Wednesday, March 1, 2017

‘2001’ Writer Arthur C. Clarke’s 12 Favorite Sci-Fis (and Where to Watch Them)

Looking for some fundamental science fiction films? This is a good place to start.

In 1964, a young director named Stanley Kubrick had just wrapped production on his seventh feature, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He came to the conclusion that it was time to do something different.

Back then, the science fiction genre had an entirely different credibility than it does today; a movie like Arrival would never have been made, let alone earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. That’s because sci-fi was largely comprised of B-movies. Take Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space, for example—they were cheap, cheesy, and easy to put together on the fly. The audience didn’t care if it was believable or prescient; they were merely excited by the opportunity to experience a few frights (and maybe a little sex) in the cinema.

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‘2001’ Writer Arthur C. Clarke’s 12 Favorite Sci-Fis (and Where to Watch Them)

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