Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

2017 is proving to be yet another domino in a building line of high-caliber annual film fare. Not restricted to budget size or genre classification--high budget and low budget, genre films of all stripes or films that avoid genre classification all together---the last few years have been defined by unrelenting quality that is pushing forward to the present day. With the first seven months officially under our belts, I am going to take a look back at seven of the best SciFi and Horror films from the first half of the year.

DAVE MADE HIS MAZE with A LOT of help from Art Director Jeff White

DAVE MADE HIS MAZE with A LOT of help from Art Director Jeff White

"All I know is that we used enough cardboard to give me PTSD  at the very sight of a pizza box these days."

Canceling the Apocalypse: An Interview with Joseph M. Morton

Canceling the Apocalypse: An Interview with Joseph M. Morton

A device has been created that can send someone back in time to fix what went wrong. This one person would seem to be the most unlikely of “heroes,” in that they have thrived in this new world and have built up an “empire” in the scorched earth.

We spoke with Mr. Joe M. Morton before he undertook this daring attempt to cancel the apocalypse.

CLOUD ATLAS: Rose to the Rescue

CLOUD ATLAS: Rose to the Rescue

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

These short and big words ring the true true in my Smarts.

Mouthless Screams

Mouthless Screams

The code was written.  The flash drive was inserted, and all she needed to do was click “paste.”  There would be no going back after.  AM would be more alive than any computer had ever been.  She would be responsible for the salvation of mankind.

Operaton: Prevent THE STAND

Operaton: Prevent THE STAND

Yeah, twenty years on, the world is not really all that amazing.  We have regressed years in technology, and people are so focused on this battle of good vs. evil thing that happened just recently it’s like living under a theocracy.  I might call it the ‘Taliban of the good’ although see in our timeline, the Taliban never existed, because Captain Trips took out most of the world in 1985.

5 SciFi Music Videos Worth A Watch From The Past Decade

5 SciFi Music Videos Worth A Watch From The Past Decade

This is not the first time I've written about SciFi music videos and it likely won't be the last. There's a wealth of material out there, and honestly it's pretty fun to see what musical acts, particularly big-budget names, come up with to tell their musical stories. We get alter-egos, ambitious storylines, and style to boot. I've compiled a grouping of videos that run the gamut from robots to aliens to scientists. Ch-check it out:

Saving WALL-E's World

Saving WALL-E's World

Some of the OWA staff, using our handy-dandy time machine, went back in time to change one thing about their favorite dystopian film to see how the timelines DIVERGE. The shocking results are reported here. First up, Operations Director Courtney Hazlett with her DIVERGE take of WALL-E:

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in August 2017

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in August 2017

How is everyone enjoying the summer? Here in Austin, we have hit multiple triple-digit days - and in a row, mind you. Of course, we would love to spend more time outside enjoying this wonderful time of year, but some days it is honestly just too hot. Thank goodness for these new SciFi and Horror additions that our favorite streaming services have added this month! Now, if you don’t mind, we are going to find some AC and start on the list below!

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper: The Canadian Action Hero We Needed

Nobody will confuse Piper’s acting resume with that of Daniel Day Lewis or Sean Penn; those two could only hope to ever have a milestone like THEY LIVE on their IMDB page.

Netflix's CASTLEVANIA Unlocks the Impossible Achievement

Netflix's CASTLEVANIA Unlocks the Impossible Achievement

CASTLEVANIA on Netflix has managed to accomplish something that is as rare as a well-written character in a Stephanie Myers book: it’s taken a video game property and made a great piece of television. 

Film Festivals vs. Award Factories vs. Film Festivals That Give Out 10,000 Awards

Film Festivals vs. Award Factories vs. Film Festivals That Give Out 10,000 Awards

I always tell filmmakers when they ask where they should submit their films to really think about what they want out of the festival.  Do they want to attend a packed screening or are they just looking for another laurel to shove on their poster?

Pointy Elbows vs Cardboard

Pointy Elbows vs Cardboard

OWA founder, Bears Fonte, has approved a rescue mission to help save Dave from his maze. But he said not all staff members can go on the mission—who will be left to run the festival? He has tasked Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Event Director, with interviewing OWA staff to determine who goes into the maze. Next up is Jordan Brown, Associate Artistic Director:

Meta-Maze

Meta-Maze

OWA founder, Bears Fonte, has approved a rescue mission to help save Dave from his maze. But he said not all staff members can go on the mission—who will be left to run the festival? He has tasked Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Event Director, with interviewing OWA staff to determine who goes into the maze. Next up is Reid Lansford, programmer and Director of Registration.

The Craft

The Craft

OWA founder, Bears Fonte, has approved a rescue mission to help save Dave from his maze. But he said not all staff members can go on the mission—who will be left to run the festival? He has tasked Dan Repp, Senior Programmer and Event Director, with interviewing OWA staff to determine who goes into the maze. Next up, Tessa Morrison, Outreach Director.

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