When Contact first opened, 20 years ago today, I thought it was a masterpiece. For a soon-to-be high school senior, Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel was the perfect Hollywood mix of thought-provoking ideas and spectacle. It wasn’t until years later I realized how divided fellow films fans were on the…
There are aliens out there (and if there aren’t any, it’s just more fun to believe that there are). But if they are out there, how do we find them? Once we find them, how do we contact them? And once we contact them, how do we actually communicate with them?
The best movies are never what you think they are. You sit down expecting one thing, and then you get that, and so much more. One of the threads most commonly hidden in films, especially genre films, is a real romance. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are eight science fiction movies that are secretly romances.
The only movie that anyone's been able to talk about this week is Interstellar, which by all accounts is incredible. But if, like me, you haven't made it all the way to a movie theatre to catch it, you can at least see the lead actor in one of his earlier sci-fi attempts.
Of all the random bits in Man of Steel, one of the randomest was the scene where Supes asks a man of the cloth what a man of the cape should do. In fact, the "Ask a Priest" scene is a staple of science fiction and fantasy. Here are our favorite moments where someone consults a priest, and gets some mostly nonsensical…
When most people think about searching for extraterrestrial intelligences, they imagine someone like Ellie Arroway searching the skies for radio transmissions. But what about looking in other ways? Perhaps a highly advanced alien civilisation might build structures large enough for us to see.
The cities of River Rouge, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, have been unable to find the source of a mysterious hum emanating from Zug Island. One documentary filmmaker is picking up the reins on the investigation, if he can get a little funding help. You can also help fund a LEGO artist this week, a man on a mission…
You may have recently encountered Carl Sagan's 1954 reading list out in the internet. But the Library of Congress has posted some much more interesting papers from the scientist, novelist and all around fascinating guy: a draft of the 1995 letter he sent to Warner Brothers about the adaptation of Contact.
Sticking glass in your eye is objectively a bad idea. And yet, in the 1800s, there were several highly educated individuals repeating that very action.
Ever since humanity has been able to launch projectiles into space to take nosey pictures that make us all feel insignificant, a major priority has been to somehow communicate with any alien life forms that might come across this space detritus and wonder who shot a space probe right into their upper atmosphere. Using…
Apple's changed their technical support rules on the Liquid Contact Indicator that's inside just about all iOS devices so that even if it's triggered, you might still be able to get a replacement. This, supposing you didn't actually dunk your phone.
Roland Emmerich's 2012 has the worst science in a science fiction film, according to NASA's experts — followed by Armageddon, Volcano, The Sixth Day and Chain Reaction. So what were the films with the best science, according to NASA?
Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. Here's our report card for bad science in 18 movies.
Some guy's e-mail address is 345 characters long. Mine's only 17 characters long. Damn, he's way bigger than me. Here's his elongated e-mail address in all its glory.
It's the summer season, and Sunday has become the new scifi destination this week. Witness the debut of a jumpsuit-less Phantom, more sanguinary weirdness from True Blood, the debut of The Gates, and new Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who.
People talk about science fiction as the literature of humanism. But actually, science fiction's explorations put it into conflict with humanism's tenets. The best science fiction questions the nature of humanity, and whether the universe will let us stay human.
The debate over bad science in science-fiction movies has gotten a major new source of ammunition: Phil Plait, writing for Discover Magazine, has rounded up a fairly definitive list of the best and worst moments in movie science.
In science fiction cinema and TV, creators need to draw audiences into their world seamlessly. One way to do this is the tracking shot, an immersive one-take journey through a scene. Here are 8 of the best.