Attention all spacefaring individuals, incoming transmission from Stargate Command. Please stand by.
The expansive science fiction universe of Stargate is coming to VRV! All of the theatrical films, television shows, and accompanying bonus material and featurettes will all be available to stream on VRV Select starting today, March 15th! Based on a speculative version of the present where mankind is linked to intergalactic civilizations through spacetime gateways, the Stargate franchise spans four movies and three television series, including the brand new Stargate Origins, released this year.
You walk to school using your normal route. Making your way down the neighborhood roads, you notice a stone well in the space separating two houses. Was that always there? You approach it, but suddenly stumble over a rock. You tumble into the well. You brace for impact with the ground… but it never comes. You fall and fall for what seems like an hour until, at last, you somehow find yourself outside again. But everything is… different. The architecture, the roads, the clothes people wear–all of it is different! Dazed, you stare around you and happen to spot a hooded figure. It approaches and hands you a scroll. Tentatively, you unravel it and read the words: “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
It’s a work day and you have just finished your coffee when you get a call on your cell phone. You scan the phone number but don’t recognize it and end the call. A few hours later, after lunch, you check your email. There is a new message labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” You figure it’s spam, but as you’re about to delete it you get a call from the mysterious number again. You end the call and glance at your inbox and see five more emails each with the same subject line as the one before. Your heart rate quickens. You leave for home, the entire commute your phone rings. You turn it off. It still rings. You get to your apartment and check your mail. There is a letter labeled “iMpOrTaNt.” Hands shaking, you open the envelope and find a sheet of paper labeled “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
A powerful man does horrible things, finds himself hoisted on his own petard, and must learn kung fu in order to atone for his ways and find peace. If the story sounds familiar, there’s a good reason — well, several good reasons, actually.
The 2011 Shaolin is a martial arts epic starring performer-of-all-trades Andy Lau as Hou Jie, a clever but hotheaded warlord whose ambitions get the better of him. After slaying a rival taking refuge at the Shaolin Monastery and mocking the monks before he leaves, he sets out to eliminate another enemy. But Cao Man, Hou’s second-in-command, double crosses him. And before long, Hou has nowhere to seek refuge but the very place he killed a man not long before.
There are lots of ways a piece of art can be “mind-blowing.” The easiest is to create something that looks weird and makes no dang sense. And that’s probably the easiest way to go about it — because making something not make sense doesn’t actually take a lot of work. But one of the hardest, and most effective, is to create something extremely personal and extremely relatable under the weirdness. Something that, when you step back from it, makes complete sense.
Living in Oblivion starts out as one, slowly pulling its strings together and becoming the other over the course of the movie. Because somewhere between the flashbacks, the explosions, and the apple-wielding dwarfs, there’s something a lot of us can relate to: the anxiety of doing our job well.
You’re waiting for the walk signal at a crowded city intersection. Your breath forms into temporary clouds before dissolving into the clear, frigid air. You hear a tinny, artificial tone and look up to see the sign has changed to ‘walk.’ You look down at your phone as you’re walking, weaving in and out of the vast surge of pedestrians ebbing and flowing like a living river. Halfway across the street everything falls silent. You crash into the person in front of you and look up, dazed, frantically apologizing. “I’m sorry, uh-” You stop midway through your sentence. The entire world is frozen. People, feet extended half-gait; birds suspended in flight; the ripples of a puddle caught in some strange temporal stillness–time has stopped. You stand there, for how long you don’t know, not even trying to make sense of anything, but simply taking in the reality of it all. You get up and begin to walk, haltingly, through the street. You see a child on the sidewalk, his rubber ball trapped halfway between his open hand and the floor. You reach for it, grab it, attempt to move it, but it is immobile as a building. You explore the city this way, experimenting here and there as you did with the ball, but everything is similarly stuck. After hours (days?), you collapse on a park bench. Looking at the morning sun (it’s been morning for so long) winding through the tree branches overhead, your phone suddenly vibrates. Shocked out of your reverie it takes a moment for you to even remember what to do in this situation. You grasp your phone and see that an unfamiliar app has opened, something called… “Your Weekly Guide to VRV.”
Whether you’re still in classes or have graduated into the working world, the spark of learning never truly leaves us and these carefully crafted films and series have all the benefits of study without sacrificing entertainment. Nothing else quite scratches that itch and the true documentary junkie is always hungry for any subject from nature, to culture, to true crime. Look no further, because we’ve got just the fix you need with six great documentaries you can watch right now.
In cartoons, it’s portrayed as the angel versus devil conversation. Amongst friends, it’s a joke you try to laugh nervously off. For every action we take, there’s a consequence – a misfire in our synapses, a large ‘what if I wasn’t so good? What if I was selfish?’ battle that wages back and forth in our brain, being pushed into the corner because that’s what being an adult means: making larger sacrifices for the greater good, and being responsible for your own thoughts. Let the Right One In begs to differ.
Lazer Team is a rollicking sci-fi adventure that manages to translate Rooster Teeth’s signature charm into a feature film format. The film is much more than a fun viewing experience, it’s also a bit of a film industry anomaly! What did Rooster Teeth do differently to market their movie? HOW THE HELL did they secure a $2.4 million budget?! In what ways was this project different than your typical indie film? These are the questions we’re answering today!
Robert Rodriguez’s The Director’s Chair is like the Super Smash Brothers of contemporary filmmakers—seeing people from all across the film industry come together with Rodriguez for an intimate chat has an oddly similar appeal to the all-star fighting game. We wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing creators featured on the show, so we decided to profile the careers of some of the talented film greats featured on the show!
Did you know VRV has a lot of good movies? Like… A LOT of good movies? Well it does, and we wanted to highlight them with a weeklong celebration of cinema called Film Buff Week! Every day starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, February 18th, we’ll be highlighting a different genre of movie that’s well represented on the site. To mark this LOVELY EVENT, I decided to list out some of my favorite films on VRV below!