State of the Media: Sci-Fi...It's Dead Jim!
Unlimited Human Imagination Proves Quite Limiting
Many of us contributors at THEMOVIEPOOL can be classified as die-hard fans of specific genres. Jordan is a Monster Action movie follower. I myself am a die-hard Horror aficionado. And I’m pretty certain Gabriel will never quench his inhuman thirst for Children’s Animation, most notably The Care Bears Movie (1985).
Action Horror Pure Speculation
However, one thing I know all of us at THEMOVIEPOOL have in common is our love of Science Fiction. When the implausible, improbable and downright impossible is made celluloid reality, nothing gets us pumped up more. Whether it be aliens, technology, genetics, or some other new fangled vision of the future, we are there to eat it up.
It’s a taste of the new generation…
One thing that has, since its inception as a film genre, been a staple of the Sci-Fi film are the special effects, which have always striven to showcase the best technology available at the time. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) is considered a ground-breaking piece that helped to define the genre with its terrifying visuals and brilliant use of simple camera and lighting tricks, some developed strictly for that picture. Other notables that made use of the solid technology of the time would be Blade Runner (1982), Destination Moon (1950), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Alien (1979), and War of the Worlds (1953). Some of the scenes, music, and technological advances in these films would actually inspire the creators of today in their designs and inventions.
Nowadays, our beloved sci-fi has become the tramping ground of less successful, or more accessible, genres. Now we have Sci-Fi Romance, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Sci-Fi Horror, or my favorite of the vague, Sci-Fi Fantasy. What’s worse is recently, sci-fi has taken a back seat. Thriller Sci-Fi, Horror Sci-Fi, Fantasy Romance Adventure Sci-Fi? Huh??
Yeah, it was hard to keep my lunch down too.