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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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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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X-Men 2’s Unused Sentinel Designs

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Sent1With X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returned to the franchise he’d left after 2003’s X2: X-Men United (still an awful title). The X-sequel adapted one of the best-loved X-Men stories of all time, sort of streamlined the complicated mess the movie mythology had become, and retconned the shit out of Brett Ratner’s unfortunate X-Men: The Last Stand, something X-fans had already been doing in their heads for years. Days of Future Past also let Singer add the X-Men’s giant robotic nemeses into the mix: the mutant-hunting Sentinels. The comics’ iconic ‘bots got to strut their stuff — in all their purple glory — during the storyline set in the 1970s, whereas the bleak dystopian future had the mutants being wiped out by shapeshifting, power-absorbing future Sentinels. But we actually could have seen the Sentinels facing off against Xavier’s X-Men years ago, if only they weren’t so damned expensive.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Concept Art Is Chock-Full Of Giant Robots

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BlasterFaceX-Men: Days of Future Past crushed the box office over the holiday weekend, so far having brought in a worldwide gross of $346 million. There was a lot to like in the latest X-Men outing, which saw returning director Bryan Singer at least somewhat repair the tangled mess the franchise had become in the wake of Brett Ratner’s aggressively terrible X-Men: The Last Stand. But in addition to adapting one of the most beloved X-Men storylines of all time, Days of Future Past promised one thing we here at GFR can never resist: giant freakin’ robots. And now you can see even more of them, thanks to this rather badass concept art for the film.

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Movie Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past Delivers Robots, Time Travel, And The 1970s

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X-Men Days Of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past is a movie steeped in the history of everyone’s favorite squad of mutants. Not only does it tell one of the franchise’s most cherished narrative arcs, written by legendary comic scribe Chris Claremont in the early 1980s—though admittedly with some major changes to the plot—it also reunites the titular superheroes with director Bryan Singer for the first time in more than a decade. Fun, epic, and wide reaching, Days of Future Past is a solid follow up to First Class, but a number flaws keep it from being one of the best of the franchise.

In addition to the internal history of the X-Men, the plot also revolves around the literal past—this is where you roll your eyes and say duh. In a dystopian near future, giant robots called Sentinels hunt down and kill mutants, mutant sympathizers, and even any humans who may spawn mutant children down the line. All that’s left in charge is the absolute worst of humanity, and the remnants of the X-Men is all that stands in the way of total annihilation. They’re able to stay ahead of their pursuers, but barely, and at great cost. In a last ditch effort, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), and the rest of the team send Logan (Hugh Jackman), AKA Wolverine, back in time to 1973. This is a key moment that first led to the development of the Sentinels, a moment where humans became so afraid of mutants that they were willing to take drastic measures they didn’t fully understand in order to combat the perceived menace.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Trailer Unleashes The Giant Freakin’ Robots

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The latest trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped this morning, and it hit like a, well, like a magnetically lifted stadium dropped from a great height (I’m not sure if that still counts as a home game or not). This look at Days of Future Past is easily the best of the bunch so far, taking us from a bleak future dystopia overrun with killer robots, back to the era when Xavier was still walking, not to mention sporting a truly excellent leather-jacket-and-shades combo. More importantly, the trailer gives us further looks at Days of Future Past’s massive cast, an unholy stitched-together Frankenstein’s monster marrying the world of Bryan Singer’s two original X-Men films with the prequel setting of the surprise hit X-Men: First Class. (And anyone who mentions that other X-Men movie that came in between will get such a slap.)