Proven: Book trilogies get better as they go, movie trilogies get worse

Finally, it seems the scientific community has stopped wasting everybody’s time and used their collective brain power to answer important questions, like whether it’s worth it to watch the sequel to a movie you like or read the next installment of a book series you’re only half invested in. These questions have…

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…

Sense8’s quest for justice sends its characters home, with poignant results

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Back when Sense8 premiered, one of its chief marketing points was its locations. It was the story of eight interconnected characters in eight of the world’s great cities: Mumbai, Seoul, London, Chicago, Berlin, Nairobi, the Bay Area, and Mexico City. With the Wachowskis’ typical high production values, it was going to…

The Matrix hacked Hollywood, upgrading American action with tricks from abroad

We’ve been seeing some weird shit happen in the world lately. Donald Trump, trailing badly in the polls and making an ass of himself for the entire election season, was somehow elected president. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in game seven, in extra innings, after a ninth-inning rain delay. The Golden State…

A brief history of the far right trying and failing to co-opt pop culture

Nazi fop Richard Spencer can’t stop getting punched in the face, whether literally (by random humans on the street), journalistically (by investigators who uncovered he gets his money from an actual fucking cotton plantation), or even figuratively, by the very pop-culture artists he claims to love. First he confessed…