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.
This weekend, “Chappie,” a wonderful new science-fiction film about an embryonic sentient robot that is kidnapped and trained by a pair of low-level gangsters in a futuristic South Africa, comes out nationwide (for added visual oomph, go see it in IMAX). As you can tell from the description, “Chappie” isn’t your everyday science-fiction romp. It takes chances, plays with heady ideas and existential quandaries, and engages in… Continue reading 13 Sci-Fi Movies That Redefine the Genre