Why Titan A.E. is an Underappreciated Masterpiece

Before the Battlestar Galactica reboot and Firefly, there was Titan A.E.. This post-apocalyptic animated feature about humanity's last hope was bookended by gorgeous space shots and a misfit crew of aliens. While the movie tanked at the box office, and didn't please everyone, we consider this cartoon a major classic. » 1/04/13 10:10am 1/04/13 10:10am

The Australian alien invasion flick Encounter At Raven's Gate is like …

Encounter at Raven's Gate — which is alternatively titled Incident At Raven's Gate — is a 1988 small town alien invasion family melodrama directed by Dutch-born Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer. The film opens in media res with astrophysicist and Miami Vice villain Dr. Hemmings (Terry Camilleri) going driveabout… » 10/29/11 12:25pm 10/29/11 12:25pm

In Android, Klaus Kinski wants to build a sexbot...in space!

In Aaron Lipstatdt's 1982 science fiction melodrama Android, Klaus Kinski plays brilliant cyberneticist (and snappy dresser) Dr. Daniel. Don Keith Opper is Max 404, Daniel's assistant and longtime android companion. Daniel and Max are the sole occupants of a deep space laboratory where they are conducting illegal… » 8/27/11 2:30pm 8/27/11 2:30pm

In Dario Argento's psychosexual thriller The Stendhal Syndrome, art is…

In Italian director Dario Argento's 1996 horror-thriller The Stendhal Syndrome, his own daughter Asia Argento stars as Anna Manni, a detective investigating a series of brutal sex killings in Rome and Florence. So begins perhaps the most awkward take-your-daughter-to-work day in cinema history. » 7/16/11 2:00pm 7/16/11 2:00pm

Phase IV, a film about super-smart Communist ants and movie scientist…

Phase IV is a 1974 science fiction insect fear film directed by famed title sequence creator Saul Bass and starring Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport and Lynn Frederick as two scientists and a Breck Girl who become trapped in a desert research station while investigating hyper-intelligent ants. This is well and good,… » 2/26/11 1:00pm 2/26/11 1:00pm

Looker is the rare cheesy 1980s movie that got the future right

By now, most of us are resigned to the notion that the Future™ is not going to be everything we were promised by science fiction. We will not be getting our flying cars, wise-cracking robot butlers, immortality pills, or pleasure model replicants any time soon. But while we mourn for everything that science fiction… » 2/12/11 3:00pm 2/12/11 3:00pm