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Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-fiction Films

Outer Limits: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Science-fiction Films
Howard Hughes

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HOWARD HUGHES'S NEW FILMGOERS' GUIDE TO SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS DELVES DEEP INTO THE LANDMARK MOVIES OF THIS EVERPOPULAR GENRE, FROM METROPOLIS TO AVATAR AND BEYOND, AND COVERS OVER 250 MORE Outer Limits explores science-fiction cinema through 26 great films, from the silent classic Metropolis to today. It reviews the galaxy of stars and directors who have created some of the most popular films of all time, including George Lucas's 'Star Wars' films, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Minority Report, James Cameron's 'Terminator' films and Ridley Scott's milestones Alien and Blade Runner. It also discusses everything from A-listers 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes, to Japanese monster movies, 1950s B-movies, creature features and cult favourites, depicting time travel, distant planets or alien invasions. Films featured include The War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Tarantula, Godzilla, The Thing, Forbidden Planet, Barbarella, Galaxy Quest, Mad Max 2, Back to the Future, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Star Trek, Apollo 13, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Matrix, and many, many more.

Illustrated with original posters, Outer Limits is an informative, entertaining tour of the sci-fi universe.

Table of Contents

Now and Then: An Introduction to Science Fiction Cinema

Chapter 1
'Death to the Machines' – Metropolis (1927)

Chapter 2
'Regarded this Earth with Envious Eyes' – The War of the Worlds (1953)

Chapter 3
'Godzilla is Just a Legend' – Gojira (1954)

Chapter 4
'I Never Saw Anything Like It!' – Tarantula (1955)

Chapter 5
'You're Next!' – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 
Chapter 6
'We Are, After All, Not God' – Forbidden Planet (1956) 
Chapter 7
'He Has all the Time in the World' – The Time Machine (1960) 
Chapter 8
'Damn you all to Hell' – Planet of the Apes (1968) 
Chapter 9
'My God, It's Full of Stars' – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 
Chapter 10
'I Love all the Love in You' – Barbarella (1968) 
Chapter 11
'The Mysteries Remain' – The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) 
Chapter 12
'The Force will be with You, Always' – Star Wars (1977) 
Chapter 13
'When You Wish Upon a Star' – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 
Chapter 14
'In Space No One can Hear you Scream' – Alien (1979) 
Chapter 15
'Nobody gets Out of Here Alive' – Mad Max 2 (1981) 
Chapter 16
'Like Tears in Rain' – Blade Runner (1982) 
Chapter 17
'It's Weird and Pissed Off' – The Thing (1982) 
Chapter 18
'You Have No Concept of Time' – Back to the Future (1985) 
Chapter 19

'Hasta la Vista, Baby' – Terminator 2: Judgement Day 
Chapter 20
'Houston, we have a Problem' – Apollo 13 (1995) 
Chapter 21

'Now that's what I Call a Close Encounter' – Independence Day (1996) 
Chapter 22
'Welcome to the Real World' – The Matrix (1999) 
Chapter 23
'By Grabthar's Hammer!' – Galaxy Quest (1999) 
Chapter 24
'We See What They See' – Minority Report (2002) 
Chapter 25
'Live Long and Prosper' – Star Trek (2009) 
Chapter 26
'I See You' – Avatar (2009)

Author Info

Film writer and historian Howard Hughes is the author of Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood (I.B. Tauris) and of the Filmgoers' Guide series, When Eagles Dared, Crime Wave, Once Upon a Time in the Italian West and Stagecoach to Tombstone (all from I.B. Tauris). He is contributor to 'The James Bond Archives', the official fiftieth anniversary celebration of 007, and writes regularly for film magazine 'Cinema Retro'.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780761664
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2014
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 244
Width: 172
Illustrations: 45 integrated bw illustrations

ISBN: 9781780761657
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2014
Number of Pages: 320
Illustrations: 45 integrated bw illustrations

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