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Short Film Theater: ‘The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Created by Jake Armstrong as part of his senior project at the School of Visual Arts, “The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9” is a short animated film with a heartfelt and memorable story. The project took Armstrong approximately one year to complete using[...]

‘George Lucas Strikes Back’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — It’s no secret, George Lucas has a bad wrap. Jar-Jar Binks, midi-chlorians and Greedo shooting first have all cost Lucas a lot of fanboy cred. But countless online videos have parodied Lucas’ many movie blunders, so what makes this recent installment in the Lucas[...]

Two Clips from ‘Attack the Block’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Several short clips from writer/director Joe Cornish’s debut film “Attack the Block” have been released, giving viewers a more detailed look at the characters, the gangs and the aliens. The film stars Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker and Luke Treadaway[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Life in a Day’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Last summer, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott received 80,000 different video submissions from people all over the world as part of their latest project to document a single day in history — July 24, 2010. Macdonald and Scott hav[...]

Check Out This Fan-Made ‘X-Men: First Class’ Opening Sequence

— by KYLA DREWETTE — “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn has described his new film as “X-Men” meets “James Bond” meets “Thirteen Days.” But some the film’s recent marketing efforts (including a few terrible movie posters), have been rather bland. And with any [...]

Short Film Theater: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Take on ‘Star Wars’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost share a kind of onscreen chemistry that is always delightfully funny and genuinely real. To help promote their latest project, “Paul,” the two friends created a short remake of one of the scenes from “Star Wars: A New Hope” on Tatooi[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘The Lost Thing’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Based on a children’s book written by Shaun Tan, “The Lost Thing” is a charming animated short about a boy who discovers a mechanical crab-like creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Despite everyone else’s lack of interest in the creature, t[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘The 3rd Letter’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Polish director and visual effects artist Grzegorz “Greg” Jonkajtys gained critical acclaim a few years ago with his post-apocalyptic short “The Ark,” which was an official selection at Cannes. Throughout 2010, the award-winning director toured festiv[...]

Under Review: ‘Monsters’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Shot guerrilla-style in the jungles of South America, Garth Edwards’ “Monsters” features compelling and complex characters, stunning visuals and, yes, giant alien monsters. Set six years after a NASA space probe carrying alien life forms broke-up over Mexico, [...]

Short Film Theater: ‘Avatar Days’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — We’ve all heard the stories of MMORPG gamers losing their jobs, destroying their relationships, and even dying, from an all-consuming obsession with a virtual world. More so than others, World of Warcraft, the most successful MMORPG of all time, has taken the bulk [...]

Under Review: ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Directed by Brad Anderson, “Vanishing on 7th Street” is a post-apocalyptic survivor story. A mysterious blackout has caused the disappearance of the most of the world’s population, leaving only piles of deflated clothing behind. Days later, strange shadows and [...]

Under Review: ‘Super’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Written and directed by James Gunn, “Super” hooks you in from the start. Beginning with the film’s opening credits – a colorful, bloody and crudely drawn cartoon that features the characters in a lively dance sequence – you know you’re about to witness so[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘The Wilderness Downtown’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — Canadian indie-rock band The Arcade Fire have collaborated with director Chris Milk and Google to create a short film/music video that only the internet could deliver. Titled “The Wilderness Downtown,” the interactive video is a truly unique web experience that c[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Monsters’

— by KYLA DREWETTE — A new trailer has been released for Garth Edwards’ “Monsters.” The low-budget monster film was reportedly made for under $100,000 and is being released in the U.S. by Magnet Releasing. The movie stars Scoot McNairy as an American journalist who agrees to escort[...]