Few would argue with the fact that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best film in the Trek franchise. It’s got action, suspense, huge twists, an amazing villain, and perhaps most importantly for the matter at hand, an iconic score by the late, great James Horner.
We just saw the first trailer for The Moon and the Sun, the movie version of Vonda McIntyre’s Nebula Award-winning 1997 novel, here at Worldcon in Spokane. It’s full of lavish beauty and intense passion, set in Louis XIV’s Versailles.
Humanity is never thrown into so stark relief as when we journey into space. In that alien environment, we find out who we are. And even though space movies are often seen as pure adventures, the best space films are great personal dramas. Here are 12 powerful psychological dramas that happen to be set in space.
Science fiction and fantasy take us deep into the heart of the unknown — and there's nothing scarier than the unknown, really. So it shouldn't be surprising that genre movies are full of terrifying scenes. But what's the absolute scariest moment from any science fiction or fantasy movie?
Part of what makes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan such a compelling film is its incredible design and clever visuals — and these VFX storyboards, taken from the film's Blu-ray release, show the genesis (no pun intended) of some of the most arresting shots.
Yes, we don't care who you are. If you're not completely dead inside, like some freeze-dried husk, then there are certain moments from science fiction and fantasy that will make you break down. Here are 20 of the most tear-jerking moments from science fiction and fantasy stories. (Update: Added 5 more!)
Geeky pop culture sometimes feels like a collection of cool stuff: "Hero" moments and "holy shit did you see that" images. And sometimes it feels like the people who update our most beloved stories want to include those moments — without doing anything to set them up properly. The premature nerdgasm is a serious…
Now that a Star Trek movie is #1 at the box office again, everybody's looking back at the history of Star Trek films. And one meme I've been hearing a lot is that Wrath of Khan, formerly the sacred cow of Trek films, is overrated. Here's why that's not true.
The new Star Trek movie isn't a terrible film. Star Trek Into Darkness has some bravura action scenes, and some brilliant comic bits. But it's also aggressively, tragically stupid. It's not even a great popcorn film, because it fails to deliver on its own promises. And it's not half as good as J.J. Abrams' first Star…
This summer, everybody is going into a very dark place. Superman is growing an underwater beard and getting angsty, Iron Man is getting his soul crushed, and Star Trek wants you to know that it's going into darkness so badly, they put that in the title. So if you're planning to film an epic story about a legendary…
LEGO builder Christer Nyberg constructed this reproduction of Khan Noonien Singh's favored ride from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The entire project took him over a year and required somewhere between 10,000-15,000 LEGO bricks. The lights are a nice touch, but this vessel's life support systems won't keep you…
The greatest tacticians in space don't just use high-energy beams and force shields, they use psychology. And the best interstellar smack-downs start with the trash talking before a single shot is fired.
It's the 35th anniversary of Industrial Light & Magic, the company George Lucas founded to help create Star Wars' ambitious special effects, and there's a new documentary. You may never have appreciated how much ILM changed the look of movies.
No question: 1982 must be the best year in science fiction history. These 365 days gave birth to Blade Runner, Star Trek II, ET, Tron and The Thing, to name just a few.
We don't find out what our science fiction/fantasy heroes are made of, until everything seems hopeless and their backs are against the wall. The greatest SF stories also contain the greatest "all seems lost" moments, and here are our favorites.
Space is silent and vast, but we can't feel the awe and terror of epic space battles without great music. Here's our list of the ten composers without whom science fiction would feel as empty as the void. (With samples.)