Thursday, March 23, 2017
FANTASTIC PLANETS, FORBIDDEN ZONES AND LOST CONTINENTS: The 100 Greatest Science Fiction Films
Author Brode looks at 100 of the most influential, popular, and well-made science fiction films. There are chapters on such films as The Invisible Man, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The War of the Worlds, Village of the Damned, Seconds, Alien, Star Wars, Fantastic Voyage, Jurassic Park, and many others. This is more a book of reportage than of film criticism.as Brode's approach is to divide each essay, pop culture-style, into bold-faced sections: Background, Film, Plot, Theme, Trivia and Most Memorable Line. There is little analysis of the film's themselves. In addition to genuine classics, Brode seems to have a weakness for some of the more pretentious titles covered but he does come up with some interesting factoids on many movies. Heavily illustrated.
Verdict: Okay introduction to some memorable and not so memorable science fiction films.***.