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Best Science Fiction Film of All Time?

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2009 10:30:39 PM PDT
thames says:
re: 2001 puts the family to sleep.

That's too bad. I think people are culturally biased against anything that requires patience and has minimal 'action'. Especially 'gen x' or whatever. Kids that grew up with the internet and video games and are spoiled by advanced Hollywood special effects. Non stop electronic stimulation has wired brains differently.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2009 11:27:53 PM PDT
Dalton Wolf says:
Night of the Comet...
LOL! I'm with you Beeve, I loves me some cheese.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 10:36:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2009 10:57:10 PM PDT
and lets not forget Mathilda May in "LIFEFORCE".......Oh Baby!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2009 11:54:01 PM PDT
ProfCough says:
Forbidden Planet, ST "Voyage Home", Aliens...who can choose?

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 5:04:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2009 10:04:33 PM PDT
But in all seriousness folks I am inclined to agree with "Dalt". Star Wars no doubt put us on the right path. If I had to pick just one Sci-Fi movie to watch on a long flight it would have to be "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK"........."Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter"........

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2009 6:56:06 PM PDT
jerdog3 says:
Empire Strikes Back.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2009 8:12:47 AM PDT
Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 10:56:13 AM PDT
J Erwine says:
I'm going to agree with the original post. 2001 is still the closest thing to true science fiction that has ever been made.

There have been a lot of other great movies, but that one still tops my list.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 4:22:08 PM PDT
1. star wars episode IV
2. war of the worlds (1953)
3. the planet of the apes (1968)
4. space oddissey 2001
5. blade runner
6. star wars episode V
7. alien
8. predator
9. the thing
10. star trek IV the voyage home

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2009 6:26:08 PM PDT
Walter Five says:
Good old-school calls on War of the Worlds and Planet of the Apes, Rodolfo, butg do you really think that Star Trek IV was superior to Wrath of Khan? I just don't see it...

Oh, nobody's mentioned one of *my* personal favorites-- Dark Star!!! The sci-fi film that proved that anyone with a shoe-string budget and imagination could make a great sci-fi movie... of course having then unknown UCLA film students "Alien" scriptwriter Dan O'Banion and John Carpenter as director doesn't hurt your chances either... funny to watch this 34 years later and see how much O'Banion drew from it for the original "Alien" five years later...

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 7:14:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2009 7:21:51 PM PDT
Terminator (1 and 2)
Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Man From Planet X (1951)
Kronos (1957)
Blade Runner
Star Trek:Wrath of Khan
Star Trek:First Contact
The Thing (John Carpenters)
War of the worlds (1950's version)
Jurassic Park
Star Wars I-VI (even though their Space Fantasy)
Forbidden Planet
This Island Earth
Planet of the Apes (the original)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 8:27:47 PM PDT
Wow, I'm amazed & pleased at how many people love Forbidden Planet! Since I first saw it ca. 1960 it's been my standard against which good SF movies are measured. So yeah, Forbidden Planet is Number One for me in many ways!

Runners up include Blade Runner and The Empire Strikes Back.

If we were talking about TV, it would be a three-way tie between Farscape, Firefly, and the re-imagined BSG. I really like Serenity, the film that provided some closure to Firefly, but it doesn't work too well as a standalone film.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2009 9:02:13 PM PDT
It should have been a sequel, NOT a remake -- Klaatu coming back to carry out the warning/threat from the first film.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 9:22:05 PM PDT
For me there is no contest - 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is without a doubt the greatest Sc-Fi film ever and the only Sci-Fi flick that would be in my top ten films of any genre. There are so many wonderful elements to the film: certainly the script (e.g. "Even these days it's not as easy to go crazy as you might think." - I'm sure I've mangled the quote but it is spot on.)
Larry Gates extended "rational" speeches shot in middle close-up are as chilling as any overblown evil pronouncements in less subtle films, the stunningly beautiful Dana Wynter, and the archetype suspense device of never knowing who is on your side or not really began with this film and has never been done any better. And of course there is the often cited "McCarthyism sub-text" that isn't as straight-forward as most critical writings indicate. And the music is great, and the editing is perfect (check out the scene where they first find the pods in the green house to see how suspense is done !) and on and on ... just my opinion of course 0

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2009 11:50:54 PM PDT
Invader says:
You are correct. 2001 A Space Odyssey, even with Dave surviving without his helmet.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 12:37:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009 10:54:00 AM PDT
Westminister says:
I love this thread....

Someone mentioned the difference between sci-fiction and sci-fantasy. So I will try to add my two cents based on that understanding. Also, I like that people made a short list too. Someone else already mentioned the cultural and technological impact of Star Wars. That is why George Lucas is possibly one of the single most influential people of the all time, He is up there with Alexander the Great.

So here goes:

Sci-Fi Top Five (In Order)

1. Matrix
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Jurassic Park
4. Sunshine
5. Blade Runner

Top Five Sci-Fantasy

1. Star Wars
2. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
3. Brazil
4. Final Fantasy (Spirits Within)
5. Metropolis

Best Sci-Horror

1. Alien
2. Pitch Black
3. The Thing (John Carpenter)
4. Frankenstein
5. The Mist

Best Sci-Fun

1. Evolution
2. Galaxy Quest
3. Barbarella
4. Buckaroo Bonzai
5. Ice Pirates

Saddest Sci-Fi Movies

1. AI
2. Incredible Shrinking Man

Best Sci-Fi Mini-Series

1. Dune (The Sci-Fi Mini-Series)
2. Battlestar Galactica (2005-2009)

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 12:44:43 AM PDT
dj steve says:
I never get tired seeing Planet of the Apes-the one with C. Heston!

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 2:06:22 AM PDT
woodchuck1 says:
Perhaps it's not science fiction, but I think Slaughterhouse 5 is great! When I read the book, I thought, well here's one they won't even try to make into a movie. But they did and did it well.

My top five:
Illustrated Man (can't believe no one mentioned it yet)
5 million miles to earth
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Attack of the Killer Shrews (no wait -- that's the bottom of another list)

Also surprised no one mentioned Silent Running...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 4:11:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009 4:27:49 PM PDT
rbsteink says:
Forbidden Planet
12 Monkeys
Dark City
Time Tunnel 2005 (unaired pilot)
Aeon Flux
5th Element

(I would also like to add Catwoman)

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 4:29:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009 4:30:25 PM PDT
Grace says:
"Irobot", but that's just my opinion. Anyone else think so??

Does it have to be an old movie??

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009 5:51:59 PM PDT
Alana says:
I was just thinking: "Is no-one going to mention Star Wars here?" when I got to your post.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 7:00:35 PM PDT
Bull007 says:
Blade Runner

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009 8:19:55 PM PDT
Grace says:
Who's post??

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 9:02:20 PM PDT
As a huge sci-fi fan I like so many.
Bladerunner-Alien-Gattaca-Time Machine (original)-The Thing (original)-First Men In the Moon-Godzilla (original)-Earth vs. The Flying Saucers-The Day The Earth Stood Still (original)-Cronicles of Riddick-War of the Worlds (original)-2001:A Space Odyssey-Planet of the Apes (original)-Star Trek Wrath of Khan-Star Wars A New Hope-Dune (Lynch)...and anything with special effects by Ray Harryhousen. If as this post asks I was pinned down to name one it would be Bladerunner.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009 9:53:22 PM PDT
A. Pezel says:
My favorites are When Worlds Collide, Dune, and Bladerunner
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