Lewis Beale is an American journalist, film critic and film lecturer whose articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, Interview, USA Today, Film Journal International, and other publications. He was also a senior writer at Us Weekly.
"Now that the trailer for the seventh "Star Wars" movie is out, you can imagine the anticipation among the millions of fans of the film franchise. And why not? The six "Star Wars" films have been enormous successes: they have grossed over $2 billion domestically at the box office, spawned scores of books, comic books and merchandise (how many kids have their own light saber?) and made household names of characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker."
"Butler's main themes are race and sex, and in "Kindred" she wrote about a modern black woman who travels back in time to the antebellum South, where she is enslaved. The novel is regularly taught in classrooms and has made at least one list of "Great Books By Women."
"But Hollywood has yet to adapt it for the screen. Maybe if the lead character had a Wookiee by her side...
"Many of the great works of sci-fi have not been made into films -- The Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov, Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War," William Gibson's "Neuromancer," among others -- partially because they are too smart, too dense and too thoughtful."
And saying a movie was intellectual and a bit too frigid for a mass audience...well, that comes across as condescending. It is an insult to the average movie-goer to say they weren't smart enough to "get" a certain movie? While an excellent book, maybe the source material for Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451" just didn't translate well to the big screen. Maybe the screenplay adaptation wasn't well written.
- "Explorers" (1985) comes to mind, with River Phoenix
- "Back to the Future: (1985)
- "Ghostbusters" (1984)
- "Beetlejuice: (1988)
- "Tron" (1982)
- "Modern Problems" (1981) with Chevy Chase
- "Spaceballs" (1987)
- "Iron Man" (2008)
- "Spider-Man" (2002)
- "The Avengers" (2012)
- "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003)
- "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)
- "Starman" (1984)
- "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" (1982)
- "Firestarter" (1984)
- "Paul" (2011)
- anything "Star Trek"
- The "Army of Darkness/Evil Dead" movies
- "Galaxy Quest" (1999)
- "Avatar" (2009)
- The "Terminator" series
- The "Planet of the Apes" series
"King Kong" in 1933 was probably the first sci-fi movie that appealed to a mainstream audience.
"2001: A Space Odyssey," in 1968, is usually considered the first science fiction film that had a deep, philosophical level to it. It is usually considered one of the greatest films ever, and it used realistic special effects that are impressive even today."