In 2008, we were basically living in another world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn't exist, we were still recovering from George Lucas' Star Wars prequilogy, and Fantastic Four was - ok let's be honest, in about the same place it is now. These years have seen a renaissance in comic book films, along with a surge of high-concept science fiction and fantasy. These are the greatest movies of the past 10 years.
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You might know Eric Heisserer as the screenwriter behind Arrival, but his next big project is in a different vein: Secret Weapons, a new superhero miniseries for Valiant Comics. We spoke to the writer to see what it's like writing for the screen and writing for comics, and what's in store for the Valiant universe.
Extinction is not the only new sci-fi project on Eric Heisserer's plate: The man who adapted Ted Chiang's "The Story of Your Life" into the Oscar-nominated Arrival is making his Valiant debut with a new series for machine-controlling superhero Livewire.
The films we've as the best science fiction and genre films of 2016 are a very motley crew. This year we loved superheroes, animation, farting corpses, live action, talking animals, and more. These are films spanning different genres, disciplines, and themes, which experienced varied levels of success. Each is worthy of acknowledgment, though, so check out what we crowned the best of the best, and worst of the worst.
While everyone's been loudly shouting about Logan or whatever superhero movie en route to our eyeballs, I've been quietly working myself into a sweaty stupor over Arrival. Because it looks so goddamn good.
Arrival is one of those grounded sci-fi flicks -- think Contact, think Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I cannot wait for this movie.