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"If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon..." My favourite Sci-Fi films, year by year, since 1950

by Tom JF
"If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon..." My favourite Sci-Fi films, year by year, since 1950 by Tom JF
“…play the five tones.” – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, S) Lots of great films that I still haven’t seen, like Tarantula, The Monolith Monsters, Time Crimes, Sunshine, Donovan’s Brain and World on a Wire to name but a few. However, here is my list so far…and yes, that is Escape from LA on there. What of it?!? “Watch the Skies!” – The Thing from Another World (Nyby, C) 1950 Destination Moon (Pichel, I) 1951 The Thing from Another World (Nyby, C) Honourable Mention: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Wise, R) 1953: Invaders from Mars (Menzies, WC) Honourable Mention: It Came from Outer Space! (Arnold, J) 1954 Godzilla… Read more

“…play the five tones.” – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, S)

Lots of great films that I still haven’t seen, like Tarantula, The Monolith Monsters, Time Crimes, Sunshine, Donovan’s Brain and World on a Wire to name but a few. However, here is my list so far…and yes, that is Escape from LA on there. What of it?!?

“Watch the Skies!” – The Thing from Another World (Nyby, C)

1950 Destination Moon (Pichel, I)
1951 The Thing from Another World (Nyby, C)
Honourable Mention: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Wise, R)
1953: Invaders from Mars (Menzies, WC)
Honourable Mention: It Came from Outer Space! (Arnold, J)
1954 Godzilla (Honda, I)
Honourable Mention: Them! (Douglas, G)
1955 The Quatermass Xperiment (Guest, V)
Honourable Mention: This Island Earth (Newman, J)

“I still exist!” – The Incredible Shrinking Man (Arnold, J)

1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, D)
Honourable Mention: Forbidden Planet (Wilcox, F)
1957 The Incredible Shrinking Man (Arnold, J)
Honourable Mention: Quatermass 2 (Guest, V)
1958 The Crawling Eye (Lawrence, Q)
Honourable Mention: The Fly (Nuemann, K)
1959 Plan 9 From Outer Space (Wood, E)
Honourable Mention: The Killer Shrews (Kellogg, R)

“If thine eye offends thee… pluck it out!” – X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (Corman, R)

1960 The Time Machine (Pal, G)
Honourable Mention: Village of the Damned (Rilla, W)
1961 The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Zemen, K)
Honourable Mention: Mysterious Island (Enfield, C)
1962 Panic in Year Zero (Milland, R)
Honourable Mention: La Jetee (Marker, C)
1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (Milland, R)
Honourable Mention: The Nutty Professor (Lewis, J)
1964 Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, B)
Honourable Mention: Ghidorah – The Last Man on Earth (Ragona, U & Salkow, S)
1965 Alphaville (Godard, J)
Honourable Mention: Planet of the Vampires (Bava, M)

“It’s a mad house! A mad house! " – Planet of the Apes (Schaffner, F)

1966 Fantastic Voyage (Fleischer, R)
Honourable Mention: Fahrenheit 451 (Truffaut, F)
1967 Quatermass & the Pit (Baker, R)
Honourable Mention: Son of Godzilla (Fukuda, J)
1968 Planet of the Apes (Schaffner, F)
Honourable Mention: 2001: A Space Oydssey (Kubrick, S)
1969 The Valley of Gwangi (O’Connelly, J)
Honourable Mention: Marooned (Sturges, J)

“Poor Louie, God bless him… he’s not with us anymore” – Silent Running (Trumbull, D)

1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Post, T)
1971 A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, S)
Honourable Mention: The Omega Man (Sagal, B)
1972 Silent Running (Trumbull, D)
Honourable Mention: Solaris (Tarkovskiy)
1973 Fantastic Planet (Laloux, R)
Honourable Mention: Westworld (Crichton, M)
1974 Dark Star (Carpenter, J)
1975 Deathrace 2000 (Bartel, P)
Honourable Mention: Shivers (Cronenberg, D)

“Don’t give me any of that intelligent life crap, just give me something I can blow up” – Dark Star (Carpenter, J)

1976 The Man who Fell to Earth (Roeg, N)
Honourable Mention: Logan’s Run (Anderson, M)
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, S)
Honourable Mention: Star Wars (Lucas, G)
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, P)
Honourable Mention: Superman (Donner, R)
1979 Alien (Scott, R)
Honourable Mention: Mad Max (Miller, G)

“Who’s scruffy-lookin?” – The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, I)

1980 The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, I)
Honourable Mention: Superman 2 (Lester, R)
1981 Mad Max 2 (Miller, G)
Honourable Mention: Escape from New York (Carpenter, J)
1982 Blade Runner (Scott, R) & The Thing (Carpenter, J)
Honourable Mention: Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan (Meyer, N)
1983 VIdeodrome (Cronenberg, D)
Honourable Mention: The Dead Zone (Cronenberg, D)
1984 Dune (Lynch, D)
Honourable Mention: Repo Man (Cox, A)
1985 Back to the Future (Zemekis, R)
Honourable Mention: Brazil (Gilliam, T)

“Be afraid, be very afraid.” – The Fly (Carpenter, J)

1986 The Fly (Cronenberg, D)
Honourable Mention: Transformers – The Movie (Shin, N)
1987 Robocop (Verhoeven, P)
Honourable Mention: The Running Man (Glaser, PM)
1988 Akira (Ohtomo, K)
Honourable Mention: They Live (Carpenter, J)
1989 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Herek, S)
Honourable Mention: Tetsuo the Iron Man (Tsukamoto, S)

“I’m doing my part!” – Starship Troopers (Verhoeven, P)

1990 Total Recall (Verhoeven, P)
Honourable Mention: Salute of the Jugger (Peoples DW)
1991 Delicatessen (Jeunet, JP & Caro, M)
Honourable Mention: The Rocketeer (Johnson, J)
1992 Alien 3 (Fincher, D)
Honourable Mention: Memoirs of an Invisible Man (Carpenter, J)
1993 Jurassic Park (Spielberg, S)
Honourable Mention: Body Snatchers (Ferrara, A)
1994 No Escape (Campbell, M)
Honourable Mention: (Hyams, P)
1995 12 Monkeys (Gilliam, T)
Honourable Mention: Screamers (Duguay, C)

“I thought you’d be taller.” – Escape from LA (Carpenter, J)

1996 Escape from LA (Carpenter, J)
Honourable Mention: Mars Attacks! (Burton, T)
1997 Starship Troopers (Verhoeven, P)
Honourable Mention: Men in Black (Sonnenfeld, B)
1998 Pi (Aronofsky, D)
Honourable Mention: The Truman Show (Weir, P)
1999 The Matrix (Wachowski, A & Wachowski, L)
Honourable Mention: eXistenZ (Croenenberg, D)

“We’re going to have to watch that temper of yours” – Hulk (Lee, A)

2000 Pitch Black (Twohy, D)
Honourable Mention: Battle Royale (Fukasaku, K)
2001 Donnie Darko (Kelly, R)
Honourable Mention: Ghosts of Mars (Carpenter, J)
2002 Spider-Man (Raimi, S)
Honourable Mention: Eight Legged Freaks (Elkayem, E)
2003 Hulk (Lee, A)
Honourable Mention: A Revenger’s Tragedy (Cox, A)
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars (Kitamura, R)
Honourable Mention: The Chronicles of Riddick (Twohy, D)
2005 Serenity (Whedon, J)
Honourable Mention: War of the Worlds (Spielberg, S)

“What does a scanner see? Into the head? Into the heart? Does it see into me? Clearly? Or darkly?” – A Scanner Darkly (Linklater, R)

2006 A Scanner Darkly (Linklater, R)
Honourable Mention: The Host (Bong JH)
2008 Wall-E (Stanton, A)
Honourable Mention: Iron Man (Favreau, J)
2009 Moon (Jones, D)
Honourable Mention: The Road (Hillcoat, J)

“That’s an alien bruv, believe it” – Attack the Block (Cornish, J)

2010 Inception (Nolan, C)
Honourable Mention: The Book of Eli (Hughes, A & Hughes, A)
2011 Attack the Block (Cornish, J)
Honourable Mention: The Adjustment Bureau (Nolfi, G)

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