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Movie: Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

[TRAILER] Many years after the reign of Caesar, a young ape goes on a journey that will lead him to question everything he's been taught about the past and make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 10, 2024 - 15 comments

Movie: Doomsday

[TRAILER] When the first outbreak of the Reaper virus hit Scotland, Eden Sinclair was one of the last to escape containment and had to leave her mother behind. Twenty-five years later, Maj. Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) leads a team back into the hot zone to find a counteragent to the virus, which has re-emerged in London. She and her comrades wage a desperate battle for survival against feral survivors, as they try to prevent it from ushering in a new dark age. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 6, 2024 - 9 comments

Movie: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

[TRAILER] Captain William "Buck" Rogers (Gil Gerard) is a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor), squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), the wisecracking robot Twiki (voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc), and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis. Produced as a television pilot, but released theatrically in advance of the TV show. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 1, 2024 - 29 comments

Movie: X-Men: First Class

[TRAILER] In the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, a mutant named Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets a fellow mutant named Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender). Despite their vastly different backgrounds -- Charles grew up with a wealthy family, while Erik lost his parents at Auschwitz -- the two become close friends. As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear war, Charles and Erik join forces with other mutants to save humanity. However, a situation soon tears the friends apart. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 30, 2024 - 14 comments

Movie: The Wolverine

[TRAILER] Lured to a Japan he hasn't seen since World War II, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself in a shadowy realm of yakuza and samurai. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 30, 2024 - 4 comments

Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

[TRAILER] After seeking to live a normal life, Logan (Hugh Jackman) sets out to avenge the death of his girlfriend by undergoing the mutant Weapon X program and becoming Wolverine. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 29, 2024 - 7 comments

Movie: X-Men: The Last Stand

[TRAILER] When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men—led by Professor Charles Xavier—and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organised under Xavier’s former ally, Magneto. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 29, 2024 - 10 comments

Movie: X-Men

[TRAILER] Two mutants, Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 26, 2024 - 17 comments

Movie: Dead End Drive-In

[TRAILER] In the future, a health nut and his tag-along girlfriend become trapped in a drive-in theater that has become a concentration camp for outcast youths. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 19, 2024 - 3 comments

Movie: Arcadian

[TRAILER] In a near future, life on Earth has been decimated. Paul (Nicolas Cage) and his twin teenage sons (Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins) find tranquility by day but terror by night when ferocious creatures awaken and consume all living souls in their path. Faced with an impossible situation, the boys come up with a desperate plan for survival, using everything their father taught them to keep him alive. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 14, 2024 - 1 comment

Pantheon: Season 1 (all episodes)  Season 1, Ep 0

Bullied teen Maddie begins receiving messages from a mysterious stranger that claims to be her recently deceased father, David; his consciousness has been uploaded to the cloud after an experimental brain scan, and it turns out he's not the only one. [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Apr 11, 2024 - 1 comment

Book: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Cory Doctorow's gonzo science-fiction story of a post-scarcity future where "ad-hoc" worker collectives have taken over various parts of Disney World and compete for whuffie, the reputation-based currency.
posted by adamrice on Apr 10, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: Invention for Destruction

[TRAILER] Also known as The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano. Karel Zeman's legendary Czechoslovak black-and-white science fiction adventure film, based on several works by Jules Verne. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 7, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: Bride of Re-Animator

[TRAILER] Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr. West (Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life... starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan's dearly deceased Meg Halsey. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 2, 2024 - 7 comments

Movie: Battlefield Earth

[TRAILER] In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the powerful Terl (John Travolta), the Psychlos are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has descended into a near primitive state. After being captured, it is up to Tyler (Barry Pepper) to save mankind. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 6, 2024 - 24 comments

Movie: Dune: Part Two

Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz on Feb 29, 2024 - 76 comments

Movie: Her

[TRAILER] In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every need. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system (Scarlett Johansson). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 29, 2024 - 5 comments

Movie: Akira

[TRAILER] In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural power suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment's secrets. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 15, 2024 - 22 comments

Book: Machine Vendetta

Panoply is a small, efficient police force, dedicated to maintaining the rule of democracy among the ten thousand disparate city-states orbiting the planet Yellowstone. Ingvar Tench was one of Panoply's most experienced operatives. So why did she walk alone and unarmed into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organization? As his colleagues pick up the pieces following her death, Prefect Tom Dreyfus must face his conscience. Four years ago, when an investigation linked to one of his most dangerous adversaries got a little too personal, Dreyfus arranged for Tench to continue the inquiry by proxy. In using her, did Dreyfus also put her in the line of fire? And what does Tench's attack tell him about an enemy he had hoped was dormant? The third [cursing in linked item] volume in the Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies series. This is author Alastair Reynolds' 21st novel.
posted by neuron on Feb 4, 2024 - 4 comments

Glitch: (2022, Kdrama)  Season 1, Ep 0

Glitch (2022) is a Korean scifi drama. Hong Ji-Hyo (Jeon Yeo-been) and Heo Bo-ra (Nana) are childhood friends who are obsessed with UFOs and alien abductions. Years later, they reunite to solve the mystery of Ji-hyo's mysteriously missing boyfriend, which leads to deeper and more sinister mysteries. It's on Netflix in the USA. [more inside]
posted by jabah on Dec 12, 2023 - 1 comment

Pending Train: Pending Train  Season 1, Ep 0

Passengers on a Tokyo train find themselves shifted into the future—a future with no cities and no humans. If they work together, can they survive? And is there any way back to the past? [more inside]
posted by jabah on Dec 7, 2023 - 1 comment

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

A narrative RPG with a card battling system and a queer-friendly science fiction vibe. Explore, grow up, and fall in love. The choices you make and skills you master over ten years will determine the course of your life and the survival of your colony. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on Nov 10, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: Ikarie XB 1

Awesome 1963 Czech scifi film directed by Jindrich Polák about a spaceship crew bound for Alpha Centauri, based on an early Stanislaw Lem novella. It's been called an influence on 2001 (we know Kubrick saw it) and Star Trek. It includes eerie encounters with alien spacecraft, fantastic sets and costumes, a wonderful experimental electro-acoustic score by Zdeněk Liška (who later scored Jan Svankmeyer shorts), and the 2nd best outer space dance scene ever, complete with casual drug-sniffing. Available in a beautiful 2016 restoration from Second Run DVD with neat extras, and currently up at YouTube. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Nov 5, 2023 - 13 comments

Movie: Viking

A sly, deadpan Canadian comedy about a team of non-astronauts sent into isolation in a desert on Earth because their personalities match the members of an actual ongoing Mars mission that's having interpersonal conflicts. The earthbound team is tasked with mirroring the real astronauts' behavior and coming up with solutions to the Martian team's psychological problems. 100% on RT with 9 reviews, free on Tubi and other options, mostly in French with English subtitles.
posted by mediareport on Oct 24, 2023 - 2 comments

Rick and Morty: How Poopy Got His Poop Back  Season 7, Ep 1

Rick and friends have a wild night with Mr. Poopybutthole during a rough time in his life. [Season 7 Premiere, as well as New Voice Actors Premiere] [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 22, 2023 - 9 comments

Movie: The Creator

Against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds a secret weapon.
posted by TheophileEscargot on Oct 4, 2023 - 13 comments

Book: Wool (Silo, Book One) by Hugh Howey

Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside. Wool is book one in the Silo series, a TV adaptation of which on Apple TV just completed its first season.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 5, 2023 - 4 comments

Special Event: Cinematic Titanic: THE WASP WOMAN

Roger Corman produced and directed this movie about a woman who's given wasp jelly to make her young, but also turns her into a violent bug person. Movies are products of their times, and this one certainly is so. Third in the series of Cinematic Titanic direct-to-DVD features starring many of the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
posted by JHarris on Aug 24, 2023 - 0 comments

Movie: Landscape with Invisible Hand

Landscape with Invisible Hand takes us to the year 2036, five years after humans had their first contact with aliens. It didn't take long before humans gave up and accepted their fate at the hands of the new invading race, allowing the Vuvv aliens species to control everything from our economy to our schools. While there are some humans that live in cities that fly overhead, most humans are left back on earth, struggling to survive under this new leadership, as jobs and resources are scarce. (Collider) (CW: There's a suicide by handgun early in the movie. You hear it, see blood on a wall, and see a body lying on the ground) [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Aug 22, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Fresh Kill

[TRAILER] Shareen and Claire, a lesbian couple living on Staten Island, find themselves ensnared in a vast conspiracy involving a ghost ship of nuclear refuse, ominous television commercials, and deadly cat food. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 20, 2023 - 0 comments

Special Event: Cinematic Titanic: THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

China's working on a machine to destroy all life on Earth, for some reason. The military gets involved in a space mission to Venus to replace half of its crew with women. It turns out to be because when the machine activates, the probe can preserve human life on Venus. Implying that people will have to boink a lot for noble reasons is a prevailing theme of science fiction from the time. This was the second episode of Cinematic Titanic, released in 2007.
posted by JHarris on Aug 17, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Linoleum

When the host of a failing children's science show tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket ship in his garage, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question his own reality. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Jul 9, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Gravity

[TRAILER] Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 30, 2023 - 24 comments

Book: Translation State

The mystery of a missing translator sets three lives on a collision course that will have a ripple effect across the stars in this powerful novel from Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Ann Leckie. Standalone set in the Imperial Radch universe. [more inside]
posted by odd ghost on Jun 20, 2023 - 14 comments

Book: Mickey7

"Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there's a mission that's too dangerous--even suicidal--the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal...and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it." [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jun 14, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Timescape

Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, a father and daughter are visited by a woman seeking immediate lodging for her strange group of travelers. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 15, 2023 - 8 comments

Book: For the First Time, Again (Take Them to the Stars #3)

The conclusion of the Take Them to the Stars trilogy lands with something of a thud, trading the centuries-long frame of the series and the decades-long span of the previous books for a too-tight focus on a single character telling us more about her plan than showing it. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 1, 2023 - 1 comment

The Ark: Season One  Season 1, Ep 0

100 years in the future, humanity must leave Earth. Ark One heads toward Proxima Centauri b to establish the first colony, but the crew is awakened during the journey after disaster strikes. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Apr 1, 2023 - 34 comments

Movie: Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight

A disgraced Ranger takes command of an old, possibly haunted, ship on an escort mission that encounters deadly peril from a new enemy civilization. [more inside]
posted by Stuka on Mar 15, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Primer

Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 9, 2023 - 12 comments

Movie: Wyrm

In an alternative 1990s, lonely Wyrm grieves his recently-deceased older brother, and struggles to complete a unique school requirement in which students wear electronic collars that detach only upon engaging in their first kiss, with little help from his distant parents. Expanded from a 2017 short film; available to watch on Hulu and several other streaming services. Heavily reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite, but more melancholy. Written and directed by Christopher Winterbauer. Includes a short Rhea Seehorn appearance.
posted by brainwane on Nov 23, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Reign of Fire

Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey play two leaders who team up (in the far-future 2020) to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. Features a playacted re-creation of a bit of Star Wars, a fire-roasted tomato crop, an explosive arrow shot by crossbow, children in peril, a construction site that breaks several safety regulations, and dragons.
posted by brainwane on Nov 13, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Solaris

A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Nov 10, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Minority Report

John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Nov 10, 2022 - 16 comments

The Peripheral: Jackpot  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 4

Flynne's health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship. [more inside]
posted by Strutter Cane - United Planets Stilt Patrol on Nov 4, 2022 - 14 comments

The Peripheral: Jackpot  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 4

Flynne’s health takes a turn. Wilf visits Flynne in Clanton, deepening their relationship.
posted by Zonker on Nov 4, 2022 - 17 comments

Movie: SpaceCamp

Young attendees of Space Camp learn life lessons when something goes wrong. [more inside]
posted by Stuka on Oct 8, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Event Horizon

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared and has now returned. [more inside]
posted by Stuka on Oct 4, 2022 - 29 comments

Movie: Lightyear

Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion Sox.
posted by Stark on Jun 30, 2022 - 17 comments

Love, Death & Robots: Season 3  Season 3, Ep 0

The award-winning Netflix series of short, animated science-fiction-and-fantasy-adjacent films continues, with voice acting by Rosario Dawson, Joe Manganiello, Craig Ferguson, Mackenzie Davis, Dan Stevens, Joel McHale, Seth Green, Gabriel Luna, Jai Courtney, Elodie Yung, Chantelle Barry, Christian Serratos, Katie Lowes, and Jason Flemyng, with Josh Brener, Gary Anthony Williams, and Chris Parnell reprising their roles from season one. [CW: violence, with varying degrees of realism, and some sexual content.] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 22, 2022 - 24 comments

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