Screen Junkies » sci fi http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Movie Time Travel DEBUNKED http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/movie-time-travel-debunked/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/movie-time-travel-debunked/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:15:15 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262039 "Edge of Tomorrow" is only that latest blockbuster to deal with time travel - but could it happen for real? We talked to real scientists to get the scoop behind our favorite time travel movies!

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“Edge of Tomorrow” is only that latest blockbuster to deal with time travel – but could it happen for real? We talked to real scientists to get the scoop behind our favorite time travel movies!

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The 7 Greatest Action Movie Enforcers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:55 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256150 In honor of Elysium...

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Every great action story needs a villain, and every great action villain needs an enforcer. Going all the way back to the days of Beelzebub getting his hands dirty for the big man downstairs, right-hand men have been key to setting tremendous conflict into motion. Be it in District 9 or your classic Bond flick, these goons wreak varying degrees of havoc with motivations that range from personal vendettas to on-the-clock hooliganism.

In Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming action-thriller Elysium, Matt Damon’s character Max will square off against one of the most cunning baddies to ever sleaze up the screen. So to commemorate the release of Columbia TriStar’s sci-fi/action smash-up Elysium, opening in theaters on August 9th, we’re stoked to present you with the seven greatest action movie enforcers.

Kruger, Elysium

What would happen if you had to deputize Patrick Bateman from American Psycho to get the job done? That is essentially the quandary posed and answered in Elysium when Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt must let Kruger out of his cage. As the most sadistic post-apocalyptic baddie this side of The Road Warrior, Sharlto Copley goes against type in this role, delivering a sinewy psycho whose sense of duty is outweighed by an oddly playful bloodlust. Despite the high-tech noodlery of the year 2154, Kruger proves that sometimes a nice, rusty machete is all a fella needs to take the edge off of a bad day at work.

Jaws, Various James Bond Movies

You gotta be doing some serious henchman-ing to be considered the most ridiculous Bond villain. It just wasn’t enough to just have the durability to survive falling out of a plane, driving off of a cliff and fighting off a shark based on brute strength alone; this guy needed to have a grill that would make Lil’ Wayne blush on top of it! Pointlessly chewing his way out of situations and into our hearts, even Jaws could not survive Moonraker, which to this day serves as the apex of Bond franchise goofdickery next to that one with the voodoo and the chubby sheriff. It’s amazing, given the array of Bond villains spoofed in the Austin Powers franchise, that Jaws never quite made the cut.

Luca Brasi, The Godfather

That whole horse-head-in-a-bed thing? Luca’s handiwork. He may have been a towering, stuttering creep, but as Vito Corleone’s undercover muscle, Brasi was a terrific iceman because he didn’t require a crew to make a hit. Sadly, that whole lone wolf thing was precisely what lead to his downfall when three goons from the Sollozzo family saw to it that Luca slept with the fishes. Fun fact: On the low-key hired-killer tip, if you apply the lyrics of the Suzanne Vega song to this character, it kind of lines up: he doesn’t want you asking about some kind of trouble, some kind of fight. Just don’t ask him what it was.

Odd Job, Goldfinger

Caddy. Cheaffeur. Assassin. Odd Job wore many hats, but the most useful of them all would have to be the one with the razor-brim on it. When he wasn’t busy decapitating statues in Goldfinger’s front yard, the dapper merc could be found enjoying his favorite hobbies: tenaciously following 007 around, accepting pain from 007 with menacing smirks and tending to his derby cap with shocking aplomb. They just don’t make goons like this anymore; the guy helped his boss kill a woman by painting her to death. Sigh.

Karl, Die Hard

Karl, like most Germans, ist a herr who knows precisely what he wants. For example, in the great takeover of Nakatomi Plaza, after his brother Tony (?) has been brutally pwned by John McClane, Karl informs his compatriots “AAAAAARGH! I want blood!” While Karl, like most Germans, would likely have been extremely efficient at his job, he became that much more deft with a Steyr AUG rifle with the added incentive of avenging said mangled brother. But Karl, unlike most Germans, had a mullet so strong that it could resist getting lynched by industrial chains, only to have it blown clean off by Carl Winslow. Never work with family.

Colonel Kobus Venter, District 9

The bulldog of Multi-National United, Kobus tromps through the ghettos of District 9, gleefully keeping the weak and disadvantaged underfoot while on the clock. His villainy reaches near-comical heights, akin to the treacherous cheese of an 80’s WWF antagonist, making him a perfect foil to the ebullient Wikus Van De Merwe. Despite keeping his cool in the line of duty, Koobus’ urge to bully Wikus is exactly what makes him lose his head.

Kobayashi, The Usual Suspects

Unlike many of the brutal hatchet men on this list, Kobayashi is adept at the hands-off approach in carrying out the misdoings of his benefactor, the notorious Keyser Söze. An evil precursor to the sharp-tongued Dr. King Schultz of Django Unchained, Kobayashi delivers unflinching speeches that intimidate hardasses into backing down and scratching their heads. Just try to pin down that accent: is he Pakistani? Japanese? Irish? As the man himself said, “one cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”

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17 Sci-Fi Santas (Gallery) http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/17-sci-fi-santas-gallery/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/17-sci-fi-santas-gallery/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:53:24 +0000 Noah Griffith http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=239810 Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Since the Christmas season basically started immediately after Halloween, the “Holiday Spirit” is starting to get a little old. Luckily, some of our favorite Sci Fi characters have stepped in to make things a little more interesting.

So, without further adieu, here are some of Science Fiction‘s most beloved Santa’s, most of whom will destroy the sh*t out of you rather than giving you presents. Enjoy!

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Space Junk: 5 Movie Satellites That Could Kill Us All http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/space-junk-5-movie-satellites-that-could-kill-us-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/space-junk-5-movie-satellites-that-could-kill-us-all/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:37:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229576 I advise that you go outside and fire wildly into the sky.

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In case you hadn’t heard, NASA has plans to kill some of us this weekend. A 12,500-pound satellite has fallen out of orbit and is expected to splinter into 26 pieces during re-entry. Those pieces could spread out in a 500-mile path that will crash somewhere in North America. Which sucks because I live there.

NASA seems confident that the risks to human life are extremely small. However, if movies have taught me anything it is that satellites can be extremely dangerous. They can be used to cripple world economies, spy on Will Smith, and even raise the dead. So, please enjoy your last moments on Earth with these 5 movie satellites that could kill us all.

Scoop VII – The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain points out the inherent dangerous side effect of sending something into space. Namely, Space Rabies. When the Scoop VII satellite crashes into a New Mexico town, it brings a deadly virus with it referred to as The Andromeda Strain. Great. I’m worried enough about Earth viruses. Am I going to have to worry about alien ones now too?

Unnamed Satellite – Night Of The Living Dead

Okay. If the idea of a space virus sounds far-fetched, how about the much more realistic possibility of harmful radiation from space? Could happen, right? In the case of Night of the Living Dead, harmful radiation from a downed satellite causes the Earth’s dead to rise from their graves and begin eating the living. Which I really hope can’t happen and doesn’t happen this weekend. I have plans to go see the Descendents.

SkyLab – Wet Hot American Summer

A piece of NASA’s SkyLab (the original space junk) threatens the campers at Camp Firewood. Luckily, an astrophysics associate professor from the local college is on the scene and shows the campers how to build a device that will protect them from certain doom. However, it’s unclear whether or not SkyLab returned with any space viruses that raise the dead. But I kinda hope it did. That would be an awesome sequel.

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2011 Comic-Con Bingo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/2011-comic-con-bingo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/2011-comic-con-bingo/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:00:56 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220382 A fun way for Comic-Con attendees to pass the time while they wait in endless lines.

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Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner. For those of you lucky enough to attend, a smorgasbord of pure dorky goodness awaits. The only problem is the fact that you’ll be forced to wait in line after line in order to see your favorite panelists. How on earth will you occupy your time?

Don’t worry, Screen Junkies is here to help. Below you will find a BINGO card labeled with the sights you’re sure to encounter at this year’s event. Print it out, and cross off the items as you spot them. First one to make a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line wins (none of that four corner B.S., please). Enjoy.

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‘Reno 911!’ + ‘Battlestar Galactica’ = Thomas Lennon’s ‘Alabama’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/reno-911-battlestar-galactica-thomas-lennon%e2%80%99s-alabama/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/reno-911-battlestar-galactica-thomas-lennon%e2%80%99s-alabama/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:50:11 +0000 Defy Media If you like sketch comedy and sci-fi, you were probably a virgin until at least your early 20's. But the enjoyment you'll get out of Thomas Lennon's new show "Alabama" will more than make up for all those lonely nights. Billed as a cross between "Reno 911!" and "Battlestar Galactica," the show, which is currently in development for FX, follows the exploits of the USS Alabama on its seven year intergalactic peacekeeping mission. It will take place one-thousand years in the future, and will feature sci-fi staples such as cyborgs, puppet-based aliens, and, of course, your occasional time paradox. "It’s Reno 911! with occasionally like we pass through a nebula that causes everyone on the ship to hear each other's thoughts.  Sometimes we run into ourselves as babies and then we have to keep the baby version of our-self alive so the future version of us can be there at the time.  You know, sci-fi problems. Reno 911!/sci-fi problems on a very, very sweaty, sweaty, clunky spaceship.” Filming of the pilot is slated to begin in late September (Collider)

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If you like sketch comedy and sci-fi, you were probably a virgin until at least your early 20′s. But the enjoyment you’ll get out of Thomas Lennon’s new show “Alabama” will more than make up for all those lonely nights.

Billed as a cross between “Reno 911!” and”Battlestar Galactica,” the show, which is currently in development for FX, follows the exploits of the USS Alabama on its seven year intergalactic peacekeeping mission. It will take place one-thousand years in the future, and will feature sci-fi staples such as cyborgs, puppet-based aliens, and, of course, your occasional time paradox.

“It’s Reno 911! with occasionally like we pass through a nebula that causes everyone on the ship to hear each other’s thoughts.  Sometimes we run into ourselves as babies and then we have to keep the baby version of our-self alive so the future version of us can be there at the time.  You know, sci-fi problems. Reno 911!/sci-fi problems on a very, very sweaty, sweaty, clunky spaceship.”

Filming of the pilot is slated to begin in late September (Collider)

 

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