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Exit Stage Left: The Ten Best Sci-Fi Movie Endings Of All Time

EmpireGeek 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.

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Beautiful Fan Made Posters For Most Of Your Favorite Movies

Blade RunnerFan 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.

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Back To The Future’s Past: How Accurate Was The Aging Make-Up?

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.

Now, thanks to Reddit we get to see what the stars of Back to the Future look like now, and how their real-life aging compares to their simulated movie aging.

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Watch Bladerunner, Aliens, The Matrix, And More Favorites, All In A Minute Or Less

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.

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Back To The Future Returns To Theaters This Week

Back to the FutureI 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 LucasAmerican Graffiti.

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Back To The Future Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

Believe it or not, in about a year and a half, it will be the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future film in 2015. The time-traveling adventures of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown have entertained and sparked the imagination of generations. You can see examples of Back to the Future’s influence in LEGO sets, iPad Covers, and Nike sneakers, just to name a few, and now a group of filmmakers want to make a documentary about the film’s iconic DeLorean Time Machine, and its impact on pop culture over the last 30 years.

The documentary is called Back in Time, and director Jason Aron and his filmmaking team want to make the film a reality. They have turned to the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter to get the ball going on their documentary. The film’s focus will surround the cultural impact of Back to the Future over the last 30 years, from the viewpoint of the DeLorean time machine.

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