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SciFi: The CGI Pioneers

As the uncanny valley precipitously deepens, and as CGI becomes a mature art form, it can be easy to forget exactly how futuristic the first computer animated effects on film actually seemed. Though Tron’s generally cited as the first example…

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The Painting That Ate Paris

We painted, perhaps, a bleaker portrait than necessary for upcoming releases in our genre of choice.  As soon as July 6th, you can dodge leftover firecrackers and Go-Bot ripoffs to catch Joshua. Here’s the pitch:  Happy folks have weird kid….

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Horror Surfer: Fear Heroes

Thomas Dekker from Heroes is set to star in From Within. Matt Reeves will be directing Cloverfield.  You can catch the trailer for the film, which features "The Parasite", at showings of Transformers this week….

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1408 and the Room to Avoid

“You’re scared of room 237, aintcha Mr. Halloran?” – Danny in The Shining Certain recent posts about certain recent movies have got me thinking about certain rooms. In particular, that most important kind of room in the world of…

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A Brief History of Guts

“Gore: Dung, filth. Blood shed (and clotted).” – Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology “Does it have any gore?” This was one of the first questions that my grade-school friends and I used to ask when one of us had seen…

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Lighting in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

"I have always loved what I call “God Light” shafts coming out of the sky, or out of a spaceship or out of a doorway. It’s just been very romantic and extremely wondrous to me, light." — Stephen Spielberg….

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Aliens in Postal Stamps

The Fortean Times has posted online a gorgeous gallery of stamps around the world dedicated to UFOlogy, aliens and science fiction television and movies….

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Impressions: Doctor Who Season 3 Finale

All over the Internet, fans reacted with collective force to the season 3 finale of Doctor Who: by heaving their bowels and grimacing until the ocular blood vessels exploded, turning their eyes into little hemoglobin and vitreous jelly supernovas….

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Blair Witch + Godzilla = Cloverfield?

If you didn’t think “Blair Witch” could be done again, think again. Everyone from Ain’t It Cool to Cinematical to The Malaysia Sun is reporting that Matt Reeves is directing a movie tentatively called “Cloverfield” which will be done…

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Box Office Numbers of the Beast: 1408 Kills

We use desert imagery this morning in our weekly numbers column, since there weren’t nothin’ but a lone tumbleweed a’driftin’ ‘cross the box office desert. That tumbleweed was 1408, of course, and it continues to roll along katamari-like collecting money…

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