
Evan, Contributor - Have you ever watched a TV show and thought to yourself ‘damn, this would make an awesome movie’. Well the first time I had this thought occur to me was when my Dad sat me down to watch the show Firefly. With such awesome characters and story behind each corner and every episode seeing the characters come to life even more in the movie Serenity just blew me away. It was spectacular getting to see how the crew changed and grew, and even more wonderful to see what a movie budget could bring to the shows already stunning graphics and effects. I was pleasantly, awestruck by the movie upon release. Intense action, Reavers always keeping you in a thriller like suspense, but knowing that Mal could always keep his crew together and Wash could always keep Serenity afloat was enough to enjoy seeing them together to fight off this Reaver attack. Joss Whedon is without a doubt one serious sci-fi writer and this fantastical universe is one of my favorites.
6. Inception (2010)
Kyle, Associate Editor - This movie isn’t set in the future and isn’t about anything crazy happening to the world; it is just one new piece of technology that grants the user the ability to enter the human mind through dream invasion. This movie is about Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his attempt clean his slate and return home to his kids, but in order to do so he must first pull of Inception. The first time I watched Inception I was somewhat lost and confused during parts. I would say it is the type of movie you want to watch at least twice to catch everything.
5. Star Wars (1977-2005)
Evan, Contributor - When I think Sci-fi, I think Star Wars. There is almost no greater icon for the genre. Star Wars has arguably the most in depth and detailed fantasy universes to date. There are hundreds of books and comics that add to the story that all began with a simple movie trilogy release in 1979. The movies are captivating and draw you in and make you attach yourself to the characters. Not only are there multiple heroes but the heroes are all sorts of unique individuals with a huge array of different personailty traits and special qualities. George Lucas did a great job incorporating tons of different characters, each having their own story behind them and their own role to play in the main over-arching storyline. Bringing them all together with his favorite plot device of huge reveals! There’s something about Star Wars that sticks with you after the movies and it will probably until the day you die. Whether it’s wishing you had a lightsaber, or could weild the force, or even if it was just to have your own space ship. Star wars brought these things to life early on with astounding special effects both visually and audibly. A movie like this is more than just a fun story filled with action and romance, it also sets a technical standard for all sci-fi movies to follow.
4. Alien (1979)
Brendan, Editor-In-Chief - In space, no one can hear you scream. Such immortal words haunted the minds of movie goers in 1979, the year director Ridley Scott’s Alien burst forth and into the collective consciousness of pop culture forever. Alien is special because it wasn’t purely a sci-fi movie, nor purely a horror movie. Instead of just smashing these two genres together into some unrefined mixture of space and spooks, it instead picked out parts of sci-fi – such as the emptiness of space, extra terrestrials, massive space ships – and morphed them to fit a horror theme. A giant, claustrophobic ship in vast and silent space is an unsettling thought in its own right, but to know the halls of this hulking space-tanker are being stalked by an acid-spitting xenomorph has you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole flick. Aliens has awesome technology, other-worldly mysteries, and heart-pounding suspense; its not just the first sci-fi/horror film, it’s the best.
3. District 9 (2009)
Nick, Associate Editor – In 2009, we were introduced to District 9. A film that at least to me, caught me off gaurd with how fantastic it was! From the original setting to the things that happen I was always curious what was going to happen next. The style of the film was a great choice as well. The documentary feel really allowed the viewer to become connected to the characters as the story unfolded, and on top of all that the movie as a whole looked AMAZING. From all the different alien weapons to the Prawn themselves I was glad to see this film make the list.
2. Blade Runner (1982)
Brendan, Editor-In-Chief -Something happens when you mention the word sci-fi to a group of people; either their eyes glaze over and tune out, or they begin to gush about lasers, explosions, and argue over the minutiae of alien politics. Simply put, sci-fi is not usually known for telling stories that challenge audiences. But Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner does exactly that. Set in a dystopic future Earth, where humans have colonized the solar system, and androids (known as Replicants) have reached human-like intelligence – so much so that some now believe they’re human. Que Deckard, a “Blade Runner,” people hired to hunt down and kill Replicants who now believe they’re human – or worse. Blade Runner is not on this list just because of its great sci-fi setting or unique cyberpunk technology, but because it asks questions about what it means to be human, and what it truly means to be “alive.”
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Marshal, Senior Editor - 2001: A Space Odyssey is about progression, advancement and evolution. 2001 starts with the discovery of an alien monolith on the moon and the following measures taken to discover its origin. The story is one of the greatest ever told and the ideas it proposes are some of the most thought provoking and mind boggling in the genre. Arthur C. Clark, the author of the novel on which the film was based once said that “If you understand ’2001′ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered” which he and Kubrick do perfectly. The film is a little more confusing than the books in several aspects, which does not make it worse but instead makes it more thought provoking and provides the viewer with a slight sense of ambiguity that allows he or she to interpret it as they see fit. The ideas proposed regarding human nature, life, death, time, existence and alien life will not only change how you see the world but it will change how you see the universe and existence. Stanley Kubrick gives Clark’s story a dash of his fantastic style and goes on to push the limits of film making in a way only fitting for the film’s mind expanding content. 2001 is an absolutely epic story of man and the scale and weight of it makes it stand out significantly above the rest of the genre as well as above most other movies in general, even after almost 45 years since it‘s release. It is because of all of this that 2001: A Space Odyssey is Power Cords number one science fiction movie of all time. Plus, it is one of the most realistic portrayals of deep space travel to date.
The Matrix (1999)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Fifth Element (1997)
So that is our top ten! For the list we decided to exclude super hero and Zombie movies because including those would open up a whole other can of worms. We were tried to avoid movies that took place in modern times that didn’t have some sort of particularly crazy science fiction aspect to it, ruling out films like Donnie Darko and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. As you might of noticed Ridley Scotts ventures into the sci-fi genre had a tremendous impact on our list and we are all relatively sure that with the release of Prometheus next month the list is sure to change.
So what are some of your guys’ favorites? What are some that you are pissed didn’t make it onto the list? Let us know in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So this article is kicking off the first of many lists to come in the upcoming weeks! I am sorry to start out our new weekly list section with such a morbid topic but it is one I have been putting together in my head for quite some time now. First off let me start with a disclaimer saying that these are my personal favorites and are deaths that have particularly stood out to me over the years. These are some of the most memorable, gruesome, gnarly, iconic and all out awesome death scenes ever filmed.
WARNING!!! FULL SPOILERS AHEAD!!! You have been warned.
10. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Face Melter
So upon my first viewing of Raiders I had absolutely no idea what to expect when they opened the Ark of the Covenant. If I remember correctly, there had been no demonstrations of magic or supernatural happenings up to that point so once that lid came off and heads started exploding it is safe to say I was surprised. While all three close ups are relatively awesome deaths, it’s Major Arnold Toht’s face melter that makes it into the ten slot. I feel like I don’t need to go into excessive detail here. I mean his face literally melts off. What else is there to say?
9. Jurassic Park – “Clever Girl”
Every time I hear anything about man being the most dangerous game I always think to myself “you clearly haven’t hunted a velociraptor before”. While not the flashiest death of all time it is just filmed so damned perfectly. Every time you watch this scene you always hear Dr. Grant’s voice in your head about how the attack doesn’t come from the front but from the side *whoosh* from the other two raptors you didn’t even know where there. The way this scene keeps your eyes (just like Muldoon’s) on the raptor in front of you and how that last shot pans from the front to the raptor just staring him in the face are what make this scene into my top ten. Plus Muldoon tops it off with some pretty sweet and pretty dang iconic last words.
8. Shaun of the Dead – David Gets Ripped Apart
Whenever I watch Shaun of the Dead I go the entire film wanting David (Dylan Morris’s character) to get bit so they finally ditch him and every time I hear that hammer click when he tries to shoot Shaun I just want him to get torn to smithereens. Fortunately I have never been disappointed because Edgar Wright does a perfect job getting rid of the character right at the peak of his despicableness. And he sends him out appropriately. Wright might be a king of comedy but he is also surprisingly awesome at gore, leading to one of the best done “ripped apart” death scenes ever. While it is almost disturbing how well done the tearing into David’s stomach and ripping out of his innards is the light-heartedness quickly returns with his legs getting ripped off by Shaun and Liz to conclude the gorey death.
7. Machete – Quick Getaway
So whether or not you have actually seen this movie there is a good chance you have at least heard about this scene. Danny Trejo provides us with one of the most over the top and ridiculously awesome kills of all time. For those who aren’t familiar with this scene, Machete literally cuts open a guy’s stomach, rips out part of his intestine, and then proceeds to jump through a window and rappel to safety with the still attached intestine. There’s not a whole lot else to say here. Check out the clip below!
6. Pulp Fiction – “Ah man, I shot Marvin in the face.”
So I know death isn’t funny but this scene cracks me up every single time. The speed at which this happens completely catches you off guard, you don’t even have time to think to yourself that Vega should be careful where he points that thing before Marvin’s brain is all over the window. Tarantino use violence so well in this film with this scene highlighting that fact. Hands down the most morbidly comic scene on the list.
5. Sin City – Marv Finally Dies
Marv is one tough guy. Throughout Sin City he gets shot countless times, diced up, and completely beat to snot. While you might expect him going out with more of a bang he goes out on the quieter side of things, in the electric chair. While it might be a bit quieter than expected he keeps on being that mean bad ass up until the last moments of his life. The reason this is on the list is for several reasons. First, that he is fearless and awesome in the moments prior to getting shocked. Second, the first shock isn’t enough to kill so spitting blood he manages to insult and antagonizes his executioners one last time. Damn that guy is tough.
4. Alien – Stomach Bursting Xenomorph
Everyone knew this had to make it onto this list. This is probably one of the most iconic deaths of all time. Every time I watch this I always see that first burst of blood and I think that wasn’t nearly as awesome as I remember that being. But then he keeps on convulsing and then it happens and it is always as glorious as I remember it being. The first Xenomorph bursts forth from his innards, this creature’s birth ironically meaning the demise of the rest of the crew. This is one of those scenes that I think we are all guilty of reenacting with out hands stuffed up our shirt. Xenomorphs are such perfect killing machines and they start out early, doing so in such a fantastically terrible way.
3. The Grey – Once More Into the Frey
To be completely honest I almost completely spaced on putting this on the list but I am very glad I remembered it. As we have talked about time and time again, The Grey is a fantastic movie which had a damn near perfect ending. While it is arguable that this isn’t even a death scene, the fact of the matter is this scene is incredible. While the actual cause of death is only incredible enough to make it third on the list the actual scene might be my favorite out of this entire list. While not particularly gruesome or over top (we actually don’t see anything happen at all) the emotional impact of this scene is incredible. I think it is safe to say Ottway is going to have a seat reserved at the head of the table in Valhalla.
2. Kill Bill – Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique
So the title of the movies is Kill Bill so you know once Bill gets killed its gotta be good and Tarantino being Tarantino made sure it was. Gosh Bill’s death was perfect! I always expect there to be more of a bang, some explosion or even just some noise but instead he walks away, not looking back, maintaining his dignity and suddenly as if struck by some invisible, silent lightning, he falls. And that music that accompanies the scene gives it that absolutely perfect style. So good. Tarantino is a master of stylish deaths and while Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2 are both chalked full of them, it only made sense settling on the best of the best.
1. Dr Strangelove – Riding the Bomb
Hands down, all time favorite death scene. Coming into this list I knew that no matter what this was going to be number one on the list. If I had to choose exactly how I left this world thats how it would be. So Major Kong is sitting on a nuke, trying to repair it when the doors open the it begins to drop. One of the things I love about this scene is that he immediately starts screaming. He isn’t screaming out of fear but out excitement from the thrill of his final ride, that last explosive, bucking bronco. What better way is there to approach your inevitable death or in his case the end of the world? Gandalf would proud of Kong because he is riding that bomb knowing that death is next big adventure. If Ottway is going to be at the head of the table in Valhalla than Major Kong is going to chilling with Odin co-ruling the place.
Jaws – Quint’s death
Kill Bill – Animated O-ren sniper kill
Ran- Taro’s wife’s death
X-Men: The Last Stand – Jean Grey obliterating Xavier
Zombieland – Bill Murray’s death
Inglorious Basterds – Beaten to death with a baseball bat
The Thing – The doctor who gets his hands ripped off by the chest mouth
Jurassic Park – Gennaro eaten by the T-Rex
So that concludes my Top Ten Movie Deaths list. What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
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Hello readers! Please give a very warm welcome to our friend and newest addition to the pwrcords.com writing team, Marshal Ellison! For his first post, Marshal made up a list of films he is positive will rock your face in 2012. Be sure to comment, and be on the look-out for more articles from Marshal in the near future!
As of right now 2012 is looking like it is going to be a pretty phenomenal year for movies. The year is full of many long awaited sequels and prequels, as well as some
new films from great directors like Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.
Thirty years afte the release of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott finally ends his sci-fi hiatus and is returning to the genre with a prequel to the Alien movies [Ed. Note – Fuck. Yes.]. The film was originally going to be a direct prequel that led right into Alien, but instead ended up being more focused on the giant species killed by the “aliens” that the crew of the Nostromo discovered at the beginning of the original Alien.
Link to trailer
Anyone who saw Children of Men knows Alfonso Cuarón can do action, and he can do it with style. Gravity is set to have that same intense cinematography filled with long takes that made Children of Men so good. This apparently simple story about a pair of survivors from a repair mission, trying to get home has already received praise from director Guillermo Del Toro who said it will push “a new boundary of filmmaking”. Not much else is known at this point, other than it will star George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, will be in 3D, and the first twenty minutes are one long take.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I know I am not alone when I say that The Hobbit was always my favorite out of the Lord of the Rings series [Ed. Note – something everyone at pwrcords.com agrees on.]. Peter Jackson brings us back to Middle Earth with part one of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. Jackson is splitting the adventure into two parts to tell the story in full, leaving out as little as possible. Martin Freeman stars in the film, portraying Bilbo Baggins, and Ian McKellen returns once again taking on the role of Gandalf, amongst a highly promising cast.
Link to trailer
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight trilogy comes to its epic conclusion with Tom Hardy playing the villain, Bane, and Anne Hatheway appearing as Cat Woman. The first two Batman movies Christopher Nolan made are arguably some of the best super hero movies of all time, and based on his résumé stacked with other great films, I am sure it will not be a disappointment. Joeseph Gordon-Levitt joins the cast, as well as Liam Nieson once again playing the role of Ra’s Al Ghul, and of course, Christian Bale once again playing Bruce Wayne.
Link to trailer
Django Unchained is a film directed by Quentin Tarantino about a slave-turned-bounty-hunter and his trek across America in his journey to save his wife. While not an actual remake of the 1966 film Django, Tarantino did admit to be influenced by the film. With an all-star cast consisting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, and Jamie Foxx and with all of Tarantino’s style this will be one you won’t want to miss
World War Z
Based on the novel by Max Brooks, World War Z is the story of a U.N. employee racing around the world in an attempt to stop the zombie pandemic. World War Z will have less of a George Romero feel and more of the intense action packed style of Children of Men. Based on the fact that director Marc Forster has a budget of $125 million to work with and the fact that reviews of the script all say it is great we might be looking at the next big zombie flick.
Timo Vuorensola is directing Iron Sky, a film about Nazis launching an attack on Earth from their Moon base. Nazis invading Earth from their Moon base. Need I say more?
After plenty of waiting, we finally have the trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming space-horror epic, Prometheus. And damn, it’s shaping up to be one fine flick!
Ridley Scott’s previous space-horror movies are regarded as true classic in the horror and sci-fi genres. Alien especially is one of my favorite movies in both genres. Prometheus seems to have a very strong Alien feel, especially visually. Is this a prequel? Sequel? is it an Alien movie at all?
For me at least, it doesn’t need to be. It already looks damn fantastic!
What do you guys think?