Hey Bill, great picks (especially Star Trek (2009), B to the Future, ET and Close encounters), but I can't believe you left out the Terminator series!!
So, my picks:
Alien (and Aliens)
Star Trek (2009)
The (first) Matrix
2001, A Space Odyssey (Hal still gives me the creeps)
War of the Worlds (original: remake was 'flat')
Armageddon was just plain fun!
Tons more, but those come to mind. I guess Star Wars and I, Robot should be there, but those just never 'did it' for me.
I would have left out the Terminator series too. If they'd stopped at one, maybe, but the back and forth and back and forth through time thing almost always bugs me.
I couldn't make a list of great Sci-Fi without the original "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Most certainly a classic. I'm a fan of Serenity too.
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Twelve Monkeys
- Silent Running
- Buckaroo Bonzai
- Time Bandits
Those are the ones that come to mind without too much digging.
How come so few people said 2001?? or am I just getting old?? It still stands up pretty well today. When the US first got to the moon in 1969 (I was 13) I wondered where we'd be when i was old. Answer: no further. And people wonder why I get disenhanted with the world.
I was also wondering why 2001 hadn't been mentioned. Every science fiction fan should see at least once (actually I can't image sitting through it a second time). But the movie is so integral to our culture and Stanley Kubrick is, well, Stanly Kubrick. I also support Alien and Alien II; it's not often that a sequel has merit as well. I think Alien was the first movie where the spaceship wasn't a sterile hospital room where everyone's clothes and hair were perfect at all times. It showed the dirt, grim and sweat that offered a higher degree of realism for me. Also, no Star Wars. The first released episode (part IV?)was simply fun. From the moment the Darth appeared on screen you knew he was a bad guy. And the final scene copied from "Triumph of the Will," was wonderfully over the top.
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