2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke’s 1951 short story “The Sentinel” and other short stories by Clarke. Clarke also developed a novelisation of the film, which was released after the film’s release, and in part written concurrently with the screenplay. The film stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Douglas Rain, and follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient supercomputer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith. The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. Kubrick avoided conventional cinematic and narrative techniques; dialogue is used sparingly, and there are long sequences accompanied only by music.
The soundtrack incorporates numerous works of classical music, by composers including Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian, and György Ligeti. The film received diverse critical responses, ranging from those who saw it as darkly apocalyptic to those who saw it as an optimistic reappraisal of the hopes of humanity. Critics noted its exploration of themes such as human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Kubrick the award for his direction of the visual effects. The film is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. In 1991, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
IT Chapter One & IT Chapter Two (2017 & 2019)
It (titled onscreen as It Chapter One) & it’s sequel It Chapter Two, is a 2017 American coming-of-age supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti. Based on my favourite novel of all time, the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King, primarily covering the first half of the book. The film featuring the cast of Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, with Bill Skarsgård starring as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, and Jackson Robert Scott are all featured in supporting roles. Set in Derry, Maine, the film tells the story of The Losers’ Club, a group of seven outcast children who are terrorized by the eponymous being which emerges from the sewer, only to face their own personal demons in the process.
It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, returning from the first film, with a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. The second and final installment of the It film series, it is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King, primarily covering the second half of the book. It stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of the first film, the second film centers on the Losers Club and their relationships as they reunite to destroy It once and for all.
King’s fourth novel, his first to be published, also became the first movie made from one of his writings. Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen, adapted from Stephen King’s 1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy 16-year-old who is consistently mocked and bullied at school. The film also features Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt, P. J. Soles, Betty Buckley, and John Travolta in supporting roles. It is the first film in the Carrie franchise.
And what a way to start! Director Brian De Palma turns the milestone into a towering masterpiece of horror cinema, with Sissy Spacek as the tormented teen whose repressed, telekinetic rage finally comes to a boil at her prom. It’s a coming-of-age tale with a monstrous twist; Carrie is a shy, sheltered girl with high school pressures, anxieties and awkwardness to which many young viewers can certainly relate. She’s a weirdo, an oddball, an outsider.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore appear in supporting roles.
Critics liked it, and word of mouth was great. But so few people paid for a ticket during its brief theatrical run; the movie didn’t earn back its production costs even after its seven Oscar nominations. Now it’s become one of the most beloved films on anyone’s list thanks to cable TV and probably one of King’s most popular adaptations ever. Its story of an innocent convict Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and his sagacious penitentiary friend Red (Morgan Freeman) holds up for endlessly repeated viewings. And when Red finally rejoins Andy in freedom on the beach in Mexico, good luck holding down that big ol’ lump in your throat. Life is too short, and too precious, to spend it rotting away in a prison of any kind.
Pet Sematary (1989)
Pet Sematary (sometimes referred to as Stephen King’s Pet Sematary) is a 1989 American supernatural horror film and the first adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, it stars Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Blaze Berdahl, Fred Gwynne, and Miko Hughes as Gage Creed. The title is a sensational spelling of “pet cemetery”. This supernatural horror-thriller about a family that discovers something very troubling behind their new home. There was nothing but freak-out scares in this goose-bump gauntlet about the buried dead coming back to life. And King makes a cameo, as a minister presiding over a child’s funeral. The film was released on April 21, 1989, and grossed $89.5 million at the box office on a budget of $11.5 million. A sequel, Pet Sematary Two, was released in 1992 and a second film adaptation was released in 2019.
The Mist (also known as Stephen King’s The Mist) is a 2007 American science-fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella “The Mist” by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont. Darabont had been interested in adapting “The Mist” for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an ensemble cast, including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Nathan Gamble, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, Frances Sternhagen, Buck Taylor, William Sadler, Sam Witwer, Alexa Davalos, Chris Owen, Andy Stahl, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, and Juan Gabriel Pareja. he plot revolves around members of the small town of Bridgton, Maine, who after a severe thunderstorm causes the power to go out the night before, meet in a supermarket to pick up supplies. While they struggle to survive, an unnatural mist envelops the town and conceals vicious, Lovecraftian monsters as extreme tensions rise among the survivors.
Deep Impact is a 1998 American science-fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell, and Morgan Freeman. Steven Spielberg served as an executive producer of this film. It was released by Paramount Pictures in North America and by DreamWorks Pictures internationally on May 8, 1998. The film depicts the attempts to prepare for and destroy a 7-mile (11 km) wide comet set to collide with Earth and cause a mass extinction.
Deep Impact was released in the same summer as a similarly themed film, Armageddon, which fared better at the box office, while astronomers described Deep Impact as being more scientifically accurate. Both films were similarly received by critics, with Armageddon scoring 38% and Deep Impact scoring 45% on Rotten Tomatoes. Deep Impact grossed over $349 million worldwide on an $80 million production budget. It was the final film by cinematographer Dietrich Lohmann, who died before the film’s release.
The third season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville, also known as The Orville: New Horizons, premiered on June 2, 2022. Along with creator Seth MacFarlane returning as Capt. Ed Mercer, we also have the rest of the cast coming back after a gap of 3 years. Adrianne Palicki as Cmdr. Kelly Grayson, Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn, Scott Grimes as Lt. Gordon Malloy, Peter Macon as Lt. Cmdr. Bortus, Jessica Szohr as Lt. Talla Keyali, J Lee as Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr & Mark Jackson as Isaac. New cast member Anne Winters joins up as Ens. Charly Burke.
The late Norm Macdonald completed voiceover work as Lt. Yaphit prior to his death in September 2021, making it his final role. The premiere was dedicated to his memory. Filming began in October 2019 but was halted due to COVID-19, and production ultimately completed in August 2021. his season will be the first on Hulu, after airing its previous two seasons on Fox, as well as the first to premiere since The Walt Disney Company’s March 2019 acquisition of 20th Century Fox. This season will consist of 10 episodes, fewer than the previous two seasons, but each episode will run on average 12 to 15 minutes longer.
Loki is an American television series created by Michael Waldron for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. It is the third television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The series takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Waldron served as head writer and Kate Herron directed the first season, with Eric Martin and the duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead serving as head writer and leading the directing team for the second season, respectively.
Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki from the film series, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Sasha Lane, Jack Veal, DeObia Oparei, Richard E. Grant, and Jonathan Majors also starring. By September 2018, Marvel Studios was developing a number of limited series for Disney+, centered on supporting characters from the MCU films. Filming began in February 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, but was halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed that September and completed in December. Loki premiered on June 9, 2021. Its first season, consisting of six episodes, concluded on July 14 and is part of Phase Four of the MCU. It received positive reviews, with praise for the performances, musical score, and visuals. A second season, also consisting of six episodes, is in development.
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Battlestar Galactica : is an American science fiction television series created by Glen A. Larson that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict, it follows the surviving humans as they flee in Battlestar Galactica and other ships in search for a new home while being pursued by the Cylons. The series ran for the 1978–1979 season before being canceled after 24 episodes.This includes the 1980 sequel that ran for only 10 episodes and which is considered one of the worst scifi shows of all time. But the original is a groundbreaking series and the first show that is not a cartoon that I ever got into. I was into this show when I was just 4 years old when they showed the first and only season on Kuwaiti television back in 1980. They had it in reruns a lot and each time I was so excited to see the episodes.
V : The other show that reminds me so much of my childhood and is a big part of my life since then is V. V is a science fiction franchise created by American writer, producer and director Kenneth Johnson about a genocidal invading alien race known as the “Visitors”—reptilian humanoids disguised as human beings—trying to take over Earth, and the human reaction to this, including the Resistance group attempting to stop them, while others collaborate with the aliens for power and personal wealth.This includes the original mini-series, the Final Battle and the regular tv series that lasted for 1 season and 19 episodes before getting cancelled. The mini-series is brilliant though the regular series suffered from a severe drop in budget and lousy writing. Major stats included Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Jeff Yagher, June Chadwick, Robert Englund, Jennifer Cooke & the indomitable Michael Ironside.
Misfits Of Science : Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy sci-fi drama created by James D. Parriott that aired on NBC from October 4, 1985 to February 21, 1986. The series discussed super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. The team is formed by Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist at the Humanidyne Institute who specializes in “human anomalies”. He works with shrinking Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln, and together they recruit electrically powered Johnny Bukowski, a rock-and-roll musician, and Gloria Dinallo, a telekinetic teenanger. Starring the late Dean Paul Martin, the late Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller & a 19 year old Courtney Cox.
Automan : Automan is an American superhero television series produced by Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on ABC between 1983 and 1984. It consciously emulates the stylistic trappings of the Walt Disney Pictures live-action film Tron, in the context of a superhero TV series. The series was later shown in reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel. Automan (the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who has created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave the computer world at night and fight crime.
ThunderCats : is an American animated television series that was produced by Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Ted “Tobin” Wolf. The series, for which Leonard Starr was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form Walt Disney Animation Japan. Season 1 of the show aired in 1985, consisting of 65 episodes, followed by a TV movie entitled ThunderCats – Ho! in 1986. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 each contained twenty episodes, starting with a five-part story.
Riddick (also known as Riddick: Rule the Dark) is a 2013 American science fiction action film and the third installment in the Riddick film series. Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, Riddick is written and directed by David Twohy, who previously wrote and directed the first two installments, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). The film was released on September 6, 2013, in the United States. It was shown in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters.
Set 5 years after the end of the last film, Riddick’s refusal to swear into the Necromonger faith has caused dissent among his subjects and assassination attempts by his subordinates. Commander Vaako falsely leads him to believe that he has discovered the location of Furya, he is taken there on a ship led by Krone and his men. Realizing that it is not Furya, Riddick kills most of his escort when they attempt to assassinate him. In the chaos, Krone causes a landslide and buries Riddick alive. Riddick escapes and must now battle the weird creatures and find a way out of the planet by alerting his prescence there to a bunch of mercenaries.
I saw this clip late last night on my phone as it was announced and it made me cry tears of joy. I wasn’t weeping, I was crying! To see them all again one time – goosebumps!
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is an American television miniseries created by Malcolm Spellman for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Sam Wilson / Falcon and Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier. It is the second television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and taking place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019). Spellman served as head writer with Kari Skogland directing. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie reprise their respective roles as Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson from the film series, with Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Danny Ramirez, Georges St-Pierre, Adepero Oduye, Don Cheadle, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Florence Kasumba, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also starring.
By September 2018, Marvel Studios was developing a number of limited series for Disney+, centered on supporting characters from the MCU films such as Wilson and Barnes. Spellman was hired in October, and chose to focus on the racial issues raised by Wilson being handed Captain America’s shield at the end of Endgame. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was confirmed in April 2019, and Skogland was hired the next month. Filming began in October 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the Czech Republic in March 2020. Production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed in Atlanta in September before wrapping in the Czech Republic in October. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered on March 19, 2021, and ran for six episodes until April 23. It is part of Phase Four of the MCU.