I was born in maybe the greatest year in science fiction film history: 1982, which gave us The Thing, Blade Runner, and E.T. By the time I was five years old, I knew Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Ghostbusters. Science Fiction and I go back a long time. How do you define science fiction? Is it robots? Aliens? Giant bugs? How about time travel or visions of the future? It is all this and more and for fans of sci-fi cinema, Sloan De Forest‘s TMC: Must See Sci-Fi: 50 Movies That Are Out of This World is a must-own book.
The gorgeous book from Turner Classic Movies and Running Press features over 260 pages filled with photos, “Far Out Facts,” and “Mind Blowing Moments” as well as details about the importance of the films selected. Sloan De Forest has outdone herself in creating a work that is a crucial part of any sci-fi fans collection. Who better than Roger Corman, acclaimed producer, writer, and director, to introduce the book. In his foreword, he talks about seeing Things to Come, written by H.G. Wells in 1936 and producing “atomic monster” movies in the 1950s when the genre, not the stars of the films, were what people paid the money to see. Like The Twilight Zone, science fiction could explore deep ideological and philosophical questions in broad daylight under the disguise of alien attack or giant bugs.
This paperback edition serves as a coffee table book, and will likely prompt great discussions about the films and what should or should not be added to the list. I’m ashamed to have only seen half the list myself, so I have some homework to do.
Spanning nine decades and branded by the most trusted authority on film, Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-Fi showcases 50 of the most shocking, weird, wonderful, and mind-bending movies ever made.
From A Trip to the Moon (1902) to Arrival (2016), science fiction cinema has produced a body of classics with a broader range of styles, stories, and subject matter than perhaps any other film genre. They are movies that embed themselves in the depths of the mind, coloring our view of day-to-day reality and probably fueling a few dreams (and nightmares) along the way.
In Turner Classic Movies: Must-See Sci-Fi, fifty unforgettable films are profiled, including beloved favorites like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Fantastic Voyage (1966), groundbreaking shockers like Planet of the Apes (1968) and Alien (1979), and lesser-known landmarks like Things to Come (1936) and Solaris (1972). Illustrated by astounding color and black-and-white images, the book presents the best of this mind-bending genre, detailing through insightful commentary and behind-the-scenes stories why each film remains essential viewing. A perfect gift for any film buff or sci-fi fanatic!
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