For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Mar 23, 2014 -
My friend asks: "I once saw a sci-fi film where people had worked out how to record conscious experiences and then others could experience it directly themselves. There's one bit where a guy ends up driving himself into an insane catatonic state when he loops this recording of someone having sex at the point of orgasm and plays it for 12 hours straight."
Q: what is that film?
posted by urbanwhaleshark
on Mar 15, 2014 -
I'm looking for an online video from a couple years back. It is a short scifi movie shot in the first person, which features a scientist waking up in a lab, looking out the window to see a giant tower shooting a beam into the sky, and then grabbing a black cube with lights on it, which appears to have some sort of strange powers. It was hosted on a website which had some other seemingly related material. I don't know if it was from an ARG, or a standalone video, or what, but I'd really like to watch it again.
posted by cthuljew
on Oct 4, 2012 -
Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
posted by Lorin
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Name This Film: I'm trying to remember the name of a dystopian/SciFi film I saw years back in the 90s, could have been from the 80s. The premise must have been similar to City of Ember, with a kid or teen in an underground city. I remember pipes or tubes featuring prominently, and think they were in the title too. [more inside]
posted by ts;dr
on Jun 16, 2012 -
I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Feb 26, 2012 -
Which niche or cult TV, science fiction or film blogs are as good or better than published work on their subject? I'm thinking of long standing blogs offering in depth history, insight or criticism written by one person like this Doctor Who
one, rather than behemoths like the AV Club. Extra points for British subject matter.
posted by joannemullen
on Sep 10, 2011 -
Can you help me find a sci-fi movie from the '80s with a floating brain in it? I only saw bits of it at the video store. [more inside]
posted by qbject
on Jan 15, 2011 -
What is a good age for a child to watch Star Wars for the first time?
posted by Artw
on Jan 7, 2011 -
I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Nov 16, 2010 -
I just got back from a Science Fiction (Fantasy, Horror) convention and one thing we did was "Movie Night". We got Metropolis and showed it. The movie was great. It stimulted conversation, and the members liked it. They want to do it again next year. With a different movie, of course. But next year's theme is "Here Be Dragons". So I need a great old (so I can afford to license it) Dragon Movie. [more inside]
posted by davereed
on May 18, 2010 -
My visceral dislike of the movie District 9
combined with years of other sub par science fiction movies has pretty much killed any desire to see more films of the genre. Help me rekindle the flame. (Minor District 9spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Aug 19, 2009 -
What science fiction films are there, iyho, that really measure up to the best of written work in that genre? [more inside]
posted by protorp
on Aug 31, 2008 -
I'm looking for examples of sci fi films that focus primarily on a conflict/relationship between a human and a self-aware computer/artificial intelligence (such as HAL in "2001," but NOT the computer in "War Games" because it wasn't self-aware.) [more inside]
posted by np312
on Aug 1, 2008 -
Remember my request for sci-fi music
? Six months later, I'm finally ready to make my CD mix. Almost. Last night I figured out how to record mp3 audio from DVD on my Mac, and now I want to rip key dialogue snippets from classic sci-fi films. I went for Khan spitting at Kirk from his grave, but there's too much incidental music. I think maybe I can get Ripley signing off. What other short, iconic soundclips from sci-fi films should I look for?
The intro to the old Battlestar Galactica?
Something from Logan's Run
? Blade Runner
bits? Eerie, ethereal, otherworldly, outer-space stuff is best. (Bonus points if you can direct me to a source that's already done the work for me; right now I'm looking at a several-week Netflix slog.)
posted by jdroth
on Sep 19, 2006 -
What is first motion picture to climax with an explosion that destroys the base of the hero's arch-enemy?
posted by johnnydark
on May 18, 2004 -