Trailers – I had not heard of Alita before I saw this trailer. It looks like it may have possibilities. The fact that James Cameron is one of the writers gives the movie some credits. The synopsis (from IMDB):
An action-packed story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world.
This will come out in July of 2018.
Short Films – The short (8:25) science fiction film “Dedalo” was published to YouTube in May of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
Trapped inside the Space Freighter/Refinery DÉDALO, SIENA tries to survive an infestation of Diabolic Creatures.
This is a good film that mixes science fiction with horror, much like the original Alien film. Another well made film from DUST. The film has a 6.5/10 rating on IMDB.
Star Wars – Short Film – The short (12:55) Star Wars fan film “The Irregulars” was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2016 by Keegan Larwin. The synopsis:
A rag-tag team of hired guns (NOT CLONES) are sent by the Republic on a do or die mission to Takodana. If everything went as planned, we wouldn’t need to tell you the story…
This isn’t a bad film, but it does have a mix of good and mediocre special affects.
Trailers – The next installment of the Avengers comes to theaters in May 2018. This trailer is short (2:24) but this looks to be another good addition to the Marvel franchise. The synopsis (per IMDB):
The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Something to look forward to in 2018.
Apparently even Walmart is looking at automation in its stores. Two different initiatives seem to be under evaluation by Walmart.
EMMA (Enabling Mobile Machine Automation), an autonomous machine for scrubbing store floors, is under evaluation at five stores. After a training run controlled by a human operator to identify the desired operational path, the machine will autonomously clean the floor. It has built in sensors and cameras similar to autonomous vehicles currently on the roads that allow it to navigate around obstacles at a sedate 2.5 miles per hour. EMMA is a product of Brain Corp.
In a separate trial, Walmart has deployed shelf-scanning robots in 50 stores. These machines will scan store shelves to verify inventory, prices and misplaced items. These units are from Bossa Nova Robotics.
Will these attempts at automation cost jobs? Well, probably over the long term, but it is unlikely that the impact will be significant. It is clear though that robots and automation will be in our future.
Trailers – Netflix will air a new 10-episode series beginning in December called “Dark”. The dialog is in German with English subtitles. The synopsis:
The disappearance of two kids in the German small town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children… but when.
Though I don’t have Netflix, this does look interesting. The only downside is the subtitles. I am not a fan of subtitles.
Short Films – The short (7:31) science fiction film “Two Worlds” was published to YouTube in November of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
Two Worlds is a story about two opposites coming together out of necessity and finding hope at the end of the world.
Snibb, a stranded and lonely character, but not by choice. He has been marooned on a desolate planet where he struggles to utilize his weak and failing satellite link to attempt daily distress beacons for rescue. But with little power available, he is unable to get just enough solar power to send that one frequency “S.O.S”.
L.O.I.D., a two-bit cargo droid en route to his galactic destination is in a suspended state of consciousness, drifting through space in his cargo vessel the “Lucky Strike”. Through fate or just unfortunate circumstance, L.O.I.D’s ship collides with a piece of space debris and is woken by the chaos of his ship speeding through space uncontrollably towards Snibb’s lone planet.
With L.O.I.D’s ship crash landing on Snibb’s planet, these two characters are able to benefit from each other through their new friendship and attempt to find a solution off this isolated world.
A simple, animated story. Not great but I like it. It has a 6.8/10 on IMDB.
Trailers – The science fiction movie “Singularity” opens later this month. Though this clip looks pretty good, it was only given a 5.5/10 rating on IMDB. The synopsis (from IMDB):
In 2020, Elias van Dorne (John Cusack), CEO of VA Industries, the world’s largest robotics company, introduces his most powerful invention–Kronos, a super computer designed to end all wars. When Kronos goes online, it quickly determines that mankind, itself, is the biggest threat to world peace and launches a worldwide robot attack to rid the world of the “infection” of man. Ninety-seven years later, a small band of humans remain alive but on the run from the robot army. A teenage boy, Andrew (Julian Schaffner) and a teenage girl, Calia (Jeannine Wacker), form an unlikely alliance to reach a new world, where it is rumored mankind exists without fear of robot persecution. But does this world actually exist? And will they live long enough to find out?
Short Films – The short (8:14) science fiction film “Forty Three Thousand Feet” was published to YouTube in March of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes and 48 seconds before he hits the ground.
This is a strange little film. I’m not sure if I like it or why it is categorized as ‘science fiction”..
Short Films – The short (14:32) science fiction film “Cursor” was published to YouTube in May of 2016 by The CGIBros. The synopsis:
The year is 2034. Four soldiers are sent for complete a mission: to place four systems devices to destroy robots created to kill humanity. But something bad happens. The soldiers are discovered from robots and begin, in vain, their escape. Only one soldier will survive. The salvation will have an unexpected “face”.
This was a well done post apocalypse film. The dialog is in Italian, but there are English subtitles. There is a lot of CGI in the film. The film is rated 5.2 on IMDB, but I thing it deserves a better rating than that, though I do think the ending is a little confusing.