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Ex_Machina Trailer


In keeping with our current topic on robots, here is the extraordinarily enticing trailer for Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex_Machina. Garland has previously gained success as a screenwriter for 28 Days Later and Sunshine. The film stars Oscar Isaac, who is known for his work in Inside Llewyn Davis and A Most Violent Year, and is set to appear in the new Star Wars films and as the big bad Apocalypse in the next X-Men film. Also appearing are Domhall Gleason, who played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter Films, and relative newcomer Alicia Vikander as the AI figure Gleason’s character is called upon to test.

While Ex_Machina will not premiere in the United States until April of this year, it has already been in release in the UK since late January and has won wide praise, holding a 94% “fresh” rating currently on Rotten Tomatoes.

Le Show: Robots – Episode One


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This month, Daffy and I discuss movie robots.  Some want to help us.  Others want to enslave humanity.  Some want to be human.  Others want to use us to power their cities.  We run through the good, the bad and the robotic.  Daffy provides the history of the word “robot” as well as an explanation of what the heck Mr Roboto was all about.  We also talk about why a robot can be a writer’s best friend and why R2-D2 shouldn’t fly.

We’re sticking with the short format we started last month for the Oscars.  So you can look forward to a follow-up episode later this week.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: Roy Batty Vs. Maximilian


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With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Pop Culture Quiz: What the Hell Happened Quiz: Robot Edition


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We’ve been doing the robot here at Le Blog in to coincide with the release of Chappie on March 6.  In addition to a bracket game, regular readers have come to expect the usually brutal WTHH quiz.  So here it is!  Now with 100% more processing power.

Last chance to look at your notes.  The quiz starts after the jump.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: Optimus Prime Vs. The Iron Giant


Optimus Prime Vs. Iron Giant

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: Johnny 5 Vs. Wall-E


Johnny 5 Vs. Wall-E

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: Bishop Vs. Data


Bishop Vs. Data

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: The Terminator Vs. The Gunslinger


Terminator Vs Gunslinger

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: Maria Vs. Gort


Maria Vs. Gort

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Movie Robot Bracket Game: R2-D2 Vs. Robby the Robot


R2D2 Vs. Robbie the Robot

With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history.  Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us.  Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines.  Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days.  In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.

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Congratulations to the winner of our Best Actor Oscars Bracket Game: Robert DeNiro!


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Robert DeNiro edged Marlon Brando by just a single vote to become the champion of out Best Actor Oscar Bracket Game! According to our readers’ votes in this game, his performance in Raging Bull is the greatest one ever awarded with a Best Actor Oscar in the ceremony’s history.

As his reward, I will be posting a series of pictures from his career after the break. Enjoy!
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My Top Ten Drummers In Movies


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In celebration of the Oscar-winning drama, Whiplash, table9mutant has put together a fun top 10 list of drummers in movies. Check it out at Cinema Parrot Disco.

Originally posted on Cinema Parrot Disco:

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Ever since watching Birdman with its love it or hate it drum score (I thought it fit the film well but it got annoying) then of course Whiplash with all of its drumming, I’ve been thinking that I really need to do a list of My Top Ten Drummers In Movies. So here you go! :-)

10. Miles Teller as Andrew in Whiplash

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Well, I have to include Miles Teller since Whiplash was the inspiration for this post. I’m still not a big fan of his (he’s got a smarmy look) but Whiplash was good. Maybe I’ll change my mind about him – he’s in like a million movies coming out this year.

9. Ringo Starr in Yellow Submarine

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Come on – it’s The Beatles! I had to include Ringo. I love Yellow Submarine.

8. The Wyld Stallyns “historical babe” in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Best Actor Oscars Bracket Game Final! : Vito Corleone vs Vito Corleone


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Well here we are! The final two competitors in our Best Actor Oscars Bracket Game, and it’s the only two individuals to win the golden statuette for playing the same character. Strangely enough, neither one of these legends is competing here based on playing the patriarch of the Corleone family in the films based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling Godfather series. Instead, Marlon Brando’s groundbreaking performance in Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront is facing off against Robert DeNiro’s amazing transformation in Martin Scorsese’s boxing biopic Raging Bull.
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