I must admit I gave up on the comic book genre way back in the 1980s as it was all rather camp, seriously kapow cheesy and only for kids. Too much Lycra and not enough for the grown ups. Even Richard Pryor’s bizarre appearance in Superman 3 couldn’t save it, reaching its nadir in the late 1990s with Daredevil. Ben Affleck as a blind superhero with no special powers was never a good idea. But along came the spectacularly dark and gothic Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan the first comic book director to really grasp the power of modern digital effects and change the genre for ever, making superhero films the biggest and coolest blockbusters in the business today. They look fabulous. In fact some would say that the Marvel and DC comic book hero’s saved Hollywood, seven of the top ten highest grossing films of all time described as fantasy/comic and made in the last 15 years.
These billion dollar movies are popular because the geek in us is now ok to be expressed and hardcore comic book fans are enjoying the fact the movies are no longer naff and making their superhero’s come alive and how they see them, and fans no longer mocked for reading comics. Everyone loves these movies now, Captain America from the Marvel Universe no different. This digital emancipation is also doing incredible business in the Far East; China’s booming consumerism and desire for western brands the main reason the American film industry is concentrating so much money at this type of action blockbuster. The reason why is the dialect is so simple and short in some of these films - like Transformers - because it’s easier to translate to those Asian audiences with their subtitles, Megan Fox and non stop action enough distraction when the chat gets too dumb. This is exactly what world cinema wants right now.
2 years on from the battle of New York (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the puny US soldier who took the super strength serum during World War 11 as part of the super soldiers program, and frozen in time for 60 years’, is now a foot taller and Captain America as a fully fledged superhero in contemporary America. He is the star attraction in S.H.E.I.L.D (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate), a kind of unofficial intelligence arm of the US government, busting crime and brining down the bad guys.
After a successful mission by S.H.E.I.L.D to free hostages on one of their stolen Hi-Tec ships, its revealed team member Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) had been designated a separate mission on the raid, to download an encrypted code on the ship without the rest of the team’s knowledge. Captain America is curious why, the action seriously jeopardizing the mission. S.H.E.I.L.D boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) explains to Rogers it’s on a need to know bases. But when Fury is spectacularly ambushed in downtown Washington DC in his car by unknown and superior forces (shoot the bloody tires!) its clear he needs to trust someone, revealing to Rogers that S.H.E.I.L.D has been compromised by H.Y.D.R.A, an evil shadow version of S.H.E.I.L.D, started by the Germans in the war. With Fury on the run he tells Rogers to trust no one as the body count rises with the arrival of The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a man who seems to have equal super powers to Captain America and very much from the dark side. But how is that possible?
It’s fantastic and looks amazing, as are all of these movies, and great to see the Captain America franchise up and running at a full head of steam. To me he is the most iconic superhero of all on the big screen and I’m surprised it took so long to be a movie. Its $170 million budget was worth every cent; the spectacular sequences of stunts some of the best in cinema history, none more so than the street pursuit of Nick Fury through downtown DC. It’s done an impressive $771 million to date to be the 4th biggest grossing film of 2014 so far.
But its more than an action movie, quite a clever conceit going with H.Y.D.R.As plans to make people sacrifice our freedoms to get total security. It’s got more intellectual muscle and although CGI allows for anything on screen its tried not to do a George Lucas and over use them. One criticism would be here is the general public are not self aware and seemingly not there when the action starts. That’s little bit lazy. If Spiderman is swooping down Broadway then the people have to be aware of him and his powers. I think that interaction always adds to movies, and great for needed comic relief, the key to Men in Blacks success. But it’s all about the action here to wow those international audiences and certainly does that. It’s just not stop kapow and Steve Rodgers and the Black Widow on the gas from the chequered flag, the villain pretty good fun to. Nice to see Robert Redford back on screen in an action movie, probably Spy Game the last time he did that, and SLJ as cool as ever. Just enjoy this stuff while you can as cinema has never been as cinematic as it is now.
Steve Rogers: Notebook
Captain America takes note on things in his new century and surroundings. Each movie market gets a different list. As if we care.
Alternative title: £3 and a bag of popcorn *I?ll* never see again Paycheck was I film I really wanted to see, and so we headed off there this evening to catch it on its first day of release. Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer ? his job is to take apart a piece of equipment and determine how it works, then use this knowledge to develop something even better. Afterwards he?s paid to forget everything he?s just done, as the people involve wipe his memory. Sounds strange but hey, it works for him. He?s happy thanks to the rather generous resulting pay-cheques (I assume this is where the title comes from, though there could be other interpretations ? something to do with checking out his pay, perhaps?). All this changes when he?s recruited to work on a long project ? it?ll take him 2-3 years instead of his usual 2 months. At first he?s apprehensive, but when he?s told the financial details there?s a ker-ching of dollar signs in his mind and he signs on. The next thing we know, the project?s over and he?s free to go. But when he turns up to collect his dollars, he finds that a month previously he relinquished control of them in return for an envelope containing 20 seemingly random items. Eventually realising something?s amiss (he?s not too bright at times, our Michael) he sets to work trying to put the pieces of his new puzzle together, to figure out the message he was trying to send himself. Along the way his attempts are thwarted not only by his former employers, but also by the FBI who are desperate to get their hands on him, and whatever invention it was he?s been working on all this time. Lots of gun battles and car chases ensue, culminating in a thrilling, and I lose the word loosly, climax. This film had, in my mind, soooooo much potential. The story sounded intriguing and fresh, and with the cast involved it seemed like it had the goods to deliver. But somewhere along the way, something went wrong. The film isn?t b
ig on scenery, but that isn?t in itself a problem. What it fell down on, however, where the technological aspects. Part of the wonder machine developed during the extended project requires buttons to make it work, and these looked incredibly like those clear coloured lego bricks to me. A lot of the other gadgets looked fake, many seeming like they would have been more at home on a 1980s low budget Blake 7 set than in a Hollywood blockbuster. The screenplay was written by someone who until this point had only penned the Lara Croft sequel, which I think tells us a lot. The dialogue sounds like it was scripted for someone whose mother tongue isn?t English. Add a bad accent and it would have been perfect Van Damme stuff. ?We must go now? ?I dropped the envelope? ?I don?t remember? It?s truly scintillating stuff. The acting, too, is a little sub standard. It?s hard to explain, but if you watch the film you?ll pick up on it immediately. Despite most of the cast being well respected names, they seem to have trouble getting any feeling into the script, and this shows. At times the delivery seemed remarkably wooden, and the movements posed rather than natural. Uma Thurman and Ben Affleck are not normally 2 people you would associate with negative image descriptions, but whoever the stylists working on this film were, they truly managed to make them look worse than usual. She in particular spends many scenes looking like a drowned rat / weasel hybrid. And what?s with the hair, people? He looked grubby a lot of the time, but interestingly enough, when he was on the run and living in the same set of clothes for days on end he (a) seemed to have found a razor somewhere because very little stubble appeared and (b) decided that the best way to care for all the clothes you have is never to take them off, meaning he slept in his shirt and trousers too. Now really, would a little flash of bare chest really have been out of the qu
estion? There are several ?holes? in the plot and many are obvious as you watch which makes them the worse kind ? in Runaway Jury, for example, I didn?t think about the Occult shop until afterwards, but in this film they were smacking you in the head at every turn. I don?t want to do blatant spoilers here, so I?ll just say the brain heating? And the greenhouse? And the fake girl?s eye colour? And the 2nd lottery ticket? Come on. At the end of the day the film is just ridiculous. My neighbour and I sat there howling with laughter for the most part. It?s a predictable film in a lot of ways ? in fact the only thing that surprised us was that following the gun scenes and the high speed car chases, their was no gratuitous sex to finish it off. The story doesn?t work and the cast seem to have forgotten how to act. As we left the cinema, my friend declared that ?this one isn?t even worth downloading? ? a true sign if ever there was one that this film sucks, big time.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Over four decades before ?Mars Attacks? there was H.G. Wells? THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Perhaps most famous for the radio play of by Orson Welles that terrorized real people into believing that Martians were indeed invading our home planet, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS seems to have spawned inspiration for many science fiction films to come. When watching these relentless aliens from Mars plotting to take over the Earth of the 1950?s, it can be disturbing to realize that there were citizens of the time who believed this horrifying invasion was actually taking place. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) In this cult classic about pod people who take over people?s bodies while they sleep, a small town doctor?s patients start telling him how their friends and relatives are frauds. At first, he just thinks they?re suffering from paranoia, but then begins to believe that something is terribly wrong with these people who show no emotion whatsoever. The mood of horror in this film is enhanced by it?s almost home-movie-like quality. THE INCREDIBLE HULK (1977) I really like Bill Bixby?s performance in this movie as well as his work in the same role in the television series that ran from 1978 to 1982. Bixby plays a research scientist David Banner who is grieving for his wife who was unable to rescue from a fiery car wreck. He becomes obsessed with researching the incredible strength that people sometimes display under extreme circumstances. He accidentally overdoses on gamma rays and is transformed into a mean green fighting giant, the Hulk, whenever he gets angry and frustrated. Banner is pursued by a reporter who thinks the Hulk committed a murder. It?s fun to anticipate the metamorphosis when he says, ?Don?t make me angry. You wouldn?t like me when I?m angry.? STARMAN (1984) Jeff Bridges gives an effective and touching performance as an alien who lands in Wisconsin, and assumes the lik
eness of widow Jenny?s (Karen Allen) dead husband. As the Starman begins to learn how to behave more like a human being, Karen Allen?s character is more drawn to him and becomes determined to help him to meet his planet?s spacecraft half way across the country. The two lead actors share a realistic chemistry, and there are some very funny moments. When the Starman has ridden around awhile with Jenny, he tells her he?s starting to pick up how to drive on her planet. ?Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast.? THE ABYSS (1989) After an American nuclear submarine sinks into a swarthy abyss, the government calls upon a crew of underwater oilrig operators and the Navy Seals to find the sunken sub. This film stands out in my mind because not only are its special effects superb, but the relationship in the film between estranged couple Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is so well developed, that their love story drives the movie just as much as the breathtaking underwater shots do. This James Cameron directed film deservedly won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Not an easy shoot, members of the cast were actually required to become certified divers. BATMAN (1989) Tim Burton?s Batman is a comic book come to life. The vivid sets seem to bring alive a futuristic Gotham City and are an excellent background for the larger than life characters of the caped superhero and his nemesis the Joker. I am a big Michael Keaton fan and I enjoy his performance here. His Batman has chemistry with Kim Basinger?s Vicki Vale. Jack Nicholson seems to relish his role as the psycho clown terrorist. The original music by Danny Elfman supports the overall mood of the film, and the songs by Prince are quite catchy. I quite fancy the Caped Crusader. TERMINATOR 2 : JUDGEMENT DAY (1991) Another James Cameron directed film, this film boasts even more magnificent special effects than The Abyss. Starring Arnold Schwarzen
egger, Linda Hamilton, and Eddie Furlong, this is one of the rare sequels that bests the original. The computer generated effects are awesome and the action is explosive. While Arnold played a baddie in the first Terminator, here he plays a kinder gentler cyborg. With the end of the world imminent, this glib Terminator is here to save the day with his famous last words, ?Hasta la vista, Baby!? CONTACT (1997) Jodie Foster is one of those rare actresses who seems to me to completely embody her roles. Her portrayal of sincere seeker-astronomer Ellie Arroway is no exception. An extremely bright student, young Ellie (impressively acted by Jena Malone) has always had a fascination with the stars. Her loving father fosters her scientific pursuits by buying her a telescope. When her father dies unexpectedly, Ellie tries fruitlessly to contact him on her ham radio. Fast forward years later to see a now grown Ellie working to prove the existence of life on other planets. Her earnestness to reach her dreams is rewarded when she makes contact and eventually gets the chance to visit dwellers in outer space. The best aspect of this film to me is the way in which the subject of religion versus science is approached. Matthew McConaughey is theistic Palmer Joss who becomes the love interest to Foster?s agnostic Ellie. Based on Carl Sagan?s novel by the same name, this film intelligently melds the views of the theist and the scientist in a thought-provoking way, in which both angles of vision are respectfully represented. DEEP IMPACT (1998) Elijah Wood plays an astronomy student who discovers that a gigantic comet is headed on a course that will inevitably lead it to collide into the planet Earth. The film than becomes a dreaded waiting game for its human participants. A lottery is held to determine which people will be allowed to live to populate elsewhere after the Earth?s extinction. I like the edgy subject matter and the levity with which i
t is portrayed. This movie reminds me of another doomsday film from 1959 called On The Beach, in which a nuclear war wipes out over half the world?s population. That earlier film focuses on a group of people living in Australia with less than a year to live. I remember being deeply moved by the plight of the characters, and I feel the same kind of devastation for the inhabitants of Deep Impact. Performances by stellar actors Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman help a lot. I would have liked to see this movie expanded into a mini series, as the characterizations would have benefitted by more screen time. THE FACULTY (1998) Written by Kevin Williamson who also wrote the major hit Scream, this movie tells the story of a small high school in Ohio whose faculty members have been taken over by aliens, a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The six students who band together to fight the alien invaders couldn?t be less alike. But for the common good, they learn to trust one another in their quest to slay the outsiders who aren?t true to their school. I didn?t scream with laughter, but there are quite a few funny lines, and the six mostly unknown young actors carry the movie quite well. Better than I expected. Consider making contact with these incredible films; perhaps they'll make a deep impact upon you.
I'm not suggesting that any of these films should be made - in fact most of them would probably be dire. But it's fun (for me anyway) trying to picture what the movies would be like. So, with tongue firmly stuck in cheek, here's my choices of Summer 2004 blockbusters. Stephen Speilberg's The Hobbit As long as he didn't make Bilbo too cute, I'd love to see this done. Billy Connelly as Gandalf, Anthony Hopkins as Thorin Oakenshield, Jeff Goldblum as Gollum and Tim Roth as Bilbo. And can't you just imagine what Industrial Light and Magic would do with Smaug? Ridley Scott's Conan Swords, sandals and sourcery. Russell Crowe as Conan, Catherine Zeta-Jones as the totty and any number of WWF wrestlers lined up to be hacked to pieces. Can you imagine Scott's take on the Cimmerian's many battles? Go on, somebody give him the money. David Fincher's Stormbringer Fincher does dark and brooding better than anybody. Christopher Walken as Elric, the albino warrior warlock with the sentient sword. Music by Hawkwind (naturally) Emmerlich and Devlin's Helen of Troy More swords and sandals. Huge battle scenes, massive destruction in the final reel, this would make a great Saturday night movie. Stars everywhere - Brad Pitt as Paris, Jennifer Aniston as Helen, Kim Bassinger as Cassandra, and cameos for all and sundry as various Greek and Trojan royalty. Oh, and the obligatory naff "Gods in frocks in the clouds" bit with Anthony Hopkins as Zeus. Stephen Sommers' Sinbad Brendan Fraser as Sinbad, Will Smith as a jive-talking genie, anachronisms everywhere and the biggest, meanest CGI monsters ever seen. Anthony Hopkins as the Sultan. More saturday night popcorn stuff. Tim Burton's The Twilight of the Gods Another mega-budget blockbuster. CGI Valhalla, Norse gods and Ice Giants, giant wolves and the end of the world. What more could a man
want? Arnie as Thor, Johnny Depp as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and soundtrack by Wagner. Teutonic bliss. James Cameron's The Last Days of Atlantis Again, mega budget bliss. I know it's a cliche, but the man is good with water. Just imagine the effects - this could be another Titanic. A long slow love affair for doomed youth just before the tide comes in permanently. Kate and Leonardo again. Think of the franchise opportunities - it would probably be the biggest money-spinner ever. Clint Eastwood's - The Last Gunfighter And what would the original man-with-no-name do with King's western fantasy? There's a visceral roller-coaster of emotion there, and also some moments of extreme violence. Clint's just the man for that. A nu-country soundtrack, vocals by Emmylou Harris. And if Clint won't do it, I'd get Tarantino. Wouldn't that be fun? George Lucas's Jason and the Argonauts Even more popcorn blockbusters here. 90% CGI, Keannu Reeves as Jason, Halle Berry as Medea and Anthony Hopkins in there somewhere again. I just want to see what ILM would do with the skeleton fight. Paul Vaerhoven's Dragonflight Almost 100% CGI, and starring the entire cast of Dawson's Creek. Huge swooping, disorientating flights in flight for dragons of every size and colour. Oh, and they breathe fire as well. Anne McCaffrey will be furious and it will make a fortune. Somewhere in Hollywood it's odds on that some of these have already been pitched. And it wouldn't surprise me to see one in production. Frightening isn't it?
My favourite movie genre is Sci-Fi, definately inspired by Star Wars and Luke Skywalker and i thought i'd tell you about my favorite ten for my latest op but before i do, why is Sci Fi so popular today? My theory is people enjoy being scared! The important paradox is that individuals do want to feel the future is rosy, but they don't want to be shown it in entertainment - its boring! What they want is the threat it will be awful, it would be extremely hard to make an optimistic film. It is very simular to peoples enjoyment of rollercoasters, which are now designed to scare those riding them, with unseen drops in dark tunnels - its the fear of the unknown - thats what these type of films play on. People need to be left in a state of uncertainty when they leave the cinema for the film to be successful, never quite knowing how much could be true. A film of us all ending up in a paradise doesn't have many possibilities for drama does it? The kind of films that do drama best are these type of action films which scare the audience, show them a terrifying vision of the future then return them to their mundane lives - its escapism i believe !! Long live Sci-Fi, heres my list : 10.The Time Machine (2002) Based on the book of the same name by H.G.Wells This film was released earlier this year and didnt get a good write up from the critics but i enjoyed it immensely, so much so its just crept into the top ten. The Time Machine showed a far-distant future where earth's moon has been destroyed, leading to a post-apocalyptic society of two races fighting each other. Silly, you could say or far fetched but bring it on i say, as a boy i was very interested in Time Travel and all the possible wonders that it could bring (i think possibly it was a phase!), well of course now im a man and all grown up and still im fascinated! - so maybe this history of love for
the topic has warped my idea of a good film in this case, but what the hell its my list so its in. The acting was nothing to write home about but the sets and effects were extremely good as they should be for a film with a big budget in this day and age. 9.The Matrix (1999) I only just watched this film some two years after the release, the hype and the critical acclaim it received. The main reason for this was Keanu Reeves the actor who plays the lead role - i have never liked his style or his unconvincing acting (Speed and Point Break immediately spring to mind) but having finally watched and loved the film what a mistake i made! In The Matrix, the future is such a terrifying place that people have to be deceived with visions of a more pleasant society. The opening sequence sets the pace for a film that concentrates the viewer and takes them through a breathless journey of vivid groundbreaking action. This is undoubtedly Keanu's finest moment! Its a film that can be hard to follow and will have to viewed more than once but its worth the effort. 2003 will see the release of The Matrix 2- cant wait! 8.Mad Max (1979) This film just had to be in there mainly because of the sentimental value it posesses to me. I was only four when it was released, so i must have seen it when i was seven or eight but it was the first ever film i was in awe of. Max (Mel Gibson) is one of the few good guys left in a post - apocalyptical world where law and order dont exist. After his family were murdered good old Max hurtles up and down the dusty highways and claims his revenge. Me and my mates talked about it constantly, re-inacted the many blood and gore scenes (well i was only eight!) and its left an indellible mark on my past and probably my future. Wouldnt you just love to mow down a copper with a speed gun Mad Max style? Ok i'll move on
<br>7.Blade Runner:The Directors Cut (1995) The ultimate futuristic nightmare is depicted in this film which was an extended version of the original which was released in 1982. Set in Los Angeles in 2019 it follows the battle to eradicate cloned humans who have become a threat to mankind. Harrison Ford one of my favourite actors plays the lead in a film that is visually beautiful, fascinating, thought provoking and touching - a unique mix i think you will agree. Its a film like The Matrix which i didnt see until it was released on Video, i bet it was even better on the big screen! Interestingly it was inspired by a Philip K Dick novel who also inspired Minority Report. 6.The Terminator (1985) Lets face it, if you wanna see some acting you wont be turning to Arnold Scwarzenegger but if you want action a plenty then hes your man. Before i became aware of what was good acting or not, i thought 'Arnie' was amazing and rushed out to see all his films. In The Terminator we are coersed into a world where the future has been virtually destroyed by man made robots who are intent on wiping out man altogether. The tension and gripping nature of this film are fantastic as is the amount of action you are given. The effects at the time were jaw-dropping and still do not look out of place today. And i have to admit i was one of those who continously uttered the timeless line 'I ll be back' !! A simply sensational movie that shocks yet has morals - timeless. A third helping of Terminator is due next year! 5.Enemy Mine (1985) A film that lacks the 'umph' and effects of many other big budget thrillers but more than makes up for it with the traditional heartwarming element at its core. Its a story about warring humans and dracs - two enemy fighters find themselves in a situation where they have to work together to sur
vive. A freindship ensues which not only unites two beings but begs the question to their leaders, why? I found it engaging, thoughtful and clever. Although being an eighties film which has aged a little, the happy ending made this film one of my alltime favourites proving that you dont have to spend big on the special effects to make a good film. Lou Gossett Jnr and to a lesser extent Dennis Quaid acted brilliantly and Gossett Jnr remains one of my personal favourites to this day. 4.The Terminator 2 (1991) Very few sequels deliver but this one does and in this case surpasses the original. Arnies back but this time in a clever twist hes the good guy, but with that hes the hunted. His task is to protect a boy from a newer breed of robot who are intent on killing him and thus preventing him from growing up into a rebel leader. The visuals (as they should be for a $65 million film) are absolutely breathtaking. The motorbike chase is my particular favourite moment of the film. The action is fast paced and all action yet it does have its more touching sides such as the holocaust scene and the 'robot feelings' moments. I came out of the cinema absolutely blown away and its not very often you can say that. 3.The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Another film that dates back to my boyhood - i had the figures, i collected the stickers and i saw myself at that time (complete with light sabre) as one of the rebels fighting against evil and ridding the world of Darth Vader. A great sequel to 'Star Wars' which sees the dark side fighting back against the rebels who had been victorious in the original and culminates in that epic light sabre scene where Luke loses his hand to his old man 'Darth'. Im bound to be biased being a Star Wars fan but as i said before its my list so who cares! The film has had a great effect on me and i hope my kids will watch this
in the future because essentially its a series of films about good fighting against evil. Where as some of the films mentioned earlier are for adults only, this is a film which can be enjoyed by all ages. The recent releases dating back to pre Star Wars are rediculous, money making spin offs that should never have been given the go ahead - i feel they take something away from the spirit of the original three part trilogy. 2.Alien (1979) The night i saw this on T.V i went to bed scared and had nightmares for weeks! Like many of the afore mentioned films, this film was groundbreaking as was the first sequel which narrowly failed to make this list. Set on a faraway space mission, the crew of the Nostromo discover an Alien which has got onboard and is intent on picking off the crew one by one. The suspense in this film is chilling as is the Alien itself which was incredibly believable - well it certainly scared me! The best bit is the chest bursting scene, oh geez when that happened i sub consciously left my body! Directed by Ridley Scott who went onto great things as did leading lady Sigourney Weaver. Superb Sci-Fi classic which still stands out today despite being over twenty years old. 1.Star Wars (1977) Unoriginal i hear you say but this film captured my heart, mind and imagination which no film had done before or has done since. Star Wars brought the Sci-Fi genre alive and has bred the countless number of movies which we still enjoy today. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leah, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and hundreds of Stormtroopers what more could you want? It was like nothing i had seen before as we were shown the story of Luke Skywalker being shown his role in life as the man to lead the rebels in their quest to conquer evil. There's countless battle scenes and times of tension but a happy ending came about in the end
as Luke blasted the deathstar to bits in scenes of euthoria. For me quite simply the Greatest story ever told. Thanks for reading WormThatTurned
This is what I would say was my favourite top 10 sci-fi films. I am putting them in decending order with my favorote at No1. With so many films being released these may well change and I believe that they will with other excellent films due to hit our screens. Not all are single films though so ones that I believe fit into a group or collection I simply put them into the same category and if I have a favourite from them I will state it in the list. 10 Terminator Arnie played this blockbuster brilliantly. The story that mindkind was facing certain destruction from the race of machines and their only hope was to send someone back to protect Sarah Connor. The story goes that a terminator was sent back to kill her to prevent her son from being able to lead the revolt against the machines. At the time of release these graphics were awesome and it was a fast paced with plenty of action to keep us enthralled. A true classic of it's time 9 Aliens Trilogy Wow what a set of films. These aliens were formiddable indeed, power and speed made them strike and vanish in a instant. With acid for blood even wounded they were lethal. Plus who could forget the scene where the alien exploded from the guys chest when they were eating. A strong sci-fi movie that was filled with action, blood and gore. The special effects were brilliant as well and Sigourney played her part as Ripley perfectly. The first film Alien was my personal favourite but I love all three of these films and wouldn't mind seiing a possible new encounter maybe if they stumbled across the aliens home world or something. Well you never know. 8 Independance Day Will Smith was great in this movie. We see our planet brought to it's knees by the alien invaders and there was nothing we could do. Nothing got past their shields. Well that was till they discovered the idea of giving them a computer virus. So up they go into the mothership in a pa
tched up wreck of a crashed alien attack craft with a nuclear warhead to take it out. They upload the virus and deposit their gift making a hasty exit. Then back on earth as the virus is uploaded they launch the final assault, with a final act of bravery thay discover that you need to take out the primary weapon to destroy their ships. What's left of the world is saved. Just remember those scenes where they destroy the Whitehouse and take out most of the city with that one blast. These graphics were brilliance themselves. With scenes like where they try to fly through the horde of alien craft leaving the mothership just give you a feel of the power that they were meant to be up against. 7 Starship Troopers Another great modern film. This time we are under threat from bugs, giant disgusting and lethal bugs. The work needed to produce the scenes in this film must have been immense with there being a whole horde of bugs attacking at times they just seemed to be everywhere. The story itself follows a group of kids leaving school to sign up for military service to get their citizenship. They have quite a hectic life in this movie but this was not a straight forward sci-fi film this had a weird sense of comedy thrown in similar to the robocop films were the movie would be interupted to see a weird style ad. Still a great film in my books. 6 Lost in Space I prefer the newer version but the cult tv series was still a hit in my books. I grew up watching the Robinson's trying to find their way back to Earth and this later movie just helped give it a big boost for me. Matt Le Blanc played this straight role perfect and the computer graphics were brilliant. With the failed attempt to destroy the ship by using the robot Doctor Smith becomes their worst enemy. Rather than be like him though they keep him alive. Unfortunatley after the crash he tricks will and they then enter the time bubble, this is where we see the future Doct
or Smith and the creature that he may still yet become because of the spider. With a bit of a emotional choice between returning to Earth the older Will decides to return his father to the ship instead. I first saw this in the movies and was blown away by the quality of the sound that goes with this movie. It just helps give this film something that others lack. 5 Star Trek collection I do not have a single favourite and like them all. It can be a set of films with no end but I do not care. These are all great and I like the Tv series as well. Deep Space 9, Next Generation with Voyager as my favourite. These now have a cult following and I am not surprised. These are brillince of thought as there are no limits to the possibilities that could happen in this series. 4 Episode 1 The latest of the Star Wars set and I have this listed on it's own for one reason. These films are to be released as three sets of trilogies with Episode 1 being the first film in the fisrt trilogy. This shows the Emporer for the first time and tells the story of the start of the path for the young Annekin Skywalker, aka Darth vader. This brought us a whole host of extra info that we just lacked from the origonal trilogy and the next two are to fill us in on the rest so personally I can't wait till they hit the screens. 3 Matrix High paced action with Keanu Reaves. With us humans being nothing more than batteries for the machines that survived make this an excellent story. Living in virtual reality is how they keep their human captives believe that they still exist in normal lives. With keanu being THE ONE who can read the code and react without thought and hestation. The story follows the struggles and deaths of his comrades until he finally learns and accepts his fate. Look out machines you aint seen nothing yet. 2 Stargate I much prefer the origonal stargate but I am still a fan of the SG1 movies and se
ries. Another series along the lines of Star Trek with unlimited possibilities but even though this does not have that same size of following it does have me as a strict fan however. There is still many wonders and theories about the ancient Egyptians but this film takes those to another level. Definatley one to watch. 1 Last but not least Star Wars Trilogy These are the greatest set of sci-fi films that have been released to date. They were brilliant in their day then George lucas took them and Remastered them adding extra effects that he either could not do at the time for a lack of technology or money or time. The First Star Wars film is by far the best but the three make it whole. Nothing will be able to shift these from my top spot in the near future. These films always have been my firm favourites with growing up around these movies it was like a boyhood dream to be a Jedi or fly a X-Wing. The Whole host of extras that came from this trilogy like the games etc all just help to keep this as one of the best of all time sci-fi film sets. --------------------------------------------- Well that is my favourite films and no doubt there will be other great films to come that may change my list a bit. Well this is a top 10 so it's up the individuals tastes but there are so many great films out there that I could spend all day watching them. I love this genre of films but with so many choices it aint easy.
I hadn't really thought about where these films fell in a top 10 list before, but here goes: 10: Dune David Lynch's epic conversion of Frank Herbert's novel. It combined a relatively faithful screenplay with superior acting, a wonderful soundtrack by Toto, and the unsurpassed works of H.R.Giger. 9 : The Matrix A stunning mix of excellent and mostly original story, amazing special effects and great acting talents. 8 : Contact Faithful to the book by Carl Sagan, this was how I would have envisioned extra terrestrial first contact. 7 : The Shepherd Little known sci fi thriller with C.Thomas Howell and Roddy Piper. A little 'pulpy' but I found it excellent. 6 : Enemy Mine The 'stranded enemies' theme at it's best. 5 : Metropolis Fritz Lang's desolate future vision from the twenties, the grand daddy of all following sci fi. 4 : Alien The original Sci fi horror/thriller of the series, much better in my opinion than the action sequels, and their attempts to recapture the original mood in 'resurrection'. 3 : Blade Runner One of the ultimate action thrillers of it's time, it was also responsible for unleashing the great talents of Rutger Hauer into the mainstream public eye. 2 : Star Trek - Generations Don't ask me why with this one, I just like it 1 : The Crow Celluloid conversion of the comics by J O'Barr, and one of director Alex Proya's crowning glories. Also infamous for the sad loss of Brandon Lee during filming. Well that's it, and I'll probabally update when I finally get to see X-Men later on this month.
I decided to split my top 10 film choices into the 3 categories of Horror, Sci-Fi, and Action due to the impossibility of narrowing it down to only the ten. I completed the horror list yesterday, mainly due to the ease of selection, and the next easiest is the Science-Fiction. As I have mentioned previously, all my selections are based on entertainment alone, and not on some aesthetically based critique formed from 'quality acting' or worthiness. In no particular order, these are my Top10 Sci-Fi films. Robocop. The only reason this is at the top of the pile is that, after looking down the list, I have included 2 other films by the same director - Paul Verhoeven. He achieved notoriety in the early 90's by filming Basic Instinct, featuring sex, violence, more sex, and the famous leg-crossing scene. Robocop was one of his early Hollywood efforts (after Flesh and Blood, a medieval swords and sex romp, with Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh) and actually contained no sex whatsoever. The film revolves around a steadfast, resolute Detroit policeman, critically injured whilst on duty, and whose shattered body is implanted into a mechanised titanium armour shell. His memory is erased, he is armed, and sent out onto the street to clean up, but remains haunted by fragments of his memory. So far, the story could be one of many lifted from DC comics, but the action is so darkly violent that no further similarities remain. The plot is interspersed with news articles and adverts, most of which are ridiculous, but provide comic relief for the brooding menace ever present in the background. Particularly of note was Kurtwood Smith, who has never broken out of the B-list category, sneering his way through the role of Clarence Boddicker. The film was slated for being almost cartoon-like in execution, but this was always juxtaposed with the extreme violence providing an effective and sobering compromise. The vision of
the near future was bleak and Orwellian, with industrial corporations in control rather than elected government, a theme very common in Hollywood - do they know something we don't? I won a copy of this film way back in 1987, days before its cinema release. I was 18 years old, a skint student, and I went out and bought a VCR for £350 (they were bloody expensive back then!) just so I could watch it. Blade Runner. Every modern science-fiction movie, and even every computer game set in the future tries its damnedest to look like Blade Runner. Ridley Scott is famed for his visuals, and this is certainly no exception. We are treated to a sumptuous vision of enormous electrical excess, with bright lit neon everywhere yet still unable to pierce the dingy depths of the streets. The plot is very reminiscent of classic Hollywood film-noirs, and the original cut of the film had Harrison Ford mumbling plot guides to the audience in a Bogart-esque manner. The supporting cast, who were all unknowns at the time went on to much greater things - Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah and Brion James have made hundreds have films between them - but whatever happened to Sean Young? My only criticisms could be that the film takes itself too seriously. It is a work of art, rather than a piece of celluloid entertainment, and in that manner does not fulfil in the 'I'm too p****d to go to bed - I'll just watch a movie for a bit' category. Aliens. This film is famously credited with being one of only three films which, as sequels, are as good, if not better, than the original. (Terminator2, and Godfather 2 being the others, although I would also give credit to Back to the Future, Predator, The Evil Dead, Desperado, and A Better Tomorrow) Once again Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, to battle the Alien threat. The first film was more like a slasher movie in space, whereas this incarnation more than resembl
ed a war movie - in fact the tag-line was 'This Time, It's War...'. The film contains great performances from all, which complement the action sequences, but undoubtedly, the main star was the special effects. Stan Winston, and the Industrial Light and Magic team have been blamed for making many modern films shallow, by overshadowing the plot and acting with spectacular effects, but the integration into Aliens was so seamless that once engrossed into the movie it was difficult to not accept the whole scenario as real. I mentioned in an earlier op about seeing this film at the cinema. It was one of those rare cinema moments when the entire audience was so into the film that they applauded and cheered when Ripley appeared at the finale snarling 'Get away from her you bitch....' Total Recall. Whereas Blade Runner was inspired by Philip K. Dicks story 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' this film was inspired by his 'We Can Remember it For You, Wholesale'. This is Paul Verhoeven's second film in my list. At the time it was made, it was the most expensive film ever, at over $100 million, and it shows. Some of the effects are a little dated by today's standards, but with massive sets to build and destroy, and Schwarzeneggers salary to cover, it is easy to see where the money went. Arnie plays a confused construction worker, married to Sharon Stone - who keeps her clothes on for the entire film (unless you watch the 'special' edition!), plagued by memories of a life on Mars. The plot twists and turns through his discovery of his memory erased background, revealing his double life as an evil government agent, and rebel guerrilla. The film is a spectacular affair, and at times, in true Verhoeven style, incredibly gruesome. Where else could you expect to see a bad guy despatched by having a bar shoved through his head, an axe through his chest, arms severed at the shoulder, or eyeball
s exploding. This is a totally over the top film, but utterly enjoyable. Demolition Man. The film initially surprises, in the fact that the vision of the future is a clean, sanitised, utopian paradise. Violence is unheard of, swearing is outlawed, and sex has been banished to the test tube. This paradise is broken when Wesley Snipes, a violent sociopath from the 20th century, escapes his cryogenic prison and wreaks havoc. No one is equipped to combat him, so Sylvester Stallone, the Demolition Man of the title is defrosted from his frozen tomb to arrest him. We soon realise that this utopian existence is a facade hiding the poverty and squalor tucked away from sight under the city. The leader of these undercity dwellers is played with gusto by aggressive comic Denis Leary, who revels in virtually repeating his diatribe from his 'No Cure For Cancer' tour. Also appearing in a rather bizarre role is Sir Nigel Hawthorne, as the unethical leader of the upper society. There is a lot of humour interspersed between grand action set-pieces, with Stallone indulging in a return shot of Arnie-baiting. Sandra Bullock provides the eye-candy and little else in an early role, but Snipes steals every scene with his maniacal over-acting and bravado. Star Wars. No list like this could ever be complete without including this film. I really don't think there is any need to go into any depths about the film, or its sequels and prequels, unless you have been living on a desert island for the past 24 years. Basically a classic Western set in space, on a huge scale, this film almost single handedly saved Hollywood. After a decade of increasingly naff disaster movies, it took this, a plastic shark, and a tragic Love Story to get peoples backsides back on the cinema seats. Armageddon. Bruce Willis proved to the world that he was getting older by allowing himself to be portrayed as the
father figure rather than the love interest. This was released at the same time as Deep Impact, and covered the same story, i.e. an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and can only be stopped by a team of astronauts. This film succeeded by being action packed, filled with gentle humour, and carrying through a compassion which led you to actually care about the outcome. Deep Impact failed by having little action, no humour, and wooden, one-dimensional characterisation which left you with little or no inspiration. This is the seventh down on the list, and is also the seventh film that can only be watched if you accept the concept of science-FICTION. All these films can be criticised as being just plain daft, but if you switch off your scepticism, and allow yourself to enjoy the ride, this is one of the most enjoyable and thrilling films ever made. The Fifth Element. Luc Besson switched from making films about assassins to film this epic, self penned story. Again starring Bruce Willis, and a then unknown Milla Jovovich as the 'supreme being'. The film is a superb blend of action, humour and romance, blended together in an unusual directorial style, where each theme runs simultaneously rather than in a set piece of its own. The special effects are astounding, making the futuristic city look absolutely enormous. The costume design, specially commissioned to Jean-Paul Gaultier resulted in some strange, and often quite revealing outfits, which still managed to keep their grip on reality. Highlights were the airline uniforms, Jovovich's bandage outfit, and the fact he still managed to have Willis running around in a mucky vest, albeit a designer one. The cast did an exemplary job. Willis was his usual high standard, and Gary Oldman was fantastically camp as the villain of the piece, proving the trust he held in Besson after an excellent role in Leon. Jovovich made the bizarre alien language seem li
ke her natural tongue, and there were some brilliant contributions from the always underrated Ian Holm, Lee Evans, Chris Tucker, and in a very strange role, Tricky. The plot fires along at a cracking rate, and with unusual direction never seems to last the 2 hours plus that it does. Over 5 mins were cut from the British release, and I have yet to find out what or why they were, or where to get a copy (in English) that contains them. Starship Troopers. This, the third of my Paul Verhoeven choices, was a welcome return by him to the Sci-Fi genre. After a dalliance with soft porn in the disastrous Showgirls, he returned to field where he has always displayed an aptitude. This story follows the induction, training, and initiation into battle of a group of raw recruits. The film is exceptionally graphic and portrays a horrific view of what a futuristic war could be like. All the actors were virtual unknowns, apart from Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown in small roles. this added to the tension, as at no point were you ever sure who was going to make it. Once again, the effects team transformed the movie. When faced with a few foes, you can appreciate the tension, but when faced with thousand upon a thousand biting ,spitting insects each the size of a house, stretching as far as the eye can see, the terror faced by the small squadron is palpable. The film shocks and impresses in equal doses, yet managed to maintain a firm hold right to the very end. Gripping stuff. The Matrix. Who hasn't seen this? One of the most visually impressive films ever made, mainly due to the modern photographic technique that involves sequences of still shots to be taken virtually simultaneously, and run in the film as if in real time. This enables the appearance of time stopping, and the camera flying around the paused action. they referred to this as 'Bullet time' although quite what the makers of the G
ap commercials think about that, I do not know. It was an intriguing story, if not particularly well executed, of a computer system that runs our lives, making us believe that our existence is normal, rather than plugged into an enormous mainframe to provide the computer with energy. The action scenes are directed with a flair and innovation that is destined to be copied for years. Much of the inspiration was taken from John Woo, the recognised master of action direction, who himself is now struggling to make original movies due to the extent of his work being copied. Let us hope, that with the Matrix II due for release in a few months, that they can maintain their originality, and continue to be innovative. My next project is to do my top 10 action films, and in writing this one, I was surprised to find that most of them could easily be included in that category. I found that I was leaving out some of the more 'worthy' titles such as 2001, or Dune, but these I found less entertaining, and not the sort of film I would go back to view again and again. To say that I have listed only 10 films, yet in total I have viewed them all over a hundred times proves the impact that they have all had on my life. If you have missed any of them, I can only recommend that you give them a go. Thanks for reading...
As I have read a few of other peoples adn been a bit critical I thought it would be only fair to give others a chance to respond and for a bit of fun here is my top 10 sci-fi film list. Before I start, I think it is important to define sci-fi. For a film to be sci-fi it has to have some scientific principle in it. For instance, time travel, cloning, etc. Fairy tales with spaceships in is not sci-fi so don't worry I don't hate Star Wars, but this is why it doesn't appear in this list. So, in no particular order...here goes.... THE TERMINATOR One of my fave films of all time. The time travel storyline is a complete paradox but no doubt this was one of the most pivotal films of the 80s. Arnie is perfectly cast, good support from Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton as man battles machine to protect a future prodigy before he is born. Violent but moving, and full of atmosphere and exitement, James Cameron built his career on this film's success. A classic. BLADERUNNER Ridley Scott's vision of the future is a sight to behold. Full of gritty realism as Harrison Ford tracks down renegade robots led by Rutger Hauer(again perfectly cast) as the messiahanic icon. Daryl Hannah and Sean Young make up excellent support cast but this film is an atmospheric and uncomfortable look into our future. Suspends disbelief like no other and is genuinely moving and human. ALIEN Space horror that just about makes it into this category by virtue of the cyborg element. The real message is one of the extent to which big business will go to any lengths to secure a potential profit. Sigourney Weaver in one of the first excellent roles for women is one of a crew aboard a ship that discovers a ship crash landed on a barren planet an inadvertently brings a highly aggessive alien on board. Chilling, nailbiting, a nerveshredding experience as the crew are hunted by the alien. Groundbreaking imagery, also contains one of the classic cinematic momen
ts when John Hurt is eating dinner, I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it. ALIENS The new take on the original sees man's arrogance ruthlessly brought down to size. Weaver reprises her role as Ripley and an excellent supporting cast including Michael Biehn and Bill Paxman as marines investigate loss of contact from a settlement on the planet where Ripley first discovered the Alien. This is much more gung-ho than the original but still very scary and entertaining. Again a cyborg is involved and the shadow of big business hangs over the mission but this is superior sci-fi thrills and suspense. STAR TREK - FIRST CONTACT For once Star Trek mildly subdued their moralising to make this much darker film that follows Picard et al on their mission to go back in time and foil The Borg in their efforts to assimilate Earth in the past and prevent the invention of light speed. This is not your usual Star Trek film. Gothic imagery, nailbiting suspense, epic storyline and very entertaining. Also a bit of English literature thrown in as Picard's attitude to his arch nemesis is paralleled with Captain Ahab and his whale. Excellent support cast include Alice Krieg as the Borg queen, James Cromwell as the inventor of light speed as well as the usual suspects Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes. This is terrific sci-fi entertainment. TERMINATOR 2 Again much more crowd pleasing than the first. Arnie reprises his role with a new twist as he seeks to protect John Connor as a child before the machines from the future can get there claws on him. What sets this apart from other similar films is the sheer invention when it comes to the content. Excellent baddie terminator, and they managed to do a sequel to a film that almost couldn't have a sequel. Also the special effects at the time were groundbreaking and rightly(for a change) won an oscar. On top of all that there are some terrific action sequences and it s
till maintains suspense whilst being very very entertaining. STARSHIP TROOPERS Apart from being very entertaining this no-holds barred humans vs. insects war has some very clever hidden treasures. American nationalism is parodied as well as general human superiority complexes to very funny effect, all this combined with terrific special effects, check out the space scenes as well as the arachnoids themselves. Is quite gruesome and violent but all in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, and what I quite like about this little gem is that there are no superstar actors to dominate the screen. Check out Clancy Brown as the Machiavellian drill instructor. Lovely references to extreme capitalist ideology of citizenship and civilianship amke this a superior sci-fi action film. PLANET OF THE APES I am referring to the original here not the latest film which I haven't seen. This is pure sci-fi done absolutely brilliantly. Charlton Heston plays the astronaut that crash lands on a planet where humans are enslaved by apes. If you haven't seen this film then you are really missing out. They really don't make them like this anymore. The core messages of racial equality and discrimination are clear but do not obstruct the entertainment value of this film. Atmospheric, shocking, tense and exiting, this shows that a good script and cast more than make up for overblown special effects. Also containing one of the classic memorable moments in cinematic history which I will not spoil but all I will say this has the mother of all film endings. Fantastic cinema that spawned several sequels that never lived up to the original. FLASH GORDON Yes its cheesy, yes its corny but it is thoroughly entertaining and full of memorable moments. A cast boasting the likes of Max Von Sydow, Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed have a whale of a time in this classic sci-fi romp about three men trying to save the earth from invaders. This films scenes stick in the memory, the
tilting circular platform with spikes, the birdmen led by Brian Blessed, the dated special effects, a baddie wonderfully named Ming the Merciless and a cracking soundtrack by Queen. A classic film that all who have seen fondly remember, a movie with a sense of humour(unlike the dreadful Matrix) great script and overall great fun. SUPERMAN I and II When an alien is sent to earth by his parents after the explosion of his home planets he discovers he is much more powerful than humans and decides to use this for common good. Yes its american and corny but this film was definitive. It was the first superhero film that was actually done well. All star cast included Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve and Ned Beatty with Hackman stealing the show as Lex Luther. An understated script coupled with excellent special effects and storyline gives one of the great films of modern times. Takes the story of Clarke Kent from his discovery to adulthood with some lovely touches along the way. So many moments etched in cinematic history like so many of the films I have mentioned. The scene with the helicopter, the flight with Lois Lane, superman flying rings around the earth, in the sequel, the discovery of superman's identity, the battle with the three superbaddies led by Terence Stamp and many many more. The two films are so good that I can't choose between them but all I will say is that they are both classics and remember they were made 20 odd years ago! So that's it then. I look forward to hearing all your remarks, thanks for reading.....
Sci-fi is far and away my favourite type of film, and I'll watch almost any sci-fi film just because it's sci-fi, but anyway, onwards with my choices. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be mind, because there are so many to choose from! In the interest of fitting a fair number of different films in here I decided to group films together if they were sequels/prequels (that gives one away)! One omission that may surprise the sci-fi fan is '2001 - A Space Odyssey', but if I'm honest I just DO NOT get that film, at all. It either is way over my head, or it really isn't about much at all. Anyway, onwards with my choices The Matrix ---------- Perhaps the best Sci-Fi film of all time? I think it is. Although it's across between action and sci-fi, it is simply brilliant. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a computer hacker who stumbles upon the truth about the world in which he (we?) live in. It turns out that it's all a simulation ran by robots in the future to keep the human brain active and harvest us for power. The pot may be outlandish but it is truly believable, and the combination of suspense and action make this film extremely memorable. It is a bit of a special effects show, but unlike most effects-bonanzas this has the depth of acting and plot to back it up. A film I've watched countless times, and one I think we will all continue to watch long in to the future. Star Wars Series ---------------- It had to make it, didn't it! Star Wars is a timeless classic. It made sci-fi popular with the masses, influenced countless other films and almost created a new religion. I doubt one other film is as popular as the Star Wars series, and it's still going years after the initial release of Star Wars. Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were the initial trilogy, although George Lucas originally planned
a trilogy of trilogies with those films being numbers 4,5 and 6 out of 9. The Phantom Menace, released last year is the first film, and he plans to complete films 2 and 3 over the next few years. Whether or not 7, 8 and 9 will ever be made no-one knows (some even dispute the fact that Lucas planned them, saying he made up the other films after Star War's initial success). Star Wars has its critics, and yes, the new film wasn't as good as the old ones. But what could be? They are classics that will never die. Star Trek Series ---------------- OK, so half of the films were crap. I don't dispute that fact, nor do I dispute the fact that half of the reason that this makes it here is because of the series on TV too, but like Star Wars, Star Trek has been very influential in the evolution of the sci-fi genre. The Original Series may be dated now, and it was not only good to watch, but revolutionary too in having a black female (Uhura) as one of the main crew. The other series have proved good, standard TV sci-fi affairs. The films have spanned the generations, with changes in cast and, unfortunately in quality. Some of the films were great, some of them weren't, but as an entity in the world of sci-fi Star Trek has to pretty close to the top of the list! X-Files Series -------------- Again, I will admit that the series of the X-Files is what mostly accounts for it's place here, although the film wasn't as bad as some people would make out! Mulder and Scully are household names, because the X-Files achieved what Star Wars did in bringing sci-fi to the masses. It's mix of the paranormal and government conspiracies enticed audiences, and although the later series faltered somewhat, in it's prime the X-Files was hot stuff. It may have the most complex and self-contradicting plot ever, spanning 7 years, but we all still love it really!
Escape From LA / Escape from New York ------------------------------------- Snake Pliskin. What a guy! He's the Arnie of the future, the bad guy who's good! These two films are basically the same: Snake Pliskin is a criminal in a overly strict America. They use the islands of LA/New York to house prisoners, but before he is sent their for life Pliskin is given a choice - if he works for the government and rescues Presidents daughter then he will be given freedom. Kurt Russel plays Pliskin brilliantly in both films, and the support cast is equally up to scratch! The film has it all, big guns, action and gadgets. It's dark futuristic world is a great setting for a great film - these are two of the best sci-fi films to date! The Faculty ----------- Perhaps a more modern, like-it-because-I-just-watched-it choice. But I do like this film, it's an clear rip off of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' but that doesn't matter, because this film does it in a modern, sexy fast and fun way, rather akin to the likes of Scream. But it's better than they are, and very much worth seeing. Aliens are trying to take control of America, starting with a school. One by one people turn to the aliens side, until only a small group are left. They must work together to stop the alien threat, but can they trust each other? Watch it to find out! Apollo 13 --------- Is this a sci-fi film? It takes place in space, but it actually happened. So I guess not. But it's in the list now so I'm NOT taking it out. It's the realistic, gritty nature of the film that makes it great. It's based on the real happenings of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, and their struggle to make it home. Tom Hanks takes the lead in a star studded cast, in an thrilling, exciting yet worrying story. I wasn't here when it happened for
real, but my parents remember the day this actually happened. One everyone should watch. Armageddon ------------ Again perhaps this isn't really a sci-fi film, as it isn't that far fetched. But they go in to space, which is enough for me! The plot is simple: Asteroid heading for Earth, Bruce Willis and his ramshackle team of drillers must go to the asteroid, drill a hole and blow it up. His motley crew consists of criminals, freaks and fat men....and the man who wants to marry his daughter. It's the usual big budget action/sci-fi movie. It's not revolutionary at all, it isn't even realistic, but I loved it. The music was great too! Bladerunner ----------- Harrison Ford gets in the list again (he was Hans Solo in Star Wars - as if you didn't know!!). This time he plays a clone hunter, in a dark, busy futuristic world. I won't say this film is one of your more normal bright and happy sci-fi's, because it isn't, but it does what it does well. It's got some action, some suspense and some sadness, all of which add up to a great film! The directors cut is even better than the original, so try to see that version! The Terminator Series --------------------- Classic sci-fi if ever there was some. These two films are very popular, very successful and definitely deserve their place in this top 10! Arnie plays an android/robot/killing machine, as the bad guy in the first movie then the good guy in the second. It's action from start to finish, with the second film containing effects which still cut it today. Both include a bit of time travelling that can be hard to get your head around, but even with all the action, who can fail but feel sad as Arnie lowers himself to his death at the end of the second film, with the awesome music playing in the background. Two great films, that would probab
ly make a top 10 films of all time list, never mind just a sci-fi list. There we go, if I counted properly then that should be my ten best sci-fi films. They aren't in any order, choosing them was hard enough - never mind picking my favourite. What dooyoo think?
Well where do I start? I can say now that this review will have taken me the longest time so far as there are so many great Sci Fi films to choose from. Before I start I have to say that my choices will heavily feature Star Wars as I am a massive fan. My top ten list of Sci Fi films. I will start at number ten and work my way down. Number 10 : Star Wars : The Phantom Menace: Many people don't like George Lucas's newest installment of Star Wars but I really enjoyed it. It was a fun movie and the story was good and entertaining. As for the special effects they were very good and even though Jar Jar Binks was annoying, the way that he was brought to the big screen was impressive. Number 9: Total Recall. Directed Paul Verhoeven this 1990 Sci Fi film starred Big Arnie in a film about mistaken identities on Mars. While Arnie is not the best actor in the world Total Recall is a good blockbuster movie which only aims to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Recently Arnie tried repeating the success of Total Recall in The 6th Day but the film did not live up to expectations. Number 8 : Return Of The Jedi. This is the third in the series (or 6th if you look at it the other way). It is a good movie ( well it is Star Wars after all!) but it is certainly not as good as Empire or the original Star wars. I think that the Ewoks spoil it a lot but otherwise it is a good movie. Number 7 : Blade Runner: This is the classic sci fi film starring Harrison Ford which has inspired so many other films. Ridley Scott's greated movie without a doubt. Number 6 : Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Steven Speilburg's Close Encounters is a classic film about the invasion of Earth by UFO's. While not being the most exciting of movies Close Encounters is a very clever and thought provoking movie. With its Region 2 release on DVD just around the corner I am looking forward to seeing it crystal clear! Number
5: Terminator 2: Another Arnie film is my top ten. Terminator 2 goes against the idea that sequels are never as good as the original. Termainator 2 is a full on action movie from beginning to end. It is not a very thought provoking movie and it best watched with your brain switched off. Once again Arnie is not the best actor around but in this movie he is supposed to be a robot so it doesn't matter that much. Number 4 : The Matrix : The surprise hit of 1999 was the Matrix bringing the acting career of Keanu Reeves back on track at the same time. While everyone was expecting The Phatom Menace to steal the awards for best sci fi film of the year, the Matrix was a clever and very well made film. It had action, a good storyline and was a fresh idea which had not been done before. Lets hope the sequels are half as good and we are in for some good films! Empire Strikes Back : Just like Terminator 2 this sequel is just as good as the original. Infact Empire is actually better in some ways then the original star wars. It is a lot darker than the original and has a brilliant story. The original cast star in the movie and it also offer some surprising twists. A must for anyones collection. Number 2: Aliens. This is one of my all time best films. Directed by James Cameron Aliens is certainly the best in the series and is scarey and thrilling all in one. No matter how many times I watch this film I still find it very entertaining. I cannot praise this film enough! Number 1: Star Wars. Well I have gone for the obvious choice at number 1. You may think this choice is boring but Star Wars has influenced so many Sci Fi films through the years. It is a childs dream. I missed it at the cinema the first time but managed to catch the special editions. I cannot wait for George Lucas to release all the star wars movies on dvd. No matter how hard he tries he will never better this movie. Well there we go. That is my choice of top ten sci f
i movies. I would be glad to hear what you think about my choices. It wasnt easy to choose just 10. There are so many other films like Titan AE, Starship Troopers, Independence Day, Dune and War of The Worlds.
Science fiction's quite a difficult genre to pick from, mainly because it's so enormous. The comprehensive Aurum Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction includes all manner of films that I'd never really thought of as sci fi at all, like Frankenstein or the James Bond movies. And I suppose they are in a way, but they both seem to belong firmly in other genres more than they do in science fiction, so I'm not going to include them here. Anyway, here are ten sci fi movies that I really like. 1) Flash Gordon - My favourite film. Mindless, gaudy fun. Brian Blessed. Queen. Klytus. And so on. I already wrote an opinion if this, so I'm not going to repeat myself here, but there's no way I could leave it off the list. 2) Star Wars - I grew up with this film (and the two that followed it). I can still watch it quite happily. I prefer it to Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi because it's a lot more simple and fun, and has no Ewoks or Yoda. The whole trilogy has some great Freudian stuff going on. Whenever I can't sleep I while away the time by thinking about the symbolic significance of severed arms in the films, or the subtle hints we get that Boba Fett is gay, or contemplating the number of father figures that Luke Skywalker gets through during the course of the trilogy. Of course, one of the reasons I resent The Phantom Menace is because it screws up all the neat symbolism of the previous trilogy. I also prefer the pre-Special Edition version, with the shoddy special effects intact. I dislike the rather glossy look to bits of the remastered versions. But anyway, Star Wars is still a favourite after all these years. 3) A Clockwork Orange - Kubrick's best film, in my view. A vision of the future as 1970s kitsch hell. Based on Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel, it follows the exploits of Alex, a young thug, who rampages around with his less intelligent friends beating, raping and robbing their way thr
ough their bleak city before being arrested and brainwashed by the government. Malcolm MacDowell gives a great performance, making Alex horribly likeable. Patrick Magee is also fantastic as the author who Alex cripples. This film should be very thought-provoking - is free will and the right to make your own decisions more important than law and order and so on. That kind of works, but my one real qualm about A Clockwork Orange is that the viewer may be too taken in by the stylishness of it, and miss the moral point. It's beautifully shot, has some really distinctive set and costume designs, excellent synthesiser versions of classical music on the soundtrack, and Malcolm MacDowell. When faced with all that, it's a bit difficult to remember that there's meant to be a point to it all - I wonder if Kubrick forgot too? But it's still a virtuoso piece of film-making, and something that everyone should see. 4) Metropolis - I really like silent films. I love the way all the men wear lipstick, and the over the top pantomime acting styles. I also really like the absurdly massive scale of some of them. This film is so enormous in practically every respect that it probably ranks as my favourite post-1910 silent film. It was made in 1926 in Germany by Fritz Lang, who later became a successful Hollywood director. The sets are absolutely overwhelming. It's a great vision of how people in the Twenties saw the future - a city in which the rich live lives of idle leisure while the workers toil ceaselessly in huge machines. Apparently Metropolis was originally about 3 hours long (although that may have been because of title cards). The version I've got is about an hour and a half. Sadly, the story is terrible, which may be why it wasn't a financial success at the time. A messianic woman tries to be the workers' Gandhi. The rich make a robotic double of her to discredit her (as opposed to, say, just killing her or something), there'
;s a big riot and a twee ending. But you can ignore the plot and just watch the visuals. Metropolis was hugely influential: Frankenstein, Star Wars and Dr Strangelove are three of the more obvious films that took bits of Metropolis and re-used them. My video copy sadly has a dire eighties soundtrack, but I did once see this in a cinema with a live synthesiser soundtrack, which was excellent. Queen's video for Radio Ga Ga was largely based on this film. 5) Invasion of the Body Snatchers - I don't usually like American 50s sci fi films very much. They're all too obvious in their reds under the beds paranoia, or too damn preachy (especially The Day The Earth Stood Still). But this one is fantastic. An unspecified alien menace is creating "pod people", replicas of people who eventually take their place, gradually infiltrating society. A real sense of unsettling paranoia is developed as the hero tries to figure out who has been replaced and who hasn't. It works extremely well, not least because the pod people can be seen as both a metaphor for Communist infiltration and as a metaphor for McCarthyist conformity. Surprisingly subversive for the era or American arch-conservatism, only slightly let down by the silly ending that the studio insisted be stuck on. One of many films that The Matrix stole ideas from. 6) The Fifth Element - This is another great film. Unlike the pretentious Leon, this is a film where Luc Besson finally found a worthy showcase for his talents. I'm still not entirely sure what was going on - something about a load of aliens coming to destroy the Earth, but a taxi driver (Bruce Willis) finds the fifth element, reincarnated as a very sexy Milla Jovovich, and lots of things happen. Gary Oldman is the villain, acting in his trademark "turned up to eleven" style, and Ian Holm is superb as a monk who's waiting for... ah... oh, sod it, I really can't be bothered to try to make head nor tail o
f the plot. It really doesn't matter; the film is just a succession of great set pieces. To try to describe them in any detail would ruin them, but my favourite is the scene where Gary Oldman is choking on a cherry stone. I think The Matrix may have stolen an idea or two from this film. 7) Brazil - Terry Gilliam's superb dystopia movie. Combining Gilliam's typically incredible visual sense with an unusually literate script (Tom Stoppard had a hand in it), the film combines an Orwellian future society with Kafkaesque absurdity and Dickensian characters. Jonathan Pryce is a minor worker in an incomprehensible government department. His attempts to pursue the woman of his dreams land him in a whole world of hurt. The acting, from a wide array of classy actors, is superb, with Michael Palin as a torturer and Robert de Niro as an illegal plumber particularly standing out. There's an incredible wistfulness about the film - the future resembles the 1940s, Pryce has romantic dreams of being a winged warrior, and his colleagues watch romantic old movies while their boss isn't looking. The studio famously messed around with this film, and it wasn't financially successful, but that hardly matters now. This film is great, and the fact that The Matrix stole ideas from it should also be ignored. 8) At The Earth's Core - Why does no one make films like this any more? With today's special effects, I'd imagine the Victorian scientists being eaten by dinosaurs sub-genre could be revitalised. I've always loved these kinds of films. Whether the monsters are the jerky Harryhausen type, or just the normal lizard superimposed on the horizon type, there's loads of fun to be had when you get Victorian scientists encountering primitive lands. This one is my favourite. Doug McClure, the superstar of this type of film, is his usual reliable self, with Peter Cushing throwing in his doddery old man act (cf. Dr Who and the Daleks), and
the delightful Caroline Munro as a crumpet cavewoman. And the monsters (giant reptile bat things) are entertainingly bad even by the impressive standards of badness established by similar films (Warlords of Atlantis, The Land That Time Forgot etc.) We need more films like this. I'd imagine Michael Ironside or Edward Woodward would do pretty well in Victorian dress, being chased by a large two-headed iguana. Unusually for a sci fi film, The Matrix didn't steal any ideas from At The Earth's Core. 9) The Invisible Man (1933) - The first adaptation of my favourite HG Wells novel, and easily the best I've seen. Directed by James Whale just before he did Bride of Frankenstein, this is very much a part of the wave of Universal horror movies that were so popular at the time, with the usual horror ingredients (inn full of suspicious yokels, mad scientist, monster on the rampage), but unlike similar ideas (Jekyll & Hyde, Island of Lost Souls), it seems to be more sci fi than horror. It made Claude Rains a star, and he is absolutely brilliant as Griffin, the invisible man, all the more so since his face is swathed in bandages the whole time. The scene where he unwraps his bandages before a bunch of befuddled peasants, revealing a blank space where his head should be, is actually pretty convincing, as are most of the special effects. Rains' generally mischievous behaviour doesn't quite tally with his stated desire to take over the world, but I suppose he is mad, so we can forgive that. A very classy little film. 10) The Thing (1982) - This is a remake of an equally good movie from the fifties, but I'm choosing John Carpenter's version over that one because of the special effects. Whereas 50s Thing was just a guy in a monster suit, 80s Thing is a dazzling array of creatures as it shape-shifts into all manner of unlikely guises. The Thing can take on any shape it wants, and so, as with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, we never kno
w who will turn out to be human and who won't. The Thing uses one of the great sci fi/horror plots, that of a group of people in an isolated location (the Arctic, in this case) who have to contend with invasion of their insular world by a malevolent force. Dr Who used that idea at least 30 times, but the classic example is Alien. The Thing also very much a film of its time. Whereas the 50s characters had teamed up together and defeated the creature using good old American initiative, here the characters constantly argue, and understandably regard each other with deep suspicion. When you've seen the decapitated head of one of your colleagues grow spider legs and scuttle away, you're naturally going to be a little wary. Great film, even of The Matrix did shamelessly rip off bits of it. These are just the ten films that occurred to me first. There are quite a few other films that I could easily have put in this list: Starship Troopers, Aliens, all 3 Quatermass films, Mars Attacks!, Strangelove, 2001. But that's the thing about top ten lists, isn't it? Never enough room for everything.
The best in Sci-Fi according to Charlie Brown is as follows: 1. Star Wars 2. Empire Strikes Back 3. Aliens 4. Star Trek VI - the Undiscovered Country 5. Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan 6. Alien 7. Logan's Run 8. THX 1138 9. Planet of the Apes 10. The Village of the Damned 1. Star Wars George Lucas' 1977 masterpeice, surely the greates space opera adventure we've seen. For the seventies the special effects and sheer fairy tale storytelling was superb, and we have to thank it for making sci-fi movies general mainstream viewing. Prowse's Vader is a villain never to be matched. 2. Empire Strikes Back Skywalker and crew return with a sequel that is better scripted and better cinematography, if lacking the gung-ho pinache of the first one. Here we find out that Vader and Skywalker are connected in some why, and of course get to see the young Skywalker learning the ways of the Jedi from master Yoda. A little plodding in the middle but otherwise imperative. 3.Aliens James Cameron's 1986 sequel to Alien, and better than the original in that this is pure out and out adrenaline rush action. Aliens have never had such a beating as the one Ripley here gives them, and gruesome horror to boot. 4. Star Trek VI - the Undiscovered Country Nicholas Meyer directs this 1991 sequel, and just when you thought Star Trek sequels had had their day, this comes along and is an absolute corker, placing the Enterprise as the Klingon empire's last hope of survival, and the apparent betrayal by Klingon-hating Kirk. Great tense action sequences as the Enterprise fires on the defenceless Klingon guests. 5. Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan Nicholas Meyer is againt he director of this superb Star Trek film, giving us the return of renegade genetically mutated human Khan, here seeking revenge upon Kirk and the crew who left him marooned on a barren planet. Wonderful act
ing and great action sequences. A must to watch the death of Spock, with genuine emotion from Nimoy and Shatner here. 6. Alien The original Ridley Scott 79 masterpiece. Contains lots of claustrophobic bumps in the night, and builds the tension like a coiled spring as the ship becomes infected by the alien beings. Ian Holm is superb as the treacherous humanoid and we really feel what it would be like to be trapped in space. 7. Logan's Run Everyone who reaches the age of 30 is to die. A vision of the future from director Michael Anderson in this curious and strangely compelling 1976 sci-fi. Tacky sets and unconvincing action sequences nevertheless make for unusual and worrying viewing, and some good performances from Michael York and Jenny Agutter. 8. THX 1138 George Lucas in his pre-Star Wars days came up with this stark, bleak and claustrophobic sci-fi about an android who breaks ranks with his emotionless computer controlled world. Donald Pleasance puts in a good performacne in this film which at times can be uncomfortable viewing. 9. Planet of the Apes Franklin Schaffner directs this complsive and utterly believable sci-fi about a world populated by apes who use humans as their slaves. Superb beginning as the astronauts come to discover thier surroundings and leads up to the sting in the tale as they realise this is the Earth of the future. The make us is amazing and Roddy McDowell and Charlton Heston give great performances. Can you believe this was 1968? 10. The Village of the Damned 1960 black and white sci-fi based on the superb 'The Midwich Cuckoos' novel by John Wyndham (the greatest sci-fi writer of modern times) this fascinating and eerie tale of a village where all the children born are super-intelligent and identical, developing powers to control all the adults around them. A genuinely frightening scenario performed wonderfully on screen. A classic demonstration of how sci-fi sh
ould be without the special effects.
Compiling Top 10 lists always seems like a good idea at the time. Until after about an hour you either a) are still trying to whittle down your top 73 to 10 or b) can only think of 9. Then 5 minutes after you succeed in producing a list of ten you're pressing the 'change your opinion' button because you've just remembered another film that absolutely *has* to go in. Never mind, just for you I shall once more brave this difficult territory, as usual in reverse order: 10. Spaceballs "So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb." If you've read my Top 10 Movies of all time list you'll have noted that it includes at No. 10 a film that is actually really bad for the reason that despite it rubbishness it made me laugh. This film is here for the same reason. Awful though it is and cheap though the Star Wars and Star Trek take-off jokes are they do actually make you laugh. If nothing else it's better than watching Channel 5 9. Logan's Run "It's my job...to freeze you!" Pity about the rather cheap costumes but I suppose they are virtually compulsory in Sci-Fi movies. And anyway this is a pretty entertaining film with reasonable acting and a not too awful plot (which is above average for Sci-Fi plots) Logan realises that the promise of 'renewal' after compulsory death at 30 is all a sham and legs it - sensible chap given that its almost his turn to go. The fact that Jenny Agutter who at first hates him then falls for him is bit predictable but what do you expect? 8. Independence Day "Forget the fat lady. You're Obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!" A High budget blockbuster which unlike most of its high budget contemporaries actually uses its budget to decent effect: the special effects are excellent. OK, so the alien's invading the earth idea is hardly
original but Sci-Fi plots never are and this film does the plot very well. Got some good one-liners in it too and definitely good for a couple of hours of entertainment 7. Men in Black "You sold a reverberating carbonizer with mutate capacity to an unlicensed cephalopoid, Jeebs, you piece of shit!" Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are very funny as agents J & K members of a secret government agency defending the earth from intergalactic threats. Hmm again a fairly unoriginal plot but again carried off very well and very enertaining 6. Star Trek Insurrection " How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong? Hmm? A thousand, fifty thousand, a million? How many people does it take, Admiral?" Most recent of the Star Trek films and a testament to just how far they've come since Star Trek 1 (see 'Gosh now you're REALLY asking, my list of the 10 worst movies of all time). Picard et al battle to save a planet from a conspiracy of nasty aliens and a rogue admiral who are trying to move the people away so they can exploit the secret of eternal youth. Once more the believability of the plot is not the strongest thing to say for this film but hey this is sci-fi. The action scenes are superbly done, most of the acting is pretty good and Patrick Stewart is as ever very very good. Even non-trek fans should give this one a whirl, they might well enjoy it. 5. Star Wars Episode 1 "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you" If the rest of the series are going to be as enjoyable as this one was then we're in for a couple more blockbusters. The first of the pre-star wars trilogy sees two Jedi-knight liberating a planet from evil invaders (sound familiar? :-) ) whilst along the way discovering Annakin Skywalker who as everyone knows will at some point have a son - Luke b
efore turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader. The Pod Race scene whilst a huge take-off of the Ben Hur chariot race is extremely well done and the choreography in the lightsaber fight at the end of the film is superb. Finally the humour is pretty reasonable too especially the animated 'Jah Jah Binks' the alien who accompanies our intrepid heroes and manages to win a battle along the way. 4. Terminator 2 "On August 29th, 1997, it's gonna feel pretty f****** real to you too. Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day. Get it?" A huge success and deservedly so: many might rate is as the best of the bunch and to be honest all the films from here to Number One could put a case for the top spot. For anyone who doesn't know the plot a) where have you been for the last 10 years b) Arnold Schwatznegger has to protect a boy from being killed so that he can't grow up to lead the resistance against the evil robots who control the planet. OK? Good. Schwatznegger is exceptional and well supported by the rest of the cast and the fact that there's a serious message in the plot adds to rather than detracts from its entertainment value, Funny in places too 3. ET: Extra Terrestrial "ET home" An alien is accidentally stranded on Earth and befriended by a ten-year-old boy. A great classic and for a while the highest grossing movie of all time. Not surprising really given it combines excellent plot, good acting and some funny lines. It is one of those rare films that can make you laugh, cry and cheer sometimes all at once 2. Star Wars "You can't win Darth: If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine" The film that started a Sci-Fi legend and when you consider that is was made over 20 years ago its just incredible. It took at least 15 years for the Star Trek series to catc
h up to the level of special effects and the recent re-mastering makes it even better. Alec Guiness may have been a bit embarrassed by his role in this film but he shouldn't be because he carries it off very well. The humour too works particularly from Harrison Ford's Hans Solo and the ever-despairing C3P0. I'm not even gonna recommend that you watch this cos chances are you already have. 1. Star Trek First Contact "They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn HERE. This far NO further. And I ... will make them pay" My favourite Sci-Fi film of all time: not necessarily the greatest but my favourite. The Borg are back trying to assimilate earth this time by travelling back in time and changing history to prevent the breaking of the light speed barrier. Picard and co. are of course there to stop them. The costume and make-up of the Borg is incredible, the action sequences superbly choreographed, the acting fairly good, particularly Patrick Stewart and the ending happy without being corny. What more can you ask of a Sci-Fi film? Reading back through my list it's clear that whilst what makes a great film is often a great plot and great acting, what makes a great Sci-Fi film is something that despite the usually clichéd plots manages to entertain and amuse you. That is, at the end of the day, why I've made the choices I have.
Narrowing this down to just ten is really difficult, especially for someone as indecisive as me but anyway here it goes... 1. Star Wars 5 - Empire Strikes Back My favorite Star Wars film, is a bit "darker" than the others. 2. Twelve Monkeys Sheer madness, and possibly Bruce Willis' best performance.. 3. Blade Runner WOW!! enough said! 4. 2001 A Space Odyssey A masterpiece, strange that I write this 4 hours proir to the start of 2001... 5. Star Wars 4 - A New Hope Almost two and a half decades old, but this film still sets the stardards for Sci Fi today. 6. Star Trek - Generations I'm not a huge Trek fan, but enjoyed this... 7. Star Wars 6 - Return of the Jedi The final battle takes my breath away! 8. Mars Attacks Ok, I know it's a spoof and not Sci Fi as such - but Tom Jones and the animals cracks me up! 9. Independence Day A rubbish plot, an awful, cheesy ending, But some superb effects... 10. Starwars 1 - The Phantom Menace The weakest of the films so far, but has set the scene nicely for ep. 2. And Darth Maul is a fantastic bad guy! There - that should give you all something to argue about! Go easy on me.. Please?