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The most secret agencies dedicated to making sure you're only seeing a pale shadow of reality

The philosopher Plato once posed the Allegory of the Cave in his work, The Republic. He thought that, if prisoners spent all of their lives chained in a cave and facing a wall, their only experience would be watching the shadows on that wall. They never understand that there are things beyond that wall. The… » 3/10/11 9:00am 3/10/11 9:00am

Science Fiction Movies That Start With Deep Personal Monologues

Some science fiction movies start out with a more personal touch — one character giving an internal monologue about their feelings. Either it's a character being introspective, or it's some kind of noir deal, where the person talks about their pain in a hardcore, tough-guy way. Here are some of our faves: » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

Exclusive Psychokinetic Freak Out Clip From "Dark City" DVD

Here's an exclusive clip from the new "director's cut" DVD » 7/24/08 5:42pm 7/24/08 5:42pm of classic dark scifi , which is coming out July 29. In addition to never-before-seen footage, the DVD includes three commentary tracks, an introduction by director Alex Proyas, Neil Gaiman's review of the film, an "Architecture of Dreams" featurette, a…

Mix Tourette's With Precognition, and You Get Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage will be starring in Knowing, where he apparently has knowledge about the future, and Tourette's syndrome. Alex Proyas, who also directed Dark City (yay!) and I, Robot (meh) will direct this flick about a man who digs up a time capsule and finds information inside that he and his son might be responsible… » 1/21/08 12:00pm 1/21/08 12:00pm

The Seasonal Affective Disorder Virtual Reality Film Festival


Bad weather has trapped you in the house, and it's getting darker outside every day. You're feeling depressed and crazy. What you need is a dose of dystopian cinema that's all about how the dark world you inhabit is just the product of some AI's fevered imagination. io9 always wants to make you feel worse, so we've… » 12/04/07 2:30pm 12/04/07 2:30pm