Tea Time, A Steampunk Short Film

Plot: Set in the fanatic alternate history of the 1800s, Tea Time is a comedy that follows a conflicted mad scientist. Elizabeth is in a proper and strict world where inventors are held in high regard, but only ones that fit in. Her work has been rejected (again) and she has had it. Her Aunt Judith wants nothing more than for her to give up this foolishness, marry a proper gentleman and get out of her house (taking her machines with her). This particular day Judith has a different potential suitor waiting for her. A man Elizabeth is somewhat familiar with…

Made with the help of Kickstarter, this short film was shot with $3,000 over two days with a Canon 5D Mark 3 and some very talented people.

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

In the mood for a steampunk movie? Take a look at “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box”. The movie is based on the book “Mariah Mundi” by G. P. Taylor.

Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!

Looks like a fun movie to add to your steampunk home video collection. You can also watch the video for a modest fee through “Amazon Instant Video”.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Adele Blanc-Sec
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Se...

From revered filmmaker Luc Besson (Taken, The Fifth Element, Le Femme Nikita) comes the extravagant and wildly vivid adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, the coolest author and adventurist in all of Paris.

The year is 1912. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg, housed on a shelf in the Natural History Museum, has mysteriously hatched, unleashing a prehistoric monster onto the Parisian streets. But nothing fazes Adele, when she finds a connection with the ancient bird and reveals many more extraordinary surprises. Based on the acclaimed historical fantasy books by Jacques Tardi, The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec follows this intrepid adventurer as she uncovers mysterious Egyptian treasures, attempts to tame a wild pterodactyl, eludes dangerous enemies and braves a formidable phenomenon to save her ailing sister.

I loved this film …

Movie Review: Tai Chi Zero

Tai Chi Zero
Actors: Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy, Qi Shu, Daniel Wu
Directors: Stephen Fung
Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: English

(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
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Tai Chi Zero

Product description:

tai-chi-zero-gnostalgiaAs an uncommonly gifted child, Yang Luchanhas a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead.However, being teased as the town fool, Yang s mother spurs him to practice martial arts. Following her wishes, Yang travels across the land, finally arriving at Chen Village in hopes of learning Tai Chi. In this legendary community and center of power, everyone practices Tai Chi – using it in every aspect of their lives.However, it is forbidden for the villagers to share these secrets with an outsider. Yang learns this the hard way. Once he arrives, everyone challenges him to fights. From the strongest men to the women and children, he is engaged – and cruelly defeated by their masterful moves. After a particularly tough battle against Master Chen s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is more determined than ever to master the art of Tai Chi…but he needs the Master’s permission first. Little does Yang know, the poor strange man he befriended when he arrived at Chen Village is Master Chen – who recognizes Yang s genius but hides behind a disguise to secretly guide Yang to his own realization of Tai Chi. Soon after, a frightening steam-powered machine arrives at Chen Village, powered by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. Fang has bribed and conspired with government officials to permit him to build a railway – one that runs right through the center of the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang and destroy the monstrous machine – a brave and dangerous act that might just win the hearts of the villagers…and the girl…

My thoughts:

Part martial art movie, part comedy, part steampunk, and all fun. I have to admit my bias, as a child I grew up loving martial art movies. In addition to wonderfully choreographed martial arts and amazing wire-work, the steampunk elements of the movie were very well-done. Tai Chi Zero didn’t rub my nose in the sins of western colonialism, but gave me an entertaining tale of the clash of progress versus tradition.

tai-chi-zero-gnostalgia1While my favorite steampunk vehicle remains the Nautilus, the steam powered rail-layer of  Tai Chi Zero has leaped over the tarantula in Wild Wild West to become my second favorite steampunk vehicle.  Love the eyes on that machine…

I think gamers will get a chuckle out of the life-meter graphic. There are lots of laughs scattered throughout the movie, and over-the-top kung fu. On the downside, it ends with a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see the next installment, Tai Chi Hero.

The movie isn’t for everyone, but I give it 4 stars out of 5!

Steampunk Sherlock

Okay, I admit that I take a certain delight in bad movies and Asylum certainly knows how to crank out some low budget movies. If you a fan of Sherlock Holmes, low budget movies, and steampunk, you might consider giving Asylum’s version of Sherlock Holmes a try. Don’t expect a whole lot, just go with it.

Steampunk movie pick, free ebook, and game

My last steampunk movie pick was “Time After Time” it was a very cool movie and well worth your *ahem* time. I thought that I would stick with the steampunk time theme with this movie pick, free ebook, and game.

The Time Machine.

If you are like me you may prefer the old 1960 version with Rod Taylor. Check out this old trailer … The Time Machine.

Of course, all of this is based on the great old novel by H. G. Wells. The kindle ebook of “The Time Machine” is free ( confirm that the price has not changed before you make your purchase ).

It’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with this ebook.

Last but not least, my blog buddy Debby hooked me up with a fun online game called “Gardens of Time.” I play it through my Facebook account. You travel through time looking for hidden items. Join me at “Gardens of Time” and add me as a neighbor. You wouldn’t believe all of the crap I have in my cyber garden ( or my real garden, but that’s another story).

This week’s steampunk movie pick: Time After Time

I loved this movie back in the day. It’s a very strange movie, I once watched this movie on my VCR and the time did not change. It flashed 12:00 — very strange indeed.

I wont be around tonight, my nephew Will is graduating from High School. I guess “time” has been rolling around in my head these past few days. A boy that I carried home from Elementary School on my shoulders is finishing school. I still have a stain on my couch where he spilled his chocolate milk as a toddler.

If you have the “time” check out Time After Time, I think that you will find it entertaining.

Debby helped me pick out this movie. In previous weeks I have picked Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Van Helsing, Sleepy Hollow, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Young Sherlock Holmes, and The Prestige

Trailer – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Another Friday rolls around and it is time to pick another steampunk movie. This week I will pick Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Caractacus Potts invents the magical car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

My previous picks were: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Van Helsing, Sleepy Hollow, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen , Young Sherlock Holmes, and The Prestige.