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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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Interstellar Lego Models Remind Us We’ve Barely Begun (Building)

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Int1As much as I loved playing with LEGOs when I was a kid — hell, who am I kidding, I still love playing with LEGOs — it’s kind of hard to believe how much the building blocks have expanded throughout pop culture. In addition to the hugely entertaining Lego Movie there have been dozens of cartoons and direct-to-DVD installments, not to mention a mega-successful video-game line that’s spoofed everything from Star Wars to Marvel to Jurassic World. We probably won’t ever see any officially licensed LEGO Interstellar sets, but thankfully that doesn’t mean LEGO maniacs can’t just create their own, and that’s precisely what jp_veliciraptor did.

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That Fantastic Four Trailer Is Just An Interstellar Trailer In Disguise

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It’s no secret that there is a certain level of specified talent needed to cut a film trailer, whether you’re going for mysterious thrills or in-your-face action. It’s like math. As such, the amount of overlap in techniques is getting all the more recognizable as time goes on. Never has that been more clear than in the Fantastic Four trailer below, which matches up perfectly with audio from the Interstellar trailer, in a way that seems to defy reality.

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Watch Adorable Children Discuss Interstellar And Princess Leia’s Slave Costume

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I don’t have kids and never plan to, but there’s a strong contingent around the GFR offices who are raising another generation of little nerds, indoctrinating their impressionable young brains with images of robots, aliens, time travel, and all manner of wonderful geeky things. And it makes sense kids would take to sci-fi, again, it’s full of all kinds of weird, magical stuff like mysterious creatures, faraway lands, and robots (we really like robots). The free, open landscape of the genre mirrors the wild creativity of children, and they have some definite thoughts on what they see, like this young girl who reviews Interstellar, and another who is a big fan of Princess Leia’s Return of the Jedi slave outfit, though for different reasons than many of you.

This girl may be six years old, but has a solid grasp on what Christopher Nolan’s space epic was all about—better than I would have at six, that’s for damn sure—even if she isn’t a huge fan because of the sad parts (Matthew McConaughey’s Farmer Guy leaving his daughter) and the scary parts (the big waves on the water planet). Though if you were confused by what the hell was happening as McConaughey floated around in the libary after travelling through the black hole, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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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!

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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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These Interstellar Infographics Help Iron Out The Kinks In The Plot

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interstellarChristopher Nolan’s Interstellar may not be the massive, runaway hit that a lot of people expected it to be (it’s only earned $450 million dollars worldwide thus far and failed to win even a single week at the box office), but the intricate plot and time fluctuations have lead to a great deal of back and forth discussion, which is always entertaining. In case you, like many people, had trouble keeping the timelines straight, a couple of new infographics have popped up online to set things straight.

Just a heads up, if you haven’t seen Interstellar there are spoilers to be found ahead. Then again, one of these images comes with its very own spoiler warning, so you get a two-fer.