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Interstellar And Captain America Top The Saturn Award Nominations

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interstellarSci-fi may not fare well at the Oscars, outside of a few technical awards now and again, but at this point, do any of us really put much stock in what the Academy thinks? Almost none of my favorite films from 2014 were nominated for much of anything in any of the usual glut of self-congratulatory awards shows, but one that is always more in line with our general aesthetic are the Saturn Awards, and now the nominees for this year have been released.

As the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy, and Horror Films chooses the nominees and winners, you can imagine they’re a wee bit different than the more mainstream celebrations, and the list for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards is no different. You’ve got big blockbuster comic book movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier right up there along with independent horror, like The Babadook and The Guest. We’re talking about awards that honor movies like Lucy and Snowpiercer and Paddington, you know it’s a different sort of animal.

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2014’s Best Sci-Fi Movies: Brent’s Picks

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EverythingGuardiansTicket sales at the box office may have been at a 20-year low in 2014, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything worth seeing. I’m a firm believer that, no matter the state of the industry, there will always be people making exciting, interesting films, you just might have to look for them. Regardless of what this means for studios and their bottom lines, sci-fi fans had a lot to dig into over the past year. There were huge, spectacle style blockbusters right along side quiet, introspective independent features more concerned with ideas than eye candy, as well as everything in between. There are a few gaps in my genre viewing for the year—I still have yet to watch titles like Young Ones, The Zero Theorem, and Under the Skin for some reason—but in this spirit, here are my top sci-fi movies of 2014.

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The 20 Most Pirated Movies Of 2014 Include Tons Of Science Fiction

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RoboCop2014It’s that time of the year when every inch of the Internet is packed with end-of-the-year lists, from the usual “best and worst” to more eclectic assemblages of data. In this age of widespread broadband, one annual metric that’s always interesting to check is what the most pirated films of the year were. You might think the list is inevitably going to parallel the films with the highest profile or box office — after all, more interest and more word of mouth should theoretically make it more likely that a potential pirate would have a given film in his or her cross-hairs. But that’s not always the case, and this year’s list of most pirated films does contain several surprises…and a whole lot of science fiction.

We’ve got the full list of the top 20 most pirated films below. A huge surprise right out the gate? Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest success stories of the year, is nowhere on the list. So kudos to Marvel for making a blockbuster that even the pirates apparently want to pay for. Here’s the list, with the numbers listing millions of times they were downloaded:

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Time Loops, Martians, And Groot: Here’s The Sci-Fi We’re Most Thankful For in 2014

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Here in the States most of us are winding down a day spent eating too much, drinking too much, and likely experiencing more than a little family-related drama. Far be it from us here at GFR to play humbugs, so, as we’ve done in previous years, we sat down to ponder what science fiction developments we were most thankful for this year. So before you collapse back into a turkey-induced coma, take a moment to look back at the things that put the biggest smiles on our faces in 2014. And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

EdgeEverything About Edge of Tomorrow
How is it that a movie involving an alien invasion and a weird form of time travel joined forces with polarizing megastar Tom Cruise and became one of the year’s most guiltlessly enjoyable movies? Whether the credit for the sci-fi magic goes to director Doug Liman, screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Christopher McQuarrie, or even Cruise and co-star Emily Blunt, the film’s sense of sheer fun and darkly comedic whimsy are undeniable.

Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow could have easily crumbled beneath the weight of its time-looping narrative, but manages to steer clear of weary repetition. By sticking Cruise back into a learning recruit role instead of having him start the film as the almighty hero, Edge of Tomorrow gives its lead one of the weirdest character arcs in all of fiction, which can’t be derailed by the likes of co-stars Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. By far the airiest, funniest, and most exciting blockbuster of the year, Edge of Tomorrow is arguably the only must-see tentpole film of the year for sci-fi fans. (That’s right, Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I said it.) – Nick

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Edge Of Tomorrow Deleted Scenes Feature Tom Cruise Adapting To His New Situation

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With all of the amazing action and dark comedy happening in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, you might be fooled into thinking nothing was left on the cutting room floor, but that’s certainly not the case, as seen in these newly revealed deleted scenes below. There aren’t any major spoilers here, but if you’re watching deleted scenes without watching the movie itself, you have bigger problems than that.

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Tom Cruise Dies Over And Over Again In This Darkly Funny Edge Of Tomorrow Supercut

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Every year there are great movies that slip through the cracks and fail to find a theatrical audience. This year, Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow is one of those, and probably the most notable. Despite almost unanimous critical backing, no one went to see this movie in the theater when it opened in June. There are a number of theories, including a terrible, generic title that says nothing about the film (something they’ve been playing with building up to the home video release), a mismanaged marketing campaign, and Tom Cruise fatigue among audiences. If theatergoers are really sick of Cruise, this actually could be the movie they’d want to see the most, because he dies, a lot, often in spectacular fashion. If you don’t believe me, just watch this new supercut of the various ways he buys the proverbial farm, and this isn’t even all of them.

Edge of Tomorrow follows the exploits of Bill Cage (Cruise), a marketing executive who joins the military after an alien invasion happens and lends his particular brand of expertise to the propaganda war. Through a series of events, and a vindictive senior officer, Cage, who has zero combat experience, winds up on the front lines. In the midst of a Normandy Beach-style assault, he dies moments into the battle. But low and behold, he wakes up at the beginning of the day, very much alive.