Two decades of great science-fiction movies

I think it was so much better in the olden days… No! That's not true! I do not want to be an old, boring moaner with rose-tinted spectacles! (At least not all the time) That being said, I do want to say that there really was a brilliant twenty-year period in U.K. and North American science-fiction cinema that started in 1962 and ended in 1982. For various cultural and historical reasons, it just seemed to be a time when film-makers had the freedom, opportunity, motivation and inspiration to create a lot of clever, inventive, disturbing and memorable science-fiction ideas and scenarios. It really was a golden age. I was going to waffle about each film, but that would take a lot of time, so I thought I'd just show the posters in rough date order, one for every year. Here goes:


Lovely stuff. It's tempting to wonder if the relatively slim pickings since 1982 is a result of increasingly right-wing governments, the liberalisation of violence in the cinema, the corporatization of film-making, the suppression of hallucinogenic drugs or an enormous machine in Alaska, controlling everyone's minds and turning them into one-dimensional consumer zombies by altering their brain-wave patterns…. Which would make a great movie all by itself! I must try and pitch the idea to a film company….. WOOOOKCKXK-ZZZZZZZ….. uhhh, my brain hurts… what was I thinking? Hey, look at that amazing new piece of kit!…