Friday, October 21, 2005

Cinematic SF

Via The Little Professor, this is John Scalzi's list of the most influential science fiction movies ('The Canon' or in other words, 'the 50 science fiction films you have to see before you die'). I've bolded the ones I've seen.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!
Akira
Alien
Aliens
Alphaville
Back to the Future
Blade Runner
Brazil
Bride of Frankenstein
Brother From Another Planet
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Contact
The Damned
Destination Moon
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Delicatessen
Escape From New York
ET: The Extraterrestrial
Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial)
The Fly (1985 version) (I like the 1958 one better; but, then, I'm a fan of Vincent Price)
Forbidden Planet
Ghost in the Shell
Gojira/Godzilla
The Incredibles
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version)
Jurassic Park
Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior
The Matrix
Metropolis
On the Beach
Planet of the Apes (1968 version)
Robocop
Sleeper
Solaris (1972 version) (much better than the newer one; it requires immense patience to watch it, though)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Stepford Wives (I'm presuming this is the original, although I've seen the new one, too; the original is much better)
Superman
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Thing From Another World
Things to Come
Tron
12 Monkeys
28 Days Later
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2001: A Space Odyssey (The first time I watched this movie I fell asleep seven minutes into it. Much later I did manage to watch it again, though.)
La Voyage Dans la Lune
War of the Worlds (1953 version) (very awesome)

So that's it; only 26 out of 50.

There should also be a list of SF movies that almost no one ever watches but are very good anyway. It would be a very controversial list, I imagine, since so much of it would depend on individual taste. I would nominate Riddler's Moon, The Cold Equations, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and Dark City.

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