Silent Running (1972 USA)

This was one of five movies made by Universal “on the cheap”, (a millions bucks each) after the phenomenal success of the low-budget Easy Rider. Of the five, Silent Running was a modest success, though it suffered from lack of publicity, which was an erroneous decision made by Universal. Special effects wizard, Douglas Trumbull, was given the director’s reins. Silent Running is one of those lonely sci-fi films made in the spirit of 2001: A Space Odyssey where it’s all about astronauts being isolated and becoming gradually unhinged in deep space. What makes this one unique is the ecological theme, which is still timely today.
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Frogs (1972 USA)

frogs-2“Today the pond, tomorrow the world!” You’d better believe it baby. Almost a decade after seagulls and crows wreaked havoc on Tippi Hedren’s coiffure in “The Birds” and just one year after “Willard” let his rats do the dirty work, this Nature vs. Man hit came along to continue the legacy (a legacy which would gain even more steam in the wake of “Jaws,” with man thereafter having to fend off every beast and insect imaginable… except for gnats.) [Read more…]

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