Lego Movie is a great spoof of summer movies. And a great summer movie.

Galaxy Quest is a brilliant spoof of Star Trek. It's also one of the two or three best Star Trek movies. That's how I feel about The Lego Movie, which is both a perfect satire of noisy toy-driven summer action movies, and also an absolutely perfect summer movie in its own right. A few months early. » 2/07/14 4:00pm 2/07/14 4:00pm

How Star Trek's Architects Built the San Francisco of the Future

For architecture nerds, the best part about Star Trek: Into Darkness is undeniably the phantasmagoric depiction of a 23rd-century San Francisco. Towering skyscrapers lined the horizon and flying vehicles weaved between them. It was all so beautiful—until a starship crashed into Earth and wiped out half the city. » 1/09/14 11:20am 1/09/14 11:20am

City councilman epically resigns with a letter written in Klingon

Here's how to make your resignation as a city councilman as memorable as possible (non-shameful division): write your whole resignation letter in Klingon. Trekkie and former city councilman David Waddell did exactly that, telling his mayor "chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj", which apparently means 'perhaps today is a good day to… » 1/03/14 9:00pm 1/03/14 9:00pm

The Effects For Star Trek: ID Were Even More Special Than Cumberbatch

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hit theaters way back in 1982, and the film's tense space battles were realized by Industrial Light and Magic using models and old-school film effect techniques. So it was only fitting that ILM was called upon again to bring J.J. Abrams' take on the clash between James T. Kirk and Khan… » 1/03/14 2:56pm 1/03/14 2:56pm

All the World's a Soundstage: In Praise of Studio-Bound Alien Worlds

Quick, what's the first thing you noticed about the planet we visited in last night's Doctor Who special? That's right: It was a soundstage.* None of Matt Smith's final hour was filmed in a real location. Alien worlds used to be filmed in the studio more often — here's why we miss visiting Planet Soundstage. » 12/26/13 4:56pm 12/26/13 4:56pm

Boldy Shower Where No Man Has Showered Before

Traditional aesthetics call for a monochrome shower curtain in your bathroom that elegantly matches the rest of the room's color motif. But as we all know, Star Trek fans are never much for norms, and there's no doubt ThinkGeek is going to sell a shuttle bay's worth of these clever transporter room shower curtain and… » 10/22/13 9:05am 10/22/13 9:05am

This Is How Star Trek Into Darkness Should Have Ended

Okay, I have a confession. I didn't watch Star Trek Into Darkness. Not because I don't like lens flares or Trekkies or plot holes but because I'm generally just a terrible person at catching movies while they're in theaters. It's okay though. From the looks of this latest hilarious video on how movies should have ended … » 10/02/13 9:00pm 10/02/13 9:00pm

An Infrared View of Philadelphia Is Trippy and Apocalyptic

The idea of an empty city is sort of simultaneously awesome and creepy because it would be cool to have a space built for thousands of people all to yourself, but you'd have to wonder where everybody went. Photographer Bruce Wayne Berry Jr. wanted to investigate the feelings evoked by an empty city while using effects… » 9/29/13 9:23am 9/29/13 9:23am

Every Original Star Trek Episode as a Vintage Movie Poster

So Into Darkness was fun, but there's nothing quite like the classics that started the whole thing off. If you're into them, Juan Ortiz has a treat for you: each of the original 80 episodes as a righteous vintage poster. » 9/14/13 5:00pm 9/14/13 5:00pm

Watch People Get Pranked into Thinking Star Trek Teleportation Is Real

Teleportation is perhaps the dreamiest sci-fi invention ever imagined so it's no surprise that when a Star Trek-style Transporter pops up in a middle of a mall and promises real life teleportation, a crowd forms to ooh and ahh and secretly hope that it's real (no matter how unreal it is). Illusionist Scott Penrose… » 9/11/13 9:06pm 9/11/13 9:06pm

Enterprise Spatula: Boldly Go Where No Fry Cook Has Gone Before

With replicators in every room, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise technically didn't need to cook anything while away on their missions. But such technology is well beyond our grasp at the moment, and the daily task of prepping meals is thankfully made slightly less mundane when you've got the Enterprise in hand to… » 8/08/13 2:20pm 8/08/13 2:20pm