Spend The Evening Learning About The Making Of Your Favorite Movies

Here's a three-hour documentary about the making of Aliens in 1986, called Superior Firepower. Made in 2003, it features insane amounts of behind-the-scenes footage that reveal quite how ambitious a project this film was, and how much bigger it was than Alien. But that's not the only "making of" featurette on Youtube. » 3/25/14 6:00pm 3/25/14 6:00pm

You Can't Appreciate These Movies Fully Without A Great Sound System

Science fiction movies are known for their amazing visuals, from majestic spaceships to desolate landscapes. But many of the best science fiction films use sound just as much as picture to tell their stories. Here are 22 films that you'll appreciate way more if you have a great speaker system to go with that widescreen … » 3/17/14 1:24pm 3/17/14 1:24pm

The Coolest Helmets, Hats and Headpieces in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy is full of amazing pieces of headgear. From space helmets to wizard hats, there are countless examples of cool things to wear on your head. Here are 40 of the most awesome, iconic, and fun examples of hats and helmets from science fiction and fantasy. » 2/11/14 11:10am 2/11/14 11:10am

10 Robot Deaths That Were More Moving Than Almost Any Human's

When any beloved character dies, it's heart-rending — but sometimes, the death of a beloved robot (or android) can be the saddest of all. Maybe because we bond so intensely with artificial beings, their deaths can feel like losing a best friend. Here are 10 robot deaths that are more devastating than almost any… » 12/05/13 10:16am 12/05/13 10:16am

10 Terrible Ideas for TV Spinoffs of Popular Movies

We all have ultra-high hopes for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the television spin-off of The Avengers. Will all the characters turn out to be Skrulls? We hope so. But if this show becomes a huge hit, the studios could decide to crank out more TV shows based on popular films. Here are the 10 worst TV shows that could… » 9/13/13 10:28am 9/13/13 10:28am

10 Influential Movies (Where Everybody Copied the Wrong Thing)

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes everything. A film that rewrites the rules and influences a generation of film-makers. But all too often, the people who imitate these ground-breaking movies miss the point. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy movies from which everybody copied the wrong… » 8/20/13 10:14am 8/20/13 10:14am

10 Cinematographers Who Turned Science Fiction Movies into Great Art

We have tons of love for great directors — but often, when you're marveling at an especially lovely shot, you're partly admiring the work of the cinematographer who lit it and shot it. Often, the same cinematographer has worked on many of your favorite movies. Here are 10 great painters of science fiction films. » 7/02/13 10:20am 7/02/13 10:20am

How Real Scientists Shaped the Story of Europa Report

We've praised the astounding beauty and raw realism in the space thriller Europa Report for some time now. In a world where hard science fiction is traded for alien carnage and chase scenes, Europa is a rare creature, but how did it get that way? We spoke with screenwriter Philip Gelatt about the arduous research… » 6/28/13 10:21am 6/28/13 10:21am

Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light


We love the magic of the movies, that trickery that lets us believe in beautiful robots, time-traveling scientists, wolf men, and flying superheroes. But sometimes it's fun to peek behind the curtain, and see the secrets and candid faces behind our favorite films. » 6/09/13 1:00pm 6/09/13 1:00pm

Glow-in-the-dark 2001: A Space Odyssey poster is mind-blowing when the …

On April 12th, Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn is launching an art show best viewed in the dark. The "When the Lights Go Out" show will feature posters that reveal hidden features when you shut off the lights. We're particularly partial to this entry from Chris Thornley, inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. » 4/07/13 10:00am 4/07/13 10:00am

If 2001: A Space Odyssey were made today, would it be marketed as a…

If Stanley Kubrick was somehow able to make 2001: A Space Odyssey in the year 2012, would he be able to release a trailer that captures the scope and majesty of his film? Or would the tale of humanity's journey from one stage of development to the next be marketed as just another spacefaring action flick? The folks at … » 12/15/12 9:30am 12/15/12 9:30am

Supercut shows how space helmets have changed over the past 80 years…

Check out a supercut that brings together space helmets from a ton of movies, from 1929's Woman in the Moon to some recent stuff. Keith Melton created this awesome video in response to Mark Frauenfelder's collection of photos of space helmets over at BoingBoing, and the results are pretty fascinating. Which do you… » 12/07/12 11:52am 12/07/12 11:52am