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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


Why You Should Be Watching Black Mirror

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The Wrath Of Khan’s Director Shares His Thoughts On The Star Trek Reboot

MeyerIt takes a certain amount of chutzpah to take on the task of rebooting the venerable Star Trek franchise in the first place. It takes an extra-special brand of crazy to tackle arguably the greatest villain of the franchise, who starred in arguably the greatest film of the franchise. But that’s precisely what director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof did with last year’s controversial Star Trek Into Darkness. Trek fans have certainly let the world know how they felt about nü-Khan, but does the guy who actually directed The Wrath of Khan think?

Director Nicholas Meyer (seen above, with actor Ricardo Montalbán) was recently doing the rounds to promote the History Channel’s Houdini miniseries, which he directed. At one of those press conferences, a reporter asked the very question we posed above. At first Meyer deflected by recalling a story about how he gave J.J. Abrams a copy of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes for his Bar Mitzvah, but one of CraveOnline’s journos pressed the question by asking, “So, you liked his movies, or…?” Meyer’s response was both diplomatic and insightful:


Jurassic Park Lego Set Is Stomping This Way

jurassic parkHow many times have you had a glass of water and slammed your hand against the table to trick yourself into thinking that a Tyrannosaurus is outside your house? Now you’ll have small toy versions of the characters (hopefully including Tim and Lex Murphy) to look all worried, as Universal Partnerships & Licensing have teamed with Lego Group to put out a Jurassic Park Lego set to coincide with the release of Universal’s Jurassic World. Also, diluting pain medication in the water glass helps that fantasy along.

According to the press release (via Brickset), we can look forward to building the world of Jurassic Park in May 2015, roughly a month before Colin Trevorrow’s long-awaited sequel hits theaters. Lego gave no sign as to exactly how big of a set this will be, or what characters, locations, or props it includes, but UP&L Vice President of Global Licensing and Entertainment Jill Wilfert says, “The film’s imagery and branding are iconic, with a rich array of landscapes, vehicles and dinosaurs that are perfect for inspiring a line of building sets that will encourage hours of creative play.”


Predator Is About To Meet His Strangest Foe Yet

predatorWe all know that Predator bleeds, but killing it has been something that many different characters have tried to accomplish, and the damned thing just keeps coming back for more. For its next dose of mass mayhem, Predator is heading to the quaint little town of Riverdale for Archie Meets Predator. Yes, Archie Andrews, the redheaded ladykiller who has sparked groan-filled chuckles for more than 70 years. Crossovers just don’t get any better than this. Sorry, I mean they do, but this is still fantastic.

Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Archie Comics for the mash-up, which will span four issues starting in Spring 2015. The miniseries sees a whole squad of Riverdale teens—including Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Reggie—heading out to spring break in Costa Rica after Jughead wins a prize from a bag of chips. Some of the females are competing in a best-dressed competition, and a fight between Betty and Veronica ends with the blonde sweetheart running off into the jungle. And we all know what hangs out in the jungle. Bugs. But also Predator. Take a peek at the first image below.


Empire Strikes Back Uncut Is A Bizarre And Beautiful Fan Made Recreation

With the Star Wars universe now in the middle of a massive expansion the likes of which we’ve never seen in the franchise’s 37 year history, it’s as good a time as any for fans to revisit original trilogy. (Hopefully that will one day include Blu-ray versions of the original cuts, but we’re not holding our breath for that to happen any time soon.) And if you’re looking for a creative way to indulge your fandom, you might be interested in checking out The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a shot-for-shot fan made recreation of the best sequel in science fiction, maybe in all of cinema history.

Above is the trailer for the film, which you may want to check out first before you dive head first into the movie, as this is a curious thing to behold. This gives you an idea of the adventure you’re about to embark on, at least in an aesthetic sense.


H.R. Giger’s Unearthed Alien Concept Art Is As Haunting As It Was 35 Years Ago

AlienOne of our all time favorite movies is celebrating a powerful milestone this year, as Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi/horror hybrid Alien turns 35-years-old. Watching the film today it is every bit as powerful as the first time you saw it, and it has aged better than perhaps any genre movie ever made. It’s still terrifying, still wildly original, and even though it’s been ripped off countless times, it’s still as fresh as it was three-and-a-half decades ago. A big part of that is the creature and set design from noted Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, and a new collection of concept art from the film has found its way out of the shadows and onto the internet for you to check out.

These images will be featured on cards that come along with the new 35th anniversary Blu-ray box set from 20th Century Fox, but you can get a sneak peek at them thanks to Yahoo. These paintings are replicas of the original designs that Giger gave to Scott. You not only see the intricate designs that the artist came up with for the sets, and the horrifying creations that would go on to haunt so many of our nightmares over the years, but the twisted eroticism and sexuality that Giger’s work is notorious for is also prominently displayed in these works.


Mars One Simulation Offers Grim Predictions For The Mission

mars-oneThe Dutch nonprofit Mars One aim to send four humans to Mars in 2024 (two years later than in their original timeline) for a 2025 landing on the Red Planet. These four intrepid colonists will be joined by 4 more two years later, and then 4 more two years after that, until the colony reaches 24. Or at least, that’s the plan. But according to strategic engineering graduate students at MIT, the strategy, as it currently exists, may prove problematic. Unless the program makes some fundamental changes to its approach, the researchers predict that the new colony will be unsustainable and deadly for the colonists.

The team developed a simulation of the settlement, per Mars One’s stated mission design. That simulation provided them with a tool to measure and predict how using the resources on the planet, growing crops, and future resupply efforts, will play out. Of course, this is just a model—no one can say with certainty how the mission will unfold, but creating and studying such models is one of strategy any Mars colonization mission organizers should rely on for insight about how to make their mission safer and, hopefully, more successful.