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Honest Posters for 2016 Oscar Hopefuls

Mad Max, Ex Machina and The Revenant are just some of the award-hungry titles taken to task with these honest posters.

It’s very easy to get serious and snobbish about films this time of year. With the run-up to the Academy Awards in February, the critic in us all can get untethered and run loose all over the place. So it’s never a bad idea to have a sense of humur about it and not to take things to seriously. But how do we do that when all the films are so darn serious? Fortunately, we have Honest Posters to take care of it.

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Neill Blomkamp’s “Alien” Sequel Delayed

Chappie director Blomkamp’s Alien sequel has hit the brakes to give way to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Will he ever catch back up?

There was a period of a few months this year when we had two separate alien sequels on the horizon. The first was from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the second was from the xeno-daddy himself Ridley Scott. So we felt pretty damn good about ourselves. But in this town (or whatever town you’re currently in) there’s apparently only room for one Alien sequel. So who do you imagine will be taking the back seat on the franchise? You guessed it, Ridley Scott! No just joking it’s Blomkamp.

According to Slashfilm.com the news is that Blomkamp will be putting his dream project on the back burner while Scott‘s Alien: Paradise Lost gets given priority from Fox. The news was broken as it always is by an emotionally ambiguous tweet from Blomkamp:

As well as emotionally ambiguous, it’s also factually ambiguous. There’s no mention of Scott or Paradise Lost, or why the project has been delayed. It’s a reasonable guess that Fox don’t want to put too many eggs in a shared universe basket, given their recent eager beavery with the Amazing Spiderman franchise. So the odds are they want to see how people respond to Paradise Lost before they give a release date for Blomkamp‘s project.

There’s also a bit of a popularity contest to consider. Scott just made a killing with The Martian and is once again a very hot commodity after a string of divisive projects. Blomkamp on the other hand has seen a diminishing return post-District 9 with Elysium and Chappie. It’s also worth considering that Prometheus itself split Alien fans down the middle, so there may not be a strong enough foundation to support two simultaneous additions to the franchise.

Despite Blomkamp‘s recent project issues, fans of the director and the franchise alike are eager to see what he could bring to the table. Also, with the amount of hype following Blomkamp‘s release of his own Alien artwork, fans certainly want to see the ideas come to fruition.

Blomkamp's Alien Sequel Delayed
Blomkamp’s Alien Sequel Delayed

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The Martian Review: More Armageddon than Interstellar

With The Martian, space-fonz Ridley Scott has once again found new ways to make the final frontier cool. So what’s the secret ingredient this time?

These are the voyages of astronaut Mark Watney. His continuing mission, to survive a ballsed-up mission to Mars that left him stranded and presumed dead by NASA. To seek out new ways to make space survival seem exciting and innovative. To boldly go ahead and kick-start Ridley Scott’s reputation. I think it’s safe to say I crushed that intro parody. So let’s go ahead and talk The Martian.

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Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” – Monday Trailer Madness!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Interstellar landed in cinemas and made us all feel like idiots. So how about something a little different but undeniably spacey? Matt Damon had his own little twists and psychological mores to contribute to Nolan’s epic, and now he’s going back for more Ridley Scott‘s The Martian – and we’ve got a trailer.

Scott’s latest scifi and first film since Exodus: Gods and Kings follows Damon as an astronaut on the first manned voyage to Mars who gets left behind and is forced to survive until he can get a distress message back to earth. Why don’t I let Jeff Daniels explain the rest? I should clarify, Daniels stars in the film, he’s not currently writing for us. Here’s the trailer, fresh from YouTube:

Not too shabby. The film, based on Andy Weir‘s novel is definitely something a little bit different, and looks more akin to Castaway than Apollo 13. There’s also a rarity for Scott on this latest project in the form of tongue in cheek humour, with Damon announcing to his log that he’s going to have to “science the shit out of this” in order to survive at least four years on a planet where nothing grows.

Also starring Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig, The Martian hits theatres on October 2nd. Sound good to you?