10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System first published by BFI, 15 Dec 2022 Includes capsules of: Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Vampires, Solaris, Fantastic Planet, Dark Star, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Dune (1984), Alien 3, Hard To Be A God In James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), tiny islands float over the jungle moon Pandora, sending…

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) (1973)

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) first published by EyeforFilm (13 Sept 2006) The best thing about Tarsem Singh’s The Cell (2000) was not its manic cut and dash, nor its psychological sadism – rather, it was a quiet, largely incidental scene in which Jennifer Lopez’s protagonist was shown lying back in her bed, smoking a joint and…

Annihilation

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation first published by VODzilla.co Lena (Natalie Portman) is both a soldier and a scientist. This might, as the psychologist Dr Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) suggests, make Lena perfectly suited for the expedition that these two are undertaking with three other women: physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson), geomorphologist Cassie Sheppard (Tuva Novotny) and paramedic Anya Thoronsen…

Escape

The Great Escape: Sci-Fi-London 2017

The Great Escape: Sci-Fi-London 2017 first published by Sight & Sound Amongst the many things that science fiction can do – run speculative thought experiments, stage humanity’s encounters with otherness, explore the outer limits of knowledge and imagination, use the future (in much the same way that period narratives use the past) to allegorise and defamiliarise…