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RANKINGS: If the World Ended & You Could Only Watch 7 Christmas Movies…

RANKINGS: If the World Ended & You Could Only Watch 7 Christmas Movies…

Tis the season to spend lots of quality time with family and friends, so be sure to make quality decisions on how you spend that time this Christmas season! Quick if the world was about to end and you could only watch 7 Christmas movies which ones would you pick? Too late! I have picked them for you! The following is the top 7 Christmas movies that you HAVE to watch. Be prepared though, because … Read entire article »

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M. Night’s After Earth Trailer

M. Night’s After Earth Trailer

Original Video– More videos at TinyPic … Read entire article »

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Episode 24 — “Where Are the Christian Sci-Fi Movies?”

Episode 24 — “Where Are the Christian Sci-Fi Movies?”

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile Dr. Jayce and Ben were at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, they got together with two other men who were also there as faculty, Roland Mann and Gary Voelker . . . who also, coincidentally (or not) are Strangers and Aliens listeners! The four of them chatted about this year’s sci-fi/fantasy offerings, made fun of Gary for not seeing any of them, and then talked … Read entire article »

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VIDEO: “Happy Birthday David”, Prometheus Promo

VIDEO: “Happy Birthday David”, Prometheus Promo

If the movie Prometheus is just half as good as this “faux-commercial/short sci-fi film”, then I think sci-fi fans have something to look forward to. What strikes me is that this little promotional video, intended to generate interest in Ridley Scott’s prequel/not-a-prequel to his Alien movie, has a bundle of interesting ideas. Watching it, I was reminded of the Outer Limits series from a few years back (not the Outer Limits series from a few decades … Read entire article »

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RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#6)

RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#6)

#6 Back to the Future 2 (1989) Marty McFly must travel back and forth in time in his pursuit to save his kids and a less than stellar future. However, lots of things go wrong which alters his home time in 1985. When: 2015, 1985, and 1955 Best part: Till this day I STILL dream of having a hover board! Worst part: The worst part is that it is very nearly 2015 and we don’t have some of the … Read entire article »

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RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#7)

RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#7)

#7 Planet of the Apes (1968) Planet of the Apes is about an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future. At first the planet seems uninhabited, but soon the humans discover a civilization where apes are the dominate species, while humans are nothing but animal like servants.   When: Distant Future Best part: When Charlton Heston discovers the statue of liberty! Shocker! Worst part: The worst part is the makeup, but that’s only from a … Read entire article »

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RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#8)

RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#8)

#8 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) “Ted” Theodore Logan & Bill S. Preston, Esquire are two metal headed slackers who end up time travelling, meeting some of history’s most famous individuals, and give one of the best school reports of all time. In the process, they shape the entire future for the better and become the “Great Ones”. When: 1988 Best part: The school report. Perhaps, it’s only because I have spent the better part of my … Read entire article »

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RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#9)

RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#9)

  #9 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Bones take off with the rest of the Original Star Trek crew to the past in order to bring back a humpback whale to save all humanity. If that isn’t a sci-fi premise then I don’t know what is. When: 1986 Best part: Kirk and Spock riding a bus in 1986 and trying to figure out cultural norms of the 20th century is amusing, if … Read entire article »

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RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#10)

RANKINGS: Top 10 Time Travel Movies of All Time (#10)

#10 #10 The Time Machine (1960) Rod Taylor’s character travels into the future to see how his world turns out. At first he sticks to the not too distant future, but due to an accident he travels more than 800,000 years into the future. When: 1917, 1940, 1966 and finally 802,701 Best part: This was the story that started it all! Before the brilliant-if not pessimistic-Wells had written The Time Machine, time travel had never been broached by the … Read entire article »

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QUOTE: Nicholas Meyer on Allegory and Metaphor in Star Trek

QUOTE: Nicholas Meyer on Allegory and Metaphor in Star Trek

At its best, Star Trek appears to function as pop-allegory/pop metaphor, taking current events and issues (ecology, war, racism) and objectifying them for us to contemplate in a sci-fi setting. The world it presents may make no scientific sense but it is well and truly sufficient to lay out human questions for us to think about. Removed from our immediate neighborhoods, it is refreshing and even intriguing to consider earth matters from the distance of … Read entire article »

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