Monday, December 6, 2010

Silver Screen Sci-Fi by Ivor Casey


Sci – fi is a genre which covers futuristic speculation
Sci – fi is a style with fictional techno celebration
It is enjoyed through books, comics, art and games
But it’s the movies which help light its brightest flames

Time travel is presented with photos in La Jetee (1962)
Time fast forwards suddenly in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A journey to fulfilment of desires is the basis of Stalker (1979)
Intergalactic battles form the adventures of Luke Skywalker

Old folks find youth with strange objects, in Cocoon (1985)
Amazon adventures meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Sci-fi shows us a face transplant in Eyes Without a Face (1960)
And a talking feline in Disney’s Cat From Outer Space (1978)

There are pessimistic predictions of a future city in Metropolis (1927)
Alien intelligence up to no good on distant planets in Solyaris (1972)
Bureaucrats and administrative errors in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985)
There are futuristic cities on other planets as in Alphaville (1965)

Sci-fi is a form of fiction which delves into the depths of imagination
Sci-fi can be defined as exaggerated reality or structural fabulation
A corporate controlled, violent future is represented in Rollerball (1975)
Cover ups, memory implants, an adventure on Mars in Total Recall (1990)

A cyborg killer as played by Arnie in The Terminator (1984)
Dead tissue used for bizarre experiments in Re-Animator (1985)
Horror makes its way in with the surreal Eraserhead (1977)
And flesh eating zombies in Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

There’s modern greats like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Or Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) and Close Encounters of The Third Kind (1977)
A fantastical land where dinosaurs still roam in The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
All time classics like Blade Runner (1982) and Alien (1979) from director Ridley Scott

Sci – fi is built upon an expansion of scientific knowledge ascertained
Sci – fi is an incredible genre used in the movies to keep us entertained.

Copyright - Ivor Casey

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