ALIEN Star Yaphet Kotto Saw Real-Life UFOs and Almost Played Han Solo
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by Todd Gilchrist
5d ago
Given its vitality, its artistry, its originality and the sheer and indefatigable terror that it still delivers today, it’s hard to believe that Alien is a 40-year-old movie. But even for a glossy sci-fi movie set in the distant future, Ridley Scott’s film has always exuded a timelessness thanks to a uniquely blue-collar sensibility in its storytelling⁠—characterizing the crew of the Nostromo as “truckers in space”⁠—and a cast composed mostly of established actors who were noticeably older than most typical space adventurers. Yaphet Kotto was 40 years old when Alien was released in theaters ..read more
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Taika Waititi to Take a ‘Crack’ at FLASH GORDON Animated Film
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by Kyle Anderson
5d ago
Thor: Ragnarok took the established characters and lore of the MCU’s Thor films and turned it into a comedic, cosmic odyssey. It’s a bright, colorful adventure with a strapping, somewhat silly hero at its center. Surely a perfect proof of concept for its writer-director, Taika Waititi, to take a stab at the oldest cosmic adventurer in fiction: Flash Gordon. According to Deadline, Waititi is attached in some creative capacity for a new animated Flash Gordon movie at Disney/Fox. Deadline has heard Waititi would write and direct the film, but his camp apparently just says he’s taking a “crack” a ..read more
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Ridley Scott’s RAISED BY WOLVES Looks Real Weird
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by Kyle Anderson
5d ago
You can’t make movies like Alien and Blade Runner without forever linking yourself to the science fiction genre. Ridley Scott has made a wide variety of movies and produced an even larger swath of others, but whether it’s great movies like The Martian or interesting failures (I said it) like Prometheus or Alien: Covenant, we just want to see Scott and Sci-Fi back together again. That’s why the trailer for HBO Max‘s new series Raised by Wolves is so exciting. And weird. The series focuses on two androids who must raise human children on a mysterious virgin planet. Religious differences threat ..read more
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Why You Should Watch ULTRA Q, the Japanese X-FILES
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by Kyle Anderson
5d ago
We’re all looking for stuff to watch during this open-ended quarantine. Stuff to take our minds off of the uncertainty and transport us to a fantastical world. At least that’s what I’m doing. I’ve been watching stuff like marbles racing for weeks. But as a big fan of both sci-fi and whimsy, I’ve found a ton of comfort in Japanese tokusatsu, or special effects, shows. The one that has truly blown me away is Ultra Q. Though The Twilight Zone was the contemporary American show it sought to emulate, it feels to me more like The X-Files but with giant monsters. It rules. In the mid ’60s, followin ..read more
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How Philip K. Dick’s Sci-Fi Inspired The Weeknd’s Music
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by Marya E. Gates
5d ago
Sex, drugs, self-loathing, the nature of reality, perception, human nature, and identity. These words link the work of author Philip K. Dick, best known for his science-fiction works that inspired the films Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, and musician Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, whose experimental R&B has been noted for its cinematic vibe. Both creators have brought autobiographical elements of themselves into their work, though slightly fictionalized. They’ve both explored sexual philosophies, excessive drug use, and examined existential themes of alienation and self-c ..read more
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Sci-Fi Fave BABYLON 5 Receives HD Upgrade At Last
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by Eric Diaz
5d ago
Just a little over a decade ago, we could have hardly imagined sci-fi TV shows like Star Trek: Discovery roaring into our homes in such high def glory. But the HD era has also meant that many classic shows have been left in the standard definition dustbin of history. A few shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation have had costly HD upgrades, but most fan favorites have not. But now, add one more to thelist, as ’90s cult classic Babylon 5 is making the jump to HD. At least in part. According to Engadget, Warner Bros. have upgraded all five seasons of Babylon 5 to high definition. Babylon 5 Re ..read more
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STAR TREK: PICARD Sets up a Stunning Deep-Space Mystery
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by Rosie Knight
5d ago
This review contains spoilers for Star Trek: Picard, ep 1 “Remembrance” Over the last decade, reboots, reassembling classic cast members, “legacyquels” and harnessing the nostalgia of well-established intellectual property has become a cornerstone of Hollywood storytelling. Depending on the execution, these projects can span the spectrum from much needed masterpieces to cynical rehashes. Luckily for fans of Star Trek and Patrick Stewart, the pilot of Star Trek: Picard elevates its easy sequel concept, delivering a complex, thoughtful, and original episode that feels full of promise. Set aroun ..read more
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Fan-Made Sci-Fi Short Has the Best CG We’ve Ever Seen
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by Kyle Anderson
5d ago
We’ve been in the CG generation for movies for almost longer than a generation. From enhancing models in movies like Jurassic Park, to the cartoony, floaty computer graphics of the early 2000s, to today when most CG is so seamless you almost can’t tell the difference. But you do. Whether it looks great or it looks bad, we can always tell it’s probably computer graphics and nothing tactile. That’s the way of movies today. But maybe if the CG in movies was a little more like the work of Rafael Segnini, the debate over whether something is or isn’t real will be a lot more heated. Behold, th ..read more
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Video Compares the Size of Science Fiction Starships
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by Michael Walsh
5d ago
Science-fiction is fun because physics and lack of technology aren’t constraints. You can create any building or vehicle you can imagine, no matter how big or fast. Just as important though is that you don’t have to worry about tedious things like budgets or having enough building materials. And when you’re free to make anything you want, no matter how ludicrous, you can get really, really outrageous. But as this new size comparison video shows, even when you think you’ve dreamed up something so enormous it defies belief, someone else has made something even more ridiculous. And that somethin ..read more
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Men in Black’s Noisy Cricket is CRAZY
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by Ali Mattingly
5d ago
Defending the planet isn’t easy, but with the help of some advanced alien technology, the Men in Black have managed to keep the Earth safe from a variety of intergalactic threats. One of the most famous weapons in their arsenal happens to also be one of the smallest. As seen throughout the films, the Noisy Cricket packs a serious punch, but can science tell us just how powerful this tiny weapon is? Agent K suits up as he breaks it all down in this week’s Because Science! Learn More: HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT EXPERIMENT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbkkMKkjx6k NASA IMPACT STUDIES: https://www.n ..read more
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