Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Essential SF Movie Canon Meme

Stolen from TexasBestGrok is the topic of the latest post. Read his post for further details, and keep him in your bookmarks. FYI: The movies that I've seen are in bold. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! Akira Alien Aliens Alphaville Back to the Future Blade Runner Brazil Bride of Frankenstein Brother From Another Planet A Clockwork Orange Close Encounters of the Third Kind Contact The Damned Destination Moon The Day The Earth Stood Still Delicatessen Escape From New York ET: The Extraterrestrial Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial) The Fly Forbidden Planet Ghost in the Shell Gojira/Godzilla The Incredibles Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) Jurassic Park Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior The Matrix Metropolis On the Beach Planet of the Apes (1968 version) Robocop Sleeper Solaris (1972 version) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back The Stepford Wives Superman Terminator 2: Judgement Day The Thing From Another World Things to Come Tron 12 Monkeys 28 Days Later 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 2001: A Space Odyssey La Voyage Dans la Lune War of the Worlds (1953 version) Hmm. That's not too good a percentage. I suppose there's no room in the list for the cinematic iterations of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Battlestar Galactica, or some of the other stuff I've seen. For my money, 2010 surpasses 2001 in watchability and interesting quality. Contact seems to be one of these films that you either like or you don't, depending upon your attitude towards Jodie Foster. I read the book before I saw the movie, and it helped a lot, despite Carl Sagan's preachiness and self-righteous attitude against anyone who dared voice dissenting opinions. RoboCop is one of my all-time favorite movies---Dick Jones 2008!---and Aliens is probably one of the most quotable flicks I've ever seen. Hudson's one of the best cinema soldiers around. "Game over, man!"


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