Just in time for holiday rentals and purchases. Be sure to include your top five!
Ultimate 5 Sci-Fi Movies
Fiziko and I decided to do a little list on the best Sci-Fi ever. Mind you
this list is far from definitive, in fact, we want to hear your five. Now sit
back, relax and enjoy.
#5 Stargate (1994) This
was the best movie Devlin and Emmerich ever came up with. It had brains
behind it, great cinematography, believable characters complete with flaws,
and some nice action sequences and special effects that can really only
be done in a science fiction film. Plus, there’s French Stewart before “Third
Rock From The Sun,” which is amusing. (No, his eyes aren’t open here
#4 The X-Files: Fight The Future (1998) You
all know I’m an X-Phile. This movie was able to be great because it was
building from established characters and mythos, without suffering from
the studio “churn out a sequel fast” kind of mentality. Chris
Carter was free to write a movie that spent very little time building up
characters and moved on to the actual plot very rapidly. The movie was great
because they had the freedom to make it great.
#3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
not light viewing, but it’s definitely good viewing. Kubrick knew how to
put a film together. The pace is slow
but consistent, as it is in all of his films. There’s a lot to think about
here. The only real flaw with the film is that reading the book is almost
a prerequisite to understanding what’s going on. (I’d suggest reading it
anyway, actually.) There’s a lot of imagery and parallels that show Dave’s
experiences and mankind’s development in general as we grow from cave-dwelling
apes to the modern society we are. The suggestion that modern society is
in its adolescence is not a popular notion in some circles, but it is one
that I feel is accurate.
#2 Tron (1982)
always have a soft spot for this one. It’s one of the first movies I saw
in a theater that I can remember. (I was five years old at the time.) It’s
a little slow paced, but I still enjoy it. Again, the scientific basis is
pretty weak, but the story makes up for it. Released a year before Gibson’s
Neuromancer was published, it stands as one of the earliest examples of
virtual reality on record. (Well, there’s certainly earlier examples, like
Ubik by Philip K. Dick, but few that actually involve actualcomputer-generated
realities.) The acting was well done, especially for a movie that was really
aimed at the early-teen demographic. It’s been a while since Disney made
a film this dark, and I doubt they’ll do it again any time soon.
#1 Ghostbusters (1984)
must confess that I’ve seen this movie far too many times. I’ve worn out
a Betamax copy, a Betamax copy, and a VHS copy of this movie. I bought my
DVD player on June 15, 1999, along with the 15th anniversary copies of Ghostbusters
and its sequel,which were released on that day. It’s a perfect blend of
action and wit. Rick Moranis provides slapstick comedy that doesn’t feel
insulting or pandering. (By the way, he improvised his dialogue in that
long, panning shot at his party.) Ivan Reitman is adecent comedic director,
who loves to let his stars improvise. In most cases, it works very well.
With the team of people assembled for this picture, it couldn’t really fail.
They’re funny on their own, and they’d worked together often enough that
they knew how to be funny together. The science aspects are pretty weak,
but they honestly tried. (It’s really more speculative fiction than sci-fi.)
This is the only film I can watch again and again without getting tired
#5 Total Recall (1990) If
you lost your mind, how would you know? This is one of my favorite tag
lines of all time. Total Recall is just too much fun to pass up.
Mysterious aliens, mutants, corporate conspiracy, triple-breasted whores,
it has it all wrapped around a twisty-turny plot that has you guess right
up until the end.
#4 Enemy Mine (1985)
little-known action-adventure flick pits Dennis Quaid against Louis Gossett
Jr. on an inhospitable world. What evolves is a deep friendship despite
their vast differences. This movie incorporates excellent Sci-Fi themes,
as well as “Buddy” film elements, and finishes it all off with
an overall message that we can use today.
#3 Alien (1979)
have a bit of a confession to make. I’m 26 years-old, and this movie still
scares the bejesus out of me. How a twenty-something film has held up this
long is beyond me, but it still rocks. Horror, suspense and Sci-Fi in just
the right proportions. Designed to be the ultimate (and final) monster movie,
it ironically sparked an entire sub-genre of horror.
#2 The Abyss (1989)
people point to James Cameron’s little boat movie as his best. He actually
peaked eight years earlier. The Abyss featured ground-breaking effects,
a killer cast, and an intense storyline. The jury’s still out on whether
the “Extended Version” is really an improvement. I feel it gives
us a little more information, but really doesn’t change the base plot of
the film. Check it out for yourself.
#1 The Matrix (1999)
heard people older than myself describe their feelings at first seeing Star
Wars. The excitement, the awe, the wonder. That’s how I felt after watching The Matrix for the first time. Mind blowing plot, eye-popping effects,
and an overall feel that this movie is something special, something that
no other film can match.