I Married a Monster from Outer Space

One thing Rod Serling understood about science fiction in the 1950s was that it was a suitable genre for subversive thinking; it had yet to gain any respectability and was therefore considered unworthy of close scrutiny. Tired of network  ...

Firefly

The defining characteristic of Firefly is that it melds together two seemingly disparate genres: science fiction and the Western. But this isn't a gimmick or genre-busting for its own sake. Creator Joss Whedon is taking what is implicit in  ...

Crusade

Despite its flaws, Babylon 5 remains one of TV's greatest science fiction shows. It is ambitious storytelling, told on a scale rarely attempted in SF outside of literature (due to a lack of both money and imagination). But  ...

Fray – Joss Whedon/Karl Moline

Karl Moline's artwork in Fray is exemplary, striking the perfect balance between realism and imagination. The characters and settings are realistic enough to be living, breathing entities, but cartoonish enough to take advantage of the medium's inherent ability  ...

In the Shadow of No Towers – Art Spiegelman

In the Shadow of No Towers is Art Spiegelman's reaction to the destruction of the World Trade Center. An oversized book, its thick cardboard pages give literal weightiness to its subject matter. It also adds a sense of wistful  ...

Do the Right Thing

Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Spike Lee: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series) It's sometimes difficult to separate artists' public statements from the work they're commenting on, or  ...

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max II) follows anti-hero Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) as he's caught between two tribes warring over gasoline. Because mobility means survival, gasoline has become the only resource of any  ...

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Buy it at Art.com It seems strange to call Lawrence of Arabia concise, considering it’s one of  ...