If the machines are rising up against us, anime short Black Out 2022 suggests we (as usual) probably deserve it. The film, from Cowboy Bebop’s Shinichiro Watanabe, reveals that the current growth in sexbots we are seeing in 2017 has led to a future in which sentient replicant prostitutes have become the norm. We’ve already seen something similar happening in HBO’s Westworld and AMC/Channel 4’s Humans, of course.
As a fan of the 2004 Battlestar Galactica remake, it’s interesting to hear the term “skinjob” being used here as a derogatory term for the replicants. Far from nicking it, screenwriter Hampton Fancher came up with the term for the 1982 original.
The first of these short films is set in 2036 and focuses on Jared Leto’s creepy character named Niander Wallace. Apparently, he’s done something to help stave off famine on Earth, and so despite being pretty scary, he’s placated by some kind of government officials. At this point in this future history, there’s a full-on prohibition of Replicants. It stands to reason this is because of all the crazy shit that went down in the first movie. But Wallace is looking to change that and bring Replicant technology back in a big way. Part of his justification for this is to increase productivity on the “Off-World Colonies.”
Dave Bautista’s Sapper Morton appears in Luke Scott’s second short, 2048: Nowhere to Run, as well as Blade Runner 2049 itself. And there’s a clear difference between the one-time wrestler’s performance and those of the actors playing replicants in the first movie, who often seemed deliberately supercharged with artificiality. Whereas Daryl Hannah’s Pris or Brion James’s Leon might easily have been identified as replicants without the need for the famous Voight-Kampf test, Morton appears able to pass easily for human. In fact, he shows a deep need to engage with his fellow sentient beings. The only sign that we are looking at a machine comes in the android’s brutal takedown of a gang of baddies.
Three short films were commissioned to serve as prequels to the new feature film “Blade Runner 2049
The Sable Corsair was the recipient of the “Audience Choice” award for the 2016 STAR WARS Fan Film Awards held in London,UK for the 2016 STAR WARS CELEBRATION. Judges of the film included J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Rouge One: A Star Wars Story’s director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic, and co-producer John Swartz.
With bounties on their heads in every system and The Empire in constant pursuit, the crew of The Sable Corsair are among the most elusive smugglers in the galaxy. During a mission to deliver weapons and supplies to a Rebel base on Galidraan IV, the ship encounters a huge Imperial blockade. During the fight, The Corsair’s navigation systems are badly damaged, leaving the ship floating helplessly in space. CAPTAIN ZAC ARRAN, in a desperate attempt to save his crew, makes the jump to hyperspace… but with the navigation systems gone, the ship is flying blind. They emerge in an uncharted system and the damaged vessel crashes on a desolate, seemingly uninhabited planet…
Rakka envisions an Earth (only three years in the future) now under the control of strange reptilian overlords. Describing mankind’s existing as now akin to “pests” or “vermin”, these alien invaders came to this world to exterminate humans and harvest our lands to grow their own crops. Rakka is the story of a small group of soldiers who band together in one last attempt to fight off this merciless species.
Rakka, The First of Three Short Films from Sci-Fi Director Blomkamp
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A relic hunter finds himself en route to a desolate planet in search of an amulet rumored to hold the power of an ancient force user. The legend tells this ancient being had mastery and control over space itself…
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The world is a desolate, unforgiving place in this action sci-fi with a surprising amount of heart. We follow NO-A (Noah), as he attempts to rescue Aixa, the young woman that created him. In his desperate attempt to save her, he must face an unknown enemy force and fight to keep them both alive.
“Power/Rangers,” as his fan film is being titled, stars Katee Sackhoff as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, James Van Der Beek as Rocky the second Red Ranger, Russ Bain as Tommy the Green Ranger, Gichi Gamba as Zach the Black Ranger, and Will Yun Lee as the villain. “Power/Rangers” also features small appearances from actors playing Billy the Blue Ranger, Trini the Yellow Ranger, and Rita Repulsa.