Film Review: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

SYNOPSIS: “When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Doctor Jeremy Stone advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Haunting (1963)

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion. As time goes by it becomes obvious that they have gotten … Continue reading

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Film Review: Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)

SYNOPSIS: “A strange cloud descends upon Klingon vessels and eradicates them with an energy bolt. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they too are wiped out by the entity. The starship assigned to the case is, what else, the NCC-1701. That would be the registration number for the USS Enterprise, which has been rebuilt. Thus, the entire original crew you knew from the television series returns. Although they are prepared to face … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1970s

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With The Andromeda Strain (1971) director Robert Wise proved that he was still as adept with science fiction themes as he was with the supernatural. A well constructed thriller, it tells of a group of scientists trying to analyse a strange alien spore which comes to earth. Stanley Kubrick, having explored the sterile depths of space in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), returned to a grungy Earth to show what might be happening in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

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SYNOPSIS: “An alien named Klaatu, with his mighty robot Gort, land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War Two. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The world was warned by a superior force to … Continue reading

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