Science fiction

Like Resident Alien, We are Not of This World

Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk) seems like any other resident of Patience, Colo. The big-city surgeon, who had been spending his days relaxing at his lakeside cabin, has stepped in to become the tiny mountain town\’s new doctor upon the previous physician\’s unexpected death. With his knowledge of human anatomy and ability to deliver medicine, …

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Ten Stylish Sci-Fi Films to Watch This Noir-vember

When most movie fans hear the words “film noir,” they probably think of movies from the genre’s classic period in the 1940s and ’50s: Humphrey Bogart as a ragged gumshoe in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Barbara Stanwyck’s femme fatale Phyllis Dietrichson descending the stairs in Double Indemnity (1944), or James Cagney on the top of the world in White …

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Five Lessons from the Star Trek Mirror Universe

Some days, it feels like we’re living in an alternate reality. It’s like we’ve slipped through some mysterious portal and ended up in a world where powerful governments fumble pandemic responses. A world where demagogues make moral arguments that place profits over people. A world more cruel than the one we thought we knew. Alternate …

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Tor.com: The Self-Mocking, Self-Destructive Masculinity of the Predator Franchise

I love Predator. I love the creature designs, I love the violence, and I love the over-the-top machismo.That seems like a weird thing to say today, when we\’re beginning to see the fallout of the type of chest-beating, hyper-muscular masculinity celebrated in 80s action movies. But the Predator movies never seemed to take that stuff …

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Tor.com: The Philosophy of Self-Destruction in Alex Garland\’s Annihilation

So far, Annihilation is my second favorite movie of the year (right behind You Were Never Really Here, which you can read about here). And while I\’ve read plenty of excellent articles about how the movie thinks about self-destruction (particularly this piece for Vulture), I haven\’t read too much about the film\’s beauty, outside of …

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Tor.com: The Philosophy of Self-Destruction in Alex Garland\’s Annihilation

So far, Annihilation is my second favorite movie of the year (right behind You Were Never Really Here, which you can read about here). And while I\’ve read plenty of excellent articles about how the movie thinks about self-destruction (particularly this piece for Vulture), I haven\’t read too much about the film\’s beauty, outside of …

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