To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future, Universal Pictures enlisted the help of eight talented artists and fans to create their own visualizations of the classic sci-fi comedy. We can’t decide which animation style we liked best, but the knit version of “Darth Vader” from the planet Vulcan was pretty great.
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Decades after their time-traveling hijinx, Bill and Ted are back for another excellent adventure. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter decide they’re heding to the future to visit their future selves and steal the Wyld Stallions song that will save the universe. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).
(PG-13: Gore/Language) Need advice on how to survive during a viral outbreak? Check out filmmakers Evan Gorski’s and Michael Dougherty’s clip “Everything I Need to Know to Survive COVID-19 I Learned by Watching Sci-fi and Horror Movies.” We’re still going with “Have a nice cold pint… and wait for all this to blow over.”
The 1980 remake of Flash Gordon is one of the campiest sci-fi movies of all time, but over the years, it’s become a cult classic. Now, the film is getting a re-release with a full UHD digital remaster, bringing out all of the colors and details in the costumes and scenery, and cranking up the audio on Queen’s original soundtrack. Drops 8.2020.
Nebula-75 brings back the style of classic puppet serials like Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5. Working with a remote pre- and post- production crew, a team of three from Century 21 Films is shooting the series in their small London flat, since they were living together when the lockdown started. Catch Episode 2 here.
You might recognize Boone Langston from his time on LEGO Masters. He’s also a contributor to the Beyond the Brick team, and is here to show off some of the very cool retro sci-fi ray guns he’s made using LEGO. The background is a space-themed baseplate from Slab Dream Lab.
Steven Spielberg reboots his late-1980s anthology series with a new run on Apple TV+. Like the original, it will combine science fiction, horror, and fantasy, with a slightly lighter and more magical touch than Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Premieres 3/6/2020 with an initial run of five episodes.
For their 2020 Super Bowl commercial, Walmart invited a variety of sci-fi characters to come pick up their online orders. We’ve got the extended version of the ad spot, which includes visits from Bill of Bill and Ted, Marvin the Martian, Groot, the aliens from Mars Attacks, Men in Black, Arrival, and Flash Gordon, among others.
(PG-13: Language) Hugh Laurie stars in this new sci-fi comedy from the creator of Veep. It follows the wacky misadventures of an interstellar cruise ship and its guests. It’s like The Orville meets The Love Boat, though Captain Stubing is totally over it. Coming to HBO January 2020.
Not the be confused with the James Cameron movie of the same name, Revolution Studio writer/director Timur Abdulov’s CGI short is packed with explosive action and effects as a group of creatures terrorizes Earth. But not to fear, it’s just a cleverly-disguised commercial for a contactless payment company.
The latest trailer for Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds is disguised as a recruitment video for the Halcyon Colony. Come live and work on Terra 2 – a “gently terraformed” world with minimal hiring standards, run by awful corporate overlords, and teeming with scum, villainy, and a variety of terrifying creatures.
With Ronald D. Moore at the helm, it looks like Apple scored a big win for its Apple TV+ streaming service. For All Mankind is a sci-fi drama series set in an alternate reality where the Soviets beat the United States to the first manned moon mission, continuing the two countries’ space race.
Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who pursued his career because he idolized his father, who left on a mission to Neptune to discover extraterrestrial life and has not come back. Now the son is tasked to search for his father, but not for a peaceful reunion. Premieres 9/20/19.
Devolver Digital’s Observation is a puzzle thriller game set in a space station. You play as SAM, the artificial intelligence managing the structure. You are trying to help an astronaut figure out why her colleagues vanished, but something is telling you to do the opposite. Available for Windows and PS4.
HBO’s creepy sci-fi series kicks off its next season not behind the walls of Westworld, but on the streets of the big city. While the trailer is a bit cryptic – it appears that Aaron Paul plays a disillusioned man who longs for something real in the cold and sterile future. Be careful what you wish for.
In the distant future, Daughter is a teenager lovingly raised by an android in isolation. She believes that she is the first of a new generation of humans that will repopulate a barren Earth. But one day a woman barges into their home. Netflix’s sci-fi thriller premieres 6/7/19.
(SPOILERS) Science fiction movies often explore human tendencies. But Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation tackles large ideas: duplication, self-destruction and mutation. Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the film manifests its themes.
“Sometimes I see things need fixin’… I do what I can.” Spend a minute getting to know the 13th Doctor. Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Time Lord seems a whole lot less snarky about saving the universe than Peter Capaldi did. The new Doctor arrives on BBC on October 7, 2018.
Director Fleur Fortuné’s short sci-fi film feels more like an episode of Black Mirror than an ad for a personal investment app, but that’s exactly what it is – a sophisticated promotional spot for KOHO that envisions a future where big money banks steal our dreams – literally.
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