Since no one has ever asked me, here are my top ten Sci-Fi movies with reasons. If you don’t agree, you have two choices. Come up with your own list or leave. 😉
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
I have watched this move a bazillion times and each time cements it as my best ever. How the “Alien” mingles among us to really understand us is perfect. How human behavior works to hold us back. How the children will be our saviors since they ask the right questions works perfectly. But most of all, earth isn’t all that important when it comes to the galaxy. BTW, if you even suggest the remake should even be discussed I will send killer carrier pigeons to hunt you down. With lasers no less.
A movie which finally broke the mold for what sci-fi was. Before that, alot of copying and pasting by the movie industry. Yes, parts 2 and 3 fell way short of the first, I still remember being blown away at the idea of humans being nothing more then batteries.
3. Blade Runner
To start, this is not the made for dummies version of this movie. The one without the audio overdubs is my choice. This movie tried to show just how bad things could get not matter how good the technology got. What is life, should AI have the same respect as “real” people and alot more things that really got people thinking.
4. The Empire Strikes Back
Yes,yes, yes, yes I should have the first movie listed but I don’t. Remember, my list. Everyone knows how good this part was. How it became part of an entire generation, how people waited in line for everyone movie since then, etc, etc. True classic.
5. Space Odyssey 2001
We all know the background on this one. We all know how HAL was used, not told, reacted and how this movie really is the only “Real” sci-fi since it has no explosions since there is no air in space to carry sound waves. Not to mention the mind-blowing ending.
6. 12 Monkeys
I remember being told by a number of people how dumb this movie was. Thankfully I didn’t listen and was met with a really cool time travelling movie that actually tries to keep it’s time lines in order; so to speak. When I learned it was directed by the only American person from Monty Python, made it only better.
7. Planet of the Apes
What starts off as a space movie turns rather “primitive”. If you watch this movie and only see the primates, you missed the whole point. So many ethical questions are raised by this movie it’s not funny. That it’s packaged in a supposed future where humans are no longer the top of the food chain makes it only better.
8. War of the Worlds
To be clear, I refer to the original one where people pray, are seen in churches, etc, etc and not that sad excuse of a remake. I remember reading the book and then hearing about the radio caper this story caused and knowing I wanted to see the movie. Not to mention I loved how God’s placement of bacteria which does nothing to us was the one thing the aliens could not handle. Brilliant.
This movie covers so many topics it’s crazy. Genetic manipulation, messing with the reproductive process, class systems, breaking boundaries, and striving to overcome societies restrictions. Why this movie didn’t do well initially is beyond me.
Between my 9 and 10 choice I’m guessing there are plenty of groans of disapproval out in the interwebs. This may not be considered classic to some but I love the idea of aliens creating / using man’s obsession with gods to rule them. Not to mention I thought the tv series was also one of the best sci-fi on the small screen.
Fifth Element, Dark City, Terminator 1, Alien, Metropolis
Contact, Forbidden Planet, Primer, Inception and Endor’s Game.
Firth Element was cool but there were a few characters I couldn’t get around. Dark City was very good just not good enough for top 10. Terminator and Alien were great alien movies while Endor’s game gets more of a mention because the movie will hopefully interest you enough to read the book which was way better. Metropolis and Forbidden Planet were ground breaking in there time while Inception became an instant classic. That Leaves Contact and Primer. Contact was more about the politics and dragged a bit in places while Primer gets by you until you start to go back and try to figure it out. Far to many people told me they just gave up because they were so confused.