With the ridiculous popularity of YouTube and the widespread availability of editing software, it’s easier than ever to become internet famous. Maybe you shoot a hilarious short video that explodes across the Twitter-verse. Maybe you luck into having your camera phone ready when a local celebrity is hit in the crotch by a migrating red-breasted nuthatch. Or maybe — just maybe — you realize that footage from the Back to the Future movies would be awesome if edited together beneath the audio from the Knight Rider intro.
Geek royalty Joss Whedon stirred the pot quite a bit this week by criticizing the ending of arguably the best Star Wars movie of all time, The Empire Strikes Back. His problem with it was that he didn’t like the cliffhanger aspect that left many things unresolved. Whedon said, “I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”
Aside from that criticism being kind of odd coming from a master of TV cliffhangers, Whedon’s argument has stirred up many fans who love Empire precisely because of its dark, unresolved ending. For the second film of a planned trilogy, it makes sense to end on an ominous down note, thus setting the stakes for the third film to follow. But Whedon’s comments got us thinking: what makes for a truly great ending? We’ll try to answer that question below, with our picks for the Ten Best Science Fiction Movie Endings of All Time.
Fan art, taken as a whole, is a hit or miss proposition most days. There are some pieces that you look at and know immediately why this person is not making art for movies in a professional capacity. But then there are the ones you look at and ask yourself, “why the hell doesn’t the movie studio just use this instead of paying some hack to make a poster where the main character stands with his back to you?” There are a lot of terrible movie posters out there for great, great movies, and for every one of those, someone invariably seems to have made of something incredibly beautiful, as if to say, “see, you poster didn’t have to suck.” Such is the case with this new gallery of fan made posters for a grip of wonderful science fiction films, classic, recent, and otherwise.
Erupting from the mind of Adam Rabalais, these posters are absolutely freaking gorgeous. (Follow the link to check out even more fantastic attempts for non-sci-fi movies, if you’re into that sort of thing.) His choice of pictures are subtle and understated, but totally capture the feel of the films in a way that you rarely, if ever, get from the cluttered, tech heavy offerings you see from most movie studios. He actually makes you feel like this is an art form rather than manufacturing throwaway chunks of movie marketing. These make me want to see movies, most posters don’t.
Most of us, when we see old(er) movies, place bets on what the actors are doing now, if it’s not immediately obvious. Some, like Hayden Christensen, have reportedly chosen to run far, far, away from Hollywood (who can blame him, really, after starring in some of the crappiest movies a beloved franchise has ever churned out?), while others have aged into nearly unrecognizable adults. And some have just aged.
Who’s got time to watch an entire movie these days? Especially in the theater, with all of those damn ads. If you want to catch up on your classic science fiction but don’t have a lot of time, 1A4Studio has the perfect solution—60-second condensed versions of must-see movies. The latest studio speedrun is Blade Runner, but they have a ton of other sci-fi greats to choose from.
While it lacks the gritty futurism of the original, as well as Harrison Ford’s compelling “is he or isn’t he a replicant?” performance, this video has a certain charm all its own. My favorite part is definitely the unicorn bursting through the television. In a strange way, that kind of sums up what Blade Runner is all about. Speedrun sex is also pretty funny, as are the gymnastics involved in gunfights.
If you’ve got a few more minutes, and I do mean minutes, you should brush up on more genre favorites. Their version of Aliens features surprisingly adorable killer extraterrestrials. As with the previous video, the characters take an elevator to transport from one “scene” to another, which functions as a nifty metaphor and way to break up the visual frames. Also, even drawn as what looks like a cross between a marshmallow and a stick figure with pigtails, Sigourney Weaver still kicks a whole lot of ass.
I was lucky, I’m of an age where I got to experience all three of the Back to the Future movies as they originally appeared in theaters. (I actually broke my hand playing baseball, but refused to be taken to the doctor until the next morning because I had already made plans to see Back to the Future Part III on opening night. It was totally worth it.) While you may have missed it back in 1985, never been able to catch it at a midnight screening, or simply haven’t seen it on the silver screen in some time, you now have a chance to rectify this situation.
Cinemark Theaters has scheduled screening Robert Zemeckis’ time travel adventure for both Sunday, July 14, and again Wednesday, July 17. This is part of their “Cinemark Classics Series,” a summer long line up that also includes such fan favorites as Animal House, Ghostbusters, and George Lucas’ American Graffiti.