ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE (by dollars) The charts below show the top ten movies of  All-Time Box Office, as they would have been calculated at the end of each calendar year. The dollar amounts are for domestic gross only. (U.S. and Canada) Many high-ranking films have been released multiple times over the past century, and the [...]

The Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica is 15 years old this year, and it’s still making news. A new film from Universal is in the works, a podcast about the show is underway, and a retrospective is on bookstore shelves. One of the secrets of Battlestar Galactica’s success is the moral complexity shown both by its [...]
Death Race 2000

Death Race 2000 (1975) - dir. Paul Bartel The United States has been replaced by the United Provinces, ruled by the tyrannical "Mr. President," but what really matters is the Transcontinental Road Race, "the most popular sporting event in human history." Every child who ever stared out a school bus window during the past 36 [...]
Katharine Ross in The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives (1975) - dir. Bryan Forbes Sexism "Feminism" in Hollywood is often code for "give her boots and a gun."  From the silent era to Sucker Punch, female characters exist primarily to cater to male fantasies.  In 1975, The Stepford Wives pit real women against their fake replacements and well, nothing much has [...]
Fahrenheit 451 - Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) dir. François Truffaut The 1990’s campaign against "political correctness" quickly devolved into a way for right-wing commentators to say racist things without getting in trouble.  But the silliness of the anti-PC movement doesn't mean there isn't a point to be made. Liberal society manages multiculturalism by creating a generic, neutral meeting space. "When the [...]
Alphaville - Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina

Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) dir. Jean-Luc Godard With the coming of the Enlightenment, we see a sort of secularization of the Protestant principle: sola Scriptura becomes sola Ratio. - Julián Carrón One of the central battles between post-Enlightenment utopian and dystopian thinkers is over the role of reason. The gauntlet was symbolically [...]
Sarah Polley in Splice

Splice (2009) – dir. Vincenzo Natali Recommended For: Sci-fi fans, especially those of the particular subject matter at hand (biological engineering) Splice is a movie impossible to recommend well without spoiling it. Simply stating the fact that there are important spoilers is a spoiler in itself. I didn’t read any reviews before seeing the film, […]