Denis Villeneuve says he can't get away with making another "art house movie" like Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villenueve’s latest film, Blade Runner 2049 was a mixed success; critically praised, the film failed to do much at all at the U.S. box office. (European audiences were more kind.) Just in case you needed a reminder that, in Hollywood, you’re only as good as your last picture, though, Villeneuve—whose previous…

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Shots fired: Denis Villeneuve says his Dune will be "Star Wars for adults"

Today, in “You come at the Emperor, you best not miss” news: Director Denis Villeneuve—whose recent sci-fi film credentials are pretty impeccable, given the critical response to Arrival and Blade Runner 2049—has taken some stabs at the massive, unstoppable Star Wars franchise. Talking to Fandom, Villeneuve painted the…

Denis Villeneuve's Dune won't be anything like David Lynch's version

Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 was a surprisingly faithful sequel to Ridley Scott’s original film, echoing its iconic style with new ideas and advancements that still felt honest to core of the original. For his upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, though, Villeneuve’s has no interest in paying…

What’s your favorite fictional religion?

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…

The 35 best science-fiction movies since Blade Runner

The most widely admired science-fiction film to come out of the 1980s, Blade Runner reimagined the nocturnal, seductive, and pessimistic qualities of film noir and its ’70s derivative, neo-noir, for the paranoid cityscape of the future: a dark, rainy, multi-lingual Los Angeles where a detective in a trench coat trails…

Kyle MacLachlan tells the entire story of Dune in a single brilliant tweet

Frank Herbert’s Dune is a notoriously difficult book to adapt, having stymied both directors Alejandro Jodorowsky and—to a slightly lesser extent—David Lynch in their efforts to bring it to the screen. But it turns out that we were all just waiting for a chosen one to arrive, to pierce the veil of time and explain the…

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Someone has finally taken the many worms of cinema and ranked them by size

Worms—they are creepy, and crawly, and may or may not be prone to playing pinochle on one’s snout. Film has often used worms in its depiction of disease and decay. But there are a select group of special worms that aren’t like the literal garden variety type. These worms all have personality and memorable moments on…

The Spice must flow: Dragon Age concept artist redesigns Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune has always sustained a climate hospitable to bizarre visual interpretation. From Mobius’ and H.R. Giger’s unused concept art for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unfinished movie adaption to David Lynch’s moody art deco version, a book series about warrior-zealots living on a desert planet infused with…