Academy Museum Lands Rare Moon Shuttle Prop From 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added a feather into the cap of its under-construction museum by purchasing an iconic prop from 2001: A Space Odyssey: the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Spherical Space Shuttle. » 3/29/15 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Fascinating Theory Says 2001: A Space Odyssey Is Really All About Food

2001: A Space Odyssey can be interpreted about a million different ways. That's a big part of its appeal. But have you ever felt… hungry while watching it? That's because the movie is actually about food. Look closely, and you'll see it too! » 3/05/15 9:00am 3/05/15 9:00am

Watch The 2001 Intro With The Original Score That Kubrick Rejected

It's hard to imagine that 2001: A Space Odyssey would have its incredible cinematic impact without that classical soundtrack. But director Stanley Kubrick originally hired a composer to score the film, only to abandon the score in postproduction. » 12/25/14 8:30am 12/25/14 8:30am

Discover The Unique Sounds Of British Science Fiction Movies

One of the most fascinating and memorable things about classic British science fiction is its eerie, jarring soundscape. And just like Doctor Who and other TV shows, a handful of British composers and sound designers did a lot to shape this aural phenomenon. A new BBC radio documentary will open your ears. » 12/23/14 12:15pm 12/23/14 12:15pm

2001 Would Have Featured A Prologue Where Astronomers Debate Alien Life

2001: A Space Odyssey remains one of the most scientifically grounded films of all time, despite the trippy ending. But originally, it would have featured a prologue in which 20 real-life astronomers talked about the possibility of encountering alien life. » 12/16/14 3:34pm 12/16/14 3:34pm

The Monoliths Have Faces: Interstellar Answers 2001: A Space Odyssey

I went to see Interstellar tonight. I sat in the back row of a crowded theater, wrapped in my jacket, and watched. And after all of the three hours and periodic nail biting, I can only say: » 11/15/14 4:21pm 11/15/14 4:21pm

12 Greatest Psychological Dramas That Just Happen to be Set in Space

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. » 11/04/14 10:42am 11/04/14 10:42am

New Trailer For Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Shows Why It's Still The Best

Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison. » 10/21/14 2:48pm 10/21/14 2:48pm

12 "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology

Imagining the future is a huge challenge — few people saw smartphones and DNA-based medicine coming. But if you want proof that "futuristic" science fiction is always about the present, just look at the obsolete devices people think will still be around. Here are 12 future visions that include tech we've already… » 10/15/14 10:12am 10/15/14 10:12am

2001: A Space Odyssey Retold In One Weird-Ass Animated Minute

The folks at 1A4STUDIO occasionally release speedruns, one-minute animated tours through classic films. In this one, they condense all two-and-a-half hours of 2001: A Space Odyssey and make the ending even more opaque. » 9/20/14 4:00pm 9/20/14 4:00pm

What Are The Actual Greatest Moments In Science Fiction And Fantasy?

SFX Magazine polled its readers to create a list of the 250 greatest moments in science fiction, fantasy and horror. And... it's slightly surprising. The #1 pick is the Doctor/Rose farewell on Doctor Who. So let's make our own. What are the 250 greatest moments in SF and fantasy, according to you? » 6/26/14 1:48pm 6/26/14 1:48pm

12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 10:36am 5/07/14 10:36am

Totally Ludicrous: A 2001 Tribute With Fruits And Vegetables

This advertisement for Danish butter brand Lurpak features some of the silliest riffs on 2001: A Space Odyssey we've ever seen. You have to love the carrot rocket and the potato asteroids. And now, we crave butter. » 4/10/14 3:40pm 4/10/14 3:40pm

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… » 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

The Most Beautiful Space Stations in the Universe

Everybody loves a gorgeous spaceship that can zoom through the cosmos — but there's something majestic and beautiful about a space station, that stays in one place or orbits one planet. Here are some of the most beautifully designed space stations in any universe. » 12/26/13 3:20pm 12/26/13 3:20pm

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

Top 10 Most Gorgeous Space Movies Ever Filmed

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. » 10/07/13 10:41am 10/07/13 10:41am

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