Skip to comments.Three Science Fiction movies to see again
Posted on 02/11/2014 3:21:29 PM PST by Usagi_yo
It's a cold day here in the South, snowing, raining and freezing. So it was a good day to curl up with my Basset Hound and watch some old sci-fi movies. They're dated, but still relevant for today's world.
Soylent Green. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
1973 movie set in 2022 with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson (his last appearance). The world is overpopulated, polluted, suffering from global warming, short on food and many people are homeless. Charlton Heston plays a detective trying to solve a murder case of an "Important" person. Important being code word for rich elite quasi government business man.
1975 movie set in 2018 with James Caan and John Houseman. The world has evolved into one big global corporate melange. Large global City/States sponsor Rollerball teams. Rollerball is introduced as an innocent seeming game with about as much violence as today's NFL football. James Caan is a player. A good, perhaps too good of a player. John Houseman plays a go between between the game and the corporation full intent on seeing Johnathan fail as an individual -- the slightly submerged theme of the movie.
On the Beach
1959 movie set in 1963 with Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins. Gregory Peck is a commander of a U.S nuclear submarine who's looking for safe harborage some weeks/months after loosing her nuclear missles in a nuclear conflagration with USSR. They eventually find a safe port in Australia and meet some survivors.
All 3 fine movies to see again if you haven't and to definitely see them if you've never. Just keep the understanding that these movies are dated.
Love the original Rollerball, although I really want to find whatever ammo they were using in that Ruger MKII that blows up trees.
Soylent Green is a good one as well, but Eddie Robinson’s death scene gets me everytime. He died of cancer shortly after that movie, and Heston knew it was pretty much inevitable when they filmed that part.
Another one that is worth watching
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Rollerball wasn’t my thing though a good movie but I LOVE LOVE the other 2.
May I suggest “The Bedford Incident”?
They may be dated as far as special effects and such, but Rollerbal and Soylent Green still have things that speak to today’s viewer. The only thing that is obsolete is the left wing belief that we will soon be overpopulated. Otherwise, Soylent Green hits Obamacare pretty well.
Good films, all three of them.
Another couple, sort of forgotten; “Colossus: The Forbin Project” and “The Relic”.
The problem with Ridley Scott movies is that you have to wait decades until his “very final of all finalest director’s cuts” comes out to know what he was originally trying to do.
That said, Bladerunner is my favorite sci-fi movie, and incredibly beautiful.
CCI mini mag HPs in the explosive version. I think you can get them at Cheaper Than Dirt.
Bladerunner used to be my #1 favorite SCI-FI film. Soylent green edges it out this week.
I still love “Forbidden Planet” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still” as intelligent scripts done well. Of course, the real screen writer for “Forbidden Planet” was a old-time play write, W.Shakespeare!
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Oh, thanks a lot for reminding me of that movie. Now I've got Waltzing Matilda stuck in my head.
I have little doubt that “World Control” was the inspiration for James Cameron’s Skynet.
Blade Runner is an excellent pro life film. Just because a black robed lawyer says something isn’t human, and it’s legal to kill it, it doesn’t make it moral.
Soylent Green gets my vote. “Soylent Green-—is people!!” For just pure awesome factor at the time, though, on the big screen, nothing tops 2001, A Space Odyssey. It didn’t have the political themes in it, but it was spectacular on so many levels, for its time. “What.. are.. you.. doing...Dave?”
Someone should remake Soylent Green. Never were such good actors wasted on such amateurish production values.
Colossus scared the crap out of me when I saw it the first time it was broadcast...now reality scares the crap out of me.
Working at a defense contractor, I came across a project named Skynet. I wondered if the configuration manager had a sense of humor or if it was intentional. It was for a sensor net.
Earth VS The Spider..MST3K Version
The Giant Spider Invasion....MST3K version.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.
Always loved this movie because some of it was filmed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, where I started my interest in Computer Science
Rollerball is one of the best.
When a determined man goes against the machine, he breaks it.
Forbiden Planet shades of Star Trek. I like to see a mini series done of George R. Stewart’s ‘Earth Abides’.
The mini series ‘The Stand’ is GREAT. The only King book I ever read.
It has been a while but I seem to remember Saturn 3 being a good flick. Kirk Douglas and Farah Fawcett. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_3
I agree “Colossus: the Forbin Project” is an excellent movie
Loved Gattaca! Mass defiance of surveillance statism/corporatism.
Soylent green and rollerball, good dystopian. Not a fan of “on the beach.”
My brother came over the other day. He hadn’t seen Star Trek into darkness. Played it for him and watched it of the 4th time. Good sci fi.
Was disappointed with Promethius. Needed writing and editing.
Best 1950s sci fi? War of the Worlds and Forbidden Planet.
Best remake of War of the Worlds? Independence Day. The virus killed the monsters. Eat your heart out speilberg.
The remake of ON THE BEACH with Armand Assante, Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward was very good also. Filmed in 2000 in Australia. Not much in Script deviation from the original with Peck (IMHO).
Just the other day I was thinking about watching “A Clockwork Orange” again...some thing may seem less sci-filike about that futuristic, violent thug-dominated culture, where the perps treated their victims with utter disregard.
Gads, can you imagine. I popped in a dvd of 2001 for my two 18yr old nephews who were visiting for a while, they couldn’t make it past the Blue Danube before losing interest.
I don’t want lefty Hollyweird remaking it! They already plan an anti-corporation (pro-socialist) “Animal Farm”
It requires a good read of Arthur C Clark’s novel. On its own it tends to be disjointed. Back in the 60s people took acid or smoked hash before going into the theatre.
I happened to read the novel before seeing it first. Don’t know how I would have reacted if I hadn’t. Way too much Through Time and Space. That psychedelic part probably needs some substance abuse.
BTW I saw it at least 5 times in a theater. And more on home video.
Stanley Kubrick knew how to shoot a scene but he mistreated the most important theme words from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The words of the prison chaplain, the prison warden, and the victimized conspirator tie the theme of the book/movie together but Kubrick let those slide off without focus and emphasis.
Anthony Burgess understood that taking something organic like an orange or a human and making it something mechanical/robotic is wrong on so many levels including Christian perspectives and proper constitutional government.
What gets me are the sci-fi movies that really predicted the future or some part of it.
The President’s Analyst. A huge dollop of political and social satire, that even underplays today’s situation.
Scanners. What if the next, approved or illegal wonder drug is far worse than Thalidomide?
I always thought THEY LIVE was an underrated film. It fits in great with the favorite Freeper term “sheeple”. It starts out and maintains subtle hints for a good while before becoming an action film and has an excellent score of a few blues cords.
One thing about The Day the Earth Stood Still, (well there’s more than one but it was made in the 50’s after all), was the fact that if the Alien Race could just shut off all the Electricity, they wouldn’t need to destroy Earth to protect the other Planets.
Forgive the run on sentence. LOL
Michael Rennie (sic?) will always be the only Klatu, just as James Mason will always be the only Captain Nemo.
Anything with Rachel Ward in it is worth watching. Will look for it on Netflix.
THEY LIVE, and we’re the only ones wearing the Sunglasses.
Another really good one everyone has forgotten is
The Mind Stealers with Christopher Walken. The only thing lacking from todays tech would be a remote activated trigger
from some pharmaceutical giants smart phone app.
May I suggest The Bedford Incident?
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Also, “The Final Countdown” w Kirk Douglass
Modern day USS Nimitz ‘crosses’ a time warp and ends up in the Pacific on Dec 5 (or so) 41....
Available on Netflix
On the Beach was one of the few books I decided to stop reading partway through. The inevitability of the outcome was too depressing.
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