Ex Machina is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking science fiction movies in ages. And that probably conjures images of a slow, introspective Sundance-y film — but actually, Ex Machina moves at a ruthless pace, and kicks your ass up one all and down the other. Minor spoilers ahead...
We celebrated Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation as a weird science novel that's actually weird enough, and an antidote to J.J. Abrams-style mysteries. Now, the movie version has gotten a writer/director who can handle some weirdness: Alex Garland.
Skylights are so 1986. Now it doesn't matter if the weather outside is dark and dreary, or even if it's midnight, for that matter: Thanks to this LED panel which replicates cloudless skies, you'll feel like you're bathed in warm sunshine.
Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity heralds the return of the glorious space porn movie. The swoon-worthy visuals make you feel as though you're actually in space, on a unique adventure. But there's a proud tradition of breathtaking space movies. Here are the 10 most lovely space films, before Gravity.
Sometimes a movie sparks everybody's imagination months before it comes out. When a film gets talked about, that's usually a good thing — and it's an even better thing when it becomes the subject of memes and ideas. Unless those memes totally misrepresent what the movie's about, and wind up killing all interest in…
This past week, we've rekindled our sense of wonder, watching Curiosity land and explore a world millions of miles away. But the best science fiction and fantasy movies have a way of rekindling that same feeling of wonder, with amazing spectacle and powerful visions.
Oh, this will give you chills. The International Space Station's orbital vantage point never ceases to amaze, and it becomes downright spine-tingling when Underworld and John Murphy's famous theme from Sunshine is added to the mix. This time-lapse from Knate Myers blends images collected by ISS astronauts and NASA's…
Bears! They're like mythical fantasy creatures, except that they really exist. And they make everything better. Case in point: Brave, which comes out this weekend, features bears in an important role, which we won't give away here.
In Time is all about a whole Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime wave — but the actual movie gets stolen by a member of the supporting cast, Cillian Murphy. The star of Sunshine and 28 Days Later is so much better than everybody else in that cast, it's almost embarrassing. You walk out of In Time shaking your head and going,…
Carrie-Ann Moss copes with a zero-gravity fire in this stunning sequence from Red Planet. How do you put out a fire when the fire extinguisher sends you flying in the opposite direction? Trinity's on the case.
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.
Anyone who ever set fire to ants using a magnifying glass: first of all, shame on you! Second of all, you're going to love this. Sunlight, focused intensely enough that it can (and does) burn any material on earth.
The Judge Dredd movie isn't dead after all. DNA Films has gotten financing from Indian firms Reliance Entertainment and IM Global, plus a director: Pete Travis (Vantage Point). Now they're off to Cannes to get distribution. [Deadline]
Impressive opening ceremony aside, the Olympics really seems to be trying to harsh our televisual mellow this week, with many shows either off schedule completely or on reruns to make way, but don't worry: We're here to navigate the remains.
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.
While this Lifehacker list of the top 10 DIY sun-powered projects won't be much help here in Boston (where we literally saw the Sun three times in June), you may find some use for it in your sunny neck of the woods. [Lifehacker]
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.
Most of us now check the time using cellphones, but there's still a stalwart few that insist on wearing watches. With the Freestyle solar watch, they can cling to old technology while being eco-friendly.
Click to viewDanny Boyle may be the most gifted director working in science fiction today. Like Ridley Scott, he's made a number of non-SF films, but his contributions to the genre have stood out among its best works. We had a chance to sit down with Boyle and talk about how his new film, the Mumbai-set Slumdog…
Click to viewIt's never great to watch a beloved science fiction hero die - but sometimes a memorable heroic death can help turn a science fiction story into a real epic. And some science fiction characters are unforgettable and bad-ass precisely because they died in a memorable way. Here's our list of the dozen…