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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Destination Moon” (1950)

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It’s easy to forget what a watershed this film is, there are far better films only a few years down the road, and earlier SF films like “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers,” but, really, this is *the* one that started it all. This is *the* film that gave birth to SF as an actual cinematic genre, and something more than sword and sorcery in space. It’s also the birth of Producer George Pal’s career as the unsung John Ford of speculative fiction. He *is* what Ridley Scott claimed he wanted to be in the late 70s/early 80s, if we can set aside differences of style, pacing, scripting, and whatnot.

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Tim Minear’s Unfilmed, Abandoned “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” Script

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Hey, wow! Tim Minear (Of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which bored me, and Firefly, which I adored) wrote a movie script for Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” I’m assuming the project is dead, since it’s a couple years old and I’ve never heard of the film, but the script is online here and pretty darn good! http://socalbrowncoats.com/images/moonfriday.pdf Despite being a bit too brisk, it actually touches on all the major points of the novel, even the creepy line-marriage one.

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