Steven Spielberg's Own Nostalgia Inspired the Coolest Scene in Ready Player One

Ready Player One was either a fantastic tribute to nerd culture or an annoying slog filled with nostalgic pandering, it really depends on who you ask. But what usually isn’t up for debate—with a few exceptions—is how cool that whole The Shining sequence was. For many fans, it was an exciting tribute to a classic film.…

A Brief Treatise on the Greatest Line in Ready Player One, and Possibly All of Cinema

The history of motion pictures is full of iconic lines. Some folks, frankly, don’t give a damn. Others remark on how life, uh, finds a way. Then, there’s this gem from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which will go down as the greatest grouping of words ever uttered on the big screen: “A fanboy knows a hater.”

A New Avengers: Infinity War Promo Has More Intriguing Clues About Thor

The Halloween sequel/reboot has a new Michael Myers under the mask. Get a new look at Westworld’s second season. The sixth Sharknado could be the end for the franchise. Plus, what’s to come on Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, another look at the Supernatural/Scooby Doo crossover, and new Rampage footage. Spoilers,…

Updates From Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, Agents of SHIELD, and More

Steven Spielberg says a Tintin sequel is in the works. Jeff Goldblum talks about returning as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom. Jed Whedon teases how Infinity War opens up a new world for Agents of SHIELD. Plus, get a look at Riverdale’s musical episode, and Mark Hamill wants to be a spooky force…

A Brief History of Virtual Reality, From Lucid Dreaming to Ready Player One

Ready Player One is all about people using a virtual world called the OASIS to make their dreams come true. While virtual reality has only been a thing—at least in name—since the 1980s, people have been dreaming of life in fictional worlds for thousands of years. In a new episode of “That Looks Familiar,” io9's Beth…

Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways

The early reactions to Ready Player One after its screening at SXSW were mostly positive, but don’t count io9's among them. It isn’t so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artifacts. It’s about loving to love those things, which makes Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel…