Low Budget Films That Are More Thrilling Than Most Big Summer Movies

Today sees the release of White House Down, which is the most Emmerichian film ever produced. But meanwhile, you could also enjoy Europa Report on VOD or Byzantium in select theaters. Tons of low-budget science fiction and fantasy movies are more exciting than your average big summer blockbuster. Here are 25 of them. » 6/28/13 2:00pm 6/28/13 2:00pm

20 Greatest SF Movies Of The Past Decade

The past decade has seen a lot of bloated special-effects brain-sucks... but it's also seen some of the best science-fiction films ever. Superhero films came of age, apocalypses ruled, and interstellar adventures came back. Here are the decade's 20 greatest. » 12/14/09 5:07pm 12/14/09 5:07pm

Cyberpunk South Of The Border: io9 Meets Sleep Dealer's Alex Rivera

The next step for cyberpunk movies is to include more of a global perspective, says Sleep Dealer » 11/17/08 1:14pm 11/17/08 1:14pm director Alex Rivera. He's looking for the "cyberpunk of the South" or "cyberpunk of the developing world," and hopes his film will become the first branch of a whole new direction. Rivera came to San Francisco and showed…

How Long Before The Dystopian Fad Wears Off?

The bleaker our reality gets, the more we'll need bright, sunny escapism in our entertainment. But even though things are already looking pretty darn hard-scrabble, and we're still looking at another few years of eco-disasters, zombie holocausts and blighted landscapes in pop culture. Just how long will we be seeing… » 10/27/08 6:03pm 10/27/08 6:03pm

Sleep Dealer Serves Notice In New York Premiere

Last night at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn Sleep Dealer » 10/25/08 9:00am 10/25/08 9:00am made its post-Sundance debut at the Imagine Science Film Festival, and you're now officially allowed to get excited for the film's 2009 wider release. Alex Rivera's first feature is a masterpiece — a modestly budgeted character piece that is the most exciting…

Slaves Of The Global Cyber-Village, In New Sleep Dealer Trailer

Outsourcing gets taken to its furthest extreme in a super-advanced America of the future in Sleep Dealer, with menial workers telecommuting from South of the Border. Using Matrix » 9/17/08 7:30am 9/17/08 7:30am style plugs, the worker jacks into the machine they are best suited for and "sometimes they control the machine, and sometimes the machine…