Watch a surprisingly stirring short film about mountains

We don't usually think of mountains as having life spans, but these colossal geologic entities live and die in cycles like countless other forms of matter (albeit on much larger time scales). The Weight of Mountains is a short film by Temujin Doran that explores this process through stunning geophysical imagery. » 3/08/14 9:35am 3/08/14 9:35am

A haunting animation of Italo Calvino's tale of would-be lovers…

As we're learning more about the strange, explosive birth of Earth's moon, let's return to a more fanciful version of lunar history. This short film animates Italo Calvino's short story "The Distance of the Moon" about a love quadrangle involving two men, a woman, and the moon. » 10/20/12 9:30am 10/20/12 9:30am

The 10 Most Epic Last Stands in Science Fiction and Fantasy

If you're a fictional character, death can arrive rather swiftly and creatively. It's your job to go out like an absolute champ so that non-fictional readers and audiences remember your passing and holler your praises on the internet. Here are ten times science fiction and fantasy heroes lost their lives with panache. » 6/06/12 12:15pm 6/06/12 12:15pm

Watch animated test footage from the 1936 John Carter that never was

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length cel-animated feature to appear on the big screen. But if things had gone a little differently, that honor might have gone to John Carter of Mars, which MGM was developing with legendary animator Bob Clampett. We do, however, have some remains of the… » 1/28/12 1:30pm 1/28/12 1:30pm

The unmatched trippiness of Jim Henson's puppetry before the The Muppet …

It took several decades before the Muppets became the jovial mop-puppet hybrids we know and love today. Before they hung out with Alice Cooper and hosted wrestling competitions, the Muppets lived in a sometimes unsettling world full of hungry dismembered heads, Cookie Monster selling IBM computers, and Kermit extolling … » 11/20/11 4:15pm 11/20/11 4:15pm

What Does a Villainous Nic Cage Mean for the Green Hornet?

The Green Hornet adaptation is still short a Kato, but may have found its villain in the form of Nicholas Cage. Is this mere big-name casting, or are we finally seeing director Michel Gondry's crazy plan coming together? » 7/21/09 10:40am 7/21/09 10:40am

Five Fan Films (Almost) Better Than the Real Thing

The upcoming Michael Gondry comedy starring Jack Back and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind features no-budget recreations of films like Back to the Future, 2001: A Space Odyssey, RoboCop, and Ghostbusters. In fact, their RoboCop looks better than the original film did. Jack Black really nails Peter Weller's robo-monotone. That… » 12/06/07 2:30pm 12/06/07 2:30pm