11 Ways The Future Could Turn Out Differently Than You Expect

Many of us, owing to an intuitive sense of where technological and social progress are taking us, have a preconceived notion of what the future will look like. But as history has continually shown, the future doesn't always go according to plan. Here are 11 ways the world of tomorrow may not unfold the way we expect. » 1/29/15 10:30am 1/29/15 10:30am

A Guide To Visual Symmetry In Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

One reason why director Stanley Kubrick is a legend is because of his beautiful shots, which feature symmetrical framing, or one-point-perspective — which means that all lines lead to a single point in the distance. We've made a supercut of all the scenes with one-point perspective in the legendary A Clockwork Orange… » 1/27/15 3:05pm 1/27/15 3:05pm

How Pokémon Is One Of The Creepiest Dystopian Societies Ever

Pokémon might have the reputation of a kid-friendly franchise, but under the veneer of Ash and co.'s light-hearted adventures there lies the beating heart of one of the most sinister dystopias around. Here's a few reasons as to why the Pokénation is a lot more terrifyingly dystopian than you may have thought. » 1/06/15 12:40pm 1/06/15 12:40pm

In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am 11/21/14 9:00am

"How Did This Turn Into A Flirty Thing?" Amy Acker Talks Root And Shaw

The new season of Person of Interest plunged us into a dystopian A.I.-monitored world. And all of a sudden, Root is the linchpin of everything, as she helps the undercover Machine Gang. We talked to Amy Acker about Root's new role, her flirtation with Shaw, and whether Root will be meeting Samaritan's right-hand woman… » 9/29/14 4:13pm 9/29/14 4:13pm

Dystopia, USA: A Chilling Clip From Person Of Interest's Season Opener

Person of Interest season three ended with one hell of a cliffhanger: the whole country plunged into an Orwellian dystopia by a ruthless artificial intelligence. Where can we possibly go from there? Check out an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's season opener which shows how dark things can get. » 9/22/14 7:40am 9/22/14 7:40am

With Part III, Atlas Shrugged Becomes An Awesome, Torrid Romance

Like The Hobbit, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was too awesome to adapt as just one movie. And now at last, the movie trilogy is complete. And the third movie is by far the most entertaining, because it focuses on the torrid romance between railroad genius Dagny Taggart and the dreamy, lion-coiffed John Galt. Spoilers… » 9/12/14 2:51pm 9/12/14 2:51pm

The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am 7/18/14 9:00am

Thai Military Threatens To Arrest People For Doing Hunger Games Salute

The three-finger salute which Katniss Everdeen does in The Hunger Games has become a real-life symbol of resistance to the military coup in Thailand. To the point where the ruling junta has said it may arrest people for doing it, if they're in a large group and refuse to lower their arms. » 6/04/14 1:23pm 6/04/14 1:23pm

Karen Russell's Imaginary Nonprofit Saves The World But Costs Your Soul

There's been a wave of fiction about an insomnia epidemic, as if some collective anxiety is bubbling up. Most recently, Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon freaked us out. But Karen Russell's new novella "Sleep Donation" is still something pretty unique: a look at people in the nonprofit sector, struggling with insoluble… » 4/18/14 4:37pm 4/18/14 4:37pm

Divergent Is A Ridiculously Fun Story Of Social Engineering Gone Mad

At first glance, Divergent sounds like a more contrived version of Hunger Games. In a dark dystopian future, everybody is required to have just one personality trait. Like Smurfs. Or the Seven Dwarfs. But the film version does a good job of revealing how this story is actually about social engineering. Plus, it's… » 3/21/14 9:00am 3/21/14 9:00am

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 9:00am 3/14/14 9:00am