Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sci-Fi Round-Up: July 23, 2014

Gypsy vs. Chtulhu
Created by Sacha Lefebvre

Interview: interviews Phillip Noyce, director of The Giver.

Interview: Paste interviews Brit Marling, star of I, Origins on the Future of Sci-Fi.

Interview: Salon interviews Lois Lowry, author of The Giver.

13 Smart Movies That Make Us Feel Dumb, in honor of the release of I Origins.

15 Thought-Provoking Sci-fi Films That Are Worth Your Time

Beyond The Planet Of The Apes: Six Seventies Sci-Fi Movies Worth Remaking

The dystopia next door: Fosters reflects on Lois Lowry’s classic, The Giver.

Five “deleted scenes” from “Joss Whedon: The Biography” by Amy Pascale. Amy has very kindly provided Whedonesque with five deleted scenes from her soon to be released biography of Joss Whedon.

Gender, Orphan Black & The Meta Of Meta: “We think of men as antiheroes, as capable of occupying an intense and fascinating moral grey area; of being able to fall, and rise, and fall again, but still be worthy of love on some fundamental level, because if it was the world and its failings that broke them, then we surely must owe them some sympathy. But women aren’t allowed to be broken by the world; or if we are, it’s the breaking that makes us villains.”

How Buffy The Vampire Slayer predicted Joss Whedon’s Marvel work. Den of Geek examines parallels between Marvel mythology and Buffy.

The Lottery: why there are no winners in Lifetime’s dystopian drama. Despite some cool translucent phones and one hot dude it’s basically The X-Files with frozen lumps of cells instead of aliens

Science Fiction vs The Bible: “Sci Fi is understood as fiction and makes clear from the outset that it is fallible and only a tentative exploration. Therefore in claiming that it is fallible, while still trying to get at your own beliefs about the world, it seeks your participation.”

Snowpiercer is a must-see movie. Why won’t they show it at your theatre?

Think you know robots? Think again, buddy. Philosophy & Film in Blade Runner.

This mash-up of Blade Runner and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is a great noir.

Watch a documentary on the Theremin: How science fiction got its sound

While the New Republic praises Orphan Black for its portrayal of the Female Gaze and avoidance of the usual male orientated titillation: “As a show chiefly concerned with the ways women’s bodies are commodified and controlled, “Orphan Black” is careful not to view its female characters with that same hungry eye. This is a triumph: On so many shows, the camera works at cross-purposes to the high-minded themes. “Game of Thrones” depicts women and girls straining against a world that abuses and sexualizes their bodies—then it glamorizes and fetishizes that abuse. “True Detective” criticizes men who violate girls, then lovingly reduces women to bouncing breasts or artfully posed corpses.” The topic was previously covered by Btchflcks: The Male/Female Gaze on BBC America’s First Season of Orphan Black.

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