Watch Spaceballs And WALL-E Get An Interstellar Makeover

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Any time a big new movie with its own distinct style comes out, you can rest assured that the Internet is going to take a bunch of earlier movies, usually ones with little in common with the film in question, and recut them in this new way. It’s a hoot. As Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar is the next big thing on our docket, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing “BLANK cut in the style of Interstellar.” And these two titles couldn’t be more different. Sure, they’re both sci-fi, but when you think of Nolan’s film, your mind doesn’t automatically go to Spaceballs and WALL-E. Or maybe it does, I don’t know you or how your brain works.

As you well know, Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs is basically one long, ridiculous gag. Given that situation, it must have taken damn near every last straight line from the entire film in order to construct this video. More than anything, it makes me want to marathon Mel Brooks movies. Maybe I’ll see if I can track some down for viewing later this evening.


WALL-E, The Futurama Gang, And ALF (Remember ALF?) Get Badass Makeovers

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WALLEThe internet never tires of mashing one thing up with another thing to create a third, possibly even better, thing. DeviantARTist Tohad has found one particular mash-up niche and made it his own with his “BADASS” series, which takes beloved characters from children’s cartoons and videogames and then turns them into heavily armed sociopaths. Honestly, WALL-E and EVE up there are the tamest of the bunch, but all it took was soldering WALL-E’s head onto the top of ED-209’s body and you’d better check your watch, because it’s time to kill all humans. And say, speaking of Bender’s catchphrase, I wonder what the Futurama crew is up to inside Tohad’s twisted brain…


The Black Hole, WALL-E, And More Disney Hits Become Gorgeous Mondo Posters

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the black hole mondoIs there any greater collection of art than everything that Mondo has put out over the years? The Louvre and MOMA, you say? Well, I say, “Oh yeah, I guess these images were so good that I just forgot those places existed.” And since neither MOMA nor the Louvre has ever made me forget that Mondo existed, I’m calling the victory for the most pop culture friendly of the three. For an upcoming show at Austin’s South By Southwest festival called “Nothing’s Impossible,” Mondo artists created a gallery of all Disney films, and not only the ones you might expect.


The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time As Chosen By Scientists

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The internet loves a good list. Best of lists. Worst of lists. The top 10 lists about lists about lists. We’re not immune to the appeal: it’s an easily digestible way to examine a subject, and they can be a lot of fun to write. We’ve certainly made our share of lists here at GFR, and we cover science fiction enough that we hope we can share some insights you might not have thought of, or at least make you laugh at the occasional poop joke. Still, we may have just been outclassed in the area of science fiction-related lists, because a group of scientists and engineers have gathered together and revealed their picks for the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time. (Of all time!)

The Best Sci-Fi Movies According To Scientists

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10. War of the Worlds (1953)

9. Star Wars (1977)

8. Blade Runner (1982)

7. Jurassic Park (1993)

6. WALL-E (2008)

5. Fantastic Voyage (1966)

4. Alien (1979)

3. Brazil (1985)

2. The Matrix (1999)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

All in all it’s a solid line-up, with a few surprises. I wouldn’t have expected Fantastic Voyage to make the cut, but then again it’s been ages since I’ve seen it so maybe my memories of it have degraded. I do have to call shenanigans on Blade Runner being that far down the list though. In my opinion it ought to be at least neck-in-neck with Alien, and there’s no way both of those films should be below The Matrix. For that matter, WALL-E seems unnaturally high compared to Blade Runner and Star Wars. Then again, this isn’t a “most influential” list, so it’s all up for debate.

Here’s what Popular Mechanics’ brain-trust of scientific experts had to say about Blade Runner, perhaps my very favorite science fiction movie of all time:

Humanlike robots can be a good thing. But in this sci-fi classic, androids called replicants get too lifelike for comfort and are banished to space colonies. If they escape and return to Earth, special cops, or blade runners, who can tell humans from replicants, hunt them down and neutralize them. Our experts give the film high marks, in part, for its humanization of advanced robots. ‘Blade Runner has probably done more to ready the world for artificial life than [any other film],’ says Daniel Novy, a scientist at MIT’s Media Lab. ‘Inspiration is important, even at the expense of some accuracy.’

Wait a minute, Mr. Novy. Are you telling me that Blade Runner’s replicants aren’t exactly what we can expect within the next few decades? I bet you’re just pissed that Batty came up with that awesome “Tears in rain” speech and you didn’t. (No wait, that’s me that feels that way.)

And what about Fantastic Voyage, the dark horse I didn’t expect? We may not be on the verge of shrinking humans down and injecting them into our bodies, but that’s just a thematic predecessor to the idea of nanotech. Here’s Popular Mechanics again:

A miniature spacecraft and crew are injected into a comatose scientist to remove a life-threatening blood clot, so that he can survive to share vital secrets. The movie’s lavishly depicted workings of the human body garnered two Academy Awards and three additional nominations — and got James Giordano thinking about medicine at the tiniest scale. Now a professor of neuroscience at Georgetown University, Giordano examines the mechanics of the brain’s response to pain. ‘The film has been a lifelong inspiration for me to work on developing neurotechnology,’ he says. David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, says that the movie’s minuscule technology, although physically impossible, is echoed in his current work. ‘It’s exactly what we are working on: Injecting nanobots that find a cancerous tumor, tell us when they have found it, and destroy it,’ he says. Now that’s fantastic.

Another pick that seems like it should be higher on the list, here’s the entry for Ridley Scott’s classic, massively influential Alien (which thankfully hasn’t been damaged by retroactive association with Prometheus):

Sigourney Weaver proved that a woman can be a bad-ass sci-fi action hero. But our experts saw the gooey, exoskeletal villain — which uses living humans as hosts for its nasty progeny — as a pioneer of fictional biology. ‘The Alien franchise bases its xenomorph life cycle on parasitic wasps on Earth,’ says Terry Johnson, a bioengineering researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. ‘It’s a pleasure to see a film that acknowledges just how weird life can be.’

As long as nobody brings up the damned albino critter from Alien: Resurrection. Or Alien: Resurrection at all, for that matter.

You can read the rest of the list entries over at Popular Mechanics. What do you think of their picks?


Sci-Fi Travel Posters Invite You To The Futures Of WALL-E, Looper, And More

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WALL-EWith another Christmas marked off of the calendar, many people are spending the day traveling, whether packed into a commuter plane, road-tripping back home, or maybe even using some sort of wormhole-based teleportation device. And sure, I’m sure most of the travelers out there have only one destination in mind — home — you might want to consider taking a detour to some of the world’s more exciting locations. Oh, but they’re also fictional. Should I have mentioned that first?

These snazzy retro-style travel posters are the work of artist Justin Van Genderen, part of a project he calls “location . location . location.” The films referenced in the series range from old classics like Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia to more recent fare such as The Avengers and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. In addition to that latter one, he has several other science fiction films included in the bunch, and we’re highlighting them here.


Elysium Meets WALL-E And In The Loop’s Malcolm Tucker Becomes The Doctor In These Mash-Ups

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Nothing like a good mash-up trailer, am I right? Especially when the two films have something in common. The above clip, titled Behind the WALL-Esium, comes to us courtesy of Funny or Die, and it does a damned fine job of smooshing together dialogue and visuals from Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi bonanza Elysium and Pixar’s WALL-E, by way of Steven Soderbergh, which means there are also a few moments from the director’s HBO film Behind the Candelabra. Except for that last one, a Liberace biopic in which Matt Damon plays the pianist’s lover, Scott Thorson, both of the other films share a plotline involving an Earth gone wrong and a space-bound haven where the lucky members of the human race get to live. This probably wouldn’t have worked as well with Cars.