Regardless of what you think of Inception’s ambiguous ending, if the film were released in 2017, it’s safe to assume that the final scene with the spinning top would have played out a bit differently—with a much, much more fitting and distracting reveal.
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.
3-D printing, the technology that will change retail stores forever, still has a long way to go to best injection-molded plastic. But if you want one application where 3-D printing kicks the ass of conventional tooling, look no further than this Inception-inspired coffee table.
Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 50 must-watch science fiction films.
These days, movie trailers are hugely important things. They set the tone for an upcoming film, and we salivate over them to the point that even the trailers have trailers. How did we get to this point? Culture blog Hopes and Fears has an neat look at the history and development of the movie trailer:
Great cons belong to that special category — along with heists — of things that are very fun in fiction but not something you want happening to you. And con artists in fiction are usually charming, smart, and have an abhorrence of violence. Here are the 10 greatest con artists in science fiction and fantasy
Dream sequences are an amazing way of breaking down the walls of reality — even in a supposedly "realistic" film. Film editor Gabriel Adelman has put together a supercut of the most beautiful and disturbing dream sequences from over a century of film, and the results are amazing.
Moms and Chris Nolan movies. What an absolutely wonderful pairing. Watch as one mother explains the plot of Inception immediately after watching the film, and just completely totals the thing, top to bottom. It's great.
What was the REAL ending of Inception? Does it matter that Han shot first? Is Star Wars not really science fiction? These are just a few of the many old-ass movie debates we are ready to retire.
Christopher Nolan's Inception is a delightfully surreal look at merging the worlds of dream and reality - but this video essay from Brows Held High takes a deep dive into Nolan's surrealist influences as well as Inception's flirtation with the greatest filmmaking illusion of all: the Narrative.
Ever heard of the Perky Effect? It sounds cutesy-poo, but it's an effect that has led to a decades-long investigation that reveals a startling truth. Even if you don't consciously control your dreams, you probably think you control your daydreams. But that might not actually be true.
We tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as being like mystery novels — the story is over when you solve the case. So we obsess over questions that have no answers. But here are 10 questions that are better unanswered, either because the possibilities are fascinating or because the answers would be terrible.
Inceptor is a board game based off Chris Nolan's Inception, which means it's gorgeous but also complicated. Very complicated. So extremely complicated, in fact, that sometimes doesn't make any sense. But that's okay, we're in.
As usual, every single time I see one of these movie remakes as an 8-bit retro game I feel the nostalgia of playing something that I never played. Their version of Inception is, once again, impeccable. I wish these people made games instead of just videos.
Nowadays, when you go see a big movie, you assume everything is going to be computer animation and greenscreen, and nothing is real. But a lot of the biggest, craziest movie stunts, past and present, have been entirely practical. Here are some of the most complicated stunt sequences that were created in reality.
We've seen an Xbox One playing through another Xbox One. And an Xbox 360 through an Xbox One through an Xbox One. Also a Wii U through an Xbox One and, sure, a PS4 through an Xbox One. But what if you plug one Xbox One into itself? Because it's certainly possible. And the results are kind of beautiful.
With its $160 million budget, Inception's special effects—the floating hallway scene in particular—are pretty damn impressive. But take away the funds, the crew, the computers, and what do you have left? Videographer Justin Fredrick Clark's very own (and equally incredible) gravity defying room—which he built entirely…
The movie Inception is getting closer to reality. By planting false memories into the minds of mice, neuroscientists at MIT have created the first artificially implanted memories. And they've brought us closer to understanding the fallibility of human recollection.
We have tons of love for great directors — but often, when you're marveling at an especially lovely shot, you're partly admiring the work of the cinematographer who lit it and shot it. Often, the same cinematographer has worked on many of your favorite movies. Here are 10 great painters of science fiction films.
We sat down with Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy and the new movie Oblivion, along with a handful of other reporters. And he told us that it's getting easier to pitch an original film, in the wake of huge successes like Avatar and Inception. Minor spoilers ahead...