111 Years of Sci-Fi

The Time Machine

Me in my time machine - wish me luck!

There’s just no point in living if you don’t have a ridiculously ambitious movie/game/tv/book marathon on the go.  Ok, so that’s probably a bit extreme, but it’s something I very much like to do, and this is what I’ve come up with.

Wikipedia tells me (and I trust it, absolutely.) that the first science fiction film is Le Voyage dans le Lune (normally translated as A Trip to the Moon, although my French isn’t good enough to tell me why Le Voyage doesn’t translate to The Trip…) a 1902 film written and directed by Georges Méliès.  This got me thinking; I have a definite start-date for all science fiction films.  I have a good end-date, given that we’ve just started 2012.  That’s 111 years in which sci-fi films have been being produced.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I hope that there was at least one sci-fi film released each year in the early days after 1902, but past a certain point there most certainly will be.  I’ll be doing a bit of research into what’s regarded as a classic or must-watch film of each year’s crop, and watching one film from every last year in which a sci-fi movie was released.

You can see the list below; I’ll add to it as I work out what’s going to be watched for each year, and I’ll link to a post with my reactions as I watch them :) Please please please feel free to suggest your personal favourites for any given year (especially early years that I haven’t suggested one for yet; they’ll be the ones I watch first!).

I’m really looking forward to this; I really enjoy reading sci-fi, but apart from a few very classic films, haven’t watched too much.  I’m excited about getting this snapshot of the entire history of sci-fi cinema!

Do, or do not.  There is no try. – Jedi Master Yoda, 3 A.B.Y. (I think…)

  • 1902 – Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)Georges Méliès 8/10
  • 1903 – No science fiction films this year! :( Not even by Georges…
  • 1904 – Le Voyage à travers l’impossible (The Impossible Voyage)G. Méliès – 6/10
  • 1905 – Another year without sci-fi!  It took a while for the real awesome to get going.
  • 1906 – Voyage autour d’une étoile (Voyage Around a Star)G. Velle7/10
  • 1907 – 20000 lieues sous les mers (20000 Leagues Under the Sea) – G. Méliès7/10
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  • 1924 – Аэлита (Aelita: Queen of Mars) – Yakov Protazanovsuggested by katkasia
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  • 1927 – Metropolis – Fritz Langsuggested by robertbrudos
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  • 1975 – Rollerball – Norman Jewison – suggested by robertbrudos
  • 1976 – Logan’s Run – Michael Anderson – suggested by robertbrudos
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  • 1984 – The Terminator – David Cameron suggested by Dave
  • 1985 – Back to the Future – Robert Zemeckis  suggested by Dave
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  • 1988 – Akira – Katsuhiro Ohtomo
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  • 1990 – Total Recall – Paul Verhoeven suggested by nerdshirtsandcardigans
  • 1991 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day – James Cameron – suggested by Dave
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  • 1994 – Stargate – Roland Emmerich – suggested by nerdshirtsandcardigans
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  • 2007 – Sunshine – Danny Boylesuggested by Sean Duffy
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  • 2009 – Moon – Duncan Jonessuggested by Sean Duffy
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12 Responses to 111 Years of Sci-Fi

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  2. Dave says:

    Great challenge! Off the top of my head, Terminator for 1984 and Back to the Future for 1985. Also, Total Recall for 1990 and Terminator 2 for 91.

    • fateamenable says:

      Terminator’s not really got any competition for 1984, and nor has Back to the Future in 85. If Flatliners counts, then that might contend with Total Recall (which I’ve seen) – I’m pretty much in love with Keifer Sutherland and it’s about immortal young scientists right?!
      Not really anything else for 91 either, so T2 it is :D

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  4. robertbrudos says:

    Rollerball for 1975 (the original is TERRIFIC, it makes you cheer the violence even as you feel guilty about it). Logan’s Run for ’76. 1927, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

    • fateamenable says:

      Doesn’t seem to be much competition in ’27 and ’76! And I’ve seen Logan’s Run before, couldn’t agree more! I love that film :D Also, Rollerball sounds pretty class, so they’re all going on the list! Thanks for the input :D

  5. Sean Duffy says:

    Ah! I love Akira! Hmmm, right now I’d throw out Moon of 2009, which I really loved, Sunshine of 2007, and of course Blade Runner (1982)!

    • fateamenable says:

      I am in love with Moon – it’s an incredible film! Really the only competition for that in my view is Watchmen (do we call this sci-fi? I think Dr Manhattan kinda makes it a yes…). Star Trek was also from 2009, and I liked that movie – but I think it gets beaten by those two for the list spot…
      Sunshine has competition in the form of (and bear with me here – the point of this thing is to watch representative sci-fi, not necessarily BEST sci-fi lol) Transformers. The others films in that series aren’t worth considering, but I feel the first one almost is – see previous brackets!
      Saying that, both of your suggestions are probably going on the list for those years :D
      SERIOUS battle for 1982 though – we’ve got Blade Runner, TRON, ET and The Thing. All arguably classic sci-fi, difficult to choose…

  6. nerdshirtsandcardigans says:

    I’m a sci-fi nerd. Not sure what to type in Geek code. I love this challenge idea! My mind is rambling with tons of suggestions, but it all depends on what bag you are into with sci-fi too – since there are so many factions as well and tv tie-ins. And now-days you get so much with tie-ins that make so much hard to follow otherwise. Wish you luck in this, it sounds hawsome and super fun!

    • fateamenable says:

      I know, it’s really difficult to decide! Part of the idea is that I discover stuff that’s not usually something I’d think was up my street, so I’m really going for popular choice :)
      Some years the choice is obvious, but for some, especially in the late 70s and 80s, there’s so much competition!
      Any suggestions from your favourites for any of the unclaimed years? :)

  7. nerdshirtsandcardigans says:

    Blade Runner or Tron in 1982…
    1987 Spaceballs…
    1990 Total Recall…
    1994 Stargate
    1995 Tank Girl
    1997 Starship Trooper.
    That’s off the top of my head when trying to think of at least “one” big one each year…

    • fateamenable says:

      Mmm, good suggestions – problem with this period is that it’s bang in the middle of a bit of a sci-fi asplosion – for example, 1987 also has Predator and Robocop, and 1995 provided Twelve Monkeys and Species as well as Tank Girl :D

      Don’t even get me started on ’97 – The Fifth Element, Men in Black, Starship Troopers and Cube… Both Fifth Element and Starship Troopers I’ve seen, and I absolutely love them!

      You have been noted on Stargate and Total Recall though! ^^

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