Beastly is a harbinger of Twilight knockoffs to come

This is how I imagine the pitch meeting. "It's like Twilight meets She's All That, but with a gritty, urban feel and a cameo by an Olsen twin!" Beastly is an odd new paint-by-numbers teen genre flick, a hodgepodge of contrived romance and gothic horror. Its lineage can be traced straight back to Twilight. It's going… » 3/07/11 3:00pm 3/07/11 3:00pm

Rise of the Neurothriller

Inception cleaned up in the effects categories at the Academy Awards because they go to movies built around cool ideas. In this case, literally. The centerpiece of the film is a machine that allows clever intruders to enter other people's dreams and steal their ideas - or implant new ones. Inception is the latest… » 3/01/11 3:00pm 3/01/11 3:00pm

Two Futures, Decades Apart: Arcade Fire's Suburbs vs. Rush's…

Arcade Fire's album The Suburbs won top honors at the Grammys last night, cementing its reputation as one of the best modern examples of dystopian rock. You can see the science fictional underpinnings of the album's themes in the Spike Jonze-directed video for single "The Suburbs," and many of the other songs on the… » 2/14/11 5:00pm 2/14/11 5:00pm