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My Favorite Science Fiction Films

  • Aug 13, 2009
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I have my own definition of the difference between horror and science fiction. If something is chasing people around trying to kill, maim, and/or eat them for no discernible reason other than to scare you, it's a horror movie. It makes no difference whatsoever where or when the film takes place--it's horror. If however,  during the course of the film you look around the theater and half the audience is asleep and the other half is going, "Huh?" Then it's science fiction. What that means is that science fiction is generally more concerned  with ideas that with the visceral. Right now half of you are saying, "But what about STAR WARS, STAR TREK, and STARSHIP TROOPERS?!" Okay, there's always cross-pollenization going on, but those examples belong primarily to the subgenre known as the Space Opera. Anyhow here we go, once again in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.
2
Harrison Bergeron
While only loosely based on Kurt Vonnegut's story about America's never ending quest for mediocrity, this is still a very effective film.
3
The Arrival (movie)
Is Global Warming really as simple as it seems?
4
It Came From Outer Space
Brings up the question of who the bad guys really are.
5
Gattaca
Probably the best example of what a science fiction movie really is.
See the full review, "Smackdown, Where is Thy Bite?".
6
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Proof positive that classics stand the test of time and are best left alone.
7
The Fly
Is it horror or is it science fiction? It's both because in David Cronenberg's hands everything is horror.
8
Forbidden Planet
Only it's interesting though tentative ties to the intriguing concept of the "monsters from the Id" keep this classic from being a flat out horror flick.
9
Children of the Damned
A follow up to VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED in which the children are far more sympathetic and are even presented as being the possible salvation of mankind.
10
Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage)
Innovative bit of French animation imported by Roger Corman.
11
Enemy Mine
Two space pilots from opposing sides in a bitter interplantary war crashland on the same planet and must learn to tolerate each other in order to survive.
12
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Widescreen
An irresistible example of science fiction from the golden age of pulp. But it's all new.
13
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
There's far more to this old pot boiler than the exploitative title would seem to imply.
14
Mindwarp
For a science fiction movie this one is extremely heavy on the gore. In fact most of the time you'll be completely unaware that it's really a science fiction film. Bruce Campbell is here as the love interest.
16
Sunshine
Genuine science fiction that still manages to toss in a maniacal killer.
17
Moon DVD
Although to me this film almost seems at times to be more of a horror film at times..

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August 17, 2009
Me too. Can't wait for your review of GATTACA.
 
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