April 22: This day in sci-fi history

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Apr 22, 2017

Today is Earth Day, which means when you come back from Science Marching or Tree planting or that trip to the recycling center, it’s time to whip out a viewing of The Day After Tomorrow. That movie has everything you need to remind yourself of the fragile environment, including Sela Ward and Dennis Quaid, plus wolves on a boat in Manhattan. If that’s not your cup of tea, may we also suggest a viewing of M. Night Shamalan’s The Happening. You will see Mark Wahlberg confused and talking to a plant, you will learn that nature can fight back when it is threatened, you will be scared and a little bored at the same time. For a more complete list of end-of-the-world movies that you may not have seen, go here.

If none of those sound interesting to you, it was on this day in 1953 that Invaders from Mars premiered.  The film is famous for a lot of reasons, notably that it was the first film in color to show both aliens and their flying saucers in living color. The movie holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and weirdly does hold up pretty well. If you’re a fan of classic invasion movies, it’s worth it to see characters who’ve had their minds taken over and the incredibly awkward blocking where everyone stands in a line and speak exposition to each other.