We're not going to laboriously list all the pop-culture references in this trailer - Ernest Cline's book ( which we know you've read ), did that already. Instead, let's start to enjoy the music that will no doubt contribute to a hugely successful soundtrack album. Scroll down for vids from Depeche Mode, Van Halen and Rush, and also two of the more intriguing paperback cover designs from the book's foreign publishers.
Above: The Israeli paperback edition of READY PLAYER ONE.
...and from the first trailer...Rush!
Above: The French paperback edition of READY PLAYER ONE.
Check out this fantastic trailer for the new Miles Morales-fronted ( as opposed to Peter Parker ) Spiderman animated movie. Directed by Bob Persichetti and written by Phil Lord ( one half of the Lord and Miller directorial team, who were controversially fired from the Han Solo movie because their vision did not fit with the studio's ), this potential parallel series to the Spiderman film franchise looks like it could introduce and explore lesser-known aspects of Spidey lore to the mainstream cinema-going audience. We're still trying to figure out what song is featured on the soundtrack ( starts like classic synth-wave, then goes a bit Run The Jewels ), but either way, with bleeping synths and colourful CGI, this is a treat for the ( Spidey ) senses!
Blue Stahli ( real name: Bret Autrey ) is more well known for his catchy blasts of crushing industrial overkill than any sweepingly evocative atmospheric pieces. However, the latter is exactly what we get here, as he and label FIXT release this spooky teaser, which we hope is ahead of a full-on rockin' version of the Billy Idol classic. Deep-cut fans will be interested to note that this down-tempo interpretation and that familiar chord sequence makes us think of Joy Division's New Dawn Fades, as covered by Moby on the soundtrack to Heat ( which we will also include below ).
It goes without saying that beloved science fiction films have a history of cross-pollinating each other across the decades. Elements from Metropolis ( 1926 ) may be visible in Bladerunner ( 1982 ) and Akira ( 1989 ), for instance.
Here, we have the final of the three short films commissioned to coincide with Denis Villeneuve's imminentBladerunner sequel. The director, Shinichiro Watanabe ( most famous for Cowboy Bebop ), purportedly commented that Bladerunner was the film that had the most influence on him, and that it was important to pay respect but not be an imitation. It was inevitable perhaps, that the stunningly-realised futuristic milieu of the original film, imprinted itself on dozens of live-action cinematic releases over the years, as well as on the colourful, animated world of manga.
Advance word on Villeneuve's film is already resoundingly positive, and may even be a new classic. He will have pulled off an astonishing feat if that indeed is the case. We only have a few more days to find out for ourselves, but until then, here Villeneuve presents a new short to as the final hors d'oeuvres to the main course:
OOPS! IT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN BY WARNERS. OKAY, HERE'S THE TEASER CLIP, COURTESY OF TOKYO POP TV!