science fiction

Tomorrowland: The Future Ain't What It Used to Be

Tomorrowland is a movie about the way that we think about the future, and as the old saying goes, the future ain’t what it used to be. There was a time not so long ago when we looked to the days to come and envisioned marvels; now when we look to the future, what we see is often bereft of hope. This is the central problem that Tomorrowland seeks to address, and it’s a question worth pondering.

Review: Interstellar

With the advent of winter weather, Nathan talks about holiday giving, before offering an analysis of Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, comparing it to othr similar SF films such as Contact and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Toward the Posthuman

 Inspired by the Transhumanist themes in Luc Besson's new movie, Nathan explores Transhumanist ideas in science fiction books and movies, as well as the real-life theories of futurists like Ray Kurzweil.

Toward the Posthuman

Luc Besson's new film Lucy, which opened nationwide last week, is one of the most  thoughtful and challenging science fiction movies since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lucy dives headfirst into some of the most important questions: What does it mean to be a human being? What will it look like when we, or our descendants, are no longer quite human? What does the Posthuman future hold for us?

The Apocalypse

Recent movies like World War Z and Pacific Rim prompt questions about our (and especially Hollywood's) fascination with the end of the world. Recorded at the 2013 Western Conservative Summit.

Finding the Message In the Unlikeliest Places

Nathan reviews two movies, Elysium and Europa Report, both of which star South African actor Sharlto Copley, and both of which explore some interesting philosophical themes in very different ways. 

Elysium, Europa Report

Sharlto Copley is a South African actor who first came to prominence in2009, in director Neil Blomkamp's excellent District 9, a tour-de-force of relatively low-budget, indie science fiction film-making. This weekend, Copley came to American theaters in two new films: Blomkamp's big-budget follow up, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, and in the indie film Europa Report