The Most Ridiculous Mystical Pregnancies in Fiction

The magic pregnancy is a staple science fiction and fantasy fiction. Whether it's the impending birth of a savior, the coming of some form of Antichrist, or some kind of experiment, speculative fiction has been the home of a lot of ridiculous stories of pregnancy and birth. Here are the most absurd ones. » 10/13/13 10:00am 10/13/13 10:00am

Not One Single Woman Directed a Doctor Who Episode Last Year

In spite of all the criticism Hollywood has faced recently for its awful female-to-male director ratio, women are still being widely discriminated against in the film industry. Maybe, being a generally optimistic person, you might be inclined to think that things are a little more equal outside of the US. What about… » 7/07/13 2:32pm 7/07/13 2:32pm

The Real-Life Buildings Used to Sell Elysium's Luxurious Dystopia

Elysium, Neill Blomkamp’s long-delayed futuristic Matt Damon vehicle, tells the story of a class war between the unwashed masses, who live on Earth, and the super wealthy, who live in an absurdly opulent community in the sky. And as it turns out, the super-luxe buildings of Elsyium's tomorrow actually exist right… » 5/07/13 3:37pm 5/07/13 3:37pm

Can the Kuleshov Effect really control your perception of other…

In the 1910s and 1920s, Lev Kuleshov was a famous Russian filmmaker curious about how audiences responded to film. This was a time when the art form was extremely new, but audiences were already going nuts for stars. One such star was Ivan Mozhukin, a matinee idol and beloved actor. Kuleshov shot a short film of… » 11/14/12 7:00am 11/14/12 7:00am

The incredible devices that made motion pictures before there were…

Long before Hollywood and Bollywood, people wanted to watch movies. The weird part is that they were watching them. Even without cameras, people from the Cro Magnons to the Victorians invented ways to make pictures move. They even made movies in the genres that we recognize today. You could find everything from… » 10/10/12 9:37am 10/10/12 9:37am

Transdimensional jumprope moves through time and space with every swing

This one might make you a little dizzy — but trust us, it's worth it. Melbourne artist Callum Cooper specializes in designing functional sculptures that can be used to capture some seriously mind-bending video. Piece the footage together, throw in some impressive foley work, and you've got Full Circle, the short… » 3/16/12 10:40am 3/16/12 10:40am

Jodorowsky wanted his Dune film to induce LSD-like hallucinations

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune was an incredibly ambitious project, one that, had he gotten his way, would have included music by Pink Floyd, designs by Moebius and HR Giger, and Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Gloria Swanson in the cast. Although the movie never came to fruition, this first clip of the documentary … » 2/11/12 2:15pm 2/11/12 2:15pm