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'Oblivion' Blu-ray Day - Interview With Director Joseph Kosinski

8/7/2013 4:30pm EDT
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In the arena of stunning cinematic scenery, there’s simply no denying that Director Joseph Kosinski is at the top of his game.  From his groundbreaking 3D work in "Tron: Legacy" to his out of this world cinematic style in the new to Blu-ray release "Oblivion" (out August 6 from Universal Home Entertainment) starring Tom Cruise, Kosinski continues to up the ante in the amazing and artistic visual style department.  Finishing up our "Oblivion" Blu-ray Day, Starpulse got a chance to chat one-on-one with the director about everything from using some very large practical pieces in "Oblivion" to ...

'Oblivion' Blu-ray Day - Part Two Visual Effects Presentation

8/6/2013 4:30pm EDT
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No examination of a sci-fi flick would be complete without insight into visual effects and with the new to Blu-ray action/drama "Oblivion" (out August 6 from Universal Home Entertainment) directed by "Tron: Legacy" visual master Joseph Kosinski there’s much to celebrate.  We’re continuing our coverage of the "Oblivion" two-day press day with a photo tour of some of the cools costumes, props and various large practical set pieces used in the film.  (And yes, that includes a full-size version of the infamous Bubble Ship flown by Tom Cruise!)  Plus we’re chatting one-on-one in a vid below with...

'Oblivion' Blu-ray Day - Part One w/Astronaut Rick Searfoss

8/5/2013 4:20pm EDT
Rick Searfoss
Meeting a real-life Astronaut - it doesn't get any more amazing.  And that’s what recently got a chance to do in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the Tom Cruise sci-fi action/drama "Oblivion" (out August 6 from Universal Home Entertainment) directed by "Tron: Legacy" visual master Joseph Kosinski.  We got invited to attend a two-day "Oblivion" extravaganza of props, talent and outer space fun galore and we jumped with movie geek eagerness.  First up in our three-part coverage is a trip to Stage 35 on the Universal lot where we got a chance to meet Col. Rick Searfoss, a f...

Check Out 'Oblivion,' Starring Tom Cruise, On DVD, Blu-ray & More Aug. 6

8/3/2013 6:32am EDT
In "Oblivion," Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, he is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.

Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Based on Kosinski's acclaimed graphic novel, the fil...

Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Easily Takes Top Spot At Box Office

4/22/2013 8:31am EDT
"Oblivion" obliterated the competition at the box office over the weekend, taking the number-one spot with $38.2 million.

The sci-fi film centers on Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth.  After decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is to extract vital resources from the planet.

Jack, who lives and patrols the skies from thousands of feet above, crashes to earth when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows ...

Review: Sci-Fi Cinema Did It Better Before 'Oblivion'

4/20/2013 10:02am EDT
Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise in Oblivion
Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi flick “Oblivion” is like the South Park episode “Simpsons Already Did It,” where Butters tries to cause havoc, and is continually foiled when he learns that “The Simpsons did it!” first. With Kosinski’s film though, you might say, “Cinema did it!” repeatedly after the introduction of each well-traveled science fiction theme in the movie.  

In “Oblivion,” Jack (Tom Cruise) is one of the last remaining people on an Earth scorched by war with alien invaders. Mankind is colonizing a new home, so most humans are preparing for the voyage, on a giant space station orbitin...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Moon'

4/19/2013 1:50pm EDT
With the space dud and copycat flick "Oblivion" hitting theaters this weekend it seems a perfect time to go back to the film it borrowed from most.  Only instead of a weak one and a half stars it’s five-star stuff...Welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Not going back too far, we’re heading to 2009 for a little film that said so much.  An unusual outer space tale that focused much more on the human condition and less on mindless space spectacle.  Featuring a career making performance and announcing the arrival of a new and unique voice from the filmmaking front lines we’re gladly heading to.....

Review 'Oblivion': An Engrossing Sci-Fi Thriller That Won't Leave You Oblivious

4/19/2013 7:27am EDT
After not seeing a movie for almost three weeks, Two Jews On Film are back and once again and disagreeing.

Our first film, since leaving the beach for the mountains, is 'Oblivion' directed by Joseph Kosinski, based on his unpublished graphic novel.   

This sci-fi visually spectacular action movie stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a super pilot, super lover and all round 'super guy.'

The year is 2077 and life on Earth is non-existent. Sixty years ago some really nasty aliens, known as the Scavengers, destroyed our moon - no moon plus no water and no food equates to: not a good thing at al...

Review: Eye Candy Only Thing That Saves 'Oblivion'

4/18/2013 3:02pm EDT
In the sci-fi world depth is as common as bread and butter when it comes to memorable storytelling.  Within the realm of futuristic surrealism lies limitless possibilities of twists and turns for a great writer to spin a yarn.  Unfortunately the way in over its head "Oblivion" takes the above sentiments too literally and turns out one of the busiest, yet dull, convoluted and all out copycat flicks I’ve seen since the days of Roger Corman. 

Jack Harper is a tech who is one of the last few humans on earth.  After an unsuccessful alien invasion over sixty years ago that destroyed the moon and...

5 Things You Need To Know About 'Oblivion'

4/18/2013 11:30am EDT
The sci-fi flick 'Oblivion' starring Tom Cruise hits theatres in the U.S. this weekend. The movie has made some noise overseas, where it made some $61 million (half the film's budget) in its first weekend. In anticipation of its big opening, here are five things you need to know about 'Oblivion.'

1. Not an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's short story collection, Oblivion

No, Oblivion isn't John Krasinki's follow-up to his adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. An Oblivion adaptation would be harder than Brief Interviews with Hideous Man. Oblivion, the ...

Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' Is A Huge Hit Overseas

4/15/2013 9:50am EDT
A week before its U.S. release, Tom Cruise's sci-fi film "Oblivion" is killing it at the box office around the world.

The film hit number one in 48 of the 52 territories in which it debuted over the weekend. It has so far earned $61.1 million" (half the film's budget).

The film's success has given Cruise his biggest opening ever in Russia. It also opened strongly in Britain, France, Spain, Korea, Mexico and Australia.

Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone repairmen stationed on Earth. After decades of war with the Scavs, his mission is to extract vital resources from the planet.

Harper is ...

Matt Damon Suits Up To Save The Earth In 'Elysium' - Watch The Trailer

4/10/2013 11:15am EDT
From the director of 'District 9' comes 'Elysium,' another futuristic tale of the feud between two separate societies. The story follows Max Coburn (played by Matt Damon), who for reasons unknown needs to go to 'Elysium,' a futuristic paradise in space.

The movie shares some things in common with "District 9" - high society completely distanced from the masses, with the plebeians living in squalor on Earth (which has completely fallen into disrepair) and the aristocracy living on Elysium - an enormous utopian society created on a ring in space.

Apparently, director Neill Blomkamp is very ...

2013: Year Of The Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Movies

12/15/2012 1:00pm EST
After Earth
Much to my elation, it seems that the sci-fi machine in Hollywood has once again turned on, as some seriously awesome movie trailers were released over this past week. It looks like 2013 will be a promising year for Sci-Fi fans, especially those who like space-ships, big robots, forsaken planets, alien-dinosaurs, Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Guillermo del Toro, love stories, ethical dilemmas and mindless, awesome, explosions and epic battle scenes. Oh wait - THATS JUST ABOUT EVERYONE.

"After Earth" stars the father-son douo, Will and Jaden Smith. The Smiths have nev...