These holidays I thought I’d share a list of my five favourite sci-fi movies. In no particular order they are:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – quintessential, thoughtful mid-twentieth century sci-fi with (mostly) proper physics. And a vision of a twenty-first century future that should have been…
- Forbidden Planet (1956) – one of the smartest sci-fi movies of that decade, based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, and the visual inspiration for both Irwin Allen’s Lost In Space and the original Star Trek (runner up: Invasion of the Body Snatchers – really all about 1950s social paranoia, a theme that still speaks to us today).
- Alien (1979) – haunted house in space! Goopy alien with power-shovel jaws and acid blood! Splatter-filled robots! Yes!
- Star Wars (1977) – classic kids’ adventure movie that re-defined the genre and (with Trek) helped make sci-fi mainstream.
- Gravity (2013) – OK, it had very silly orbital mechanics and took lots of other liberties – so it wasn’t really the ‘real thing’ they were touting it to be – but apparently it did nail the look and feel of being in space. Everything spins. I saw it in 3D.
Of course these things are always a personal choice. What’s your list – and why? Comment please!
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