May 1Trip to the Moon(1902) Georges Melies iconic film is widely regarded as the first great Science Fiction movie. This is a restored version of a hand colored copy. Things to Come(1936) H.G. Welles not only wrote the book and the screen play he was also involved in the production of the movie. It has a devastating world war, post-apocalyptic dystopian ruins, plagues of “Wandering Sickness” the rebirth of Civilization and more rebellion. It covers a lot of ground for 1936.
May 8Forbidden Planet(1956) One of the best special effects films of the 50’s and the first feature length film to exclusively use electronic music for the soundtrack .
May 15Earth Versus the Flying Saucers(1956) The great Ray Harryhausen did the special effects and while this wasn’t one of his favorite movies, this has to be considered one of the better quality ‘B Features’. It’s the movie Mars Attacksmakes fun of and a cult classic.
May 222001 a Space Odyssey (1968) There are three milestone movies in SF cinema history, Destination Moon(1950) Which started Science Fiction’s Golden Age, Star Wars (1977) which started the special effects race and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 which shocked the movie world to the possibilities of SF cinema. It was the surprise top Box Office hit of 1968 and set the stage for all special effects block busters to come.
June 5THX 1138(1971) George Lucas’ student film made into a Feature Movie it is still one of the most disturbing and unforgettable Dystopian movies of all time. (Rated R children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)
June 12Andromeda Strain(1971) This Science Fiction thriller from 1971 still stands up well. It will have you on the edge of your seat.
June 19Tron (1982) Leave it to Disney to make the first Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) feature length film.
June 26Jurassic Park, (1993) Tron may have invented CGI but since Lost Worldin 1925 movie studios have tried to make Dinosaurs look real. Jurassic Park did it. This has to be one of the great CGI-Special effects movies of all time.