Automata Is Brilliantly Original Science Fiction, Ruined By Cliches

We all cry out for original genre movies that aren't just cashing in on existing franchises. But it's sad when an original film comes out, and it just rehashes the classics, even more slavishly. It's even more heartbreaking when you get a movie like Automata, which has a clever, original idea. And smothers it in… » 10/10/14 12:26pm 10/10/14 12:26pm

Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right

We'll be honest, we did not know much about Antonio Banderas and Gabe Ibáñez's Automata, but this trailer has us very, very excited about this robot movie. From what we can tell, Automata appears to be twisting around Asimov's laws of robitcs, which is great. Also, we're really happy to see that the robots look like… » 8/20/14 2:20pm 8/20/14 2:20pm

The 5 Most Unpleasant And Undignified Ways To Die In Ancient Times

Antiquity was the pits. For every advancement in philosophy or mathematics, you had half a dozen crazed aristocrats high on mercury potions trying to remove your limbs in bold new ways. Here are five particularly egregious ways to kick it centuries ago — they involve (among many things) honey, wine, eels, and… » 9/06/12 10:20am 9/06/12 10:20am

For $5,000, you can own a terrifying band of hillbilly robots

Hey hypothetical insane billionaire, do you have five large burning a hole in your tissue box pocket that just needs to escape? Have we got the purchase for you — a musical band of four leering animatronic yokels, courtesy of that miracle machine eBay. Mount these guys on your flatbed hovercraft and show those stuffed… » 8/07/12 4:50pm 8/07/12 4:50pm

Who wants to own this creepy robotic version of da Vinci's The Last…

Do you have $15,000 to blow on disconcerting old automata? Well, have we a bargain for you! For a mere $10-$15K, you can win this automaton recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, complete with a tiny mechanical Judas plotting away. Here's the auction description and a nine-minute video detailing the… » 5/28/12 9:30am 5/28/12 9:30am

In the 15th century, Satanic automata wigged out churchgoers

Automata were... theologically and culturally familiar, things with which one could be on easy terms.

They were funny, sometimes bawdy, and they were everywhere... Mechanical devils were...rife. Poised in sacristies, they made horrible faces, howled and stuck out their tongues to instill fear in the hearts of…

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