Back to the Future

Great Scott: Jordan & Doc Brown are stuck on an island

Great Scott: Jordan & Doc Brown are stuck on an island

Doc Brown: Great Scott!

Jordan Brown: This is clearly not the Brown family reunion party. We must have landed in the wrong place. Why didn’t we just take a regular flight like everyone else in the family?

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: July 2016

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: July 2016

Here in Austin, we are hitting a 100+ degree weather streak. This means that as we celebrate America this month we are also celebrating the wonderful invention of air conditioning.  So go grab a snocone and prepare yourself for some Netflix and chill indoors with some amazing SciFi and Horror.  From superheroes to time travel to creepy dinner parties, this month’s additions are not to miss.

Future Perfect?

Future Perfect?

We made it, you guys. We're here. This is now officially the future.  October 21, 2015 was the date to which Marty McFly travels in BACK TO THE FUTURE PART 2. Marty lands in a world that has the Cubs winning the World Series, strangely shaped Pepsi bottles ordered via robot, flying cars, hover boards, self lacing shoes, and 3D holographic movies. It's the future of the past.

Three key ingredients in great science fiction

Three key ingredients in great science fiction

There's no shortage of 'must watch' science fiction movie lists on the internet, and even more debate about what films should be included.  While watching film submissions for this year's Other Worlds Austin Film Festival programming, I've had plenty of opportunities to contemplate what makes for really great science fiction.

SciFi Scores: The Sound of Other Worlds

SciFi Scores: The Sound of Other Worlds

In a SciFi film, every detail becomes part of the atmosphere creating this previously unknown place.  Maybe its an alien world, like in James Horner’s score for Aliens, maybe its a new understanding of ourself like in Shane Carruth’s own score for Primer, but in a SciFi film, when the director is asking the audience to take a leap of faith with them into some mysterious territory, score must do much more than just be an audible backdrop for the dialogue.  

The SciFi Timeline: Part 3

The SciFi Timeline: Part 3

"Getting into the last 50 years, it gets much easier to argue which films and books are important, and there are many that don't seem important now, that probably will be."