I read this morning of the passing of Kevin McCarthy, star of the classic 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers (not to be confused with the dreadful and totally unnecessary 1978 remake).
No, I did not see the original Invasion film when it first came out, 54 years ago. But I did see it many years ago and have seen it many times since, and it still induces chills and fear. It's a "simple" story well told and well executed, despite (or perhaps because of) the lack of high-tech, expensive special effects. Director Don Siegel used his low budget and its constraints to advantage, and concentrated on what makes a good movie, rather than distract the audience with too much whiz-bang effects. (Hmmmm, that also sounds like a good engineering-design principle to me.)
The news of McCarthy's passing started me wondering : what "science fiction" films that I have seen--and there have been many--still stand out in my mind? (OK, I was drifting away and daydreaming, when I should have been working.)
Note: We won't try to define "science fiction" here, let's just say we know it when we see it, and most of us will have definitions which have a fair amount of commonality and overlap. (And let's leave those many slasher/zombie movies off the list, please.)
Some of the films which I think make the grade for me, in no special order, are:
- The Blob
- Back to the Future
- E. T. The Extraterrestrial
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
- The Brother from Another Planet
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek (2009)
- Men in Black
So, which SF-themed movies are on your "tops" list??