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46 Pre-2001 Essential Genre Films That Every Geek Should See

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By “pre-2001,” I mean films that were released before 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

I selected these films using Phil Hardy’s Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies (1984), as well as my classroom experience in college.  As with most lists of this nature, the choices are mostly subjective, but they do seem to be backed up by critical comments throughout film history, and especially SF film history.

My criteria were simple:
-> The film had to be released prior to 2001;
-> The film could not be a serial;
-> The film must not be a sequel;
-> The film must be generally available for viewing

A Trip to the Moon1902Die Spinnen (The Spiders)1919Der Golem1920The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari1920Dr. Mabuse der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler)1922Nosferatu1922Phantom of the Opera1925Metropolis1927Spione (The Spies)1928Frankenstein1931Dracula1931Island of Lost Souls1932The Mummy1932White Zombie1932King Kong1933Things to Come1936Dr. Cyclops1940The Wolfman1941Destination Moon1950The …

The New Community

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Recently, I found myself keeping house alone while the Princess Bride was away for a few days.  I took advantage of the opportunity to catch up on some of the TV shows I find interesting, but don’t watch as the two of us are fans of other shows.


One of those shows is the BBC America series based on (and sharing the same title with) the popular podcast, The Nerdist.  The particular episode I was watching featured ‘Nerd Girls.’  One guest in particular was actress, writer, producer, gamer and all-around queen nerd, Felicia Day.  She was asked about her hit internet series, The Guild, and had something interesting to say about why she gravitated toward new media over traditional media.

Now, I’m paraphrasing here, but her comment was something along the lines of how much fun it was and how satisfying it was to create something, share it with people who enjoy it, and how these same folks receive, discuss it, internalize it, and then give back to the community.

When I listened to what she s…