Trailers – So I never saw the original Lazer Team (rated 5.6 on IMDB). This trailer for “Lazer Team 2” looks a bit silly, but it might be a fun movie to watch. While there will be a short theatrical release in mid November, most will catch this film on YouTube. The synopsis:
After Woody (Gavin Free) goes missing working on secret, alien research, scientist Maggie Wittington (Nichole Bloom) must recruit the former members of Lazer Team (Burnie Burns, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones) to join her in rescuing their lost friend. It’s up to Maggie to bring the Lazer Team back together and rescue Woody.
This looks to be more comedy that thriller scifi.
Short Films – The short (5:27) science fiction film “Explorers” was published on YouTube in October of 2017 by DUST. The Synopsis:
A short film which shows an idealistic look at the future of space travel, seen from the perspective of those who dare to venture into the unknown.
The film was made by Rob McLellan as a tribute to the science fiction films of his youth and to those real life pioneers that inspire it. This was a solo project of his completed in six weeks (in his spare time) and produced entirely in Unreal Engine 4.
I thought that this was a very enjoyable and well done animated film. It is a film that might be of use in stimulating kids to have an interest in STEM, especially space science.
Trailers – I was a fan of The X-Files when it originally aired (1993-2002), and it was generally well received with 8.7/10 on IMDB. The synopsis:
The secret lies in the X-FILES folder. Find out the truth when the X-FILES returns all-new in 2018 on FOX.
This looks interesting and the answers, or at least the questions, are always found in the X-FILES Folder. I’ll be looking for this 10-episode installment in the series sometime in 2018.
Short Films – Star Wars – The short (13:30) Star Wars fan film “Turncoat” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by Optio Productions. The synopsis:
On a distant planet in the Outer Rim, a group of Jedi track down what they believe to be a traitor to the Jedi Order. Their mission, to deal with the conspirator with whatever means necessary.
I thought that this was a pretty good Star Wars fan film. It had well choreographed light saber fight scenes.
Short Films – The short (7:48) science Fiction film “Hybrids” was published on YouTube in December 2015 by The CGBros. The synopsis:
In the wake of an alien infestation, an ex-special forces soldier’s daughter is killed in an alien attack. Seeking revenge, she leads a team deep into alien territory to a quarantined lab. Soon, she discovers the aliens aren’t alien at all, but a failed government experiment to create a bio-hybrid soldier. She must then expose the governments cover-up and save the last standing city in the quarantined zone from falling.
I enjoyed this very well done short film.
Short Films – The short (12:40) science fiction film “Next Door” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
Nevin has lived a safe simple life, despite the dystopia that surrounds him, but will his fixation on the sexy dangerous girl next door lead him out of his comfort zone?
A well done but strange film. Nevin lives in a odd, antiseptic world all of his own. Around him though is a dystopian environment controlled by martial law. The beautiful girl next door tries to draw him into a conspiracy against those in control.
Trailers – The “Justice League” move will premier November 17, 2017. I’m not that huge of a fan of the new DC Universe, but I do like Wonder Woman. It will be interesting to see if this collection of DC superheroes (Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman) will be able to deliver a memorable viewing experience. The synopsis (from IMDB):
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Short Films – The short (10:17) science fiction film “Waltz for One” was published to YouTube in August of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
A lone astronaut on an endurance mission is forced to cope with an intrusive force which threatens to derail the operation.
During the space race of the 1960’s, the Soviets and Americans were at each other’s throats, vying for a foothold in galactic exploration. Simultaneous to the superpower’s struggle, a wealthy eccentric by the name of Arthur Whitman set out to search for his own stellar glory. His self-financed voyage would see him try to break the record for the longest single-manned space mission, and remain in orbit for 1 week.
This is a story of one man’s struggle against the forces of nature, and the more powerful forces that lay within his own psyche.
The film was originally released in 2012 in 49th commemoration of the longest solo space flight in history. That flight was made by Russian Valery Bykovsky who spent nearly five days in orbit. While I don’t think this is one of the better science fiction films, it does show what might happen with a prolonged isolation.
Short films – The short (8:28) post apocalypse science fiction film “Isolation” was published to YouTube in May of 2017 by iharrup. The synopsis:
Two female soldiers from opposing armies, stranded on a deserted space colony, face the dire effects of isolation. This is the story of how they met…
The film is a little dark, but it is well done and interesting. I would like to see more on their story.
Trailers – “Missions” is a 10-part French science fiction / horror series released on the horror streaming service from AMC, Shudder. The dialog is in French with English subtitles. The primary character is the psychologist for the mission. The synopsis (according to Mashable):
With the funding of an eccentric billionaire, the crew of a manned craft aims to be the first to land on Mars. Much to the dismay of all on board however, just before the culmination of their 10-month journey to the Red Planet, they are made aware of a video sent by a rival ship that has overtaken them and already landed on the planet thanks to a revolutionary engine. The bad news doesn’t end there however, as the tape contains a cryptic warning from the Americans pleading with the crew not to land as something far too dangerous is happening on the surface. After a chaotic landing on Mars, the crew finds a survivor — but he’s not from their rival mission. His name is Vladimir Komarov. He is Russian. And he is the first man who died in space…in 1967.
I’m not a big fan of subtitled films as I find it very distracting to have to read the text. If you have access to Shudder the series began on September 28.