Tarkovsky's masterpiece - often described as the Russian version of 2001. Madness threatens all those who work on the space station that orbits the mysterious planet Solaris and the newcomer Chris Kelvin is doubly haunted by memories of his dead wife. A great metaphor for inner development.
Sam is a lone astronaut doing a three year stint running a Helium 3 mine on the moon. Bored senseless and with only sentient computer GERTY for company, Sam fears he is losing his mind. After an accident he wakes up in the infirmary, but the familiar monotony of his old existence is gone, has Sam finally slipped over the edge into insanity or is he merely an expendable pawn in the mining corporation's ruthlessly logical world. A hypnotic, contemplative performance from Rockwell powers this examination of the nature of human identity, a gripping, poetic, film debut.
After twenty years on a spaceship whose mission is to destroy unstable planets the crew have all gone pleasantly mad, have taken on a pet alien and now have to contend with a malfunctioning intellectual bomb. A superb low budget debut from Carpenter and still one of his best movies - he combines suspense and humour to excellent effect. Brilliant!
Bruce Dern is in charge of an ecological experiment, a space station containing the plants and animal life which no longer exist on the pollution ravaged planet Earth. Then one day the authorities decide to close it down and Bruce pulls out of orbit to go it alone. A quiet and reflective sci-fi film.