Steven James Snyder

I'm an Assistant Managing Editor at, overseeing digital editorial coverage. When not staring at a computer screen, I'm obsessed with both the worlds of film and television (I was a film critic in a previous life), and the ways in which technology is redefining the realm of visual arts. If you're obsessed with Kubrick, Malick, Aronofsky, Tarsem, Walter White, Cormac McCarthy, Bon Iver, Steve Reich, Jon Stewart and New Zealand, I'm your man. Reach me at

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Outer Space Astronauts: Space in Your Face!

Watching the first few episodes of Syfy’s wonderfully demented, decidedly low-tech sci-fi comedy Outer Space Astronauts – premiering Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. – I had flashbacks of both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the big-screen farce Galaxy Quest. Not just because the Astronauts series is funny, which it is, but because the laughs …

The Curious Case of the Deathly Hallows Teaser Trailer

For those Harry Potter fans dying to catch a first look at The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (set to hit theaters in November) it’s been a bizarre few days. Last week, a grainy teaser trailer leaked onto the internet. Warner Bros. quickly pounced and the footage was taken down. Then they released a new official cut, with an introduction by …

The Techland Show: Guest Host Edition

We’ve got a guest star for this week’s Techland Show: Me. Mr. culture/tv/movies. The guy who can’t really play video games – though I did have a glorious few years as a devoted player of Counter Strike. I was the sniper on Dust, who waited patiently to pick you off one by one. You mocked me for slowing down the gameplay.

Now …

Avatar the Book: Skim it Online

Remember when you first saw Star Wars, and started learning the rules of the Force for the very first time? Or how about Blade Runner or Minority Report, when you first peeked over the shoulders of Rick Deckard and John Anderton, looking out at their futuristic cityscapes?

Over the last six months, as I’ve talked Avatar with a good …

Syfy’s Alice: Shooting Up Wonderland

After much debate, I think I like the flying flamingo hovercrafts the best.

Syfy’s Alice, debuting Sunday night, is the first of two major Alice in Wonderland reboots slated to arrive over the next few months. Tim Burton’s big-screen version is poised for a March 5 release, and looking at all of the posters for his adaptation – …

Hollywood’s $30 Million Gamble: $500 YouTube Robots

Two years ago, did you know the name Neill Blomkamp? No? Well, take a minute right now to write down the name Federico Alvarez, because he may well be the new creative force to storm Hollywood.

He was paid a million bucks by a movie studio just a few days ago for bringing a new media focus to an old-school format: The short film. …

District 9: The Oscar Campaign Starts Today

Dear Academy:

It’s been ten years since a science-fiction film was singled out as a serious nominee for best picture. I’m not talking fantasy (Lord of the Rings) or fable (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) but straight-up sci-fi, like the head-spinning jumps between reality and the afterlife that distinguished The Sixth Sense

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