Life

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

The often-quoted but terrifyingly true tagline for 1979’s Alien pretty much sums up how scary space is. Space isn’t just vast, it’s also completely hostile to human existence. While our best technology can get us into space, we’ve seen countless films explore what happens when that technology fails. We love to champion films like The Martian or Gravity, which reward viewers with human ingenuity overcoming scientifically improbable odds to survive, but the truth is space kills. A lot.

As Life, the latest film from Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House), rolls into theaters this weekend, we’re once again reminded that in space, all bets are off. The film’s trailer sets up what’s become a standard formula for space terror: astronauts living on a space station have discovered extraterrestrial life, which in turn discovers them. In this case, we see this alien life form take hold of one screaming scientist’s finger, setting us up for a truly gnarly death.

So, in the spirit of space and its many suffocating terrors, we put together ten of the worst space deaths we could find in film. From Tarkovsky to Corman, there’s something here for everyone.

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gareth edwards on the set of rogue one

Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.

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HAL 9000 and Samantha From Her Argue

The more advanced our technology gets, the more stories we’ve gotten about artificial intelligence. However, sci-fi narratives about artificial intelligence have started to grow more complex and interesting as the real-life technology advances and influences our ideas. While Westworld is telling a much bigger, longer story involving some of the most advanced androids we’ve ever seen becoming self-aware of their abilities and questioning their purpose and existence, movies like Ex Machina and Her have give us very different portraits of artificially intelligent creations.

Now a new video imagines what it might be like if two different artificially intelligence beings from the big screen talked to each other. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her are two very different artificially intelligent constructs, but thanks to some clever editing, they sound like an old married couple.

Listen to HAL 9000 and Samantha from Her argue after the jump. Read More »

Peter Jackson's Movie Prop Collection

It’s no secret that Adam Savage loves movies just as much if not more than he loves busting myths. Before he became the co-host of Mythbusters, he was known for working behind the scenes of movies, building props and scale models. Even in his spare time, he spends hours building things like a model of the shrubbery maze from The Shining, or takes years to craft the perfect prop replica of a certain gun from The Fifth Element.

But in a new video, it’s time for Adam Savage to stand back in awe of the props that others have created which are now part of a massive, impressive personal collection owned by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson. Savage had the opportunity to tour the prop collection earlier this year, but the video was just recently published online.

Take a tour through Peter Jackson’s movie prop collection after the jump. Read More »

Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo Super Science Fair

Both Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo had some of their new artwork unleashed at NYCC, and they both sold out extremely fast after going on sale to the rest of the public earlier this week. But this coming weekend, fans of both artists will have another chance to get their hands on new pop culture art.

Spoke Art has a new exhibition called Super Science Fair – A Pop Culture Experiment by Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. Taking inspiration from vintage science fairs and science fiction, the new artwork is a little different than the usual pop culture art fare we’re used to seeing. You can check out some of the images from the Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo Super Science Fair, including an exclusive Dave Perillo piece paying tribute to Captain America.

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President Obama's Essential Sci-Fi Movies and TV Shows - Star Trek

With this year’s election just 25 days away, we’re reminded that President Barack Obama only has a few more months left in office. Regardless of how you feel about his politics, I think we can all agree that President Obama is one of the nerdiest Commanders in Chief that we’ve had, and that’s been rather refreshing.

In case you need any more proof of just how much of a geek President Obama really is, he took the time to act as guest editor for WIRED magazine, where he put together a little list of his essential sci-fi movies and television shows. Some of them he grew up with, while others are more recent and provide thought-provoking and inspirational stories. Check out the list of President Obama’s essential sci-fi movies and TV shows after the jump. Read More »

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The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

As usual, there are some new Star Wars and Star Trek items, a bunch of Funko exclusives coming to Comic-Con this summer, some action figures for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, an Evil Dead 2 video game, a special Saga action figure two-pack and much more.

Check out everything in this edition of The Toy Box after the jump.

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movies leaving netflix 2001

Yesterday, we ran down the best movies arriving on Netflix in July 2016, but that bounty of new entertainment comes at a cost – a bunch of quality movies and shows are departing the streaming service in the coming weeks and who knows when they’ll return. But I’ve got your back: here are the movies you need to watch before they disappear.

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best directed movies

The Directors Guild of America is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and it has decided to commemorate this event in a manner most befitting of the internet age: by making a list. More specifically, by polling DGA members and assembling a list of the 80 best-directed movies made since 1936, when the guild was founded. That’s one movie per year.

And like all internet lists, it’s bound to inspire conversation, eye-rolling, yelling, and maybe even a little cheer or two.

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Jordan Buckner's "Visions of a Past, Present and Future"

The Los Angeles-based pop culture art gallery The Hero Complex Gallery has released a new 12 print set featuring artwork by Jordan Buckner. The 12 Print Sci-fi Landscape Set is titled “Visions of a Past, Present and Future,” featuring 36″ x 12″ landscape art that honors some of the best science fiction movies of all time, including: the original Star Wars trilogy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, Blade Runner, Moon, The Fly, Akira, Metropolis, La jet, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hit the jump to see all of the beautiful Jordan Buckner sci-fi prints in close-up.

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