Category J. L. Hilton

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Steampunk adventure for the whole boring family

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a 2014 British fantasy adventure film starring Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, and Aneurin Barnard in the title role.  * * * The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a Victorian steampunk movie for the entire family… assuming the entire family enjoys watching […]

SFX - August 2014

Contact-IF authors discuss JUPITER ASCENDING

JUPITER ASCENDING opens in North American theaters today. The film is written, produced, and directed by The Wachowskis, and co-produced by Grant Hill, who acted as executive producer on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and as producer on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin, and Cloud Atlas, making Jupiter Ascending his seventh […]

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Our favorite science fiction movies

The contributors to Contact-Infinite Futures talk about their favorite science fiction films. Timothy S. Johnston, writer of futuristic thrillers including The Furnace (2013), The Freezer (2014), and The Void (2015), says Planet of the Apes (1968), The Thing (1982), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) are his three favorite science fiction movies. “APES was […]

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Heroism happens in all genders

Science fiction and fantasy are not shy of heroic women. Uhura, Ripley, Sarah Connor, Xena, Princess Leia, Elizabeth Swann, Brienne of Tarth, Katniss, Hermione Granger, Susan Ivanova, Beverly Crusher, Zoe Washburne, Arwen, Éowyn, Laura Roslin, Merida, and Lois Lane, just to name a few. Creators of science fiction and fantasy love to show us what’s […]

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“Odd Thomas” is “Ghost Whisperer” for men?

Odd Thomas is a 2013 film released on DVD earlier this year and based on a series of supernatural thrillers by New York Times best selling author Dean Koontz. I watched it the other day on Netflix because, in the trailers, it bore some resemblance to John Dies at the End, a 2012 film adaptation […]

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Redefining sexy with dwarves, demons and aliens

I’ve loved science fiction and fantasy my whole life. I saw the first STAR WARS in the 70s, played with the original Battlestar Galactica toys, wrote a fan letter to “Buck Rogers” Gil Gerard, and never missed a TWILIGHT ZONE or STAR TREK rerun. Some of my favorite movies were THE TIME MACHINE (1960), TIME […]

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New superhero movie “LUCY” based on stupid urban myth of stupidity

A trailer for the upcoming superhero movie Lucy starring Scarlet Johannson and directed, written, and co-produced by Luc Besson, looked pretty damn awesome until I reached 1:13 … … That’s when Morgan Freeman, portraying a professor and scientific researcher who should have known better, said, “It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent […]

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Science fiction music explores technology and alternate realities

The year is 2036 and we now live in a grim world. Art and culture have been outlawed and freedom is a thing of the past. But in a secret location, a rebellion is forming. A rebellion of dancing soldiers… This is the premise of the new video from Jabbawockeez, an eight-member hip-hop dance crew […]

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Dirk Gently and the short, quirky science fiction show that didn’t suck

I heard the words, “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” while hunched over my laptop at the dining table. I couldn’t see the TV but I could see my husband. “Is that Dirk Gently?” I asked. Voice infused with incredulity, he said, “How did you know? It’s only the first minute of the show.” He […]

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Junk Head 1: Into the dystopian rabbit hole

Takahide Hori spent four years making the stop-action 30-minute movie Junk Head 1 in his spare time. In his futuristic take on Alice in Wonderland, we follow an unnamed protagonist down, down, down, into the bowels of a futuristic hellscape of nightmares and dark humor where Earth has become a dytopian industrial labyrinth inhabited by […]

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