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 Ways Steven Spielberg Has Made the World a Better Place

This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he's launched two TV shows, including last night's Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it's become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they're paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year: the … » 9/27/11 10:00am 9/27/11 10:00am

Could Star Wars happen today?

Chances are, you spent the weekend rediscovering the magic of Star Wars (with a few unwelcome tweaks.) The original Star Wars was a miracle of seat-of-the-pants film-making that captured the world's imagination and boosted science fiction to new popularity. » 9/19/11 1:47pm 9/19/11 1:47pm

Did Close Encounters of the Third Kind launch post-modernism?

That's what the Guardian claims in a new article today. Steven Spielberg's seminal 1977 film eschewed the rationality that had been science fiction's hallmark, in favor of an unexplained brush with the transcendent, which mostly takes place in suburbia. Instead of figuring stuff out, Richard Dreyfuss' character starts… » 9/05/11 1:30pm 9/05/11 1:30pm

Polish Close Encounters of the Third Kind poster looks like Mac and Me

We've featured some wonderfully befuddling Polish movie posters before, but Andrzej Pagowski's design for Close Encounters of the Third Kind transforms the movie into a dreadful family comedy with McDonald's dance-offs. It's on eBay if you're in need of a conversation piece. And for more movies lost in translation, see … » 9/04/11 3:25pm 9/04/11 3:25pm

10 Real Dramatic Works That Should Be Performed in Scifi Languages

We've all heard of The Klingon Hamlet, a real book that contains a Klingon translation of the text side-by-side with the English version. Some of us have even been . . . let's say 'lucky' enough to see it performed. But what other famous works would be better rendered in science fictional languages? We've got some… » 8/19/11 10:00am 8/19/11 10:00am

We've seen the first 40 minutes of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens - and…

With Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man director Jon Favreau attempts to mash up the Western genre with science fiction. How well does it work? We've seen the first two reels, and they conjure a robust John Wayne sensibility. » 3/29/11 11:01am 3/29/11 11:01am

UFO Sightings in Arizona Can Be Traced Back to "Close Encounters" Footage

Arizonans are buzzing today about a series of floaty lights that hovered over Phoenix last night for about 15 minutes. One guy captured them on film (you can see it here), and the news covered it to death, wondering how people could have seen a bunch of lights that the Federal Aviation Administration and local air… » 4/22/08 7:11pm 4/22/08 7:11pm