Prelude to Darkness/Gothic Girl music video featuring Barbara Steele

Our sister site Hollywood Gothique has just posted a music video of a cover version of “Gothic Girl.” Originally recorded by The 69 Eyes, the song has been revamped into a tribute to actress Barbara Steele, who starred in such wonderfully atmospheric Gothic horror movies in the 1960s as BLACK SUNDAY, CASTLE OF BLOOD, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, and AN ANGEL FOR SATAN.

Everything wrong with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

“Everything Wrong with TRANSFORMERS” was so much fun that we just had to let you see the follow-up, “Everything Wrong with TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.”
The Cinema Sins folks do a wonderful job of nitpicking their way through the sequel, which was even worse than the original – so much worse, that this video takes 20 minutes to recount the multitude of transgressions. If that sounds excessive, bear in mind that the entertainment-to-length ratio is far higher than that of the film being targeted.

Cinema Sins: Everything Wrong with Transformers

If you have yet to encounter Cinema Sins’ series of “Everything Wrong With…” videos on YouTube, you really should check them out. As the title suggests, Cinema Sins picks apart filmic flaws – usually targeting big-budget blockbusters. The approach is simple but effective: a montage of clips from the target film, with a bland narrator counting through each and every mistake, from the mundane to the massive. Much of the commentary is nitpicky nonsense, but the Cinema Sins crew also scores some major points. The result is good film criticism wrapped in entertaining sarcasm.
A perfect example is “Everything Wrong with TRANSFORMERS in 7 Minutes or Less.” Check it out, and find more here.
A larger version of the video is embedded below.

Captain Eo – watch online for free

Anybody remember CAPTAIN EO? I do, because I covered the event’s debut at Disneyland, for Cinefantastique magazine back in 1986. The science fiction short subject starred Michael Jackson as the titular space hero, confronting Anjelica Huston in a wicked Giger-esque makeup as the Supreme Leader. Francis Ford Coppola directed for his friend, executive producer George Lucas. If you have never seen CAPTAIN EO, the reason is that the film  screened in “4D” at Disney theme parks (meaning that, in addition to 3D photography, the attraction featured live, in-theatre effects, such as fog to simulate the smoke from explosions). It ran for about ten years, then made a comeback after Michael Jackson’s death, but it’s never been easily available anywhere outside of Disneyland and Disneyworld.
Fortunately, you can now watch in online for free, courtesy of YouTube. The impact is considerably diminished by the absence of 3D (the asteroid, which seems to linger pointlessly on screen in the opening shot, was pretty cool when it seemed to float out of the screen to a point about an arm’s length in front of your nose). Jackson is an awkward actor at best, but needless to say he shines when he begins to sing and dance. All in all, this is a curio, not a masterpiece. Enjoy!
See a larger version of the video below.

The Night of the Doctor: A Mini Episode of Doctor Who

Ever wonder what happend to the Paul McGann version of Doctor Who? You know, the one who appeared in the 1996 film on Fox TV? Low ratings put that version of the Doctor in limbo, and the franchise remained dormant for years, until the BBC resurrected the iconic Time Lord for a revamped DOCTOR WHO television series in 2004, starring Christopher Eccleston. During the interim, McGann remained the “official” Doctor, in the sense that it was his likeness that appeared on merchandising tie-ins (novelizations, etc), but he never got another shot at playing the character on screen, until now.
THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR is a seven-minute short subject, billed as a prequel to THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR, the 50th anniversary special that will screen for one night only in U.S. theatres on November 25, two days after its premiere on British television. In this mini-episode, we finally learn the fate of the Eighth Doctor. We won’t give it away, except to say that, as you can probably guess, it involves a regeneration; John Hurt is involved in some way; and the time frame is during the devastating Dalek war referenced in the Eccleston episodes. This is just an appetizer, of course; but it certainly suggest that THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR will be something spectacular.

Doctor Who McGann Night of the Doctor

Cargo: must-see zombie short subject

This short subject has been available online for a while now, but we wanted to offer it to those of you who have not been fortunate enough to see it yet. CARGO (a Tropfest Australia 2013 Finalist) depicts a rather dire situation with a father trying to get his baby to safety – after he has been bitten by zombie and knows he is inevitably fated to transform before he can reach help. It is, quite simply, ne of the best short subjects we have ever seen – as good as the best of anything we have seen in the past two seasons of THE WALKING DEAD.

See a larger version of the video below.

GE Commercial: Robots on the Move, with Robby, Data, B-9 and KITT

This is a couple months old, but I just happened to see it and thought it was worth posting. General Electric teases the announcement of some “brilliant new machines” by showing a parade of familiar movie and TV robots – including Robby, Data. K.I.T.T., and B-9 (i.e., the robot from LOST IN SPACE). Whatever the ultimate value of the product, it is amusing to see iconic science fiction characters – once representatives of the future – now looking forward to a new generation of machines that will exist in reality.
As GE explains on their YouTube Channel:

The robots are coming out of the woodwork to attend a mega-summit at an unknown location. A star-studded group that includes Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation), B-9 (Lost in Space), K.I.T.T. (Knight Rider), and Robby the Robot (Forbidden Planet) has gathered to get their first glimpse of the next generation of artificial intelligence — the “brilliant machines.”
The robots want to a firsthand look at the technology that will make machines work better and smarter. Join them to see how the new products from GE are integrating innovative technology with the ability to communicate, making the world work in ways never seen before. Join the revolution.
Credits:
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION is owned by CBS Studios Inc. Used under license.

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Robot B-9™ from “Lost in Space”® is ©Space Productions, Inc. Licensed by Synthesis Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Avengers director comes out for Romney

Just in the nick of time, with the nationwide election only days away, Joss Whedon (creator of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and director of THE AVENGERS) has recorded a video endorsing Mitt Romney for President. Whedon’s reasoning may strike some mainstream liberals as untenable, but those attuned to the political message in DAWN OF THE DEAD should understand completely. After all, spam has its own key.