Today's proof that we've entered a post-human dystopia is the rise of rent-a-family-member companies

Just when you thought you could escape the phoniness of social media by engaging in conversation with a real life human being, Japanese innovation comes along and snatches that away from you, too. As a new article from The Atlantic reports, there are a number of burgeoning companies in Japan that allow clients to rent…

A thoughtful examination of Ghost In The Shell’s artful use of space

Ghost In The Shell, Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 cyperpunk masterpiece, is high on the list of anime that even people who don’t watch anime have seen, and with good reason. It’s a beautiful, challenging film, impeccably drawn and directed, light on dialogue but big on big ideas. In his latest video, The Nerdwriter Evan Puschak…

Remind yourself not to order out for alien fare with this list of gross sci-fi foods

Most people have taboos when it comes to cuisine. Some of us refuse to sit down for chicken tandoori; maybe we get physically uncomfortable with the idea of slurping a raw oyster; or perhaps we’d rather take a bullet to the gut rather than deal with the digestive slow burn of an Egg McMuffin. One thing most of us can…

Denver, see Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow tonight as part of our Science Friction film series

Howdy. Senior Writer Jason Heller here. Just wanted to let you know that Science Friction, The A.V. Club’s monthly sci-fi film series, continues tonight at 7:30 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow. Released in 2004 and written and directed by Kerry Conran, this pulp-inspired adventure…

Science fiction bloopers prove it’s hard to say those lines with a straight face

Bloopers in comedy are a foregone conclusion. Stick around during the closing credits of the latest Apatow production and you’re bound to see clips of Seth Rogen breaking, cackling, or devolving into improvisatory bedlam. Bloopers in other genres are more rare—and, by virtue of the fact that they’re often trying so…