Tag: 50s

Alien Trespass

Every once in a while, somebody tries to recapture the genie in a bottle that was “Sci-Fi Movies in the 50s”. It’s not an easy task. Ask today’s “sophisticated” audiences, and they’ll tell you that one of the reasons “campy” movies like Forbidden Planet and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers worked so well in the 50s is that people simply didn’t know any better. They didn’t know what would one day be possible in a post-CGI world, and therefore embraced the best they could get.

As we sit and wait for the visual extravaganza that will be Terminator: Salvation this year, it’s easy to dismiss a movie like the original The Day the Earth Stood Still as simple and unexciting by comparison. After all, it’s in black and white, and the special effects are so OBVIOUS, and the alien looks like a normal man. And yet, while I haven’t seen it yet, by most accounts the 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves was a huge letdown … despite being in color and having a multi-million dollar special effects budget. Likewise, I personally wasn’t all that impressed with Spielberg’s CGI-laden 2005 retelling of The War of the Worlds. Bigger and fancier doesn’t always equate to better.

All of which is my pretense for talking about an independent flick due out later this year, called Alien Trespass, produced and directed by X-Files alum R.W. Goodwin.

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X Minus One

I bought my first iPod a few months back — a little 2GB Shuffle — and among the reasons I was excited to have one was because it would give me the opportunity to start listening to “X Minus One” during my drive to and from work. I stumbled across an episode while flipping the channels on my Sirius Radio a while back, quickly ran home to Google it, and learned that “X Minus One” is an old NBC radio science fiction show, a precursor to Rod’s Serling’s “Twilight Zone” (yes, I’m a big TZ fan).

And when I say old, I mean OLD. I know there are some teenagers out there who will look at a movie from the 80s like “Back to the Future” and say, “Wow, that’s old!” But I’m talking 50+ years here. Half a century. The show ran from 1955-1958, and featured dramatic adaptations of works by such classic sci-fi authors as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Philip K. Dick. Continue reading