Tired of seeing hack sci-fi movies that just rip off great
ideas that have come before them? Wonder there are why so
many bad movies that a multiple TV shows have been created
just to mock them? We wonder the same thing. So rather than
ponder the bad, we decided to focus on the good.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick's rendition of Arthur C. Clarke's space exploration
novel was the first to use detailed sets and props in a sci-fi
movie. Before this film, most sci-fi films were littered with
bland sets and unimaginative props. Space ships looked like
tin-foil cigars thrown through the air and filmed in slow
motion. 2001 proved that a sci-fi movie could be intelligent
This highly ingenious sci-fi flick based Philip K. Dick's
"Do Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?" pits man against
machine in this morality play. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger
Hauer and Edward James Olmos, Blade Runner is the story of
a gun-for-hire (Ford) who is hired to find a renegade group
of artificial people. Blade Runner's influence in currently
seen in modern Manga, Anime and other pop culture from Japan.
Star Wars: A New Hope
George Lucas wove a magical tale that is still considered
one of the greatest sci-fi movie series to date. Rather than
basing his world in a futuristic version of our own, he developed
a universe all his own, with its own unique religions, cultures
and economy. Star Wars has given us cultural icons like Boba
Fett and Yoda and is the standard by which most modern sci-fi
is based on. Also, Lucas brought new ideas and methods to
achieving special effects.
The first movie was mature and intelligent, a great change
of pace from the hokey and campy adventures of the short-lived
television show. The movie spawned renewed interest in what
has become another breeding ground for pop culture.
One of the few movies in recent years whose premise and presentation
wasn't weakened by a poor, undeveloped script. Integrating
the concept of networking humanity into a sci-fi action flick
without being heavy-handed about it, The Matrix introduced
special effects that instantly became mocked and overused
in any and every movie that came after it. A duality of reality
and make-belief is effectively handled without lackluster
acting or cheesy sci-fi effects.
This dark sci-fi/horror movie is as much about second-chances
as it is about surviving monsters that breed and feed in the
dark. This is one of the few movies that successfully allows
the villain to be the star of the film.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
This magnificent story of visitors from afar both tells a
story about the people affected by these abductions and introduces
UFO paranoia to the masses. Close Encounters does an excellent
job of showing glimpses of the aliens and flying saucers,
adding to the magic of the finely presented story.
John Carpenter's version of "Who Goes There?" by
John W. Campbell is one of his few forays that didn't degrade
into cheesy special effects and half-bad acting. Even with
the minimalist music and an ominous nemesis, The Thing is
an oppressive, finalist horror/sci-fi flick.
James Cameron's story of a mechanical assassin from the future
helped elevate Arnold Schwarzenegger to star status. Along
with Arnold were a list of up and coming star talent in Michael
Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Lance Henricksen and Bill Paxton. Setting
this story in the present and hinting at how any normal man
couldn't prove these events, Terminator blends an apocalyptic
future with modern society and the clash of these two cultures.
With set and alien designs by the horror artist H.R. Giger,
this monster movie directed by Ridley Scott features an alien
physiology never seen before. Small dark glimpses of Giger's
beast are all that are needed to provide the viewer with fear
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