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New Tron: Legacy trailer

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The newest trailer for Tron: Legacy doesn’t introduce that much new, except for four sultry female Programs who strip Users of their clothes with lasers that shoot out of their fingers.

Only Hollywood could — or would even attempt to — first create laser fingers and then to sexualize them.

But, whatever. This is still the third trailer in a row to give me goosebumps and/or cause me to let out a slow, loud groan of delight.

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Sunday Web Short: “Cabriole”

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Cabriole is another very fun and very clever student film out of France. It was created by Léo Silly-Pélissier, Antoine Bremont, Adrien Gentils, and Anthony Lossmann.

That’s right. That guy’s middle name is Silly.

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Saw 3D: Full circle, indeed

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Allow me to get this right out in the open: I’m a huge horror fan. I started reading Stephen King novels at the tender age of 10, and watched my first real horror flick at 11 (Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, which I must have watched a hundred times from the first to when I graduated high school). But I do have some standards – I need a little plot with my horror. Gore-fests are great, but gallons of blood and guts just aren’t enough to keep me coming back for sequel after sequel after sequel.

That’s why I fell in love with the first Saw movie. (Well, that, and Cary Elwes, who will forever be the Dread Pirate Wesley to me but still rocks my world whatever he’s in.) The original Saw was amazing – it was new and different, filled with both gore and heavy psychological scares, and the ending (which, thankfully, no one spoiled for me) completely blew me away. I actually stood up and cheered for it. Good thing I was watching it at home.

Naturally, I wanted more. I continued to watch the Saw franchise (though I waited for the DVDs rather than going to the theater). None of the sequels were as mind-blowingly awesome as the original, but they were certainly satisfying. Plot was maintained along with a lovely high gore factor, and for most of the movies, I managed to take away a surprise or two.

When I heard the final installment was going to be in 3-D, I knew I HAD to see it in a theater. Eye-popping splatter! Bring it on!

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Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

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Whether it’s the haunting lack of people or the superb Godspeed You! Black Emperor music I don’t know, but this video is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Redditor aroundlsu, who posted this video, says he was given permission to shoot the theme park while working on the feature film The Courier. He says the park was closed in preparation for Hurricane Katrina and never re-opened. The slow-tracking shots and the now-faded bright colors make you feel as though zombies are surely around the next corner and the filmmaker himself admits he felt the same way while shooting.

The comments section of the Reddit post have turned into an impromptu AMA. The bad news: Looks like the city is going to tear the whole structure down come January. There goes our chance for a zombie survival camp.

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The Warrior’s Way trailer

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Why is this movie not called Cowboys vs. Ninjas? Truth in advertising, Hollywood. Truth in advertising.

That is all.

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“Jenny and Me” — Commando: The Musical

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The greatest piece of action-schlock ever made — Commando, wherein Arnold Schwarzenegger takes out an entire island of bad guys and also rams a hollow steel rod through his arch-enemy/former friend’s chest — has been turned into a musical.

Broadway: you must purchase the rights to this. It would be the only musical I would ever pay to see.

The above vid is by the same guys that did Conan the Barbarian: The Musical and Total Recall: The Musical. It begs the question: WHEN DO WE GET PREDATOR: THE MUSICAL?

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Sunday Web Short: Mon Ami Le Robot (Playing with Light)

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Another French student film out of Gobelins, Mon Ami Le Robot is a beautiful short work that could be the bastard love child of Steve Zissou, Isaac Asimov, and Walt Disney (yes, I know Steve Zissou is fictional).

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Rare Exports — Another potentially awesome Scandinavian horror film

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Perhaps it’s due to global warming, or the worldwide recession, or maybe all those damn Swedish metal bands, but 2010 is turning into a banner year for weird nordic horror movies.

First, there was the Blair Witch-style trailer for The Troll Hunter, a faux documentary out of Norway that followed a band of possible vikings as they chased trolls around cold places.

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8 Bit rendition of There Will Be Blood gets robbed

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I think there is some kind of 8-bit jack in my brain. Blocky pixels and tinny music jump start my neurons into some kind of adolescent euphoria. So full disclosure: I might be biased. But I think the results of Empire’s recent Done in 60 Seconds contest is bunk.

The contest invited people create condensed versions of famous movies. There were tons of entries, over a dozen of which are fantastic. The video below, which is, I must admit, awesome, was the ultimate winner:

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Sunday Web Short: Le Royaume (“The King and the Beaver”) by Sebastien Hary

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The above video by Sebastien Hary served as his “student graduating film” at Gobelins, L’école de l’image in 2010. Check out this young filmaker’s blog for some nifty concept sketches like the one below:

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