Oct. 13, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST
the first made me want to vomit. It does have an INDEPENDENCE DAY quality to it, which is pretty cool (for nostalgia)
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST
...I really want to see this.
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST
It's nice to see a major studio that still takes chances. Besides, you can usually wring at least a little fun out of alien invasion movies. What can I say, dammit, I love watching landmarks get destroyed, and I'm not ashamed to say it.
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST
by the Green Gargantua
I was hoping for a full scale alien invasion today, anyone else?
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST
Umm, there's really nothing new to their model. It's basically the same one Lucas used with the Star Wars Prequels and Cameron used for Avatar. Basically its: <br> 1 - Have enough money on hand to fund your own movie. <br> 2 - Have easy access to or own your production facilities. <br> 3 - Only rely on the studio system for distribution. <br> There's nothing magical about it. They have a lot of money banked from their previous work and they own the facilities to do their own post-production. <br> The reason you don't see this model used very often is because there are very few people in the world who have the resources to pull it off.
Oct. 13, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST
by D o o d
then how is this low budget...?
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST
... when compared to other studio sci-fi "event" films.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST
by Read and Shut Up
...hopefully they'll make enough on this to empower them.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST
Hey, come see out low budget $75,000,000 film. We couldn't afford stunt men! (sigh....I'm still going to watch it though...sucker for alien invasion pics done right).
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST
Hope it doesn't suck.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST
in a lot of places. Hopefully they stepped up their game this time.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
With all the effects done at cost, it's just under $10 million.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST
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Oct. 13, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST
It's in marina del rey, ca. Very nice condo complex. The residents weren't too happy about crews shooting all day and all night, so I hope the movie was worth it
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST
What I saw of it anyway, the whole thing seemed to be shot in pitch black. I love a good alien invasion flick as much as anyone but these two guys will have to go a long way to proving they arn't the hacks they appear to be.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST
Jeremy Piven with a Krispy Kreme consumption issue.
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST
hope i'm not disapointed
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST
appealing I will give it that. IF the story turns out to be well done this could be a lot of fun. The good thing is that I won't go into it full of crazy hype that it's going to be awesome like I will at say, Battle Los Angeles or something.
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST
So far nothing I have seen or heard has diminished my excietment.
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST
by Sir Loin
Thanks for posting in here, your movie's looking really good and my butt will be in the theater seat opening weekend. How cool it must be to have your own resources for making films, I shot 8mm back in the early 80s and always wished I'd followed that dream. Ignore the haters!
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST
You use this forum almost as badly as you make a movie. Sadly, I'm not Sigourneys_Beaver either BTW.
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST
The trailer has a nice, "WTF is going on?!" vibe, where you're trying to figure out how all this weird shit (people getting their faces cooked, floating away, dinosaur-size aliens, etc) ties together...<p> I'd see it.
Oct. 13, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST
Being an indie moviemaker myself, I hope I hope I hope these guys knock this one out of the park, but for Christ Sakes they NEED A GOOD STORY AND CHARACTERS!! I know the f.x. will be great...but they gotta do more than that! Like I said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will be an epic happening.
Oct. 13, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST
If you or your bro weren't such knobheads on public forums. True WE are knobheads, but we can be. I understand AvPR may have been a hard time but there was no need to get assy with peep's who criticized. (although most like me probably deserve it) <p> I may give this a whirl, as I loved Vicarious I beleive I saw you on the DVD?
Oct. 13, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
was there any talk of you guys...doing AvP 3? <p> although AvP:R gets a bad rap it was still a success and i wonder if the studio were up for doing a 3rd one (set in space in the Alien era?) over what they doing now with Predators and Alien 0<p> you got any insider info on what mightve been?<p> btw im liking what i see with Skyline, its been a good while since a decent alien invasion movie so you guys might be on to a real winner here...
Oct. 13, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
i had some problems with AvPR, but i like what i've seen of this so far. nice to see someone take the $ they made from a studio project and invest it back in a personal one, rather than spend it all on coke and hookers! hey, if you'd like to do a film about TIME TRAVEL, frank's got an excellent property he's sitting on. seriously, i've been published, and i'm not a complete hack
Oct. 13, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST
by D o o d
You know I can deal more with a film that has had a lot of heart and effort put into it than a Michael Bay effort any day (regardless of the budget). So I'll give this a viewing but if it's shit and this site is not reliable in giving that kind of honesty, I will not be pleased!
Oct. 13, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST
As to the fucknuts giving shut over AVPR:R, get a clue. No it wasn't Alien, Aliens or Alien 3 but it was a damn site better than Alien Resurrection or AVP. Entertaining, well made movie and I for one really enjoyed it. So Mr Strause, you've got my best wishes for this one if that means anything - really looking forward to it.
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST
get to duh CHOPPAH!
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST
Accept it. Ridley Scott is working on the prequel, and it has legs. No point in rebooting AvP for at least another 7-10 years after that comes out. I wouldn't be surprised if there are sequels to the prequel, all taking place before the original of course. RIP Dan O'Bannon.
Oct. 13, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST
And I really hope to be genuinely surprised. But its not good enough to be outside the studio system. The story has to be good.
Oct. 13, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST
You "really enjoyed" AVP Requiem? Good for you man, but I don't know how. The whole thing was stupid, ugly, and boring. Did I mention it was really, really stupid? Sure the Bros. were probably hamstringed by Fox, but what filmmaker(let alone Alien fan, which they professed to be)would look at that script and say, "Yeah, I think I could make that work." What really chapped my ass, though, was that not only was it a bad film (badly shot, (very) badly lit, badly acted, and with a script that appeared to combine random cliche's randomly) but that it was so mean-spirited. Alien and Aliens were tough, scary films, but they didn't mistake gore for suspense or alienate the audience. The little kid getting chestbursted with his Dad was dumb and off-putting, but the scene in the Maternity Ward was so vile, not to mention obvious (the Predalien 'impregnates' them, get it? Huh!?) as to make me hate everyone involved with the production. And I'm no prude, mind you. Far from it. I just thought the film was deeply insulting to me as an Alien fan. Much more so than Paul Anderson's also shitty film. Btw, this movie looks like shit too. Donald Faison? Misinterpreted the tone of the film after reading the goddamn script? That should tell you everything you need to know.
Oct. 13, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST
...reminds me of HBO's COSMIC SLOP from back in the day (F/X were of MUCH lower quality and budget was small of course). Here's the scene at starting at 1:49:<p>http://tinyurl.com/24aj7gf<p>Anyhow, the trailer looks good.
Oct. 13, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST
As 2010 alien flicks go...
Oct. 13, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST
....from other sites as well as AICN, this may be a "sleeper". It will be nice to make the regular filmgoer think that this is a HUGE tentpole pic. Well, especially if it's GOOD! I'm hoping. Much better than the cynical assholes who (HATE this site) but STILL hover around to post their self-congratulatory "clever" comments.
Oct. 13, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST
by Rectal Blowout
<P> Fuck the studios when they try and suck the lifeforce out of a project. I hated ID4 and SS War of the Worlds. The 53 TWOTW is a classic and is still fucking killer and The Arrival was decent. </P> <P> The second I saw 99.9% of the human race wiped out my head hit the bottom of my jaw. Fuck yeah! It's about time someone got it right. Although 99.9% isn't quite enough in my book, cuz that still leaves I think about 68,000 fuckers. But that'll do. </P> <P> If this does well then they'll keep bringing us bigger and better projects without corporate influence. Spread the word on this. </P> <P> I'll be checking it out. </P>
Oct. 13, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST
NO. Check out The Call of Cthulhu in Mythoscope. Now THAT is low budget! (And still pretty damn entertaining for a sci-fi geek).
Oct. 13, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST
The first item that should have been cut from the budget was clothes for Scottie Thompson. Is it too much to ask for aliens to just vaccuum up her clothes?
Oct. 14, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST
2nd trailer looked good, I'm there
Oct. 14, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST
Wow, this will be good then.
Oct. 14, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST
it seems like it was mostly just a tactic to change their release date, but is it completely baseless? I think it's a little sketchy that they made this movie a the same time (or very soon after) they were working for Sony on Battle: Los Angeles...and didn't tell them. if there was no impropriety, why wouldn't they give them a heads up? pretty fishy.
Oct. 14, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
another alien invasion movie is also coming out, that was shot by a crew of about 5 and the director did all the effects in hs bedroom.
Oct. 14, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST
one of the worst films ever made. I wanted my money back after seeing it.
Oct. 14, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST
how the fuck do you close it? <p> Cunt keeps playing on loop... no idea what the top 4 or 5 news posts are today, can't see them
Oct. 14, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST
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Oct. 14, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST
If that is indeed you - very brave of you to post in here, you know how things can get! Good luck with the film. That is all.
Oct. 14, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST
. . . but that's about it.
Oct. 14, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST
For essentially stealing VFX from that movie as they worked on it???
Oct. 14, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST
http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/battle-over-l-a-alien-invasion-films/ "I'm told the questions that SPE legal are asking include whether Hydraulx’s work on Battle: Los Angeles served as a springboard for Skyline, or gave the Strause brothers access to equipment that helped bolster the visual effects on their small budget film. SPE’s position is that at minimum, the Hydraulx principals should have disclosed their intention to make the rival project, to avoid any conflict of interest issues"
Oct. 14, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST
by S-Mart shopper
If I were an alien I'd suck her dry
Oct. 14, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST
Scrubs has soured me on Donald Faison, and I think Eric Belfour is a terrible actor. However, as other have already said, I am a sucker for invasion movies.
Oct. 14, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST
Especially the 'fuck studio interference' ethic. That's the way to my geek heart. Even if I don't like the film I can respect that I'm watching something made as intended.<p>There might be a 'conflict of interest' with BATTLE:LA because of FX work but everyone and their dog is coming out with an alien invasion movie in the next few years. Thank you, DISTRICT 9. You saved us from the vampires.
Oct. 14, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
Sure Skyline was under the radar but it was reported on all last winter How could Sony not know about it? It wasn't until after Skyline stole their thunder at Comic Con that they started crying about it like a bunch of big studio bitches.
Oct. 14, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
As long as the core characters remain interesting after the shock and awe of the opening tones down, it'll be a solid invasion pic.
Oct. 14, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
I still think the real story is how Hydraulx decided to make this movie even though they were doing the FX for a rival film, Battle: LA. Working at a VFX company myself, I know how elements are reused and artists are strategically shuffled around. But hell, I'll probably see (as in DOWNLOAD) both!
Oct. 14, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST
is out in paperback next week. looking forward to it. what does that have to do with this talkback? nadda. just sayin. readin good stuff is cool.
Oct. 14, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST
great, i'll keep expecting J.D. to make an appearance the whole film!
Oct. 14, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST
It was boring and mean spirited to YOU perhaps. Not to me. It was a damn site more playful and closer to the tone of the first two Alien films as far as I was concerned. Badly lit? I've never understood that criticism of the film. It's no Citizen Kane, Granted, but its an entertaining movie to me, with great nods to both franchises that don't detract from it being it's own movie. I think people can sometimes read too much into a film when they don't personally enjoy something. The maternity scene? That bothers you? The kid getting burstered? Well fine, if that bothers you that's one thing. But if it'd been Ridley Scott directing it with exactly those two scenes I'm willing to bet you'd be raving about them and saying exactly the opposite. It all comes down to personal opinion of course but I really don't see why this one gets so much flack - the worst I can say about it is that it had the chick who played Dale Arden in the skiffy channel rape of Flash Gordon. It had good humor when needed, it was appropriately brutal for a film about these creatures and yeah, I enjoyed the hell out of it. So these guys have got my money for Skyline no matter what any review says because they've already entertained me, and bearing in mind even Ridley Scott can't seem to manage that these days, that's saying something. Good luck to them.
Oct. 14, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST
Putting aside all other criticisms about the Bros. approach to the film, don't you think that the film was misguided at its basest level? All four "Alien" films, each of which has its distinct merits (although I loath the decision to kill of Newt and Hicks), were all big-budget, imaginative sci-fi films set IN SPACE, IN THE FUTURE. Along with Ripley, that was the thread that tied them in my mind. The narrative never came back to Earth, which is why I find Fox's AVP franchise so disingenuous. Both films were clearly cash-ins on brands that they had allowed to fall out of favor, which is very sad considering the strong creative pedigree of the earlier installments (arguably minus Resurrection and definitely minus Predator 2). The original AVP at least had a distinct setting and large-scale sets and effects. AVP:R's rural, contemporary setting was weak. Can we agree on this point, perhaps?
Oct. 14, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST
Not saying it is destined to be a classic, but the visuals are amazing, 99.9% of us get iced, c'mon it looks fucking cool!
Oct. 14, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST
Oct. 15, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST
I didn't see that at all. Frankly, I'll give you that AVP sucked massive balls. It's setting, it's execution. But AVPR was a different animal and the setting added to the threat of the creatures. It gave a good reason or Weyland/Yutani's pursuit of the creatures and unlike a continually isolated, minimal threat to existence, the USA woodland town setting made it a genuine urgent need for the things to be destroyed. Stakes were much bigger. Like I've said, it wasn't Citizen Kane but it was for me at least, a good entertaining film that added to the Alien and Predator mythos. And that certainly can't be said of AVP, or Jeunet's miscreation. So, sorry dude. Just don't see it the way you do.
Oct. 15, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
You mean like David Fincher and James Cameron who continue to work with them on every project?
Oct. 15, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST
Skyline Chili. That would make sense.