5 items from 2016
In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.
With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen. »
- The Film Stage
You always know when San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, as so many fun exclusive items get announced! Funko’s Sdcc 2016 rollout continues with the seventh wave of Pop! vinyl figures, and this time iZombie‘s Olivia Moore gets the vinyl treatment. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Bif Bang Pow!’s Sdcc 2016 Exclusive The Twilight Zone wooden Pin Mates and Entertainment Earth’s Aliens Chestburster and Facehugger plushies.
Funko’s Sdcc 2016 Exclusive iZombie Pop! Vinyl Figure Announced:From Funko: “We are so excited to reveal our 2016 Sdcc exclusives!
Between exciting new licenses and completely unique molds, we have a lot of fun surprises in store for all of you!
Information regarding our booth procedures and more will be shared upon completion of our reveals in early July.
Pop! TV: iZombie – Olivia Moore”
Image from Funko:
- Tamika Jones
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of his online horror anthology Split Lip, Sam Costello has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a hardcover collection featuring 13 of the best and creepiest Split Lip stories. We also have images and details on Funko’s third wave of Sdcc 2016 exclusives—including a Doctor Strange Pop! vinyl figure—as well as preview pages from Dark Horse’s trade paperback release of the comic book series Living with the Dead.
Split Lip Kickstarter: From Kickstarter: “Split Lip is an anthology of self-contained horror comics written by Sam Costello and drawn by artists from all over the world. It is often compared to The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. Influences include writers like Shirley Jackson and Clive Barker, comics creators like Junji Ito and Emily Carroll, ghost stories, folk tales and murder ballads.
Calling Split Lip horror is easiest, but it’s more accurate to call it weird fiction. »
- Tamika Jones
Near the end of his essay for the Criterion release of Dazed and Confused, Kent Jones writes, “[Richard] Linklater has a keen, poetic memory for exactly how we did nothing.” Like the best American directors, Linklater understands that the roots of Americana are in a formless wandering, one that was as often about bullshit as transcendence.
Everybody Wants Some!!, the spiritual sequel to his 1993 feature, is another rumination on transition, following the residents of a baseball house the weekend before classes at an unspecified college in 1980. It’s a weekend bacchanalia filled with rule-breaking parties, masculinity endurance tests, hotboxed bedrooms, closed-door hookups, and the flickers of a romance that could be about more than getting off.
Echoing the platonically ’70s ripples of “Sweet Emotion” in its predecessor, Everybody Wants Some!! opens with the stomping snares of “My Sharona.” It’s the dawn of a new era as the easy-going, sneakily joyful »
- Michael Snydel
Scream Factory has announced two new Blu-rays that are set to hit shelves in April. We also have a Q&A with the directors of Lilin's Brood, details on the second season of The Hotel Barclay, stills from Terror Tales, and a teaser for Blood Bath.
The Hallow (2015) When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces' relentless attacks. Starring Joseph Mawle (The Awakening, »
- Derek Anderson
5 items from 2016
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