Here’s the ultimate good-bad idea: the Dutch aerospace project is planning to send four humans to Mars in 2023 … and keep them there. Permanently. As of yesterday, 20,000 people had applied for a spot on the mission, and 24 to 40 of the applicants will duke it out on reality TV to be among the first humans to colonize a planet. Clearly, they haven’t seen enough space movies to realize that this is a horrible idea. If these applicants just took the time to watch the following movies and TV shows, they’d surely think twice about hopping into a spaceship. … Read More
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
Ah, end-of-the-world romances. Nothing like fending off zombies and/or aliens and/or any variation of “infected” humans with the one you love, eh? Who would you want as a partner in post-apocalyptic crime? Your current squeeze? A sexy stranger? Your best friend? Your pet? Went it comes to films with catastrophic settings, the protagonist never seems to be without a trusty, lovable confidante — someone to make a terrible situation a teensy bit better. After the jump, we’ve gathered eight of the greatest couples from post-apocalyptic films. Check ‘em out, and hit the comments to let us know who you’d want as your trusty sidekick. … Read More
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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• If you’re in New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a screening of Douglas… Read More
This week marks the 55th iteration of I.D. magazine’s Annual Design Review, a competition presenting the best and brightest of the past year’s design goodies., from the iconic to the obscure. The jury is comprised of I.D.’s editorial staff along with leading practitioners in the fields of product, furniture, graphic, and environment design. The 2009 winners, also profiled in the July/August issue and shot by photographer Noah Kalina, are on exhibition until August 9 at Material ConneXion near Madison Square Park. After the jump, find our favorite… Read More
Pixar movies are so excellent that it takes some creativity to rag on them (why does everything need to be ragged on? question for another day). Flavorwire addressed the charge that Pixar movies are sexist a few months ago, but now that Pixar has released its schedule up to 2012, the topic is relevant once again. DoubleX enthusiastically pointed out 2011′s The Bear and The Bow will feature a female main character, voiced by Reese… Read More
Kottke pointed this thesis out to us earlier in the week, and we can’t seem to stop debating it with friends: should it trouble us that Pixar doesn’t seem to have any good women characters? The blog that Kottke linked to, while a few months old, makes a still-relevant argument: from Toy Story to Ratatouille and Finding Nemo to A Bug’s Life, there are simply no strong female leads that stand out. But we think this is just a superficial reading of the films, and a too-easy feminist critique that misses out on the more complex gender relations in Pixar works.
We immediately thought of Eve, who, even though she is not the film’s namesake, is the epitome of the strong feminist woman. She puts her career above her love life, and teams up with Wall-E to save the world before she even has time to notice she’s in love with him. Sure, at first glance it may seem like she’s another example of the girl only being the “love interest,” but that’s ignoring all the other aspects of her character. For Pixar to have a gender “problem,” it would have to systematically place women in subservient roles and make the male superior — something which none of the films actually do. … Read More
In order to wind up as one of Stephen King’s favorite films of the year, all a movie needs to do is be seen by Stephen King. The legendary horror author recently revealed his top ten to Entertainment Weekly, and his choices are bound to scare any serious movie lover into, well, deciding against ever going to the movies with Stephen King. EW should hobble the novelist for handing in something like this and make him start all over again.
His top choices seem appropriate (if only a smidge fanboy-ish), as King picked The Dark Knight for his number one spot (calling it “the best superhero movie ever”). From there he strings together three more fan favorites – Slumdog Millionaire, WALL-E and Tropic Thunder — before launching a Hail Mary at the 2008 movie slate to see what sticks (or should we say, sucks?). … Read More