Planet-of-the-Apes

Planet of the Apes

One of the most successful science fiction franchises ever to emerge from Hollywood, Planet of the Apes (and the four sequels that followed) introduced film audiences to a world where apes ruled supreme, and with an iron fist. With Charlton Heston playing the lead human, and Roddy McDowell, Maurice Evans and Kim Hunter transformed into believable beasts (via loads of latex makeup), The Planet of the Apes continues to enthrall with its thought-provoking plot and colorful characters over four decades after its original release. Continue reading...

The Cat from Outer Space

The Cat from Outer Space

From the director who brought the world such classic Disney films as The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Apple Dumpling Gang, came this cute 1978 comedy about a talking kitty from outer space - a premise not meant to be pondered, just enjoyed. While it didn't quite get (nor deserve) the acclaim of, say, a Mary Poppins, The Cat from Outer Space is still one of those entertaining live-action Disney movies that so many of us flocked to the theaters to see in the 70s. Continue reading...

Star Trek: The Next Generati

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Surprisingly enough, the original Star Trek television series wasn’t all that popular when it first debuted in the 60s. But in the decades that followed, it achieved a cult-like status that few shows have ever equaled. For the most rabid of fans, annual conventions and fan-written books just didn’t satiate their appetite; they pleaded for some new Trek on TV. They finally got their wish in 1987, with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As an added bonus, original creator Gene Roddenberry returned to the helm, serving as executive producer. Continue reading...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Years before theater audiences were introduced to a friendly little alien with a glowing finger and a penchant for Reece's Pieces, director Steven Spielberg offered another compelling tale about visitors from another planet. Having recently put his name on the map with a little summer blockbuster called Jaws, he would switch to the science fiction genre in 1977. The result was Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and audiences would never look at the skies (or a clump of mashed potatoes, for that matter) in quite the same way. Continue reading...

Escape to Witch Mountain

Escape to Witch Mountain

A classic film in the Disney live-action arsenal, Escape to Witch Mountain was a 1975 feature based on Alexander Key’s 1968 sci-fi book about young orphaned siblings that display mysterious psychic powers. More eerie than scary, it charmed millions of young moviegoers, who still hold a fond place in their heart for this timeless offering. Continue reading...

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Physics needn't be boring, it just needs a healthy dose of humor and drama, not to mention a couple of colorful characters to liven things up a bit. Debuting on NBC in 1989, Quantum Leap put a unique twist on time-travel, with the main character, Dr. Sam Beckett, actually inhabiting the bodies of various people living in the past. That included women, kids and, in one memorable episode, a chimp. Things often went comically wrong, and when they did ... Oh, Boy. Continue reading...

Knight Rider

Knight Rider

After the short-lived sitcom from the 60s, My Mother the Car, television viewers would have to wait almost two decades before a network ventured into talking car territory again as part of the prime time lineup. It was worth the wait, and NBC scored a big hit with a talking car named K.I.T.T in the weekly 80s series Knight Rider. Continue reading...

WarGames

WarGames

Home computers were quite the fad in the early 80s but most people didn’t know what exactly could be accomplished with them other than very simple word processing programs and rudimentary games. WarGames, released in 1983, showed the world the advantages (and disadvantages) to be had from computers’ increasingly important role in our lives. Continue reading...