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Weird Science Remake Is Alive…Aliiiiive!

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Weird ScienceFrom our hearts and from our hands, why doesn’t Universal Pictures understand our intentions? And those intentions, incidentally, are to force filmmakers into doing a bit of critical thinking before they blindly remake every single science fiction film from 1985-1995. What was that? No, you can wait your turn, Demolition Man.

Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Universal Pictures are tag-teaming to throw a script, a director, and a couple of stars into a blender pre-filled with lard. Then they’ll turn it on, the blender will break in the middle, and what will come out is a remake of John Hughes’ only embrace of a sci-fi narrative. Granted, it was also kind of a romantic comedy, but at least it didn’t have any preteens in it whose parents were completely unaware. Just Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as teens whose parents were completely unaware.

Redeeming quality: The screenplay will be written by writer/actor Michael Bacall, who wrote last year’s surprisingly hilarious reimagining of 21 Jump Street and the awesome adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He got his break with the highly emotional drama Manic, which featured one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s earliest stellar performances, and features Don Cheadle saying “motherfucker” every bit as badass as Samuel L. Jackson. Not sci-fi, but a really good movie nonetheless.

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Strange Love: Sci-Fi’s Weirdest Movie Romances

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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, and unless you want to spend the rest of the year sleeping on the couch, odds are you’re making plans to woo the special lady in your life. Or if you are that special lady, you’re making plans to sit back and be wooed. It’s good to be a woman. Love isn’t easy and, no matter how hard we try, things don’t always go as planned. But no matter how your Valentine’s Day turns out, find solace in this simple fact: It could be worse. At least your significant other doesn’t have tentacles. These are the strangest romances in science fiction.

movie romanceStarman: Jenny Loves An Alien Replica Of Her Husband
In Starman an alien (Jeff Bridges) comes to Earth and, discovering a lock of hair from a woman’s dead husband, decides to re-create himself in her deceased lover’s image. Jenny (Karen Allen) sees him and, confused and conflicted, befriends him. She helps him on his journey to leave Earth and return home, and in the process falls in love with him. But is she in love with the creature who’s impersonating the man she once loved, or is has she convinced herself that the alien is some recreation of the man she misses? Maybe it’s a little of both, but once her star man leaves the planet, this widow’s going to need a lot of therapy.