“Industrial Pictures Are Not Art”: Legendary Cult Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky on New Film ‘The Dance of Reality’ and How Hollywood Is Killing Cinema

Bound by desert and ocean, the Chilean town of Tocopilla is an axis of gods and monsters. Known as “the devil’s corner,” the mining commune is divided by a power plant — a conduit for the strange electricity conjured from the dual-purpose landscape, widespread Roman Catholic mysticism, and a history of violence and neglect. This is the birthplace of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

The octogenarian director returned to Tocopilla for the first time in 78 years to film The Dance of Reality — his first feature in more than two decades (opening May 23). “The town never changes, because it’s forgotten by time. The same cinema, the same everything. Only my house was a veil. We reconstructed my house for the picture,” he told me by phone from New York, where he was preparing to screen Dance of Reality at MoMA in March. “If you know The Dance of Reality, you will better understand my other pictures.” … Read More

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CrossFit 4 Tots, Lady Taco, and ‘Goodnight Dune': The Links You Need to See

The Halloween episode is a sitcom staple, and maybe next year you can dress up as your favorite TV character’s favorite Halloween costume (how’s that for a layered idea?) If you’re worried about all of the discount candy you’ll be buying at the drug store tomorrow, just think of the poor trick-or-treaters who… Read More

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15 Awesome (And Often Bizarre) Pop Culture-Inspired Video Games You Can Play for Free

The last couple of weeks have seen the emergence of a couple of endearingly strange pop culture-based video games — there’s been news of a futuristic RPG involving Kanye West and a strangely depressing game based on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” of all things. But they’re just the latest in a long line of weird and wonderful games based on pop culture. Ever since the 1980s, game developers have been making deals to cash in on the popularity of celebrities by featuring them in games, some successfully, some less so. We’ve scoured the web for the best (or at least the strangest) of these games, so click through to check them out — most are available to play online, and if not, you can download them for free. … Read More

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10 Movies We Can’t Believe Have Merchandise Tie-Ins

In its first weekend of wide release, Harmony Korine’s hedonistic morality play Spring Breakers did a respectable $5 million and landed in the top ten — certainly a first for Korine, and an indication that newbie distributor A24 may have an indie hit on their hands. And when a movie is big, you know what comes next: merchandising! You wouldn’t think that Korine’s feverish vision of gun-toting, bikini-wearing babes would be a natural for tie-in products, but you’d be wrong; after the jump, we’ll take a look at your must-have Breakers merch, and nine other unlikely movies you won’t believe were merchandised. … Read More

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The 10 Greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couples of All Time

This week, we watched an excellent video about romance in fantasy and science fiction over at io9. Inspired by the idea, we decided to put together our own list of our favorite couples in science fiction and fantasy across formats — from books to television shows to films. These are the geek culture romances that made us swoon, bite our nails, or shed a tear, from destined lovers, to enemies whose passions evolved, to the will-they-or-won’t-they pairs that finally did. As always, keep in mind that these are simply our favorites — so read through the list and add your own in the comments! … Read More

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15 Fictional Spacecrafts We’d Like to Call Home

Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s first go at sci-fi since his epic cult classic Blade Runner took a genre-defining look at the modern metropolis of the future, hits theaters this Friday, and we couldn’t be more excited. Even though we’re no closer to a world overrun by flying cars and human-like androids, we still fantasize about a day when Venus is a viable getaway option and adorable lifeforms from other planets drop by to chat over a bag of Reese’s Pieces.

To satisfy our insatiable curiosity for all things futuristic, we thought we’d take a look at the interiors of some of the most notable space stations, space hotels, and intergalactic battleships in film and television and ponder the question: could we ever really live in space? If space architecture looks anything like the stunning, luxurious, and playful production design of these decidedly livable spacecrafts, our answer is a definite yes. From the decadent, spacious interiors of The Fifth Element’s Fhloston Paradise Hotel to the well-executed mix of old and new on the creepy Solaris space station, click through to check out the best of livable design in places not on this Earth. Maybe Richard Branson has the right idea after all! … Read More

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Science Fiction’s 10 Worst Planets to Live On

Everyone loves the idea of traveling to faraway planets and hanging out with aliens, right? Science fiction is such a cool genre — there’s spaceships and jet packs and lightsabers and sexy green women and a guy who travels through time in a phone booth! It’s not all it’s cracked up to be, though, when you start to actually think about the type of planets you see in sci-fi stories. Some of them are utopias, sure, but those places usually get blown up, like Krypton and Alderaan and the planet Vulcan from the new Star Trek movie. For every lush world full of hyperintelligent civilizations, there’s a crappy slime-planet that everybody hates living on (and some of the lush planets are pretty crappy too, actually). Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up some of the worst places we could think of to build a summer home in the science fiction world, ranked from least to most awful. Check out our list after the jump, and tell us about your least favorite planet in the comments. … Read More

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Our New Favorite Kids Book: Goodnight Dune

Who said good art never came out of random comments on the internet? Goodnight Dune, a crazy cool mash-up of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon and the David Lynch movie version of Dune, was born when cartoonist Julia Yu was poking around the internet and came across this College Humor article, linked from a Reddit post with a comment imploring someone to actually write an illustrate the parody book. Yu decided to go for it, and she was clearly up to the task – her version of Goodnight Dune is a winning combination of visual film references, classic Dune language, and winking nostalgia. We predict that sci-fi lit nerd dads will be reading this to their toddlers and chuckling to themselves sometime very soon. Click through to see pages from the book and visit Yu’s awesome website for more information. … Read More

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