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10 Dark Sci-fi Movies You May Have Missed

By Derich Heath

For many, the term ‘sci-fi’ evokes images of giant spaceships and laser beams; the mind races to “Beam me up, Scotty” or, “May the force be with you”. But when sci-fi comes back down to earth, or focuses on elements of human psychology, things can grow rather sinister. Listed below are ten unusually dark science fiction films that deserve your attention.

1. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

The original Planet of the Apes, based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, was released in 1969 to rave reviews and a tremendous box-office return. A sequel was quickly commissioned and several writers made attempts: Rod Serling pitched an idea that was rejected, and even Boulle himself wrote an entire script that didn’t make the cut.

Eventually the job was handed over to British screenwriter Paul Dehn, who had previously penned Goldfinger; Dehn stated in interviews that the conclusion of the previous film, which hinted at New York City existing under the ground, is what inspired him to make his story a subterranean one.

The star of Planet, Charlton Heston, reluctantly agreed to return in Beneath on three conditions – his salary would be donated to charity, his Taylor character could only appear briefly, and Taylor must die. The producers agreed and hired TV actor James Franciscus to fill the role of Brent, a former associate of Taylor’s who lands on the dreaded planet shortly after the events in the first film.

Brent encounters a race of pasty-faced, humanoid mutants that lives beneath the ground and worships a towering atomic bomb. With apes above and mutants below, it’s only a matter of time before worlds collide and that gigantic nuclear weapon becomes more than just an inanimate object; unfortunately, the → continue…

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All 6 James Gray Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Vitor Guima

James Gray is a film director and screenwriter born in New York City on April 14, 1969. When he was a film student, he directed a short feature called “Cowboys and Angels”, attracting attention to his work. A few years later, he directed his first feature film, “Little Odessa”, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994.

With his great dialogue allied with themes that go deep into the human soul, all of his movies until now take the audience on a journey to a dark path that sometimes might seem to get darker. Most of all, his movies end up leading the characters to places where we might not recognize as good or bad and this plurality is one of the most interesting aspects of his films.

First things first, of course, let us state that Gray really does not have a ‘worst’ film in his career, so let’s say this is a ‘from good to best’ list. From “Little Odessa” to “The Lost City of Z” (his latest feature film), Gray consolidated his name in the industry among the most talented writers and directors from his generation, but still – as acclaimed as he is – he is not as acclaimed as he deserves.

So, here are all six James Gray films ranked and, of course, leave your thoughts on the comment section below.

6. The Yards (2000)

The Yards (2000)

Written by Gray and Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), “The Yards” follow the story of Leo Handler, a young man who gets out of prison and sees himself in the intricate world of contractors in New York.

With a plot that approaches corruption and violence while dealing with family drama, “The Yards” is a good film about a man who → continue…

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10 Great Movies That Are Beyond Description

By Jakob Miller

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There are plenty of times when someone finishes watching a movie and they know they just witnessed something great, and it is only natural for that person to extol the almost spiritual power of that film. They may be asked “What is it about?” “Why is it so great?”

Sometimes, they may be able to answer these questions with no trouble. But other times, they may have seen a film that is such a singularly unique experience that they cannot even begin to describe it – nonetheless, they still know they’ve seen a great movie. “I can’t explain. You would just have to see it,” they will most likely respond. Here are ten films that have a good chance at putting viewers in that exact position, in the event that the viewer has not seen them yet.

10. Synecdoche, New York (2008, dir. Charlie Kaufman)

A potential candidate for not only the greatest film of the 2000s (or even perhaps the 21st century so far), Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut is quite possibly his ultimate masterpiece following an already exceptionally impressive body of work as the writer for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind under his belt. An incredibly powerful drama, Synecdoche, New York is also an indescribable emotional and psychological journey only Kaufman could mastermind.

Synecdoche, New York follows middle-aged theater director Caden and his trudge through life itself: loss, grief, pain, suffering, and, ultimately, death. In between it all, Caden concocts a play of vast scale with characters and scenarios directly reflecting his own struggles, complete on a full-scale recreation of New York City as the set. Caden will spend the rest of his life slaving over this tumultuous production, to the point where → continue…

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