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Pop quiz: When the disembodied voice of a space pirate asks “Who are you?,” how do you respond? a.) “I’m no one; b.) “I am Groot!”; or c.) “Star-Lord.” In this stellar Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars: The Force Awakens mashup trailer, the correct answer is “C,” Star-Lord, although we’d give partial credit for B.
The work of Alex Luthor, whose mashups should be familiar to regular readers, the video rather seamlessly combines the two space operas, recasting the mysterious Kylo Ren as a devotee of Thanos, placing Peter Quill in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and an X-wing, and putting a lightsaber in the hands of, well, quite a few people.
If Marvel Studios executives are wondering where to take Captain America after the upcoming Civil War, they need look no further than this incredible — and incredibly bloody — LEGO stop-motion short, in which the Sentinel of Liberty faces off against hordes of zombies. Nazi zombies. Gun-wielding, tank-driving Nazi zombies.
If you’re still smarting from the 2009 disaster Dragonball Evolution (rest assured, we feel your pain), this impressive live-action fan short may go a long way to soothe your pain.
Produced by Black Smoke Films, “Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Man” boasts solid cinematography, and effects that rival a lot of film and television products. As to the story:
There are far worse ways to spend 16 minutes of your time than watching this fun stop-motion fan tribute to Toho’s classic films.
Titled “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla vs. Tower of the Sun Robo,” the short film employs S.H. MonsterArts figures and other Bandai collectibles (some very familiar) to create an epic, explosion-filled kaiju free-for-all of theatrical proportions. The only downside is the video quality isn’t that great.
Fans eager to see The Punisher make the leap from Daredevil to his own television series get a taste of what the Netflix drama might look like in this slickly produced fan trailer.
The work of YouTuber Jor-El of Krypton, the video borrows from several sources, including Daredevil, The Purge: Anarchy and Punisher: War Zone, to craft a convincing teaser for a story of vengeance starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the trailer is that it’s surprisingly light on violence, yet it still manages to strike the right chord with the character.
Still haven’t gotten around to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron? Hey, it’s only been five months; we understand. Lucky for you, and your busy schedule, How It Should Have Ended and Brotherhood Workshop have save you the time by condensing the Marvel Studios sequel into a two-minute animated LEGO video.
There’s nothing like summer to get a kid’s creativity running wild. School’s out, and there’s all that free time to create your own adventures with the official toy releases from your favorite film — plus whatever boxes and other items you can scrounge up to bring your vision to life.
Summer ’78, a new short film directed by J.C. Reifenberg and James Arnold Taylor, features a young boy, played by Hunter Leon, a host of the original Kenner Star Wars action figures and whole lot of imagination. And while there may be a “continuity error” (Kenner’s Millennium Falcon toy didn’t actually debut until 1979), it does capture the feeling of being a Star Wars fan in the late 1970s.
Watch the film below, and be sure to watch the whole thing to see the surprise ending:
Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.
Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.
In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.
But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.
The team behind the well-received Judge Dredd fan film Judge Minty is turning its cameras to another long-running 2000AD comic strip, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s Strontium Dog.
“It was a chance meeting with John at a convention that got the ball rolling,” co-director Steve Green said in a statement. “After seeing Minty, John mentioned that we should do Strontium Dog next. It was only a passing comment, but we took it as a ‘direct commandment’ and began work the next day.”
Before the the first image even materializes on screen, hauntingly familiar piano notes put you in the perfect frame of mind for this stunning tribute to the films of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
This is no mere compilation of clips, however. Up-and-coming animator “Dono,” whose work has drawn the attention of Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, recreated settings from Miyazaki’s films using the 3D-animation software Blender, and then incorporated key scenes into those CG environments using Gimp, Octane and Natron.
If you’re wistful for Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky’s beloved 2001-2004 animated series, this beautiful fan film may make the years seem not quite as long.
Created by YouTube user Avemagnadude, the loving tribute manages to capture the spirit of the original even as it avoids aping Tartakovsky’s signature style. If there’s any complaint to be lodged, it’s that the film — at 1 minute and 21 seconds — is just too short.
Last week we were teased with a fun fan-made trailer for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, and now we treated to a wonderfully imaginative credits sequence that employs animated comic book art.
The song is “The W.A.N.D.” by The Flaming Lips, which seems strangely appropriates — “We’re the enforcers, the sorcerer’s orphans, and we know why we fight” — even if it’s highly unlikely to show up on the movie soundtrack.
If fans are incredibly lucky, they’ll be treated to the briefest of teasers for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in August at the D23 Expo — perhaps a flickering logo with a voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch. Until then, they can whet their appetites with this fun fan-made trailer, which not only references Stephen Strange’s origin, but also gives us a bearded Sorcerer Supreme.
Produced by David Johns, the teaser features both Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton (it was produced before news of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s casting as Baron Mordo), and a plinky rendition of “People Are Strange” that made me smile.
While there already have been numerous parodies of the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, perhaps none is as meticulous as this version by James Strecker. Instead of merely laying the audio track over footage of, say, Christopher Reeve and Adam West in their iconic roles, he recreates the teaser in the style of the DC Animated Universe.
It’s smartly edited, with Strecker pulling dialogue from the animated series and movies to approximate that of Zack Snyder’s trailer.