General Sci-Fi Roundup 6/25/18

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

  • Spaceballs documentary

More videos follow the jump.

  • Titan was the worst science fiction movie of the year

  • Out of sync sequels

  • Pixar versus Disney

  • Upgrade movie director interview

“‘Upgrade’ director Leigh Whannell talks low-budget worldbuilding” at TechCrunch.

Upgrade tells the story of Grey Trace, a man in the near future who’s left quadriplegic after a car accident and mugging.

Following an interlude that sees Grey struggling with his new disability, an experimental computer chip called Stem is placed in his spinal cord, where it doesn’t just give him control of his limbs again — it turns him into something close to a superhuman, ready to track down the men who paralyzed him and murdered his wife.

The film, which comes out today in the United States, may sound like a straightforward revenge plot, but it was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, who’s best known for writing Saw and Insidious. (More recently, he made his directorial debut with Insidious 3.) He explained that he wasn’t interested in turning this into a superhero movie. Instead, he wanted to tell the “Taxi Driver version” of this story.

Without getting into details, it’s fair to say that Upgrade doesn’t feel that far removed from Whannell’s horror films. It also includes plenty of visceral action scenes and touches on bigger questions about our relationship with technology.

  • Consequences you didn’t think about in your favorite sci fi movie

  • Key element of The Prestige

  • Why modern heroes are different than traditional heroes

  • James Cameron on sci fi

  • Alden Ehrenreich on becoming Solo

  • Why fans have stopped watching Walking Dead

  • Infinity War versus Last Jedi:  How not to set up a finale

  • The rise and awkward fall of YA movie

  • Arrival:  novel versus movie

  • Westworld and solving the pathetic fallacy

  • Sci fi and fantasy TV shows you’re not watching

“The 10 best sci-fi and fantasy TV shows you’re not watching” in USA Today.

Besides those big-name series, plenty of superb under-the-radar sci-fi and fantasy shows are out there for every kind of fan. Looking for a strong female protagonist spouting witty one-liners? We’re here for you. Want post-apocalyptic epics? We’ve got at least three. Like robots or mermaids? Both are represented.

We rounded up 10 of our favorite sci-fi and fantasy shows that you might not have discovered, but are definitely worth your time. (We’ve left out zombie and superhero shows, because they’re genres all their own.)

  • Black Mirror:  technology versus poor choices