A Gorgeous Short Film About a Magician Who Builds Solar Systems

With a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets, spinning them in orbit around a symbolic Sun. So begins Ambition, a short film made by Academy Award-nominated director Tomek Baginksi in collaboration with the European Space Agency. » 10/24/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

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

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… » 11/20/11 4:15pm 11/20/11 4:15pm

See a UFO documentary from the 1970s

Daily Grail has a documentary on UFOs made in the 1970s: There's much footage from old movies, featuring ominous orchestral music. However, the documentary also covers the origin of the term 'flying saucer.' And there's a clip of Steven Spielberg discussing whether he'd take a ride on a spaceship, since 1977, the year… » 11/30/10 9:30am 11/30/10 9:30am

The Speckled SciFi Career of Charlton Heston

Long before Charlton Heston was strutting his stuff as the gun-toting president of the National Rifle Association, he was lending his iron-jawed profile to films The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur. However, he is cemented in the minds of millions of movie fans as the face of the human race in 1968's The Planet of the… » 12/13/07 12:00pm 12/13/07 12:00pm