James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

Houston, we have problems: A cinematic guide to what can go wrong in space

The study of space dates back millennia, long before the same ancient humans pondering the sun could fathom just how we’d get beyond our own stratosphere (and before the word “stratosphere” even existed). Science fiction stepped in to fill that void, with the literary works of Johannes Kepler, Mary Shelley, and Jules…

What's your favorite opening credits sequence in a film?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

A gripping Stranger Things broadens its danger and its genre influences

Stranger Things has proven itself adept at crafting scenes of dread rich in horror and sci-fi allusions without letting its inspirations overwhelm the show’s own distinctive style. It’s managed to turn initially sketched-out characters into a portrait of early-’80s small-town life that’s believable even when…

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Alien’s set design

Since Alien: Covenant drops on Friday—and since it’s really good—it’s time to prepare yourself by revisiting the best elements of the franchise from whence it burst. Yesterday, we made ourselves queasy looking back on its many death scenes, so today we’re wiping the blood from our eyes to take a closer look at one of…

Catch up on the Alien series by rewatching all of its disgusting death scenes

We liked Alien: Covenant, the sixth filmic entry in Ridley Scott’s long-running story of a rascally alien species that just can’t stop finding itself in over its head on ships full of humans that don’t want them there. What ensued, at least over the course of the original quadrilogy of films, was sometimes…

This Alien: Covenant prologue is probably as close as we’re going to get to Prometheus 2

Fox has been remarkably generous with its footage for Alien: Covenant, offering up whole five-minute swathes of the movie to get people intrigued by Ridley Scott’s latest exercise in sci-fi horror. But the studio has been more cagey about the aftermath of Scott’s last film in this universe, Prometheus, only noting…

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Traumatize your kids with R-rated movie scenes drawn in the style of a children’s book

In his collection Movies R Fun!: A Collection Of Cinematic Classics For The Pre-(Film) School Cinephile, Pixar story supervisor Josh Cooley reimagined iconic moments from R-rated classics in the style of a children’s book. Now, Reddit has compiled a gallery of some of the book’s drawings, which feature scenes from the…