The most amazing thing about Ben Wheatley’s High Rise is its tone. Its feeling. Some how it’s a film that’s intense, funny, scary, disturbing, and aloof all at the same time. Sometimes though, that mix gets very dark and makes things a little hard to follow.
So far, the High-Rise trailers have given us a lot of style but very little substance. Finally, we have a trailer where we see exactly where the discontent inside the titular building comes from—as well as the violence which ensues.
The first trailer for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise was a fake ad for the titular building itself, focusing on the luxury it provides. This one is all about Tom Hiddleston’s Dr. Robert Laing and how living in the building goes for him. Based on the trailer, the answer is “not well.”
As the American west continues to dry out, science fiction about climate change is beginning take hold. Books from authors such as J.G. Ballard, Margaret Atwood and Paolo Bacigalupi are creating a new subgenre: Climate Fiction, stories about Earth and how its changes are impacting humanity.
Since the dawn of porn, X-rated movies have tackled science fiction and fantasy themes. We've listed hundreds of science-fictional porn movies in the past. But most of the time, when porn goes scifi, it ventures into "spoof" territory. But not always. Here are some X-rated films that have actual merit as science…
Behold the very first look at Tom Hiddleston in the movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise. But is this before or after everyone inside this fabulous luxury building has gone completely insane?
Everybody acknowledges the huge influence that writer J.G. Ballard continues to have on science fiction and our visions of the future — but we don't pay enough attention to one of Ballard's own main influences. Over in The Arts Desk, there's a great look at the visual artists who influenced Ballard.
A lot of authors tend to become more conventional over time. They get more mainstream cred, mellow out, and sand the rough edges off their work. But some of science fiction's most famous authors have just kept pushing the limits of storytelling. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy authors whose books only got…
Earlier this week we broke the news that Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High Rise would be set in 1975 (the same time the book was published). And now we have even better news: Tom Hiddleston will be star in this horror feature. Amazing.
A new director is trying to take on the forever-in-development adaptation of J.G. Ballard's superbuilding novel High-Rise. We guess this means Splice's Vincent Natali is off the project.
Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies.
Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour uses science fictional imagery to discuss her people's stateless condition, so her work was always bound to cause some controversy. She's done a host of short films playing with science fiction movie themes, and commenting on Middle Eastern politics.
We've been eagerly anticipating any news at all on the re-teaming of The Machinist collaborators Brad Anderson and Christian Bale, a movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard's Concrete Island. Even though the movie is years away, take a look at the first ever artwork from this dystopian film.
Artist Dennis Oppenheim's "Whirlpool" project, from the summer of 1973, sought to create an artificial tornado on the bed of a dry desert lake in Southern California. It was intended as a "3/4 mile by 4 mile schemata of tornado," the above image explains, "traced in [the] sky using standard white smoke discharge from…
Back in May of 2009, we predicted that Christian Bale and The Machinist's Brad Anderson would be teaming up again to bring J.G. Ballard's Concrete Island to life. Looks like that film is finally moving forward, according to various online reports. So, who's ready to see Bale lose his mind, a ton of weight, and eat his…
So I can have his babies, that's why. Though I'm reliably informed that this may no longer be possible, if indeed it ever was...which is a pity. I've been a big fan of Ballard's since I discovered The Atrocity Exhibition.
The good news is, we're living in a science fiction novel. The bad news is, it was written by J. G. Ballard.
Splice director Vincenzo Natali has two huge movie adaptations in the pipeline: William Gibson's Neuromancer, and J.G. Ballard's High Rise. In an exclusive interview, Natali explains to us how he updated High Rise, and his hopes for Neuromancer.
A truly great infodump is a work of art. The best science fiction authors can brief you on everything you need to know about their worlds, without making you feel lectured. Here are 20 great examples of the smooth infodump.