Custody Battle Over Massive Emerald Worth $370 Million Rages On

It's 180,000 carats and weighs 840 pounds. Its value is estimated somewhere in the $370 million range, but really, the Bahia Emerald is so rare it's virtually priceless. No wonder the raw gem, which was found in 2001, is such a hot property — and has been at the center of a legal saga that's lasted years. » 3/30/15 7:42pm Monday 7:42pm

Excuse Me, Sir, But You Have A Rather Large Knife In Your Skull

YOWCH! A Brazilian taxi driver survived being stabbed in the head ... and roamed around with the knife wedged into his melon for over three hours. As you can see from the X-rays, we're not talking about a little poke from a Swiss Army knife. That's practically Excalibur up in there! » 1/05/15 11:00am 1/05/15 11:00am

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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

Brazilian Confesses To Being One Of The Most Prolific Serial Killers

Here's some nightmare fodder for you: CNN is reporting that a 26-year-old man has admitted to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro area. If that body count is accurate (other outlets are reporting 42 victims), it would place the alleged killer high atop the list of Brazil's most prolific serial killers. » 12/12/14 1:40pm 12/12/14 1:40pm

10 Dystopias That Are More Relevant Than Ever Before

Dystopias rule our imaginations today — just ask Katniss Everdeen. But the dystopias that speak most powerfully to our world weren't necessarily created in the past decade. Here are 10 great dystopias that are more relevant to the real world than when they were first created. » 11/18/14 10:24am 11/18/14 10:24am

The Trailer For This Drug-Dystopia Movie Really Will Get You Hooked

With just one trailer, the futuristic thriller Narcopolis has gone from being off the radar to being one of next year's most anticipated films. With a cast that includes Brazil's Jonathan Pryce, this movie looks both slick and thought-provoking. Let's hope the whole thing is as good as this first hit. » 11/05/14 8:00pm 11/05/14 8:00pm

2015 Could Be Coffee-Drinkers' Worst Year Yet

Remember when we warned you last winter about what could happen to your morning cup of coffee if the drought in Brazil got any worse? Well, it got worse. » 10/08/14 11:35am 10/08/14 11:35am

Neil Marshall Explains What He Learned From The Films Of Terry Gilliam

Neil Marshall's film-making is wild and distinctive, from Dog Soldiers, Doomsday and The Descent to his episodes of Game of Thrones. He does chaos incredibly well. So we had to ask him: What did you learn from watching Terry Gilliam movies? » 10/01/14 12:30pm 10/01/14 12:30pm

Terry Gilliam's Work Is Way More Influential Than You Probably Realized

Terry Gilliam isn't just one of the weirdest directors ever to reach mainstream attention. Or one of the most prolific Monty Python alumni. He's also an incredibly influential director, who doesn't get the props he deserves. We talked to a bunch of people, including Looper director Rian Johnson, about Gilliam's… » 9/18/14 1:11pm 9/18/14 1:11pm

Terry Gilliam Talks About The Message Of Zero Theorem: "Wake Up!"

We caught up with Terry Gilliam recently to talk about his new film, Zero Theorem, a one size fits all, full gate, semi-vinyl motion picture on searching for the meaning in the face of impotence. He also told us which films left shrapnel in his soul, and why you should be fucking honest and cut the end off your story. » 9/15/14 8:51pm 9/15/14 8:51pm

Original Brazil Trailer Promises A Charming Film About "Taking a Stand"

After Terry Gilliam's Brazil was butchered for American audiences, the studio promoted it with this trailer — which actually presents the film pretty accurately. Except for the trailer voiceover, which somehow makes the whole thing sound terribly charming. » 7/29/14 8:00pm 7/29/14 8:00pm

Snowpiercer's Crazy Train Is The Summer's Most Exciting Ride

At first glance, Snowpiercer's premise sounds kind of bizarre. There's been an Ice Age, and the last surviving humans gather on a huge train that drives around in circles. And there's class struggle among the passengers. And yes, the resulting film is absurd. In the absolute best way. Spoilers ahead... » 6/27/14 12:22pm 6/27/14 12:22pm

Bong Joon-ho Explains Why Snowpiercer's Violence Is So "Explosive"

At long last, the acclaimed post-apocalyptic film Snowpiercer is coming to select U.S. theaters this weekend. We were lucky enough to sit down with director Bong Joon-ho for an exclusive interview, and he unraveled the movie's themes and the reasons for its unique visual style. » 6/25/14 1:38pm 6/25/14 1:38pm

The Double Shows Just How Soul-Draining A Terrible Office Job Could Get

The Double is based on a Dovstoevesky story about a man who meets his doppelganger — but this movie by Richard Ayoade owes a huge debt to Kafka, too. And stylistically, it really is like a fan-film of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. And it does a brilliant job of capturing the horrors of a soul-crushing job and an empty life. » 5/16/14 1:40pm 5/16/14 1:40pm

In a dystopian future, Rachel Weisz must find a lover... or die

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have signed on to star in The Lobster, an "unconventional love story" set in a dystopian future where "finding a partner is a matter of life or death." So... does the government kill anyone who's not married by age 30? Update: There's another synopsis! » 2/04/14 11:40am 2/04/14 11:40am

Which movie do you have to see twice before you really understand it?

Some movies give up all their treasure on the first viewing. But others only really start to speak to you when you've already seen them once or twice. What's your favorite movie that has to be seen more than once to be understood? » 1/03/14 2:00pm 1/03/14 2:00pm

12 Monty Python Side Projects, Ranked from Worst to Best

We've just learned that Simon Pegg will star in Absolutely Anything, a brand new film that reunites the surviving Monty Python castmembers. But how will this movie stack up to the canon of Monty Python spinoffs? Here are 12 Python side projects, ranked in order of greatness. » 12/24/13 10:26am 12/24/13 10:26am

Forget Die Hard. Brazil Is Actually the Best Christmas Movie

Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult classic Brazil is a wonderfully dark examination of bureaucracy in a brutally oppressive future. But its backdrop — the lead-up to Christmas — makes it one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Unlike Die Hard. Which is a bullshit choice for a favorite Christmas movie. » 12/20/13 2:10pm 12/20/13 2:10pm

10 Paranoid Science Fiction Stories That Could Help You Survive

It's not just paranoia. They really are watching you. The world we're living in is getting weirder and more dangerous all the time. So it's a good thing science fiction has been stockpiling dark mind-fraks for decades, full of smart survival strategies. Here are 10 paranoid science fiction tales that could keep you… » 8/01/13 10:18am 8/01/13 10:18am