You would wonder if this could be successful but it is worth viewing just to see how they pulled it off. A battleship/museum is the hero, saving the planet from evil aliens. Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Rhianna operating the big guns and David Schwimmer for comic relief. CGI runs amok throughout the film where there are plenty of robot weapons and vehicles. The best part, however, is that most of the ammo used to attack are giant pegs and you can play along yelling, "Hit!" every time one meets its mark.
"Prometheus", a movie that involves a group of humans in space trying to discover the extraterrestrial roots of the planet, was recently released on Blu-ray. Directed by Ridley Scott, it is a sort of prequel to the 1979 "Alien". David, played by Michael Fassbender, is an android with a aberrant personality that works for Weyland Industries.
While we have not yet seen the epic sci-fi thriller, we did recently re-view Stephen Spielberg's 2001 "A.I." with android Haley Joel Osment wanting to become a real boy. It is worth checking out if only to appreciate the melding of the minds of Spielberg and Stanley Kramer, who originally planned to make the film.
Sega's HomeStar planetarium came out several years ago, so we guess it was time to redesign, repackage and reintroduce it into the republic in R2-D2 form. The final frontier can be projected on ceiling or wall and needs 4 AAA batteries (not included) for 3 hours of viewing time with a range of 4.9 - 7.5 ft. The claim is that you will see 10,000 stars including the Death Star. At a size of 3.9 x 8.3 x 3.5", the ad is a bit cheesy and despite what Sega's site claims, we believe that both boys and girls will love it.
If you could take a much-beloved movie robot and commercialize the heck out of it, how would you do it? Well, you could turn it into a Limited Edition Star Wars Xbox 360 Bundle. Add to it custom R2-D2 sounds and the game Star Wars with C-3PO as an unlockable character in Dance mode. Also included is the Adventures game, 320GB hard drive, a wired headset, controller and the first white sensor. May the gaming force be with you.
Ten million viewers have rewatched the trailer for Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Movie the Movie," noteworthy because so many actors were willing to participate, no matter how silly the role. We thought you might like Tom Hanks' Robot Lawyer and Gabby Sidibe's Black Hitler, and hey, our apologies if we don't have enough time to include Matt Damon.
Robots are already becoming caretakers and there is no more evidence of this than in "Robot and Frank", a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at last month's Sundance Film Festival. This award is given to films that "explore science and technology themes or that depict scientists, engineers and mathematicians in engaging and innovative ways." The film, directed by Jake Schreier and starring Frank Langella, concerns a man and the robot his children give him as a health care aide.
We also found another film, "The Meaning of Robots", a stop-motion robot sex film that took director Mike Sullivan 10 years to complete and became one of Sundance's Official Selections.
There seem to be an abundance of movies that feature robots and we keep coming across them, so of course we are going to encourage you to also enjoy the outdated effects and convoluted plots. This time we found "Making Mr. Right" from 2008 with John Malkovich as both a scientist and inventor of Ulysses, a robot made in his own image. Asimov is undoubtedly very restless in his grave right about now.
Sadly, Dick Tufeld, the voice of the robot (the actor was Bob May) in the TV series "Lost in Space" died Sunday, Jan. 22 at the age of 85. Still, we are fortunate to always have him with us when watching some of the old TV shows or movie. He was even featured in a 1998 documentary with John Larroquette, Will Robinson and Dr. Smith. And he is immortalized in toys as a Remote Control Replica turns, moves forward and back, and will keep on repeating "Danger, Will Robinson" forever (or until his batteries need replacing.)
"Real Steel" has finally come out on Blu-ray for those of you who missed the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em film starring Hugh Jackman. Just think of it as "Rocky" on robotic steroids. Add to that a dysfunctional father/son relationship and you have an instant family viewing night.
If you want something G-rated and on the cheese ball side, "Short Circuit" was released in 1986 and stars Ally Sheedy and Steve Gutenberg. This was pre-CGI animation and consisted of a bot named Johnny 5, who was designed by Syd Mead of "Blade Runner" fame. Because he was voiced by his creator during filming, #5 sounded much more human than previous movie bots.
Look what Santa found. This Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear Dancer can not only talk in his original Tim Allen voice, you can hook up your iPod or MP3 player and he becomes a dancing fool while his external speaker plays the tunes. Looking for a night light to brighten up the darkness and save you from the evil ones? This Atomic Robot has glowing eyes and mouth and each is individually created by Katsu Designs.
If you like your movies overly long and 90% CGI, then Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon is for you. With inside references that range from Al Pacino to Spock's famous line "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few," this film has more great character actors (including Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Sentinel) than any high budget movie needs.
Don't try to keep track of the various plots, but watch for the special effects. There is so much of it that Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (who does the film in heels) rarely do anything but run across a set or scream. And if you have a big screen and Blu-ray, so much the better.
That didn't take long. There is already an authorized Real Steel WRB Built For Battle Set. It includes a 12 x 12" Ring, Atom, Zeus, light up controls and sound effects from the film. Recommended for those over 6 years old. A Rock 'em Sock 'em by any other name...
We have been touting it all summer and finally Real Steel has arrived. What most are calling a Rock 'em Sock 'em event is actually a modern day Rocky, complete with sentimental pap. Hugh Jackman is in his element here as he trains a robot that was built for sparring and...well you know the rest. This is an American movie. It already topped the Box Office chart, making $8.6 million its first day and leaving Clooney, Gosling and their political thriller with sloppy seconds.
Some critics panned it because of the premise that humans would want to watch robots fight, but we think they just have not had proper exposure to Mindstorms NXT, Willow Garage or Battlebots.
It looks like 20th Century Fox now has the rights to Isaac Asimov's 1954 novel Caves of Steel. Henry Hobson has been chosen to direct the movie that is set 1,000 years from now when workers known as Spacers are sent to other planets to toil alongside robots. The humans become paranoid of the bots when one of the spacers is found murdered. A detective and robot disguised as a human are sent to investigate. No specific date has been set for production.