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From The Guys Who Brought Us SKYLINE...

Merrick here...

So I'm working away this morning when a text drops in from a good friend who was apparently watching SKYLINE - literally just as I found the article linked below.    

His text read, and I'm citing verbatim, "Skyline movie dumb as shit!"

A more than adequate set-up, it would seem, for the following bit from MovieWeb.  Seems Greg and Colin Strause...the directors of SKYLINE...will be attempting to set-up their next film in the same way they got SKYLINE going - trailer first.  

The picture's called WAR OF AGES and is described by Greg Strause as being about... ancient artifact is uncovered, time is shattered and the seven greatest war leaders in history have to battle each other out. It's sort of like The Lord of the Rings meets Gladiator. You have Napoleon vs. Julius Caesar vs. Attila the Hun vs. Genghis Khan vs. Alexander vs. Hannibal. So, there you go. It's going to be in 3D and it's a big sword-and-sandal epic."

Remember that classic STAR TREK episode - "The Savage Curtain?" I do.  For those who've forgotten, the Strause brothers also directed AVP: REQUIEM.  

You can find a bit more over at MovieWeb, HERE.  


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  • March 24, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Mike

  • March 24, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Oh yay!

    by Durendal

    More rotten shit from talentless hacks. I hope Skyline bombed hard enough that these idiots don't get funding to make another movie. Please.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I've been meaning to watch this

    by Mike

    I've been meaning to watch Skyline because everything I heard about it makes it sound shockingly bad so I figure it's good for some laughs... am i right in that assumption?

  • March 24, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by Madines Sideshed one of the worst films I've ever seen.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    War of Ages tagline: If you thought Skyline was bad...

    by firewhale

    This sounds like a bad SNL script. I'd be harder on these guys, but it's not polite to make fun of the mentally handicapped.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Deadiest Warrior

    by vicmackey1268

    ...right? Did SpikeTV fund this?

  • March 24, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Black and white romance!!

    by Valenni

    In fairness, i think Greg Strauss was involved in some serious heavyweight CGI films and houses. (Check out IMDB) Talented guys no doubt, but not directing.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Colin Strause lives in my building

    by jersey_d

    Would anyone like me to relay a message to him?

  • March 24, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    What about Jesus vs. Mohammed?

    by LowDevil

  • March 24, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    No matter who wins...

    by kermit_the_fraud

    we won't give two shits.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    No matter who wins...

    by kermit_the_fraud

    we won't give two shits.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    "It's sort of like The Lord of the Rings meets Gladiator."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Oh, my god, THEY FUCKING WISH!!!! That was my good laugh for the morning...

  • March 24, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I hear next...

    by FSJGuy

    They'll have an "original story" about 2 races of people at war, one who's skin is black on the right side and white on the left, the other will be black on the left side and white on the right. Brilliant.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    it says historical characters, not fictional. :P

  • March 24, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    And this idea...

    by Madines Sideshed

    ....looks like a movie version of the game Civilisation, which itself was basically a 7 year old's take on who would be the bestest. The fact that these guys get money to keep making this pish really annoys me.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by kermit_the_fraud

    The post so nice it posted twice.

  • ... but, you know, better...

  • March 24, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    AvP: "It's sort of like 'Citizen Kane' meets 'Chinatown' meets 'The Thing.' "

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but with more hair-gelled douchebags...

  • March 24, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    It'll be like...

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Lord of the Dance meets American Gladiators. American Idol meets Wipeout. The Real World meets Jersey Shore.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    No wonder it's so hard to break into the film business!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    With geniuses like this running around in Hollywood there just isn't any need to search for talent.

  • His eyes light up as if he the first to ever think of it. His friends pipes in: "All we need is a magic mcguffin to make it happen!" BTW, didn't Star Trek, TOS do this? You know the one with Abe Lincoln, Genghis Khan, etc.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    hercvault_double_exclamation_point hercvault_double_exclamation_point

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    Only if you're really really reeeeaaally high

  • March 24, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    They should stick with

    by Ashen Shugar

    "Skybullet of ages", sort of like an hommage to Howard Hawks, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood, but with Aliens, and better. Of shit Jon Favreau just did that.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Christ above - who's financing this?

    by BiggusDickus

    I didn't think they could get any lower after Skyline, but this sounds as if they've hit rock bottom and started tunnelling...

  • March 24, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    My money is on Truman.

    by Ingeld

    He'll drop the bomb on all of them within the first 20 minutes, ending the movie, thus liberating the audience from this mess.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Harry loved Skyline.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I didn't like it at all.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Serpentor: the Movie, brought to you by the Brothers Strause.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 24, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    From the guys who brought you your foreclosure papers.

    by AzulTool

  • March 24, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Jesus, fucking Skyline banked $67,507,730

    by WriteForTheEdit

    With a $10 million budget. That's a major hit, any way you slice it.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    From the guys in the Arizona lab who created bird flu and AIDS.

    by AzulTool

  • March 24, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Money on Alexander

    by Mr Soze

    Julius Ceaser second

  • March 24, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • March 24, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • March 24, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    A couple of these things are not like the others, methinks.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    I mean, unless they each have an army at their command, I have a feeling Napoleon and Caesar aren't long for any gladiatorial combat arenas. "Non! Non!" CHOP! Winnah....Attila!!!!

  • ... is "are now living in a refrigerator box."

  • March 24, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    "Skyline movie dumb as shit"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Shit offended by the comparison.

  • its shameful that i ever gave that piece of shit 2 hours of my life.

  • March 24, 2011, noon CST

    That's six...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    "Napoleon vs. Julius Caesar vs. Attila the Hun vs. Genghis Khan vs. Alexander vs. Hannibal"...apparently are the seven greatest "war leaders" of all time? <p> Why am I NOT surprised that the Brothers Kraut can count?!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Strause's description - an outtake from Altman's The Player..right?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal


  • March 24, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    "CAN'T count"

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester


  • March 24, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The concept itself is *not* bad...

    by tailhook

    Concepts themselves rarely are. It just requires talented people to execute them in a watchable way. You can have a very dumb concept in a highly watchable movie. National Treasure comes to mind amongst others. That said. Exactly who are they going to find to make it? Oh, right, themselves. Bad movie inc.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    "A big sword-and-sandal epic"

    by kermit_the_fraud

    One is given a sword. One is given a sandal. Two men enter, one man leaves.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    What happened to movies? I mean seriously!

    by menacingphantom

    Remember when movies were SOO much better than television? Movie stars would not even deign to appear on TV except for talk shows to promote their projects. Now it's the reverse. Movies are all PG-13 fart fests meanwhile we've got a new golden age of TV shows.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    $10 on Napoleon

    by The Krypton Kid

    After him learning the waterslide tactic, you can't bet against him.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    It's like Dumb and Dumber meets Idiocracy

    by menacingphantom

  • March 24, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Napolean will rock

    by menacingphantom

    the reason he keeps his hand in his vest is because its hiding a plasma super weapon.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    menacingphantom-thanks for reminding me, I have to pick up

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    the Bluray of Justified S1 today...thanks.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    How many...

    by FusionAddict

    ...pregnant women will they abuse in this one?

  • March 24, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    skyline was stunningly terrible

    by drave117

    An early contender for my Show Me On the Doll Where the Movie Touched You award for this year. Calling it shit is an insult to shit because at least shit can help plants grow. The only thing growing from Skyline? Shame.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    How many think Sucker Punch is gonna get sucker punched

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    right in the babymaker?

  • March 24, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Ugg..Everything the Strause' bros touch: "Its kinda like..."

    by mattforce7

    "...My d**k meeting your mouth; you'll love it until i make you swallow the whole thing." will they just hire a team of creative writers and directors...hmm, i guess that would throw them both OOOUT of the equation.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    15 Quatloos on Napoleon!

    by Ingeld

  • March 24, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    If a decent Napoleon film were to be made

    by mattforce7

    JOE PESCI FOR HIRE...Thats right, before that old awesome bastard kicks the bucket, you heard it here first. he is PERFECT for napoleon...or..was..

  • March 24, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    the 7th general should be Saladin.

    by KilliK

  • March 24, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    It's sorta like dog shit meets horse shit

    by ATARI

    this will be Epic in the Epically Bad sense only!!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    This sounds like Street Fighter...

    by bubcus

    or some other video game, not a movie. Hollywood, dump those guys, seriously. Send them to the video game industry or something.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    end credits

    by Eddie_Dane

    My jaw actually dropped while watching Skyline's credits.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    okay, maybe I was harsh...

    by bubcus

    ... they do great with special effects. You can keep them doing that.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Pesci as Napoleon.

    by Ingeld

    Dois-je vous amuser? Suis-je drôle comme un clown? Je dois envahir la Russie!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Risk: The Movie

    by underwater_cemetery

  • March 24, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    This movie needs a lava rock guy and Abe Lincoln!

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

  • March 24, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    mattforce7, re Napoleon

    by ragingfluff

    Good question: why hasn't there been a decent biopic of Napoleon? Or even a bad one? there was a miniseries a few years back, and there's Ian Holm in 'Time Bandits' of course. Depardieu is too old now (and too big), but he probably better than any other French actor could capture the carnality, greed and ambition of the man

  • March 24, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    It's sort of like shit meets vomit


    WAR OF AGES Coming to a $3 DVD bin near you soon.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    ingeld: Tres bien, mon amie!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 24, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Chuck Norris laughs at that list

    by DrPain

  • March 24, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    the 7th will be Hitler so they have an easy villain

    by Adelai Niska

    Gotta have that easy baddie for the viewers who don't know history, who the remaining generals can band together and fight against.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    From the guys who brought us "Amos and Andy in Space"

    by AzulTool

  • March 24, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    That's the best they could come up with??

    by Bret Kenyon

    So, time is broken and the majority of the great leaders are chosen from approx. the same couple of centuries? Make it interesting and toss a MacArthur or something in there.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I hope it tanks and I'm sure it will. These guys couldn't come up with a good story if they tried. Fuck this fucking shit!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Hated Skyline and AVP, but this sounds great.

    by David Cloverfield

    A lot like the ideas I have when I'm drunk. Gengis Khan cumming when seeing an aircraft carreer. Napoleon is hot for the power of mass media. Alexander playing with Nukes... Make a franchise out of this sucker.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    ingeld: sorry, "ami"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Been years since I've used my limited French...

  • March 24, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    These brothers are complete retards

    by D o o d

    I will not watch anything they make. I did not see AVP, Skyline or anything they happen to produce from the anuses of their mind!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    After Watching Skyline - I'll Wait for The RENTAL!

    by BeanGrud

  • March 24, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    As Napoleon Pesci might say: Fuggedaboutit, mon ami!

  • March 24, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Talk shit...but I bet a lot of you paid to see Skyline

    by Mel

    I knew it was shit from the trailers. i dont run out to see every god damn CG movie that comes out. You guys are the reason they're going to continue making abominations. And guess what? I bet more than half of you run out to see this piece of shit you're ripping on.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    How do you even know d o o d?

    by UltraTron

    Please at least make your own comments based on your own experiences. We would all appreciate that instead of regurgitated things you know nothing about. I'm not defending skyline- I'm defending sane rationality. As for skyline: rented it. Watched it. Showed several badass scenes to my friends. Had some fun.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    From the guy's that brought us 'SkyLine'...come's more utter shit.

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • March 24, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Skyline was the smallest budgeted genre movie in years!!

    by CeejayNightwing

    The amount of hate it got for such a low budget flick is unwarranted considering the level of spectacle they managed to compile on the big screen for a two-part movie series. A $10 million budget these days barely gets your main actor and a catering crew, rather than diss this movie, I'm more impressed they managed to deliver an entertaining B-movie with some impressive large-scale visuals. I do also hope they get to finish the sequel to Skyline despite all the hate, most people went inot the film blind and thought it was some huge budget film with an self contained story so the ending leaves them thinking WTF??? And to its credit depending how "Hollywoodized" you are, they went against the grain of the typical handsome hero with gorgeous female in tow plus genius quirky sidekick or scientist to find a weakness to defeat the invaders type crap and made a movie about the ordinary people from their perspective and that's never gonna sit with everyone. Avatar cost $300 million and didn't even have an original story or perspective. This movie doesn't deserve that hate for such a low budget flick!

  • March 24, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I gotta just say that skyline was a terrific B movie.

    by UltraTron

    Like earth VS the flying saucers VS day the earth stood still. One movie is deep. The other all about fun. Skyline shouldn't be held to avatar standards- it's just a little fun movie about brain slurping aliens.

  • March 24, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    This is the dumbest idea ever

    by rahtard

    3 of the leaders mentioned were short tools who never fought hand to hand. One of which wasn't a great military mind at all. Because of the horrible concept, and because of the vast historical inaccuracies that will occur in this, it should turn out to be their opus and will probably earn every Oscar in the vain of Gladiator and Braveheart.

  • March 24, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I only count 6 war leaders

    by D.Vader

    Who will be the 7th? General Patton?

  • March 24, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    The 7th is John Connor, I knew it.

    by D.Vader

  • March 24, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    And I will be the first in line...

    by Citizen Sane

    ... to buy a ticket to whatever is showing in another theater.

  • March 24, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Uwe Boll is getting some stiff competition

    by aphextwin

  • March 24, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Sounds like someone plays Heroscape

    by jimmy_009

    and decided to turn it into an "original" movie of their own creation. And why exactly do they HAVE to battle? There's nothing in the description that would suggest they need to other than there would be no movie if they didn't.

  • March 24, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    "It's like Deadliest Warrior Meets Mortal Kombat."

    by Ray Garraty #47

  • March 24, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Hitler vs. Mussolini?

    by GulDucati

    Didn't think so.

  • March 24, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    "...time is shattered..."

    by Ray Garraty #47

    HA HA

  • March 24, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    "It's like Suck meets Terrible"

    by jawsfan

  • March 24, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I KNEW it!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Liebesman (Battle:LA and coming soon, Wrath of the Titans) DID hire them to do FX work again and yeat AGAIN they ganked half the money to create their own crappy film in the same genre! I love it! (Okay, probably not, but wouldn't it be cool if it was the case?

  • March 24, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Wars not make one great.

    by blackmantis

  • March 24, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Napoleon does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    raging fluff, there was kind of a big budget biopic pic of Napoleon. WATERLOO, came out early 1970s from Dino De Laurentis. Starred Rod Steiger as Napoleon and although it's mainly about the battle itself, there is still quite a lot of biopic stuff in it too. It's not a great movie though, and in fact flopped at the box (which caused Kubrick to abandon his plans for a Napoleon biopic).

  • March 24, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Warriors vs Leaders

    by jemagee

    Not all military minds that are great are great warriors. Attila the Hun was a warrior, Julius Caesar was a freaking politician. Stupid Premise = Stupid WRiters = Stupid Film

  • March 24, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    I saw the trailer and it told me everything I needed to know about Skyline. Then I read the reviews and it confirmed everything I wanted to know. Saw the Second iteration of AVP and that's all I wanted to know about that franchise. Unlike you, I don't waste my money on garbage and give my opinion based on what I know about movies. I didn't see Skyline but it doesn't mean that I don't know it's garbage. One more thing, those idiots didn't make a cent out of me, so if they get to make another movie, then it's not from my cash!

  • March 24, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    In the end, Stalin shows up and wins.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    The funniest part is that this is all they have. That's their entire concept. "Seven war leaders! Fighting! And, um, some magical something that made them show up and fight."

  • March 24, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    skyline was made at the same time as battle la

    by emeraldboy

    and the battle la people were not happy. nobody would have been any the wiser except that Skyline produced a poster that looked extremely like an indevelopment poster for battle la. when skyline got thier first. the studio behind battle la sent the studio behind skyline a missive telling them to back to the drawing board. i have seen neither film. battle la blew skyline out of the water. and sklyline's story can best be summed by an irish critic who said the aliens in skyline came 3,000,000 million miles away only to be defeated by blinds and some balsa wood

  • March 24, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Warriors vs Lakers

    by AzulTool


  • March 24, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    An Arthur C. Clarke story!

    by christianS

    At least they are copying the best... This is almost identical to Arthur C. Clarkes and Steven Baxters "Time's Eye" "In an awesome and unexplained catastrophe, the earth has been literally diced and put back together again. Each of the segments of terrain (and you can actually see the dividing lines between them) comes from a different era, some of them millions of years apart. As the novel opens, a 19th-century British army company, stationed on the Afghan-Pakistani border, captures an Australopithecine mother and child, just as a team of 21st-century U.N. peacekeepers crash their helicopter nearby. Later they join forces with Alexander the Great. Simultaneously, a Soyuz descent vehicle, having just left the International Space Station, crash-lands in the middle of Genghis Khan's army. Eventually, the armies of Alexander and the Khan converge on Babylon, the last remaining large city in Eurasia and a titanic battle seems imminent." The artifact responsible for the shattering of time are spheres - the eyes. I was always thinking this would make a great movie - but helmed by theese guys? Poor Arthur If it is not a movie version of the book but only loosely inspired they could have at least droped Alexander and Khan...

  • March 24, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Napoleon in Sandals?

    by malpaso

  • March 24, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    It's like Celebrity Death Match meets Shitty Directors

    by S-Mart shopper

  • March 24, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    These guys are just doing what Roger Corman did... Kinda

    by D.Vader

    But with much less talent. I can't hate on these guys. Especially when they put up a lot of their OWN money to make movies they want to see.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    greatest war leaders in history?

    by BooBoosDaddy

    But no Churchill, MacArthur, Patton, Chesty Puller...?

  • March 24, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    and what about Sun Tzu?

    by S-Mart shopper

    he had bitch's heads chopped off!

  • March 24, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    That's Only Six People

    by Sovikos

    It says 7 of the greatest warriors, but I see only 6 listed! Who's the 7th? Hitler? lol

  • March 24, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by fpuk99

    D o o d has a point. I don't need to be set on fire to know that it's a bad thing.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Napoeon is a Ziggy Piggy

    by Phategod100

    finally Waterslide will work. I bet class project on it.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Damn it.

    by Phategod100

  • March 24, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST




  • March 24, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    bill and ted 3

    by El Cimarron

    is this the script keanu was talking about in those interviews?

  • March 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    The headline itself was enough to induse epic laughter...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    "From The Guys Who Brought Us SKYLINE..." ROFL more dumb shit from the genius twins easily mistaken for rejected sperm dumpage from Paul W.S. Anderson...

  • March 24, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    "smallest budgeted genre movie in years"

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    If you don't count the Paranormal Activities, both well under a couple of million. As well as Monsters...$800,000, or Moon...5 million dollars. Are we to give the Strause Brothers a pass because they made an alien invasion movie for 10 million dollars? Big fucking deal. How about a GOOD movie for 10 million dollars? And characters we could care about, instead of stupid shallow douchebags? They've learned absolutely nothing from their AVP:R debacle. I thought smart people learned from their mistakes..oh, never mind.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Roger Corman nurtured talent, not just some computer geeks

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    who can make some fancy visuals. And Corman made B movies to fill the theatres and double bills in the drive ins. Not major studio baccked movies that open in 2000 theatres during the holiday season.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Didn't Bill and Ted do this in the early 90s?

    by ZoeFan

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  • March 24, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I hope the Strause Brothers read AICN talkbacks

    by J.B.M.A.

    Because they need to be informed what massive pissflaps they are if they think this is what constitutes good film making. We KNOW you can do SFX. But until you are prepared to invest in good screenwriters please...just FUCK OFF.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Liked Skyline, hated the ending, but...

    by ravenloff

    Those people mentioned, with a couple of exceptions, weren't really great "warriors", they were great leaders. Pitting them against each other at their respective height of power would require armies of soldiers. Now, would I like to see Roman Legions going up against the French under Napoleon? Make the weaponry roughly equal through some backstory twist and you bet your bippie. Although that's been done before, and probably much better than these guys can manage. See Jerry Pournelle's "Tran".

  • March 24, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    So you're saying...

    by shran

    that I shouldn't rent Skyline? Because I will rent a lot of shite movies to while away rainy afternoons. I mean, grade B or C junk. Of course I have also found that in some instances I have some tastes in movies that would be considered going against the grain of what you would call "good movies". As for this flick, I would rather see them do The Savage Curtain. And I HATED that episode. "Spock. Help me. Spock."

  • March 24, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Gotta have an American. U S Grant.

    by Fred

  • March 24, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    "Spock. Help me. Spock."

    by Ingeld

    Then Colonel Green says to Kahless, "Good, Good, Can you do John Wayne?" Kahless lops his head off. "Do, I look like Rich Little?"

  • March 24, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST



    I really liked Skyline. I was baffled by all the hate and negative press it got to be honest. I went straight in the cinema to watch after attending my Nan's funeral and just needed to lose myself alone in something for a couple of hours. I really enjoyed it. It's just a daft B movie about brain sucking aliens. Had it been made in the 50's; today's top Sci Fi directors would all be in unison claiming how great and influential it is like, Earth Vs Flying Saucers, This Island Earth, The Thing, Invaders from Mars and Godzilla. They might not be the greatest Directors, I hated AVP2, but i think they could have a good movie in them. Spielberg directed Indy 5. Imagine if the Brothers Strause had filmed that shot by shot, with swingiing monkeys and shit, they would have have got absolute pelters. The ending of that movie was absolute garbage and probably cost $300million . The special effects in Skyline are awesome and the direction is a massive set up from AVP2. I also love the totally bonkers ending to skyline and I'd love to see where they would take it all in a sequel. Does anyone know when they are going to do it $67,507,730 at the box office and number one on the DVD retail list can only suggest that the public are desperate for Part 2.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Skyline Is...

    by MakNeil

    actually not that terrible. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination; or even good, but there are moments where the brothers Strauss seem like they're on to something. Those moments don't last too long, but they're there. And sure, there are times where the very grain of the film seems to change from one scene to another. And sure, there are the armor-suited aliens, that for some reason look like they were lifted from The Matrix: Revolutions, which is really odd because the design of the spaceships is actually pretty good. And sure, there's the WTF ending that not only makes very little sense, but is quite possibly the oddest ending of any movie that I have ever seen. Those things aside, it's actually not the worse film that you will ever see, though I am not sure if that's a commentary on the state of film in general or not.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST



  • March 24, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the CG of

    by shran

    Abe Lincoln is space sitting in his big chair from the Lincoln Memorial. That'll be AWESOME!!

  • March 24, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Skyline was originally a porno until they decided to add aliens...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Look at where it was shot. Just an apartment complex. Skyline is fucking horrible. Sure could it have gone somewhere? Sure but it didn't. AVP2 was the same thing, some concepts were cool like the Predator doing clean up after the crash. But the teens and the horrible characters and dialogue was just hard to ignore. Plus it's like they reacted too hard to AVP being rated pg-13 so they came up with the most disturbing thing possible... Predalien killing pregnant women by essentially throat fucking them. They also tossed out what made Alien scary. Anyway Skyline was obviously a cash grab on the alien craze. These guys could possibly make a good movie but they need to find a good script and not write at all. This new idea just couldn't work as a movie. So who is the lead? I bet it would be Shia being a dimwit and releasing these "warriors" but then why do they all fight each other? And where? It sounds like one of those ideas stoners come up with, but once they start planning it, the plan makes no fucking sense.

  • And then eating a $40 order of spicy Thai w/ extra mustard

  • March 24, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    How exactly.....


    are these idiots still able to direct anything, other than their heads to a fucking oven!

  • It's not a happy ending in the sense Hollywood has brainwashed generations of yanks to expect that's for sure. It's a mature ending, a realistic and poetic ending where Both the main characters manage to achieve a mutual goal in their lives despite their sacrifices and misfortunes. A little growing up will teach you not everything in life ends wonderfully! Battle L.A budget=£70 mill, Skyline Budget=$10 mill Seriously, both these films are low budget but Skyline is in lowest tier B-movie class and yet they managed to achieve a lot with the production. People dissing this movie really have lost the ability to appraise fairly. And all the people not understanding that the ending wasn't conclusive but merely the overture for the sequel movie need to watch The Empire Strikes Back and remind themselves what an episodic segment is all about in the first place!

  • March 24, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    War of Ages = Rejected Clash of the Titans 2 Effects

    by thommcg

    Congrats on screwing over another production partner Strause Brothers, lol.

  • March 24, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    Republican? Battle LA features a highly mechanised, technically superior invasion force invading for natural resources. Said land being defended by technologically inferior natives. That's what many see Iraq as...

  • The Arena: Revolves around a group of modern-day soldiers mysteriously transported from the thick of battle to a terrain-shifting landscape. The team must fight the best warriors from different eras and histories in a gladiatorial fight to the death or be killed by the all-powerful operators of the "Arena."

  • Brain sucking aliens would be fun in a sort of Fallout, Mars Attacks, Matinee retro sci-fi romp set in the 50's, but presented with all the really great visual effects possible these days.

  • March 24, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    by Craig2574

    The should stick to special effects which they are pretty good at from what I can see. There films are nothing more than a bigger budget Uwe Bowl films.

  • March 24, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    "If you liked Battle:L.A. you are a dumb as shit Republican."

    by ravenloff

    Sad that they got to you at such a young age.

  • March 24, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I could take a bong hit, and come up with a better plot...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    I mean, what the fuck?

  • March 24, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Skyline's sh*t but...

    by kiwicanuck's not half as bad as the steaming pile of fecal matter tumbling out of a horse's puckering arsehole that was the Lord of the Rings triology...and don't even get me started on the extended editions! Seriously. Oh, and Natalie Portman's a no-earrred, horse-faced uggo. I'd rather fuck the tail pipe of my Toyota. Sorry, just getting into the swing of things bleeding over from other talkbacks.

  • March 24, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    "Spock... help me... Spock."

    by DickBallsworth

  • March 24, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    "Spock... help me... Spock."

    by DickBallsworth

    "Now do Lincoln."

  • March 24, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a historian's wet dream. Unfortunately...

    by ahdvd

    ...I'm not a historian.

  • March 24, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Suck vs. Terrible.

    by Subtitles_Off

    We all lose.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately Skyline pulled down 50 mill.

    by beane2099

    I'm sure someone considers that a success so I'd say that means the Strausses re gonna get at least one more gig before the jig is up. Seriously though, Skyline wasn't even laughingly bad. It was just painful.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    It's like Bill meets Ted

    by Crooooooow

    and they have an excellent adventure!

  • March 24, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Chunkybarcode

    Tens of thousands years hence, the obituary of the human race will read...... 'They gave the universe Skyline.' 'Good Riddance.'

  • March 24, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    From the guys who brought you contaminated-vindaloo-caused explosive diarrhea

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    That's all I got, sorry.

  • thanks everyone...I haven't laughed this hard at posts in a long time...

  • March 24, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    You know though the Strauses true career would be on SyFY...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...doing those godawful "Something Ludicrous Vs. Something Else Even More Ludicrous" movies. At least they'd up the quality of the FX a little while keeping the budget low, low, lower!

  • March 24, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Having not (fortunately) seen Battle: LA...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...which is worse, that or Skyline. Considering that the Strause Bros. highballed their FX budget on the first and skimmed the leftover cash to make the second, I'd just be interested to know which sucks harder?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Skyline was like...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...a two hour, live action Fletcher Hanks comic (Google him) without the so-bad-it-achieves-cult-status buzz that the Hanks comics have.

  • March 24, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Wait. Skyline was made from 10 mils?

    by David Cloverfield

    Now I feel like an asshole for hating on it. For that money it had some pretty impressive scenes. And the guy from Dexter was pretty badass. But why is it so hard for movies to have likable everyman leads?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Just like "The Savage Curtain"...

    by matineer

    but with no Kirk and Spock to cheer for. And no "Yarnek"

  • March 24, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    So they're ripping off Time's Eye?

    by Broken_Bad

    Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter already did this. It was a good book too. And skyline was the weakest piece of shit in recent memory.

  • They give film a bad name.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    by Craig2574

    The Strausse Brothers should team up with Jason Friedberg Aaron Seltzer! That would be a movie for the ages!

  • March 24, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    I just googled Fletcher Hanks. This was the coolest thing I've learned today. Thank you very much.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by KGB3317

    wasn't he like 5'0" tall? That sounds like a mismatch...

  • March 24, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    It's like this meets that!

    by Benovite1

    Best talkback ever.

  • March 24, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Without Their Armys there wont be much of a fight

    by TheJudger

    coming from some of them. Maybe they play Connect Four or Candyland or Fingerthump. Sounds more like a mash up of Monster Squad and Bill and Ted, minus a history report and cool universal era monsters.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Skyline was never in the same league...

    by tailhook

    as Battle:LA. One was a low-budget piece of trash(Skyline) that nobody liked while the other was a well-made film quite liked by its demographic(which doesn't include America-hating liberals like some of the above posters). Trust me, if you hate your country... Battle:LA is not the movie for you. Also, Battle:LA will have shelf life well into the future the same way that movies like Midway, Sink the Bismarck, Force 10 from Navarone and plenty of other films did.

  • March 24, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    not even a free BJ would make me want to see this

    by strykebr

  • March 24, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    This is bad, really bad.

    by Scarecrow237

    It sounds like they got stoned while listening to "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" by Lemon Demon and thought that it would make a great plot for a movie. Dumb, really really dumb.

  • March 24, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    if i had a time machine...

    by AllThosePowers

    ...I'd go back and kill their parents before they met

  • March 24, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The Savage Curtain was great...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    this, undoubtedly, will make the audience start pulling out clumps and each others' hair and eating it.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    From the siblings who gave us the perfect hybrid of The Room & V.

    by Punchbear

    No. Just no. There's Do-It-Yourself and then there's Do-They-Care. Do it themselves, they did. Did they care to employ actors with chops unlifted from a soap operas flufferzone? No. Did they dare to sidestep hackneyed conventions? No. Was Skyline any good? No. Episodes of the second season of V were better directed. Could they have made something as good as Monsters? Noooo. Can they come up with interesting, spectacular visuals? Undoubtedly. Moral of the story? They should really stick to FX. It's obviously their forte.

  • March 24, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    And all their DNA will be collected to create...SERPENTOR!

    by gzes

  • March 24, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Says I'm financing that new Strause brothers picture...

    by WeakThirdAct

    What am I, the janitor round here? Well, tell Lipnick he can kiss my dimpled ass!

  • March 24, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Just watched Skyline today.. don't get the hate

    by Spielbergs Furious Racism

    Sure, the script was shit but it was no worse than Battle LA's. The acting is where the movie faulters, but the FX is top notch, and the alien designs are actually fun and somewhat memorable. This controversy about them "stealing" money and designs that were intended for Battle LA and using them for Skyline sound like total bullshit to me. Fact is, these are far better designs than the handful of completely shit ones in Battle LA. They are mish mash of other famous sci fi aliens and monsters, but changed up enough and brought together to have their own cool, mysterious aesthetic. Those giant hulking beasts were awesome. Battle LA on the other hand had maybe 5 designs in the whol movie, and they looked like a bunch of junkyard garbage thrown together. As for the ending, I had kind of heard about it before, so maybe that robbed me of the "shock" of it all, but I thought it was far and away the best part of the movie. That pan around them as they give up planning to die together was gorgeous, and the final scene was an awesome little 80s DUN DUN DUNN! MOTHERFUCKERS! throw back that kicked ass. As for the moron above that quoted someone about the aliens flying billions of miles only to be stopped by window blinds and a few doors- did you not see the fucking movie? The aliens won. Sure, are two main characters are kind of alive, but it's not exactly a happy ending.

  • March 24, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Skyline was harmless, brainless popcorn flick fun

    by thot

    I liked it. I especially liked the comic book type ending. Took balls to do that. Nothing terribly special, but it was a fun night's viewing. This new one sounds insane! Gimme the trailer!

  • March 25, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Skyline was a decent movie....

    by slicer

    until the end. Skyline's ending might be the dumbest, most fucking retarded ending to a movie I have ever seen. It's worth renting just so you can say to your friends that you have seen the worst ending to a movie in the history of movies!

  • March 25, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Caesar! Napoléon! Hitler! Lee Kuan! Krotus!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    All of them are dust! But I will triumph!

  • March 25, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Ending of Skyline isn't dumb, people just don't understand it!

    by CeejayNightwing

    The character has built up a resistance to the aliens and when they create a symbiont with his brain, it gives him the perfect union to break his girlfriend free whic is the series of stills we see at the end of the movie previewing the second part of the story in the sequel should they decide to complete it. It was always a two part story and a two part film. You just watched a first episode people, not a complete story so stop dissing the ending like its some grand finale!

  • March 25, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Casting for this movie will be CRUCIAL

    by lv_426

    They had better have a perfect cast to play all these larger than life legendary war leaders, otherwise this will collapse like a Jenga tower built by retards.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Teddy Artery

    these hacks are trying too hard to ape the career and style of Roland Emmerich.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I really enjoyed Skyline. Don't understand all the hate for it.

    by Ecto-1

    I thought it was a great film and I'd love to see a sequel, which will probably never happen. I even prefered it to Battle LA. You guys here rave over the most questionable shit, like Sucker Punch for example, which to me just looks like a fucking video game. Oh yea, and who can forget all the jizz you all squirted over Scott Pilgrim. Now that was a really awful and desperate film. I'm so glad that it tanked. Maybe Edgar Wright will now come back to the UK and return to making quality films.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    I thought Skyline was fine

    by FrodoFraggins

    I won't be buying it or watching it again, but it wasn't the "worst movie eva".

  • March 25, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    "Skyline movie dumb as shit!"

    by The StarWolf

    And that &^#%$ SKYLINE ad here is getting more and more annoying every time it covers most of the screen. Hello? Whomever is in charge of ads on Ain-t-It-Cool? This ain't 'cool', it's very irritating. Make it go away.

  • March 25, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Ceejayrightwing - Not good

    by The StarWolf

    Then the director needs to go back to storytelling school and learn to tell a tight, efficient story which fits in one film and doesn't need a second to explain it.

  • March 25, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    The seven greatest war leaders in history

    by buggerbugger

    Will they simply be throwing rocks at each other, or will they be in gigantic mechanical battle suits with built-in laser-knives and electro-knuckledusters?

  • include a female and she was in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure".

  • March 25, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Uh Trailer First...WOW...Really?

    by Wcwlkr

    Any movie that says it's starts with a Trailer first just sounds like a really really bad idea. Yeah probably won't be seeing this LOL.

  • March 25, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Even Still

    by Wcwlkr

    Even though the concept does sound kind of cool. I still know that there's no chance of me seeing this movie unless I'm half asleep and it comes on HBO or Starz LOL.

  • March 25, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Civilzations The Movie

  • March 25, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    I hope you guys are fans of RTS

  • March 25, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Which is worse: Skyline or Supernova?

    by seagrass

    Having seen neither of the two, I'm kinda curious.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Napoleon Knows

    by GhostofCicero

    secret ninja moves from the government.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I'd replace Bonapart with

    by GhostofCicero

    Robert E. Lee

  • March 25, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Anyone else read "Time's Eye"?

    by GhostofCicero

    The novel by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clark has a premise very much like this one. Genghis Khan and Alexander meet up in a world where time has been randomly displaced.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    "If you liked Battle:L.A. you are a dumb as shit Republican."

    by jiblets

    I dunno, he sounds like he could be 40. They all pretty much talk like that no matter what age they are.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Which is worse: Skyline or Supernova?

    by jiblets


  • March 25, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    What ever happened to the ARENA remake?

    by castoutthiswickeddreamthathasseizedmyheart

    Same idea, but the script for that one was great.

  • March 25, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Republican's are pretty dumb; voted in all these P.O.S. governers


    who are going to take away their social security. Dumbsh1ts!

  • March 25, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    ""If you liked Battle:L.A. you are a dumb as shit Republican.""

    by D.Vader

    You're an idiot.

  • March 25, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    "If you liked Battle:L.A. you are a dumb as shit Republican."

    by The StarWolf

    Sad part being, the film as a whole wasn't that bad. Overall made more sense than that silly INDEPENDENCE DAY, for example. But the constant use of that vomit-inducing shaky-cam ruined it. Someone has to explain to those hack directors that handing the camera to people prone to epileptic seizures is not a good idea.

  • March 25, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    The movie will end...

    by grendel69

    With Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose across the river and and fucking up all those pussies....with a bullet in his chest no less. BTW, this movie sounds completely retarded.

  • March 25, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Hollywood should be nuked!

    by Professor_Bedlam

    another terrible movie coming from another couple of hack directors from the PWSA Group and we all know how bad PWSA is! I unfortunately watched skyline on my computer this past week. Thank God I downloaded it for free! Because if I would have paid for this piece of shit I would have been upset! Even though I still lost 1hr and 30m + of my life. It reminded me that when I lived in Hollywood and was working there how truly bad it was! I use to work on sets for Movies and TV and believe me they don't care anymore! They really don't! That is why a piece of shit like this can be green lighted and made these days! I'm so glad that I do not work there anymore!

  • March 25, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I loved Skyline!

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    Their chili dogs are to die for. The movie sucked though.

  • March 26, 2011, midnight CST

    Skyline was the first movie in a lobng time...

    by Steepdog1

    That was so God awfull I wished I could unwatch it afterwards. The biggest name in that film was the black guy from scrubs. And since I'm calling him "the black guy from scrubs" that tells you somehting.

  • March 26, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    The seven greatest frickin' war leaders in history...

    by FitnaTheForbiddenMovie

    ...with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

  • March 26, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by mighty boosh

    I actually have no idea whether than movie was actually any good or not, because I COULDN'T FUCKING SEE ANYTHING ON THE SCREEN. It was so poorly lit/shot that all I could do was base my impressions on the sound alone, and boy was that town in the movie full of whiney Dawson's Creek-Lite people.

  • The fact he was always in the front leading the direct assaults of the macedonian heavy cavalry meant he gained a lot of injuries throughout his life. He was once hit by a stone thrown by a catapult. In fact, i don't think Alexander was murdered as many thing, but simply the amount of injuries he got took it's tool on him. That added with his heavy drinking and years spent on the movie and sleeping in the open fields and going from deserts to mountains to jungles and all the added deseases he gained, it all did him in. Small wonder he died so young. What's suprising is that he actually lived that long.