Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy

Wow, somebody took the concept of "fan fiction" to a wholly new level with this full-fledged 70-minute movie inspired by the video game Metal Gear Solid. If the above video doesn't work for you, you can head over to the official site and download the movie via a torrent.

METAL GEAR SOLID PHILANTHROPY is a movie inspired by the Hideo Kojima's videogame series "Metal Gear Solid". It is not a Hollywood-style production, better a fan movie made out of the passion of some fans, non profit and no budget: it will be released on the Net for free during 2009.

HIVE DIVISION | Metal Gear Solid Philanthropy | Official Movie Site

Dig Dug the movie

And some more greatness from my daily staple, the blog Topless Robot: here's the fake trailer for a movie adaptation of Dig Dug in the style of a Wes Craven movie.. enjoy.

Topless Robot - Dig Dug: The Movie

Final Fantasy 13

So Final Fantasy has reached its 13th installment, if you don't count all the spin-offs and remakes of the past few years. I must say that since Final Fantasy 8 I was a big fan of the steampunk / retro future graphics and the new episode doesn't look too bad--always totally over the top, of course.

Topless Robot - 7 Minutes of Final Fantasy XIII Awesomeness, Dullness, and High-Pitched Japanese Voices

Monday, September 28, 2009


Wired magazine run an extremely interesting article about the Russian doomsday device called Perimeter (or Perimetr). It's a system that's designed to launch a nuclear strike back at the enemy even if there's no one left to actually start the missiles. Autonomous ground sensors would record the devastating blow of a nuclear attack and retaliate automatically.

Wired.com: Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

UPDATE: I found another, similar article in Slate from 2007 which goes even more in-depth about the system, called Perimetr here. Even more interesting are the references to Dr Bruce Blair's Nuclear Recollections, more of which I will be posting soon.

Did the Soviets really build a "doomsday machine"? - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine

Nightmare on Elm Street remake

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

Here's a first trailer for the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, produced by Michael Bay and apparently played out in somewhat more dark notes than the original films.

First Look At Rorschach As Freddy In New Nightmare On Elm St. Trailer - nightmare on elm street - io9

Monday, September 21, 2009

Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

It appears that the Battlestar Galactica movie The Plan will air on TV much later than thought, somewhen in 2010. The DVD will be out on 27 October 2009.

Plan On Getting The BSG TV Movie On DVD — Or Wait A Few Months Longer - Battlestar Galactica - io9

Galactica - The Second Coming

Here's a 4 minute trailer from 1999 for a continuation of the original Battlestar Galactica series, titled The Second Coming. It was produced by Richard Hatch, a.k.a. Apollo in the series, but was never opted on to make a full feature movie. Interestingly enough, the web adress featured at the end of the trailer is still online and has a section on the project as well.

Battlestar Galactica.COM

Thursday, September 17, 2009

xkcd book

Everyone's favorite web comic xkcd is finally available in print! If you like nerd humour which is insightful and extremely smart and haven't heard of it head over to the site and start digging in.

xkcd store

Stormtroopers 9/11

Funny and hopefully non-offensive 8 years after 9/11. I especially like the Jedi mind trick of the bartender at the end.. great video from College Humor! "You're all drones,.. especially the drones!"

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Transformers 2 in one minute

Somehow I never got around posting this when Transformers 2 came out, but after rewatching the great Avetar trailer I just had to put this up too. If you like this, also don't miss Topless Robot's hilarious FAQ about the movie, located below.

Topless Robot - Bonus! Rob's Transformers 2 F.A.Q.s!

Garbo trailer

Monday, September 7, 2009

Earth Abides, 1949

One of the great novels set in a post-apocalyptic world, George R. Stewart's Earth Abides, first published in 1949, has been harvested for ideas countless times. Among the most striking examples of works inspired by this book are The Stand by Stephen King and the movie Quiet Earth.

Earth Abides tells the story of Ish Williams, one of the very few survivors of a deadly epidemic that wipes out nearly the whole human population. He and the group he starts building ("The Tribe) have to decide which course to take in the new world they are facing, in which most technological and civilizational skills cannot be maintained by a humanity that turns back to bow-shooting and superstitious cult religion.

Just as he pulled himself up to the rock ledge, he heard a sudden rattle, and felt a prick of fangs. Automatically he jerked back his right hand; turning his head, he saw the snake, coiled and menacing. It was not a large one, he noted, even at the moment when he raised his hand to his lips and sucked hard at the base of the index finger, where a little drop of blood was oozing out.

“Don’t waste time by killing the snake!” he remembered.

He slid down from the ledge, still sucking. At the bottom he saw the hammer lying where he had left it. For a moment he thought he would go on and leave it there. That seemed like panic; so he stooped and picked it up with his left hand, and went on down the rough trail.

Sunday, September 6, 2009