Genre Actors Who've Owned More Than One Iconic Role

When an actor takes on a huge, break-out role, he or she runs a huge risk of getting typecast. This is what leads to things like Leonard Nimoy writing I Am Not Spock. But occasionally, an actor won't just play one iconic, famous character – they'll play two, or three. Here's a list of the genre actors who were either… » 9/13/13 12:35pm 9/13/13 12:35pm

The shortest remake of The Matrix is also the cutest

Would you like to watch The Matrix, but only have 60 seconds to spare? Well, today is your lucky day because IA4 Studios has produced this adorably animated remake of the Wachowskis' hit movie, which packs absolutely everything from the film into a single glorious minute. I imagine these guys could remake Reloaded and … » 3/08/13 11:20am 3/08/13 11:20am

Revel in the technical details and biomechanical weirdness of The…

After the Wachowskis saw his vision of dystopian Los Angeles in Frank Miller's comic miniseries Hard Boiled, they approached Geof Darrow to work as a conceptual designer on their Matrix films. Darrow's visual fingerprints are all over life outside the program, and he's responsible for some of the most iconic images in… » 1/27/13 7:00am 1/27/13 7:00am

10 Visual Motifs that American Science Fiction Borrowed from Anime

We owe so much to Japanese animation and comics. Anime and manga have given us some of the most unforgettable characters and stories in the universe — but also, the visual style of anime has had a huge impact on Western science fiction and fantasy. American movies and television have gotten a much-needed injection of… » 9/26/12 10:17am 9/26/12 10:17am

The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction

People use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas. In fact, many college campuses now offer courses in the philosophy of science fiction. » 8/08/12 11:34am 8/08/12 11:34am

What if Inception and 300 were built entirely out of LEGO bricks?

For a class project for Staffordshire University's Visual Effects and Concept Design degree program, students assembled a series of animated shorts that reimagined Hollywood blockbusters as LEGO worlds (à la the LEGO Star Wars series). These projects were assembled over a period of 12 weeks, and each represents… » 6/11/12 4:50pm 6/11/12 4:50pm

10 Movies and TV Shows Where Everybody Probably Died 5 Minutes After…

Hollywood loves to give us happy endings — but often as not, when the good guys scrape a last-minute victory in the face of incredible odds, you're left wondering how long it'll last. Maybe part of the reason why that victory seems so miraculous is because it'll never work. » 2/07/12 10:00am 2/07/12 10:00am

Wachowskis Teaming Up With Natalie Portman for a Space Epic?

Natalie Portman was supposed to star in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity before she dropped out and was replaced by Sandra Bullock. But now that Portman is coming back from her maternity break, she's reportedly considering starring in another spacey movie — the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Or at least, the Wachowskis are… » 1/05/12 11:38am 1/05/12 11:38am

The Rightest and Wrongest Spoilers of 2011!

Everyday, we sift through all the crazy rumors and speculation to bring you the morning's spoilers. In the past year, we've found some gems of real information...as well as some truly magnificent loads of nonsense. Here are the year's best. Warning: Some of these things are still spoilers! » 12/30/11 3:37pm 12/30/11 3:37pm

The Matrix: Reloaded was a bigger letdown than Star Wars: The Phantom…

Most authorities seem to believe that Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace was a bigger disappointment than The Matrix: Reloaded. The Phantom Menace scored 61% on the Tomatometer, with a 65% audience rating. The Matrix: Reloaded scored 74% on the Tomatometer, with a 74% audience rating. » 10/10/11 10:27am 10/10/11 10:27am

Hand-painted Russian scifi and fantasy movie posters will make your…

Painted movie posters rules, particularly when they take gonzo creative liberties with the films' plots, as Ghanaian and Thai posters sometimes do. » 10/08/11 2:20pm 10/08/11 2:20pm

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10 Fantasy and Science Fiction Copycats that Actually Improved on the…

Science fiction and fantasy are all about discovering the new and the strange — but if you travel far enough and boldly enough, eventually you'll get a certain sense of... deja vu. But that can be a good thing. » 7/14/11 10:00am 7/14/11 10:00am