A recent local blog had a piece titled "The Brain that Wouldn't Die." This represented a takeoff on one of the many drive in theater Science fiction movies that were churned out in the 50s. In this particular piece the local target was a pro casino and marshmallow roaster extraordinaire named Brian G. I’ll leave it at “G” since I screw up his name every time I spell it. The sin that Brian committed was he is pro casino! Being of that ilk Brian could cure cancer, solve the energy issue and formulate a plan for world peace and still be on the you know what list for the anti’s. But the intent of this is to get into one of my favorite areas and that is science fiction movies. So I have complied a short list of my favorites thanks to “Brian’s Brain.”
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - The scene with pro and anti casino forces attempting to touch the monolith. Great scene.
2. Forbidden Planet - As a 12 year old boy I get to see Anne Francis and a monster from the Id.
3. Blade Runner - What a dark vision of the future. The opening scene where the camera pans over a filing cabinet and you see dust.
4. Alien - Sojourner Weaver as a real woman. Tough and driven. A space ship that looks like a ship and not that plastic spotless Star Trek stuff.
5. Sleeper - Woody Allen before he became serious.
6. The Day The Earth Stood Still - Klaatu barada nikto which means they’ll be no damn casino in Martian.
7. Dr. Strangelove - How many great scenes in this movie? Sellers as Strangelove is a classic. Slim Pickens riding the bomb.
8. A Clockwork Orange - For years this movie could not be shown in England. A new meaning to the classic “Singing In The Rain.”
9. Brazil - Grim tale of bureaucratic government gone mad. Sometimes the future is now. Pryce and De Niro are outstanding.
10. Eraser head - This movie is beyond bizarre but I found it totally fascinating