Oldies But Goldies Sci-Fi
Here we will talk about Classics Sci-Fi Movies and Books
Ah, those good old movies with naive heroes, laughable imagination of technics, simple special effects and decorations made of cardboard. Those good old books without splitting dynamics of scene rotation and action, which seem to be mandatory for modern books. They are different. Strange a bit. Dear. Why do we love them? What is that special zest that we simply cannot find in modern Sci-Fi?
Yes, classics Sci-Fi authors of the past not always were right with their predictions and forecasts, but were those predictions the reason for viewers and readers to be interested? Today, in future imagined in movies and books, we look on our past. Many things have changed, not necessarily in the way we wanted and dreamed. Yet one thing remained unchanged. We. People. As many years ago we love, enjoy life, sadden, lose and win. Only the decorations changed.
Might it be that we were more honest to ourselves in those decorations made of cardboard and without CGI?
The knights of tomorrow
Cyber City Oedo 808
When in 1990 Yoshiaki Kawajiri released his anime Cyber City Oedo 808, future was far away. Not as close as today. Back then scientists and writers dreamed about space elevators and flying machines; they tried to imagine how we will use atomic energy and when we will reach stars. Eventually, science stopped dreaming.
Today many critics and writers talk about modern sci-fi and how it is nearing its end. Science became too complicated to be entertaining and many fantastic things that writers created in their books are impossible to implement in real life. A space elevator, for example, cannot operate without huge investments and more advanced technology. The question is will our planet need a space elevator when the certain point of progress will be reached? Continue reading
In 1988 many people in the world knew nearly nothing about Japanese animation and rare manga were the only source of knowledge about who and how does painting in that mystical country. Nevertheless, science fiction was popular, maybe even more popular than ever before. USA had “Be Forever Yamato” and «Mobile suit Gundam» while in Europe noone wanted to promote anime. That time of sci-fi and cyberpunk was for Akira to strike. Likely, Katsuhiro Otomo knew that his animated action film will be popular and maybe he hoped that it will someday become a “classic”, but right after release “Akira” was claimed as a cult film. Years have past, but we still like it and want to watch it again and again!
What is so awesome about this film? Maybe genre? Let us see. Is “Akira” a cyberpunk? Definitely, but it is yet a science fiction. Does “Akira” have any action film aspects? Yes, it is a greatly detailed action-packed movie with explosions, blood, fighting scenes and much more. A picky spectator will be astonished by how many genres “Akira” combines in one single creation. Let us list all genres that fit “Akira”: psychological drama, science fiction, action, cyberpunk, horror, thriller, animation. It strikes nearly in every type of auditorium and strikes heavily. Continue reading