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My 30 favorite Science Fiction Movies

Let’s just start by saying we are all way too smart to fall into the trap of top 10, top 50, top 100 lists. They seem to serve more as a argument topic than anything else. Picking the favorite whatever seems not only impossible but wreaks of something a 5 year old would want to talk about. So when I cam across Rotten Tomatoes 100 Best Science Fiction movie list I went in with a skeptic and guarded mind. So with all that in mind, c’mon man, Star Wars Episode III in front of Jedi?!?!? Gattaca at number 87!?!? I don’t think so. Here are my favorite 30. I put the favy fav’s toward the top and less favs toward the bottom, but no #1 to number #50 junk. (And yes the irony of bashing a top 100 list and then creating one is not lost on me.)

2001: A Space Odyssey: When people ask me what my favorite movie is I say this just to keep from saying nothing, which must mean something.

 

Looper: I’ve watched this movie over and over again.

 

Empire Strikes Back – The best Star Wars obvs.

 

Blade Runner – Noir, replicants, dystopian future, what’s not to like.

 

Back to the Future – Hard to picture an exec reading this script and saying, yeah sure, that would make a good movie.

 

Star Wars – I mean, it’s Star Wars.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road was great, but really can I just include the whole franchise here?

 

Children of Men – I’m starting to think I should just put any Alfonso Curon movie on this list.

 

Gravity – After I saw this movie in the theater, I think I told someone that that movie was made for people like me, for whatever that’s worth.

 

Gattaca: I’ve found myself saying “like in Gattaca” when discussing the future more than any other movie.

 

Ghost in the Shell: So good they almost made a shot for shot remake.

 

Ex Machina – A deadly AI, Stephen Hawking would be proud.

 

Primer – Such a good film with such a small budget.

 

Under the Skin – I didn’t feel this movie got the credit it deserved.

 

Blade Runner 2049 – It seems a little early to include this in here, but I want it to succeed so…

 

Akira: Anything that defines a genre should be on the list I figure.

 

E.T. – The OG stranger things. I recently re-watched this movie and I gotta say, it has stood the test of time.

 

The Fifth Element – I actually didn’t like this movie the first time I saw it – now it’s one of those movies I re-watch almost every year.

 

Terminator 2 – What can I say? I don’t think I would like James Cameron in person, but he makes a good action flik.

 

Serenity: I would like to include the whole TV series here as well, Whedon at his best.

 

Moon: Would like to see Duncan Jones return to small sci-fi character driven stories.

 

12 Monkeys: Time travel plot done right.

 

Her – I can’t wait to have a really bad break up so I can watch this movie an weep.

 

THX 1138: Lucas before he was LUCAS.

 

Arrival – Also seems a little early for this one, but making a whole movie about communicating seems much needed now.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes – A movie that makes you root for the apes instead of the humans. Which is weird because you’re human.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy – I can’t think of a movie that matches my sense of humor more.

 

The Matrix: Woah. I can’t believe this movie was made in the 90’s.

 

Inception: If MC Escher was a movie. I like MC Escher.

 

District 9 – I like the visuals in this movie a lot. And the acting of the lead role. And the plot. Yup, I guess I liked this movie.

 

 

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Location. Location. Location. Architecture

Aside from locations literally setting the stage in a story, buildings, monuments, and scenery can enhance and develop moments sometimes beyond words themselves. Architecture specifically has the power to mimic landscapes, rebuild the human form and translate time into a lasting monument. Be it in film or on paper, moments and experiences can transcend dialogue when paired with an unforgettable, symbolic location.Whether it’s the overwhelming feeling of vertigo, the unbearable weight of grave conclusions, or the glittering burst of joy, these experiences are made deeper and richer with the power of stunning visuals and meaningful settings. Inferences made on the human experience through an architectural landscape, setting, or location are beyond compare and continuously perfected in film, video games, comics, and even books.

Galerie F is proud to present Justin Van Genderen’s “Location Location Location: Architecture” which features art prints of specific architecture and broader looks at locations in pop culture from books to cinema. Justin Van Genderen spends most of his time sticking to the ideas. The science. The truth of the matter. The intersection of Science, Art and Design is what occupies his brain most. His artwork in both the architectural and scientific realm seem to answer why we seek order in a universe that moves towards chaos, where our spirituality comes from and what human progress has to say about it all. He does all this while maintaining familiarity in these subjects through pop-culture, notable figures and scientific theories.

Prints on sale through Galerie F.

 

Hawkins National Laboratory from the series Stranger Things – Filmed at Emory State university

 

 

Initech Offices from the film: Office Space. Filmed at a strip of buildings in Austin, Texas.

 

The towers from the TV series: The Wire. Filmed at the McCulloh homes in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Two Pines Chapel from the film: Kill Bill. Filmed at the Calvary Baptist Church in Lancaster California.

 

The Massive Tyrell Corporation headquarters from the film: Blade Runner. Based on the scale models built for the film.

 

A shot from outside the gallery on opening night, thanks to everyone who showed up!

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Thanks to you!

I wanted to quickly share with everyone the great news. Through selling prints of our official Rogue NASA print, we were able to raise over $2,000 for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the March for Science Chicago. The posters are still available and all profits will continue to be donated to organizations dedicated to fighting climate change. Thanks to everyone who purchased a print!!!

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A Brief History of Electricity

What did Einstein call “the most profound and the most fruitful (change) that physics has experienced since the time of Newton”? Electromagnetic radiation. This type of energy was first understood by scientist James C. Maxwell in the 1850s and is the cornerstone of my new electricity triptycht, investigating three pioneering scientists who changed the way we we understand and harness the power of electricity. If Maxwell, Faraday, and Tesla had not spent their lives dedicated to understanding electricity, we would all be worse for it. So the next time, you use an electronic device remember to tip your hat to this trio of pioneers.  The designs are available in posters and t-shirts.

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New Science Theory Prints

It can sometimes seem more like science fiction than science fact; multiple dimensions, sub-atomic particles, but I’ve been told by multiple sources that these theories are based on real evidence!

Here are 3 new prints that celebrate the scientific method and where it has led some of the smartest people on the planet. String Theory, Universal Gravitation & Quantum mechanics screen prints are now available for purchase.

 

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Magenta isn’t real!?!?

So this may not seem too profound to a lot of people, but for me it is one of the most significant facts I have come across in a long while. It’s no secret that I am a fan of objective truth and the scientific method. This belief stems from a disbelief in how my brain interprets information. While I know the human brain is a pretty powerful organ you don’t have to look far to see how it is failing us. I’ll avoid entering a diatribe of reasons why I think this world of ours is going to hell, but I will say that Donald Trump is currently leading the polls in the republican primary.

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Newton’s Laws of Motion Posters

They are finally here! THE LAWS OF MOTION as put together by the great Sir Isaac Newton. I’ve been wanting to get these prints made for a long while now, and the folks over at Vahalla Studios did not disappoint. Three 18×24 prints laid out with precision on 100 lb French Paper.

Newton’s laws of motion are three physical laws that, together, laid the foundation for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to those forces. They have been expressed in several different ways, over nearly three centuries, and can be summarized as follows.

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Welcome to 2046 Print Shop!!!

2046 Print Shop is excited to be joining together with all the other Internet pages to bring you stuff to think about and look at. At our Print Shop you will find a lot of new design work, including my science posters. My interest in science posters was first sparked by my mild obsession with the Space Race. But then, whenever I found a new documentary about space or this planet of ours, I was drawn in–something as basic as gravity or as sublime as geological formations, it all made me marvel. The designs they inspired became more than just something I wanted to put on my wall, they started to help me see and understand the world.

 

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