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…

A menagerie of movie characters team up to sing Green Day’s “Basket Case”

Back in 1994, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong took his own real-life panic disorder and used it as the fuel for an iconic song called “Basket Case” from the pop punk trio’s career-making, if tragically named, Dookie album. Though the song was deeply personal to Armstrong, it was taken up as a Generation X anthem of…

Let yourself be emotionally manipulated by this Pixar supercut

Yes, Pixar’s most recent feature film, Inside Out, is specifically devoted to human emotions. But the animation studio has been in the “feelings” game for a long time, as handily proven by “Emotions Of Pixar,” a supercut by editor Lindsay McCutcheon. Thanks to such pop culture touchstones as Dire Straits’ “Money For…

Inside Pixar’s SadLab: Discovering new ways to make audiences as sad as possible

Pixar movie hits like Up, Toy Story, WALL-E, and Inside Out are known as much for making audiences cry as for making them laugh. Now, the comic minds behind Above Average take us inside the fictional Pixar Sadness Studios to show us how Pixar researches characters and storylines to “maximize sadness potential.”

It’s almost eerie how well The Martian mashes up with WALL-E

The Martian, the upcoming Matt Damon vehicle based on the 2011 Andy Weir novel, is about an astronaut stranded on Mars attempting to survive on a lifeless, unforgiving planet. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, isn’t opening in the U.S. until October 2, but that hasn’t stopped Tony Dolezal from mashing up its trailer…

The animated sci-fi short Solus filters lo-fi sweetness through a classic game lens

Solus, a new short film from video production company Identity Visuals, has answered a question that no one asked: What would happen if the pathos of Wall-E was transferred to the world of classic arcade game Asteroids and rendered to look like the classic PC game Out Of This World (aka Another World)? But it’s a…

Lane loves Gamera: 7 fictional characters with questionable movie taste

1. A.J. Soprano, the world’s only 54 fan
Building a character’s likes and dislikes is a quick-and-dirty method of turning a fictional creation into something vaguely resembling a real person. But the pitfalls are multitude, particularly when pop culture gets involved. Not even a classic like The Sopranos was immune to…