Age of Innocence

June 24, 2008

I must admit I have a morbid fascination with Amazon’s “Listmania!”.  I love to see all the lists people make and I even have one or two of these stupid lists myself.

I recently ran across a list that started me think about (you guessed it!) my childhood.  The list contained someone’s idea of the Top 30 Classic Sci-Fi Movies (1950-1960):

http://www.amazon.com/Top-nbsp-30-nbsp-Classic-nbsp-Sci-Fi-nbsp-Movies-nbsp-1950-nbsp-nbsp-1960/lm/3C1LIYKP0D7UK/ref=cm_srch_res_rpli_alt_1

Late Friday night we would watch “Creature Feature” on some local station and invariably they would show a number of these movies.  This is where I first saw, and fell in love with, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.

As an adult living in the age of digital enlightenment (after all we DO have the internet and mobile phones) I look back at these movies with a nostalgic eye that overlooks a lot of the cheese factor in these movies.  They were from a time of everything nuclear (or nucular if you are named George) where there was hope for humanity and a limitless future.

At times the acting was poor, the special effects laughable, and the monsters/aliens rubbery; but they formed a kinda comfort blanket that covered a part of my youth.

Over the years I have seen all of the top 30 on this list and although my numbering would be different you can’t go wrong by pulling one from the top 5 and watching it with an eye toward pure innocent entertainment.

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