Category Archives: Sci-fi

Metropolis

Metropolis (1927) director Fritz Lang writer Thea von Harbou starring Brigitte Helm In Fritz Lang’s scifi epic Metropolis, Bridget Helm stars as the saintly Maria who urges the ruling class to respect the lowly workers that keep the city functioning. As her popularity grows, the […]

Wild Wild Planet

Wild Wild Planet (1965) Criminali della galassia, I It’s go go action, when aliens disguised as fashion models start kidnapping people for a mad mad scientist, so he can conduct inhumane experiments and merge himself with the perfect woman! Augh! Yes, it’s so bad it’s […]

TRON

TRON (1982) There is only about 20 minutes worth of actual CGI in TRON, but Disney Studios still deserves credit for pioneering 3D animation. Even though it was all outsourced, no other animation studio could convincingly create a computerized look with traditional cel painting to […]

The Black Hole

The Black Hole (1979) George Lucas once said that movies are binary, ones or zeros, they either work or they don’t… Obviously this quote was early in his career before his own films became a displaycase for a line of toys and merchandising tie-ins, but […]

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Plot Summery: Kirk in mid-life crisis returns to Enterprise selfishly determined to reclaim his former glory. He bumps our young hero from the captain’s chair: the capable Decker who is further complicated when long lost love returns in the […]

This Island Earth

This Island Earth (1955) Two attractive scientists are kidnapped and taken on a joyride to another planet by their alien employer. His home world is so desperately out of resources they need the inferior humans to help them improve their power supply. But time is […]

2001: a Space Odyssey

2001: a Space Odyssey (1968) I’m stunned that people debate the meaning of 2001 ad nauseum without ever mentioning the incredible design of the interiors: the orange chairs in the lobby of the space hotel, the banana leather padding and turban-headed flight attendants of the […]

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 30 years before Steven Spielberg made E.T., Patricia Neal originated the archetype of a single mother who discovers her son is spending too much time with an alien. “Sci-fi Mom” can be found in the retro animated Iron […]

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet (1956) Forbidden Planet rates as landmark in science fiction, carefully staying within “hard” aspects of the genre (science — not fantasy, ergo nerds will love it) while still playing with imagery and ideas of contemporary 1950s values. Morbius’s isolated house is a model […]

Logan’s Run

Logan’s Run (1976) In the 23rd Century humans live in The City of Domes, a sealed utopia run by computers that provide for every need and pleasure. There’s just one catch: on their 30th birthday they take a ride on Carousel where they are either […]

The 10th Victim

La decima vittima The 10th Victim (1965) director Elio Petri music Piero Piccioni starring Ursula Andress, Marcello Mastroianni costumes André Courrèges summery Futuristic satire where celebrities hunt each other in an international deathsport.