This weekend saw the release of mega-star Tom Cruise’s latest science fiction actioner, Edge of Tomorrow. From the box office numbers, not nearly as many of you went to see is as should have since it only managed third place (though it did top $100 million worldwide, so there’s hope). We here at GFR are in total agreement that it is one of the best movies of the summer, a fantastic mix of action, dark humor, invading aliens, and Tom Cruise dying in a many, many ways. Before you read on, you should step away from your computer and go watch this movie. Maybe buy an extra ticket while you’re at it, just to tell Hollywood that they need to keep making movies like this. Doug Liman’s film is one that wears its influences on its sleeve. As you watch, you notice a variety of scenes and elements that definitely call to mind other notable genre movies. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of movies to watch, or most likely re-watch, after you see Edge of Tomorrow repeatedly.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the closest thing modern science has to a rock star. To call him this generation’s Carl Sagan isn’t too far off. The Harvard-trained astrophysicist has a unique ability to take complex theoretical concepts and make them accessible to a wide audience, and be totally engaging at the same time. Hell, he even helped reboot Sagan’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which wraps up its 13-episode run this Sunday on various Fox channels.
Over the years, Tyson has also taken it upon himself to chime in on various movies that may not be using science in the proper way, or that have blatantly ignored the laws of physics. He absolutely eviscerated that scene J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness where the Enterprise hides underwater. So you have to assume that, given his penchant for pointing out scientific flaws in movies, he must watch a fair amount of them. Hero Complex took it upon themselves to get in touch with him and inquire about his tastes in the genre. What follows are Neil deGrasse Tyson’s top ten favorite sci-fi movies, in chronological order, with one honorable mention. You may find some of them surprising.
It appears writer Thomas Althouse took the red pill this week, or rather was force-fed a red pill and told to go on about his day. Last year, Althouse took Warner Bros., Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Joel Silver to court, alleging the filmmaking siblings ripped off his unproduced screenplay The Immortals with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. A California federal court ruled the properties were dissimilar and spooned Althouse’s lawsuit right out of the door. (There is no spoon.)
Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled “the basic premises of The Matrix trilogy and The Immortals are so different that it would be unreasonable to find their plots substantially similar.” This is where I’d make a joke about how Althouse’s script was about a youth league football team who needs to win the big game, but the actual plot is even more vastly different.
As the father of a pair of young kids, I’m often grateful that technology has advanced to the point where I can easily take pictures and videos of my boys using nothing more than my phone. There was a time when “home movies” required an actual device built solely for that purpose, and sharing those videos meant either dropping them in the mail to relatives or else shanghaiing everybody over to your house for a screening. But as much as I love all the silly little videos I’ve made with my kids, my home movies are decidedly lacking in functional lightsabers, blasters, and rocket ships.
One of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.
When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…
With the popularity of the reboot trend, we’ve been seeing plenty of older film franchises getting a new coat of paint, including Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man, and X-Men. Now it looks like Warner Bros. is bringing a sci-fi classic back to bat that we never expected: rumor has it we’ll be traveling back into The Matrix once again.
According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Warner Bros. and Andy and Lana Wachowski are teaming up again for a new Matrix trilogy. While the last Matrix movie was released more than 10 years ago in 2003, Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis are allegedly looking to breathe new life into a franchise whose second and third installments left many fans cold. While Latino Review is usually a solid source when it comes to exclusives like this, I’d still take this with a grain of salt. Latino Review has been proven wrong from time to time.