Yes ! Aliens had 9 plans to take over the earth. This is 9 more than BP had for it's DWH disaster. The aliens only error was to choose the plan to raise an army of dead humans; clearly, us live ones can make things bad on our own !
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.
I think Terminator 2 (DVD; not theatre version) is the greatest sci-fi story yet.
I like most of the "time-travel" ones; but I agree that the inherent paradox in all of them requires an extra suspension of judgement.
I also liked "The Time Machine", 2002 re-do of the H. G. Wells classic.
Non time-travel ones: The Fifth Element, and the Star Wars series. More mundanely, Robocop and Predator.
Time travel CAN be made nonparadoxical, although it always violates physical laws. For my essay on this, see http://vixra.org/abs/1008.0018.
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OK, I'm giving away my age, here. Does anyone remember the original production of 'The Thing??
1950-ish, James Garner as the creature. Original film used YOUR immagination to terrify. The John Carpenter remake was unrelieved gore from beginning to end. But the original scared me so
bad, I saw it 11 times!
As for great sci-fi movies: "2001" - "Forbidden Planet" - all "Star Wars" and Star Trek" -
"Close Encounters" - "Independence Day" - and several dozen more.
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I'll add a third vote for Gattaca. The story is a great exercise of "what if" which, for me, is the hallmark of good science fiction. Others on my short list include 2001, Blade Runner, 12 Monkeys, ET, Return of the Jedi, Serenity and The Matrix.
Although I loved Apollo 13, it's just not fiction.
A lot of good movies mentioned so far.... but a few of my favs are missing. What about Boris Karloff? Yeah, they were classed as Horror films, but some interesting early sci-fi overtones. Like "The Invisible Ray" and "The Devil Commands".
"Forbidden Planet" and "This Island Earth" have both been mentioned already, but what about the Ray Harryhausen classic, "The First Men in the Moon".
Also like "Five Million Miles to Earth (Quatermass and the Pit".
New Sci-Fi's have mind blowing special effects, but I enjoy the classics too!
IMHO, the ultimate Science Fiction Film is Fritz Lang's "METROPOLIS". This 1927 flick has it all, short of blood and gore, and set many standards for all Sci-Fi flicks which followed. An added bonus is the fact that some of Nikola Tesla's "toys" are preserved on film in full operation.
12 Monkeys, 2001, A Space Odyssey, A Boy and His Dog, A Clockwork Orange (1971), A.I. (2001), Alien (all), Avatar (2009), Babylon 5, Back to the Future, Battlestar Galactica (both), Bicentennial Man (1999), Blade Runner, Brazil, Buckaroo Bonzai, Colossus the forbin project, Demolition Man, Doctor Who, Dr. Strangelove, Dune, Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Fifth Element, Five Million Miles to Earth, Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein (1931), Frau im Mond (1928), Galaxy Quest (1999) , Gattaca, I, Robot, Idiocracy, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), Logan's Run, Mars Attacks! (1996), Matrix, Men in Black, Metropolis(1927), Minority Report, Modern Times (1936), Plan 9 from Outer Space, Planet of the Apes (1968), RoboCop (all), Rollerball (1975) , Short Circuit (1986), Silent Running, Slaughterhouse-Five, Sleeper (1973), Soylent Green, Star Trek (all), Stargate, Starship Troopers, Starwars (all), Terminator 9all), The Andromeda Strain, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Fly, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981), The Illustrated Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Invisible Man (1933), The Iron Giant (1999), The President's Analyst (1967), The Rocketeer, The Stepford Wives, The War of the Worlds (1952), Things to come (1936), THX 1138, Time Bandits, V for Vendetta (2006), Westworld, Wizards, Young Frankenstein (1974)
Come on, employers are not THAT bad. I have actually seen a few engineers older than 30 who were not unemployed. Although some of them did have "DO not scrap" tags on them, but they were still employed at the time.
While I love B-movies, much to the disdain of my wife, my favorite sci-fi movies are the ones that make me think a little different: The Matrix, Blade Runner, Gattaca and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy my Mars Attacks and Robocop. :)
My alltime faviorite "Quester Tapes", a
pre-"Data" Roddenberry movie, about a
partially programmed robot without social skills. It's hard to find.
"Last Starfighter", a little cheezy but
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the IMI. I like the first (1960) "Time Machine" over the redo. Yeah, how could we forget "Star Wars" "Millennium(1989). I guess I'm partial to the older ones!
The simple ones are the best, concentrate on story and forget the special effects.
My favorites are "Forbidden Planet" and "The Day The Earth Stood Still." While not a movie, many episodes of "Science Fiction Theatre" from 1956 and later, the "Twilight Zone." Many science fiction movies are really human drama set against a technology backdrop. Forget the backdrop and I also vote for "Twelve Angry Men" as simple human drama at its best.
I'm a sucker for anything with spaceships and robots in and I think that's probably because I saw "The Day the Earth Sood Still" as a toddler back in the fifties. It had quite a profound effect on me back then so my very favourite Sci-Fi movie is the version of that film that lingers in my memory, although the real thing doesn't quite match up to it.
Next would have to be 2001, after that it gets tricky because the list is very long.
I also love "Seven Samurai" rip-offs so my list has to include "Battle Beyond the Stars".
Dont want to repeat whats all ready out there, But Buckaroo Bonzai, Alien(s), Predator, Matrix and many others thumbs up- 10 really seems unfair, but some that were not mentioned and are high on the Netflix recommend queue
Colossus the Forbin Project (influenced Terminator series)
War of the Worlds (both)
Dune (we all need a little spice sometimes)
The Day after Tomorrow
Journey to the Center of The Earth
Incredible Shrinking Man
Here's an octet ...
Forbidden Planets's special effects still stand out after all this time, and who doesn't love Robby the Robot and Anne Francis? The high-end audio company Krell Industries took their name from the Krell, because "the Krell can do anything."
The Day The Earth Stood Still was one of my favorites since I first saw it on TV as a child. I haven't seen the sequel.
The Thing (The Thing From Another World) was based on a story by John W. Campbell, Jr., first published in 1938 in Astounding magazine. He went on to be editor of Astounding, which later became Analog. Campbell is often credited with shaping the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
The Last Starfighter is a classic good-versus-evil tale that doesn't seem to take itself seriously. Great effects, and I think it's one of the first to use computer animation for large parts of the movie.
Enemy Mine didn't seem to make the list. I think I've only seen it once, on cable.
Metropolis of course is a classic silent film.
Colossus: The Forbin Project for all of the computer-phobes amongst us.
The Angry Red Planet. I saw it as a kid on a double-bill with a submaring movie (Destination Tokyo?). I saw it again this year on TCM. Not the greatest film, but it made an impression on me as a kid.
There are so many great Sci-Fi flicks, but these are the ones that have influenced me the most over the years.
2001 A Space Odyssey
Star Trek (all of it)
Star Wars (all of it)
Dune (David Lynch)
War of the Worlds (Orson Wells radio program and Jeff Wayne's musical version)
1984 and the more lighthearted Brazil
Planet of the Apes
Mars Attacks (ack ack)
WOW... only 1 mention for Jurassic Park...
While my personal favorite is Forbidden Planet (yes, I say it at the theater when it fist opened) I think the unique concept of eliminating extinction ranks way up there.
There are many good ones already mentioned, but some of my personal favourites:
Flight of the Navigator - Great contrast between normal and alien, I especially love the robotic ship! ("This is a Class 1 manouver")
Stargate - Liked the movie (especially the fold-out armour suits), and the series surprisingly remained engaging and of a high standard.
Babylon 5 (series) - Loved this for the effort to create believable spaceships and aliens - who don't all speak English and look like humans with latex on their faces! Also notable for developing complex characters, not simple Good versus Evil.
2001 - Obviously the classic for believable technology and special effects. Forget about the final psychedelic sequence.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1960s version) - Authentic to the spirit of Jules Verne, the style would now be called "Steam Punk".
Thunderbirds (Marionation series) - Fed an engineer-to-be's love of machines. If aviation had advanced at the rate electronics has - and electronics hadn't - the world now could be like that!
Saw only one mention for "Soylent Green" above, I thought that was good. Who was it said "the earth will die not with a bang, but with a whimper"??
OK, just googled it. TS Elliot, "the Hollow Men":
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."
According to Wikipedia, this is about Guy Fawkes (Gunpowder plot to blow up British parliament) so as usual it's a quote that is often used hopelessly out of context, But I like it anyway. I'm going to go and read the whole poem now. Don't you love google? Like Bilbo's road in Lord of the Rings, you never know where it will take you....
(1) K-Pax (2001) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0272152/ This IMHO is one of the most under-rated movies ever.
(2) Andromeda Strain
(4) Twelve Monkeys
(5) Silent Running
(6) Time Bandits
Not 2001 - Wish "Childhoods End" had been done, as per original, instead.
Guess not to many of you found Sci Fi popular reading in the 1950's. Two of the classic best come from good authors and actually began to define the genere. These were some of the first steps beyond the movie serial Flash Gordon kind of thing. They were in color, had a real script, had real characters, and terrible special efects. Wonderful classic beginnings of putting things of the imagination on the screen.
Destination Moon and When Worlds collide.
There are so many movies already mentioned and repeated by many readers. Most of them, i would say, belong to classic category. The recent sci-fi movies have a different appeal and ideas. I would only mention the recent one that i have liked:
- Matrix (all three, the concept for me is just out of my imagination)
- Terminator series (just for the sake of action and respect)
- Iron man ( i hope we could develop such technologies soon to power our own iron man suits)
I also liked "12 Monkeys" and "Surrogate" as newer movies.
For those that like "The Blob", like I did, the movies "The Fog" and "Tremors" have a similar feel.
An animated SF which symbolized the Russian invasion of the Czech republic is "Fantastic Planet". "Zardoz" with Burt Reynolds, "Soylent Green" (Better 'n Burgers!) and "A Boy and His Dog" (More Food) also come to mind.
"The Blob" is high on my list. Basic terror if you were in its path.
In college one day with nothing particular to do, my roommates and I decided to re-vitalize the blob in the form of a mental and pantomime game where the objective was to react as if a blob was oozing out from somewhere and only you noticed it. The only restrictions were; (1)you couldn't say anything, you just had to react and hope everyone around you recognized that a blob was on the way, and (2) whatever action you imagined was happening had to be consistent with the movement of the Blob in the movie, e.g. oozing where ever there was the slightest opening.
Our blob was a benign blob and never consumed anyone. It just inhabited our world and could move at variable speeds, though not very fast. It come from anywhere, and could go anywhere at anytime. It just couldn't fly.
An example would be suddenly stopping eating in the dorm cafeteria and slowly focus your gaze on the floor, then slowly move your gaze upwards along the table leg, and eventually on to the table and finally up the side of a glass in which the blob apparently decided to reside for a while, and so on....
Dumb game. YES. But you would be amazed how creative the players became at inventing "blob coming or going" scenarios and how observant you could be in catching them at it.
As I recall, this game went on 2-3 months before reality of getting good grades really set in.
Oh well..... What do they say about the good ole days?
The question was: what is the favorite sci-fi movie. This means only one answer is allowed.
This is mine
2001, A Space Odyssey
still valid in 2010
I do like the long lists provided though, for catching up on any I have not seen.
If you would allow me to name Sci Fi TV series, then I am impressed the most by Battlestar Galactica, all seasons and the recent prequel, Caprica. These series provide a fresh insight and imagination into some future possibilities,
although the events in these series are dated to have happened more than 1,50,000 years ago.
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If only because it seems to be the very first movie to star an extremely young Leonard Nimoy, I vote for "Zombies of the Stratosphere," an otherwise dreadful movie serial with a plot that was so convoluted that it deserves the MST3K treatment. For good sci-fi, look to Blade Runner, which was based on a Phillip K. Dick novel titled "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" The cinematography and set design on this picture (starring Hrrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Darryl Hannah)is really amazing. See it on the biggest screen you can.
Reading everyone's list I find it interesting that nearly everyone has a "list", but not a specific favorite. Maybe that is particular to engineers, who knows, but for us, you can either make the list or not, but we don't have a defacto all-time favorite. Same goes for me, there are aspects of several sci-fi movies that "make the list", but I can't bring myself to pick 1 favorite and rule out all of the other great movies.
My favorite Silent Running. just because that would be me.
Every single Roddenberry series.
Every single Star Wars (I still try to levitate a rock now and then, some day........
The Lathe of Heaven (PBS version)
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