Tag Archives: Science fiction

Saturday Matinee: Helio

Helio is a short, visceral film centered on a post apocalyptic underground society where miners work for light to survive. But when a dying rebel thrusts the unexpected onto an unassuming worker’s lap, all hell breaks loose. What begins as … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Metropolis

From Open Culture: Today we bring you one of the most influential films of all time: Fritz Lang’s 1927 fable of good and evil fighting it out in a futuristic urban dystopia, Metropolis. The melodrama is set in the year … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Dust (2016)

Dust is set in a dystopian world where most of humanity lives in walled cities to protect themselves from a chaotic environment where evolution occurs at breakneck speed, creating organisms which can be a deadly plague or miraculous medicine. It’s … Continue reading

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We Have Met the Alien and He Is Us

By William Astore Source: TomDispatch.com We Are The Empire Of U.S. Military Interventions, Alien Disaster Movies, and Star Wars By William J. Astore Perhaps you’ve heard the expression: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Cartoonist Walt Kelly’s … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Hardware Wars/TROOPS

From Open Culture: Hardware Wars: The Mother of All Star Wars Fan Films (and the Most Profitable Short Film Ever Made) Back in 1977, San Francisco filmmaker Ernie Fosselius had the brainwave to make a spoof of a movie that … Continue reading

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6 The Enlightened Madness of Philip K. Dick: The Black Iron Prison and Wetiko

(Editor’s note: Today happens to mark the anniversary of the birth of Philip K. Dick on December 16, 1928.) By Paul Levy There is something terribly wrong in our world. The Native American people have a term—wetiko—that can really help … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: VR Short Double Feature

“Uncanny Valley” (2015, dir. Federico Heller) uses a documentary format and virtual reality scenarios to depict a frightening world in which damaged individuals rely on VR as a means to escape their depressing social reality while being used by the … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Mars Attacks!

“Mars Attacks!” (1996) is a satirical alien invasion film directed by Tim Burton and starring a surprisingly large cast of familiar actors. It’s easy to forget that Burton, now a friend of the establishment, once made films with a misanthropic … Continue reading

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