The guys at Squirrel Monkey offer up a 1980s style training video for the fictitious Department of Time Travel, envisioning a world in which the government started to develop a time machine back in the 1940s, and eventually unleashed it on human subjects after a series of failures and animal tests.
THE BEST Science Fiction
(PG-13: Language) Future Garbage presents an excellent short film about a time traveler who visits the exact location and time at which time travel itself was discovered. But will his trip disrupt the fabric of the universe and create a paradox? Written, directed, produced by and starring David Matthew Olson.
This limited-run crime drama from HBO Europe takes place in the not-too-distant future, in a world where refugees from the stone age, the Viking era, and the late 19th century have somehow settled in Oslo, Norway. Naturally, conflicts emerge between the modern folks and the time travelers.
Charlie Stewart’s beautifully minimal animated short film takes us on a journey to a far-off planet, where two scientists have been left to explore, and two AI-powered digital assistants who strike up a conversation as they wonder where their human masters have gone.
Takeshi Kovacs is back for season 2 of Netflix’s sci-fi drama, but he’s wearing a new sleeve that looks a whole lot like Anthony Mackie. This time, Tak lands a job that sends him to his home planet of Harlan’s World, where he finds himself torn between his crime-solving mission and reuniting with his long lost love, Quell.
Filmmaker David James Armsby’s short film drops us into a creepy universe in which families are forced into their monotonous daily routines until they are no longer deemed “pretty” by their robotic overlords. If you enjoyed this dark and dystopian vision, bve sure to watch the rest of the Autodale series.
This limited-run mystery series from Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) follows the story of a software engineer who thinks a secret division of her employer might actually be responsible for her boyfriend’s murder. Nick Offerman’s character is reason enough to tune in. Coming to FX on Hulu March 5, 2020.
Colin Levy’s short sci-fi film follows two teens who prank people by swapping the contents of their drone deliveries. But when a hack goes wrong, they discover a dark secret about the unmanned aerial vehicles flying overhead. The production was funded via Kickstarter and through the efforts of volunteer CG artists.
A young woman comes face to face with an android in the desert outside of Dubai, and discovers the machine is looking for a fight. But is the robot her nemesis, or simply a reflection of herself? Daniel Askill’s impeccable short film packs a punch with crisp choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and a stellar soundtrack by Philip Glass.
Known best for his outlandish scenery chewing in The Room, renaissance man Tommy Wiseau has been inserted into the world of Star Wars, with a bit of help from PistolShrimps. Along the way, he romances Anakin, seeks therapy from Yoda, tosses around a football, and calls Kylo Ren a chicken… and a princess.
Go inside the story of one of the greatest science fiction/horror movies of all time. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary delves into the origins of Ridley Scott’s tense, gory, and artful masterpiece. Legion M’s DVD and Blu-Ray discs come with a special limited-edition pin featuring the art of H.R. Giger.
In director David Guy Levy’s indie sci-fi flick, a man who loses his daughter starts to see cracks in the fabric of his memories, and wonders if somehow his reality is actually a simulation that he can manipulate to bring his child back. In theaters and on-demand 12/6/19.
Sean McKenna’s short film is a low-fi science fiction piece about a child’s drawing that makes its way into a time capsule, and is eventually discovered by aliens after the fall of civilization. Narrated beautifully by actor Julian Barratt, it’s a showcase of how storytelling and creativity matter far more than budget.
We love to rewatch the sci-fi/comedy Galaxy Quest whenever we get the chance. This feature-length documentary from Screen Junkies (the Honest Trailers guys) includes interviews with the original cast, celebrities, and superfans to learn why it’s such a magical and enduring movie. Arrives in select theaters 11/26/19.
CBS All Access drops another look at the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series, which kicks off with the best Starfleet Captain ever coming out of retirement to come to the aid of a mysterious young woman. And the Captain now has two Number Ones – his cat, and Lieutenant Riker. Premieres 1/23/20.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) This short film by Ruairi Robinson (Blinky) introduces us to a man struggling with depression and other disturbing symptoms. His doctor prescribes some off-market meds which replace one problem with another. Do the pills reveal the true nature of the world, or do they just enhance his psychosis?
This Netflix film offers a cool twist on the typical crime drama, as cop becomes obsessed with hunting down a serial killer who only resurfaces every nine years, and it turns out there’s something far more complicated at stake than just the lives of her victims.
With Linda Hamilton back on screen, James Cameron involved in the story, and Tim Miller of Deadpool fame behind the camera, we’re actually kind of excited for the new Terminator flick. The latest trailer showcases more of Sarah Conner’s story, and what transpired after the events of T2. Drops 11/1/19.
Cyriak Harris is best known for his incredibly surreal, layered, and detailed animations. Now, the artist has created his first book, a science fiction story about a horse who could destroy the universe, and the meaning of life. It’s been referred to as The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Beauty meets The Matrix.
Ctrl Shift Face is a master at making entertaining deepfakes. In this clip, he swapped out Elon Musk for actor Kier Dullea as astronaut Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as he faces off against the HAL 9000 in a debate over opening the pod bay doors – further proof that Elon should invest more time in quality control.
Travel to an exotic planet where a creature finds itself banished, and while exiled, it stumbles onto something unexpected which could help it take revenge on those who sent it away. From the illustration style to its orange color palette, to its concise storytelling, Frederic Siegel’s animated short makes for some intense viewing.
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