Tomorrowland: The future ain’t what it used to be

Tomorrowland: The future ain’t what it used to be

The screenwriter Damon Lindelof is known for his plot twists, sudden swerves in logic and stomach-churning cliffhangers. As it turns out, the mind behind Lost, World War Z, Star Trek into the Darkness and Prometheus may have found early inspiration in his favorite roller coaster. Lindelof was 11 when he first rode Space Mountain in Disneyland’s… (more…)

How science fiction inspires the future

How science fiction inspires the future

The central message of Tomorrowland is that optimism about science and its role in the future is preferable to the fashionable despair of dystopia and destruction. And what better symbol of American scientific progress and idealism than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)? While much of Tomorrowland is concerned with the more pulpy and outlandish… (more…)

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Avengers: Age of Ultron was quite good, but Mad Max: Fury Road crystallizes exactly how much we’ve been settling for in recent years. Mad Max: Fury Road will make you want to take up arms in old and exhausted fights with all the ecstatic fervor of a War Boy hopped up on feral blood. We don’t… (more…)

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The new Chewbacca hoodie is seriously realistic. Sure, nobody is likely to actually mistake you for Chewie what with the human head sticking out the top, but you might feel like you're wearing a real Wookiee-fur jacket if you had somehow managed to convince him to let you shave him. There have been other attempts at Chewie hoodies before, but they were all a little underwhelming; basically brown furry hoodies with a kind of fake...

Apple is ready to take on Spotify with free music

Apple is ready to take on Spotify with free music

Things in the Beats Vs Spotify & Tidal war are starting to heat up. Similar to Jay-Z’s effort with Tidal, the Apple x Beats relaunch is rumored to push the subscription model for music streaming. According to ReCode, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jimmy Iovine, Apple senior administrator, will be taking on SoundCloud, and won’t be… (more…)

Star Trek 3 release date to reveal whether Trek movie curse has reversed polarity

Star Trek 3 release date to reveal whether Trek movie curse has reversed polarity

The Star Trek 3 release date is July 8, 2016, timed to the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series. Star Trek 3 will be the 13th Star Trek movie, following on the heels of Star Trek: Into Darkness, which was reviled by Star Trek fans. At this point it’s too early… (more…)

Ready to hate Comcast a little less?

Ready to hate Comcast a little less?

What would it take to get you to stop hating Comcast? In hopes of repairing its reputation as one of America’s most hated companies, the Philadelphia cable giant said Tuesday it plans to completely revamp its customer service strategy, but some pay-TV customers say they’ve heard this song and dance before. And they’re not buying it.… (more…)

The real-world tech anxieties behind ‘Ex Machina’

The real-world tech anxieties behind ‘Ex Machina’

Alicia Vikander, who plays Ava, and "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland. Image Credit: A24 Films “If you’ve created a conscious machine, it’s not the history of man,” Caleb, a young programmer played by Domhnall Gleeson, tells his genius boss Nathan in Ex Machina, the dazzling new AI flick from writer/director Alex Garland. “That’s the history of gods.” Welcome to the future, in whatever year Ex Machina takes place (it’s never specified).… (more…)

Daenerys Targaryen is a bad queen

Daenerys Targaryen is a bad queen

Game of Thrones season 5 took its most interesting and dramatic turn in its fourth episode, “Sons of the Harpy,” in which—spoilers imminently ahead—Daenerys’s right-hand man Barristan Selmy was killed in an ambush by the upstart people of Meereen. The action may look like a random act of terrorists, but it is, alas, much more: It’s… (more…)

Why Hulu wants to be Netflix, too

Why Hulu wants to be Netflix, too

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar speaks during a keynote address by Samsung President and General Manager of Visual Display Business Boo-Keun Yoon at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Hilton January 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs from January 6-9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty...