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The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

The great movie scenes: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Still from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) Bruce Isaacs, University of Sydney What makes a film a classic? In this column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs looks at a classic film and analyses its brilliance. 2001: A Space Odyssey was released…

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‘Contact’ and Carl Sagan’s faith

‘Contact’ and Carl Sagan’s faith Jodie Foster in Contact. Google Images Christopher Douglas, University of Victoria It’s the 20th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 science fiction film Contact, and we’re in the middle of remembering its story of aliens purposefully communicating with our planet. The film, like the 1985 novel…

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New Star Trek Klingons are rooted in our own distant past – ancient history expert

New Star Trek Klingons are rooted in our own distant past – ancient history expert A ship of klingons. Netflix/Jan Thijs Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University Star Trek has always reflected the contemporary political atmosphere and ideologies in which it is created. From the original series in the 1960s with its…

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New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one?

New Star Wars trailer revealed – but is the Force still strong with this one? They’re back! Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK Keith M. Johnston, University of East Anglia A long, long time ago, in a galaxy not that far away, the trailer for Star Wars Episode 1: The…

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Blade Runner 2049: a different world. Allstar/Warner Bros

Blade Runner 2049 – and why eyes are so important in this vision of the future

Blade Runner 2049 – and why eyes are so important in this vision of the future Blade Runner 2049: a different world. Allstar/Warner Bros Kevin Hunt, Nottingham Trent University Even a brief glimpse of Blade Runner 2049 takes you straight into Deckard’s world. Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi…

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Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future?

Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future? Shutterstock Will Slocombe, University of Liverpool In the 1940s, science fiction author Olaf Stapledon gave a talk to a school about the future. Addressing his audience as “you citizens of the future”, he proposed three visions for…

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