Finding a good sci-fi film about space exploration can be a tough job. It needs to walk that perfect line between realism and imagination, all while taking you to fantastic new places and presenting you with captivating circumstances. Luckily for sci-fi fans, not only have the past few years seen a boon in good flicks like Interstellar, Sunshine, and Moon, but there are also quite a few old school gems just waiting to be watched or even rewatched, in many cases. We’ve selected six of our favorite old school space exploration films (and by “old school”, we mean pre- Star Wars) that deserve to be seen if you haven’t given them a try just yet.
1. She had a love-hate relationship with George Lucas.
In her bestselling memoir and one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, Fisher tells her readers, “George Lucas ruined my life.”
1. Director David Lynch turned down the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in order to direct Dune.
2. Helena Bonham Carter was originally cast as Princess Irulan, but scheduling conflicts with A Room with a View forced her to leave the film. Jodie Foster, Brooke Shields, Kim Basinger, Melanie Griffith, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Tatum O’Neal, Bridget Fonda and Sarah Jessica Parker were also all considered to play the princess.
Science fiction is one of those literary genres that is both loved and hated in equal measure. For its detractors, it’s all silly silver suits and bug-eyed monsters, for its enthusiasts, it provides a fascinating insight into humanity and a myriad of potential tech fuelled futures. We fall firmly into the second category and one very big reason for that is Isaac Asimov, a man who opened our eyes to the wonders of science and space at a very young age. This is one reason we believe, that despite being up against a legion of fantastic sci-fi writers including the legendary Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein, Asimov is the greatest ever.
1. According to Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick wanted to get an insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London to protect himself against losses in the event that extraterrestrial intelligence were discovered before the movie was released. Lloyd’s refused.
2.The total footage shot was some 200 times the final length of the film.
3. Stanley Kubrick had several tons of sand imported, washed, and painted for the moon surface scenes.
1. There’re more stars in the universe than grains of sand on earth.
2. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
3. Most humans alive today have never made a phone call.
Meet the Duke family. Charles Moss and Dorothy and their two sons, Charles junior and Thomas. Note how they’re all smiling. Maybe they knew the fate of this photo. Or maybe they were just having a fun day. Whatever the reason in 1972, when Charles Moss Duke landed on the moon as pilot of Apollo 16, he decided to gift the moon a photo of his family. And there it sits to this day, undisturbed in the Descartes Highlands. A more poignant symbol of human endeavor than any flag could ever be.
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