Science-fiction movies are often visually dazzling and intellectually riveting…when they first arrive in theaters, that is. Oftentimes, the problem with the genre is that the cool special effects and futuristic plotlines that seem cutting-edge and state-of-the-art today can look dated and even silly a few years later. That’s why a sci-fi flick that stands the test of time is truly a wonder to behold. Consider “Aliens” and “Bladerunner”–movies that are as thrilling now as they were then.
Few directors are guaranteed final cut on their movies these days, which means that even after they painstakingly oversee a film’s production, the movie that ultimately hits theaters may not be the one they really want audiences to see. However, since the arrival of home video, an increasing number of filmmakers have managed to issue original, restored or extended cuts of their work—a boon to movie buffs who love nothing more than seeing an auteur’s vision manifested on film. Here are 10 of the most famous director’s cuts.
Maybe you never knew that chart-topping hit was written to score a movie, or maybe your ears perk up at that haunting instrumental that you never knew you knew, but here’s one thing we do know. Prepare yourself: The following 10 movie theme songs have high earworm probabilities.
Sure, a cell phone might have helped out Romeo and Juliet, and maybe Looking for Mr. Goodbar would have fared better on Tinder, but technology often makes a mess of relationships in the movies. Coming up against new forms of communication, surveillance and artificial intelligence, hearts and souls are fair game when computers get smarter. Here are 10 times technology sabotaged a relationship.
One of the most iconic and influential movies of the last 40 years, “Blade Runner” is responsible for changing the way scifi flicks represented our world. Here are 10 dystopian classics from the last decade that continued those themes.
His works have spawned numerous (and terrifying) big screen adaptations, and made for classic moments in cinematic history–such as Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashing hell on Mars, and Harrison Ford kissing a cyborg.
For all the hype and praise DRIVE received, even without Ryan Gosling undressed, the film really is a refreshing Hollywood release that focuses on the darker personalities and fringe aspects around town. Compared to other highlights of 2011, this film was made on a shoestring budget of $16 million. FYI, Johnny Depp received $20 million to star in THE TOURIST—sad. But DRIVE’s real success rests in the fact that it became the catalyst and poster child for a sub culture of low-tek nostalgics that have been working independently, and are now seen as using the same vocabulary to create a vision of the world. It’s the BLADE RUNNER affect all over again.