How Product Placement Took Over Science Fiction, From E.T. To Star Trek

These days, product placement is an accepted part of science fiction. We're used to seeing big brands splashed all over every TV show and movie about aliens or the future. But it wasn't always this way. Here's the quick-and-very-dirty history of how on-screen advertising became a science fiction mainstay. » 1/19/15 8:25am 1/19/15 8:25am

The Movie that "The Island" Ripped Off and Dumbed Down

Remember that awful movie The Island with Scarlett Johansson and Obi Wan discovering that they were clones who'd been grown to provide body parts for rich people? And all the other clones are kept in line because they're promised a trip to "the island" if they're good (A TRIP WHICH IS REALLY TO DEATH)? And then… » 6/05/08 5:30pm 6/05/08 5:30pm

Paradise Is A Lie: A History Of False Utopias

If you're living in a shiny happy world where everything is provided to you, and your white pajamas never ever get stained, then chances are you're in a false utopia. Someone's going to be coming and harvesting your organs, or culling you at age 30, or drugging you into obedience. The fake paradise built on a… » 3/25/08 10:11am 3/25/08 10:11am

Four Dystopian Movies Starring Adult Babies

Why do dystopian-future movies always turn their protagonists into sexless infants? Often, our hero is reduced to the mental status of a confused toddler, and may actually end up hairless and naked, like Neo in The Matrix, or everyone in THX 1138. We all secretly want to be children again, and dystopian movies indulge… » 12/14/07 9:00am 12/14/07 9:00am