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Movies of the Future

About a year ago, a friend of mine who teaches at Brooklyn College here in New York wanted to give her students an assignment involving watching movies that made some statement about society today by presenting a story set in the future. Being as I was more of the science-fiction movie afficionado than she was, she asked me to provide her with some movies to suggest. Below is the list I supplied her with:

I have reviewed some of these movies on Amazon.com and Allwatchers.com. You can find these reviews by clicking on the "AMZ" for Amzon and the "ALW" for Allwatchers.

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2001 (1968 Mysterious object on moon. Kier Dulea)
2010 (1984 US-USSR trip to Jupiter. Roy Scheider)
Soylent Green (1973 Overcrowded society. Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson)
Mad Max (1979) AMZ ALW, 2 (The Road Warrior, 1981) ALW(Chaos on the highway) Click here to see a site with WAY too much info on this series
Deathrace 2000 (1975 State-sponsored chaos on the highway John Carradine, Sylvester Stallone)
The Ultimate Warrior (1975 Protecting the last fertile woman and seeds. Yul Brynner, Max Von Sydow)
Rollerball (1975 Deathsport in depersonalized corporate world. James Caan, John Houseman)
Gas-s-s-s- or We Had to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (’70 Kids take over)
Wild in the Streets (1968 Popular youth movement takes over)
Blade Runner (1982 Hunting upset androids. Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Daryl Hannah)
Metropolis (1926 Class struggle in future city. Fritz Lang)
Forbidden Planet (1956 Monster on another planet. Leslie Neilson, Anne Francis, Walter Pigeon)
Alien (1979 Monster in a space ship. Sigourney Weaver)
Westworld (1973 Robots in paradise. Yul Brynner)
A Boy and His Dog (1975 Survival in post-nuke desert and underground. Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Benji)
Escape from New York (1981 New York City as prison. John Carpenter,. Kurt Russel, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasance, Adrienne Barbeau, Issac Hayes)
Things to Come (1936 Society after total war. Raymond Massey)
Logan's Run (1976 If you're 30, you're dead. Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Farah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov)
The Illustrated Man (1968 Three disturbing tales. Rod Steiger)
Zardoz (1973 Secret in a brutal wasteland. Sean Connery)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966 Books are illegal. Oskar Werner, Julie Christie)
1984 (1955, 1984 Can there be free will in an oppressive state?)
Star Trek episode - City on the Edge of Forever (Can you change history?)
Star Trek, The Next Generation; episode - Encounter at Farpoint (God judges man)
Cherry 2000 (1988 Seeking the perfect girl)
Silent Running (1973 Plants in space, not on Earth. Bruce Dern)
The Running Man (1987 game-show gladiator. Arnold Schwarzenegger)
The Omega Man (1971 Vs. worldwide plague victims. Charlton Heston)
A Clockwork Orange (1971 Psycho surgery. Malcolm McDowell)
The Time Machine (1960 Travel to the future Rod Taylor)
The 5th Element (1997 Save earth from alien destruction. Bruce Willis)
La Jetee (1962 Finding hope in the past)
12 Monkeys (1996 Remake of La Jetee. Bruce Willis, Madelyn Stowe)
Seconds (1966 Man pays to look better. Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Geer)
Solaris (1972 Dreams on a space ship. Andrei Tarkovsky by Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn, and Nikolai Grinko)
The Last man on Earth (1964 Vs. vampires)
The Last Man on Earth (1924 And what it does to politics)
I Am Legend (2007 Modern remake of above. Will Smith)
It's Great to be Alive (1933 Musical remake of above)
Los Angeles 2017 (1970 Underground Society)
The Curious Female (1969 Love is illegal)
Zero Population Growth (1971 Kids are illegal. Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon, and Diane Cilento)
THX 1138 (1969 Emotions are illegal. George Lucas. Robert Duval, Donald Pleasance)
The Tenth Victim (1965 Death duels are legal. Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, and Salvo Randone)
Sleeper (1973 20th century man in 22nd century revolt. Woody Allen, Diane Keaton)
Robocop (1987 The future of law enforcement. Peter Weller, Nany Allen)
No Blade of Grass (1970 Post-eco-collapse adventure. Cornell Wilde)
Alphaville (1965 Private eye in computer run city. Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, and Jean-Louis Comolli)
Planet of the Apes (1968 Talking apes. Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowell)
Battle of the Planet of the Apes (1973 Slave revolt. Roddy McDowell)
Teenage Caveman (&1958 Where did cave men come from? Robert Vaughn, Sarah Marshall, Leslie Bradley, Frank DeKova, Charles P. Thompson)
Radioactive Dreams (1986 Post-nuke dicks. Steven Dudikoff)
Def-Con 4 (1984 Post-nuke dictator. Kevin Costner)
The Postman (1997 Post-nuke society)
The War Game (1965 Post-nuke documentary)
Panic in Year Zero (1962 Post-nuke family)
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1958 Post-nuke New York)
The Day the World Ended (1955 Post-nuke survivors)
Five (1951 The first-ever movie of post-nuke survivors)

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