Post-Scarcity Societies (That Still Have Scarcity)

One of the most alluring dreams in science fiction is the post-scarcity society — a place or time where nobody goes without, because technology has improved. But when you dig deeper, most post-scarcity worlds still have some scarcity, because otherwise it's hard to tell a story about them. See for yourself! » 9/30/14 12:23pm Yesterday 12:23pm

The Australian Scifi Movie Terminus Looks Both Confusing And Awesome

I have little idea what's actually happening in this first teaser trailer for the Australian science fiction movie Terminus. I know something crashes to Earth, someone's leg grows back in a super-creepy way, and I'm completely intrigued. Other than that, though? I'm totally boggled... in a good way. » 9/30/14 9:40am Yesterday 9:40am

You Must Watch This Documentary About Making 1970s B-Movie Demon Lover

Demon Lover Diary is sort of like American Movie and Blair Witch Project rolled into one, amazing cinematic experience. In 1975, filmmaker Joel DeMott went with her boyfriend Jeff Kreines to Michigan, to help a young Donald G. Jackson (of Rollerblade notoriety) film his first feature, Demon Lover. The results are… » 9/29/14 4:40pm Monday 4:40pm

Which Story Went Terribly Wrong, But Then Managed A Beautiful Ending?

The world is full of stories that stoked up your excitement, only to deliver a weak ending. But sometimes, the opposite happens — sometimes you get a disastrous middle, and then a story randomly pulls out a beautiful ending. What's the most wonderful ending to a weak story you've ever seen? » 9/29/14 2:10pm Monday 2:10pm

Which Movie Or TV Show Had Such Bad VFX, It Threw You Out Of The Story?

It's amazing what technical wizardry (and millions of dollars) can bring to life on screen these days. CG and practical effects can show stuff that would have been impossible even a few years ago. But when it fails... it fails hard. Which movie or TV show distracted you fatally with its lackluster effects? » 9/26/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

Boxtrolls Is A Movie For Uncivilized People Of All Kinds

All of the best comedies are subversive. And by that token, the new animated movie The Boxtrolls is a tremendous success — it takes the fabric of society and gleefully shreds it, showing how silly and easily manipulated most "decent" people are. Along the way, though, the film gets kind of heavy-handed, and a little… » 9/26/14 9:20am Friday 9:20am

You Won't Believe How Much Work Went Into This Back To The Future Shot

Whether you're a fan of film in general or BttF in specific, hearing special effects supervisor Kevin Pike explain how the movie's lengthy, one-take opening shot was made — and how many people were needed behind the scenes to make it — is fascinating. The work required for the dog food alone... » 9/26/14 8:30am Friday 8:30am