ALIEN (Deep space horror)
Set in the future aboard a cargo space-ship, the Nostromo, the seven-man crew must fight for their lives after a notorious alien life form enters their ship via its host, crew member Kane. Once free of its human shell, however, the deadly alien is anything but good news for the ill-fated Nostromo crew.
The cast includes: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto, and Veronica Cartwright.
Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
ALIENS (great Action)
Even more terrifying that prequel ALIEN (1979), the sequel features sole Nostromo survivor Ellen Ripley who is awakened a half-century later only to be re-enlisted by "The Company" to return to the deadly planet, home to a now suspect “colony” of aliens
The cast includes: Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, and Lance Henriksen.
Director James Cameron's sci-fi action classic is a rare bird: a sequel that's better than the original. Some call this film the finest pure action movie ever made.
The third effort in a trilogy of hilarious sci-fi sword-and-sorcery adventure yarns, this film tells the story of a supermarket employee who is inadvertently transported back to medieval times after fooling around with a magic book.
The cast includes: Bruce Campbell and Bridget Fonda.
Directed by Sam Raimi.
Enter Marty McFly and Doc Brown, two wacky time travelers who, in the notorious Delorean, travel from the '80s to the '50s to make his parents fall in love again, setting straight the damage their initial wacky time travels caused in the present.
The cast includes: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, and Billy Zane.
Director Robert Zemeckis's "Back to the Future" is a fun, clever time travel romp.
Time traveling teenager Marty McFly travels back to 1885, in order to prevent Doc Brown's death at the hands of bullying, bad guy Tanner.
This film features action, FX, and romance. The romance between Christopher Lloyd and Mary Steenburgen (Time After Time) is the highlight of the movie. An unforgettable scene involves a train pushing the Delorean up to speed, as both head down the tracks toward a gaping canyon.
The cast includes: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Mary Steenburgen, and Richard Dysart.
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis.
This sci-fi flick takes place in the future, when man has developed a technology to clone human beings. Used as finite colonial servants, these clones, known as replicants, serve human agendas on outer-planet colonies. When several replicants escape, a retired blade runner cop is sent to outer space to capture the rogue replicants before they take over their makers.
Director Ridley Scott's movie is a dark and visionary look at a futuristic Los Angeles.
The memorable cast includes: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Brion James, and Joanna Cassidy.
In the future, following a global nuclear war, this rather dark-humored, male-oriented film spins the story of a young man and a telepathic dog with a talented nose, who rely on each other for survival in a harsh environment; hunting for food wherever they can get it, and always looking for a female for Albert to have some sexual fun with.
A BOY AND HIS DOG features action, comedy, and a little romance. A young Don Johnson delivers a strong performance. Tim McIntire has fun as the voice of the dog.
The cast includes: Don Johnson, and Jason Robards.
Directed by L.Q. Jones.
John Sayles wrote and directed this eccentric drama-sci-fi-comedy, which follows the adventures of a mute, good-natured humanoid slave from another planet (Joe Morton) who looks like any other black man on the mean streets of Harlem as he's being chased by otherworldly bounty hunters (played by David Strathairn and director Sayles himself).
The cast includes: Joe Morton, Darryl Edwards, Steve James, Leonard Jackson, Bill Cobbs, and Fisher Stevens.
Directed by John Sayles.
In this thrilling sci-fi story, the three kinds of human-alien encounters (observation, evidence, and direct contact), are wonderfully depicted in the lives of ordinary people. Roy Neary, while going out to check a power outage, is left with a sun-burned face, and an obsession with visions given him from a low-flying UFO, all of which destroy his family life.
The cast includes Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and Bob Balaban.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Four friendly extraterrestrials, traveling incognito as humans, come to Florida, hire a struggling charter boatman to retrieve pods from the ocean floor, containing fellow aliens left behind thousands of years ago. The pods are put at the bottom of the backyard pool of the house that the aliens had rented. When seniors from a nearby nursing home break in and use the pool as was their custom, it is like they bathed in the fountain of youth.
The cast includes: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Steve Guttenberg, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, and Brian Dennehy.
Directed by Ron Howard.
When he awakens in a strange hotel room, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) soon finds he is wanted for a string of murders he has no memory of committing. Worse, he is menaced by a shadowy group of entities known as The Strangers, who can freeze time and alter physical reality. Gradually Murdoch starts to piece together his past life and unravel the mystery of the murders — all while The Strangers are closing in on him.
Rufus Sewell and Jennifer Connelly are compelling and sympathetic as a married couple with some serious problems. Shots of buildings morphing are terrific, thanks to Visual Effects Director Bruce Hunt. "Dark City" is bold and provocative, a refreshing change from the numerous "Alien" and "Star Wars" ripoffs.
The cast includes: Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, and William Hurt.
Directed by Alex Proyas.
Set in the 1950s, and alien and his super robot, Gort, land on the D.C. Mall to bring a message that the world must aspire to peace, or else face destruction on behalf of a race of super-robot aliens in charge of maintaining the order of the galaxy. Seen as a menace by U.S. government officials, the alien and his robot go in hiding while contemplating giving humans time to change their ways, or else face their extinction once and for all.
This film could be compared to "ET." THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL features action and FX. Michael Rennie is regal as the alien humanoid Klaatu. Patricia Neal brings her classy spin to the required role of a brunette semi-love object. The phrase "Klaatu barada nikto", first used in this movie, has become a favorite among Sci-Fi fans.
The cast includes: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe.
Directed by Robert Wise.
From the zombie-esque private school, to the largely ignorant old-school parents, to the demonic bunny rabbit, to the possible taboo conception of time travel, DONNIE DARKO follows one boy's journey into self discovery that can only occur with the manipulation of time and a few good doses of prescription pills.
The cast includes: Mary McDonnell, and Patrick Swayze.
Written and Directed by: Richard Kelly.
When scientists develop the technology to enter someone else's dream state, the life of the President of the United States is in danger.
This film could be compared to "Brainstorm." Dennis Quaid (Innerspace) is good as a cocky, smart, and charming psychic. Kate Capshaw (Temple of Doom) as a dream scientist and Quaid's love interest, has rarely been this sexy. The film's periodic dream sequences are vivid and memorable, and provide the film's highlights.
The cast includes: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, and Kate Capshaw.
Directed by Joseph Ruben
While aliens are out taking plant samples in the woods of Earth, they are suddenly surprised by a group of scientists. In making a hasty blast off, they accidentally leave behind one of their own, the young E.T. Finding himself alone on a very strange planet, with the help of a ten-year-old boy, Elliot, "E.T." is taken in and kept safe from the dangers of Earth. As E.T. befriends Elliot's family, the task force works relentlessly to seek out remaining evidence from the historical extra-terrestrial visit. As E.T. and Elliot set about finding a way to get him home, E.T. finds himself unexpectedly sick, and, because of his special connection to Elliot, the young boy finds himself deathly ill as well. As the two struggle to get healthy, the nefarious task force intervenes, complicating Elliot and ET's journey to send E.T. home to his family.
The cast includes: Dee Wallace Stone, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, and Drew Barrymore.
Written by: Melissa Mathison. Directed by: Steven Spielberg.
ET was nominated for the Best Picture award.
In this science fiction drama, CIA agent Grant, and a group of scientists are shrunk down to microscopic size, then injected into the bloodstream of unconscious, former Iron Curtain scientist, Jan Benes, who was smuggled out to teach the west how to shrink soldiers for an indefinite period. Having only one hour to do so, this skilled group's mission is to remove a blood clot from Benes' brain, which will kill him, if they fail. Trouble lurks in this effort, however, as there is a traitor in the midst.
Richard Fleischer, who also directed "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", keeps the action moving right along. Scientist Raquel Welch seems to have been born to wear a wet suit. The FX, particularly those inside the human body, are terrific! Donald Pleasance, as a traitor aboard the mini-sub, gives an overly obvious performance.
The cast includes: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Donald Pleasance, and Arthur O'Connell.
Directed by Richard Fleischer.
In the future, a tough New York taxi driver and a female "god" team up to save the universe.
Luc Besson provides a fast, pleasing to the eyeballs Science Fiction thriller. A blonde Willis convincingly holds together this "High Concept" confection. The beautiful Milla Jovovich's outfits, by designer Gaultier, prove how much can be done with virtually nothing.
The cast includes Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Chris Tucker.
Directed by Luc Besson.
Long before he locked up the Frank Drebin franchise, Leslie Nielsen made his mark in rather more heroic form as starship Commander John J. Adams in this Fred M. Wilcox-directed sci-fi pic. When Adams and his crew, flying the United Planets Cruiser C-57D, visit the planet Altair-IV in the Altair star system, he meets the mysterious Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his beautiful daughter Altaira, lone survivors of an earlier expedition. Morbius is the holder of certain dark secrets surrounding a massive "plastic educator" and a long-lost civilization.
The cast includes: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, and Jack Kelly.
Director Fred Wilcox's "Forbidden Planet" is a classic hunk of space opera, 1950s style.
GALAXY QUEST (Space Adventure/Comedy)
This hilarious parody features the star cast of the once-famous sci-fi show "Galaxy Quest" coming to terms with the cancellation of their show after seventeen years of airtime. Meanwhile, the "crew"/cast are making multiple appearances at sci-fi conventions and other PR stunts á la costume and character. Amidst their "mid-career" crisis, a group of extraterrestrials known as the Thermians arrive on Earth in search of the crew. Having taken their show for a form of reality TV, the aliens kidnap the crew, whisking them away to space where they implore the crews help in saving their race from genocide at the hands of one ruthless general Sarris and his goony armada. But are these down and out actors up to the task of doing their own stunts this time around?
The cast includes: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman, with Tony Shalhoub.
Director Dean Parisot's comedy Sci-Fi is an instant classic.
In the near future, in the Republic of Gilead, fertile women become the property of the church/state.
This film could be compared to "1984." Natasha Richardson delivers a powerful performance as a fertile woman, "loaned" to a married couple. Robert Duvall is spooky as an evil man who thinks he's a nice guy. Scenes of Duvall attempting to impregnate Richardson are brutal and unforgettable. Dunaway impresses as Duvall's wife.
The cast includes: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, and Robert Duvall.
Directed by Volker Schlondorff.
When a murderous alien goes on a rampage in America, using the bodies of his victims as a host, another alien goes in pursuit of his enemy, assuming the body of a dead FBI agent in the process. Lots of action and gore thicken this original "Face-Off"-ish flick.
The cast includes: Michael Nouri, Kyle MacLachlan, and Clu Gulager.
Directed by: Jack Sholder.
"The Island" explores the controversial topic of cloning in a futuristic film where humans are being genetically cloned for specific body parts so as to add to the lifeline of their human 'sponsor'. But what happens after the part is extracted; what then becomes of the clones?
The cast includes: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, and Sean Bean.
Written by: Caspian Tredwell and Alex Kurtzman.
Directed by: Michael Bay.
A man suffers a genetic mutation after being exposed to both a radioactive mist while enjoying a boat ride and being sprayed with insecticides. He begins to shrink in size, causing havoc in his living conditions as he finds himself in a more hostile environment the smaller he becomes. The courage of the human spirit is put to good use as he faces dangerous enemies, such as a cat, then a spider looking for a meal.
This film could be compared to "Honey I Shrunk the Kids". Grant Williams is sympathetic, as a man in the grips of a force that he has no control over. The Screenplay, by Richard Matheson, is intelligent and involving. The FX are quite good. Williams' battle with a giant spider in the basement is a classic Sci-Fi scene, and a film highlight.
Starring: William Schallert.
Directed by Jack Arnold.
This classic film predicts a day, July 2nd to be exact, when all international communication systems are bogged down by a strange (extraterrestrial) interference. The military soon learns that several large-scale objects are on a crash-course collision with Earth; further investigation reveals they are not the meteors scientists expected them to be. When attempts to communicate with this "extraterrestrial" life form fail, the White House calls in David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable-technician, to investigate. But on July 3rd, nearly the entirety of New York, Washington, and Los Angeles are destroyed by close hovering alien space craft. Remaining survivors set out to Area 51, a place rumored to host alien spacecraft of their own. Using a surviving space craft model from a former "Earth contact," Levinson sets to work devising a plan to fight back against the aliens alleged threats of human genocide, employing the help of military pilots and wise-cracking sidekick Capt. Steven Hiller along the way to mankind's fight for their independence.
The cast includes: Bill Pullman, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, and Judd Hirsch.
Director Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day" is a big, sprawling, FX laden, yet surprisingly character friendly Sci-Fi crowd pleaser.
When a wealthy entrepreneur creates a real-live dinosaur theme park, John Hammond invites a group of prestigious guests — a mathematician, a duo consisting of a paleontologist and paleobotanist, and his two elated grandchildren—to enjoy his groundbreaking accomplishment. What starts out as a lavish, "spared no expense" tour of Hammond's larger than life Jurassic Park quickly turns deadly, however, when someone from within decides to risk the safety of all those invited. Upon stealing eggs (for the purpose of selling) during a deadly storm, the perpetrator cuts the power lines to the park's safety parameters, leaving the guests to wrestle with Raptors and one mean T-Rex up close and way too personal.
The cast includes: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Director Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" is a wild thrill ride of a movie.
Jurassic Park 3 is a riveting, action-packed thriller, taking place on the infamous Isla Sorna, one of the islands featured in the original Jurassic Park film. A search party, led reluctantly by a shanghaied Dr. Alan Grant, risks life and limb to find and rescue a teen-aged son of a hardware store owner and his ex-wife. The 14 year old had disappeared while paragliding with his stepfather near the island. Using their wits and knowledge of dinosaurs, Dr. Alan Grant, and the group run a gauntlet of terror, seeing as they are pretty low in the food chain, and a variety of dinosaurs think that human beings would make a tasty snack!
The cast includes: Sam Neill, Tea Leoni, William H. Macy, and Laura Dern.
Directed by Joe Johnston, produced by Steven Spielberg.
Teenaged trailer park resident Alex Rogan (Lance Guest), obsessed with the Starfighter video game, is visited by the game's inventor, the extraterrestrial Centauri (Robert Preston), who persuades Alex to use his skills in actual intergalactic combat. By the time Alex arrives at the Starfighter base station on Planet Rylos and learns the details of the war he's been drafted into, he pines for the trailer park and returns to it, only to find he's been followed by the evil alien assassin Xur, whom he must fight in order to save not just himself but earth and all of mankind.
"The Last Starfighter" could be compared to STAR WARS. Robert Preston is terrific as the alien talent scout. The computer generated, space battle FX are very good, if not entirely realistic looking, and the highlight of the movie. O'Herlihy (Robocop) brings great zest to his role of a lizard skinned alien buddy of Guest.
The cast includes: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Barbara Bosson, and Catherine Mary Stewart.
Directed by Nick Castle.
Renowned low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman directs this nightmarish tale of Dr. James Xavier (Milland), a scientist who develops an experimental form of eyedrops that enhance his vision. Initially he is able to see through people's clothing, but that's just the start of a process that soon goes completely out of control and becomes an ordeal for the ill-fated doctor, who's eventually driven insane by what he sees. Winner of a Best Film award in 1963 at the first-annual International Festival of Science Fiction Films.
This film could be compared to "4 D Man". Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend) is convincing as the scientist with the unique vision. Comic, Don Rickles, is good in a small role as a carnival employee. A scene, where Milland tests out his new X-ray vision at a party, is a lot of fun. The disturbing ending still packs some punch.
The cast includes: Ray Milland, and Don Rickles.
Directed by Roger Corman.
This action-packed, science fiction adventure yarn with terrific special effects tells the story of computer programmer Thomas Anderson, whose life changes dramatically from ordinary citizen with an illegal hacking business to a freedom fighter, just a hop, skip and a jump ahead of computer-generated police, after he is contacted by a woman, Trinity. Through Trinity,Thomas Anderson gets involved with a group of rebels, led by Morpheus, who frees him from a fake, artificially created world, called "The Matrix," established by dominating, intelligent machinery, who harvest the energy created by enslaved, unaware humanity. Anderson eventually learns and accepts what he is destined to be.
The cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano.
Written and directed by: Andy and Larry Wachowski.
A top-secret government agency, dubbed simply as "MiB" (Men in Black), keeps tabs on the space aliens living among us. When "Agent K" finds himself in need of a partner, he sets about prepping the brash NYPD official, James Edwards, known now as "Agent J." Together, the two set about uncovering the most recent in deadly intergalactic terrorist plots, which includes the search for "Orion's Belt" and one gross-out battle with the Bug-Man himself. If unstopped, however, the villain will assassinate two competing galaxies' ambassadors, potentially provoking an all-out, intergalactic war.
The cast includes: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, and Tony Shalhoub.
Steven Spielberg was the Executive Producer.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
This breakthrough futuristic, sci-fi thriller features the world of "pre-crime," where criminals are caught and convicted before they ever even commit the crime. But when a fellow cop of the "Pre-Crime" division is suddenly convicted for murder, he is forced to flee the scene, evading Pre-Crime cops at every turn until he can prove both his innocence, and thus, the fault in the "Pre-Crime" system. Along the way, however, memories of his son's mysterious disappearance, his dissolved marriage, and his recreational drug problems come back to haunt him, complicating his earnest endeavor for justice.
The cast includes: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max Von Sydow, and Jessica Harper.
Screenplay by Scott Frank and Jon Cohen, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" , this Jules Verne classic tells the exciting tale of Union Civil War prisoners, who find themselves jumping from the frying pan into the fire. After escaping terrible conditions in their P.O.W. Camp in a Confederate hot air balloon, they end up on an uncharted South Pacific Island, in the middle of nowhere, far from civilization. It isn't long before they meet the island's giant plants and beasties, which inspires their human ingenuity to survive the real dangers of being eaten for a snack. Enter, the mysterious Captain Nemo who comes to their aid.
This film could be compared to "Food of the Gods". Herbert Lom brings dignity to the role of Captain Nemo. "Mysterious Island" features action and FX. Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion work, including a huge bird, giant crab, and jumbo bees, is terrific. The musical score, by Bernard Herrmann, is great!
The cast includes: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, and Herbert Lom.
Directed by: Cy Endfield.
Philadelphia Experiment is a well-done time-travel adventure with a love story as a subplot! In 1943, in he middle of WW2, the US Army conducts an experiment that would give them an advantage in the naval war, using electro magnetic fields to hopefully make a naval battleship invisible to foes. Unfortunately, the experiment causes an electrical storm which causes havoc for the ship, and disrupts the time space continuum, propelling two sailors into 1984, 40 years in their future.
This film could be compared to "Starman," and "The Final Countdown." THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT features romance, action, and good FX. A highlight of the picture is a scene where Pare undertakes a dangerous trip into a time storm. Bobby Di Cicco (Prince of the City) offers great support as Pare's sailor buddy.
The cast includes: Michael Pare and Nancy Allen.
Directed by Stewart Raffill.
Charlton Heston stars in this camp classic from the 1960s that spawned a long run of sequels and prequels, but certainly no equals. Perplexed astronaut George Taylor (Heston) crash-lands on a strange alternative earth where the evolutionary slots of men and apes are horrifically reversed, with humans used for entertainment and experimentation by apes. But turnabout is fair play as Taylor escapes and leads his simian jailers on a merry chase that culminates on a beach at the foot of a once-famous landmark that tragically answers one too many of Taylor's questions.
This film could be compared to BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES. Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur) commands the screen as the stranded astronaut. The ape makeup, thanks to Creative Makeup Design guy John Chambers, is quite impressive. The film's "twist" ending is the highlight of the movie and one of the most memorable twist endings ever.
The cast includes: Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, and James Whitmore.
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner.
When the CIA hires Dutch and his platoon of commandos to rescue airmen from the mercy of Central American guerrilla soldiers, the mission turns precarious as the commandos realize that they are being hunted... but by what? As the commandos do their best to carry out their mission, they must also avoid the fatal run-ins with "the predator."
The cast includes: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, and Jesse Ventura.
Director John McTiernan's "Predator," is a rough and tumble action epic.
The trouble starts with a common villain, a government research project that causes an apocalypse, evaporating all life on earth, except 3 people. They survive because they themselves were at their moment of impending death. A research scientist, Zac Hobson, Joanne, and a brutish man, Api, think that they are the only ones left, until they inevitably find each other in this now dangerous world. Human nature takes over, causing tension and havoc.
This film could be compared to "On the Beach." As the scientist, Bruno Lawrence is sympathetic and believable. Peter Smith brings power and strength to his role as a New Zealand native. The beach and city locations are stunningly photographed. The last image in this movie will stick with you for some time!
The cast includes: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, and Peter Smith.
Directed by Geoffrey Murphy.
This action-packed sequel follows “mad” Max, a lone ex-cop wandering through a post-nuclear war, apocalyptic Australia in search for precious petrol. Running into a small, vulnerable and remote oil refinery, the lone Max takes to protecting them from Humangus, Wez, and their nefarious bike gang who terrorize Max and the community in their attempts to secure the petrol's transport across a desert no-man's land.
Director George Miller's "The Road Warrior" (originally titled Mad Max 2), is one of the best Sci-Fi/action adventure films ever made and created a new genre, even though it's a lot like a western.
The cast includes: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, and Vernon Wells.
SERENITY (Space Adventure)
SERENITY is the resurrection of cast and crew that starred in the short lived, albeit much loved, Sci-Fi TV series "Firefly". In this realistic depiction of the future world Whedon conflates the 'way the world was' and 'the way the world is' in a cutting edge tale of the trials and tribulations of the ship Serenity after it harbors their latest refugee, River Tam; a gifted seventeen year-old that has been at the mercy of a top secret government project. While the Serenity crew try to run from the Alliance and their deadly assassin, their escapades are interrupted by the deadly alien Reevers and an even more potentially harmful secret that threatens to undo ever progressive mankind in their quest for dominion over outer space and human perfection.
The cast includes: Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, and Chiwetel Ejofor.
Written and directed by: Josh Whedon.
SIGNS (Alien Suspense)
Struggling with his faith in God after the tragic death of his wife, Episcopalian Minister Graham Hess and his family soon have something to distract them from their grief as they enter a life and death struggle which begins with the discovery of large 500 foot circles in their farm's corn fields.
The cast includes: Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Slaughterhouse-Five tells the extraordinary tale of a man, emotionally scarred by his experiences in WW2 as a P.O.W., who has become "unstuck in time." This humorous, poignant drama recounts the experiences of Billie Pilgrim, detailing his WW2 prisoner of war experiences in a German slaughterhouse (hence the title) among many other important times in his life, including his kidnapping by aliens from the planet Tralfamador, as he caroms wildly through time without any control over where he's headed next.
Eugene Roche provides great support as a benevolent father figure Pilgrim encounters during World War 2. Valerie Perrine (Superman) fans will definitely get their money's worth. A highlight is a celebration on Tralfamador, in honor of the birth of Sacks and Perrine's child.
The cast includes: Michael Sacks, Valerie Perrine, Eugene Roche, and Ron Leibman.
Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Directed by George Roy Hill.
STARGATE is the revolutionary sci-fi film that speculates a fictional, albeit possible theory of the initial origins of mankind. Finding a technology advanced 'transporter', Stargate, the government sets about discovering how to reactivate the 'alien' relic. But when the transporter reopens the gap between planet earth and planet x, present day humans are sent to the planet to discover humanity's worst fear: humans are being transported and manipulated into slavery on a planet in a far off galaxy where we, oppressed and unable to evolve, work under the authority of the notorious Egyptian God, Ra, mining a mineral that enable the proliferation of his race at the expense of ours.
The cast includes: Kurt Russell, and James Spader.
Written by: Dean Delvin and Roland Emmerich. Directed by: Roland Emmerich.
This film could be compared to "ET." Jeff Bridges, in an Oscar-nominated performance, delivers a fascinating portrayal of an alien learning about life on earth. Karen Allen is totally convincing as a woman trying to cope with an alien who looks just like her dead husband. The FX involving the arrival of an alien mothership are a bit disappointing.
The cast includes: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith.
Directed by John Carpenter.
Still in charge of the Enterprise space fleet, though solely administratively, Admiral James T. Kirk prepares to train new crew and team to replace the "aging" Enterprisians. But when sudden mayhem emerges in lieu of Chekov's alien planetary explorations (leading to the discovery of former nemesis, Kahn), Dr. McCoy and Captain Spock convince Kirk to resume control of Enterprise and set out to destroy his nemesis, the wrathful Kahn, once and for all.
The cast includes: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, and Paul Winfield.
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer. Written by: Gene Roddenberry and Harve Bennett.
Picking up where the sequel left off, Part III of the adventure features the Enterprise crew returning to the port for some essential repairs, only to discover the ship is to be scrapped. Meanwhile, Dr. McCoy is not acting himself, and Capt. Kirk is forced to steal back his old ship, flying across space to save a friend in need.
The cast includes: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Mark Lenard, Judith Anderson, Robin Curtis, and Christopher Lloyd.
Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) was the director. Screenplay by Harve Bennett.
This time around Captain Kirk and his (fugitive) crew travel back in time to the 20th century, paying a visit to 1986 San Francisco where, in an attempt to save mankind, the crew must battle through a foreign punk rock world of fast food pizza, video arcades, and of course, humpback whales?...
The cast includes: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard, and Robin Curtis.
Director Nicholas Meyer, with "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home" provides one of the most audience pleasing "Treks" ever.
When an explosion erupts on their moon, the Klingons realize they have only 50 years left before their ozone layer depletes, leaving them suspect to genocide. With only one choice remaining, the Klingons hesitate in joining the Federation, bringing an end to a 70 year war. Meanwhile, Admiral Kirk and crew are called in to help with the negotiations because of their former affiliations with the Klingons. Still, the "peace talks" don’t exactly go as planned, leaving Kirk and McCoy accused of murder and sent to Rura Penthe, a snow-bound labor prison camp. But with the alleged "peace talkers" locked up, will the Federation ever settle peace talks with the Klingons, and what of Kirk and McCoy's future?
The cast includes: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Kim Cattrall, Mark Lenard, Christopher Plummer, and David Warner.
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer.
After being told by the Federation higher-ups not to interfere in a roaring combat struggle between a Borg Cube and ships from the Federation, Picard decides to disregard his orders when it is apparent that the Federation ships are loosing the fight. Picard, leading the crew of the Enterprise, enters into the battle, and manages to destroy most of the cube. But when a small part of the cube escapes and is making a bee line to earth, they follow the Borg back into time, in order to try to save the future earth.
The cast includes: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and James Cromwell.
Directed By Jonathan Frakes.
Story is based on characters by Gene Roddenberry. Rick Bergman gets story credit, while Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore share story and screenplay credits.
The Starship Enterprise's maiden voyage is unexpectedly interrupted by a need to rescue two transport ships in a mysterious energy ribbon known as the Nexus. During the voyage, however, Captain Kirk is suddenly swept out to space. Seven decades and some years later, Captain Picard, head of the Enterprise-D crew, goes head to head with an evil scientist by the name of Soren who is mercilessly killing off entire star systems. As the Enterprise-D struggles to derail Soren's evil plans it seems the only man capable of stopping him has been dead for more than seventy-eight years…
The cast includes: Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Alan Ruck, and Whoopi Goldberg.
With "Star Trek Generations" Director David Carson, provides a great introduction of the "Next Generation" gang to the big screen, with a nice tip of the hat to Classic "Star Trek."
Star Wars IV: The New Hope, is the first installment of George Lucas' 6 film saga which tells the story of courageous rebels in their uphill fight against the evil empire forces. A tyrannical emperor, master of the dark side of the force, with the help his powerful servant, a former Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, have been murderously hunting down the Jedi Knights, trying to crush all opposition, and have taken over the galaxy planets in the meantime. They have developed a new, destructive weapon to bring the rebels to their knees. Enter Luke Skywalker, Princess Leah, his trusty droids and Han Solo, and the last Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to fight the good fight!
The cast includes: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, and James Earl Jones.
Fleeing the planet Hoth, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and R2D2 and C3PO escape in the loyal, albeit weathered Millennium Falcon, but are captured en route to safety by Darth Vader on planet Bespin. Meanwhile, Skywalker follows the goals of Ben Kenobi, receiving Jedi training from none other than Yoda on planet Dagobah. But can Skywalker master his Jedi training in time to rescue his friends from the evil dark lord, Vader?
The cast includes: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and Alec Guinness.
Director Irvin Kershner's "The Empire Strikes Back" offers a darker, but no less entertaining look at the "Star Wars" universe.
In the last of the original Star Wars series, Darth Vader and his goons are at work on the indestructible Death Star. With the imprisonment of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker sends the adorable androids R2D2 and C3PO to free him. Meanwhile, Princess Leia, disguised as a bounty hunter, and the beloved Chewbacca accompany the droids in their heroic quest. As the climax builds, the denouement commences at the Moon of Endor, where the Ewoks help the rebels battle Vader and the "dark side" with their benevolent Jedi powers.
The cast includes: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones (voice only), and Frank Oz.
The beginning of the Star Wars six-part adventure series commences with the childhood of Anakin Skywalker, aka the future Darth Vader. With the friendships of Obi-wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin grows to harness the art of the Jedi Knights. Along the way, Anakin and friends use their powers to help Queen Padmé save her Embassy from greedy trade executives.
The cast includes: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Frank Oz, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Written and directed by: George Lucas.
Ten years have past since the victorious defeat of forces of evil on Naboo. Times are again tumultuous. The Republic is on the brink of war, as a separatist movement is gaining steam and support. When former Queen, now Senator Amidala, is a target for an assassination plot, Master Jedi Obi-wan Kenobi, and his apprentice learner, Anakin Skywalker are assigned to protect her. Obi-wan goes hunting for the truth on who is responsible and why, and love-sick Anakin is assigned to protect his Padmé, going back with her to Naboo. Surprises, life-threatening situations and major battles are just around the corner for our heroes, not to mention a slippery slide toward the dark side of the force and forbidden love.
The cast includes: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L.Jackson, and Frank Oz.
Directed by: George Lucas. Screenplay by: George Lucas and Jonathan Hales.
"Star Wars, Episode III" is the third and final Star Wars film that concludes the six-part sci-fi adventure series. In this final high-tech special effects bonanza. Audiences watch Anakin Skywalker succumb to his tragic fate in his metamorphosis from Jedi knight to the 'Dark Side' as Sith Lord Darth Vader. Despite the earnest attempts of his Jedi master Obi-Won Kenobi along with the rest of the Jedi forces and his beautiful pregnant wife Ambassador Padmé, Anakin Skywalker slowly trades his alliances without looking back.
Written and directed by: George Lucas.
The cast includes: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Samuel L. Jackson.
The classic futuristic thriller that foresees a technology-intrinsic apocalypse. Future (2029 A.D.) corrupt computer systems company, Skynet, is fighting a losing war against the humans who built, and are now desperately trying to terminate it. But before they succeed, Skynet sends a Terminator, a deadly cyborg, back in time, 1984, to kill Sarah Connor, the alleged mother of "prophet-to-be" — aka resistance leader John Connor. While the Terminator goes in search of Sarah, the humans send their strongest soldier, Kyle Reese, back in time to stop him. While a troubled Sarah, whose life is anything but simple, does her best to evade the terminator, she meets up with Reese, and together the two flee the Terminator's deadly pursuit. But the question remains, will Sarah survive the Terminator's pursuits, and, when and with whom will she father the imperative resistance child, John, the boy on who's shoulders the fate of humans rests?
The cast includes: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton.
Director James Cameron's THE TERMINATOR is a fun, almost flawless Sci-Fi action thriller.
Terminator 2: JUDGMENT DAY is the exciting sci-fi sequel to the original film, The Terminator. Once again the evil tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin, T-1000 to try again to kill Sarah Conner's 10 year old son, John. Luckily, the rebels in the future who are fighting against the supercomputers, have re-programed the original Terminator to be a protector, not a killer, and send him back to protect young John from T-1000. This results in two humanoid robots (one good, one evil), battling it out to decide the future of humanity, that hangs on whether young John Conner lives or dies.
Director James Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" is a spectacular followup to the original "Terminator."
The cast includes: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick.
When several people go dead or missing, agents are surprised to discover the culprit isn't human: the after affects of nuclear tests nine years earlier prove dangerous as a colony of mutant ants leave their home to torture Southwest desert cities. While scientists and the army team up to fight the pesky nuisance, the ants enjoy reigning supreme in this Cold-War horror flick.
This film brings to mind, "Tarantula". James Arness (Gunsmoke) is solid as an FBI agent, investigating strange deaths in the desert. The crisp black and white photography, by Sid Hickox, helps sell the credibility of the far fetched story premise.
The cast includes: Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, James Whitmore, and Fess Parker.
Directed by Gordon Douglas.
While passing their time quietly at an Arctic research station, scientists are surprised to discover an alien spacecraft submerged in frozen ice. Further excavation uncovers a frozen alien pilot. Intrigued, the scientists take the alien back to their lab for research. What ensues is a deadly adventure for survival and conquest.
Kenneth Tobey (Strange Invaders) is convincing as a take-charge military type. Margaret Sheridan, as the only female at the base, has great chemistry with Tobey. James Arness (Gunsmoke) plays The Thing, a role he seems to have been picked for because of his height. Many people believe that producer Howard Hawks directed this movie.
The cast includes: Kenneth Tobey, and James Arness.
Directed by: Christian Nyby.
During their adventures in the Antarctic wasteland, a group of American scientists espy some presumed Norwegians pursuing a dog. But when the helicopter escorting the Norwegians crashes the Americans are left to ponder the mystery surrounding the dog without any additional information. Meanwhile, the Americans have taken the dog into their camp… big mistake. Overnight the dog seems to mutate, attacking the other dogs in their shared cage. As the scientists begin to investigate the mysterious happenings they soon realize they are dealing with an alien life form that possesses the ability to take over other life forms, using their shell as a sort of host. But with the “dog” on the loose, there’s no telling who may be infected and who, or how one can stop it before it spells death for all.
The powerhouse cast includes: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Dysart.
Director John Carpenter's "The Thing" is a powerful, if gooey, earthmen versus alien spectacular.
This tense thriller adventure time-travel yarn begins in 1890's London, with H.G. Wells inviting his friends over to see his new invention, a time travel machine. One friend, John Leslie Stevenson who was revealed as Jack the Ripper, is on the run from the police and steals H.G. Wells operational time machine. When the machine comes back, young H.G. pursues him through time, landing in 1979 San Francisco, in hot pursuit, in order to try to stop him, before he kills again.
This film could be compared to "The Time Machine". TIME AFTER TIME features romance, action, and great use of the San Francisco locations. Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen have great chemistry, as the lovers from different times. David Warner is very spooky as Jack the Ripper. A highlight is McDowell's first trip to a fast food restaurant.
The cast includes: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen.
Directed by Nicholas Meyer.
The Time Machine, based on the novel by H.G. Wells, tells the adventuresome story of a Victorian inventor in the 1890s, who invents the machine of the century; a working time machine. Eager to embrace what is to come, he travels into the far future, encountering beauty and terror, in a society of unthinking, simple souls, and exploitative killers.
The cast includes Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Sebastian Cabot.
Director George Pal's "The Time Machine" offers wonderful Sci-Fi/fantasy entertainment.
2001 (Space Adventure)
Some call it visionary; others call it maddeningly opaque — but Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey has earned its place in the popular consciousness, with special effects that were far ahead of their time in 1968, and an inspired narrative that boldly takes the viewer from the cradle of man to his transformative deathbed and rebirth. Now open the pod bay doors, HAL ...
The cast includes: Keir Dullea, and Gary Lockwood.
#22 on the AFI Top 100. Four nominations; one win (Special Effects).
Director Stanley Kubrick's "2001" is an unforgettable, mystical, Sci-Fi epic. Kubrick received a nomination for best directing.
2010 (Space Adventure)
In this Peter Hyams-directed sequel to Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey, ex-NASA chief Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider) leads a joint American-Soviet mission of scientists (including John Lithgow and Helen Mirren) to Jupiter, in an attempt to rendezvous with the abandoned Discovery spacecraft and conduct a forensic investigation of its ill-fated mission. Once there the new crew encounters forces as enigmatic and potentially dangerous as those experienced by former astronaut David Bowman. A discovery is also made about the lethal malfunction of the infamous HAL-9000 computer.
This film could be compared to "Meteor." 2010 features action and FX. Roy Scheider (Sea Quest), is dynamic as the U.S. mission head. The Special Visual Effects are special indeed. Scheider's conversation with a long missing astronaut is one of the highlights of this movie.
The cast includes: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, and Keir Dullea.
Directed by Peter Hyams.
"V for Vendetta" is the psychological thriller/black satire that comments on the possibility of a resurrection of Western fascism. Set in the near future, Britain has succumb to total domination by an extreme fascist, Chancellor Sutler, and his Nazi-esque brigade. Enter the anti-hero, V, who attempts to liberate the people, by any and all means necessary, and Evey, the innocent bystander who's life is about to change in ways unforeseeable.
The cast includes: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, and John Hurt.
Written by: David Lloyd and Alan Moore (comic book), Andy and Larry Wachowski (screenplay).
Directed by: James McTeigue.
Taking the year's Oscar for Best Special Effects, the original cinematic production of War of the Worlds depicts the consequences of a Grande alien attack on the planet, focusing on the plight of one small town in particular. Though atom bombs and full scale military assaults are helpless against the mutant machines, there is one small hope for mankind... and its right under their nose.
This film could be compared to "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." Gene Barry (Burke's Law) gives an intense, overly emphatic performance. Ann Robinson (Dragnet), as a beautiful Library Science teacher from USC, provides the required love interest. The FX, including alien war machines and disintegration rays, are excellent.
The cast includes: Gene Barry, and Cedric Hardwicke.
Directed by Byron Haskin.
"War of the Worlds" is a remake of the H.G. Wells classic novel that tells of an alien race's premeditated attack on planet Earth sometime in the 21st century. Through the lens of a typical American family the audience watches the aliens unleash their fury in an attempt to exterminate the entire human race - but men has long since earned his right to live on planet earth and a mysterious enemy awaits the unsuspecting alien race.
The cast includes: Tim Robbins, and Tom Cruise.
Written by: Josh Friedman and David Koepp (screenplay) and H.G. Wells.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg.