Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament Week 13: Round 1

Our thirteenth round of voting is here. Eliminations and tentative titles are below.

The new eliminations are as follows:

  • Armageddon (1998)
  • Communion (1989)
  • Critters (1986)
  • Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • Freejack (1992)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • Men in Black II (2002)
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
  • Signs (2002)
  • Space Truckers (1997)
  • Sphere (1998)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • Stepford Wives (2002)
  • Time Masters (1982)
  • Transformers: The Movie (1986)

There is only one new title which received insufficient votes to be ranked this week, and that is Moon 44 (1990), the film where Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich first met.

7 replies on “Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament Week 13: Round 1”

  1. Fez says:

    I’m not sure I want to live in a world where neither Death Race 2000 nor Space Truckers is a contender for best Sci-Fi film.

  2. I’m not revealing anything, but I’ve been peeking at the preliminary results. I’m really looking forward to the tournament style bracket eliminations later. Our readers are clearly awesome. Box office bulldozers with weak writing are routinely ousted by movies with smarter scripts. Granted, many of the top movies have both, but our readers are definitely connaisseurs. Good stuff ahead!

  3. Fez says:

    You could also consider having some sort of contest among the eliminated movies to resurrect a couple surprise contenders (Sort of a wildcard match). It’s possible some may get resurrected that were missed by people in earlier rounds of voting.

    • We’re already doing that with 2012 releases and movies with low numbers of votes. I’ll take a look at which films are close to cutoff and see if we can split those.

      Here’s a thought: write in candidates for movies that didn’t make the list at all, just for kicks. Thoughts?

      • Chad Cloman says:

        I’d like that.

      • zocalo says:

        I suppose you could re-jig things a bit. Take the top 100 (say) films through automatically, and put the remaining 28 on a run-off list with the near misses and any write-ins people want to suggest. It might take a couple of extra weeks to get to the final 128 films than originally planned, but it would also give those that were marginal a chance for people to have watched them and reconsider their votes.

        • “Marginal” titles with a small number of votes are already getting their own list. I think I’ll put out a complete list of contenders, and put one wild card slot for write-in votes to put one in each bracket in round two. Look for a big announcement in a later week.

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