Welcome to The Last Sci-Fi Blog, a biweekly column on all things science fiction. This week we take a look at Oren Peli’s long-delayed Area 51. Was it worth the wait? Find out below.
Area 51 was supposed to be director Oren Peli’s immediate follow-up to Paranormal Activity, the film that sent shockwaves through the horror genre and transformed its maker into an… Continue reading What the Long-Delayed 'Area 51' Actually Gets Right About Sci-fi and Horror
When the first trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road began arriving last year, a contingent of fans took to the internet to grumble, as fans on the internet do. This time, they were grumbling about how George Miller’s fourth entry in his iconic post-apocalyptic action franchise had recast the title role with Tom Hardy. Why, they argued, was Mel Gibson not back? Completely… Continue reading The Last Sci-Fi Blog: The Glorious Inconsistencies of the 'Mad Max' Series
Here’s the thing about being a genre film fan: you have to grow a thick skin. It’s slightly easier for horror fans, who are bombarded with so much junk on a daily basis that they’re more bemused by a bad film than offended. It’s far more difficult for fantasy fans, who get a new movie every once in a blue moon and it’s… Continue reading The Last Sci-Fi Blog: The Optimism of New 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek'
When I sat down to watch Creative Control at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, I found myself in the best possible position to appreciate its bleak vision of the near-future and its cynical view of technology.
For the previous five days, I had been splitting my time between SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive, where entrepreneurs, technologists and everyone in-between attends panels, shares… Continue reading The Last Sci-Fi Blog: Why 'Creative Control' is This Year's 'Her'
Steven Spielberg has been tapped by Warner Bros. to direct the long-gestating adaptation of the nostalgia-heavy Ready Player One. It’s currently scheduled to be his next movie after The BFG, which will be arriving in 2016 so don’t expect this until 2017 at the earliest. Before all that, though, Spielberg has Bridge of Spies set to hit theaters on October 16, 2015.