Channel Chriswell has put together some interesting video essays recently, and for his latest, he takes a look at the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, who focused on what the characters were feeling, rather than what was happening.
Vimeo user kogonada has put together a neat look at Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and some of the background of the movie and how it was different from other science fiction films of the same era.
We love these simple but stylish interplanetary tourism posters by Dean Walton. Who wants a vintage poster of New York when they can have an ad for Mars, Vulcan, Pandora, or even the less popular retreat of LV-426?
First they tried to drag us back to the 1960s with Austin Powers. Now they're doing it again with Men in Black III, whose plot time-jumps to the 1969 Apollo launch. But why go back to this world-changing decade with bad science fiction when you could mainline the good stuff? Here is a book list that will introduce…
Tonight sees the season finale of Fringe, giving us one last look at the brilliant insanity of Walter Bishop. While we love Walter, we're not sure if it would be a good thing if he existed in real life — but there are plenty of fictional scientists we wish were for real. Both for their awesome inventions, and for…
Stanislaw Lem's cult classic novel Solaris is finally getting a direct-to-English translation, reports the Guardian, restoring much of the author's original words.
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.
Android app Solaris uses realtime data from several of NASA's orbital observation satellites, giving you an accurate representation of the magnetic field of the planet. It might come in handy when the apocalypse hits.
Concept artist Tim Flattery's career has stretched back to Back To The Future and Tim Burton's Batman, and he's worked on Tron Legacy. But when we asked him his favorite project, he named Soderbergh's Solaris. It's easy to see why.
In James Cameron's Avatar, we're introduced to an alien race that we immediately take to: the almost-human Na'vi. But sympathizing with slightly-different people is easy. Here are few examples of sci-fi giving us truly "alien" aliens.
If there's one thing that Pandorum shows us, it's that it's psychologically stressful to be out there in space. Studies have shown the dangers of space madness, but we have to admit: It makes for good entertainment.
We're all hoping if Star Trek is a blockbuster, it'll bring space opera back to our screens. But space opera hasn't always hit the high notes. Here are some examples of space opera done wrong.
Entertainment Weekly is asking why we don't want science fiction on our televisions, citing at-risk shows like Dollhouse, Terminator and Chuck as proof. But I can't help but wonder if they're asking the wrong question.
Movies about cloning usually deal with some kind of identity crisis — it's inherent in the subgenre — but few of them are as weird, or potentially as profound, as The Clone Returns To The Homeland, a new Japanese film that's already being compared to Tarkovsky's Solaris. The story of an astronaut who dies and is…
Just as we were asking ourselves when this dreary dystopian fad was going to wear off, news comes from a sunnier side of the universe. We’ve been plagued with so many movies and books that paint the future as a big, bad place to live that I’ve started to wonder if I should build a bomb shelter or just stock up on…
Click to view Space epics almost always play fast and loose with science, treating the laws of physics like suggestions. Sound in space, unprotected bodies splatting in vacuum, and alien planets that all look just like Calabasas. But some movies dismember Newton and Einstein with way more gusto than others. We rated…
Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.
Vitals:Andrei Tarkovsky's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel called The Soviet 2001; some would argue it's…